Tuesday, September 27, 2016

CPL William E. Holden

CPL William E. Holden was born in 1924 in New York state the son of Edward Francis and Frances V. (Fischer) Holden.  His father was a letter carrier.

After William entered the service he was eventually sent to the European Theater of Operations and on 11 Aug 1944 was transferred from the replacment depot to B Company 116th Infantry.  CPL Holden was killed in action on 27 Aug 1944.

CPL Holden is buried in the Brittany American Cemetery.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

T5 Clifford Donald Grover

T5 Clifford Donald Grover was born 6 Feb 1925 in Clarendon, Vermont to George Abbott and Deborah Susan (Eddy) Grover. The family farmed.

After entering the army in July 1943, Clifford was sent England in December and assigned to Headquarters Company 3rd Battalion 116th Infantry and was with that unit in the amphibious assault of 6 Jun 1944.  It was for his actions in that landing that he received the first Bronze Star. He was awarded the Bronze Star again for action on 17 Jul 1944.
On June 7, 1944, Pfc. Grover distinguished himself in combat by laying and maintaining communication lines between command posts. This work was performed under intense enemy artillery fire and was vital to the establishment of the Normandy beachhead. And for heroic achievement in military operations against the enemy of July 17, 1944,Pfc.Grover's courage and devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself and the military service.
Clifford was a non-battle casualty on 5 Jul 1944,, evacuated and returned to the unit on 7 Jul 1944.  On 19 Jul 1944, he was promoted to T5, likely at least partially in recognition of his actions on the 17th.  He was lightly wounded again on 4 Aug 1944, near Vire, but remained on duty.  T5 Grover was killed in action on 20 Sep 1944.

T5 Grover was repatriated and is buried in the East Clarendon Cemetery in East Clarendon, Verrmont.

Monday, September 19, 2016

PFC Frank Zepeda Aguilar

PFC Frank Zepeda Aguilar was born 23 Mar 1923 in Nueces County, Texas to Francisco and Lola J. (Zepeda) Aguilar.  Francisco supported his family of 7 as a waiter.

Frank entered the service in July of 1943 and was sent overseas where he was assigned to F Company 116th Infantry.  He was a PVT with the unit on D-Day. He was apparently wounded, when is unknown, nor is it known when he returned to the unit.  However, he was again wounded on 13 Jul 1944 and evacuated to the hospital.   He returned to F Company on 14 Aug 1944.  Frank was promoted to PFC on 15 Aug 1944.  He was wounded again on 5 Sep 1944 and returned to the unit 5 days later on 10 Sep 1944. PFC Aguilar was wounded yet again on 17 Sep 1944 and he died of those wounds on 19 Sep 1944. 

Repatriated in 1948, PFC Aguilar was buried in Rose Hill Memorial Park.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

TSGT James Bilinski

photo courtesy of MandyK
TSGT James Bilinski was born 16 Jan 1918 in Moravia, New York to Tomascz (or Thomas) and Mary (Taralo) Bilinski.  Both parents were Polish immigrants.  The family farmed.  In 1940, James was driving a truck for a saw mill. He reported an income of $505 for 1939.

James entered the service in June 1942.  He was eventually assigned to Headquarters Company 1st Battalion 116th Infantry and made the D-Day landing with that unit.  James was promoted from SSG to TSGT on 20 Jun 1944 serving as a Platoon Sergeant. On 18 Sep 1944 he was killed when a captured German pistol was accidentally discharged.  We are researching the details of this incident.

TSGT was repatriated in 1949 and is buried in Saint Joseph's Cemetery in Auburn, New York with other family members. 

PVT Leo L. Lewellyn

courtesy of Joy Riggers
PVT Leo L. Lewellyn was born in 1915 in Syracuse, New York the oldest surviving child of three children born to Herbert Porter and Irene Lewellyn. His father was an engineer.Herbert died in 1930.

Leo wasn't drafted until March 1944. After basic training he was sent to the European theater and transferred from the replacement depot to I Company 116th Infantry on 4 Sep 1944. PVT Lewellyn was killed in action on 18 Sep 1944.

PVT Lewellyn was buried in the Brittany American Cemetery.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

PVT Franklin Clark Joseph Anderson

PVT Franklin Clark Joseph Anderson was born 2 Sep 1914 in Chicago, Illinois to Ewald Warren and Mary (Kohler) Anderson. His father worked as a typesetter.

When Franklin entered the service in November 1940 he is noted has having 4-years of college and being an actor and single.  It is also noted that enlisted for the Army Air Corps as an Aviation Cadet.  Whatever had happened in his military service, on 9 Sep 1944 Franklin was assigned from the replacement depot to A Company 116th Infantry.  PVT Anderson was killed in action on 17 Sep 1944.

PVT Anderson is buried in the Brittany American Cemetery.

SSG Jerome Bergstein

SSG Jerome Bergstein was born 20 Aug 1925, probably in Brooklyn, New York, to Morris and Hannah D (Wexner) Bergstein.  He was the 2nd of 4 children.  His father worked variously as a process server and a salesman.  Jerome attended only 2 years of high school before he was drafted.

Jerome was drafted in December 1943.  He was assigned to F Company 116th Infantry on 23 Jul 1944 as a PVT.  On 15 Aug 1944 he was promoted to PFC.  On 14 Sep 1944 he was promoted to SSG apparently skipping a couple of ranks (CPL and SGT).  He was killed in action 17 Sep 1944. 

SSG Bergstein is buried in Long Island National Cemetery in East Farmingdale, New York. 

PVT Clyde W. Lee

PVT Clyde W. Lee was born in 1908 in Wichita Falls, Texas.  In 1940 he was living with his wife Frances at 224 Cincinnati Street, El Paso, Texas managing Piedras Cleaners, a dry cleaning plant.  His wife was working as a stenographer.  They reported a combined income for 1939 of $2080 and rented their house for $15 per month. 

Clyde was drafted in June 1942.  He was eventually sent to Europe and may have served in another infantry unit before he was assigned from the replacement depot to F Company 116th Infantry on 5 Sep 1944.  PVT Lee was killed in action on 17 Sep 1944.

PVT Lee is buried in the Brittany American Cemetery.  We believe that by 1948 his wife had re-married because his sister, Eula Mae Lee Huffman, was his next of kin on the interment record. So far as we know the couple had no children.

TSGT Theodore Ford Fettinger

TSGT Theodore Ford Fettinger was born 14 Oct 1922 in Newark, New Jersey to Edwin Forrest and Louise Houghton (Ford) Fettinger.  His father worked as a secretary for an advertising agency.  Theodore attended the Forestry school in the University of Maine. 

After Theodore left school to serve his country he was sent overseas and assigned to G Company 116th Infantry.  It appears that he was with the unit on D-Day.  On 20 Jun 1944 he was promoted to SSG and then on 19 Aug 1944 he was promoted to TSGT.  As a platoon sergeant, he was reportedly shot by a sniper as the unit attacked German positions in Brest, France.  TSGT Fettinger was killed in action on 17 Sep 1944.

TSGT Fettinger is buried in the Brittany American Cemetery. There is a cenotaph in his memory in Laurel Hill Cemetery in Saco, Maine.

PVT Daniel C Brennan

PVT Daniel C Brennan was born 22 Sep 1923 in Butte, Montana the youngest son of Michael Joseph and Anastasia (Jackson) Brennan.  Michael Brennan was a miner and worked in a copper mine.  Older brother Frank contributed to the family by working in a packing house.  Michael died in 1939. 

Daniel was drafted in March 1943.  It appears that he was assigned to E Company 116th Infantry on D-Day.  On 9 Sep 1944 PVT Brennan was transferred to F Company 116th Infantry.  On 17 Sep 1944 he was killed in action. 

PVT Daniel is now buried in Holy Cross Cemetery in Butte, Montana. 


Friday, September 16, 2016

PVT Albert Alfred Hermand Vincent

PVT Albert Alfred Hermand Vincent was born 8 Jun 1914 to business man Joseph Louis Sebin and Albertine (Gardner) Vincent.  His father was a businessman who worked for and then headed the Vincent Bottling Company of Auburn and Lewiston, Maine a company which Albert's grandfather Sabin Vincent had helped start. The Vincent Company closed in 1962 or 1963.  Prior to the war, Albert worked as advertising manager.  On 26 Apr 1939 he married Aurore Cecile Daigle of Auburn.

Albert was drafted in November 1943.  Assigned to G Company 116th Infantry 13 Aug 1944 then to Medical Detachment 116th Infantry on 25 Aug 1944 he was killed in action on 16 Sep 1944.

After the war, Albert's body was repatriated and he was buried in Saint Peter's Cemetery in Lewiston, Maine.

THE LEWISTON DAILY SUN, LEWISTON-AUBURN, MAINE, THURSDAY MORNING, JULY 8, 1948, PAGE TWO (internet edition)

FUNERALS: PVT. ALBERT A. VINCENT
Committal services for Pvt. Albert A. Vincent were conducted Wednesday morning by Rev. Fr. Caouette of St. Louis Church at St. Peter's Cemetery. The body arrived at the Maine Central Railroad Bates Street Station escorted by Sgt. George Sartorelli, Brooklyn Army Base, N.Y. Bearers were Regis Lepage, Richard R. Vincent, Arthur A. Legendre, Laurier O. Fontaine, Phillippe Ouellette and Laureat Michaud. Pvt. Vincent is survived by his widow, the former Aurore Daigue; three daughters, Constance, Claire, and Marie; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Louis J. Vincent; and a sister, Mrs. Gerald Leblanc, all of Auburn.

Aurore never remarried and raised her girls and made a living operating Vincent Gift Shop.  She died in 2005 and is buried with her husband.  

PVT Raymond Goldberg

PVT Raymond Goldberg, b. 3 Jan 1918 - d. 16 Sep 1944. Son of Abraham Michel and Sarah Rose (Trinsky) Goldberg. Abraham and Sarah were from Kovno, Lithuania (in the Pale) and had moved to Hartford, Connecticut. Raymond married Rose Ziff and they had a son. He was drafted in October 1943 and assigned first to I Company to which he was apparently assigned on D-Day. Then on 5 Sep 1944 he was reassigned to K Company, 116th Infantry. He is buried in Zion Hill Cemetery in Hartford, Connecticut.

PVT Philip H. Hulett

PVT Philip H. Hulett enlisted from Michigan.  He was transferred from the replacement depot on 3 Sep 1944 to L Company 116th Infantry.  He was wounded on 14 Sep 1944 and evacuated to hospital where he died of his wound(s) on 16 Sep 1944.

We are fairly certain that Philip was repatriated because he is not listed as buried in one of the overseas cemeteries.  However, his records may have been lost in the 1973 fire at the St. Louis records center as there are none of his military service available to us.  Searches for obituaries and death notices have been unsuccessful. 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

SSG Donald J. Kerstetter

SSG Donald J. Kerstetter was born in 1917 to Charles Augustus and Mary May (Thew) Kerstetter.  His father was a long time public school teacher. 

Donald was working as a driver when he was drafted in April 1943.  After his initial training he was sent to Europe and on 11 Aug 1944 was transferred from the replacement depot to B Company 116th Infantry as a CPL.  He was promoted to SSG on 13 Sep 1944.  SSG Kerstetter was killed in action on 15 Sep 1944.  

SSG Kerstetter is buried in the Brittany American Cemetery.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

SSG James Arlon Gilbert

SSG James Arlon Gilbert was born 19 Jan 1923 in Decatur, Illinois to John Henry and Viola May (Coats) Gilbert. His father worked as a machinist for a railroad.  His parents divorced and his mother re-married.

When drafted in December 1942, James was working in metal fabrication.   Sent to England, James was assigned to C Company 116th Infantry.  We think it likely that he participated in the D-Day amphibious assault. Sometime around 15 Jul 1944 he was wounded and evacuated to the hospital.  He was returned to the unit via the replacement depot on 5 Sep 1944.  PFC Gilbert was promoted to SSG on 11 Sep 1944.  SSG Gilbert was killed in action on 14 Sep 1944.

SSG Gilbert is buried in the Brittany American Cemetery.

PVT Dominic San Severino

PVT Dominic San Severino was born in 1920 or 1921 most likely in Watertown, Massachusetts the 4th of 7 children to Dominic and Mary (Narducci) San Severino. Of all his siblings it appears that only older brother Sabatino also served. Sabatino survived the war and lived until 1990.  Dominic never married.

Dominic was assigned to C Company 116th Infantry on 17 Jul 1944 and was killed in action on 14 Sep 1944.  He is buried in the Brittany American Cemetery

PFC Percy Wesley Foster

PFC Percy Wesley Foster was born in Lingo, New Mexico on 7 Sep 1920 to James William and Annie Lorene (Mask) Foster.  His father supported the family by farming and he had an income in 1939 of $900. In 1940 Percy was going to school and working as a janitor.

When Percy volunteered in May 1942 he was an actor with 3 years of college.  After training he was assigned to Cannon Company 116th Infantry. His name does not appear in the morning report.  He died 14 Sep 1944.

PFC Foster is buried in Causey Cemetery in Causey, New Mexico. 

PFC John Crimi

PFC John Crimi, b. 23 Jan 1924 - d.14 Sep 1944. Son of Calogera Carl and Rosa (Marzuko) Crimi of St. Louis, Missouri. He was drafted in March 1943 and was ultimately assigned to C Company 116th Infantry. He buried in Calvary Cemetery in St. Louis along with others from his immediate family. This photo is on his headstone.

PVT Martin Louis Cox

PVT Martin Louis Cox was born 31 Jan 1909 in Ottawa County, Kansas to Martin Luther and Ellen Mary (Priest) Cox.  His mother died in 1932.  The elder Martin worked as a teamster. He married Helen Jeanette Williams in 1927 and they had 3 daughters.  He drove a truck to support his family. 

Drafted in December 1943 he was assigned to L Company 116th Infantry on 4 Sep 1944.  PVT Cox was killed in action on 14 Sep 1944.

PVT Cox is buried in the Brittany American Cemetery.  


Sunday, September 11, 2016

PFC Donald Eugene Culver

PFC Donald Eugene Culver was born 22 Oct 1924 in Uniontown, Pennsylvania to Germaine Bennett and Emma (Murphy) Culver. His father worked variously as an insurance agent and manager of a grocery store.

In May 1943 when Donald was drafted he had graduated from high school and was working as a "checker" in a grocery (likely his father's).  Sent overseas on 11 Aug 1944 he was transferred from the replacement depot to C Company 116th Infantry.  He was killed in action just one month later on 11 Sep 1944.

PFC Culver is buried in the Brittany American Cemetery.

PFC Benny Garcia Gallegos

PFC Benny Garcia Gallegos, b. 25 Apr 1923 - d. 11 Sep 1944. Son of Jose Gamboa and Teadora G (Garcia) Gallegos. Both of fhis parents were born in Chihuahua, Mexico and migrated through New Mexico where Benny was born to San Bernadino, California. Benny enlisted 13 Jan 1943 and was ultimately assigned on 4 Jul 1944 to A Company 116th Infantry. His name is also spelled Gallogos on the morning report. PFC Gallegos is buried in Pioneer Memorial Cemetery, San Bernadino, California.

Friday, September 9, 2016

SFT John Stephen Jurkovec

SGT John Stephen Jurkovec was born 22 Jan 1919 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Stephen and Leonora Jurkovec.  His father died later that same year. His father was a crane operator for Carnegie Steel when he registered for the 1918 draft. Both parents were born in Slovakia, then a part of the Austra-Hungarian Empire. His mother worked in a laundry.

John was working in the laundry business when he was drafted in November 1941.  Eventually sent to the European theater, he was assigned to A Company 116th Infantry from the replacement depot on 11 Aug 1944.  It is likely he had some experience in another unit because he came to A Company as a SGT.  Wounded on 26 Aug 1944 SGT Jurkovec was returned to the unit from the hospital on 2 Sep 1944.  He died of his wound(s) on 9 Sep 1944.  It was noted in the morning report that the initial wound was not reported.  Did he hide a wound in order to return to his unit?

SGT Jurkovec was not repatriated until 1950 and he was buried in the Saint Augustine Cemetery in Millvale, Pennsylvania.  

 

Thursday, September 8, 2016

PVT Loyd Atwood House

PVT Loyd Atwood House was born 11 Dec 1922 in Jesamine County, Kentucky to Clifton and Clara (Walker) House. The family farmed.

Loyd was working as a farm hand when he was drafted in January 1944. After training as an infantryman, Loyd was sent to Europe and on 14 Aug 1944 he was transferred from the replacement depot to F Company 116th Infantry.  PVT House was killed in action on 8 Sep 1944.

PVT House was repatriated and is buried in the Camp Nelson National Cemetery in Nicholasville, Kentucky. Loyd's brother Hansel made the army a career (1948-1975) serving as a motor sergeant and a CWO in Vietnam and is also buried at Camp Nelson National Cemetery.

PVT Edward F. Koscelnak

PVT Edward F. Koscelnak was born 29 Jan 1924 in Trybsz, Poland the first child of Frank Stephen and Mary Ann (Polvaca) Koscelnak.

Edward was drafted in October 1943.  After his initial training he was sent to England.  We aren't certain but he may have been assigned to I Company 116th Infantry prior to the amphibious assault on Omaha Beach. There is no mention of him in the morning report until he is noted as being killed in action on 8 Sep 1944.

PVT Koscelnak is buried in the Brittany American Cemetery. Brother Stephen Koscelnak served in the U.S. Air Force in Korea, 1952-1954.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

PVT A J Comte

PVT A. J. Comte was born 15 Sep 1923 in Jasper County, Texas to Barney L and Julia Laura (Brown) Comte.  Barney worked as a teamster.  A J's parents both died in 1934 when he was only 11 years old.  A. J. only achieved a grammar school education.  A. J. apparently never had another name, he even enlisted under this name and is recorded this way on the morning reports.

A. J. was drafted in January 1943.  By D-Day, 6 Jun 1944, he was assigned to I Company 116th Infantry.  He came through all the fighting apparently uninjured until 7 Sep 1944 when he was killed in action. 

PVT Comte is buried in Zion Hill Cemetery in Jasper, Texas. 

PFC James F. Cervo

PFC James F. Cervo was born 17 Sep 1925 in Fairmont, West Virginia to Joseph and Mary Katherine (Barberio/Barber) Cervo.  His father was an Italian immigrant who worked in the steel and construction industries. 

James was drafted in November 1943 and sent overseas.  He was assigned to H Company 116th Infantry fromthe replacement depot on 23 Jul 1944 and then 3 days later he was assigned to F Company 116th Infantry.  James was promoted to PFC on 15 Aug 1944.  On 7 Sep 1944 PFC Cervo was killed in action. 


PFC Cervo is buried in the Brittany American Cemetery.

T4 John Odell Lee

courtesy of Rodney A. Arnold
T4 John Odell Lee was born 8 Apr 1920 in Franklin County, Mississippi the second of three sons of John Farrison and Laura Drusilla (Wallace) Lee.  Jake, as his father was known, was a farmer. 

John entered the army in Jan 1942.  He may have been assigned to several other units before and after being sent to Europe.  He was already a T4 when he was transferred from the replacement depot to I Company 116th Infantry on 3 Sep 1944.  T4 Lee was killed in action on 7 Sep 1944.

T4 Lee was repatriated in 1948 and re-interred in the Midway Cemetery in Meadville, Mississippi.

Older brother, Elonzo Morrell Lee, served as a SGT in the Army during the war and younger brother, Leroy Lee, also served in the Army during the war, attaining the rank of T4.

PFC Thomas E. Ewell

PFC Thomas E. Ewell (34652918) was transferred from the replacement depot to I Company 116th Infantry on 3 Sep 1944.  He was killed in action on 7 Sep 1944.

PFC Ewell is one of those people of whom we know next to nothing. 

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

PVT Ellis Swazy Abney

PVT Ellis Swazy Abney was born 10 Apr 1924 in Toccopola, Mississippi to Fulton Swazy and Beulah Estelle (Pickins) Abney.  His father was a  teacher and public school principal.

Ellis was working as a farm hand when he was drafted in June 1943.  Assigned to Medical Detachment 116th Infantry, Ellis was attached to Headquarters 2nd Battalion 116th Infantry for the amphibious assault on D-Day, 6 Jun 1944 when he was killed in action. 

PVT Abney is buried in Glenwood Cemetery in Yazoo City, Mississippi. 

PFC Robert Arnton Heard

PFC Robert Arnton Heard b. 29 Dec 1921 - 6 Sep 1944. He is shown in this memorial article along with his family information so I won't repeat the information. PFC Heard was assigned to H Company 116th Infantry.  He is buried in Marietta National Cemetery in Marietta, GA.

PVT John S. Fish

PVT John S. Fish was born about 1925 probably in Kimball, Michigan the youngest child of George Garfield and Helen M. (Bossenes) Fish. The family farmed.

After he entered the service, John received training as an infantryman and was sent overseas.  He was transferred from the replacement depot to L Company 116th Infantry on 10 Aug 1944.  PVT Fish was killed in action on 6 Sep 1944. 

PVT Fish is buried in the Brittany American Cemetery.

PFC Martin L Firestone

PFC Martin L. Firestone was born in 1921 in Manhattan, New York state to Joseph and Mildred (Black) Firestone.  Martin's parents divorced when he was young and he apparently lived with his father. 

After he was drafted he was sent overseas and assigned to L Company 116th Infantry.  He was apparently with the unit on D-Day.  On 24 Aug 1944 he suffered a non-combat related injury and was sent to the hospital and then returned to the unit from the hospital on 28 Aug 1944.  On 6 Sep 1944 he was killed in action.

PFC Firestone is buried in the Brittany American Cemetery

PVT Joseph M. Dent

courtesy Joy Riggers
PVT Joseph M. Dent was born in 1925 in South Charleston, West Virginia to Chapman and Effie Dent.  His father was a foreman in a glass factory.

Drafted in June 1943, Joseph had only completed 3 years of high school.  He was sent overseas and on 3 Sep 1944 was transferred from the replacement depot to L Company 116th Infantry.  PVT Dent was killed 2 days later on 6 Sep 1944. 

PVT Dent is buried in the Brittany American Cemetery

Monday, September 5, 2016

PVT Myron Paul Bleznuck

PVT Myron Paul Bleznuck was born 4 Jun 1918 in Boston, Massachusetts to Paul Thomas and Maria (Maczyoska) Bleznuck.  Both parents were Ukrainian immigrants coming from the "Pale" to which Russian Jews were confined.  They arrived in May 1913 and by 1930 father Paul was working in a rubber manufacturing plant to support his family of 4.  In 1940, Paul was still working in the rubber plant, Myron's older brother William was working as a truck driver and Myron was working in a printing plant. 

Myron entered service in December 1943.  It appears that he was sent overseas and assigned to H Company 116th Infantry before the D-Day landings on 6 Jun 1944. On 1 Sep 1944 he was wounded and evacuated to a hospital.  He died of his wound(s) on 5 Sep 1944.

PVT Bleznuck was repatriated in 1948 and was buried in the World War 2 lot of the Cambridge Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts. 

Myron's older brother William also served in the Army, 1942-1946, rising to the rank of SSG in the 885th Signal Company, 301st Air Depot Group.

PFC Henry Richard Holbrook

PFC Henry Richard Holbrook was born 2 Apr 1916 in Coeburn, Virginia to James Henry and Alba Avertia (Stapleton) Holbrook.  His father worked for the local railroad and in a coal mine and died in 1931.

Henry was working as a farm hand when he was drafted in May 1941.  Trained as a light mortar crewman, Henry was sent to England and assigned to C Company 116th Infantry.  He apparently participated in the D-Day assault at Omaha Beach.  PFC Holbrook was wounded on 4 Sep 1944 and died of his wound(s) the following day, 5 Sep 1944. 

PFC Holbrook is buried in the Brittany American Cemetery.

CPT Elmer Lee Faircloth

CPT Elmer Lee Faircloth was born 17 Jul 1911 in York, Pennsylvania to William Arthur and Caroline Amanda (Wolf) Faircloth.  His father was a carpenter.  His mother died in 1923 and he and his brother lived with his paternal grandparents.  On 23 Dec 1923 he married Louise E. Lloyd. They would be divorced by 1940.  In 1940 he was living with his brother Charles and working as a laborer in a foundry and reported an income of $220 in 1939. 

Elmer went into service 17 May 1941. He married York County native Mary Elizabeth Hammer on 26 Dec 1941.  After officer training he was sent overseas.  The morning report shows him as on duty with Headquarters Company 2nd Battalion 116th Infantry as a 1LT on 1 Jun 1944.  He was promoted to CPT on 1 Aug 1944 and commanded the Headquarters Company.  On 4 Sep 1944, he was wounded by mortar fire reportedly while inspecting his soldiers.  He died of his wounds on 5 Sep 1944. 

CPT Faircloth is buried in the Brittany American Cemetery.  Mary never remarried. He had no children. 

PFC Jack H. Holt

PFC Jack H. Holt was born 25 Nov 1924 in Coffeyville, Kansas the only surviving son of 7 children of James Hobart and Gladys Edith (Wolverton) Holt.  In 1930, Gladys was supporting the family as a bill clerk for a railway shipping company. However, by 1940, James was working as a school custodian and reported a 1939 income of $1200. 

Jack entered service in the Army in July 1943.  Trained as a medic and sent to England, Jack was assigned to Medical Detachment 116th Infantry and from there attached to Headquarters 3rd Battalion 116th Infantry to work in the battalion aid station.  After the amphibious assault on D-Day and combat operations through the battle for Saint Lo, Jack was relieved from attachment and returned to the Medical Detachment.  He was himself seriously wounded on 29 Aug 1944 and died of his wound(s) on 5 Sep 1944.

PFC Holt is buried in the Restlawn Memorial Park and Cemetery in Coffeyville, Kansas.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

PFC James Earley Burnett

PFC James Earley Burnett, b. 24 Apr 1917 - d. 4 Sep 1944. Son of Asa Daniel and Lillie Ann (Wade) Burnette of Floyd County, VA. Enlisted in Apr 1941 and was ultimately assigned to Headquarters Company 2nd Battalion 116th Infantry. He is buried in White Rock Cemetery in Floyd.

PVT Russell D. Jones

PVT Russell D. Jones was born 4 Sep 1922 in Bernie, Missouri to Russel Gale and Clemmie Augstal (Chadwell) Jones. The family farmed.

Russell was drafted in March 1943, still working as a farm hand.  Sent to Europe, he was transferred to E Company 116th Infantry from the replacement depot on 9 Aug 1944.  PVT Jones was killed in action on 4 Sep 1944. 

PVT Jones is buried in the Bernie Memorial Cemetery in Bernie, Missouri.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

SSG Carl David Lee

SSG Carl David Lee was born 11 May 1917 in Singers Glen, Virginia to Jesse Ralston and Virgie Grace (Vanpelt) Lee.  The family farmed. In 1940 Carl was working as an attendant at a "filling station" and reported a 1939 income of $240. 

Carl was drafted in May 1941.  On 3 Apr 1942 Carl married Charlotte Lucille Lilly. Assigned to C Company 116th Infantry he participated in all the training in which the regiment participated at Camp Blanding and in England in preparation for the amphibious assault on the French beach code-named "Omaha".  He was with the unit on D-Day and fought with the unit until 7 Jul 1944 when he was evacuated to hospital as a non-battle casualty.  He was returned to the unit and promoted to SSG on 25 Jul 1944.  On 1 Sep 1944 he was wounded by shrapnel in the leg but remained on duty.  SSG Lee was killed in action on  3 Sep 1944.

SSG Lee was repatriated and re-interred in the Singers Glen Cemetery in Singers Glen, Virginia.  Charlotte remarried after the war. Brother Joseph Ralston Lee also served. Brother Jesse Ralston Lee Jr served as an Army SGT during the war.

PVT Trinidad Garcia

PVT Trinidad Garcia was born 30 Aug 1922 in Tom Green County, Texas to Ramon Garcia.  In 1940, Trinidad was working with his father clearing land on a ranch.

After Trinidad entered the service he was sent to Europe and on 9 Aug 1944 was transferred from the replacement depot to E Company 116th Infantry. On 12 Aug 1944 he was transferred to F Company 116th Infantry.  PVT Trinidad was killed in action on 3 Sep 1944. 

Repatriated in 1949, PVT Garcia rests forever in Fairmount Cemetery in San Angelo, Texas. 

PVT Lawrence B. Green

PVT Lawrence B. Green was born in 1912 in Fitchburg, Massachusetts to Harold Alfred and Bernice Edna (Baldwin) Green. His father worked as a driver and shipper. On 1 Jun 1934, Lawrence married Elsie Lord Brown.  In 1940, Lawrence was working as a shipper and Elsie as a bookkeeper.  They had no children and a reported 1939 income of $2371.

When Lawrence enlisted in January 1944 he was working as a lumber grader.  We don't know when, but Lawrence was assigned to F Company 116th Infantry.  On 3 Sep 1944 PVT Green was injured, evacuated and died of that injury. 

PVT Green is buried in the Brittany American Cemetery. Elsie re-married.

CPT Wayland C. Hooks

courtesy of D. L. Melville
CPT Wayland C. Hooks was born 6 Jan 1922 in Maricopa County, Arizona to William Clinton and Edno O. (Smith) Hooks. His father was a salesman.  In 1940 both father and son were working as salesmen for Standard Oil Company and they reported a combined income of $3320.


Wayland volunteered for Army service in January 1942. Selected for officer training he was sent to England after graduating OCS and assigned to Headquarters Company 1st Battalion 116th Infantry where he was serving as Company Executive Officer on D-Day, 6 Jun 1944.  On that day he was ordered to assume duties as Battalion S-1 Officer. On 28 Jul 1944 he had a non-battle related injury and was sent to hospital.  He returned to the unit from the hospital on 31 Jul 1944. Wayland was promoted to CPT on 1 Aug 1944.  On 5 Aug 1944 he was again sent to hospital with a non-battle related injury but returned to be assigned as Commander C Company 116th Infantry on 11 Aug 1944. On 1 Sep 1944 he was wounded with shrapnel in the leg but remained on duty. On 3 Sep 1944, CPT Hooks was killed in action. 

In 1949 CPT Wayland was repatriated and buried in the Mesa City Cemetery in Mesa, Arizona.

PVT Walter Ziba Barnes Jr

PVT Walter Ziba Barnes Jr, b. 21 Aug 1925 - d. 3 Sep 1944. Son of Walter Ziba and Elsie (Trump) Barnes of Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania. Walter was serving with I Company 116th Infantry when wounded and he died of those wounds. His brother, PVT Jack Warren Barnes was killed while serving with A Company 134th Infantry. Both are buried with their family in Creveling Cemetery in Almedia, Pennsylvania.

PFC Charles Harry Boone

PFC Charles Harry Boone was born 22 Dec 1912 in Stockton, California to Franklin Henry and Wilhelmena Freidarika (Schmidt) Boone.  His father farmed. His mother was a German immigrant. Charles married Helen Lenora Bucholtz on 17 Nov 1934.  They had one daughter, Delores Ann, who died in infancy. In 1940, Charles was working as a teamster and reported making $1200 in 1939.

Charles was assigned from the replacement depot to G Company 116th Infantry on 9 Aug 1944.  He was killed in action on 3 Sep 1944.

PFC Boone was repatriate in 1949 and now rests forever in the Turlock Memorial Park in Turlock, California.

PFC James M Harsh

PFC James M "Jimmey" Harsh, b. 1924 - d. 3 Sep 1944. Born as James M Harsh, Jimmey was the oldest child of John Henry and Margaret I (Gildhouse) Harsh of Syracuse, Kansas. He was assigned to F Company 116th Infantry Regiment. His father served in K Company 20th Infantry during WWI.  PFC Harsh rests forever in the Brittany American Cemetery

Friday, September 2, 2016

TSGT Alva Lee Newton

TSGT Alva Lee Newton (b. 3 Dec 1917 - d. 2 Sep 1944) enlisted 1 May 1941. Assigned to Company E, 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division. Son of James Alva and Eva Lillian (Jeter) Newton of Bermuda, Chester County, Virginia. Alva was a machinist in civilian life. He may have attended the College of William and Mary in 1937. On 12 Apr 1941 he married Anne Marriott Piercy a nurse born in Prince William County, Virginia. 

TSGT Newton was killed in the attack on Brest.  Anne remarried but died of a heart attack at age 44.

SSG Robert Early Clapp

SSG Robert Early Clapp was born 10 Dec 1915 in Smyth County, Virginia to George Sanders and Ada M. (Lawrence) Clapp.  His father worked on a farm and later owned his own farm.  In 1940 Robert was working in a gypsum plant. 

After entering the service and going overseas, Robert was assigned to to G Company 116th Infantry.  He trained with the unit for the D-Day amphibious assault and was promoted to SSG on 25 Jul 1944. On 30 Jul 1944 he was wounded and evacuated to the hospital.  On 7 Aug 1944 he was reassigned to the unit from the replacement depot. SSG Clapp was killed in action on 2 Sep 1944.

SSG Clapp is buried in the Brittany American Cemetery.

PFC Wesley C. Gordon

PFC Wesley C. Gordon was born in 1924 in Cumberland, Maryland to Marshall and Lucy Pleasant (Smith) Gordon.  His father worked for the railroad in Maryland and on road construction in Ohio. 

Wesley was drafted in March 1943.  Sent to Europe, he was transferred from the replacement depot to E Company 116th Infantry on 9 Aug 1944.  He was wounded on 30 Aug 1944 and evacuated to hospital where he died of his wounds on 2 Sep 1944.

PFC Gordon is buried in the Brittany American Cemetery.

PFC Frank Paul Minuto

PFC Frank Paul Minuto (Francesco Paolo Minuto) was born in Bristol, Rhode Island the 4th child and 2nd son to Paul (Paolo) Minuto and Louise (Luigia/Luisa) Del Vecchio Minuto. He grew up in Rhode Island and when the family moved to Naugatuck, New Haven County, Connecticut, that is where he enlisted January 16, 1943 in the U.S. ARMY at age 19.

Frank was a PFC (Private First Class) in the Medical Detachment and Headquarters Company 2nd Battalion, 116th Infantry, 29th Division and was KIA (Killed In Action) on
September 2, 1944 . He was buried in Saint James (Permanent Cemetery), Saint James, France in block G, row 3, grave 8 marked with a cross.

Frank was honored with the Purple Heart and Bronze Star posthumously.

PVT William James Gallo Jr.

PVT William James Gallo Jr was born 28 Jan 1924 in Haledon, New Jersey to William James and Elizabeth L. Gallo. His father worked as a credit manager for a manufacturer and as a bookkeeper.

William entered the service July 1943.  Sent overseas, William was apparently assigned to Headquarters 116th Infantry prior to the D-Day landing.  He survived that (one of two boats bringing in the Headquarters was sunk and all aboard were killed).  PVT Gallo was killed in action on 2 Sep 1944.

PVT Gallo was repatriated in 1948 and is buried in Laurel Grove Memorial Park in Totowa, New Jersey.

PFC Larance Hearl Coburn

PFC Larance Hearl Coburn was born 9 Apr 1922 in Lorado, West Virginia.

Larance was drafted in September 1943. Shortly thereafter he married Leona Dempsey, also of Logan County and in 1944 they would have a son. We don't know when Larance went overseas but he was assigned to H Company 116th Infantry on 13 Aug 1944 when he was promoted to PFC.  PFC Coburn was killed in action on 2 Sep 1944. 

PFC Coburn was repatriated in 1948 and is buried in the Home Sweet Home Cemetery in Logan County, West Virginia.  Leona did not re-marry until 1950.  Their son died in 2012 and a grandson and great-granddaughter survive.

PVT Rollin Woodford Davis

PVT Rollin Woodford Davis b. 1 May 1915 - d. 2 Sep 1944. Son of Jefferson Harry and Mollie B (Weir) Davis of Ashtabula County, Ohio. "Woodie" enlisted in 1943 and was ultimately assigned to Headquarters Company 3rd Battalion 116th Infantry. PVT Davis married Lois Jane Hunter who survived him and never remarried. He is buried in the Brittany American Cemetery.

NOTE: We don't usually post childhood photos, but did this time because it is such a good one and there is none available of Rollin as an adult.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

1LT Arthur Charters Gaines

1LT Arthur Charters Gaines was born 2 Oct 1911 in Saint Louis, Missouri to Arthur Judson and Olive Sarah (Charter) Gaines. His father worked as a business manager for an orchestra.  His parents divorced before 1930. His mother worked as a social director at a school.  In 1940, Arthur was working as an attorney.  He reported no income for 1939.  In 1940, his father was manager for the Orchestral Association of Minneapolis. Before 1940 he married Aurelia P. Gerhard. 

When Arthur was drafted he was still working as an attorney. Sometime after he was selected for and attended officer training.  He apparently was also divorced from Aurelia. Arthur married Luvera M. Lackey on 23 Jun 1943.  Arthur was sent overseas and on 22 Jul 1944 he was transferred from the replacement depot to E Company 116th Infantry as a platoon leader.  He was made commander on 8 Aug 1944 and on 16 Aug 1944 made executive officer when a senior officer was appointed as commander. 1LT Gaines was killed in action on 1 Sep 1944.

1LT Gaines is buried in the Brittany American Cemetery.

His wife, Luvera, enlisted as an aviation cadet in December 1942.  We are not aware of any children from either marriage.


PFC Andrew Pereiro

PFC Andrew Pereiro was born in Mera, Oleros, Coruna, Spain in 1923.  We don't know much about the family but they appear to have immigrated from Spain in 1939.  His mother was Laura Garcia de Pereiro and he had one brother, Juan Pereiro who also served.  Both his mother and brother were naturalized in 1944. 

Drafted in May 1943, he was ultimately assigned to L Company 116th Infantry on 22 Jun 1944.

Killed in action 1 Sep 1944.  He is buried in the Brittany American Cemetery.

PVT Nicholas John Lipke

PVT Nicholas John Lipke was born 30 Oct 1915 in Detroit, Michigan to Charles Frederick and Margaret Mary (Ludwig) Lipke. His father worked as a quality control inspector of automobile upholstery and worked on the assembly line. In 1940, "Nick" was working as an insulation installer in the building industry. Nick married Victoria Swiatlowski on 14 Sep 1940.  Daughter, Beverly Joyce Lipke, was born in 1941.

After entering the Army and completing basic training, Nick was sent to the European theater and on 9 Aug 1944 was transferred from the replacment depot to E Company 116th Infantry.  He was transferred again on 13 Aug 1944, this time to G Company 116th Infantry.  PVT Lipke served as a rifleman in both units. He died on 1 Sep 1944 from wounds received in combat.  According to the morning report, the initial wound(s) were not reported.

PVT Lipke was buried in the Brittany American Cemetery.

Nick's brother Fireman 2nd Class Clarence William Lipke was killed 7 Dec 1941 at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii while serving aboard the USS Arizona. Lipke Park in Detroit is dedicated to the memory of the brothers.

PFC Albert Charles Horn

PFC Albert Charles Horn was born 2 Sep 1920 in Webster County, Iowa to George Washington and Florence Theresa (Jorden) Horn.  His father was a brakeman on the railroad. His mother died in 1934.  It was about this time that the family was living in Herman, South Dakota. 

Albert had probably been in the South Dakota National Guard when he was drafted in October 1942.  On 18 Jun 1943, in Russell County, Alabama, Albert married Elizabeth Capps.  Sent overseas to Europe he was transferred from the replacement depot to G Company 116th Infantry on 25 Jul 1944. On 18 Aug 1944 Albert was promoted to PFC. PFC Horn was killed in action on 1 Sep 1944, the day before his 24th birthday.

PFC Horn was repatriated and is buried in Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines, Iowa.

PFC Charles Jazwienski

PFC Charles Jazwienski was born in 1925 in Locust Valley, New York to Marion and Winfred (Smakowska) Jazwienski.  His father worked for the Pratt Estate in Glenn Cove, New York. 

Charles was drafted in May 1943, he was working in construction at the time. After basic training he was sent to Europe and on 17 Jul 1944 was transferred from the replacement depot to C Company 116th Infantry.  PFC Jazwienski was killed in action on 1 Sep 1944.

PFC Jazwienski is buried in the Brittany American Cemetery

PFC Milton Chwatsky

PFC Milton Chwatsky, b. 24 Aug 1923 - d. 1 Sep 1944. Son of Morris and Bluma (Wamtfus) Chwatsky. The family, including brother Joseph, immigrated from Poland in 1925. The morning report shows that PFC Chwatsky was assigned from the 104th Medical Battalion to Medical Detachment 116th Infantry 12 July 1944. He is buried in Beth David Cemetery in Elmont, New York.

PFC Frank R Hause Jr

PFC Frank R Hause, b. 17 Jul 1924 - d. 1 Sep 1944. Son of Frank C and Columbia "Carla" (Menichelli) Hause of Queens, NY. Frank was drafted in Jun 1943 and sent overseas to be assigned to H Company 116th Infantry.

Frank's story has one interesting aspect which we'll get to in just a bit.  He went to England in time for the D-Day amphibious assault and apparently survived uninjured.  On 12 Jun 1944 he was promoted to PFC. He was lightly wounded and sent to hospital on 15 Jul 1944 but returned to the unit on 17 Jul 1944 (this seems to be a rather quick turn around time).  He died of wounds on 1 Sep 1944 but, and this is interesting, the morning report indicates that the initial wound was never reported.  So, we are left wondering if he was wounded but hid the fact in order to stay with the unit or if there was some other circumstance.  

PFC Hause is buried in Long Island National Cemetery, East Farmingdale, NY.

PVT Everett S. Kimbrell

PVT Everett S. Kimbrell was 28 Feb 1925 in Habersham County, Georgia to Thomas David and Mildred A. (Eller) Kimbrell. The family farmed.

Everett was drafted in December 1943. After his initial training Everett was sent to Europe and was transferred from the replacement depot to L Company 116th Infantry on 26 Jul 1944. PVT Kimbrell was killed in action on 1 Sep 1944.

PVT was repatriated in 1948 and rests forever in Marietta National Cemetery in Marietta, Georgia.

Everett's younger brother, Plumer Sanford Kimbrell, was drafted and served from January 1945 through 1947.

PVT Earl William Fish

PVT Earl William Fish was born 6 Mar 1917 in Skowhegan, Maine to William Warren and Eva M. (Adams) Fish. His father worked in a woolen mill and in machinery sales.  Apparently, Earl was married sometime about 1937 but his wife died about 1938. 

Earl enlisted in March 1939.  Sometime after the war began he was sent overseas. We can only imagine that he was a very experienced soldier by the time that on 7 Jul 1944 he was transferred from the replacement depot to D Company 116th Infantry.  On 26 Jul 1944, he was transferred to C Company 116th Infantry.  PVT Fish was killed in action on 1 Sep 1944.

PVT Fish is buried in the Brittany American Cemetery.

PVT William B. Brooks

PVT William B. Brooks was born 17 Apr 1916 in Macon County, Illinois to James Thomas and Frances Josephine (Coppedge) Brooks.  His father worked in a rolling mill, as a salesman in a furniture store, and in a confectionary which his son William owned in 1940. In 1937, William married Ida M. and in 1939 they had a daughter. 

After William entered the service he was sent overseas.  We think that he was assigned to H Company 116th Infantry prior to the D-Day landings.  He was a light mortar crewman.  He was with that unit when he was killed in action on 1 Sep 1944. 

PVT Brooks is buried in Fairlawn Cemetery in Decatur, Illinois along with many family members.

PVT Alexander Materi

PVT Alexander Materi, b. 11 Jun 1924 - d. 1 Sep 1944. Son of Jacob and Josephine (Bilcher) Materi of Strasburg, North Dakota, he was survived by his parents and 6 siblings. It appears that he landed on 6 June with K Company 116th Infantry was wounded on 30 August, evacuated and died of his wounds on 1 September. PVT Materi is buried at the Brittany American Cemetery.  His family also has a centotaph in the Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Strasburg, North Dakota.

PVT Ian W. Clark

PVT Ian W. Clark was born 12 Apr 1917 in Rhode Island to Harold William and Ray Clark.  His father was born in England, his mother in Australia.  In 1920 the family lived in Attleboro, Massachusetts and his father was working as a lace weaver. In 1930 the family had moved to Coventry, Rhode Island and his father was still working as a lace weaver.  In 1940 the family was still living in Coventry and Ian was also working as a lace weaver.  He reported an 1939 income of $1500.

After entering the service, Ian was sent overseas and on 10 Jul 1944 transferred from the replacement depot to C Company 116th Infantry.  PVT Clark was killed in action on 1 Sep 1944. 

PVT Clark is buried in the Brittany American Cemetery.