A couple of others I can still see their faces but not their names. are in the National Archives, Washington, D.C., and Suitland, MD, in Carlisle Barracks, PA and possibly in Fort Benning, GA (Research Library of the Infantry School). Part way down bullets were swishing past my ears. I, 417th Infantry, (9 August 2008) Some supplies were air dropped to us, but often the were in an open area under view of the Germans also making difficult to retrieve. Dear Sir, time has passed but it would finally bring closure after 58 years to a 90 After crossing the Rhine at St. Goar, we were on what was known as mopping up operations. Hello, My name is Daphne(Barnes)Houze and I am the daughter of Lots of luck and success on your endeavor. A bullet (apparently a richochet) struck my right heel circling around between the two layers of leather where it lodged for a few days before disappearing. effort to find more about the circumstances of his death and about his Thanks, I am trying to find out any info on my Uncle who was killed in action on March 3, 1945 in Germany. The ditch along side the road on the left was deep enough in most places to provide protection from small arms fire. and was still in the hospital when his mother died (of The 385th Infantry Regiment was part of the 76th Infantry Division of the US Army during World War II and fought in Germany, including the Siegfried Line.The 385th's 2nd Battalion crossed the Nims River at Niederweis taking the town while the 1st Battalion attacked south between Nims and the Prum toward Irrel. ); published by the 1st Battalion, 417th Infantry, 76th Division under the supervision of Major Verne E. Pate, assistant supervisor and editor 1st Lt. John Milliken, assistant editor T/Sgt. then private John E. Barnes who served in the 417th 47025 G.I. Im sure this is a long shot for me to get any information, but if anyone out there can help us it would be much appreciated. Semper Fidelis, I am sending copies of his platoon at Berga Germany in June 25th 1945, A squad picture of the 3rd Sq. In August, I and several other young short timers were pulled out of the unit and sent home for a furlough then we were to be re-assigned to the Pacific -- While waiting in England for a ship the war ended in the Pacific. He is almost 89 years old. It is also dedicated to the men of G Company, 304th Infantry Regiment who served with him, and became his extended family. I did not know what I NAME:Sgt. He was drafted into the army on February 1, 1942. When traveling with tanks we were permitted to ride on the tanks when not under fire. The First Battalion, 417th Infantry Regiment, 76th Infantry Division.. [United States. infantry regiment. God Bless, participation in the war but have been trying to research However, when I turned around the hill to enter the town, all hell broke loose. and/or Ulrich Koch: ulrich.koch@koch-athene.de. On a moonless night I was on a 4 man patrol to hook up with our troops in St. Goar, it was pitch black out and you had to hold onto the pack of your buddy in front of you to stay together. The 5th Division crossed up river while the 417th Regiment was crossing into the heavily fortified hills across the Sauer River from Ecternach, Luxumborg. The town of Grietz had moderate resistance and as we were clearing the town, house by house, I went through one house from front to back and into the back yard and as I passed a storm cellar with the door open I got a glimpse of movement in the cellar -- stepped back - and was pulling the pin on a grenade when a german civilain came up the steps shouting "nix Schision" and pointing back into the cellar - I took another look and saw that the cellar was full of civilians - mostly women and children. Further notes can be found in the histories of the 304th and 385th Infantry Regiments ... and in the After Action Reports of the companies and battalions of the 417th Regiment ... or the G-Journals of the 76th Infantry Division (until now, unfortunately, this one hasn't been evaluated - all restrictions are lifted since 1992!) Thank you, Finally, on 30 march 1945 we reached the larger town of Schmitten where the Krauts were making a stand. Are you able to assist me in my search, or can you offer any suggestions. Several G.I. The Division … Company I - about the end of February 1945. If you can help me with information, It would really be helpful. and was still in the hospital when his mother died (of His battles and campaigns were Rhineland, Central Europe. A number of incidents still stand out in my mind during that time frame. I was ordered with another soldier to take a wounded Lieutenant to the Battalion Aid Station for medical care. We know little else. With the Lieutenant's arms across our shoulder we started down the side of a small mountain to the Aid Station. I managed to crawl back to the ditch to get out of the way, and there I stayed (moving in and out of consciousness) until I was taken to the rear by our medics. If anybody has this booklet please contact … 1st SGT Degon enlisted in 1939 and was part of the 76th Division from it's activation in 1942. Our family, at the time, made a great North was our Platoon Leader Lt. Olson (Olsen), - S/Sgt. Both shots knocked me down and both times I thought I was hit. View Photo I am still getting information from him at this time. There was a hail of fire in front of me which I could reach out and touch. rarely spoke of his injuries or his experiences and he "Onaway Division" The division insignia is an escutcheon which has a red field and a blue chief, separated by an olive drab line; a three-pronged white device is superimposed on the blue chief. When we got to the river the river was narrow and the water low at this point. My name is Lawrence J. Selegue. In 1947 his body was have his purple heart. Krauts were coming out of some doors with their arms in the air surrendering to us as we marched by. The town was crowded with refugees that the Krauts left behind on their retreat across the Rhine. She -- in a rather haughty voice said -- well, you are asking for children.----- I never quite trusted North's high school German after that. years old when he left and was dead by age 20 in Europe.I know a long He is not sure where in Germany. I ran up that road to the entrance of the yard then turned left into the yard and up about 8 or 10 steps to the front porch -- as I neared the top step my legs collapsed and I fell flat on the porch -- at that instant a bullet splattered in to the wall of the house in front of me -- As I rose to my feet the platoon Sgt reached out the door - grabbed my hand and yanked me into the house before the sniper could get off another shot. My girlfirends grandmother is his daughter and she was 7 when he was killed. I'm also listing his military marksmanship information; MM 30.Caliber Rifle, Combat Infantry Badge, 1st CL GNR 30 CAL HMS. during the crossing of the Sauer River. Gerald Brown: browngap@yahoo.com NAME:Robert E. Hester, 3rd Squad, 3rd Platoon, Co. We reported the incident and the barking dogs. The Regiment suffered large losses in the river crossing. North was our Platoon Leader Lt. Olson (Olsen), - S/Sgt. Thanks. Yonkers, squad leader of the 3rd squad, Our fearless B.A.R. 385th, 304th, and 417th Infantry Regiments : 355th, 364th, 901st, 302nd Field Artillery Battalions. am grateful to have found Gerald Brown and Lt.Col. I think the date was March 1945. I could hear a lot of rifle and machine gun firing and shells exploding, etc. He was killed somewhere in the area of the Rhine or another river crossing. He is trying to remember things so I can write them down. 417th Infantry Regiment/76th Division Motor Transportation Officer Uniform and Medal Grouping Lt Arthur J Frey Jr was a member of the Headquarters, 417th Infantry Regiment in the 76th Division… We managed to cross by moving from rock to rock. USAF, SMSgt, Retired, Mr. Brown, We reported the incident and the barking dogs. If there is anything else I can provide you please don't hesitate to contact me. North, and I took off up a side street looking for eggs. would be great to learn more about him and the 417th in general. Members of the Companies A, B, C were taken POW that day. I only served with the unit from the end of February until about the first of August 1945, consiquently, after all these years my memory does not contain many names. (Apparently working its way back to the point of entry and falling out). If there is anything else I can provide you please don't hesitate to contact me. Loud foot steps from the road were heard approaching us. I've attached a few photos that I have of my father in training disinterred and reburied in New York with a military funeral. Inducted at Fort McAuther near Santa Monica, California on August 7, 1944. I could hear a lot of rifle and machine gun firing and shells exploding, etc. The 417th was detached from the 76th Division and attached to the 5th Division in late January or early February 1945 for the crossing of the Sauer River from Ecternach to Ecternachterbrook. Company I, 76th Infantry Division. To the webmaster: Please include my email address with the post. Married my high school sweetheart (62 years and counting), and worked a couple of years before deciding to take advantage of the G.I Benifits and enrolled in college at California State Polytechnic College at San Luis Obispo, Calif --- Retired in 1989 from a large Public Utility as District Manager. 1st SGT E. Chamberlain was born in 1920 in Greeneville, Tennessee and lived there his entire life. When we got to the river the river was narrow and the water low at this point. The 76th Infantry Division was created on 26 August 1939 together with the 23rd Infantry Division in Potsdam.The division was annihilated in the Battle of Stalingrad and reformed by the OB West on 17 February 1943.. Organization. Victor Glusco, Serial # 13022595 and his unit assignment was Company "E",417th Infantry Regiment, 76th Division. I know he had a lower leg and possibly chest wound I need some help from the vets of the 417th. Jennifer Martin. 00.00.0000-00.00.0000: 76th Infantry Division: Sources & links: US Army Center of Military History: Site design & initiative: Rollin E. Allen was a member of the 417th Inf. I don't know much about my father's I received some info from the U.S. Army Resource Command, and have also written to the National Personnel Records for his Military Personnel Records. Although the crossings were attempted at night the Germans seemed to have the crossing area zeroed in. My grandfather was Pvt. I am looking for anyone in the 417th who might have known Verlon M. Horton. 1st platoon Co. B 417 inf, And a picture of my Father standing in front of a tent at Camp Lucky Strike, France. God Bless, Hartmann joined the 76th Division as a Corporal and was assigned to I-Company, 417th Infantry Regiment. A couple of times we were relocated to other sectors via truck. Staff Sergeant Paul J. Blessinger 417th Infantry Division 02/08/1945 First Lieutenant Delbert F. Crews 901st … participation in the war but have been trying to research He is almost 89 years old. I'm also listing his military marksmanship information; MM 30.Caliber Rifle, Combat Infantry Badge, 1st CL GNR 30 CAL HMS. Lots of luck and success on your endeavor. He quickly rose through the ranks in the company and by the end of the war, was a … My Father, Staff Sargent DelMar E. Wilson, was in “First Platoon, Co. B., of the 417th. 301st Medical and 301st … John Kopera I am interested in locating the following:: Sgt James Bear,(Wounded at Zeitz) Robert Bella ( From Chicago Illinois) Paul Klocke (From Wisc. him! last days. God Bless you, Thanks for your time! a T/5 & served in the Army from 1943-1946. Robert J Kountz, Hello, I would like to add my uncle's name to the registry, he was "Jack F Kountz" he was in the 76th division, 417th regiment Headquarters Company, was assigned to reconassance. Victor Glusco, Serial # 13022595 and his unit assignment was Company "E",417th Infantry Regiment, 76th Division. Thomas E. Ryan was killed in action 6 Feb 45. was looking at and when I finally started to ask for records the time) I have no first hand accounts of my Dad in WWII. 1. First Sgt John Scudder passed away of congestive heart failure in 1972 and I was Hamilton NAME:Sgt. All of his brothers Early in his service he was sent to the Aleutian Islands. Sadly, my dad was an intensely private, stoic man who Finally, on 30 march 1945 we reached the larger town of Schmitten where the Krauts were making a stand. He thinks that the 6th, or 9th armored division may hae liberated him at a dairy farm. G.I. Thank you so much for reading this. One day while riding on the tanks we stopped for a break in a small village and my friend, Pvt. My wife's uncle PFC and sisters are dead. Part way down bullets were swishing past my ears. (Tried to sell us colored water as wine - etc etc) Was assigned to the 417th Inf. 2. We came on home for a long furlough and re-assignment until I was elgible for discharge - June 19, 1946. Because of this (I was 7 at I did not think I would get into this battle because there were 2 platoons of troops in front of me. 22874 Lincoln Ct. My wife's uncle PFC Thanks, Mostly it was walk - walk - walk day and night with occasional light to moderate resistance. His rank and name was Sgt. The 3 of us got down on our back sides and slid the rest of the way down. Upon completing his basic training, he quickly … Get this from a library! Dennis Terek I was unscrathed, but did get a bullet across my back from right to left leaving three holes in my field jacket and 5 holes in the shirt under the jacket (apparently the shirt was folded under the jacket and sweater). The next day we were ordered to shoot all dogs on sight. She has very little memory of him and would really like some information (btn, company, pltn, anything really). He was My boots were full and my feet soaked. Traveled to Replacement Depot in Belgium by train (Box Cars). Thank you for your help, and thank you for your service. me his things several years ago. Participated in the battle at Schmidten Where we lost 18 of our platoon of 39, with my 3rd squad of 11 men losing nine of the 18. Once the Engineers were able to establish a bridge across the Sauer River, Armored Vehicles(Tanks) were able to cross the river to aid the Infantry which had been cut off for several days. In addition to his medals, I have some photos, badges and personal items that he kept and would be happy to show them His battles and campaigns were Rhineland, Central Europe. The 76th Infantry Division arrived in England, 20 December 1944, where it received additional training. would be great to learn more about him and the 417th in general. We stopped and when they got close enough we challenged the unknown individual. If you can help me with information, It would really be helpful. However, when I turned around the hill to enter the town, all hell broke loose. Because of this (I was 7 at (In training we were told never to bunch up) After a few minutes an officer running down the road stopped momentarily and ordered us out of the ditch and to move up. 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