Personal Search Page
Date: April 29, 2002
Name: Connie Scott
Address: 3101 Meridian Drive
City, State, ZIP: Champaign, IL 61822
Subject: 119th AAA BN, Battery A
Comments: My Dad, Alfred Cotterell, passed on in 1999. I miss him so much
and have had an intense interest of wanting to know more of his time in the
military. I know that he was a Tech 4, inducted 19 Sept 42 from Camp
His unit was attached to the 3rd Army and landed at Utah
Beach. His first firing position was in France at LaHoy du Pointe.
They then went through Remes, LaMans, Troyes, Epernay and Reims to Metz.
They then moved out to Saarbrucken and from there to the Bulge. From there
they went to Marinz (sp) and across the Rhine into Germany.
He got out in 1945, went back to southern Illinois to farm.
I would love to have more detail...dates...etc. I would greatly appreciate
any help. Thank you....Connie
Name: Edward S. Biercewicz
Address: 3917 Liberty Ave.
City, State, ZIP: Pittsburgh, Pa. 15224
Subject: 3rd recon co roster for March to July 1951
Name: Robert L Wilkins, Jr
Address: PO Box 21
City, State, ZIP: Keedysville, Maryland
Subject: Information on Raymond W Tolbert
I'm looking for anyone or information on my Uncle who was killed on September
7th, 1944 in France.
This is all the information that I have on him.
Basic Training- Fort McCellan, AL.
7th Army, 3rd Battalion
Under: General Patch
Unit called The Dragoons- (Was that a special unit?)
Unite was in Italy, then sent to France.
Any information or web sites that I may contact would be greatly appreciated.
Date: April 28 2002
Name: John Perry
Address: po bx 5131
City, State, ZIP: Santa Maria CA 93456
Telephone: 805 9250752
E-mail: j email@example.com
Subject: need to contact Jeff Powel
I went thru basic training at Camp Roberts with Jeff at that time his family
lived in LA and I lived in Arroyo Grande
We traveled together on weekend passes
Date: April 28, 2002
Name: Tom Watembach
Address: 202 E. Washington St.
City, State, ZIP: Urbana, IL 61801
Subject: Ted and Adrian Moga
Comments: My uncles, Ted and Adrian Moga, served in the 3rd division from 1940,
at Ft. Lewis,
to Ft. Ord, North Africa, Sicily and Italy (through Anzio). Adrian was a
I'm looking for information on this time period, or comments
from anyone who knew them.
Name: Michael K Smith
Address: 605 Montcalm n e
City, State, ZIP: Lowell MI 49331
Subject: Kenneth Fredrick Smith serial 36457784
Comments: Drafted 7-1943 basic at Camp Buttner, S Carolina, USA-arrived at
Naples, Italy 02-04-1944.
Told of being told of sparky's little lightning bugs- not
sure of his division.
Was casualty due to trench foot after April of 1944.
Sorry, not much information but he did not talk too much about his war.
I would appreciate any and all information you can find, and so will thank you
I am Michael K. Smith.
Date: April 28, 2002
Name: Ann Swinderman
City, State, ZIP: Dover, OH
Subject: Silent Squad in 89th Division
Comments: I am searching for any information about the 12 men who were part of
the Silent Squad during WWII.
These soldiers carried no guns just daggers during their nighttime missions
behind Nazi lines.
Any information about any of the GIs or their missions is
what I am searching for.
Please email me with any information you may have. Thank you.
Date: 28 Apr 02
Name: Russ Callaway
Address: 19 Hofstrasse, Schloss
City, State, ZIP: Fohren, Germany
Subject: 135th Combat Engineers
My name is Russ Callaway and I am a 1st Lt in the Air Force. My
grandfather, Don Callaway, served in the
135th Combat Engineers from 9 Oct 44 - 4 Feb 46. I am currently stationed
in Germany near the exact area
where my grandfather would have traveled, near Trier.
I am trying to retrace my grandfather's footsteps across
Europe and could use any assistance.
Name: Robert A Stefanowicz
Hello .... I hope you can assist me. I am trying to find an address or phone number to contact Mr. Emil T Byke,
a World War II veteran and, I believe, lifetime member of the 3rd Inf Dv Veterans Association.
I am conducting historical research on the capture of the German town of Bad Kissingen in the closing days of the war,
and Mr. Byke apparently was one of the first American soldiers on the scene.
I hope you can help me or point me in the direction of someone who will.
Best Wishes ...
Name: Patryk Wojciak
I'm looking for a 3rd infantry division member from World War 2 who is CPT. Jeffrey Smith,
I have a M41 field jacket that belongs to him and I would like to find out more about him.
All I know is his name and that's it, Could you please help me finding him?. Thanks
Name: Charles William Zastawniak
Homepage URL: http://www.charles66z.de
Location: Germany - Bavaria
Comments: My Father - William Walter Pierce was a sergeant in the 3rd Div in 1945
until 1946 in Bad Wildungen.
He was born in Houston Texas (I have some photographs and more information).
I'm looking for traces to find out if he is still alive. Please contact me.
Date: 27TH APRIL 2002
Name: MARK _MARK
Address: P.O BOX 2568
City, State, ZIP: NORTH PARRAMATTA, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA 2151
Subject: 2ND 30TH BATTALION
I AM LOOKING FOR INFORMATION REGARDING THE 2ND 30TH BATTALION WHO WERE PART OF
THE AUSTRALIAN ARMY IN WORLD WAR TWO. I AM LOOKING FOR PHOTO'S ETC AND OTHER
AT ALL THAT YOU CAN PROVIDE ME WITH ON THIS BATTALION.THEY WERE PART OF
THE 8TH DIVISION.
NO MATTER HOW SMALL THE INFORMATION OR PHOTO ETC MIGHT BE IT
IF YOU COULD FORWARD IT TO ME PREPARED TO PAY COSTS IF NEED. THIS IS VERY
TO ME AS MY GRANDFATHER SERVED IN THIS UNIT AND HE DIED WHILE I WAS YOUNG.
SO I KNOW VERY LITTLE ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED TO HIM WW2, SO I AM
VERY EAGER TO LEARN AS MUCH AS I CAN ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED TO HIM IN THE WAR.
I WOULD JUST TO SAY THANK-YOU HOWEVER TO ALL THE EX SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN WHO
TOOK PART IN THE VARIOUS WARS FOR THEIR COURAGE .
Date: April 25, 2002 REQUEST
Name: Sabine Zastawniak
City, State, ZIP: Mannheim/ Germany
Subject: Searching William Walter Pierce
I am searching for information about my Grandfather William Walter Pierce.
Serial Number 83539913.
He was in Bad Wildungen/Germany at the end of the 2nd WW.
Who can help my to find him?
My Grandmother was Erika Porges.
Greetings from Germany
P.S.: I have some old Pictures from him
Date: April 22, 2002 REQUEST
Name: George OBrien
Subject: Veterans from Co."K" 65th Inf Regt, 3rd Bn, 3rd Div.
Comments: I was radioman in the 3rd Platoon of Co.K,65th Inf Regt,3rd Bn,3rd Div
from Jan 1953 thru July 1954.
It would be great to hear from any veterans that were in company "K"
at that time.
Maybe together we could locate other members that were there.
Date: April 22, 2002 REQUEST
Name: Bob Raimonto
Subject: Joe Merrell
Comments: I am doing an article on Joe Merrell, a 15th Infantry Medal of Honor winner
in World War II.
The article is for the Staten Island Advance, Merrell's "hometown" paper.
In the article I would like to quote anyone who served with Merrell who was there outside
to witness his charge against the German positions that resulted in his earning the medal of honor
and in his death. I would deeply appreciate any help I can receive in this matter. thanks. Bob Raimonto
Date: April 22, 2002 REQUEST
Name: John D. Bowling
Address: 942 Warwick Dr.
City, State, ZIP: Macon, GA 31210
Subject: Info on 1LT Fred R. Bowling
Comments: 1Lt. Fred R. Bowling served in the 58th FA BN, 3rd Div., Light Air
Section in the 1952 - 1953 time period.
He was killed in an auto accident in 1959 and his military records were
destroyed by a fire at the
National Personnel Records Center, St. Louis in 1973.
I'm looking for anyone who knew him during his tour in Korea.
Contact John D. Bowling at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday 04/22/2002 REQUEST
Location: New York
Comments: Thank you to all the vets and God bless you all. My uncle George Davis served with the 3rd infantry division,
15th regiment during WWII.
I love to just sit and listen to all that he has to say about everything he went through. He is also an ex-pow. I am searching for anything..pictures, stories, buddies of his. Please feel free to email me. Thank you
Date: 04/21/2002 REQUEST
Name: John Doughty
Address: 1203 cr 323
City, State, ZIP: Gainesville Texas 76240
Subject: Korea Chosin
Looking for other members of m company 7th Inf. Regt., at Chosin reservior
Name: Kevin J. White
Location: Asheville, NC
Comments: Would like to hear from anyone who served in C Company 30th infantry in WWII, first platoon especially.
Name: Michael Furrow
Location: Rogers, Arkansas
Comments: Hoping to find information on anyone who might have known my dad, Tech Sgt Alvin M. Furrow,
during WWII at Anzio.
Date: 04/20/02 REQUEST
Name: Ronald Dean (Pennington) Hauser
Address: 534 Muirfield Drive
City, State, ZIP: St. Charles, Missouri 63304
Subject: Adrian Leon ( Jack- "trader Jack" ) Pennington- Period of
1944-1947 Ft. Hood
I am looking for any information about my real birth father Jack Pennington.
I know he was enlisted at Ft. Hood during the above time period, because he had
gone AWOL to find me in Ava, Missouri
and returned to Ft. Hood with me in my hand made US army uniform and leather gun
belt that said " Ronnie" on the back.
I know that my father was arrested and put in the brig while I was there as the
Post Mascot. This would have been around
Xmas time because I recall the big Red paper bells hanging in the barracks. There
were wooden sidewalks and everyone
there was looking out for me for some time until my mother found where I
Also got caught in a cattle stampede when local ranchers
drove their stock through the streets of the camp.
"Cookie" that cook told me to run to him, but I think I fell to the
ground. For some reason I was not hurt at all.
Father was later given a medical discharge on the grounds of mental problems. He
was a writer, artist, could play music etc.
Any one that knew him most likely wouldn't forget him.
He was killed in Plano, Tx when I was 15 in 1958. the last time I saw him I was
about 3-4 years old.
Thank you for you help in finding out about my dads past. Good or Bad.
Ronald Dean (Pennington) Hauser
Name: Michael R. Furrow REQUEST
Address: 2120 W. Perry Rd.
City, State, ZIP: Rogers, Ar. 72758
Subject: Tech Sgt Alvin (Shorty) Milford Furrow
Comments: My father fought at Anzio, he passed away at the age of 39. I
was only three at the time.
So my memories of my father are few. I am searching for individuals who
may have know him or had encountered him
I know that he was wounded and received the Purple Heart and
the Good Conduct Medal.
My mother said he went all the way to Berlin. I have pictures from Anzio
beach. Anyone with any information on my father
please feel free to contact me, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you
Date: 4.17.02 REQUEST
Name: Paolini, Robert A Mr AAA
Would like to have a 3rd Infantry Division screensaver - where can I get one?
Date: 4.17.02 REQUEST
Name: Steve Smith
Address: 4570 Grantwood SE
City, State, ZIP: Kentwood, MI 49508
Telephone: (616) 531-7159
Subject: "Marne Rock" newspaper issues from summer of '60.
Comments: If any copies exist, hopefully they are on microfilm somewhere. I
believe the paper was
published once a week out of Wurzburg. I am interested in issues containing
write-ups of the baseball games
concerning the Kitzingen Red Sox, of which I was a member in 1960.
I'd enjoy hearing from anyone who was there at the time.
Date: April 17, 2002 REQUEST
Name: Willie Wren Jr.(Broger)
Address: P.O. Box 1558
City, State, ZIP: Cleveland, MS 38732
Subject: Records of Schooling
Comments: 2nd of 377 7th corp Germany, I"m looking for information
concerning this unit
and records concerning GED score. Where are they located.
How can I contact someone concerning this information.
Date: April 16, 2002 REQUEST
Name: Eugene E. Johnson Jr.
Subject: Muster rolls
Comments: Eugene E. Johnson
Can anyone suggest to me a good source that will list all of the soldiers of the
3rd Division in WWII?
I have reason to believe my late father Eugene E. Johnson may have served
with one of the units
of the 3rd Division. If anyone knows of a source with the muster rolls I would appreciate it.
He was in the European Theater from December 1944 until August 1945
when he was transferred to the 70th Division to eventually be sent to the States in October 1945.
Any information will be greatly appreciated.
Date: April 16,2002 REQUEST
Name: Oswald Smithwick
Address: 528 West Main St.
City, State, ZIP: Washington,NC. 27889
Telephone: 252 946 2007
Subject: Cpl David Paul Holshouser
Comments: My Moms' first Husband was Cpl. David Paul Holshouser in General
Pattons' 3rd Army tank corps.
He was killed during the Battle of The Bulge around Christmas 1944.
If anyone has any information about David it would be greatly
The last contact was in a letter written Christmas eve 1944.
Date: April 15th, 2002
Name: Tom Bacon
Subject: Herman Joseph Wehunt
My name is Tom Bacon. I am searching for photos of my late uncle . He was a driver for Gen. Patton.
He was later wounded when his motorcycle ran over a land mine.
Date: April 15th, 2002
Name: Sharon Dorrough Dickey
City, State, ZIP: Atlanta, Georgia 30328
Subject: Capt. Richard P. (Dick) Dorrough from Booneville, Arkansas
My father, Capt. Richard P, (Dick) Dorrough served with the 3rd Infantry
Division during World War II.
He received a battlefield commission, I believe, Oct. 13, 1943.
He was with the invasion forces at Casa Blanca, Tunisia, Sicily, Salerno, Anzio,
and in Southern France. Also Calamar(sp) Pocket and the Rhine River.
He received the Purple Heart, 8 Bronze Stars, Bronze Arrow Head, and the Silver
I would like to hear from anyone who may have served with him.
He passed away in 1987 and is still my hero.
Thank you, Sharon Dickey
15th Infantry Regiment says Martin
Date: April 15, 2002 REQUEST #1112
Name: Phyllis (Shackett) Fleming
Subject: friends of SFC Don Shackett, Wildflecken 1972-1975
I am looking for some friends of ours from Wildfleck: 1SG and Mrs. Jimmy
A. Holt (Her name was Carol),
Sp4 John Henry Holt and his wife Faye, and 1SG Rasu and his wife Giselle, and
and his wife Billy, and Major Needham and his wife Frances.
I am also looking for anyone who might have served with the late 1SG Don
Shackett in Wildflecken.
I am trying to collect some memories and pictures for our children.
Date: April 14,2002.
Name: Dawn Vetelino
Address: 15 Saundra Drive
City, State, ZIP: Westerly, RI 02891
Subject: Finding my fathers discharge papers
Our town is honoring all local Veterans but a copy of their
discharge papers have to be brought to the town hall. I do not know where his
are, he passed away when I was 11.
I do know he was in WWII. His name is Lewis Rowland Rathbun. I have one of his dog tags
on a key ring
with my husbands. Thank you for any help you could give me.
Sunday 04/14/2002 REQUEST
Name: Jan Bos
Location: Nijmegen, Holland
Comments: Great site, am looking for information on the invasion of Sicily on 10 July 1943.
I am looking for copies of maps of the landing beaches, instructions/ orders for targets, journals,
all kind of reports and stories of the men, who waded ashore.
Who might have some pictures about Sicily, also very interested in receiving information on
the 'friendly fire' of 11 July 1943, when 23 American C-47 transports were shot down by American fire.
have a nice day
Name: David Keefer
Location: Arlington, Texas
Comments: Looking for anyone who knew my uncle...William Paul Odom from North Carolina
Killed February 1944 at Anzio Beach...Thank you
His uncle is listed in the book, The History of the Third Infantry Division
in World War II,
as a having died of wounds while a member of the 15th Infantry Regiment.
If you have any information, please contact David at email@example.com
(Thanks to Martin Markley for this!)
Date: 4/13/02 REQUEST
Name: Mike Yee
City, State, ZIP: Salinas, CA
Telephone: 831 663-1716
Subject: C CO 262 INF WWII info
Looking for info on my Dads WWII time in Europe. C CO 262 INF is listed on his
Separation papers in '46.
Under wounds received in action it shows: Dec 24 '44 Southern France. GO 61 262
Also under Battles and Campaigns it states: Northern France GO 33 WD 45 as
Central Germany, Rhineland.
He enlisted in Ft Devens, Mass in Apr '44. Don't know where basic was....I
suspect the 3rd because
he has several pins that say "the Rock of the Marne" among his
ANY information would be of great help. His name was Donald Yee.
Date: 13 April 2002 REQUEST
Name: Joe Sexton
Address: 200b Hill Everhart Rd
City, State, ZIP: Lexington, NC.
Subject: my dad with the 185th engrs
Comments: My dad Pvt Ray Sexton was a part of Task Force Frigid in 1946-47,
He was with C Bn Hq&Svc Co.185th Engineers. Any one with info on Task Force
the 185th engineers in Alaska in 1947-47 please E-mile me thanxs
Date: April 13, 2002 REQUEST
Name: Fred Taylor
Address: 38 Briarwood LN
City, State, ZIP: Spencer , WV 25276
Subject: Walter Chawick Jones
Seeking information on Sgt Walter Chadwick Jones. Received Silver Star and
Bronze Star ,
5 BS :Hometown, Walton, WV
Served in France, England, Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, Austria,
Walter Chawick Jones is a first cousin Have no knowledge of his
He died 1969 during heart surgery.
Date: April 12, 2002 REQUEST
Name: G. Villanueva
Subject: Want information on great uncle.
Comments: I would like to request information on my great uncle buried in France
at the Epinal American Cemetery. Corporal Louis M. Najera # 39697229. Thank you.
--------Please E-mail me back.
Date: 11April2002 REQUEST
Name: Joe Sexton
Address: 200b Hill Everhart rd
City, State, ZIP: Lexington,N.C.27295
Subject: Task Force Frigid
Comments: My father Ray Sexton was an artilleryman with the task force. He was a
Pvt an in Alaska for 18 months.
I would like any information on task force frigid that any one could
He was either with A,Hqs, Service Btrys,9th Fa Bn or attached to the 10th Eng
His two most vivid memories are the barrel of a 105 howitzer exploding an the
NCO club at Ladd Field burning,
If any one was there or has information please E-Mail me than you.
Name: Jerry Comeau (Como)
Location: Highland Mich.
Comments: Looking for members of 3rd Infantry Div BAND 1955-56.Have located a few and looking for more.
Date: 4/10/02 REQUEST
Name: Cheryl Puccio
Address: 19 Blanchard Rd.
City, State, ZIP: Wilmington, MA. 01887
Comments: My father's uniform jacket has the 3rd Army patch on his sleeve and he
with the 10th mountain division in Italy. How did he get that patch? He went to
boot camp in
Fort Blanding, FL. but he does not remember how he was switch to the 10th. Can
Thanks in advance
Date: 10April02 REQUEST
Name: Phillip VonHoltz
Address: 406 Richmond Lane
City, State, ZIP: Hinesville, GA, 31313
Subject: Looking for someone who knew/served with my great uncle, Edward
I am trying to track down any information on my great uncle
who I'm told served with 3ID during WWII.
His name was Edward Frederic VonHoltz, I believe he was a PVT with the 30th
Infantry and awarded the
Also, that he joined the Division in North Africa and stayed with it
through Italy and into Germany.
I'm an active duty Army Officer currently assigned to the Rock of Marne Division
at FT Stewart
and would really like any info I could get on this former 3ID soldier, he died
in 1966 in a
VA Hospital in West Haven CT.
MAJ Phill VonHoltz
Name: Norman E. Koenig
Comments: Great site! My Uncle 'Ed Koenig' served from 1941 to 1945 with C Co. 15th Regt. 3rd Inf. Div.
Looking for any buddies that may remember him.
I served with the 4th Regt. 3rd Division from 1959-1961 Ft. Benning, Ga. and Bamburg, Germany.
Would like to hear from any of my friends!!!
Date: 9 April 2002 REQUEST
Name: Lawrence Leland Harper
Address: 7202 Glen Trail
City, State, ZIP: San Antonio, TX 78239-3428
Telephone: 210 653-6054
Subject: Personnel of Item Co. 3rd Bn, 15th Regt 3rd Inf Div
Comments: Would like to be contacted by personnel that served in Co I 3rd Bn
3rd Inf Div from April 1952 to Mar 1953. I recall several names.
The one that stands out is Tomatsu Ito - a fellow from Los
Angeles. I was Company Clerk for Item Company;
so the names I had to put on the Morning Reports will be very familiar to
me once I am contacted.
Date: 4-8-02 REQUEST
Name: Thomas L Miller
Address: 60 Michigan St
City, State, ZIP: Winchester, NH,03470
Subject: looking for desert storm vets
Comments: I served with b 6-41 from 1989 to 1992. I was in fdc.
where are my fellow soldiers?
Date: April 8, 2002 REQUEST
Name: BARBARA E. OLSON
Subject: Clarence M. Olson
My husband, Clarence M. Olson served in the army from 12/4/1946 to 11/24/1948.
He served in Germany as a Military policeman:
Arrival date in Germany 4/12/1947 and departed 11/4/1948.
I have a picture of the ship he came home on, but I would like to know the name of the ship. If anyone came home on the same ship maybe you would know the name. I think it came into New Jersey as his discharge shows place of separation as CP Kilmer, NJ.
Date: April 8, 2002 REQUEST
City, State, ZIP: Bushnell, FL
Subject: Bushnell Florida
Is there a place in Bushnell, Florida where a WWII vet can be laid to rest?
Date: April 7, 2002 REQUEST
Name: Celia Levy
Address: 28 Juniper Ln
City, State, ZIP: N.Harwich, MA 02645
Subject: B 53D Signal Battalion
Comments: I am looking for anyone that belonged to the company B 53D Signal
Battalion during World War II and who was in the U.S. Army. My late grandfather
Robert Earl Crockett belonged to this company of B 53D Signal Battalion in
European and African-middle Eastern theaters. And among the medals he received
he got the silver star which he got with his company because my grandfather
saved 2 guys from drowning in the Mediterranean Sea and he was honorably
discharged in 1945. If you have any info about this company or you
witnessed my grandfather saving the 2 guys from drowning or you knew my
grandfather please e-mail me or write to me with any info it would be greatly
Date: 4/6/02 REQUEST
Name: Joe Poggi
Subject: Medal for WWI Vet.
Maybe you can help me. I have a friend whose father belonged to the 3d ID in WWI and wounded in France.
He is deceased now, but his son whom I know well, is interested in receiving his Purple Heart from the government.
Could you send me any information about the 3d Div. in WWI.
Do you know anyone I can reach out to get the medal for him.
Thank you, Joe P.
Date: 4/5/02 REQUEST
Name: Mike Quinton
Subject: Sal Mignone
Comments: MY FATHER IN LAW, SALVATORE JOHN MIGNONE, PASSED AWAY LAST WEEK.
HE SERVED IN KOREA IN THE MARINES, WE WOULD LIKE ANY INFORMATION ON HIS
MAY NEED SOME HELP TO BURY IN NATIONAL CEMETERY, SUCH AS SERVICE NUMBER
AND COPY OF DISCHARGE PAPERS. THANK YOU
Date: April 4, 2002 REQUEST #1093
Name: Mary Weatherford
Address: 4473 Cricket Ridge Dr. # 201
City, State, ZIP: Holt, MI 48842
Subject: looking for friends of my father's
Comments: My dad served in the Third Army, Third Cavalry Recon Squadron, B Troop,
3rd Platoon. His name is Paul R. Kreft and I am searching for anyone who might have served
with him to help corroborate a battle they were in that cost my dad his hearing.
We are trying hard to get my dad the Purple Heart he deserves but the Army says the records of this
battle were destroyed in a fire. We are hoping to find another person to help us out.
Any help you can give is appreciated.
Date: April 4, 2002 REQUEST
Name: John A. Morris
Address: 3430 Saint Ann Street
City, State, ZIP: Butte, MT 59701
Subject: Robert Hawkins
Wanted to contact Robert Hawkins, 15th Infantry Cannon Company DSC winner was
Captain Infantry 1945
Last I heard he was in Florida
Would like to hear from Robert or get his phone number.
Thanks, John Morris
Date: 04/04/2002 REQUEST
Name: Carol Anne Perry
Subject: Dalton Pulsipher
Comments: My Uncle, Dalton Pulsipher, was in the 3rd Infantry 3rd Infantry Division (taken from his grave marker).
We know that he served under Patton but don't know much more. He was killed September 22, 1944.
I'm hoping to find out more about where he was killed in France. If anyone has any details regarding the 3rd Infantry 3rd Infantry Division during that time period I would be interested in learning more about it.
Date: April 3, 2002 REQUEST
Name: Patrick F. Conville
Address: 2236 Lilac Lane
City, State, ZIP: Jamison Pa. 18929
Subject: John (Jack) Grinnan
Looking for an information @ Jack Grinnan being awarded the Bronze Star on or
about 11 November, 1943.
Would also appreciate any information regarding the circumstances of him being
classified as MIA/ Presumed Dead.
There was a possibility he was a POW for a period of time while MIA.
He was a private in the 7th Infantry Regiment at the time his medal was awarded.
Uncle Jack was Discharged
from Fort Warren (sic) WYO on Sept. 30, 1945
As additional information his Separation Document refers to five battle
Naples foggia, Rome Arno, Southern France, Rhineland and Central Europe
I am assisting my Aunt in putting my Uncles affairs in order as he was recently
involved in a car accident
that left him paralyzed. Any information regarding my Uncle would be greatly
Date: 4-3-2002 REQUEST
Name: Bill Howell
Address: 546 rd 200 west
City, State, ZIP: Bellefontaine, Ohio 43311
Subject: Looking for old buddies
Comments: Just looking for any one that may have served in Co.B 1st. Battle
Grp.7th Inf. 3rd Inf.Div.
from Oct. 1957 till June 1960. I was in the Div. marksmanship detachment and the
7th inf. Leclerc rifle team
most of my time in Aschaffenburg.
Date: April 3, 2002 REQUEST
Name: David Bell
Address: 249 South Main St.
City, State, ZIP: Hudson, OH 44236
Subject: Searching for former members of 3rd Div. Hq. Co. PIO office Sept.
Comments: I am searching for former members of the 3rd Division HQ Co. PIO
office from about
Sept. 1953 to about Sept. 1954. Contact can be made via firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: 02 Apr 02 REQUEST
Name: Doug Harding
Address: 3680 Peachtree Rd NE Apt A3
City, State, ZIP: 30319
Subject: World War 1 soldier
Comments: I'm looking for information on a man who fought with the 38th
Company M with the 3rd division during World War 1. His name is Theodore
and he was killed on July 15, 1918. He was from Atlanta, Georgia.
Anyone with any more info would be greatly appreciated.
Date: 02 Apr 02 REQUEST
Name: Tiffany Hartsell
LMNO Cable Group
City, State, ZIP: Los Angeles, CA
Subject: Audie Murphy and other Heroes
My name is Tiffany Hartsell, and I am a researcher at LMNO Cable Group in Los
Angeles. I am currently working on a television program for the Travel
Channel entitled "Secrets of Arlington National Cemetery."
will profile the history, traditions, icons and people of Arlington, and go
deeper into the stories and legends behind them. The goal is to provide an
enlightening and engaging look at this national treasure, providing insights
that the average person might not have previously known, which will hopefully
inspire them to learn even more
about our shared national history.
To illustrate the Arlington's role as a resting place for heroes, we will be
profiling a select group of veterans who have distinguished themselves in one
way or another in combat. Of course, no show about war heroes would be
complete without a segment on Audie Murphy. Right now, we are gathering
our research and seeking potential
interviewees who could speak about him and his service to our nation.
I was hoping that your organization might be able to help us
track down some authorities on the subject,
and perhaps put us in contact with any of your membership who might have served
with Audie Murphy,
so that we might more fully capture his legend.
By way of background, LMNO Cable Group has been creating award-winning
television for more than 10 years
with shows ranging from Bill Cosbyıs Kids Say The Darndest Things to Intimate
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Date: 02 Apr 02 REQUEST
Name: Marian Gilbert
City, State, ZIP: MCBH Kaneohe Bay
Subject: Usmc Guadalcanal vet 1946, USMC Pfc Gilbert or Pfc Chong
Comments: Marine wife trying to locate WW2 buddies for Hank Ryback.
Looking for a USMC Infantrymen PFC Gilbert (called himself Portugee) and PFC
Chong, both from Oahu, Hawaii.
Knew Hank Ryback (USAF) in Guadalcanal Jan-June 1946. Ryback returned to
Oahu in 1951 on way to Korea,
visited Gilbert again. Mr Ryback has been trying to track down his buddies
for years, any information you have would be greatly appreciated.
Thank ALL of you for your courageous service to our country.
Date: April 2, 2002 REQUEST
Name: Kevin J. White
Subject: SSgt Elmer Lawing 1st Platoon C Co., 30th Infantry
I found this letter among my grandmother's papers. I know that when she
died many years later she still grieved for her son lost in the war. She
had been told that he lingered for six hours in a field hospital before he died.
Obviously she had written Captain Murray asking for particulars. SSgt
Lawing was from the Haw Creek area of Asheville NC, and had finished at Haw
Creek High School in 1943. The following January he was at Anzio with the
30th Infantry, and was in combat for almost all the next year and two days,
except for brief periods when his unit was out of the line and for
hospitalizations following the four wounds he received prior to his fifth and
fatal wounding. He was twice awarded the Silver Star, and also held the
Croix de Guerre from the French government, and five Purple Hearts. When
he was killed he was twenty years old.
I would love to hear from anyone with any memory of SSgt Lawing or of Captain
Murray. The letter above was written in the spring of 1946, from Chapel
Hill NC, where the Captain was apparently utilizing the GI Bill to attend the
University of North Carolina.
Then 1st Lieutenant Murray assumed command of Company C, 30th Infantry Regiment,
on Nov. 7, 1944, when the previous commander was wounded, and led the company
for the rest of the war. He mentions above returning to the company from
the hospital on Dec 28, 1944. He was hospitalized with eight grenade
fragment wounds received on Dec. 16, when he single handedly broke up an attack
at Keysersburg by a reinforced German company with BAR fire and by calling in
artillery, for which feat he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Dear Mrs. White,
I don't quite know how to write a letter such as should be written to you, one
that might somehow ease your great suffering. I can say that your son was
a good soldier - he was more than that, he was a good American, but you must
know that already. But I am able to tell you the circumstances surrounding
his death, most of which you already have knowledge of.
I returned to the company on Dec. 28, 1944, from the hospital and two days later
we moved back from the front at Keysersburg France for a few days rest.
And then we relieved a company at Bienwihr France where we stayed for a little
over a week. We then moved back to Ribeauville, I believe, for training
and on the night of January 22, 1945, we moved toward the front - several
divisions were attacking that night. Company C crossed a river at Guermain
France , on a foot bridge, and we moved east through the two feet of snow.
The weather was extremely cold. We moved in single file for about two
hours - five men were wounded by a mine about midway - until we came to our
objective, another stream. I sent one platoon across the stream to
establish a bridgehead and the rest of the company bedded down on the west bank.
The next morning the rest of our battalion passed through us and crossed the
stream, and we followed them south along the east bank of the stream.
We moved just a few hundred yards and then I received orders
that I should go into position on the bank of the stream. Late in the
afternoon a bridge which was being constructed for our tanks collapsed, and we
were without tank support. Shortly afterward, the units in front of us
were attacked by German tanks, and those that could moved back near us.
That night about ten o'clock a number of German tanks attacked us, and we were
forced to move back down the stream about one hundred yards before the Germans
fell back. So far my company had been spared, practically no casualties.
The remainder of the night was quiet.
Sgt. Lawing was now acting as platoon leader for the 1st platoon.
At about nine o'clock on the morning of the 24th I left the company and moved
back down to the battalion C. P. to see the Colonel, just two hundred yards up the
stream from Company C. I had been gone only about twenty minutes when the
Germans attacked with a large number of tanks, the main force of the attack
hitting my company. The men fought back for a while with machine guns and
rockets, but they were not enough to stop the Mark VI tanks, and the Germans
overran our positions and we fell back to new positions across the stream.
I say we, but I mean the company because the whole thing only lasted ten minutes
or so and I was at the battalion C. P. unable to get back to the company.
Tanks were on us too. The Germans did their damage and after we had
destroyed three, I believe, of their tanks with artillery fire they departed.
As soon as I could, I went to the company, to find that every one of my officers
and sergeants had been killed or wounded, except one Sgt. We went up, some
of us that is, with the medics to help bring out the wounded, and I am almost
certain that we did get them all out. I didn't personally check the entire
company area, but I am certain that those who did check the platoon area did a
thorough job and no wounded man was left.
The first platoon bazooka team remained in their position until all their
ammunition was gone and one of their men informed me later that one of the first
rounds fired from the tanks hit Sgt Lawing and killed him instantly. I
sincerely believe, and hope, that that was the way it was. It was
terrifically cold and the ones who were wounded as bad as Sgt Lawing was, even
if he did not die immediately, quickly froze. And therefor, your son may
have suffered for a little while, but not for six hours, not even for one hour.
And I still think that he was killed instantly as the bazooka team claimed.
The reason for so many of the leaders being killed, as was your boy, was simply
because they were leaders. They were out of their foxholes, exposing
themselves, in an attempt to get the rest of the company to fight back at the
tanks, when they all knew that they had no weapons capable of doing damage to a
tank. All of this happened bacause a little bridge which was to allow our
tanks to cross a river collapsed before even one tank could cross.
You can rest assured that had your son been only wounded and had there been some
way to ease his pain it would have been done. But we will have to believe
in our hearts that he suffered no pain and died instantly, or at least
And I would like to say also that I have seen quite a number of men wounded
critically, and in the large majority of these instances the shock was so great
that the man could not possibly have felt any pain, and most of them do die
peacefully, without realizing exactly what had happened.
So we will probably never know exactly the true story of what actually did
happen that cold morning in France, but from what I have attempted to say to you
I do so much hope that you can believe that your son was killed instantly by an
88mm shell fired by a German tank and that he died an heroic death worthy of any
My deepest sympathy,
Charles P. Murray
Former C. O., C Co. 30th Inf
Date: 2 April 2002 REQUEST
Name: Al Pfeiffer
Address: 1028 Archer Ln
City, State, ZIP: Eau Claire, WI. 54703
Subject: Otho H Cameron
Comments: Stationed HHC & Band, 3d Inf Div Spt Comd, Oct66 thru 1967 in
Home state Miss. lSG of Co, later prom to SGM and sent to Korea.
Later returned to Germany in 1969/70.
Date: April 1, 2002 REQUEST
Name: Paul Zoellner
Address: 2601 Brookdale Avenue
City, State, ZIP: Ashwaubenon, WI 54313
Subject: My dad Dick Zoellner
Comments: Hello, I'm still trying to find any information or old photographs of
my dad Dick Zoellner.
He served in both the 7th and 15th Infantry Regiments of the 3rd ID.
He was also nicknamed "Swede" because of his white/blond hair.
I know he participated in the invasions of North Africa,
Sicily, and Naples/Salerno, and Anzio.
I know the chances are getting slimmer that I may find anyone that would
or have a photo of him, but its worth the try!