The 32D 'Red Arrow' Veteran Association

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Distinguished Service Cross Recipients

from the 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division during World War II

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Read here of the deeds of these brave heroes and do not forget them!

The names which are preceded by an asterisk denote posthumous awards.

 

There were at least 157 Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) medals bestowed upon Soldiers from the 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division during WWII.

At least five Division Soldiers were decorated with the Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC) to the DSC (signifying a 2nd DSC) during WWII; CPT/SSG Herman J. F. Bottcher, LTC James P. Burns, CPT Sheldon M. Dannelly, COL Merle H. Howe, and 1LT Herbert G. Peabody.

COL Joseph S. Bradley also earned two DSCs, his first with the 32D Division during WWII, and the OLC as a BG with the 2D Div. during the Korean War. BG Hanford MacNider earned three DSCs, his first two for his WWI service; his third was awarded for his actions while he was briefly attached to the 32D Div. at Buna.

 

The Distinguished Service Cross is our Nation’s second highest decoration for heroism, second only to the Medal of Honor. The DSC was established by Act of Congress 9 July 1918 (amended by act of 25 July 1963). The DSC is awarded to a person who, while serving in any capacity with the Army, distinguished himself or herself by extraordinary heroism not justifying the award of a Medal of Honor; while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States; while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing or foreign force; or while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing Armed Force in which the United States is not a belligerent party. The act or acts of heroism must have been so notable and have involved risk of life so extraordinary as to set the individual apart from their comrades. The DSC is equivalent to the Navy Cross and the Air Force Cross.

 

This page is a long overdue addition to our website. It is going to take a considerable amount of research and transcribing in order to (hopefully someday) complete this roster of heroes. We have to start somewhere, let us start with these one hundred and seventeen brave men who earned one hundred and twenty-two Distinguished Service Crosses. Additional 32D Div. DSC recipients from WWII will be added to this roster as time permits.

 

Much of the information below was collected from the outstanding Military Times Hall of Valor website, the outstanding Home of Heroes website, as well as numerous other historic references.

 

Note: the annotation “not HoV” indicates that particular award is not listed on the Military Times Hall of Valor, just like “not HoH” indicates it was not listed on Home of Heroes.

1.         

Baetcke, Bernard G.

Major, U.S. Army
126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 30 November 1942
Citation:
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Major Bernard G. Baetcke, United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 30 November 1942, in the vicinity of Sanananda, New Guinea. Major Baetcke's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.”
General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 32 (1943)
Born:
Home of record: MI

 

Was a CPT assigned to HQ, 63D Inf. Bde. (Mich. NG) at Detroit, MI, when 32D Div. was mobilized on 15 Oct. '40.

 

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Bailey, Cladie A.

First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
Company G, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 2 December 1942 (Victory in Papua lists date as 30 Nov. ’42)
Citation:
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “First Lieutenant (Infantry) Cladie Bailey, United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company G, 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 2 December 1942, in the vicinity of Buna, New Guinea. First Lieutenant Bailey's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.”
General Orders: Headquarters, South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 1 (1 Jan. 1943)
Born: 26 October 1910
Home of record: Heltonville, Indiana

Death: 20 April 1945

Interred: Mundell Christian Church Cemetery, Pleasant Run Township, Indiana

Status: KIA

Graduated Indiana University in 1932; was an officer in CCC; was coach of Heltonville H.S. basketball team when he entered service 19 Apr. '41; WIA 19 Dec. '42; promoted to CPT 31 Dec. '42; MAJ 15 Oct. '43; LTC 15 May '44; KIA 20 Apr. '45 while commanding 1ST Bn., 126TH Inf. on Luzon, Philippine Islands; posthumously awarded Silver Star; awarded at least one Purple Heart

 

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Bajdek, Walter A.

Private First Class, U.S. Army
Headquarters Company, 2D Battalion, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 10 December 1942
Citation:
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Private First Class Walter A. Bajdek, United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Headquarters Company, 2d Battalion, 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 10 December 1942, in the vicinity of Buna, New Guinea. Private First Class Bajdek's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.”
General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 32 (1943)
Born:
Home of record: Michigan

 

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Balza, William J.

Private First Class, U.S. Army
Headquarters Company, 2D Battalion, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 25 December 1942
Citation:
“The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Private First Class William J. Balza, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Headquarters Company, 2d Battalion, 127th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry, in action against enemy forces on 25 December 1942, near Buna, New Guinea. When an infantry Company was cut off from its battalion, Private First Class Balza, in an effort to reestablish communications, volunteered to attempt to carry a telephone line to the isolated company. Though forced back twice by heavy enemy fire, with courageous determination and complete disregard for his own safety, he crawled forward across an open field and succeeded in reaching the isolated company with the telephone line. Private First Class Balza's conspicuous courage and determination were an inspiration to the men of his unit. His intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.” The citation was summarized by Robert J. Doyle, Milwaukee Journal, 26 June 1943, “PVT William [Balza], Route 4, Sawyer, dared death three times near Buna mission Christmas day. The third time he succeeded in his mission and has received a Distinguished Service Cross. Japanese soldiers allowed a company to cross an open field, then cut the company off from its unit by sweeping the field with machine gun fire every time anyone attempted to reach the isolated company. [Balza] volunteered to brave this fire to string a telephone line across this field. Twice he and SGT Elmer Coon, Black Creek, WI, wormed into knee high grass but were forced back. The second time a soldier trying to protect them with rifle fire was killed. [Balza] volunteered to make a third attempt and finally succeeded as machine gun bullets cut the grass all around him. The wire which he dragged across the field maintained communication between the isolated company and other units until help was brought.”
General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 34 (1943)
Born: 21 December 1911
Home of record: Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin

Death: 3 December 1997

Interred: St. Michaels Catholic Cemetery, Town of Jacksonport, Wisconsin

 

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*Baser, Raymond Mancil

Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company E, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 10 December 1944
Citation:
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Private First Class Raymond [M.] Baser (ASN: [67615204]), United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company E, 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 10 December 1944. Private First Class Baser's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.”
General Orders: Headquarters, Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 105 (1945)
Born: 1924 at Missouri
Home of record: Howell County, Missouri

Death: 3 April 1945 on Luzon

Interred:

Status: KIA

 

He entered service 27 May '43 at Jefferson Barracks, MO; SN 67615204; posthumously bestowed with DSC for his actions on 10 Dec. '44 on Leyte; promoted to SGT; KIA 3 Apr. '45 on Luzon; possibly had an 'Army Harbor Craft' or 'Harbor Ship' named after him.

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*Bayerl, Joseph P.

Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company C, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 7 July 1944
Citation:
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Staff Sergeant Joseph P. Bayerl (ASN: 20649268), United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 7 July 1944. Staff Sergeant Bayerl's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.”
General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 140 (1944)
Born: 17 March 1919 at Wisconsin
Home of record: Milladore, Wisconsin

Death: 10 July 1944 near Aitape, New Guinea

Interred: Saint Kilian Cemetery, Blenker, Wisconsin

Status: KIA

 

He was a PVT in Co. C, 128TH Inf., Wisconsin National Guard, at Marshfield, WI when 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40; SN 20649268; home on leave for Thanksgiving in '41; MIA 7 Jul. '44 near Aitape, New Guinea, parents received telegram 19 Jul. '44; KIA 10 Jul. '44 near Aitape, New Guinea, parents received telegram 22 Jul. '44; also earned Purple Heart.

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Beaver, Chester M.

Major, U.S. Army
Headquarters, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 5 December 1942
Citation:
“Major Chester M. Beaver, (ASN: 0-20887), General Staff Corps, Headquarters 32d Infantry Division, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Buna, New Guinea, on 5 December 1942. After extensive and useful activity at the hazard of his life during the [attack] on 5th December, Major Beaver, late in the afternoon, organized a patrol from the Cannon Company, 128th Infantry, for an attempt to outflank an enemy position. Crawling through mud and water, under heavy fire, the patrol worked its way within a hundred yards of Buna Village and materially assisted in the attack. Major Beaver’s daring leadership was an inspiration to the men of his command.”

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 36 (1943)
Born: 26 Mar. '14 at Broken Bow, Nebraska
Home of record: Yankton, South Dakota

Death: 31 July 1944

Interred: Honolulu, Hawaii

Status: DNB

 

Graduated from U. of Nebraska in 1936; served with Btry. E, 147TH FA (Neb. NG) and also had military training at the university; assumed command of 1ST Bn., 126TH Inf. on 13 Dec. '42; later promoted to LTC; was killed in a plane crash 31 Jul. '44, near Funafuti, Ellice Island, in the Pacific; interred at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, HI; also awarded the Silver Star; his father, Chester A. Beaver, was CPT who organized Co. E, 6TH Neb. Inf. Btry. (Neb. NG) in 1917, this unit became part of the 147TH FA, which was attached to 32D Div. during WWI

 

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8.         

*Bender, Herman

Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company M, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 31 December 1942
Citation:
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Private First Class Herman Bender (ASN: 20648133), United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company M, 127th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 31 December 1942, in the vicinity Buna, New Guinea. Private First Class Bender's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.” The citation was summarized by Robert J. Doyle, Milwaukee Journal, 26 June 1943, “A Distinguished Service Cross was awarded posthumously to PVT Herman Bender, Fond du Lac, who gave his life getting important information for his commanding officer. Bender volunteered to cross nearly 200 yards of unpatrolled ground to attempt to make contact between two American forces closing on the enemy beachhead. He reached the other force, obtained necessary information and had started back to report when he was severely wounded. Bender dragged himself to his platoon and made his report shortly before he died. The information was of great value and enabled the two American forces to close the gap for the final attack against Japanese positions at Buna mission.”

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 32 (15 June 1943)
Born: 
Home of record: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin

Death: 31 December 1942

Interred:

Status: KIA

 

Was a PVT in Co. M, 127TH Inf. (WNG) at Fond du Lac, WI, when the 32D Div. was mobilized on 15 Oct. '40.

 

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9.         

*Binns, Jack M.

Private, U.S. Army
Company C, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 26 November to 11 December 1942
Citation:
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Private Jack M. Binns (ASN: 20634431), United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces from 26 November 1942 to 11 December 1942, in the vicinity Cape Endaiadere, New Guinea. Private Binns' intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.”

General Orders: Headquarters, South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 29 (1943)
Born: 1917 at Michigan
Home of record: Kalamazoo, Michigan

Death: 11 December 1942

Interred: Manila American Cemetery

Status: KIA

 

Was PVT in Co. C, 126TH Inf., Michigan National Guard, at Kalamazoo, MI, when 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40; posthumously bestowed with DSC for his actions 26 Nov. near Cape Endaiadere to 11 Dec. '42 when he was KIA in the vicinity of “Huggins' Roadblock”; also awarded Purple Heart.

 

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10.      

*Boice, William Francis

Captain, U.S. Army
2D Battalion, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 19 December 1942
Citation:
“The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Captain (Infantry) William F. Boice (ASN: 0-226890), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while commanding a Battalion of the 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 19 December 1942, during the Papuan Campaign near Buna, New Guinea. When all except one of his officers had been killed, Captain Boice, as battalion commander, realized the need for personal leadership and promptly went forward without regard for his own personal safety and led his troops against a heavily fortified and almost inaccessible enemy stronghold of great importance. He was killed while advancing at the head of his men. Captain Boice's gallant leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.”
General Orders: Headquarters, South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 3 (1943)

Born: 1904
Home of record: Swayzee, Indiana

Death: 19 December 1942

Interred: Manila American Cemetery

Status: KIA

Graduated from DePauw University; was regimental S-2 before assuming command of 2D Bn. of 126TH Inf.; also memorialized at Converse Cemetery, Mier, Grant County, IN

 

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11.      

Bottcher, Hermann Johann Friedrich

Captain (then Staff Sergeant), U.S. Army
Company H (attached to Company G), 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 5-11 December 1942
Citation:
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Captain (Infantry) Herman J. F. Bottcher (ASN: 0-888451), United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces from 5 to 11 December 1942, in the vicinity of Papua, New Guinea. Captain Bottcher's outstanding leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.”
General Orders: Headquarters, South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 64 (December 28, 1942)

Born: 13 Jul. 1909 in Germany

Home of record: San Francisco, California

Death: 31 December 1944

Interred: Manila American Cemetery

Status: KIA

 

Bottcher, Hermann Johann Friedrich

Captain (then Staff Sergeant), U.S. Army
Company H (attached to Company G), 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 20 December 1942
Citation:
“Captain Herman J. F. Bottcher, (ASN: O-888451), 126th Infantry, United States Army. For extraordinary heroism in action near Buna, New Guinea, 20 December 1942. Although wounded the previous day, Captain Bottcher volunteered to [lead] a detachment of infantry in an attack on an enemy strong-point in terrain which he was familiar. He carefully prepared the men for the attack, and encouraged them by his own example to advance within twenty yards of the enemy emplacements. When the patrol was held up by small arms fire in this advanced position, he stood up without regard for his own safety and drew the enemy’s [fire] so that the patrol could move to another area. He was again wounded during this action. Captain Bottcher’s outstanding courage and leadership were an inspiration to the men under his command.”

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 36 (1943)

Born: 13 Jul. 1909 in Germany

Home of record: San Francisco, California

Death: 31 December 1944

Interred: Manila American Cemetery

Status: KIA

 

For additional information and photographs of this amazing Soldier and his remarkable military career, please visit this awesome website: http://www.hermannbottcher.org/index.html.

 

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12.      

Bradley, Joseph Sladen

Colonel, U.S. Army

Headquarters, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division

Date of Action: 28 December 1942

Citation:

“The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Colonel (General Staff Corps) Joseph Sladen Bradley (ASN: 0-12428), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Chief of Staff, Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 28 December 1942, during the Papuan Campaign at Buna, New Guinea. To further an attack by an infantry company against a strongly fortified enemy area, Colonel Bradley left his command post, went to the most forward positions, personally aided the progress of the attack, and contributed materially to its success. While under heavy enemy fire he moved about among the men continually risking his life to encourage and assist the advance in every way possible. Colonel Bradley's inspiring leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.”

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 36 (1943)

Born: 9 June 1900 at Washington

Home of Record: Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

Death: 17 January 1961

Interred: U.S. Military Academy Cemetery, West Point, New York

 

Appointed from SD; graduated U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Class of '19 (originally Class of '21, due to WWI they graduated early in '18 and subsequently graduated again in '19); awarded Silver Star for his actions 27 Dec. '42 near Buna, New Guinea; bestowed with DSC for his actions 28 Dec. '42; awarded OLC to Silver Star for his actions 11 Jan. '43 near Tarakena, New Guinea; awarded DSM for his actions as BG and Chief of the Training Group, G-3 Division, War Department General Staff, from Mar. '44 to Nov. '45.; awarded OLC to DSM for his actions as BG with Far East Command from 23 Oct. '46 to 13 Aug. '48; bestowed with OLC to DSC for his actions 1-5 Sep. '50 as BG and Asst. Div. Cdr. of 2D ID during the Korean War; awarded 2nd and 3rd OLC to Silver Star for his actions Mar. and May '51 as BG and MG with 25TH Inf. Div. during the Korean War; retired as MG in 1956.

 

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Bradley, Leonard Taylor ‘Jim’

Private First Class, U.S. Army

Company I, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division

Date of Action: 5 December 1942

Citation:

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Private First Class Leonard T. Bradley, United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 5 December 1942. Private First Class Bradley's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.”

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 46 (1944)

Born: 21 October 1913 at Franklin County, Iowa

Home of Record:

Death: 20 January 2006 at Monticello, Iowa

Interred: Sacred Heart Cemetery, Monticello, Iowa

 

Family history says it was during a full-scale Japanese attack that he removed his helmet to cover a Japanese grenade that fell in a foxhole he shared with others, he placed his foot on helmet in the hope the mud would absorb most of the shrapnel, which it did; he saved all the men in that foxhole, but lost a foot and part of his leg as a result of his wounds; also awarded Purple Heart; discharged from service in October of 1943.

 

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Brooks, Henry Ellwood

Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army

Company F, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division

Date of Action: 24 April 1945

Citation:

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Staff Sergeant Henry E. Brooks, United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 127th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 24 April 1945. Staff Sergeant Brooks' intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.”

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 55 (1945)

Born: 17 May '19 at Oakland, California

Home of Record: Maywood, California

Death: 2 May 1999

Interred: Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, CA

 

Joined Co. F, 127TH Inf. on Luzon; served with SSG Ysmael R. Villegas, Medal of Honor recipient who was KIA 20 Mar. '45; bestowed with DSC for his actions 24 Apr. '45 along the Villa Verde Trail; other awards include Bronze Star w/OLC, Purple Heart w/OLC, Philippine Liberation Medal w/1 bronze star, Asiatic Pacific Theater Medal w/1 bronze star, American Theater Medal, Good Conduct Medal, WW II Victory Medal, and CIB; died in auto accident 2 May '99 on his way home from his Red Arrow Division reunion; interred at Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, CA; his family has a website dedicated to him: http://www.angelfire.com/hi/RedArrowDivision/index.html.

 

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Budai, George C.

Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army

Company A, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division

Date of Action: 8 May 1945

Citation:

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Technical Sergeant George C. Budai, United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company A, 128th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 8 May 1945. Technical Sergeant Budai's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.”

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 7 (1946)

Born: 29 August 1919 at Cook County, Illinois

Home of Record: Coppersville, Michigan

Death: 23 February 2002 at Muskegon, Michigan

Interred: Saint Mary’s Cemetery, Muskegon, Michigan

 

He entered service 25 Aug. '42 at Kalamazoo, MI; SN 36192021; also earned Silver Star; other awards include Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/3 battle stars, WWII Victory Medal, Philippine Liberation Medal w/1 battle star, 5 Overseas Service Bars, 1 Service Stripe; discharged 25 Nov. '45.

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*Burns, James P.

Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army

1ST Battalion, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division

Date of Action: 19 & 24 May 1945

Citation:

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Lieutenant Colonel (Infantry) James P. Burns (ASN: 0-265547), United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 128th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 19 and 24 May 1945. Lieutenant Colonel Burns' intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.”

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 99 (1945)

Born:

Home of Record: Clarke County, Virginia

Death: 24 May 1945

Interred: Manila American Cemetery

Status: KIA

 

*Burns, James P.

Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army

1ST Battalion, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division

Date of Action: 19 & 24 May 1945

Citation:

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Lieutenant Colonel (Infantry) James P. Burns (ASN: 0-265547), United States Army, was awarded a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 128th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces during World War II. Lieutenant Colonel Burns' intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.”

General Orders: Authority: A.B.M.C.

Born:

Home of Record: Clarke County, Virginia

Death: 24 May 1945 on Luzon, Philippines

Interred: Manila American Cemetery

Status: KIA

 

SN 0-265547; married, father of 1; overseas May '43 as MAJ with 1ST Cav. Div.; promoted LTC Dec. '44 and took command of 1ST Bn., 128TH Inf.; KIA on the Villa Verde Trail 24 May '45 as a battalion commander; other awards include Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart w/2 OLC; interred at Manila American Cemetery.

 

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Byers, Clovis Ethelbert

Brigadier General, U.S. Army

Headquarters, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division

Date of Action: 15 December 1942

Citation:

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “For extraordinary heroism in action near Buna, New Guinea, on 15 December 1942. Immediately prior to launching an attack on an enemy position, Brigadier General Byers, without regard to his personal safety, visited the front line troops in close proximity to the enemy and to the impact are of our own preparatory mortar concentration, inspiring the men to a greater effort by his personal example. When the attack was launched, he advanced to a position within fifty yards of the assaulting troops. When wounded by an enemy sniper, he continued observation of the action and encouragement of the troops until he was evacuated. His inspiring example of heroism contributed greatly to the success of the attack.”

General Orders: Authority: Headquarters, South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 63 (1942)

Born: 5 November 1899 at Columbus, Ohio

Home of Record: Columbus, Ohio

Death: 13 December 1973 at Washington, D.C.

Interred: Arlington National Cemetery

 

Graduated U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Class of '20; he was Gen. Eichelberger's (I Corps) Chief of Staff during Papuan Campaign; he briefly assumed command of 32D Division's forward troops (but not command of the Div. as a whole) after BG Waldron was WIA on 5 Dec. '42; he was WIA by a Japanese sniper on 16 Dec. '42; also awarded the Silver Star during Papuan Campaign; later awarded 3 Bronze Stars, a 2nd Silver Star, Legion of Merit, DSM and Air Medal for his service with I Corps and 8th Army during WWII; also served during Korean War; retired in 1959 as LG.

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Campbell, Robert H.

Private, U.S. Army

Company M, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division

Date of Action: 17 December 1942 to 1 January 1943

Citation:

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Private Robert H. Campbell, United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company M, 127th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces from 7 December 1942 through 1 January 1943, in Buna, New Guinea. Private Campbell's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.”

General Orders: Authority: Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 34 (1943)

Born: 24 September 1915

Home of Record: Iowa

Death: 30 September 1972

Interred: St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery, Dougherty, Iowa

 

There is some discrepancy regarding his unit. The 32D Infantry Division in World War II states he was assigned to Co. H, while his DSC and Victory in Papua state he was assigned to Co. M.

 

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Carew, John J.

Colonel, U.S. Army

114TH Engineer Combat Battalion, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division

Date of Action: 16 November 1942

Citation:

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Colonel (Corps of Engineers) John J. Carew, United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 114th Engineer Combat Battalion, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 16 November 1942, in the vicinity of Cape Sudest in New Guinea. Colonel Carew's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.” According to Victory in Papua, COL Carew was bestowed with the Distinguished Service Cross for his leadership and participation in hastily organized rescue parties which saved numerous comrades from burning and sinking Allied supply ships as they were attacked by Japanese aircraft in the shallows off Cape Sudest on 16 November 1942.

General Orders: Headquarters, South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 64 (28 December 1942)

Born:

Home of Record: Medford, Massachusetts

Death: 16 July 1980

Interred:

 

May have been in MA National Guard; also awarded Silver Star for his actions 23 Dec. '42 near Buna, New Guinea; retired as BG.

 

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*Cherney, Carl J.

Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army

Company C, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division

Date of Action: 20-21 November 1942

Citation:

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Staff Sergeant Carl J. Cherney (ASN: 20649177), United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 128th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 20 and 21 November 1942, at Buna, New Guinea. Staff Sergeant Cherney's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.” A newspaper article, dateline Allied Headquarters, Australia, 5 February 1943, summarized the citation, “SSG Carl J. Cherney led his company in an attack against the enemy positions. He advanced ahead of his men, through heavy enemy machine-gun and mortar fire, encouraging them by his example. SSG Cherney's fire leadership and forceful driving power was responsible in a large part for the success of these attacks. On several occasions, he aided wounded men to withdraw from the field which was under enemy machine-gun fire. SSG Cherney was killed during this action.”

General Orders: Headquarters, South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 14 (1943)

Born:

Home of Record: Marshfield, Wisconsin

Death: 20 or 21 November 1942

Interred: Manila American Cemetery

Status: KIA

 

Enlisted in Co. C, 128TH Inf., Wisconsin National Guard, at Marshfield, WI in 1936; CPL in same unit on 15 Oct. '40; assumed command of his company on 21 Nov. after 1SG Reuben J. Steger was KIA, the 1SG had assumed command earlier that day after officers became casualties; KIA at age 27.

 

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Clough, Arthur G.

Corporal, U.S. Army

Company G, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division

Date of Action: 31 March 1945

Citation:

“The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Corporal Arthur G. Clough (ASN: 32998981), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company G, 128th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces along the Villa Verde Trail, Luzon, Philippine Islands, on 31 March 1945. On that date, Corporal Clough was manning an outpost foxhole with three companions when several enemy succeeded in approaching to within a few feet of the position. The Japanese began hurling hand grenades; several exploded outside the hole and one landed inside the emplacement. Courageously pushing the grenade away from his comrades, Corporal Clough covered the explosion with his feet and absorbed the entire blast in his own body, suffering grievous wounds in both legs. His companions, saved by his heroic action, arose and repelled the attack. By his exceptional gallantry and devoted concern for the welfare of his comrades, Corporal Clough prevented a serous enemy break-through of his company's perimeter. His intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.”

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 276 (1945)

Born: 1919 at Maryland

Home of Record: Whitestone, New York

 

He entered the service on 14 Aug. '43 at NY; he endured several months of recuperation and rehabilitation in hospitals after the incident.

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Coker, James T.

First Lieutenant, U.S. Army

Company F, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division

Date of Action: 8 January 1943

Citation:

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “First Lieutenant (Infantry) James T. Coker (ASN: 0-405391), United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company F, 127th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 8 January 1943, at Tarakena, New Guinea. First Lieutenant Coker's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.”

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 34 (1943)

Born: 7 July 1917 at Oklahoma

Home of Record: Durant, Oklahoma (some references list Comanche County, Oklahoma)

Death: 3 May 1944

Interred: memorialized on Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery

Status: MIA

 

He enlisted in OK Nat. Guard on 24 Jun. '34; entered active service 16 Sep. '40 as SGT with 45TH Div., OK Nat. Guard, at Durant, OK; SN 20827469; trained with 45TH Div. at Camp Barkeley near Abilene, TX; commissioned at some point; new SN 0-405391; transferred to 127TH Inf., 32D Div.; also awarded Silver Star for his actions 25 Dec. '42 near Buna, New Guinea; also awarded Bronze Star and Purple Heart; MIA, presumed KIA, 3 May '44 along Driniumor River near Aitape, New Guinea; namesake of James T. Coker Army Reserve Center, 1500 N. First St., Durant, OK.

updated 21 Jul. ‘13

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Combs, John E.

Private, U.S. Army

Company E, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division

Date of Action: 1 December 1942

Citation:

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Private John E. Combs, United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company E, 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 1 December 1942, during the Papuan Campaign in New Guinea. Private Combs' intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.”

General Orders: Headquarters, South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 1 (1943)

Born:

Home of Record: Tennessee

 

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*Crow, John W.

First Lieutenant, U.S. Army

Company C, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division

Date of Action: 19-20 November 1942

Citation:

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “First Lieutenant (Infantry) John W. Crow (ASN: 0-328644), United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in aerial combat while serving with the 128th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division in New Guinea. On 20 November 1942, during the battle at Buna, First Lieutenant Crow led Company C to destroy several Japanese machine gun emplacements, and during the fighting, while assaulting another enemy machine gun nest, he aggressively moved forward firing into the emplacement, but was killed by enemy fire.” A newspaper article, dateline Allied Headquarters, Australia, 5 February 1943, summarized the citation, “1LT John W. Crow led his platoon, and then the entire company, in a most successful advance. With complete disregard for his own safety, while under heavy sniper and machine gun fire, he pushed forward, encouraging his men by his own courageous personal example. 1LT Crow was killed during this action.”

General Orders: Headquarters, South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 14 (1943)

Born: 28 February 1909 at Waxahachie, Texas

Home of Record: Plum Grove, Texas

Death: 20 November 1942

Interred: Greenwood Memorial Park and Mausoleum, Fort Worth, Texas

Status: KIA

 

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Cunningham, Jack K.

Private First Class, U.S. Army

Company E, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division

Date of Action: 11 January 1943

Citation:

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Private First Class Jack K. Cunningham, United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company E, 127th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 11 January 1943, in the vicinity Tarakena, New Guinea. Private First Class Cunningham's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.” According to Victory in Papua, PFC Cunningham earned the Distinguished Service Cross for his role among a small group of volunteers who endeavored, under fire, to string a guide cable across Konombi Creek near Tarakena, New Guinea, on 10-12 January 1943. The creek’s current was very swift; the guide cable was needed to enable assault boats to cross the creek and continue the 127TH Infantry’s advance.

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 36 (1943)

Born: 13 August 1916

Home of Record: Texas

 

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Dal Ponte, Peter Louis

First Lieutenant, U.S. Army

Service Company, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division

Date of Action: 9 December 1942

Citation:

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “First Lieutenant (Infantry) Peter Louis Dal Ponte, United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 9 December 1942, during the Papuan Campaign at Sanananda, New Guinea. First Lieutenant Dal Ponte's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.”

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 28 (1943)

Born: 31 Mar. 1917 at Three Rivers, Michigan

Home of Record: Three Rivers, Michigan

Death: 26 December 1987

Interred:

 

Entered service 25 Apr. '41; also earned 2 Silver Stars; retired as COL in 1972; passed away 26 Dec. 1987 at Walter Reed Army Hospital, Washington D. C.

 

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*Daniels, Delmar H.

Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army

Company B, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division

Date of Action: 1 December 1942

Citation:

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Staff Sergeant Delmar H. Daniels, United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company B, 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 1 December 1942, during the Papuan Campaign at Buna, New Guinea. Staff Sergeant Daniels' intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.”

General Orders: Headquarters, South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 14 (1943)

Born: 21 March 1919

Home of Record: Lenawee County, Michigan

Death: 1 December 1942

Interred: Maple Grove Cemetery, Hudson, Michigan

Status: KIA

 

He was a SGT in Co. B, 126TH Inf., Michigan National Guard, at Adrian, MI, when the 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40; namesake of Delmar H. Daniels Post No. 399 of American Legion in Adrian, MI.

 

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*Dannelly, Sheldon M.

Captain, U.S. Army

Company A, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division

Date of Action: 4-5 March 1945

Citation:

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Captain (Infantry) Sheldon M. Dannelly (ASN: 0-373430), United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 4 and 5 March 1945. Captain Dannelly's outstanding leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.” A summary of the actual citation from an unnamed Army newspaper was quoted in the Herald-Journal on 22 Aug. ’48, describing how CPT Dannelly was posthumously bestowed the Distinguished Service Cross “for extraordinary heroism in action March 4 and 5, 1945. Capt. Dannelly, commanding Co. A, 127TH Infantry, skillfully attacked a heavily defended enemy position over open terrain defeating the enemy snipers and machine gunners. Throughout the engagement which lasted for 2 days, Capt. Dannelly, with utter disregard for his own safety, and in the face of heavy enemy artillery, mortar, and sniper fire, went from fox-hole to fox-hole giving encouragement and direction to his men.”

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 43 (1945)

Born: 16 November 1917

Home of Record: Ehrhardt, South Carolina

Death: 25 April 1945

Interred: Ehrhardt Cemetery, Ehrhardt, South Carolina

Status: KIA

 

*Dannelly, Sheldon M.

Captain, U.S. Army

Company A, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division

Date of Action: 25 April 1945

Citation:

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Captain (Infantry) Sheldon M. Dannelly (ASN: 0-373430), United States Army, was awarded a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 25 April 1945. Captain Dannelly's outstanding leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.” A summary of the actual citation from an unnamed Army newspaper was quoted in the Herald-Journal on 22 Aug. ’48, describing how CPT Dannelly was posthumously bestowed the Oak Leaf Cluster to the Distinguished Service Cross for “extraordinary heroism in action along the Philippine Islands April 25, 1945. As an infantry company was preparing to attack, a bomb suddenly smashed into the perimeter, burying 5 men with its explosion. The enemy immediately concentrated machinegun and rifle fire on the area where the bomb had landed. Capt. Dannelly, the company commander, seized an entrenching shovel and with complete disregard for his own safety, rushed forward across the 50 yards of open ground with bullets striking all about him. Although the enemy fire grew in intensity, he rose to his feet and, fully exposed, began digging into the rock and sand beneath which men were buried. As he undertook his self-imposed task, he was hit and killed by enemy fire. Capt. Dannelly, through gallant sacrifice of his own life, provided a lasting inspiration for the men with whom he served.”

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 62 (1945)

Born: 16 November 1917

Home of Record: Ehrhardt, South Carolina

Death: 25 April 1945

Interred: Ehrhardt Cemetery, Ehrhardt, South Carolina

Status: KIA

 

Graduated Wofford College, Class of '39 (was member of Senior Order of Gnomes in '38-'39 and was editor of the Wofford “Journal” which featured poetry and short stories written by students); after graduating he became principal of Hampton H.S.; entered service Feb. '42; 1LT and commander of Co. A, 128TH Inf. at Buna; also assumed command of Co. C, 128TH Inf. on 29 Dec. '42 at Buna after that unit's last officer (and 5th commander in 5 weeks) was seriously WIA (so he briefly commanded both companies simultaneously); commander of Co. A, 127TH Inf. on Luzon; KIA 25 Apr. '45 on Luzon.

updated 4 May ’13; added 27 Jan. ‘13

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*De Rosier, Edwin C.

Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army

1ST Battalion, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division

Date of Action: 19 November 1942

Citation:

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Technician Fifth Grade Edwin C. Derosier (ASN: 36209011), United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as a Medical Aidman with the 128th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 19 November 1942, during the Papuan Campaign in Buna. Technician Fifth Grade DeRosier's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.”

General Orders: Headquarters, South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 14 (30 January 1943)

Born:

Home of Record: Wakefield, Michigan

Death: 2 December 1942

Interred: Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Status: KIA

 

Was a medic; entered service at Milwaukee, WI; headstone lists middle initial as 'W'; Victory in Papua lists unit as 107TH Med. Det.

 

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Doughtie, James D.

Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army

Company C, 114TH Engineer Combat Battalion, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division

Date of Action: 23 December 1942

Citation:

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Second Lieutenant (Corps of Engineers) James D. Doughtie, United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 114th Engineer Combat Battalion, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces at Buna, New Guinea, on 23 December 1942. When a bridge was needed for the passage of tanks into enemy positions, Lieutenant Doughtie, with complete disregard for his own safety, directed the work of his men. His courageous example, under constant and intense enemy fire was an inspiration in keeping with the finest traditions of service to our country.”

General Orders: Headquarters, South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 4 (1943)

Born: 14 January 1915

Home of Record: Massachusetts

Death: 21 January 1997

Interred: Arlington National Cemetery

 

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*Downer, James Garnett

First Lieutenant, U.S. Army

Company E, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division

Date of Action: 9 December 1942

Citation:

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “First Lieutenant (Infantry) James G. Downer (ASN: 0-349447), United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 9 December 1942, during Papuan Campaign Buna, New Guinea. First Lieutenant Downer's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.” According to an unaccredited article in the Reading Eagle on Jan. ’43, “Lieutenant Downer, on December 9, led five men in an attempt to capture a strong machine gun emplacement until killed by an enemy sniper.”

     In an unaccredited wartime dispatch from Australia on 15 Feb. ’43, printed in the Chicago Daily Tribune on 8 Mar. ‘43, a war correspondent asked several leaders “What was the outstanding act of heroism you saw during the Papuan Campaign?” MAJ Oliver O. Dixon referred to 1LT Downer and said of him:

     “Lt. Downer took command of a company near Buna and went among his men during heavy fire, talked to each, and raised morale tremendously. During this time our mortars had been dropping shells on a very strong emplacement, hoping to reduce it. It was necessary to find out if they had. Downer called for patrol volunteers and led it himself.

     “A sniper got him as he led his patrol close to the emplacement which hadn’t been reduced by our mortars. His act was as near a suicidal one as I saw.”

General Orders: Headquarters, South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 7 (1943)

Born: 23 November 1915 (or 1912) at Pekin, Illinois

Home of Record: Tazewell County, Illinois

Death: 9 December 1942

Interred: Manila American Cemetery

Status: KIA

 

Graduated U. of Ill. '38; also studied at Bowling Green College and/or Western Kentucky U.; had ties to Pembroke, KY; entered service from KY; marched over Owen Stanleys, where he led 5-man commo. det. as part of CPT Medendorp's advance guard; other awards include the Purple Heart and CIB.

updated 15 May ‘13

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*Eastwood, Howard M.

Private, U.S. Army

Company C, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division

Date of Action: 26 November 1942

Citation:

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Private Howard M. Eastwood (ASN: 38063831), United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 26 November 1942, during the Papuan Campaign at Buna, New Guinea. Private Eastwood's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.”

General Orders: Headquarters, South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 9 (1943)

Born: 12 January 1920 at Oklahoma

Home of Record: Garvin County, Oklahoma

Death: 26 November 1942

Interred:

Status: KIA

 

Entered service 17 Jan. '42 at Ft. Sill, OK; interred at Fort Gibson National Cemetery, Fort Gibson, OK; also awarded the Purple Heart.

 

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Eoff, Gordon Wayne

Private, U.S. Army

Headquarters Company, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division

Date of Action: 25 December 1942

Citation:

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Private Gordon W. Eoff, United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Headquarters Company, 127th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 25 December 1942, during the Papuan Campaign at Buna, New Guinea. Private Eoff's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.”

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 36 (1943)

Born: 23 August 1918 at Belafonte, Arkansas

Home of Record: Arkansas

Death: 26 April 1963 at Little Rock, Arkansas

Interred: Huie Cemetery, Clinton, Arkansas

 

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*Estrada, Bernardino (Bernadino) Y.

Private, U.S. Army

Company E, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division

Date of Action: 16 December 1942

Citation:

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Private Bernadino Y. Estrada (ASN: 38070627), United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company E, 128th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 16 December 1942, during the Papuan Campaign at Buna, New Guinea. Private Estrada's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.” According to Victory in Papua, PVT Estrada was posthumously bestowed with the Distinguished Service Cross for his efforts to eliminate a key Japanese bunker near the Coconut Grove at Buna on 16 December 1942.

General Orders: Headquarters, South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 9 (19 January 1943)

Born:

Home of Record: Tucson, Arizona

Death: 16 December 1942

Interred:

Status: KIA

 

Namesake of the Cocio - Estrada Post No. 59 of American Legion in Tucson, AZ; also awarded the Purple Heart; there is some discrepancy regarding the spelling of his first name, Bernardino vs. Bernadino, the former is used on these pages because it is the most common in historical references.

 

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*Fale, William F.

Sergeant, U.S. Army

Headquarters Company, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division

Date of Action: 25 December 1942

Citation:

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Sergeant William F. Fale (ASN: 36204872), United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Headquarters Company, 127th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 25 December 1942, during the Papuan Campaign at Buna, New Guinea. Sergeant Fale's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.”

General Orders: Headquarters, South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 29 (1943)

Born: 3 June 1913

Home of Record: Sheboygan County, Wisconsin

Death: 26 December 1942

Interred: Greendale Cemetery, Kohler, WI

Status: KIA

 

Entered service 21 Mar. '41; also awarded Purple Heart.

 

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*Fernandez, Henry

Private First Class, U.S. Army

Company E, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division

Date of Action: 21 March 1945

Citation:

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Private First Class Henry Fernandez (ASN: 39131885), United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company E, 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 21 March 1945. Private First Class Fernandez's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.”

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 204 (1945)

Born: 6 January 1925

Home of Record: Santa Clara, California

Death: 21 March 1945

Interred: Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, California

Status: KIA

added 9 Jan. ‘13

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Fisher, Albert L.

Private First Class, U.S. Army

Company I, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division

Date of Action: 24 December 1942

Citation:

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Private First Class Albert L. Fisher, United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company I, 127th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 24 December 1942, during the Papuan Campaign at Buna, New Guinea. Private First Class Fisher's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.” According to Victory in Papua, PFC Fisher, “who had been evacuated for treatment of his wounds to a point just behind the front line, saw two men of his unit lying wounded in an area swept by enemy fire. Disregarding his wounds and the continuing enemy fire, Fisher crawled into the open and dragged both men to safety.”

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 36 (1943)

Born: 1916

Home of Record: Indiana

Death: 1989

Interred:

 

WIA 24 Dec. '42.

 

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Fraser, Powell A.

First Lieutenant, U.S. Army

Company E, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division

Date of Action: 11 January 1943

Citation:

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “First Lieutenant (Infantry) Powell A. Fraser, United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 127th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 11 January 1943, during the Papuan Campaign at Tarakena, New Guinea. First Lieutenant Fraser's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.” According to Victory in Papua, 1LT Fraser earned the Distinguished Service Cross was for his unit’s fire support of the assault crossing of Konombi Creek near Tarakena, New Guinea, on 10-12 January 1943, which enabled the continued advance of the 127TH Infantry.

General Orders: Headquarters, South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 29 (1943)

Born:

Home of Record: Georgia

Death: 23 October 2005

Interred:

 

Graduated Presbyterian College; retired as LTC or COL in 1965.

 

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Fulmer, Talley (Tally) Doyle

Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army

Company C, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division

Date of Action: 31 December 1942 & 11 January 1943

Citation:

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Second Lieutenant Tally D. Fulmer, United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 127th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces from 31 December 1942 to 11 January 1943, during the Papuan Campaign at Buna, New Guinea. Second Lieutenant Fulmer's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.” According to Victory in Papua, part of the reason 2LT Fulmer earned the Distinguished Service Cross was for his leadership during the assault crossing of Konombi Creek near Tarakena, New Guinea, on 10-12 January 1943, which enabled the continued advance of the 127TH Infantry.

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 34 (1943)

Born: 23 July 1917 at Saluda County, South Carolina

Home of Record: South Carolina

Death: 4 February 2000 at Greenville, South Carolina

Interred: Wood Memorial Park, Duncan, South Carolina

 

Was 1LT and Cdr. of Co. C, 127TH Inf. for the 11 Jan. '43 event.

 

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Funk, Chester C.

Sergeant, U.S. Army

Cannon Company, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division

Date of Action: 23 & 24 December 1942

Citation:

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Private Chester C. Funk, United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Cannon Company, 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 23 and 24 December 1942, during the Papuan Campaign at Sanananda, New Guinea. Private Funk's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.” According to Victory in Papua, part of the reason SGT Funk was bestowed with the Distinguished Service Cross was for his actions on 23-24 December 1942 in the Sanananda area when he, although already WIA, singlehandedly defended a sap against repeated enemy attacks throughout the night. The sap had been dug to within a short distance of an enemy trench near the track junction, with the hope that it could be used to successfully assault the trench. The next morning, 24 December, four soldiers did just that. The track junction was the point where the Killerton Trail met the Soputa-Sanananda Track.

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 45 (1943)

Born: 27 May 1918

Home of Record: Washington

Death: 16 May 1999

Interred: Arlington National Cemetery

 

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*Furr, William C.

Sergeant, U.S. Army

Company A, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division

Date of Action: 29 March 1945

Citation:

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Sergeant William C. Furr (ASN: 33637070), United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company A, 128th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 29 March 1945. Sergeant Furr's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.”

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 68 (1945)

Born: 1911 at West Virginia

Home of Record: Arlington Country, Virginia

Death: 29 March 1945 on Luzon, Philippines

Interred: Manila American Cemetery

Status: KIA

 

Married; entered service 10 May '43 at Richmond, VA; SN 33637070; also earned Purple Heart.

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*Graber, Harold E.

Private, U.S. Army

Company E, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division

Date of Action: 5 December 1942

Citation:

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Private Harold E. Graber, United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company E, 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 5 December 1942, during the Papuan Campaign in New Guinea. Private Graber's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.”

General Orders: Headquarters, South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 1 (1943)

Born: 11 August 1917

Home of Record: Osceola County, Michigan (see below)

Death: 5 December 1942

Interred: North Brinton Cemetery, Coldwater Township, Michigan

Status: KIA

 

Was PVT in Co. E, 126TH Inf., Michigan National Guard, at Big Rapids, MI, when 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40; the book Papuan Campaign and his DSC information list his home of record as TN, however, according to his enlistment record and census data, he was born in MI and did not appear to have ties to TN.

 

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Gray, Charles H.

Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army

Company A, 114TH Engineer Combat Battalion, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division

Date of Action: 28 December 1942

Citation:

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Technician Fifth Grade Charles H. Gray, United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company A, 114th Engineer Combat Battalion, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 28 December 1942, during the Papuan Campaign at Buna, New Guinea. Technician Fifth Grade Gray's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army. According to Victory in Papua, Tec. 5 Gray was bestowed with the Distinguished Service Cross for his role in attempting to repair a bridge, under fire, vital to the 127TH Infantry’s attack on Buna Mission from Musita Island on 28 December 1942.

General Orders: Headquarters, South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 11 (January 22, 1943)

Born:

Home of Record: Massachusetts

 

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Gray, Millard G.

Captain, U.S. Army

Headquarters, I Corps; temporarily assumed command of Company C, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division

Date of Action: 25 December 1942 to 1 January 1943

Citation:

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Captain (Infantry) Millard G. Gray, United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Headquarters, I Corps, ADC, in action against enemy forces from 25 December 1942 to 1 January 1943, during the Papuan Campaign at Buna, New Guinea. Captain Gray's outstanding leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the I Corps, ADC, and the United States Army.”

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 51 (1943)

Born:

Home of Record: Indiana

 

Assigned to HQ, I Corps; temporarily assumed command of Co. C, 127TH Inf., after death of its Cdr., CPT James W. Workman, on 25 Dec. '42 near Buna.

 

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45.      

Grose, John E.

Colonel, U.S. Army

Headquarters, I Corps; temporarily assumed command of 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division

Date of Action: 2 January 1943

Citation:

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Colonel John E. Grose, United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Headquarters, I Corps, in action against enemy forces on 2 January 1943, during the Papuan Campaign at Buna, New Guinea. Colonel Grose's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the I Corps, and the United States Army.”

General Orders: Headquarters, South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 4 (1943)

Born:

Home of Record: Sutton, West Virginia

 

Assigned to HQ, I Corps; temporarily assumed command of 127TH Inf. mid-Dec. '42 to mid-Jan. '43.

 

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Hangartner, Elmer R.

Private, U.S. Army

Company H, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division

Date of Action: 28 December 1942

Citation:

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Private Elmer R. Hangartner, United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company H, 127th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 28 December 1942, during the Papuan Campaign at Buna, New Guinea. Private Hangartner's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.” According to Victory in Papua, PVT Hangartner was bestowed with the Distinguished Service Cross for his role in attempting to repair a bridge, under fire, vital to the 127TH Infantry’s attack on Buna Mission from Musita Island on 28 December 1942.

General Orders: Headquarters, South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 11 (January 22, 1943)

Born: 13 July 1909 at Wisconsin

Home of Record: Wisconsin

Death: 21 July 1994 at Fairfield, California

Interred: Skyview Memorial Lawn, Vallejo, California

 

Lived at Altoona, WI, at some point in his life; entered service 28 Apr. '41 at Detroit, MI; last name spelled 'Hangarten' in Victory in Papua and a few other references.

 

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Hantelmann, Harold Elwood

Captain, U.S. Army

126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division

Date of Action: 1-3 December 1942

Citation:

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Captain (Infantry) Harold Elwood Hantelmann, United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces from 1 to 3 December 1942, during the Papuan Campaign at Buna, New Guinea. Captain Hantelmann's outstanding leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.”

General Orders: Headquarters, South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 1 (1943)

Born: 11 April 1910 at Dubuque, Iowa

Home of Record: Iowa

Death: 10 November 2002 at Dubuque, Iowa

Interred: Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West, Iowa

 

Played football for U. of Iowa; nicknamed 'Blackie' by some for his black beard; nicknamed 'Handy' by others; other awards include 2 Bronze Stars and 2 Purple Hearts; one Purple Heart when WIA in the head by a sniper; another Purple Heart when WIA by shrapnel in the leg; served with Army of Occupation in Japan; left Army as COL.

 

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Harbert, John E.

First Lieutenant, U.S. Army

Headquarters Company, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division

Date of Action: 16 November 1942

Citation:

“The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to First Lieutenant (Ordnance Corps) John E. Harbert (ASN: 0-408634), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 16 November [1942], near Cape Sudest, New Guinea. When enemy airplanes attacked and set fire to a small ship, First Lieutenant Harbert organized a party of men to pull to shore a barge loaded with men and ammunition. Throughout repeated strafing by hostile planes, he refused to take cover and continued his efforts. When flaming debris from explosions of munitions aboard the ship fell on the barge, he remained aboard and personally assisted in throwing the fragments overboard and in extinguishing the flames. His courage and calmness set a heroic example to men who had sought cover and so steadied and inspired them that work was resumed and the unloading of the badly needed ammunition on the barge was successfully accomplished. First Lieutenant Harbert's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.”

General Orders: Headquarters, South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 64 (28 December 1942)

Born: 13 January 1916 at Independence, Kansas

Home of Record: Mount Vernon, Washington

Death: 2 March 2004 at Mount Vernon, Washington

Interred: Arlington National Cemetery

 

Was CPL in l07TH Ordnance Company (Mich. NG) at Pontiac, MI, when 32D Div. was mobilized on 15 Oct. '40; received direct commission to ordnance lieutenant due to his background; MAJ and commander of 732D Ordnance Light Maintenance Company on Leyte; as LTC was co-inventor of a field expedient "mortar-cannon" (nicknamed "Whizz Bang") which the 32D Div. used on Luzon to blast Japanese out of caves; served during Korean War; served during Vietnam War; retired as COL in 1968; inducted in Army Ordnance Corps Hall of Fame in 1984; other awards include Legion of Merit w/2 OLC, Soldiers Medal, and Bronze Star.

 

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*Hill, Van William

Private First Class, U.S. Army

__, 1ST Battalion, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division

Date of Action: 28 January 1944

Citation:

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Private First Class Van William Hill (ASN: 37102849), United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 128th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 28 January 1944. Private First Class Hill's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.”

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 129 (1944)

Born: 1915

Home of Record: Craighead County, Arkansas

Death: 28 January 1944 at Teteri, near Saidor, New Guinea

Interred: memorialized on Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery

Status: MIA

 

He entered service 10 Jul. '42 at Little Rock, AR; SN 37102849; FOD 17 Jan. '46; also earned Bronze Star and Purple Heart; also memorialized at Macey Cemetery, Monette, AR.

added 12 Mar. ‘14

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50.      

Howe, Merle H.

Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army
Headquarters Company, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 5 December 1942
Citation:
“The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Lieutenant Colonel (General Staff Corps) Merle H. Howe (ASN: 0-131962), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Headquarters, 128th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 5 December 1942, near Buna, New Guinea. During an attack on Buna Village, when men of a rifle company short of Company officers were checked by heavy small arms and mortar fire at close range, Lieutenant Colonel Howe personally exposed himself to the enemy fire, moving among the advanced groups and encouraging the men to resume the attack. He led them in an attack, gaining ground which, held and consolidated, assisted materially in an advance on the succeeding day. Lieutenant Colonel Howe's outstanding leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
General Orders: Headquarters, South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 64 (December 28, 1942)
Born: 11 April 1896 at Mount Pleasant, Michigan
Home of record: Mount Pleasant, Michigan

Death: 30 August 1945

Interred:

Status: KIA

 

Howe, Merle H.

Colonel, U.S. Army
128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 11 May 1945
Citation:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Distinguished Service Cross to Colonel (Infantry) Merle H. Howe (ASN: 0-131962), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 128th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 11 May 1945 at Luzon, Philippine Islands. During the fighting along the Villa Verde Trail, Colonel Howe, commanding an infantry regiment, went forward to a battalion position to observe the operations of forward elements. Shortly afterward he accompanied an advance patrol which was reconnoitering a route for tanks along the slope of a hill. Half of the patrol had traversed a narrow ravine when the enemy suddenly opened fire from concealed positions and seriously wounded a man directly in front of Colonel Howe. Taking charge of the patrol, immediately Colonel Howe sent two men forward to evacuate the casualty, and then directed covering fire into caves from which the enemy had fired. After directing removal of the wounded man to safety, he organized the patrol for sealing the caves, but was soon wounded by enemy mortar fire directed on the group. Despite the intense enemy fire he refused first aid, continued to direct the demolition squad in finding a route of approach to the caves, and assisted in providing covering fire while the caves were closed with pole charges. Under his direction five caves were sealed and over thirty enemy killed. Colonel Howe, by his quick and heroic action and his effective employment of the few troops at his disposal, prevented numerous casualties, extricated his men from a grave situation, and inflicted many losses on the enemy. His outstanding leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 53 (1945)
Born: 11 April 1896 at Mount Pleasant, Michigan
Home of record: Mount Pleasant, Michigan

Death: 30 August 1945

Interred:

Status: KIA

 

Born 11 Apr. 1896 at Isabella or Mount Pleasant, MI; graduated Central Michigan Normal School in 1917; entered service as PVT 15 Aug. 1917; completed First Officers Training Camp at Fort Sheridan, IL, 15 May to 15 Aug. '17, assigned to 3D Co., 10TH Regt.; SN O-131962; served as an air corps pilot during WWI; CPT and commander of Co. K, 126TH Inf. (Mich. NG) at Grand Rapids, MI, on 15 Oct. '40; WIA 5 Dec. '42; bestowed with DSC for his actions on 5 Dec. '42 near Buna, New Guinea; bestowed with OLC to DSC for his actions on 11 May '45 as commander of 128TH Inf. along the Villa Verde Trail on Luzon, Philippines; KIA 30 Aug. '45 in a plane crash on a mountainside above the Asine River near Luzon, Philippines; had commanded all 3 inf. regts. of 32D Div. in combat against Japanese forces; other awards include 2 Silver Stars, Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, Air Medal, 2 Purple Hearts, CIB.

 

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51.      

Huggins, Meredith M.

Captain, U.S. Army
Headquarters Company, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 1 December 1942
Citation:
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Captain (Infantry) Meredith M. Huggins, United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 1 December 1942, during the Papuan Campaign near Sanananda, New Guinea. Captain Huggins' outstanding leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.”
General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 28 (1943)
Born: Oakes, North Dakota
Home of record: Oregon

 

He attended of U. of Minn. (played football there); he was S-3 of 3D Bn., 126TH Inf., when he was directed to assume command of the vital roadblock between Soputa and Sanananda, New Guinea, after CPT John Shirley was KIA on 1 Dec. ’42; he reportedly said “I'll hold that place until hell freezes over”; he was WIA on 5 Dec., shot in the head by a sniper; the roadblock became known as “Huggins' Roadblock”; a memorial was erected at site of roadblock in 1992; he was a MAJ with 126TH Inf. at Saidor.

 

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Hunt, James I.

First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
Headquarters Company, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 2-5 December 1942
Citation:
“The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to First Lieutenant (Infantry) James I. Hunt (ASN: 0-450276), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with an Anti-Tank Platoon of Headquarters Company, 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces from 2 to 5 December 1942, during the Papuan Campaign at Buna, New Guinea. While leading his platoon in an attack on Buna Village, First Lieutenant Hunt, when the attack was checked by hostile fire, crawled forward without regard to his personal safety and threw a hand grenade into an enemy machine gun emplacement. Although wounded above the knee during this action, he continued to lead his platoon in the attack. Evacuated two days later because of his wound, he voluntarily returned to duty with his unit the following day, although the bullet had not been removed and his hospitalization was recommended. First Lieutenant Hunt's outstanding leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.”
General Orders: Headquarters, South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 1 (January 1, 1943)
Born: 28 April 1914 at Lima, Ohio
Home of record: Lima, Ohio

Death: 1 September 2006

Interred:

 

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*Johnson, Earl W.

Private, U.S. Army
Company M, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 23-31 December 1942
Citation:
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS:  “Private Earl W. Johnson, United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company M, 127th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces from 23 to 31 December 1942, during the Papuan Campaign at Buna, New Guinea. Private Johnson's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.” His citation was summarized to state “Johnson “manned a machine gun in a tree-top during an attack by his company” at Buna. Though painfully wounded in the face and neck, he continued firing until the engagement ended. A few days later, Johnson and his squad were pinned down in an advanced position by “heavy grenading and snipers.” As the squad attempted to withdraw, he covered them, firing on the Japanese, killing five and enabling the squad to move to safety. Again Johnson was wounded; a few days later he died.” That summary was written by Carl M. Becker in his book Miamisburg in World War II - The Soldiers and Sailors of an American Community.
General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 32 (1943)
Born: 1920
Home of record: Miamisburg, Ohio

Death: 31 December 1942

Interred:

Status: KIA

 

He was born in 1920 at KY, but he resided at Montgomery Co., OH, when he entered the service on 13 Dec. '41 at Ft. Thomas, KY; WIA at least twice.

 

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Johnson, Maro P. ‘Spud’

Private, U.S. Army
Company A, 107TH Quartermaster Battalion, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 16 November 1942
Citation:
“The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Private Maro P. Johnson, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company A, 107th Quartermaster Battalion, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 16 November 1942, near Cape Sudest, New Guinea. When enemy airplanes attacked and set fire to a number of small ships carrying United States Army personnel and supplies, Private Johnson courageously volunteered as a member of a rescue party without regard for his own safety. With the party, he boarded a small coastal vessel which proceeded to the aid of personnel from the blazing ships. In spite of repeated enemy bombing and strafing attacks, the party continued its search for survivors until long after dark. Private Johnson's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.”
General Orders: Headquarters, South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 64 (28 December 1942)
Born: 31 May 1919 at Illinois
Home of record: Illinois

Death: 26 February 2002 at Sebring, Florida

Interred: Arlington National Cemetery

 

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55.      

Judd, Raymond R.

Private, U.S. Army
Company C, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 12 January 1943
Citation:
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Private Raymond R. Judd, United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 127th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 12 January 1943, during the Papuan Campaign at Tarakena, New Guinea. Private Judd's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.” According to Victory in Papua, PVT Judd earned the Distinguished Service Cross for his role among a small group of volunteers who endeavored, under fire, to string a guide cable across Konombi Creek near Tarakena, New Guinea, on 10-12 January 1943. The creek’s current was very swift; the guide cable was needed to enable assault boats to cross the creek and continue the 127TH Infantry’s advance.
General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 36 (1943)
Born:
Home of record: Ohio

 

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Knode, Thomas E.

First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
Company E, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 5 December 1942
Citation:
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “First Lieutenant (Infantry) Thomas E. Knode, United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 5 December 1942, during the Papuan Campaign at Buna, New Guinea. First Lieutenant Knode's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.”
General Orders: Headquarters, South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 64 (December 28, 1942)
Born: 17 November 1915 at Soledad, California
Home of record: North Dakota (entered service from Washington D.C.)

 

Attended Augusta Military Academy, Fort Defiance, VA; also studied at Columbus U. and Temple Business School in D.C.; entered service Mar. '42 at Washington D.C. and commissioned 2LT; was offered desk job in Army radio due to his employment in media before the war, but turned it down; WIA twice at Buna, 2nd time a bullet shattered bones in his foot; after 11 months in hospitals he was retired as CPT in Nov. '43; returned home and worked in media again; father was in Army Air Service during WWI.

 

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*Lamb, George F.

Private First Class, U.S. Army
__, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 28 March to 9 April 1945
Citation:
(GO and Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Private First Class George F. Lamb (ASN: 34378104), United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 128th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces from 28 March 1945 to 9 April 1945. Private First Class Lamb's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.”
General Orders:
Born: 1922 at Tennessee
Home of record: Campbell County, Tennessee

Death: 9 April 1945 on Luzon, Philippines

Interred: Manila American Cemetery

Status: KIA

 

He entered service 17 Oct. '42 at Ft. Oglethorpe, GA; SN 34378104; also earned Purple Heart.

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58.      

Leland, Delos A.

Corporal, U.S. Army
Company C, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 19 November 1942
Citation:
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Corporal Delos A. Leland, United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 128th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces during World War II. Corporal Leland's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.” The citation was summarized by Robert J. Doyle in a war-time dispatch on 29 May 1943, “When wounded in the shoulder by a sniper while in a platoon leading an attack on Cape Endaiadere on Nov. 19, he spotted and knocked the sniper out of a tree, then charged again until wounded in the hip. Unable to walk, he crawled forward and wiped out the machine gun and its crew with hand grenades.”
General Orders: Headquarters, South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 29 (1943)
Born: 16 December 1922
Home of record: Marshfield, Wisconsin (sometimes listed as Alexandria, Louisiana)

Death: 6 October 1999 at Alexandria, Louisiana

Interred: Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Pineville, Louisiana

 

He was a PFC in Co. C, 128TH Inf., Wisconsin National Guard, at Marshfield, WI, when 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40.

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59.      

*Lincoln, Boyd L.

Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company E, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 30 November 1942
Citation:
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Sergeant Boyd L. Lincoln (ASN: 20634803), United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company E, 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 30 November 1942, during the Papuan Campaign in New Guinea. Sergeant Lincoln's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.”
General Orders: Headquarters, South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 1 (1943)
Born: 1920 at Michigan
Home of record: Mecosta County, Michigan

Death: 30 November 1942

Interred: memorialized on Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery

Status: MIA

 

Was PFC in Co. E, 126TH Inf., Michigan National Guard, at Big Rapids, MI, when the 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40; was also awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.

 

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60.      

Lutjens, Paul R.

Second Lieutenant (then First Sergeant), U.S. Army
Company E, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 5 December 1942
Citation:
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “First Sergeant Paul R. Lutjens, United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company E, 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 5 December 1942, during the Papuan Campaign at Buna, New Guinea. First Sergeant Lutjens' intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.”
General Orders: Headquarters, South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 62 (1942)
Born:
Home of record: Michigan

 

Was SGT in Co. E, 126TH Inf. (Mich. NG) at Big Rapids, MI, when 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40; bestowed DSC for his actions as 1SG on 5 Dec. '42 near Buna; WIA 5 Dec. '42; contracted Malaria; continued service after the war; member of Army Military Intelligence Hall of Fame; attained rank of COL.

 

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61.      

MacGowan, John R.

Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army
Headquarters Company, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 16 November 1942
Citation:
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Staff Sergeant John R. MacGowan, United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Headquarters Company, 128th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 16 November 1942, during the Papuan Campaign in New Guinea. Staff Sergeant MacGowan's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.” According to Victory in Papua, SSG MacGowen was bestowed with the Distinguished Service Cross for his participation in hastily organized rescue parties which saved numerous comrades from burning and sinking Allied supply ships as they were attacked by Japanese aircraft in the shallows off Cape Sudest on 16 November 1942.
General Orders: Headquarters, South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 1 (1 January 1943)
Born:
Home of record: Beloit, Wisconsin

 

Was a PVT in Co. L, 128TH Inf., Wisconsin National Guard, at Beloit, WI, when 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40.

 

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62.      

MacNab, Alexander J.

Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army
128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 10 December 1942 to 3 January 1943
Citation:
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Lieutenant Colonel (Infantry) Alexander J. MacNab, United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 128th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces from 10 December 1942 to 3 January 1943, during the Papuan Campaign at Buna, New Guinea. Lieutenant Colonel MacNab's outstanding leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.”
General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 34 (1943)
Born:
Home of record: Vermont

 

 

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63.      

MacNider, Hanford ‘Jack’

Brigadier General, U.S. Army
Headquarters, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: likely circa 23 November 1942
Citation:
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Brigadier General Hanford MacNider, United States Army, was awarded a Second Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Third Award of the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces during World War II. Brigadier General MacNider's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.”
General Orders: Headquarters, South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 12 (1943)
Born: 2 October 1889 Mason City, Iowa
Home of record: Mason City, Iowa

Death: 18 February 1968 in Florida

Interred:

 

Attended Milton Academy, Milton, MA; graduated Harvard in '11; joined Iowa National Guard ca. '16 and served during Mexican Border Crisis with 2D Iowa Inf.; began WWI as a 1LT in the 9TH Inf., 2D Div.; arrived in France in Sep. '17; WIA at St. Mihiel; ended the war as LTC; after the war back in Iowa, was elected state commander of the American Legion in '20; national commander in '21; President Coolidge appointed him assistant secretary of war, served from '25 to '28 (MAJ Dwight D. Eisenhower was his executive assistant); President Hoover appointed him envoy to Canada from '30 to '32; returned to active military service after Pearl Harbor; promoted to BG on 17 Aug. '42; with G-4 Section at GHQ SWPA until MacArthur attached him to 32D Div.; MG Harding assigned him as commander of Warren Force at Buna; WIA 23 Nov. '42 at Buna; after lengthy recuperation he returned to duty, but with a different unit; retired from military in 1951 as a MG; awards include 3 Distinguished Service Crosses, Distinguished Service Medal, 3 Silver Stars, Legion of Merit, 2 Bronze Stars, 2 Purple Hearts, French Legion of Honor, Croix de Guerre with palm, and the Italian War Cross; passed away 18 Feb. 1968 while vacationing in FL; some say he was interred at Elmwood-Saint Joseph Cemetery, Mason City, IA; others say he was cremated and his ashes scattered in an unknown location.

 

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64.      

Marion, Lawrence B.

Private, U.S. Army
Company M, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 24 December 1942
Citation:
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Private Lawrence B. Marion, United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company M, 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 24 December 1942, during the Papuan Campaign at Sanananda, New Guinea. Private Marion advanced through heavy machine gun fire and attacked a section of enemy trenches with hand grenades and enabled the unit to consolidate its position. His intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.” According to Victory in Papua, PVT Marion was bestowed with the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions on 24 December 1942 in the Sanananda area when he and three other soldiers assaulted an enemy trench near the track junction and held it until they could be reinforced. The track junction was the point where the Killerton Trail met the Soputa-Sanananda Track.
General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 32 (15 June 1943)
Born:
Home of record: Michigan

Death: 1988

Interred:

 

He was a CPL in Co. H, 126TH Inf., Michigan National Guard, at Iona, MI, when the 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40.

 

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65.      

Martin, Clarence A.

Colonel, U.S. Army
128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 3 December 1942 to 5 January 1943
Citation:
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Colonel (Infantry) Clarence A. Martin, United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 128th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces from 3 December 1942 to 5 January 1943, during the Papuan Campaign at Buna, New Guinea. Colonel Martin's outstanding leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.”
General Orders: Headquarters, South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 29 (1943)
Born:
Home of record: Columbia, South Carolina

 

COL assigned to HQ, I Corps as G-3 until he assumed command of 128TH Inf. ca. 2 Dec. '42; earned OLC to Silver Star for his actions 2 Dec. '42 (first Silver Star in WWI); bestowed with DSC for his actions 3 Dec. '42 to 5 Jan. '43 near Buna; promoted BG and asst. div. cdr. ca. Feb. '43, asst. div. cdr. and cdr. of Michaelmas Task Force at Saidor; asst. div. cdr. at Aitape; promoted MG and assumed command of 31ST Div. ca. Sep. '44.

 

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66.      

Matz, Fred W.

Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
Company L, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 24 December 1942
Citation:
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Second Lieutenant (Infantry) Fred W. Matz, United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 127th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 24 December 1942, during the Papuan Campaign at Buna, New Guinea. Second Lieutenant Matz's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.”  The citation was summarized by Robert J. Doyle, Milwaukee Journal, 26 June 1943, When his mortar platoon assisting riflemen in an attack was halted by enemy fire, Matz advanced alone and knocked out the enemy pillboxes. Though wounded he continued to press forward. Wounded again when the enemy counterattacked, Matz sent back his men and remained with one soldier unable to walk. Matz and the other soldier were given up for dead but reached their own lines Jan. 2 when Buna Mission fell. Matz has recovered from his wounds.
General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 34 (1943)
Born: 25 November 1921
Home of record: Marinette, Wisconsin

Death: 3 January 1999

Interred: Arlington National Cemetery

 

Was CPL in Co. A, 127TH Inf., Wisconsin National Guard, at Marinette, WI, on 15 Oct. '40; may have lived in neighboring Menominee, MI; bestowed with DSC for his actions on 24 Dec. '42 at Buna; WIA twice; passed away 3 Jan. '99; interred at Arlington National Cemetery; there was an effort to name the VA Clinic in Menominee, MI, after him.

 

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67.      

McAllister, Homer W.

Private, U.S. Army
Company A, 107TH Quartermaster Battalion, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 16 November 1942
Citation:
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Private Homer W. McAllister, United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company A, 107th Quartermaster Battalion, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 16 November 1942, during the Papuan Campaign at Cape Sudest, New Guinea. Private McAllister's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.” According to Victory in Papua, PVT Myers was bestowed with the Distinguished Service Cross for his participation in hastily organized rescue parties which saved numerous comrades from burning and sinking Allied supply ships as they were attacked by Japanese aircraft in the shallows off Cape Sudest on 16 November 1942.
General Orders: Headquarters, South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 64 (28 December 1942)
Born:
Home of record: South Carolina

 

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68.      

McCampbell, Robert P.

First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
2D Battalion, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 27 December 1942
Citation:
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “First Lieutenant (Infantry) Robert P. McCampbell, United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 127th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 27 December 1942, during the Papuan Campaign at Buna, New Guinea. First Lieutenant McCampbell's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.”
General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 34 (1943)
Born:
Home of record: Nebraska

 

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69.      

McCreary, Melvin Leslie

Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army
Division Artillery, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 24 December 1942
Citation:
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Lieutenant Colonel (Field Artillery) Melvin L. McCreary, United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Headquarters, Division Artillery, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 24 December 1942, during the Papuan Campaign at Buna, New Guinea. While directing mortar fire from observation posts in the front lines, Lieutenant Colonel McCreary entered and remained at these posts, which were under direct enemy fire, with complete disregard for his personal safety. When wounded by a fragment from an enemy mortar shell, Lieutenant Colonel McCreary returned to his observation post after having the wound bandaged and remained there for about six hours until his evacuation was ordered. Lieutenant Colonel McCreary's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.”
General Orders: Headquarters, South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 2 (1943)
Born: 8 July 1892 at Leesport, Ohio
Home of record: Youngstown, Ohio

Death: 29 March 1983 at Los Angeles, California

Interred: Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles, California

 

Attended College of Law at Ohio State U. ca. '16; lived in Freeport, OH, when he entered service; enlisted in Co. L, 7TH Ohio Inf. (Ohio National Guard) 13 Jul. '14; commissioned 2LT of Arty. 15 Aug. '17; 1LT with 8TH FA Regt. during WWI; served overseas with AEF 18 Aug. '18 to 29 Jul. '19; joined RA after war; CPT in 3D FA Regt. at Fort Benjamin Harrison, IN, in '24; was Army Instructor assigned to the 128TH Inf. (WNG) ca. 1920-30; was Army Instructor assigned to WNG artillery units in Milwaukee for 3 years before the war; Cdr. of 121ST FA Bn. after Div. was triangularized Feb. '42; became Cdr. of DIVARTY early Dec. '42.

 

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70.      

McDonough, Bart T.

Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army
Company A, 114TH Engineer Combat Battalion, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 28 December 1942
Citation:
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Technician Fifth Grade Bart T. McDonough, United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company A, 114th Engineer Combat Battalion, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 28 December 1942, during the Papuan Campaign at Buna, New Guinea. Technician Fifth Grade McDonough's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.” According to Victory in Papua, Tec. 5 McDonough was bestowed with the Distinguished Service Cross for his role in attempting to repair a bridge, under fire, vital to the
127TH Infantry’s attack on Buna Mission from Musita Island on 28 December 1942.
General Orders: Headquarters, South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 11 (January 22, 1943)
Born: 1909 at Massachusetts
Home of record: Reading, Massachusetts

 

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71.      

McGee, Robert R.

Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company L, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 23 to 28 November 1942
Citation:
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Sergeant Robert R. McGee, United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company L, 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces from 23 to 28 November 1942, during the Papuan Campaign at Sanananda, New Guinea. Sergeant McGee's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.”
General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 32 (1943)
Born:
Home of record: Michigan

 

Was a CPL in Co. L, 126TH Inf., Michigan National Guard, at Grand Rapids, MI, when the 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40.

 

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72.      

Melanson, Arthur J., Jr.

Private, U.S. Army
Company A, 114TH Engineer Combat Battalion, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 28 December 1942
Citation:
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Private Arthur Melanson, United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company A, 114th Engineer Combat Battalion, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 28 December 1942, during the Papuan Campaign at Buna, New Guinea. Private Melanson's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.” According to Victory in Papua, PVT Melanson was bestowed with the Distinguished Service Cross for his role in attempting to repair a bridge, under fire, vital to the
127TH Infantry’s attack on Buna Mission from Musita Island on 28 December 1942.
General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 25 (1944)
Born: 30 September 1920 at Massachusetts
Home of record: Lynn, Massachusetts

Death: 20 January 1988

Interred: Pine Grove Cemetery, Lynn, Massachusetts

 

Was a member of the Massachusetts National Guard.

 

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73.      

Meyer, Charles Robert ‘Monk’

Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army
Headquarters, 2D Battalion, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 6 May 1945
Citation:
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Lieutenant Colonel Charles Robert Meyer (ASN: 0-20762), United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 127th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 May 1945. Lieutenant Colonel Meyer's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.”
General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 51 (1945)
Born: 1 May 1911 at West Point, New York
Home of record:

Death: 11 August 2001

Interred: U.S. Military Academy Cemetery, West Point, New York

 

Son of COL and Mrs. C. B. Meyer; graduated U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Class of '37; lettered in lacrosse, football, and basketball (famous for his football skills at West Point); awarded Bronze Star for his actions at Limon, Leyte; slightly WIA by shrapnel at Leyte; awarded DSC for his efforts 6 May '45 along the Villa Verde Trail on Luzon; according to Red Arrow Men, he was WIA while personally attacking a Japanese-held cave on Luzon with grenades and TNT (this may be the basis for his DSC); awarded 2 Silver Stars ca. '45; earned at least 2 Purple Hearts during WWII; also served in Korea and Vietnam; awarded 2 DSMs as BG in '60s; retired as BG.

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74.      

Milby, Raymond

Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company C, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 12 January 1943
Citation:
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Private First Class Raymond Milby, United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 127th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 12 January 1943, during the Papuan Campaign at Tarakena, New Guinea. Private First Class Milby's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.” According to Victory in Papua, PFC Milby earned the Distinguished Service Cross for his role among a small group of volunteers who endeavored, under fire, to string a guide cable across Konombi Creek near Tarakena, New Guinea, on 10-12 January 1943. The creek’s current was very swift; the guide cable was needed to enable assault boats to cross the creek and continue the 127TH Infantry’s advance.
General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 36 (1943)
Born: 1915 at Kentucky
Home of record: Kentucky

Death: 11 October 2005 at Louisville, Kentucky

Interred: Evergreen Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky

 

He entered the service 29 Nov. '41 at Ft. Benjamin Harrison IN; his other awards include the Bronze Star and at least one Purple Heart.

 

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75.      

Miljatovich, Milan John

Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company K, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 28 December 1942
Citation:
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Staff Sergeant Milan J. Miljatovich, United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company K, 127th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 28 December 1942, during the Papuan Campaign at Tarakena, New Guinea. Staff Sergeant Miljatovich's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.”  The citation was summarized by Robert J. Doyle, Milwaukee Journal, 26 June 1943, “Miljatovich commanded a platoon which was ordered to cross a creek in small canvas boats. The men were to be covered by an artillery barrage on enemy emplacements. Through error the boats were misdirected, and when Miljatovich neared the proper landing point the barrage had stopped. Japanese riflemen and machine gunners opened fire at close range. Miljatovich climbed into another boat when his leading boat sank and led his platoon into enemy fire. All boats were sunk and many men wounded. Miljatovich calmly reorganized his men while they swam in the creek and led them back to safety.”
General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 34 (1943)
Born: 13 December 1918
Home of record: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Death: 24 November 1984

Interred: Wood National Cemetery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

 

PVT in Co. K, 127TH Inf. at Milwaukee, WI, when 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40.

 

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*Mitchell, Harold L.

Corporal, U.S. Army
Company H, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 7 to 9 December 1942
Citation:
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Corporal Harold L. Mitchell, United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company H, 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces from 7 to 9 December 1942, during the Papuan Campaign at Buna, New Guinea. Corporal Mitchell's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.” According to Victory in Papua, CPL Mitchell was bestowed with the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions at “Bottcher's Corner” near Buna from 7 to 9 December 1942. On 7 December he detected a looming Japanese attack; singlehandedly foiled their attempt, and alerted his comrades. When the enemy attacked later, they were handily repulsed. On 9 December he captured a Japanese prisoner and brought him in for interrogation.
General Orders: Headquarters, South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 3 (1943)
Born: 5 May 1918
Home of record: Ionia, Michigan

Death: 26 December 1942 in New Guinea

Interred: Highland Park Cemetery, Ionia, Michigan

Status: DOW

 

He enlisted as a PVT in Co. H, 126TH Inf., Michigan National Guard, at Ionia, MI, on 7 Jun. '36; he mobilized with that unit on 15 Oct. '40; he was promoted to SSG at some point; he was seriously WIA 19 Dec. '42 during an attack on the Triangle; he was awarded his DSC while he was in the hospital; his other awards include the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and CIB.

 

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*Mittleberger, Earl

Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company A, 114TH Engineer Combat Battalion, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 28 December 1942
Citation:
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Private Earl Mittleberger (ASN: 37039378), United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company A, 114th Engineer Combat Battalion, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 28 December 1942, during the Papuan Campaign at Buna, New Guinea. Private Mittleberger's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.” According to Victory in Papua, PFC Mittleberger was posthumously bestowed with the Distinguished Service Cross for his role, at the cost of his life, in attempting to repair a bridge, under fire, vital to the
127TH Infantry’s
attack on Buna Mission from Musita Island on 28 December 1942.
General Orders: Headquarters, South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 10 (1943)
Born:
Home of record: Scott County, Iowa

Death: 28 December 1942

Interred: Manila American Cemetery

Status: KIA

 

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*Mullens, Donald W.

Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company E, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 21 March 1945
Citation:
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Private First Class Donald W. Mullens (ASN: 37527078), United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company E, 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 21 March 1945. Private First Class Mullens' intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.”
General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 204 (1945)
Born: 1923 at Kansas
Home of record: Wyandotte County, Kansas

Death: 21 March 1945 on Luzon, Philippines

Interred: Manila American Cemetery

Status: KIA

 

He entered service 25 May '43 at Ft. Leavenworth, KS; SN 37527078; also earned Purple Heart w/2 OLCs.

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79.      

Myers, Cloyd G.

Private, U.S. Army
Company H, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 16 November 1942
Citation:
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Private Cloyd G. Myers, United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company H, 128th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 16 November 1942, during the Papuan Campaign at Cape Sudest, New Guinea. Private Myers' intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.” According to Victory in Papua, PVT Myers was bestowed with the Distinguished Service Cross for his participation in hastily organized rescue parties which saved numerous comrades from burning and sinking Allied supply ships as they were attacked by Japanese aircraft in the shallows off Cape Sudest on 16 November 1942.
General Orders: Headquarters, South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 62 (1942)
Born:
Home of record: Nebraska

 

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Nummer, Erwin Joseph

First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
Company F, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 30 November 1942
Citation:
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “First Lieutenant (Infantry) Erwin J. Nummer (ASN: 0-402981), United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 30 November 1942, during the Papuan Campaign at Buna, New Guinea. First Lieutenant Nummer's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.”
General Orders: Headquarters, South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 3 (6 Jan. 1943)
Born: 14 December 1908 at Lowell, Michigan
Home of record: Michigan

Death: 16 December 1944 on Leyte

Interred: Manila American Cemetery

Status: KIA

 

Was SGT in Service Co., 126TH Inf. (Mich. NG) at Grand Rapids, MI, when Div. was mobilized on 15 Oct. '40; WIA 30 Nov. '42 near Buna; KIA 16 Dec. '44 as Cdr. of Co. H on Leyte; two brothers served during the war, one in France and the other in South Pacific.

 

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81.      

Parks, Steve W.

Private, U.S. Army
Company D, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 20 December 1942
Citation:
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Private Steve W. Parks, United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company D, 128th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 20 December 1942, during the Papuan Campaign at Buna, New Guinea. Private Parks' intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.” A dispatch from overseas by war correspondent Robert J. Doyle printed in the Milwaukee Journal on 3 Jul. '43 summarized his actions thusly: “On Dec. 20, Parks was in a patrol attempting to cross a bridge [over Simemi Creek] near Buna Mission under extremely heavy enemy fire. When the patrol was forced to withdraw, Parks went back despite almost certain death to rescue a comrade who was wounded and lying directly in the lane of enemy machine gun fire. Parks dragged the wounded man to safety and administered first aid.” A similar account of the action was described in Victory in Papua.
General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 36 (1943)
Born: 1917 at Wisconsin
Home of record: Cameron, Wisconsin

 

He was a PVT in Co. D, 128TH Inf., Wisconsin National Guard, at Rice Lake, WI, when 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40.

updated 1 May ‘13

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82.      

Peabody, Herbert Gale

First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
Headquarters Company, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 16 November 1942
Citation:
“The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to First Lieutenant (Infantry) Herbert G. Peabody (ASN: 0-386476), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 16 November 1942, near Cape Sudest, New Guinea. When enemy airplanes attacked and set fire to four small ships carrying United States Army personnel and supplies, First Lieutenant Peabody called for volunteers to attempt a rescue. With four enlisted men, he boarded a small coastal vessel and ordered it to proceed to the blazing vessels. In spite of repeated enemy bombing and strafing and without regard to his personal safety, he continued the search for survivors until long after dark. First Lieutenant Peabody's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.”
General Orders: Headquarters, South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 64 (28 December 1942)
Born: 31 March 1919
Home of record: Vermont

Death: 22 October 1993

Interred: Fort Benning Post Cemetery, Fort Benning, Georgia

 

Peabody, Herbert Gale

First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
Headquarters Company, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 5 December 1942
Citation:
“The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Distinguished Service Cross to First Lieutenant (Infantry) Herbert G. Peabody (ASN: 0-386476), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 5 December 1942, near Buna, New Guinea. When a rifle company patrol broke through the enemy lines and established itself on the beach between Buna Village and Buna Station, the only supply route to it lay through the hostile position. First Lieutenant Peabody led a carrying party forward in an effort to replenish the ammunition of the patrol. When its advance was discovered, the party was checked by enemy mortar fire and by fire from snipers. Gathering his men together, First Lieutenant Peabody crawled forward with them through the enemy position to the patrol. The ammunition thus delivered made possible the holding, in spite of repeated enemy counterattacks, of this key point cutting hostile communication lines. First Lieutenant Peabody's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.”
General Orders: Headquarters, South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 64 (28 December 1942)
Born: 31 March 1919
Home of record: Vermont

Death: 22 October 1993

Interred: Fort Benning Post Cemetery, Fort Benning, Georgia

 

He participated in ROTC at Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC, and graduated Class of '40; also served in Korea and Vietnam; retired from the Army as a COL.

updated 4 May ‘13

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83.      

Pederson, Harold O.

Private, U.S. Army
Company M, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 24 December 1942
Citation:
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Private Harold O. Pederson, United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company M, 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 24 December 1942. Private Pederson's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.” According to Victory in Papua, PVT Pederson was bestowed with the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions on 24 December 1942 in the Sanananda area when he and three other soldiers assaulted an enemy trench near the track junction and held it until they could be reinforced. The track junction was the point where the Killerton Trail met the Soputa-Sanananda Track.
General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 32 (15 June 1943)
Born:
Home of record: Ohio

 

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84.      

Peterson, Marvin M.

Private, U.S. Army
Company C, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 12 January 1943
Citation:
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Private Marvin M. Peterson, United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 127th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 12 January 1943, during the Papuan Campaign at Tarakena, New Guinea. Private Peterson's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.” A dispatch from overseas by war correspondent Robert J. Doyle printed in the Milwaukee Journal on 3 Jul. '43 summarized his actions thusly: “Peterson was part of a force advancing from the Buna area along the coast against the last strong Japanese positions in Papua. The force had to cross the swift Konombi river [near Tarakena] Jan. 21 to dislodge enemy positions on the opposite bank. Peterson and three others volunteered to swim the river in broad daylight with enemy guns trained on them. Wearing only shorts and carrying pistols and hand grenades, the four swam the rain swollen river and fastened a rope which enabled a platoon to cross and establish a bridgehead.” A similar account of the action was described in Victory in Papua.
General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 36 (1943)
Born: 8 May 1921 at Oconto Falls, Wisconsin
Home of record: Oconto Falls, Wisconsin

Death: 27 July 1944 near Aitape, New Guinea

Interred: Woodlawn Cemetery, Oconto Falls, Wisconsin

Status: KIA

 

He was a PVT in Co. C, 127TH Inf. at Oconto, WI, when 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40; earned Silver Star for his actions as a SSG at an outpost along the Driniumor River near Aitape, New Guinea on 27 Jul. '44; KIA later that day while trying to save a comrade; also earned Purple Heart; his father was WWI veteran.

updated 18 Dec. ‘13

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85.      

Pieh, Richard J.

First Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company B, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division (unit is presumed, that is unit he was with when he earned Silver Star at Buna)
Date of Action: 20 December 1944
Citation:
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “First Sergeant Richard J. Pieh, United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 20 December 1944. First Sergeant Pieh's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.”
General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 110 (1945)
Born: 28 January 1922 at Michigan
Home of record: Adrian, Michigan

Death: 31 October 1993

Interred: Deerfield Township Cemetery, Deerfield, Michigan

 

He was PVT in Co. B, 126TH Inf., Michigan National Guard, at Adrian, MI, when 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40; earned Silver Star for his actions as SGT and member of patrol with SSG Elmer R. Buchanan on 8 Dec. '42 at “New Strip” near Buna; also cited in HQ, 32d Infantry Division, G.O. No. 52 (1943), which may indicate an additional award.

added 19 Feb. ‘13

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86.      

Price, Donald R.

Private First Class, U.S. Army
Headquarters Company, 107TH Quartermaster Battalion, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 16 November 1942
Citation:
“The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Private First Class Donald R. Price, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Headquarters Company, 107th Quartermaster Battalion, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 16 November 1942, near Cape Sudest, New Guinea. When enemy airplanes attacked and set fire to a number of small ships carrying United States Army personnel and supplies, Private First Class Price courageously volunteered as a member of a rescue party, without regard for his own safety. With the party, he boarded a small coastal vessel which proceeded to the aid of personnel from the blazing ships. In spite of repeated enemy bombing and strafing attacks, the party continued its search for survivors until long after dark. Private First Class Price's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.”
General Orders: Headquarters, South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 64 (28 December 1942)
Born: 1920 at Wisconsin
Home of record: Wisconsin

 

He was a PVT in Co. F, 107TH QM Regt., Wisconsin National Guard, at Whitewater, WI, when 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40.

 

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87.      

*Rehak, John F, Jr.

Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company E, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 20 December 1942
Citation:
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Staff Sergeant John F. Rehak, Jr. (ASN: 20646676), United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company E, 127th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 20 December 1942, during the Papuan Campaign at Buna, New Guinea. Staff Sergeant Rehak's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.” According to Victory in Papua, SSG Rehak was posthumously bestowed with the Distinguished Service Cross for his efforts to lead an attack against a Japanese bunker in the Triangle at Buna on 20 December 1942.
General Orders: Headquarters, South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 4 (10 January 1943)
Born: 8 January 1921 at Wisconsin
Home of record: Manitowoc, Wisconsin

Death: 20 December 1942 near Buna, New Guinea

Interred: Evergreen Cemetery, Manitowoc, Wisconsin

Status: KIA

 

He was a PFC in Co. E, 127TH Inf., Wisconsin National Guard, at Manitowoc, WI, when 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40.

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88.      

*Richards, William H.

First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
Company G, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 21 November 1944
Citation:
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “First Lieutenant (Infantry) William H. Richards (ASN: 0-1291008), United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 21 November 1944. First Lieutenant Richards' intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.”
General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 87 (1945)
Born:
Home of record: Lake County, Indiana

Death: 22 November 1944 near Colasian, Leyte, Philippines

Interred:

Status: KIA

 

He was likely an enlisted man when he first entered the service. The enlistment record for a man of the same name states: born 1916 at PA; resided at Lake Co., IN; entered service 25 Jun. '41 at Ft. Benjamin Harrison, IN; SN 35162601.

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89.      

*Rini, Daniel F.

Corporal, U.S. Army
Company E, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 16 December 1942
Citation:
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Corporal Daniel F. Rini (ASN: 35005386), United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company E, 128th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 16 December 1942, during the Papuan Campaign at Buna, New Guinea. Corporal Rini's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.” According to Victory in Papua, CPL Rini was posthumously bestowed with the Distinguished Service Cross for his efforts to eliminate a key Japanese bunker near the Coconut Grove at Buna on 16 December 1942. His actions were summarized by Murlin Spencer in a war-time dispatch from overseas on 3 July 1943 and printed in the Youngstown Vindicator on 4 July 1943, “Corporal Rini, one of Ohio’s outstanding heroes, was killed in action and his DSC was awarded posthumously. His act of heroism came on a hot December day near Buna. He volunteered to go along with a patrol attacking a strongly fortified Japanese machine-gun emplacement which had been holding up an attack by three companies of Americans. When his patrol was halted by machine-gun fire, Corporal Rini went ahead alone and destroyed the emplacement by throwing grenades into the loopholes of the fortified position. He was killed later during the mopping up action.”
General Orders: Headquarters, South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 9 (19 January 1943)
Born: 10 December 1917
Home of record: Wellsville, Ohio

Death: 16 December 1942

Interred: St. Elizabeth Cemetery, Wellsville, Ohio

Status: KIA

updated 29 Apr. ’13; added 1 Jan. ‘13

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90.      

*Ross, Calvin E.

Private, U.S. Army
Company K, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 15 & 20 March 1945
Citation:
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Private Calvin E. Ross (ASN: 39474369), United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company K, 127th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 15 and 20 March 1945. Private Ross' intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.”
General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 370 (1945)
Born: 1924 at Washington
Home of record: Chewelah, Washington

Death: 20 March 1945

Interred: memorialized on Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery

Status: MIA, presumed KIA

 

He graduated Chewelah H. S. in '43; entered service 25 Apr. '44 at Ft. Lewis, WA; SN 39474369; also earned Bronze Star and Purple Heart; sister also served, WAAC.

added 19 Dec. ‘13

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91.      

Rossman, Edward R.

Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company L, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 24 December 1942
Citation:
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Private First Class Edward R. Rossman, United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company L, 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 24 December 1942, during the Papuan Campaign at Sanananda, New Guinea. Private First Class Rossman's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.” According to Victory in Papua, PFC Rossman was bestowed with the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions on 24 December 1942 in the Sanananda area when he and three other soldiers assaulted an enemy trench near the track junction and held it until they could be reinforced. The track junction was the point where the Killerton Trail met the Soputa-Sanananda Track.
General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 32 (15 June 1943)
Born: 11 August 1914 at Tell City, Indiana
Home of record: Tell City, Indiana

Death: 21 March 1999 at Indianapolis, Indiana

Interred:  

added 1 Jan. ‘13

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92.      

Runnoe, Donald F.

Captain, U.S. Army
1ST Battalion, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 2 January 1943
Citation:
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Captain (Infantry) Donald F. Runnoe, United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Commanding Officer of an Infantry Company in the 1st Battalion, 127th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 2 January 1943, during the Papuan Campaign at Buna, New Guinea. Captain Runnoe's outstanding leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.” The citation was summarized by Robert J. Doyle, of the Milwaukee Journal, in a war-time dispatch from overseas on 9 March 1943, “Maj. Runnoe received the [Distinguished Service Cross] for gallantry in the capture of Buna Mission Jan. 2. When Maj. Edmund Schroeder, Oconto, Wis., was fatally wounded while directing the attack at the front, Maj. Runnoe, then a captain, came forward from the command post through heavy enemy fire to direct the attack that led a few minutes later to the fall of Buna Mission.” Mr. Doyle stated that MAJ Runnoe received the Silver Star but he actually received the Distinguished Service Cross for this particular event. It may have been a simple mistake on Mr. Doyle’s part or it may indicate that MAJ Runnoe was recommended for the Silver Star but the award was upgraded to the Distinguished Service Cross. Another dispatch from overseas by Mr. Doyle on 26 Jun. ’43 gave a similar account of the event and identified the decoration as the Distinguished Service Cross.
General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 34 (1943)
Born: 5 April 1915 at Greenleaf, Wisconsin
Home of record: Marinette, Wisconsin or Menominee, Michigan

Death: 19 Feb. 1959 at Marinette, Wisconsin

Interred: Riverside Cemetery, Menominee, Michigan

 

Was 2LT in Co. A, 127TH Inf., Wisconsin National Guard, at Marinette, WI, when 32D Div. was mobilized on 15 Oct. '40; he assumed command of 1ST Bn., 127TH Inf., on 2 Jan. ’43 at Buna when Cdr., MAJ Edmund R. Schroeder, was KIA; earned Silver Star for his actions 8 Jan. '43 near Tarakena; promoted to MAJ sometime after Buna; attained rank of LTC or COL when he left service.

updated 26 Apr. ‘13

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93.      

Schlessman, Learville Newton

Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army
2D Battalion, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 25 May 1945
Citation:
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Technical Sergeant Learville N. Schlessman, United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 2d Battalion, 128th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 25 May 1945. Technical Sergeant Schlessman's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.”
General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 315 (1945)
Born: 4 March 1921 at Missouri
Home of record: Neosho, Missouri

Death: 21 February 1986

Interred: Tracy Cemetery, Anderson or Pineville, Missouri

 

He entered the service 24 Jul. '42 at Jefferson Barracks, MO; other awards include the Silver Star and the Purple Heart.

added 8 Jan. ‘13

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*Schroeder, Edmund R.

Major, U.S. Army
1ST Battalion, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 27 December 1942
Citation:
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Major (Infantry) Edmund R. Schroeder (ASN: 0-301712), United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with 127th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 27 December 1942, during the Papuan Campaign at Buna, New Guinea. Major Schroeder's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.” A newspaper article, dateline Allied Headquarters, Australia, 5 February 1943, summarized the citation, “With complete disregard for his own safety, he proceeded as a member of a patrol under heavy enemy machine-gun and sniper fire through swamps and located the command post of an isolated company that had been cut off from the remainder of our troops. Through his courageous personal effort, he was able to rescue these men from a swamp and reorganize them for continued attacks. His gallant example of perseverance, in spite of all difficulties, served as an inspiration to his men. Major Schroeder was seriously wounded [in action several days later] and died as a result of these wounds.”
General Orders: Headquarters, South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 14 (1943)
Born:
Home of record: Oconto County, Wisconsin

Death: 2 January 1943 near Buna, New Guinea

Interred: Evergreen Cemetery, Oconto, Wisconsin

Status: KIA

 

Was CPT and commander of Co. C, 127TH Inf. (WNG) at Oconto, WI, when 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40.

 

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Schwartz, Paul L.

Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
Company F, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 5 December 1942
Citation:
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Second Lieutenant (Infantry) Paul L. Schwartz, United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 5 December 1942, during the Papuan Campaign at Buna, New Guinea. Second Lieutenant Schwartz's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.”
General Orders: Headquarters, South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 1 (1943)
Born:
Home of record: Syracuse, New York

 

He also earned the Silver Star.

 

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*Shaw, Herman Tate

Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company F, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 25 December 1942 to 8 January 1943
Citation:
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Sergeant Herman T. Shaw (ASN: 38062261), United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company F, 127th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces from 25 December 1942 to [8] January 1943, during the Papuan Campaign at Buna, New Guinea. Sergeant Shaw's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.” According to Victory in Papua, SSG Shaw was posthumously bestowed with the Distinguished Service Cross, in part, for his efforts as the platoon leader for the lead platoon in Company F’s part in the capture of Tarakena, New Guinea, on 8 January 1943.
General Orders: Headquarters, South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 29 (30 March 1943)
Born: 3 September 1914 near Ennis, Texas
Home of record: Waxahachie, Texas

Death: 8 January 1943 at Tarakena, New Guinea

Interred: Myrtle Cemetery, Ennis, Texas

Status: KIA

added 1 Jan. ‘13

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97.      

Smith, Herbert M.

Major, U.S. Army
2D Battalion, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 7 December 1942
Citation:
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Major (Infantry) Herbert M. Smith, United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 7 December 1942, during Papuan Campaign at Buna, New Guinea. Major Smith's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.” A dispatch from overseas by war correspondent Robert J. Doyle printed in the Milwaukee Journal on 3 Jul. '43 summarized his actions thusly: “Col. Smith, then a major, personally led a fierce attack on Buna village Dec. 7 after a hail of enemy bullets and grenades had pinned down his men. He recovered from wounds received in the attack.”
General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 36 (1943)
Born:
Home of record: Neillsville, Wisconsin

 

MAJ with Service Co., 128TH Inf. at Neillsville, WI, on 15 Oct. '40; transferred to 126TH Inf. ca. Jan. '42 at Camp Livingston; assumed command of 2D Bn., 126TH Inf., on 25 Oct. '42 during march over Owen Stanley Mountains; seriously WIA 7 Dec. '42 at Buna.

updated 1 May ‘13

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98.      

Snyder, Gordon C.

Corporal, U.S. Army
Company I, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 16 November 1942
Citation:
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Corporal Gordon C. Snyder, United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company I, 128th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 16 November 1942, during the Papuan Campaign in New Guinea. Corporal Snyder's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.” According to Victory in Papua, CPL Snyder was bestowed with the Distinguished Service Cross for his participation in hastily organized rescue parties which saved numerous comrades from burning and sinking Allied supply ships as they were attacked by Japanese aircraft in the shallows off Cape Sudest on 16 November 1942.
General Orders: Headquarters, South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 1 (1 January 1943)
Born:
Home of record: Michigan

added 1 Jan. ‘13

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99.      

Sprague, Lawrence F.

Private, U.S. Army
Company C, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 12 January 1943
Citation:
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Private Lawrence F. Sprague, United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 127th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 12 January 1943, during the Papuan Campaign at Tarakena, New Guinea. Private Sprague's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.” According to Victory in Papua, PVT Sprague earned the Distinguished Service Cross for his role among a small group of volunteers who endeavored, under fire, to string a guide cable across Konombi Creek near Tarakena, New Guinea, on 10-12 January 1943. The creek’s current was very swift; the guide cable was needed to enable assault boats to cross the creek and continue the 127TH Infantry’s advance.
General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 36 (1943)
Born:
Home of record: Ohio

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Squires, Edward G.

Private, U.S. Army
Company H, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 28 December 1942
Citation:
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Private Edward G. Squires, United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company H, 127th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 28 December 1942, during the Papuan Campaign at Buna, New Guinea. Private Squires' intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.” According to Victory in Papua, PVT Squires was bestowed with the Distinguished Service Cross for his role in attempting to repair a bridge, under fire, vital to the
127TH Infantry’s attack on Buna Mission from Musita Island on 28 December 1942.
General Orders: Headquarters, South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 11 (January 22, 1943)
Born: 16 April 1923 at West Virginia
Home of record: Akron, Ohio

Death: 25 May 2012 at Akron, Ohio

Interred: Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, Rittman, Ohio

 

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Stallman, Robert J.

First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
Company K, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 18 March 1945
Citation:
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “First Lieutenant (Infantry) Robert J. Stallman, United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 18 March 1945. First Lieutenant Stallman's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.”
General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 54 (1945)
Born: 19 October 1919
Home of record: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Death: 23 January 2005

Interred: Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minnesota

 

He assumed command of Co. K, 127TH Inf., as a 1LT, ca. beginning of May '45 on Luzon, Philippines; also earned Silver Star, possibly for his actions on Leyte; attained rank of MAJ.

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*Steger, Reuben J.

First Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company C, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 21 November 1942
Citation:
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “First Sergeant Reuben J. Steger (ASN: 20649169), United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 128th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 21 November 1942, during the Papuan Campaign in New Guinea. First Sergeant Steger's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.”
General Orders: Headquarters, South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 1 (1943)
Born: 27 June 1917 at Marshfield, Wisconsin
Home of record: Marshfield, Wisconsin

Death: 21 November 1942

Interred:

Status: KIA

 

Enlisted in Co. C, 128TH Inf., Wisconsin National Guard, at Marshfield, WI, ca. 1936; 1SG in same unit on 15 Oct. '40; assumed command of his company on 21 Nov. after officers became casualties.

 

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Sutton, Orrin C.

Corporal, U.S. Army
Company L, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 24 December 1942
Citation:
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Corporal Orrin C. Sutton, United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company L, 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 24 December 1942, during the Papuan Campaign at Sanananda, New Guinea. Corporal Sutton's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.” According to Victory in Papua, CPL Sutton was bestowed with the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions on 24 December 1942 in the Sanananda area when he and three other soldiers assaulted an enemy trench near the track junction and held it until they could be reinforced. The track junction was the point where the Killerton Trail met the Soputa-Sanananda Track.
General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 32 (15 June 1943)
Born:
Home of record: Charlevoix, Michigan

 

Depicted in Associated Press photograph from 15 Dec. '42 at Buna; described as ’Wild Man’ from MI in the caption; credited with killing between 30 and 40 Japanese; WIA by machine gun bullet; returned to duty less than 24 hours later; bestowed with DSC for his actions 24 Dec. '42 near Buna, New Guinea; may be namesake for Sherman-Wudarcki-Sutton Post No. 582 of VFW in Ortonville, MI; may have been inspiration for a character in Superman comic book in 1943.

 

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Sweet, John Emmett, Jr.

Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 26 December 1942
Citation:
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Second Lieutenant (Infantry) John E. Sweet, Jr., United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 26 December 1942, during the Papuan Campaign at Buna, New Guinea. Second Lieutenant Sweet's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.”
General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 32 (1943)
Born: 11 December 1915 at Sandusky, Ohio
Home of record: Pennsylvania

Death: November 1984 at Owego, New York

Interred: Montrose Cemetery, Montrose, Pennsylvania

 

Attended Lehigh University, likely class of '38, later attained rank of MAJ.

 

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*Taber, Henry G.

Captain, U.S. Army
Company G, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 9 February 1945
Citation:
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Captain (Infantry) Henry G. Taber (ASN: 0-382981), United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company G, 127th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 9 February 1945. Captain Taber's outstanding leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.”
General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 43 (1945)
Born:
Home of record: Edgar County, Illinois

Death: 9 February 1945

Interred:

Status: KIA

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Thompson, Robert George

Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company C, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 11 January 1943
Citation:
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Staff Sergeant Robert Thompson, United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 127th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 11 January 1943, during the Papuan Campaign at Tarakena, New Guinea. Staff Sergeant Thompson's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.” According to Victory in Papua, SSG Thompson earned the Distinguished Service Cross for his leadership of a small group of volunteers who endeavored, under fire, to string a guide cable across Konombi Creek near Tarakena, New Guinea, on 10-12 January 1943. The creek’s current was very swift; the guide cable was needed to enable assault boats to cross the creek and continue the 127TH Infantry’s advance.
General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 34 (1943)
Born: 21 June 1915 at Grants Pass, Oregon
Home of record: New York

Death: 16 October 1965, New York, New York

Interred: Arlington National Cemetery

 

Served with Abraham Lincoln Brigade during Spanish Civil War, twice WIA; enlisted in U.S. Army shortly before Pearl Harbor.

 

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*Van Bogart, Robert Earl ‘Bob’ or ‘Bogey Bob’

Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company A, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 5 March 1945
Citation:
“The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Staff Sergeant Robert Van Bogart (ASN: 37173936), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces near Santa Maria Pangasinan Province, Luzon, Philippine Islands, on 5 March 1945. When Staff Sergeant Van Bogart's platoon, leading a combat patrol, ran into heavy enemy fire from snipers and a well concealed machine gun, a number of his men were wounded. His platoon pinned down, Sergeant Van Bogart crawled forward alone in the face of this fire to reach the top of a near by ridge. There he deliberately exposed himself to draw the enemy's fire and as bullets struck close by him he located and killed two snipers. Crawling back, he ordered his men to assault the machine gun, which he had also spotted. He took the lead and again made his way to the ridge where he stood in full view of the enemy and delivered steady rifle fire against their position. His men, inspired by his fearless example, launched an attack which quickly disposed of the emplacement. Moving out to locate remaining snipers, Sergeant Van Bogart was hit and killed. His unhesitating willingness to expose himself to danger and his skilled battlefield leadership saved the lives of many of his comrades and made possible the further progress of the patrol.”
General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 61 (1945)
Born: 9 August 1916
Home of record: St. Paul, Minnesota

Death: 5 March 1945

Interred: Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, California

Status: KIA

 

Enlisted in Minn. NG ca. '37; SN 37173936; trained at Camp Roberts, Paso Robles, CA; was part of Urbana Force during the Battle for Buna; earned Bronze Star for his actions during fighting along the Driniumor River near Aitape, New Guinea; WIA while taking Hill 400 on Leyte; KIA by a sniper 5 Mar. '45 on the Villa Verde Trail; posthumously bestowed the DSC; also awarded 2 Purple Hearts and CIB; interred at Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, CA

 

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Vondracek, Francis J.

Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company I, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 24 December 1942
Citation:
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Sergeant Francis J. Vondracek, United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company I, 127th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 24 December 1942, during the Papuan Campaign at Buna, New Guinea. Sergeant Vondracek's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army. The citation was summarized by Robert J. Doyle, Milwaukee Journal, 26 June 1943, SGT Francis Vondracek, Route 2, Kaukauna, led a platoon in an attack near Buna mission Dec. 24 and has received a DSC for heroism. Heavy fire stopped the platoon and Vondracek reported back to his commanding officer, but when his men were withdrawn Vondracek volunteered to try to knock out three pillboxes which had pinned his unit down all day. Armed with four grenades and with three riflemen covering his advance, Vondracek crawled within six feet of the first pillbox. He hurled four grenades and knocked out the pillbox, killing five Japs inside. Vondracek then moved back, filled his helmet with grenades and attacked two more pillboxes. He reached a shell hole near the pillboxes and despite heavy enemy fire hurled his grenades so accurately into the entrances that he knocked out both pillboxes.”
General Orders:
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 34 (1943)
Born:
Home of record: Kaukauna, Wisconsin

 

He was a PVT in Co. I, 127TH Inf., Wisconsin National Guard, at Neenah, WI, when 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40.

 

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*Wagner, John F.

Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company K, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 4 January 1944
Citation:
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Private First Class John F. Wagner (ASN: 36276513), United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 4 January 1944 at [Biliau, near the Mot River, northwest of] Saidor, New Guinea. On that date Private First Class Wagner's patrol was attacked in a Banzai charge by Japanese forces. Remaining behind, he provided covering fire [with his BAR] that allowed his patrol to withdraw, sacrificing his own life to save the lives of his comrades. Private First Class Wagner's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.

The citation was summarized in the Milwaukee Journal on 5 Apr. ‘44, and Kenosha Evening News, 2 May ’44: Wagner was a member of a patrol reconnoitering the area to locate enemy positions. A numerically superior enemy force was encountered. When the enemy staged a bayonet charge, Wagner rose to his feet, fully exposing himself to the enemy and fired with deadly accuracy at pointblank range. His fire dispersed the enemy attack and insured the safety of his comrades, and he continued firing until he fell mortally wounded. In this action Wagner exhibited great daring and heroic self-sacrifice.”

 

PFC Wagner was 1 of 2 lead scouts for the patrol that day, both were carrying BARs. PFC Wagner’s CO, CPT John Sullivan, described his actions as “one of the most heroic actions in combat of which I have personal knowledge.” According to 1SG Herbert Wendlandt, when the shooting started Wagner refused to take cover and shouted to his comrades, “I am going to give them hell from here!”

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 23 (1944)
Born: 1921 at Wisconsin
Home of record: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Death: 4 January 1944 at Biliau, near the Mot River, northwest of Saidor, New Guinea

Interred: Manila American Cemetery

Status: KIA

 

He entered service 20 Oct. '42 at Milwaukee, WI; SN 36276513; also earned Purple Heart.

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110.   

Waldron, Albert Whitney

Brigadier General, U.S. Army
Headquarters Company, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division Artillery
Date of Action: 5 December 1942
Citation:
“The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Brigadier General Albert Whitney Waldron (ASN: 0-3795), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 5 December 1942, during the Papuan Campaign near Buna Village, New Guinea. During an attack on the enemy position near Buna Village, many leaders of small infantry units became casualties and the units became disorganized. Brigadier General Waldron, with complete disregard for his own safety, moved along the line of the assault platoons under heavy fire from enemy snipers, machine guns, grenades and mortars. By his personal example, calm bearing and utter fearlessness, he inspired the men to great effort. Brigadier General Waldron's intrepid actions, personal bravery and gallant leadership exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
General Orders:
Headquarters, South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 60 (December 18, 1942)
Born: 13 January 1892 at New York
Home of record: Rockville Center, New York

Death: 21 June 1961

Interred: Arlington National Cemetery

 

Graduated U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Class of '15; served with Punitive Expedition in Mexico; served with 7TH FA in France during WWI; WIA in shoulder by sniper on 5 Dec. '42, awarded Purple Heart; awarded DSM for his service as Assistant Chief of Staff for Requirements, Headquarters Army Ground Forces from Mar. '44 to Oct. '45; retired as MG.

 

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*Walker, Ian William

Lieutenant, U.S. Army
2/7th Infantry Battalion, 17th Infantry Brigade, 6th Division, Australian Army (working alongside 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division)
Date of Action: 5 December 1942
Citation:
“The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Ian W. Walker, Australian Imperial Force, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy near Buna, New Guinea, on 5 December 1942. During an attack on strongly held enemy positions in which a Bren Gun Carrier Section was put out of action, Lieutenant Walker went forward under heavy enemy fire to the disabled carriers, which were located about half way between the enemy and our own lines, to remove the guns and ammunition from the disabled carriers. After he had reached the first three carriers and removed the guns and ammunition, he ordered nearby gunners to keep up their fire and told the enlisted men, who had accompanied him, to return to our lines. Lieutenant Walker then went forward, armed with a submachine gun and under heavy enemy fire, in an attempt to reach a fourth gun carrier to save the guns and ammunition from it. He was mortally wounded during this action and died shortly after returning to our lines.
General Orders:
Headquarters, South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 7 (January 15, 1943)
Born:
Home of record: Sandringham, Victoria, Australia

Death: 5 December 1942

Interred: Port Moresby (Bomana) War Cemetery, Papua New Guinea

Status: KIA

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*Warmenhoven, Simon

Major, U.S. Army
Regimental Surgeon, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 26 November 1942
Citation:
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Major (Medical Corps) Simon Warmenhoven, United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Chief Surgeon, [126TH] Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 26 November 1942, at Soputa, New Guinea. When a mortar landed among the Australians with whom he was serving, Major Warmenhoven ran forward, dashing past enemy lines. Five men were dead; another eight were alive, but the shrapnel had seriously wounded them. Major Warmenhoven jumped from one man to the next as mortars exploded around him. He gave each soldier a half-grain of morphine, cut away their clothes and dusted their wounds with sulfanilamide powder. Then he dressed the wounds as best he could and waited with the moaning soldiers for litter bearers to arrive. The outstanding heroism and devotion to duty displayed by Major Warmenhoven on this occasion reflect highest credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
General Orders:
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 34 (1943)
Born: 17 January 1910 at the Hague, Netherlands
Home of record: Grand Rapids, Michigan

Death: 5 May 1943

Interred:

Status: DNB

 

Was CPT with 126TH Inf., Michigan National Guard, when the 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40; promoted to LTC and assigned Division Surgeon for 32D Div. ca. Dec. '42.

 

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Weiss, Howard J.

Sergeant, U.S. Army
Headquarters Company, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 16 November 1942
Citation:
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Sergeant Howard J. Weiss, United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Headquarters Company, 128th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 16 November 1942, during the Papuan Campaign in New Guinea. Sergeant Weiss' intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.”  According to Victory in Papua, SGT Weiss was bestowed with the Distinguished Service Cross for his participation in hastily organized rescue parties which saved numerous comrades from burning and sinking Allied supply ships as they were attacked by Japanese aircraft in the shallows off Cape Sudest on 16 November 1942.
General Orders: Headquarters, South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 1 (1 January 1943)
Born: 1920 at Wisconsin
Home of record: Edgerton, Wisconsin

 

He was a CPL in HQ Co., 128TH Inf., Wisconsin National Guard, at Edgerton, WI, when 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40.

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Wildey, Russell J.

Captain, U.S. Army
Company M, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 26 December 1942
Citation:
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Russell J. Wildey, United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 26 December 1942. Captain Wildey's outstanding leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.”
General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 8 (1944)
Born:
Home of record: Michigan

 

He was 2LT in 126TH Inf., Michigan National Guard, when 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40; commanded Co. M, 126TH Inf. in the Australian Zone during Papuan Campaign; ca. 22 Dec. '42 he was commander of front line U.S. troops; WIA 26 Dec. '42 near Sanananda.

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Winzenried, Samuel G.

Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company I, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 13 December 1942
Citation:
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Sergeant Samuel G. Winzenried, United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company I, 127th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 13 December 1942, during the Papuan Campaign at Buna, New Guinea. Sergeant Winzenried's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.”  The citation was summarized by Robert J. Doyle, Milwaukee Journal, 26 June 1943, “When fire from an enemy pillbox impeded advance of Allied troops, SGT Winzenried, without orders and on his initiative, crawled to within 20 yards of the pillbox. Despite fire from an enemy sniper in a tree, he threw grenades through the entrance of the pillbox and drove enemy soldiers out. Winzenried then captured the pillbox and held it through the night, contributing greatly to the advance of his unit.”
General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 32 (15 June 1943)
Born:
Home of record: Menasha, Wisconsin

 

He was a PFC in Co. I, 127TH Inf. (WNG) at Neenah, WI, on 15 Oct. '40; a couple of references list his unit at the time of his award as Co. L, but most references list him as assigned to Co. I.

 

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*Woods, Bernard P.

Corporal, U.S. Army
__, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 28 January 1944
Citation:
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: “Corporal Bernard P. Woods (ASN: 39020352), United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 128th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 28 January 1944. Corporal Woods' intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.” CPL Woods was likely a member of a patrol from 1ST Bn., 128TH Inf. involved in a stiff firefight with a large Japanese patrol at Teteri, near Saidor, New Guinea on 28 Jan. ’44.
General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 129 (1944)
Born: 1920 at California
Home of record: Los Angeles, California

Death: 28 January 1944, FOD 17 January 1946

Interred: memorialized on Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery

Status: MIA near Saidor, New Guinea

 

Married; he entered service 21 Feb. '42 at Ft. MacArthur, CA; SN 39020352; likely assigned to 1ST Bn., 128TH Inf., possibly Co. A; also earned Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

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*Workman, James W.

Captain, U.S. Army
Company C, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 24 December 1942
Citation:
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS:
Captain (Infantry) James W. Workman (ASN: 0-271492), United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 127th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 24 December 1942, during the Papuan Campaign at Buna, New Guinea. Captain Workman's outstanding leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army. 
General Orders:
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 32 (1943)
Born: 16 May 1907
Home of record: Bexar County, Texas

Death: 25 December 1942

Interred: Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, Texas

Status: KIA

 

There is some discrepancy regarding his date of death. The synopsis of his citation (above) implies 24 Dec., the cemetery listing states 31 Dec., but 2 of 3 history books list 25 Dec. (the 3rd book lists 24 Dec.).

 

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Zinser, Roy F.

Major, U.S. Army
2D Battalion, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 16 December 1942
Citation:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Major (Infantry) Roy F. Zinser, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 128th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces pm 16 December 1942, during the Papuan Campaign, near Buna, New Guinea. Lieutenant Colonel Zinser, Executive Officer of his battalion, which had suffered heavy casualties during a month of combat, voluntarily led one flank of an attack on the heavily defended enemy position at Coconut Grove, Girua Gardens. The situation in this section was critical, and the enemy's position was a most difficult one to storm. In the face of withering small arms and mortar fire, he led his troops in an assault against determined opposition until he was seriously wounded. Lieutenant Colonel Zinser's courageous leadership in this attack inspired his troops to a magnificent effort. His intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army. 
General Orders:
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 2 (1944)
Born: November 1909 at Monroe, Wisconsin
Home of record: Monroe, Wisconsin

Death: 27 July 1999 at Maitland, Florida

Interred: Arlington National Cemetery

 

Joined Wisconsin National Guard in 1928; was 1LT in Co. K, 128TH Inf. at Monroe, WI, when 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40; WIA in explosion at Saidor; continued service in Army after war; 24 years of service, served in Germany, Japan, last assignment was commander of Fort Monroe, VA.

 

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