Wednesday, August 31, 2016

SGT Norman Jackson Lloyd

courtesy of Erin Proctor
SGT Norman Jackson Lloyd was born 8 Jul 1917 in Clarke County, Virginia the third of five children of Lawrence Jackson and Louise Elizabeth (Carroll) Lloyd. His father worked as a dairy farm manager and hired hand. In 1940, Norman was working for the state of Virginia "on state land" and reported a 1939 income of $420. 

Norman was drafted in May 1941.  After basic training, he married Ruth Estelle Saunders on 25 Aug 1941. Norman was sent to England and assigned to Headquarters Company 2nd Battalion 116th Infantry where he served as "field wire chief". He trained with the unit for the amphibious assault which was to take place as part of the invasion of France on 6 Jun 1944.  T5 Lloyd continued to serve with the unit through the fighting in the hedgerows helping to ensure land line communications with higher headquarters. He was promoted to SGT on 18 Aug 1944. SGT Lloyd was wounded on 30 Aug 1944 and evacuated to hospital. He died of his wound(s) on 31 Aug 1944.

SGT Lloyd is buried in the Brittany American Cemetery.

Ruth and Norman had no children together.  In 1946, Ruth re-married and had 4 children with her second husband.  She died in 2014.

PFC Gerald K. Davis

PFC Gerald K. Davis probably entered service sometime in 1942.  Trained as a medic and sent overseas he was assigned to Medical Detachment 116th Infantry and then attached to Anti-Tank Company 116th Infantry.  On 1 Jun 1944 he was relieved from attachment and returned to the Medical Detachment and was with that unit on D-Day.  On 11 Jun 1944 he was attached to Headquarters Company 3rd Battalion 116th Infantry to work in their aid station.  On 18 Jul 1944 he was relieved from attachment and returned to Medical Detachment.  PFC Davis was killed in action on 31 Aug 1944. 

PFC Davis is buried in the Brittany American Cemetery.

We don't know anything else about PFC Davis. 

1LT Donald Ray Brill

1LT Donald Ray Brill, b. 29 Jan 1918 - d. 31 Aug 1944. Son of Pearl Ray (aka James Ray) and Floris H (Knoble) Brill of Canton, OH. Donald enlisted 19 Sep 1941 and was ultimately assigned to I Company 116th Infantry on 17 Jul 1944 and then on 26 Jul 1944 to M Company 116th Infantry. He was survived by his parents and a brother and rests in Forest Hill Cemetery in Canton.

1SG Marvin Cerebrum Fielding

1SG Marvin Cerebrum Fielding was born 21 Apr 1911 in Augusta County, Virginia to Marvin Booker and Nora Belle (Brightwell) Fielding.  The family of 9 farmed.  About 1936, Marvin married Laura Anderson Payne and they had 1 daughter.  In 1940, Marvin was working as a spinner in a rayon plant and reported a 1939 income of $1740.

When his National Guard unit was federalized in February 1941, Marvin was already a SGT.  As a member of L Company 116th Infantry, Marvin trained with the unit for the D-Day assault on the French beaches in Normandy code-named "Omaha".  After the landing he fought with his unit until he was killed in action on 31 Aug 1944.

1SG Fielding is buried in the Brittany American Cemetery.  His name is recorded on a memorial at the Thomas D. Howie Memorial Armory (now Readiness Center) in Staunton, Virginia.

1SG Fielding's grand-nephew also served in a descendent unit of L Company stationed in the Staunton, Virginia armory and attained the rank of 1SG and was deployed in the Global War on Terror. 

PFC Harlan Herman Hermelbracht

PFC Harlan Herman Hermelbracht was born 2 Jul 1924 in Bancroft, Nebraska to Herman Carl and Bertha (Kessinger) Hermelbracht.  His father died the following year.  It is unclear how his mother supported the family (she had 2 boys age 1 and under when her husband died) and she didn't remarry until after 1930.  Harlan's step-father farmed.

After Harlan entered the service he was sent to England and assigned to I Company 116th Infantry.  He trained with that unit for the amphibious assault that would take place at the French beach code-named "Omaha" on 6 Jun 1944.  He made that assault, survived and on 24 Jun 1944 was promoted to PFC.  On 15 Jul 1944 he was wounded and evacuated to a hospital. Harlan returned to the unit from the replacement depot on  13 Aug 1944.  PFC Hermelbracht was killed in action on 31 Aug 1944. 

PFC Hermelbracht rests forever in the Brittany American Cemetery.

PVT George Lewis Carson

PVT George Lewis Carson was born 3 Jun 1925 in Connellsville, Pennsylvania to Henry Shaffer and Hazel Lee (Orndorff) Carson. His father worked for the railroad to support his wife and 12 children.  In 1940, with several of the children contributing, the family had an aggregate income of $2456. 

George entered service on 9 Dec 1943.  He was transferred from the replacement depot to L Company 116th Infantry on 10 Aug 1944.  PVT Carson was killed in action 31 Aug 1944. 

PVT Carson is buried in Hill Grove Cemetery in Connellsville, Pennsylvania.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

PVT Whitnell William Lawrence

PVT Whitnell William Lawrence, "Whit" was the son of Marshall Lee Lawrence and Druesilla Woodside, both of Illinois. Whit's father died in 1920 leaving his mother Druesilla to raise their large family on her own. Whit received his public school education in Desha County, Arkansas.

On 14 Feb 1938, Valentine's Day, Whit married Bessie Jo Roswell in Desha County, Arkansas.

Whit enlisted in the United States Army for the duration of the war on 4 Dec 1943 at Little Rock, Arkansas. After basic training was completed, he was assigned to the 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division. He participated in the amphibious landing at Omaha Beach, Normandy, the Battle at St. Lo and the battle of Hill 219. Whit and his comrades were then trucked up to Brest, France, and began the siege and eventual capture of this great port city. The regiment commenced their attack on 24 Aug 1944, and the battle with the German garrison lasted nearly a month, until the last defenders finally surrendered on September 18. However, Whit was not there for the victory as he had been killed in action during this battle on 30 Aug 1944.

Private Whitnell W. Lawrence, Sn #38600528, earned the following badges/decorations during his service during World War II:
- Combat Infantryman's Badge
- Bronze Star Medal
- Purple Heart Medal
- Army Good Conduct Medal
- European Theater of Operations Campaign Medal with two battle/campaign stars and assault arrowhead device
- World War II Victory Medal
- Presidential Unit Citation ribbon
- Normandy Commemorative Medal

Whit was survived by his mother Dreusilla, his wife Bessie and their two children who resided in McGehee, and several brothers and sisters in Arkansas and Illinois. Whit's younger brother, William K. Lawrence, Sr, served in the Army in World War II as well. He received the Silver Star Medal for valor (Headquarters, 90th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 199 {1944}). William is buried in the McGehee Cemetery in Desha County, Arkansas, as is his wife Frances and his parents.

TSGT George Harold Clarke

TSGT George Harold Clarke was born 28 Aug 1921 in Augusta County, Virginia to Robert L. and Lola Agnes (Gibson) Clarke. His parents divorced in 1922.  In 1940 George was living with his mother in his maternal grandparents' home. 

George was a private in the Staunton, Virginia unit of the National Guard when the unit was federalized in February 1941.  That was L Company 116th Infantry.  He was still with that unit right through to the D-Day landing and beyond.  It is unclear when he was wounded but he died of those wounds on 30 Aug 1944. 

TSGT Clarke is buried in Thornrose Cemetery in Staunton, Virginia. 

T5 Joseph E. Fortune

T5 Joseph E. Fortune was born in 1914 in Ray County, Missouri to Joseph and Edna Fern (Zehrung) Fortune.  His father died 8 Apr 1914 of pulmonary tuberculosis. His mother died 17 Jun 1926.  In 1930 Joseph was living with his maternal grandmother and her 2nd husband. 

On 27 May 1941, Joseph married Dorothy Mae Danielson.  After Joseph entered the service he was trained and then sent overseas.  On 20 Jun 1944 he was transferred from the replacement depot to Headquarters Company 2nd Battalion 116th Infantry.  On 18 Aug 1944 he was promoted from PVT to T5.  On 30 Aug 1944 T5 Fortune was killed in action. 

T5 Fortune is buried in the Brittany American Cemetery and there is a cenotaph for him in West Lawn Cemetery in Glidden, Iowa.

PVT Bruce G. Beghold

Photo his nephew, Peter C. Marr, 2000
PVT Bruce G. Beghold was born 3 Apr 1925 in Rochester, New York to Carl Louis and Jessie (Nourse) Beghold.  His father was a high school teacher.

When Bruce was drafted in January 1944, he had completed 1 year of college.  Sent overseas he was moved from the replacement depot to L Company 116th Infantry on 7 Aug 1944.  Wounded on 30 Aug 1944, he was evacuated to hospital and died that same day.

PVT Beghold is buried in the Brittany American Cemetery

SSG John P. Bocchino

SSG John P. Bocchino was born in 1923 in Altavilla, Italy to Francesco and Pierina Giovanna Giusep (Savio) Bocchino.  His father was a waiter in a restaurant in New York City.  The family of 6 lived at 1013 58th Street, Brooklyn, NY.

John was drafted in February 1943 was sent overseas.  He was assigned to I Company 116th Infantry before D-Day and participated in the amphibious assault.  On 17 Jun 1944 he was wounded and evacuated.  On 5 Aug 1944 he was returned from the replacement depot to I Company.  On 21 Aug 1944 he was promoted from PFC to SSG.  SSG Bocchino was killed in action on 30 Aug 1944.

SSG Bocchino is buried in the Brittany American Cemetery

PVT Walter Lee Gibson

PVT Walter Lee Gibson was born in 1925 in Yampa, Colorado to Walter Lawrence and Fannie G. (Adkins) Gibson.  The family farmed.

Walter was drafted in November 1943. Sent to Europe, Walter was transferred from the replacement depot to M Company 116th Infantry on 7 Aug 1944.  PVT Gibson was killed in action on 30 Aug 1944.

PVT Gibson is buried in the Brittany American Cemetery.

SSG George William Hansen

SSG George William Hansen was born 13 Jan 1923 in Sac City, Iowa to Johann Christian Jurgen and Blance Elizabeth (McKim) Hansen.  His father was a salesman and a truck driver.  George was working in a grocery in 1940 and reported making $75 in 1939.

George went into the army in July 1943.  He shipped to England in January 1944 and was assigned to I Company 116th Infantry.  PVT Hansen landed with his unit on 6 Jun 1944.  On 24 Jun 1944 he was promoted to PFC. On 12 Jul 1944 he was struck by shrapnel in his left eye but remained on duty.  George was promoted again on 25 Jul 1944, this time to SGT.  Less than a month later he was promoted yet again, to SSG, on 21 Aug 1944.  SSG Hansen was killed in action on 30 Aug 1944.

SSG Hansen is buried in the Brittany American Cemetery. Brothers John Jr., Raymond Franklin, and Forest Clayton all served during the war and survived.

PFC Thomas C. Faranda

PFC Thomas C. Faranda was born 16 Feb 1911 in Manhattan, New York to Charles and Paolina (or Pauline) (Barbita) Faranda.  His mother died in 1940.  His father repaired shoes.  In 1940, Thomas was working as a printer. He married Josephine M. Ragusa, they had one son.

Thomas was drafted in November 1943 leaving work as a machinist.  Sent overseas he was transferred from the replacement depot to H Company 116th Infantry on 22 Jul 1944.  On 11 Aug 1944 he was promoted to PFC.  On 30 Aug 1944 PFC Faranda was killed in action.

PFC Faranda is buried in the Brittany American Cemetery.  As far as we can tell, Josephine never re-married and died in 2008.

2LT Joseph Richard Aponte

2LT Joseph Richard Aponte, b. 1919 - d. 30 Aug 1944, son of Jose Diaz and Grace M Aponte of Rochester, New York. Married to Grace Ellen Almy also of Rochester after enlisting. Grace graduated from Madison College in Harrisonburg, Virginia and they were then married in Durham, North Carolina in October1942. Lieutenant Aponte was assigned to K Company 116th Infantry 16 Aug 1944 and was serving with that unit when he was killed. This photo is from his high school annual.  His body was repatriated and he is buried in White Haven Memorial Park in Pittsfold, New York.

PVT Gerald F. Houle

PVT Gerald F. Houle was born 10 Jul 1925 in Stephenson, Michigan to Walter David and Melina Mary (St Peter) Houle. His father farmed and then worked for the W.P.A. in road construction.

Gerald entered the service in December 1943. After his initial training Gerald was sent to Europe and transferred from the replacement depot to L Company 116th Infantry on 26 Jul 1944.  PVT Houle was killed in action on 30 Aug 1944.

PVT Houle was repatriated and is buried in the Stephenson Township Cemetery in Stephenson, Michigan.

2LT Frank Vernon Barnett

2LT Frank Vernon Barnett was born 14 Oct 1917 in El Campo, Texas to Edgar E and Sophia Wilhemenia (Metzger) Barnett.  His father worked or operated a tractor company before the depression and later they farmed, mostly cotton.  His mother had been born in Germany.

After entering the service and attending OCS, Frank was assigned to K Company 116th Infantry on 16 Aug 1944 where he served as a platoon leader.  He was killed in action on 30 Aug 1944.

2LT Barnett is buried in the Brittany American Cemetery

PVT John J Doran

PVT John J. Doran, b. 6 Mar 1923 - d. 30 Aug 1944. Son of Bernard and Mary (Mahoney) Doran of Harrison, New Jersey he had 7 siblings. This photo is John working at a CCC camp in Montana before the war. Entering service in 1942, PVT Doran was assigned to K Company 116th Infantry when killed. A note here, the morning report shows him as in K Company but his family apparently believed he was in M Company and he might have been for a time prior to the D-Day landings.  He is buried in the Brittany American Cemetery.

2LT Frederick J. Hopkins

 2LT Frederick J. Hopkins was born in 1913 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Ellis Lee and Harriet H. (Rutter) Hopkins.  His father worked as a machinist in a rail road shop.

When drafted in May 1942, Frederick was working in a machine shop.  At some point he was identified as officer "material" and sent to OCS.  After commissioning he was sent to England and assigned to F Company 116th Infantry.  He made the D-Day landing on 6 Jun 1944 and survived the amphibious assault albeit with a wound which got him evacuated to hospital.  After recovery he was returned to the unit from the replacement depot on 11 Aug 1944, again to serve as a platoon leader. 2LT Hopkins was killed in action on 30 Aug 1944.

2LT Hopkins is buried in the Brittany American Cemetery.

PVT Joseph Edward Havel

PVT Joseph Edward Havel was born 12 Nov 1917 in Chicago, Illinois to Edward James and Anna (Konopasek) Havel.  On 1 Aug 1940 he married Mary Barbara Patrycka.

After entering the service, probably in 1943, he was sent to Europe and on 9 Aug 1944 he was transferred from the replacement depot to E Company 116th Infantry.  He probably made that move with then PVT Andrew L. Hauser. However, Joseph stayed with E Company and was killed in action on 30 Aug 1944. 

PVT Havel is buried in the Brittany American Cemetery.  His wife, Mary, did re-marry after the war.

PVT David Earl Leslie

courtesy of Karl Stelly
PVT David Earl Leslie was born 25 Dec 1916 in Sheffield, Pennsylvania to Guy Edward and Sarah Jane (Simpson) Leslie. His father worked as a truck driver for an oil company and farmed.David and wife Elizabeth apparently had a son in 1937 who died in 1938. In 1940, David was living in Mead, Pennsylvania with his wife Elizabeth A. and working as a laborer in a junkyard.  He reported a 1939 income of $286.  

David was already divorced when he was drafted in November 1943.  He was sent to Europe after his basic training and transferred from the replacement depot to L Company 116th Infantry on 15 Jul 1944. PVT Leslie was killed in action on 30 Aug 1944. 

PVT Leslie was repatriated and re-interred in 1948.  He now rests forever in the Gettysburg National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

T4 Romney Francis Horner

T4 Romney Francis Horner ws born 7 Dec 1913 in Novesta, Michigan to Robert Francis and Ella Catherine (Lewis) Horner. The family farmed. In 1940, Romney was reported on the census as working on the farm.

Romney was working in automobile manufacture and had completed 2-years of college when he was drafted in March 1941. After training as a radio operator he was sent to Europe and on 27 Jul 1944 was transferred from the replacement depot to Headquarters Company 2nd Battalion 116th Infantry Regiment.  T4 Horner was killed in action on 30 Aug 1944.

T4 Horner is buried in Novesta Township Cemetery in Cass City, Michigan.

Monday, August 29, 2016

PVT John D. Di Basco

Cenotaph in Precious Blood Cemetery
PVT John D Di Basco was born in 1920 in Wonsocket, Rhode Island to Narciso and Izola Di Basco.  His father worked as a laborer for the highway department.

When John was drafted in November 1942 he may have been working as a weaver in the textile industry. John was eventually sent overseas and on 9 Aug 1944 he was transferred from the replacement depot to E Company 116th Infantry.  PVT Di Basco was killed in action on 29 Aug 1944.

PVT John D. Di Basco is buried in the Brittany American Cemetery.  There is also this cenotaph in the Precious Blood Cemetery in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. 

PFC Benjamin Simon Fletcher

PFC Benjamin Simon Fletcher was born 20 Mar 1917 in Point Deluce, Arkansas to James P. and Dora (Green) Fletcher.  The family farmed.  Benjamin married Colene F. Huckaby on 2 Dec 1939. In 1940 Benjamin was farming as well.

Benjamin voluntarily enlisted in the army in October 1942. We don't know what his military experience included but on 9 Aug 1944 he was transferred from the replacement depot to G Company 116th Infantry.  PFC Fletcher was killed in action on 29 Aug 1944.

PFC Fletcher is buried in the Brittany American Cemetery.

PVT Ira Dayton Beavers

PVT Ira Dayton Beavers, b. 15 Dec 1915 - d. 29 Aug 1944. Son of William Riley and Mary Lou Emma (Rutledge) Beavers. Was born in Belleville, Arkansas but living in California when drafted in January 1944. Ira was serving with L Company 116th Infantry when he was killed. He was survived by his wife, Opal, as well as his parents and 6 siblings. His body was repatriated and he is buried in Grangeville Cemetery, Armona, California.

PVT Raymond J DeBerry

PVT Raymond J. DeBerry was born in Preston County, West Virginia on 4 Jun 1925 to Dewey Chester and Opal Fern (May) DeBerry.  Like most of their neighbors, the family owned and lived off a farm in the county.

Raymond was drafted in November 1943.  Raymond was sent overseas and on 7 Aug 1944 was transferred to I Company 116th Infantry.  On 28 Aug 1944 he was wounded and evacuated to a hospital where he died of his wounds the next day, 29 Aug 1944.

PVT DeBerry was repatriated in 1948 and is now buried in the Terra Alta Cemetery in Terra Alta, West Virginia. 

Sunday, August 28, 2016

PFC Walter H. Grassell

PFC Walter H. Grassell was born 27 Feb 1919 in Washington County, Pennsylvania to Walter Frank and Hattie (Noble) Grassell. The elder Walter worked in a tile mill and a glass factory. 

Walter was drafted in August 1941.  We don't know where he was until 21 Jul 1944 when he was transferred from the replacement depot to F Company 116th Infantry.  PFC Grassell was killed in action on 28 Aug 1944. 

PFC Grassell is buried in the Brittany American Cemetery

PFC Sherman L. Laurey

PFC Sherman L. Laurey was born in 1920, probably in Parke County, Indiana.  He had only a grammar school education.  He was married when he enlisted in December 1943.  After basic training he was sent to Europe and transferred from the replacement depot to K Company 116th Infantry on 27 Jul 1944. On 18 Aug 1944 Sherman was promoted to PFC.  PFC Laurey was killed in action on 28 Aug 1944.

Unfortunately we don't know anything else about Sherman and this may be the only recorded narrative about him.  

PVT Charles Lee Cross

PVT Charles Lee Cross was born 13 Jun 1922 in Fall Branch, Tennessee to Samuel Charles and Margaret Elizabeth (Cox) Cross.  He was raised on the family farm along with his 5 siblings. 

"Charlie" entered service in October 1943.  He was assigned to K Company 116th Infantry prior to the D-Day assault on Omaha Beach.  He was killed in action 28 Aug 1944.

PVT Cross was returned to the U.S. and is buried in Double Springs Cemetery in Rock Springs, Tennessee. 

His oldest brother, Paul William Cross, also served in the Army during the war (SGT, 1942-1945). 

Saturday, August 27, 2016

PVT Clyde Buckner

PVT Clyde Buckner was born 27 May 1916 in Texas County, Missouri to Silas and Edna Josephine (Wilhite) Buckner.  He married Sarah Ellen Rennick.  They had no children.

After enlistment in the Army, Clyde was assigned to B Company 116th Infantry, possibly before the D-Day amphibious assault.  He was wounded on 6 Aug 1944 and died of his wound(s) in hospital on 27 Aug 1944. 

PVT Buckner is buried in Craddock Cemetery in Licking, Missouri. 

PVT William Henry Hodges

courtesy of Mary Agnes Hammett
PVT William Henry Hodges was born in Centerville, Mississippi on 22 Jan 1925 the 3rd child of John Thomas and Annabel (Dier) Hodges.  His father was a farm equipment salesman for many years.

William was drafted in March 1943. After his training he was sent to Europe and on 7 Aug 1944 he was transferred from the replacement depot to the Medical Detachment and then attached to I Company 116th Infantry.  Working as a medic he was himself wounded on 27 Aug 1944 and evacuated to hospital where he died of his wounds that same day.  

PVT Hodges was repatriated and is buried with his parents in the Roselawn Memorial Park in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

PVT Charles Emmett Lawman

PVT Charles Emmett Lawman was born 9 Mar 1923 in Hickory Ridge, Arkansas to Lawrence and Lillian May (Welty) Lawman. The family had a rice farm.

Charles entered the Army in March 1943.  He completed basic training and was sent to Europe and transferred from the replacement depot to C Company 116th Infantry on 17 Jul 1944.  PVT Lawman was killed in action on 27 Aug 1944.

PVT Lawman was repatriated in 1948 and was buried in Otwell Cemetery in Craighead County, Arkansas.

Older brother, Earnest, served in the US Army Air Corps as a SSG during the war.

SGT Ellis Durell Bryan

Courtesy Jerry and Evelyn Austin
SGT Ellis Durell Bryan was born  24 Oct 1923 to William Wyatt and Cordia Octavia (Prestridge). This was likely Randolph County, Alabama as this is where the family was farming in 1920 and was renting a farm in 1930.

Ellis was drafted in October 1943.  He was assigned to C Company 116th Infantry in time for the D-Day landings on Omaha Beach which he survived.  On 18 Aug 1944 he was promoted to SGT.  On 27 Aug 1944 he was killed in action.

SGT Bryan now rests forever in Tyus Baptist Church Cemetery in Tyus, Georgia. 

Brother James Hoyt Bryan served in the Navy during the war. 

2LT Robert Allen Funk

2LT Robert Allen Funk was born 7 Oct 1919 in Shenandoah, Iowa to Floyd Jack and Ethel Fairrell (Ingram) Funk.  His father was a drayman, gardener, and truck driver.  In 1940, Robert was working in the lumber industry and reported a 1939 income of $720. 

Robert enlisted in March 1942 at Fort Crook, Nebraska.  He had graduated high school.  After attending officer training, Robert went to England and was apparently assigned to I Company 116th Infantry prior to the D-Day landing.  2LT Funk was killed in action on 27 Aug 1944. 

2LT Funk was repatriated in 1948 and is buried in Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah, Iowa.

PVT Eugene L. Hoffman

Courtesy Ken Ryesky
PVT Eugene L. Hoffman was born 10 Dec 1923 in Boston, Massachusetts the only son of Jacob and Bessie (Smorack) Hoffman.  Both parents were Jews who had immigrated fromPoland/Russia.  His father was a children's clothing jobber. 

Eugene was drafted in February 1943 and after training was sent to Europe.  On 21 Jun 1944 he was transferred from the replacement depot to Cannon Company 116th Infantry. On 16 Aug 1944 he was again transferred, this time to B Company 116th Infantry as a light truck driver.  PVT Hoffman was killed in action on 27 Aug 1944.


PVT Hoffman was repatriated and is buried in Mount Hebron Cemetery in Flushing, New York.

PFC Maurice Francis O'Connell

PFC Maurice Francis O'Connell was born 30 Jun 1924 in McQuady, Kentucky.  The oldest of the 3 sons of Alfred Francis and Beulah Marie (Keenan) O'Connell, Maurice married Helen Taul.

Maurice was drafted in March 1943 spent several months in the U.S. training and recovering from an injury before being sent overseas after 6 Jun 1944.  He was assigned to I Company 116th Infantry on 7 Aug 1944. He was killed on 27 Aug 1944 near Guilers, France.

His family waited until his body was returned to conduct a funeral.  He is buried in Ivy Hill Cemetery in Hardinsville, Kentucky.

There is an extensive story on Maurice's life by Perry T. Ryan which we've tried to avoid repeating but it is mentioned there that PFC O'Connell was awarded the Bronze Star.  We have yet to find the particulars on that award.

PVT Edwin F. Kelley

PVT Edwin F. Kelley was born 10 Mar 1922 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Joseph Hooker and Catherine M. (Mellor) Kelley.  His father was an auto mechanic. In 1940, Edwin was working as a plumber's helper. 

Edwin entered military service in December 1942. He and Mary E. Reeves were married 18 Apr 1942 in Philadelphia and they had a son in January 1943.  He was shipped overseas in May 1943. We do not know to what unit(s) he may have been assigned in England, he was not assigned from the replacement depot to C Company 116th Infantry until 10 Jul 1944.  He suffered some sort of non-battle related injury on 24 Jul 1944 and it was serious enough for him to be evacuated and dropped from unit rolls.  He returned to the unit from the hospital on 10 Aug 1944.  PVT Kelley was killed in action on 27 Aug 1944. 

PVT Kelley is buried in the Brittany American Cemetery.

Edwin's father served in the first World War as a PVT in the 103rd Engineer Battalion of the 28th Division and was wounded 3 times.  Brother Joseph Samuel Kelley served 1944-1945. Brother Wesley Louis Kelley served from 1944-1946. His wife remarried. 

PFC Amador M. Garcia

PFC Amador M. Garcia was assigned to M Company 116th Infantry for the D-Day invasion.  On 9 Jul 1944 he was promoted to PFC.  Wounded on 12 Jul 1944 and evacuated to the hospital he was returned to the unit from the replacement depot on 15 Aug 1944.  PFC Garcia was killed in action on 27 Aug 1944.

PFC Garcia is buried in the Brittany American Cemetery.

PFC William Walter Lehto

PFC William Walter Lehto was born 12 Jun 1916 in Elm River, Michigan to Waino Victor and Josphine (Lahnakoski) Lehto.  Both parents were natives of Finland. His father worked on a railroad as a section hand and later as a foreman. William worked for the railroad as well. On 29 Mar 1940 he married Edith Lyle Fillbrook.

William was likely drafted and entered the Army in September 1943. He was sent to the European theater and assigned to  K Company 116th Infantry.  PFC Lehto was killed in action on 27 Aug 1944.

PFC Lehto was buried in the Brittany American Cemetery. The couple apparently had no children and Edith would remarry in February 1946.

PFC Calvin D. Heimbach

PFC Calvin D. Heimbach was born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on 19 Apr 1924 to Lloyd Elexis and Elizabeth (Remaley) Heimbach.  Lloyd worked for a building supply company in 1930 but in 1940 was working for the Work Projects Administration (WPA).

Calvin was working in construction when drafted in April 1943.  He was sent to Europe and transferred from the replacement depot to C Company 116th Infantry on 17 Jul 1944.  PFC Heimbach was killed in action on 27 Aug 1944.

PFC Heimbach is buried in the Brittany American Cemetery. Older brother, Russel Thomas Heimbach, served 1942-1946.

PFC Brutus C. Johnson

PFC Brutus C. Johnson was born 12 May 1920 in Clark County, Kentucky to James and Pearl (Thomas) Johnson. The family lived in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio as they moved from farm to farm.  The family all worked to support as many as 9 in the household.  In 1940, Brutus was reported as living with his oldest brother in Madison, Ohio but he was in the Civilian Conservation Corps.  In 1939 he was apparently working at Yellowstone National Park and risked his life for another worker.
The Carnegie hero fund commission, In recognition of the death, of William L. Nelson while attempting to rescue a companion from suffocation, tonight awarded bronze medals to three persons, including Nelson's mother, Mrs. Jean Crow of Gardiner, Mont. The other hero citation awards went to Brutus C. Johnson, West Middleton, Ohio, and Vaughn M. Roley, Plymouth, Calif. Nelson, 21-year-old laborer, died while trying to rescue Roley, also 21, from suffocation at Mammoth Hot Springs, AVyo., June 26, 1939, the commission found. Roley entered a 27-foot test hole in which hydrogen sulphide gas was present. Almost immediately he called to Nelson and another youth to pull him out, and then he became unconscious, his legs resting in a bucket to which a rope was attached. Nelson, th'e commission found, slid down the rope, took hold of Roley, raised him somewhat, and then became unconscious. The other youth carefully raised Roley to the top and pulled him from the hole. Brutus C. Johnson, 19, a civilian conservation corps enrollee, who had been told there was gas in the hole, reached the scene and with a rope around his chest was lowered to the bottom. He tried to slip a loop of a rope over Nelson's leg but was overcome. He was pulled from the hole and was revived. Roley meanwhile had revived. Tying a rope around his chest and holding his breath, he was lowered to Nelson. He looped the other rope over Nelson's leg and then was pulled to the surface. Nelson was brought to the surface and was revived, but he died the following day from effects of the gas.

Brutus was drafted in March 1943 and was transferred from the replacement depot to C Company 116th Infantry on 10 Jul 1944.  He was killed in action on 27 Aug 1944.

PFC Johnson is apparently not buried in the overseas American Cemeteries (most likely this would have been at Cambridge or the Brittany American Cemetery) so it is likely that he was repatriated.  However, none of his records seem to have survived and they may have been destroyed in the 1973 records fire so we don't know where he is buried.  

SSG William C. Allen

SSG William C. Allen was born 16 Nov 1915 to William Milton and Lena Nelson (Roberts) Allen in Summit Point, West Virginia.  His father farmed in Jefferson County, West Virginia and later, in Clarke County, Virginia. In 1940 his father was working for the WPA and William was working as a "pressman" for a rubber company. 

William joined the National Guard and was a CPL in the Winchester based infantry unit in February 1941 when the unit was federalized.  As a member of I Company 116th Infantry he participated in the amphibious landing on D-Day.  Wounded on 6 Jun 1944, William did not return to his unit until 29 Jul 1944.  SSG Allen was killed in action on 27 Aug 1944. 


SSG Allen is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Friday, August 26, 2016

PFC Arthur E. Balentine

PFC Arthur E. Ballentine was born in 1910 in German, Ohio to Martin Luther and Rose Adele (Donovan) Ballentine.  His father died in 1918 and his older brother Paul worked in a rubber factory to support the family.   Later Arthur worked in a printing firm to support his mother.  By 1940 he was making $1500 a year.  Sometime about 1941 he married Helen A. and they had at least 2 children.

Arthur was drafted in April 1943.  Sent overseas, he was assigned to L Company 116th Infantry from the replacement depot on 24 Jul 1944.  Wounded on 25 Aug 1944 and evacuated to the hospital he died of his wounds the next day, 26 Aug 1944.

PFC Ballentine is buried in the Brittany American Cemetery.  




SSG Silas Jay Cooper Jr

SSG Silas Jay Cooper Jr, b. 1921 - d. 26 Aug 1944. Son of Silas Jay and Minnie Evalena (Smith) Cooper of Michigan, he had 9 siblings. Interestingly, Jay enlisted as Jay S. Cooper and so is reported as such in the official records. Assigned to A Company 116th Infantry on 22 Jun 1944 as a PFC. He is now buried in Montrose Cemetery in Montrose, Michigan.

PVT William Thomas Chance

PVT William Thomas Chance Jr, b. 28 Aug 1912 - d. 26 Aug 1944. Son of William and Mary Etta (Legette) Chance of Rowland, NC. He was married to Margaret Jackson and their daughter Patsy was almost 2 years of age when he was killed. William was assigned to A Company 116th Infantry. He is buried in the Brittany American Cemetery.













SGT Norman Apell

SGT Norma Apell was apparently born in the Bronx, New York to Harold Jacob and Rose (Weiss) on 10 Nov 1922.  He had one older sister, Helaine.  His father started as a salesman for food products and eventually owned and operated his own manufacture plant for childrens' accessories.

After Norman entered the service and was sent overseas he was assigned to B Company 116th Infantry on 11 Aug 1944.  He was wounded, evacuated to the hospital and died of those wounds in the hospital on 26 Aug 1944.

SGT Apell is buried in the Mount Eden Cemetery in Valhalla, New York. 

SGT Apell's sister, Helaine, served during the war in the Women's Army Corp (WAC) from 11 Dec 1942 to 12 Jan 1945. 

SGT Harry G. Hoffman

SGT Harry G. Hoffman was born 31 May 1921 in Herkimer County, New York to Ira D. and Eva May (Bushie) Hoffman.  His father worked as a laborer and then a fireman.  In 1940 Harry was working as a clerk in a grocery. The family of 9 had a reported combined income of $1345 for 1939 and were paying $5 rent on their accommodations in Greenfield, New York.

Harry voluntarily enlisted in May 1942.  After training he was sent to England and assigned to C Company 116th Infantry.  He trained for and participated in the amphibious assault on the French beach code-named "Omaha". On 17 Jun 1944 Harry was wounded and evacuated to hospital.  At some point after that he was sent to Headquarters 29th Infantry Division and then returned to C Company on 6 Aug 1944. SGT Hoffman was killed in action on 26 Aug 1944.

SGT Hoffman was repatriated and is buried in Saint Peter's Cemetery in Saratoga, New York.  His brother Carrol J. Hoffman also served in the Army during the war.

PVT Floyd Georg Anderson

PVT Floyd Georg Anderson was born in 1917, likely in Mercer County, North Dakota, to Joseph H. and Elizabeth L. (Allingham) Anderson.  His father had immigrated from Ireland.  The family farmed. In 1940, Floyd was working as an orchestral pianist and had made $620 in 1939.

When drafted in December 1943, Floyd was living in Clackamas County, Oregon but entered the service in California. On 11 Aug 1944 he reported to F Company 116th Infantry.  PVT Anderson was killed in action on 26 Aug 1944.

PVT Anderson is buried in the Brittany American Cemetery.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

PFC Otra K. Gladden

PFC Otra K. Gladden was born 26 May 1922 in Corinth, Alabama to Enoch Stanford and Louella (Sparks) Gladden.  His father was a watchmaker.

Otra was drafted in October 1942 and left his job as a glazier to serve his country.  Sent to England he was assigned to I Company 116th Infantry. After training with that unit for the amphibious assault at Omaha Beach, he took part in that action. On 15 Jun 1944 he was wounded by shrapnel in the left hand but remained on duty.  PFC Gladden was killed in action on 25 Aug 1944.

PFC Gladden is buried in Forest Hill Cemetery in Birmingham, Alabama.

PVT Clifford Gabrellas

PVT Clifford Gabrellas was born 25 Nov 1922 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Christos Peter and Mary (Pappas) Gabrellas.  Both parents were Greek immigrants. Christos was a chef and reported a 1939 income of $1270.

When drafted in March 1943, Clifford may have been working as a clerk or secretary.  Sent to Europe, Clifford may have been assigned to K Company 116th Infantry prior to the D-Day landings.  PVT Gabrellas was killed in action on 25 Aug 1944.

PVT Gabrellas is buried in the Brittany American Cemetery.  His brother James also served through the war. 

PVT Angelo M. Guidice

PVT Angelo M. Guidice was born 24 Mar 1916 most probably in Brooklyn, New York, son of Frank Guidice. His father was superintendent of a "dock company". His mother had died before 1920. The family lived with his father's brother and then his paternal grandfather.  In 1936, Angelo was serving as an ordinary seaman on the ship, American Siboney.

Angelo was married and working as a street car conductor when he was drafted in November 1943.  Trained as a rifleman he was then sent to Europe and on 7 Aug 1944 transferred from the replacement depot to I Company 116th Infantry.  He was wounded on or before 25 Aug 1944, evacuated to hospital and died of his wound(s) there on that day. 

PVT Guidice was repatriated and buried in the Long Island National Cemetery in East Farmingdale, New York. 

PFC Charles Leroy Little

PFC Charles Leroy Little was born in 1916 in Walker County, Georgia to Joe Henry and Flora Ella (Rice) Little. His father worked as a miner and farmed. In 1940, Charles was working as a weaver and reported a 1939 income of $624. He married Martha Norine Westbrook on 10 May 1940.

Charles was drafted in November 1943.  After basic training he was sent overseas and assigned to K Company 116th Infantry.  PFC Little was killed in action on 25 Aug 1944.

PFC Little is buried in the Brittany American Cemetery. His wife would re-marry in 1952.

SGT Durell Branch

SGT Durell Branch was born 22 Feb 1925 in Paris, Texas to Cicero and Abby Lee (Ray) Branch.  His father supported the family of 7 by variously working for the city and farming. 

We can't find when Durell was drafted or enlisted but he was assigned as a PVT to B Company 116th Infantry on 16 Jun 1944, just 10 days after the D-Day landings.  On 27 Jul 1944 he was promoted to SGT.  There is no mention in the morning report of interim promotions to PFC or CPL.  There was also some confusion in the morning report as to his status but he was killed in action on 25 Aug 1944. 

In 1948 he was repatriated and buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

PVT Adolph Mejia Castro

PVT Adolph Mejia Castro was born 27 Mar 1925 in Belvedere, California one of seven children of Jesus Ruiz and Mercedes Perez (Mejia) Castro.  Both of his parents were born in Mexico.  His father worked as a gardener and laborer doing odd jobs.  His mother picked fruit as did other members of the family.

Adolph was drafted in September 1943 and may have been working as a mechanic at the time.  PVT Castro was assigned to B Company 116th Infantry on 11 Aug 1944 and was killed in action on 25 Aug.  He will rest forever in Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno, California. 

PVT Joseph Raymond Getchell

PVT Joseph Raymond Getchell was born 22 Apr 1907 in Erie, Pennsylvania to Calvin and Margaret Valerie (Maloney) Getchell. His father was a carpenter. By 1930, Joseph was also working as a carpenter. On 25 May 1931 Joseph married Elsie Millie Otto in Ripley, New Jersey.  They were divorced 7 Oct 1940 and they had no children.

Joseph had been working as a moulder for some time when he was drafted in January 1944. He was sent to Europe and transferred from the replacement depot to C Company 116th Infantry on 11 Aug 1944.  PVT Getchell was killed in action on 25 Aug 1944.

PVT Getchell was repatriated and he is buried in Calvary Cemetery in Erie, Pennsylvania.

PVT Elmer Melchoir Kelbaugh

PVT Elmer Melchoir Kelbaugh was born 24 Feb 1914 in Texas, Maryland to William Melchoir and Edith Mae (Jones) Kelbaugh.  His father worked as farm labor in Baltimore county and later on his own farm in York county, Pennsylvania.  Elmer married Mildred Saranda Miller on 17 Nov 1934.  Their first daughter, Dorothy Marie Kelbaugh, was born and died in June the next year. Another daughter was born in 1937 and a son joined the family in 1940.  Elmer worked at the American Insulator plant in New Freedom, Pennsylvania.

Elmer was drafted in December 1943 and trained at Fort Meade, Maryland and Camp Blanding, Florida as the regiment had done in 1942 and was then sent to Europe in July 1943.  On 7 Aug 1944 he was transferred from the replacement depot to I Company 116th Infantry.  Originally thought to be missing in action (and a possible POW) he was later confirmed as having been killed in action on 25 Aug 1944.

The matter of his burial may be confusing.  There is a grave in the Brittany American Cemetery.  There is a cenotaph which has been recorded as a burial in the Bethlehem Steltz Reformed Cemetery in Steltz, Pennsylvania.


His sister, Virgina Kelbaugh, served as a Yeoman 1C in the U.S. Navy at Pearl Harbor having entered service in 1942. Mildred re-married in 1948.

2LT Robert E Friesz

2LT Robert E Friesz was born 2 Aug 1919 in Mandan, North Dakota to Ralph V and Pauline (Opitz) Friesz.  His father had been born in Russia.  His mother's parents were German. Ralph worked in a dry goods store.  By 1940 Ralph was a salesman, his oldest son a dentist, and Robert was presumably still attending school.  In 1941 he was attending the University of North Dakota.

2LT Friesz was assigned to I Company 116th Infantry on 14 Aug 1944 as a platoon leader.  He was killed in action on 25 Aug 1944. 

2LT Friesz is buried in Mandan Union Cemetery in Mandan, North Dakota.  With him rests his brother, CPT Arthur Ralph Friesz, USAAF, B-17F # 42-316 who was killed 11 Nov 1944.  

Their older brother, the dentist, was CPT (USN) Raymond Henry Friesz.  


PFC Charles Goshy

PFC Charles Goshy, b. 31 Dec 1924 - d. 25 Aug 1944. Son of Michael and Mary (Gavason) Goshy of Northumberland, Pennsylvania. His brother, Mitchell, also served. His parents were immigrants from Austria. Drafted in November 1944, Charles was assigned to K Company 116th Infantry, wounded, and returned from the replacement depot to L Company 116th Infantry. He now rests in Riverview Cemetery, Northumberland, Pennsylvania. This photo comes from his high school annual.

2LT Henry Feil

2LT Henry Feil, b. 1918 - d. 25 Aug 1944. Son of Harry and Ray (Eisenberg) Feil of New York City. This photo is from the New York University annual. Henry entered service in 1942. He was ultimately assigned to I Company 116th Infantry. 2LT Feil is memorialized on the tablet of the missing in the Brittany American Cemetery.

PVT Robert J. Anderson

PVT Robert J. Anderson was born 18 Apr 1920 in Richmond County, New York to James Francis and Caroline (Gundlach) Anderson.  His father worked in a shipyard.  In 1940 Robert was working to combat soil erosion (Soil Conservation Corps?).

When drafted in February 1942 Robert had 2 years of high school.  Transferred from the replacement depot to B Company 116th Infantry on 11 Aug 1944, PVT Anderson was killed in action on 25 Aug 1944.

PVT Anderson is buried in the Brittany American Cemetery

PVT William Best Gott

PVT William Best Gott was born 21 Mar 1921 in Wheeler, Indiana to William Jennings Bryan and Lauretta (Stoner) Gott.  In 1930 his father was working at a golf course.  His father died in 1934.  His mother remarried soon after. 

William was living in Clatsop, Oregon when he was drafted in February 1941.  We do not know what happened during his service but on 19 Aug 1944 he was a PVT transferred from the replacement depot to C Company 116th Infantry.  PVT Gott was killed in action on 25 Aug 1944.

PVT Gott is buried in the Brittany American Cemetery.

PVT Cecil Glen Pugh

PVT Cecil Glen Pugh was the eldest of two sons of Otis Glenn and Clara E (Barker).  Cecil was born 20 May 1919 in Providence, North Carolina at a time when his father was farming.  Later, his father worked in a printing plant.  In 1940, Cecil was clerking in a grocery store.  On 13 Apr 1941 he married Sarah Ellen Blalock.

In August 1943, Cecil was drafted.  After training he was shipped overseas and on 20 Jul 1944 was assigned to I Company 116th Infantry.  On 25 Aug 1944 he was found to be missing in action.

There is a marker for PVT Pugh in Grays Chapel Cemetery in Grays Chapel, North Carolina. 

Sarah Ellen remarried and lived another 50 years.  

PFC Winfield Liggett

courtesy of Erin Proctor
PFC Winfield Liggett was born 30 Apr 1917 in Spotsylvania County, Virginia the fourth of nine children of Samuel Coffman and Willie Thaxton (Dickenson) Liggett. Samuel was a civil engineer.  In 1940, Winfield was working as farm labor.

Winfield was drafted in February 1942. After basic training, Winfield was sent to England and assigned to K Company 116th Infantry.  He trained with the unit for the amphibious assault on "Omaha" beach and took part in that effort.  He was wounded on 8 Jun 1944 and sent to the hospital.  PFC Liggett returned to the unit from the hospital on 14 Aug 1944.  Serving as an automatic rifleman or BAR gunner, he was killed in action on 25 Aug 1944.

PFC Liggett is buried in the Brittany American Cemetery.

Young brother, Samuel Coffman Liggett Jr. served from 1943-1946. His great-grandfather, Jacob Nicholas Liggett, served as 1st Lieutenant in B Company 7th Virginia Cavalry in the Civil War.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

CPT Alfred Dickinson Barksdale

Born 17 Jul 1892 in Houston, Virginia (now Halifax) to William Randolph and Hallie Bailey (Craddock) Barksdale. Barksdale graduated from Virginia Military Institute in 1911 at the age of 18, then earned an LL.B. from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was president of his class, in 1915. After a year in private practice in Lynchburg, he served in the United States Army from 1916 to 1922. For his service with the Virginia-based 116th Infantry Regiment of the 29th Infantry Division in Europe during World War I, he received the Distinguished Service Cross, the Croix de guerre, and the Chevalier Legion of Honor. The VMI website has a photograph of Barksdale in uniform. His DSC commendation reads:
"Alfred D. Barksdale, Captain, 116th Infantry. For repeated acts of extraordinary heroism in action near Samogneux, France, October 8, 1918; near Molleville, France, October 12; and in the Bois de la Grand Montagne, France, October 15, 1918. Commanding a support company during the attack of October 8, Capt. Barksdale discovered that his battalion had advanced ahead of the unit on the right flank, and was suffering heavy losses from machine gun fire. Without orders he attacked and captured the guns, taking many prisoners. On October 12 he worked for over an hour, exposed to a terrific bombardment, binding the wounds of his men. On October 15 he advanced alone in a thick wood and, with the aid of his pistol, put out of action a destructive machine gun which was pouring such a deadly fire his men could not raise their heads."
After the war he eventually became a United States District Court Judge. He died 16 Aug 1972 and is buried in Spring Hill Cemetery, Lynchburg, Virginia.

Monday, August 15, 2016

SGT Peter J. Ambrose

SGT Peter J. Ambrose was born in 1909 to Peter Joseph and Mary Ambrose in Cambria County, Pennsylvania.  Both parents had immigrated from Slovakia and the pre-Anglicized family name was Ambrozatms. His mother died 6 Jul 1936.

Peter was  drafted in June 1941.  He married Elizabeth on 7 Mar 1942 in Baltimore, Maryland where he had been living before the service came calling.  Assigned to K Company 116th Infantry, he was with that unit for the amphibious assault at Omaha Beach.  Then PVT Ambrose did more than is duty and was awarded the Silver Star. His silver star citation: In Normandy, France, on June 6, 1944, during the initial action, when the troops were pinned down behind a hedgerow by the enemy,Sgt. Ambrose, with another soldier, advanced across a mine field in the face of extremely heavy fire with complete disregard for his own safety and set up a machinegun. By this brave act, he furrnished cover for the troops and enabled them to advance. His courage and devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself and the military service.

On 20 Jun 1944, Peter was promoted to SGT, probably in part because of his demonstrated initiative and leadership.  On 6 Aug 1944 SGT Ambrose was wounded and evacuated to hospital.  He died of his wound(s) on 15 Aug 1944.

SGT Ambrose is buried in the Brittany American Cemetery. Elizabeth remarried and moved to Portland, Oregon. 

Sunday, August 14, 2016

PFC Woodrow Wilson Knighten

PFC Woodrow Wilson Knighten was born 5 Mar 1913 in Rockingham County, Virginia to John Elzie and Lizzie Jane (McDaniel) Knighten.  The family farmed.  His father died of heart disease in 1918.  Brother John Henry Knighten would die of pulmonary tuberculosis in 1940.

Woodrow was drafted in May 1941.  After his training is was assigned to the 116th Infantry.  It appears that he may have been A and C Companies of the 116th Infantry before being assigned to F Company 116th Infantry.  Sent to England, he trained with the regiment for the amphibious attack on German forces in France. His mother died of heart disease in February 1943. Woodrow was apparently assigned to F Company and took part in the amphibious assault on 6 Jun 1944.  PFC Knighten was wounded on 11 Jul 1944 and evacuated to hospital.  He died of his wound(s) on 14 Aug 1944.

PFC Knighten was repatriated in 1948 and now rests forever near other family members in Elk Run Cemetery in Elkton, Virginia. 

Woodrow's grandfather served as a PVT in Lamkin's Company, Virginia Light Artillery during the Civil War.  Older brother, Harvey Lee Knighton, was drafted in Feb 1943 and served until the end of the war, he would die of exposure in 1947.  Younger brother, Jesse Willard Knighton, served from 1940 to 1945 in part as a T4 in B Battery 925 Anti-Aircraft Artillery. 

Thursday, August 11, 2016

PVT William C. Kimbrough

PVT William C. Kimbrough was born 11 Jul 1924 in White Pine, Tennessee to Floyd and Charlsie (Sexton) Kimbrough.  The family farmed. 

William was drafted in January 1944.  After basic training he was sent to Europe and transferred from the replacement depot to L Company 116th Infantry on 10 Aug 1944.  PVT Kimbrough was killed in action the very next day, 11 Aug 1944. 

PVT Kimbrough was repatriated in 1948 and is buried in White Pine Cemetery in White Pine, Tennessee.

Brother, Ted Kimbrough served from 1945-1947.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

PFC Raymond Valentine Mankowski

PFC Raymond Valentine Mankowski was born in 1923 in Lemont, Illinois to Bronislaus F V and Stella G (Luczak) Mankowski.  His father, a foreman in a starch factory, was a veteran of WWI.  His brother Thaddeus S. Mankowski served in the United States Marines Corps as a SGT during WWII. Raymond was assigned to K Company 116th Infantry on 5 Jul 1944 and killed in action on 9 Aug 1944 near Vire, France.  He is buried in the Brittany American Cemetery.

SSG Charles H. Blackledge

SSG Charles H. Blackledge was born 9 Mar 1922 in Mississippi to Charles Robert and Edna (Calhoun) Blackledge.  The family farmed and father Charles also ran a farm supply store.

Charles entered the service in September 1942. Sent overseas, he was assigned to I Company 116th Infantry sometime before 6 Jun 1944.  He was wounded by shrapnel in his left shin on 12 Jun 1944 but remained on duty.  On 24 Jun 1944 he was promoted to PFC.  On 25 Jul 1944, Charles was again promoted, this time to SSG apparently skipping the rank of SGT.  5 days later, on 30 Jul 1944, Charles was wounded and evacuated to the hospital. He died of his wound(s) on 9 Aug 1944.


SSG Blackledge was repatriated in 1948 and is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in Columbia, Mississippi.

PFC Harry E. Gleason

PFC Harry E. Gleason was born 18 Oct 1910 in New Brunswick, New Jersey to John J. and Anna Gleason.  John Gleason was a mason. 

When Harry was drafted in October 1942 he had completed 1 year of college and was married.  Sent to Europe, he was transferred from the replacement depot to F Company 116th Infantry on 21 Jul 1944. PFC Gleason was killed in action on 9 Aug 1944.

PFC Gleason is buried in the Brittany American Cemetery.

SGT Eugene C Betts

SGT Eugene C Betts, b. 24 Oct 1919 - d. 9 Aug 1944. Son of Chester Eugene and Mamie Alice (Wenrich) Betts of Elimsport, Pennsylvania. Eugene entered service 21 Feb 1942 and was serving with K Company 116th Infantry when he received the wound which killed him. He is buried in the Montoursville Cemetery, Montoursville, Pennsylvania. 

Monday, August 8, 2016

1LT James V Chittick

1LT James V Chittick (b. 31 Jul 1914 - d. 8 Aug 1944) son of Victory Young and Lorena Chittick of Michigantown, Indiana was a member of Company E, 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Additionally, there is this information from Jack Burrows:

AFTER BEING AN INSTRUCTOR IN THE INFANTRY REPLACEMENT TRAINING CENTER AT FORT HARRISON, INDIANA; CAMP ROBINSON, ARKANSAS; CAMP FANNIN, TEXAS; THE INFANTRY COURSE AT FORT BENNING, GEORGIA AND A BRIEF STINT WITH THE 103RD DIVISION, LIEUTENANT CHITTICK WENT OVERSEAS IN JUNE 1944 AS AN OFFICER REPLACEMENT AND WAS IN THE 29TH DIVISION WHEN KILLED ON AUGUST 8, 1944.

SSG John Kraft

SSG John Kraft entered the service in New York state.  Assigned to I Company 116th Infantry, he was killed in action on 8 Aug 1944.  It is likely that he was repatriated and re-interred in the U.S.

PVT Earl R. Clark

PVT Earl R. Clark was the son of Catherine (later Hannan).  After he entered service he was sent overseas and assigned to L Company 116th Infantry.  He was with that unit for the amphibious assault on 6 Jun 1944.  On 13 Jun 1944 he was wounded and evacuated to hospital.  On 17 Jul 1944 he was returned from the replacement depot to the unit.  PVT Clark was killed in action on 8 Aug 1944.

PVT Clark is buried in the Brittany American Cemetery

PVT Elmer C. Levo

PVT Elmer C. Levo was born in 1907 in Collinsville, Illinois to Peter Paul and Laura (Cossono) Levo. Both parents were natives of Italy.  The family farmed and his siblings worked in various local industries. In 1940, Elmer was working at the Swift packing plant and reported a 1939 income of $1250.

After Elmer entered the service and completed basic training, he was sent to the European theater and transferred from the replacement depot to L Company 116th Infantry on 26 Jul 1944.  PVT Levo was killed in action on 8 Aug 1944.

PVT Levo was buried in the Brittany American Cemetery.

PVT Harry Sherman Cochran

PVT Harry Sherman Cochran was born 6 May 1923 in Gilfoyle, Pennsylvania to Orie Clinton and Ella Mae (Barr) Cochran.  Orie was a truck driver. Ella Mae died in 1943. 

When drafted in March 1943 Harry was working in glass production.  Harry was sent overseas in July 1944 and on 17 Jul 1944 was transferred from the replacement depot to B Company 116th Infantry.  PVT Cochran was killed in action on 8 Aug 1944. 

PVT Cochran was repatriated in 1948 and is buried in the North Forest Cemetery in Marienville, Pennsylvania.

PVT Nathan Edward Marks

PFC Nathan Edward Marks, b. 3 Jan 1921 - d. 8 Aug 1944, son of Jesse and Mae Marks of Jackson County, Ohio. Assigned to L Company 116h Infantry at the time of his death. He rests in the Brittany American Cemetery.