At dawn of the 5th, German artillery destroyed these bridges. Led by CAPT. E. C. ALLWORTH (awarded Congressional Medal of Honor for this action), troops from both the 60th and 61st swam the canal and captured the German positions on Hill 260. This forced the Germans on Hill 252 to withdraw. The 5th DIV rapidly crossed the MEUSE and the canal. By dark on the evening of the 5th the crossing was complete and the MEUSE Valley in allied hands.
operation GEN Pershing wrote: "This operation was one of the most brilliant
military feats in the history of the American Army in France. . . .
Henceforth, the 5th will be called the Meuse Division". However the more
prosaic "Red Devils" used by the Germans remains the Division nickname.
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