Tuesday, May 30, 2017

CPL Claiborne Keister Whitt

SGT Claiborne Keister Whitt, b. 13 Dec 1891 -d 30 May 1972. Son of George W and Gabriella B (Tye) Whitt of Halifax County, VA. Married Grace B Pettigrew with whom he had 4 children. On the roster of C Company 116th Infantry at Camp McClellan as Keister Whitt. He is buried at Highland Burial Park, Danville, VA.

Monday, April 24, 2017

PFC James L. Banchero

PFC James L. Banchero was born in 1925 in Napa, California the only child of Louis Jr. and Eunice (Pedrotti) Banchero.  His father worked at many jobs including running a tavern.

James was drafted in August 1944.  Sent overseas, he was transferred from the replacement depot to I Company 116th Infantry on 4 Mar 1945.  He was promoted to PFC on 16 Mar 1945.  PFC Banchero was wounded on 24 Apr 1945 and died of his wounds later that day.

We think that PFC Banchero was repatriated and is buried in Tulocay Cemetery in Napa, California. 

SSG Walter Boger


SSG Walter Boger was born in 1921 to Isaac and Sophia (Radke) Boger of Homestead, Kansas.  Isaac was a farmer who died in 1926.  The youngest of Isaac and Sophia's 5 children, by 1940 Walter was supporting his mother as a clerk in a grocery.

While we don't know at this time when Walter entered the service it appears that he was assigned to I Company 116th Infantry prior to the D-Day landings.  On 16 Oct 1944 he was promoted to SSG. From 18 to 27 Dec 1944 he was at the 29th Division Training Center.  Returned to I Company, he was killed in action 24 Apr 1945 in the vicinity of Grippel, Germany. 

SSG Boger is buried the Netherlands American Cemetery

PFC Donald Albert Morton

PFC Donald Albert Morton was born 3 Aug 1924 in Burlington Junction, Missouri.  His parents, John Willard and Crystal Belle (Bartlett) Morton had 8 other children 2 of whom died in infancy, Donald was their second. While his father served as Saddler during WWI, his younger brothers were too young to serve during WWII but his brother Robert served in Korea. 

Donald entered service 5 May 1943 and was assigned to I Company 116th Infantry before D-Day or so it seems according to the morning reports as he isn't mentioned from 6 June until he was killed in action on 24 Apr 1945 near Grippel, Germany. He now rests forever in Ohio Cemetery, Burlington Junction, Missouri.

PFC Charlie Ralph Gardner

PFC Charlie Ralph Gardner, b. 17 Jan 1924 - d. 24 Apr 1945. Son of the Reverend Robert Fulton and Mattie Esther (Warner) Gardner of Rockingham, North Carolina. Entering service in Jul 1943, Charlie was assigned to I Company 116th Infantry while the unit was in England and participated in the D-Day assault where he was first wounded. He returned to the unit on 24 Jul 1944 and then was injured (non-battle casualty) on 5 Aug 1944.  He came back to the unit after leaving the hospital on 5 Sep 1944.  Charlie went back to the hospital again a non battle casualty (illness perhaps) on 14 Nov 1944 and again returned to the unit on 11 Dec 1944.  He was at the 29th Division training center and back in the unit on 18 Mar 1945. He was killed in action on 24 Apr 1945.  PFC Gardner now rests in the Carolina Memorial Park, Concord, North Carolina.

PFC James Paul Ewing

PFC James Paul Ewing was born 4 Apr 1926 in Creighton, Missouri to James Upton and Ora Mae (Kepner) Ewing. The family of 7 supported themselves by farming.  Elder sister Elizabeth helped family income by teaching.

When James was drafted in August 1944 he had graduated from high school.  Completing his training he was sent overseas to replace soldiers who had been wounded or killed and was assigned to B Company 116th Infantry on 6 Mar 1945.  Wounded on 24 Apr 1945 and evacuated to hospital he died of wounds that same day. 

PFC Ewing was returned to the U.S. in 1949 and is now buried in Newton Burial Park in Nevada, Missouri. 

PFC Everett Eugene Evans

PFC Everett Eugene Evans was born 22 Jun 1924 in Carter County, Kentucky to Sam and Martha (Jones) Evans.

Entered service in September 1943 and after training was assigned to I Company 116th Infantry.  Likely participated in D-Day landings.  Wounded on 9 Oct he returned to the unit via the replacement depot on 6 Jan 1945.  Killed in action on 24 Apr 1945.

PFC Evans is buried in Bowen Chapel Cemetery in Olive Hill, Kentucky. 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

CPT Berthier Botts Hawks III

courtesy of Natalie Padgett
CPT Berthier Botts Hawks III was born 21 Nov 1919 in Elizabeth City County, Virginia (now the city of Hampton) to Berthier Botts and Fannie Prince (Lashley) Hawks.  His father managed a coal grading company, was a salesman of road machinery, and later at the family home place in Totaro in Brunswick county, a farmer. He died in 1943.  CPT Hawks' grandfather, the first Berthier Botts Hawks, was a disabled veteran of E Company 56th Virginia Infantry in the Civil War.

Berthier was enlisted 14 Jun 1938 and rose to the rank of CPL by 2 Feb 1941. He was commissioned a 2LT effective 3 Feb 1941 and was promoted to 1LT effective 25 Jul 1942.  On 2 Jun 1944 he was on duty as Commander, C Company 116th Infantry and so led the unit during the amphibious assault on Omaha beach on 6 Jun 1944, D-Day.  He was injured in action on 10 Jun 1944 and evacuated to the hospital.  He was dropped from rolls and did not return to the Regiment from the replacement depot until 9 Dec 1944 when he was assigned command of I Company 116th Infantry.  He led that unit until killed in action on 6 Apr 1945.  CPT Hawks was awarded the Bronze Star but we have yet to find for what action he received the award. 

CPT Hawks was repatriated and rests forever in the Emporia Cemetery in Emporia, Virginia. 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

PFC C. J. Galloway

PVT C. J. Galloway was born 7 Feb 1925, likely in Lonoke County, Arkansas.  After entering the army and being sent overseas he was transferred to Headquarters Company 2nd Battalion 116th Infantry on 4 Sep 1944.  On 2 Oct 1944 he was transferred to A Company 116th Infantry.  PVT Galloway was killed in action on 5 Apr 1945.

PVT Galloway was repatriated and is buried in Butlerville Cemetery in Butlerville, Arkansas.

PFC Reese Philip Black

PFC Reese Philip Black was born 21 Oct 1912 to Charles Wilbur and Elizabeth (Evans) Black of Bordentown, New Jersey.  His father worked in a veneer mill and a steel mill.  Reese was a machinist. He married Marian A. Marlin and they had one son. 

Drafted in August 1943, after his training he was sent overseas.  We don't know when he was assigned to B Company 116th Infantry. The first mention in the morning report is 1 Nov 1944 where it is noted that he has an "old injury".  On 17 Nov 1944 he went to hospital for treatment of that injury.  On 29 Nov 1944 he returned to duty with B Company. He was promoted to PFC on 16 Mar 1944. PFC Reese was killed in action of 5 Apr 1945. 

PFC Black is buried in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery in Trenton, New Jersey.  Marian apparently remarried and had other children. 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

PVT Albert J. Genova

courtesy of Des Philippet
PVT Albert J. Genova was born in 1922 in Ohio.  Albert's mother's name was Anna, she had remarried by 1946 but we do not know what became of his father.  In February 1941, Albert was a PVT in a National Guard field artillery unit in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and was mobilized with that unit. 

T5 Genova was transferred from the 227th Field Artillery Battalion to Medical Detachment 116th Infantry on 1 Aug 1944.  From 8 Jan 1944 to 14 Jan 1944 he was on temporary duty at the 29th Division Training Center.  On 19 Mar 1945 he was reduced in rank to PVT but we don't know why.  PVT Genova was killed in action on 4 Apr 1944.

PVT Genova is buried in the Netherlands American Cemetery.  Albert was awarded the Bronze Star but we do not know the circumstances.

PFC Wilbur Daniel Copeland

PFC Wilbur Daniel Copeland, b. 29 Sep 1924 - d. 4 Apr 1945. Son of Jack and Alene (Outlaw) Copeland of Bethune, South Carolina, married Bessie Lee Corbett. Assigned to C Company 116th Infantry. He is buried in the Quaker Cemetery in Camden, South Carolina.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

CPL Ernest Monroe Hardy

CPL Ernest Monroe Hardy, b. 19 Mar 1894 - d. 22 Mar 1965. The youngest son of James Henry and Virginia Addie (Jones) of Danville, Virginia, Corporal Hardy served during WWI with C Company 116th Infantry in France and was wounded. At one time he was a resident of the Roseburg Branch of the US homes for disabled soldiers in Hampton, Virginia. In 1921 he married Rose Lee Boswell Dixon. For many years after the war he worked as a plumber in Danville. His father was a veteran of the Civil War and had served in E Company 38th Virginia Infantry. Ernest and Rose are buried in Green Hill Cemetery in Danville, Virginia.

Friday, March 17, 2017

PFC Warren Russell Davies

PFC Warren Russell Davies, b. 31 May 1912 - d. 17 Mar 1945. Son of Arthur James and Flora Jane (Miller) Davies of Muskegon, Michigan. Known to the family as Russell, his father died in 1932 and his mother remarried. Russell had 10 siblings and half-siblings of whom at least 4 had died before his father passed. PFC Davies was assigned to C Company 116th Infantry when he was killed. PFC Davies is buried in Lakeside Cemetery in Muskegon, Michigan.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

TSGT William C. Black

TSGT William C. Black is one of those men about whom we know very little. Assigned from the replacement depot to I Company 116th Infantry on 29 Oct 1944 as a SSG, William was promoted to TSGT on 3 Dec 1944 at which time he became a platoon sergeant. Wounded on 1 Mar 1945, TSGT Black was evacuated to hospital where he died of his wound(s) on 11 Mar 1945. 

Friday, March 3, 2017

PFC Herman Eugene Davis

PFC Herman Eugene Davis was born 12 May 1918 in Crowell, Texas to Robert Earl and Mattie Leona (Neely) Davis.  His father farmed along with his family of 8.

We don't know when Herman entered service but it appears that he might have been assigned to I Company 116th Infantry prior to the D-Day landing. He was promoted to PFC on 1 Oct 1944.  It seems that he avoided injury until 24 Nov 1944 when he was sent to the hospital (non-battle injury).  On 18 Dec 1944 he returned to the unit via the replacement depot.  Seriously wounded on 27 Feb 1945 he was again evacuated to the hospital.  He died of his wounds on 3 Mar 1945.

In 1949 his body was returned to his family and he was buried in the Crowell Cemetery in Crowell, Texas. 

SSG Karl H Metz

SSG Karl H Metz, b. 3 Oct 1916 - d. 3 Mar 1945. Son of Frederick and Julia Ann (Snyder) Metz, Karl was born in Coshocton, Ohio. This is his high school photo from the 1930 Coshocton High School annual. He worked as a laborer and salesman in Philadelphia and St. Louis. It was in St. Louis where he met his wife, Helen D Gerhard a nurse from Hazleton, Pennsylvania. They were married before he went overseas where he served with both A and B Companies, 116th Infantry before being killed. SSG Metz is buried in the Ardennes American Cemetery. Helen never remarried and worked for many years in nursing in the Hazleton area before retiring and moving to Harrisburg where she died, aged 94, in 2011.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

PVT Edward J. Konefal

courtesy of Des Philippet
PVT Edward J. Konefal was born in 1922 in Passaic, New Jersey the only son of Andrew Joseph and Mary (Rozmus) Konefal.  Both parents were natives of Poland. His father was a laborer in a silk mill. 

Edward was working in textile manufacture when he was drafted in June 1943.  After his basic training he was sent to England and assigned to G Company 116th Infantry.  He was likely assigned to the unit not very long before the D-Day amphibious assault that took place on 6 Jun 1944.  He wasn't wounded that day but was wounded on 17 Jun 1944 and evacuated to hospital.  Edward did not return to the unit until he was transferred from the replacement depot on 16 Feb 1945!  PVT Konefal was killed in action on 1 Mar 1945.

PVT Konefal is buried in the Netherlands American Cemetery.

PFC Ignatz Anton Kobza

courtesy of Des Philippett
PFC Ignatz Anton Kobza was born 29 Apr 1913 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin the eighth of nine children born to Ignatius Anthony and Konstancja Augusta (Malecka) Kobza.  His father was a native of Topola, Poland and operated a saloon at 577 Maple Street in Milwaukee. His father died in 1930 and his mother in 1931 and he lived with one or the other of his sisters for a while.  "Ted", as he was known, worked in construction and joined the National Guard.

He was a PVT in a local National Guard unit when he entered federal service in October 1940.  It is possible that he joined G Company 116th Infantry before the regiment shipped out for England in September 1942.  However, we do know that he was assigned to the unit prior to D-Day and participated in the amphibious assault on Omaha Beach on 6 Jun 1944. PFC Kobza was wounded on 8 Jun 1944 and evacuated to hospital. He was returned to the unit from the replacement depot on 25 Jul 1944. Ted was wounded again on 7 Aug 1944 in the battle for Vire and again evacuated to hospital.  He returned to the unit from the replacement depot on Christmas Eve 1944. PFC Kobza was killed in action on 1 Mar 1944 at Giesenkirchen, Germany.

PFC Kobza was buried at the Netherlands American Cemetery.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

PFC Dillard Cundiff Akers

PFC Dillard Cundiff Akers was born 8 Apr 1924 in Dublin, Virginia to John Dillard and Della Grace (Roop) Akers.  His father farmed and worked as a ferryman.  The family had moved to Giles County by 1940.

Dillard volunteered for service 17 May 1943.  Sent overseas he was assigned to Headquarters 72nd Ordnance Group.  Reassigned to E Company 116th Infantry as a rifleman on 31 Dec 1944.  He served with the unit until killed in action on 28 Feb 1945.

PFC Akers is now buried in the Newbern Christian Church Cemetery in Dublin, Virginia.

Brother, Archie Lee Akers, was also drafted and served in the Army from 1942 to 1946, 

PFC Walter Wesley Jones

PFC Walter Wesley Jones was born in Blytheville, Arkansas on 24 Apr 1921 to Walter Pinkney and Elma E (Moore) Jones.  Walter Wesley was first born of the 5 children and I imagine all helped on the family farm. Unfortunately, this is all we know about this family. 

When Walter registered for the draft he stated that he was unemployed.  He also had a tattoo on his left arm that said "Wesley".  We don't know when he entered service but he was transferred from HQ 13th Corps to F Company 116th Infantry on 1 Jan 1945, was promoted to PFC on 1 Feb 1945 and died of wounds on 28 Feb 1945.  According to the morning reports he was likely wounded on the 28th as well. 

PFC Jones is buried in the Netherlands American Cemetery

CPL Pierce Robert Duncan

CPL Pierce Robert "Bob" Duncan, b. 22 Oct 1924 - d. 28 Feb 1945. Son of Pierce and Stella Evonne (Hurley) Duncan of Lincoln, Nebraska. His father, who served in the Navy in WWI, had died at age 48 in 1938. Bob entered service in April 1943. In this photo he is on leave in Lincoln in 1943. He was ultimately assigned to E Company 116th Infantry. CPL Duncan is buried in Wyuka Cemetery, Lincoln, Nebraska.

PVT Claud R. Goins

PVT Claud R. Goins was born in Garrad County, Kentucky on 31 Aug 1923 the first born of Robert and Elizabeth (Gallagher) Goins. His father farmed.

Claud was drafted in July 1944 and sent to Europe.  On 15 Feb 1945 he was transferred from the replacement depot on 15 Feb 1945.  PVT Goins was killed in action on 28 Feb 1945. 

PVT Goins is buried in the Netherlands American Cemetery.


Sunday, February 26, 2017

PVT Elmer E. Higby

PVT Elmer E. Higby was born 21 Aug 1924 in Mountain Grove, Missouri to Henry Albert and Lilly Pearl (Adams) Higby.  The family farmed. Elmer's mother died in 1936. 

Elmer was working as a farm hand when he was drafted in February 1944.  He was sent to Europe and transferred from the replacement depot to F Company 116th Infantry on 15 Feb 1945.  Just 11 days later, PVT Higby was killed in action on 26 Feb 1945. 

PVT Higby was repatriated and is buried in the Lone Star Cemetery in Mountain Grove, Missouri.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

SSG Frank J. Jones

courtesy Des Philippet
SSG Frank J. Jones was born in 1924 in Missouri the son of Isaac S. and Ethel Hazel (Thompson) Jones. His father worked in both the tire and metal fabrication industries.

Frank was drafted in September 1943.  He was sent to Europe and on 22 Jun 1944 transferred from  the replacement depot to C Company 116th Infantry.  On 11 Sep 1944 he was promoted to SSG.  He was wounded that same day and evacuated to hospital. He did not return to the unit until 18 Jan 1945.  SSG Jones was killed in action on 25 Feb 1945. 

SSG Jones is buried in the Netherlands American Cemetery. Brother Robert Isaac Jones served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the war.  Brother Donald Ray Jones served in the Army during the Korean War.

PFC John J. Clawson

PFC John J. Clawson was born 18 Nov 1924 in Allegan County, Michigan to Charles Samuel and Ethel (McDonald) Clawson.  Ethel died in 1926 and it seems that Charles never remarried.  Charles farmed to support his family. 

After John entered the service he was sent overseas and assigned to B Company 116th Infantry.  We believe this was prior to D-Day, 6 Jun 1944.  On 2 Jul 1944 John was wounded and sent to a hospital.  He was transferred from the replacement depot back to the unit on 4 Dec 1944.  On 17 Dec 1944 he was sent for 6 days temporary duty at the 29th Division training center and he returned to the unit on 23 Dec 1944. On 2 Jan 1945 John suffered a non-battle related injury and was again evacuated and returned to the unit from the hospital on 4 Jan 1945.  PFC Clawson was killed in action on 25 Feb 1945. 

PFC Clawson was repatriated in 1949 and is buried with his family in Poplar Hill Cemetery in Monterey Center, Michigan. 

PVT William C. Barnes

PVT William C. Barnes was born about 1925 in Michigan to Charles Henry and Alta Ferrol (Collingwood) Barnes. His father was working as a truck driver.

After entering the service William was sent overseas and on 9 Sep 1944 was transferred from the replacement depot to B Company 116th Infantry.  On 30 Sep 1944 he was wounded and evacuated to the hospital.  On 18 Feb 1945 he was transferred from the replacement depot back to B Company.  He was killed in action on 25 Feb 1945. 

PVT Barnes is buried in the Netherlands American Cemetery.

TSGT George Robert England

TSGT George Robert England was born 23 Jan 1921 in Cartersville, Virginia to James Nicholas and Minnie Caroline (Deidrich) England. His father was a lawyer who was injured in an automobile collision with a truck and died in 1929.  His mother was a public school teacher and older brother James was an electrician.

George was living in Sussex and a SGT in the National Guard when he was mobilized in Jun 1941.  He was already a TSGT assigned to F Company 116th Infantry on 6 Jun 1944 for the D-Day landings where he was wounded.  He went to hospital and returned to the unit via the replacement depot on 25 Jul 1944.  On 7 Aug 1944, near Vire, he was wounded again and again went to hospital.  He returned to the unit again via the replacement depot on 21 Dec 1944.  On 14 Jan 1945 he was transferred to B Company 116th Infantry and was killed in action 11 days later on 25 Feb 1945.  TSGT England was twice awarded the Bronze Star medal.

TSGT England was returned in 1948 and is buried in Cartersville Cemetery in Cartersville, Virginia. 

PFC Alfred W Daloe

PFC Alfred W Daloe, b. 27 Mar 1914 - d 25 Feb 1945. Son of Angelo and Incornata (DeFelice) Daloe, Alfred was born in Hartford, CT and worked for the Fuller Brush company before entering service. Trained as a medic, Alfred was assigned to the 9th Air Force before being reassigned to B Company 116th Infantry on 13 Jan 1945 with which he was serving when killed. PFC Daloe is buried in the Netherlands American Cemetery in Margraten.

SGT Benjamin F. Jolley

SGT Benjamin F. Jolley was born in 1922 in Detroit, Michigan to Laura Helen Jolley.  The family moved to San Diego, California.  After one failed marriage his mother re-married.  Benjamin's step-father, Leo Renno, worked for the railroad and reported a 1939 income of $1428.  Benjamin was working as farm labor in 1940 and reported a 1939 income of $75.  The family paid $7 a month rent for their house.

Ben was drafted in November 1942. We don't know where he went after basic training but on 6 Jul 1944 PFC Jolley was transferred from the replacement depot to C Company 116th Infantry. Ben was promoted to SGT on 25 Jul 1944. While serving as a squad leader, SGT Jolley was wounded on 8 Aug 1944 and evacuated to hospital. He returned to the unit from the replacement depot on 14 Dec 1944. On 17 Dec 1944 he was sent on temporary duty for 6 days to the 29th Infantry Division training center and returned to duty with C Company on 23 Dec 1944.  SGT Jolley was killed in action on 25 Feb 1945.

SGT Jolley is buried at the Netherlands American Cemetery.  His mother died in 1991.

PFC Homer C. Cooper

PFC Homer C Cooper was born 7 Oct 1919 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania to William Joseph and Esther (Bennett) Cooper.  William was variously a baker, an inspector in a steel mill and crane operator. 

Homer was drafted in August 1942.  He was eventually assigned to F Company 116th Infantry on 14 Aug 1944.  He was a non-battle casualty on 12 Sep 1944 and sent to hospital.  He was sent direct from the hospital to B Company 116th Infantry on 19 Sep 1944.  On 9 Nov 1944 he was back in the hospital, again an non-battle casualty.  On 26 Jan 1945 he was back to B Company, this time from the replacement depot.  He was killed in action on 25 Feb 1945.

PFC Cooper was returned to the U.S. and buried in Grafton National Cemetery in Grafton, West Virginia.  This was likely chosen because it was close to the family and they wouldn't have to purchase a plot in the national cemetery. 

PFC Arthur Camacho

PVT Arthur Camacho was born 27 Jun 1926In Los Angeles County, California to Jesse and Lola (Cabrera) Camacho.  Arthur's father died sometime between 1934 and 1940 and the family moved to Washington, California.  His mother was born in Mexico.  In 1940 Arthur together with his mother and 3 siblings lived with his maternal grandmother and an uncle.  His uncle cut barkfr the WPA and his mother worked in a cannery. The reported family income for 1939 was  $521. 

Arthur was likely drafted sometime in 1944 and was sent overseas as a rifleman.  On 15 Feb 1945 he was transferred from the replacement depot to E Company 116th Infantry.  He was killed in action 10 days later on 25 Feb 1945.

PVT Camacho was repatriated in 1948.  At the time his mother lived at 405 2nd Street in Broderick, California.  PVT Arthur Camacho was buried in Saint Marys Catholic Cemetery in Sacramento, California.

PFC Robert Harry Chinn

PFC Robert Harry Chinn was born 27 Nov 1912 in King George County, Virginia to Henry Marshall and Mary Elizabeth (Bryan) Chinn.  His father farmed and operated a store. On 8 Mar 1939 he married Lucille Shirley Hart. In 1940, Robert was working with his father in that store.

Robert was drafted relatively late in the war, in January 1944.  On 4 Sep 1944 he found himself assigned from the replacement depot to Headquarters 3rd Battalion 116th Infantry. On 2 Oct 1944 he was again transferred, this time to B Company 116th Infantry.  On 28 Oct 1944 Robert was promoted to PFC.  PFC Chinn was killed in action on 25 Feb 1945. 

PFC Chinn is buried in Arlington National Cemetery

Lucille did not remarry until 1951.  So far as we know they had no children together.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

SGT Joseph Patrick Ireland

High School Graduation, Mt St Joseph HS - 1942
SGT Joseph Patrick Ireland was born 24 Apr 1924 in Baltimore, Maryland the only son of Mary C. (O'Rourke) Ireland.  He was raised in the home of his maternal grandparents graduating from Saint Joseph's High School in 1942. 

Joseph did not enter the army until St. Patrick's Day 1943.  After his basic training he was sent to Europe and on 22 Jul 1944 PVT Ireland was transferred from the replacement depot to I Company 116th Infantry.  He was promoted to PFC on 14 Aug 1944.  He was again promoted on 9 Sep 1944, this time to SGT.  Joseph was wounded on 15 Sep and evacuated to hospital. He did not return to the unit until 7 Dec 1944 when he was transferred from the replacement depot. SGT Ireland was killed in action on 23 Feb 1945.

SGT Ireland was repatriated in 1948 and is buried with his mother and her parents in the New Cathedral Cemetery in Baltimore, Maryland.

Friday, February 17, 2017

CPT Howard Walker Raines

CPT Howard Walker Raines, b. 12 Dec 1883 - d. 17 Feb 1948. Son of Isaac P and Ida F (Wynn) Raines he was born in Danville. Howard served as company commander of C Company 116th Infantry during WWI. He worked for the United States Postal Service after the war and had been a bookkeeper before mobilization in 1918. He married Elizabeth Maude Lantz of Lancaster, PA in 1916. He died in Alexandria, VA and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

LTC Harry Irvin Luftman

LTC Harry Irvin Luftman, b. 14 May 1897 (Germany) - d. 14 Feb 1988 (Lake Jackson, TX). The family apparently immigrated from Germany in 1904. All we know is that his mother Sarah was divorced by his father (name as yet unknown). Harry enlisted in the Virginia National Guard in 1918 and was with C Company 116th Infantry as a SGT after federalization in 1917. From that unit at Camp McClellan he apparently went to Officer's Training Camp at Fort Meyers and then commissioned as a 2LT, Ordnance Branch November 1917. Discharged in 1919, he returned to service in 1942 and served through 1946. Married twice, he is buried in Arlington National Cemetery with his second wife Adele M (Braelow) Luftman.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

LTC Geyser White Pulliam

LTC Geyser White "Guy" Pulliam, b. 19 Apr 1892 - d. 19 Jan 1952, son of George Washington and Nancy Ann (Cabler) Pulliam of Danville, VA. Geyser was a mechanic in C Company 116th Infantry at Camp McClellan in 1917, moved to the Army Air Corps and made a career of it eventually rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. His eldest son Carnett Washington Pulliam (by his first wife, Anne Clyde Gardner) rose to the rank of Master Sergeant in the Army. His daughter, Margaret Louanne Pulliam was a First Lieutenant nurse in the Korean War and his second son Guy Eric Pulliam was a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force when killed in an A7 crash at Nellis AFB. LTC Pulliam is buried in the Fort Bragg Main Post Cemetery, Fort Bragg, NC.