Unit Details

Task Force Allen

Task Force Allen, composed of two provisional infantry battalions, was organized.  The 8th Combat Engineer Battalion was pressed into service as infantry.  "D" Company was given the mission to secure the "Walled City of Kasan".  The Engineers fought their way to their destination and held it.

It was in this battle, repelling counterattacks, that PFC Melvin L. Brown, Company "D" distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy.  While his platoon was securing Hill 755 (the Walled City), the enemy, using heavy automatic weapons and small arms, counterattacked.  Taking a position on a 50-foot-high wall he delivered heavy rifle fire on the enemy.  His ammunition was soon expended and although wounded, he remained at his post and threw his few grenades into the attackers causing many casualties.  When his supply of grenades was exhausted his comrades from nearby foxholes tossed others to him and he left his position, braving a hail of fire, to retrieve and throw them at the enemy.  The attackers continued to assault his position and PFC Brown weaponless, drew his entrenching tool from his pack and calmly waited until they 1 by 1 peered over the wall, delivering each a crushing blow upon the head.  Knocking 10 or 12 enemy from the wall, his daring action so inspired his platoon that they repelled the attack and held their position.  PFC Brown's extraordinary heroism, gallantry, and intrepidity reflect the highest credit upon himself and was in keeping with the honored traditions of the military service.