Ervin W. Lissack

Eau Claire Man in Battery Receiving Meritorious Award
Corporal Ervin W. Lissack, son of Mrs. Helen Lissack, 1137 Carpenter Avenue, is one of 36 men in a service battery who has been awarded the Meritorious Service Unit Plaque by Major General Norman D. Cota, Commanding General of the 28th Infantry Division, for superior support of the men in the firing line. It is a member of a field artillery battalion.

The men in the Service Battery carried and man-handled every shell of the 103,000 rounds fired from Normandy to the Siegfried Line. This was more than 7 million pounds. They began their jobs at St. Lo in Normandy and continued for nine and one-half months.

From the time of the St. Lo breakthrough, the service men would make a run back to rear area dumps and return only to find that their battalion had moved up—sometimes as much as 20 miles. At times, the men remained behind the wheels of their trucks for as long as 48 hours in long night drives over unfamiliar roads and through territory in which enemy troops still prowled.

The Service Battery was on hand when their outfit rolled down Paris boulevards to the cheers of Liberation Day throngs and as it continued its drive through Belgium and Luxembourg. When the Infantry Division pushed out of Luxembourg and across the Siegfried Line, it was one of the first batteries to go into action.

During the German breakthrough in the Ardennes sector, ammunition dumps were attacked and half of the dump area was actually occupied, while men of the Service Battery were still trying to salvage what they could from the reaches of the enemy. The ammunition they got out led to one of the worst of the German slaughters.

Corporal Lissack entered the service in December 1941 and went overseas in December 1943. He was stationed in England before going to France and later to Germany.