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Date: May 31, 2010
Name: Walt Larimore, MD
Address: 54 Sherwood Glen South
City, State, ZIP Monument, CO 80132
Tel: Home 719-487-2940
Subject: Seeking those who may have known or served with
my dad, Philip B. Larimore, Jr., in Anzio, Southern
France, or Germany
Comments: I'm seeking men who may have known or served
with my dad, Philip B. Larimore, Jr., in Anzio, Southern
France, or Germany. Here are his assignments, all with
the 3rd Division, 30th Infantry, 3rd Battalion: 1) HQ
Company, Platoon Leader, Ammunition Pioneer Battalion
Mar to Jun 44 2) HQ Company, Platoon Leader Jul to Oct
44 3) Company K, Ex O Dec 44 4) H 3, Platoon Leader Jan
45 5) Company L, Company Commander Feb to Apr 45 Thanks!
Name: Christopher Guiling
Location: Flushing, Michigan
Unit: C co. 1/30th inf reg
When and Where: Schweinfurt, Germany 1987-1989
Comments: Want to wish all veterans a very happy
memorial day. Would love any info regarding websites to
contact fellow members of my old unit.
|Date: May 30, 2010
Name: Dr. Koura Gibson
Subject: GEORGE GIBSON
Comments: Dear Sirs,
My Father served in the Korean War/ I am trying to have
another Certificate of Proficiency from 3d Infantry
Division. The one that I have of my father got ruined.
He received his September 18, 1954. Thanks for your
|Date: May 29, 2010
Name: Bob Henry
City, State, ZIP: Cave Creek Az
Subject: Info - 10th. Field Artillery
Comments: I was with the 10th. Field Artillery. 3rd Inf.
Div. service battery from late 1950 to late 1951. We
left Ft. Devens Ma. In the early summer of 1950, which
is just outside of Ayer Ma. Just wondering if anybody
knows somebody from that unit.
Thanks a lot. Bob Henry, age 79, I live in Cave Creek Az.
|Date: May 27, 2010
Name: John Taylor
Address: 2201 s. 50th st
City, State, ZIP: KCK 66106
Subject: Korean War - Robert Lee Taylor
Comments: I am still looking for records of when, where,
and what my Dad Robert Lee Taylor of De Soto, Kansas his
Service Number was 55-188-523 did when he was in the
Army 3rd Infantry Division 10th Field Artillery Company
A during the Korean War 1951 to 1953 and when he came
back he was still in the Army until 1959. We would like
to know what Battles he was in and what his medals are
we found some in his things and want to be sure there
the right ones. He passed away on June 6, 2008 so we
can’t ask him. If anyone knew him or can help us with
this that would nice. Thanks John Taylor 2201 S. 50th
St. KCK 66106
|Date: May 24, 2010
Name: Ed Edgerton
Subject: Presidential Citations
Comments: How many Presidential Citations have been
awarded during WWII and to what units?
|Date: May 23, 2010
Name: Matthew Isbell
Address: 1137 Ridge Road
City, State, Zip: Maryville, TN 37803
Subject: Help finding Information on Grandfather, Leslie
Comments: I am trying to find any information about
grandfather's service with the 3rd ID during WW2. All I
have to go on is an old black and white photo and bits
and pieces of information from the rest of the family.
He never spoke of his experience with the rest of the
family, so there is little information to go on. I have
submitted a request via NPRC, but so far nothing.
His Name was Leslie Leon Jeans. I know from his photo
that he was in th 3rd ID. He is wearing a CIB and
several other awards. I have his old dog tags with his
service number and an old, very tattered purple heart.
Any help is appreciated.
SPC, US Army (Ret.)
Name: James M. Miller
Location: Pompano Beach, FL
Subject: Records of 1st
Lt. Jack R. Miller
Comments: Son of decorated 1st Lt. Jack R. Miller,
WWII veteran, of North Africa and Sicily campaigns; DOB
11/17/14 (Died: 07/05/1973), whom I would like to get
the records of.
|Date: May 20, 2010
Subject: Earl Thomas Willis
Comments: I have been trying to find out information
about my grandfather, Earl T. Willis. He was wounded and
later killed in WW2. His name does not appear on any of
the records for earning the "Purple Heart." I am trying
to remedy that. My mom found him buried in El Paso, TX.
She was only 6 weeks old when he was killed. She has his
medal and his flag. His headstone reads the following:
Earl T. Willis
PVT 30 INF
3 INF DIV
WORLD WAR II
AUGUST 28, 1924
MAY 28, 1944
Thanks for any help or direction you could point me in.
Note from Tim
If your mother has his medal, then she should have
received some sort of paperwork to go with it. Have you
tried contacting the National Personnel Records Center
in St. Louis, MO to see if his records survived the fire
in 1970, or if they have been able to reconstruct his
The 30th INF Regt history and 3ID History both have him
listed as having been KIA in the war, and that he served
in C Company of the 1st Battalion. From the regimental
history I can tell you that on 28 May 1944, the 1st
Battalion participated in a regimental attack towards
the town of Loriano, Italy, while breaking out of the
Anzio beach head and attacking to cut Highway 6, the
main German retreat route from the south of Italy to
Where is your grandfather buried, in a military cemetery
or civilian? Does he have a government headstone or
Rock of the Marne!
|Date: May 19, 2010
Name: Kyle Oliver Morgan Leach U.S.A. Ret.
Subject: SGT Oliver D. Leach
Comments: I have heard the stories of the deeds of our
"Greatest Generation", both during and after the war.
And I've felt pain. I have, over the years, heard of so
many of these courageous, yet humble men dying at a rate
of a thousand men a day. And I've wept. I have lost the
most brave and good hearted soldier, father, provider,
teacher and hero. And part of me inside has died.
I know that my Grandfather (who raised me and therefore
is more a father) enjoyed coming here to this site to
read stories and search for friends. It is my sad duty
to pass along to you and your readers that SGT Oliver D.
Leach passed peacefully last night; May 18, 2010 at
11:20 PM; after an eight year battle with bone cancer.
He is now with my grandmother who has waited patiently
for 11 years and 3 days (She passed on May 15, 1999).
His love and presence here will be missed. But as he
marches away from our shores and fades from sight,
leaving us lonely and sad. He appears in the distance;
marching towards those on a distant shore; and they
welcome his presence and celebrate his coming home.
I love you. I can't wait to see you again.
Please add this to your site in the applicable area.
Thank you in advance.
Kyle Oliver Morgan Leach U.S.A. Ret.
|Date: May 18, 2010
Name: Gregory A. Bishop
Subject: Presidential Unit Award OIF 1
Comments: I was assigned to the 3ID Div Engineer from
Apr 2003 to Aug 2003 in Baghdad, Iraq as part of Fac En
Det B, 416th ENCOM. How do I get a copy of the order
awarding the Presidential Unit Award and documentation
of my units participation with the 3ID?
Gregory A. Bishop
LTC, EN, USA
HQ USACE G3 PLANS
|Date: May 17, 2010
Name: Ingrid Jackson
Subject: WWII Sgt Eugene A. Jackson
I am looking for advice on how to go about researching
my father's movements during WWII. I know some high
level facts from his letters, DD-214 and his VA medical
record. He was in the 30th Inf. Regiment, 3rd Infantry
Division, Cannon Company. He served from Torch through
to several months after Anzio. He won a Bronze Star near
Cisterna on Feb 2, 1944. I have the citation and the
medal. He normally commanded some sort of tank but at
the end of Sicily he was transferred to a MOUNTED
RECONNAISSANCE outfit. For about 4-5 months he did
reconnaissance behind the lines but the outfit was
disbanded and he went on to Anzio. He was wounded at or
near Anzio around March 1 1944. His VA medical record
has the initial medic reports on small sheets of paper
which I think are the ones tied around his neck before
transportation to the field hospital. Those notes
document his wounds and delirium, and how it happened --
he left his tank to relieve himself and it was hit by
88MM shell. He was the only survivor. The record notes
that he was frantic and delirious over their status.
Those records cover him all the way back to Sam Houston
Hospital in San Antonio, TX. I can tell you his blood
pressure on any day but I have little substantive
information before that. I am particularly interested in
the Mounted Reconnaissance Unit and what he or his
outfit did in North Afica. One of his letters described
him witnessing the naval Battle of CASABLANCA from his
troop transport which was later torpedoed as witness by
him from the beach.
Eugene died February 2, 1970 of Heart Disease (age 55).
He had 6 children, 3 boys and 3 girls. I am the youngest
born in 1958.
Any direction or information would be helpful.
Warm Regards, Ingrid Jackson
LTC Tim Stoy:
I have referred to the 3rd Infantry Division's WWII
history and can confirm that your father did in fact
serve in both the 30th Infantry Regiment and in the
Division's 3rd Reconnaissance Troop, and that he did
receive his Bronze Star while serving with 3rd Recon at
Cisterna on 2 February. I am including a link to a
website which is the electronic version of the Division
history which can describe the action in both North
Africa and the following campaigns at the macro level.
I will scan the applicable pages on the North Africa
operations of the 30th Infantry Regiment from the
Regiment's WWII history and hopefully email them to you
in the coming days. The Society archives unfortunately
do not have a great deal of material on the 3rd Recon
Mr. Milo Moyano is the 30th Infantry Regiment
Association Historian and may have more information on
the North Africa and Sicily operations of that regiment.
I'm including him the cc line of this email.
A visit to the National Archives in College Park, MD,
would afford you the opportunity to look at unit reports
and logs from WWII. Luckily the 3rd Infantry Division is
known for having kept every scrap of paper it generated;
unluckily that means there is a lot to search through!
Hope this helps.
Rock of the Marne!
Thanks very much for your information. I started to read
the division history but have to stop and finish my
work. Very interesting so far what I did read.
Regards, Ingrid Jackson
|Date: May 16, 2010
Name: George Pieters
Subject: letter for help
Comments: Hello there in the US
This is a cry for help, as a former member of the 3rd
Inf Div,7th Reg in the Korean war , with the Belgian
battalion, I can't find badges from the division here in
Belgium. I shall revisit Korea in Sept with a group of
veterans, but I need to complete our uniform the
bleu-white badges . Where can I purchase them here in
Western Europe. Can you inform me please?
Veteran George Pieters
|Date: May 14, 2010
Name: Rodney Millner
Subject: DPMO - WWII Remains recovery effort
Comments: Was looking through your website (nicely done)
and wanted to take the opportunity to advise you your
That the Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) is
upgrading its efforts to recover the remains of soldiers
missing from WWII. While we have always worked the WWII
issue (as well as other past wars), we recently created
a new WWII Branch to increase the attention given to
this period. As part of this effort, we would like to
ask any WWII vets who may have information that concerns
the loss/death of a fellow serviceman during the war, to
contact our office with any information that could lead
to the recovery of that soldiers remains. Also relatives
or friends who may have such information from
conversations with WWII vets, personal records, diaries,
or other documents they may have, are also invited to
call. Thank you for your help.
Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO)
Alternate: LTC Matt Kristoff 703-699-1240
Dave Rosenau 703-699-1269
|Date: May 14, 2010
Subject: First Lieutenant James B. McConnell
Comments: My Great Uncle First Lieutenant James B.
McConnell was in the 4th US Infantry, 3rd Division, AEF
World War One and was killed in France July 23, 1918. He
was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and is
buried in Arlington National Cemetery. I am interested
in any pictures or information about him.
|Date: May 12, 2010
Name: ANDY T.
Subject: VICTOR CARRY, DARBY RANGERS
GENERAL VICTOR CARRY DARBY RANGERS. HE WAS IN FORT SMITH
A FEW YEARS BACK. DO YOU KNOW WHERE HE IS OR IF HE IS
|Date: May 10, 2010
Name: James Allen
Subject: Virgil V. Laughlin
Dear Sirs / Ma'am
I know you get a bunch of requests and I'm sorry to
become one. I have been working on this for almost two
full years. Just so many dead ends.
the Background on what I've found out:
My Uncle Was a member of the 3rd Division 15 Infantry. I
am trying to track down his military history for a
family history. I got his military records from the US
Archives but basically it's just a bunch of dates. What
little I know of WWII this man was either a very good
solider or very lucky probably both. He enlisted in 1939
in the Texas National Guard 142nd Infantry as a private
and was assigned to the 15 Infantry in Maryland and
became a SSgt platoon leader. On Paper, 28 Sept 1942 he
went to North Africa as a SSgt and was a Lt. in Company
M 15th Infantry as an "ETO" by 27 Feb 1943. He stayed
with the 3rd Division till the War's end in 1945.
According to his records, he fought in every major in
Europe except for D-Day Normandy Invasions. He was a Lt.
Col. as was released to go to college to get his degree
and returned to active duty in 1948 as a Lt. During WWII
he was awarded Distinguished Service Cross (for action
on Dec 27, 1944), Silver Star, Bronze Star with oak leaf
Cluster and the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, and
a host of Campaign Medals.
None of his Citations that accompany the awards are
included in his records. We don't know how he became an
Officer? He is not listed in the 3rd History. Extra:
Many more questions than answers. So I guess what I am
asking where do I go from here? I have the dates for
each company he served with (only Company L and M but
with different dates). He was assigned as an S-3 and 3rd
Division Exec Officer and I have those dates from his
Any suggestions or guidance will be gratefully accepted.
Webmaster's Note: 2LT Virgil V. Laughlin Co M, 15th
Infantry, is listed as the recipient of the Silver Star
for action in Sicily, August 1943 in the book "History
of the 3rd Infantry Division, WWII" on page 395. Capt.
Virgil V. Laughlin HQ 3rd BN 15th Infantry, is
also listed on page 417 as a recipient of the Bronze
Star for action in Anzio June 6, 1944. Major Virgil V.
Laughlin is listed on the roster of the 15th Infantry
Regiment on page 493.
Distinguished Service Cross is listed at this link
found on Google :
|Date: 9 May 2010
Name: Bill Sosnowski
Address: 2404 Northglen Drive
City, State, ZIP: Clovis, NM 88101
Subject: 629th Tank Destroyers, Harvey Norman Bradford
Comments: I am looking for any information regarding Sgt
Harvey Norman Bradford (known as Norman by all) who was
with the 629th Tank Destroyer BT in WWII. He was killed
in Belgium on 11 January 1945. There is very little
known concerning his death, or the last 2 months of his
life. His sister (my grandmother) is still alive and
looking for some closure. Anyone that served in the 629
th TD, or knows of someone that did would be of help.
Thank you and God Bless!
|Date: May 1, 2010
Name: Richard W. McDaniel
Subject: Re: //photos added//Questions about Korean
Conflict US Army Signal Corps Pers
Comments: My name is Richard McDaniel. My Dad's brother
Melvin McDaniel was in the Korean War. I have a photo of
him standing in front of a tent. The sign in front of
the tent has the following words:
3RD Sig Co.
I have no idea where that Communications Tent was
located in Korea, but would like to know. I have a
second photo of him with some sort of wicker basket on
his back while walking with a cane looking stick. This
was taken next to an area of water and in what looks
like a plowed field there in Korea. He must have been
acting like one of the local farmers.
Melvin died of a heart attack when I was 12 or so years
old. He was only 36 then. I was in the US Navy from 1969
to 1990 active duty and then the reserves from 1990 to
1999. I am a Viet Nam Combat Vet 1972-73.
I am wondering if anyone is still alive who knew Melvin
McDaniel back then. He went to some Army schools at Fort
Gordon, Ga. before heading to Korea. I also had some of
my US Navy Communications Training at Fort Gordon, Ga
back in 1971. Those classes had about 22 or so US Army
Troops, 2 of us Sailors, and 1 US Marine.
RMC USN Retired
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