There is of course no film record of this period in Mel's photo collection, but three pictures appear in the official regimental history published in 1946. It seems to have been glossed over because the US Army didn't want the world to know about its worst defeat.
Below is rare film footage showing a similar scene as pictured above.
This purposefully forgotten battle and the Ardennes campaign (Battle of the Bulge) are where Mel earned his Combat Infantry Badge as a BAR gunner, and supposedly was wounded in the arm. He either wasn't cited for a Purple Heart or he threw away his medal, of this I will never be sure. There is only a story that my cousin told me and the scar that my grandpa never talked about.
40 years before I was born, this is where my grandfather was, in a place that was given names like the "death factory" and "the green hell." No wonder he never said a word about it.