Horace L. Sherry was born Augustus 27, 1922 in Gonzales, Gonzales County, Texas. His father and mother were farmers. The family existed of father William, mother Maggy and their 8 children. Horace was the fourth born.
On November 20, 1942 Horace went into military service and was assigned to the 334th Infantry Regiment of the 84th Infantry Division. He was trained in Camp Claiborne, Louisiana. After training his unit departed to Camp Kilmer, New Jersey. From Camp Kilmer the 84th Division departed for England on September 20, 1944. A month later they went ashore at Omaha beach, Normandy. They were moved to The Netherlands immediately and on November 18, 1944 they saw their first action against the Siegfried line near Prummern. (Geilenkirchen sector)
The 84th Infantry Division was formed in Augustus 1917 to serve in WW1. The division was then known as "The Lincoln division". In Oktober 1918 the division was in Europe, but they did not fight as a unit as they were used as replacements for other divisions. In January 1919 the division returned back to the US and was de-mobilized. At that time the name was already changed to "Railsplitters".
On Oktober 15, 1942 the 84th Division was re-activated at Camp Howze, Texas. After training on several places they left for England on September 20, 1944. Dr.Henry Kissinger was one of the young soldiers who served with the 84th ID.
November 1, 1944 they went ashore on Omaha beach. Immediately they were transferred to the Netherlands from where they were put into action against the Siegfried line, Geilenkirchen sector. They were new troops, but they fought as veterans and in record time they had a reputation. Enemy propaganda tabbed Railsplitters as the "Terror Division." That was sufficient praise. When the Germans started the Battle of the Bulge, the Railsplitters were called back to Belgium to stop the German outbreak. They stood against an overwhelming force, but they stood fast. After the Battle of the Bulge, the 84th advanced into Germany again, and crossed the Ruhr River and captured one town after another in rapid succession. In just 10 days they were at the banks of the Rhine. The next goal was the Elbe. On April 10, 1945 they took Hannover and 4 days later they broke the German resistance to the Elbe. At the Elbe they met the Russian forces. After VE-day the Railsplitters stayed in Europe. At arrival back in the US in January 1946, the 84th infantry division was de-activated. In just 128 days of combat the 84th took over 70000 prisoners of war.
On November 18, 1944 the 84th Infantry Division saw it's first action. Subsequent thunderous action demonstrated the division's offensive spirit. It was a hard fight, the Germans did not give an inch of soil away, especially not in Germany. The Geilenkirchen sector was one of the strongest points of the Siegfried line. On the first day the railsplitters broke through at Prummern and the next day they slowely advanced to Geilenkirchen against heavy opposition. On the 3th day of the battle, November 21, 1944 PFc. Horace Sherry died, heavily injured with a gunshot wound to the belly and his legs broken. The next day he was buried in the Allied military cemetery at Margraten.
A special word of gratitude for sharing information is going out to :
Mr. J. Wijnands, caretaker of PFc. Horace Sherry's grave.
Mr. Robert Duijkers, webmaster of the website Field of Stories, where the story originally was published