Tollton E. Coulter - C Company, 1st Battalion, 254th Infantry Regiment

 


Inquiry:
Sent: Saturday, August 25, 2001 6:05 PM
Subject: information on my Uncle, Lt. Tollton E. Coulter
Tollton E. Coulter, 01328125, First Lieutenant (then Second Lieutenant), Infantry, Company C, 254th Infantry Regiment. Am searching for events leading up to his being wounded and his death due to wounds on April 26, 1945.

Reply:
Sent: Sat 08/25/2001 8:25 PM
Dear Designer:
I have the following information on file concerning your Uncle, 1st Lt Tollton E. Coulter. As you indicated he was assigned to C Company, 1st Battalion, 254th Infantry Regiment (The same Battalion I was assigned to). What you may not know is that before he was a Lt. he was a S/Sgt and received a battlefield commission to 2d Lt. Lt Coulter is listed as wounded in action on 25 April 1945 and Died of Wounds on 26 April 1945. He was also awarded two (2) Silver Star Medals for heroic action during the time he was with C Company. One (1) per General Orders 319, 63rd Inf Div, 3 Jul 45 for action at Eschenthal, Germany on 15 Apr 1945 and the other per General Orders 289, 63rd Inf Div, 24 Jun 45 for action at Ensheim, Germany on 19 March 1945. Additionally his unit received the following unit awards--A Presidential Unit Citation for Colmar, France, a French Croix de Guerre with Palm for Colmar, France and another Presidential Unit Citation for Ensheim/Siegfried Line, Germany. Citations for these awards are included on the 254th Infantry Regiment Page of the web site. Copies of the General Orders awarding the Silver Stars to Lt Coulter are available from our unit historian, Bill Scott at e-mail address [email protected] Here is a brief summary of the events of 25 April 1945 involving C Company, 254th Infantry.
The 2d and 3rd Battalions of the 254th Infantry proceeded to Heuchlingen and Hausen while the 1st Battalion (Your Uncle's Battalion) closed on Riedheim near the Danube River. It found a partially destroyed bridge into the town of Leipheim and a platoon from A Company crossed the river at 1500. Another attempt to destroy the bridge was made after the platoon had crossed, but rapid repairs with planks by Company B, of the 263rd Engineer Combat Battalion allowed the balance of the company to cross by 1630 and the rest of the battalion by 1900.
The Germans immediately sent heavy counterattacks against the 1st and 2d Battalions, but they were repelled and by early morning of the following day, the Leipheim bridgehead was firmly stablized. On the next day, 26 April 1945. The 254th Infantry Regiment was relieved by the 255th Infantry Regiment, returned for rest in the Rothenburg, Germany area and never had to fire a shot in anger again.
I will place an inquiry on the 254th Infantry and Mail Call pages to see if any of the 254th Infantry veterans who are members of the 63rd Infantry Division Association would want to contact you with information about your Uncle and the battles on the date of his death. As a relative of a 63rd Infantry Division veteran you are eligible to join the 63rd Infantry Division Association as an Associate member. As a member you will receive our periodic publication The Blood and Fire and be eligible to attend our reunions where you might get to meet and talk to buddies of your Uncle.
Currently there are over 25 veterans of C Company who are active members of the Association. You can get their names by visiting the Association Page - List of Active Members Page on the web site. Also as a member you will be able to place an inquiry in the Blood and Fire which is sent to all active members. (The Web site only goes to those with computers). Details on joining the Association are contained on the Membership page. I have added your e-mail address to the list of individuals receiving the monthly 63rd Infantry Division Internet Newsletter. You can catch up on the current issue and past issues by going to the following address:
http://www.geocities.com/infdiv63rd/newsletterformissue13.html
I hope this information has been of some help to you. Additional written histories of 63rd Infantry Division units are shown on the Memorabilia Page of the web site. Fred Clinton [email protected]

Inquiry:
Sent:
Saturday, August 25, 2001 8:27 PM
Dear Fred,
My name is Steve Speer. I want so much to thank you for your reply. I guess I did not expect to hear anything so soon and this in itself is a great testimony as to the service you are giving to those seeking. Your site is a well designed site and easy to navigate and that is one thing lacking in most sites.
The information you supplied is wonderful. If I can find out the events of the day he was wounded and how he was wounded, I believe his only son (which he never saw) may feel another chapter closed concerning his dad.
Reply:
Sent: Sunday, August 26, 2001 9:57 AM
Steve:
Thanks for the prompt response. You can get a little more comprehensive understanding of the actions of the 254th Infantry Regiment by purchasing the Regimental Operations Reports available from the Association Historian. See Printed Matter on the Memorabilia Pages. I have reviewed the April report, but it doesn't shed too much light on the specific action that Lt Coulter's company was engaged in at the time of his death, other than providing a little more detail about the battles in and around Leipheim just before the regiment was relieved and sent to Rothenburg for a rest. If you come across any photos relating to the 63rd Infantry Division and/or Sgt/Lt Coulter I would be happy to place them in our photo sections providing they are accompanied by a caption. I hope you get some response when I place the inquiry on the web site. Bill Scott, the Association Historian (e-mail [email protected]) may have the unit Morning Reports that reported Lt Coulter as first wounded and then Died of Wounds received in action. If you contact him maybe he can come up with them. Fred Clinton
[email protected]

Inquiry:
Sent: Sun 08/26/2001 1:13 PM
Dear Bill,
I enclose email to Fred Clinton inquiring about the events leading up to the battle in which my Uncle, 1st Lt Tollton E. Coulter was wounded and the next day died as a result of those wounds. We were also unaware that Toll received two Silver Stars and would request copies of the General Orders of issuance.
The one we are aware of states as follows on the citation:
"Tollton E. Coulter, 01328125, First Lieutenant (then Second Lieutenant), Infantry, Company C, 254th Infantry Regiment, for gallantry in action on 19 March 1945, in the vicinity of Ensheim, Germany. During the attack on the Siegfried Line, Lieutenant Coulter's company had the mission of taking 11 pill boxes. Lieutenant Coulter remained in the open directing fire of supporting tanks on the first pill box and led the assault on the next four, capturing twenty-seven prisoners. With the aid of an English speaking prisoner Lieutenant Coulter and two of his men entered each of the remaining pillboxes and captured a total of one hundred and ten prisoners. Lieutenant Coulter's outstanding gallantry under hazardous conditions is in keeping with the finest traditions of the Armed Forces of the United States. Next of kin; Mrs. Juanita S. Coulter (Wife), Box 53, Alcoa, Tennessee".
Fred also told me that you may have the unit Morning Reports that reported Lt Coulter as first wounded and then Died of Wounds received in action. We are searching for the knowledge as to how he was wounded, what happened... just seeking for closure.
This is what we "think" we know from other documents found:
April 25, 1945, wounded in action. Was a First Lieutenant serving in the Seventh Army under General Patch in Germany.
April 26, 1945, died as a result of the wounds received the previous day.
Sincerely
 Steve Speer
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If you have any additional information concerning Tollton E. Coulter during his days in the service please contact me: Steve Speer [email protected]
Thanks ever so much.
 
 

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