Sergeant Jack J Pigg

Name Jack J Pigg
Rank Sergeant
Army Serial # 7023506
State Virginia
Date of death 1944-07-19
Plot, Row, Grave D, 7, 4
Cemetery Normandy American Cemetery, Colleville-sur-Mer, France, Google Maps
Role Platoon Commander
Unit 1MG Plt, D Company, 331st Infantry Regiment, 83rd Infantry Division
Awards Purple Heart
Remarks According to page 48 of the memoirs of Capt. Harry C. Gravelyn, Co. D, 331st:

By the time the machine gun Platoons of Company D, 331st Infantry arrived at the LD (line of departure) they were already late. In normal circumstances, if the rifle companies were on time, and this is a must in order to coordinate all units, they would have already been out ahead pressing the attack. This turned out to be not the case, however, relative to the First MG (machine gun) Platoon. The rifle company had not crossed the line of departure ahead of them and the leading section of the Platoon commanded by Sgt. Pigg, now out in the lead carrying their heavy equipment, blundered into a German outpost. All were shot down or captured. We never saw or heard anything from any of them again, Sgt. Pigg was one of our most well liked and experienced section leaders, and the men of Company D remained very bitter about this "boondoggle" for a very long time.
Grave Soldier
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