After buying a WWII American GI helmet, Tim Sloots,
from Holland, discovered that it
was the helmet worn by PFC Glenn E.
Hamlin (C Co, 1st BN, 506th PIR, KIA 10/7/44,
Tim wanted to know more, so he began researching and found the
grave of PFC Hamlin in
American Cemetery at Margraten.
On the morning of October 7, 1944, C Company, 1st Battalion,
506th PIR was down to
26 men, under the leadership of LT Albert Hassenzahl.
Charlie Company was given the
assignment to attack a woods east of Opheusden, Holland, where
a reduced battalion of
German troops was dug in. SGT Mariano
Sanchez (C Co, 1st BN, 506th PIR, KIA
Belgium) called in 81mm mortar fire from HQ Company,
2nd Battalion. Eventually, 200
Germans came out to surrender, leaving 50 dead in the woods.
PFC Hamlin was buried in a temporary cemetery near Nijmegen,
Holland and then later
moved, along with other American soldiers, to Margraten, the
only American military
cemetery in The Netherlands.