Tuesday, November 29, 2016

PVT Walter Karl Marks Kaal

PVT Walter Karl Marks Kaal was born Christmas day 1910 in Indianapolis, Indiana to the Dutch born William Baron and Margaret (Donk) Kaal. His father was a cigar maker and the family moved to Chicago before 1920.  In 1940, Walter was working as a paint tester and reported a 1939 income of $1236.

Walter entered Army service on 23 Dec 1943 and after his training was sent to Europe.  He was transferred from the replacement depot to A Company 116th Infantry on 17 Jul 1944. Walter was wounded on 30 Jul 1944 and did not return to the unit from the replacement depot until 15 Nov 1944.  On 20 Nov 1944 he was again transferred, this time to B Company 116th Infantry. PVT Kaal was killed in action on 29 Nov 1944.

PVT Kaal was repatriated and is buried with family in Mount Hope Cemetery in Chicago, Illinois.

Monday, November 28, 2016

PFC Albino Castro Hernandez

PFC Albino Castro Hernandez was born 16 Dec 1915 in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico to Giberto and Catarino (Castro) Hernandez.

Albino entered the service and was sent to England.  We believe he was assigned to G Company 116th Infantry prior to 6 Jun 1944 and participated in the D-Day amphibious assault on Omaha Beach.  He was wounded 8 Aug 1944 and sent to the hospital.  He did not return to the unit, from the replacment depot, until 14 Nov 1944. PFC Hernandez was killed in action just 2 weeks later on 28 Nov 1944.

PFC Hernandez was repatriated in 1948 and now rests forever in San Fernando Cemetery #2 in San Antonio, Texas.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

SGT Martin Benson Love

SGT Martin Benson Love was born 11 Nov 1919 in Leominster, Massachusetts the youngest of three children of Andrew and Margaret Elizabeth (Benson) Love.  Andrew was a native of County Fermanagh, Ireland and Margaret a native of Ballymote, Ireland, and both had immigrated about 1907. The family lived for many years at 9 Morton Street in Leominster. Andrew was janitor/custodian in the Leominster school system reporting a 1939 income of $1562.  Martin was a clerk in a retail store and reported a 1939 income of $936 but was still living with his parents. 

Martin was drafted in February 1942 and was sent to England in October 1942.  He was then assigned to H Company 116th Infantry.  He trained with that unit for the amphibious assault on French beaches in Normandy for the invasion of Hitler's "fortress Europe". PFC Love fought with the unit from 6 Jun 1944 through 25 Jul 1944 when he was promoted to SGT.  He was wounded on 6 Aug 1944 and evacuated to hospital. It may have been in this action that SGT Love carried a wounded comrade 300 yards to the rear, under fire, to ensure that he got life-saving care.  It was for that act that SGT Love was awarded the Silver Star posthumously.  SGT Martin returned to the unit from the replacement depot on 27 Oct 1944.  He was killed in action one month later, on 27 Nov 1944.

SSG Leo was repatriated and buried in the Saint Leo Cemetery in Leominster, Massachusetts. Older brother Joseph Andrew Love also served in the Army during the war, in part at Camp Swift, Texas.

PFC Woodrow William Crabstree

PFC Woodrow William Crabtree was born 20 Mar 1915 in Lebanon, Virginia to Charles Becom and Maggie (Combs) Crabtree.  The family of 8 supported themselves by farming.

Woodrow was drafted in April 1941.  He was assigned to I Company 116th Infantry and participated with that unit in the D-Day landings.  He was wounded on 8 Jun 1944 to hospital.  On 21 Jun 1944 he was dropped from unit rolls. On 16 Nov 1944 he was transferred from the replacement depot to I Company and then on 21 Nov 1944 transferred to B Company 116th Infantry.  On 27 Nov 1944 PFC Crabtree was killed in action. 

PFC Crabtree is buried in the Russell Memorial Cemetery in Lebanon, Virginia.

PFC Robert P. Gandara

PFC Robert P. Gandara was born 20 Jul 1923 in Los Angeles, California to Pedro Mendez and Carmen (Zamora) Gandara.  Both parents were born in Mexico.  His father was working as a stone grinder in 1940 with a reported 1939 income of $102. 

After entering the service, Robert was sent to Europe and was transferred from the replacement depot to F Company 116th Infantry on 19 Jun 1944. He was killed in action with that unit on 27 Jun 1944.

PFC Gandara was repatriated and is buried in Cavalry Cemetery, in Los Angeles, California.

We do not know the details of his military service.  He may have served with the 335th before or during his overseas deployment. 

PVT Tony Heede

PVT Tony (Tonny) Heede, b. 19 Mar 1911 - d. 27 Nov 1944. Son of Alex and Kristine Johanne (Schou) Heede, Tony was born in Kristiansand, Norway and was naturalized in 1938. He lived in East Bridgewater, MA with his wife Joan and daughter June who survived him as did his mother and 9 siblings. PVT Heede was assigned to H Company 116th Infantry 24 Oct 1944. He is buried in the Netherlands American Cemetery.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

PVT Robert Jackson Hugentobler

PVT Robert Jackson Hugentobler was born 16 Jul 1925 in Vevay, Indiana son of Madge May (Day). His name at birth was Robert Jackson Hetisimer although his mother had already divorced and married Robert Knoves Hugentobler with whom the family was living in 1930 and 1940.  "Jack" (as he was known) had 6 siblings and half-siblings. The senior Robert Hugentobler worked for the Indiana highway department and, later, as the sexton of a local cemetery where he made $780 in 1939.  Jack was working as a paper boy and made $40 in 1939.

When he was drafted in September 1943, Jack was working as a gas station attendant. His sister, Irene Hugentobler, died 28 Mar 1944. He was sent to Europe after his basic training and on 19 Jun 1944 transferred from the replacement depot to G Company 116th Infantry to serve as a rifleman.  PVT Hugentobler was wounded for the first time on 16 Jul 1944 and evacuated.  He did not return to the unit from the replacement depot until 29 Oct 1944.  PVT Hugentobler was killed in action on 26 Nov 1944.

We don't know where Jack was buried but he is not currently buried in one of the overseas American cemeteries so we are certain that he was repatriated.  It is likely that he was buried in a cemetery, perhaps the same one at which Robert Hugentobler was sexton, near Miamitown, Ohio where the family lived. 


PVT Ralph L. Erickson

PVT Ralph L. Erickson was born 31 Jan 1915 in Youngsville, Pennsylvania to Edward Ludwig and Josephine (Thoresin) Erickson. His father worked in a furniture factory. In 1940 Ralph was farming with two of his siblings.

Drafted in Sep 1943, Ralph was working as a lumberman in Warren County, Pennsylvania.  After training he was sent overseas and sometime  prior to 6 Jun 1944 he was assigned to Headquarters 3rd Battalion 116th Infantry.  He went to hospital for an injury on 2 Sep 1944 and returned to the unit from the replacement depot on 19 Sep 1944.  He was killed in action on 26 Nov 1944.

PVT Erickson was ultimately laid to rest in the Netherlands American Cemetery.   

PFC Charles Thomas J Fletcher

PFC Charles Thomas J Fletcher was born 31 Oct 1924 in Kingsport, Tennessee to Charles Thomas J and Annie Pearl (Crawford) Fletcher.  His father farmed but Charles Sr died in 1928. His mother re-married. Step-father Luther Faris worked as a machinist. 

Charles was drafted in June 1943.  After training he was sent overseas and was assigned to H Company 116th Infantry in time to participate with that unit in the D-Day amphibious assault in which he was seriously wounded and evacuated to hospital. On 5 Aug 1944 he was transferred from the replacement depot back to H Company.  On 11 Aug 1944 he is recorded on the morning report as being promoted to PFC. On 26 Nov 1944 PFC Fletcher was killed in action. 

A note on Charles' rank.  As mentioned above the morning report notes his promotion.  The headstone application was completed using the rank PFC which was crossed out and "corrected" to PVT and as you can see that is what is on the headstone.  I believe this is another one of those errors that seems to have commonly occurred where the personnel action was taken but for some reason the paperwork wasn't preserved/forwarded/recorded at higher headquarters or in personnel records.  We are certain that Charles thought he was a PFC at the time he was killed.

PFC Fletcher is buried in Oak Hill Memorial Park in Kingsport, Tennessee. 

PVT Robert B. Allen

PVT Robert B Allen was born 16 Jun 1925 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania to Roy M. and Gladys J. (Brant) Allen.  His parents divorced early in his life and he and his sister and mother lived with his maternal grandparents. 

Drafted in September 1943, he was assigned to G Company 116th Infantry.  This was likely before D-Day.  On 13 Jul 1944 he was wounded and evacuated to the hospital.  On 4 Nov 1944 he returned to the unit from the replacement depot.  On 26 Nov 1944 PVT Allen was killed in action. 

PVT Allen was repatriated, probably in 1948, and is buried in Somerset County Memorial Park in Somerset, Pennsylvania. 

We have to note that while the grave marker indicates his rank as SGT (Sergeant) there is no record of him ever being promoted to that rank.  All the documents we can find note his rank as PVT (Private). 

PFC Edward J. Lippert

PFC Edward J. Lippert was born 22 Mar 1922 in Mascoutah, Illinois to John Adam and Lizzie Dora (Pleitner) Lippert. His father was a miner for Schubert Coal Company and he reported a 1939 income of $850.

Edward had 1 year of college and was working as a cashier when drafted in December 1942.  After training he was sent to the European theater and transferred from the replacement depot to G Company 116th Infantry on 3 Jul 1944.  Edward was wounded on 18 Jul 1944 and evacuated to hospital.  He returned to the unit from the replacement depot on 13 Nov 1944. PFC Lippert was killed in action on 26 Nov 1944.

PFC Lippert was repatriated in 1948 and buried in Mascoutah City Cemetery in Mascoutah, Illinois.

PFC Harvey Roy Corum

PFC Harvey Roy Corum was born 31 Aug 1924 in Tennessee to Melvin Benjamin Kansas and Flora May (Bagwell) Corum.  In 1942 he married Geneva Irene Pratt.  They had one daughter.

Harvey was living in Cuyahoga County, Ohio when he was drafted in June 1943.  After training he was assigned to H Company 116th Infantry and landed with that unit on D-Day.  He was lightly wounded on 6 Jun 1944, by a bullet in the chin, but remained on duty.  On 12 Jun 1944 he was promoted to PFC.  On 26 Nov 1944 PFC Corum was killed in action.

PFC Corum was returned to the states and buried in Marietta National Cemetery in Marietta, Georgia.

Geneva remarried in 1950.  The daughter has passed away. 

PFC Joseph J. Fanello

PFC Joseph J Fanello was born in Chicago, Illinois on 28 May 1911 to Nicola and Rosina (Dispenza) Fanello.  Nicola was born in San Nicola-Dacrissa, Italy and Rosina was born in Palermo, Italy.  Nicola worked on the railroad to support his family of 6.  Later he owned and operated his own grocery.  In 1940 Joseph was working for the railroad. 

Joseph was drafted in May 1942.  At some point in time he was assigned to Headquarters 3rd Battalion 116th Infantry, probably before the D-Day landings.  Life was uneventful until 26 Nov 1944 when he was killed in action. 

PFC Fanello is buried in the Netherlands American Cemetery.

CPL Sherman Luther Ayars Jr

CPL Sherman Luther Ayars Jr, born 9 Nov 1920 in Ramsey County, Minnesota to Sherman Luther and Berdella Clara (Anderson) Ayars.  He had 2 sisters.  Sherman and his father were both typesetters although Sherman didn't go past 2 years of high school.  Both of Sherman's sisters graduated from high school.

In May 1942 Sherman enlisted.   He was assigned to Cannon Company 116th Infantry before D-Day.  On 28 Aug 1944 he was promoted to Corporal.  He was killed in action 26 Nov 1944.

CPL Ayars is buried in the Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

PFC Sebastian S. Faggione

PFC Sebastian S. Faggione was born 2 Jan 1922 to Joseph L and Concettina (Sblico) of Middletown, Connecticut. Both of his parents were Italian immigrants.  Joseph worked as a "track worker" on the city trolley and later in road construction. 

Sebastian still had only a grammar school education and was working in textile manufacture when he was drafted in December 1942.  After training he was assigned to H Company 116th Infantry and was with that unit on D-Day.  On 12 Jun 1944 he was promoted to PFC.  Sebastian was killed in action on 26 Nov 1944.

PFC Faggione was repatriated in 1948 and is buried in the Saint Sebastian Cemetery in Middlefield, Connecticut. 

PVT Murrell D. Ivens

PVT Murrell D. Ivens was born 14 Sep 1912 in Madisonville, Tennessee second of four sons of Charles Henry and Beuna M. (White) Ivens.  His father worked as a carpenter and mechanic. Beuna died in 1919 of septic peritonitis. His father re-married. Charles died in 1932 of unknown cause, he was found dead in the street. In 1930, Murrell was working for Knox Glove Company in Knoxville, Tennessee.  On 24 Mar 1934 he married Eloise Jane Newman.

Murrell was drafted in June 1943.  After basic training he was sent to Europe and on 24 Oct 1944 was transferred from the replacement depot to F Company 116th Infantry.  PVT Ivens was killed in action on 26 Nov 1944.

PVT Ivens was repatriated in 1949 and is buried in the Lynnhurst Cemetery in Knoxville, Tennessee. Brother Ray also served in the Army during the war.


Friday, November 25, 2016

PFC Donald Eugene Hunter

photo by Doc Wilson
PFC Donald Eugene Hunter was born 24 Apr 1925 in Hunlock Creek, Pennsylvania to Eugene Virgil and Harriet (Davis) Hunter.  His father was a coal miner whose reported income for 1939 was $300. 

Donald began his service in June 1943.  After training to be a rifleman he was sent to Europe and transferred from the replacement depot to F Company 116th Infantry on 24 Oct 1944.  PFC Hunter was killed in action on 25 Nov 1944. 

PFC Hunter is buried at the Netherlands American Cemetery. His father served as a CPL in L Company 61st Infantry, 5th Division during WWI. 

2LT Elmer Raymond Koontz

courtesy of Nancy Ann Mull Buchanan
2LT Elmer Raymond Koontz was born 7 Feb 1920 in Detroit, Michigan to Locke E. and Nellie Katherine (Hill) Koontz.  His father worked as an assembler in an auto factory. In 1940, Elmer was living with his maternal grandmother and working as a shipping clerk with a reported 1939 income of $900.  Elmer married Fern Elizabeth Black in early 1942 and the couple were living in Huntington, West Virginia.

Elmer was drafted in June 1942.  After initial training he was identified as a candidate for officer training which he attended.  2LT Koontz was sent to Europe and on 24 Oct 1944 was transferred from the replacement depot to G Company 116th Infantry to serve as a platoon leader. 2LT Koontz was killed in action on 25 Nov 1944.

2LT Koontz was repatriated and now rests forever in Wilson Cemetery in Newark, Ohio. He and Fern had no children and she re-married in 1947 to Glenn Edward Werts, a career Navy Warrant Officer.  They have passed on and are buried together in Arlington National Cemetery.

PVT Thomas Edward Govero

PVT Thomas Edward Govero was born 26 Aug 1908 in Saint Francois County, Missouri to William Daily and Martha Emeline (Moses) Govero. His father was a miner who died in 1926. William is recorded as an orphan on the 1880 census and was working to support himself.  Thomas worked in glass manufacture and as a trucker or driver.  On 31 Aug 1940 he married Victoria Kerrigan.  They would have a son in 1942.

Thomas was apparently drafted in January 1944.  We don't know when he was assigned to G Company 116th Infantry but he was killed in action while serving with that unit on 25 Nov 1944.

PVT Govero is buried in Blackwell Masonic Cemetery in Washington County, Missouri. Victoria re-married and had 2 more children.  Their son also had children who are still living.

PFC James Wythe Brummett

PFC James Wythe Brummett was born 14 Aug 1923 in Wise County, Virginia to Samuel and Bertha (Johnson) Brummett.  His father worked in a coal mine. 

When he was drafted in April 1943, James as working as a miner in Logan County, West Virginia.  Sent overseas he was assigned to M Company 116th Infantry on 28 Aug 1944.  On 1 Nov 1944 he was promoted to PFC.  He was killed in action on 25 Nov 1944.

PFC Brummett is buried in the Netherlands American Cemetery.

SGT Andrew L. Hauser

SGT Andrew L. Hauser was born in Cincinnati, Ohio 13 Dec 1917 the only child of Andrew and Marie (Glunz) Hauser.  His father was a native of Wurttemberg, Germany, a bookbinder and died in 1925. His mother was born in Baden, Germany.  After his father's death his mother took in lodgers to make ends meet.  Andrew managed to attend 2 years of college, worked as a clerk at Lunkenheimer Valve Company and married. 

Andrew was drafted in December 1943.  He was sent overseas and on 9 Aug 1944 was transferred from the replacement depot to E Company 116th Infantry.  On 11 Aug 1944 PVT Hauser was again transferred, this time to F Company 116th Infantry.  On 14 Sep 1944 he was promoted to SGT.  SGT Hauser was killed in action on 25 Nov 1944.

SGT Hauser is buried in the Netherlands American Cemetery.

PFC William P. Kotchick

courtesy Des Philippet
PFC William P. Kotchick was born in 1924 in Endicott, New York the third of six children born to Joseph and Irene M. (Schlossar) Kotchick. His parents were both natives of the Austria-Hungarian Empire. His father worked in a shoe factory and managed a restaurant.

William was drafted in March 1943.  After his initial training, William was sent to Europe.  He was already a PFC when transferred from the replacement depot to F Company 116th Infantry on 24 Oct 1944. PFC Kotchick was killed in action one month later on 25 Nov 1944.

PFC Kotchick is buried in the Netherlands American Cemetery.

PFC Wilhelm A. Hilse

courtesy Russ Pickett
PFC Wilhelm A. Hilse was born 22 May 1924 in Baltimore, Maryland to Erich and Mabel Hilse.  His father was a native of Germany and a coal dealer. 

Wilhelm was drafted in March 1943 at which time he was working as a farm hand.  After his initial training he was sent to Europe and on 24 Oct 1944 was transferred from the replacement depot to F Company 116th Infantry.  PFC Hilse was killed in action on 25 Nov 1945.

PFC Hilse was re-interred in the Baltimore National Cemetery in 1948.

SSG Raymond G. Jahns

SSG Raymond G. Jahns was born 1 Aug 1918 in Kenosha County, Wisconsin to Adolph August and Elizabeth Margaret (Baechle) Jahns.  His father was a patrolman for the county highway department.

When drafted in March 1941, Raymond had been working as a farm hand.  After his initial training, he was eventually sent to Europe.  PVT Jahns was transferred from the replacement depot to F Company 116th Infantry on 22 Jun 1944. SSG Jahns (we do not know when he was promoted) was wounded on 31 Jul 1944 and evacuated.  He did not return to the unit, again from the replacement depot, until 28 Oct 1944. SSG Jahns was killed in action on 25 Nov 1944.

SSG Jahns was repatriated in 1948 and is buried in Saint John's Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery in Slades Corners, Wisconsin.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

PVT Emilio Garza Cabrera

PVT Emilio Garza Cabrera was born 9 Oct 1914 in Nueces County, Texas to Bridigo and Antonia Cuevas (Garza) Cabrera.  His father was a laborer.

After entering the service, Emilio was assigned to F Company 116th Infantry from the replacement depot on 24 Oct 1944. PVT Cabrera was killed in action one month later on 24 Nov 1944.

In 1949, PVT Cabrera was repatriated and buried in the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in Fort Sam Houston, Texas. 

PVT Carl W. Flack

PVT Carl W. Flack Was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1907 the son of Karl and Gertrude (Fritz) Flack. His father was a painter, later auto painter.  His parents were apparently divorced about 1916 and both remarried later.  Both parents were immigrants. In 1931 Carl married Florence C. Fielitz. 

Carl was drafted in June 1943 and after training was sent overseas.  It is likely that he served with another unit before being sent to the replacement depot and transferred from there to E Company 116th Infantry on 24 Oct 1944.  He was killed in action on 24 Nov 1944.

PVT Flack is buried in the Netherlands American Cemetery

PVT Samuel F. Heller

PVT Samuel F. Heller was born 13 Mar 1908 in Manhattan, New York to Leo and Rachel "Rae" (Forscher) Heller. For many years he and his mother lived in Manhattan with her parents, Bernard and Sarah (Breiter) Foescher.  Bernard was a furrier.  His mother married Vernon Hannon Creighton, a cotton goods broker, and they had a daughter and for a time Samuel lived with them.  Samuel married Edythe V. Levey 24 Nov 1935.  They had one son.  Samuel worked as a sales clerk to support his family.

In November 1943, Samuel was drafted and after his training was sent overseas.  On 24 Oct 1944 he was transferred from the replacement depot to E Company 116th Infantry.  One month later, on 24 November 1944, PVT Heller was killed in action. 

PVT Heller is buried in the Netherlands American Cemetery

PFC Tillman H Flader

PFC Tillman H Flader, b. 23 Jun 1918- d. 24 Nov 1944. Son of Floyd B and Velva G (Brown) Flader of West Lincoln, Nebraska. PFC Flader was assigned to E Company 116th Infantry when he was killed.  PFC Flader rests forever in Lincoln Memorial Park in Lincoln, Nebraska.

PFC Charles R. Endres Jr.

PFC Charles R. Endres Jr. was born 23 Apr 1923 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Charles R. and Alvinia M. (Buse) Endres. His father was a teamster.  His father reported an income of $1430 for 1939. 

When drafted in February of 1943, Charles had completed 3 years of high school and was working as a shipping clerk. Completing his army training, Charles was sent overseas and sent from the replacement depot to E Company 116th Infantry on 24 Oct 1944. He was killed in action a month later on 24 Nov 1944.

PFC Endres was repatriated and is buried in Greenmount Cemetery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

PFC Edward M. Lanza

PFC Edward M. Lanza was born 14 Aug 1924 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Frank and Florence (Caruso) Lanza. His father was a native of Italy and started Victor Billiards Company, Incorporated, which would make what was considered a premier table after the WW2.

Edward was drafted in April 1943. After basic training, Edward was sent to Europe and transferred from the replacement depot to K Company 116th Infantry on 3 Sep 1944. PFC Lanza fought with the unit until 23 Nov 1944 when he was killed in action. However, his body was not recoverable.  PFC Lanza is recorded on the tablets of the missing at the Netherlands American Cemetery.

PVT Charles Herlien

PVT Charles Herlien was born 20 Oct 1924 in Chicago, Illinois to John and Renske (Grypstra) Herlien.  His parents were born in the Netherlands. John died in 8 Jan 1940.

Charles went into the service in June 1943. After completing his training he was sent to Europe.  We don't know what other unit(s) to which he may have been assigned but he was likely assigned to 415th Infantry, 104th Division before going to  and then being transferred from the replacement depot to F Company 116th Infantry on 24 Oct 1944.  PVT Herlien was killed in action on 23 Nov 1944.

PVT Herlien was repatriated in 1949 and is buried in Forest Home Cemetery in Forest Park, Illinois.

Charles had 2 older brothers who served during the war, Lambert and Siebert both served in the Army.

PVT Roy Seldon Gorham

PVT Roy Seldon Gorham, b. 19 Feb 1914 - d. 23 Nov 1944. Son of William Harrison and Hazel Eugenia (Myers) Gorham of Muskegon County, Michigan. Married first to Ruth Iona De Young with whom he had a daughter and second to Marjorie H Knowlton all of whom survived him. Roy was assigned to L Company 116th Infantry Regiment on 27 Oct 1944.  He is buried in the Netherlands American Cemetery.

PVT Edward A Labuz

PVT Edward A Labuz b. 19 Jan 1919 - d. 23 Nov 1944, son of Stanley and Teresa (Orszulak) Labuz. Born in Utica, New York, he had a twin brother who also served in the Army as well as several other siblings all of whom survived him. Both his parents had immigrated from Poland (Galacia). Edward enlisted at FT Dix on 22 Mar 1944 and was assigned to L Company 116th Infantry when he was killed. He is memorialized at the Netherlands American Cemetery.

1SG Henry Lester Brightwell

1SG Henry Lester Brightwell was born 17 June 1913 in Roanoke, Virginia to HenryWycliffe and Flora Etta (Dowdy) Brightwell.  The family only had 3 children.  In 1920 his father was a "tinner" or roofer, in 1930 a sheet metal worker for the steam railway and in 1940 a gang leader on the steam railway.  He made a very good living in 1939, $2121.  Henry Lester was working as a file clerk for an electrical power company and made $1080 in 1939. 

Henry was a SGT in the National Guard when his unit was federalized in February 1941.  It is probable that he stayed with his unit through all the training and missions they had before D-Day and participated with Headquarters Company 1st Battalion 116th Infantry in the landing.  He was promoted to SSG prior to the landing and to 1SG on 20 Jun 1944.  On 4 Sep 1944 he went to hospital as a non-battle casualty.  On 9 Sep 1944 he was returned to duty.  On 22 Nov 1944 he went to hospital with a serious wound (artillery?) and died of wounds on 23 Nov 1944. 

1SG Brightwell is buried in Fair View Cemetery in Roanoke, Virginia.

Henry's brother, Woodrow Carlyle Brightwell, also served begging the war at the rank of SSG of infantry in the local National Guard unit. 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

PFC Julius Everett French

PFC Julius Everett French was born 16 Sep 1910 in Elk Point, South Dakota to Robert and Ethel Ardel (Harkness) French.  The family farmed. In 1930 both Julius and his father were working odd jobs to support the family.

When drafted at the end of September 1942, Julius was living in Snohomish, Washington and driving for a living.  Julius was sent overseas and on 24 Oct 1944 was transferred from the replacement depot to E Company 116th Infantry.  PFC French was killed in action on 22 Nov 1944.

PFC French was buried in Netherlands American Cemetery.

PFC Birger E. Levendahl

PFC Birger E. Levendahl was born 21 Oct 1911 in Merrill, Wisconsin the youngest of four children of Gustav Emil and Ingererd Mary Levendahl. Both parents were natives of Aland, Finland.  His father worked in a sawmill and died in 1927. Brother, Armas Carl Levendahl died in 1932 age 31. His sister, Claudia Levendahl, worked as a gardner to support the family for a while. By 1940, Birger was supporting his mother and nephew by working as a "common laborer" and reported a 1939 income of $455.

Birger entered Army service in December 1942. We suspect that he served with other units before or after being sent to the European theater but he was transferred from the replacement depot to E Company 116th Infantry on 19 Jun 1944.  PFC Levendahl served as a rifleman and was wounded on 11 Jul 1944 and evacuated to hospital. After returning to the unit, PFC Levendahl was killed in action on 22 Nov 1944.

PFC Levenhdahl was repatriated in 1948 and buried in Merrill Memorial Park in Merrill, Wisconsin.

Older brother, Walter Gustav Levendahl, also born in Aland, Findland, served in the Army in the first World War.

PFC Milton Raymond Bailey

PFC Milton Raymond Bailey was born abt 1924 to Frederick and Nellie (Horigan) Bailey. His father was a plumber.  Nellie died in 1939, Fred in 1941.

After entering the service and receiving medic training Milton was sent overseas and assigned Medical Detachment 116th Infantry and attached to Anti-Tank Company 116th Infantry.  He was relieved of attachment and returned to the Medical Detachment on 18 Jul 1944.  Promoted to PFC on 13 Nov 1944, PFC Bailey was killed in action on 22 Nov 1944.

PFC Bailey is buried in the Netherlands American Cemetery

PFC Tullio R. Grassi

PFC Tullio R. Grassi was born 5 Nov 1924 in Cleveland, Ohio to Frank and Lucia M. (Clemente) Grassi.  His father worked as a public school custodian and a carpenter and was an Italian immigrant.  Tullio graduated from high school.

Tullio was drafted in March 1944.  He received his infantry training and was sent to Europe. PFC Grassi was killed in action on 22 Nov 1944.

PFC Grassi was repatriated in 1948 and buried in Saint Mary's Cemetery in Cleveland, Ohio.


PVT Francis J Linn


PVT Francis J Linn, b. 1924 - d. 22 Nov 1944. Francis was the adopted son of Forest G and Mary Alma (Leath) Linn of Bronaugh, MO. His family posted the following "Francis Linn attended Bronaugh High School in Vernon County, Missouri. 
 
He entered the Army in February 1943 and trained in Camp Beal, CA; Camp Blanding, FL; and Camp Shelby, MS. He went overseas in May 1944 and served in England, France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. PFC Linn was assigned to M Company 28 Jun 1944, reassigned to Cannon Company on 8 Jul 1944 and finally to B Company on 19 Aug 1944.  Killed in Action 22 November 1944, Koslar, Germany, his awards include the Purple Heart. He is buried in Plot E, Row 10, Grave 9, American Cemetery and Memorial, Margraten, Limburg, Netherlands." 
 
They also erected a memorial centotaph with the family burials in Bronaugh.

SSG Warren Carlisle Cook

SSG Warren Carlisle Cook was born 23 Jan 1917 in Pike County, Georgia to Benjamin Franklin and Pearl Eugenia (Bloodworth) Cook.  The family farmed to support themselves.  Warren was the baby of the family being born 8 years after the next youngest child. 

Warren enlisted in the regular army at Pope Field, Fort Bragg, North Carolina for 3 years on 18 May 1939.  We are unclear how, but he was assigned to L Company 116th Infantry before D-Day and made the landing with L Company.  He was reported as wounded on 8 Jun 1944 and evacuated to hospital.  He returned was dropped from the rolls on 21 Jun 1944.  On 21 Oct 1944 he returned to the unit from the replacement depot.  He may have been in hospital all that time or assigned to other duties in other units.  On 21 Nov 1944 he was wounded again and again evacuated to the hospital.  He died of wounds on 22 Nov 1944. 

SSG Cook was returned to the U.S. in 1948 and is buried in Rehoboth Baptist Church Cemetery in Griffin, Georgia together with his parents.

PVT George Llenellyn Fox

PVT George Llenellyn Fox was born 8 Sep1918 in Maidencreek, Pennsylvania to George Warren and Ellen Nora (Wesner) Fox.  His father worked in a garage.  On 26 Jul 1941, George married Kathryn E. Werner at Leesport, Pennsylvania.

George went into the army in November 1943.  In July 1944 he was sent overseas and on 24 Oct 1944 he was transferred from the replacement depot to E Company 116th Infantry.  PVT Fox was killed in action less than a month later, on 22 Nov 1944.

PVT Fox is buried in Eplers Church Cemetery in Leesport, Pennsylvania. Kathryn never re-married. 

Monday, November 21, 2016

1LT Robert Thomas Hackett

1LT Robert Thomas Hackett was born 8 Sep 1922 in Ramsey County, Minnesota to Francis James and Catherine Ellen (Sammon) Hackett. 

Robert entered the service in April 1942.  2LT Hackett was sent to England and assigned to Headquarters Company 1st Battalion 116th Infantry.  After training with the unit for the amphibious assault he landed with that unit and was wounded on 6 Jun 1944.  Evacuated to hospital he was transferred to D Company 116th Infantry as a platoon leader on 20 Jul 1944. He was assigned to Headquarters Company 1st Battalion 116th Infantry as Company Commander on 3 Aug 1944.  2LT Hackett was promoted to 1LT on 14 Sep 1944.  1LT Hackett was killed in action on 21 Nov 1944.

1LT Hackett was repatriated and is buried in Calvary Cemetery in Saint Paul, Minnesota. 

PVT Ransom Theodore Eldridge

PVT Ransom Theodore Eldridge was born 1 Oct 1920 in Akin, Illinois to Joseph Wesley and Minnie Evelyn (Wilson) Eldridge. His father supported his family of 11 by farming in Franklin County, Illinois.  On 21 Sep 1941 he and Mable Louise Wilkerson were married in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

Ransom entered service in May 1943 and after medic training was sent overseas and assigned to Medical Detachment 116th Infantry and attached to  to Headquarters 3rd Battalion 116th Infantry to work in the aid station.  He was relieved from attachment (i.e. returned to the Medical Detachment) on 27 Jul 1944.  On 21 Nov 1944 he was killed in action.

PFC Eldridge was returned to the U.S. in 1948 and is buried in the Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery in Benton, Illinois.

Mable remarried.  Brother Lloyd Joseph Eldridge served in the Navy during the war. 

PFC Gerald Lyons

courtesy of Des Philippet
PFC Gerald Lyons was born 9 May 1910 in Trappe, Maryland the fifth of six children of Frederick V. and Sarah Julia (Lowery) Lyons.  The family farmed.

After entering the Army, Gerald was sent to England and assigned to Headquarters Company 1st Battalion 116th Infantry as a light truck driver. After training with the unit for the amphibious assault and coming ashore with the unit he was promoted to PFC on 13 Aug 1944.  PFC Lyons was a non-battle casualty on 25 Aug 1944 and evacuated to hospital. He returned to the unit on 30 Aug 1944.  PFC Lyons continued to serve until 21 Nov 1944 when he was killed in action.

PFC Lyons was buried in the Netherlands American Cemetery.

2LT John M. Lambertson Jr.

2LT John M. Lambertson Jr. was born 5 Feb 1921 in Montreal, Canada to  John M. and Margaret (Moreland) Lambertson.  His father was born in Denmark and his mother in Belfast, Ireland. They had apparently met and married in Canada where their three sons were born.  The family had been living in Montreal as recently as 1935 but by 1940 were living in Asbury Park, New Jersey. John Jr. was working as an usher and supporting his family.  He reported a 1939 income of $400.

John voluntarily enlisted in May 1942.  After training he was assigned to Headquarters Company 1st Battalion 116th Infantry. He trained with the unit for the amphibious assault that would take place on D-Day on Omaha beach.  He did take place in that attack.  He continued to serve in that unit and on 20 Jun 1944 was promoted from PFC to SSG and served as the battalion Intelligence NCO.  On 5 Nov 1944 he was commissioned as a 2LT still in the same unit now serving as the Battalion S-2 (Intelligence Officer).  2LT Lambertson was reportedly on a reconnaissance mission when he was killed in action on 21 Nov 1944.

2LT Lambertson was repatriated and buried in Arlington Memorial Park in Kearny, New Jersey.

Brother, Charles William Lambertson, served in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946.

PVT Armand Anthony DiPiero

PVT Armand Anthony DiPiero was born 11 Nov 1922 in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania to Cesidio and Maria Gemma (Moreschi) DiPiero. Both parents were Italian immigrants and his father was a case maker in a foundry.

When he was drafted in May 1943, Armand was an apprentice machinist.  Trained as a medic, he was sent overseas and assigned from the replacement depot to Medical Detachment 116th Infantry on 3 Jul 1944.  On 13 Jul 1944 he was attached to Headquarters Company 1st Battalion 116th Infantry to work in their aid station.  He was relieved of attachment on 18 Jul 1944.  On 3 Aug 1944 he was seriously wounded and sent to hospital.  On 25 Oct 1944 he was returned from the replacement depot to Medical Detachment 116th Infantry.  PVT DiPiero was killed in action on 21 Nov 1944.

PVT DiPiero is buried in the Grafton National Cemetery in Grafton, West Virginia.

SSG Frederick Arnold Fines

SSG Frederick Arnold Fines, b. 11 Jun 1920 - d. 21 Nov 1944. Son of Henry Frederick and Agnes Rebecca (Rose) Fines of Fredericksburg, Virginia. Drafted in February 1942, he was ultimately assigned to E Company 116th Infantry. He appears to have made the landing on D-Day, was wounded by shrapnel in the buttock, was later sent to the hospital and dropped from the rolls. He was returned to the unit on 21 Oct 1944 and killed a month later. He now rests in New Hope Cemetery in Stafford County, Virginia.

CPT Luther Allen Hausenfluck Jr

CPT Luther Allen Hausenfluck Jr, b. 1 Apr 1914 - d. 21 Nov 1944, son of Luther Allen and Emma Florence (Rhodes) Hausenfluck. Born in Rockingham County, his father died about 1925 and Luther attended Harrisonburg HS. He worked his way through college and married twice and was survived by his mother and his wife, Frances M. CPT Hausenfluck was assigned to HQ Company 1st Battalion 116th Infantry at the time of his death. CPT Hausenfluck is buried in the Netherlands American Cemetery

Sunday, November 20, 2016

PVT Lucius Charles Hyche

PVT Lucius Charles Hyche was born 23 Dec 1911 in Birmingham, Alabama to Lucius Erastus and Emma Hyche. His father was a merchant and meat cutter. On 29 Jun 1935 he married Madeline Williams. In 1938 they had a daughter. Lucius also worked as a meat cutter.

Lucius wasn't drafted until March 1944.  After his basic training he was sent to Europe and transferred from the replacement depot to L Company 116th Infantry on 27 Oct 1944.  PVT Hyche was killed in action on 20 Nov 1944. 

PVT Hyche was repatriated in 1948 and is buried in Forest Hill Cemetery in Birmingham, Alabama.

PFC Claude E Doty

PVT Claude E Doty, b. 21 Oct 1919 - d. 20 Nov 1944. Son of Grover Cleveland and Ruth (Day) Doty of Johnson County, Indiana. PVT Doty was assigned to Cannon Company, 116th Infantry and is buried in the Netherlands American Cemetery.

SSG George Cheran

SSG George Cheran, b. 13 May 1913 - d. 20 Nov 1944. Son of John and Maria (Eckert) Cheran. George's father died of influenza in 1919 and he was raised by step-father Rade Suica. He joined the army in June 1941 and was ultimately assigned to M Company 116th Infantry. He now rests in the Netherlands American Cemetery.

PVT Norman Talmadge Barry

PVT Norman Talmadge Barry was born 11 Aug 1921 in Newington, Georgia to Victor Newman and Cylla (Hodges) Barry.  His daddy started farming for his father who also had a gin and then farmed his own place. 

When Norman was drafted in October 1942 he was still working as a farm hand.  Assigned to E Company 116th Infantry before the D-Day landing, he managed to avoid serious injury until 13 Jul 1944 when he was wounded and evacuated.  He was moved from the hospital to the replacement depot and from there back to E Company on 4 Nov 1944.  PVT Barry was killed in action on 20 Nov 1944.

PVT Barry was repatriated and is buried in the New North Newington Baptist Church Cemetery in Newington, Georgia. 

1LT Robert D Mervyn

1LT Robert D Mervyn - b. 25 Sep 1920 - d. 20 Nov 1944, son of Claude D and Muriel Rowena (Evans) Mervyn, husband of Mary Elizabeth (Minkoff) Mervyn. Intel (S-2) Officer for 2nd Battalion 116th Infantry, Robert was reportedly killed by a sniper just after returning from a leave in Paris. Mary became ill and died 21 Oct 1945. She is buried in Clackamas, OR and Robert is buried in the Netherlands American Cemetery.

PFC Charles Burnell Brooks

PFC Charles Burnell Brooks was born 18 Aug 1913 in Chicago, Illinois the only son of William Norris and Anna Louise (Bronn) Brooks.  Father, William, was a jeweler. On 29 Oct 1938 he married Marian Louise Treash. Charles was an English Teacher at Iowa State College in 1940. 

On 8 Sep 1944 PVT Brooks was assigned to K Company 116th Infantry.  He was promoted to PFC on 1 Nov 1944.  On 20 Nov 1944 he was killed in action.

PFC Brooks is buried in the Netherlands American Cemetery



Saturday, November 19, 2016

PFC Achillus G. Hurley

PFC Achillus G. Hurley was born 12 Jan 1918 in Laurel County, Kentucky the youngest child Jacob and Sarah Elizabeth (Hensley) Hurley.  The family farmed.

Achillus was noted as being a farm hand when he was drafted in December 1942.  After his initial training Achillus was apparently assigned to L Company 90th Infantry. In the accompanying photo, he is shown wearing the Anti-Aircraft Command shoulder insignia. Whatever the circumstances, he was transferred from the replacement depot to F Company 116th Infantry on 24 Oct 1944 to serve as a rifleman.  PFC Hurley was killed in action on 19 Nov 1944.

Repatriated in 1948, PFC Hurley was buried in Mount Zion Cemetery in East Bernstadt, Kentucky.

PFC Frank C. Losey

PFC Frank C. Losey was born in 1923 in New Jersey the only child of Frank and Myra (Clouting) Losey.  Both parents were teachers in Middlesex County, New Jersey.  His father apparently died sometime before 1940 and his mother re-married.  Frank attended Oak Ridge Grammar School and Metuchen High School from which he graduated in 1941.  He attended New Jersey State Teachers College in Trenton.

He was a junior in college when he was drafted in November 1943.  At least some of his training was at Fort McClellan, Georgia.  He shipped to Europe in May 1944.  On 22 Jun 1944 PVT Losey was transferred from the replacement depot to G Company 116th Infantry to serve as a rifleman.  Frank was promoted to PFC on 24 Jul 1944. PFC Losey was injured and evacuated to hospital on 5 Aug 1944.  He returned to the unit via the replacement depot on 13 Aug 1944. On 5 Sep 1944 he was wounded and again evacuated to hospital.  He was returned to the unit from the replacement depot on 19 Sep 1944.  He was again wounded on 17 or 18 Nov 1944 and evacuated to hospital.  PFC Losey died of his wound(s) on 19 Nov 1944.

PFC Losey was repatriated in 1948 and interred in Ocean City, New Jersey.  His mother Myra had no other children. 

PFC Luther Marshall Brizendine

PFC Luther Marshall Brizendine was born 5 Jun 1919 in Craig County, Virginia to Newton Marshall and Minerva (Craft) Brizendine.  His father farmed and sold produce.  In 1940, Luther was also working on a farm, probably his father's and had no income in 1939.

Luther was drafted in May 1941.  He was likely assigned to F Company 116th Infantry before the unit was sent overseas but certainly prior to D-Day.  On 11 Jul 1944, Luther was wounded and evacuated to hospital.  It was 14 Nov 1944 before Luther was returned to duty with F Company.  Only 5 days later, on 19 Nov 1944, PFC Brizendine was killed in action.  PFC Luther Marshall Brizendine was awarded the Bronze Star. 

PFC Brizendine is buried in the Netherlands American Cemetery.  

Luther's brother, Clyde Bertrand Brizendine served as a PVT with the 357th Infantry (90th Infantry Division) and was killed 11 Jan 1945.  PVT Clyde Bertrand Brizendine was also awarded the Bronze Star.  Clyde is also buried in the Netherlands American Cemetery.  Younger brother Fred Monroe Brizendine also served 1944-1945. 




PVT Donald R. Huckstedt

courtesy of Des Philippet
PVT Donald R. Huckstedt was born about 1924 in Elgin, Illinois to Herman William and Harriet H. (Meisling) Huckstedt.  His father worked in an Elgin watch factory first assembling and then inspecting watches. He reported a 1939 income of $1637.  Donald's sister, Florence, worked as a clerk in the factory.

After Donald entered the Army he was sent to England and assigned to Headquarters Company 3rd Battalion 116th Infantry as a field lineman. He was with the unit for the D-Day landings on 6 Jun 1944 and was wounded on that day.  Evacuated to hospital, he did not return to the unit until 5 Nov 1944.  PVT Huckstedt was killed in action on 19 Nov 1944.   

PVT Huckstedt is buried in the Netherlands American Cemetery.