(picture from "History
of the 295th Engineer Combat Battalion" on
The history of the 295th
states: "Before dawn on the 30th of December,
the 1st platoon, A Co, received orders to put in
a minefield. They pulled into Winden, unloaded
the mines, and waited for a guide to show the
exact location for placing them. The krauts sent
over a mortar shell at that moment and made a
direct hit on the pile of mines; almost half the
platoon was killed."
S/Sgt Link was one of those
killed. Also killed were Pfc Joseph J. Bremmer,
Pvt Jabez A. Coulter, Pvt William H. Hyde, Pfc
Emmit J. Ocipa, T5 Sylvio J. Theriault, Pvt Paul
W. Wallin and Sgt Glenn O. Phalen.
For his actions S/Sgt
William Link was awarded a Certificate fo Merit.
S/Sgt William Link
is buried at Margraten American Military
Cemetery, Plot C Row 15 Grave 24.