"I watched the film 'The Lost Battalion' as part of my history class at school," said Kevin Agruaska, a student at Sonneville Junior High School. "And today, we walked through the area were the Lost Battalion suffered so many casualties. The ceremony today and the monument built were both very well done, and they commemorate these Soldiers very, very well."
Jacque Christopher Sauvage was one of the French teachers who walked the battleground and attended the monument dedication ceremony to the Lost Battalion with his students. He said his high school students are studying the First World War, and they chose to study this battle because it happened near their homes.
"Hang on, a heavy force is coming to relieve you," headquarters radioed back to Lieutenant Blonder. With his staff, General Dahlquist had committed all the resources of the 2d and 3d Battalions to the situation, while trying hard to determine what kind of manpower would be required to push through to the lonely hill where the majority of his 1st Battalion were huddled against the powerful German force. On the hillside, the enemy was moving in more tanks, heavy guns, and dropping artillery fire on the their cornered prey. In the forests they were blocking the advance of the American relief efforts. The 1st Battalion wasn't really "lost", the Germans knew where they were, and so did General Dahlquist. But knowing where the trapped unit was, and effecting their rescue, were two different problems. Huddled in the mud protecting the radio that provided the Lost Battalions' only link to the rear, Lieutenant Blonder prayed for a miracle.