At 11:00 A.M., while he [General Hasbrouck of the 7th Armored Division, in Vielsalm] was trying to figure out what to do in case of a breakthrough at Gouvy, an exhausted colonel was brought into his office. The newcomer said he was Gustin Nelson, of the 112th Regiment of the 28th Division.
Hasbrouck was astounded. "What are you doing way up here?" he asked. "And where the hell's the rest of your division?"
Nelson, face lined with exhaustion, shrugged. "Don't ask me. I just found out where I was this morning when I ran into one of your patrols."
His regiment, he explained, had been severed from Hurley Fuller's on December 16. Almost all contact with the 28th Division was soon lost and he had been drifting back to the west and north on his own. Although he hadn't had too many casualties, his men were exhausted from constant marching, cold, and hunger.
Nelson pointed out on a map his approximate position--the northern tip of Luxembourg. Hasbrouck felt a surge of hope. Nelson was only five miles south of Reid. If these two groups could tie in and pull northwest until they joined Hoge, the unstable arc would become a solid horseshoe. He telephoned Jones about the unexpected reinforcements from the 28th Division. "Why don't you attach Nelson to the 106th?"he suggested.
Toland, Battle: the Story of the Bulge, 132.