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 LT FRANK E. SYMONIK, Jr OF FIFIELD, WISCONSIN
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eisensteiner
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Posted - 08/26/2008 :  21:01:29  Show Profile
LT FRANK E. SYMONIK, Jr., SERVED AS AN INFANTRY PLATOON LEADER WHILE SERVING IN THE 90TH (TOUGH HOMBRE) DIVISION'S 357TH INFANTRY REGIMENT. HE WAS KILLED IN ACTION NEAR BEAU COUDRAY, FRANCE ON JULY 6, 1944 WHILE HIS UNIT WAS ATTACKING THE MAHLMAN LINE IN NORMANDY. IF ANYONE MIGHT KNOW THE COMPANY (OR BATTALION) TO WHICH HE WAS ASSIGNED I WOULD VERY MUCH APPRECIATE IT.

rdckammo@aol.com
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Posted - 09/01/2008 :  11:03:30  Show Profile
Lt. Symonik was my dad's platoon leader in Company C, 357th, and dad witnessed Frank's heroic death. I have a few details if you are interested.
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rdckammo@aol.com
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Posted - 07/03/2012 :  23:24:39  Show Profile
The 90th had many wonderful junior officers, and Lt. Frank Symonik was likely one of the best. Frank often didn't even seek cover during intense moments, in order to inspire his men. The young Lt. was killed by machine gun fire from a tank white Charley Company was attacking Beau Coudray to the left of "Hill 122." The Germans likely waited to see where the attack would be initiated and then counterattacked with armour and paratroopers. Symonik and a Sergeant Taylor advanced down a sunken roadway to engage a tank with a bazooka, and Symonik was killed. Taylor, however, damaged the tank and forced it to withdraw. The GI's of the Second Platoon were amazed that Lt. Frank Symonik had survived almost a month in combat. Sgt. Taylor did not receive a medal for his actions.

Edited by - rdckammo@aol.com on 07/20/2013 09:48:05
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Tristan
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Posted - 07/04/2012 :  08:05:54  Show Profile
Thanks for sharing this story Ron.
Hope you are doing well.

Best,
TR
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Vincent
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France
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Posted - 07/04/2012 :  09:58:35  Show Profile

Very intersting story !

Carver McGriff, M.co 357th IR, was SWA near Beau Coudray on July 7th.

Take care,

Vincent

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rdckammo@aol.com
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Posted - 07/04/2012 :  10:09:04  Show Profile
Vincent,

I have some information on the actions of 357/C near Mayenne if you are interested.
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Vincent
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Posted - 07/05/2012 :  18:28:58  Show Profile

Hi,

Yes i will be interested ! Thanks to your offer.

Regards,

Vincent

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rdckammo@aol.com
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Posted - 07/06/2012 :  16:40:38  Show Profile
Vincent, please email your mailing address to me at rdckammo@aol.com because I am not able to email this information.
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rdckammo@aol.com
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Posted - 07/10/2012 :  13:16:28  Show Profile
My dad passed through Mayenne while attached to the Weaver Task Force.
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Tristan
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Posted - 07/21/2013 :  10:40:15  Show Profile
Hello,
did you know if your father was at the Falaise Gap on late August 1944 ?
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rdckammo@aol.com
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Posted - 07/21/2013 :  17:57:34  Show Profile
He certainly was, Tristan. About August 11, they fought beside the French 2nd Armored Division up through Exmes (your home town?). Next was Alencon, where the 357th briefly halted while pursuing the German 7th Army. Next, the entire Division was stretched from Bon Menil to Chambois by August 20. Allied artillery and fighter-bombers were pounding-away at the Germans at this time and sparing the infantry a few casualties. The Germans were being bottled-up into a salient and the main strategy was to cover any escape routes so that they could be totally destroyed. By the time the Falaise pocket was reduced, the 357th alone had captured 1200 prisoners. Ironically, my dad saw less action here than he did at many other places. Then, the regiment headed toward Fountainbleau, 175 miles to the east.

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