|Frederick W. Thul
106th Infantry Division
Sgt. Frederick W. Thul
Honor of carrying the Stars and
Stripes in a parade of the 422nd
Infantry, the "Smash and Drive"
regiment of the 106th "Lion" Division
in Germany, was that of Sgt.
There were 490 men of the
"Smash and Drive" regiment recently awarded a bronze battle
star for participation in the
Northern France campaign. All had
previously won battle stars for
Held Nazis Back
Northern France the 422nd was
among the units which held a
ring of steel around the German
forces in Lorient and St. Nazaire.
In the Rhineland, the 106th Division drove through and
over the German
26th Division's positions in the Siegfried
full story of the 422nd Infantry
Regiment's heroic stand in the
Ardennes in December has
only recently been released. On the
flank of the Lion Division's sector of
the Germany-Belgium border, the regiment's first taste of combat
came with the massive panzer assault which heralded the breakthrough
into the Bulge.
The defense of the Ardennes cost
the 422nd and 423rd combat
teams nearly 7,000 men missing in
action. Most of the missing soldiers
were liberated from German
prisoner of war camps in later
Sergeant Thul went overseas on May 6, 1944. He is a graduate of North Plainfield High School, where he was outstanding in track activities. He won the high jump championship for that school in 1938, and also took part in Newark Aeademy Invitation Track and Field Meets. He attended Newark College of Engineering and was on the track team while a student there.
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