Camp Fannin, Texas
Infantry Replacement Training Center
U.S. Army, 1943-46
ROLL OF HONOR (A through H) of Fannin Veterans who died in uniform during World War II.
All gave some, but some gave all.
(Courtesy of Mrs. Wilmer Carol Jumper Mercer, daughter of Isaac Wilmer Jumper)
Men and women who died in the service of their country during World War II who had been stationed at Camp Fannin, Texas. Available information is identified by the following alphabetical code:
a) hometown or state;
b) dates and unit at Camp Fannin;
c) date and place of death;
d) unit assignment at time of death;
e) circumstances of death;
f) places of burial (temporary and permanent);
g) name and relationship of person(s) submitting information;
h) miscellaneous information (awards, age at death, etc.)
Shelby Stanton’s reference work, Order of Battle, U.S. Army, World War II, is especially helpful in providing supplemental information for expanded profiles of men and women who died in the service of their country during World War II who had been stationed at Camp Fannin, Texas. Specifically, its combat narratives enable us to locate a given unit on a given date and describe the action it was involved in. Stanton’s references when used appear in entry e) in the expanded profiles, “circumstances of death” and are cited thus: e) Stanton: “…”. For a copy of a division's complete combat narrative as reported in Stanton, send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Camp Fannin Roll of Honor, 2213 Mendoza Avenue, Tallahassee, Florida 32304. Test 15 September 2015
ABNEY, Samuel Bruce, PFC, 38682304, DOB 1925. a) Emory, Texas, b) 1944, 13th Regt. c) 2 Jan 1945, Behren, France, about six miles east of Saarbrucken, Germany. d) Co. F, 411th Inf Regt, 103rd Inf Div. e) Samuel was given the mission of furnishing protection for a group of tank destroyers. While advancing toward the enemy lines, the entire task force was subjected to intense enemy fire, pinning them to the ground and necessitating their withdrawal. It is believed that Samuel was wounded and unable to withdraw when the order was given. As this action took place in enemy territory, a search for Samuel could not be made. A few days later, this territory was taken by our troops, but Samuel could not be found. f) Smyrna Community in Rains County, Emory, Texas. g) Sister, Ruth Gowin, Rt. 2, Box 150, Emory, Texas 75440; 903-473-2660. h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.
ADAMS, Alfred J., Cpl., 33581526. DOB 2/29/24. a) Yeadon, Pennsylvania. c) 9 November 1944, west of Falquemont, France, on approach to Maginot Line. d) I/317/80. e) Stanton: “The division attacked across the Seille River 8 November 1944 with three regiments abreast. It advanced despite mud, mines, and highway congestion to seize a bridge at Faulquemont over the Neide Allemande River on 20 November 1944. g) Joe Adams, nephew, 7283 Valley Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19128, email@example.com, who wants to hear from anyone who knew his uncle. h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.
ALTIS, Ival H., PFC, 38568370, DOB 1914. a) Blackwell, OK: grew up in Missouri, b) May 1944, A/57/12. c) 5 Oct 1944, Hurplemont, France. d) K/141/36. e) Member of a night reconnaissance patrol which made its way to within 15 yards of an enemy machine gun nest. g) Daughter, Imogene Woods, 1167 West Shawnee Street, Springfield, Mo. 65810-2294. h) Played piano and mandolin, wrote a beautiful piece called "Sunset At Sea" on the boat going over. Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.
AMICK, Lynn Bernard, PFC, 37682024, DOB 10/17/10. a) Colome, South Dakota. b) Winter 1943-44. c) 16 November 1944, near St. Die in the Vosges Mountains, France. d) E/409/103. e) Stanton: The 103rd Infantry Division arrived at Marseille, France on 20 October 1944 and relieved the 3rd Infantry Division at Chevry 8-9 November 1944. It attacked toward St. Die in the Vosges Mountains 16 November 1944 and fought through strong opposition to clear the hill mass below the town. f) Epinal American Cemetery, Epinal, France, Plot A, Row 11, Grave 6 g) Tiffany K. Weidner, 7th Grade, Colome Junior High School, Colome, South Dakota. h) Go to <http://jr016.k12.sd.us/amick.htm> for additional information. Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.
APITZ, Harold Arthur, Pvt., 37600391, DOB 28 February 1925. a) Henderson, Sibley County, Minnesota. b) July-September 1944. This was an abbreviated basic training cycle due to urgent demand for replacements. c) 9 February 1945, in vicinity of Udenbreth in the Seigfried Line,. Germany. d) A/393/99. e) Having played a historic role in stopping the German Counteroffensive in the Battle of the Bulge, the 99th Division pursued the retreating Germans relentlessly through deep snow, mountainous terrain, frigid cold, minefields, and deadly fire from pillboxes, and suffered heavy casualties. See also on the web "A pictorial account of the 393rd Infantry Regiment in combat." f) Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery, Belgium, Plot C, Row 11, Grave 60. g) Terry Hirsch <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Peter Schouteten and Ruth Ann Buck of the Dutch non-profit organization Foundation United Adopters American War Graves. . h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge. Picture at right with mother during furlough December 12-21, 1944. Posted 19 June 2015.
ARMOUR, Herbert C., Pvt., 34988565. a) Southaven, Mississippi. b) May-July 1944. c) 10 Feb 1945, near Trier, Germany, near Luxembourg border shortly after crossing Sauer River. d) K/417/76. e) 40mm mortar round landed in foxhole Herbert and another soldier were sharing. f) Buried in Luxembourg cemetery, later moved. g) Brother, H. Frank Armour, 794 Alleghany Cove, Southaven, Mississippi 38671. h) 417th Regt. part of 417th RCT which received a presidential citation "for outstanding performance of duly in action against the enemy from 7 to 12 February 1945 in the vicinity of Echternach, Luxembourg." Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.
ARMSTRONG, Lloyd E., PFC, 38629842. a) Navarro County, Texas. g) Carl A. Settle, 124 Culotta Drive, Hampton, Virginia.
BAILEY, Joe Wilson, PFC, 38671835, DOB October 1, 1908. a) Elgin, Texas. b) Spring 1944. c) 24 Dec 1944.one mile southeast of Manhay, Belgium. d) Co. B, 48 Armd Inf Bn, 7 Armd Div. e) Rifleman with antitank platoon. His squad was defending roadblock when enemy laid down barrage on his position and squad ordered to withdraw. He was not present when squad was reorganized. f) Later determined that his remains had been recovered by enemy and buried in German Military Cemetery, Ittenbach; reinterred 30 Jul 63 Fort Sam Houston Military Cemetery. San Antonio, Texas, g) Walter E. Bailey, brother, Bastrop. Texas, and Ailene Bailey Kelley, niece. Route 1, Box 361-9, Hawkins, Texas 75765. Additional information provided by Wesley Johnston, Historian, 7th Armored Division Association, whose splendid website, 48b-1944-12.htm, continues to express doubts about the reported fate of the 34 men including Joe Wilson Bailey of Company B, 48th Armored Infantry Battalion reported MIA as of 24 December 1944. h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.
BAIRD, Edgar W., Pvt., 36977305, DOB 26 April 1909. a) Marysville, St. Clair County, Michigan. b) between May-November 1944. c) 8 February 1945, vicinity Obermehlen, Germany. d) I/3/22/4. e) Stanton: On 17 January 1945 the 87th Division took over the 4th Division's zone along the Sauer from Echternach to Wasserbilling, releasing the 4th Division to seize the heights overlooking the Our and cross the river at Bettendorf 22 January 1945. It resumed the offensive 29 January 1945 and advanced into Germany 1 February, breaching the outer defenses of the West Wall along the Schnee Eifel River near Brandscheid on 4 February. On the 9 February the division crossed the Pruem River. f) American Military Cemetery, Henri-Chapelle, Belgium, Plot F, Row 14, Grave 51. g) Terry Hirsch <email@example.com>; Peter Schouteten and Danny van der Groen of the Dutch non-profit organization Foundation United Adopters of American War Graves; daughter Violet Baird. h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge..
BAKER, Ernest E., Pvt., 35769514. a) Charleston, West Virginia. b) Fall 43-Spring 44, C/78/16. c) 23 June 44, France. f) U. S. Military Cemetery, St. Laurent, France, Plot M, Row 10, Grave 182; re-interred near Charleston, W. Va. g) Winston A. Bailey. 27211 Cranford Lane, Dearborn Heights, Michigan 48127, who grew up with deceased in Charleston, W. Va. and was at Fannin at same time. h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.
BARILE, William, PFC., 35929638, DOB 7/17/1912. a) Mahoning County, Ohio. b) 1944. c) 10 May 45, near Balete Pass, Luzon, Philippines. d) 126/32, attached to 25th Division at time of death. e) Stanton: The 25th Infantry Division made a contested three-pronged drive on Balete Pass. The division was reinforced by the 148th and 126th Infantry but the Pass was not taken until 13 May 45 after a fierce battle for Kapintalan Ridge. f) Arlington National Cemetery. g) Katherine A. (Mrs. Earl) Park, 12821 McGowan Drive, Tyler, Texas 75707-9665, from Dedication Biographies, 1946 Raven Annual, Youngstown, Ohio. Additional information acquired in November 2009 from Internet posting by Anne Cady. h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.
BARNDOLLAR. Martin D., Jr., Col., 0-007030. a) Everett, Pennsylvania. b) 29 May-3 Aug 43, commanding officer Camp Fannin Branch Immaterial Replacement Training Center. c) 4 Jul 44, Carentan sector, Normandy. d) Commanding 331st Regt, 83rd Div. e) From Breakout and Pursuit, U. S. Army in World War II: "To advance down the Carentan-Periers road, the 331st Infantry was to attack along the right of the highway...The 83rd fired a ten-minute artillery preparation and jumped off at daybreak...Two hours later, Colonel Barndollar was dead with a bullet below his heart." g) Statement on page 25 of Gordon Neilson's book, Camp Fannin, Texas: A Fifty-Year Perspective; death reported in 3 Aug 44 issue of Camp Fannin Guidon. h) The colonel's wife Esther well remembered by Camp Fannin Association's corresponding secretary, Viola Errett, a friend at Fannin. Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.
BARNHILL, Lucian A., 1st Lt., 0-513998. a) Brooksville, Mississippi. b) 1944, A/82, 2nd Lt., platoon leader. c) 20 December 1944, between Saarlautern bridgehead and the Waldbilling/Haller area. d) 10th Reg., 5th Div. e) Stanton: On 16 December 1944, the German Ardennes counteroffensive began, and the 5th Inf. Div. relieved the 95th Inf. Div. at the Saarlautern bridgehead, attacking out of it 18 December 1944. After slow progress Waldbilling and Haller fell 25 December 1944. Lt. Barnhill was killed by a German sniper. f) Lorraine American Cemetery, St. Avold (Moselle), France, Plot A, Row 30, Grave 25. g) Merle W. Kribbs, 6331 County Road 385, Dublin, Texas 76446-4132, who writes “Lt. Barnhill was my training officer during the early part of 1944. I remember him so well because he made me dig a foxhole in a rocky creek bed because I failed to fire my rifle." h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge
BEALE, Robert E., Pvt., 38687394. a) Navarro County, Texas. g) Carl A. Settle, 124 Culotta Drive, Hampton, Virginia 23666.
BEARD, Marvin, Pvt., 38642487, date of birth 1916. a) Timpson, Texas. b) March-June 1944, A/66/14. c) September 16, 1944, Saint-Pierre, on the outskirts of Brest, France. d) Company I, 115th Regt., 29th Infantry Division. e) Stanton: The 29th Division was moved west from Normandy by motor into Brittany to positions outside the fortress of Brest, which it began attacking August 25, 1944. An all-out assault on the city began September 8 and German resistance collapsed September 18. f) U. S. Military Cemetery, St. James, France, Plot N, Row 5, Grave 118; brought home in April 1949 and re-buried at Cold Springs Cemetery, Garrison, Texas. g) Niece, Becky Palmer, 10210 FM 16E, Tyler, Texas 75706. h) Father of three at the time of his death. Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.
BERRY, Charles J., PFC, 33664117. a) Virginia. c) 3 March 45. d) 310/ 78. f) Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery, Belgium, Plot D, Row 12, Grave 26. g) Carl A. Settle, 124 Culotta Drive, Hampton, Virginia 23666. h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.
BIEN, Lonnie Lester, Pvt., RA 38536596. a) Brownwood, Texas, b) 1943, D/59/12. c) 5 August 1944, Chattanev, France. d) B/329/83. e) Stanton: The division landed across Omaha Beach on 19 June 1944 and attacked against strong opposition toward Periers 4 July 1944. St. Eny fell 9 July 1944 and the division regrouped along the Ays River 15 July 1944. The division renewed its attack 26 July 1944 as part of the Operation Cobra breakout, and in heavy combat crossed the Taute River the next day. After consolidation, the division followed the 6th Armored Division and reached the fortified city of St. Malo 4 August 1944. It began the Battle of St. Malo the same day and forced back German defenders to the strongpoints of The Citadel and Dinard after combined assaults. f) St. James American Cemetery south of Avranches, Plot A, Row 10, Grave 246; re-buried in 1948 at Greenleaf Cemetery, Brownwood, Texas 76801. g) Son, R. L Bien, 101 Oak Grove, Boerne, Texas 78006-1734, who remembers attending his father’s funeral in Brownwood at age 5. Would like to hear from anyone who has information about his father’s service and death. h) Bronze Star Medal (left), Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.
BISSEN, Henry, PFC, 30110928. a) Hawaii. c) 29 April 45. d) 407/102. f) Netherlands American Cemetery, Margraten, Plot C, Row 7, Grave 3. g) Carl A. Settle. 124 Culotta Drive, Hampton. Virginia 23666. h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.
BLANK, Russell Davis, Jr., PFC, 35833090, DOB 5/8/1918. a) Mahoning County, Ohio. c) 27 Jan 45, Vicinity of Sarreguemines, France. d) 71/44 Inf. Div. e) Stanton: The German Nordwind Counteroffensive struck the 44th Infantry Division east of Sarreguemines on 1 January 1945 and drove it back to the Rimling vicinity, the German forces retaking Gros Rederching and re-entering Aachen on 3 January before their advance was halted. The division's efforts to regain ground were stopped on a line extending along the Boies de Blies Brucken to just north of Gros Rederching. f) Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Youngstown, Ohio. g) Katherine A. (Mrs. Earl) Park, 12821 McGowan Drive, Tyler, Texas 75707-9665. from Dedication Biographies, 1946 Raven Annual, Youngstown, Ohio. and Shane Olsen. h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge. Updated 8 August 2013.
BLANQUART, William E., T/5, 31348229. a) Berkshire County, Massachusetts. b) August-November 1943. c) Pacific area. g) Dr. Leo Jensen, 195 Horseshoe Circle, Athens, Georgia 30605-3423. They were in same training cycle at Fannin. h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.
BOHNHOFF, Carl Joseph Sr., Pvt., 38499694. a) Louisiana b) 1944, A/68. c) June 13, 1944, near Caumont, France. d) 26th Regiment, 1st Infantry Division. e) Stanton: The 1st Infantry Division assaulted Omaha Beach on D-Day June 6, 1944 in the face of fierce opposition. The 16th Infantry Regiment reached the St. Lo-Bayeux highway June 10 and the 18th and 26th Regiments seized Caumont June 13. f) Normandy American Cemetery, Colleville-sur-Mer, France, Plot J, Row 13, Grave 14. g) Only grandchild, Mrs. Sheryl Raffat Saeed, Sheldon, Harris County, Texas. h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.
BONSIGNORE, Salvatore, Pvt. b) Aug-Dec 43, A/81. c) 20 Oct 44, Leyte, P.I. g) Eric Diller, 504 Via La Selva, Redondo Beach, CA 90277; (310) 375-2024; firstname.lastname@example.org; in same barracks with deceased at Camp Fannin. h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge
BRANDEL, Otto J., Pvt., 37644661. a) Brinktown, Missouri. b) August-December 1944. c)13 March 1945, Mindanao, Philippine Islands. d) 41st Infantry Division. e) Stanton: The 41st Infantry Division departed Biak Island by echelon 29 January-1 February 1945 and disembarked at Mindoro, Philippine Islands 8-9 February 1945. The 186th Infantry Regiment assaulted Palawan island 28 February 1945, took Puerto Princessa and its airfields, seized Hill 1445 on 8 March 1945, and eliminated Japanese mountain positions until returned to division control at Zamboanga, Mindanao on 27 March 1945. The division had landed on Zamboanga Peninsula on Mindanao 10 March 1945 and captured Zamboanga city and Caldera Point quickly, but Mt. Capison was not taken by the 162nd Infantry until 24 March 1945. When the 163rd Infantry gained the heights near Mt. Pulungbatu 29 March 1945, organized resistance ended. f) Holy Guardian Angels Cemetery, Brinktown, Missouri. g) Nephew, Ben Duggan, 21511 Highway 17, Waynesville, Missouri 65583. h) Otto had been in the Army just over seven months when he was killed. Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.
BREWER, Paul, Pvt., 35772078, DOB May 1, 1925 a) Stirrat, Logan County, W. Va. b) Sept 43-Feb 44, C/52/11. c) September 14, 1944, near the village of Montipoli, in the mountains of Italy. d) 361st Inf. Regt., 91st Inf Division. e) Stanton: The 91st Division crossed the Sieve River on September 10, 1944, going into the attack at M. Calvi, Monticelli, and Altuzzo on Septmber 12. The division was heavily engaged in this assault on the Gothic Line as the 361st and 363rd fought the Battle for M. Monticelli 12-18 September. See also 361st Infantry Gothic Line Campaign. (f) Hatfield and McCoy Cemetery, Town of Sarah Ann, Logan County, W. Va. g) Winston A. Bailey, 27211 Cranford Lane, Dearborn Heights, Michigan, who grew up with deceased in Charleston, W. Va. and trained in the same squad at Fannin. Additional information provided by Shane Olson of Hallock, Minn. and Nancee Russell, address not known. h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.
BROWN, Bob H., Sgt., 35618875, DOB 1920. a) Shawnee County, Kansas. b) first training cycle 1943. c) 20 November 1944, in the vicinity of Schleiden-Niedermerz, Germany. d) L/3/175/29. e) Stanton: The 29th Division began the offensive for the Roer 16 November 1944 with the 115th amd 175th regiments leading. Setterich was taken by the 116th Inf. after heavy combat 19 November, enabling the 2nd Armored Division to push through. The 175th Regiment took and lost Bourheim and then recaptured it and held it in the face of strong German counterattacks 23 November. f) Netherlands American Cemetery, Margraten, Netherlands, Plot D, Row 4, Grave 29. g) Terry Hirsch, Indianapolis, Indiana; Peter Schouteten and Erwin Derhaag, Margraten, Netherlands. h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.
BROWN, Earle Taylor, Jr., Sgt., 31358166. a) Massachusetts. b) Summer 43. c) 11 Dec 44 near Pier, Germany, near the Roer River. d) A/414/104 e) Stanton: The 104th Infantry Division crossed the Inden River at Lucherberg by surprise attack on 2 December 1944 and established a bridgehead which was subjected to strong German counterattacks 3-5 December. The division renewed its offensive 10 December to clear the west bank of the Roer, and the 414th fought the Battle for Pier 10-12 December 1944. f) Netherlands American Cemetery, Margraten, Netherlands, Plot A, Row 15, Grave 23. g) B. D. Chism, P.O. Box 254, Emory, Texas 75440, best friend. Further information provided by Carl A. Settle, 124 Culotta Drive, Hampton, Virginia 23666. h) Silver Star (left), Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.
BROWN, John Hartsel, Pvt., 38573235, DOB 17 October 1924. a) Dustin, Oklahoma b) October 1944-February 1945, A/64/13 c) 30 May 1945, east of Wawa Dam, Rizal province, Luzon, Philippine Islands. d) L/151/38. e) Excerpts from a letter to John’s wife from a fellow soldier, Dick Bakken: “The night before he got killed I slept in the foxhole with him. About 11 o’clock next morning we ran into a whole bunch of Japs. John was the first scout of our squad. We laid still for a long while. When we got up and started to move again, he got hit. He didn’t say a word and fell. John died instantly. He didn’t suffer any.” f) First buried at U.S. Armed Forces Cemetery #2, Manila, Luzon, Philippine Islands, Plot 1, Row 12, Grave 1455. Re-buried Dustin Cemetery, Dustin, Oklahoma. g) Earnest James Brown, son, 443 Walnut Street, Kiefer, Oklahoma 74041. h} Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge, Philippine Liberation ribbon (shown in accompanying picture). Posted 19 September 2013
BROZ, Albert James, PFC, 37490921, DOB May 19, 1926. a) Iowa. c) 1 May 1945, Okinawa. d) 306/77. e) Stanton: The 306th Infantry Regiment of the 77th Infantry Division landed on Okinawa 27 April 1945, and the 77th Division relieved 96th Infantry Division on 30 April. The 307th Infantry used cargo nets and ladders in the Battle for Maeda Escarpment but then came under heavy Japanese fire from the reverse slope. The 306th Infantry was subjected to a strong Japanese counterattack. f) Honolulu American Memorial Cemetery, Plot F, Row 1, Grave 295. g) daughter, Deanne Broz Beadle, <email@example.com> h) Bronze Star Medal (left), Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.
BRUMFIELD, Ray W., Pvt., 35817320. a) Lexington, Kentucky. b) Sept-Dec 1944, 58/12. g) Carl A. Settle, 124 Culotta Drive, Hampton, Virginia 23666, a fellow-trainee at Fannin.
BULLARD, Kenneth, S., PFC 31378758. a) Hartford County, Connecticut. b) Aug-Dec 43, A/81. c) June, 1944, Omaha Beach, Normandy. g) Eric Diller, 504 Via La Selva, Redondo Beach, CA 90277; (310) 375-2024; firstname.lastname@example.org; in same barracks with deceased at Camp Fannin. h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.
BURD, James D., 1st Lt., 01050575. a) Steuben County, New York. c) March 26, 1945, vicinity Dinslaken, Germany. d) G/134/35. e) Movement from the Rhine River to an objective in the vicinity of Dinslaken between 0800 and 1530, contested by considerable 20mm and direct artillery fire. f) Woodlawn Cemetery, Canisteo, New York. g) Steven H. Sherman, 3rd cousin, 1316 Bluebird Trail, Copperas Cove, Texas 76522. h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.
BURKHAMMER, James F., PFC. c) Wounded in action 14 April 1945 and died on 16 April. g) Terry Hirsch, Indianapolis, Indiana. Posted 3 February 2016. Additional information to come.
BURKLOW, John Ray, Private First Class, 38607507, DOB 8 March 1924. a) Nolan County, Texas. b) A/57. c) 22 September 1944, near Firenzuola, Tuscany, Italy. d) 363rd Infantry Regiment, 91st Infantry Division. e) Allied forces had just succeeded in breaching the formidable mountainous Gothic Line, with the 363rd Regiment having driven north through Monticelli in the preceding days. f) Florence American Cemetery and Memorial, Florence, Toscana, Italy, Plot G, Row 1, Grave 23. g) Dana Kristin Russell, grandniece, email@example.com. h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.
BUTLER, Bobbie 0., Pvt. 38555126. a) Texas. c) 2 July 44. d) 116/29. f) Normandy American Cemetery, Colleville-sur-Mer, France. g) Bart J. Engram, 1214 McLynn Avenue NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30306. h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.
CABRAL, John, PFC, 39147583, DOB 1916. a) Oxnard, California. b) 1944. c) March 25, 1945, at the Rhine River in the Buderich-Wallach-Rheinberg area. d) Co. A, 1st Bn., 117th Regt., 30th Infantry Division. e) Stanton: The 30th Division assaulted across the Rhine with three regiments abreast March 24, 1945 in the Buderich-Wallach-Rheinberg vicinity after heavy artillery shelling of German positions. It made contact with the British 1st Commando Brigade the next day and pushed through heavily-defended wooded terrain. f) Netherlands American Cemetery, Margraten, Holland. g) Antoine Nouens, <firstname.lastname@example.org>, a citizen of Holland, who lives near the cemetery. h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.
CAGNEY, Joseph Philip, PFC. , 36675636, DOB 8/10/24. a) Oak Park, Illinois. b) August-November, 1943, A/63/13. c) 30 Oct 44, Catmon Hill, Leyte, P.I. d) K/381/96. e) Participated in land invasion of Leyte where he was wounded 29 Oct 44 and died of his wounds next day. Awarded Bronze Star for heroic action against enemy. Stanton: The 96th Infantry Division arrived in Hawaii 23-31 July 1944, and trained on Oahu where it prepared for operations on Yap. The division moved to Eniwetok Island 11 September 1944 and was informed its participation in the Yap operations was cancelled 15 September 1944, and it was diverted to Leyte Island, Philippines instead. The division remained afloat at Eniwetok Anchorage until departed 28 September 1944 for Manus Island, where it arrived 3 October and there remained afloat until leaving for Leyte 14 October. The Division landed near Dulag 20 October and took San Jose and advanced inland across swampy terrain against pillboxes, the 381st and 383rd Regiments fighting at Catmon Hill 21-29 October 1944. f) Military cemetery, Leyte, P.I., reinterred Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside, Illinois, Lot 25, Block 1. g) Jim Cagney, brother, 296 Country Club Drive, Prospect Heights, Illinois 60070. h) Bronze Star Medal (left), Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge, and Philippine Unit Citation Badge.
CARMEN, James. a) Mt. Vernon, Indiana. b) Aug-Dec 44. c) 1945, European Theater of Operations. g) Richard Hawkins, P.O. Box 992, Atascadero, California 93423.
CASTRO, Salomon, S/Sgt., 38579911, DOB 10/17/10. a) El Paso, Texas. b) 1944, C/68/12. c) 5 March 1945, Germany. d) 12/4. e) Stanton: “On 28 February 1945 the 4th Division crossed the Pruem River in force. Gondelsheim was taken 4 March 1945 and the division raced out of the Pruem bridgehead behind the 11th Armored Division to the Kyll 6 March 1945.” f) American Cemetery in Belgium, reinterred Ft. Bliss National Cemetery, Texas 29 April 1949. g) Luis Castro, son, 22905 Wren St., Grand Terrace, Calif. 92313-5558. Further correspondence with Sgt. Castro’s great-granddaughter, Kayla Castro, 11407 Turko Avenue, Hesperia, California 92345. h) 33-year-old father of eight when drafted. Killed at age 34. Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.
CHARGO, Sylvan, PFC, 37575756. b) Fall-Winter 43-44, B/55/11. c) 7/15/44, Normandy, France. d) Company M, APO 15186. e) Three men in a machine gun platoon were on patrol at night. Their assignment was to wipe out an enemy machine gun nest. As the three approached the enemy in the dark with hand grenades as their weapons, two machine guns opened fire and Sylvan was the only one directly in their path. One of the other men was wounded, the third one unscratched. f) La Cambe, Normandy. g) Kim Groff, 6414 Shoreline Drive, Little Elm, Texas 75068, <kgroff@sbcglobal,net>, discovered letter while researching in Whiteman home in Tyler. h) Mrs. Whiteman wrote Sylvan a letter on D-Day, June 6, 1944. It was the one returned with the handwritten notation “Deceased 7-15-44. Sylvan had also written Mrs. Whiteman a letter on D-Day, and it is printed along with several others in Mrs. Groff’s book titled The Fitzgerald House (see page 2). h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.
CHARLES, Avery T., Sgt., 35108617 a) Washington County, Indiana b) Fall 1943-Spring 1944, cadre 63/13. c) ETO (Battle of the Bulge). g) J. D. Henley, 12321 Swanson, Marana, Arizona 85653, trainee in deceased’s Fannin outfit. h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge
CLAPP, Kenneth F. , Pvt., 31388725 a) Winchendon, Mass. b) Aug-Dec 1943. c) 18 June 1944, France. g) Leon St. Pierre, 3325 Blain Place, Tyler, Texas 75701; They were high school classmates and took basic at the same time at Fannin though in different outfits; visited several times during basic. h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.
CLOVER, Philip E., Sgt., 38691546 a) Grant County, Oklahoma b) Spring 1944. c) 1/28/45, Luxembourg. d) 10th Regt., 5th Inf. Div. e) The Fifth Division, deeply enmeshed in the Battle of the Bulge, made a surprise crossing of the Sauer River near Diekirch, Luxembourg on January 18, 1945, and by the end of the Battle of the Bulge [January 25] the Division had driven north to the Our River. Sgt. Clover had survived the Bulge, but died within the week as the 5th continued its drive east into Germany. g) Brad Clover, son, 106 Carlisle, Enid, OK 73703. h) Son Brad Clover wrote: “My mother, my brother, and I came to Tyler to be near my dad, and my mother did washing and ironing for some of the men in my dad’s barracks. I would like to hear from anyone who served with my dad at Fannin or in Europe under Patton.” Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.
COLDICOTT, Frederick Bryan, Pvt., 36960241, DOB 10/22/1921. a) Roseville, Michigan. b) March-Aug 44. c) 10/22/44 Wurselen, Germany. d) 120/30. e) Assault on Siegfried Line. f) American Military Cemetery, Margraten, Holland, Grave 22, Plot L, Row 9. g) D-Day In South Limburg – A Diary of Liberation published in Holland in memory of the liberators; Terry Hirsch, Indianapolis, Indiana. h) Pvt. Coldicott died on his 23rd birthday, a day after the capitulation of Aachen. He was born in England and came to America with family at age of 3. Had a private pilot's license. Worked as a metalworker at Aeronautical Products in Detroit before he was drafted. Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.
CORNFORTH, Lorraine H., Pfc., 39933049, DOB January 27, 1925. a) Aberdeen, Idaho. b) Summer-Fall 1944. c) 11 March 1945, Stiring Wendel, France. d) K/274/70. e) Stanton: The 274th and 275th Regiments cleared the heights commanding both Saarbruecken and Stiring Wendel by 24 February 1945. The division attacked beyond the Forbach-Saarbruecken Road on 3 March 1945, supported by the 12th Armored Division. The 274th finally captured Stiring Wendel on 5 March 1945 after heavy combat, and divisional patrols reached the outposts of the West Wall on 6 March 1945. The German forces withdrew 13 March 1945. f) American Military Cemetery at St. Avold, France; re-interred 27 December 1945 at Aberdeen, Idaho Cemetery. g) Kari Teeter Randoll, great niece, 450 E. Birnie Slough Road, Cathlamet, Washington 98612. h) Pfc. Cornforth was home on furlough during the 1944 Christmas holidays and was shipped overseas soon after. He’d been in the combat zone about 30 days at the time of his death. He had written his parents that he had been back from the front after three weeks of tough fighting, and had an opportunity to shave and clean up. Also, he had been able to spend a night with his brother, Pfc. LeRoy Cornforth, with the Signal Corps in France, and the boys had enjoyed the visit. Apparently he returned to action after the night spent with LeRoy and made the supreme sacrifice within 24 hours of that time. Another brother, Pfc. Leonard Cornforth was in training at Camp Fannin at the time of Lorraine’s death. Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.
COSSOLOTTO, Nino A., Pvt., 37646212. a) Appanoose County, Iowa. b) Sept-Dec 1944, 58/12. g) Carl A. Settle, 124 Culotta Drive, Hampton, Virginia 23666, a fellow-trainee at Fannin.
COX, James J., Jr., Pvt. a) Ector, Texas b) 1944, A/82, c) 2 May 1944, Camp Fannin. e) One of two 82nd Battalion trainees (the other was Clayton F. Matlock of C/82) crushed by trees blown down by a sudden violent windstorm while the battalion was on bivouac. g) Ruby Neilson, 417 Bond St., Hillsboro, Texas 76645, widow of former CFA president Gordon Neilson. Ruby was a reporter on The Tyler Courier-Times when she and Gordon met, and she found the story about James Cox’s death in the May 2, 1944 edition of The Tyler Courier-Times. See also story in Spring 1997 edition of Camp Fannin Guidon.
CREEGAN, John Thomas, Pvt., 37749079, DOB Jan. 15, 1922. a) Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri. b) September-December 1944, B/62/13. c) 15 March 1945, near Uttweiler, Germany. d) F/7/3. e) Stanton: The 3rd Infantry Division began its attack toward the Maginot Line on 5 December 1944 and cleared Bennwihr 24 December 1944 after which it was relieved by the 28th Infantry Division. The 3rd Division then renewed its offensive against the Colmar Pocket on 26 January 1945 and crossed the Canal de Colmar on 29 January 1945, then took Horbourg, and the 7th Infantry Regiment reached the outskirts of Colmar. A combat narrative of the action by a German unit, the 17.SS-Panzergrenadier-Division “Gotz von Berlichgen” reports it thus: “15 March 1945: Elements of the Division counterattack a battalion of the 7th Infantry Regiment, U. S. 3rd Infantry Division at Uttweiler, supported by 9 assault guns, 7 of which are destroyed by a relief battalion of the 7th Infantry Regiment along with 4 Wirbelwind Flakwagons.” f) American Military Cemetery, St. Avold, France, Plot D, Row 18, Grave 501; Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. g) Fannin Vet Carl A. Settle, 124 Culotta Drive, Hampton, Virginia 23666; Individual Deceased Personnel File, Freedom of Information Office, U.S. Army Human Resources Command. h) John T. Creegan’s company commander, Capt. Earl Swanson (not a Fannin vet), was also killed at Uttweiler on 15 March 1945. Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.
CURRY, Larry Wayne, S/Sgt., 38531232, DOB Nov. 11, 1924. a) Gatesville, Texas b) Aug.-Dec. 1943, C/59/12. c) 30 July 1944, Moyen, France. d) L/116/29. e) Stanton: "On D-Day, 6 June 1944, the 116th Infantry Regiment, attached temporarily to the 1st Infantry Division, stormed Omaha Beach, France and suffered heavy losses under adverse surf conditions and concentrated fire from the high bluffs. The 116th relieved the 2nd Ranger Battalion at Pointe du Hoe on 8 June 1944. The division opened the push on St. Lo 16 June 1944 ...On 12 July the 116th was halted on Martinville Ridge after penetrating German lines in front of St. Lo. Parts of the 116th were isolated astride the Bayeaux-St. Lo Road 15-17 July and the division took St. Lo 18 July and were relieved by the 35th Infantry Division. On 29 July the 29th Division attacked east of Percy and captured Vire 7 August." f) Restland Cemetery, Gatesville, Texas. g) Pawnee Curry Brooks, sister, HC 3, Box 17B, Lampasas, Texas 76550-9402. h) WD telegram to wife Mrs. Ruth A. Curry earlier reported S/Sgt. Curry as missing in action. He was a staff sergeant when he was killed, just 8 months after he finished basic as a private at Fannin. He was 19 years old. Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.
DAHLSTEDT, Wayne Wilmer, 1st Lt,, O-1328237 (36476622). a) York, Nebraska b) 1943-44, C/64/13, platoon sergeant. c) 31 March or 1 April 1945, Aschaffenburg, Germany. d) I/157/45. e) As platoon leader, leading combat troops that night. Stanton: The 45th Infantry Division attacked across the Rhine River near Hamm 26 March 1945. With three regiments abreast the division sped to the Main and established a bridgehead at Obernau 28 March. The division fought the Battle for Aschaffenburg 28 March-3 April which fell to the 157th Regiment after house-to-house fighting. f) Stromsburg Cemetery, Stromsburg, Nebraska. g) Waldo A. Dahlstedt, brother, 1527 O’Connell, Arkadelphia, Ark. 71923-5847, also a 1st Lt. and in ETO at same time; brothers visited in France; he learned of brother’s death 4 April 1945 from 45th Division graves registration unit. Information also provided by CFA Member Edgar Henley, now deceased, and R. M. Crandell, both fellow cadre members at Fannin. h) Silver Star (left), Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.
DAVIS, Charles R., PFC. f) American Military Cemetery, Henri-Chapelle Belgium. g) Terry Hirsch, Indianapolis, Indiana. Posted 3 February 2016. Additional information to come.
DeBARR, French, DOB July 6, 1909. a) Upshur County, West Virginia. b) April 9, 1944 - August 9, 1944, D/65/14. c) Listed as Missing In Action as of November 14, 1944 in Heurtgen Forest. Remains were found near Vossenack, Germany in April 1947, cause of death assumed to be small arms fire or artillery fire. d) B/110/28. e) Stanton: On October 25, 1944, the 28th Infantry Division relieved the 9th Infantry Division and attacked toward Schmidt November 2, 1944 after heavy artillery preparation. The division pushed into the Huertgen Forest and over the next few days heavy fighting caused Vossenack and Schmidt to change hands several times. The division had to pull out the 112th Infantry on November 14 and withdrew the 110th on November 17. f) Remains were returned to the United States in May 1949 and buried at Indian Camp Cemetery, Upshur County, West Virginia. g) Nephew, Michael Phillips, Buckhannon, West Virginia, <email@example.com>. h) Thirty-five years old at time of death. Left wife Juanita Phillips DeBarr and daughter Sharon. Bronze Star Medal (left), Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.
DEETER, William H., PFC, 15359051. a) Lakewood, Ohio. b) June-November 1943. c) November 2, 1944, near Standdaarbuiten, on the Mark River, The Netherlands. d) 415th Infantry Regiment, 104th Infantry Division. e) Shot by sniper, having been overseas less than a month. Stanton: The 415th Infantry reached the Mark River 30 October 1944, failed in its first crossing attempt the next day, and then assaulted across after heavy artillery preparation on 2 November and established a bridgehead in the Standdaarbuiten area. f) Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery, Henri-Chapelle, Belgium, Plot E, Row 9, Grave 47. g) Russell I. Haley, 653 Medford Leas, Medford, New Jersey 08055-2260, Classmate at Lakewood, Ohio High School in 1942, trained together at Camp Fannin in 1943. Camp Fannin Vet Roger Secrest, 4518 Irvin Simmons Drive, Dallas, Texas 75229-4249, also has knowledge of William Deeter’s death. h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge. Photo from 1942 Lakewood High School Yearbook.
DEHART, Murray., PFC, 38489796 a) Harris County, Texas b) 1944, B/63/13. c) 16 Dec 1944, Leyte, P.I. g) J. D. Henley, 12321 Swanson, Marana, Arizona 85653, in same company at Fannin; received letters from mother and brother of deceased about his death, visited brother’s home in Abbeville, Louisiana in 1987 and brother gave J.D. a picture of Murray. h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.
DE LAMA, Ricardo (aka Ricardo D. Martin), Pvt., 32996907, birth date September 26, 1913. a) New York, New York. b) Summer-Fall 1943. c) 23 November 1944, near Livergnano, Italy. d) G/2/133/34. e) “November 23, 1944 – Thanksgiving Day – was relatively quiet. During daylight hours, the customary artillery duels took place. Late in the afternoon, the early sunset preceded the usual reconnaissance activity, with patrols on both sides probing the enemy lines. At 6:20 p.m., while on the line at the Company G positions, Pvt. Ricardo de Lama was hit by small arms fire and died, struck by a bullet out of the dark.” -- from http://www.goticatoscana.eu/EN/>. Search “de Lama” in the database. [Do visit this lovely tribute to her father by his only child. Also Google Ricardo de Lama.] f) Military cemetery at Pietramala near the Raticosa Pass, Italy; repatriated and buried at Pinelawn National Cemetery, Farmingdale, New York. g) Gloria de Lama Sciole, daughter, and Corso P. Boccia of Florence, Italy, a historian researching World War II in Italy, who provided the website citation above. h) Born in Cuba, parents emigrated from Spain at turn of the century. h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge. Had been wounded twice before his mortal wound. Updated 11 December 2014.
DeLONG, Paul M., Cpl., 37726226. a) El Dorado, Kansas. b) 1 Dec. 1943 -19 April 1944. c) 15 March 1945, Germany. d) 52ndAIB/9thArmd Div. e) Battle of Remagen Bridge. f) Sunset Lawns Cemetery, El Dorado, Kansas. g) Sister, Elizabeth A. DeLong McKenna, P.O. Box 578, Sharon Springs, Kansas 67758. h) Deceased won American Legion Medal of Honor on completion of 8th grade; treasurer of Hi-Y in his senior year in high school; active in Boy Scouts, member of El Dorado Methodist Church; 19 at time of death. Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.
DEVER, William J., Pvt., 31435248. a) Suffolk County, Massachusetts. b) Sept-Dec 1944, 58/12. g) Carl A. Settle, 124 Culotta Drive, Hampton, Virginia 23666, a fellow-trainee at Fannin.
DEXTER, Loren Ray, Pvt., 36402402 a) Muskegon County, Michigan b) Stationed in Tyler Nov. 1942, location and duty not known, though Gordon Neilson’s book states “An Army Signal Corps Training Center opened in 1942 in the Tyler Commercial College building in downtown Tyler. Over 200 men were housed in the Blackstone Hotel [and other locations]”. c) 27 Nov. 1944, Leyte, P.I. g) Mrs. Kim Groff, 6414 Shoreline Drive, Little Elm, Texas 75068, phone (972) 294-8160, e-mail <kgroff@sbcglobal,net>. Mrs. Groff is author of The Fitzgerald House, which memorializes the home at 815 South Broadway Avenue in Tyler where Mrs. Lois Whiteman welcomed so many Fannin service men during the war. Mrs. Groff discovered letters to Mrs. Whiteman from many whom she had befriended including Loren Ray Dexter as she researched for her book. On 15 Nov. 1944 Ray wrote from Philippine Islands “A few exciting things have happened but there has been nothing dangerous at all. I haven’t even any firearms.” Then his mother wrote Mrs. Whiteman on 29 Dec. 1944: “ I can hardly write to you, but feel I must, through tears and a broken heart. My own precious boy has paid the supreme sacrifice. I know he would expect me to let you know.” h) Purple Heart.
DILLON, Robert Charles, Sgt., 39333705. a) Portland, Oregon. b) Summer 1944. c) 16 March 1945, near Remagen, Germany. d) B/393/99. e) Quoting brother’s letter: “He and his troops were pinned down by well-camouflaged enemy fire. Someone had to stand up and draw fire so they could locate the machine guns. He did--led the charge that eventually succeeded in destroying enemy position.” f) Originally in Belgium, later returned to his home in Portland, Oregon and buried in family plot, Mt. Calvary Cemetery. g) His older and only brother, James F. Dillon, 10938 Hansom Lane, Spring Valley, Calif. 91978, (619) 660-6614. Also Pat Fordney, 2770 S. Via Del Bac, Green Valley, Arizona 85614, who wrote in a letter printed in the Fall 1998 issue of Camp Fannin Guidon: “Robert Dillon was a boyhood friend of mine. I was standing right next to him when he was killed.” Brother James visited Robert and Pat at Fannin in the summer of 1944. Pat is listed as a pallbearer at Robert’s reinterment in 1947. h) Robert received the Silver Star (top left) for gallantry in action, the Bronze Star (right), and the Belgian Fourragere. Robert’s high school English teacher wrote a poem in tribute ending with these lines: “They charged the hill through cannon fire, their trusted sergeant on ahead. They took that height with broken hearts: their valiant sergeant dead. In holy ground in Belgium ‘neath the arch of a lovely sky, Sergeant Robert Dillon rests. He can never die.”
DISTELHORST, W.A., Jr. (Bill.) PFC, 37677123 a) Des Moines County, Iowa b) Winter 1943-44, A/54/11. c) 1944, Pacific Theater. g) Willis N. DeSpain, DeSpain Investment Co., 627 Main St., Mediapolis, Iowa 52637; (319) 394-3969, in the same company at Fannin.
DOCER, Blayne. c) 1945. g) George Cason, Jr., 1705 Shelmire Drive, Dallas, Texas 75224-1339; (214) 942-7235.
DOYLE, Edward E. (“Buddy”), Sgt., 15315541 a) Morristown, New Jersey. c) Dec. 1944, Southern France. d) 179/45. e) Hospitalized in October for an infected arm, but soon rejoined his outfit. Wounded in action on Nov. 28 and died of his wounds in December. g) Joe Quade, 4 Cain Court, Montville, N.J. 07045; (201) 263-2433; fax (201) 263-2433. Joe trained at Fannin July-Sept. 1943, wound up in the 17th Airborne Div. after ASTP at MIT, and now is editor of the division’s official publication, Thunder from Heaven. h) Buddy Doyle wrote this to his friend John “Red” Cumisky on Sept. 16, 1944: “Right now I am in a deep hole and sweating out 88s…Believe me, Red, I’m not the fearless kid you knew back in Dublin [a section of Morristown]. All that was taken out of me a while back. So far, so good, however, as I haven’t been touched. Close doesn’t count. Pray for me, please.” Buddy’s company commander wrote this to his parents: “Due to some particularly heavy fighting, I got to know some of my men very well. Among those men I got to know and admire as fighting men was your son, Sgt. Doyle.” Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.
DRAKE, Aubrey E., Jr., Pvt., 38617930 a) Minden, Louisiana. b) 1944. c) 13 April 1945, Annarode, Germany. d) 32nd Armored Regiment, 3rd Armored Division. e) Stanton: The 3rd Armored Division reached the Rhine River at Roggendorf and Worringen 4 March 1945 and fought the Battle for Cologne 5-7 March 1945 assisted by the 104th Infantry Division. After maintaining defensive positions, it crossed the Rhine 23 March 1945 and attacked again 25 March 1945. It reached the Lahn River at Marburg 28 March 1945 then closed the Ruhr Pocket after the Battle of Paderborn 31 March-1 April. The division reached the Weser River on 7 April 1945 and the Mulde River near Torten 15 April 1945. f) First buried in Belgium, then reinterred in Minden City Cemetery, Section H, Minden, Louisiana. g) See <http://www.mindenmemories.org/Before %201945.htm>. h) Purple Heart.
DRENKHAHN, Edward A., Pvt., 42187111 a) Bergen County, New Jersey. b) Sept-Dec 1944, 58/12. g) Carl A. Settle, 124 Culotta Drive, Hampton, Virginia 23666, a fellow-trainee at Fannin.
DUKES, H.V. No further information.
DUTER, William H. Awaiting further information.
ECKARD, Franklin G., Sr., Pfc, 34963591. a) Connelly Springs, North Carolina. b) A/84/15, Spring 1944. c) 28 November 1944, Farbersville, France. d) A/317/80. e) Killed by small arms fire as unit was withdrawing from Farbersville. Stanton: “The division attacked across the Seille River 8 November 1944 with three regiments abreast. It advanced despite mud, mines, and highway congestion to seize a bridge at Faulquemont over the Neide Allemande River on 20 November 1944. It took St. Avold 27 November 1944 then fought the battle of Farbersville.” f) Temporary burial in a military cemetery in Europe; remains returned to U. S. in 1947 and buried at Mt. Harmony Methodist Church Cemetery, Icard, North Carolina 28666. g) Franklin Eckard, Jr., son, P.O. Box 657, Hildebran, North Carolina 28637. h) Killed in just his eighth month in the Army; he was 34 years old and left four small children, the eldest 9 years old. His widow was still living at age 93 in 2003. Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.
FAHNESTOCK, Floyd A., Pvt.., 33512488 a) Dauphin County, Pennsylvania c) 1 July 1944, Normandy. d) B/115/29. e) Stanton: The 115th Infantry Regiment landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day 6 June 1944 and reached the Aure River at Longueville and continued across the Vire. The division opened the push on St. Lo 16 June and took St. Lo 18 July. f) Normandy American Cemetery, Colleville-sur-Mer, France, Plot I, Row 11, Grave 11. g) George Cason, Jr., 1705 Shelmire Drive, Dallas, Texas 75224-1339; information provided by John Hooper, 8 Fox Hollow Road, Joshua, Texas 76058-4869. h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge. Updated 11 July 2011 thanks to Shane Olson, Hallock, Minnesota.
FAHRENKRUG, Frank H., Pvt., 37646240. a) Iowa. c) 16 May 1945, Okinawa. d) K/307/77. e) Stanton: The 306th and 307th Regiments fought the Battle of Chocolate Drop Hill 11-20 May 45. f) Officially listed as missing in action, Frank H. Fahrenkrug’s name is inscribed on Tablets of the Missing at Honolulu Memorial, Hawaii. g) Fannin Vet Carl A. Settle, 124 Culotta Drive, Hampton, Virginia 23666. Additional information provided by son of Frank H. Fahrenkrug. h) Bronze Star Medal (right), Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.
FARRIS, Fred C., Pvt., 37738969. a) Buchanan County, Missouri. b) April 1944. c) 22 October 1944, Germany. d) 120/30. e) Stanton: The 30th Infantry Division attacked across the Wurm River between Aachen and Geilenkirchen 2 October 1944 against strong German opposition, and the following day the 117th Inf. seized Uebach after house-to-house fighting as the 119th finally captured Rimburg Castle. The division was assisted by the 2nd Armored Division as it continued slow progress in the West Wall, but was checked by a German counterattack on 9 October 1944 which isolated the 119th Inf. at North Wuerselen. The encirclement of Aachen was completed regardless on 16 October 1944 when the division made contact with the 1st Infantry Division. f) Netherlands American Cemetery, Margraten, Netherlands, Plot A, Row 5, Grave 9. g) Phillip Farris, son, 7806 N. Stoddard Ave., Kansas City, Missouri 64152-2165; firstname.lastname@example.org . h) Fred Farris’ wife Mrs. Louise Marie Farris, received a letter, date not known, from Miss Mia Geilen of Schaesberg, Holland, saying, “I adopted your husband’s grave in March 1945. It is a great honor for us that we are able to look after the grave of your dear husband who gave his life to free us…He gave his life for us Holland people who lived under the hated oppressors for years…” Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.
FEIGENBAUM, Irving A., PFC, 42187270. a) Essex County, New Jersey. b) Sept-Dec 1944, 58/12. g) Carl A. Settle, 124 Culotta Drive, Hampton, Virginia 23666, a fellow-trainee at Fannin.
FISHER, Kermit Camden, PFC, 35757903, DOB November 22, 1922. a) Glenville, West Virginia. c) September 17, 1944, northern Italy north of the Arno River. d) C/338/85. e) During the night of September 16, 1944 in the course of an attack on the German Gothic Line, Kermit was a platoon runner maintaining contact between his platoon’s three squads receiving intense enemy fire during an attack on a major objective. After the enemy was forced from their position, Kermit joined in another assault against a double bunker position and using rifle fire and grenades forced his way to the bunker itself and was killed by machine gun fire. f) Originally buried at Castlefiorentino, Italy, then buried in the Stalnaker Cemetery in Glenville, West Virginia on March 3, 1949. g) Rodney Young, Kermit’s nephew. h) Bronze Star (right), Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge. Posted 11 November 2014.
FLESH, Alfred L., Jr., T5, 35872240 . a) Columbus, Ohio. b) July-Nov 43, B/63/13; c) Leyte, Philippine Islands, 8 Jan 45; d) A/718 Amph Tank Bn, attached to 77th Inf. Div. e} Made the initial assault landing on Leyte, killed by enemy mortar fire during a follow-up landing; f) Permanent burial at the American Military Cemetery in Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippine Islands, Plot B, Row 7, Grave 14. g) William J. Reilly, 93 Park Ave., Unit 1504, Danbury, Connecticut 06810, friend from Camp Fannin who served in the same outfit overseas. h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.
FOLDEN, Lawrence F., Pvt., 37582120, 12/24/23. a) Holt, Minnesota b) 1943-44. c) September 7, 1944, vicinity Coat-Ly-Ogan, Crozon Peninsula, Brittany, France. d) 28th Regiment/8th Infantry Division. e) Stanton: On 25 August 1944, the 8th Infantry Division initiated the attack on the outer defenses of Brest after a preparatory bombardment, battled up Hill 80, and made an all-out assault on the fortress-city 8 September 1944. f) Folden Mission Cemetery, northwest of Holt, Minnesota. g) Shane Olson, Adjutant, 9th District Sons of American Legion, 216 Railroad Avenue South, Halma, Minnesota 56729-2908, who learned of his death while researching for soldiers from his area killed during the war. Shane Olson also provided information for Robert E. Harms, another Fannin vet from his area of Minnesota, also killed in Brittany in September 1944 while fighting with the 29th Infantry Division. “Lawrence Folden and Robert Harms were in the same vicinity of Coat-Ly-Ogan when they were killed just three days apart,” Shane reports. h) Entered service in December 1943 and arrived in England June 1944. Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.
FOLTZ, Walter L., Pvt., 39709003, DOB 13 October 1919. a) San Bernardino, California b) 1944. c) 22 June 1944, Cherbourg, France. d) H/2/12/4. e) Stanton: The 4th Infantry Division arrived in England 26 January 1944 and assaulted Normandy, France 6 June 1944. f) Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, California, Section C, Site 239. g) Nephew, Lester O. Foltz, Jr., Redmond, Washington. h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge. Updated 11 July 2011 thanks to Shane Olson, Hallock, Minnesota.
FORTENBERRY, Kohlin D., S/Sgt. a) Garvey, California. b) D/52/11 (basic trainee). c) Aug 1, 1944, France. g) Howard H. Hoblet, 6628 Tully-Harrison Road, Convoy, Ohio 45832, company clerk D/52/11 both at Camp Robinson, Arkansas and Camp Fannin. Learned of deceased’s death from Letter 4, dated Jan. 1, 1945, sent out to former members of D/52/11 by John B. Culbertson, then stationed in Ft. Meade, Md. h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.
FULLER, D. C., S/Sgt., 38516177. a) Rosston, Arkansas. c) Nov. 24, 1944, Germany. d) A/175/29. e) Stanton: The 29th Infantry Division began the offensive for the Roer 16 November 1944 with the 115th and 175th Inf. leading. Setterich was taken by the 116th after heavy combat 19 Nov. 44, enabling the the 2nd Armored Div. to push through. The 175th Inf. took and lost Bourheim and then recaptured it and held it in the face of strong German counterattacks 23 Nov. 44. f) Mt. Moriah Cemetery, 12 miles south of Prescott, Arkansas on U.S. 371. g) Sister, Mrs. Wanda Fuller Steed, 608 Brookhaven Court, Jacksonville, Arkansas 72076-3703. h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.
GALLEY, Harold B., Pvt., 37738946, DOB March 17, 1912. a) Omaha, Nebraska. b) Spring 1944, B/63/13. c) November 17, 1944, Germany. d) Company C, 16th Inf. Regt., 1st Infantry Division. e) Stanton: The 1st Inf. Div. laid siege to the fortress city of Aachen on Sept. 12, 1944 and the city was finally taken on Oct. 21. The division then opened the First Army's offensive to secure the Roer River Crossings east of Aachen on Nov. 16. This was the beginning of the controversial Huertgen Forest Battle which lasted almost five months and killed or incapacitated 33,000 First Army men. f) Henri Chappelle #1, Belgium, Plot X, Row 1, Grave 20; Columbus Cemetery, Columbus, Nebraska. g) Daughter, Carolyn A. Givan, 6920 Poudre Road #10, Greeley, Colorado 80634, (979) 353-7967, <email@example.com> . She writes: "My father wrote quite a nice letter to me when I was a little girl that tells in detail how they traveled. He also tells me why he is fighting and for whom. It is a patriotic letter written from one of the cattle cars in which the men were transported. This letter was printed in The Omaha World Herald on Thanksgiving Day, 2008." h) Harold Galley was 32 years old and married with children at the time he was drafted and had been in the Army less than eight months when he was killed. Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.
GANTZ, Leroy A., Pvt., 33877458. a) Pennsylvania. c) 18 Feb. 1945, France. d) G/274/70. e) Quoting the Division combat narrative published in Shelby L. Stanton’s World War II Order of Battle: “The 274th and 275th Regiments cleared the heights commanding both Saarbruecken and Stiring Wendel by 24 Feb. 45.” f) Epinal American Cemetery, France, Plot A, Row 22, Grave 22. g) Fannin Vet Carl A. Settle, 124 Culotta Drive, Hampton, Virginia 23666. h) Purple Heart,Combat Infantry Badge.
GARNER, J. T., Jr., PFC, 36759718. a) Rockford, Illinois. b) Aug.-Nov. 1943, D/63/13. c) 30 Dec. 44, Belgium. d) 394/99. e) Stanton: On 16 Dec. 44 the German Ardennes Counteroffensive hit the 99th division which was partially surrounded and suffered heavy losses…From 21 Dec.-29 Jan. the division was rebuilt on the front and maintained defensive positions. f) Camp Butler National Cemetery, Springfield, Ill. g) Philip McDonald, 1550 W. Appleby Rd., Palatine, Ill. 60067-4431, in same company with J. T. at Fannin and in same high school class in 1943 at West Rockford High, Rockford, Ill. Philip had a letter from Bernard Pellet, who was in the same company at Fannin and in the 99th with J.T. Also, Phil’s mother sent him a newspaper clipping. h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge. Updated 11 July 2011 thanks to Shane Olson, Hallock, Minnesota.
GILL, James E. Pvt., 38633091, DOB 1 May 1921. a) Limestone County, Texas. c) 18 February 1945. f) Hamilton Beeman Cemetery, Retreat, Texas. g) Carl A. Settle, 124 Culotta Drive, Hampton, Virginia 23666. h) Updated 11 July 2011 thanks to Shane Olson, Hallock, Minnesota.
GINTHNER, Charles V., Pvt., 37798034 a) Hennepin County, Minnesota b) June 1945, C/81. c) June 1945, Camp Fannin. d) C/81. e) Quoting Malcolm E. Myers (see g) below): “I arrived at Camp Fannin on about the second week of June 1945 to begin basic training as an I&R man. On one day early in that week, we were taken out to a drill field just across the street from our C/81 battalion office. We ran several laps around the field and did several exercises before being marched back to our company area where we began a class in rolling our field packs. About 10 minutes into our class, I looked to my left and saw one of the men in the class as he laid back on the ground very obviously in distress, and the non-com conducting the class ran to the office and called for an ambulance which arrived in a very few minutes and the man was taken to the base hospital. Later that day First Sgt. Pratt told us sadly that we had lost a man in our company. He was Pvt. Charles V Ginthner, a former policeman from St. Louis, Mo. He was married and over 30 but I do not remember whether he had children. Sgt. Pratt accompanied Pvt. Ginthner’s body back to St. Louis. He stated that Pvt. Ginthner was a very highly regarded man on the St. Louis police force. He further stated that he saw many of Pvt. Ginthner’s fellow officers shedding tears unashamedly at the funeral.” f) Ft. Snelling, Minn. g) Malcolm E. Myers, 2111 Dennis Drive, Hammond, Louisiana 70401, who was in the same company at Fannin and witnessed the deceased’s death.
GOODSELL, Lorren F., S/Sgt., 36198078 a) Hudson, Michigan. b) D/52/11 platoon sergeant. c) 27 Nov. 44, France. d) 7th Army. g) Howard H. Hoblet, 6628 Tully-Harrison Road, Convoy, Ohio 45832, company clerk D/52/11 both at Camp Robinson, Arkansas and Camp Fannin. Learned of deceased’s death from Letter 4, dated Jan. 1, 1945, sent out to former members of D/52/11 by John B. Culbertson, then stationed in Ft. Meade, Md.
GOULD, William James, Pvt., 19132007, DOB 14 July 1924. a) Los Angeles, California b) January-May 1944, 4th Platoon, A/56/12 c) 8 August 1944 Saint Malo, Brittany, France. d) Medical Detachment, A/330/83. e) Stanton: The 83rd Infantry Division landed across Omaha Beach on 19 June 1944, took over defensive positions, and attacked against strong opposition toward Periers 4 July 1944. St. Eny fell 9 July and the division regrouped along the Ays River 15 July. The division renewed its attack 26 July as part of the Operation Cobra Breakout and in heavy combat crossed the Taute River the next day. After consolidation the division followed the 6th Armored Division and reached the fortified city of Saint Malo 4 August. It began the Battle of Saint Malo the same day and forced back German defenders to the strongpoints of The Citadel and Dinard 9 August after combined assaults. William James Gould’s body was one of five Americans found in a burned-out pillbox. f) First buried at temporary American Military Cemetery at St. James-Avranches, then reburied at the permanent Brittany American Cemetery nearby, Plot L, Row 11, Grave 15. g) M. Remy Mortelette, 83rd Infantry Division Association, <firstname.lastname@example.org>. h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.
GRAY, Robert M., PFC, 42001987. a) Nutley, New Jersey. b) 1943. c) 19 April 1945, Stalag 1X-B, Bad Orb, Germany. d) 275/70. e) On 8 January 1945, Robert M. Gray was captured in action near Phillipsbourg, France and sent to the POW camp at Bad Orb. Soon after his capture he was sent out with a labor battalion and was never heard from again. Stanton: The three regiments of the 70th Infantry Division arrived at Marseille, France 10-15 December 1944 in advance of the rest of the division, and were formed into Task Force Herren which assumed defensive positions along the west bank of the Rhine near Bischweiler on 28 December 1944. As the German offensive advanced in the Bitche Salient, Task Force Herren was sent to assist the 45th Infantry Division. The 276th Regiment of the 70th took up switch-positions in the Wingen-Wimmenau-Rosteig area on 3 January 1945, and on 8 January 1945, Task Force Herren was given the task of protecting the east flank of the 45th Infantry Division during the drive against the salient. f) Lorraine American Cemetery at St. Avold, France, Plot K, Row 43, Grave 12. g) See <http://www.anthonysworld.com/w2_gray.html>. h) Following basic at Fannin, Robert M. Gray transferred to the Air Corps, going to Sheppard Field, Texas, and then on to Eastern Oregon College at LeGrande, Oregon. There he became captain of the Cadet Corps. In the Spring of 1944, he was one of a large group of Air Corps men who were transferred to the infantry and was sent to the 70th Infantry Division at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri. Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.
GRAY, William George, Pvt., 39923276. a) Lovelock, Nevada. b) July-August 1944, D/57/12. c) 14 September 1944, Sevenig-Roscheidt-Hanspelt area, Germany. d) E/109/28. e) Stanton: The 28th Division paraded through Paris 29 August 1944 on its way to assigned attack positions northeast of the French capital. The division crossed the Oise River at Pont Ste. Maxence in the Chantilly-Compiegne area 31 August 1944. It continued across France and passed through Belgium east of Sedan, and crossed into Germany from Luxembourg near Binsfield 11 September 1944, capturing the Our River bridge intact. The 110th Regiment began hammering the West Wall west of Grosskampenberg 12 September 1944, and both the 109th and 110th breached it after overcoming heavy opposition two days later. f) Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery, Henri-Chapelle, Belgium, Plot F, Row 16, Grave 18. g) Daughter, Gloria A. Haslam, 605 Tougas Lane, Ronan, Montana 59864. “In loving memory – lest we forget,” writes Mrs. Haslam. She also writes that her father arrived in France 27 August 1944, marched in victory parade through Paris, limited advance across German border, KIA just over the Siegfried Line. Had been in Europe two weeks.” He left a wife, daughter, and son, all of whom survive as of October 2004. h) Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.
GREENE, Rex E., Jr., PFC, 11096153. a) Connecticut. b) June-Oct. 1943. c) 1 Dec. 44, Germany. d) 335/84. e) Stanton: On 29 Nov 44, the 84th Division began the drive on the Roer River as the 335th Infantry reached Lindern and repulsed counterattacks, and took Beeck the following day. f) Netherlands American Cemetery, Margraten, Netherlands, Plot D, Row 19, Grave 6. g) William McIlvain, 501 Riverdale Ave., Yonkers, N.Y. 10705, who heard of death from deceased’s parents. Also, Fannin Vet Carl A. Settle, 124 Culotta Drive, Hampton, Virginia 23666. h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.
GREISE, Carl A., 35681335. d) 26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division. g) Terry Hirsch, Indianapolis, Indiana. Posted 3 February 2016. Additional information to come.
GRIZZELL, Edward F., PFC, 37747680 a) Macksville, Kansas. b) July-Oct. 1944. c) 29 March 1945, near Dorsten, Germany. d) 75th Inf. Div. e) Killed by artillery fire in the battle of the Ruhr. Stanton: The 290th Infantry Regiment of the 75th Division crossed the Rhine 24 March 1945, followed by the rest of the division on 30 March 1945. Since Dorsten, where Edward F. Grizell was killed is east of the Rhine, and only the 290th had crossed the Rhine on the date of his death, he must have been a member of 290/75. g) E. Olen Mitchell, 2405 Colorado Street, Hutchinson, Kansas 67502, who found Edward F. Grizzell’s name in his hometown roster of WWII KIAs. h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.Updated 11July 2011 thanks to Shane Olson, Hallock, Minnesota.
HADDOCK, William Arthur, Pvt., 38347899. a) Slayton, Texas. b) Fall 1943-Spring 1944, B/63/13. c) 14 Sept. 1944, Italy. d) 338/85. e) Stanton: The 338th Infantry fought the battle for Mt. Altuzzo 14-17 Sept. 44. f) Florence American Cemetery, Florence, Italy, Plot D, Row 12, Grave 28. g) J. D. Henley, 12321 Swanson, Marana, Arizona 85653. In same company at Fannin, visited deceased’s brother Edwin H. Haddock in Lubbock, Texas in 1992. Additional information provided by Fannin Vet Carl A. Settle, 124 Culotta Drive, Hampton, Virginia 23666. h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.
HAMBLIN, Lacy M., PFC, 34876878. a) Sledge, Mississippi. b) December 1943 – April 1944, C/81/15. c) 10 December 1944, Folpersweiler, France. d) C/134/35. e) Killed in German counterattack. Stanton: The 134th Infantry Regiment took Hilsprich with tanks and massive artillery fire on 24 November 1944. The division pushed into Sarreguemines 6 December 1944 and the 134th and 320th Regiments assaulted across the Saar River the next day and defended their bridgehead against strong German attacks. Saareguemines was reduced after house-to-house combat 11 December 1944. f) U. S. Military Cemetery, Limey, France; permanent burial Crenshaw, Mississippi. g) Nephew, Randolph Fair, 1712 Pinewood Drive, Huntsville, Alabama 35806. h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.
HANEY, Robert L., Jr., Pvt. a) Muskegon Heights, Michigan. b) D/61/13. c) 3 May 1945, Okinawa. f) Mona View Cemetery, Muskegon Heights, Mich. g) Thomas C. Vermilya, Jr., 3808 Ponta Luna Road, Fruitport, Mich. “We were classmates in school, both trained at Fannin and Ft. Ord, went overseas together and landed on Okinawa as replacements and placed in different units.” Learned of Robert’s death by letter from home, later saw listing of Muskegon County War Dead in Nov. 12, 1945 issue of Muskegon Chronicle.
HANF, Roy Edward, PFC, 37628607. a) Cape Girardeau, Missouri. b) 1943-44. c) 12 Oct. 1944, Foret de Parroy, near Luneville, France. d) G/315/79. e) On a mission with his unit to secure the enemy from a wooded area. Killed by shell fragments from enemy mortar and small arms fire. f) Epinal American Cemetery, Epinal, France, Plot B, Row 18, Grave 37. g) Jim Dollar, Lt. Col. (Ret). “Roy Hanf was a member of the 3rd Platoon, Co. G, 315th Inf., 79th Div. I was his platoon leader as a 1st Lt.” Additional information provided by Fannin Vet Carl A. Settle, 124 Culotta Drive, Hampton, Virginia 23666. h) Roy Hanf was 37 years old when he was killed. He had worked more than 20 years for International Shoe Company in Cape Girardeau at the time of his induction. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and the Walther League.
HANNA, James R., Jr., PFC, 38590781 a) Ottawa County, Oklahoma b) Fall 1943-Spring 1944, B/63/13. c) 1945, Mindanao, P.I. d) 34/24 (?). g) J. D. Henley, 12321 Swanson, Marana, Arizona 85653. In same company at Fannin. Heard about James’ death from another member of his Fannin company, Irving Herndon. “I know for certain that Irving Herndon was in the 34th Regiment of the 24th Division in Mindanao in 1945, and he told me that Hanna was KIA in Mindanao in 1945.”
HARMS, Robert E., Pvt., 37581684, April 24, 1924. a) Pencer, Minnesota b) 1943-44. c) September 10, 1944, vicinity Coat-Ly-Ogan,Crozon Peninsula, Brittany, France. d) 175th Regiment/29th Infantry Division. e) Stanton: On 29 July 1944, the 29th Infantry Division attacked east of Percy and captured contested Vire 7 August 1944. The division was moved west by motor into Brittany to positions outside the fortress of Brest, which it began attacking 25 August 1944. The 116th and 175th Infantry Regiments assaulted the Le Conquet Peninsula containing the formidable Batterie Graf Spee, and on 29 August 1944 the division seized the crest of key Hill 103 but the battle for this commanding feature took several more days. The all-out assault on the city was made 8 September 1944 and German resistance collapsed there on 18 September 1944. f) Hope Cemetery, Roseau, Minnesota. g) Shane Olson, Adjutant, 9th District Sons of American Legion, 216 Railroad Avenue South, Halma, Minnesota 56729-2908, who learned of his death while researching for soldiers from his area killed during the war. Shane Olson also provided information for Lawrence F. Folden, another Fannin vet from his area of Minnesota, also killed in Brittany in September 1944 while fighting with the 8th Infantry Division. “Lawrence Folden and Robert Harms were in the same vicinity of Coat-Ly-Ogan when they were killed just three days apart,” Shane reports. h) Entered service in early 1943 and went overseas May 1944. Previously wounded and sent to England, then returned to his unit. h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.
HAWN, Herman Allen, PFC, 37694854. a) Conway, Iowa. b) 18 April 44 – 8 Sept. 44, B/83/15. c) 29 April 45, Luhoff, Germany. d) B/65AIB/20 Armd. e) Stanton: “The Division attacked through the 42nd and 45th Inf Div lines to open the drive on Munich 28 April 1945 as it crossed the Danube. It advanced rapidly to Munich where it cleared strong opposition in certain sectors 29-30 Apr. 45”. g) Evelyn Axtell, former CFA president, 11728 Farm Rd. 2767, Tyler, Texas 75708-9244; CFA Member Joyce W. Johnson, RR #1, Box 81, Blanchard, Iowa 51630, and CFA Member Lowell Hawn, Herman’s brother, 603 Oberlin Avenue, College Springs, Iowa 51637. h) Herman was 18 when he died, won the Bronze Star.
HAYES, Walter W. Please send any information you have about Walter W. Hayes.
HEATON, Clifford. Ralph, Sgt., 35233638. b) Aug. – Fall 1943, C/56/12. c) 17 Oct. 44, somewhere in Austria. d) Army Air Force. e) Tail-gunner on bomber shot down over Austria. f) Buried at crash site in Austria (exact spot unknown). Re-buried at Lorraine American Cemetery. g) Lee McCool, in same company at Fannin, 6172 McKenzie Rd., North Olmsted, Ohio 44070-4903. “In the early Fall of 1943 (and you may well remember it), all trainees had the opportunity for a short time to get into the USAF. Ralph got the necessary birth certificate and letters of recommendation and was on his way. Ironically, Ralph said he wanted out of the Infantry because ‘it was too easy to get killed’. In 2001, I ran an ad in ‘Good Old Days’ Magazine and received a letter from a lady in Marietta, Georgia saying she was a cousin of Ralph’s. She sent me names of a sister and two brothers of Ralph’s, and a letter and phone call got the information.” h) Ralph received Air Medal with 2 stars. Updated 11 July 2011 thanks to Shane Olson, Hallock, Minnesota.
HEBERT, Dennis, PFC. a) New Iberia, Louisiana. b) Sept. 43-March 44. c) Philippine Islands, date uncertain, hand grenade. d) A/126/32. e) Stanton: 126th rejoined 32nd Div. at sea 9-14 Nov. 44 while in transit to Philippine Islands, and landed at Leyte 14 Nov. 44; landed at Lingayen Gulf Luzon 27 Jan. 45; attached to 25th Inf Div. 23 May-30 June 45. f) Philippines. g) Martin Hickman, 407 Reynolds, Taft, Texas 78390. “He was the best friend I ever had. Best friends from Camp Fannin until his death. We were lying side by side when he was wounded. I went to see him next morning and medic told me he had died at 10 p.m. He tried to be a perfect soldier.” h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.
HEINDEL, Harold L., Pvt., 39932297, date of birth 10 October 1919. a) Idaho Falls, Idaho. b) Summer-Fall 1944. c) 10 May 1945, Okinawa. d) Company C, 382nd Infantry, 96th Infantry Division. e) Harold L. Heindel was killed by a hand grenade as his unit, under heavy enemy fire, assaulted an enemy position on Zebra Hill. f) Rose Hill Cemetery, Idaho Falls, Idaho. g) Shane Olson, Adjutant, 9th District Sons of American Legion, 216 Railroad Avenue South, Halma, Minnesota 56729-2908. Additional information was provided by Don Dencker, 96th Division historian, who was fighting on Okinawa in L Company of the 382nd at the time Harold Heindel was killed. h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge. See also http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4188/is_20030915/ai_n11406377/
HILL, Earnest A., Pvt., 38564406. a) Oklahoma. c) 25 May 1944, Italy. d) 350/88. e) Stanton: “…on 15 May 44 the [88th] division pushed through an undefended Spigno. The 351st Infantry came under heavy fire 18 May 44 in attempts to take Mt. Grande, and the 349th and 350th advanced from Rocca Secca across the Amaseno Valley 26 May 44.” f) Sicily-Rome American Cemetery, Nettuno, Italy, Plot A, Row 9, Grave 37. g) Bart J. Engram, 1214 McLynn Avenue NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30306.
HO, William A. O., Pvt., 30111090. a) Hawaii. c) 21 Feb. 45, near Saarbruecken, Germany. d) C/275/70. e) Stanton: …on 17 Feb 45 the 276th Regiment made a limited offensive against the heights southwest of Saarbruecken…The 274th and 275th cleared the heights commanding both Saarbruecken and Stiring Wendel by 24 Feb. 45. f) Reinterred in native Hawaii at Honolulu Memorial Cemetery. g) Carl A. Settle, 124 Culotta Drive, Hampton, Virginia 23666. h) Bronze Star Medal (left), Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.
HOCKADAY, James E., 33859536. a) Warwick County, Virginia. g) Carl A. Settle, 124 Culotta Drive, Hampton, Virginia 23666.
HOERRMANN, Bryan Jacob, Jr., PFC, 37749311, DOB 14 July 1923. a) Green Castle, Missouri. b) 1944-45, A/65/13. c) 5 April 45, Germany. d) 275th Regiment, 70th Infantry Division. f) Fairview Cemetery, Mystic, Missouri. g) sister, Mrs. William (Annabelle) Swisher, RR 1, Box 111, Green Castle, Missouri 63544. h) Family received American Legion Gold Star Citation from Dept. of Missouri 30 May 46. Updated 11 July thanks to Shane Olson, Hallock, Minnesota.
HOLLAND, Norbert J. f) American Military Cemetery, Henri-Chapelle, Belgium. h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge. Posted 3 February 2016. Additional information to come.
HOLLINGSWORTH, John.M., Pvt., 38496675 a) Baton Rouge, Louisiana. b) 31 July-6 Dec. 43. c) 18 June 44, Hill 108, Normandy, France. d) 29th Div. e) John was an ammunition carrier for a light machine gun. Killed by mortar fragment. Stanton: The 29th Division opened the push on St.Lo 16 June 1944. f) Graham Cemetery, Jackson County, Mississippi. g) Emory A. Domen, 1990 Minno Drive, Johnstown, Pennsylvania 15905-1172. Emory writes: “Went to basic training together and served in same platoon in 29th Division. I was 6 feet from him when he was killed. I was very closely attached to him.” h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge. Updated 11 July thanks to Shane Olson, Hallock, Minnesota.
HOLMAN, Albert W., Pvt. 37630803. a) Missouri. c) 22 Nov. 1944, near Faulquemont, France. d) A/318/80. e) Stanton: “The [80th] Division attacked across the Seille River 8 Nov 44 with three regiments abreast. It advanced despite mud, mines, and highway congestion to seize a bridge at Faulquemont over the Nied Allemande River on 20 Nov. 44. It took evacuated St. Avold 27 Nov. 44.” f) Lorraine American Cemetery, St. Avold, France, Plot B, Row 12, Grave 38. He was first buried at Limay, France, Plot 5, Row 4, Grave 95. g) George Cason, Jr., 1705 Shelmire Drive, Dallas, Texas 75224-1339. George provided a copy of a newsletter dated 29 Nov. 45 headed Greetings Clerk School Gang, Bulletin #1, disclosing Al Holman’s death. Editor had received a letter from Al Holman’s mother, Mrs. Wendell Holman: “Our hearts are broken. Albert was our only child and every dream and hope in life centered around that boy…I will always have a warm spot in my heart for any of Albert’s friends.” Information revised based on information provided 28 January 2006 by Jeff Wignall of Peabody, Massachusetts, <Member9219@aol.com> and by American Battle Monuments Commission.
HOPKINS, Arlie L., Pvt., 38515903. a) Natural Dam, Arkansas. b) 1943, B/55. c) July 30, 1944, near St. Lo, France. d) 116/29. e) Following the liberation of St. Lo, the 29th Division was participating in Operation Cobra, the Normandy breakout. Stanton: On July 29, the 29th Division attacked east of Percy. Another history of the division reports that German resistance was stubborn. Self-propelled 88s and small infantry units harassed the 29th as the Germans fought delaying actions and in late July, the Germans launched a counter-offensive. f) First buried in an unidentified American military cemetery, then reinterred in April 1949 in the Bryant cemetery near his home in Arkansas g). His sister, Florence Hopkins Fields, 688 North 153rd East Avenue, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74116-2821, (918) 437-0437; information transmitted through Kenneth James and Viola Errett of the Camp Fannin Association. h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.
HORTON, Irving F., PFC, 31368579 a) Bristol County, Massachusetts b) D/52/11. c) 2 Sept. 44, Southern France. g) Howard H. Hoblet, 6628 Tully-Harrison Road, Convoy, Ohio 45832, company clerk D/52/11 both at Camp Robinson, Arkansas and Camp Fannin. Learned of deceased’s death from Letter 4, dated Jan. 1, 1945, sent out to former members of D/52/11 by John B. Culbertson, then stationed in Ft. Meade, Md.
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This version updated 4 February 2016