Black, Halvor Brown, Pvt

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Last Rank
Private
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
745-Rifleman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1943-1944, 745, F Company, 2nd Ranger Battalion
Service Years
1943 - 1944

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Home State
Utah
Utah
Year of Birth
1925
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Blanding, San Juan, Utah
Last Address
Germany

Casualty Date
Dec 07, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Germany
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Henri-Chapelle, Belgium
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot A, Row 16, Grave 17

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 Unit Assignments
2nd Ranger Battalion
  1943-1944, 745, F Company, 2nd Ranger Battalion
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Northern France Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Normandy Campaign (1944)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Pvt. Halvor Black enlisted on 8 November 1943 in Fort Douglas, Salt Lake City, Utah.

In the ETO, he was a member of an elite unit known as the 2nd Ranger Battalion. Halvor was in F (Fox) Company. His commanding officer was Thomas Red Ryan from Chicago. Halvor's Company was one of three companies that climbed the cliffs of Pointe Du Hoc on D-Day, June 6, 1944. 225 Rangers stormed the cliffs of Pointe Du Hoc and were supposed to have reinforcements by the end of the end of the day from Omaha Beach. Unfortunately, Omaha did not go well and there were no reinforcements. The Rangers had to hold on for two days until they were finally relieved by the remaining companies from their unit. For their heroism the 2nd Ranger Battalion was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation.

After D-Day, the 2nd Rangers fought in Brest capturing the famed Graff Spee Battery. The unit was then sent North as the German defenses started to collapse and they were used s a spearheading unit to clear towns and hold thin parts of the front. The battalion was then asked to lead the army through the Hurtgen Forest. The Hurtgen Forest resulted in a long string of recurring battles that occurred before the Battle of the Bulge.

It is believed that Halvor joined this Ranger unit as a replacement at either Brest or during the Hurtgen Forest thrust.

In November of 1944, the 2nd Ranger Battalion fought their way through the town of Vossenack. The unit was then sent to Bergstein to capture a German observation post known as Hill 400 (i.e. Burgerb/Bergstein, German) or as the Germans called it Castle Hill. The 2nd Ranger Battalion moved into Bergstein on the night of December 6, 1944. Their way was lit by the fires from all of the burning vehicles that had tried before. They moved into bunkers and basements with many German units still around them. Early on the morning of the 7th (after midnight) the Rangers sent out their scouts to assess the situation. It was not good. It was determined that D and F companies would assault the hill and the remaining companies would provide support.

Early on the morning of the 7th just before daybreak,  the Rangers moved out of their shelters and crawled their way to a sunken road from which they would launch their attack. F Company was on the left and D Company was on the right. The Germans began to shell the Rangers immediately and several were wounded. The Rangers knew they could not stay where they were any longer so they sprang to their feet and started to charge the hill. As they jumped to their feet a German machinegun on the left side of the hill started to spray the Rangers. Halvor was shot through the heart and killed instantly. The German machinegun crew was later killed by an F Company Ranger who tossed a grenade into their trench.
   
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