Thursday, June 30, 2016

PVT James Kaleph Martin Sr

courtesy of Dennis Healy
PVT James Kaleph Martin Sr was born on 16 Jul 1907 in Baltimore, Maryland.  He was the 4th of 5 children born to Robert L. and Anna Marie Martin.  His father worked as a hotel watchman and later the family farmed. James married Helen Elona Szelesy. The couple would have 3 children by 1938. James worked as a driver and Helen as a housekeeper. In 1940 James was working for Balto Transfer Company.

James was drafted in October 1943. After his basic training he was sent to Europe.  On 22 Jun 1944 PVT Martin was transferred from the replacement depot to G Company 116th Infantry. He was killed in action on 30 Jun 1944.


PVT Martin was repatriated in 1948 and re-interred in the Baltimore National Cemetery.

PFC Fred Bryant

PFC Fred Bryant was born 6 Jul 1920 in Fayette County, Kentucky to Arthur B. and Amanda (Hoskins) Bryant.  The family farmed.  In 1940, Fred was working as a carpenter as was his father. Together, they made $670 in 1939.

After entering the service and attending training, Fred was sent overseas.  On 19 Jun 1944 he was transferred from the replacement depot to G Company 116th Infantry.  On 30 Jun 1944 PFC Bryant was killed in action.

PFC Bryant was repatriated and now rests forever in Hillcrest Memorial Park in Lexington, Kentucky.

PVT Joseph Denes Hosszu Jr

PVT Joseph Denes Hosszu Jr was born 29 Aug 1916 son of Joseph Denes and Theresa (Balogh) Hosszu in Hungary.  The immigrant family settled in Hammond, Indiana.   About 1937 Joseph Jr married Violet Alice Biksey with whom he had several children. 

Joseph was drafted 22 Sep 1943 and was assigned to G Company 116th Infantry on 19 Jun 1944. 
He is recorded as being seriously wounded on 30 Jun 1944 and transferred to hospital.  It was there that he died of his wounds.  

He was repatriated in 1948 and now rests forever in Oak Hill Cemetery in Hammond, Indiana.   


PVT Wendell P. Lewis

courtesy of Mike & Bushy Hartman
PVT Wendell P. Lewis was born 29 Jul 1912 in Mattoon, Illinois the only son of four children of David Morgan and Marion (Phillips) Lewis. His father was a machinist.  Wendell attended college and got a 4-year degreeIn 1940 Wendell was a teacher in a private school and reported a 1939 income of $800.  He was still living at home with his father who was working for a medical company, still as a machinist and reported a 1939 income of $3000. 

Wendell was drafted in July 1943. After his basic training he was sent to the European theater in August 1943 and on 22 Jun 1944 was transferred from the replacement depot to G Company 116th Infantry.  He served in that unit as a rifleman until killed in action on 30 Jun 1944.

PVT Lewis was buried in the Normandy American Cemetery.

PFC Cecil C. Cassidy

courtesy of Fred Day
PFC Cecil C. Cassidy was born 1920 in Middletown, Ohio to Oliver Pierce and Eva (Brewer) Cassidy. The family had moved to Middletown from Menifee County, Kentucky. His father worked in a paper mill.  In 1940 Cecil was married to Juanita and working for the railroad.  He reported an income in 1939 of $144.

After Cecil was drafted in December 1942 he was sent overseas and assigned to G Company 116th Infantry. He was with the unit on D-Day, participating in the amphibious assault.  PFC Cassidy was wounded on 30 Jun 1944, evacuated and died of his wounds that same day. 

PFC Cassidy is buried in Woodside Cemetery in Middletown, Ohio.

Brother, Herbert William Cassidy, also served (1941-1945) during the war. 

PVT Alvis Russell Francis

PVT Alvis Russell Francis was born in 1921 in Wichita, Kansas to Alvis Celler and Edith Grace (Newall) Francis. 

Alvis was drafted in November 1943.  He was assigned to F Company 116th Infantry from the replacement depot on 22 Jun 1944.  He was killed in action 8 days later, on 30 Jun 1944.

PVT Francis rests forever in the Normandy American Cemetery.  


PVT Robert J. Jones

courtesy of Bessie Savery
PVT Robert J. Jones was born in 1917 in Wichita Falls, Texas to Standiford Burkett and Lula Bertha (Helms) Jones.  His father was working as a laborer for the city in 1920 but was unemployed according to the 1930 census.  By 1940 his parents had separated, each claiming to be widowed on the 1940 census. In 1940 his mother was working as a seamstress and had a reported 1939 income of $412 and paid $8 a month rent for their house.  In 1940, Robert was working as farm labor but had no income for 1939.

Robert was augmenting his income by being a member of a local National Guard unit.  He was activated/federalized in November 1940.  His reported occupation there was that he was a carpenter.  We have been unable to trace Robert's military career but we know that he was likely assigned to G Company 116th Infantry prior to the amphibious assault on D-Day, 6 Jun 1944 and that he participated in that mission.  PVT Jones was killed in action on 30 Jun 1944.

PVT Jones is buried in the Normandy American Cemetery.  


PVT Aram Menzigian

courtesy of Dominique Potier
PVT Aram Menzigian was born in Worcester, Massachusetts on 27 Jul 1924. He was the 2nd of 3 sons born to Manoog and Alta Yeraney (Angley) Menzigian. His father was an Armenian native of Turkey who had immigrated in 1909 at the time of the Turkish massacres of Armenians. The depression was tough on the family. In 1930 his father ran a candy shop and they had a  home valued at $2500. By 1940 his father was working as a barber and they rented their home for $25 a month but his father only reported a 1939 income of $624. Aram did not have the opportunity to attend high school.

At the time he was drafted in March 1943, Aram was working as a waiter. After his initial training he was sent to England and assigned to G Company 116th Infantry. He trained for and participated in the D-Day amphibious landings of 6 Jun 1944 at Omaha Beach in Normandy. He fought with the unit until killed in action on 30 Jun 1944.


PVT Menzigian rests forever in the Normandy American Cemetery.

Aram's old brother, Paul Menzigian, served in the U.S. Army from February 1943 to January 1946.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

TSGT Ernest W Bishop

TSGT Ernest W Bishop was born 23 Sep 1916 to Robert Lee and Queen Victoria (Robertson) Bishop of Albemarle County, Virginia.  This family of 14 was supported by the family farm.

Ernest entered the service 15 Nov 1940.  Assigned to K Company 116th Infantry he participated in the assault on Omaha Beach on D-Day.  He was killed in action on 29 Jun 1944 (D+23). 

His body was returned in 1948 and TSGT Bishop is buried in Monticello Memorial Park in Charlottesville, Virginia. 

PFC Aristedes P. Manos

courtesy of Frogman
PFC Aristedes P. Manos was born 22 Dec 1924 in New York City, New York. He was the youngest son of Peter Manos. His father was a native of Sparta, Greece. In 1947 Peter would be living at 43 East Fourth Street, Brooklyn.

Aristedes was drafted in May 1943. After training he was sent to the European theater. On 13 Jun 1944 he was transferred from the replacement depot to B Company 116th Infantry. PFC Manos was killed in action on 29 Jun 1944.

PFC Manos rests in the Normandy American Cemetery.

PVT William Lee Burk

PVT William Lee Burk was born about 1925 in Antlers, Oklahoma to Thomas Robert and Betty Mahala (Parrott) Burk.  His father worked in a lumber mill and in road construction. 

After entering the service, William was assigned to B Company 116th Infantry.  He probably participated in the D-Day landings.  On 29 Jun 1944, PVT Burk was killed in action. 

PVT Burk is buried in the Normandy American Cemetery.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

PVT Paul Dotson Killebrew

Paul in 1942
PVT Paul Dotson Killebrew was born 27 Oct 1924 in Stewart County, Tennessee to David Brunson and Cynthia Francis (Parker) Killebrew. His father managed a store and farmed.

Paul may have been working in aircraft manufacture when he was drafted in October 1943.  After basic training he was sent to Europe and on 19 Jun 1944 he was transferred from the replacement depot to G Company 116th Infantry.  PVT Killebrew was killed in action 10 days later on 28 Jun 1944.

PVT Killebrew is buried in the Normandy American Cemetery.  There is a cenotaph for Paul in the Powell Cemetery in Lafayette, Kentucky.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

PFC Mario James Capano

PFC Mario James Capano was born 12 Apr 1924 in Calabria, Italy to Joseph and Michelena (Rizzo) Capano.  The family came to New York in November 1929.  In 1940 the family was doing well, Joseph was working as a bricklayer as was one son and another son was working as a plumber.  Mario was not working yet.  The family took in $3800 in 1939, pretty good for the time.

When Mario was drafted in February 1943 he was living in Delaware and working as a welder.  Assigned to K Company 116th Infantry on D-Day, he survived the assault.  On 19 Jun 1944 he died of wounds. 

PFC Capano is buried in Cathedral Cemetery in Wilmington, Delaware.


PVT Orin Dewahe

PVT Orin Dewahe was born 4 Apr 1922 to Don and Lucy (Chemesie) Dewahe.  The place of birth is given as "Hopi Res 93", Navajo County, Arizona.  On the 1930 census his father's employment is given as "home gardening" and his mother's as "baskets at home".  The family was living in Winslow, Arizona. By 1937 they had adopted a daughter, Winona.  

Orin was transferred from the replacement depot to C Company 116th Infantry on 22 Jun 1944.  He was again transferred, this time to L Company 116th Infantry on 23 Jun 1944.  PVT Dewahe was killed in action on 25 Jun 1944.

In 1948 he was repatriated and buried in the Santa Fe National Cemetery in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Friday, June 24, 2016

PVT Whitsel R. C. Brown

PVT Whitsel R. C. Brown was born in Tennessee.  His mother's first name was Vena (by 1946 she had remarried a man with the last name of Sexton).  PVT Brown was serving with C Company 116th Infantry on 24 Jun 1944 when he was killed in action.  PVT Brown was buried in the Normandy American Cemetery.

PVT Gerald Edward Brock

PVT Gerald Edward Brock was born 12 Dec 1912 in Du Quoin, Illinois.  He married Jessie Irene Summers. 

Entering service in September 1943, he was assigned to C Company 116th Infantry on 19 Jun 1944.  PVT Brock was killed in action on 24 Jun 1944.

PVT Brock was repatriated and is buried in the IOOF Cemetery in Du Quoin, Illinois. Jessie did not remarry. 

PVT Harvey J. Baril

PVT Harvey J. Baril was born in 1922 in Bridgeport, Connecticut to Adrian Joseph and Eva (Poisant) Baril.  His father was an assembler at a typewriter plant and, later, as a watchman for the W.P.A.  His mother died in 1933.

Harvey was drafted in December 1942.  Assigned to C Company 116th Infantry on D-Day, PVT Baril was killed in action 24 Jun 1944. 

His younger brother, Arthur Joseph Baril, was drafted in April 1943 and served for the rest of the war.  


PFC Blane Avery

courtesy of Frogman
PFC Blane Avery was born 8 Oct 1920 in Hart County, Kentucky to William Curtis and Annie (Brown) Avery. The family farmed. 

Blane was drafted in January 1943, trained and sent overseas.  On 13 Jun 1944 he was transferred from the replacement depot to B Company 116th Infantry.  On 23 Jun 1944 he was wounded and evacuated to the hospital where he died on 24 Jun 1944.

PFC Avery is buried in the Normandy American Cemetery. 

PVT Roy Calvin Ireland

PVT Roy Calvin Ireland was born 15 Aug 1923 in Oak Forest, Pennsylvania the only son of Charles Albert and Sara Jane (Taylor) Ireland. His father supported the family as a road maintenance/construction worker and farm labor. The family's reported 1939 income was $324.

Roy was drafted in February 1943.  After basic training he was sent to England and assigned to E Company 116th Infantry.  He trained with that unit for the amphibious assault on the French beach code-name Omaha and participated in that action on 6 Jun 1944.  PVT Ireland was killed in action on 24 Jun 1944. 

PVT Ireland was repatriated and is buried in Greene County Memorial Park in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

PFC Robert Arthur Bruick

PVT Robert Arthur Bruick, b. 1923 - d. 23 Jun 1944. Middle son of Llewelyn Fred and Hilda (Linnemeier) Bruick, Robert was born in Fort Wayne Indiana and graduated from North Side High School in June 1943. On 16 Jun 1944 he was assigned to C Company 116th Infantry in which unit he served until killed. Robert was finally laid to rest in the Normandy American Cemetery, Colleville-sur-mer, France.

2LT George F. Hofmann

courtesy of Bessie Savery
2LT George F. Hofmann was born 18 Oct 1916 in Chicago, Illinois to George Philip Lawrence and Edna Rose (Wooley) Hofmann.  His father was born in Bavaria and worked as a carpet layer for over 20 years and as a carpet sewer.  In 1940, George was himself working as an apprentice carpet layer. The family reported a 1939 income of $1520. George married early, about the time he was 16, but was not living with his wife, Ruth E. Phillips Hofmann or their son, Kenneth Ralph Hofmann in 1940.  His wife and son were living with her parents. 

When drafted in April 1941, George was apparently still working in the carpet laying trade.  After his initial training, selection as an officer candidate and then commissioning, George was sent to Europe and assigned to A Company 116th Infantry on 16 Jun 1944.  George was killed in action on 23 Jun 1944. 

2LT Hofmann is buried in the Normandy American Cemetery.

PVT Frederick J. Aniello

PVT Frederick J. Aniello was born in 1925 in Hartford, Connecticut to Orlando Frank and Ellen J. (Maher) Aniello.  His father was a barber.  Frederick graduated from high school in 1942.

He had been working as a file clerk when he was drafted in July 1943.  Sent overseas, he was already assigned to F Company 116th Infantry on D-Day and participated in the amphibious landing with that unit.  PVT Aniello was killed in action on 23 Jun 1944. 

PVT Aniello is buried in the Normandy American Cemetery.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

SSG William M. Abernathy

SSG William M. Abernathy was serving with B Company 116th Infantry when he was killed in action on 22 Jun 1944.  He was serving with that unit when it made the amphibious assault on D-Day.

We don't currently know anything else about SSG Abernathy. 

PFC Ezra L. Hubbard

courtesy of Doug Illsley
PFC Ezra L. Hubbard was born in 1909 in Wise County, Virginia to James Monroe and Matilda Jane (Mullins) Hubbard. The family farmed near Roberson, Virginia. By 1940, James had to take some work with the Works Project Administration (WPA) and reported $180 income for 1939.

Ezra was drafted in May 1941. After completing his initial training he may have been assigned to C Company 116th Infantry before the regiment departed for England in September 1942.  He trained with the unit for the amphibious assault that was to take place on 6 Jun 1944 and took part in that action.  PFC Hubbard was killed in action on 22 Jun 1944.

PFC Hubbard is buried in the Normandy American Cemetery.

PVT Monte Carlo Barnes

PVT Monte Carlo Barnes was born 21 May 1924 in Chicago, Illinois to John Charles and Myrtle Barnes.  His father worked as a conductor and then guard on the el-train. 

After entering the service, Monte was assigned to A Company 116th Infantry on 13 Jun 1944.  Monte was wounded and captured on 20 Jun 1944.  He was held in a dressing station and died of his wounds on 22 Jun 1944.

PVT Barnes is buried in Brittany American Cemetery

PVT Harry Kopko

PVT Harry Kopko was born 25 Jul 1925, most likely in Detroit, Michigan to Dymnian "Dan" and Anna Kopko.  His father worked as a machinist for Ford.

After entering the service, Harry was sent to Europe and transferred from the replacement depot to A Company 116th Infantry on 13 Jun 1944.  PVT Kopko was killed in action on 22 Jun 1944.

PVT Kopko was repatriated and is buried in White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery in Troy, Michigan.

2LT Anthony James Kukis

courtesy of Lena and David
2LT Anthony James Kukis was born 29 Mar 1915 in Kingston, Pennsylvania the youngest of seven children of Andrew and Felixa (Orlowski) Kukis. His parents were both natives of Poland. His father was a coal miner.  Andrew died in 1932.

Anthony entered service in October 1941 while living in California.  Married to Gladys Mildred Barisano on 29 Aug 1942. Anthony was certainly exceptional in some way to be selected for officer training before he was sent to England.  He was noted on the morning as "on duty" with K Company on 1 Jun 1944.  2LT Kukis was killed in action on 22 Jun 1944.

2LT Kukis was repatriated in 1948 and is buried near his parents in Saint John's Cemetery in Dallas, Pennsylvania.

His wife married Ernest Wayne Smith on 1 May 1946 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Brother, Edmund Chester Kukis, served in the Army from 1941 to 1945.

PVT Thomas Richard McCammon

PVT Thomas Richard McCammon was born 6 Apr 1925 in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.  He was the oldest of 6, all sons, born to Thomas Ray and Sarah Ellen (Brechbiel) McCammon. His father worked in the pipe shop of a refrigeration manufacturer. Young Thomas managed to complete 3 years of high school.

Thomas was drafted in July 1943. After training he was sent overseas to England and assigned to M Company 116th Infantry. He trained with the unit for the amphibious assault that would be part of the invasion of occupied France. He took part in the D-Day landings and fought with the unit as the regiment struggled to push inland. His unit listed him as missing in action on 9 Jun 1944 but returned to the unit on 12 Jun 1944. PVT McCammon was wounded on 21 Jun 1944 and evacuated to hospital where he died of his wound(s) on 22 Jun 1944.

PVT McCammon was repatriated in 1948 and re-interred with family in Green Hill Cemetery in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania.

Brother Frederick Harold McCammon served in an artillery unit in Korea, 1950-1951.

SGT Julius Franklin Abernethy

SGT Julius Franklin Abernethy was born 22 Oct 1919 in Hickory, North Carolina to Albert Edwin and Helen (Graham) Abernethy.  Julius was named for his paternal grandfather.  He married Marguerite Mae Merrill in Macon, Georgia on 22 Sep 1943.

SGT Abernethy was assigned to B Company 116th Infantry on 16 Jun 1944 from the replacement depot.  He was killed in action 22 Jun 1944. 

SGT Abernethy is buried in the Normandy American Cemetery.

Marguerite remarried in 1949. 

PVT Clifford H Charter

PVT Clifford H Charter was born 28 Mar 1924 to Henry Oriel and Bessie Grace (Tannery) Charter.  A native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Clifford was the eldest of 2 children.  His father worked as a baker.

Clifford entered service on 8 Feb 1943 and was assigned to B Company 116th Infantry from the replacement depot on 16 Jul 1944.  2 days later, on 18 Jul 1944, he was reassigned to C Company 116th Infantry.  He was killed in action 22 Jun 1944.

He now rests forever in Sperry Rest Haven Cemetery, Sperry, Oklahoma.

PFC Stanley W. Keister

PFC Stanley W. Keister was born 30 Dec 1922 in New Haven, Connecticut the only child of William Joseph and Grace L. Keister.  His father worked for many years for Winchester Repeating Arms.

In February 1943, Stanley was working as an apprentice machinist when he was drafted.  Sent to Europe after his initial training, he was transferred from the replacement depot to M Company 116th Infantry on 19 Jun 1944.  PFC Keister was wounded on 21 Jun 1944 and evacuated but died of his wound(s) the next day, 22 Jun 1944.

PFC Keister was repatriated in 1948 and is buried in East Lawn Cemetery in East Haven, Connecticut. 

PVT Joseph Wilburn Davis

PVT Joseph Wilburn Davis was born 21 Feb 1911 in Violet, North Carolina to James Mattiason and Rosana Davis.  The family farmed.  About 1935 he married Mary Jo Rose and in 1936 they had a son.  In 1940, Joseph was working on construction for the Tennessee Valley Authority.  He reported a 1939 income of $380 and his father an income of $280.

When Joseph was drafted in September 1943 he was divorced.  Sent overseas, on 16 Jun 1944 he was transferred from the replacement depot to D Company 116th Infantry.  PVT Davis was killed in action on 22 Jun 1944. 


PVT Davis was repatriated and is buried in Unaka Cemetery in Unaka, North Carolina.

Joseph's son had at least 2 sons who are still living. 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

PFC Maurice Joseph Ott

PFC Maurice Joseph Ott born 8 Oct 1918 the 8th child of Reverend Joseph Warren and Id Myrtle (Haight) Ott of Altoona, Pennsylvania. His father was also a Chiropractor. He married Mary Stavana. In 1940 his employment is given as Corporal in the National Guard.

Maurice was drafted in December 1942 after being discharged from the National Guard.  He was assigned to K Company 116th Infantry on D-Day and then on 11 Jun 1944 reassigned to B Company 116th Infantry.  On 21 Jun 1944 PFC Ott was killed near Couvains, France.  He is now buried in Hillcrest Cemetery in Clearfield, Pennsylvania.

Monday, June 20, 2016

PVT William Franklin Ford

PVT William F Ford

The following is a transcription from his obituary that was clipped from a newspaper and contained in a hand written genealogy compiled by his wife, Florine. There is no date or mention of the newspaper.

Pvt. William F. Ford Dies While German Prisoner

Eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Clee Ford. Reported Missing Since June 27, Dies July 20 Red Cross Reports Pvt. William F. Ford, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Clee Ford, died as a result of wound July 20 according to word received from the Germans through the Red Cross.
The message was delivered to his wife in Wichita, August 17. A telegram from the War Department July 29 had reported Pvt. Ford missing in action since June 27.
Mr. and Mrs. Clee Ford went to Wichita to be with their daughter-in-law as soon as word was received. They brought her to the Hillsboro hospital Sunday where she remains suffering from nervous shock.
Pvt. Ford, who was born August 24, 1914, on a farm east of Lincolnville, moved with this parents when four years of age to a farm west of Aulne where the family made its home until 1934. They now lived miles northeast of Marion. Pvt. Ford attended the New Hope school and Marion High School for one year. After that he worked on the city delivery wagon, for several years at the Home Oil Station and for a time as a driver for Abe Reh’s Trucking Service. For a time prior to his enlistment he was with the Security Oil Company in Wichita.
He was married August 15, 1937 to Florine Rains of Fairfield, Iowa, at his parent’s home. They have no children.
On October 13, 1943, he was inducted into military service and entered training in the infantry at Camp Wolters, Texas. In March of this year he went overseas to be first in Ireland, then transferred to England. Mrs. Ford received a letter dated June 21 saying he was in France. Another written June 25 was the last received from him.
Pvt. Ford was a member of the Bethel Methodist church of Wichita.
Survivors include his wife, his parents, six brothers and sisters, Delphas and Jerome of Marion, Mrs. Boyd Linnens and Miss Fern Ford of Lincolnville, Elizabeth Ann of the home, and Pvt. Leslie Ford of Ft. McClellan, Alabama. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Blankley and Mrs. Martha Ford are his grandparents.
PVT Ford was assigned to F Company 116th Infantry.  According to the morning report he was wounded, captured and died on 27 Jun 1944.   He rests forever in the Brittany American Cemetery.

CPL Clarence Lamar Coates

CPL Clarence Lamar Coates was born in 1924 in Casa, Arkansas to Jerry Anderson and Ada (Tanner) Coates.  Jerry supported the family by farming. 

We don't know when Clarence began his military service.  The morning report is a bit unclear on when or to which unit he was assigned but he may have been assigned first to B Company 116th Infantry and then D Company.  This occurred on 10 and 13 Jun 1944.  CPL Coates was killed in action on 20 Jun 1944.

CPL Coates is buried in the Normandy American Cemetery and has a cenotaph in Casa Cemetery in Casa, Arkansas.

PFC Mervel E. McCormick

courtesy of WFDB
PFC Mervel E. McCormick was born 16 Jun 1923 in Winchester, Virginia. He was the 5th of 10 children born to Albert Henry and Elsie Viola (Weaver) McCormick. His father worked as a plumber and later for the Winchester city street maintenace department. The family had lost 2 of their sons, one in 1924 and another as an infant in 1931. By 1940, Mervel was working with is father on the city street crew. The household, with 5 members working, reported a 1939 income of $2740.

Mervel joined the local National Guard unit in 1939. He was with that unit when it was federalize in 1941 and trained with I Company 116th Infantry at Camp Meade, Maryland and Camp Blanding, Florida before going to England in September 1942. Mervel trained in England with his unit for the planned amphibious assault that would be part of the invasion of occupied Europe. PFC McCormick was with the unit for that operation on 6 Jun 1944. He continued to fight with the unit until wounded on 19 Jun 1944 and evacuated to hospital. PFC McCormick died of his wound(s) on 20 Jun 1944.

PFC McCormick was repatriated and re-interred in Mount Hebron Cemetery in Winchester, Virginia.

Brother, Albert Henry McCormick Jr., served in the U.S. Army 1939-1945. Grandfather, Charles Washington Weaver, served D Company 9th Virginia Infantry and in I Company 25th Virginia Infantry (CSA) during the Civil War.

PVT Albert R Bryan

PVT Albert R Bryan the son of James Lewis and Goldie L Bryan of Williamsport, MD. His mother, Goldie, died three years after he was born. He was raised by his grandparents Frederick and Barbara E (Marks) Byron.He had settled in Camden New Jersey, and lived at 1043 Princess Avenue, in the Parkside section. A welder at New York Shipbuilding, he was engaged to be married to Miss Nicoline Valentino of 1152 Haddon Avenue when he was drafted in August 1943.

Albert Bryan was sent overseas and assigned to the 29th Infantry Division in April of 1944. Assigned to C Company 116th Infantry, he was wounded in the fighting in Normandy on June 19, 1944. He died as a result of these wounds the following day, June 20, 1944. Albert Bryan was survived by his grandmother, of Williamsport, MD. His father, James Bryan was killed in a car accident the same day Albert Bryan died. Albert is buried in the Normandy American Cemetery.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

PVT Leonard C. Krugis

PVT Leonard C. Krugis was born 15 Mar 1925 in Cleveland, Ohio the youngest of four children of Andrew George and Mary Krugis.

Leonard was drafted in August 1943.  He might have been assigned to A Company 46th Infantry before he was shipped overseas. Sent to England, Leonard was assigned to F Company 116th Infantry.  He might not have had much time to train with the unit for the amphibious assault that took place on 6 Jun 1944 but he survived that and fought on with the unit until killed in action on 19 Jun 1944 (D+13).

PVT Krugis was repatriated in 1948 and is buried Calvary Cemetery in Cleveland, Ohio.  Leonard's older brother, Alfred, served in the Marine Corps during the war.

SSG Elijah Webster Martin

SSG Elijah Webster Martin was born 3 Jun 1916 in Clover, Virginia.  He was the youngest of 12 children born to John David and Mary Elmira (Tatum) Martin. The family farmed. In 1940 Elijah was living in Norfolk and working as a salesman for A&P Tea Company. He reported a 1939 income of $560.

PVT Martin entered into federal duty with his National Guard unit, F Company 116th Infantry, on 3 Feb 1941. He was with the unit when it trained at Camp Meade, Maryland and Camp Blanding, Florida before shipping out for England in September 1942. He continued to train with the unit as it prepared for the amphibious assault on occupied France.  It was in that time period that he must have demonstrated competence and leadership ability that resulted in his promotion to SSG. He was with the unit in the landing on 6 Jun 1944 and fought with the unit until he was killed in action on 19 Jun 1944. SSG Martin was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star. On 6 Jun 1944 he secured cover for disorganized men and helped to organize them into a fighting unit under heavy enemy fire.

SSG Martin was repatriated in 1948 and re-interred in the family cemetery in Clover, Virginia.


2LT Joseph John Lesczynski

2LT Joseph John Lesczynski was born 8 Sep 1918 in Plains, Pennsylvania to John and Sophie (Arcizewski) Lesczynski.  His parents were both natives of Poland. His father was a coal miner.  In 1940, Joseph was working as a clerk for an insurance underwriter and reported a 1939 income of $900 from working an average of 40 hours a week.  His father was working an average of 21 hours a week and reported a 1939 income of $700. 

Joseph was drafted in March 1941.  He was sent overseas in November 1943 and had completed Officer Candidate School some time before that. 2LT Lesczynski is recorded in the morning report as being on duty with M Company 116th Infantry on 1 Jun 1944.  This was a plus up to hopefully ensure that there would be officers who survived the amphibious landing scheduled for the 5th. Weather delayed the landings until the morning of  6 Jun 1944 and he landed with M Company and served as a platoon leader.  2LT Lesczynski was killed in action on 19 Jun 1944.

2LT Lesczynski was repatriated in 1949 and re-interred in Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery in Plains, Pennsylvania.

PVT Harry Joseph Maue

courtesy of Eric Kreft
PVT Harry Joseph Maue was born 1 May 1925 in Xenia, Illinois the oldest of 3 sons born to Harry Herman and Margarette Francis (Howard) Maue. His father worked as an electrician. By 1943, young Harry was working for Jack Evans Manufacturing which made stove pipe and fittings as well as heaters/stoves.

1943 was a busy year for Harry.  He registered for the draft in May, married Betty Marie Henske in June and was drafted in August.  After training, Harry was sent to the European theater and transferred from the replacement depot to F Company 116th Infantry on 13 Jun 1944. He served as a rifleman with that unit until killed in action 19 Jun 1944.

Betty was living with her parents in Saint Louis when she gave birth to their son on 15 Jul 1944.

PVT Maue was repatriated in 1949 and re-interred in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in Lemay, Missouri.


PVT Walter B. Baumgartner

PVT Walter B Baumgartner was born 7 Oct 1909 in Iron County, Michigan to Berthold and Elizabeth (Verville) Baumgartner.  His father worked in an iron mine. Walter married Mildred Cameron on 12 Jul 1941.

Walter was drafted in  September 1943. Trained as a rifleman and sent overseas, on 13 Jun 1944 he was transferred from the replacement depot to A Company 116th Infantry.  On 18 Jun 1944 he was wounded and evacuated to the hospital where he died of his wounds on 19 Jun 1944. 

Repatriated in 1948, PVT Baumgartner is buried in Holy Sepluchre Cemetery in Southfield, Michigan.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

PFC Robert Grier Montgomery

PFC Robert Grier Montgomery was born 9 Oct 1922 in Parkesburg, Pennsylvania. He was the 2nd of 3 sons born to Thomas W. and Ethel Tamson (Martin) Montgomery. His father was no longer living with the family when the 1930 census was conducted but he had been working in a factory. The family was supported by Ethel's brothers and uncle although by 1940 Ethel was working as a receptionist who claimed a 1939 income of $150. Robert apparently found work in a textile mill but had completed only 3-years of high school.

Robert was drafted in January 1943. After his initial training as an infantryman, he was sent to England and assigned to I Company 116th Infantry. He would have then received training to prepare for the amphibious assault that took place on 6 Jun 1944 in which he participated. PFC Montgomery continued to fight with I Company until he was wounded on 17 Jun 1944 and evacuated to hospital. He died of his wound(s) on 18 Jun 1944.

PFC Montgomery was repatriated and re-interred in Upper Octorara Church Cemetery in Parkesburg, Pennsylvania.

PFC Marvin R. Herrman

PFC Marvin R. Herrman was born 25 Apr 1919 in Baltimore, Maryland to Frank and Sue E (Davis) Herrman.  His father was a "bolter" in a shipyard and a house painter. In 1940 Marvin was working as an aircraft mechanic. 

Marvin was drafted in March 1943.  Sent overseas, he was assigned to I Company 116th Infantry prior to D-Day and participated in the amphibious assault on "fortress Europe". PFC Herrman was wounded on 17 Jun 1944 and evacuated to hospital where he died of his wounds on 18 Jun 1944. 

PFC Herrman was repatriated in 1948 and is buried in Baltimore National Cemetery

Although Marvin is noted on his enlistment record as being married we have not found any further information about his wife. 

PVT James Clifford Morgan

PVT James Clifford Morgan was born 5 Dec 1904 in Dayton, Tennessee. He was the 5th of 10 children born to John Preston and Sarah Cornelia (Clement) Morgan. His father worked as a fireman, a mechanic in a woolen mill, and other jobs. On 6 Jun 1925 he married Arvazine Elder. James was working in a clay pottery in 1940 reporting a 1939 income of $620 and owned their home valued at $300.

After entering the Army, probably sometime in 1942, James was sent to England and assigned to G Company 116th Infantry. He trained for the amphibious assault that was to take place on the northern coast of France as part of the invasion of occupied Europe. He was with the unit for the landing on 6 Jun 1944 and continued to fight with the unit until killed in action on 18 Jun 1944.

PVT Morgan rests forever in the Normandy American Cemetery.


PFC James Oscar Kesler

PFC James Oscar Kesler Jr was born 2 Jun 1924 in Roanoke, Virginia, the 4th of 9 children born to James Oscar and Lealar Mae (Arthur) Kesler.  His father worked as a hired hand on a farm and in 1940 for the W.P.A. and James Jr. was working for the county school system.  The family had a total reported 1939 income of $733.

James was drafted in May 1941. After his initial training he was sent to England and assigned to H Company 116th Infantry.  He trained with that unit and was with the unit for the amphibious assault on Omaha Beach, 6 Jun 1944.  PFC Kesler was killed in action on D-Day +12.

PFC Kesler was repatriated and is buried in Tombstone Cemetery in Roanoke County, Virginia.  James' sister, June Phyllis Kesler, enrolled in the United States Cadet Nurse Corps.

PFC Calvin Earl Luckham

PFC Calvin Earl Luckham was born 1 Mar 1918 in Irvington, Virginia one of six children of Cadmus Carter Jr and Bonnie Belle (Jones) Luckham. His father worked in a ship yard. By 1940 Calvin was a waterman or oysterman, harvesting oysters from the oyster beds in the Chesapeake Bay.  He might have been working with his brother, Hiram, who was doing the same work. Calvin reported a 1939 income of $208.

Calvin was drafted in May 1941.  Like many others from this draft period he was assigned to a relatively local unit, E Company 116th Infantry and trained with that unit at Fort George Meade, Maryland, Camp A. P. Hill, Virginia and Camp Blanding, Florida before shipping with the unit to England in September 1942. In England the regiment trained incessantly for the coming invasion of Hitler's "fortress Europe" and Calvin was part of that.  On 6 Jun 1944, the regiment landed on Omaha Beach.  PFC Luckham survived that ordeal and continued to fight with his unit until D+12 when he was killed in action.

PFC Luckham was repatriated and is buried in the Irvington United Methodist Church Cemetery in Irvington, Virginia. Brother, Hiram Luckham, served with the Army in New Guinea.

PFC George James Eichhorn

photo by Joyce (Martin) OConnell
PFC George James Eichhorn was born in Richmond Hill, New York to Charles and Mary Elizabeth (Hoffman) Eichhorn on 5 Nov 1919.  Charles worked as a bank teller/clerk and later as a timekeeper for the Work Projects Administration. In 1940, George was working as an upholsterer in a furniture factory.  He reported an income of $800 for 1939.  On 17 Jun 1940 George married Doris Tomlins.

George was drafted in December 1942.  He had previously served in the National Guard.   Assigned to H Company 116th Infantry, he was with that unit on D-Day and survived the amphibious assault.  PFC Eichhorn was killed in action on 18 Jun 1944. 

PFC Eichhorn is buried in the Fishkill Rural Cemetery in Fishkill, New York. 

Doris remarried before 1954.  She died in California in 1994.

PVT Anthony Massaro

courtesy of Mike and Bushy Hartman
PVT Anthony Massaro was born Antonio Massaro in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on 7 Sep 1909. He was the 2nd of 4 children born to Urbana and Asunta (Stasulli) Massaro.

Anthony was drafted in April 1943. After his basic training he was sent overseas in December 1943 and assigned to C Company 116th Infantry. PVT Massaro trained with the unit as it prepared for the amphibious assault on the French coast that was to take place at "Omaha" beach on 6 Jun 1944. He participated in the landing and survived to fight until seriously wounded on 17 Jun 1944 and evacuated to hospital. PVT Massaro died of his wound(s) on 18 Jun 1944.

PVT Massaro rests forever in the Normandy American Cemetery.

PVT Eugene Pearl Leach Jr.

courtesy of Evelyn Bobo Housum
PVT Eugene Pearl Leach Jr. was born 4 Aug 1924 probably in Washington Court House, Ohio the second of seven children of Eugene Pearl and Urtha Rayne (Cox) Leach. The senior Eugene worked as a truck driver in road construction and maintenance with a reported 1939 income of $160. The family rented their home for $10 a month and sister Betty contributed $32 to the family income in 1939.

Eugene was working as a roofer when he was drafted in April 1943.  Completing basic training he was sent to England and assigned to B Company 116th Infantry.  He probably did not have enough time with the unit in England to undergo much of the intense amphibious training the unit had experienced since it arrived there in 1942.  PVT Leach landed on 6 Jun 1944 on Omaha beach with his unit and fought with them until he was killed in action on 18 Jun 1944.

PVT Leach was repatriated in 1948 and re-interred in Washington Cemetery in Washington Court House, Ohio.

PVT Jerry Cook

PVT Jerry Cook was transferred from 104th Medical Battalion to Medical Detachment 116th Infantry on 11 Jun 1944.  On 12 Jun 1944 he was attached to C Company 116th Infantry.  On 18 Jun 1944 he was killed action. 

We know nothing else about PVT Cook except that he was probably repatriated and is likely buried in Kentucky.  That means that he might have been born in Kentucky but beyond that we know nothing. 

PFC David J. Miller

PFC David J. Miller was born 20 Apr 1922 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

After entering the army in October 1942 and completing his training he was eventually sent to England and assigned to L Company 116th Infantry. He trained with the unit for the amphibious landing that was to be part of the invasion of occupied Europe and was with the same unit for the landing.  He fought through until killed in action on 18 Jun 1944.

PFC Miller was repatriated in 1949 and re-interred in Roosevelt Memorial Park in Trevose, Pennsylvania.

This is all we know of this soldier.

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PFC Reece H. Baker

PFC Reece H. Baker was born 13 Sep 1921 in Sevier County, Tennessee to Hubert Turner and Stella Esther (Rogers) Baker.  The family farmed. 

Reece was drafted in July 1942.  Assigned to I Company 116th Infantry, he participated in the D-Day landing.  PFC Baker was killed in action on 17 Jun 1944.

PFC Baker is buried in Zion Hill Cemetery in Sevier County, Tennessee.

PFC Linden Ellis Lutz

PFC Linden Ellis Lutz was born 13 Nov 1907 in Canton, Ohio the third of six children of William Samuel and Sarah Elizabeth (Fadely) Lutz.  His parents had been born in Shenandoah County, Virginia.  The family farmed. His father would later work as a millwright. Linden would later be employed by Eaton Manufacturing Company in Detroit, Michigan. 

Linden was drafted in July 1943.  His basic training was conducted at Camp Fannin, Texas and he was sent to England and assigned to E Company 116th Infantry in January 1944. Linden trained with the unit for the amphibious landing that took place on 6 Jun 1944 and in which he took part.  He continued to fight with the unit until 15 or 16 Jun 1944 when he was wounded.  He died of his wounds on 17 Jun 1944.

PFC Lutz rests forever in the Normandy American Cemetery. Esta re-married, the couple apparently had no children.

Maternal grandfather, Joseph Samuel Fadely, served in both C Company 7th Virginia Cavalry and K Company 33rd Virginia Infantry during the Civil War. The 33rd was one of the regiments making up the Confederate era Stonewall Brigade. Paternal grandfather, William C. Lutz, served in the 10th Virginia Cavalry.

PFC Ellis Holbrook

PFC Ellis Holbrook was born in Dickenson County, Virginia to Walter James and Louise Ann (McCoy) Holbrook on 2 Oct 1920.  His father was a miner. 

Ellis was farming when he was drafted in November 1942.  Trained as a rifleman and sent to England he was assigned to C Company 116th Infantry and participated in the amphibious landing on D-Day with that unit.  Wounded on 17 Jun 1944 and evacuated, he died of his wound(s) that same day. 

PFC Holbrook was repatriated and is buried in McCoy Cemetery in Saint Paul, Virginia. Brother, Robert C. Holbrook, served from 1943 to 1946.

PFC Leonard Dickey

PFC Leonard Dickey was born 17 Feb 1921 in Connersville, Indiana to Willard and Ruth Ann (Lloyd) Dickey. Willard supported his family of 13 by farming.  Undoubtedly Leonard helped his father.  In 1940 Leonard apparently worked on playground maintenance for the city.

Leonard was drafted in February 1941.  He was with B Company 116th Infantry on D-Day but was apparently uninjured in the amphibious assault.  However, on 17 Jun 1944 PFC Dickey was killed in action.

He was repatriated in 1948 now rests forever in Dale Cemetery in Connersville, Indiana.

Older brother Walter served in the Navy during the war.

SSG Wesley Earl Hardiman

SSG Wesley Earl Hardiman was born in Dillwyn, Virginia on 2 Sep 1918 to Luther Wilfred and Mary Susan (Wright) Hardiman. Luther worked on the railroad and farmed. 

Wesley was a PVT in the National Guard unit in Farmville, Virginia when the unit was federalized and called to active duty in February 1941.  As a member of G Company 116th Infantry he stayed with the unit through training at Fort Meade, Maryland and Camp Blanding, Florida and shipped out for England with the regiment in September 1942.  He trained with and made the landing on 6 Jun 1944.  On 11 Jun 1944 he was transferred to A Company 116th Infantry after that unit's terrible losses on D-Day.  SSG Hardiman was killed in action on 17 Jun 1944. 

SSG Hardiman was repatriated and is buried in the Cedar Baptist Church Cemetery in Dillwyn, Virginia. His brother Luther also served during the war.

PVT Wilmer Edsel Jacobs

PVT Wilmer Edsel Jacobs was born 22 Dec 1924 in Etowah County, Alabama to General Ismeral and Alma Arbaner (Bearden) Jacobs.  His father worked as a wire drawer in a steel mill.  His reported 1939 income was $1300. 

Known as "Crickett" to his family, Wilmer was working as a farm hand when he was drafted in June 1943.  After basic training he was sent to England and assigned to K Company 116th Infantry.  He trained for and participated in the D-Day amphibious assault on the French beach code-named "Omaha".  PVT Jacobs was killed in action on 17 Jun 1944. 

PVT Jacobs was repatriated in 1952 and is buried with many family members in Whitesboro Cemetery in Whitesboro, Alabama. His brother, Curtis Leon Jacobs, served in the U.S. Navy during the war.

PFC Harry J DeWitt

PFC Harry J. DeWitt was born in 1921, son of Harry H. DeWitt of Fort Wayne, Indiana. 

Drafted in December 1942.  Assigned to B Company 116th Infantry on 13 Jun 1944. Killed in action 17 Jun 1944.  Buried in the Normandy American Cemetery.

This is all we know about Harry. 

PFC David Thomas Hayes

courtesy of Frogman
PFC David Thomas Hayes was born in Brookland, Virginia on 4 Aug 1919 to Robert and Annie Elmira (Roach) Hayes. His father was a house painter.  In 1940 David was also working as a house painter, most likely with his father.

David was drafted in April 1942.  After his training he was sent to England and prepared for the amphibious assault that would take place on 6 Jun 1944 with his assigned unit, I Company 116th Infantry.  PFC went ashore with that unit and was killed in action on 17 Jun 1944.

PFC Hayes is buried in the Normandy American Cemetery.

PFC David Calvin Mehring

PFC David Calvin Mehring was born in Littlestown, Pennsylvania on 25 Oct 1921. He was the 4th of 5 children born the Charles D. and Mary Catherine (Sheely) Mehring. His father had worked for many years as a painter of automobiles in a local factory but died at the age of 52 in 1930 when David was only 8-years old.  The family lived in a home they owned at 147 Lumber Street in Littlestown which was valued at $1800 in 1940. The family was then supported by the oldest child, Beatrice, who worked as a nurse and the 2nd child, Edgar, who worked in a silk mill. Even then 16-year old Walter, the 3rd child, worked as a packer in a rope mill. David played baseball for Littlestown High School and graduated in 1939. The family attended St. Paul's Lutheran Church. By 1940, Mary, David and youngest-brother William were still being supported by Edgar and Walter who reported a combined 1939 income of $1324. But David and William were also contributing to the family income, reporting 1939 incomes of $125 and $48 respectively. David was working at the Mechanicsburg Naval Depot before he entered the service.

David was drafted in December 1942. He was trained at Camp Van Dorn, Mississippi and Camp Maxey, Texas and participated in a 12-weeks long maneuvers near Shreveport, Louisiana. He had a 14-day furlough in January 1944 and was then assigned to Fort Meade,  Maryland before receiving orders for embarkation. He was able to visit his mother on 25 Mar 1944 before boarding the ship for England. PFC Mehring was transferred from the replacement depot to B Company 116th Infantry on 13 Jun 1944 where he reportedly served as a machinegunner. He was killed in action on 17 Jun 1944.

PFC Mehring was repatriated and re-interred in Mount Carmel Cemetery in Littlestown, Pennsylvania.

Brother, Walter Sheely Mehring, served as a PFC in the US Army Signal Corps in Africa, Sicily and Corsica during WW2 and brother William Russell Mehring was an aviation cadet in Childress, Texas when David died.

PFC Thomas M. Kane

courtesy of Bessie Savery
PFC Thomas M. Kane was born 31 Jan 1925 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania to Patrick Francis and Sarah Bolger (Fasick) Kane. His father worked as a gardener and laborer.

Thomas was drafted in May 1943.  After his initial training he was sent to Europe and assigned to B Company 116th Infantry from the replacement depot on 13 Jun 1944. PFC Kane was killed in action on 17 Jun 1944.

PFC Kane is buried in the Normandy American Cemetery.

PFC Adrian M. Holt

PFC Adrian M. Holt was born 30 May 1924 in Maryland the son of Inez (Abigill) Holt.  His father, name unknown to us, apparently left the family shortly after his birth.  His mother remarried and his step-father, Glenn Forrest Anderson, was a carpenter. 

Adrian had only completed 2 years of high school when he was drafted in April 1943.  He was sent to England and assigned to B Company 116th Infantry.  He trained with that unit for the amphibious assault on the French beaches and made the assault with that unit.  PFC Holt was killed in action on 17 Jun 1944.


PFC Holt is buried in Baltimore National Cemetery in Baltimore, Maryland. Adrian's uncle, PFC Melvin L. Abigill, was died of a non-battle related injury in Italy in 1945 and is also buried in the Baltimore National Cemetery.

2LT Donald J. Meyers

courtesy of Anne Cady
2LT Donald J. Meyers was born 15 Nov 1920 in Columbus, Ohio. He was the 2nd of the 4 children born to Edward George and Margaret Helen (Bernhard) Meyers. His father worked as a supervisor at a roller bearing manufacturing plant. He reported a 1939 income of $3500 and the family lived in a home at 579 Gates Street in Columbus that was valued at $1800. Donald was working as a tool maker helper and reported a 1939 income of $420.

Donald had completed 3 years of high school when he voluntarily enlisted in the Army in June 1942. After training which included Officer Candidate School, he was sent to the European theater. 2LT Meyers was transferred from the replacement depot to I Company 116th Infantry on 13 Jun 1944. He was killed in action just 4 days later, on 17 Jun 1944.

2LT Meyers was repatriated and buried in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia next to his older brother 1LT George Edward Meyers who died in France on 7 Jul 1944 while serving in the 313th Infantry.

PFC Leo P. Cosimini

PFC Leo P. Cosimini was born 17 Nov 1922 in Pawtucket, Rhode Island to Ubaldo and Daria Cosimini. His father was a butcher and later worked in a textile plant. 

When drafted in December 1942, Leo was apparently working as a shipping clerk.  After training he was sent to England and assigned to M Company 116th Infantry and was with the unit on D-Day.  PFC Cosimini was killed in action on 17 Jun 1944.

PFC Cosimini is buried in Mount Saint Mary's Cemetery in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

PVT Rudolph Antonio Cantara

PVT Rudolph Antonio Cantara, b. 23 Aug 1911 - d 17 Jun 1944. Son of Joseph and Exire Marie (Fannis) Cantara of Pembroke, Allentown and Suncook, New Hampshire. Rudolph married Victoria Paquin 27 Sep 1941. Victoria was killed in an auto accident in 1946. They apparently had no children. PVT Cantara was drafted in October 1943 and ultimately assigned to B Company 116th Infantry. He is buried in Saint John the Baptist Cemetery in Allentown, New Hampshire.