Sunday, October 30, 2016

PFC Daniel F. DeGenova

PFC Daniel F. DeGenova was born 16 Feb 1911 in West Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Angelo and Anna DeGenova. Both his parents were Italian immigrants. Angelo worked as a millwright.

Daniel was drafted in February 1942.  He was sent overseas and assigned to L Company 116th Infantry with which unit he made the D-Day landing.  PFC DeGenova was killed in action on 30 Oct 1944.

PFC DeGenova was repatriated in 1948 and is buried in Saint Vitus Cemetery in New Castle, Pennsylvania.

T5 Henry Herman A. Gossman

T5 Henry Herman A. Gossman was born 22 Nov 1912 in Baltimore, Maryland to Frank M. J. and Margaret M. (Brinkmeyer) Gossman. His father was a carpenter and worked in a lumber mill.  In 1940 Henry was working as an attendant in a department store with a reported 1939 income of $1200.

Henry was still single when drafted in January 1941.  It is possible that he was assigned to L Company 116th Infantry before the regiment was sent to England in September 1942. Henry was part of the amphibious landing force that came ashore at Omaha on 6 Jun 1944.  On 20 Jul 1944 Henry was wounded by shrapnel in his left foot but remained on duty.  T5 Gossman was killed in action on 30 Oct 1944.

T5 Gossman was repatriated in 1947 and rests forever in the Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery in Baltimore, Maryland. 

Friday, October 28, 2016

CPL Nick Mitchell

CPL Nick Mitchell, b. 22 Feb 1894 (as Nickodemas Mitchum) - d. 28 Oct 1958. Son of James Wesley "Nick" and Sarah Elizabeth (Childress) Mitchum in Rockingham County, NC we know that he had several siblings. A member of C Company 116th Infantry in WWI, he was wounded. He worked as an electrician in Raleigh, NC after the war and died at the VA hospital in Kecoughton, VA. He is buried in the Raleigh National Cemetery in Raleigh, NC.


A quick note/addendum... Nick's dad may have been born Nicholas Mitchell as his grandfather was J W (likely James Wesley Mitchell) but for some reason his father went by Mitchum for most of his life, as borne out by his children often using that surname. In fact, to this point, Nick is the only child that we've found who used the surname Mitchell. In any case, Nick's mom was born in Pittsylvania County which likely was a reason he enlisted in the Danville unit and thence to C Company 116th Infantry.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

PVT Joseph J. Leon

courtesy of Glenn
PVT Joseph J. Leon was born 18 Jul 1922 in New York, New York to Arturo and Julia Leon. His parents and older siblings were natives of Puerto Rico. His father owned a cigar store and the family traveled several times to and from Puerto Rico.

We think that Joseph "fudged" his birth date to enlist in the New York National Guard in 1939 (M Company 71st Infantry).  His unit was federalized on 16 Sep 1940.  However, PVT Leon was not transferred to B Company 116th Infantry until 11 Aug 1944 and came to the unit from the replacement depot.  He was wounded on 3 Sep 1944 and evacuated to the hospital.  Again, we do not know when he returned to the unit but he is shown as being promoted to PFC on 20 Sep 1944.  Despite this entry in the morning report he is still shown as a PVT in the entry recording his being killed in action on 25 Oct 1944. 

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

Sunday, October 23, 2016

PVT Glenn David Llewellyn

courtesy of  Kathy Merris Mills
PVT Glenn David Llewellyn was born 21 Oct 1924 in Dobson, North Carolina to Henry and Nina Ardella (Love) Llewellyn.  The family farmed.

After entering the service Glenn was assigned to E Company 116th Infantry.  PVT Llewellyn was killed in action on 23 Oct 1944.

PVT Llewellyn was repatriated in 1947 and now rests forever in the Central View Missionary Baptist Cemetery in Dobson, North Carolina.

Uncle, John Graves Llewellyn served as a SGT in the Army during WWII. Older brother Thomas Franklin Llewellyn served as a CPL in the Army during the war.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

SGT George Evert Jones Jr

SGT George Evert Jones Jr was born 3 Jan 1920 in Indianapolis, Indiana to George Evert and Icie (Evans) Jones. His father was a salesman. 

George was drafted in November 1941. After his basic training he was assigned to Headquarters Company 2nd Battalion 116th Infantry, perhaps before the unit departed for England in September 1942.  If so, he would have trained for and taken part in the amphibious assault  place on 6 Jun 1944. SGT Jones was killed in action on 22 Oct 1944.

SGT Jones is buried in the Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery in Phoenix, Arizona.

PFC Joseph Kovaleski

courtesy of Des Philippet
PFC Joseph Kovaleski was the son of John Kovaleski.  Although his father lived in Wasington, Pennsylvania in 1948, Joseph entered the service from Ohio.

He was sent overseas after his initial training.  Sent to England he was assigned to H Company 116th Infantry.  We believe that he participated in the D-Day landings.  PFC Kovaleski fought with the unit until 16 Jul 1944 when he was wounded and evacuated to the hospital. Joseph returned to the unit from the replacement depot on 28 Aug 1944.  He fought with the unit through the battle for Brest.  PFC Kovaleski was killed in action on 22 Oct 1944.

PFC Kovaleski was buried in the Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery.

PFC Duling M. Angel

PFC Duling M. Angel was born 6 Jun 1922 in Whitley County, Kentucky to Henry Bird and Laura (Harp) Angel.  His father was a railroad repairman.  In 1940, Duling was driving a truck and had reportedly earned $360 in 1939. 

Duling was drafted in November 1942 and was recorded as being married.  The regimental headquarters lost everyone on one of the boats in which it landed on D-Day and on 14 Jun 1944, Duling was one of the necessary replacements reporting for duty with Headquarters 116th Infantry.  On 22 Oct 1944, PFC Angel was wounded and evacuated to hospital where he died that same day. 

Repatriated in 1948, PFC Angel is buried in Highland Cemetery in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky. 

Friday, October 21, 2016

T5 James Edward Frazier

T5 James Edward Frazier was born 12 Dec 1907 in Aquia, Virginia to George Washington and Annie Runia (Dickerson) Frazier.  His father farmed. 

Drafted in May 1941 he was assigned to the 116th Regimental Headquarters.  He was with that element when wounded in October 1944.  He died of those wounds on 21 Oct 1944.

T5 Frazier was returned to the U.S. and is buried in the Aquia Episcopal Church Cemetery in Aquia, Virginia. 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

PFC John J. Bishop

PFC John J. Bishop was born in 1913 in Gilmanton, Minnesota to Frank Joseph and Mary Victoria (Wagner) Bishop.  Father Frank was an engineer on the railroad.  In 1930 John was working odd jobs to contribute to the large family of 13. 

We don't know when John began his service but he was assigned to Medical Detachment 116th Infantry in time to participate in the D-Day landings.  He went back and forth between the Medical Detachment and Headquarters 2nd Battalion (at their aide station) and was thought to be missing in action a couple of times.  He was killed in action on 20 Oct 1944. 

PFC Bishop is buried in the Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery. 

Several of his brothers also served in WWII: Ralph Frank Bishop (PFC, Army), George Lawrence Bishop (PFC, Army), Joseph Anthony Bishop (PFC, Army).  Brother Bernard Donald Bishop served in the Army in Korea.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

CPL Ernest John Lewis

courtesy of Janiera
CPL Ernest John Lewis was born 21 Feb 1886 in Fairfax County, Virginia to George W. and Anne C. Lewis.  His father worked as a watchman. 

Although his headstone is marked B Company, CPL Lewis was assigned to C Company 116th Infantry when he died of wounds on 19 Oct 1918.

CPL Lewis is buried in Riverview Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia.

PVT Chester K. Kleinman

PVT Chester K. Kleinman was born in 1913, likely in the Bronx, New York. 

Chester was apparently working as a foreman in a manufacturing firm when he was drafted in October 1943.  After training he was sent to Europe and transferred from the replacement depot to Headquarters 2nd Battalion 116th Infantry on 4 Sep 1944 where he was to work as a message center clerk.  There must have been some problem as he was reassigned on 2 Oct 1944 to A Company 116th Infantry as a rifleman.  A Company was in 1st Battalion 116th Infantry.  PVT Kleinman was killed in action on 19 Oct 1944.

We believe that PVT Kleinman was repatriated and is buried in a Jewish cemetery somewhere in the New York City area, possibly in New Jersey.  He is not buried overseas. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

PFC John Henry Lauer

PFC John Henry Lauer was born 6 Jan 1917 in Lebanon, Pennsylvania the second of five children of Charles Koerper and Arah C. (Ross) Lauer. His father worked as a carpenter and in a steel factory.

John was drafted in March 1942.  As shown in the photo he at one time held the rank of CPL in another unit but we don't have the details of all his service.  As reflected in the unit morning reports it seems that he was assigned to I Company 116th Infantry in England prior to 6 Jun 1944 and participated in the landing at Omaha beach serving as a rifleman.  PVT Lauer was promoted to PFC on 1 Oct 1944. He was thought to me missing in action and then found to be wounded and evacuated to hospital on 10 Oct 1944.  PFC Lauer died of his wound(s) on 18 Oct 1944.

PFC Lauer was repatriated and re-interred in Mount Lebanon Cemetery in Lebanon, Pennsylvania.

His brothers also served. James Wagner Lauer served in Service Battery 905th Field Artillery Battalion (1942-1945). Charles Edward Lauer served in C Battery 840th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion (1942-1945).

PFC Raymond F. Hess

PFC Raymond F. Hess was born 4 Aug 1916 in Williamstown, Pennsylvania to John Clarence and Cora Ann (Haskins) Hess.  His father was a coal miner.  In 1940 Raymond was working at the mine as well and still living with his parents.  The family had a combined reported 1939 income of $1650.

Raymond was drafted in May 1943.  He had been working as a bookkeeper/clerk. Raymond was sent to Europe.  On 22 Jul 1944 he was transferred from the replacement depot to G Company 116th Infantry.  Interestingly, his military occupational specialty (MOS) is given as 803-Bugler.  PFC Hess was killed in action on 18 Oct 1944.

PFC Hess was repatriated and is buried in Fairview Cemetery in Williamstown, Pennsylvania.

SSG Ernest Joshua Howard

SSG Ernest Joshua Howard was born 10 May 1923 in Leota, Missouri to Peter Nero and Myrtle Mae (Wicker) Howard. The family farmed and then Peter operated a grocery store. On 14 Jun 1941, in Fulton County, Arkansas, Ernest married Veda Ruth Cotter. The Howards moved to Kern County, California.  In December that same year they would have a son, Kenneth Dean Howard.  Kenneth died 4 Mar 1942. 

Ernest was working on a dairy farm when he was drafted in October 1943.  On 17 Jul 1944, he was transferred from the replacement depot to A Company 116th Infantry where he served as a rifleman.  PVT Howard was promoted to PFC on 11 Aug 1944. He is next noted in the morning report as being a SSG when he was killed in action on 18 Oct 1944.


SSG Howard is buried in the Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery.

Monday, October 17, 2016

PFC Oscar James Johnson

PFC Oscar James Johnson was born 16 Jan 1919 in Simpson County, Kentucky to Aaron and Sarah J. (White) Johnson. The family farmed. Oscar probably married Lillian Carline Baugh in 1941. 

Oscar was working as a sales clerk when he was drafted in April 1942. He and Lillian were blessed with a daughter in early 1943. We don't know where he was until he was transferred from the replacement depot to F Company 116th Infantry on 5 Sep 1944. However, it is likely he had been serving with another unit. PVT Johnson was promoted to PFC on 21 Sep 1944.  On 17 Oct 1944, PFC Johnson was killed in action.

PFC Johnson was repatriated and is buried in Auburn Cemetery in Auburn, Kentucky. It seems that Lillian never remarried. 

PVT Manuel R. Flores

PVT Manuel R. Flores was born in Pima County, Arizona in 1917 to Francisco and Carmen Flores. In 1940 Manuel worked at the city nursery to support his family.

Manuel was drafted in January 1944. On 5 Sep 1944 he was transferred from the replacement depot to B Company 116th Infantry.  On 17 Oct 1944 he was missing in action but that was later determined to be the day he was killed in action.

Manuel is buried in the Netherlands American Cemetery


PVT Charles F. Carroll

PVT Charles F. Carroll enlisted from Maryland.  Assigned to D Company 116th Infantry from the replacement depot on 22 Jun 1944, Charles was first wounded on 1 Jul 1944 and evacuated to hospital.  He returned to the unit from the replacement depot on 15 Aug 1944.  PVT Carroll was killed in action on 17 Oct 1944.  He was a recipient of the Bronze Star Medal.

PVT Carroll is buried in the Ardennes American Cemetery.  He was survived by his wife Florence.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

PFC Earnest Leon Stafford

PFC Earnest Leon Stafford was born in Blount County, Alabama on 18 Sep 1917 to John Thomas and Della Katherine (Murphee) Stafford on a farm near Oneonta.  Second born of 7 children, he was working as a farm laborer in 1940.  Drafted in March 1943, Earnest was assigned to E Company 116th Infantry on 9 Aug 1944.  PFC Stafford was killed in action on 16 Oct 1944.  He is buried in Antioch Methodist Cemetery in Oneonta, Alabama.

T5 Robert R. Bart

T5 Robert R. Bart was born 15 Jun 1918 in Peoria, Illinois to Valentine William Joseph and Antoinette F. (Korman) Bart.  His father worked in a paper mill.  Although the 1940 census doesn't show any employment for Robert, on 12 Oct 1940 he married Violet Wilhelmenia Janssen.  They would have one son. 

When Robert was drafted in December 1942, the record indicates that he was working as a meat cutter.  After his military training as a truck driver he was sent overseas and on 3 Sep 1944 assigned from the replacement depot to Headquarters Company 3rd Battalion 116th Infantry.  T5 Bart was killed in action on 16 Oct 1944.

Returned to the U.S. in 1947. T5 Bart was buried in Saint Joseph's Cemetery in Peoria, Illinois. Violet married Joseph P. Bart, one of Robert's older brothers, on 2 Nov 1946 in Peoria. 

PFC Junior Benson Hamrick

PFC Junior Benson Hamrick was born 8 Jun 1924 in Webster Springs, West Virginia to Lorenzo Benson and Ora Ann (Pritt) Hamrick.  His father was a coal miner.

PFC Hamrick is buried in Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery.

His brother, SSG Victor L. Hamrick, was a waist gunner on B-17 "Short Snorter III" (#42-5337), 401st Bomber Squadron, 91st Bomber Group, U.S. Army Air Force and was lost when his plane was shot down on a mission to Schweinfurt, Germany. He is remembered on the wall of the missing at the Netherlands American Cemetery.

SGT William Harold Altham

SGT William Harold Altham was born 23 Jan 1917 in Sharon, Pennsylvania to William Henry and Anna (Golden) Altham. His father was a janitor for many years.  Before the war, William himself was a mill worker. 

William was drafted in May 1942.  He married Virginia Euna Bottoms 26 Jun 1943 in Anniston, Alabama. Assigned to E Company 116th Infantry from the replacement depot on 22 Jun 1944 he was wounded on 18 Jul 1944 and evacuated to hospital. William and Virginia had a son born on 23 July 1944. William returned to E Company on 15 Sep 1944.  He was killed in action on 16 Oct 1944. 

SGT Altham is buried in Crestwood Memorial Cemetery in East Gadsden, Alabama. Virginia did not remarry until 1958. William's brother, Ralph Allen Altham, also served (1942-1945).  

PFC Stephen S. Baggar

PFC Stephen S. Baggar was born 1919 in Jersey City, New Jersey to Nicholas and Sofie Baggar.  His father worked for a railroad for many years. 

Drafted in October 1942, Stephen had completed high school.  On 13 Jul 1944 he was transferred from the replacement depot to E Company 116th Infantry.  He was killed in action on 16 Oct 1944.


PVT WIlliam Henry Glasgow

PVT William Henry Glasgow was born 16 Jul 1914 in Halifax County, Virginia to William Berryman and Lessie Oleaner (Anderson) Glasgow.  His father was a farmer. 

William was a member of the National Guard unit in Farmville, Virginia when the unit was federalized in February 1941.  Assigned to Headquarters Company 2nd Battalion 116th Infantry, he was apparently wounded on 13 Jun 1944 and went to hospital.  He was returned to the unit on 29 Aug 1944.  In the fluid actions as the unit advanced on Germany, he was first noted as MIA and then as killed in action on 16 Oct 1944. 

He is buried in the Netherlands American Cemetery

PVT Willard Edgar Kuehner

courtesy of Patty
PVT Willard Edgar Kuehner was born 26 Jul 1914 in Columbus, Ohio to Edgar and Mabel V. (Reinkens) Kuehner.  His father worked variously as a coal dealer and an accountant. Willard was able to attend college and he married Genevieve Marie Herrick in 1940. Also in 1940, he was working as a bookkeeper for Ohio National Bank in Columbus and reported a 1939 income of $1250.

Willard was drafted in October 1943.  Sent to Europe after basic training, he was transferred from the replacement depot to Headquarters Company 2nd Battalion 116th Infantry on 4 Sep 1944 where he was to serve as a message center clerk. PVT Kuehner was killed in action on 16 Oct 1944. 

PVT Kuehner is buried in Green Lawn Cemetery in Columbus, Ohio. Genevieve re-married in 1946, they apparently had no children.

The following is the last letter from Willard before he was killed:
Censor's Stamp - Lt. PL Jones

To: Mrs. Willard E. Kuehner, 1427 Parsons Ave. #5, Columbus 7, Ohio

From: Pvt. W. E. Kuehner 35296314, Hdq Co 2 Bn 116 Inf APO 29 c/o PM New York N.Y.

Oct 11 1944

My Darling,

We just finished a couple of very bad days, being wet and cold and having no place to sleep except a hole in the ground. I'll tell you, Honey, its no fun and if I couldn't have you back there waiting for me I don't think I would dig so deep. It all seems so useless to have to spend the best years of your life living like this. It has been so long since I had a bath that I stink. One bright light to all this is I am getting your mail. Those pictures sure looked natural & I like that perky hat & purse. I enjoyed reading Bill's letter. He has had a lot of the same experiences I am having I guess but at least he has a truck to sleep in. The last two nights I've slept sitting up in the hole expecting water to come in any time. Tonight should be better as we have a new place. I am sorry you are being bothered by the neighbors. I know just the type. I think the best thing to do is to have nothing to do with them at all. This is one of Mom's Vmail. Normally we have plenty but it came in handy this time. Honey you are right about taking it where it should go & the name you couldn't get was Uncle Charlie Reinkens. Honey your letters are a real booster. Your description of us going to a football game sure made me homesick. We had so much fun. I have been in Belgium & Holland and the countries both are nice looking. In Holland we stayed in an orchard and had some of the best apples and it was there I talked to those little kids. There seems to be one Jerry plane come over every night about dark and the fellows call him "Bed Check Charlie". Honey you tell Mabel I witnessed the whole show that her husband was in and I mean we were really glad to see them coming. Honey I suppose I am leaving a lot of questions unanswered but the time that elapses from when I get the letters till when I have a chance to write makes it hard. As you say when I get back a lot of things will be much clearer. The weather has been the worse (sic) thing against us so far this time. I am glad I don't drive a truck. You know me in mud.

All my love,

Willard

Saturday, October 15, 2016

PVT Robert S Ellery

PVT Robert S. Ellery was born 28 May 1914 in Oregon.  He was drafted in October 1942 while living in California.  He might have been working as a foundryman.

On 10 Oct 1944 he was transferred from the replacement depot to B Company 116th Infantry. PVT Ellery was killed in action on 15 Oct 1944.

He is buried in  Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery

CPL Arthur Marion Donahoe

CPL Arthur Marion Donahoe, b. 1901 - d. 15 Oct 1918. Born in Norfolk, VA, only son of Thomas Marion and Alice (Liverman) Donahoe.  Assigned to H Company 116th Infantry.  Buried in the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery.

PFC John M. Higgins

PFC John M. Higgins was assigned to H Company 116th Infantry.  He was killed in action on 15 Oct 1944.

That is all we currently know about PFC Higgins.  He was almost certainly repatriated and re-buried somewhere in the United States. 

Friday, October 14, 2016

SGT William Joseph Giroux

SGT William Joseph Giroux Was born 15 Aug 1914 in Chicago, Illinois to William Joseph and Mary C. (Grogan) Giroux.  His father died in 1923. In 1940, William was working as a clerk for a railroad and reported a 1939 income of $1600.

William entered the army in November 1942.  After training as a radio operator, William was sent to England and assigned to Headquarters Company 3rd Battalion 116th Infantry on 14 Jul 1944.  He was immediately reassigned that same day to Headquarters Company 1st Battalion 116th Infantry. He was a SSG at that time.  On 18 Aug 1944 he was reduced in rank to PVT and then promoted that same day to T4.  On 17 Sep 1944 William was promoted to SGT.  SGT Giroux was killed in action on 14 Oct 1944.

SGT Giroux was repatriated in 1947 and buried in the Calvary Cemetery in Evanston, Illinois.

SSG Erskin Parnell Harris

SSG Erskine Parnell Harris was born in 1924 in Belleville, Arkansas to Erskine and Mary Verda (Marberry) Harris. The family farmed.

When drafted in September 1943, Erskine was working as a farmer.  After the initial training every new soldier received, Erskine was sent to Europe.  On 22 Jun 1944 PVT Harris was transferred from the replacement depot to C Company 116th Infantry.  His record on the morning report is a bit confused but it appears that Erskine was wounded on 6 Jul 1944 and evacuated to hospital.  He was promoted to SGT on 25 Jul 1944 but, still being in the hospital, was dropped from the rolls on 31 Jul 1944.  Wherever he was, Erskine was again promoted, this time to SSG, on 18 Aug 1944.  He may have been wounded again because he returned to the unit from the hospital on 23 Sep 1944.  SSG Harris was killed in action on 14 Oct 1944.

SSG Harris is buried in the Netherlands American Cemetery.

PFC Philip R. Covert

PFC Philip R Covert, b.6 Sep 1923 - d. 14 Oct 1944. Son of Ray Heath and Nellie (Beukema) Covert of Lowell, Michigan. He was assigned to E Company and then C Company 116th Infantry. PFC Covert rests in the Netherlands American Cemetery.

PVT Marvin Roy Hart

PVT Marvin Roy Hart, b. 22 Sep 1922 - d. 14 Oct 1944. Son of John N and L Ruby (Couchman) Hart of Wayne County, Iowa. Entered service Sep 1943 and was ultimately assigned to C Company 116th Infantry. He rests forever in Shriver Cemetery, Wayne County, Iowa.

PFC Horace Orville Lee

courtesy of Des Philippet
PFC Horace Orville Lee was born 23 Feb 1924 in Hancock County, Mississippi the next to last of fourteen children of Daniel Francis and Sarah Angeline (Mitchell) Lee.  The family farmed.

Horace was drafted in May 1943 at which time he was still working as a farm hand.  After basic training he was sent to Europe and transferred from the replacement depot to E Company 116th Infantry on 13 Jun 1944. On 11 Jul 1944, PVT Lee was wounded and evacuated to hospital. We don't know when he was returned to the unit but he was again with E Company, now a PFC, when he was killed in action on 14 Oct 1944.

PFC Lee was buried in the Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery.

Older brother, Elvin Ora Lee, served in the Army from 1942 to 1945.

PVT Robert Green Knupp Jr.

PVT Robert Green Knupp Jr. was born 26 Jun 1920 in Timberville, Virginia to Robert Green and Sallie Beatrice (Coffelt) Knupp. The senior Robert was a plasterer who reported a 1939 income of $380.  The son followed in his father's footsteps and was also working as a plasterer in 1940 and reported a 1939 income of $308.

Robert entered the service relatively late in the war in January 1944. He was sent to Europe after his basic/initial training and was transferred from the replacement depot to E Company 116th Infantry on 9 Aug 1944.  PVT Knupp was evacuated to the hospital on 2 Sep 1944 as a non-battle casualty meaning that he was injured in some way other than combat.  He returned to the unit on 13 Sep 1944 and on 17 Sep 1944 was again transferred, this time to C Company 116th Infantry.  PVT Knupp was killed in action on 14 Oct 1944.

PVT Knupp was repatriated in 1948 and now rests forever in Saint Paul's Lutheran Church Cemetery in Timberville, Virginia.

Great-grandfather, Ambrose Knupp, served as a PVT in K Company 58th Militia Infantry Regiment during the Civil War. Brother, Gerald Pasco Knupp, served in the Army from 1945 to 1947.

PVT Thurman A. Johnson

courtesy of Des Philippet
PVT Thurman A. Johnson was born in 1914 in Valley View, Texas one of five sons of robert Harvey and Rena (Hudson) Johnson. 

Drafted in August 1943 and sent to Europe, Thurman was transferred to C Company 116th Infantry from the replacement depot on 22 Jun 1944.  PVT Johnson was wounded on 29 Jun 1944 and evacuated to hospital.  He returned to the unit from the replacement depot on 12 Aug 1944.  PVT Johnson was killed in action on 14 Oct 1944. 

PVT Johnson is buried in the Netherlands American Cemetery.  His brother Garland served in the Army 1943-1945, brother C. E. also served in the Army and brother Robert also served during the war. 

Thursday, October 13, 2016

T5 William Howard Campbell

T5 William Howard Campbell was born 30 Nov 1917 in Lansing, Ohio to John Joseph and Alice Ida May (Goines) Campbell.  William's father was a machinist and a car inspector for a railroad.  In 1940 the family was living in McAllen, Texas and William was working as a sales clerk in a grocery and had a 1939 income of $600.

William entered the service in April 1942.  After training as a medic he was sent overseas.  Sometime prior to the D-Day landings he was assigned to Medical Detachment 116th Infantry and attached to C Company 116th Infantry. While in England he apparently met and married a Miss Larman and they had one daughter.
Pfc. Cecil F. Randolph was hit in the leg by a machine gun bullet and went down in the water. Later a medic returned and pulled him up under a tank. The medic, T/5 William H. Campbell, was under fire during this act and was later awarded a silver star for his bravery.

 He was wounded on 1 Jul 1944 and evacuated to the hospital.  He must have been returned to duty with Headquarters 29th Infantry Division because on 7 Aug 1944 he was transferred from there back to the Medical Detachment. On 18 Aug 1944 William was promoted to T5.  T5 Campbell was killed in action on 13 Oct 1944.

T5 Campbell was repatriated in 1948 and buried in Laurel Cemetery in Mission, Texas.  His wife remarried. 

CPT Edward J. Mahaney

courtesy of Anne Freeman
CPT Edward J. Mahaney  was born 27 Apr 1914 in Greece, New York.  He was the only son and eldest of 3 children born to Edward D. and Mary E. (Cauley) Mahaney.  His father was an engineer on the New York Central Railroad.

Edward enlisted for 3 years in E Company 108th Infantry on 20 May 1940. The unit was federalized on 8 Oct 1940. He was discharged on 8 Jun 1942 to be commissioned as a 2LT in the U.S. Army. He attended military training on several posts during WWII one of which was Fort Carson outside of Colorado Springs, Colorado where he met and married Marian Celesta Conroy, a welfare worker in that city. CPT Mahaney was sent overseas and on 9 Sep 1944 was transferred from the replacement depot to F Company 116th Infantry. CPT Mahaney was killed in action on 13 Oct 1944.

CPT Mahaney was repatriated in 1947 and re-interred in the Our Lady of Sorrows Cemetery in Greece, New York.

Edward and Marian had no children and Marian remarried in 1948.

PVT Arthur Colvin Beeman

PVT Arthur Colvin Beeman was born 25 Jul 1912 in Pueblo, Colorado to Arthur and Helen Myrtle (Colvin) Beeman.  His father had farmed, worked with his father as a blacksmith, a carpenter and various other things as the family drifted across the country, from Colorado to Kansas to California. 

Arthur married Hattie May Pierson about 1935 and they had a daughter on 24 Dec 1936.  When he was drafted in December 1943, Arthur was working as a policeman in Sonoma, California.  On 22 Jul 1944 he was assigned from the replacement depot to E Company 116th Infantry.  On 31 Jul 1944, Arthur was wounded and evacuated to the hospital.  On 20 Sep 1944 he was returned to E Company and then on 22 Sep 1944 reassigned to F Company 116th Infantry.  He was with that unit on 13 Oct 1944 when he was killed in action. 

PVT Beeman is buried in the Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery.  Hattie remarried before 1948.  Their daughter is still living. 

PFC Orvil B Coy

PFC Orvil B. Coy was born 23 Dec 1920 in Oregon to Oren Blaine and Hattie Ann (Lane).  Oren was a lumberman and worked in a sawmill to support the family.  Orvil also worked in a sawmill.

In July 1942 Orvil was drafted.  We don't know where Orvil was until we find that he was assigned from the replacement depot to A Company 116th Infantry on 9 Sep 1944.  He was promoted to PFC on 21 Sep 1944.  PFC Coy was killed in action on 13 Oct 1944.

Orvil is buried in the Masonic Cemetery in Coquille, Oregon. 


PVT Harold Rex Fortney

PVT Harold Rex Fortney was born 4 Jun 1916 in New Sharon, Iowa to John Harrison "Henry" and Bessie Grace (Jenkins) Fortney.  Harold had 9 siblings one of whom died at birth. "Henry" was a blacksmith who sometimes worked for "the railroad".  Harold's grandfather, Henry M. Fortney, served as a Corporal in A Company 118th Illinois Infantry during the Civil War after which he migrated to Iowa.

On 25 Jun 1939, Harold married Margaret Bolsem, in 1940 he was working for the railroad and she was a clerk in a grocery.  Together, they had an income of $960 in 1939.  Harold was drafted in March 1944.

On 10 Oct 1944 PVT Fortney was assigned from the replacement depot to A Company 116th Infantry.  On 13 Oct 1944 he was killed in action near Aachen, Germany.  He is buried in the Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery and there is a centotaph in Forest Cemetery in Oskaloosa, Iowa.

Margaret remarried after the war.  So far as we can determine they had no children.

PVT Robert C. Higgins

PVT Robert C. Higgins was assigned to C Company 116th Infantry from the replacement depot on 22 Jun 1944. On 5 Aug 1944 Robert was a Non-Battle Casualty and evacuated to hospital.  He did not return to the unit from the hospital until 23 Sep 1944. PVT Higgins was killed in action on 13 Oct 1944. 

This is all we know about PVT Higgins.  We are certain that he was repatriated and is buried somewhere in the U.S. 

PFC Charles J. Korpics

courtesy of Des Philippet
PFC Charles J. Korpics was born 18 Oct 1915 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania to Frank Joseph and Anna (Horvath) Korpics. His parents were natives of Hungary.  His father ran a grocery. Charles was managing a restaurant in 1940 and reported a 1939 income of $450. Charles was working at Bethlehem Steel by 1943.

Charles was drafted in October 1943.  After his initial training he was sent to Europe and transferred from the replacement depot to F Company 116th Infantry on 22 Jun 1944.  PVT Korpics was promoted to PFC on 15 Aug 1944. PFC Korpics was wounded on 13 Oct 1944 and evacuated to hospital where he died of his wound(s) that same day. 

PFC Korpics is buried in the Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery. Brothers, Daniel, William and Louis all served in the Navy during the war.


PVT Walter A. Dunajski

PVT Walter A Dunajski was born 10 Dec 1921 in Portage, Indiana first child of Joseph and Genevieve (Piotrowski) Denajski.  Both of his parents were Polish immigrants.  In 1940 his father was working in a steel mill as a "motor operator" and his income in 1939 was reportedly $1200.  Joseph died in 1942.

Walter entered service in December 1943.  After his training he was sent overseas and on 5 Sep 1944 he was transferred from the replacement depot to C Company 116th Infantry.  PVT Dunajski was killed in action on 13 Oct 1944.

PVT Dunajski was repatriated in 1948 and buried in Calvary Cemetery in Portage, Indiana.

SGT Buddy Donald Biniker

SGT Buddy Donald Biniker, son of Richard Franklin and Verea Belle (Kopp) Biniker was born in Woodville, Ohio on 16 Aug 1924.  Donald was the 2nd of the couple's 4 children but his older brother died at age 17 in 1940.  His father worked for the telephone company. 

When Buddy was drafted in February 1943 he was single and had only a grammar school education. He was assigned overseas to B Company 116th Infantry sometime before D-Day.  On 13 Sep 1944 he was promoted to SGT from PFC.  On 15 Oct 1944 SGT Biniker was killed in action.

Buddy's remaining family survived him and he is buried in Clay Township Cemetery in Genoa, Ohio. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

PVT Owen Fay

PVT Owen Fay was born 1 Apr 1890 in Drumbin, County Monaghan, Ireland to Helen Fay. Owen immigrated in April 1914.  He was working as a porter when he registered for the draft.  PVT Fay was assigned to F Company 116th Infantry when he was killed in action on 12 Oct 1918.

PVT Fay is buried in the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery.  His mother was still living in Drumbin when she was notified of his death. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

T5 Jacob Walter Geiss

High School Annual Photo
T5 Jacob Walter Geiss was born 28 Jan 1918 in Nokomis, Illinois to Theodore William and Olga A. (Radtke) Geiss.  His father was a painter. On 22 Jun 1941 he married Lucille E. 

Jacob was working as a sales clerk when he was drafted in May 1943.  He was sent overseas and assigned from the replacement depot to I Company 116th Infantry. T5 Geiss was killed in action on 11 Oct 1944.

T5 Geiss was repatriated and is buried in the Nokomis Cemetery in Nokomis, Illinois with Lucille. 

SSG Lauren A Barmore

SSG Lauren A Barmore son of Royal Cook and Mary J (Aldred) Barmore of Placer County, California was born 17 May 1914.  He was the 2nd of his mother's 2 children. His mother died 4 Oct 1915 and his father re-married a year later.  Royal had 3 children by his second wife.

Lauren was drafted in March 1941.  We don't know where he was or what he was doing but we do know that he was transferred from the replacement depot to I Company 116th Infantry on 3 Sep 1944 and was already a Staff Sergeant.  This would indicate that he had some experience by this time.  It was common for soldiers who had been wounded to go from unit to hospital to replacement depot to a unit other than the one in which they had been serving when they were wounded.  We also know that he was killed in action on 11 Oct 1944. 

SSG Barmore rests forever in the Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery

Half-brother Richard Edward Barmore also served in the Army, 1942-1945.


PFC George W. Bray

PFC George W. Bray was born about 1915 in Missouri to James Oscar and Nora Leona (Coon) Bray.  His father worked as a driver.  In 1930 George was living with his mother and step-father and working as a clerk in a grocery. On 16 May 1935 he married Alice Crossley and they had a son in March 1937.  In 1940 he was working in road construction.

We don't know when George entered the service. It was on 3 Sep 1944 that he was assigned to I Company 116th Infantry on D-Day, 6 Jun 1944.  He and Alice were divorced in March 1944.  On 9 Oct 1944, George was promoted to PFC.  On 11 Oct 1944 he was killed in action.

PFC Bray is buried in Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery.

Alice re-married and their son was adopted by his step-father.  He served as a finance officer during the Vietnam war.

PFC James Hansford Mairs

PFC James Hansford Mairs was born 27 Jul 1912 in Fayette, West Virginia. He was the oldest of 3 children born to Lloyd Lee and Mary Mae (Hendrick) Mairs. His father worked in a powerhouse and ice plant.

James was inducted on 11 Jun 1941 in Huntington, West Virginia. After his training he was eventually sent to the European theater and on 3 Sep 1944 was transferred from the replacement depot to I Company 116th Infantry. PFC Mairs was killed in action on 11 Oct 1944.

PFC Mairs was repatriated in November 1947 and re-interred in Mairs Cemetery in Sissonville, West Virginia.

2x great-grandfather, Adam Aultz, served as a PVT in the war of 1812 in CPT McCown's Company of the Virginia Militia. Grandfather, Tolbert P. Hendrick, served in Hounshell's Battalion, Virginia Cavalry (Partisan Rangers) and C Company 22nd Virginia Infantry (CSA).

Monday, October 10, 2016

PFC John J. Jirousek

courtesy of Des Philippet
PFC John J. Jirousek was born about 1912 in Germany.  From at least 1935 to 1940 he lived at 1544 Kenilworth Avenue, Berwyn, Illinois with his wife, Helga (Ebel) Jirousek.

After entering the service, probably in late 1943, John was sent to Europe and transferred from the replacement depot to I Company 116th Infantry on 7 Aug 1944.  He was promoted to PFC on 5 Sep 1944.  PFC Jirousek was killed in action on 10 Oct 1944.

PFC Jirousek is buried in the Netherlands American Cemetery.  Helga re-married in 1950. 

PFC Cooper Crawford Lightbown Jr.

from the 1929 Greenbrier Military School Annual
PFC Cooper Crawford Lightbown Jr. was born 11 Nov 1912, probably in Palm Beach, Florida.  His parents were Cooper Crawford and Dyoll (Prather) Lightbown.  His father was a builder who worked with his own brother in Maryland and Florida.  The brothers built Mar-a-Lago (currently owned by President Trump) and the Everglades Club in Palm Beach, Florida.  The senior C. C. Lightbown was Mayor of Palm Beach in the 1922.  Cooper's parents divorced in 1920 and would each re-marry other people. Cooper attended Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg, West Virginia. After graduating, he would attend Princeton University. Cooper's father died in 1941.

Cooper was drafted in October 1943.  He was already married to Mary Fay Stuart.  After basic training he was sent to the European theater and transferred from the replacement depot to I Company 116th Infantry on 3 Sep 1944. He was promoted to PFC on 14 Sep 1944. PFC Lightbown fought with the unit as a rifleman until killed in action on 10 Oct 1944.

PFC Lightbown was repatriated in 1947 and re-interred in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. 


Sunday, October 9, 2016

PVT John Leslie Brown

PVT John Leslie Brown was born 21 Apr 1925 in Elmore County, Alabama 2nd of 3 children and only son to Winnie M and Alma (Strength) Brown.  The family supported themselves by farming. 

John entered the service in June 1943.  Assigned to I Company 116th Infantry on 3 Sep 44 there is quite a bit of confusion as to what happened as reflected in the morning report but he was apparently seriously wounded on 8 Oct 1944 and died of his wounds on 9 Oct 1944. 

PVT Brown is buried in Balm of Gilead Cemetery in Central, Alamaba. 


Friday, October 7, 2016

PFC Clarence A. Gosnell

PFC Clarence A. Gosnell was born 10 Aug 1922 in Scott County, Arkansas to James Arthur and Cora Bell (Brown) Gosnell.  The family farmed.  They also moved quite a bit for the time living in Waldron and Mena, Arkansas before moving to Swisher County and Wheeler County in Texas.  His father died in Wheeler County in 1942. 

Clarence was probably drafted in November 1943.  He was sent to Europe and transferred from the replacement depot to K Company 116th Infantry on 24 Jul 1944.  Clarence was wounded on 29 Aug 1944 and evacuated to the hospital.  On 19 Sep 1944 he was returned to the regiment from the replacement depot but this time he went to L Company 116th Infantry.  PFC Gosnell was killed in action while serving with that unit on 7 Oct 1944. 

PFC Gosnell was repatriated in 1948 and is buried in Texola Cemetery in Texola, Oklahoma.

T4 Clayton A. Albi

T4 Clayton A. Albi was likely born in Kings County, New York (perhaps in Brooklyn).  After entering the Army, Clayton was assigned to I Company 116th Infantry.  It is probable that he was in that company for the D-Day landing.  He was killed in action on 7 Oct 1944. 

Aside from this we know nothing else about T4 Albi. 

PVT William P. Mackey

PVT William P. Mackey was born 17 Mar 1919 in Canton, Ohio.  He was the 6th of 8 children born to Clyde Kennedy and Frances Celeste (Belat) Mackey. His father supported his family by working in various factories.

William was drafted 9 Dec 1943. He was recorded as having a grammar school education and being a skilled motor vehicle mechanic. PVT Mackey was sent to Europe and on 10 Aug 1944 was transferred from the replacement depot to L Company 116th Infantry. On 25 Aug 1944 he was sent to hospital as a non-battle casualty and he returned to the unit on 5 Sep 1944.  PVT Mackey was killed in action on 7 Oct 1944.

PVT Mackey was repatriated and now rests forever in Forest Hill Cemetery in Canton, Ohio.

His great-grandfather, Job Kennedy, served as a PVT in D Company 21st Pennsylvania Cavalry and G Company 126th Pennsylvania Infantry during the Civil War.

PFC Stanislaus F. Dylewski

PFC Stanislaus F. Dylewski was born 10 Jul 1925 in Detroit, Michigan first child of Franciszek and Anna R (Kubicz) Dylewski.  Both parents were Polish immigrants. "Frank", his dad, worked in an auto plant as an assembler and had served in the army during WWI. The family lost their second child, Leonard Paul Dylewski, when he was only 2 in 1930.

Stanislaus entered the service in November 1943.  Sent overseas, he was assigned to L Company 116th Infantry from the replacement depot on 25 Jun 1944.  PVT Dylewski was promoted to PFC on 26 Jul 1944.  He was killed in action on 7 Oct 1944.  The unit would have been in the vicinity of Aachen, Germany at that time.

PFC Dylewski was repatriated in 1947 and now rests forever in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Detroit, Michigan. 

PFC Gerald J Becker

PFC Gerald J Becker was born 8 Jun 1916 in Buffalo, New York to John A and Clara B (Fredericks) Becker.  His father worked in a foundry to support his wife and 4 children.  Gerald worked as a truck driver in 1940.

On 17 May 1941 Gerald married Irene M Terhaar also of Buffalo.  They had 2 daughters the youngest of whom was Jean Catherine Becker who became Sister Mary Pauline of the Sisters of Saint Francis. Her older sister survives and she had 4 children (Gerald's grandchildren).

Gerald was drafted in December 1943 and on 7 Aug 1944 was assigned to L Company 116th Infantry.  On 21 Sep 1944 he was promoted to PFC.  On 7 Oct 1944 he was killed in action.

Gerald is buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Cheektowaga, New York.  

SGT Walter J. Kelly

courtesy of Des Philippet
SGT Walter J. Kelly was born about 1914 in Brooklyn, New York one of 5 children of Thomas and Catherine Kelly.  For years the family lived on Coney Avenue and then at 2713 N Avenue in Brooklyn.  His father was a policeman in Kings County.  In 1940, Walter was clerking in a grocery.

After entering the service, Walter was sent to England and assigned to L Company 116th Infantry.  After training with the unit for and participating in the D-Day amphibious assault on the Normandy beach (on 6 Jun 1944), Walter fought inland with his company.  On 17 Jul 1944 he was wounded by shrapnel in the right leg but remained on duty.  On 27 Jul 1944 he was promoted from PFC to SGT.  On 29 Jul 1944 he was evacuated to hospital either for a new injury or because of his old wound.  On 19 Sep 1944 he was returned to the unit from the replacement depot.  SGT Kelly was killed in action on 7 Oct 1944.

SGT Kelly is buried in the Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery.