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.