The 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Veteran Association

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Silver Star Recipients

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

Surnames A through F

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

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

 

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

1.         

Abbott, Howard Wayne

__, U.S. Army
__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Howard W. Abbott, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.”
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 37 (1946)
Born: 27 January 1917 at Clear Creek, Washington
Home of record:

Death: 6 March 1996

Interred: Colfax Cemetery, Colfax, Washington

 

He graduated Colfax H. S. in '35; enlisted in the Wash. Nat. Guard in '37; was PVT in  Co. C, 161ST Inf., 41ST Div. at Spokane, WA when they mobilized on 16 Sep. '40; SN 20943030; married, father of (at least) 2; stationed at Pearl Harbor in Dec. '41; completed OCS at Ft. Benning, GA and commissioned 2LT in early '42; served with 32D Div. from Buna to Fukuoka; lieut. at Leyte; attained rank of CPT; also earned Bronze Star w/OLC; staff officer with Army of Occupation untill late '46; at least one brother, Edward E., also served; after the war he worked as a farmer, mechanic, Colfax police officer, blacksmith and chief deputy sheriff for Whitman Co.; elected Whitman Co. clerk in '70 and served 14 years; member of Colfax United Methodist Church, American Legion, VFW, Odd Fellows, Washington State Clerks Association, North and South Palouse Grange, NRA, North American Hunting Club and the Kiwanis Club.

This award has not been added to the WWII history information yet. Without seeing the actual citation or verifying his unit of assignment, there is not enough information to know which section to place it in.

added 5 Mar. ’13

 

2.         

Adams, John Quincy

Sergeant, U.S. Army
1ST Battalion, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division (possibly Company A)
Date of Action: 28 January 1944
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “For gallantry in action near Saidor, New Guinea, Jan. 28, 1944.” SGT Adams
earned the Silver Star for his actions with a patrol near Teterei, New Guinea on 28 Jan. ’44, which was described in a pair of war-time dispatches filed by Robert J. Doyle from New Guinea on 3 and 4 Feb. 1944. He was a member of 50-man patrol from 1ST Bn., 128TH Inf. was attacked by a 100-man Japanese force west of the Mot River near Teterei, along the western edge of the Saidor bridgehead, on 28 Jan. ’44. The patrol killed 43 Japanese soldiers, but suffered 8 killed, 6 MIA, and 9 WIA. He was 1 of the last 8 members of 1LT George J. Hess' group able to make it back across the river after dark. His Silver Star is not listed on HoV or HoH, but was announced by War Dept. 29 May '44.
General Orders:
Born: 24 August 1921 at Wisconsin
Home of record: Baraboo, Wisconsin

Death: 22 February 1987

Interred: Walnut Hill Cemetery, Baraboo, Wisconsin

He entered service 3 Aug. '42 at Milwaukee, WI; SN 16093884; later promoted to SSG.

added 14 Oct. ’14; not HoH or HoV

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3.         

Adler, Bernard L.

__, U.S. Army
__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Bernard L. Adler, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.”
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 25 (1946)
Born:
Home of record:

This award has not been added to the WWII history information yet. Without seeing the actual citation or verifying his unit of assignment, there is not enough information to know which section to place it in.

added 2 Jan. ’13

 

4.         

Adler, Richard J.

First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 28 December 1942
Citation Needed - Synopsis: According to Papuan Campaign, 1LT Adler
earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 28 December 1942 near Buna, New Guinea.
General Orders:
Born:
Home of record: Illinois

This award has not been added to the WWII history information yet. Without seeing the actual citation or verifying his unit of assignment, there is not enough information to know which section to place it in.

added 2 Jan. ’13; not HoH or HoV

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5.         

Agner, Charles E.

Private First Class, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 19 December 1942
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Charles E. Agner, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.” According to Papuan Campaign, PFC Agner
earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action as a medic on 19 December 1942 at Buna Mission, New Guinea.
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 28 (6 April 1943)
Born:
Home of record: Milan, Michigan

He could possibly be Charles Jacob 'Jake' Agner from Belleville, MI.

added 15 Feb. ’13

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6.         

Albert, Ronald L.

Corporal, U.S. Army
__, 114TH Engineer Combat Battalion, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 30 November 1942
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Ronald L. Albert, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.” According to Papuan Campaign, CPL Albert
earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 30 November 1942 at Dobodura, New Guinea. According to information provided by his son, CPL Albert, during a Japanese air attack on Dobodura, ran 70 yards under fire, grabbed an unmanned .50 cal. machine gun, and shot down three of the attackers.
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 50 (1943)
Born:
Home of record: Cambridge, Massachusetts

updated 26 Jul. ’14; added 15 Feb. ’13

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7.         

Alexander, Ross J.

First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
__, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Ross J. Alexander, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.”
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 127 (1945)
Born: 1915
Home of record: Omaha, Nebraska

Death: 10 April 1945 on Luzon, Philippines

Interred: Manila American Cemetery

Status: KIA

 

He graduated U. of NE, Class of '37; married, father of 1; worked at Douglas Co. treasurer's office before he entered active service ca. Nov. '40; SN O-355722; had been in service 4 1/2 years, overseas 8 mos.; also earned Bronze Star and Purple Heart w/OLC.

 

This award has not been added to the WWII history information yet. Without seeing the actual citation or verifying date of action, there is not enough information to know which section to place it in.

added 8 Jan. ’14

 

8.         

Allen, Henry C.

Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
__, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Henry C. Allen, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.”
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 66 (1945)
Born: 1914 in Canada
Home of record: Alameda, California

Death: 30 March 1945 on Luzon, Philippines

Interred: Manila American Cemetery

Status: KIA

 

He entered service 28 Mar. '42 at Ft. MacArthur, CA; SN 39024683; commissioned at some point; new SN O-1299733; also earned Purple Heart w/OLC.

 

This award has not been added to the WWII history information yet. Without seeing the actual citation or verifying date of action, there is not enough information to know which section to place it in.

added 8 Jan. ’14

 

9.         

Ambrecht, Hugo A.

Private, U.S. Army
__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 1 January 1943
Citation Needed - Synopsis: According to Papuan Campaign, PVT Ambrecht
earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 1 January 1943 near Buna, New Guinea.
General Orders:
Born:
Home of record: Iowa

This award has not been added to the WWII history information yet. Without seeing the actual citation or verifying his unit of assignment, there is not enough information to know which section to place it in.

added 15 Feb. ’13

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10.      

Anderson, Lionel Robert

Private First Class, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 5 December 1942
Citation: “For gallantry in action near Buna Village, New Guinea, on December 5, 1942. During the attack on Buna Village, Private First Class Anderson, was outstanding in his initiative and courage. With utter disregard for his own personal safety, he exposed himself to heavy enemy fire in caring for the wounded, not only of the company to which he was attached, but also for the wounded of other companies that were adjacent.”
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 50 (31 December 1942)
Born: 24 June 1913 at Rudyard, Michigan
Hometown: Rudyard, Michigan
Death: 9 September 2002 at Grand Meadow, Minnesota

Interred: Dexter Cemetery, Dexter, Minnesota

 

He was married at St. Agnes, MI in '41, father of 3; also had ties to Pickford, MI; entered service 22 Apr. '41; SN 36112175; also earned Purple Heart.

updated 16 Mar. ’16; added 16 Feb. ’13

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11.      

Anderson, Sydney Eugene

Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army
Company A, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 28 December 1942
Citation: “Sydney E Anderson, 36207718, Technician fifth grade, Company A, 128th Infantry, United States Army. For gallantry in action near Buna Mission, New Guinea, 28 December 1942.”
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 37 (28 May 1943)
Born: 1919 at Wisconsin
Home of record: Madison, Wisconsin

He entered the service on 16 Apr. '41 at Milwaukee, WI.

updated 6 Apr. ’14; added 5 Jan. ‘13

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12.      

Aney, Donald H.

Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army
32D Reconnaissance Troop, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Donald H. Aney, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.”
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 75 (1944)
Born: 6 February 1922 at Monroe County, Wisconsin
Home of record: Sparta, Wisconsin

Death: 31 December 1944 on Leyte, Philippines

Interred: Manila American Cemetery

Status: KIA

He was PVT in HQ Co., 64TH Inf. Bde., Wisconsin National Guard, at Sparta, WI when 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40; SN 20645380; married in Australia, father of 1; transferred to 32D Recon. Trp.; also earned Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

 

This award has not been added to the WWII history information yet. Without seeing the actual citation or verifying date of action, there is not enough information to know which section to place it in.

added 11 Mar. ‘14

 

13.      

Angus, James J.

Lieutenant, U.S. Army
__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 4-5 January 1943
Citation Needed - Synopsis: According to Papuan Campaign, Lt. Angus earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 4-5 January 1943 at Tarakena, New Guinea.
General Orders:
Born: 13 January 1919 at Genoa, Ohio
Home of record: Illinois
Death: 28 January 1996 at Janesville, Wisconsin

Interred:

 

He graduated Princeton University in ’41; also earned the Bronze Star; he was a prominent architect after the war.

added 10 Jan. ’13; not HoV or HoH

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14.      

Arno, Hugo J.

Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company I, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 24 December 1942
Citation Needed - Synopsis: According to Papuan Campaign, SGT Arno
earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 24 December 1942 near Buna Mission, New Guinea. A press dispatch from the front summarized in the Menasha Record on 28 Jun. ’43 stated, “Arno and three men were unable to withdraw with their company when it was relieved by a fresher unit, because the sniper opened fire every time they moved. The area was burned over and gave scanty cover. Arno hugged the ground and inched forward until he could see the sniper” and kill him.
General Orders:
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 34 (1943)
Born:
Home of record: Menasha, Wisconsin

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

updated 23 Apr. ’13; not HoV

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15.      

Aschenbrenner, Julius, Jr.

Private First Class, U.S. Army
__, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 21 November 1942
Citation Needed - Synopsis: According to Papuan Campaign, PFC Aschenbrenner
earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 21 November 1942 near Buna, New Guinea. PFC Aschenbrenner’s citation was summarized in a news release from Allied Headquarters in Australia in the Hudson Register on 23 March 1943, “With utter disregard of his own personal safety Aschenbrenner, having discovered an enemy machine-gun, voluntarily advanced with several riflemen under heavy fire in an attempt to put the gun out of action. Being a member of a light machine-gun section, Aschenbrenner's only weapon was a .45 caliber pistol. He was of great assistance to the riflemen in completing their mission of destroying the emplacement.”
General Orders:
Born: 19 April 1918
Home of record: Pinckney, Michigan
Death: 26 March 1996 at Withla, Florida

Interred: Pinckney Cemetery, Pinckney, Michigan

 

He entered service in '41; assigned to 128TH Inf.; WIA either on 21 Nov. or in Dec. '42; it was 5 days before he could be evacuated for medical treatment; spent a year in hospitals before he was separated; newspapers at the time state he was credited with killing 33 or 54 enemy soldiers; his hometown newspaper nicknamed him “Pinckney's Sergeant York”; he was presented with his decoration in a ceremony at the Federal Building in Detroit on 15 Apr. '44.

added 18 Feb. ’13; not HoV or HoH

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16.      

Atchinson, Donald

Technician Fourth Grade, U.S. Army
Company K, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 22-26 November 1942
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Donald Atchinson, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.” According to Papuan Campaign, Tec. 4 Atchinson
earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action 22 to 26 November 1942 near Buna, New Guinea.
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 28 (6 April 1943)
Born:
Home of record: Grand Rapids, Michigan

added 18 Feb. ’13

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17.      

*Bailey, Cladie A.

Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army
1ST Battalion, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 20 April 1945 (circa)
Citation Needed:
General Orders: HQ, 32d Infantry Division, G.O. No. 80 (1945)
Born: 26 October 1910
Home of record: Heltonville, IN
Death: 20 April 1945

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

Status: KIA

 

Also earned the DSC, see that listing for additional information about him.

 

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18.      

Barnes, Elmer E.

Private First Class, U.S. Army
__, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Elmer E. Barnes, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.”
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 132 (1945)
Born: 1908 at New Jersey
Home of record: Burlington County, New Jersey

Death: 24 December 1944

Interred: Manila American Cemetery

Status: DOW

 

He entered service 7 May '42 at Ft. Dix, NJ; SN 32267100; also awarded Purple Heart.

 

This award has not been added to the WWII history information yet. Without seeing the actual citation or verifying date of action, there is not enough information to know which section to place it in.

added 16 Apr. ’13

 

19.      

Bauman, Wilbur (Wilber) C.

Private, U.S. Army
Company L, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 22 November 1942
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Wilbur C. Bauman, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.” According to Papuan Campaign, PVT Bauman
earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action 22 November 1942 near Soputa, New Guinea.
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 28 (6 April 1943)
Born: 1918 at Ohio
Home of record: Whitehouse, Ohio

added 18 Feb. ’13

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20.      

*Bear, Isaac F.

Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company A, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 10 March 1945
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Staff Sergeant Isaac F. Bear (ASN: 34437883), United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the 32d Infantry Division, in action near the Villa Verde Trail, Luzon, Philippine Islands, on 10 March 1945. Sergeant Bear and two other enlisted men were occupying the forward area of a perimeter when a large force of the enemy launched an attack under cover of darkness. The determined fury of the assault made it necessary for the three men to withdraw a short distance to a more defensible area. During a lull in the action Sergeant Bear furnished covering fire. En route to the new position the two men met and killed two Japanese; subsequently they defended themselves against further attacks and accounted for many more enemy dead. Sergeant Bear played a major part in the defeat of an enemy attempt to overrun the perimeter.”
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 147 (June 2, 1945)
Born: 19 February 1919
Home of record: Jackson, Mississippi
Death: 23 April 1945

Interred: Pine Hill Cemetery, Burlington, North Carolina

Status: KIA

 

He also had ties to Burlington, NC, he may have originally been from there, but he resided at Jackson, MS when he entered the service; entered service Nov. '42; SN 34437883; trained at Camp Adair, OR and Camp Shelby, MS; overseas Nov. '44; earned his Silver Star during the same action as PFC Guy H. Johnson.

added 17 Feb. ‘13

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21.      

Beaugrand, Stanley Eugene 'Stub'

Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company C, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 26 November 1942
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Sergeant [then Corporal] Stanley E. Beaugrand (ASN: 20634430), United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company C, 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, near Soputa, New Guinea, on 26 November 1942.”
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Order No. 37 (28 May 1943)
Born: 18 Mar. '22 at Vicksburg, Michigan
Home of record: Kalamazoo, Michigan

Death: 20 November 1993 at Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Interred: Hill Cemetery, Lawrence, Michigan

 

He attended Kalamazoo Central H. S.; he was PVT in Co. C, 126TH Inf., Michigan National Guard, at Kalamazoo, MI when 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40; SN 20634430; WIA in '44 at Leyte, Philippines; earned Purple Heart; also earned Bronze Star, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, Philippine Liberation Medal; sent to Percy Jones Hosp. at Ft. Custer, MI, where he met his future wife; married her 14 Feb. '46 at Kalamazoo Co., father of 3; moved to Hollywood, FL where he was a carpenter for over 25 years (built many South Florida homes).

added 20 May ‘14

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22.      

Beaver, Chester M.

Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army
Headquarters, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 16 November 1942
Citation Needed - Synopsis: According to Papuan Campaign, LTC Beaver earned one of his Silver Stars for gallantry in action on 16 November 1942 at Cape Sudest, New Guinea.
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Order No. 3 (1943)
Born: 26 Mar. '14 at Broken Bow, Nebraska
Home of record: Yankton, South Dakota

Death: 31 July 1944

Interred: Honolulu, Hawaii

Status: DNB

 

Also earned the DSC, see that listing for additional information about him; he is also cited in HQ, 32d Infantry Division, G.O. No. 53 (1943), which may indicate an additional award.

not HoV

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23.      

Beavis, Clifford G.

Private, U.S. Army
__, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action:
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Clifford G. Beavis, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.”
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Order No. 132 (1945)
Born: 
Home of record: McHenry County, Illinois

Death: 20 December 1944 on Leyte, Philippines

Interred: Manila American Cemetery

Status: KIA

 

SN 36696553; also awarded Purple Heart w/OLC.

 

This award has not been added to the WWII history information yet. Without seeing the actual citation or verifying date of action, there is not enough information to know which section to place it in.

added 17 Jul. ‘13

 

24.      

*Behrendt, Jean F.

Corporal, U.S. Army
Company D, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 11 January 1943
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Jean F. Behrendt, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.” According to Papuan Campaign, CPL Behrendt earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 11 Jan. '43 near Tarakena, New Guinea.
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 32 (1943)
Born: 5 July 1919
Home of record: Kimberly, Wisconsin

Death: 20 January 1943

Interred: Saint Joseph Cemetery, Appleton, Wisconsin

Status: KIA

 

He enlisted in Co. D, 127TH Inf., Wisconsin National Guard, at Appleton, WI, in Sep. '40 and was assigned to that unit when the 32D Div. was mobilized on 15 Oct. ’40; he was the first Kimberly, WI, Soldier killed in WWII.

 

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25.      

Bell, Thomas E., Jr. ‘Rock’

Captain, U.S. Army
Company E, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action:
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Thomas E. Bell, Jr., United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.”
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 91 (1944)
Born: 13 March 1917
Home of record: Lydia, South Carolina

Death: 23 September 2005

Interred: Crestlawn Memorial Gardens, Orangeburg, South Carolina

 

Entered active service in '41; training included Louisiana Maneuvers; arrived in Australia 14 May '42; 2LT at Buna, his men feel he should have been decorated for what he did there; commander of Co. E, 128TH Inf. ca. '43; his men nicknamed him 'Rock'; WIA during New Guinea Campaign, possibly Aitape; earned Silver Star for his actions on Leyte; assigned XO of 1ST Bn., 128TH Inf. ca. 1 May '45, succeeded MAJ Joseph M. Stehling, 1LT Laurence V. St. Onge succeeded him as commander of Co. E; served with Army of Occupation; discharged '46; left active duty as MAJ but most of his service was as CPT; awards include Silver Star, Bronze Star (V), 3 Purple Hearts.

 

This award has not been added to the WWII history information yet. Without seeing the actual citation or verifying his unit of assignment, there is not enough information to know which section to place it in.

added 28 Jan. ‘13

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26.      

Bingham, Glenn P. ‘Pat’

Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army
__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 10 December 1942
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Glenn P. Bingham, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.” According to Papuan Campaign, Tec. 5 Bingham earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 10 December 1942 near Buna, New Guinea.
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 3 (1943)
Born: 1918 at Michigan
Home of record: Dearborn, Michigan

 

He attended Sacred Heart H.S., Dearborn; entered service 21 Apr. '41 at Detroit, MI (volunteered when 1 of his friends was drafted); SN 36111895; earned Silver Star for his actions 10 Dec. '42 near Buna; a newspaper article 29 Apr. '43 told how the whole family was involved in the war effort, father, mother and oldest daughter worked at Ford's Willow Run plant which had been converted to build bombers, brother 1LT Lloyd D. Bingham, Jr. was Air Corps pilot (has been MIA since 4 Jan. '44 plane crash near England), oldest daughter's husband was Marine, youngest daughter age 11, took care of the house while everyone was at work, even Topper, their dog, joined the Army; Glenn worked for Ford before he entered service; he is also cited in HQ, 32d Infantry Division, G.O. No. 53 (1943), which may mean an additional award.

 

This award has not been added to the WWII history information yet. Without seeing the actual citation or verifying his unit of assignment, there is not enough information to know which section to place it in.

added 18 Feb. ’13; 1 SS not HoV

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27.      

Blackmon, Clinton R.

Commissioned officer (rank unknown), U.S. Army
Cannon Company, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action:
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Clinton R. Blackmon, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.” May have earned Silver Star for his actions on Luzon, Philippines.
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 47 (1945)
Born: 13 August 1919 at Timmonsville, South Carolina
Home of record: Timmonsville, South Carolina

Death: 16 October 2006

Interred: Brookland Cemetery, Waldoboro, Maine

 

Graduated Florence (SC) H. S.; graduated Clemson College, Class of '41; commissioned '41; assigned to Cannon Co., 127TH Inf. at Camp Livingston, LA in early '42; served from Buna through Luzon; discharged in '46; achieved distinguished career in agricultural academia; retired to Maine in '83 and lived there until his death.

 

This award has not been added to the WWII history information yet. Without seeing the actual citation or verifying date of action, there is not enough information to know which section to place it in.

added 5 Oct. ’13

 

28.      

Blake, Ralph M.

Technician Fourth Grade, U.S. Army
__, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 24 December 1942
Citation Needed - Synopsis: The citation was summarized by Robert J. Doyle, of the Milwaukee Journal, in a war-time dispatch from overseas on 26 June 1943, “Blake has received a Silver Star for his courage in attacking a Jap log pillbox near Buna Mission, Dec. 24. The pillbox had halted an advance of one American company and Blake volunteered to try to destroy it. Unarmed he crawled to within 10 feet of the pillbox and threw grenades into it. The Yanks then moved in and captured the pillbox. In it they found seven Jap soldiers.”
General Orders:
Born: 20 April 1912 at Ripon, Wisconsin
Home of record: Ripon, Wisconsin

Death: 1 September 1986 at Ripon, Wisconsin

Interred: Garden of the Cross, Ripon, Wisconsin

 

He was a PVT in HQ & HQ Det., 2D Bn., 127TH Inf., Wisconsin National Guard, at Ripon, WI, when 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40.

not HoH or HoV

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29.      

*Bland, Norman J.

Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company C, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 1 December 1942
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Norman J. Bland, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.” According to Papuan Campaign, SSG Bland earned the Silver Star (posthumously) for gallantry in action on 1 December 1942 near Buna, New Guinea.
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 38 (1943)
Born: 1919 at Michigan
Home of record: Kalamazoo, Michigan

Death: 2 December 1942

Interred:

Status: KIA

 

He was a PVT in Co. C, 126TH Inf., Michigan National Guard, at Kalamazoo, MI, when 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40.

added 18 Feb. ‘13

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30.      

Blank, Rayborn (Rayburn) C.

Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company I, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 18 and 31 December 1942
Citation Needed - Synopsis: According to Papuan Campaign, SSG Blank earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 18 and 31 December 1942 near Buna, New Guinea. The citation was summarized in a wartime dispatch printed in Appleton Post-Crescent on 4 Feb. ’43, “with utter disregard for his personal safety he crawled forward from his defensive position into open terrain under heavy fire from enemy snipers and administered first aid  to a man who had been seriously wounded.”
General Orders:
Born: 1915 at Wisconsin
Home of record: Wisconsin

 

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

not HoH or HoV

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31.      

*Bleasdell, Floyd I., Jr. (presumed posthumous)

Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army
__, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 2 March 1945, or possibly 2 July 1945 (presumed)
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Floyd I. Bleasdell, Jr., United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.”
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 160 (1945)
Born: 1919 at Iowa
Home of record: Whitmore Lake, Michigan

Death: 2 March 1945, or possibly 2 July 1945, on Luzon

Interred: Manila American Cemetery

Status: KIA

 

He entered service 23 Apr. '41 at Detroit, MI; SN 36112465; also earned Purple Heart w/2 OLC; both of his brothers were also KIA, Kenneth on Omaha Beach and Leroy in sinking of submarine Swordfish.

added 11 May ‘13

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32.      

Bloch, Edmund C. ‘Ed’

Captain, U.S. Army
2D Battalion, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 19 January 1943
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Edmund C. Bloch, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.” According to Papuan Campaign, CPT Bloch’s first Silver Star was awarded for gallantry in action near Giruwa, New Guinea, on 19 January 1943. The citation was summarized by Robert J. Doyle, of the Milwaukee Journal, in a war-time dispatch from overseas on 9 March 1943, “On Jan. 19 two companies were ordered to attack Giruwa Village near Sanananda Point. One company was stopped 400 yards from the village by enemy fire. Capt. Bloch, battalion commander, personally led a five man patrol under fire along the beach and made contact with an Australian force. The patrol’s action was credited with enabling the force to capture Giruwa Village.”
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 12 (1943)
Born: 5 March 1917 at Neenah, Wisconsin
Home of record: Neenah, Wisconsin

Death: 14 April 2013 at Neenah, Wisconsin

Interred: he will be interred at Oak Hill Cemetery, Neenah, WI, on 20 April 2013

 

Bloch, Edmund C. ‘Ed’

Captain, U.S. Army
2D Battalion, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 5-8 January 1943
Citation Needed - Synopsis: According to Papuan Campaign, CPT Bloch’s Oak Leaf Cluster to the Silver Star was awarded for gallantry in action near Tarakena, New Guinea, from 5 to 8 January 1943. The citation was summarized by Robert J. Doyle, of the Milwaukee Journal, in a war-time dispatch from overseas on 9 March 1943, “Capt. Bloch secured valuable information leading to the capture of Tarakena Village Jan. 8. He made several trips into enemy territory in the face of enemy sniper and machine gun fire.”
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 16 (1943)
Born: 5 March 1917 at Neenah, Wisconsin
Home of record: Neenah, Wisconsin

Death: 14 April 2013 at Neenah, Wisconsin

Interred: he will be interred at Oak Hill Cemetery, Neenah, WI, on 20 April 2013

 

Married, father of 2; he was a 2LT in Co. I, 127TH Inf., Wisconsin National Guard, at Neenah, WI, when 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40; commander of Co. H, 127TH Inf. at Buna, until he became battalion commander; he assumed command of 2D Bn., 127TH Inf. ca. 25 Dec. '42 after LTC Loren L. Gmeiner became casualty; promoted to MAJ by the time he was pinned with OLC to Silver Star; attained rank of COL by the time he was discharged. He recently passed away on 14 Apr. ’13 and his obituary can be seen at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/postcrescent/obituary.aspx?n=edmund-bloch&pid=164293148&fhid=14144.

updated 27 Apr. ’13; 1 SS not on HoV

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33.      

Blount, Lynwood D.

Private, U.S. Army
__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 13 July 1945
Citation: “Private Lynwood D. Blount, (44038281), Field Artillery, United States Army. For gallantry in action near Atok, Luzon, Philippine Islands, on 13 July 1945. Private Blount and another enlisted man were occupying a forward observation point on an infantry perimeter when the enemy attacked in force under cover of darkness. As they were readying their equipment prior to obeying an order to withdraw, they heard the cries of two wounded soldiers approximately ten yards from their dugout. Although hostile machine gun fire was sweeping the terrain, and the approach of the Japanese was imminent, the two men ran forward, and seizing the casualties dragged them fifty yards to a position of safety. Private Blount gallantly risked his life to rescue two wounded comrades. Home address: Mrs. Mildred M. Blount, (wife), Swint Avenue, Milledgeville, Georgia.”
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 275 (25 August 1945)
Born: 18 August 1918 at Georgia
Home of record: Milledgeville, Georgia

Death: 26 September 1995

Interred: Magnolia Park Cemetery and Mausoleum, Warner Robins, Georgia

 

Married, father of (at least); entered service 4 Oct. '44 at Ft. McPherson, GA; SN 44038281; forward observer in arty. unit; attained rank of SGT; the other man with him when he earned his Silver Star was PVT Warren H. Freeman.

added 2 Mar. ’13

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34.      

Bocian, Francis A.

Private First Class, U.S. Army
__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 19 December 1942 to 11 January 1943
Citation Needed - Synopsis: According to Papuan Campaign, PFC Bocian earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action from 19 December 1942 to 11 January 1943 near Buna and Tarakena, New Guinea.
General Orders:
Born: 1918 at Illinois
Home of record: Chicago, Illinois

 

He entered service 13 Dec. '41 at Camp Grant, IL; SN 36309119.

added 18 Feb. ’13; not HoV or HoH

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35.      

Boerem, Richard D.

Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army
1ST Battalion, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 26 November 1942
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Richard D. Boerem, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.” According to Papuan Campaign, LTC Boerem earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 26 Nov. '42 near Soputa, New Guinea.
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 70 (1943)
Born: 29 April 1905 at Owosso, Michigan
Home of record: Owosso, Michigan

 

He graduated Owosso H.S. in '23; enlisted in Mich. National Guard at Owosso on 10 Jan. '22; commissioned 2LT 13 Jun. '28; SN 038670; was CPT in HQ, 63D Inf. Bde. at Detroit, MI on 15 Oct. '40; rotated home through Ft. Sheridan ca. 12 Apr. '44; assigned to 76TH Div. at Ft. McCoy, WI; earned OLC to Silver Star with 76TH Div. in Europe; XO of 417TH Regt. during Battle of the Bulge; continued service after the war; 2 campaigns in Pacific, 5 campaigns in Europe, 1 in Korea; served with IL National Guard after Korea; served 38 1/2 years in National Guard and U.S. Army; attained rank of COL; never wounded in battle but seriously wounded in plane crash at Ft. McCoy in '56; retired ca. Aug. '60 and moved to Ontario, CA; awards include 2 Silver Stars, LM, 3 Bronze Stars, CIB.

added 10 Jan. ‘13

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36.      

Boet, John Thomas

Captain, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 5 December 1942
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “John T. Boet, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.” According to Papuan Campaign, Capt. Boet, medical officer, earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 5 Dec. '42 near Buna, New Guinea.
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 15 (1943)
Born: 16 March 1913
Home of record: Grand Rapids, Michigan

Death: 20 January 2004

 

He was Capt. and asst. regt. surgeon in Med. Det., 126TH Inf., Michigan National Guard, when 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40; marched across the Owen Stanley Mountains with 2D Bn.

added 10 Jan. ‘13

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37.      

Bond, George Chandler (G. Chandler)

Major, U.S. Army
3D Battalion, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 30 November 1942
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “George C. Bond, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.”  According to Papuan Campaign, MAJ Bond earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 30 Nov. '42 near Soputa, New Guinea.  A fragment of the citation states, in part, “Major Bond was with an assault platoon of the leading company and went forward, walking erect, through the grass.  His action instilled great confidence in the American force and they drove relentlessly on.  Major Bond was severely wounded in his action, but continued to push the assault until he was evacuated.”  This was the attack that led to establishment of ‘Huggins’ Roadblock.’
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 21 (1943)
Born: 1898
Home of record: Adrian, Michigan

Death: 1959

Interred: Lenawee Hills Memorial Park, Adrian, Michigan

 

He graduated Adrian H. S. in '18, played baseball and football, very active in student organizations, member of cadet battalion, attained rank of cadet major and cdr. of the bn., senior portrait in uniform, nicknames 'Bondy,' 'Chan,' 'Cap' and 'Chaw'; enlisted in Army after graduation, assigned to 10TH Inf. at Camp Custer, MI, they guarded industry and infrastructure; attended Adrian College, freshman ca. '18-'19; worked at Commercial Savings Bank; was Capt. and cdr. of Co. B, 126TH Inf., Mich. Nat. Guard, at Adrian, MI on 15 Oct. '40; succeeded Lt. Col. Clarence M. Tomlinson as cdr. of 3D Bn., 126TH Inf. ca. 5 Nov. '42; seriously WIA at 0930 on 30 Nov. '42, shell fragment struck his hip, 1 fragment glanced off his cigarette lighter and a grenade in his pocket; hospitalized in Australia before evacuation to U.S. ca. Apr. '43 for further treatment at Ashford General Hosp. at White Sulphur Springs, WV; received his Purple Heart on 19 Apr. '43 at hosp.; home on leave ca. Jul. '43 before returning to WV; honored by Adrian Exchange Club while he on leave, his name inscribed in their Golden Book of Deeds for his service (an annual honor bestowed upon outstanding citizen of Adrian); appointed to Adrian Civilian Defense Commission ca. 4 Jul. '50; namesake of G. Chandler Bond Post No. 275 of American Legion at Adrian.

updated 18 Nov. ’14; added 10 Jan. ‘13

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38.      

*Boness, Erwin A.

Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company I, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 22 December 1942
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Erwin A. Boness, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.” According to Papuan Campaign, SGT Boness earned (posthumously) the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 22 Dec. '42 near Buna, New Guinea. A War Dept. citation referenced in the Menasha Record on 25 May ’43 stated, “Sergeant Boness, with four other soldiers, crawled through buffalo grass and crossed a trail under heavy enemy fire in an attempt to silence an enemy pillbox.”
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 8 (1943)
Born: 10 January 1920 at Butternut, Wisconsin
Home of record: Neenah, Wisconsin

Death: 8 January 1943

Interred: Manila American Cemetery

Status: KIA

 

He enlisted in Co. I, 127TH Inf., Wisconsin National Guard, at Neenah, WI, ca. '37; was PFC in Co. I when 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40; went MIA 22 Dec. '42; declared KIA 8 Jan. '43; also earned Purple Heart.

added 5 Feb. ’13; updated 23 Apr. ‘13

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39.      

Boorman, James J.

Private First Class, U.S. Army
__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 5 December 1942
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “James J. Boorman, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.” According to Papuan Campaign, PFC Boorman earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 5 December 1942 near Buna, New Guinea. According to a short, war-time dispatch in the Milwaukee Journal on 24 December 1942, PFC Boorman earned the Silver Star for his actions as orderly for BG Albert W. Waldron, the acting Division Commander, on 5 Dec. '42 near Buna. Both men were knocked down by a Japanese grenade blast, uninjured; they got up and continued on until the Gen. was shot by a sniper. PFC Boorman treated his wounds and organized stretcher bearers to carry him to the aid station, all under heavy enemy fire.
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 5 (1943)
Born: 5 November 1917 at Chicago, Illinois
Home of record: Madison, Wisconsin

Death: 8 September 1996 at Waupaca or Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Interred: Forest Hill Cemetery, Madison, Wisconsin

 

He graduated West H.S. in Madison, WI; was medical student at UW, Class of '43, when he entered service; entered service 15 Apr. '41 at Milwaukee, WI; SN 36207455; he was likely assigned to Div. HQ or DIVARTY HQ.

added 18 Feb. ‘13

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40.      

Booth, Dale F.

Corporal, U.S. Army
Company D, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 5 December 1942
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Dale F. Booth, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.” According to Papuan Campaign, CPL Booth earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 5 December 1942 near Buna, New Guinea.
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 28 (1943)
Born: 1921 at Wisconsin
Home of record: Cumberland, Wisconsin

 

He was a PFC in Co. D, 128TH Inf., Wisconsin National Guard, at Rice Lake, WI, when 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40; SN 20649422.

added 18 Feb. ‘13

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41.      

Borgman, Marvin E.

Technician, U.S. Army
__, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 29 October 1942
Citation Needed - Synopsis: Tec. Borgman’s citation was summarized in a dispatch in the Daily Telegram on 8 February 1943, “Borgman, member of a medical detachment, was cited for gallantry in action for remaining at his post despite Japanese bombs which landed only 40 yards away. He was assisting the regimental surgeon at Tupuseli in administering treatment to a soldier with serious bomb wounds. They were treating the wounded man when the whistling of a bomb overhead sent all those in the tent running for cover. Borgman and the regimental surgeon remained in the tent where Borgman “continued his work with great efficiency.””
General Orders:
Born: 18 July 1918 at Michigan
Home of record: Grand Rapids, Michigan

Death: 11 December 1944 on Leyte, Philippines

Interred: Manila American Cemetery

Status: KIA

 

He was a PVT in Med. Det., 126TH Inf., Michigan National Guard, at Grand Rapids, MI, when 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40; also earned 2 Purple Hearts.

added 18 Feb. ’13; not HoV or HoH

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42.      

*Bottcher, Hermann Johann Friedrich

Captain, U.S. Army
__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 
Citation Needed - Synopsis:
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 1 (5 Jan. 1945)
Born: 13 Jul. 1909 in Germany
Home of record: San Francisco, California

Death: 31 December 1944

Interred: Manila American Cemetery

Status: KIA

Also earned the DSC, see that listing for additional information about him.

not HoH or HoV

 

43.      

Bowman, Wheeler G.

First Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company C, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 5 December 1942
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to First Sergeant [then Sergeant] Wheeler G. Bowman (ASN: 20634410), United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company C, 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action on the Soputa Trail, New Guinea, on 5 December 1942.”
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 37 (28 May 1943)
Born: 1919 at Michigan
Home of record: Kalamazoo, Michigan

 

He was PFC in Co. C, 126TH Inf., Michigan National Guard, at Kalamazoo, MI when 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40; SN 20634410; stayed in Army after the war; commissioned at some point; new SN O-2036042; Lt. in Co. L, 38TH Inf. at Ft. Sill, OK ca. Sep. '48; served during Korean War, WIA there; earned Purple Heart; assigned to 67TH Armor Bn., 2D AD at Ft. Hood, TX ca. '59-'61; also earned Bronze Star, not sure if WWII or Korea; retired as CPT.

added 20 May ‘14

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44.      

Boyce, James F.

Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
__, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “James F. Boyce, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.”
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 12 (1945)
Born: 
Home of record: Los Angeles, California

Death: 6 December 1944

Interred: Manila American Cemetery

Status: DNB

SN O-2034495; also earned Purple Heart.

 

This award has not been added to the WWII history information yet. Without seeing the actual citation or verifying date of action, there is not enough information to know which section to place it in.

added 15 Jan. ‘14

 

45.      

Bozart, Robert F.

Corporal, U.S. Army
32D Cavalry Reconnaissance Troop, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action:
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Robert F. Bozart, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.” According to SGT Wesley Norman’s memoir, CPL Bozart and SSG John F. Danz both earned the Silver Star for completing a daring, 2-man intelligence gathering mission behind Japanese lines near Aitape, New Guinea. A PT boat carried them down the coast, and then they quietly paddled to shore in a tiny rubber boat. They were to paddle out to sea 2 days later and be picked up by the PT boat. SGT Norman did not reveal the date or many other details of the mission.
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 47 (1944)
Born: 1919 at Wisconsin
Home of record: Sparta, Wisconsin

 

He was PVT in HQ Co., 64TH Inf. Bde., Wisconsin National Guard, at Sparta, WI when 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40; SN 20645385; assigned to 32D Cav. Recon. Trp. after Div. was triangularized 1 Feb. ‘42 (I believe he was born 12 Oct. '19, passed away 2 Oct. '96, and interred at Willamette National Cemetery, Portland, OR, but cannot be certain without more information).

 

This award has not been added to the WWII history information yet. Without seeing the actual citation or verifying date of action, there is not enough information to know which section to place it in.

added 24 Apr. ‘14

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46.      

Bradley, Joseph Sladen

Colonel, U.S. Army

Headquarters, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division

Date of Action: 27 December 1942

Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Colonel (General Staff Corps) Joseph Sladen Bradley (ASN: 0-12428), United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving as Chief of Staff, Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, in action near Buna Village, New Guinea, on 27 December 1942. With utter disregard for his own personal safety, Colonel Bradley led a patrol whose mission was to establish contact with Companies A and F of the 127th Infantry, the two companies having been cut off from other companies, between Buna Mission and Giropa Point, in their efforts to establish a beachhead and sever the enemy lines. Colonel Bradley and this patrol crawled forward in knee-deep mud and through an open field under heavy enemy fire and made contact with these two isolated companies. Colonel Bradley displayed extreme coolness during the entire movement which resulted in the permanent establishment of a line of communications and the reorganization of the two isolated companies.”

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Forces Buna Area, General Orders No. 7 (January 14, 1943)

Born: 9 June 1900 at Washington

Home of Record: Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

Death: 17 January 1961

Interred: U.S. Military Academy Cemetery, West Point, NY

 

Bradley, Joseph Sladen

Colonel, U.S. Army

Headquarters, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division

Date of Action: 11 January 1943

Citation: The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Silver Star to Colonel (General Staff Corps) Joseph Sladen Bradley (ASN: 0-12428), United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving as Chief of Staff, Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, in action near Tarakena, New Guinea, on 11 January 1943. Colonel Bradley made a thorough reconnaissance of the front line positions of the 127th Infantry Regiment, constantly exposing himself to heavy fire from enemy positions for the purpose of obtaining information with which to plan a crossing of the Konombi River. Colonel Bradley's courageous and fearless actions and utter disregard for his own personal safety in making these reconnaissances were instrumental in encouraging the men to make the attack. Colonel Bradley also aided materially in perfecting and carrying out the plan which resulted in the establishment of a bridge-head on the opposite side of the Konombi River.

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Forces Buna Area, General Orders No. 10 (January 17, 1943)

Born: 9 June 1900 at Washington

Home of Record: Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

Death: 17 January 1961

Interred: U.S. Military Academy Cemetery, West Point, NY

 

Also awarded the DSC, see that listing for additional information about him.

 

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47.      

Bragg, William W., Jr.

Lieutenant, U.S. Army
Company H, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 31 December 1942
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “William W. Bragg, Jr., United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.” According to Papuan Campaign, CPT, then Lt., Bragg earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 31 December 1942 near Buna Mission, New Guinea.
General Orders:
Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 70 (1943)
Born: 
Home of record: West Virginia

not HoH

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48.      

Bratz, William J.

Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army
Company D, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action:
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “William J. Bratz, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.”
General Orders:
Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 67 (1944)
Born: 1919 at Wisconsin
Home of record: Cato, Wisconsin

Death: 17 June 1944 near Aitape, New Guinea

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

Status: MIA

 

He entered service 21 Apr. '41 at Milwaukee, WI; SN 36208303; also earned Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

 

This award has not been added to the WWII history information yet. Without seeing the actual citation or verifying date of action, there is not enough information to know which section to place it in.

added 15 Jan. ‘14

 

49.      

*Brewer, John N.

Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
Headquarters Company, 2D Battalion, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 29 July 1944
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “John N. Brewer, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.” Piecing together fragments from several sources sheds some light on 2LT Brewer’s courage and selflessness. 2LT Brewer was with a U.S. force that became cut off by a much larger Japanese force in the thick, dark, impenetrable jungle near Aitape, New Guinea on 29 Jul. ‘44. The easiest and quickest way to get the Soldiers back to friendly lines would be to string commo wire along the path of withdrawal; each Soldier could then grab the wire and feel his way to safety in the dark. Unfortunately, the group’s last reel of commo wire was left in an area now controlled by the Japanese. 2LT Brewer volunteered to go back and find the reel of wire, another Soldier volunteered to accompany him. They found the wire and were on their way back when 2LT Brewer was caught by a burst of machine gun fire. He said to the other Soldier, “Get back with the wire, I’m all done.” The Soldier got back with the wire and the rest of the force made it back to friendly lines.
General Orders:
Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 76 (1944)
Born: 
Home of record: Studio City, California

Death: 29 July 1944 near Aitape, New Guinea

Interred: Manila American Cemetery

Status: KIA

 

He graduated Montebello (CA) H. S.; worked as film projectionist; SN 0-1312509; battalion communications officer; initially reported MIA; parents notified ca. 8 Oct. '44; also awarded Purple Heart; parents were presented his Silver Star in a ceremony on 10 Apr. '45.

added 18 Jul. ‘13

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50.      

Brice, Dudley M.

Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company B, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 26 November 1942
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Dudley M. Brice, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.” According to Papuan Campaign, SGT Brice earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 26 November 1942 near Cape Endaiadere, New Guinea. The citation was summarized by Robert J. Doyle, of the Milwaukee Journal, in a war-time dispatch from overseas on 22 December 1942, “Near Cape Endaiadere on Nov. 26, after having received a shoulder wound in action, Sergt. Brice, after having the wound dressed, returned immediately to the front and continued to lead his platoon in action against the enemy. Again while leading his platoon in action he was wounded Nov. 29. Through his heroic efforts and leadership the members of his platoon were greatly inspired.”
General Orders:
Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 6 (1943)
Born: 1918 at Wisconsin
Home of record: Eau Claire, Wisconsin

 

He was a SGT in Co. B, 128TH Inf., Wisconsin National Guard, at Eau Claire, WI, when 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40; earned Silver Star for his actions 26 Nov. '42 near Cape Endaiadere; WIA 26 Nov. '42 near Cape Endaiadere; he returned immediately to the front and again led his platoon into action; WIA again 29 Nov. (3 gunshot wounds); he was honorably discharged after spending some time in hospitals in New Guinea, Australia and the U.S.; also earned Purple Heart w/OLC (received at O'Reilly General Hospital in Springfield, MO); Silver Star was pinned on him by his mother during a ceremony in Eau Claire after separation from service.

added 19 Feb. ‘13

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51.      

Briggs, William R.

Private, U.S. Army
Anti-tank Company, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 16 November 1942
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “William R. Briggs, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.” According to Papuan Campaign, PVT Briggs earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 16 November 1942 near Cape Sudest, New Guinea. The citation was summarized by Robert J. Doyle, of the Milwaukee Journal, in a war-time dispatch from overseas on 23 April 1943, “Corporal Hanson manned a .50 caliber machinegun on one of the vessels and fired at the attacking planes while Pvt. William Briggs of Onalaska, Wash., fed ammunition into the gun. The two stayed at the gun even after the vessel was aflame and the order was given to abandon ship. Witnesses said they hit one of the Jap planes. Hanson and Briggs were the last to leave the vessel to swim the half mile to shore.”
General Orders:
Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 28 (6 April 1943)
Born: 24 July 1918
Home of record: Onalaska, Washington

Death: 5 November 2001

Interred: Greenwood Memorial Park, Centralia, Washington

added 3 Jan. ‘13

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52.      

Brooks, Nathan

First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
2D Field Hospital (supporting the 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division)
Date of Action: 7 December 1942
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to First Lieutenant (Medical Corps) Nathan Brooks, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as a Medical Officer assigned to the 2d Field Hospital at [Simemi], New Guinea, on 7 December 1942. Lieutenant Brooks cared for the sick and wounded, working courageously and fearlessly, entirely oblivious of his personal safety, while continually being bombed and strafed by enemy planes. First Lieutenant Brooks' gallant actions and dedicated devotion to his fellow man, without regard for his own life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.”
General Orders:
The Military Surgeon, March 1943
Born: 
Home of record: Detroit, Michigan

added 10 Jan. ’13; not HoH

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53.      

Broner, James K. (Brower, James K.)

Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company G, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 30 November 1942
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “James K. [Broner (Brower)], United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.” According to Papuan Campaign, SGT Broner (Brower) earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 30 November 1942 near Buna, New Guinea. A summary of the citation printed in the Daily Telegram stated that he “exhibited courageous leadership and initiative in leading his platoon in an attack on Buna Village on Nov. 30.”
General Orders:
Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 6 (1943)
Born: 1922
Home of record: Muskegon, Michigan

 

He was a PVT in Co. G, 126TH Inf. at Muskegon, MI on 15 Oct. '40; SN 20635163; marched over Owen Stanleys; seriously WIA 7 Dec. '42 during the same battle near Buna in which his brother SGT Willard I. Broner was KIA the same day; some references state he was WIA 30 Nov.; article in Daily Telegram (in which he was quoted while he was recovering at Percy Jones General Hospital in Battle Creek, MI) states he was WIA 7 Dec.; one reference states he was WIA while eliminating the same machine gun nest that killed his brother; three other brothers also served; married, father of 10.

 

Please note that Hall of Valor, Home of Heroes, and Papuan Campaign all list the Silver Star recipient as “James K. Brower” from the 32D Div. (company and regiment unknown); he is listed here as “James K. Broner” from Co. G, 126TH Inf., based on the newspaper article that mentions the possible mix up in names, the family history that states the latter was bestowed with the Silver Star, and the fact that I have found no information about a “James K. Brower” from Muskegon, MI who fought with the 32D Div. at Buna and earned the Silver Star for his efforts.

updated 12 May ’13; added 19 Feb. ’13

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54.      

Brown, Lauren (Lauron) A.

Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company G, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 27 May 1944
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Lauren A. Brown, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.” The event was summarized in a war dispatch filed from New Guinea by Arthur Veysey on 20 Aug. ’44, “The citation explained that the patrol [of 15 Soldiers] boarded a boat near Aitape the night of May 27 and sailed east along the New Guinea coast. When far east of the Driniumor river [far behind enemy lines] the men climbed into two rubber boats and paddled ashore. Airplane flights earlier had shown that the Japs had built a truck road from Wewak almost to the point where the patrol landed. The question was how much was coming up the road. The patrol scouted the area. They found plenty. Once they almost walked into a Jap camp. When the time to re-board the rubber boats neared, the patrol was waylaid by 15 Japanese. Each American was assigned a Jap. They struck as one. Using only knives, they killed 14 of the 15 before any of them could cry a warning. The 15th they gagged and bound and took back with them. Then they recovered the rubber boats, paddled out to a rendezvous with another boat, and raced back to their own lines.”
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 56 (1944)
Born: 1918 at Minnesota
Home of record: Bailey, Michigan

 

He resided at Muskegon Co., MI, when he entered service 11 Apr. '41 at Kalamazoo, MI; SN 36154686; he marched across the Owen Stanley Mountains and fought at Buna.

added 28 Feb. ‘13

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55.      

Buchanan, Elmer R.

Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company B, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 8 December 1942 (see below for information regarding discrepancy)
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Elmer R. Buchanan, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.” According to Papuan Campaign, SSG Buchanan earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 16 December 1942 near Buna, New Guinea (see below for information regarding discrepancy). His actions were summarized in a UP dispatch from New Guinea in the Toledo Blade on 15 December 1942, “a seven-man patrol led by Staff Sergt. Elmer Buchanan of Blissfield, Mich. which volunteered to attack Japanese pillboxes along what the Army termed the main line of resistance. The pillboxes, some connected by tunnels, where near an uncompleted airfield [“New Strip”] which the enemy had abandoned because it was too marshy. The Buchanan party plastered the Japanese defenses with grenades, following up tommy-guns. Buchanan and three others escaped unhurt after badly damaging the defenses. [Two were killed and one] wounded.”
General Orders:
Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 2 (1943)
Born: 1920 at Michigan
Home of record: Blissfield, Michigan

Death: 24 June 2004 at Jacksonville, Florida

Interred: Chapel Hills Memory Gardens, Jacksonville, Florida

 

He was a CPL in Co. B, 126TH Inf., Michigan National Guard, at Adrian, MI, when 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40; he was recommended for commission for his actions leading the patrol for which he earned the Silver Star; other members of his patrol included SGT Richard J. Pieh, CPL Kenneth B. Clapp, CPL William J. Jacobs, PFC Robert S. Buckowing (all 4 earned the Silver Star, Buckowing and Clapp were KIA); he also earned Bronze Star and 2 Purple Hearts; served in Army for 28 years, retired as MAJ; he was also cited in HQ, 32d Infantry Division, G.O. No. 52 (1943), which may indicate an additional award; there is some discrepancy regarding the date of action, Papuan Campaign lists date as 16 Dec., newspaper articles from the time state the patrol was conducted on 8 Dec., 3 of the other 4 Silver Stars for this patrol list 8 Dec. as date of action (most likely is 8 Dec., cannot be certain without seeing actual citation).

added 19 Feb. ’13

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56.      

*Buckowing, Robert S.

Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company B, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 8 December 1942
Citation Needed - Synopsis: According to Papuan Campaign, PFC Buckowing earned the Silver Star (posthumously) for gallantry in action on 8 December 1942 near Buna, New Guinea.
General Orders:
Headquarters, U.S. Forces, Southwest Pacific Area, General Orders No. 3 (1943)
Born: 
Home of record: Grand Rapids or Adrian, Michigan

Death: 8 December 1942

Interred: Manila American Cemetery

Status: KIA

 

Also earned the Purple Heart; he was a member of patrol with SSG Elmer R. Buchanan 8 (16) Dec. '42 at “New Strip” near Buna.

added 19 Feb. ’13; not HoV

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57.      

Budai, George C.

Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action:

Citation Needed:

General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 68 (1944)

Born: 29 August 1919 at Cook County, Illinois

Home of Record: Coppersville, Michigan

Death: 23 February 2002 at Muskegon, Michigan

Interred: Saint Mary’s Cemetery, Muskegon, Michigan

 

Also earned the DSC, see that listing for additional information about him.

 

This award has not been added to the WWII history information yet. Without seeing the actual citation or verifying date of action, there is not enough information to know which section to place it in.

added 6 Sep. ’13; not HoV

 

58.      

Burghardt, Albert C.

Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army
__, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 5 December 1942
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Albert C. Burghardt, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.” According to Papuan Campaign, Tec. 5 Burghardt earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action as a medic on 5 December 1942 near Buna, New Guinea.
General Orders:
Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 4 (1943)
Born: 1917 at Ohio
Home of record: Temperance, Michigan

 

He entered service 24 Apr. '41 at Detroit, MI; SN 36112562; also cited in HQ, 32d Infantry Division, G.O. No. 54 (1943), which may indicate an additional award.

 

This award has not been added to the WWII history information yet. Without seeing the actual citation or verifying his unit of assignment, there is not enough information to know which section to place it in.

added 2 Mar. ’13

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59.      

Burns, James P.

Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army
1ST Battalion, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action:
Citation Needed - Synopsis: LTC Burns’ Silver Star is listed in his American Battle Monuments Commission listing.
General Orders:
Born: 
Home of record: Clarke County, Virginia

Death: 24 May 1945

Interred: Manila American Cemetery

Status: KIA

Also earned the DSC, see that listing for additional information about him.

 

This award has not been added to the WWII history information yet. Without seeing the actual citation or verifying his unit of assignment, there is not enough information to know which section to place it in.

not HoH or HoV

 

60.      

*Burrows, James V.

Corporal, U.S. Army
Company L, 126TH Infantry, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 30 November 1942
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “James V. Burrows, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.” According to Papuan Campaign, CPL Burrows earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 30 November 1942 near Soputa, New Guinea.
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 28 (6 April1943)
Born: 1921 at Michigan
Home of record: Courtland Township, Michigan

Death: 2 December 1942

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

Status: MIA (presumed KIA)

He 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; SN 20635901; joined the Mich. National Guard in Grand Rapids ca. '38 or '39; was PVT in Co. L, 126TH Inf. at Grand Rapids, MI, when 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40; also earned Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

added 1 Feb. ‘13

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61.      

*Burt, Victor A.

Private First Class, U.S. Army
__, 127TH Infantry, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 31 December 1942
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Victor A. BURT, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.” According to Papuan Campaign, PFC Burt earned the Silver Star, posthumously, for gallantry in action on 31 December 1942 near Buna, New Guinea.
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 8 (1943)
Born: 
Home of record: Alcona County, Michigan

Death: 31 December 1942

Interred: Manila American Cemetery

Status: KIA

Also earned Purple Heart; ABMC lists date of death as 1 Jan. ‘43.

added 25 Mar. ‘13

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62.      

*Cable, Gerald O.

Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army
Service Company, 126TH Infantry, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 22 July 1942
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Gerald O. Cable, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.”
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 37 (1942)
Born: 1917 at Michigan
Home of record: Calhoun County, Michigan

Death: 22 July 1942

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

Status: MIA (presumed KIA)

He entered the service 17 Apr. '41 at Kalamazoo, MI; SN 36155197; MIA (presumed KIA) when the Liberty ship, William Dawes, was sunk by Japanese submarine off the east coast of Australia on 22 Jul. '42; first 32D Div. Soldier killed by enemy action in WWII; also earned Purple Heart.

added 1 Feb. ‘13

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63.      

Campbell, Walter J.

Private First Class, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 126TH Infantry, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 6 December 1942
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Walter J. Campbell, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.” According to Papuan Campaign, PFC Campbell was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action as a medic on 6 December 1942 near Sanananda, New Guinea.
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 28 (6 April 1943)
Born: 1917 at Michigan
Home of record: Detroit, Michigan

 

He was a PVT in Co. C, l07TH Med. Regt., Michigan National Guard, at Detroit, MI, when 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40; SN 20639357.

added 26 Mar. ‘13

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64.      

Carew, John J.

Colonel, U.S. Army
114TH Engineer Combat Battalion, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 23 December 1942
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Colonel (Corps of Engineers) John J. Carew, United States Army, was awarded the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in connection with military operations against the enemy while serving with the 114th Engineer Combat Battalion, 32d Infantry Division, during World War II.” According to Papuan Campaign, COL Carew was awarded the Oak Leaf Cluster for the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 23 December 1942 near Buna, New Guinea.
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 46 (1943)
Born: 
Home of record: Medford, Massachusetts

Death: 16 July 1980

Interred:

 

Also earned the DSC, see that listing for additional information about him.

 

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65.      

Carskadon, John Franklin

Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company F, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 30 November 1942
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “John Carskadon, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.” According to Papuan Campaign, SGT Carskadon was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 30 November 1942 near Buna, New Guinea.
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 6 (1943)
Born: 26 May 1922 at Michigan
Home of record: Ferrysburg, Michigan

Death: 14 June 1987 at Grand Haven, Michigan

Interred: Spring Lake Cemetery, Spring Lake, Michigan

 

He was a PVT in Co. F, 126TH Inf., Michigan National Guard, at Grand Haven, MI, when 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40; SN 20634981.

added 26 Mar. ‘13

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66.      

Carter, Lloyd G.

Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company M, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 26 November 1942
Citation Needed - Synopsis: According to Papuan Campaign, PFC Carter was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 26 November 1942 near Buna, New Guinea.
General Orders:
Born: 1918 at Wisconsin
Home of record: Highland or Montfort, Wisconsin

 

He was a PVT in Co. M, 128TH Inf., Wisconsin National Guard, at Platteville, WI, when 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40; served 4 years, 7 months, 27 days.

added 27 Mar. ’13; not HoH or HoV

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67.      

Carter, Zina Roscoe

First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
__, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 14 December 1942
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Zina R. Carter, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.” According to Papuan Campaign, 1LT Carter earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 14 December 1942 between Soputa & Sanananda, New Guinea.
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 28 (6 April 1943)
Born: 
Home of record: St. Petersburg, Florida

 

He graduated U. of FL ca. '33; completed ROTC at U. of FL and commissioned 2LT; married with 2 children; worked as real estate & insurance broker when he entered service; entered active service Jul. '41; marched over Owen Stanley Mountains; led one or more supply patrol to “Huggins' Roadblock”; other awards include Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/3 bronze service stars; American Defense Ribbon; Philippine Liberation Medal; Presidential Unit Citation (Buna), CIB; retired as MAJ 1 Aug. '62.

added 10 Jan. ‘13

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68.      

*Celles, George L., Jr.

Captain, U.S. Army
Company I, 124TH Infantry Regiment, 31ST ‘Dixie’ Infantry Division (attached to 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division at Aitape)
Date of Action: 15 July 1944
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “George L. Celles, Jr., United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 31st Infantry Division, during World War II.”
General Orders: Headquarters, 31st Infantry Division, General Orders No. 83 (1944)
Born: 
Home of record: New Orleans, Louisiana (some references list him from Washington, MS or Warren Co., MS)

Death: 15 July 1944

Interred: Manila American Cemetery

Status: KIA

 

SN 0-397699; also awarded Purple Heart; ABMC incorrectly lists him from 127TH Inf.

added 19 Jul. ‘13

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69.      

Chambless, Wright C., Jr.

Corporal, U.S. Army
__, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 20 December 1942
Citation Needed - Synopsis: According to Papuan Campaign, CPL Chambless was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 20 December 1942 near Buna, New Guinea. An unaccredited war-time dispatch in the Lawrence Daily Journal-World on 19 Apr. ’43 summarized how he had assisted in the repair of a damaged bridge under heavy enemy fire. According to an article in the Daily Telegram on 1 Feb. ’43, he and 3 others attempted to repair a damaged bridge under heavy enemy fire (the others were CPL Malcolm H. Hillard, PVT Thomas E. Doss, and PVT Floyd A. Sujkowski).
General Orders:
Born: 14 December 1919
Home of record: Van Buren, Kansas or somewhere in Arkansas (had ties to both states)

Death: 27 March 1948

Interred: Forest Park Cemetery, Fort Smith, Arkansas

added 27 Mar. ’13; not HoH or HoV

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70.      

Chapman, Clyde J.

Private First Class, U.S. Army
__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 3 December 1942
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Clyde J. Chapman, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.” According to Papuan Campaign, PFC Chapman was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 3 December 1942 near Buna, New Guinea.
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 6 (1943)
Born: 11 March 1919 at Tennessee
Home of record: Howard County, Indiana

Death: 7 April 1979 at LaFollette, Tennessee

Interred: Bakers Forge Memorial Cemetery, Demory, Tennessee

 

He entered service 29 Dec. '41 at Ft. Benjamin Harrison, IN; SN 35251031.

 

This award has not been added to the WWII history information yet. Without seeing the actual citation or verifying his unit of assignment, there is not enough information to know which section to place it in.

added 27 Mar. ’13

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71.      

Cherry, William F.

Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army
__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 16 November 1942
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “William F. Cherry, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.” According to Papuan Campaign, SSG Cherry was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action as a medic on 16 November 1942 near Cape Sudest, New Guinea.
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 15 (1943)
Born: 1912 at Ohio
Home of record: Franklin County, Ohio

 

He entered service 12 Feb. '41 at Ft. Hayes, Columbus, OH; SN 35003040.

added 28 Mar. ’13

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72.      

Christenson, Carl O.

Private First Class, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 19 December 1942
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Carl O. Christenson, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.” According to Papuan Campaign, PFC Christenson was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action as a medic on 19 November 1942 near Buna, New Guinea.
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 28 (6 April 1943)
Born: 
Home of record: Detroit, Michigan

added 30 Mar. ’13

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73.      

*Clapp, Kenneth B.

Corporal, U.S. Army
Company B, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 8 December 1942
Citation Needed - Synopsis: According to Papuan Campaign, CPL Clapp earned the Silver Star (posthumously) for gallantry in action on 8 December 1942 near Buna, New Guinea.
General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Forces, Southwest Pacific Area, General Orders No. 3 (1943)
Born: 10 June 1922
Home of record: Adrian, Michigan

Death: 8 December 1942

Interred: Milton Township Cemetery, Custar, Ohio

Status: KIA

 

He was PVT in Co. B, 126TH Inf., Michigan National Guard, at Adrian, MI, when 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40; he was a member of patrol with SSG Elmer R. Buchanan 8 (16) Dec. '42 at “New Strip” near Buna; Papuan Campaign lists him from MS but more references list him from MI.

added 19 Feb. ’13; not HoV

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74.      

*Clarke (Clark), Bernard F. 'Bud'

Sergeant, U.S. Army
__, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 2 December 1942
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Bernard F. Clark, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.” According to Papuan Campaign, SGT Clark was awarded the Silver Star (posthumously) for gallantry in action on 5 December 1942 near Sanananda-Soputa, New Guinea. An article in the News-Palladium on 18 Feb. '49 stated he was KIA and posthumously awarded the Silver Star for his attempt to rescue a wounded U.S. officer behind Japanese lines on 2 Dec. ‘42.
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 7 (1943)
Born: 28 January 1917 at Michigan
Home of record: Saint Joseph, Michigan

Death: 2 December 1942

Interred: Cemetery of the Resurrection, Saint Joseph, Michigan

Status: KIA

 

He graduated St. Joseph Catholic H. S.; worked as arc welder at the Clark Equipment Co. in Buchanan; married; enlisted in service 22 Apr. '41 at Kalamazoo, MI; SN 36155586; he had previously been awarded the Purple Heart; his brother, SGT William Clarke, also served.

added 31 Mar. ’13

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75.      

Clarkson, Gordon Madison

Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army
1ST Battalion, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: circa December 1942 or January 1943
Citation Needed:
General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 34 (1943)
Born: 26 August 1915 at Macon, Missouri
Home of record: Macon, Missouri

Death: 28 January 1944 near Teterei, New Guinea

Interred: Oakwood Cemetery, Macon, Missouri

Status: DOW

 

Also earned the DSC, see that listing for additional information about him.

added 14 Oct. ’14

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76.      

Cline, Milton Orville

Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company K, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 26 November to 5 December 1942
Citation Needed - Synopsis: According to Papuan Campaign, SSG Cline was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action between 26 November and 5 December 1942 near Buna, New Guinea. A dispatch from overseas by war correspondent Robert J. Doyle printed in the Milwaukee Journal on 3 Jul. '43 summarized his actions thusly: “Sergt. Milton Cline, 27, Monroe, received a silver star for twice saving his platoon from heavy casualties by his courage and initiative. On Nov. 26 and Dec. 5, near Buna village, Cline took command of his platoon after platoon leaders were shot in attacks. Both times the platoon was disorganized and stopped by heavy enemy fire but Cline quickly reorganized the men and continued the attack. His superior officer said Cline showed “exceptional courage and great leadership in combat.” Cline was given command of the platoon.”
General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 36 (1943)
Born: 28 September 1915 at Green County, Wisconsin
Home of record: Monroe, Wisconsin

Death: 24 December 1995

Interred: Greenwood Cemetery, Monroe, Wisconsin

 

He worked in a Monroe cheese factory when he entered active service; he was a PVT in Co. K, 128TH Inf., Wisconsin National Guard, at Monroe, WI, when 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40; SN 20650715; earned battlefield commission to 2LT.

updated 1 May ’13; added 1 Apr. ’13; not HoV

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77.      

Coan, John Robert

Private First Class, U.S. Army
__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 31 December 1942
Citation Needed - Synopsis: According to Papuan Campaign, PFC Coan was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 31 December 1942 near Buna, New Guinea.
General Orders:
Born: ca. 1920 at Olney, Illinois
Home of record: Olney, Illinois

 

This award has not been added to the WWII history information yet. Without seeing the actual citation or verifying his unit of assignment, there is not enough information to know which section to place it in.

added 1 Apr. ’13; not HoV or HoH

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78.      

Coker, James T.

First Lieutenant, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 25 December 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: According to Papuan Campaign, 1LT Coker earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 25 December 1942 near Buna, New Guinea.

General Orders:

Born: 7 July 1917 at Oklahoma

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

Death: 3 May 1944

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

Status: MIA

 

Also earned the DSC, see that listing for additional information about him.

not HoH or HoV

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79.      

Collins, Raymond W.

Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company M, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 1 January 1943
Citation Needed - Synopsis: According to Papuan Campaign, PFC Collins was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 1 January 1943 near Buna, New Guinea.
General Orders:
Born: 1919
Home of record: Marshalltown, Iowa

Death: 1945

Interred: Albion Cemetery, Albion, IA

Status: DOW

 

SN 37111395; later promoted to SGT; DOW on Luzon in '45.

added 2 Apr. ’13; not HoV or HoH

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80.      

Connolly, Edward

Chaplain (Major), U.S. Army

__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division

Date of Action:

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Edward Connolly, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.” Given the date of the general order, it is possible that he could have earned his Silver Star at Leyte, Philippines, although it could have been for an earlier campaign just as well.

General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 5 (1945)

Born: 18 January 1911

Home of Record: Scranton, Pennsylvania

Death: 16 July 1980 at Baltimore, Maryland

Interred:

 

Professed his vows 15 Aug. '30 and was ordained 28 Apr. '39 as Father Callistus Connolly, C.P., St. Paul of the Cross Province; chaplain at Buna; CPL John A. Deppisch was his chaplain assistant; Asst. Div. Chaplain at Luzon; awards include Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/4 battle stars, WWII Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal (Japan), Presidential Unit Citation, and Philippine Liberation Medal w/1 star; after the war he was in Jamaica and also on the staff of St. Joseph's Monastery Parish, Baltimore, MD; in '63, without warning, he lost his ability to speak while saying Mass and he remained incapacitated for the rest of his life, though in later years he did regain the ability to say Mass once again.

 

This award has not been added to the WWII history information yet. Without seeing the actual citation or verifying his unit of assignment, there is not enough information to know which section to place it in.

added 22 Feb. ‘13

 

81.      

Coon, Elmer C. (D.)

Sergeant, U.S. Army

Headquarters Company, 2D Battalion, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division

Date of Action: 25 December 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: According to Papuan Campaign, SGT Coon earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 25 December 1942 near Buna, New Guinea. According to an unaccredited article in the Appleton Post-Crescent on 10 Feb. ’43, “Sergeant Coon, who once lived with his parents in Appleton, was decorated for two attempts on Christmas Day to cross a field in the face of heavy machine gun fire to establish telephone communications with an isolated unit near Buna.”

General Orders:

Born: 14 January 1920

Home of Record: Black Creek, Wisconsin

Death: 3 October 1999

Interred: St. Mary Cemetery, Appleton, Wisconsin

updated 26 Apr. ’13; not HoH or HoV

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82.      

Corey, Walter C.

Private First Class, U.S. Army

__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division

Date of Action: 1 January 1943

Citation Needed - Synopsis: According to Papuan Campaign, PFC Corey earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 1 January 1943 near Buna, New Guinea.

General Orders:

Born: 1922 at Iowa

Home of Record: Dubuque, Iowa

 

Married; entered service 21 Dec. '41 at Camp Grant, IL; SN 16032951.

 

This award has not been added to the WWII history information yet. Without seeing the actual citation or verifying his unit of assignment, there is not enough information to know which section to place it in.

added 2 Apr. ’13; not HoH or HoV

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83.      

Corzine, Robert Homer, Jr.

__, U.S. Army

__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division

Date of Action:

Citation Needed - Synopsis: Obituary stated he earned the Silver Star, no specifics were given.

General Orders:

Born: 5 August 1920 at Garland City, Arkansas

Home of Record: Yuba City, California

Death: 24 April 1992

Interred: Harpster Cemetery, Harpster, Idaho

 

He entered service 6 Jan. '42 at San Francisco, CA; SN 19065037; served with 32D Div.; WIA on New Guinea; also earned Bronze Star and Purple Heart; discharged 1 Nov. '44; married, father of 5; farmed near Yuba City, CA after the war; later worked as a heavy equipment operator in construction throughout CA until moving to southern ID in '66 and worked in construction; moved to Harpster, ID in '77, owned small farm; life member of DAV.

 

This award has not been added to the WWII history information yet. Without seeing the actual citation or verifying his unit of assignment, there is not enough information to know which section to place it in.

added 18 May ’14; not HoH or HoV

 

84.      

*Coulias, John

First Lieutenant, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action:

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “John Coulias, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.”

General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 161 (1945)

Born:

Home of Record: Kings County, New York

Death: 11 April 1945 on Luzon, Philippines

Interred: Manila American Cemetery

Status: KIA

 

SN O-495557; also awarded the Purple Heart.

 

This award has not been added to the WWII history information yet. Without seeing the actual citation or verifying the date of action, there is not enough information to know which section to place it in.

added 17 May ’13

 

85.      

Cox, Fred H.

__, U.S. Army

__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division

Date of Action:

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Fred H. Cox, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.” Cox was member of small reconnaissance patrol (2 Soldiers and 2 native guides) that went 38 miles behind enemy lines somewhere along the coast of New Guinea (probably Saidor or Aitape). They encountered a superior Japanese patrol and were chased into the ocean. They spent 3 days at sea before they were rescued. One of the guides died and the other disappeared during the escape.

General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 248 (1945)

Born: 1922

Home of Record: Galesburg, Illinois

 

He entered service in '42; 31 months of combat at New Guinea, Leyte, and Luzon; contracted malaria; other awards include Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/3 service stars, WWII Victory Medal, Philippine Liberation Medal w/1 service star, 5 overseas service bars; married, father of 3.

 

This award has not been added to the WWII history information yet. Without seeing the actual citation or verifying the date of action, there is not enough information to know which section to place it in.

added 15 Jun. ‘14

 

86.      

Cronk, Jefferson R.

Captain, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 31 December 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: According to Papuan Campaign, CPT Cronk earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action as commander of Co. F, 128TH Inf. on 31 December 1942 near Buna Mission, New Guinea. The citation was summarized by Robert J. Doyle, of the Milwaukee Journal, in a war-time dispatch from overseas on 9 March 1943, “Maj. Cronk received a Silver Star for action near Buna Mission Dec. 31. “His courage, coolness, and fearlessness in the face of devastating enemy fire and grenade fire” resulted in the capture of a small sandspit adjoining Buna Mission, said the official report. In the attack, Maj. Cronk, then a captain, reorganized and commanded other units which had lost their officers. Cronk and his men held the spit until Jan. 2 and prevented many enemy soldiers from escaping by sea when Buna Mission fell.”

General Orders:

Born:

Home of Record: Menomonie, Wisconsin

 

Was 1SG in Co. A, 128TH Inf., Wisconsin National Guard, at Menomonie, WI, as 32D Div. was preparing to participate in largest peace time maneuvers to-date scheduled during annual two-week encampment 8-22 Aug. '36 at Camp Custer, MI; was 2LT in Co. A when 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40; later COL Cronk was one of the first group of 17 advisors sent to S. Vietnam in 1955.

not HoH or HoV

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87.      

*Culver, Charles Henry

Private, U.S. Army

__, 107TH Medical Battalion, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division

Date of Action:

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Charles H. Culver, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.” Given the date of the GO and date of death, it is possible that PVT Culver may have earned the Silver Star, very likely posthumously, for gallantry in action at Luzon, Philippines.

General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 161 (1945)

Born: 1919 at Oklahoma

Home of Record: Garvin County, Oklahoma

Death: 30 April 1945

Interred: Manila American Cemetery

Status: DOW

 

He entered service 15 Aug. '41 at Oklahoma City, OK; SN 06285931; also earned Purple Heart; DOW 30 Apr. '45.

 

This award has not been added to the WWII history information yet. Without seeing the actual citation, there is not enough information to know which section to place it in.

added 6 May ’13

 

88.      

Dal Ponte, Peter Louis

Captain, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action:

Citation Needed:

General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 21 (1943)

Born: 31 Mar. 1917 at Three Rivers, Michigan

Home of Record: Three Rivers, Michigan

Death: 26 December 1987

Interred:

 

Dal Ponte, Peter Louis

Captain, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action:

Citation Needed:

General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 33 (1943)

Born: 31 Mar. 1917 at Three Rivers, Michigan

Home of Record: Three Rivers, Michigan

Death: 26 December 1987

Interred:

 

Also earned the DSC, see that listing for additional information about him.

 

This award has not been added to the WWII history information yet. Without seeing the actual citation, there is not enough information to know which section to place it in.

not PC or HoV

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89.      

Dames, William H., Jr.

Captain, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 2 January 1943

Citation Needed - Synopsis: CPT William H. Dames earned the Silver Star for his role in the capture of Buna Mission, New Guinea, which fell on 2 January 1943.

General Orders: Headquarters, I Corps, General Orders No. 36 (1944)

Born: 26 August 1917

Home of Record: Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

Death: 11 March 1956

Interred: La Belle Cemetery, Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

 

He graduated Oconomowoc H. S. in '35; enlisted in Wis. Nat. Guard at age 15, ca. '32; was a 2LT in Co. G, 127TH Inf., Wisconsin National Guard, at Oconomowoc, WI, when 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40; he was CPT and commander of Co. G at Buna; he is frequently mentioned in historical accounts of the Battle for Buna; he turned down promotion to Bn. Commander for a chance to earn his pilot’s wings; home on leave in Jan. '43 on his way to flight training at Santa Ana, CA; reported for student pilot training in AAF at airfield near Pecos, TX ca. May '43; flew P-61 while assigned to 548TH Night Fighter Squadron on Ie Shima; shot down at least one enemy plane on 22 Jun. '45; married after the war, father of 2; he was killed in a B-47 crash in KS on 11 Mar. '56 (he was LTC at the time).

added 26 Feb. ‘13

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90.      

*Dannenberg (Danenberg), Robert F.

Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 26 December 1942 (some sources state 25 Dec.)

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Robert F. [Dannenberg], United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.” According to Papuan Campaign, SSG Dannenberg earned the Silver Star (posthumously) for gallantry in action on 26 December 1942 near Buna, New Guinea. Several sources state that he rescued a wounded comrade but was then KIA by a sniper.

General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 38 (1943)

Born: 1918 at Wisconsin

Home of Record: Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin

Death: 26 December 1942 (some sources state 25 Dec.)

Interred:

Status: KIA

 

He was SGT in Btry. C, 120TH FA Regt., Wisconsin National Guard, at Chippewa Falls, WI, when 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40; SN 20651957.

added 2 Apr. ‘13

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91.      

Danz, John F.

Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army
32D Cavalry Reconnaissance Troop, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action:
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “John F. Danz, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.” According to SGT Wesley Norman’s memoir, SSG Danz and CPL Robert F. Bozart both earned the Silver Star for completing a daring, 2-man intelligence gathering mission behind Japanese lines near Aitape, New Guinea. A PT boat carried them down the coast, and then they quietly paddled to shore in a tiny rubber boat. They were to paddle out to sea 2 days later and be picked up by the PT boat. SGT Norman did not reveal the date or many other details of the mission.
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 47 (1944)
Born: 20 February 1922 at Ashland, Wisconsin
Home of record: Ashland, Wisconsin

Death: 9 January 2007

Interred at: Woodlawn Cemetery, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

 

He graduated Ondossagon H. S. near Ashland, WI ca. ‘40; entered service 2 Jan. '43 at Milwaukee, WI; SN 36294051; overseas 15 May '43; fought Aitape through Luzon; other awards include Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/3 service stars; WWII Victory Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Philippine Liberation Medal w/1 service star; returned to U.S. 30 Oct. '45; discharged 7 Nov. '45 at Camp McCoy, WI; married, father of 9; life long career in the dairy business started on his father’s farm and working at the local creamery with his father and brothers.

 

This award has not been added to the WWII history information yet. Without seeing the actual citation or verifying date of action, there is not enough information to know which section to place it in.

added 27 Apr. ‘14

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92.      

Darnell, Clevis T.

Private First Class, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 3 December 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Clevis T. Darnell, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.” According to Papuan Campaign, PFC Darnell earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 3 December 1942 near Buna, New Guinea.

General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 3 (1943)

Born: 26 December 1915 at Texas

Home of Record: Longview, Texas

Death: 4 April 1971

Interred: Rosewood Funeral Home and Cemetery, Humble, Texas

 

He entered service 18 Dec. '41; SN 18044795; he was also cited in HQ, 32d Infantry Division, G.O. No. 53 (1943), which may indicate an additional award.

 

This award has not been added to the WWII history information yet. Without seeing the actual citation, there is not enough information to know which section to place it in.

added 2 Apr. ‘13

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93.      

Davis, Ezra

Private, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 2 December 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Ezra Davis, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.” According to Papuan Campaign, PVT Davis earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 2 December 1942 near Soputa, New Guinea.

General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 28 (6 April 1943)

Born: 1905 at Pennsylvania, possibly Williamsport, Pennsylvania

Home of Record: Grand Rapids, Michigan

 

He entered service 21 Apr. '41 at Kalamazoo, MI; medic at “Huggins Roadblock” known as the “praying patcher” because he often prayed will treating wounded comrades; desired to become a minister.

added 10 Feb. ‘13

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94.      

*Davis, Rex A. (presumed posthumous)

Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action:

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Rex A. Davis, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.”

General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 51 (1945)

Born:

Home of Record: Chaves County

Death: 12 December 1944

Interred: Manila American Cemetery

Status: DOW

 

SN 38214683; also earned Purple Heart w/OLC.

 

This award has not been added to the WWII history information yet. Without seeing the actual citation or verifying the date of action, there is not enough information to know which section to place it in.

added 18 May ‘13

 

95.      

Day, Lemuel E.

Major, U.S. Army

2D Field Hospital (supporting the 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division)

Date of Action: 7 December 1942

Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Major (Medical Corps) Lemuel F. Day (ASN: 0-156082), United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as a Medical Officer assigned to the 2d Field Hospital at [Simemi], New Guinea, on 7 December 1942. Major Day cared for the sick and wounded, working courageously and fearlessly, entirely oblivious of his personal safety, while continually being bombed and strafed by enemy planes. Major Day's gallant actions and dedicated devotion to his fellow man, without regard for his own life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.”

General Orders: The Military Surgeon, March 1943

Born:

Home of Record: Chicago, Illinois

Death: 22 December 1942 (ABMC lists date of death as 21 December 1942)

Interred: Manila American Cemetery

Status: DNB

added 10 Jan. ‘13

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96.      

*Decubber, Robert (presumed posthumous)

Private First Class, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action:

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Robert Decubber, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.”

General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 22 (1945)

Born: 1919 at Ohio

Home of Record: Allegheny County, Pennsylvania

Death: 20 December 1944

Interred: Manila American Cemetery

Status: DOW

 

He entered service 3 Feb. '43 at Greensburg, PA; SN 33428189; also awarded Purple Heart; he was also cited in HQ, 32d Infantry Division, G.O. No. 96 (1945), which may indicate an additional award.

 

This award has not been added to the WWII history information yet. Without seeing the actual citation or verifying the date of action, there is not enough information to know which section to place it in.

added 19 May ‘13

 

97.      

DeFina, Michael V.

Captain, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 28 November 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: According to Papuan Campaign, CPT DeFina earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 28 November 1942 near Simemi, New Guinea.

General Orders:

Born:

Home of Record: Medford, Massachusetts

 

He was a member of the Massachusetts National Guard.

added 11 Jan. ’13; not HoH or HoV

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98.      

Deloach, James W.

Captain, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action:

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “James W. DeLoach, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.”

General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 69 (1944)

Born:

Home of Record: South Carolina

 

Also cited in HQ, 32d Infantry Division, G.O. No. 81 (1945) which may indicate additional award.

 

This award has not been added to the WWII history information yet. Without seeing the actual citation or verifying the date of action, there is not enough information to know which section to place it in.

added 28 Jul. ’13

 

99.      

DeMain, Walter

Private First Class, U.S. Army

__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division

Date of Action: 27 March 1945

Citation: “Private First Class Walter Demain, (33293559), Medical Department, United States Army. For gallantry in action near the Villa Verde Trail, Luzon, Philippine Islands on 27 March 1945. Private Demain accompanied a litter squad into an area swept by heavy machine gun and sniper fire to administer first aid to the wounded and arrange for evacuation. Although men were struck all about him, he persisted at his task until all casualties were treated, and then, he having called for a smoke screen, the wounded were evacuated under his direction. Private Demain displayed exceptional qualities of courage and leadership.”

General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 275 (25 August 1945)

Born: 1921 at Pennsylvania

Home of Record: Carnegie, Pennsylvania

 

He entered service 10 Sep. '42 at Greensburg, PA; SN 33293559; fought at New Guinea and Philippines; other awards include Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/3 service stars, Philippine Liberation Medal w/1 service star.

added 2 Mar. ’13

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100.   

*DeVries, Sidney

Sergeant, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 23 November 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Sidney DeVries, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.” According to Papuan Campaign, SGT DeVries earned the Silver Star (posthumously) for gallantry in action on 23 November 1942 near Soputa, New Guinea.

General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 28 (1943)

Born: 1922 at Michigan

Home of Record: Grand Rapids, Michigan

Death: 23 November 1942

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

Status: MIA

 

He was a PVT in Co. L, 126TH Inf., Michigan National Guard, at Grand Rapids, MI, when 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40; SN 20635906; also earned Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

added 3 Apr. ’13

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101.   

Diegel, Vernon E.

Private, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 18 October 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Vernon E. Diegel, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.” According to Papuan Campaign, PVT Diegel earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action as a medic on 18 October 1942 near Pongani, New Guinea.

General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 8 (1943)

Born: 3 February 1919 at Wisconsin

Home of Record: Manitowoc, Wisconsin

Death: 20 February 1990

Interred: West Valders Cemetery, Town of Liberty, Manitowoc Co., Wisconsin

 

He entered service 21 Apr. '41 at Milwaukee, WI; SN 36208238; also earned Purple Heart w/OLC; discharged in ’45; married, father of 4.

added 3 Apr. ’13

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102.   

Dix, Robert Arthur

Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army

__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division

Date of Action: 26 November 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Second Lieutenant (Field Artillery) Robert A. Dix, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division, in action near Buna Village, New Guinea, on 26 November 1942. Second Lieutenant (Field Artillery) Dix's gallant actions and dedicated devotion to duty, without regard for his own life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.” According to Papuan Campaign, 2LT Dix earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 24 December 1942 near Buna, New Guinea.

General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 5 (1943)

Born: 3 July 1917 at Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Home of Record: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Death: 3 August 1993 at Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Interred:

 

He was a CPL in HQ Btry., 1ST Bn., 126TH FA Regt., Wisconsin National Guard, at Milwaukee, WI, when the 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40; Papuan Campaign lists date of action as 24 Dec. '42.

 

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103.   

Dixon, Oliver O.

Captain, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 10 December 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Oliver O. Dixon, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.” According to Papuan Campaign, CPT Dixon earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 10 December 1942 near Buna, New Guinea.

General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 5 (1943)

Born: 19 May 1910 at Bedford, Indiana

Home of Record: Bedford, Indiana

Death: 30 December 1998, at Indianapolis, Indiana

Interred: Pinhook Cemetery, Pinhook, Indiana

 

He entered service as enlisted Soldier in '37; he was the S-3 when he earned his Silver Star; later LTC and commander of 2D Bn., 126TH Inf. at Saidor and Yalau Plantation; commander of 126TH Inf. Regt. at Luzon; may have earned a 2nd Silver Star, he was cited in HQ, 32d Infantry Division, G.O. No. 60 (1945); retired as COL in 1962.

added 11 Jan. ‘13

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104.   

Doran, Joseph P.

Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 6 December 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Staff Sergeant Joseph P. Doran (ASN: 20116005), United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company A, 114th Engineer Battalion, 32d Infantry Division, near Sanananda, New Guinea, on 6 December 1942.”

General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 37 (28 May 1943)

Born: 7 Aug. '17 at Massachusetts

Home of Record: Nahant, Massachusetts

Death: 11 June 1970

Interred: Greenlawn Cemetery, Nahant, Massachusetts

 

He entered active service 16 Jan. '41 as PVT with Massachusetts National Guard at Lynn, MA; SN 20116005.

added 20 May ’14

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105.   

Doss, Thomas E.

Private, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 20 December 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: According to Papuan Campaign, PVT Doss earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 20 December 1942 near Buna, New Guinea. According to an article in the Daily Telegram on 1 Feb. ’43, he and 3 others attempted to repair a damaged bridge under heavy enemy fire (the others were TSgt. Wright C. Chambless, Jr., CPL Malcolm H. Hillard, and PVT Floyd A. Sujkowski).

General Orders:

Born: 5 December 1919 at Michigan

Home of Record: Dearborn, Michigan

Death: 13 August 1995

Interred:

 

He entered service 3 Dec. '41 at Ft. Custer, MI; SN 36163032.

added 4 Apr. ’13; not HoH or HoV

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106.   

Dvonch, William J.

Captain, U.S. Army

14TH Portable Hospital, attached to 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division

Date of Action: 16 & 17 November 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Captain, [then First Lieutenant] William J. Dvonch, United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the 128th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action at Embogo (Emboga), New Guinea, 16 and 17 November 1942.”

General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 37 (28 May 1943)

Born: 1 December 1913

Home of Record: Chicago, Illinois

Death: May 1975

 

He graduated Loyola U. Med. School in '40; served 1-year rotating internship at St. Anne's Hosp. in Austin, IL; then appointed as first resident physician in general surgery at St. Anne's; entered active service with Army Med. Corps in '41; SN O-420226; assigned to 155TH Station Hosp.; 1LT and med. officer assigned to 14TH Portable Hosp., attached to 128TH Inf. at Buna; later became chief surgeon and commanding officer of 14TH Portable Hosp.; discharged in '45; brother Louis A. was also a doctor, also served in the med. corps during WWII, and worked at St. Anne's after the war; married, father of 7; elected to associate staff of St. Anne's Hosp.; also received appointment as assistant clinical instructor in surgical anatomy at Loyola U. Med. School; he and his brother Louis were at St. Anne's working to save victims of the tragic Our Lady of the Angels School Fire on 1 Dec. '58; elected to 2-year term as president of the medical staff at St. Anne's in Dec. '74; he had been a member of the hospital's senior medical staff for 20 years by that time; he also maintained a medical practice in Oak Park, IL.

added 19 May ’14

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107.   

Edwards, William F.

Captain, U.S. Army

2D Field Hospital (supporting the 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division)

Date of Action: 7 December 1942

Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Captain (Medical Corps) William F. Edwards, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as a Medical Officer assigned to the 2d Field Hospital at [Simemi], New Guinea, on 7 December 1942. Captain Edwards cared for the sick and wounded, working courageously and fearlessly, entirely oblivious of his personal safety, while continually being bombed and strafed by enemy planes. Captain Edwards' gallant actions and dedicated devotion to his fellow man, without regard for his own life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.”

General Orders: The Military Surgeon, March 1943

Born:

Home of Record: New Albany, Indiana

added 10 Jan. ’13; not HoH

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108.   

Ekdahl, Lawrence V.

Private First Class, U.S. Army

__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division

Date of Action: 16 December 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Lawrence V. Ekdahl, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.” According to Papuan Campaign, PFC Ekdahl earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 16 December 1942 near Buna Mission, New Guinea.

General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 32 (1943)

Born: 1917 at Texas

Home of Record: Lueders, Texas

 

He entered service 15 Nov. '41 at Ft. Bliss, TX; SN 38069929; married.

 

This award has not been added to the WWII history information yet. Without seeing the actual citation or verifying his unit of assignment, there is not enough information to know which section to place it in.

added 4 Apr. ’13; not HoH or HoV

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109.   

Elliot, James J.

Private First Class, U.S. Army

__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division

Date of Action: 5 December 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “James J. Elliot, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.” According to Papuan Campaign, PFC Elliot earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 5 December 1942 near Buna, New Guinea. The citation was summarized a news release from United Nations Headquarters in Australia on 26 March 1943, “Elliot crossed an area swept by enemy machine gun fire, rescued a wounded soldier and carried him to the first aid station.”

General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 3 (1943)

Born:

Home of Record: Perry, Missouri

 

There may be some discrepancy in the spelling of the last name, Elliot vs. Elliott; James J. Elliott was cited in Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 53 (1943); it is not clear if they are the same man or if there were two men with nearly identical names who both earned the Silver Star during the Papuan Campaign.

 

This award has not been added to the WWII history information yet. Without seeing the actual citation or verifying his unit of assignment, there is not enough information to know which section to place it in.

added 5 Jan. ‘13

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110.   

Ellis, Walter B.

Lieutenant, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action:

Citation Needed - Synopsis: Walter B. Ellis, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II. Given the date of the General Order, it is almost certain Lt. Ellis earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action during the Papuan Campaign.

General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 21 (1943)

Born:

Home of Record: Houston, Texas

 

The exact date and circumstances of the award are unknown (Without seeing the actual citation or verifying his unit of assignment); it is quite possible that he earned his decoration during the attempt to rescue 1LT Hershel Horton near “Huggins’ Roadblock”.

added 6 Feb. ’13

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111.   

Ely, Charles O.

Private First Class, U.S. Army

Headquarters Company, 2D Battalion, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division

Date of Action: 8 December 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Charles O. Ely, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.” According to Papuan Campaign, PFC Ely earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 8 December 1942 near Buna Mission, New Guinea.

General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 28 (6 April 1943)

Born: 14 September 1913 at Pennsylvania

Home of Record: Morgantown, West Virginia

Death: 24 March 1971 at Morgantown, West Virginia

Interred: Grandview Memorial Gardens, Fairmont, West Virginia

 

He entered service 18 Jun. '41 at Clarksburg, WV; SN 35208033; married.

added 4 Apr. ’13

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112.   

*Endl, Francis J.

First Lieutenant, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 5 December 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: According to Papuan Campaign, 1LT Endl earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action 14-17 December 1942 near Buna, New Guinea. Robert J. Doyle, of the Milwaukee Journal, mentioned 1LT Endl in a war-time dispatch from overseas on 14 December 1942 describing the attack and capture of Buna Village. The exploits of 1LT Endl he mentioned may be part of the basis for his Silver Star, “Lieut. Francis Endl of Jefferson led the first wave of Americans from our beach head east of the village. Endl and his men were first in the village, and a moment later they were met by the force from the south. Endl dodged about throwing hand grenades into the many Jap dugouts and then had machine guns set up to hold the village. In the attack Endl found a large Jap pistol and carried it for the rest of the day. [Lt. Gerard] Paradowski said that a few days before the attack Endl shot three Jap snipers and then climbed a tree and saw Japs in the village setting up a machine gun under a hut. He directed mortar fire that set the hut ablaze.”

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Forces, Pacific, General Orders No. 14 (1943)

Born:

Home of Record: Jefferson, Wisconsin

Death: 17 December 1942

Interred: Manila American Cemetery

Status: KIA

 

He was a 2LT in Co. L, 127TH Inf., Wisconsin National Guard, at Jefferson, WI, when 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40.

added 11 Jan. ’13; not HoV

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113.   

Enos, Alonzo

Private First Class, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 1 December 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Private First Class Alonzo Enos (ASN: 38070759), United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company C, 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, near Soputa, New Guinea, 1 December 1942.” An official press release, dated 11 Dec. ’42, printed in many newspapers across the country summarized the incident. PFC Enos was a member of 3-man patrol with Lt. Daniel De Young and James Parker early Dec. '42, sniper shot De Young in the leg (foot), Enos stayed with him all night while Parker crawled back to friendly lines for help, Parker came back with strong patrol next day, Parker recommended for SGT and "it is expected that Enos will be decorated", which he obviously was.

General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 37 (28 May 1943)

Born:

Home of Record: Mesa, Arizona

 

Native American, Pima; hometown Mesa, AZ; SN 38070759; multiple times he braved enemy fire to rescue wounded comrades the litter bearers could not reach; WIA at some point; might be the Alonzo Enos who passed away 16 Jul. '78 and is interred at Twin Buttes Cemetery, Tempe, AZ.

added 25 May ’14

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114.   

*Epstein, Hymie Y.

Private, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 22 November 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Hymie Y. Epstein, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.” According to Papuan Campaign, PVT Epstein earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action 22 November 1942 near Soputa, New Guinea.

General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 28 (6 April 1943)

Born:

Home of Record: Omaha, Nebraska

Death: 1 December 1942 near Soputa, New Guinea

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

Status: MIA

 

He was KIA by a sniper while providing medical aid to PVT Mike Russin on 1 Dec. '42 near Soputa; he was interred where he fell on the battlefield, but his unit was forced to move out in a hurry; he is listed as MIA because his final resting place is unknown; several of his feats of valor were described by MAJ Zeeff in Victory in Papua; also earned Purple Heart; information in Victory in Papua implies he may have been killed on 2 Dec., but most references list 1 Dec.

added 6 Feb. ’13

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115.   

Erickson, Ernest Desko

Private, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 18 November 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Ernest D. Erickson, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.” According to Papuan Campaign, PVT Erickson earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action as a medic on 18 November 1942 near Sanananda, New Guinea.

General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 28 (6 April 1943)

Born: 26 November 1919 at Red Cloud, Nebraska

Home of Record: Hardy, Iowa

Death: 25 August 2010 at Humboldt, Iowa

Interred: North Lawn Cemetery, Fort Dodge, Iowa

 

Erickson, Ernest Desko

Private, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action:

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Ernest D. Erickson, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Oak Leaf Cluster to the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.”

General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 10 (1945)

Born: 26 November 1919 at Red Cloud, Nebraska

Home of Record: Hardy, Iowa

Death: 25 August 2010 at Humboldt, Iowa

Interred: North Lawn Cemetery, Fort Dodge, Iowa

 

He graduated Elba, NE, H. S. in '39; SN 37111294; also earned Bronze Star and Purple Heart; married, father of 4.

 

His 2nd Silver Star has not been added to the WWII history information yet. Without seeing the actual citation, there is not enough information to know which section to place it in.

added 4 Apr. ’13

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116.   

Evans, Wilfred D.

Technician Fourth Grade, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 23 December 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: According to Papuan Campaign, Tec. 4 Evans was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 23 December 1942 near Hariko, New Guinea.

General Orders:

Born: 1920 at Wisconsin

Home of Record: Neillsville, Wisconsin

Death: ca. 1944

Interred:

Status: KIA

 

He enlisted in Service Co., 128TH Inf., Wisconsin National Guard, at Neillsville, WI in Mar. '40; he was a PVT in same unit when 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40; SN 20648655.

added 4 Apr. ’13; not HoH or HoV

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117.   

Fall, Lester L.

Private First Class, U.S. Army

__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division

Date of Action: 1 January 1943

Citation Needed - Synopsis: According to Papuan Campaign, PFC Fall was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 1 January 1943 near Buna, New Guinea. According to an article in the Adrian Daily Telegram on 15 Feb. '43, “Pvt. Fall volunteered to accompany non-commissioned officers on a patrol to enter Buna Mission Jan. 1. It was necessary to move over open terrain with only an occasional tree for cover. “With utter disregard for his own personal safety. Fall upon seeing that the other members were pinned down by enemy sniper fire and pill box fire from concealed positions, gained a position of shelter and fired on the enemy positions and sprayed the trees, enabling the others to advance to an area concealed from the enemy.””

General Orders:

Born: 5 May 1920 at Chesaning, Michigan

Home of Record: Chesaning, Michigan

Death: 14 Feb. '95 at Flint, Michigan

Interred: Montrose Cemetery, Montrose, Michigan

 

Married; also earned Purple Heart.

 

This award has not been added to the WWII history information yet. Without seeing the actual citation or verifying his unit of assignment, there is not enough information to know which section to place it in.

added 4 Apr. ’13; not HoH or HoV

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118.   

Fandrey, Robert D.

Private First Class, U.S. Army

__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division

Date of Action: 17 December 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: According to Papuan Campaign, PFC Fandrey was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 17 December 1942 near Buna, New Guinea.

General Orders:

Born:

Home of Record: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

 

Also earned Bronze Star.

 

This award has not been added to the WWII history information yet. Without seeing the actual citation or verifying his unit of assignment, there is not enough information to know which section to place it in.

added 4 Apr. ’13; not HoH or HoV

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119.   

Farrar, Benjamin Randolph

Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army

Headquarters U.S. Forces Buna (briefly assigned as S-3, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division)

Date of Action: 22-23 December 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: According to Papuan Campaign, LTC Farrar was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 22-23 December 1942 near Buna Mission, New Guinea.

General Orders:

Born: 19 February 1899 in KY (one reference states NJ)

Home of Record: New Jersey

Death: 11 June 1948

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

 

Appointed from KY (one reference states NJ); graduated U.S. Military Academy at West Point and commissioned 2LT on 1 Nov. '18; graduated again 11 Jun. '19; WIA 24 Dec. '42.

added 12 Jan. ’13; not HoH or HoV

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120.   

Featherstone, William C.

Technician Third Grade, U.S. Army

732D Ordnance Light Maintenance Company, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division

Date of Action: 16 November 1942 to 3 January 1943

Citation Needed - Synopsis: According to Papuan Campaign, Tec. 3 Featherstone was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action from 16 November 1942 to 3 January 1943 near Buna, New Guinea. According to The Ordnance Department: On Beachhead and Battlefront, he volunteered to recover weapons (lost by U.S. dead and wounded) under intense enemy fire to keep them from falling into the hands of the enemy and to allow their reuse by friendly forces. An article in the Adrian Daily Telegram on 15 Feb. '43 gave the same account.

General Orders:

Born: 1918 at Michigan

Home of Record: Pontiac, Michigan

 

He was a PVT in l07TH Ord. Co., Michigan National Guard, at Pontiac, MI, when 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40; assigned to 732D Ord. Light Maint. Co. '42 thru '44; battles include Buna, Saidor, and Aitape; he was aboard the trawlers when they were attacked 16 Nov. '42 off Cape Sudest; during those battles the unit lost over 1/5 of its strength (not including accidents or disease); he was inducted into U.S. Army Ordnance Corps Hall of Fame in '89.

added 4 Apr. ’13; not HoH or HoV

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121.   

*Ferriera, Ernest A.

Private First Class, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 3 April 1945

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Ernest A. Ferriera, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.” An excerpt of the citation for his Silver Star was printed in the local newspaper: “Ferriera was one of a number of scouts reconnoitering along a narrow ridge when the enemy opened up with automatic and small arms fire from concealed positions, seriously wounding one of the scouts. The order was given to withdraw, and the men fell back to the far side of the ridge, with the exception of Pvt. Ferriera, who moved forward to the side of the casualty and began dragging him in the direction of a declivity. The enemy instantly concentrated their fire on the moving figures, and before he could attain his objective he was struck and killed. Without thought for self, Pvt. Ferriera sacrificed his life in an attempt to rescue a wounded comrade.”

General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 131 (1945)

Born: 1914 at California

Home of Record: Oakland, California

Death: 3 April 1945 on Luzon, Philippines

Interred: Manila American Cemetery

Status: KIA

 

Married; some references list Alameda as hometown; entered service 5 Dec. '41 at San Francisco, CA; SN 39015246; also earned Purple Heart.

added 3 Mar. ’14

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122.   

*Feury, Donald Ward

Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 20 December 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: According to Papuan Campaign, 2LT Feury was awarded the Silver Star (posthumously) for gallantry in action on 20 December 1942 at the Triangle, near Buna, New Guinea.

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Forces, Pacific, General Orders No. 14 (30 Jan. 1943)

Born: 12 June 1910 at Cadillac, Michigan

Home of Record: Cadillac, Michigan

Death: 20 December 1942

Interred: Manila American Cemetery

Status: KIA

added 13 Jan. ’13; not HoV

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123.   

Ficklen, George M.

Captain, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action:

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “George M. Ficklen, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.”

General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 47 (1945)

Born: 1 May 1918 at Washington, Georgia

Home of Record: Georgia (some references state Jefferson County, AL)

Death: 22 February 1945 on Luzon, Philippines

Interred: Manila American Cemetery

Status: KIA

 

Graduated Riverside Military Academy; graduated Davidson College, Class of '40; SN 0-387683; fought at Buna, Saidor, Aitape, Leyte, and Luzon; also awarded Bronze Star and Purple Heart w/OLC.

 

This award has not been added to the WWII history information yet. Without seeing the actual citation or verifying date of action, there is not enough information to know which section to place it in.

added 24 Jul. ’13

 

124.   

Fiechter, Robert Ernest

Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 18 November 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Robert E. Fiechter (ASN: 20650663), United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.” According to Papuan Campaign, SSG Fiechter was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 18 November 1942 near Simemi, New Guinea.

General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 3 (1943)

Born: 10 April 1918 at Wood Co., Wisconsin

Home of Record: Monroe, Wisconsin

Death: 1 April 1981 at Silvis, Illinois

Interred: Greenview Memorial Gardens, East Moline, Illinois

 

He was a PVT in Co. K, 128TH Inf., Wisconsin National Guard, at Monroe, WI, when 32D Div. mobilized 15 Oct. '40; served at Buna; earned Silver Star for his actions at Simemi on 18 Nov. 1942; may have also served with 126TH Inf.; married, father of 4.

added 27 Feb. ’13

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125.   

Figueroa, Joseph J.

Private, U.S. Army
__, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 27 May 1944
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Joseph J. Figueroa, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.” The event was summarized in a war dispatch filed from New Guinea by Arthur Veysey on 20 Aug. ’44, “The citation explained that the patrol [of 15 Soldiers] boarded a boat near Aitape the night of May 27 and sailed east along the New Guinea coast. When far east of the Driniumor river [far behind enemy lines] the men climbed into two rubber boats and paddled ashore. Airplane flights earlier had shown that the Japs had built a truck road from Wewak almost to the point where the patrol landed. The question was how much was coming up the road. The patrol scouted the area. They found plenty. Once they almost walked into a Jap camp. When the time to re-board the rubber boats neared, the patrol was waylaid by 15 Japanese. Each American was assigned a Jap. They struck as one. Using only knives, they killed 14 of the 15 before any of them could cry a warning. The 15th they gagged and bound and took back with them. Then they recovered the rubber boats, paddled out to a rendezvous with another boat, and raced back to their own lines.”
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 56 (1944)
Born: 1920
Home of record: Oakland, California

Death: 1984

Interred: Irvington Memorial Cemetery, Fremont, California

 

He resided at Alameda Co., CA when he entered service 7 Jul. '43 at San Francisco, CA; SN 39047127; he was also cited in HQ, 32d Infantry Division, G.O. No. 210 (1945), which may indicate additional award; his unit of assignment is presumed, most of the patrol members whose unit is known were assigned to the 126TH Inf.

added 28 Feb. ‘13

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126.   

*Fisher, Lloyd E.

Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army
__, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 29 November 1944
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Lloyd E. Fisher, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.” An excerpt of the citation for his Silver Star was printed in the local newspaper: “For gallantry in action near Limon, Leyte, Philippine Islands, on 29 November 1944. When the mortar section was separated from the remainder of his platoon by enemy machine gun fire, Sergeant Fisher in the face of that fire to himself. At the same time he directed the mortar section to rejoin the platoon by a circuitous route while enemy fire was directed to him. He was killed in this action. Sergeant Fisher's gallant, self-sacrificing act permitted the mortar section regain the platoon and furnish valuable support in the ensuing attack.”
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 8 (1945)
Born: 1913 at Florence, Kansas
Home of record: Newton, Kansas

Death: 29 November 1944 near Limon, Leyte, Philippines

Interred: Manila American Cemetery

Status: KIA

 

Married; entered service Jun. '41; SN 37010171; also earned Purple Heart; 3 brothers also served.

added 3 Mar. ‘13

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127.   

Flanagan, William H.

First Lieutenant, U.S. Army

__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division

Date of Action: 28 December 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “William H. Flanagan, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.” According to Papuan Campaign, 1LT Flanagan was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 28 December 1942 near Buna Mission, New Guinea.

General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 15 (1943)

Born:

Home of Record: Mississippi

 

This award has not been added to the WWII history information yet. Without seeing the actual citation or verifying his unit of assignment, there is not enough information to know which section to place it in.

added 13 Jan. ’13

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128.   

Fleischer, William Richard

Captain, U.S. Army

__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division

Date of Action:

Citation Needed:

General Orders:

Born:

Home of Record: New York, NY

 

Also had ties to Bayonne, NJ; graduated Ohio U., Class of '41 (journalism); served as plt. ldr. and co. cdr. with 32D Div.; assigned as div. public relations director on Luzon (held position about a year), led staff of 48 reporters and 4 photographers who, among other things, compiled and submitted 15 to 20,000 hometown and general news releases per month; earned Silver Star and Purple Heart (according to son's post on WWII Memorial, not HoV or HoH); his manuscript, referenced in 32D ID WWII, included description of trek over the Owen Stanleys and summary of ops. at Saidor; married when he returned from the war, father of (at least) 1; had ties to Long Island, NY after the war.

 

This award has not been added to the WWII history information yet. Without seeing the actual citation or verifying his unit of assignment, there is not enough information to know which section to place it in.

added 10 Mar. ’14

 

129.   

Follett, Glenn Ward

Corporal, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 24 December 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Glenn W. Follett, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.” According to Papuan Campaign, CPL Follett was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 24 December 1942 near Buna, New Guinea.

General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 28 (6 April 1943)

Born: 6 July 1913 at St. Ignace, Michigan

Home of Record: Benton Harbor, Michigan

Death: 24 November 2001 at Traverse City, Michigan

Interred: Clearwater Cemetery, Rapid City, Michigan

 

He entered service 25 Apr. '41 at Kalamazoo, MI; SN 36155839; subsequently promoted to SGT; married, father of 2.

added 5 Apr. ’13

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130.   

Fowler, Edgar J.

Private First Class, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 31 December 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: According to Papuan Campaign, PFC Fowler earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 31 December 1942 near Buna, New Guinea.

General Orders:

Born: 1920

Home of Record: Manitowoc, Wisconsin

 

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

not HoH or HoV

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131.   

Freeman, Nathan

Private, U.S. Army

__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division

Date of Action: 29 November 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Nathan Freeman, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.” According to Papuan Campaign, PVT Freeman earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action as a medic on 29 November 1942 near Buna, New Guinea.

General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 4 (1943)

Born:

Home of Record: Trenton, New Jersey

 

Also cited in HQ, 32d Infantry Division, G.O. No. 54 (1943), which may indicate a second award.

 

This award has not been added to the WWII history information yet. Without seeing the actual citation or verifying his unit of assignment, there is not enough information to know which section to place it in.

added 5 Apr. ‘13

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132.   

Freeman, Warren H.

Private, U.S. Army

__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division

Date of Action: 13 July 1945

Citation: “Private Warren H. Freeman, (38639047), Field Artillery, United States Army. For gallantry in action near Atok, Luzon, Philippine Islands, on 13 July 1945. Private Freeman and another enlisted man were occupying a forward observation point on an infantry perimeter when the enemy attacked in force under cover of darkness. As they were readying their equipment prior to obeying an order to withdraw, they heard the cries of two wounded soldiers approximately ten yards from their dugout. Although hostile machine gun fire was sweeping the terrain, and the approach of the Japanese was imminent, the two men ran forward, and seizing the casualties dragged them fifty yards to a position of safety. Private Freeman gallantly risked his life to rescue two wounded comrades.”

General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 275 (25 August 1945)

Born: 1921

Home of Record: Mansfield, Texas

Death: 1989

Interred: Memoryland Memorial Park, Greenville, Texas

 

Married; entered service Dec. '44; SN 38639047; forward observer in arty. unit.

added 2 Mar. ‘14

VVTX

133.   

Freiberg, Frank G.

Sergeant, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 2 January 1943

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Frank G. Freiberg, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.” According to Papuan Campaign, SGT Freiberg earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 2 January 1943 during the capture of Buna Mission, New Guinea. The citation was summarized by Robert J. Doyle, of the Milwaukee Journal, in a war-time dispatch from overseas on 23 April 1943, “Ducking from shell hole to shell hole, the patrol advanced on the pillbox. Then Freiberg told his men to keep low while he and another soldier moved to the next shell hole alone. When they reached the shell hole, crawling through heavy fire, they found four Japs in it. The Soldier with Freiberg tried to shoot but his gun jammed. Freiberg emptied his tommygun, killing three of the Japs. The fourth attacked Freiberg’s companion with a bayonet. Freiberg swung his tommygun like a club, hitting the Jap on the back of the head with the stock. Meanwhile the Japs in the pillbox threw grenades and fired their machinegun, wounding Freiberg and killing his companion.”

General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 28 (6 April 1943)

Born:

Home of Record: Pardeeville, Wisconsin

 

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

added 3 Jan. ‘13

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134.   

Freiburger, Joseph Robert

Private First Class, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 25 November 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Joseph R. Freiburger, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.” According to Papuan Campaign, PFC Freiburger earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 25 November 1942 near Soputa, New Guinea.

General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 28 (6 April 1943)

Born: 11 May 1922 at Michigan

Home of Record: Grand Rapids, Michigan

Death: 16 January 2008

Interred: Holy Cross Cemetery, Grand Rapids, Michigan

 

He was a PVT in Co. L, 126TH Inf., Michigan National Guard, at Grand Rapids, MI, when 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40; SN 20635908; also earned Bronze Star.

added 5 Apr. ‘13

BunaX

135.   

Frohman, Paul

Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army

__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division

Date of Action: 27 December 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Paul Frohman, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.” According to Papuan Campaign, Tec. 5 Frohman earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 27 December 1942 near Buna Mission, New Guinea.

General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 32 (1943)

Born:

Home of Record: Pennsylvania

 

This award has not been added to the WWII history information yet. Without seeing the actual citation or verifying his unit of assignment, there is not enough information to know which section to place it in.

added 5 Apr. ‘13

BunaX

136.   

Fry, Charles C.

Private, U.S. Army

__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division

Date of Action: 11 December 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: According to Papuan Campaign, PVT Fry earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 11 December 1942 near Buna, New Guinea.

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

Born:

Home of Record: Illinois

 

This award has not been added to the WWII history information yet. Without seeing the actual citation or verifying his unit of assignment, there is not enough information to know which section to place it in.

added 5 Apr. ’13; not HoV

BunaX

137.   

*Fuller, Steve E.

Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 6 December 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Steve E. Fuller, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.” According to Papuan Campaign, S. Sgt. Fuller earned the Silver Star (posthumously) for gallantry in action on 6 December 1942 near Sanananda Point, New Guinea.

General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 49 (1943)

Born: 1917 at Michigan

Home of Record: Grand Rapids, Michigan

Death: 6 December 1942

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

Status: MIA

 

He was a Pfc. in Co. K, 126TH Inf., Michigan National Guard, at Grand Rapids, MI, when 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40; SN 20635707; his other awards include Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WWII Victory Medal, CIB, WWII Lapel Service Button.

added 7 Apr. ’13

BunaX

 

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