Lt. Eric Fisher Wood, Executive Officer, A Battery, 589th Field Artillery
Lt. Wood's remarkable story continues to cause controversy among both his fellow veterans and military historians. It's the stuff of Hollywood. Even the investigations were put into question. But the evidence is strong enough in my opinion to conclude that it's true.
On the morning of the 17th of December 1944, while leading his men through Schonberg, his column was ambushed and destroyed. While his men began surrendering, he made a dash uphill for the safety of the Ardennes forest. It was the last time any of his men saw him. After being helped by a local family, Wood and another unidentified GI trekked back into the forest. That's where the legend begins. Gunfire and explosions were heard all around of the village of Meyerode. Rumors ran rampant. W0unded German soldiers were seen being carried from the woods. Then by the end of the January, the shooting stopped. When the Americans retook the area, villagers led them to the bodies of Lt. Wood and several others. What happened? No one will ever truly know.