2LT James L. Diel KIA September 19, 1944
Posted 20 April 2004 - 02:52 PM
This is a sentence from a letter I got from Wild Bill himself last year. A letter of which I am very proud. He mentions the name of James Diel.
I've tried the searchbutton, but couldn't find the story of 2/Lt James L. Diel. Does anyone know more about him? Where, how and when was he killed (Wild Bill thinks it was the 18th, but on www.ww2-airborne.us it says the 19th). What was his history / personality. Any kind of info about James Diel is welcome.
2/Lt James L. Diel
Posted 20 April 2004 - 03:15 PM
We paid our respects at Lt. Diel's marker in Margraten.
Posted 20 April 2004 - 03:57 PM
Posted 21 April 2004 - 01:26 AM
According to Koskimaki's book, James Diel was leading the first platoon of C-company / 506 that fatal day. On September the 19th, at Zon-bridge, Diel told his men that he had been informed by the Dutch resistance that the German troops were concentrating a few kilometers from the bridge. The Germans would probably counterattack.
One of Diel's men, a corporal named Charles Shoemaker, remembers when he saw the first German Tank. "It seemed as big as a house. There wasn't much we could do. Our bazookateams fired two rounds, but missed the tank. A third attempt was more succesfull, the tank was hit but could drive on nevertheless. My buddy Jim Hoenscheidt was trapped in a rather hopeless position at the edge of the Wilhelmina-channel. The Germans were shooting at him. He then threw an apple towards them... the Germans thought it was a grenade and took cover. Giving Hoenscheidt just enough time to escape over the dike.
Appx. 25 meters (75 ft) from the last house in the street, Lt. Diel was shot.
Posted 23 April 2004 - 03:10 PM
This post has been edited by Toccoa.: 11 May 2004 - 10:38 PM
Posted 24 April 2004 - 02:34 AM
Toccoa., on Apr 23 2004, 09:10 PM, said:
Thanks toccoa... your information makes the picture complete! What a pitty that Lt. Diel didn't keep Major Winters advice in mind, during the battle at Zon-bridge. He was no doubt a hero.
Posted 26 April 2004 - 05:13 PM
Posted 26 April 2004 - 05:32 PM
It is a special Edition of WW2 Magazine. It is published by Primedia and the Editor is a true devotee of the 101st. Chris Anderson has lead tours for Stephen Ambrose tours for a few years now and his insight is tops. The magazine is available at major book sellers and if you google the mane it will give you some more info on it and other like publications. By the way I am in the back, left of the picture of the 2002 BOB Tour. Good luck picking me out.