the American soldiers buried in St.James cemetery, lies PFC (Private First Class)
John A. Higgins, killed in battle on September 15, 1944, during the battle for
A. Higgins belonged to Company G, 2nd Battalion, of the 115th Infantry. This
regiment was part of the 29th Division
Three divisions were gathered around Brest to take by assault the city and the
port. 40,000 German soldiers, part of which was the 2nd Paratroop division,
commanded by General Ramcke, were cut off there. On August 23 the three American
Infantry regiments took stand around Lannilis, Plougerneau and Ploudalmézeau.
The 2nd Battalion's objectives were the capture of Bohars and the German battery
of Kerognan. The 115th positioned itself on its line, Road D67, between Road
D3 and Road D26. On August 25 the attack began. Hidden in the banks, the German
paratroopers resisted. Progress was difficult.
On September 6, the Germans evacuated Bohans. At the end of the afternoon, the
2nd Battalion came into the village. The battery of Kerognan is threatened.
From the crest between Créarc'h Bellec and Pen-ar-Valy Company G attacks the
8th at 10:10, the 2nd section in the North, the 3rd in the South-East. The position
is taken at 6pm.
German DCA. battery of Kerognan (Flack). Background Brest (Lambezellec) - Brest
the 11th of September, the 115th Infantry takes the position of the 116th on
the road Trinité- Brest. The object is the capture of Forts Keranroux and Montbarey.
On September 12th the Second Batallion attacks Fort Montbarey, to the North,
but the assault fails. The batallion positions itself to the South-West of the
fort, at Kervaoter. At Kestéria, on Hill 91 is an entrenchment of German support,
consisting of bunkers. On the 14th the 2nd Batallion takes command of the position.
But during the night the Germans counter-attack and recapture the bunkers. 37
GIs of Company G are taken prisoners. John A. Higgins was probably killed at
the time of the assault on the bunkers, on Hill 91. (see
Hill 91 to West