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|Date: January 31, 2012
Name: Ray Heltsley
Subject: J.R. Heslep, 3rd Infantry Division, WWI
A friend, who lives in Washington State, recently came across a U.S.
Model of 1917 helmet in his barn. The leather band inside was inscribed,
by what appears to be a fountain pen, "J.R. Heslep, 3rd Division". He
would like to find out if any of this soldier's descendants would like
to have this helmet. I believe that only family is allowed access to a
soldier's military records, I was wondering if your web site had any
resources as far as locating any of Heslep's family members. Or could
you possibly suggest a direction that I can take towards this goal?
|Date: January 30, 2012
Subject: 203rd Support Battalion
Comments: Yesterday at an auction in NC I purchased a framed 203rd flag
that refers to Nijmegen. Some research indicates that in Sept 1944 there
was an Allied offensive around that Dutch city, intended to open up
supply routes into France and Germany. Was the 203 involved in that
battle? If it was and you have a museum there I'd like to donate this
framed reunion flag from 1989.
Address: 1344 Linden Ave.
City, State, ZIP: Chesapeake Va. 23325
Telephone: (757) 747-2061
Subject: Locating members that served in the 84th Engineering Battalion
Comments: I served in the 84th from 1981 & 82. Seeking those that did
the same. Contact me!
|Date: January 25, 2012
Name: James Kate
Subject: 703rd. Co. E Maintainance Battalion
Comments: I was station with the 703rd. in Aschaffenburg , Germany from
1964 -1965 but I can not find any information on them. Can you please
|Date: January 25, 2012
Name: Cynthia Milam-Kozlowski
Subject: 3rd Division's role in North Africa
Comments: Can you tell me what was the divisions role in North Africa
during WWII? I am curious about what my daddy , Othal Milam, went
|Date: January 24, 2012
Name: Kristen Sammons
Subject: Company L, 7th Infantry
Comments: Dear Sir:
I am hoping that you can assist with information about Co. L, 7th
Infantry between the dates of May 1918 through August 1919. Our family
is attempting to reconstruct the service of my great uncle, George M.
The following is the information that we have from his discharge:
George M. (Mease) Rosamond
PVT, Service # 2868258
Enlisted May 26, 1918 at Carrollton, MS (sent to Camp Pike for training,
no dates known)
Co. L, 7th Infantry
Served in France and Germany, left 8/19/18, arrived 8/25/19
Army of Occupation, Dec 1, 1918 to Aug 10, 1919
Meuse-Argonne offensive Oct 29th to Nov. 2, 1918
Issued Bronze Lapel ButtonDecorations medals, Badges, Citations, Victory
Medal 1 with Battle clasp
Cas. Dr #3 Demob Group to Sept 3, 1919 (This portion not very clear)
Discharged 3rd September 1919 at Camp Shelby, MS.
Any information you have about my uncle or his unit would be greatly
appreciated. Unfortunately, NARA does not have any remaining records of
Kristen Rosamond Sammons
|Date: January 12, 2012
Subject: William A Mc Williams, 7th Regt 3rd Div 1918
Comments: Here are pictures of William A. Mc Williams a Captain in 198th
CA Del NG - Served 7th Infantry Regt WWI. Wounded received purple heart.
WWI Victory 5 bars and WWI occupation. Later serving as Col. of 498th
AAA AW WW II receiving Bronze star eto medal 1 bronze battle star.
Seeking his rank in WWI and place wounded ? Do you have any info? I
think he was an officer?
|Date: January 6, 2012
Name: David Hannah
Subject: Loring A. Hannah - Scout and Observer 30th Infantry Regiment
Comments: I am one of six children of a Father who was a Scout and
Observer in WWII (Discharged Special Tech 4). I would like to know if
there are any living men who may have served with him or new him. I'm
not sure where and exactly when he entered Africa, but know he was there
and in the Sicily invasion, Italy (in Anzio where he was paralyzed two
months, before being sent back in); earned his Bronze Star between Anzio
and Rome, On to Corsica and eventually Austria, But know little of his
story beyond the Infantry Regiment and Third Division books he received.
Can you lead to those who can fill in his history?
Loring A. Hannah - Private with 30th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Division.
His unit used the Boar Head insignia. My mother said his nick name was
Sure Shot Hannah.
He was a scout and observer through whole war (He never would talk about
the war itself, so I never got to know all he did or when he entered in
Africa). He was a special operations tech (although back then it may not
have had the term Special Forces). After he died I got a German
Ceremonial sword from my aunt (Dad's Oldest Sister); One brother told me
that the aunt was told to keep good care of it by dad ( he said:
"because you don't know what the hell I went through to get it). My
younger brother who was in the Marine Corp. Talked to Dad when he was in
the Nursing Home about a sword; and years later when I told him I had a
sword dad got in the war; my brother asked if I knew how he got it and I
said no; he told me that dad told him about it when he was on leave, and
that he went on a recon mission into the German Headquarters and on his
way out, he swiped the sword from an officer's bed.
Dad had two Purple Hearts (one I didn't know about until after his
death, which was from a bullet through the leg); Then I think TWO MONTHs
into the four month battle at Anzio, where the building he was in was
blown up on him and 9 other men. Someone stacked 100, 80mm mortar shells
outside the building in full view of the enemy and they fired mortars,
hitting our 100 and blowing the building up on him and the rest. He did
tell me that he was unconscious and in the third hour he heard men going
by saying that there was no one alive lets get out of here. Luckily
those in charge ordered a dig out and of the 10 men, my dad was one of 5
that survived. He was paralyzed for two months and recuperated and was
sent back into combat.
Shortly after this between Anzio and Rome he was awarded a Bronze Star
for digging an observation post for the company commander for an
impending offensive action, He and three (or four) other men went 50
yards into enemy lines and dug with canteen cups and spoons as picks and
shovels left them to prone to enemy attack. His citation states that
they were in a 15 minute fire fight with a German Jeep patrol and
shortly after that Mortar rounds were placed on their position landing
as close as 10 yards. It says they completed their task after 5 and one
half hours of work.
He went on through Corsica and Southern France and I believe his were
the first troops into Susuburgh, Austria.
David A. Hannah, FHFMA
Senior Reimbursement Specialist
Trinity Health -
Webmaster's Note: Pfc Loring A.
Hannah 30th Infantry Regt. HQ Co is listed in the book "History of
the 3rd Infantry Division in WWII" as recipient of the Bronze Star Medal
for action in cisterna Di Littoria May 20, 1944 on Page 413. and on Page
518 in the roster section of the 30th Infantry Regiment.
|Date: January 5, 2012
Name: Wendy Gorski
Address: 38631 Claremont Drive
City, State, ZIP:Sterling Heights, MI 48310
Subject: I am looking for ANY information on my father - John Martin
Snitchler, Jr. of Detroit, Michigan during WWII.
He died Jan. 1999 from complications caused by a fall. I am researching
any info about him I can find. Please contact me via email for phone
number or mail a letter to my address.
Here is the info I have:
Served in European-African-Middle Eastern Theatre.
He enlisted in 1940 and honorably discharged in 1946. He was S/Sgt
[eventually demoted to Pvt. for talking back to a Captain while
defending his men.] 3yrs -Weather Observer (specialized in wire); Hq &
Hq Btry, 3rd Inf Div, Arty (689 QM Base, Dept.066)
Would like original pictures or willing to pay for good copies of pics
of my father and/or any friends. Interested in old stories of my dad,
any copies of
letters he may be mentioned in.
Thanks for my freedom to all you vets !!!
Webmaster's Note: John M. Snitchler
Jr S/Sgt, is listed as a member of the Headquarters and Headquarters
Battery of the 3rd Infantry Division Artillery on page 535 of the book
"History of the 3rd Infantry Division in WWII."
|Date: January 5, 2012 5:59 PM
Name: David Richardson
Subject: Search for record of friends service in 3rd ID Normany and
Comments: I have a friend who served in the 3 ID in Normany and North
Africa, Utah beach, etc ( I was told ), and I'm trying to see if I can
find a roster listing him. He is 90 years old and supposedly the last
survivor of his unit. His name is Maynard Robbins, from Lenoir, NC. His
health is failing and I wanted to get some memorabilia things for him. I
will have to get more details on his unit I assume. Is there a site I
can go to for a personnel roster of different 3rd ID units?
Thanks for any help!
David Richardson, Vietnam Air Force vet.
Webmaster's Note: The 3rd Infantry
division was in North Africa but it was the 3rd Armored Division that
was in Normandy and Utah Beach. If you send us his name we'll
check in the book "History of the 3rd Infantry Division in WWII to see
if his name is listed.
|Date: January 2, 2012
Name: Clint Thompson
Subject: Colmar Pocket
Comments: Dear Sir or Madame,
My name is Clint Thompson. I am a graduate student at the University of
Texas at Tyler . I have a two part request. First, I am looking for
information about My gradfather. His name was Lavere Thompson and served
In the 30th Infantry regiment(Co K) and was wounded in the Colmar Pocket
in January, 1945. Second, I am attempting to gather research on the 3rd
Infantry division during its time fighting in the Colmar Pocket. I have
noticed that there are no works dedicated to the Colmar Pocket, only
parts of books. If all goes well this will be what I write my Masters
Thesis over as well as my Doctoral Dissertation when the time comes.
What I am looking for is where I could find material over the subject.
This could be anywhere from books, memoirs, combat dispatches, veterans
stories, etc. If at all possible I would like to be a able to talk to or
correspond with veterans if at all possible. I don't know how successful
this will be but any help you could give me would be greatly
Thank you for your time,
|Date: January 3,
Name: Denise Romaniello
Subject: WW2 Frank Elliott
Comments: My grandfather (Frank B. Elliott)
has a picture of himself and 2 friends (Ed Cloud and Denny Denardi) at
Camp Croft. He passed away in 1983. His records were destroyed in the
fire of 1973. I am looking for any information as to what he did in WW2.
I know he was in Italy. I thought he was a paratrooper.
I know he was in Africa, Italy, and France.
The National Archives said if they had a unit # or any information to
cross reference they would be able to help me with my search.
here, to Fill out the request form
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