Major Hubert L. Drake
Commanding Officer 1st Battalion 22nd Infantry
October 3, 1944 -November 17, 1944
Hubert L. Drake was commissioned
a 2nd Lieutenant of Infantry in the Army Officers Reserve Corps
after graduating from U.C.L.A. in Los Angeles, California where he had been a member of the R.O.T.C. program.
He was killed in action in Germany on November 17, 1944 during the Battle of the Hürtgen Forest.
" Major Hubert Drake, the
1st Battalion commander was the only field grade officer, outside
Colonel Lanham, to be assigned
to the regiment after D-Day and before the Hürtgen. All other senior officers were promoted from within the organization.
A native of California, Drake was severely wounded in July (Ed. on August 1, 1944) while commanding the 2d Battalion. After recovering
from wounds, he was assigned to command the 1st Battalion. Possibly because he had not trained with the regiment in the states,
Drake never really fit in with the other officers. His executive officer, Major George Goforth and his operations officer,
Captain Clifford Henley had both been with the regiment since early 1942.
Just before daybreak ( Ed.,
November 17, 1944 ), heavy concentrations of German artillery
began falling throughout the regimental area.
In the 1st Battalion, Major Drake had planned to attack with Baker Company fighting up the firebreak with Able Company
on the left and Charlie Company following Baker. But as Captain Clifford Henley, 1st Battalion Operations Officer, said,
'All hell broke loose.' German artillery landed where Baker Company was forming for the attack and Major Drake was killed
by a German 170mm artillery round bursting in a tree near his position. Communications between the companies
and battalion were knocked out. " ¹
Hubert L. Drake was awarded the Silver Star Medal in HQ 4th Division General Orders # 22 (1945).
Hubert L. Drake was buried in
the temporary U.S. Military Cemetery,
Henri-Chapelle Cemeterey, Eupen, Belgium and some time later
his remains were returned to the United States where he was
reinterred in California.
According to WW2 researcher Bill
Beigel, Drake's body was cremated and the urn containing his
was returned to his family in California.
¹ Paschendale with Treebursts
A History and Analysis of the 22nd Infantry Regiment
During the Battle of the Hürtgen Forest
16 November through 3 December 1944
By Robert S. Rush 1996
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