Memories of battle
From Italy, Ito traveled to France, where he set off to rescue the Lost Battalion.
Two battalions had tried and failed to rescue the division of Texans from the forest of the Vosges Mountains.
Ito’s division moved slowly through the woods, darting from behind trees during the day under steady fire from the Germans and digging foxholes as the sun set. All night long, he said, the Germans fired shells over their heads into the trees above them.
After five days, Ito’s division reached the Lost Battalion, and the Texan soldiers came up from their foxholes grinning ear to ear at the remaining members of Ito’s division. The Lost Battalion, said Ito, had dug in so far that their foxholes had become elaborate caverns underground.