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Holden, Maurice G. [G3]

The division G3, Maurice G. Holden, remembered the incident this way: "Haynes went up there and not long afterwards we got a coded message from him like `Request permission to relieve Freeman of command Twenty-third Infantry.' Keiser was an old friend of Freeman's, and he didn't really want to relieve him; but under the circumstances he had to follow the recommendation of the task force commander. He sent a message back to Haynes like `Concur. Send Freeman to division headquarters.' So Freeman  relieved  turned over the Twenty-third to his exec [9-Ed Messinger] and came in, totally exhausted, and fell dead asleep. In the meantime, Keiser sent me up to see the Twenty-third  to find out what happened and if the relief was justified. The Twenty-third staff thought Haynes was terrible; he'd never even been near the front. He had no idea what was going on. Keiser was glad to hear that. We woke up Freeman, and Keiser sent him back to his command."[9-37]