SURVIVAL AT ST. VITH AND TRANSFER TO THE 508TH
Nick DeGaeta sent a letter to Janice Silver as a consequence of
the 2008 membership drive for the Family and Friends of the 508th PIR
In his letter Nick describes how he had originally been in the
509th which was decimated at Sadsot (sic, should read as Sadzot),
During the Battle of the Bulge, the 509th fought in Belgium to
blunt the German attack. An account of this battle is described in the
book "Bloody Clash at Sadzot."
The 509th was disbanded at the end of January 1945 with 46
survivors of its 700 members emerging after the battle near Saint
Vith. The men left were used as replacements within various units
of the 82d Airborne Division.
Degaeta was then transferred to the 508th for the remaining seven
months of his service.
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