John E. Green was from Coatesville, Pennsylvania. He served with the 28th Infantry Regiment, 8th Infantry Division in the European Theater of Operations.
The 28th “Black Lyons” Regiment landed on Utah Beach at Normandy, France on July 4, 1944. They secured a critical area to use as a ‘bridgehead over the Ay River for a breakout of armored divisions, which launched attacks into Northern France. John’s regiment then turned south helping to liberate the Brittany Peninsula, taking part in the battle for Brest, in which Hero Sherwood Hallman played a key role. On September 28th, they moved to Luxembourg onto a front along the Our River.
The Regimental History records: “The next several weeks were spent attacking through the dense, forbidding Huertgen Forest, where deep mud, bitter cold, snow, enemy artillery and mines, and fierce enemy resistance caused numerous casualties in the worst fighting the Regiment was to experience.”
Private First Class John E. Green was Killed In Action on December 1, 1944. He is buried at the Netherlands American Cemetery in Margraten, Netherlands.
Research by Don Wambold, WCMSC