Kenosha Evening News
Saturday, May 12, 1945
Meanwhile, squadron trains, bivouacked at Struth, were attacked by a German patrol at 0200 and a heavy counter-attack followed at 0515 by a force that had heavy mortars, tanks, halftracks, self-propelled guns and approximately 800 Infantry. 
Trains battled the attackers until help come from the 3rd Battalion of the 304th Infantry Regiment, which fortunately happened to be in the area. The doughboys, reinforced by a company combat team from the 69th Tank Battalion, counter-attacked and restored the situation as Trains withdrew to Muehlhausen. However, T4 Christian M. Betancourt and T4 Erwin H. Zietz of Headquarters Troop were killed and Hq Troop CO Capt. Robert M. Cuming and 13 enlisted men were wounded. Six 2 1/2-ton trucks, two armored cars, a halftrack, a 10-ton wrecker and five 1-ton cargo trailers were among equipment destroyed.



Erwin H. Zietz

Service # 36221057

Technician Fourth Grade, U.S. Army

86th Cavalry Reconn Squadron, 6th Armored Division

Entered Service From: Wisconsin

Date of Death: April 7, 1945

Buried: Plot J Row 20 Grave 19

Netherlands American Cemetery

Margraten, Netherlands

Awards: Purple Heart