Company A 1st Battalion 22nd Infantry
4th Infantry Division
Elvie Ingram was born in Alabama
on June 14, 1919. He enlisted in the Army on October 8, 1940,
to serve in the Department of the Philippines. He listed his home of residence as Coosa County, Alabama,
and his civilian occupation as farm hand. He had completed grammar school and was single with no dependents.
His religion was listed as Protestant.
Staff Sergeant Ingram was killed in action in Germany, on November 22, 1944, during the Battle of the Hürtgen Forest.
After action interviews
conducted with officers and enlisted men of Company A during the
war provide the
following narrative of Staff Sergeant Ingram during the Battle:
The 1st platoon
was then given the mission of establishing contact between the
1st and 2d battalions,
by tying the right flank of B Company to the left flank of E Company.
...S/Sgt. Frank Espino, S/Sgt. Elvie Ingram, and Pfc. Raymond Fraher then ventured out to patrol and find B Company.
By this time it was already after dark and communication had been lost with A Company because, as the men said,
the SCR 536 is the sorriest excuse for communication in this terrain that Uncle Sam ever dreamed up. On level
terrain, this radio might carry several miles, but despite the fact that new batteries were put in daily, it was
found that communication was immediately broken as soon as they crossed a hill or draw. The three-man patrol
stumbled ahead in the dark and fifty yards out they tripped over several sleeping Germans. The patrol drew no fire,
but it beat a strategic retreat and told Lt. Bernasco that they would go out again with blood in their eyes.
On the second trip, they observed a 4-man enemy patrol advancing, allowed them to get within 25 yards, and then
Pfc. Fraher from a covered position shot and killed a German officer. The patrol warned the 1st platoons left flank
to be alert, and then ambushed another enemy patrol. This one was broken up when Sgt. Ingram fired an
anti-tank grenade which hit the lead man of the patrol in the chest; two others fled.
All radios were out and S/Sgt. Elvie Ingram went back to contact battalion and make sure that no resistance
was being bypassed and that the supply lines would not be harassed. On the way back, Sgt. Ingram accounted
for another German with his rifle grenade.
November 21 and 22:
The company sector was quiet on 21 November, and the troops remained in place. The following day, A Company
did not participate in an attack, but made a fake firing demonstration, using all their weapons except bazookas.
It all sounded O.K. until they started returning our fire, said Lt. Bernasco. Very severe mortar and artillery fire
dropped on A Companys positions, but they continued to stick their shelters and deliver additional diversionary fires
to deceive the enemy. The 1st platoon, firing forward and making feints as though they were going to jump off on
an attack, was hit the hardest by this fire. S/Sgt. Elvie Ingram, 1st platoon guide who had (according to his platoon
leader, Lt. Bernasco) done an outstanding job in leadership and had personally accounted for at least three enemy
with rifle grenade shots, was killed outright when a shell fragment struck him in the head as he was directing fire
for the fake attack.
Elvie Ingram was buried in the
temporary cemetery at Henri-Chappele, Belgium and his remains
later returned to the United States where he was interred in Alabama on December 17, 1947.
Mobile National Cemetery
Plot: 7, 2058
Grave marker for Elvie Ingram
Photo by Carolyn from the Find A Grave website
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