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: Colfax, Washington

Death: 6 March 1996

Interred: Colfax Cemetery, Colfax, Washington

 

He graduated Colfax H. S. in ‘35; enlisted in the Washington National 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 2d Lt. in early ‘42; served with 32D Div. from Buna to Fukuoka; lieut. at Leyte; attained rank of Capt.; also earned Bronze Star w/OLC; staff officer with Army of Occupation until 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.         

*Ables, Howard Lacy

Private First Class, U.S. Army
__, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 28 January 1944
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Howard L. Ables, 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.”  Pfc. Ables may have
earned the Silver Star for his actions near Teterei, New Guinea on 28 Jan. ’44.  He may have been a member of a 50-man patrol from 1ST Bn., 128TH Inf., which 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.  The action was described in a pair of war-time dispatches filed by Robert J. Doyle from New Guinea on 3 and 4 Feb. ‘44.
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 41 (1944)
Born: 24 November 1921 at McComas, West Virginia
Home of record: McComas, West Virginia

Death: 28 January 1944 (23 February 1944) near Saidor, New Guinea

Interred: Arlington National Cemetery

Status: KIA

He entered service at Huntington, WV on 13 Aug. ‘42; SN 35440962; overseas ca. Jan. ‘43; also earned Purple Heart.

added 25 Mar. ’17

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3.         

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 1st Lt. 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 S. Sgt.

added 14 Oct. ’14; not HoH or HoV

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4.         

Aderholt, Gerald Lawrence ‘Ting’

Private First Class, U.S. Army
__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Gerald T. Aderholt, 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. 187 (1945)
Born: 1 December 1919 at Wilson or Oswalt, Oklahoma
Home of record: Briscoe, Texas

Death: 17 September 1975

Interred: Wheeler Cemetery, Wheeler, Texas

 

He entered service at Camp Wolters, TX on 8 Jan. ‘42; SN 38080021; stationed at Camp Roberts, CA ca. Feb. ‘42; WIA at New Guinea, parents notified ca. 4 Mar. ‘43; married, father of 3; farmed near Allison, TX; member of the Primitive Baptist Church; moved to Gageby, TX ca. ‘67 and owned the Gageby Store, also farmed.

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 26 Mar. ’17

 

5.         

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

 

6.         

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, 1st Lt. 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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7.         

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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8.         

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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9.         

Albertson, Howard James (James Howard)

Private, U.S. Army
__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “James H. Albertson, 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. 112 (1945)
Born: 16 August 1918 at Hyrum, Utah
Home of record: Hyrum, Utah

Death: 17 December 1966 at Utah

Interred: Hyrum City Cemetery, Hyrum, Utah

 

He entered service at Ft. Douglas, UT on 23 Jun. ‘42; SN; 39027505; married.

 

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

added 26 Mar. ’17

 

10.      

Alexander, Nathaniel W.

Private, U.S. Army
__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Nathaniel W. 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. 269 (1945)
Born: 1918 at Texas
Home of record: Dallas, Texas

Death: 1989

Interred: Sparkman Hillcrest Memorial Park, Dallas, Texas

 

Married; entered service at Dallas, TX on 23 Jul. ‘42; SN 38119541.

 

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

added 26 Mar. ’17

 

11.      

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 4-½  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

 

12.      

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 at 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

 

13.      

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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14.      

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 5 December 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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15.      

Anderson, Max

__, U.S. Army
__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Max Anderson, 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:

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. ’17

 

16.      

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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17.      

Andreatta, Primo O.

Technician Fourth Grade, U.S. Army
__, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: April 1945
Citation: “Primo O. Andreatta, 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.”  Sgt., then Tec. 4, Andreatta earned the Silver Star for his actions as a medic in Apr. ’45 along the Villa Verde Trail, Luzon, Philippines.  A hometown newspaper account states, “Keeping his head down in his foxhole in an endeavor to escape the flying shrapnel, T4 Primo Andreatta, of Klamath Falls, heard the cry of the wounded above the crump of bursting shells.  Sgt. Andreatta, a medic with the famed 32nd (Red Arrow) Division, 126th Infantry Regiment, crawled from the safety of his position to administer first aid to several wounded men, exposing himself to the deadly hail of steel raining over the perimeter.  At the cessation of the barrage, the Japs began an attack, spraying the Yank perimeter with machine gun and rifle fire.  Andreatta again crawled thru withering fire to a wounded man’s position and injected life-giving plasma…”
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 188 (1945)
Born: 31 July 1920 at Klamath Falls, Oregon
Home of record: Klamath Falls, Oregon

Death: 15 June 1996 at Reno, Nevada

Interred: Diamond Crest Cemetery, Johnstonville, California

He entered service at Sacramento, CA on 10 Mar. ‘43; SN 39412170; Australia, Saidor, Aitape, Morotai, Philippines, Army of Occupation; other awards include CMB, WWII Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/3 battle stars and spearhead, Philippine Liberation Medal w/2 battle stars, Presidential Unit Citation; contracted malaria, treated at 2 hospitals, including American Gen. Hosp., Fort Lewis, WA; home on leave from Ft. Lewis in May ‘46; married, father of 3; owned Black Rock Tavern, Susanville, CA; owned Siris Italian Restaurant and Lounge, Reno, NV; original owner of Primo Deli, Susanville, CA; member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Susanville, Arch Lions Club, Reno, past president of Susanville Lions Club, lifetime member of VFW, Susanville, and past president of Italian Catholic Federation, Susanville; worked for U.S. Forest Service Senior Program.

added 27 Mar. ‘17

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18.      

Aney, Donald H.

Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army
32D Cavalry Reconnaissance Troop Mechanized, 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., Wis. Nat. Guard, at Sparta, WI on 15 Oct. ‘40; SN 20645380; married in Australia, father of 1; transferred to 32D Recon. Trp. (32D Cav. Recon. Trp.), he was section leader in the unit ca. Jul. ‘43 in Australia; promoted to S. Sgt. at some point; KIA 31 Dec. ‘44 during an attack on the CP near Mambahoa (Mambahao), Leyte, Philippines, about 0245 hours; “Immediately thereafter, S/Sgt. Aney ran out of a building on his way to a firing position behind a tree. At that time the right flank was caught in machine gun crossfire and S/Sgt. Aney was killed.”; Pvt. John A. Curwin was killed about the same time, Capt. Hermann J. F. Bottcher was killed a short time later; “The bodies were buried the morning of 3 Jan. '45 in USAF cemetery at Limon, Leyte, Central Philippines.”; also earned Bronze Star and Purple Heart; interred at Manila American Cemetery.

 

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

 

19.      

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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20.      

Aona, Christian Reginald, Jr.

Private First Class, U.S. Army
__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Christian Aona, 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. 242 (1945)
Born: 18 March 1923 at Hawaii
Home of record: Waianae, Hawaii
Death: 28 July 2007

Interred: National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Hawaii

 

Hawaiian American/Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (father listed as part Hawaiian and mother listed as Hawaiian on ‘40 census); listed as Reginald Aona on ‘40 census; entered service 13 Oct. ‘44; SN 30112606; married.

 

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 Mar. ’17

 

21.      

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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22.      

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; 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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23.      

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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24.      

Austin, William H.

, U.S. Army
__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “William H. Austin, 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. 28 (1944)
Born:
Home of record:

added 27 Mar. ’17

 

25.      

Baetz, Levon E.

, U.S. Army
__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Levon E. Baetz, 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. 333 (1945)
Born: 21 May 1917 at Kansas
Home of record: Smith County, Kansas

Death: 16 February 1994

Interred: Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell, Nebraska

 

He entered service at; SN 37754468; T/Sgt. when he re-enlisted 22 Jun. '46; commissioned at some point; also served in Korea; attained rank of Capt.; married.

added 27 Mar. ’17

 

26.      

*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, General Orders No. 80 (1945)
Born: 26 October 1910
Home of record: Heltonville, Indiana
Death: 20 April 1945 on Luzon, Philippines

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

Status: KIA

 

Graduated Indiana U. in ‘32; was an officer in CCC; was coach of Heltonville H.S. basketball team when he entered service 19 Apr. ‘41; earned the DSC for his actions 2 Dec. ’42 near Buna, New Guinea; WIA 19 Dec. ‘42; promoted to Capt. on 31 Dec. ‘42; Maj. on 15 Oct. ‘43; Lt. Col. on 15 May ‘44; earned at least one Purple Heart.

 

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27.      

*Baker, Clifford H.

Private, U.S. Army
__, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Clifford H. Baker, 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: HQ, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 112 (1945)
Born: 25 November 1922 at Washington
Home of record: Clark County, Washington
Death: 8 March 1945 at Luzon, Philippines

Interred: Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, California

Status: KIA

 

Married; entered service at Portland, OR on 11 Jun. ‘43; SN 39333611; also listed on GO 117 (’45), may indicate OLC or another award.

 

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 Mar. ‘17

 

28.      

Baldwin, Francis A., Jr.

Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army
__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Francis A. Baldwin, 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: HQ, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 120 (1945)
Born: 29 October 1916 at Colorado
Home of record: Bent County, Colorado
Death: 18 March 2003

Interred: Union Valley Cemetery, Hasty, Colorado

 

He entered service at Denver, CO on 29 Jul. ‘42; SN 17087643.

 

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 Mar. ‘17

 

29.      

Baliard, William Y.

, U.S. Army
__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “William Y. Baliard, 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: HQ, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 37 (1944)
Born:
Home of record:

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 Mar. ‘17

 

30.      

Barber, George R.

, U.S. Army
__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “George R. Barber, 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: HQ, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 69 (1944)
Born:
Home of record:

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 Mar. ‘17

 

31.      

Barlow, Ernest Andrew ‘Andy’

Colonel, U.S. Army
Headquarters, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Colonel (Infantry) Ernest Andrew Barlow, United States Army, was awarded the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Chief of Staff, 32d Infantry Division during World War II.”
General Orders: HQ, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 2 (1945)
Born: 1 September 1900 at Diagonal, Iowa
Home of record: Diagonal, Iowa

Death: 6 May 1963 at Washington, D.C.

Interred: United States Military Academy Post Cemetery, West Point, New York

 

Barlow, Ernest Andrew ‘Andy’

Colonel, U.S. Army
Headquarters, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Colonel (Infantry) Ernest Andrew Barlow, United States Army, was awarded a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Chief of Staff, 32d Infantry Division during World War II.”
General Orders: HQ, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 126 (1945)
Born: 1 September 1900 at Diagonal, Iowa
Home of record: Diagonal, Iowa or Salt Lake City, Utah

Death: 6 May 1963 at Washington, D.C.

Interred: United States Military Academy Post Cemetery, West Point, New York

 

He graduated Diagonal H. S. in ‘18; entered service as Pvt. on 4 Mar. ‘18; served during WWI; assigned to 514TH M. Trk. Co.; promoted to Cpl.; discharged 22 May ‘19; attended U. of Iowa ca. ‘20-‘21; admitted to USMA at West Point on 2 Jul. ‘21, graduated 11 Jun. ‘25; commissioned 2d Lt., Inf. on 12 Jun. ‘25; SN 016116; 1st Lt. on 1 Nov. ‘30; assigned to 27TH Inf., Schofield Barracks, HI ca. ‘31; Capt. on 1 Aug. ‘35; Maj. on 31 Jan. ‘41 (12 Jun. ‘42); Lt. Col. on 24 Dec. ‘41; stationed at Ft. Benning, GA ca. ‘42; Col. on 2 Apr. ‘44; Div. Chief of Staff at Luzon, Philippines; WIA by mortar fragments at Luzon; General Tomoyuki Yamashita surrendered to Col. Barlow near Kiangan, Luzon, on 2 Sep. ‘45; also earned Legion of Merit, Bronze Star and Purple Heart during WWII; testified before House of Representatives Sub-committee of the Committee on Un-American Activities during Hearings Regarding Communist Infiltration of Labor Unions, Part II, on 6 Dec. ‘49; he was Col. and Chief of the Security and Training Corps, Intelligence Div., HQ, Dept. of the Army at the time; later earned OLC to Legion of Merit; attained rank of Brig. Gen.; married, father of at least 2; son Keith served 30 years in Army, Vietnam, stationed at Tehran, Iran ca. ’78.

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 Mar. ‘17

 

32.      

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

 

33.      

Barnes, William F.

Lieutenant, U.S. Army
__, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “William F. 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: HQ, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 76 (1944)
Born: 20 October 1917 at Cape Girardeau, Missouri
Home of record: Memphis, Tennessee

Death: 23 April 2009 at Santa Monica, California

 

He attended Central H. S., played football; attended U. of Tenn. ca. ‘36-‘39, played football, ‘40 Rose Bowl; landed in Australia in ‘42; served with 127TH Inf.; graduated with the 1st class at the Alamo Scouts Training Center, Kalo Kalo, Fergusson Island, New Guinea, on 5 Feb. ‘44; leader of Barnes’ Team, Alamo Scouts, Cpl. Aubrey Lee Hall, Pfc. Warren J. Boes, Pvt. Louis J. Belson, Pvt. John O. Pitcairn, Pvt. Robert W. Teeples; returned to 32D Div. and served as Aide to Maj. Gen. William H. Gill; Army of Occupation; 44 mos. overseas; other awards include Bronze Star w/OLC, Legion of Merit, Philippine Ribbon, Alamo Scout Commendation; discharged in ‘46 as Maj.; married Frances ca. ‘47; assistant football coach at U. of Ark. and U. of Calif., Los Angeles (UCLA); head football coach at U. of Calif., Los Angeles ‘58-‘64, 31–34–3, ‘62 Rose Bowl; NFL scout; real estate developer; inducted into Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame in ’01.

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 28 Mar. ‘17

 

34.      

Bartels, Warren I.

First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
Company H, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Warren I. Bartels, 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. 131 (1945)
Born: 27 March 1916 at Town of Black Wolf, Winnebago County, Wisconsin
Home of record: Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Death: 9 July 2005 at Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Interred: Lake View Memorial Park, Oshkosh, Wisconsin

 

Married on 14 May ‘37, father of 5; enlisted in Wisconsin National Guard on 23 Feb. ’34 at age 16; commissioned 2d Lt. on 21 Jan. ‘39; in Co. H, 127TH Inf., Oshkosh, WI on 15 Oct. ‘40; SN 0373194; 1st Lt. ca. ‘41; graduated Inf. School Off. Cmd. Course in ‘41; earned Silver Star, Bronze Star and Purple Heart w/2 OLC; Capt. on 31 Dec. ‘45 (21 Apr. ‘46); Maj. on 20 May ‘47; Lt. Col. on 19 Nov. ‘49; Col. and Cdr. of 1ST Battle Gp., 127TH Inf., at Appleton, WI when mobilized 15 Oct. ‘61; mobilized with 32D Div. to Ft. Lewis, WA during Berlin Crisis; retired from Wis. Telephone Co.; married Nora Miller on 21 Aug. ‘81; enjoyed golfing, traveling and time with family and friends; member of Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church.

 

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 29 Mar. ’17

 

35.      

Bartucci, Joseph

, U.S. Army
__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Joseph Bartucci, 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: HQ, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 38 (1945)
Born:
Home of record:

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 29 Mar. ‘17

 

36.      

Basler, Bruce Ivan

Captain, U.S. Army
Company A, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Bruce I. Basler, 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: HQ, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 68 (1944)
Born: 27 August 1908 at Iowa
Home of record: Marinette, Wisconsin

Death: 8 February 1990

Interred: Allouez Catholic Cemetery and Chapel Mausoleum, Green Bay, Wisconsin

 

He graduated U. of Ill.; Lt. in Officers’ Reserve Corp and Brevet Capt. in Ill. Nat. Guard ca. ‘30; married Rachel; resided at 636 Carney, Marinette, WI at ‘40 census; PE teacher and athletic coach (including football and basketball) at Marinette H. S. ca. ‘34 until at least ‘64; Capt. and Cdr. of Co. A, 127TH Inf., Wis. Nat. Guard, Marinette, WI on 15 Oct. ‘40; SN 0-259380; coach of 127TH Inf. football team in LA; earned Silver Star; Lt. Col. at the Infantry School, Ft. Benning, GA, ca. Jun. ’45.

 

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 30 Mar. ‘17

 

37.      

Basquette, Virgil P., Jr.

Private First Class, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 20 May 1945
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Virgil P. Basquette, 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.”  A 32D Div. news release stated, “The Silver Star Medal has been awarded to Pfc. Virgil P. Basquette for gallantry in action 20 May 1945 along the Villa Verde Trail, Luzon, Philippines.  Private Basquette, serving with the Medical Corps, crawled over terrain swept by the enemy’s machine guns after word had been received at the battalion aid station that heavy casualties had been suffered up front.  He made his way to a foxhole containing a seriously wounded soldier and was raising him from the hole when the enemy intensified its fire.  Pfc. Basquette then crawled back alone and obtained a smoke grenade and under cover of the smoke screen dragged the wounded man to a position of comparative safety.”
General Orders: HQ, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 248 (1945)
Born: circa 1925
Home of record: Terre Haute, Indiana

 

He attended State H. S.; worked for Tribune-Star Publishing Co.; entered service Jul. ‘44; sailed for the Pacific in Dec. ‘44; served with 128TH Inf.; earned CMB at Luzon, Philippines; attended Indiana State Teachers College ca. ‘47; married, father of 3; resided at 2637 Park Ave., Cincinnati, OH ca. ‘52.

added 30 Mar. ‘17

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38.      

Bate, Arnold Lynn

Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company G, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Arnold L. Bate, 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: HQ, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 60 (1945)
Born: 1 March 1925 at Idaho
Home of record: Boise, Idaho (presumed)

Death: 27 February 2004

Interred: Cloverdale Memorial Park, Boise, Idaho

 

Served at Ft. Douglas, UT, Camp Fannin, TX, Goodenough Island, Aitape, Leyte; married, father of 3; he and his wife retired from IRS; owned Chalet Drive-In at Idaho City.

 

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 30 Mar. ‘17

 

39.      

Baugher, Grady A.

Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army
__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Grady A. Baugher, 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: HQ, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 129 (1945)
Born: 20 October 1921 at Alabama
Home of record: Alabama

Death: 1 February 2004

Interred: Athens City Cemetery, Athens, Alabama

 

SN 34338722; married; may have worked at Redstone Arsenal ca. ‘83.

 

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 30 Mar. ‘17

 

40.      

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

 

WIA; earned Purple Heart.

added 18 Feb. ’13

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41.      

Baxter, Gerald A.

Private First Class, U.S. Army
__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Gerald A. Baxter, 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: HQ, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 114 (1945)
Born: 22 April 1918
Home of record:

Death: 5 November 1996

Interred: Vestal Hills Memorial Park, Vestal, New York

 

Also earned Purple Heart; may have earned OLC to Silver Star, also mentioned in 32D Div. GO No. 38 (1946).

 

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 31 Mar. ‘17

 

42.      

*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.”  S. Sgt. Raymond W. Dixon withdrew to the secondary position with S. Sgt. Bear while that third Soldier provided covering fire.  S. Sgt. Dixon also earned the Silver Star for protecting the platoon perimeter in the pre-dawn hours of that day.  Pfc. Guy H. Johnson was the third Soldier who remained at the original fighting position and provided covering fire while S. Sgt. Bear and S. Sgt. Dixon withdrew to the secondary position.  Pfc. Johnson was KIA at that original position and also earned the Silver Star for protecting the platoon perimeter and facilitating the withdrawal of his two comrades in the pre-dawn hours that day.
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 at Luzon, Philippines

Interred: Pine Hill Cemetery, Burlington, North Carolina

Status: KIA

 

Originally from Burlington, NC; married, father of 1; entered service Nov. ‘42; SN 34437883; trained at Camp Adair, OR and Camp Shelby, MS; overseas Nov. ‘44.

added 17 Feb. ‘13

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43.      

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 March 1922 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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44.      

Beaver, Chester M.

Captain, U.S. Army
Headquarters, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 16 November 1942
Citation Needed - Synopsis: According to Papuan Campaign, Lt. Col. Beaver, then Capt. or Maj., earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 16 November 1942 at Cape Sudest, New Guinea.  He may have been aboard the Minnemura when it was attacked by Japanese Zeros.
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Order No. 3 (1943)
Born: 26 March 1914 at Broken Bow, Nebraska
Home of record: Yankton, South Dakota

Death: 31 July 1944

Interred: Honolulu, Hawaii

Status: DNB

 

His father was Capt. who organized Co. E, 6TH Neb. Inf., Neb. Nat. Guard, in ‘17, that unit became part of 147TH FA Regt., which was attached to 32D Div. during WWI; graduated U. of Nebr. in ‘36; ROTC; commissioned 2d Lt.; SN O-020887; served with Btry. E, 147TH FA, Nebr. Nat. Guard; stationed at Schofield Barracks, HI at ‘40 census; stationed at Ft. Bragg, NC ca. ‘41, Capt. and Aide to Brig. Gen. Edwin F. Harding, Asst. Div. Cdr., 9TH Div. (soon to be Cdr. of 32D Div.); assigned to 32D Div.; earned the DSC for his actions on 5 Dec. ‘42 near Buna, New Guinea, a Maj. on the Div. Staff, he assumed cmd. of Cannon Co., 128TH Inf., during an attack on Buna Village; he is also cited in 32D Div. GO No. 53 (1943), which may mean an additional award; assumed command of 1ST Bn., 126TH Inf. on 13 Dec. ‘42, succeeded Lt. Col. Edmund J. Carrier; DNB (KIA) 31 Jul. ‘44, passenger aboard PB2Y-3R No. 7233 which crashed near Funafuti, Ellice Island (now named Tuvalu); interred at Honolulu, HI.

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45.      

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: Crystal Lake, 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

 

46.      

Bechert, Claude Earl

Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army
__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Claude E. Bechert, 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: HQ, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 37 (1946)
Born: 10 April 1925 at Indianapolis, Indiana
Home of record: Indianapolis, Indiana

Death: 5 September 2015 at Indianapolis, Indiana

Interred: Lincoln Memory Gardens, Whitestown, Indiana

 

He entered service 4 Sep. '43; SN 35893963; also earned Purple Heart; married father of 2; worked for Link Belt; member of The Church of The Master.

 

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 31 Mar. ‘17

 

47.      

Becvar, William Frank

Sergeant, U.S. Army
__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “William F. Becvar, 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: HQ, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 66 (1945)
Born: 30 March 1914 at Texas
Home of record: Burleson, Texas (presumed)

Death: 23 May 1993 at California

Interred: Janesville Cemetery, Janesville, California

 

He entered service in ‘34; stationed at Sierra Ord. Depot in ‘49; also served in Korea; stationed at Sierra Ord. Depot in ‘54; retired as M. Sgt. ca. 10 Nov. ‘55 after 22 years’ service; also earned Purple Heart, not sure if WWII or Korea; married.

 

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 1 Apr. ‘17

 

48.      

Beehner, Charles A.

, U.S. Army
__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Charles A. Beehner, 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: HQ, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 188 (1945)
Born:
Home of record:

 

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 1 Apr. ‘17

 

49.      

*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; brother Erean W. also served in the Army.

 

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50.      

Bell, Charles H.

, U.S. Army
__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Charles H. Bell, 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: HQ, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 38 (1945)
Born:
Home of record:

 

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 1 Apr. ‘17

 

51.      

Bell, Thomas Ernest, Jr. ‘Rock’

Captain, U.S. Army
Company E, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 10 - 11 July 1944
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.”  According to My Unforgettable Memories of World War II, Capt. Bell earned the Silver Star and Purple Heart for his actions during the night and pre-dawn hours of 10 - 11 Jul. ’44 along the Driniumor River, near Aitape, New Guinea.
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 91 (1944)
Born: 13 March 1917 at Lydia, South Carolina
Home of record: Lydia, South Carolina

Death: 23 September 2005 at Orangeburg, SC

Interred: Crestlawn Memorial Gardens, Orangeburg, South Carolina

 

He graduated Clemson Agricultural College of S. C. (now Clemson U.) in ‘39, played baseball; worked as teacher and coach; entered active service in ‘41; assigned to Co. G, 128TH Inf.; participated in Louisiana Maneuvers; landed in Australia 14 May ‘42; 2d Lt. at Buna, his men feel he should have been decorated for his actions there; assigned Cdr. of Co. E, 128TH Inf. ca. ‘43; his men nicknamed him ‘Rock’; WIA 11 Jul. ‘44, shrapnel wound to head, when his CP along the Driniumor River suffered a direct hit from a Japanese artillery shell not long after midnight; earned Silver Star for his actions the night of 10-11 Jul. ‘44 along the Driniumor River; assigned XO of 1ST Bn., 128TH Inf. ca. 1 May ‘45, succeeded Maj. Joseph M. Stehling, 1st Lt. Laurence V. St. Onge succeeded him as commander of Co. E; promoted to Maj.; served with Army of Occupation; discharged in ‘46; also earned Bronze Star w/V, Purple Heart w/2 OLC, CIB; 39 mos. in South Pacific; married, father of 3; farmer and livestock buyer for Hygrade Food Corp. and Ralston-Purina; member of First Baptist Church, deacon, trustee and Sunday School teacher; active in many community and civic organizations, including The Lions International; received Clemson U. Distinguished Alumni Award in ’88.

updated 1 Apr. ’17; added 28 Jan. ‘13

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52.      

Bernardi, Reno J.

, U.S. Army
__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Reno J. Bernardi, 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: HQ, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 341 (1945)
Born:
Home of record:

 

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 1 Apr. ‘17

 

53.      

Bigelis, Dominic J.

Private First Class, U.S. Army
__, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Dominic J. Bigelis, 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: HQ, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 187 (1945)
Born: 12 November 1908 at Lithuania
Home of record:

Death: 16 December 1966

Interred: St. Casimir’s Cemetery, St. Clair, Pennsylvania

 

He entered service at Altoona, PA on 28 Nov. ‘42; SN 33483460.

 

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 2 Apr. ‘17

 

54.      

Billups, Dale C.

__, U.S. Army
__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Dale C. Billups, 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: HQ, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 73 (1944)
Born: 26 January 1918 at Washington
Home of record: Portland, Oregon

Death: 21 June 1991

Interred: Willamette National Cemetery, Portland, Oregon

 

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 2 Apr. ‘17

 

55.      

Binda, Stanley J.

First Lieutenant (presumed), U.S. Army
__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Stanley J. Binda, 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: HQ, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 175 (1945)
Born: 18 April 1915 at Buffalo, New York
Home of record: Buffalo, New York

Death: 20 July 1992

Interred: Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cheektowaga, New York

 

He graduated Riverside H. S.; enlisted in HQ Co., 174TH Inf., 27TH Div., NY Nat. Guard on 13 Oct. ‘36; mobilized with that unit on 16 Sep. ‘40; SN 20229986; transferred 25 Jul. ‘41; attained rank of Sgt. before being commissioned 2d Lt.; SN O-423703; also earned Purple Heart; discharged as Capt. on 29 Aug. ‘46; graduated U. of Buffalo in ‘50; married, father of 5; worked for Merchants Mutual Insurance Co. 31 years; retired in ‘80; resided at Amherst, NY; resided at Snyder, NY; member of George F. Lamm Post No. 622 of American Legion; member of Council 3974, Knights of Columbus; member of Holy Name Society of Christ the King Church.

 

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 2 Apr. ‘17

 

56.      

Bindman, David

__, U.S. Army
__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “David Bindman, 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: HQ, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 75 (1944)
Born:
Home of record:

 

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 2 Apr. ‘17

 

57.      

Bingham, Glenn Patrick ‘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 Dec. ‘42 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; worked for Ford; entered service 21 Apr. ‘41 at Detroit, MI (volunteered when 1 of his friends was drafted); SN 36111895; newspaper article on 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 1st Lt. 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; he is also cited in HQ, 32D Div., GO 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 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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58.      

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 Agricultural College of S. C. (now Clemson U.), 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

 

59.      

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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60.      

*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, S. Sgt. 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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61.      

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, S. Sgt. 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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62.      

*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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63.      

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, Capt. 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: Oak Hill Cemetery, Neenah, Wisconsin

 

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, Capt. 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: Oak Hill Cemetery, Neenah, Wisconsin

 

Married, father of 2; he was a 2d Lt. 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 Lt. Col. 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.

updated 27 Apr. ’13; 1 SS not on HoV

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64.      

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) 1; 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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65.      

Boaz, Thomas M.

, U.S. Army
__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action:
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Thomas M. Boaz, 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. 23 (1944)
Born: 
Home of record:

 

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 2 Apr. ’17

 

66.      

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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67.      

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, Lt. Col. 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 2d Lt. 13 Jun. ‘28; SN 038670; was Capt. 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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68.      

Boes, Warren J.

Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company A, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action:
Citation Needed: According to his headstone, Pfc. Boes earned the Silver Star, but I have not found any additional information to confirm it.
General Orders:
Born: 27 March 1918 at Union City, Michigan
Home of record: Coldwater, Michigan

Death: 2 November 1965 at Fort Devens, Massachusetts

Interred: Waterhouse Cemetery, Kinderhook, Michigan

 

He attended Coldwater H. S., prominent athlete, including baseball; Cpl. in Co. A, 126TH Inf., Michigan National Guard, Coldwater, MI on 15 Oct. ‘40; SN 20634041; promoted to Sgt. ca. May ‘41 at Camp Livingston, LA; played on Div. baseball team; graduated with the 1st class at the Alamo Scouts Training Center, Kalo Kalo, Fergusson Island, New Guinea, on 5 Feb. ‘44; member of Barnes’ Team (Lt. William F. Barnes), Alamo Scouts, Cpl. Aubrey Lee Hall, Pfc. Warren J. Boes, Pvt. Louis J. Belson, Pvt. John O. Pitcairn, Pvt. Robert W. Teeples; also earned Bronze Star, Purple Heart; joined Regular Army; attained rank of Sgt. Maj.; Post Sgt. Maj. at Ft. Devens, MA at the time of his death; married, father of 4; both sons served in the Army.

 

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 29 Mar. ’17; not HoV or HoH

 

69.      

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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70.      

Boldens, Rene O.

Private First Class, U.S. Army
__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action:
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Rene O. Boldens, 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. 41 (1944)
Born: 14 November 1920 at Canada
Home of record: Detroit, Michigan

Death: May 1978

 

WIA, listed on 25 May ‘45 casualty list.

 

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 2 Apr. ‘17

 

71.      

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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72.      

*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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73.      

Boniface, Robert L.

__, U.S. Army
__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action:
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Robert L. Boniface, 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. 188 (1945)
Born: 
Home of record:

 

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 2 Apr. ‘17

 

74.      

Boone, Allen P.

Lieutenant, U.S. Army
Anti-tank Company, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action:
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Allen P. Boone, 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. 30 (1946)
Born: 
1923 at New Hampshire
Home of record:
Manchester, New Hampshire

 

He entered service at Manchester, NH on 1 Feb. ‘43; SN 31266449; New Guinea, Philippines, Army of Occupation; earned battlefield commission; also earned Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, Philippine Liberation Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, American Campaign Medal, WWII Victory Medal, CIB, EIB; married.

 

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 3 Apr. ‘17

 

75.      

Boorman, James J.

Private First Class, U.S. Army
Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, Division Artillery, 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 Brig. Gen. 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; medical student at U. of Wis., Class of ‘43, when he entered service; entered service 15 Apr. ‘41 at Milwaukee, WI; SN 36207455; married, father of 2.

added 18 Feb. ‘13

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76.      

Booth, Carroll C.

Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company A, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 11 July 1944
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Carroll C. 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.”  T/Sgt. Booth earned the Silver Star for his actions on 11 Jul. ’44 along the Driniumor River near Aitape.  His actions were described in a dispatch filed by Fred Hampson on 10 Aug. ’44:

          “This American battalion was cut off and everybody knew it.  The lone avenue of retreat - the Anamo Trail - was blocked by Japanese soldiers.

          “Technical Sergeant Carroll Booth of Stanley, WI, led the forward platoon of the assault company which spearheaded the battalion’s effort to break through and rejoin its regiment.

          “As they neared the enemy trail block, some members of the platoon hesitated, wavered.  Some crawled back.  The moment had come when the platoon either broke and ran or reached into its reservoir of courage and went on.  It was up to Booth.

          “The Sergeant raised himself from the jungle undergrowth and opened up with his Tommy gun, striding slowly forward.  He almost fell into a foxhole containing three Japanese.  He killed them and went on.  The wavering platoon followed, taking courage from its leader.

          “They fired and inched forward.  Finally, Captain George Hess, Edgerton, WI, brought up reinforcements.  They slugged it out for half an hour, until some tank destroyers got in.  Then the Japanese broke, rolled back into the jungle; the assault company dashed onto the breach, cleared the flanks - the escape road was open.

          “Booth? He didn’t get a scratch.”
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 75 (1944)
Born: 1921 at Chicago, Illinois
Home of record: Stanley, Wisconsin

 

Pfc. in Co. A, 128TH Inf., Wisconsin National Guard, Menomonie, WI on 15 Oct. ‘40; SN 20648803; promoted to T. Sgt.; re-enlisted in Regular Army on 28 May ‘46.

added 3 Apr. ‘17

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77.      

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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78.      

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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79.      

*Bottcher, Hermann Johann Friedrich

Captain, U.S. Army
__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Captain (Infantry) Herman Johann Friedrich Bottcher (ASN: 0-888451), United States Army, was awarded the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division, in action during World War II. Captain Bottcher’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.”
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 1 (5 Jan. 1945)
Born: 13 July 1909 in Germany
Home of record: San Francisco, California

Death: 31 December 1944

Interred: Manila American Cemetery

Status: KIA

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

 

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

 

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.

not HoH or HoV

 

80.      

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 Capt.

added 20 May ‘14

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81.      

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

 

82.      

Boyd, William E.

__, U.S. Army
__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action:
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “William E. Boyd, 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. 251 (1945)
Born: 
Home of record:

 

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 3 Apr. ‘17

 

83.      

Bozart, Robert Fay

Corporal, U.S. Army
32D Cavalry Reconnaissance Troop Mechanized, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 16-17 May 1944
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 Pvt. John F. Danz both earned the Silver Star for completing a daring, 2-man intelligence gathering mission behind Japanese lines near Saidor, New Guinea.  The patrol was also described in
32D Recon. Trp.’s Unit Historical Report, 15 Aug. ’44: “On night of 16/17 May 1944, Cpl. Bozart and Pvt. Danz went on a special amphibious patrol.  They debarked from a PT boat to a small rubber boat, rowed ashore, and landed near Rocky Cliff, 25-30 miles behind the lines.  They reported much Jap activity in the hinterland including movement west along the coastal track, a small bivouac ½ mile east of Rocky Cliff with the Japs preparing food and a truck stalled just inland from the beach.”
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 47 (1944)
Born: 12 October 1919 at Wisconsin
Home of record: Sparta, Wisconsin

Death: 2 October 1996

Interred: Willamette National Cemetery, Portland, Oregon

 

Pvt. in HQ Co., 64TH Inf. Bde., Wisconsin National Guard, at Sparta, WI on 15 Oct. ‘40; SN 20645385; assigned to 32D Recon. Trp., later 32D Cav. Recon. Trp. Mech., he was squad leader in the unit ca. Jul. ‘43 in Australia; married on 16 Feb. ‘45, father of 6.

added 24 Apr. ‘14

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84.      

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

 

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

 

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85.      

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, Capt., 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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86.      

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

 

87.      

*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 2d Lt. Brewer’s courage and selflessness.  Second Lt. 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. Second Lt. 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 2d Lt. 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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88.      

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; 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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89.      

Briggs, William Robert

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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90.      

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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91.      

Bronschidle, Walter J.

Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army
32D Cavalry Reconnaissance Troop Mechanized, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action:
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Walter J. Bronschidle, 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. 208 (1945)
Born: 
7 June 1920 at New York
Home of record:
Tonawanda, New York

Death: 4 November 1989

Interred:

 

He attended Tonawanda H. S.; entered service on 6 Jul. ‘42; trained at Ft. Bragg, NC; overseas 27 Dec. ‘42; also earned Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, Philippine Liberation Medal w/2 stars; married, father of 3.

 

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 3 Apr. ‘17

 

92.      

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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93.      

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 wartime 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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94.      

Brown, Willie L.

Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company F, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action:
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Willie L. 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.”
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 208 (1945)
Born:
Home of record: DeWitt, Arkansas

 

He sailed with the Div. from San Francisco in Apr. ‘42; WIA near Buna, New Guinea; earned Purple Heart; captured Japanese POW at Aitape, New Guinea; earned 15-day furlough in Australia, married a women from Newcastle, New South Wales; on Luzon the Div. offered 3-day pass to Manila (plus 2 travel days), case of beer, and jeep transportation for bringing in POW who could be interrogated; he earned 3 trips to Manila, on the 3rd occasion he and Pfc. Earl Smith were souvenir hunting when they captured 2 POWs, don't know if Smith got a trip to Manila or not.

added 4 Apr. ‘17

 

95.      

Bryant, Claude E.

__, U.S. Army
__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action:
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Claude E. Bryant, 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 (1944)
Born:
Home of record:

added 4 Apr. ‘17

 

96.      

Bryant, Roy S.

__, U.S. Army
__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action:
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Roy S. Bryant, 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. 8 (1945)
Born:
Home of record:

added 4 Apr. ‘17

 

97.      

Buchanan, Elmer R.

Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company B, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 8 or 16 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, S. Sgt. 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 32D Div. GO 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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98.      

*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 S. Sgt. Elmer R. Buchanan 8 (16) Dec. ‘42 at “New Strip” near Buna.

added 19 Feb. ’13; not HoV

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99.      

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

 

He entered service 25 Aug. ‘42 at Kalamazoo, MI; SN 36192021; also earned DSC for his actions 8 May ’45 at Luzon, Philippines; other awards include Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/3 battle stars, WWII Victory Medal, Philippine Liberation Medal w/1 battle star, 5 Overseas Service Bars, 1 Service Stripe; discharged 25 Nov. ‘45.

 

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

 

100.   

Burcham, Millard

Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army
Company C, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action:
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Millard Burcham, 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 (1944)
Born:
16 February or 16 March 1909 (1908) at Leedy, Mississippi
Home of record:
Tishomingo County, Mississippi

Death: 7 October 1957 at West Point, Mississippi

Interred: Greenwood Cemetery, West Point, Mississippi

 

Family resided at Burnsville, MS at ‘20 census; joined CCC, 4426TH Co., CCC Camp SCS-3, Lexington, MS; entered service 20 Aug. ‘42 at Camp Shelby, MS; SN 34349039; also earned Bronze Star, Purple Heart w/2 OLC; discharged 14 Oct. ‘45; brother Willie M. served in Navy during WWII; married.

 

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 4 Apr. ‘17

 

101.   

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 32D Div., GO 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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102.   

Burns, James P.

Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army
1ST Battalion, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action:
Citation Needed - Synopsis: According to ABMC, Lt. Col. Burns earned the Silver Star.
General Orders:
Born: 
Home of record: Clarke County, Virginia

Death: 24 May 1945

Interred: Manila American Cemetery

Status: KIA

SN 0-265547; married, father of 1; overseas May ‘43 as Maj. with 1ST Cav. Div.; promoted Lt. Col. Dec. ‘44 and assumed command of 1ST Bn., 128TH Inf.; KIA on the Villa Verde Trail 24 May ‘45 as a battalion commander; earned DSC w/OLC for his actions 19 and 24 May ’45 at Luzon, Philippines; also earned Bronze Star, Purple Heart w/2 OLC; interred at Manila American Cemetery.

 

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

 

103.   

Burns, Joseph Edward

Technician Fourth Grade, U.S. Army
__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action:
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Joseph E. Burns, 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. 311 (1945)
Born: 
26 July 1915 at Port Carbon, Pennsylvania
Home of record:
Port Carbon, Pennsylvania or Washington, D.C.

Death: 3 February 2003 at Manassas, Virginia

Interred: Arlington National Cemetery

 

He graduated St. Stephen’s H. S. in ‘33, played basketball; worked for Frackville Coal Co., Cumbola, PA, ‘34 to Feb. ‘40; started at IRS on 1 Mar. ‘40; later Railroad Retirement Board and WPA, Washington, D.C.; entered service at Richmond, VA on 13 Nov. ‘41; SN 33121461; trained at Camp Croft, SC; assigned to cadre of Infantry OCS, Ft. Benning, GA; New Guinea, Leyte, Luzon; earned Silver Star, Bronze Star w/OLC (2 OLC), CIB; discharged 10 Dec. ‘45; married, father of 3.

 

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. ‘17

 

104.   

*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 April 1943)
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 enlisted in Michigan National Guard at Grand Rapids ca. ‘38 or ‘39; SN 20635901; was Pvt. in Co. L, 126TH Inf., Grand Rapids, MI, when mobilized on 15 Oct. ‘40; also earned Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

added 1 Feb. ‘13

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105.   

*Burt, Victor Allan

Private First Class, U.S. Army
__, 127TH Infantry, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 1 January 1943 or 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.  According to newspaper accounts, Pfc. Burt was “credited with delivering a message despite mortal wounds.”
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 8 (1943)
Born: 14 January 1920 at Lincoln, Michigan
Home of record: Lincoln, Michigan

Death: 1 January 1943 or 31 December 1942

Interred: Manila American Cemetery

Status: KIA

Served in CCC ‘37-‘38; entered service 8 Dec. ‘41; SN 36163705; also earned Purple Heart; parents notified 17 Jan. ‘43.

added 25 Mar. ‘13

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106.   

*Busse, Emery N. (M.)

Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army
__, 128TH Infantry, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action:
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Emery M. Busse, 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. 120 (1945)
Born:
6 September 1917 at Redwood County, Minnesota
Home of record:
Charlestown, Minnesota

Death: 28 March 1945

Interred: Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Sanborn, Minnesota

Status: DOW

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 Apr. ‘17

 

107.   

Butler, Eugene C.

__, U.S. Army
__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action:
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Eugene C. Butler, 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. 186 (1945)
Born:
Home of record:

 

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 Apr. ‘17

 

108.   

*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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109.   

Cabral, Frank A.

__, U.S. Army
__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action:
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Frank A. Cabral, 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. 314 (1945)
Born:
Home of record:

 

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 Apr. ‘17

 

110.   

Cagle, Leamon J.

Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army
32D Cavalry Reconnaissance Troop Mechanized, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action:
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Leamon J. Cagle, 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. 4 (1945)
Born: 16 October 1918 at Georgia
Home of record: Whitfield County, Georgia

Death: 2 August 1974

Interred: Casey Springs Cemetery, Murray County, Georgia

 

He entered service at Ft. Moultrie, SC on 14 Aug. ‘40; SN 06966897 (RA6966897 or RA-06966897); WIA 20 Nov. ‘44 near Agayayan, Leyte; earned Silver Star, possibly for his actions during an attack on CP near Mambahoa (Mambahao), Leyte, Philippines, which started about 0245 hours on 31 Dec. ‘44, when he and Tec. 5 William A. Inman relieved Tec. 5 Herbert W. Rodda and Pvt. Felix P. Klimas on the machinegun after they were WIA, also assisted Lt. Royale L. Steele in conducting organized withdrawal in the pre-dawn hours, his Cdr., Capt. Hermann J. F. Bottcher, S. Sgt. Donald H. Aney and Pvt. John A. Curwin were KIA; also served during Korean War, M. Sgt. in Co. E, 19TH Inf., 24TH Div.; MIA 20 Jul. ‘'50; POW at Ch'ang-Song; released from captivity 29 Aug. ‘53; earned POW Medal; married Betty Jo.

 

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 Mar. ‘17

 

111.   

Caldwell, James S.

__, U.S. Army
__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action:
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “James S. Caldwell, 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. 128 (1945)
Born:
Home of record:

 

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 Apr. ‘17

 

112.   

Cales, Franklin

__, U.S. Army
__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action:
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Franklin Cales, 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:
Home of record:

 

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 Apr. ‘17

 

113.   

Callihan, William E.

__, U.S. Army
__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action:
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “William E. Callihan, 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. 317 (1945)
Born:
Home of record:

 

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 Apr. ‘17

 

114.   

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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115.   

Camps, Richard C.

Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company A, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action:
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Richard C. Camps, 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. 120 (1945)
Born:
3 July 1920 at Marinette, Wisconsin
Home of record:
Marinette, Wisconsin

Death: 28 January 2014 at Marinette, Wisconsin

Interred: Woodlawn Cemetery, Marinette, Wisconsin

 

Father served during WWI; Pfc. in Co. A, 127TH Inf., Wisconsin National Guard, Marinette, WI on 15 Oct. ‘40; SN 20645842; married, father of 3; worked for Scott Paper Co. for 40 years.

 

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 Apr. ‘17

 

116.   

Cannon, James D.

__, U.S. Army
__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action:
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “James D. Cannon, 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. 131 (1945)
Born:
Home of record:

 

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 Apr. ‘17

 

117.   

Cappabianca, Louis A.

Private First Class, U.S. Army
__, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action:
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Louis A. Cappabianca, 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. 76 (1944)
Born:
14 November 1919 at New York, New York
Home of record:
Asbury Park, New Jersey

Death: 14 April 1999 at Freehold, New Jersey

Interred: Brig. Gen. Wm. C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Wrightstown, New Jersey, or Monmouth Memorial Park, Tinton Falls, New Jersey

 

Raised at Rutland, VT; graduated Rutland H. S.; instructor at municipal swimming pool; moved to Asbury Park, NJ (hometown); married, father of 2; entered service at Camden, NJ on 30 Sep. ‘42; SN 32364939; trained at Camp Croft, SC; sailed from CA 12 Jan. ‘43; 28 mos. overseas, Buna(?), Saidor, Aitape, Leyte, Luzon (may have served from Buna to Luzon, newspaper says he served at Buna but didn’t sail until 12 Jan. ‘43); according to Sgt. Alfonso H. Garcia, Pfc. Cappabianca was lead scout during a patrol near Saidor, he spotted a pair of Japanese soldiers coming down the trail, he killed the first, a capt., with his M-1 and ran after the other, a col., who pulled his pistol and fired, but it malfunctioned and Cappabianca killed him with a knife, Cappabianca reportedly wore the dud cartridge as a good luck charm (this could be the incident for which he earned Silver Star); wounded by mortar round at Aitape, New Guinea, paralyzed for 9 days; WIA at Luzon, evacuated to 133D Gen. Hosp., Leyte, his doctor was Lt. Peter D. Corsones, also from Rutland, VT; also earned Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, Philippine Liberation Medal, CIB; contracted Malaria; promoted to S. Sgt.; landed at CA 13 May ‘45; home on leave in Jun. '45; due to report back to Camp Upton, Long Island, anticipated discharge soon, had 111 points; moved to Freehold, NJ ca. ‘59; member of Post No. 4374 of VFW, Freehold, NJ.

 

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 Apr. ‘17

 

118.   

Carew, John Joseph

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.  He may have earned the first Silver Star for his actions during WWI.
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 46 (1943)
Born:
29 October 1897 at Medford, Massachusetts

Home of Record: Medford, Massachusetts

Death: 16 July 1980 at Medford, Massachusetts

Interred: Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford, Massachusetts

 

Married, father of 10; resided at 24 George St., Medford City, MA at ‘40 census; enlisted in Mass. Nat. Guard in ‘15; served during Mexican Border Crisis and WWI; commissioned at some point, SN O-126433; WIA, listed on 22 Mar. ‘19 casualty list; a 1st Lt. John J. Carew served with 6TH Inf., 5TH Div., joined unit 21 May ‘18, Anould, St. Die, St. Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne, WIA 15 Oct. ‘18, returned to duty 19 Nov. ‘18; earned Silver Star and Purple Heart w/OLC; 1st Lt., Inf., in Off. Reserve Corps ca. ‘20; 1st Lt. in Co. E, 101ST Engr. Regt., 26TH Div., Mass. Nat. Guard, Medford, MA, ca. ‘22; Capt. in ‘23; Maj. in ‘28; served with 114TH Engr. Bn. during WWII; earned DSC for his actions 16 Nov. ‘42 near Cape Sudest, New Guinea; earned OLC to Silver Star for his actions 23 Dec. ‘42 near Buna, New Guinea; also earned Bronze Star w/OLC; bestowed with British Empire Medal by Prime Minister of Australia; retired as Brig. Gen.; brother Capt. Walter R. served during WWII; son John Jr. served during WWII and Korea.

 

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119.   

Carlson, Lester A.

Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army
32D Cavalry Reconnaissance Troop Mechanized, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: circa April 1945
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Lester A. Carlson, 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 a dispatch filed by John E. Jones of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, in which he summarized a 32D Div. news release, S. Sgt. Carlson earned the Silver Star for his actions as a “one-man patrol” near Baguio, Luzon, Philippines.  S. Sgt. Carlson led
a 15-man patrol to reconnoiter Japanese positions near Baguio.  They were ambushed enroute to their destination and forced to withdraw.  After leading his patrol safely back to friendly lines, S. Sgt. Carlson set out alone, without informing anyone, to conduct the reconnaissance himself.  Completing “a hazardous trip through the thickly-held Jap position,” he found a mountainside vantage point from which to observe the enemy.  “For eight tedious days, he watched the Japanese.  His only food was what he could secure for himself.  The complete and accurate information brought back by Carlson enabled our forces to drive forward and occupy Baguio.”
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 169 (1945)
Born:
14 May 1913 at Brookston, Pennsylvania
Home of record:
Sheffield, Pennsylvania

Death: 30 May 2005

 

He graduated Sheffield H. S.; entered service at Erie, PA on 25 Jul. ‘42; SN 33274054; assigned to 32D Recon. Trp., later 32D Cav. Recon. Trp. Mech., as Cpl. in May ‘43; at Aitape he was member of a small patrol which “made the deepest penetration by U.S. troops into the jungle-clad New Guinea mountains ever recorded to that time”; promoted to S. Sgt. by the time unit reached Luzon, Philippines; earned battlefield commission to 2d Lt.; Saidor, Yalau Plantation, Aitape, Leyte, Luzon; also earned Bronze Star w/OLC, Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, Philippine Liberation Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/(at least) 2 battle stars; married, father of 3; moved to Erie in ‘50; worked for General Electric from ‘41 until he retired in ‘78, member of GE Quarter Century Club and GE Retired Employees Assn.; loved hunting and the outdoors.

added 7 Apr. ‘17

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120.   

Carney, Gordon L.

First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
__, 126TH Field Artillery Battalion, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action:
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Gordon L. Carney, 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. 38 (1945)
Born: 25 September 1920 at Oregon
Home of record: Milwaukie, Oregon

Death: 10 December 1944 at Leyte, Philippines

Interred: Lincoln Memorial Park, Portland, Oregon

Status: KIA

 

He attended Milwaukie H. S., played baseball; married; enlisted in Oreg. Nat. Guard; SN 20938064; Pvt. in FA when mobilized 16 Sep. ‘40; commissioned at some point; SN 02035294; served with 126TH FA Bn. or 126TH Inf. (newspaper article states the former, headstone states the latter).

 

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 Apr. ‘17

 

121.   

Carroll, John R.

__, U.S. Army
__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action:
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “John R. Carroll, 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:
Home of record:

 

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 Apr. ‘17

 

122.   

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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123.   

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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124.   

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, 1st Lt. 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 2d Lt.; 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 Bronze Star, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/3 bronze service stars; American Defense Ribbon; Philippine Liberation Medal; Presidential Unit Citation (Buna), CIB; retired as Maj. on 1 Aug. ‘62.

added 10 Jan. ‘13

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125.   

*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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126.   

Cerese, Joseph F.

Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company B, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action:
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Joseph F. Cerese, 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 John M. Carlisle in Red Arrow Men, Cerese “won a battlefield promotion from private first class to sergeant, and a Silver Star, all in his first five days of combat.”  Specifically, “He [and another Soldier] crawled 60 feet under enemy fire to within 20 feet of the Jap positions and carried out a wounded comrade under fire.  Then he crawled up to a cave, where four Nips were hiding, pushed in a demolition charge and threw seven hand grenades.  He killed all the Japs.”  The Japanese soldiers in the cave weren’t simply hiding, it was their fighting position.  They had opened fire on a U.S. patrol, wounding the Soldier mentioned above as well as the squad leader.  Cerese was promoted by Col. Merle H. Howe, Cdr. of 128TH Inf., who witnessed both events.  These events may have occurred at Luzon, Philippines.
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 109 (1945)
Born: 1926 at New York
Home of record: Brooklyn, New York

 

He entered service at New York, NY on 31 Jul. ‘44; SN 42176960; Leyte, Luzon; promoted to S. Sgt.; discharged in ‘46; also earned Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/2 service stars, WWII Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal, Philippine Liberation Medal w/service star, Presidential Unit Citation, Distinguished Unit Citation, CIB; moved to South Ozone Park, NY.

 

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 Apr. ‘17

 

127.   

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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128.   

Chapman, Clyde James

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; promoted to T. Sgt.; married, father of 3; member and deacon of Coolidge First Baptist Church.

 

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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129.   

Chase, David W.

__, U.S. Army
__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 3 December 1942
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “David W. Chase, 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. 7 (1945)
Born: 
Home of record:

 

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 9 Apr. ’17

 

130.   

Cheek, Wilburn M.

__, U.S. Army
__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 3 December 1942
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Wilburn M. Cheek, 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. 220 (1945)
Born: 
Home of record:

 

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 9 Apr. ’17

 

131.   

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, S. Sgt. 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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132.   

Chinn, Charles S.

__, U.S. Army
__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 16 November 1942
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Charles S. Chinn, 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. 188 (1945)
Born: 
Home of record:

 

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 9 Apr. ’17

 

133.   

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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134.   

Christy, John E.

Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company C, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 28 January 1944
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “John E. Christy, 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.” 
Sgt. Christy almost certainly 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 one of the volunteers that rushed to aid 1st Lt. George J. Hess’ group after it became isolated on north bank of Mot River near Saidor on 28 Jan. ‘44.  The group was part of the 50-may patrol from 1ST Bn., 128TH Inf. that was attacked by a 100-man Japanese force west of the Mot River near Teterei, along the western edge of the Saidor bridgehead, earlier that day.  The rescuers formed a human chain reaching from the bank into the river to catch 1st Lt. Hess as he was trying to carry a rope across the raging river, so his men could attempt to get back to the friendly side.  The dispatches mention a Sgt. John Christie from Marshfield, WI, so I originally thought it was John F. Christie.  Then I learned that John E. Christy earned the Silver Star and the GO was the same as some of the Soldiers involved in the incident.  Also, the dispatches list his age as 25; Christy was born in ‘18, but Christie was born in ’24.
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 41 (1944)
Born: 
18 August 1918 at Wisconsin
Home of record: Marshfield, Wisconsin

Death: 10 February 1993

Interred: Forest Hill Cemetery, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin

 

He was Pvt. in Co. C, 128TH Inf., Wisconsin National Guard, Marshfield, WI on 15 Oct. ‘40; SN 20649206; married on 6 Oct. '45, father of 6.

added 9 Apr. ’17

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135.   

*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 S. Sgt. 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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136.   

*Clarke, Bernard F. ‘Bud’ (Clark)

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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137.   

Clarke, Milton D.

Private First Class, U.S. Army
__, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action:
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Milton D. Clarke, 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: 8 July 1924 at Washington
Home of record: King County, Washington

Death: 29 March 1945

Interred: Acacia Memorial Park and Funeral Home, Lake Forest Park, Washington

Status: KIA

 

He entered service at Seattle, WA on 20 Apr. ‘43; SN 39207148.

added 9 Apr. ’17

 

138.   

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: Lt. Col. Clarkson earned the
Silver Star for his actions at Buna, New Guinea.
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

 

Married; graduated Macon H. S. in ‘33; graduated USMA at West Point, Class of ‘38; SN O-021222; 1st duty station was the Presidio, 2 years; then assigned to Borinquen Field, Puerto Rico, promoted 1st Lt. there; assigned to Jamaica in ‘41, promoted Capt. there; assigned to Camp Roberts, CA Jun. ‘42; assumed cmd. of 1ST Bn., 128TH Inf. 13 Dec. ‘42, Maj. by then; promoted Lt. Col.; earned the DSC for his actions 28 Jan. ‘44 near Teterei, New Guinea.

added 14 Oct. ’14

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139.   

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, S. Sgt. 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 2d Lt.

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

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140.   

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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141.   

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, 1st Lt. 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

 

He enlisted in OK Nat. Guard on 24 Jun. ‘34; entered active service 16 Sep. ‘40 as Sgt. with 45TH Div., Oklahoma National Guard, at Durant, OK; SN 20827469; trained with 45TH Div. at Camp Barkeley, TX; commissioned at some point; new SN 0-405391; 2d Lt. transferred from 180TH Inf. ca. 17 Feb. ‘42; assigned to 127TH Inf., 32D Div.; earned DSC for his actions on 8 Jan. ‘43 at Tarakena, New Guinea; also awarded Bronze Star and Purple Heart; promoted to Capt.; MIA, presumed KIA, 3 May ‘44 along Driniumor River near Aitape, New Guinea; namesake of James T. Coker Army Reserve Center, 1500 N. First St., Durant, OK.

not HoH or HoV

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142.   

Cole, John M.

Private, U.S. Army
__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action:
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “John M. Cole, 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. 158 (1945)
Born: 29 March 1924 at Canaanville, Ohio
Home of record: Franklin County, Ohio

Death: 31 December 1993 at Greenfield, Ohio

Interred: Greenlawn Cemetery, Frankfort, Ohio

 

He entered service at Columbus, OH on 16 Jan. ‘43; SN 35623652; also earned Bronze Star, Purple Heart; married, father of 2; worked for Chessie System railroad for 38 years, retired as general equipment supervisor; member of Post No. 62 of American Legion, Post No. 108 VFW, Chapter 18 of DAV, Loyal Order of Eagles Aerie 600, Church of Christ; resided at Frankfort, OH.

 

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 10 Apr. ’17

 

143.   

Coleman, Arlen P.

__, U.S. Army
__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action:
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Arlen P. Coleman, 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. 143 (1945)
Born: 
Home of record:

 

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 10 Apr. ’17

 

144.   

Collins, James L.

Private First Class, U.S. Army
__, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action:
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “James L. Collins, 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. 81 (1944)
Born: 
7 September 1916
Home of record:
Neosho County, Kansas

Death: 11 July 1944 along the Driniumor River near Aitape, New Guinea

Interred: Fort Scott National Cemetery, Fort Scott, Kansas

Status: KIA

 

SN 37207118 or 37267118; also earned Purple Heart; KIA.

 

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 10 Apr. ’17

 

145.   

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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146.   

Compton, William H.

__, U.S. Army
__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action:
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “William H. Compton, 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. 322 (1945)
Born: 
Home of record:

 

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 Apr. ’17

 

147.   

Connolly, Edward

Chaplain (Major), U.S. Army

Headquarters, 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 (1st Lt.), 127TH Inf., 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

 

148.   

Conroy, Michael R.

Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company A, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: August 1944
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Michael R. Conroy, 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 articles in The Pittsburgh Press and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on 17 May ‘90, when he was
honored with a plaque in the Hall of Valor at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall, Oakland, PA, “Sgt. Conroy earned the Silver Star for “gallantry in action” against the enemy during August 1944 in New Guinea.  Conroy was a member of an infantry unit that was outnumbered by Japanese soldiers during an attack.  The attack disorganized the American troops, but Conroy managed to reorganize the men, assigned positions to regroup and inspired the soldiers with confidence so they could hold the lines.”  The actual date of action was ca. 1-5 Jun. ’44, most likely 4 Jun., when Sgt. Conroy helped organize the withdrawal of Co. A across a fire-swept stream to the main Herrick Force position at Yakamul, New Guinea.
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 56 (1944)
Born: 192
1 at Pennsylvania
Home of record:
Oakland, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania

 

He entered service at Greensburg, PA on 13 Aug. ‘42; SN 33291237; brother Robert P. served in Europe, earned Bronze Star, Purple Heart, POW; brother Sgt. Thomas J. served in AAF, DNB 24 Jun. ‘45 in India attempting to save a comrade from drowning.

 

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 Apr. ’17

 

149.   

Contreras, Miguel

__, U.S. Army
__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action:
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Contreras Miguel, 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. 80 (1945)
Born: 
Home of record:

 

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 12 Apr. ’17

 

150.   

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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151.   

Cooney, Charles Blanden

First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
__, 126TH Field Artillery Battalion, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 2 February 1945
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Charles B. Cooney, 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 a 32D Div. news release, summarized in the Warren Times Mirror on 12 Jul. ’45, Lt. Cooney earned the Silver Star for his actions 2 Feb. ’45 at Luzon, Philippines: “Shortly after friendly troops had occupied a strategically important position, the enemy subjected the area to an intense artillery barrage.  In order to locate and silence the hostile guns, Lieutenant Cooney led a party to a height overlooking the enemy and began adjusting friendly artillery fire by radio directions.  The observation party was detected by the enemy, who immediately trained one of their heavy pieces on the height, killing one of the men and wounding Lieutenant Cooney, who, after dropping back a short distance to receive emergency treatment, returned to the observation point.  In spite of his severe wound, and oblivious of the continuing violent hostile fire, he so effectively directed the fire of his artillery as to knock out the enemy guns in rapid succession, thereby ending a serious threat to our troops.”
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 80 (1945)
Born: 
30 January 1924 at Warren, Pennsylvania
Home of record:
Warren, Pennsylvania

Death: 28 November 2012 at Texas

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

 

He attended Ohio State U.; entered service ca. ‘43; trained at Jefferson Barracks, MO; overseas in Apr. ‘44; assigned to 126TH FA Bn.; Saidor; completed officer training in Australia in Jun.-Sep. ‘44; commissioned Lt., FA; Leyte; WIA 30 Jan. ‘45 on Luzon, Philippines; severely WIA when he earned Silver Star for his actions as arty. forward observer 2 Feb. '45 on Luzon; earned Purple Heart w/OLC; served with Army of Occupation at Oita, Japan; attained rank of Capt.; attended U. of Ohio ca. ‘47; married 20 Dec. ‘47; married 20 Aug. ‘77; father of 3; worked as advertising manager for Foley’s, Houston, TX, and later at Houston Post; worked in banking at Houston and San Antonio for 40 years.

added 13 Apr. ’17

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152.   

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.  According to the Carrol Daily Times Herald on 17 Apr. ’44, “Pvt. Corey volunteered to go for aid for a wounded messenger, crossed a route under heavy fire both by the Japanese and our forces, then guided litter bearers back to the wounded man.”

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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153.   

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

 

154.   

Cosgrove, John Clifford

__, U.S. Army
__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action:
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “John C. Cosgrove, 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. 80 (1945)
Born: 
9 April 1923 at Jersey City, New Jersey
Home of record:
Monmouth County, New Jersey

Death: 14 February 2001 at Plymouth, Massachusetts

Interred: Woodside Cemetery, Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts

 

Resided at Paris, France, for 3 years, attended MacJannet School, participated in track, basketball, plays; resided at 298 Beach Spring Rd., South Orange, NJ; graduated Columbia H. S., Maplewood, NJ, in ‘41, played football; resided on Navesink River Rd., Locust, NJ; attended Dartmouth College; entered service at Newark, NJ on 24 Apr. ‘43; SN 32917551; WIA at Leyte, Philippines; earned Purple Heart; also earned Bronze Star; discharged in ‘45; graduated Dartmouth College, Tuck School of Business Administration, in ‘48; married, father of 3; worked as sales and training specialist in insurance; later business manager at George Washington U.; later worked in sales and management at Hearst publications, New York and Cleveland; also worked for Hunter Publishing Co., Chicago; retired in ‘85 and moved to Cape Cod; member of First Congregational Church, Yarmouth, MA; president of The Historical Society of Old Yarmouth; founder, trustee and former president of Yarmouth Conservation Trust; trustee of Cape Cod Museum of Natural History and chairman of its marketing committee; enjoyed automobiles, antiques, photography, boating and water activities; resided at Yarmouth Port, MA.

 

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 13 Apr. ’17

 

155.   

*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: Brooklyn, New York

Death: 11 April 1945 on Luzon, Philippines

Interred: Manila American Cemetery

Status: KIA

 

He attended New York Military Academy, Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY, ca. ‘41, played football; SN O-495557; also earned 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

 

156.   

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 Bronze Star, 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

 

157.   

Cox, Marvin E.

__, U.S. Army
__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action:
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Marvin E. 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.”
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 290 (1945)
Born: 
Home of record:

 

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 14 Apr. ’17

 

158.   

Crabbe, William B.

__, U.S. Army
__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action:
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “William B. Crabbe, 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. 14 (1945)
Born: 
Home of record:

 

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 14 Apr. ’17

 

159.   

Craddick, Donald D.

Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
Company L, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action:
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Donald D. Craddick, 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. 311 (1945)
Born: 
6 January 1909 at Pana, Illinois
Home of record:
Pana, Illinois

Death: 22 June 1992 at Peoria, Illinois

Interred: Fon du Lac Township Cemetery, East Peoria, Illinois

 

Married; WIA, earned Purple Heart; earned battlefield commission to 2d Lt.; worked in security for Hiram Walker & Sons for 30 years; retired in ‘76; member of First United Methodist Church, Pana, IL, Post No. 8662 of VFW, Peoria, IL, and National Order of Battlefield Commissions; resided at East Peoria, IL.

 

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 14 Apr. ’17

 

160.   

Cramer, Kenneth F.

__, U.S. Army
__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action:
Citation Needed:
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 216 (1945)
Born: 
Home of record:

 

Unit might be a typographical error, might refer to Brig. Gen. Kenneth Frank Cramer who earned Silver Star w/3 OLCs as Asst. Div. Cdr., 24TH Div., in Southwest Pacific.

 

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 14 Apr. ’17

 

161.   

Croft, George Harry ‘Harry’

Sergeant, U.S. Army
32D Cavalry Reconnaissance Troop Mechanized, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action:
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Harry Croft, 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. 114 (1945)
Born: 
9 October 1921 at Barnwell, South Carolina
Home of record:
Barnwell, South Carolina

Death: 2 January 2012 at Summerville, South Carolina

Interred: Yeamans Park Presbyterian Church, Hanahan, South Carolina

 

Entered service at Ft. Jackson, SC on 17 Jul. ‘42; Saidor, Aitape, Leyte, Luzon; WIA, earned Purple Heart; discharged Oct. ‘45; married, father of 3; member of Yeamans Park Presbyterian Church, Hanahan, SC; retired from the Polaris Missile Base in ‘82; then started Croft Heating and Air; retired again in ‘04; resided at Hanahan, SC; resided at Charleston, SC.

 

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 14 Apr. ’17

 

162.   

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, Capt. 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

 

He was 1st Sgt. of 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 2d Lt. 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

BunaX

163.   

*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.

 

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

 

164.   

Cunningham, John J.

__, U.S. Army
__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action:
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “John J. Cunningham, 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. 251 (1945)
Born: 
Home of record:

 

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 Apr. ’17

 

165.   

*Curwin, John Arthur

Private, U.S. Army

32D Cavalry Reconnaissance Troop Mechanized, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division

Date of Action:

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “John A. Curwin, 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. 4 (1945)

Born: 16 January 1922 at Massachusetts

Home of Record: Essex County, Massachusetts

Death: 31 December 1944

Interred: Arlington National Cemetery

Status: KIA

 

Attended Norwich U., Class of ‘44; entered service at Boston, MA on 15 Oct. ‘42; SN 31223572; KIA during an attack on the CP near Mambahoa (Mambahao), Leyte, Philippines, about 0245 hours, at age 22; “The right flank outpost guard, Pvt. John A. Curwin, had been killed while holding off the enemy at the start of the firefight.”; earned Silver Star, possibly for his actions during that same attack, his Cdr., Capt. Hermann J. F. Bottcher and S. Sgt. Donald H. Aney were also KIA; also memorialized at Pine Grove Cemetery, Lynn, MA.

 

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 21 Mar. ’17

 

166.   

Czyzewski, Casimir Stanley

Private First Class, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action:

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Casimir Czyzewski, 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 Red Arrow Men, “Pfc. Czyzweski charged an enemy dugout with fixed bayonet.  Several enemy positions opened up on him but he killed all four Japs in the dugout.”

General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 60 (1945)

Born: 3 July 1919 at Wyandotte, Michigan

Home of Record: Kalamazoo, Michigan

Death: 19 February 2009 at Bronson, Michigan

Interred: Riverside Cemetery, Kalamazoo, Michigan

 

Family returned to Poland shortly after he was born; grew up on the family farm in Poland, enjoyed fishing, hunting, and hiking; returned to U.S. at age 19; joined the CCC; Pvt. in Co. C, 126TH Inf., Mich. Nat. Guard, Kalamazoo, MI on 15 Oct. ‘40; SN 20634443; WIA at Leyte; WIA at Luzon; may have earned his Silver Star on Luzon, Philippines; received Silver Star from Maj. Gen. William H. Gill during award ceremony on Luzon; enlisted in Regular Army at Battle Creek, MI on 1 Jul. ‘46; served in Italy; “was one of 6 surviving members of the original Co. C”; married, father of 2; worked at James River paper mill for 30 years; member of Red Arrow Post No. 1527 of VFW, Kalamazoo, MI.

 

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 Apr. ’17

 

167.   

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 at Walter Reed Army Hospital, Washington D.C.

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 at Walter Reed Army Hospital, Washington D.C.

Interred:

 

He graduated Mich. State College in ‘39, played baseball in ‘38-‘39; entered service in ‘40; assigned to 126TH Inf. as 2d Lt. ca. 25 Apr. ‘41; SN O-34486 (034486); earned the DSC for his actions 9 Dec. ’42 after he assumed cmd. ‘Huggins’ Roadblock’ when the wounded Capt. Meredith M. Huggins needed to be evacuated; returned to U.S. in Jun. ‘45, Maj. by that time; joined Regular Army; reported to Ft. Leavenworth, KS in Sep. ‘48 to attend Cmd. and Gen. Staff College; earned Legion of Merit for his service as Col. Sep. ‘60-Aug. ‘64; retired in ‘72 after 32 years of service; married, father of 3.

 

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

168.   

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: Capt. 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 Wisconsin National Guard at age 15, ca. ‘32; was a 2d Lt. in Co. G, 127TH Inf., Oconomowoc, WI, when 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. ‘40; he was Capt. 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. Cdr. 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 Lt. Col. at the time).

added 26 Feb. ‘13

BunaX

169.   

*Danenberg, Robert F. (Dannenberg)

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. Danenberg, 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. Danenberg 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: 12 December 1918 at Wisconsin

Home of Record: Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin

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

Interred: Hope Cemetery, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin

Status: KIA

 

He was Sgt. in Btry. C, 120TH FA Regt., Wis. Nat. Guard, at Chippewa Falls, WI on 15 Oct. ‘40; SN 20651957; memorialized at Camp Cable, Australia.

added 2 Apr. ‘13

BunaX

170.   

D’angelo, Dominic J.

__, U.S. Army
__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action:
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Dominic J. D’angelo, 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. 208 (1945)
Born: 
Home of record:

 

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. ’17

 

171.   

Danz, John Frederick

Private, U.S. Army
32D Cavalry Reconnaissance Troop Mechanized, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 16-17 May 1944
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, S. Sgt. Danz, then a Pvt., and Cpl. Robert F. Bozart both earned the Silver Star for completing a daring, 2-man intelligence gathering mission behind Japanese lines near Saidor, New Guinea.  The patrol was also described in
32D Recon. Trp.’s Unit Historical Report, 15 Aug. ’44: “On night of 16/17 May 1944, Cpl. Bozart and Pvt. Danz went on a special amphibious patrol.  They debarked from a PT boat to a small rubber boat, rowed ashore, and landed near Rocky Cliff, 25-30 miles behind the lines.  They reported much Jap activity in the hinterland including movement west along the coastal track, a small bivouac ½ mile east of Rocky Cliff with the Japs preparing food and a truck stalled just inland from the beach.”
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.

added 27 Apr. ‘14

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172.   

Darnell, Clevis Toy

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.  An Army news release stated he was decorated for repairing communication wire under fire.

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; received his Silver Star from Lt. Gen. Robert I. Eichelberger on 31 Mar. ‘43; promoted to S. Sgt. at some point; he was also cited in 32D Div., GO No. 53 (1943), which may indicate an additional award; brother Frank J. also served in Army.

 

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

BunaX

173.   

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

BunaX

174.   

*Davis, Rex A.

Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 12 December 1944

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.”  According to a letter his parents received from the Adjutant General’s office in Washington, D.C. on 20 Sep. ’45: “When signaled that four enemy were working toward his position, Sergeant Davis immediately moved his squad to attack.  He was well in advance of his squad when he contacted the enemy.  Since the terrain permitted only one man to fire effectively, he unhesitatingly opened fire, killing two of the enemy.  When his rifle jammed he secured a submachine gun from a squad member and killed a third, when again his weapon jammed.  The fourth enemy fired, inflicting a mortal wound.  Nevertheless, Sergeant Davis walked back several steps, secured another rifle, and killed the remaining enemy.  The gallant and courageous action of Sergeant Davis, performed at cost of his life, prevented a possible enemy attack.”

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

Born: circa 1922 at Granbury, Texas

Home of Record: White Chapel, New Mexico

Death: 12 December 1944 at Leyte, Philippines

Interred: Manila American Cemetery

Status: DOW

 

SN 38214683; also earned Purple Heart w/OLC; parents notified of his death via telegram 5 Feb. ‘45.

added 18 May ‘13

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175.   

Davis, Walter L.

__, U.S. Army
__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action:
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Walter L. 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. 28 (1944)
Born: 
Home of record:

 

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. ’17

 

176.   

Day, Evan Thomas

__, U.S. Army
__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action:
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Evan T. Day, 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. 36 (1946)
Born: 
6 February 1920 at Oregon
Home of record: Oakland, California

Death: 5 December 1997 at Colfax, California

Interred: IOOF Cemetery, Dutch Flat, California

 

He entered service at Presidio of Monterey on 23 Apr. ‘44; SN 39051159; trained at Camp Roberts, CA; also earned Bronze Star, 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. ’17

 

177.   

Day, Lemuel Edward, Jr.

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: 13 November 1996 at Fort Worth, Texas

Home of Record: Chicago, Illinois

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

Interred: Manila American Cemetery

Status: DNB

 

He graduated Fort Worth Central H. S.; attended Texas Christian U.; attended Texas U. Med. School; graduated Rush Medical College in ‘24; resided at 2253 Alston Ave., Fort Worth, TX ca. ‘19; married, father of 3; resided at 6142 Kirkwood Ave., Chicago, IL (hometown) in ‘42; interned at Passavant and Ravenswood hosps.; physician in Chicago ‘25-‘42; served as 1st Lt., arty., during WWI; re-entered service 15 Jun. ‘42; SN O-156082; DNB, heart attack, 21 (22 or 23) Dec. ‘42 “after weeks of incessant work in which he lost 34 pounds and his hair turned gray”; “the most beloved surgeon of American forces battling in the mud of New Guinea” according to Daily Telegraph dispatch printed in Joplin News Herald on 6 Jan. ‘43; the hosp. staff played his favorite record, “Beautiful Isle”, one last time on his gramophone before his body was lowered into his grave at the hosp.

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178.   

*Dean, Carl E.

Private First Class, U.S. Army
__, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 10 July 1944
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “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 Private First Class Carl E. Dean (ASN: 34365905), United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the 32d Infantry Division near Afua, New Guinea, on 10 July 1944.  During an enemy attack, Private First Class Dean was given the mission of delivering an important message to an outpost 150 yards distant.  The route to be traversed was covered by heavy enemy artillery, mortar, machine gun, and rifle fire.  Private First Class Dean had embarked on the mission and was nearing the outpost when he was mortally wounded.  The message to be delivered uppermost in his mind, he summoned his last ounce of strength and managed to crawl the remaining distance to the trench which formed the outpost.  He gasped out the message before he lost consciousness, he died several hours later.  The courage, high sense of loyalty and devotion to duty displayed by Private First Class Dean served as a great inspiration to the men of his company.”
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 80 (September 22, 1944)
Born: 
17 December 1922 at Tennessee
Home of record: Pulaski, Tennessee

Death: 11 July 1944

Interred: Mount Moriah Cemetery, Pulaski, Tennessee

Status: DOW

 

He attended Giles Co. H. S.; entered service at Ft. Oglethorpe, GA on 21 Aug. ‘42; SN 34365905; landed in Australia ca. Feb. ‘43; WIA 10 Jul. ‘44; DOW (KIA) 11 Jul. ‘44 at age 21; at least 2 brothers also served, J. L. Dean in the Navy, Harold E. Dean in the Army Air Corps.

added 16 Apr. ’17

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179.   

*Decubber, Robert

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: Tarentum, Pennsylvania

Death: 20 December 1944

Interred: Manila American Cemetery

Status: DOW

 

He entered service 3 Feb. ‘43 at Greensburg, PA; SN 33428189; also earned Purple Heart; family received Silver Star ca. 31 Dec. ’45; also listed in 32D Div., GO 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

 

180.   

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, Capt. 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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181.   

DeLoach, James Walker, Jr.

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: 1 February 1917

Home of Record: South Carolina

Death: 10 September 2003

Interred: Sand Hill Cemetery, Varnville, South Carolina

 

DeLoach, James Walker, Jr.

Captain, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action:

Citation Needed:

General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 81 (1945)

Born: 1 February 1917

Home of Record: South Carolina

Death: 10 September 2003

Interred: Sand Hill Cemetery, Varnville, South Carolina

 

Fought at Morotai, Leyte and Luzon; also served in Korea; attained rank of Lt. Col.; also earned 2nd OLC to Silver Star, Bronze Star w/OLC, Purple Heart (not sure if WWII or Korea); resided at Columbia, SC after he retired from the military; the Lt. Col. James Walker DeLoach, Jr. Bridge, Memorial Park, Columbia, SC, was dedicated in his honor on 30 May ‘05.

 

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

 

182.   

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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183.   

*Demos, Edward G.

First Lieutenant, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: circa 14 March 1945

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Edward G. Demos, 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 his brother, 1st Lt. Demos was KIA and earned the Silver Star while leading his platoon in an attack on fortified Japanese position.

General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 201 (1945)

Born: 15 August 1912 at Thessaly, Greece

Home of Record: Manchester, New Hampshire

Death: 14 March 1945 at Luzon, Philippines

Interred: Pine Grove Cemetery, Manchester, New Hampshire

Status: KIA

 

Married Dolores Capizzano; resided at Essex Co., NJ when he enlisted in NJ Nat. Guard, mobilized with them on 19 Aug. ‘42 at Newark, NJ; SN 32461082; commissioned at some point; SN O-1823995; also earned Purple Heart; brother Alexander G. served with 172D FA Regt., NH Nat. Guard during WWII, also served post-war, attained rank of Lt. Col.

added 10 Mar. ’17

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184.   

*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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185.   

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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186.   

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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187.   

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.

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188.   

Dixon, Raymond W.

Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 10 March 1945

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Raymond W. Dixon, United States Army, was awarded the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.”  According to a local newspaper, “Dixon and two comrades were occupying a position along a platoon defense perimeter when the Nips staged a ferocious banzai attack.  The New Yorker and his buddies fought off wave after wave of the fanatic Japs.  Finally, in the determined fury of the attack, the Americans were ordered to withdraw to a secondary position.  In the darkness just before dawn, Dixon and another man attempted to withdraw while the third Yank remained in the foxhole, offering covering fire.  Enroute to the new position Dixon and his comrade were attacked by two Nips, but succeeded in killing the enemy.  Upon reaching their second position, the Infantrymen once again were subjected to fierce attacks by the Japs.  Dixon and his comrade remained at this post and repulsed the final charges of the enemy.  When morning came, the perimeter still held, and out in front of the defense line nineteen dead Japs were counted.  The courage and determination of Dixon and his comrades in holding their sector of the perimeter against a numerically superior force reflects great credit upon the Armed Forces.”  S. Sgt. Isaac F. Bear withdrew to the secondary position with S. Sgt. Dixon while that third Soldier provided covering fire.  S. Sgt. Bear also earned the Silver Star for protecting the platoon perimeter in the pre-dawn hours of that day.  Pfc. Guy H. Johnson was the third Soldier who remained at the original fighting position and provided covering fire while S. Sgt. Bear and S. Sgt. Dixon withdrew to the secondary position.  Pfc. Johnson was KIA at that original position and also earned the Silver Star for protecting the platoon perimeter and facilitating the withdrawal of his two comrades in the pre-dawn hours that day.

General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 147 (2 June 1945)

Born:

Home of Record: Odessa, New York

 

He entered service in Apr. ‘44; trained at Camp Roberts, CA; overseas in Nov. ‘44; Leyte, Luzon; also earned Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, Philippine Liberation Medal, CIB.

added 8 Apr. ‘17

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189.   

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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190.   

*Dorigan, John P.

First Lieutenant, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 8 March 1945, presumed

Citation Needed: Obituary states that 1st Lt. James P. Dorigan earned the Silver Star, posthumously, “for knocking out a hidden machine gun nest which was firing on a supply train he was leading to the relief of a surrounded company.”

General Orders:

Born: 2 or 7 July 1921 at Portland, Oregon

Home of Record: Portland, Oregon

Death: 8 March 1945 near Santa Maria, Luzon, Philippines

Interred: Mount Calvary Cemetery, Portland, Oregon

Status: KIA

 

He graduated Jefferson H. S. in ‘41, renowned football player, member of the Portland all-city football team in ‘39; enlisted in Oreg. Nat. Guard; SN 20931523; Pvt. when mobilized with 41ST Div. at Portland, OR on 16 Sep. ‘40; commissioned at some point; transferred to 127TH Inf. at some point; served in 4 major campaigns; brother 1st Lt. James T. also Oreg. NG, served in Army during WWII, WIA.

added 19 Feb. ‘17

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191.   

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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192.   

Duket, Frank David, Jr.

Sergeant, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 14 May 1944

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Frank D. Duket, 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 an article in the 2 February 1945 issue of The Longhorn, the Camp Wolters, TX, newspaper, Sgt. Duket earned the Silver Star for his actions on 14 May 1944 at Marubian, New Guinea, near Aitape.  “He crawled out under extremely heavy Jap fire for 100 yards to carry a wounded man back to safety.”  Pfc. Sammy Spilman was the Soldier he rescued, he had been shot in the legs and could not move.

General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 47 (1944)

Born: 25 July 1918 at Dunbar, Wisconsin

Home of Record: Marinette, Wisconsin

Death: 12 June 1962 at Marinette, Wisconsin

Interred: Forest Home Cemetery, Marinette, Wisconsin

 

He attended Marinette H. S., captain of football team and boxer; Green Bay Golden Glove champion, 212-11, first bout in Chicago at age 17, made it to national quarter finals in ‘35-‘37, finalist in ‘38 at Chicago (lost to Jimmy Reaves from Cleveland); resided with his sister on Rt. 1 (Hwy. 30), Waukesha, WI and worked for Wilbur Lumber Co. ‘38-‘39 before returning to Marinette; enlisted in Co. A, 127TH Inf., Wis. Nat. Guard, Marinette, WI on 9 Sep. ‘40; Pvt. when mobilized on 15 Oct. ‘40; SN 20645868; competed in Div. boxing matches, Div. heavyweight champion for 4 years, ca. ‘41-‘44; Sixth Army heavyweight champion in ‘44; reportedly earned DSC for his actions on 24 Dec. ‘45 near Buna, New Guinea, he and Lt. Fred W. Matz were cut off behind enemy lines for 6 days, they were able to collect vital intelligence information (some references list Cpl. William M. Gleason as the man with Lt. Matz); WIA 15 May ‘44 near Marubian, New Guinea, hit in shoulder by machinegun bullet while chasing a Japanese soldier in attempt to take him prisoner; transferred to Camp Wolters, TX on 24 Dec. ‘44, assigned to Co. A, 62D Bn., 11TH Regt., a training unit; coached Bn. boxing team, may have also competed, known as the ‘Malarious Mauler’; received his Silver Star, Purple Heart and CIB during ceremony at Camp Wolters, TX in Jan. ‘45; also earned Bronze Star at some point; 1 reference states he earned Silver Star w/OLC in lieu of DSC and Silver Star, I haven’t found any official information about 2nd Silver Star or DSC; promoted to T/Sgt. ca. 13 Apr. ‘45; re-enlisted on 25 Oct. ‘45 at Camp Wolters, TX; also served with Co. A, 54TH Inf. Tng. Bn. at some point; married Julia or Julie Jarvis, father of 3; became police officer at Marinette, WI on 1 Feb. ‘47, retired 27 Dec. ‘57 due to health issues resulting from his wartime service; boxing instructor for youths of Marinette and Menominee; co-founder of Tri-City Handicappers Club in Dec. ‘59; member of American Legion and St. Anthony’s Church.

added 18 Mar. ’17

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193.   

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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194.   

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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195.   

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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196.   

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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197.   

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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198.   

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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199.   

*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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200.   

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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201.   

*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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202.   

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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203.   

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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204.   

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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205.   

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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206.   

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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207.   

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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208.   

*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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209.   

Fetter, Gersen G.

Corporal, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action:

Citation Needed - Synopsis:

General Orders:

Born: 27 March 1916 at Wisconsin

Home of Record: Milwaukee or Marion, Wisconsin

Death: 7 March 2002

Interred: Saint John’s Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Marion, Wisconsin

 

He entered service at Milwaukee, WI on 11 Apr. ‘41; SN 36207088; served with 126TH Inf. (presumed), likely 1ST Bn.; fought at Yakamul, New Guinea ca. 1-5 Jun. ‘44; led 12-man patrol to repair commo wire connecting to main outpost on the Driniumor after Japanese cut it on 4 Jun. ‘44, ambushed, lost 1 man; returned to Yakamul ca. 12 Aug. ‘44; married Irene Schwede; resided at Clintonville, WI.

 

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 Apr. ’17; not HoH or HoV

 

210.   

*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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211.   

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

 

212.   

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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213.   

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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214.   

*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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215.   

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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216.   

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

 

217.   

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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218.   

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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219.   

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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220.   

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

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221.   

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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222.   

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

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223.   

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

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224.   

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

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*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.

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