The 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Veteran Association

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World War II

Roll of Honor for the

32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division

Surnames A and B

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Name

Rank

Unit

Narrative

added

1.         

Ables, Howard Lacy

Pfc.

128TH Inf. Regt.

born 24 Nov. ‘21 at McComas, WV (hometown); son of Eldridge O. and Alley (Webb) Ables, McComas, WV; entered service at Huntington, WV on 13 Aug. ‘42; SN 35440962; overseas ca. Jan. ‘43; served with 128TH Inf.; KIA 28 Jan. (23 Feb.) ‘44 near Saidor, New Guinea at age 22; earned Silver Star and Purple Heart; he may have been a member of 50-man patrol from 1ST Bn., 128TH Inf. that was attacked by a 100-man Japanese force west of the Mot River near Teterei, along the western edge of the Saidor beachhead, on 28 Jan. ’44; the patrol killed 43 Japanese soldiers, but suffered 8 killed, 6 MIA, and 9 WIA; repatriated and re-interred at Arlington National Cemetery on 23 Jun. ‘48

25-Mar-17

2.         

Acton, Gerald D.

Pvt.

114TH Engr. Bn.

born ‘06 at PA; hometown Cambria Co., PA; entered service 15 Aug. ‘42 at Altoona, PA; SN 33250310; served with 114TH Engr. Bn.; KIA 6 Apr. ‘44 during an air raid at Saidor, New Guinea, ca. age 38; earned Purple Heart; interred at Manila American Cemetery

8-May-13

3.         

Adams, Alphonse A. (Alfonse)

Cpl.

126TH Inf. Regt.

born 26 Sep. ‘19 at Roulers, Belgium (nativity); son of Maurice J. and Marie Z. Adams, 4800 University, Detroit, MI (hometown), both Belgian immigrants; entered service at Detroit, MI on 17 Apr. ‘41; SN 36111223; served with 126TH Inf..; promoted to Cpl.; KIA 14 Dec. ‘42 near Buna, New Guinea, at age 23; listed on 27 Feb. ‘43 casualty list; 1 of 4,459 Americans repatriated to San Francisco aboard U.S. Army Transport Lt. George W. G. Boyce ca. 1 Jun. '48; re-interred at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Detroit, MI

11-Sep-18

4.         

Adams, Clarence J.

Pvt.

128TH Inf. Regt., Co. A

born 8 Apr. ‘26 at Erie, PA (hometown); son of Edward Collins and Anna K. (Mentley) Adams; graduated from Academy H. S. in ‘44; voluntarily enlisted at Erie, PA on 25 Sep. ‘44 (some references state he had been granted a deferment due to his brothers being KIA); SN 33713195; served with Co. A, 128TH Inf.; KIA 10 May ‘45 at age 19 (shortly after his birthday), killed during an ambush along the Villa Verde Trail; he had only been with the unit a couple of weeks; he was the 3rd son from his family KIA during the war; family history states that another Soldier from Erie, Charles Crockett, who knew about Clarence’s brothers and was assigned to the same battalion as Clarence, attempted to share that information with the Bn. Cdr. while Clarence was on patrol (in an attempt to have him assigned to less hazardous duties, if not sent home, ΰ la Saving Pvt. Ryan), unfortunately Clarence was killed by Japanese machine gun fire during that very patrol; brother served during WWII, S. Sgt. Charles H., Penn. Nat. Guard, HQ Co., 506TH Para. Inf., 101ST Abn. Div., KIA 21 Jun. ‘44, shortly after he parachuted into Normandy on D-Day; brother served during WWII, T. Sgt. Donald E., Penn. Nat. Guard, Co. B, 112TH Inf., 28TH Div., KIA 10 Aug. ‘44 at Gathemo, France; Clarence, Charles, and Donald were repatriated in ‘48, and were re-interred, side-by-side, at Erie Cemetery, Erie, PA on 13 Aug. ‘48; brothers Harold C., Richard, and Robert K. also served during WWII; Mrs. Adams was the namesake of the Adams Chapter, Gold Star Mothers, Erie, PA, she had helped organize the Chapter

5.         

Adams, Eldon R.

Pfc.

128TH Inf. Regt.

born ‘23 at OK; hometown Dallas Co., TX; entered service 5 Apr. ‘42 at Dallas, TX; SN 18080767; served with 128TH Inf.; KIA 18 Dec. ‘44 on Leyte, Philippines; earned Purple Heart; interred at Manila American Cemetery

7-Jan-14

6.         

Adams, Howard

Pvt.

128TH Inf. Regt.

hometown Monroe Co., AR; SN 37067179; served with 128TH Inf.; KIA 26 Nov. ‘42 near Buna, New Guinea; may have been killed during Japanese air raid; earned Purple Heart; interred at Manila American Cemetery

7-Jan-14

7.         

Adkins, Chester C.

Pfc.

127TH Inf. Regt.

born ‘14 at KY; son of Walter and Ruby Adkins, Kewanee, IL (hometown); entered service 13 Dec. ‘41 at Ft. Sheridan, IL; SN 36230485; served with 127TH Inf.; DNB (KIA) 15 Mar. ‘45 at Luzon, Philippines ca. age 31; earned Purple Heart; interred at Manila American Cemetery

15-Jul-13

8.         

Agens, Bert H.

Pfc.

126TH Inf. Regt.

born ‘12 at MI; son of Dean E. and Maud E. (Crain) Agens, 790 Ogden Ave., Benton Harbor, MI (hometown); attended Benton Harbor H. S.; worked for Savage Sign Co.; entered service 25 Apr. ‘41 at Kalamazoo, MI; SN 36155812; served with 126TH Inf.; MIA 7 Dec. ‘42 near Buna, New Guinea ca. age 30; parents received telegram 24 Jan. ‘43; listed on 27 Feb. ‘43 casualty list; earned Purple Heart, posthumously; memorialized on Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery; also memorialized at Crystal Springs Cemetery, Benton Harbor, MI; buddy of Cpl. Wilbur Ueck, who was also KIA

9.         

Aggerholm, Grey R.

Pvt.

127TH Inf. Regt.

born ‘17 at WI; hometown Polk Co., WI; entered service 12 Dec. ‘41 at Ft. Sheridan, IL; SN 36230389; served with 127TH Inf.; KIA 31 Dec. ‘42 near Buna, New Guinea ca. age 25; earned Purple Heart; interred at Manila American Cemetery

15-Jul-13

10.      

Ahrens, Merle D.

Sgt.

128TH Inf. Regt.

born ca. ‘26 at MT; mother Ida Ahrens; hometown Whitefish, MT; entered service ca. 23 Oct. ‘43; SN 39620854; served with 128TH Inf.; KIA 24 Mar. ‘45 at Luzon, Philippines ca. age 19; earned Purple Heart w/OLC; interred at Manila American Cemetery

8-Jan-14

11.      

Akins, Carl A.

Pfc.

127TH Inf. Regt.

born ‘23 at TN; entered service from Morgan Co., TN (hometown); also had ties to Roane Co.; entered service 18 Nov. ‘42 at Ft. Oglethorpe, GA; SN 34493945; served with 127TH Inf.; KIA 29 Jul. ‘44 near Aitape, New Guinea ca. age 21; earned Purple Heart; interred at Manila American Cemetery

16-Jul-13

12.      

Albert, Richard J.

Pvt.

126TH Inf. Regt.

born 14 Nov. ‘24 (‘21) at MI; son of Christian and Elizabeth M. Albert, 107 14th St. or 527 13th St., Port Huron, MI (hometown), both Russian immigrants; left school after completing the 9th grade in Jun. '40; went to work for Port Huron Sulphite & Paper Co.; enlisted in Co. L, 125TH Inf., Mich. Nat. Guard, Port Huron, MI, on 14 Oct. ‘40 at age 15 (lied about his age, “his size convinced officers that he was old enough to be a Guardsman”; Pvt. in the unit when mobilized on 15 Oct. ‘40; SN 20632921; home on leave in Jul. ‘41; transferred to 126TH Inf.; MIA, presumed KIA, 30 Nov. ‘42 near Buna, New Guinea, at age 18 (21); parents notified on 8 Feb. ‘43; listed as MIA on 14 Feb. ‘43 casualty list; earned Bronze Star and Purple Heart; memorialized on Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery; brother served during WWII, Cpl. Christian A., Co. A, 82D Armd. Recon. Bn., 2D Armd. Div., ETO, Purple Heart; brother served during WWII, Pvt. Henry, overseas; sister served during WWII, Wilhelminia, SPARS

13.      

Alexander, Allen R.

Pvt.

127TH Inf. Regt.

born ‘22 at ID; hometown Spokane, WA; entered service 7 Jan. ‘42 at Seattle, WA; SN 19074319; served with 127TH Inf.; KIA 25 Dec. ‘42 near Buna, New Guinea ca. age 20; earned Purple Heart; interred at Manila American Cemetery

16-Jul-13

14.      

Alexander, Ross J.

1st Lt.

128TH Inf. Regt.

born ‘15; son of Isaac Askew and Mary Minteer (White) Alexander, 5828 William St., Omaha, NE (hometown); graduated U. of Neb., Class of ‘37; married, father of 1 (they resided at St. Joseph, MO while he was overseas); worked at Douglas Co. treasurer's office; he resided at Bellevue, NE with about 50 other Res. Officers at ‘40 census;  entered active service ca. Nov. ‘40; SN O-355722; served with 128TH Inf.; KIA 10 Apr. ‘45 at Luzon, Philippines ca. age 25; in service 4 1/2 years, overseas 8 mos.; earned Silver Star, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart w/OLC; interred at Manila American Cemetery

8-Jan-14

15.      

All, Bernard R. (H.)

S. Sgt.

128TH Inf. Regt., Co. M

born 14 Apr. ‘20 at Ironton, WI; son of Raymond Sylvester and Metta B. (Searls) All, 602 N. Center St., Appleton, WI (hometown); married; attended State Teacher’s College at Platteville, WI; enlisted in Co. H, 128TH Inf., Wis. Nat. Guard, Baraboo, WI; Cpl. with Co. M, 128TH Inf., Platteville, WI on 15 Oct. ‘40; SN 20651034; promoted to S. Sgt.; KIA 11 Jul. ‘44 near Aitape, New Guinea at age 24 (Appleton in WWII lists ‘45); earned Purple Heart, posthumously; interred at Resting Green Cemetery, Ironton, WI

16.      

Allegra, Joseph M.

2d Lt.

126TH Inf. Regt.

hometown Bayonne, NJ; graduated Bayonne H. S. in ‘35; SN 0-1327795; served with 126TH Inf.; KIA 10 Apr. ‘45 at Luzon, Philippines; earned Purple Heart; interred at Manila American Cemetery

17.      

Allen, Henry C.

2d Lt.

128TH Inf. Regt.

born ‘14 at Canada (nativity); son of Henry and Agnes Allen, 1625 21st Ave., Oakland, CA; hometown Alameda, CA; entered service 28 Mar. ‘42 at Ft. MacArthur, CA; SN 39024683; commissioned at some point; new SN O-1299733; served with 128TH Inf.; KIA 30 Mar. ‘45 at Luzon, Philippines ca. age 31; earned Silver Star and Purple Heart w/OLC; interred at Manila American Cemetery

8-Jan-14

18.      

Allen, Paul R.

Pvt.

126TH Inf. Regt., Co. G

born 3 Jan. ‘22 at OH; hometown in Muskegon Co., MI; Pvt. in Co. G, 126TH Inf., Mich. Nat. Guard, Muskegon, MI on 15 Oct. ‘40; SN  20635159; marched over Owen Stanleys; KIA 30 Nov. (1 Dec.) ’42 near Buna, New Guinea at age 20; earned Purple Heart; interred at Cedar Point Cemetery, Pasco, OH

12-Mar-17

19.      

Allen, Walter L.

Pvt.

128TH Inf. Regt.

born ‘24 at TN; hometown King Co., WA; entered service 6 Aug. ‘43 at Portland, OR; SN 39337979; served with 128TH Inf.; KIA 25 Nov. ‘44 ca. age 20; earned Purple Heart; interred at Manila American Cemetery

8-Jan-14

20.      

Alstot, Charles O.

Pfc.

128TH Inf. Regt., Co. I

born 9 Apr. ‘22 (‘21) at CA; son of Orval C. and Emma A. Aistot, father preceded him in death; hometown Tustin or Orange, CA; attended Tustin H. S.; entered active service 3 Mar. ‘41 with Cal. Nat. Guard at Santa Ana, CA; SN 20912171; trained at Camp San Luis Obispo; transferred to Co. I, 128TH Inf., served as a scout; sailed for Australia with Div. on 22 Apr. ‘42; fought at Buna, Saidor, Aitape, Leyte, and Luzon (served from Buna to Luzon); DOW 11 May ‘45 at age 23 (24); earned Purple Heart; other awards include Presidential Unit Citation; interred at Manila American Cemetery

9-Jan-14

21.      

Amati, Donato

Pfc.

128TH Inf. Regt.

born ‘22 at NY; son of Joseph and Assunta (Assienta) Amati, Sullivan St., Manhattan, New York, NY (hometown); entered service 2 Oct. '42 at Ft. Jay, NY; SN 32518032; served with 128TH Inf.; DNB 23 Jun. '44 ca. age 22; interred at Manila American Cemetery

9-Jan-14

22.      

Ambrose, Joseph

Pfc.

126TH Inf. Regt., Co. H

born ‘22 at IL; son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Ambrose or Mr. and Mrs. Louis Ambrose, Wayland, MI (hometown); Pvt. with Co. H, 126TH Inf., Mich. Nat. Guard, Ionia, MI on 15 Oct. ‘40; SN 20035334 or 20635334; DOW 29 Oct. ‘42 ca. age 20; wounded in a Japanese strafing attack near Jaure, New Guinea, while marching over Owen Stanley Mountains, DOW shortly after; earned Purple Heart, family received it ca. 2 Apr. ‘43; 2 other men from Co. H killed in same attack, Pvt. Oliver V. Winscot and Pvt. Vernon A. C. Voss; interred at American War Cemetery, a. k. a. Manson Park, at Ipswich, Australia, on 29 Aug. ‘45; later repatriated and interred at Elmwood Cemetery, Wayland, MI

30-Jun-13

23.      

Amis, James M.

Pfc.

128TH Inf. Regt.

born ‘11 at TX; hometown Lonoke Co., AR; entered service 9 Oct. '42 at Little Rock, AR; SN 38291834; served with 128TH Inf.; KIA 18 Apr. '45 at Luzon, Philippines ca. age 34; earned Purple Heart; interred at Manila American Cemetery

11-Jan-14

24.      

Amore, Elmer J.

Pfc.

127TH Inf. Regt., Co. L

born 1 Oct. ‘18 at Centerville, MI; son of Tousant Amore and Mary P. Lacross; hometown Lake Leelanau, MI; entered service at Kalamazoo, MI on 29 Apr. ‘41; SN 36156174; was one of the men with Lt. Frederick W. Matz who were cut-off behind enemy lines on 24 Dec. ‘42 near Buna; he was with the group that was ordered out when Lt. Matz volunteered to stay with the wounded man, Cpl. William M. Gleason; it took 2 days for him and the others to make it back to friendly lines; the other known men were Sgt. Walter Wachowiak, Cpl. Harold Dolson, Pvt. William Richman; KIA 29 Dec. ’42 at age 24; earned Purple Heart; interred at Manila American Cemetery

25.      

Anderson, Marlyn B.

Pfc.

126TH Inf. Regt.

born 8 Dec. ‘19; hometown Goshen Co., WY; SN 37086983; MIA, presumed KIA, 28 Nov. ‘42, near Buna, New Guinea at age 22; earned Bronze Star and Purple Heart; memorialized on Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery; also memorialized at Valley View Cemetery, Torrington, WY; namesake of Marlyn B. Anderson Post No. 56 of American Legion at Veteran, WY

26.      

Anderson, Roger Swant

Cpl.

128TH Inf. Regt.

born ‘16 at WI; hometown Menomonie, WI; entered service at Milwaukee, WI on 9 Apr. ‘41; SN 36206647; served with 128TH Inf.; KIA 5 Dec. ‘42 near Buna, New Guinea ca. age 26; earned Purple Heart; interred at Manila American Cemetery

11-Jan-14

27.      

Anderson, Sidney E. R.

Pfc.

127TH Inf. Regt.

born ‘12; hometown Mountrail Co., ND; SN 37252837; served with 127TH Inf.; KIA 29 Jul. ‘44 near Aitape, New Guinea ca. age 32; earned Purple Heart; interred at Manila American Cemetery; also memorialized at Fairview Cemetery, Stanley, ND

16-Jul-13

28.      

Andrews, Harland C.

Capt.

126TH Inf. Regt., HQ Co.

born 7 Jun. ‘07; son of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde D. Andrews, 829 Dennis St., Adrian, MI; married Margaret; hometown Detroit, MI; SN 0-369941; served with 32D Div.; assigned to Div. Surgeon's Office, Mich. Nat. Guard, Detroit, MI on 15 Oct. ‘40; assigned Regt. Sup. Off., 126TH Inf.; KIA (DNB) 5 Nov. ‘42 near Natunga at age 35, plane crashed while attempting aerial re-supply of 2D Bn. as it marched over the Owen Stanley Mountains on New Guinea; he and Col. Lawrence A. Quinn conceived the idea of dropping supplies from planes, Col. Quinn was KIA (DNB) in same crash; the plane was C-47 The Broadway Limited, Serial Number 41-38615; earned Purple Heart, bestowed posthumously; interred at Oakwood Cemetery, Adrian, MI

29.      

Aney, Donald H.

S. Sgt.

32D Cav. Recon. Trp.

born 6 Feb. ‘22 at Monroe Co., WI; son of Claire and Lillien (Hughes) Aney, Sparta, WI (hometown); also had ties to Norwalk, WI; was Pvt. in HQ Co., 64TH Inf. Bde., Wis. Nat. Guard, at Sparta, WI on 15 Oct. ‘40; SN 20645380; married in Australia, father of 1; transferred to 32D Recon. Trp. (32D Cav. Recon. Trp.), he was section leader in the unit ca. Jul. ‘43 in Australia; promoted to S. Sgt. at some point; KIA 31 Dec. ‘44 at Leyte, Philippines, at age 22, killed during an attack on the CP near Mambahoa (Mambahao) at about 0245 hours; “Immediately thereafter, S/Sgt. Aney ran out of a building on his way to a firing position behind a tree. At that time the right flank was caught in machine gun crossfire and S/Sgt. Aney was killed.”; Pvt. John A. Curwin was killed about the same time, Capt. Hermann J. F. Bottcher was killed a short time later; “The bodies were buried the morning of 3 Jan. ‘45 in USAF cemetery at Limon, Leyte, Central Philippines.”; earned Silver Star, Bronze Star and Purple Heart; interred at Manila American Cemetery; mentioned in Wes Norman’s War

11-Mar-14

30.      

Antle, Thomas H.

Pfc.

114TH Engr. Bn.

born ‘16 at MA; hometown Middlesex Co., MA; entered active service 16 Jan. ‘41 at Cambridge, MA with Mass. Nat. Guard; SN 20115442; WIA 6 Apr. ‘44 during an air raid at Saidor, New Guinea; DOW 7 Apr. ‘44ca. age 28; earned Purple Heart; interred at Manila American Cemetery

8-May-13

31.      

Antos, Philip

Tec. 5

121ST FA Bn.

born ‘17 at NY; hometown Kings Co., NY; entered service 21 Jan. ‘42 at Camp Upton, NY; SN 32194861; served with 121ST FA Bn.; DNB 25 Aug. ‘45 ca. age 28; interred at Manila American Cemetery

32.      

Araldi, Richard J.

Pvt.

128TH Inf. Regt.

hometown Cook Co., IL; SN 36692302; served with 128TH Inf.; KIA 1 Dec. ‘44 at Leyte, Philippines; earned Purple Heart; interred at Manila American Cemetery

11-Jan-14

33.      

Arends, Gerald L.

Pvt.

127TH Inf. Regt.

born ‘25 at IA; hometown Adair Co., IA; also had ties to Guthrie Co.; entered service 18 Oct. ‘43 at Camp Dodge, IA; SN 37680288; served with 127TH Inf.; KIA 24 Nov. ‘44 at Leyte, Philippines ca. age 19; earned Purple Heart; interred at Manila American Cemetery

16-Jul-13

34.      

Asher, John Ellis

S. Sgt.

128TH Inf. Regt.

born 24 Sep. ‘20 at MO; son of Luther Earl and Myrtle L. (Graves) Asher, Elvins, MO; father served during WWI, Pvt., 23D Co., 164TH Dep. Bde.; hometown native of Elvins or Flat River, MO; married, father of 1; entered service 19 Oct. ‘43 at Jefferson Barracks, MO; SN 37626780; overseas May ‘44; served with 128TH Inf. at New Guinea, Leyte and Luzon; twice WIA, four mos. in hosp. after the 2nd one; KIA 15 Aug. ‘45 (the day the war ended) at Luzon, Philippines, at age 24; awards include Purple Heart w/OLC, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/3 service stars, Philippine Liberation Medal w/service star, CIB; interred at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Bismarck, MO

35.      

Ashford, John Forrest

1st Lt.

126TH Inf. Regt.

born 25 Sep. ‘17; son of Forrest and Isabelle Viola Bellune Smith Ashford; hometown Georgetown Co., SC; graduated Clemson Agricultural College of S. C. (now Clemson U.), Class of ‘41; member of Clemson’s Corps of Cadets; SN O-414272; served with 126TH Inf.; KIA 21 Mar. ‘45 at Luzon, Philippines at age 28; earned Purple Heart w/OLC; interred at Manila American Cemetery; also memorialized at Elmwood Cemetery and Annex, Georgetown, SC; listed on Clemson University’s “Scroll of Honor” for fallen alumni from all conflicts since WWI

36.      

Atencio, Federico Z.

Pfc.

127TH Inf. Regt.

born ‘21 at CO; hometown Conejos, CO; entered service 24 Jul. ‘42 at Pueblo, CO; SN 37350982; served with 127TH Inf.; KIA 10 Mar. ‘45 on Luzon, Philippines ca. age 24; earned Bronze Star and Purple Heart w/OLC; interred at Manila American Cemetery

16-Jul-13

37.      

Atwood, Milligan

Pfc.

126TH Inf. Regt.

born ‘25 at KY; son of Welby and Lou Ethel ‘Ethel’ (Farris) Atwood, Waynesburg Rd., Crab Orchard, KY (hometown) (not sure if wife is mother or step-mother); father served during WWI, Sgt., Co. A, 154TH Inf.; entered service 7 Sep. ‘43 at Louisville, KY; SN 35709055; served with 126TH Inf.; DOI 17 Apr. ‘45 ca. age 20; earned Purple Heart w/OLC; interred at Manila American Cemetery; brother served during WWII, Pfc. James O. R., Army; brother served during Korean War, Cpl. Harold P., Army

38.      

Avalos, Alfred ‘Freddie’

Pvt.

120TH FA Bn.

born 26 Jun. ‘24 at CA; mother Celestine J. Avalos, 1207 Flora St., Crockett, CA (hometown) or 1207 3rd Ave., Contra Costa, CA; SN 39125485; served with 120TH FA Bn.; KIA 29 Jan. ‘44 near Saidor, New Guinea at age 19; listed on 29 Feb. ‘44 casualty list; repatriated 8 Jul. ‘48; re-interred at Ivy Lawn Memorial Park, Ventura, CA

39.      

Ayres, Freeman Biery

Sgt.

126TH FA Bn., HQ Btry.

born 19 Jun. ‘19; son of Burton Elsworth Ayres and Ella Elma Biery; hometown Henry Co., IN; SN 35357170; served with HQ Btry., 126TH FA Bn.; KIA 26 Apr. ‘45 at Luzon, Philippines at age 25; interred at Miller Cemetery, Middletown, IN

40.      

Back, John H.

Pvt.

128TH Inf. Regt.

born ‘17 at Union City, NJ (hometown); son of Mr. and Mrs. John Back, 137 36th St., Union City, NJ; married; worked as welder at Federal Shipyards, Hoboken, NJ; entered service 9 Sep. ‘43 at Newark, NJ; SN 42013582; trained at Camp Blanding, FL; overseas Mar. ‘44; served with 128TH Inf.; KIA 13 Jul. ‘44 near Aitape, New Guinea ca. age 27; earned Purple Heart; interred at Manila American Cemetery; brother served during WWII

12-Jan-14

41.      

Bacon, Harlan H.

Pfc.

126TH Inf. Regt.

born 18 Jul. ‘24 at MA; son of Russell H. and Mary L. (Jerome) Bacon (mother passed away when he was about 5 years old); resided with his grandmother, Rose B. Bacon, at 120 Mechanic, Orange, MA (hometown) at ‘40 census; entered service 20 Apr. ‘44 at Attleboro, MA; SN 31347334; KIA 26 Apr. ‘45 at Luzon, Philippines at age 20 (ABMC lists 26 Oct. ‘45 as date of death, it is either a typographical error or possibly date of FOD); earned Purple Heart w/OLC; interred at Manila American Cemetery; also memorialized at South Cemetery, Orange, MA

42.      

Bailey, Cladie Alford ‘Gus’ (Allen)

Lt. Col.

126TH Inf. Regt., 1ST Bn.

born 26 Oct. ‘10 at Heltonville, IN (hometown); son of James L. ‘Jim’ and Mamie Ann (Meadows) Bailey, Heltonville, IN; also had ties to Bedford, IN; resided at 807 I St., Heltonville, IN; graduated Ind. U. in ‘32, ROTC; teacher and basketball coach at Heltonville H. S.; married, father of 1; commissioned 2d Lt. in Officers Reserve Corps; served with Co. H, 333D Inf., Organized Reserve, ca. ‘36; served with CCC ca. ‘37 and ‘38; entered active service 19 Apr. ‘41; SN O-296675; assigned to 32D Div. at Camp Livingston, LA; sailed with the Div. on 22 Apr. ‘42; assigned to 126TH Inf.; marched over Owen Stanleys; earned DSC for his actions on 2 Dec. ‘42 as 1st Lt. and Cdr. of Co. G, 126TH Inf., near Buna, New Guinea; WIA 19 Dec. ‘42; promoted to Capt. on 31 Dec. ‘42; promoted to Maj. on 15 Oct. ‘43; promoted to Lt. Col. on 15 May ‘44; WIA at Aitape; KIA 20 Apr. ‘45 while commanding 1ST Bn., 126TH Inf., at Luzon, Philippines at age 34; wife was notified on 28 Apr. ‘45; listed on 9 May ‘45 casualty list; earned Silver Star, bestowed posthumously; earned at least one Purple Heart; repatriated and re-interred at Mundell Christian Church Cemetery, Pleasant Run Township, IN ca. 27 Feb. ‘49; brother served during WWII, Tec. 5 Jesse P., ETO

43.      

Bainbridge, John E.

Tec. 5

128TH Inf. Regt.

born ‘19 at PA; son of Ira D. and Martha Baingridge, 1913 S. 8th St., Sheboygan, WI (hometown); Pvt. with Svc. Btry., 120TH FA Regt., Wis. Nat. Guard, at Sheboygan, WI on 15 Oct. ‘40; SN 20651495; depicted in unit photograph of Svc. Btry. at Camp Beauregard, published in local paper 15 Mar. ‘41; transferred to 128TH Inf.; MIA, presumed KIA, 2 Dec. ‘42 near Buna, New Guinea ca. age 23; earned Bronze Star and Purple Heart; memorialized on Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery

12-Jan-14

44.      

Baker, Clifford H.

Pvt.

127TH Inf. Regt.

born 25 Nov. ‘22 at WA; hometown Clark Co., WA; married; entered service at Portland, OR on 11 Jun. ‘43; SN 39333611; served with 127TH Inf.; earned Silver Star; KIA 8 Mar. ‘45 at Luzon, Philippines at age 22; also listed on GO 117 (’45), may indicate OLC or another award; interred at Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, CA

27-Mar-17

45.      

Baker, William F. (E.)

Pvt.

127TH Inf. Regt., 3D Bn.

born ‘24; hometown Santa Barbara, CA; entered service 11 Jul. ‘44 at Los Angeles, CA; SN 39593037 or 39593032; served as medic with 3D Bn., 127TH Inf.; MIA, presumed KIA, 20 Mar. ‘45 (20 Jul. ‘45) at Luzon, Philippines ca. age 21, he and another medic had gone out to rescue a wounded Soldier, but were pinned down under heavy enemy mortar and artillery fire, the three Soldiers never made it back; ABMC lists date of death as 21 Jul. ‘46, DPMO lists 21 Mar. ‘46 (likely date of FOD); awards include Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WWII Victory Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Meritorious Unit Citation, Philippine Presidential Unit Citation, Philippine Liberation Medal w/service star; memorialized on Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery; awards were presented to his brother ca. 19 May ‘10

18-May-13

46.      

Baldwin, Allan F.

2d Lt.

128TH Inf. Regt.

born 2 Aug. ‘21 at OR; son of Frank and Edit (Brown) Baldwin, both English immigrants; hometown King Co., WA; married Lillian E. Magnuson in ‘42; SN O-1330251; served with 128TH Inf.; MIA, presumed KIA, 11 May ‘45 at Luzon, Philippines, at age 23 (if date is actual MIA/KIA date and not FOD); earned Bronze Star and Purple Heart; memorialized on Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery

12-Jan-14

47.      

Barb, James Ernest

1st Lt.

128TH Inf. Regt.

born ca. ‘16 at NC; graduated Claremont H. S., Hickory, NC, ca. ‘33, played football; graduated NC State College in ‘37, degree in sanitary engineering, played football and baseball, member of ASCE, participated in ROTC; resided at 1715 8th St., Hickory, NC in ‘40; hometown Swain Co., NC; SN O-351494; served with 128TH Inf.; KIA 29 Nov. ‘42 near Buna, New Guinea ca. age 26; earned Purple Heart; interred at Manila American Cemetery

12-Jan-14

48.      

Barber, William R.

Pvt.

126TH Inf. Regt.

born 28 Mar. ‘20; son of Freelan E. and Elsie Pearl (Maynard) Barber, mother NoK, De Witt, IA (hometown); SN 37111231; served with 126TH Inf.; MIA 16 Dec. ‘42 near Buna, New Guinea at age 22; listed on 28 Feb. ‘43 casualty report; earned Bronze Star and Purple Heart; memorialized on Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery

49.      

Barnes, Elmer E.

Pfc.

127TH Inf. Regt.

born Mar. ‘08 (‘09) at Medford, NJ (hometown); mother Mrs. Mamie Barnes, Church St., Medford, NJ; entered service 7 May ‘42 at Ft. Dix, NJ; SN 32267100; served with 127TH Inf.; DOW 24 Dec. ‘44 at age 36 (35); earned Silver Star and Purple Heart, posthumously; mother received his decoration during a ceremony in city hall at Camden, NJ, on 14 Aug. ‘45; interred at Manila American Cemetery

16-Jul-13

50.      

Barnes, Harry

Pfc.

128TH Inf. Regt.

born ‘04 at NY; hometown Queens, NY; entered service 8 Sep. ‘41 at San Francisco, CA; SN 6533256 (06533256); served with 128TH Inf.; KIA 29 Jul. ‘45 at Luzon, Philippines ca. age 41; earned Purple Heart w/OLC; interred at Manila American Cemetery

13-Jan-14

51.      

Barnett, Norman L.

Pfc.

126TH Inf. Regt.

hometown Greene Co., MO; SN 37180802; served with 126TH Inf.; MIA 1 Dec. ‘44 at Leyte, Philippines; earned Bronze Star and Purple Heart; memorialized on Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery

52.      

Barnette, John E.

S. Sgt.

127TH Inf. Regt.

born 20 Jul. ‘24 at LA; son of Earl Scaife and Mary Watson Barnette; hometown Claiborne Parish, LA; entered service 21 Apr. ‘43 at Shreveport, LA; SN 38390838; served with 127TH Inf.; DOW 9 Jul. ‘45 at age 20; earned Purple Heart; interred at Manila American Cemetery; also memorialized at Arlington Cemetery, Homer, LA

16-Jul-13

53.      

Barnhart, John E.

Pfc.

128TH Inf. Regt.

born ‘24 at PA; hometown Westmoreland Co., PA; entered service 21 Jul. ‘43 at Greensburg, PA; SN 33691532; served with 128TH Inf.; DOW 8 May ‘45 ca. age 21; earned Purple Heart; interred at Manila American Cemetery

13-Jan-14

54.      

Barron, Theodore William ‘Ted’ ‘Theo’

Chaplain (Capt.)

126TH Inf. Regt., HQ Co.

born 20 May ‘07 at OR; married Allene Mae Casler on 12 Nov. ‘39, father of Roger Frank Barron; hometown Wenatchee, WA; SN O-311968; Chaplain of 1ST Med. Regt., Ft. Ord, CA, ca. Apr. ‘41; promoted to Capt. at Ft. George Wright/Geiger Airfield, where he was base chaplain, ca. 4 Nov. ‘41, had been there since 15 May and was leaving for transfer to 37TH Div. at Camp Shelby, MS, Chaplain of 112TH QM Regt. (at least thru 31 Dec. ‘41); assigned as Chaplain with 126TH Inf. at some point; aboard the C-47 Flying Dutchman when it crashed on Mount Obree in the Owen Stanley Mountains enroute from Port Morseby to Pongani (near Buna, New Guinea) on 10 Nov. ‘42; seriously injured in the crash; officially listed as DOI 29 Dec. ‘42, while awaiting rescue, at age 35; interred at American War Cemetery, a.k.a. Manson Park, at Ipswich, Australia, on 29 Aug. ‘45; later repatriated and re-interred at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, HI; wife passed away 21 Sep. ‘09 at age 101 (son had died in car accident in ‘68)

55.      

Baser, Raymond Mancil

Sgt.

126TH Inf. Regt., Co. E

born 1 Apr. ‘24 at MO; son of Raymond M. and Georgia Beatrice Baser, farm on Rt. 2, West Plains (Sisson Township, Howell Co.), MO (hometown); entered service 27 May ‘43 at Jefferson Barracks, MO; SN 67615204 (37615204); served with Co. E, 126TH Inf.; earned DSC, posthumously, for his actions as Pfc. on 10 Dec. ‘44 at Leyte, Philippines; promoted to Sgt.; KIA 3 Apr. ‘45 at Luzon, Philippines at age 21; family notified ca. 16 May ‘45; repatriated aboard the Sgt. Jack J. Pendleton ca. 13 Jan. ‘49; re-interred at Mount Zion Cemetery, Poe Hill, MO; the LT (Large Tug) 452, Sgt. Raymond Baser, a 127’ ocean-going tug, was built for the Army by Northwestern Shipbuilding Co. at South Bellingham, WA, and delivered in Jun. or Sep. ‘44, sold in ‘58 and re-named Adeline Foss, later Ann W in ‘77, used as target and sunk by Bolivian Navy in ‘79

56.      

Bayerl, Joseph P.

S. Sgt.

128TH Inf. Regt., Co. C

born 17 Mar. ‘19 at Blenker, WI; son of John and Rosalia (Linzmaier) Bayerl, Milladore, WI (hometown); farmer; Pvt. with Co. C, 128TH Inf., Wis. Nat. Guard, Marshfield, WI on 15 Oct. ‘40; SN 20649268; home on leave for Thanksgiving in ‘41; promoted to S. Sgt.; MIA, later confirmed KIA, 7 Jul. (10 Jul.) ‘44 near Aitape, New Guinea at age 25; earned DSC, posthumously, for his actions 7 Jul. ‘44; parents received telegram 19 Jul. ‘44 stating he had been MIA since 7 Jul. ‘44; parents received telegram 22 Jul. ‘44 stating he was KIA 10 Jul. ‘44; also earned Purple Heart; repatriated and re-interred at Saint Kilian Cemetery, Blenker, WI on 10 Jul. ‘48

8-May-14

57.      

Baysinger, William Roy

Sgt.

127TH Inf. Regt.

born 6 May ‘21; son of Roy Arthur and Sarah M. Baysinger, Strawn, KS; hometown Lyon Co., KS; married Genevieve Stutesman 10 Jan. ‘42, father of 1; entered service 24 Jul. ‘42; SN 37210379; served with 127TH Inf.; overseas 26 mos.; WIA at New Guinea, hospitalized for 5 mos.; contracted malaria in Philippines, had returned to duty shortly before he was KIA 6 Mar. ‘45 at Santa Barbara, Luzon, Philippines, at age 23 (ABMC lists 11 Jul. as date of death); wife notified 16 Apr. ‘45; earned Bronze Star and Purple Heart; interred at Manila American Cemetery; also memorialized at Hartford Cemetery, Hartford, KS

16-Jul-13

58.      

Beach, Donald S.

Sgt.

128TH Inf. Regt., Co. K

born 21 Jul. ‘21 at WI; son of Stanley and Elsie S. Beach; hometown Monroe, WI; Pvt. with Co. K, 128TH Inf., Wis. Nat. Guard, Monroe, WI, on 15 Oct. ‘40; SN 20650657; home on leave for Christmas ‘41; promoted to Sgt.; KIA 10 Dec. ‘42 at Buna, New Guinea, at age 21, died while helping a wounded comrade; first from Monroe KIA; 1 of 4 original members of Co. K killed at Buna; parents were notified ca. 4 Jan. ‘43; his last letter home was written 17 Nov. ‘42; repatriated and re-interred at Greenwood Cemetery, Monroe, WI on 9 Jul. ‘48; the stores of Monroe closed for the funeral, 6 members of Co. K were pallbearers

59.      

Bean, Claude B.

Pfc.

127TH Inf. Regt.

born ‘08 at PA; hometown Montgomery Co., PA; married; entered service 10 Aug. ‘43 at Philadelphia, PA; SN 33794624; served with 127TH Inf.; KIA 10 Jul. ‘45 at Luzon, Philippines, ca. age 37; earned Purple Heart w/OLC; interred at Manila American Cemetery

16-Jul-13

60.      

Bean, Elwin E.

Pfc.

128TH Inf. Regt.

born ‘24 at OH; mother Ida Bean, Tecumseh (Tecumsch) Pike, Bethel, OH (hometown); entered service at Ft. Hayes, OH on 1 Apr. ‘43; SN 35635586; served with 128TH Inf.; DOW 25 Nov. ‘44 ca. age 20; earned Purple Heart; interred at Manila American Cemetery

13-Jan-14

61.      

Bear, Isaac F.

S. Sgt.

127TH Inf. Regt., Co. A

born 19 Feb. ‘19; son of Mrs. Winnie Bear, Piedmont Hotel, Burlington, NC; hometown Jackson, MS; entered service Nov. ‘42; SN 34437883; trained at Camp Adair, OR and Camp Shelby, MS; overseas Nov. ‘44; served with Co. A, 127TH Inf.; earned Silver Star for his actions 10 Mar. ‘45 along the Villa Verde Trail near Nueva Vizcaya, Luzon, Philippines, same action for which S. Sgt. Raymond W. Dixon and Pfc. Guy H. Johnson earned the Silver Star, Johnson was KIA during the event; KIA 23 Apr. ‘45 at Luzon, Philippines, at age 26; interred at Pine Hill Cemetery, Burlington, NC

62.      

Beatey, James E.

Pfc.

126TH Inf. Regt.

born ‘20 at OK; married; hometown Mineral Co., CO, some references state Blaine Co., OK; entered service 10 Jul. ‘44 at Oklahoma City, OK; SN 38569935; served with 126TH Inf.; DNB 10 Oct. ‘45 ca. age 25; interred at Manila American Cemetery

63.      

Beaulieu, Arthur

Pvt.

127TH Inf. Regt.

born ‘20 at NH; son of Napoleon and Mary Beaulieu, 19 Elm St., Nashua, NH (hometown), both Canadian immigrants; worked as welder at Boston Navy Yard; entered service at Manchester, NH on 2 Sep. ‘43; SN 31374538; served with 127TH Inf.; KIA 2 Dec. ‘44 at Leyte, Philippines, ca. age 24; family notified ca. 22 Jan. ‘45; earned Purple Heart; interred at Manila American Cemetery; brother served during WWII (brother died during WWII), Alphonse G., Merchant Marine, MIA 20 Apr. ‘44 when S.S. Paul Hamilton was sunk by U-boat

17-Jul-13

64.      

Beaver, Chester Martin

Lt. Col.

126TH Inf. Regt., 1ST Bn., HQ

born 26 Mar. ‘14 at Broken Bow, NE; son of Chester A. and Gladys Beaver, 402 E. 9th St., Yankton, SD (hometown); father was Capt. who organized Co. E, 6TH Neb. Inf., Neb. Nat. Guard, in ‘17, that unit became part of 147TH FA Regt., which was attached to 32D Div. during WWI; graduated U. of Neb. in ‘36, ROTC; commissioned 2d Lt.; SN O-020887; served with Btry. E, 147TH FA, Neb. Nat. Guard; stationed at Schofield Barracks, HI at ‘40 census; stationed at Ft. Bragg, NC ca. ‘41, Capt. and Aide to Brig. Gen. Edwin F. Harding, Asst. Div. Cdr., 9TH Div. (soon to be Cdr. of 32D Div.); assigned to 32D Div.; earned Silver Star for his actions 16 Nov. ‘42 at Cape Sudest, New Guinea (he may have been aboard the Minnemura when it was attacked by Japanese Zeroes); earned DSC for his actions on 5 Dec. ‘42 near Buna, New Guinea, a Maj. on the Div. Staff, he assumed cmd. of Cannon Co., 128TH Inf., during an attack on Buna Village; he is also cited in 32D Div. GO No. 53 (1943), which may indicate an additional award; assumed command of 1ST Bn., 126TH Inf., on 13 Dec. ‘42, succeeded Lt. Col. Edmund J. Carrier; DNB (KIA) 31 Jul. ‘44 at age 30, passenger aboard PB2Y-3R No. 7233, which crashed near Funafuti, Ellice Island (now named Tuvalu); interred at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, HI

65.      

Beavis, Clifford G.

Pvt.

127TH Inf. Regt.

hometown Crystal Lake, IL; originally from McHenry, IL; SN 36696553; served with 127TH Inf.; KIA 20 Dec. ‘44 at Leyte, Philippines; earned Silver Star and Purple Heart w/OLC; interred at Manila American Cemetery

17-Jul-13

66.      

Beckett, Elmer F.

Cpl.

128TH Inf. Regt., Co. M

born 28 Oct. ‘20 at WI; son of Clyde and Margaret J. (Kehoe) Beckett, Platteville, WI (hometown); Pvt. with Co. M, 128TH Inf., Wis. Nat. Guard, Platteville, WI on 15 Oct. ‘40; SN 20651101; DNB 27 Jan. ‘43 in hosp. at New Guinea at age 22; parents were notified that he had succumbed to malaria; interred at American Cemetery at Port Moresby, New Guinea on 28 Jan. ‘43; repatriated and re-interred at Calvary Cemetery, Platteville, WI

28-Feb-17

67.      

Befus, Jacob J.

Pfc.

126TH Inf. Regt.

born 28 Feb. ‘21 at Longmont, CO; son of Alexander and Mary C. (Poffenroth) Befus; hometown Denver Co., CO; entered service 20 Feb. ‘43 at Denver, CO; SN 37342534; served with 126TH Inf.; KIA 1 Jun. ‘45 at Luzon, Philippines, at age 24; earned Purple Heart; interred at Manila American Cemetery

68.      

Behrendt, Jean F.

Cpl.

127TH Inf. Regt., Co. D

born 5 Jul. ‘19; son of Elmer W. and Margaret (Branchford) Behrendt, 135 N. Main St., Kimberly, WI (hometown); enlisted in Co. D, 127TH Inf., Wis. Nat. Guard, at Appleton, WI in Sep. ‘40; Pvt. in the unit on 15 Oct. ‘40; SN 20646484; earned Silver Star for his actions 20 Jan. (11 Jan.) ‘43 near Tarakena, he was attempting to emplace 37mm gun to support a river crossing; KIA 20 Jan. (19 Jan.) ’43 at age 23; earned Purple Heart; parents were notified 3 Feb. ‘43; first Kimberly Soldier killed; Silver Star presented to his parents on 10 Aug. ‘43; interred at Saint Joseph Cemetery, Appleton, WI; brother Erean W. also served in the Army

69.      

Bell, Marion F.

2d Lt.

128TH Inf. Regt.

hometown in LA or Escambia County, AL; graduated La. State U. in ‘40; entered service from LA; SN O-392426; served with 128TH Inf.; KIA 5 Dec. ‘42 near Buna, New Guinea; earned Purple Heart; interred at Manila American Cemetery

13-Jan-14

70.      

Bellus, John J. ‘J. J.’

Pvt.

126TH Inf. Regt.

born 26 Nov. ‘14 at PA; son of Andrew and Anna Bellus, 1511 Brown St., Omaha, NE (hometown), both Hungarian immigrants; SN 37139313; served with 126TH Inf.; aboard the C-47 ‘Flying Dutchman’ when it crashed on Mount Obree in the Owen Stanley Mountains, enroute from Port Morseby to Pongani (near Buna, New Guinea), at 1330 hours on 10 Nov. ‘42; KIA, in the crash, 10 Nov. ‘42 at age 27; reported MIA 10 Nov. ‘42; FOD (KIA) 29 Dec. ‘42 (almost certainly the “Johnnie died today” on 30 Dec. ‘42, the 4th to last survivor according to the ‘Door Diary’); earned Bronze Star and Purple Heart; interred at American War Cemetery, a. k. a. Manson Park, at Ipswich, Australia, on 29 Aug. ‘45; later repatriated and interred at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, HI; brother served with Army, James J.

 

71.      

Benak, Frank V.

Cpl.

128TH Inf. Regt.

born ‘18 at IL; son of Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Benak, Scottville, MI (hometown); entered service 8 May ‘41 at Kalamazoo, MI; SN 36156562; joined Div. at Camp Livingston ca. Jul. '41; assigned to 128TH Inf.; home on leave ca. 23 Oct. ‘41; MIA 5 Dec. ‘42 near Buna, New Guinea ca. age 24; parents were notified ca. 6 Jan. ‘43; FOD 13 Dec. ‘45; earned Bronze Star and Purple Heart; memorialized on Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery

13-Jan-14

72.      

Bender, Herman

Pfc.

127TH Inf. Regt., Co. M

born 11 Jun. ‘21 at WI; son of Alexander and Anna Bender, Fond du Lac, WI (hometown), both German immigrants; Pvt. with Co. M, 127TH Inf., Wis. Nat. Guard, at Fond du Lac, WI, on 15 Oct. ‘40; SN 20648133; promoted to Pfc.; earned DSC, posthumously, for his actions 31 Dec. ‘42 at Buna, New Guinea; KIA 31 Dec. ‘42 at Buna, New Guinea at age 20; earned Purple Heart; interred at Estabrooks Cemetery, Fond du Lac, WI

73.      

Benge, Lass C.

Pfc.

128TH Inf. Regt.

born ‘20 at NC; son of John H. and Millie Benge; hometown Jobs Cabin, NC; entered service 31 Aug. ‘42 at Camp Croft, SC; SN 34038745; served with 128TH Inf.; KIA 10 May ‘45 at Luzon, Philippines, ca. age 25; earned Purple Heart; interred at Manila American Cemetery

13-Jan-14

74.      

Benson, Jack E.

Pvt.

128TH Inf. Regt., Co. G

born ‘09 at ND; son of Swaen Phillip and Hanna Bernhardine Karoline Johanne (Farup) Benson, father Swedish immigrant, mother Norwegian immigrant; resided at 914 Spaight St., Madison, WI (hometown); married Juanita Hanson, father of Robert, Jeanne, 875 E. Calumet St., Appleton, WI; enlisted in Co. G, 128TH Inf., Wis. Nat. Guard, Madison, WI, ca. Jul. ‘40; Pvt. in that unit when mobilized on 15 Oct. ‘40 (some references state he served with Co. D, 127TH Inf., from Appleton); SN 20650028; KIA 12 Apr. (12 Oct.) ‘45 at Luzon, Philippines, ca. age 36; earned Purple Heart; interred at Manila American Cemetery; brother served during WWI, Pvt. Carl B., Army

13-Jan-14

75.      

Benson, Marjace A.

Pvt.

128TH Inf. Regt.

born ‘26 at MN; hometown St. Francis, MN, also had ties to Sherburne Co., MN; entered service 14 Oct. ‘44 at Ft. Snelling, MN; SN 37776411; served with 128TH Inf.; KIA 24 May ‘45 on Luzon, Philippines, ca. age 19; earned Purple Heart; interred at Manila American Cemetery

13-Jan-14

76.      

Bernard, George E.

Sgt.

128TH Inf. Regt.

born ‘22 at MO; hometown Boone Co., MO; entered service 16 Oct. ‘42 at Jefferson Barracks, MO; SN 37391966; served with 128TH Inf.; KIA 30 Jul. ‘45 at Luzon, Philippines, ca. age 23; earned Purple Heart w/OLC; interred at Manila American Cemetery

13-Jan-14

77.      

Bezy, Joseph F.

Pvt.

126TH Inf. Regt.

born ‘17 at IN; son of John Louis and Daisy May (Rankin) Bezy; hometown Floyd Co., IN; entered service 31 Dec. ‘41 at Ft. Benjamin Harrison, IN; SN 35251569; served with 126TH Inf.; KIA 1 Jan. ‘43 near Buna, New Guinea ca. age 26; earned Purple Heart; interred at Manila American Cemetery

78.      

Bielsky, Raymond Joseph

Pfc.

126TH Inf. Regt.

born 13 Aug. ‘13 at Chicago, IL; hometown Macomb Co., MI; entered service 23 Apr. ‘41 at Detroit, MI; SN 36112442; served with 126TH Inf.; KIA 8 Dec. ‘42 near Buna, New Guinea, at age 29; earned Purple Heart; interred at Manila American Cemetery

79.      

Biery, William Russell ‘Russell’

Pfc.

127TH Inf. Regt.

born 2 Jun. ‘14 at IA; son of Paul August and Bertha Mae (Warren) Biery, Ida Grove, IA, father Swiss immigrant (mother preceded him in death); married, father of 1; resided at Grant Township, Story Co., IA at ‘40 census; resided at Rt. 2, Ames, IA (hometown); also had ties to Battle Creek, IA; entered service 14 Apr. ‘44 at Camp Dodge, IA; SN 37695265; served with 127TH Inf.; KIA 5 Mar. ‘45 at Luzon, Philippines, at age 30; wife notified ca. 30 Mar. ‘45; listed on 11 Apr. ‘45 casualty list; earned Purple Heart; interred at Manila American Cemetery; 3 brothers and 1 sister also served

17-Jul-13

80.      

Biltz, John A.

Pvt.

126TH Inf. Regt.

born ‘26 at MI or OH; son of Anthony and Margaret Helen Stingley, Larchmont Ave., Cleveland, OH (hometown) (step-father); entered service at Camp Atterbury, IN on 17 Oct. ‘44; SN 15400949; served with 126TH Inf.; KIA 18 Jun. ‘45 at Luzon, Philippines, ca. age 19; earned Purple Heart; interred at Manila American Cemetery

81.      

Bingham, Harold M.

Pfc.

128TH Inf. Regt.

born ‘21 at CO; son of George and Hazel (Salisbury) Bingham, Laird, CO (hometown); may have also had ties to Multnomah Co., OR; married Alice B. Rutz in ‘42, father of Gary L. (born after he deployed); entered service 28 Aug. ‘42 at Portland, OR; SN 39316117; served with 128TH Inf.; MIA, presumed KIA, 6 Apr. (6 Oct.) ‘45 ca. age 24; earned Bronze Star and Purple Heart; memorialized on Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery

14-Jan-14

82.      

Binns, Jack M.

Cpl.

126TH Inf. Regt., Co. C

born ‘17 at MI; 923 Dewey, Kalamazoo, MI (hometown); graduated Kalamazoo Central H. S. in ‘36; Pvt. with Co. C, 126TH Inf., Mich. Nat. Guard, Kalamazoo, MI on 15 Oct. ‘40; SN 20634431; promoted to Pfc. (1 reference implies he was promoted to Cpl.); earned DSC, posthumously, for his actions from 26 Nov. ‘42 near Cape Endaiadere to 11 Dec. ‘42 near “Huggins’ Roadblock” near Sanananda, New Guinea, rescued wounded comrade under heavy fire; KIA 11 Dec. ‘42 ca. age 25, he had volunteered to pull an extra shift of guard duty, to relieve other comrades overcome by heat, when he was killed by a sniper; listed on 27 Feb. ‘43 casualty list; also earned Purple Heart; interred at Manila American Cemetery

83.      

Birckelbaw, Deane O.

Pvt.

126TH Inf. Regt.

born 29 Jul. ‘19; son of Deane C. and Matilda I. (Opperman) Birckelbaw; hometown Danvers, IL; SN 36230356; served with 126TH Inf.; KIA 21 Nov. ‘42 near Buna, New Guinea at age 23; earned Purple Heart; interred at Manila American Cemetery; also memorialized at Park Lawn Cemetery, Danvers, IL

84.      

Bisek, Louis P.

Cpl.

126TH Inf. Regt.

born 21 Aug. ‘19 (‘18) at Independence, WI (hometown, presumed); son of Jan and Agnieska (Mozden) Bisek, mother Polish immigrant; entered service 11 Sep. ‘41 at Milwaukee, WI; SN 36219181; served with 126TH Inf.; KIA 26 Oct. ‘45 at age 26 (27) (this is likely date of FOD, not actual date of death, unlikely he was KIA in Japan with Army of Occupation); earned Purple Heart; interred at Manila American Cemetery; brother served during WWII, Frank J., Army; brother served during WWII, Emil P., Army

85.      

Bitnoff, John

Pvt.

128TH Inf. Regt.

born ‘23; hometown San Francisco, CA; entered service 13 Apr. ‘43 at Sacramento, CA; SN 39414360; served with 128TH Inf.; DOW 10 May ‘45 ca. age 22; earned Purple Heart; interred at Manila American Cemetery

14-Jan-14

86.      

Bittner, Earl Joseph 'Bud'

Pfc.

127TH Inf. Regt.

born 22 May ‘19 at Painesville, OH (hometown); son of Ulysses Earl and Catherine C. (Miltner) Bittner; attended Harvey H. S.; married, father of 1; worked at Diamond Alkalai; entered service 10 Jul. ‘44 at Cleveland, OH; SN 35929569; trained at Camp Fannin, TX; sent overseas in Dec. ‘44 from Ft. Ord, CA; served with 127TH Inf.; MIA, presumed KIA, 17 Mar. (17 Jul.) ‘45 at Luzon, Philippines, at age 24; wife notified 15 Apr. ‘45; earned Bronze Star and Purple Heart; memorialized on Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery; also memorialized at Saint Mary’s Cemetery, Painesville, OH

17-Jul-13

87.      

Black, Harry A.

Pfc.

128TH Inf. Regt.

born ‘24 at CA; son of Raymond A. and Ida B. Black, St. Hwy. 99, Yreka, CA (hometown); entered service 6 Apr. '43 at Sacramento, CA; SN 39413847; served with 128TH Inf.; KIA 30 Nov. ‘44 at Leyte, Philippines ca. age 20; earned Purple Heart w/OLC; interred at Manila American Cemetery

14-Jan-14

88.      

Black, Kenneth R.

Pvt.

128TH Inf. Regt., Co. C

born 30 Jul. ‘19 at Luverne, MN; son of Carl Chris and Emma R. (Iverson) Black; hometown Sioux Falls, SD; attended Washington H. S., ran track; paperboy for Argus Leader; entered service on 22 Jun. ‘41; SN 37038871; trained at Camp Roberts, CA; assigned to Co. C, 128TH Inf.; overseas 1 May ‘42; landed at New Guinea on 28 Sep. ‘42; KIA 29 Dec. ‘42, ca. 0400 hrs. during a Japanese counterattack near Old Strip at Buna, New Guinea at age 23; parents received letter of condolence from 1st Lt. Harry W. Lusk, Cdr. of Co. C; interred at Hills of Rest Memorial Park, Sioux Falls, SD

26-Jun-17

89.      

Blackmon, Jess C.

Pfc.

126TH Inf. Regt.

born ‘15 at OK; hometown Okmulgee Co., OK; entered service 10 Jan. ‘42 at Ft. Sill, OK; SN 38063039; served with 126TH Inf., likely HQ Co., Co. A, or Co. D; MIA 4 Jun. ‘44 at New Guinea, likely at Yakamul as a member of HERRICK Force, ca. age 29, later FOD (ABMC lists 16 Apr. ‘46, DPMO lists 16 Feb. ‘46); earned Bronze Star and Purple Heart; memorialized on Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery; also memorialized at West Lawn Cemetery, Henryetta, OK

90.      

Blackwell, Glenn A.

Tec. 5

126TH Inf. Regt.

hometown Craighead Co., AR; SN 18135803; served with 126TH Inf.; MIA 30 Apr. (30 Oct.) ‘45; earned Bronze Star and Purple Heart w/OLC; memorialized on Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery

91.      

Blahovec, Emil J.

Pfc.

126TH Inf. Regt.

born ‘19 at MI; NoK Mrs. Irene Blahovec, 3021 25th St., Detroit, MI (hometown); entered service 18 Apr. ‘41 at Detroit, MI; SN 36111612; served with 126TH Inf.; MIA 5 Dec. ‘42 near Buna, New Guinea, ca. age 23, later FOD; listed as MIA on 14 Feb. ‘43 casualty list; earned Bronze Star and Purple Heart; memorialized on Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery

92.      

Bland, Norman Jerome

S. Sgt.

126TH Inf. Regt., Co. C

born 14 Jan. ‘19 at Paw Paw, MI; son of Roland Rockford and Methel E. (Hamilton) Bland; hometown Kalamazoo, MI; graduated Kalamazoo Central H. S. in ‘37; married; Pvt. with Co. C, 126TH Inf., Mich. Nat. Guard, Kalamazoo, MI on 15 Oct. ‘40; SN 20634432; promoted to S. Sgt.; earned Silver Star, posthumously, for his actions 1 Dec. (2 Dec.) ‘42; KIA 2 Dec. (1 Dec.) ‘42 at age 23; interred at Riverside Cemetery, Kalamazoo, MI

93.      

Blank, Ralph Charles

Pfc.

127TH Inf. Regt., Co. C

born ‘20 (‘21) at WI; son of Charles and Agnes Blank, 1709 Park, Oconto, WI (hometown); Pfc. with Co. C, 127TH Inf., Wis. Nat. Guard, Oconto, WI on 15 Oct. ‘40; SN 20646261; KIA 26 Dec. ‘42 near Buna, New Guinea, ca. age 22 (21); earned Purple Heart; interred at Manila American Cemetery

17-Jul-13

94.      

Bleasdell, Floyd I., Jr.

S. Sgt.

126TH Inf. Regt.

born 13 Jun. ‘19 at IA; son of Floyd Ira and Jutta Betta (Justi) Bleasdell, Whitmore Lake, MI (hometown); entered service 23 Apr. ‘41 at Detroit, MI; SN 36112465; served with 126TH Inf.; home from Camp Livingston for 18-day furlough ca. 12 Nov. ‘41; WIA at New Guinea; KIA 2 Mar. (2 Jul.) ‘45 at Luzon, Philippines, at age 25; earned Silver Star and Purple Heart w/2 OLC; interred at Manila American Cemetery; also memorialized at Kingsley Cemetery, Kingsley, IA; both brothers were also KIA during WWII, Pvt. Kenneth E., Co. B, 175TH Inf., 29TH Div., KIA 7 Jun. ‘44 at Omaha Beach, MOMM-2cl. Leroy J., MIA, presumed KIA, 16 Jan. ‘45 when submarine Swordfish was sunk; after Leroy was KIA, the War Dept. issued an order releasing Floyd from the service (ΰ la Saving Pvt. Ryan), unfortunately he was KIA before the information reached his unit

11-May-13

95.      

Blease, Raymond

Sgt.

126TH Inf. Regt., Co. F

born ‘14 at IL; hometown Grand Haven, MI; Pfc. with Co. F, 126TH Inf., Mich. Nat. Guard, Grand Haven, MI on 15 Oct. ‘40; SN 20634977; KIA 5 Dec. ‘42 near Soputa, New Guinea ca. age 28; earned Purple Heart; interred at Manila American Cemetery

96.      

Blechinger, Francis J.

Pfc.

126TH Inf. Regt., Co. E

born ‘20 at NY; resided with William and Lucy Gibb, aunt and uncle, Buffalo, NY (hometown) at ‘40 census; entered service 17 Jul. ‘42 at Buffalo, NY; SN 12099535; served with Co. E, 126TH Inf.; KIA 6 Dec. ‘44 by grenade during fire fight at Leyte, Philippines, ca. age 24; Salvador Castro was next to him and WIA; earned Purple Heart; interred at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, NY

1-May-14

97.      

Blevins, George H.

Sgt.

128TH Inf. Regt.

born ‘25 at KY; son of William Ashby and Gladys (Hunt) Blevins, 2601 Forest Ave., Ashland, KY (‘40 census); hometown Franklin Co., KY; entered service 13 Apr. ‘43 at Louisville, KY; SN 35701681; served with 128TH Inf.; KIA 13 Oct. ‘45 ca. age 20 (this is likely date of FOD, not actual date of death, unlikely he was KIA in Japan with Army of Occupation); earned Purple Heart; interred at Manila American Cemetery

14-Jan-14

98.      

Blucker, Carl F., Jr.

Cpl.

128TH Inf. Regt.

born ‘05 at MI; son of Carl and Ellen Blucker, 812 Loomis St., Ludington, MI (hometown), both Swedish immigrants; entered service at Kalamazoo, MI on 8 May ‘41; SN 36156545; served with Co. L, 128TH Inf.; “Pvt. Carl Blucker, who has been stationed at Camp Livingston, La., returned Tue. [2 Dec. ‘41] to his home at 812 E. Loomis St. He has been discharged from active duty in compliance with recently enacted provisions of the selective service act.” (discharged due to his age); recalled to active duty after Pearl Harbor; promoted to Cpl.; KIA 21 Nov. ‘42 near Buna, New Guinea, machinegun fire, ca. age 37; parents received telegram on 19 Dec. ‘42 stating he was MIA; parents were notified ca. 9 Jan. ‘43 that he was KIA; listed on 27 Feb. ‘43 casualty list; earned Purple Heart, parents received it ca. 23 Mar. ‘43; family received letter of condolence from his Cdr., Capt. Sammie M. Horton, ca. 15 Apr. ‘43; interred at Manila American Cemetery

15-Jan-14

99.      

Bock, Willard

Pvt.

128TH Inf. Regt.

born 17 Mar. ‘14 at Fort Russell Township, Madison Co., IL; son of Henry and Emma Katherine Bock (father preceded him in death), 2831 Sanford, Alton, IL (hometown); attended school at Godfrey and Alton; worked at Hyndman Ice & Fuel in Alton; married; entered service 10 Sep. ‘43; SN 36686073; trained at Camp Blanding, FL; home for Thanksgiving ca. 23 Nov. ‘43; sent to New Guinea 4 Mar. ‘44; served with 128TH Inf.; WIA 21 Nov. ‘44 at Leyte, Philippines; DOW 6 Dec. ‘44 at age 30; wife notified 8 Feb. ‘45; earned Purple Heart; interred at Manila American Cemetery

15-Jan-14

100.   

Boe, Donald O.

Cpl.

128TH Inf. Regt.

born ‘16 at OR; son of Martin and Alma Boe, Parkdale, OR; hometown Multnomah Co., OR; married; post-graduate education; entered service 13 Apr. ‘43 at Portland, OR; SN 39331123; served with 128TH Inf.; KIA 27 Jul. ‘45 at Luzon, Philippines, ca. age 29; earned Purple Heart; interred at Manila American Cemetery

15-Jan-14

101.   

Boice, William Francis ‘Jimmy’

Capt.

126TH Inf. Regt., 2D Bn., HQ

born ‘04 at IN; son of Ora A. and Anna M. (Leming) Boice; father passed away when William was about 13, mother remarried, Mrs. Frank J. Ladd; hometown Swayzee, IN; also had ties to Greencastle, IN; graduated DePauw U. in ‘26, ROTC; teacher at Deedsville, IN, and teacher and basketball coach at Ervin Township H. S. (Howard Co.) ca. ‘34-‘41; married, father of 1; commissioned 2d Lt. in Officers Reserve Corps in ‘26; SN O-226890; served with 335TH Inf., 84TH Div., Organized Reserve, ca. ‘29; 1st Lt. with 336TH Inf. ca. ‘33; entered active service 1 Apr. ‘41; S-2 of 126TH Inf. on the eve of Buna; led small, advance reconnaissance patrol (“pathfinder patrol”) of Kapa Kapa Trail over Owen Stanleys; assumed cmd. of 2D Bn., 126TH Inf., after Maj. Herbert M. Smith was WIA 7 Dec. ‘42; KIA 19 Dec. ‘42 ca. age 38, mortally wounded by mortar fire at 0945 hours, while leading his Bn. in attack near Buna, New Guinea; wife received telegram on 16 Jan. ‘43; earned DSC, posthumously, for his actions 19 Dec. ‘42; also earned Purple Heart; succeeded by Capt. John J. Sullivan as Cdr. of 2D Bn., 126TH Inf.; his DSC was presented to his wife, pinned on his 5-year old son, during a ceremony at Ft. Benjamin Harrison, IN on 1 Aug. ‘43; interred at Manila American Cemetery; also memorialized at Converse Cemetery, Mier, IN; namesake of William F. Boice Chap. of Reserve Officers; the ‘43 Echo (Ervin Township H. S. yearbook) was dedicated in his honor, ““Jimmy,” a former coach of the Ervin Eagles, had many friends, and was an inspiration to all who knew him. His dynamic energy spurred many a ball team to victory. May we derive from him, that same energy and spirit to follow in his steps to greater achievements.”; namesake of the Boice Award (a.k.a. Jimmy Boice Award or Jimmy Boice Memorial Medal), awarded for good sportsmanship by the Howard Co. basketball tournament committee beginning in ‘44; a “handsome granite monument erected in the school yard of the Ervin Township School” was dedicated in his honor on 14 Jan. ‘45

102.   

Bolz, Henry H.

Pfc.

128TH Inf. Regt.

born ca. ‘15; hometown Lodgepole, NE; SN 37139262; served with 128TH Inf.; KIA 18 Nov. ‘44 at Leyte, Philippines, ca. age 29; earned Purple Heart; interred at Manila American Cemetery

15-Jan-14

103.   

Bommer, William P. ‘Bill’

Pvt.

127TH Inf. Regt., Svc. Co.

born 19 Aug. ‘15 at MI; son of William J. and Emma W. Bommer, 2958 Hudson, Apt. 13, Detroit, MI (hometown), father preceded him in death; amateur boxer, nicknamed “Bombing Bill Bommer,” participated in Golden Gloves, teammate of Joe Louis, “welter weight champion in the Free Press Golden Gloves tournament in ‘35,” fought briefly as professional boxer; married, 1137 Ferry, Detroit, MI; entered service 28 Apr. ‘41 at Detroit, MI: SN 36113104; served with Svc. Co., 127TH Inf.; participated in Div. boxing matches; KIA 29 Dec. ‘42 (26 Jan. ‘43) near Buna, New Guinea, at age 27; mother received message from Lt. Gen. Eichelberger on 13 Feb. ‘43 stating he had been MIA since 29 Dec. ‘42; listed as MIA on 14 Feb. ‘43 casualty list; wife was notified on 5 Mar. ‘43 that he was KIA 29 Dec. ‘42; listed as KIA on 23 Mar. ‘43 casualty list; earned Purple Heart, wife received it on 20 Apr. ‘43; interred at Manila American Cemetery; brother served during WWII, Pfc. Donald T., Army, 410TH Inf., 103D Div., ETO, WIA

17-Jul-13

104.   

Boness, Erwin A.

Sgt.

127TH Inf. Regt., Co. I

born 10 Jan. ‘20 at Butternut, WI; son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Boness, 549 Chestnut St., Neenah, WI (hometown); attended Neenah H. S.; worked at Nash Grocery; enlisted in Co. I, 127TH Inf., Wis. Nat. Guard, at Neenah, WI ca. ‘37; Pfc. with Co. I on 15 Oct. ‘40; SN 20647498; promoted to Sgt.; MIA 22 Dec. ‘42 near Buna, New Guinea, at age 22; declared KIA 8 Jan. ‘43; earned Silver Star, posthumously, for his actions 22 Dec. ‘42 near Buna; medal presented to his parents at the Twin Cities’ joint Memorial Day service at Oak Hill Cemetery on 30 May ‘43, presentation by Col. C. J. Otjen, Cdr. of District 2, 6TH Svc. Cmd., Milwaukee, the guest speaker; also earned Purple Heart; interred at Manila American Cemetery; at least 2 brothers served during WWII, Pvt. Arnold, S. Sgt. Oscar

15-Feb-13

105.   

Bonnau, Charles W.

Pfc.

126TH Inf. Regt.

son of Charles Bonnau, Kawkawlin, MI (hometown); SN 36509640; served with 126TH Inf.; DOW 4 May ‘45; earned Purple Heart; interred at Manila American Cemetery

106.   

Bono, Arthur

Pvt.

126TH Inf. Regt.

born 18 May ‘18 at Norristown, PA (hometown); entered service 26 Nov. ‘41 at Ft. George G. Meade, MD; SN 33106392; served with 126TH Inf.; MIA, presumed KIA, 5 Dec. ‘42 near Buna, New Guinea, at age 24; earned Bronze Star and Purple Heart; memorialized on Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery

107.   

Book, Melvin W.

Pvt.

126TH Inf. Regt.

born ‘25; hometown Santa Clara, CA; entered service 11 Sep. ‘43 at San Francisco, CA; SN 39139939; served with 126TH Inf.; KIA 14 Dec. ‘44 at Leyte, Philippines ca. age 19; earned Purple Heart; interred at Manila American Cemetery

108.   

Boor, John

Cpl.

126TH Inf. Regt.

born ‘19 at Czechoslovakia (nativity); naturalized; hometown Cook Co., IL; entered service at Camp Grant, IL on 4 Dec. ‘41; SN 36307689; served with 126TH Inf.; KIA 23 Nov. ‘42 near Buna, New Guinea ca. age 23; earned Purple Heart; interred at Manila American Cemetery

109.   

Bores, George S.

Pfc.

128TH Inf. Regt., Co. C

born ‘11 at WI; son of Gustav and Bertha Bores, Marshfield, WI (hometown); Pvt. with Co. C, 128TH Inf., Wis. Nat. Guard, Marshfield, WI on 15 Oct. ‘40; SN 20649289; KIA 19 Nov. ‘42 near Buna, New Guinea, ca. age 31; family received telegram 16 Dec. ‘42; first Marshfield Soldier killed in the war; earned Purple Heart; interred at Manila American Cemetery

15-Jan-14

110.   

Borgman, Marvin E.

Tec. 3

126TH Inf. Regt.

born 18 Jul. ‘18 at MI; son of Edward Arend and Josephine (Scherphorn) Borgman, 1147 Alto Ave., Grand Rapids, MI (hometown); SN 20633899; Pvt. with Med. Det., 126TH Inf., Mich. Nat. Guard, Grand Rapids, MI on 15 Oct. ‘40; earned Silver Star for his actions 29 Oct. ‘42 near Tupuseli (Tupeseli), New Guinea; KIA 11 Dec. ‘44 at Leyte, Philippines at age 26; interred at Manila American Cemetery; earned Purple Heart w/OLC

111.   

Boroff, Russell Edwin

Pvt.

126TH Inf. Regt., Co. H

born 3 Nov. ‘19 at Mecosta Co., MI; son of Charles Oliver (Olaner C.) and Pearl Ethel (Cole) Boroff; hometown Ionia, MI; also had ties to Hancock Co., IL; Pvt. with Co. H, 126TH Inf., Mich. Nat. Guard, Ionia, MI on 15 Oct. ‘40; SN 20635342; KIA 24 Dec. ‘42 near Buna, New Guinea, at age 23; listed on 9 Mar. ‘43 casualty list; earned Purple Heart; interred at Manila American Cemetery; also memorialized at Mount Hope Cemetery, Mecosta, MI

112.   

Borunda, Salvador C.

Pvt.

128TH Inf. Regt.

born ‘17 at TX; mother Elana Borunda, Los Angeles, CA (hometown); entered service 20 Jan. ‘42 at Ft. MacArthur, CA; SN 39017357; served with 128TH Inf.; KIA 11 May ‘45 at Luzon, Philippines ca. age 28; earned Purple Heart; interred at Manila American Cemetery

15-Jan-14

113.   

Bottcher, Hermann Johann Friedrich

Capt.

32D Cav. Recon. Trp. Mech.

born 13 Jul. ‘09 at Germany (nativity); orphaned at an early age; moved to Austria at age 19; worked as cabinetmaker; emigrated ca. ‘30, lived with an aunt at San Francisco, CA (hometown); gained citizenship; volunteered to serve with Abraham Lincoln Brigade during Spanish Civil War; twice WIA and thrice decorated for his combat exploits during his 25 mos. in Spain; U.S. revoked his citizenship as a result of his service in Spain; attended San Francisco State College, architecture, 6 credits shy of degree when he left to enlist in Army after Pearl Harbor; entered service at Presidio of Monterey on 5 Jan. ‘42; SN 39085246; assigned to Co. H, 126TH Inf.; earned DSC for his establishment of “Bottcher’s Corner” near Buna on 5 Dec. ‘42; WIA 7 Dec. ‘42, he refused evacuation; earned battlefield commission to Capt. from Gen. Eichelberger; new SN O-888451; WIA 19 Dec. ‘42; earned OLC to DSC for actions 20 Dec. ‘42; WIA 20 Dec. ‘42; later assigned Cdr. of Co. A, 126TH Inf.; later Cdr. of Co. A, 127TH Inf.; assumed cmd. of 32D Recon. Trp. (later 32D Cav. Recon. Trp. Mech.) on 19 May ‘44; likely succeeded 1st Lt. Bernard J. Lillie, acting Cdr.; KIA 31 Dec. ‘44 at age 35, during an attack on the CP near Mambahoa (Mambahao), Leyte, Philippines, started about 0245 hours, seriously WIA at 0355 hours when the small building housing his CP was hit by a mortar, his leg was nearly blown off and he had other shrapnel wounds, Lt. Royale L. Steele applied a tourniquet and Sgt. Anthony G. Gaidosik, medic, administered morphine, but the plasma he desperately needed was destroyed when the CP was hit, a Cub plane dropped plasma at 0800 hours but it was too late, he died at 0810 hours; S. Sgt. Donald H. Aney and Pvt. John A. Curwin were KIA during same attack, “The bodies were buried the morning of 3 Jan. ‘45 in USAF cemetery at Limon, Leyte, Central Philippines.”; re-interred at Manila American Cemetery; his other awards include Silver Star, Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, Purple Heart w/3 OLCs, CIB; he was greatly respected and fondly remembered by many who served with him; mentioned in Wes Norman’s War

114.   

Bowen, Richard L.

Cpl.

128TH Inf. Regt., Co. L

born 6 Jan. ‘20 at WI; son of Denzil Leon and Estella Mae ‘Stella’ (Hayter) Bowen; mother re-married, Mrs. Sidney V. Thorson, Beloit, WI (hometown); mother was “first woman to drive a Beloit city bus”; Pfc. with Co. L, 128TH Inf., Wis. Nat. Guard, Beloit, WI on 15 Oct. ‘40; SN 20650836; promoted to Cpl.; DOW 2 Apr. ‘44 (KIA 2 Feb. ‘44) at age 24; mother notified on 9 Feb. ‘44 that he was KIA 2 Feb. ‘44 at Saidor, New Guinea; he was “fifth member of Beloit’s Co. L to die in action in New Guinea”; if the 2 Feb. date is accurate, he was likely among the 3 KIA and 7 WIA during Japanese attack at Sereng, near Saidor, on that day; earned Purple Heart; interred at Manila American Cemetery; brother served during WWII, George, Navy, Pacific

15-Jan-14

115.   

Boyce, James F.

2d Lt.

128TH Inf. Regt.

hometown Los Angeles, CA; SN O-2034495; served with 128TH Inf.; DNB 6 Dec. ‘44; earned Silver Star and Purple Heart; interred at Manila American Cemetery

15-Jan-14

116.   

Boyle, Charles

Pfc.

127TH Inf. Regt.

born ‘23 at PA; hometown Philadelphia Co., PA; entered service at Philadelphia, PA on 10 Jun. ‘42 ; SN 13080625; served with 127TH Inf.; DOW 14 Dec. ‘44 ca. age 21; earned Purple Heart; interred at Manila American Cemetery

17-Jul-13

117.   

Boyne, Vern A.

Pvt.

126TH Inf. Regt.

born ‘17 at MI; hometown Macomb Co., MI; entered service at Detroit, MI on 23 Apr. ‘41; SN 36112440; served with 126TH Inf.; KIA 24 Dec. ‘42 near Buna, New Guinea ca. age 25; listed on 27 Feb. ‘43 casualty list; earned Purple Heart; interred at Manila American Cemetery

118.   

Boynton, William H., Jr.

Sgt.

114TH Engr. Bn.

born 12 Jan. ‘18 at East Swanzey, NH; son of William H. and Vera M. Boynton, Groton, MA (hometown); graduated Groton H. S. in ‘34; attended U. S. Diesel Engine School at Boston; later employed at Groton Leather Board Co.; entered service at Worcester, MA on 28 Feb. ‘41; SN 31005383; assigned to 114TH Engr. at Camp Edwards, MA; contracted malaria at Buna and evacuated to Australia; WIA 6 Apr. ‘44 during air raid at Saidor, New Guinea (the raid is briefly described in the memoirs of Lt. Benjamin O. Pascoe); DOW 6 Apr. ‘44 at age 26; 1st Soldier from Groton killed in the war and 1st to be repatriated; repatriated and re-interred at Groton Cemetery 2 Jul. ‘48; brother, David, served during WWII; brother-in-law, Lt. Charles R. Gordon, served during WWII, KIA 16 Sep. ‘44 at Germany

8-Nov-14

119.   

Bracey, James Arno

Pvt.

128TH Inf. Regt., Co. F

born 19 Jul. ‘19 at Henrietta, TX; son of James Henry ‘Jim’ and Goldie Lee (McGraw) Bracey, Archer City, TX (hometown); entered service at Camp Wolters, TX on 9 Jan. ‘42; SN 38080216; served with 128TH Inf., likely Co. F; one of several men from Archer Co., TX, that served with the 32D Div.; overseas in Apr. ‘42; KIA 24 Nov. ‘42 near Buna, New Guinea, at age 23; repatriated and re-interred at Archer City Cemetery, Archer City, TX on 22 Feb. ‘49

120.   

Bralick, George A.

2d Lt.

127TH Inf. Regt., Co. B

born ‘17 at Waukesha, WI; son of John and Hermania (Sikora) Bralick (Bralich), Hwy. 18, Genesee, WI (‘40 census), both Yugoslavian immigrants; married Vivian; hometown Wales or Genesee Depot, WI; Pvt. with Co. G, 127TH Inf., Wis. Nat. Guard, Oconomowoc, WI on 15 Oct. ‘40; SN 20647103; commissioned at some point; new SN O-888258; 2d Lt. with Co. B, 127TH Inf.; KIA 31 Dec. ‘42 near Buna, New Guinea, ca. age 25; listed on 3 Mar. ‘43 casualty list; repatriated ca. 1 Apr. ‘49 aboard U.S. Army Transport Jack J. Pendleton; re-interred at Saint Paul Catholic Cemetery, Genesee Depot, WI; brother served during WWII, Pvt. Anthony, 25TH Div., WIA 29 Apr. ‘45 at Luzon, Philippines

15-Dec-13

121.   

Brandon, Martin J. (Marcus)

Pvt.

126TH Inf. Regt., Co. M

born 12 May ‘13; hometown Hart, MI; SN 20636005 (20636075); Pvt. with Co. M, 126TH Inf., Mich. Nat. Guard, Grand Rapids, MI on 15 Oct. ‘40; aboard the C-47 ‘Flying Dutchman’ when it crashed on Mount Obree in the Owen Stanley Mountains, enroute from Port Morseby to Pongani (near Buna, New Guinea), at 1330 hours on 10 Nov. ‘42; wounded in the crash; likely 1 of the last 3 survivors listed on the ‘Door Diary’ under the 1 Jan. ‘43 entry, “Pat, Mart, Ted”; FOD 29 Dec. ’42 at age 29; earned Bronze Star; interred at American War Cemetery, a. k. a. Manson Park, at Ipswich, Australia, on 29 Aug. ‘45; later repatriated and interred at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, HI

 

122.   

Brandt, John P.

2d Lt.

126TH Inf. Regt.

hometown St. Louis, MO; SN 0-1327808; DOW 14 Oct. ‘45; earned Purple Heart; interred at Manila American Cemetery;

123.   

Brasch, Clarence C.

Cpl.

127TH Inf. Regt., 2D Bn., HQ Co.

born ‘15 (‘14) at WI; son of Charles F. and Augusta (Achtenberg) Brasch, Ripon, WI (hometown), both German immigrants; attended Ripon H. S., junior in ‘32; Pvt. with HQ & HQ Det., 2D Bn., 127TH Inf., Wis. Nat. Guard, Ripon, WI on 15 Oct. ‘40; SN 20646618; promoted to Cpl.; DNB 28 Apr. (28 Oct.) ‘44 ca. age 29 (30); interred at Manila American Cemetery; also memorialized at Hillside Cemetery, Ripon, WI

18-Jul-13

124.   

Bratz, William John

Tec. 5

128TH Inf. Regt., Co. D

born 26 Aug. ‘19 at WI; son of Frederick W. J. ‘Fred’ and Marie ‘Mary’ (Karow) Bratz, Cato, WI (hometown), mother German immigrant; entered service at Milwaukee, WI on 21 Apr. ‘41; SN 36208303; served with Co. D, 128TH Inf.; overseas in Apr. ‘42; MIA, presumed KIA, 17 Jun. ‘44 near Aitape, New Guinea, at age 24; parents were notified ca. 6 Jul. ‘44 that he was KIA; earned Silver Star, Bronze Star and Purple Heart; memorialized on Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery; also memorialized at Old Saint John-Saint James Lutheran Cemetery, Reedsville, WI

15-Jan-14

125.   

Brecheen, Milton Louis

Pvt.

128TH Inf. Regt.

born 26 Dec. ‘19 at Baywood, LA; son of Cary Milton and Sally (Sarah) (Spillman) Brecheen, Denham Springs, LA; father served during WWI; graduated Pine Grove H. S.; work for Santa Maria Dairy, Baton Rouge (hometown); married, father of 1; entered service 1 Aug. ‘43; SN 38497542; trained at Camp Wolters, TX; to Ft. Ord, CA 16 Jan. ‘44 after leave at home; sailed for Australia a few weeks later; assigned to 128TH Inf.; MIA, presumed KIA, 11 Jul. ‘44 near Aitape, New Guinea at age 24; family notified ca. 1 Sep. ‘44 that he was MIA; earned Bronze Star and Purple Heart w/OLC; wife received letters from several of his comrades, including one who was with him when he went missing; he and 2 other Soldiers shared a foxhole during enemy attack, a grenade landed in the foxhole, all were wounded and had to withdraw, they slipped out one by one, 2 made it back, Brecheen was never seen again; memorialized on Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery; brother served during WWII, Jesse L., Merchant Marine; brother served during WWII, Charles L., Navy

15-Jan-14

126.   

Brennan, Thomas

Pfc.

128TH Inf. Regt.

born ‘23 at MT; hometown Kingston, WA; worked at service station in Kingston; entered service at Spokane, WA on 14 Apr. ‘43; SN 39464446; served with 128TH Inf.; KIA 17 Nov. ‘44 at Leyte, Philippines, at age 20; earned Purple Heart; interred at Manila American Cemetery; brother, Lt. John, pilot, KIA 25 Feb. ‘44 in the Mediterranean

16-Jan-14

127.   

Brenton, Opher L.

Pvt.

126TH Inf. Regt.

born ‘08 at OK; son of Jesse W. ‘Jess’ and Allie Brenton, Mooreland, OK (hometown); married; entered service at Ft. Crook, NE on 31 Dec. ‘42; SN 17038299; served with 126TH Inf.; KIA 11 Dec. ‘42 near Buna, New Guinea, ca. age 34; initially reported MIA; parents notified ca. 3 Jan. ‘43 that he was KIA; NARA states FOD; earned Purple Heart; interred at Manila American Cemetery

128.   

Brewer, James William

S. Sgt.

127TH Inf. Regt., Co. D

born 28 Oct. ‘18 at Appleton, WI (hometown); son of Franklin M. and Elizabeth Mary (Milheiser) Brewer, both preceded him in death; NoK were sisters, Frances, Margaret, Marian, 626 W. Atlantic St., Appleton; automobile salesman at Gibson Co. on College Ave., Appleton, WI; Pvt. with Co. D, 127TH Inf., Wis. Nat. Guard, Appleton, WI on 15 Oct. ‘40; SN 20646490; promoted to S. Sgt.; KIA 21 Jan. ‘43 near Sanananda, New Guinea, at age 24; sisters were notified ca. 16 Feb. ‘43, they had last heard from him 3 Jan.; subsequent news release stated: “Sergeant James Brewer of Appleton came through several bitter battles in Papua, only to be struck by lightning while on guard duty in Buna Mission on January 20. Brewer was in a dugout near the beach at 9:30 p.m. with the telephone lying on his chest so he would hear the signal if anyone whistled in the instrument at the other end of the line. Lightning struck the telephone wire and knocked Brewer unconscious. He died six hours later without regaining consciousness. Brewer led a platoon which was cut off by the Japanese for four days while trying to force a corridor to the sea through the enemy beachhead before Buna Mission captured on January 2.”; Purple Heart presented to sister, Frances, ca. 5 Apr. ‘43; repatriated and re-interred at Riverside Cemetery, Appleton, WI ca. 27 Jul. ‘48; brother served during WWII, Cpl. Marshall, stationed in England at the time of James' death

129.   

Brewer, John N.

2d Lt.

127TH Inf. Regt., 2D Bn., HQ Co.

born ‘20 at IL; son of Lester P. and Edith Brewer, 3760 Mound View Ave., North Hollywood, CA (family resided at 6424 Simmison Ave., Montebello, CA at ‘40 census); graduated Montebello H. S.; hometown Studio City, CA; worked as film projectionist; entered service at Ft. MacArthur, CA on 23 Mar. ‘42; SN 39023752; commissioned at some point; new SN O-1312509; served as Bn. Commo. Off., 2D Bn., 127TH Inf.; KIA 29 Jul. ‘44 near Aitape, New Guinea, by machinegun fire, ca. age 24; earned Silver Star and Purple Heart, posthumously, for his actions that night, “through his action a small group of Yanks was rescued from an overwhelming Jap attack”; initially reported MIA; parents notified ca. 8 Oct. ‘44; parents received Silver Star in a ceremony on 10 Apr. ‘45; interred at Manila American Cemetery

18-Jul-13

130.   

Brigner, Delbert E.

Pfc.

127TH Inf. Regt., Co. K

born ‘13 at OH; son of Oscar Bert (Bert Oscar) ‘O. Bert’ ‘Bert’ and Ardella May ‘Della’ (Culver) Brigner, Traverse City, MI; resided at 1101 Fifth St., Greenville, MI (hometown); entered service at Kalamazoo, MI on 29 Apr. ‘41; SN 36156135; trained at Camp Livingston, LA; served with Co. K, 127TH Inf.; KIA 22 Dec. ‘42 (9 Jan. ‘43) near Buna, New Guinea, at age 29; family notified on 3 Jan. ‘43 that he was MIA; family notified ca. 12 Jan. ‘43 that “He had not been heard from since Dec. 22nd according to the information from the War Department”; family notified on 4 Feb. ‘43 that he “has been reported KIA January 9th”; interred at East Montcalm Cemetery, Greenville, MI; brother served during WWII, Pvt. Orangie B., WIA at Luzon, Bronze Star, Purple Heart

5-Mar-17

131.   

Brimm, Toy L.

Pfc.

127TH Inf. Regt.

born ‘24 at Verdigris, OK; son of James Richard and Adaline Orlena (Yancey) Brimm; hometown Tulsa Co., OK; also had ties to Twin Falls Co., ID; entered service at Boise, ID on 15 Apr. ‘43; SN 39912965; KIA 11 Mar. (11 Jul.) ‘45 at Luzon, Philippines, ca. age 21; listed on 30 Apr. ‘45 casualty list; earned Purple Heart w/OLC; interred at Manila American Cemetery

18-Jul-13

132.   

Brinkman, Paul Andrew

Pfc.

126TH Inf. Regt., Co. K

born 5 Nov. ‘23 at IN; son of Fred H. and Emma M. (Gieser) Brinkman, 500 N. Randolph St., Garrett, IN (hometown), father served during WWI; entered service at  Indianapolis, IN on 8 Sep. ‘43; SN 35894193; trained at Camp Blanding, FL; overseas in Mar. ‘44, landed at Goodenough Island; served with 3D Plt., Co. K, 126TH Inf.; WIA ca. 23 Nov. ‘44 at Leyte, Philippines; reached 1ST Fld. Hosp. near Tanauan Beach, Leyte, on 23 Nov. ‘44, talked to Pfc. John Pizzitola, who had been AWOL since 16 Nov. (mentioned in Pizzitola’s court martial proceedings); KIA 2 Mar. ‘45 near San Manuel, Luzon, Philippines at age 21; family received letter of condolence from his Cdr., Capt. Henry B. Ivey, Jr., ca. 17 May ‘45; interred at Christian Union Cemetery, Garrett, IN; brother served during WWII, Charles

14-Aug-17

133.   

Brinks, Willard H.

Pfc.

126TH Inf. Regt.

born 16 Mar. ‘18 at MI; son of Gerrit (Gerret) J. and Nettie Brinks, 826 Thomas, Grand Rapids, MI (hometown); entered service at Kalamazoo, MI on 21 Apr. ‘41; SN 36155363; MIA, presumed KIA, 22 Nov. ‘42 near Buna, New Guinea, at age 24; listed on 27 Feb. ‘43 casualty list; earned Bronze Star and Purple Heart; memorialized on Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery

134.   

Broner, Willard Ivan

Sgt.

126TH Inf. Regt., Co. G

born 13 Jul. ‘13 at Fruitland Township, Muskegon Co., MI; son of Chester A. and Orea E. (True) Broner; hometown Muskegon, MI; was Pvt. in Co. G, 126TH Inf., Mich. Nat. Guard, at Muskegon, MI on 15 Oct. ‘40; SN 20635169; marched over Owen Stanleys; KIA 7 Dec. ‘42 near Buna; his brother S. Sgt. James K. Broner was seriously WIA during the same battle; earned Purple Heart; interred at Manila American Cemetery; brother Capt. Russell A. also served in 126TH Inf., Mich. NG, two other brothers also served

135.   

Bronsema, Roelof ‘Ralph’

S. Sgt.

127TH Inf. Regt.

born 20 Jan. ‘12 at Netherlands; son of Willem ‘William’ and Johanna (Folkersma) Bronsema; hometown Cutlerville, MI; entered service 17 Apr. ‘41 at Kalamazoo, MI; SN 36155095; KIA 15 Dec. ‘44 on Leyte, Philippines; 2 NARA listings, 1 says he was from Kent Co. and was KIA, other says he was from Chippewa Co. and DOW; earned Purple Heart w/OLC; interred at Manila American Cemetery

18-Jul-13

136.   

Brosious, Donald Marvin

Pfc.

128TH Inf. Regt., Co. A

born 7 Mar. ‘22 at Parnell, MO; son of Harry and Myrtle Brosious, Guilford, MO (hometown); worked in trucking business; entered service 19 Oct. ‘42; SN 37229001; trained at Camp Wolters, TX, then Camp Stoneman, CA; overseas Feb. ‘43; served with Co. A, 128TH Inf.; DOW (KIA) 19 Nov. ‘44 at Leyte, Philippines (likely at Corkscrew Ridge) at age 22; repatriated and re-interred at Parnell Cemetery, Parnell, MO on 21 Sep. ‘48; one of his brothers, Sgt. Irvin Brosious, was member of the military escort that brought him home

3-Jan-13

137.   

Brotherston, Robert H.

Pfc.

127TH Inf. Regt.

born ‘19 at MI; son of Joseph A. and Mae L. (Wright) Brotherston; hometown Hillsdale, MI; graduated Hillsdale H. S.; entered service 28 Apr. ‘41 at Kalamazoo, MI; SN 36156034; served with 127TH Inf.; WIA 3 Jan. ‘43 near Buna; KIA 3 May ‘44 near Aitape, New Guinea, ca. age 25; earned Purple Heart w/OLC; interred at Manila American Cemetery; also memorialized at Oak Grove Cemetery, Hillsdale, MI

18-Jul-13

138.   

Brown, Allie Crawford

Pfc.

128TH Inf. Regt.

born ‘21 at MS; son of Willie James and Rena B. (Roland) Brown; hometown Lee Co., MS; entered service 20 Aug. ‘42 at Camp Shelby, MS; SN 34349076; served with 128TH Inf.; MIA, presumed KIA, 17 Jun. ‘44 near Aitape, New Guinea, ca. age 23; earned Bronze Star and Purple Heart; memorialized on Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery

16-Jan-14

139.   

Brown, Alman D.

Pvt.

126TH Inf. Regt., Co. M

born ‘21 at MI; hometown Kent Co., MI, possibly Grand Rapids; Pvt. with Co. M, 126TH Inf., Mich. Nat. Guard, Grand Rapids, MI on 15 Oct. ‘40; SN 20636053; MIA, presumed KIA, 20 Dec. ‘42 near Buna, New Guinea, ca. age 21; earned Bronze Star and Purple Heart; memorialized on Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery

140.   

Brown, Donald A. ‘Don’

Pvt.

126TH Inf. Regt., Co. G

born 27 Feb. ‘23 at Muskegon, MI (hometown); son of Andrew Moreland and Mary Elizabeth (Hollenbeck) Brown; Pvt. with Co. G, 126TH Inf., Mich. Nat. Guard, Muskegon, MI on 15 Oct. ‘40; ABMC lists unit as 127TH Inf., maybe he transferred, maybe it is a typographical error; SN 20635165; marched over Owen Stanleys; KIA (DNB) 25 Mar. (25 Jul.) ‘44 at age 21; National Archives lists cause of death as DNB and ABMC lists date of death as 25 Jul.; family received letter from his unit stating that he was killed in Mar. ‘44; one reference states “On 25 Mar. ‘44 he was driving an officer in his jeep over a bridge in Saidor, Madang in Papua New Guinea when it was blown up by the Japanese”; interred at Manila American Cemetery; also memorialized at South Weare Cemetery, Hart, MI

18-Jul-13

141.   

Brown, Eddie

Pfc.

128TH Inf. Regt.

born ‘25 at NY; hometown Duval Co., FL; entered service 22 Oct. ‘43 at Camp Blanding, FL; SN 34794778; served with 128TH Inf.; KIA 14 May ‘45 at Luzon, Philippines, ca. age 20; earned Purple Heart w/OLC; interred at Manila American Cemetery

27-Jan-14

142.   

Brown, Emil Jean

Pfc.

126TH Inf. Regt., Co. D

born 27 Oct. ‘18 at Marcellus, MI; son of Emory and Muriel (Fletcher) Brown; graduated Marcellus H. S. in ‘37; attended Parsons Business College, Kalamazoo, MI; 258 E. 8th St., Holland, MI (hometown); Pvt. with Co. D, 126TH Inf., Mich. Nat. Guard, Holland, MI on 15 Oct. ‘40; SN 20634608; sailed from San Francisco in Apr. ‘42; landed at Australia 28 May ‘42; an article in the Detroit Free Press on 7 Dec. ‘42 stated, “Brown heard a wounded mate calling for help from the deep kunai grass. Despite murderous machine gun barrage from nearby Jap nests, he left his shell hole and crawled to his side to drag him to comparative safety.” (does not appear to have been decorated); KIA 26 Nov. (5 Dec.) ‘42 at age 24; listed as MIA on 13 Feb. ‘43 casualty list; repatriated and re-interred at Bly Cemetery, Marcellus, MI ca. 15 Feb. ‘49

4-Sep-18

143.   

Brown, James H.

Pvt.

128TH Inf. Regt.

hometown Hempstead Co., AR; SN 37102988; served with 128TH Inf.; MIA 16 Nov. ‘42, likely near Cape Sudest, New Guinea; FOD; earned Bronze Star and Purple Heart; listed on Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery

28-Jan-14

144.   

Brown, Orville

Pvt.

127TH Inf. Regt.

hometown Jefferson Co., MO; SN 37082515; served with 127TH Inf.; KIA 11 Jan. ‘43 near Buna, New Guinea; earned Purple Heart; interred at Manila American Cemetery

18-Jul-13

145.   

Brown, Patrick M.

Pvt.

126TH Inf. Regt.

born 15 Jul. ‘25 at Lilly, PA (hometown); son of Edward Arthur and Regina B. (McNally) Brown, Lilly, PA; attended Lilly H. S.; worked for Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR); entered service at Altoona, PA on 13 Sep. ‘43; SN 33764977; trained at Camp Blanding, FL; served with 126TH Inf.; KIA 8 Dec. ‘44 at Leyte, Philippines, at age 19; listed on 19 Mar. ‘45 casualty list; earned Purple Heart; interred at Manila American Cemetery; at least 2 of his brothers also served

146.   

Brown, Robert J.

Pfc.

128TH Inf. Regt., Co. C

born 24 Oct. '24; served with Co. C, 128TH Inf.; died 1 Dec. '44 (KIA at Leyte, presumed); repatriated and re-interred at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego, CA on 10 Feb. '49; might be Pfc. Robert J. Brown, SN 39400684, Nevada, CA, KIA; might be Pfc. Robert J. Brown, SN 20905477, Calif. Nat. Guard, Los Angeles, CA, KIA; might be a different Robert J. Brown

4-Mar-17

147.   

Brown, Roy, Jr.

PVT

126TH Inf. Regt., Co. I

born 1920 at IA; hometown Scott Co., IA; entered service 20 Dec. '41 at Ft. Des Moines, IA; SN 17033295; MIA 2 Dec. '42 near Buna, presumed KIA; earned Bronze Star and Purple Heart; listed on Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery; also memorialized at Lowman Cemetery, Runnells, IA

148.   

Brown, Wendell W.

PVT

126TH Inf. Regt.

born 1920 at IN; son of Earl and Verna Brown, N. Adams St., Montpelier, IN (hometown); entered service 31 Dec. '41 at Ft. Benjamin Harrison, IN; SN 35251505; MIA 19 Dec. '42, presumed KIA; NARA states FOD; earned Bronze Star and Purple Heart; first Montpelier Soldier killed in the war; listed on Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery; also memorialized at Woodlawn Cemetery, Montpelier, IN

149.   

Brownlee, Donald R.

PFC

126TH Inf. Regt.

hometown Wayne County, MI; SN 36509065; KIA 18 Dec. '44 on Leyte; earned Bronze Star and Purple Heart; interred at Manila American Cemetery

150.   

Brun, Omer C.

PFC

129TH FA Bn.

born 1908 at IL; hometown Randle, WA; entered service 26 Feb. '42 at Seattle, WA; SN 19075355; served with 129TH FA Bn.; KIA 21 Dec. '44 on Leyte, Philippines; earned Purple Heart; interred at Manila American Cemetery

14-Jun-14

151.   

Bruursema, George

Sgt.

126TH Inf. Regt., Co. D

born ‘21 at MI; son of Willem ‘William’ and Adriana ‘Jennie’ (Roels) Bruursema, rural Holland, MI, both Dutch immigrants; resided at 36 E. 16th St., Holland, MI (hometown); worked for Heinz Pickle Factory, Holland, MI; Pfc. with Co. D, 126TH Inf., Mich. Nat. Guard, at Holland, MI on 15 Oct. ‘40; SN 20634588; MIA, presumed KIA, 6 Dec. ‘42 near Buna, New Guinea, ca. age 21; listed on 27 Feb. ‘43 casualty list; earned Bronze Star and Purple Heart; memorialized on Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery; brother served with 32D Div. during WWII, Pfc. Marinus, Mich. Nat. Guard, Co. D, 126TH Inf., WIA; brother served with USMC, Elmer W.

152.   

Buchanan, Lorenz G.

CPL

128TH Inf. Regt.

born ca. 1914 at Strongs Prairie, WI; son of Tim and Rosa Buchanan, Strongs Prairie, WI; he moved to Wykoff, MN ca. '32, later to Fountain, MN (hometown); married, father of 1; entered service 22 Oct. '42; SN 37437263; trained at Camp Dodge, IA then Camp Roberts, CA; served with 128TH Inf.; fought at New Guinea, Leyte and Luzon; KIA 7 Apr. '45 along the Villa Verde Trail on Luzon, Philippines at age 31; ABMC lists date of death as 7 Oct.; earned Purple Heart; interred at Manila American Cemetery

28-Jan-14

153.   

Buck, Robert L.

Cpl.

107TH Med. Bn., Co. D

born ‘21 at MI; hometown Monroe Co., MI; Pvt. with Co. D, 107TH Med. Regt. at Monroe, MI on 15 Oct. ‘40; SN 20639131; KIA 27 Nov. ‘42 near Buna, New Guinea, ca. age 21; listed on 27 Feb. ‘43 casualty list; earned Purple Heart; interred at Manila American Cemetery

154.   

Buckhannon, Jess C., Jr.

PFC

126TH Inf. Regt.

born 1919 at MI; hometown Macomb Co., MI; entered service 23 Apr. '41 at Detroit, MI; SN 36112411; MIA 27 Nov. '44 on Leyte, presumed KIA; earned Bronze Star and Purple Heart; listed on Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery

155.   

Buckley, Harold W.

PVT

128TH Inf. Regt., Co. G

born 18 Oct. '10 at Madison, WI (hometown); son of Ole Buckley and Tillie Ziezch; was PVT in Co. G, 128TH Inf., Wis. Nat. Guard, at Madison, WI on 15 Oct. '40; died of natural causes (DNB) at Camp Livingston 4 Dec. '40; mother received message from 1LT Harold A. Spraetz and Soldiers of Co. G on Mother's Day, 11 May '43; 1st Soldier from Div. to die since mobilization

156.   

Buckowing, Robert S.

Pfc.

126TH Inf. Regt., Co. B

born ‘17 at MI; 567 11th St., Grand Rapids, MI (hometown); entered service 18 Apr. ‘41 at Kalamazoo, MI; SN 36155225; earned Silver Star, posthumously, for his actions 8 Dec. ‘42 near Buna, member of patrol with S. Sgt. Elmer R. Buchanan 8 Dec. (16 Dec.) ‘42 at “New Strip” near Buna; KIA 8 Dec. ‘42 near Buna, New Guinea, ca. age 25; listed on 27 Feb. ‘43 casualty list; also earned Purple Heart; interred at Manila American Cemetery

157.   

Bullin, William G. (C.)

Pvt.

127TH Inf. Regt., Co. I

born 18 Jan. ‘23 at NC; hometown Sandy Ridge, NC; married; entered service at Camp Croft, SC on 15 Dec. ‘43; SN 34896972; served with Co. I, 127TH Inf.; KIA 22 Feb. ‘45 along the Villa Verde Trail, Luzon, Philippines, at age 22; interred at Raleigh National Cemetery, Raleigh, NC

15-Mar-17

158.   

Buls, Sherlock F.

Pfc.

128TH Inf. Regt.

born 10 Apr. ‘16 at Humboldt, SD; son of Ernest F. and Emma I. (Hoefert) Buls; hometown Minnehaha Co., SD; married, father of two; entered service 30 Jan. ‘44 at Ft. Snelling, MN (other sources state 27 Mar. ‘44); SN 37590879; trained at Camp Roberts, CA; served in 128TH Inf.; KIA 10 Apr. ‘45 (his 29th birthday) on Luzon during the Battle for Hill 506 along the Villa Verde Trail; initially interred at Santa Barbara on Luzon; re-interred at Manila American Cemetery; earned Purple Heart, bestowed posthumously; also memorialized at Saint Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery, Humboldt, SD; ABMC lists date of death as 10 Oct. ‘45

159.   

Bunda, Milo John

Tec. 5

127TH Inf. Regt.

born 1918 at WI; hometown Kewaunee, WI; entered service 21 Mar. '41 at Milwaukee, WI; SN 36204946; KIA on 26 Jul. '44 on New Guinea; earned Bronze Star and Purple Heart; interred at Manila American Cemetery

160.   

Burgess, Earl F. ‘P-38’

Pfc.

126TH Inf. Regt., Med. Det.

born ‘09 at MI; son of Clair A. and Olive (Sweet) Burgess, 99 Hamilton Ct., Pontiac, MI; SN 36593703; served with Med. Det., 126TH Inf.; comrades nicknamed him ‘P-38’ due to his speed; Saidor, Yakamul, Aitape; DOW 11 Apr. ‘45 along the Villa Verde Trail, Luzon, Philippines, he and 3 other medics (Sgt. Malcolm E. Larrow, Pfc. Donald E. Greenwood, Pfc. Edwin Ray) accompanied by Pfc. Odell Beaty and Pfc. George Sloyka from Ammunition & Pioneer Plt., 1ST Bn., 126TH Inf., went out with a litter, under fire, to rescue a wounded Soldier from Co. C, a Japanese 90mm mortar shell exploded near the group, the wounded Soldier and Pfc. Burgess were killed, the other 5 men were wounded; repatriated and re-interred at Woodlawn Cemetery, Columbiaville, MI on 12 Feb. ‘49

11-Oct-17

161.   

Burnett, Louis, Jr.

S. Sgt.

126TH Inf. Regt., Co. M

born ‘20 at MI; hometown Comstock Park, MI; Sgt. with Co. M, 126TH Inf., Mich. Nat. Guard, Grand Rapids, MI on 15 Oct. ‘40; SN 20636054; KIA 26 Nov. ‘42 near Buna, New Guinea, ca. age 22; listed on 27 Feb. ‘43 casualty list; earned Purple Heart; interred at Manila American Cemetery; also memorialized at Lisbon Cemetery, Sparta, MI (monument lists him as Louis J. Burnett); namesake of Lekstrum-Burnett Post No. 107 of American Legion in Sparta, MI

162.   

Burnett, Oscar C.

Tec. 4

126TH Inf. Regt.

born Oct. ‘09 at Allegan, MI; son of Mr. and Mrs. Zack Burnett, both passed away when he was a boy; hometown Battle Creek, MI; joined the circus as a boy and worked there for 15 years; later truck driver at Chicago, IL; entered service at Kalamazoo, MI on 23 Apr. ‘41; SN 36155636; trained at Ft. Custer; assigned to 126TH Inf. at Camp Livingston, LA; MIA, presumed KIA, 1 Jan. ‘43 (1 Dec. ‘42) near Sanananda, New Guinea, at age 33; sister, Mrs. Mary Warfield, NoK, was notified 26 Jan. ‘43; according to his Cdr., he "was killed in the evening of Jan. 1, 1943, while the company was attacking a Japanese position west of the Sanananda track in the Buna-Gona area of New Guinea. Oscar was killed by a Japanese sniper while digging a trench wherein he could lay a litter patient who had been wounded in action"; listed on 27 Feb. ‘43 casualty list; earned Bronze Star and Purple Heart; sister received his Purple Heart and letter of condolence from his cdr. ca. 8 Apr. ‘43; memorialized on Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery; namesake of Oscar Burnett Post No. 383 of American Legion, formed at Battle Creek, MI in ‘50

19-Apr-17

163.   

Burns, Francis E.

PVT

128TH Inf. Regt.

born 4 Apr. '20 at OK; father Claud Burns, McAlester, OK; hometown Indianola, OK; entered service 11 Jan. '42 at Ft. Sill, OK; SN 38063160; served with 128TH Inf.; KIA 18 Dec. '42 near Buna, New Guinea; earned Purple Heart; interred at Manila American Cemetery

28-Jan-14

164.   

Burns, James P.

Lt. Col.

128TH Inf. Regt., 1ST Bn.

son of Mr. and Mrs. James Burns; hometown Clarke Co., VA; married, father of 1; SN O-265547; overseas May ‘43 as Maj. with 1ST Cav. Div.; promoted Lt. Col. Dec. ‘44 and assumed cmd. of 1ST Bn., 128TH Inf.; KIA 24 May ‘45, at age 37, along the Villa Verde Trail, Luzon, Philippines; awards include DSC w/OLC, posthumous (Luzon 19 & 24 May ‘45), Silver Star, Bronze Star (Luzon), Purple Heart w/2 OLC; interred at Manila American Cemetery

165.   

Burns, Thomas A.

2LT

126TH Inf. Regt.

hometown Bergen Co., NJ; SN O-1284465; KIA 28 Dec. '42 near Buna; earned Purple Heart; interred at Manila American Cemetery

166.   

Burr, Elmer J.

1st Sgt.

127TH Inf. Regt., Co. I

born 11 May '08 at Neenah, WI; graduated Menasha H.S. '26; married, father of 2; hometown Menasha, WI; entered service at Menasha, WI; was 1st Sgt. in Co. I, 127TH Inf., Wis. Nat. Guard, at Neenah, WI on 15 Oct. '40; SN 20647479; served with 32D Div. for 12 years before it mobilized 15 Oct. '40; discharged in '41 for being over the age limit of 28 (?), but rejoined his unit after the attack on Pearl Harbor; earned Medal of Honor, bestowed posthumously, for his actions 24 Dec. '42 near Buna, New Guinea; WIA during the incident, he was immediately evacuated to a portable hospital but died the next day; wife notified of death 21 Jan. '43; the Medal was presented to his wife during a simple ceremony at the St. Patrick's School auditorium in Menasha on 11 Nov. '43 (newspaper article suggested the family was going to travel to Washington, D.C. to receive the Medal from President Roosevelt at the White House on 6 Oct.); wife received posthumous Purple Heart 18 Mar. '43; the SS Elmer J. Burr, built by Walter Butler Shipbuilding Co. in Duluth, MN, was to be launched on 12 or 16 Jun. '44 (Mrs. Lucille Burr was invited to attend); interred at Oak Hill Cemetery in Neenah, also memorialized at Isle of Valor in Menasha’s Smith Park; some discrepancy regarding date of death 24, 25, or 26 Dec.

167.   

Burris, John W.

1LT

128TH Inf. Regt.

hometown Hood River Co., OR; SN O-1301757; served with 128TH Inf.; KIA 2 Dec. '44 on Leyte, Philippines; earned Bronze Star and Purple Heart; interred at Manila American Cemetery

28-Jan-14

168.   

Burrows, James V.

Cpl.

126TH Inf. Regt., Co. L

born ‘21 at MI; hometown Courtland Township, MI; mother, Annie Ferguson, Rt. 1, Cassopolis, MI; went to live with another family and help out on their farm in Courtland Township, near Rockford, MI, because his mother couldn’t take care of her four children because of no income; they were immigrants from Scotland; enlisted in Mich. Nat. Guard at Grand Rapids ca. ‘38 or ‘39; Pvt. with Co. L, 126TH Inf., Grand Rapids, MI on 15 Oct. ‘40; SN 20635901; earned Silver Star for his actions 30 Nov. ‘42 near Soputa; MIA 2 Dec. ‘42 near Soputa, New Guinea, ca. age 21; listed on 27 Feb. ‘43 casualty list; also earned Bronze Star and Purple Heart; memorialized on Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery

169.   

Burt, Victor Allan

Pfc.

127TH Inf. Regt.

born 14 Jan. ‘20 at Lincoln, MI (hometown); son of Walter Jerome and Bernice (Somers) Burt, Harrisville Township, Alcona Co., MI; served in CCC ‘37-‘38; entered service 8 Dec. ‘41; SN 36163705; served with 127TH Inf.; earned Silver Star, posthumously, for his actions 1 Jan. ‘43 (31 Dec. ‘42) at Buna, New Guinea, “credited with delivering a message despite mortal wounds”; KIA 1 Jan. ‘43 (31 Dec. ‘42) at Buna, New Guinea, at age 22, parents notified 17 Jan. ‘43; listed on 27 Feb. ‘43 casualty list; also earned Purple Heart; interred at Manila American Cemetery

25-Mar-13

170.   

Busche, Frank J., Jr.

SGT

128TH Inf. Regt., Co. C

born 7 Mar. '18 at Meyer, IA; family moved to Marshfield, WI (hometown) in '22; worked at Roddis Lumber and Veneer Co. and A. H. Weinbrenner Co. in Marshfield; married at Alexandria, LA 17 Dec. 41; was PVT in Co. C, 128TH Inf., Wis. Nat. Guard, at Marshfield, WI on 15 Oct. '40 (had joined about 2 weeks earlier); SN 20649204; KIA 27 Dec. '42 (29 Dec.) near Buna, New Guinea at age 24

171.   

Bush, Adrian

S. Sgt.

126TH Inf. Regt., Co. K

born ‘18 at MI; hometown Grand Rapids, MI; Cpl. with Co. K, 126TH Inf., Mich. Nat. Guard, Grand Rapids, MI on 15 Oct. ‘40; SN 20635697; MIA, presumed KIA, 30 Nov. (7 Dec.) ‘42 near Buna, New Guinea, ca. age 24; later FOD; listed as MIA on 13 Feb. ‘43 casualty list; earned Bronze Star and Purple Heart; memorialized on Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery

172.   

Buskard, Millard V.

Pvt.

126TH Inf. Regt., Co. E

born ‘21 at MI; enlistment record states he resided at Waukesha County, WI when he entered active service; other references list hometown as Hersey, MI, or Stanwood, MI; Pvt. with Co. E, 126TH Inf., Mich. Nat. Guard, Big Rapids, MI on 15 Oct. ‘40; SN 20634811; KIA 13 Dec. ‘42 near Buna, New Guinea, ca. age 21; listed on 27 Feb. ‘43 casualty list; earned Purple Heart; interred at Manila American Cemetery

14-May-13

173.   

Busse, Emery N. (M.)

T. Sgt.

128TH Inf. Regt.

born 6 Sep. ‘17 at Redwood Co., MN; son of William Carl and Fredericka Augusta (Heydlauff) Busse, Charlestown, MN (hometown); SN 37032542; served with 128TH Inf.; earned Silver Star, posthumously; DOW 28 Mar. ‘45; interred at Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Sanborn, MN

5-Apr-17

174.   

Byron, Arthur S.

CPL

126TH Inf. Regt.

born 1920 at NH; hometown Essex, MA; married; entered service 27 Aug. '42 at Ft. Devens, MA; SN 31083057; KIA 11 Apr. '45 on Luzon, Philippines

 

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