The 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Veteran Association

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Silver Star Recipients

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

Surnames G through N

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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.

138.   

Gamso, Rafael R.

Captain, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 29 December 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: According to Papuan Campaign, CPT Gamso earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action as a medical officer on 29 December 1942 near Buna, New Guinea. His actions were summarized by Murlin Spencer in a war-time dispatch from overseas printed in the St. Petersburg Times on 4 Jan. ’43, “They are brave men, like the little group of five who volunteered to take medical supplies through to a company which first reached the coast only to have the Japs cut them off…It was from him [PVT Arthur A. Christofaro] I heard the story of the five who dared go unarmed through enemy lines to take medical supplies to the isolated company, which has since been rescued. They were privates Ray Jackson of Arlington, Wis.; Sam Scarfo of Youngstown, O.; Gerald McCarthy of Waterloo, Ill.; Vernon A. Pyles of LaGrange, Ky.; and Capt. Rafael R. Gamso, New York, NY. Gamso stayed all night to treat the wounded and returned the next day.”

General Orders:

Born: 28 April 1911

Home of Record: New York, New York

Death: passed away 22 August 1979

Interred: Mount Ararat Cemetery, Farmingdale, New York

 

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.

updated 28 Apr. ’13; added 13 Jan. ’13; not HoV or HoH

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139.   

Gantenbein, William Emmet

Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army

Battery A, 120TH Field Artillery Battalion, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division

Date of Action:

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “William E. Gantenbein, 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 (1945)

Born: 24 March 1922 at Wisconsin

Home of Record: La Crosse, Wisconsin

Death: 17 October 1998

Interred: Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Florida

 

He was PVT in Btry. A, 120TH FA Regt., Wisconsin National Guard, at La Crosse, WI when 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40; SN 20651748.

 

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 21 Mar. ’14

 

140.   

Garcia, Willie J.

Private First Class, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 21 May 1945

Citation: “Private First Class Willie J. Garcia, (39722524), Infantry, United States Army. For gallantry in action near the Villa Verde Trail, Luzon, Philippine Islands, on 21 May 1945. The platoon of which Private Garcia was a member was assigned the mission of neutralizing enemy cave fortifications. Realizing that the heavy volume of enemy machine gun and rifle fire issuing form these emplacements was seriously hampering the platoon’s advance, Private Garcia and another enlisted man, armed with hand grenades and explosive charges, advanced toward the enemy positions over terrain dangerously exposed to heavy enemy fire. Using smoke grenades to conceal their movements, they succeeded in destroying three enemy installations with explosive charges. Later investigation revealed that one of the these caves was the command post of Major Sampei, commanding officer of the enemy forces opposing the advance of our troops. Private Garcia’s extreme devotion to duty reflects great credit on him and on the military service.”

General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 341 (1945)

Born: 1924

Home of Record: Brea California

 

He entered the service on 3 Jan. '44 at Los Angeles, CA; SN 39722524; the caves he attacked were on Hill 508 in an area along the Villa Verde Trail known as the Kongo Fortress; many thanks to PFC Garcia’s son who provided a copy of the actual citation.

added 15 Mar. ’13

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141.   

Garrett, Leonard Edwin

Captain, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 28 December 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Leonard E. Garrett, 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 Garrett earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 28 December 1942 near Buna, New Guinea.

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

Born: 11 April 1917 at Pittsburg, Texas

Home of Record: Beaumont, Texas

Death: 4 December 1965 at Fort Hood, Texas

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

 

He also served in Korea and Vietnam wars; retired as a COL.

 

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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142.   

Gates, Dell E.

Private First Class, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 18 December 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: According to Papuan Campaign, PFC Gates earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 18 December 1942 near Cape Endaiadere, New Guinea.

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

Born:

Home of Record: Nebraska

 

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 7 Apr. ’13; not HoV

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143.   

Gauthier, William L.

Private First Class, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 21 November 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “William L. Gauthier, 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 Gauthier earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action as a medic on 21 November 1942 near Buna, New Guinea. The citation was summarized a news release from United Nations Headquarters in Australia on 26 March 1943, “Gauthier was cited for repeatedly crawling out of his slit trench during a bombardment to rescue wounded comrades.”

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

Born: 17 March 1914 at Ishpeming, Michigan

Home of Record: Ishpeming, Michigan

Death: 3 January 2003

Interred: Resthaven Memorial Gardens, Frederick, Maryland

 

He entered the service on 4 Jun. 41 at Milwaukee, WI; SN 36211788; married; he is also cited in HQ, 32d Infantry Division, G.O. No. 53 (1943), which may mean an additional award.

added 5 Jan. ‘13

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144.   

*Geelhoed, Peter

Private First Class, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 2 January 1943

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Peter Geelhoed, 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 Geerhoed earned the Silver Star (posthumously) for gallantry in action on 2 January 1943 near Buna Mission, New Guinea.

General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 12 (1943)

Born: 27 May 1919 at Michigan

Home of Record: Byron Center, Michigan

Death: 2 January 1943

Interred: Winchester Cemetery, Byron Center, Michigan

Status: KIA

 

He entered service 17 Apr. '41 at Kalamazoo, MI; SN 36155108.

added 7 Apr. ’13

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145.   

Genthe, Leland E. (L.)

Corporal, 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, CPL Genthe earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 26 November 1942 near Buna Mission, New Guinea. A communiqué from the War Department to his parents ca. 26 Feb. ’43 stated that, “Corporal Genthe brought back wounded comrades over swampland and tall grass” during the battle.

General Orders:

Born: 26 July 1915 at Wisconsin

Home of Record: Platteville, Wisconsin

Death: 17 July 2001

Interred: Calvary Cemetery, Platteville, Wisconsin

 

He was a PVT in Co. M, 128TH Inf., Wisconsin National Guard, at Platteville, WI, when 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40; SN 20651116.

added 7 Apr. ’13; not HoV or HoH

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146.   

Gerbensky, Chester Francis 'Chet'

Sergeant, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 24 December 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: Sergeant Chester F. Gerbensky earned the Silver Star by using his innate pitching ability to throw grenades to reduce several Japanese pillboxes, killing six occupants and forcing the survivors to flee, while under fire on 24 December 1942 near Buna, New Guinea.

General Orders:

Born: 29 August 1920

Home of Record: Hartland, Wisconsin

Death: 3 August 2005

Interred: Saint Joseph Cemetery, Waukesha, Wisconsin

 

He earned athletic scholarship to Carroll College, where he was a pitcher; Chicago White Sox showed interest in his pitching ability, but then he was mobilized; married; was PVT in Co. G, 127TH Inf., Wis. Nat. Guard, at Oconomowoc, WI on 15 Oct. '40; his commander, CPT William H. Dames, had recommended he be bestowed with the DSC and commissioned 2LT after his actions at Buna, neither happened; his grandson and some of his comrades led an effort to have him decorated; the DSC was downgraded to the Silver Star, with which he was decorated on 29 Jun. '02 by BG Kerry G. Denson, Deputy AG for WING; he was commissioned at some point, either late in the war or after he re-joined the Wis. Nat. Guard after the war; he was Lt. and cdr. of HQ Co., 127TH Inf. in Waukesha ca. 27 Oct. '49; he was a MAJ by the early ‘60s; LTC and cdr. of 2D Bn., 128TH Inf. when it was mobilized for riots in Milwaukee ca. 1 Aug. '67.

added 26 Dec. ’13; not HoV or HoH

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147.   

Gernaat (Gernast), Albert

Private, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action:

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Albert Gernaat, 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: 3 December 1915 at Decatur, Michigan

Home of Record: Kalamazoo, Michigan

Death: 4 November 1967

Interred: Portage Central Cemetery, Portage, Michigan

 

Son of Jacob, Sr. and Nellie Boven Gernaat.

 

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 Aug. ’13

 

148.   

*Gibbs, Walter A.

Sergeant, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: ca. April 1945

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Walter A. Gibbs, 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 likely, not certain, that SGT Gibbs was posthumously awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action on Luzon, Philippines, circa April 1945.

General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 175 (1945)

Born: 19 February 1925 at Virginia

Home of Record: Petersburg, Virginia

Death: 19 April 1945

Interred: Blandford Cemetery, Petersburg, Virginia

Status: DOW

 

He entered service 4 May '43 at Richmond, VA; SN 33636240; also earned the 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 7 Feb. ‘13

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149.   

Gibson, Earl

Captain, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action:

Citation: “Captain Earl Gibson, (01284318), Infantry, United States Army. For gallantry in action near the Villa Verde Trail, Luzon, Philippine Islands, from 23 April 1945 to 1 May 1945. Over a period of several days Captain Gibson distinguished himself by his aggressive leadership and his coolness under heavy hostile fire. The company attacked and occupied an enemy held hill and then under precarious circumstances maintained the position against repeated and determined counter-attacks. The confidence inspired in his men by Captain Gibson’s heroic and highly capable actions was greatly responsible for the successful defense of the strategically important hill.”

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

Born:

Home of Record: Quaker City, Ohio

 

Given the date and location of the event, it is likely he belonged to the 127TH Inf. (or maybe 126TH), but I haven't found definitive proof, yet.

added 2 Mar. ‘14

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150.   

*Glenn, Victor S.

Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 18 December 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Victor S. Glenn, 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. Glenn earned the Silver Star (posthumously) for gallantry in action on 18 December 1942 near Buna Mission, New Guinea.

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

Born: 14 April 1920 at New Glarus, Wisconsin

Home of Record: Madison, Wisconsin

Death: 18 December 1942

Interred: Roselawn Memorial Park, Monona, Wisconsin

Status: KIA

 

He was a Cpl. in Co. G, 128TH Inf., Wisconsin National Guard, at Madison, WI, when 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40; SN 20650001; namesake of Togstad-Glenn Chap. No. 2 of DAV at Madison, WI, the other namesake is 2d Lt. Morris O. Togstad, Wis. Nat. Guard, HQ Co., 127TH Inf., who was the last Soldier from Madison, WI killed in WWI; Togstad Glenn is a street in Madison, WI named in honor of both of these men.

added 7 Apr. ’13

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151.   

Gmeiner, Loren Lionel

Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 25 December 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Loren L. Gmeiner, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.” According to Papuan Campaign, LTC Gmeiner earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 25 December 1942 at Buna, New Guinea. In actuality, this was the Oak Leaf Cluster to the Silver Star; he earned his first Silver Star near Juvigny, France circa 29 or 30 August 1918 while serving with the 32D Division during WWI.

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

Born: 17 September 1894

Home of record: Waupaca, Wisconsin

Death: 15 June 1973

Interred: Lakeside Memorial Park, Waupaca, Wisconsin

 

He was a 1LT in Howitzer Co., 127TH Inf., Wisconsin National Guard, at Waupaca, WI, on 13 Jan. '23; was CPT in charge of Anti-Tank Platoon, HQ Co., 127TH Inf. at Waupaca, WI, when 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40; promoted to MAJ shortly after unit arrived at Camp Beauregard, LA; promoted LTC and assumed command of 2D Bn., 127TH Inf. about a week before it sailed for Australia; commanded 2D Bn., 127TH Inf. at Buna until ca. 25 Dec. ’42 when he was WIA; awarded Purple Heart 6 Apr. '43; wrote an article about Buna in Sep. '43 issue of Infantry Journal; was a COL and deputy post commander of Fort Dix, NJ, in 1952; memorial plaque states he served in Korea.

updated 19 Jan. ‘14

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152.   

Golding, Howard A.

Private First Class, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 27 December 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Howard A. Golding, 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 Golding 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. 12 (1943)

Born: 1919 at Ohio

Home of Record: Montpelier, Ohio

 

He entered service 27 Nov. '41 at Camp Perry, Lacarne, OH; SN 35280122; discharged ca. 6 Sep. '45.

 

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 8 Apr. ’13

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153.   

Goode, Francis K.

Sergeant, U.S. Army
__, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 27 May 1944
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Francis K. Goode, 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: 18 May 1919 at South Carolina
Home of record: Swannanoa, North Carolina

Death: 27 April 1945

Interred: Hughey Cemetery, Asheville, North Carolina

Status: KIA

 

He resided at Buncombe Co., NC, when he entered service 2 Feb. 42 at Ft. Jackson, SC; SN 14073296; received a battlefield commission to 2LT sometime after Aitape; SN 0-1690724; KIA 27 Apr. ’45 along the Villa Verde Trail on Luzon, Philippines.

added 28 Feb. ‘13

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154.   

*Goodman, Cecil Paul (presumed posthumous)

Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company A, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 28 January 1944 (presumed)
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Cecil P. Goodman, 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 Goodman almost certainly earned his Silver Star as a member of 50-man patrol from 1ST Bn., 128TH Inf. that was attacked by a 100-man Japanese force west of the Mot River near Teterei, along the western edge of the Saidor bridgehead, on 28 Jan. ’44. The patrol killed 43 Japanese soldiers, but suffered 8 killed, 6 MIA, and 9 WIA. He was a member of 2LT George J. Hess’ group after it became isolated on north bank of Mot River. PFC Goodman was 1 of the 6 who volunteered to stay with the wounded and dead in order that the others could escape.
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 41 (1944)
Born: 13 June 1921 at Tennessee
Home of record: Camden, Tennessee

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

Interred: listed on Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery; also memorialized at Eastview Cemetery, Camden, TN

Status: MIA

 

Married; entered service 19 Dec. '42 at Ft. Oglethorpe, GA; SN 34501034; FOD 17 Jan. '46; also earned Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/1 service star, Presidential Unit Citation.

added 6 Mar. ‘13

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155.   

*Goodwin, John R.

Private, U.S. Army

Anti-tank Company, 128TH Infantry, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division

Date of Action: 16 November 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “John R. Goodwin, 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 Goodwin earned the Silver Star (posthumously) for gallantry in action on 16 November 1942 near Cape Sudest, New Guinea.

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

Born:

Home of Record: Scott County, Arkansas

Death: 16 November 1942

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

Status: MIA

 

SN 37102830; also earned Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

added 8 Apr. ’13

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156.   

Grabow, Kenneth W.

Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action:

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Kenneth W. Grabow, 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: 1920 at Wisconsin

Home of Record: Monroe, Wisconsin

 

He was PVT in Co. K, 128TH Inf., Wisconsin National Guard, at Monroe, WI when 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40; SN 20650668; his brother, PFC Clifford Grabow, was a Marine who was KIA on Saipan.

 

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 Sep. ’13

 

157.   

Grant, Ellsworth V.

Sergeant, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action:

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Ellsworth V. Grant, 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 (1944)

Born: 1920 at Wisconsin

Home of Record: Neenah, Wisconsin

 

He was WIA by shrapnel 20 Dec. '42 near Buna.

 

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 Feb. ’13

 

158.   

Grayson, Lincoln B.

Captain, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 22 December 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: According to Papuan Campaign, CPT Grayson earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 22 December 1942 near Buna, New Guinea.

General Orders:

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 13 Jan. ’13

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159.   

Green, Paul E. (P.)

Corporal, 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, CPL Green earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 26 November 1942 near Buna, New Guinea.

General Orders:

Born: 1921 at Wisconsin

Home of Record: Fennimore, Wisconsin

 

He was a PVT in Co. M, 128TH Inf., Wisconsin National Guard, at Platteville, WI, when 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40; SN 20651076.

added 8 Apr. ’13; not HoV or HoH

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160.   

Greene, James J.

Private First Class, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 28 December 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: According to Papuan Campaign, PFC Greene earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 28 December 1942 near Buna, New Guinea. Victory in Papua summarized PFC Greene’s actions on page 301, “It was obvious that the Japanese could not hope to hold the Triangle once they lost control of the gardens for the position was now outflanked and cut off…When a volunteer party of Company E, 127th Infantry, led by Sgt. Charles E. Wagner, with Pfc. James G. Greene as his second-in-command, pushed its way cautiously into the Triangle that evening [28 December], it found that the Japanese had pulled out of the area some time before and that the fourteen bunkers and innumerable trenches making up the position were empty.”

General Orders:

Born: 1922 at Wisconsin

Home of Record: Manitowoc, Wisconsin

 

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

not HoH or HoV

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161.   

Grych (Grynch), Casimer (Casimier)

Private First Class, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 29 December 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: According to Papuan Campaign, PFC Grych earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action as a medic on 29 December 1942 near Buna, New Guinea.

General Orders:

Born: 28 December 1916 at Wisconsin

Home of Record: Manitowoc, Wisconsin

Death: 24 April 1963

Interred: Evergreen Cemetery, Manitowoc, Wisconsin

 

He entered service 21 Mar. '41 at Milwaukee, WI; SN 36204903.

added 8 Apr. ’13; not HoV or HoH

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162.   

Gutow, Julius J.

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) Julius J. Gutow, 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 Gutow 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 Gutow's gallant actions and dedicated devotion to his fellow man, without regard for his own life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.”

General Orders: The Military Surgeon, March 1943

Born:

Home of Record: Flint, Michigan

added 10 Jan. ‘13

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163.   

*Hake, Oral (presumed posthumous)

Corporal, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 28 January 1944 (presumed)

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Oral Hake, 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.” CPL Hake 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 a member of 50-man patrol from 1ST Bn., 128TH Inf. that was attacked by a 100-man Japanese force west of the Mot River near Teterei, along the western edge of the Saidor bridgehead, on 28 Jan. ’44. The patrol killed 43 Japanese soldiers, but suffered 8 killed, 6 MIA, and 9 WIA. He was a member of 1LT George J. Hess’ group after it became isolated on north bank of Mot River. CPL Hake was 1 of the 6 who volunteered to stay with the wounded and dead in order that the others could escape.

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

Born: 9 January 1915 at Grant County, Wisconsin

Home of Record: Dunn County, Wisconsin

Death: 28 January 1944 near Saidor, New Guinea, likely at Teterei

Interred: Manila American Cemetery

Status: KIA

 

He was PVT in Co. A, 128TH Inf., Wisconsin National Guard, at Menomonie, WI when 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40; SN 20648822; also earned Purple Heart.

added 9 Mar. ‘13

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164.   

Hall, Irving W.

Sergeant, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 21 November 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: His citation was summarized in a war-time dispatch from the front in 4 Feb. ’43 Appleton Post Crescent, “While leading his Battalion Hall spotted an enemy machine gun about 50 yards ahead on a trail near Buna. With utter disregard for his personal safety Hall, making it appear to the enemy that he hadn’t seen the gun, turned his back to the gun and motioned his men off the trail. Hall then knelt on the edge of the trail and fired one burst from his tommy gun into the enemy position before the enemy was able to open fire. The fact that only one man was wounded in the encounter is attributed to the daring manner in which Hall warned his men and gave them time to seek cover.”

General Orders:

Born: 30 July 1920 at Endeavor, Wisconsin

Home of Record: Endeavor, Wisconsin

Death: 2 June 2008 at Portage, Wisconsin

Interred: Silver Lake Cemetery, Portage, Wisconsin

 

He was PVT in Co. F, 128TH Inf., Wisconsin National Guard, at Portage, WI, when 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40; his other awards include Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/2 battle stars, American Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and Distinguished Unit Badge.

added 4 Feb. ’13; not HoH or HoV

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165.   

Hall, Robert M.

Private First Class, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action:

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Robert M. Hall, 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 (1945)

Born: 8 October 1918

Home of Record: Mineral Wells, Texas

Death: 29 June 1984 at Mineral Wells, Texas

Interred: Woodland Park Cemetery, Mineral Wells, Texas

 

Married, father of 3; severely WIA 8 May '45 on Luzon, Philippines; earned Purple Heart.

added 5 Nov. ’13

 

166.   

*Hallock, Charles H., Jr.

Corporal, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 2 December 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Charles H. Hallock, 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, CPL Hallock 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: 15 September 1919

Home of Record: North Branch, Michigan

Death: 5 December 1942 near Soputa, New Guinea

Interred: Maple Grove Cemetery, North Branch, Michigan

Status: KIA

 

Married; SN 36112151.

added 8 Apr. ’13

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167.   

Hamilton, Chelsea B.

Private, U.S. Army
__, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 27 May 1944
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Chelsea B. Hamilton, 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: 1921 at Idaho
Home of record: Lomita, California

Death: 23 November 1944

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

Status: MIA

 

He lived in Lomita and Walteria, CA, most of his life; graduated Narbonne H. S., Class of '39; worked for Rubbercraft Corp., Torrance, CA; married; entered service 26 May '43 at Los Angeles, CA; SN 39574451; later promoted to SSG; also earned Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster and Purple Heart; went MIA, later declared KIA, on 23 Nov. '44 on Leyte, Philippines.

added 28 Feb. ‘13

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168.   

Hannum, Clifford Pershing

First Lieutenant, U.S. Army

1ST Battalion, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division

Date of Action: 29 December 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Clifford P. Hannum, 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 Hannum earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 29 December 1942 near Buna, New Guinea.

General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 65 (1943)

Born: 7 Dec. '19 at Lyons, Indiana

Home of Record: Indiana

Death: 20 March 2002

Interred: Arlington National Cemetery

 

He was commissioned 2LT (Reserve) 10 Feb. '41; he was 1LT and S-3 for 1ST Bn., 126TH Inf. at Buna; also served during Korea and Vietnam wars; served for 32 years and retired in '73 as BG; awards include Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Legion of Merit, three Bronze Stars, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Combat Infantryman's Badge, Distinguished Unit Badge, Parachutist Badge and Vietnam Gallantry Cross; he is listed as ‘Clifton P. Hannum’ in Victory in Papua, but most references list him as Clifford.

added 14 Jan. ‘13

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169.   

Hanson, Oscar L.

Corporal, U.S. Army

Anti-tank Company, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division

Date of Action: 16 November 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Oscar L. Hanson, 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 Hanson 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: 17 March 1918 at Fayette Township, Wisconsin

Home of Record: Woodford, Wisconsin

Death: 9 October 2006 at Darlington, Wisconsin

Interred: Apple Grove Cemetery, Argyle, Wisconsin

 

He entered service 15 Apr. '41 at Milwaukee, WI; served with Anti-tank Co., 128TH Inf. in Australia, New Guinea, Leyte, and Luzon; awards include Silver Star, Bronze Star, and CIB; earned 6 Overseas Service Bars; discharged at Camp McCoy, WI, Aug. '45.

added 3 Jan. ‘13

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170.   

Hardin, Parker C.

Major, U.S. Army

22D Portable Hospital (attached to 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division)

Date of Action: 16 November 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: According to Papuan Campaign, MAJ Hardin earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 16 November 1942 near Cape Sudest, New Guinea.

General Orders:

Born:

Home of Record: Charleston, Illinois

 

Hardin, Parker C.

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 pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Major (Medical Corps) [Parker C. Hardin (Parler C. Hardin)], 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 Hardin 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 Hardin's gallant actions and dedicated devotion to his fellow man, without regard for his own life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.”

General Orders: The Military Surgeon, March 1943

Born:

Home of Record: Charleston, Illinois

 

He graduated Princeton '22; Harvard Med. School '27; intern Walter Reed General Hospital; practiced general surgery in NC; later chief surgeon at a Monroe, NC, hospital; commissioned '27 after military training at Harvard; entered active service 15 Apr. '41; after requesting foreign service he was sent to South Pacific in Mar. '42; assigned as CO of 22D Portable Hospital Sep. '42; he and his unit joined/combined with 2D Field Hospital in the Buna area.

added 4 Jan. ’13; 0 HoH; 1 HoV

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171.   

Harding, Edwin Forrest

Major General, U.S. Army

Commanding General, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division

Date of Action: 16 November 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis - Synopsis: “Major General Edwin Forrest Harding, United States Army, was awarded the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in connection with military operations against the enemy while serving as Commanding General of the 32d Infantry Division during World War II.” According to Papuan Campaign, MG Harding earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 16 November 1942 near Hariko, New Guinea.

General Orders:

Born: 18 September 1886 at Ohio

Home of Record: Ohio

Death: 5 June 1970

Interred: Woodhill Cemetery, Franklin, Ohio

 

He graduated U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Class of '09; rifle platoon leader in the Philippines; battalion commander in China; Commander of 27TH Inf. at Schofield Barracks; taught at West Point for 6 years and was editor of Infantry Journal for 4 years; BG in 1940 as Assistant CG 9TH Inf. Div.; assumed command of 32D Div. on 9 Feb. 1942; promoted MG on 13 Feb. 1942; commanded 32D Div. during its first WWII campaign at Buna; after he left the Div. he went to Panama to command ground forces in the Caribbean Theater; awarded Legion of Merit for his service '43-'45.

added 14 Jan. ‘13

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172.   

Hardrath, Alfred C.

Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 10 January 1943

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Alfred C. Hardrath, 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 Hardrath earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 10 January 1943 near Tarakena, New Guinea.

General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 16 (1943)

Born: 13 September 1915 at Town of Kossuth, Wisconsin

Home of Record: Wisconsin

Death: 12 November 2012 at Manitowoc, Wisconsin

Interred: Salem Ebenezer Reformed Church Cemetery, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin

 

He was a PVT in Co. E, 127TH Inf., Wisconsin National Guard, at Manitowoc, WI, when 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40; he served overseas in the Pacific from '42 to '45.

not HoH

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173.   

Harris, Hilton N.

Private First Class, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action:

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Hilton Harris, 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: 1917 at North Carolina

Home of Record: Plymouth, North Carolina

Death: 17 Jan. '46 (this is date of FOD, not actual date of death)

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

Status: MIA

 

He entered service 14 Aug. '42 at Ft. Bragg, NC; SN 34316374; also earned Bronze Star, and Purple Heart.

 

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

added 11 Mar. ‘14

 

174.   

Harrison, Ralph C.

Corporal, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 21 November 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: According to Papuan Campaign, CPL Harrison earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 21 November 1942 near Buna, New Guinea. According to an article in the Daily Telegram on 1 Feb. ’43, he went forward of friendly lines to rescue wounded comrades.

General Orders:

Born: 1922 at Wisconsin

Home of Record: Beloit, Wisconsin

 

He was a PVT in Co. L, 128TH Inf., Wisconsin National Guard, at Beloit, WI, when 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40; SN 20650876.

added 9 Apr. ’13; not HoV or HoH

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175.   

Hart, Leonard M.

Technician Fourth Grade, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 16 November 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Leonard M. Hart, 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 Hart earned 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: 1 April 1918 at Illinois

Home of Record: Chicago, Illinois

Death: 20 February 2008

Interred: Houston National Cemetery, Houston, Texas

 

He graduated U. of Chicago; he entered active service with Illinois National Guard on 5 Mar. '41 at Chicago, IL; SN 20618205; also earned Bronze Star and Purple Heart; commissioned as a medical officer by the time he separated ca. Dec. ’45; married; served in Army Reserve after the war; retired as LTC; doctor at VA hospital(s).

added 9 Apr. ’13

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176.   

Hartigan, Joseph J.

Lieutenant, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 28 January 1944

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Joseph J. Hartigan, 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.” Lt. Hartigan 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 1LT 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 1LT 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.

General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 41 (1944)

Born:

Home of Record: New York, New York

added 14 Oct. ’14

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177.   

*Hatlestad, John

Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 1 December 1944 (not definite but quite likely)

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “John Hatlestad, 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: entered service from Minnesota but also had ties to Ellis Co., Oklahoma

Death: 1 December 1944

Interred: Manila American Cemetery

Status: KIA

added 28 Jan. ‘13

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178.   

*Hauert, Sheldon G.

Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 7 March 1945

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Sheldon G. Hauert, 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 Appleton in WWII, SSG Hauert earned the Silver Star, posthumously, for his attempt to rescue a wounded comrade who was lying helpless in an open field along the Villa Verde Trail northeast of Santa Maria on Luzon, Philippines; Hauert was killed by a sniper in the attempt.

General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 120 (1945)

Born: 23 October 1915 at Wisconsin

Home of Record: Appleton, Wisconsin

Death: 7 March 1945

Interred: Manila American Cemetery

Status: KIA

 

Son of Wilbert Hauert, 517 N. Bates St., Appleton, WI (hometown); attended Appleton H. S.; was PVT in Co. D, 127TH Inf., Wisconsin National Guard, at Appleton, WI, when 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40; SN 20646517; other awards include Purple Heart w/OLC, Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, Philippine Liberation Medal, Distinguished Unit Citation, and CIB.

added 24 Nov. ‘13

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179.   

Hawkins, William D.

Major, U.S. Army

Headquarters, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division

Date of Action: 28 December 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “William D. Hawkins, 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 Hawkins earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 28 December 1942 near Buna, New Guinea.

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

Born:

Home of Record: Bronxville, New York

 

Division G-2 at Buna; attained the rank of COL.

 

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 23 Jan. ‘13

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180.   

Heck, Andrew J.

Private, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 28 December 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: According to Papuan Campaign, PVT Heck earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action as a medic on 28 December 1942 near Dobodura, New Guinea.

General Orders:

Born: 1917 at Ohio

Home of Record: River Rouge, Michigan

 

He entered service 11 Apr. '41 at Detroit, MI; SN 36110179.

added 10 Apr. ’13; not HoV or HoH

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181.   

Heck, George A.

Sergeant, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 8 January 1943

Citation Needed - Synopsis: According to Papuan Campaign, SGT Heck earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 8 January 1943 near Tarakena, New Guinea.

General Orders:

Born: 1916 at Indiana

Home of Record: Burney, Indiana

 

He entered service 25 Apr. '41 at Detroit, MI; SN 36112840.

added 10 Apr. ’13; not HoV or HoH

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182.   

Hensley, Leroy

Private First Class, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action:

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Leroy Hensley, 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 (1945)

Born: 1920 at Tennessee

Home of Record: Jonesville, Virginia

Death: 24 November 1944 on Leyte, Philippines

Interred: Manila American Cemetery

Status: KIA

 

Married, father of (at least) 1; entered service 4 Dec. '41 at Roanoke, VA; SN 33091571; 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 12 Mar. ’14

 

183.   

Henson (Hensen), Edward H.

Private, U.S. Army
__, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 27 May 1944
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Edward H. Henson, 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.” PVT Henson’s citation 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: 
Home of record: Chicago, Illinois

 

His unit of assignment is presumed, most of the patrol members whose unit is known were assigned to the 126TH Inf.

added 27 Feb. ‘13

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184.   

Herr, Daniel J. ‘Danny’

Warrant Officer, U.S. Army

Headquarters Company, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division

Date of Action: 16 November 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Daniel J. Herr, 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, WO Herr earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 16 November 1942 near Cape Sudest, New Guinea.

General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 28 (6 April1943)

Born: 11 February 1917 at Ohio

Home of Record: New York, New York

Death: 28 September 1990 at Chicago, Illinois

Interred: Wood National Cemetery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

 

Entered service 15 Jan. '41 at NY; he was a reporter for New York Daily News before he entered service; WIA (arms and legs) by machine gun fire on 16 Nov. '42; commissioned 2LT by the time he was awarded Silver Star.

added 4 Jan. ‘13

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185.   

Hess, George J.

Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 25 December 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: According to 32D Infantry Division in World War II and Victory in Papua, on Christmas morning 1942, 2LT Hess led a 15-man patrol on a mission to get through to the rear of the Japanese right flank at Old Strip near Buna. By that afternoon, after several hours struggling through the festering and seemingly impenetrable swamp, now and then sinking waist-deep, 2LT Hess and his men succeeded in securing a tentative position on a small patch of dry ground to the Japanese rear. The patrol held their position for the rest of the day and that night, in spite of Japanese efforts to dislodge them. The next morning additional U.S. and Australian forces were able to use these new positions to capture a pair of enemy positions that had been impeding the Allied advance on the Warren Force front.

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 37 (12 May 1944)

Born: 1916 at Wisconsin

Home of Record: Edgerton, Wisconsin

 

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

added 14 Oct. ‘14

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186.   

Hillard, Malcolm H.

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 Hillard 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., PVT Thomas E. Doss, and PVT Floyd A. Sujkowski).

General Orders:

Born:

Home of Record: Mount Pleasant, Michigan

added 11 Apr. ’13; not HoV or HoH

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187.   

Hoffman, Llewelynn

Sergeant, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 16 November 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Llewellyn Hoffman, 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 Hoffman earned 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: 1917 at Illinois

Home of Record: Chicago, Illinois

 

He entered active service with Illinois National Guard on 3 Mar. '41 at Chicago, IL; SN 20618356; married.

added 11 Apr. ’13

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188.   

Hollenbeck, Stanley W.

Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army

14TH Portable Surgical Hospital (attached to 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division)

Date of Action: 16-17 November 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Stanley W. Hollenbeck, 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 Hollenbeck earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 16-17 November 1942 at Embogo, 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, “Maj. Hollenbeck, then commanding a portable hospital, hiked eight miles along the beach at night, wading several tidal streams, to give treatment to 30 survivors who reached shore after the vessels were bombed and strafed [on 16 November 1942]. Maj. Hollenbeck helped move the men to his portable hospital and worked through the night operating on the patients. The next morning when enemy planes returned and strafed the area in which the hospital was located in tents, Maj. Hollenbeck helped carry the wounded men to slit trenches before seeking protection for himself.”

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

Born: 1911 at Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Home of Record: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

 

He was a MAJ and commander of Med. Dept., 126TH FA Regt., Wisconsin National Guard, at Milwaukee, WI, when 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40; by the time the award was presented ca. Apr. '43, he had been promoted to LTC and given command of a medical battalion.

added 3 Jan. ‘13

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189.   

*Holm, Merl W.

Private First Class, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 26 November 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Merl W. Holm, 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 Holm earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 26 November 1942 near Sanananda, New Guinea.

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

Born:

Home of Record: Lake City, Iowa

Death: 26 November 1942

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

Status: MIA

 

SN 37111202; also earned Bronze Star and Purple Heart; Calhoun County, IA's first service death during the war.

added 11 Apr. ’13

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190.   

Howe, Merle H.

Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army
Headquarters, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 16 January 1943
Citation Needed - Synopsis: According to Papuan Campaign, LTC Howe earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 16 January 1943 near Tarakena, New Guinea. He had assumed command of the 127TH Infantry on 14 January.
General Orders:
Born: 11 April 1896 at Mount Pleasant, Michigan
Home of record: Mount Pleasant, Michigan

Death: 30 August 1945

Interred:

Status: KIA

 

Howe, Merle H.

Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army
__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action:
Citation Needed:
General Orders:
Born: 11 April 1896 at Mount Pleasant, Michigan
Home of record: Mount Pleasant, Michigan

Death: 30 August 1945

Interred:

Status: KIA

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

 

The second 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

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191.   

Howes, Bernard P.

First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
Company E, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 22 November 1942
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Bernard P. Howes, 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 Howes earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 22 November 1942 on the Soputa-Sanananda Trail, New Guinea.
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 28 (6 April 1943)
Born: 1915
Home of record: Hugo, Oklahoma

 

He attended U. of Okla. '39-'40; married; entered service as Pvt. on 16 Sep. '40 with Oklahoma National Guard at Oklahoma City, OK; SN 20824820; commissioned at some point, new SN 0402765; trained at Ft. Sill, OK and Camp Barkeley, TX; transferred from 179TH Inf., 45TH Div., ca. 17 Feb. '42; assigned to Co. E, 126TH Inf.; overseas Apr. '42; member of small, advance reconnaissance patrol of Kapa Kapa Trail over Owen Stanleys, led by Capt. William F. Boice; WIA Nov. '42, likely 22 Nov.

added 23 Jan. ‘13

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192.   

Huebner, Carlton H. ‘Carl’

Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company I, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 24 December 1942
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Carlton H. Huebner, 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 Huebner earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 24 December 1942 near Buna, New Guinea. The citation was summarized in the 24 Apr. ’43 Menasha Record, “When Americans made an attack in the government gardens area near Buna mission on Dec. 24, Sergt. Donald Milton, 507 Desnoyer street, Kaukauna, crawled through short grass under heavy fire to within 30 yards of an enemy machine gun to give first aid to Lieut. Craig Fleming, who was fatally wounded. While dressing Fleming’s wound, Milton himself was wounded by fragments from a Jap grenade. Sergt. Huebner crawled out into the line of fire to bring back the wounded sergeant. Both Milton and Huebner received silver stars.”
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 28 (6 April 1943)
Born: 1916 at Wisconsin
Home of record: Neenah, Wisconsin

Death:

Interred:

 

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

added 5 Feb. ‘13

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193.   

*Huebner, Harold J.

Private First Class, U.S. Army
__, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 20 December 1942
Citation Needed - Synopsis: According to Papuan Campaign, PVT Huebner earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action (posthumously) on 20 December 1942 near Buna, New Guinea. The citation was summarized in the 4 Feb. ’43 Appleton Post Crescent, “During the progress of an infantry attack Huebner with complete disregard for his own safety went forward under heavy, machine-gun fire to give first aid to a wounded soldier who had fallen in the enemy fire lane only a short distance from a machine-gun emplacement. His courageous act greatly aided the morale of the unit to which he was attached. Huebner was killed by fire from this emplacement.”
General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Forces, Pacific, General Orders No. 14 (1943)
Born: 23 October 1915 at Newton, Wisconsin
Home of record: Manitowoc, Wisconsin

Death: 20 December 1942 near Buna, New Guinea

Interred: Evergreen Cemetery, Manitowoc, Wisconsin

Status: KIA

 

He entered service 21 Mar. '41 at Milwaukee, WI; SN 36204967.

added 5 Feb. ‘13

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194.   

Hughes, Robert L.

First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
1ST Battalion, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 2 January 1943
Citation Needed - Synopsis: According to Papuan Campaign, 1LT Hughes earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 2 January 1943 near Buna Mission, New Guinea.
General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 34 (1943)
Born: 
Home of record: Madison, Wisconsin

Death:

Interred:

 

Enlisted in 53D Cav. Bde. HQ, Wisconsin National Guard, at Madison, WI; 2LT in HQ Co., 107TH QM Regt. (WNG) at Madison, WI, when 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40; promoted to 1LT shortly after arrival in Australia; commended by his cdr., CPT Runnoe, for his efforts to direct operations by telephone from an advanced outpost at Buna; promoted to CPT sometime after Buna; Papuan Campaign lists him from MS.

not HoH or HoV

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195.   

Huntington, Russell C.

Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 28 December 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Russell C. Huntington, 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 Huntington earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 28 December 1942 near Buna, New Guinea.

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

Born: 1919 at Michigan

Home of Record: Dimondale, Michigan

 

He entered service 9 May '41 at Kalamazoo, MI; SN 36156588; discharged 21 Jul. '45.

 

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 11 Apr. ’13

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196.   

Jackson, Ray

Private, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 29 December 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: According to Papuan Campaign, PVT Jackson earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action as a medic on 29 December 1942 near Buna, New Guinea. His actions were summarized by Murlin Spencer in a war-time dispatch from overseas printed in the St. Petersburg Times on 4 Jan. ’43, “They are brave men, like the little group of five who volunteered to take medical supplies through to a company which first reached the coast only to have the Japs cut them off…It was from him [PVT Arthur A. Christofaro] I heard the story of the five who dared go unarmed through enemy lines to take medical supplies to the isolated company, which has since been rescued. They were privates Ray Jackson of Arlington, Wis.; Sam Scarfo of Youngstown, O.; Gerald McCarthy of Waterloo, Ill.; Vernon A. Pyles of LaGrange, Ky.; and Capt. Rafael R. Gamso, New York, NY. Gamso stayed all night to treat the wounded and returned the next day.”

General Orders:

Born:

Home of Record: Arlington, Wisconsin or Arlington, Washington (newspaper article says WA but Papuan Campaign says WI)

 

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.

updated 28 Apr. ’13; added 11 Apr. ’13; not HoV or HoH

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197.   

Jacobs, William J.

Corporal, U.S. Army
Company B, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 8 December 1942
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “William J. Jacobs, 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 Jacobs earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 8 December 1942 near Buna, New Guinea.
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 4 (1943)
Born: 
Home of record: Grand Rapids, Michigan

Death:

Interred:

 

He was a member of patrol with SSG Elmer R. Buchanan 8 (16) Dec. '42 at “New Strip” near Buna; he was also cited in HQ, 32d Infantry Division, G.O. No. 54 (1943), which could mean an additional award.

added 19 Feb. ‘13

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198.   

*Jelouchan, John (presumed posthumous)

Private First Class, U.S. Army
__, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action:
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “John Jelouchan, 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: Sweetwater County, Wyoming

Death: 5 June 1944

Interred: Manila American Cemetery

Status: KIA

 

SN 37453924; given his date of death, he may have served with the 1ST Bn., 126TH Inf. at Yakamul, near Aitape, New Guinea; also awarded 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 25 May ‘13

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199.   

Jensen, Hans M.

Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 15 December 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Hans M. Jensen, 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 Jensen earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 15 December 1942 near Buna, New Guinea.

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

Born: 1 June 1918 at Town of Western, Dunn County, Wisconsin

Home of Record: Menomonie, Wisconsin

Death: 22 January 2012

Interred: St. John's Cemetery, Menomonie, Wisconsin

 

Graduated from Dunn County Normal School; taught for two years at a school in Downsville, WI; lived on the family farm until he enlisted in Wisconsin National Guard at age 17; was CPL in Co. A, 128TH Inf. at Menomonie, WI, when 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40; SN 20648771 or 20648770; also earned Bronze Star w/V; battle field commission; as 2LT led a patrol to destroy Japanese ack-ack position at Biak; “He thought it would be a 3-hour job, but it lasted 2 full days during most of which the men were without water and rations. Hearing the Japanese had sneaked in behind them, they were able to wreck a mortar position and 3 20mm ack-ack positions. Jensen's patrols, hemmed in by the Japanese, "bazooka'd" their way out, killing 18 of the enemy and chasing the rest.”; attained rank of CPT with Co. A; also served in Korea; discharged 8 Feb. '54 after about 19 years of service.

added 12 Apr. ’13

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200.   

John, Rex Kephart, Jr.

First Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company C, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action:
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Rex K. John, 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: 
Home of record: Manitowoc, Wisconsin

Death:

Interred:

 

He attended UW, Class of '41, and played football there before he entered service; served with Co. C, 128TH Inf. at Buna; earned Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and CIB; went back to UW and played football again after he was discharged ca. Sep. '45; married May ’46; trained with NY Giants in Superior, WI in Aug. '46; moved to NY Fall of '46 to play with NY Giants and work toward master’s degree in international relations at Columbia U.

 

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 19 Feb. ‘13

 

201.   

*Johnson, Guy H.

Private First Class, 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 Private First Class Guy H. Johnson (ASN: 37740358), United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the 32d Infantry Division near the Villa Verde Trail, Luzon, Philippine Islands, on 10 March 1945. Private Johnson 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 the two other men attempted the withdrawal while Private Johnson furnished covering fire. In the face of overwhelming odds he remained at his post, firing repeatedly, until he was struck and killed. Private Johnson sacrificed his life defending the withdrawal of his companions.”
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 147 (June 2, 1945)
Born: 
Home of record: Oak Gove, Missouri

Death: 10 March 1945

Interred:

Status: KIA

 

He earned his Silver Star during the same action as SSG Isaac F. Bear; also earned the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.

added 27 Jan. ‘13

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202.   

Johnson, Leroy

Private, U.S. Army
Company K, 126TH Infantry, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 22 December 1942
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Sergeant Leroy Johnson (ASN: 34154178), United States Army, was awarded the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in connection with military operations against the enemy while serving with Company K, 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division during World War II.” According to Papuan Campaign and GO No. 28, PVT Johnson earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 22 December 1942 near Sanananda, New Guinea.
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 28 (6 April 1943)
Born: 6 December 1919 at Caney Creek, Louisiana
Home of record: Oakdale, Louisiana

Death: 15 December 1944

Interred: Manila American Cemetery

Status: KIA

He was later posthumously bestowed with the Medal of Honor; see that listing for additional information about him and his heroic service.

added 3 Jan. ‘13

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203.   

Jubera, John, Jr.

Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army
__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 21 November 1942
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “John Jubera, 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, SGT Jubera earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action as a medic on 21 November 1942 near Buna, New Guinea.
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 3 (1943)
Born: 1919 at Ohio
Home of record: Powhatan Point, Ohio

Death:

Interred:

 

He entered service 28 May '41 at Ft. Hayes, Columbus, OH; SN 35033254; he is also cited in HQ, 32d Infantry Division, G.O. No. 53 (1943), which may indicate an additional award.

added 20 Feb. ‘13

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204.   

Kanapaux, Charles Carew

First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
__, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 29 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 First Lieutenant (Infantry) Charles Kanapaux (ASN: 0-227053), United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action in near Soputa, New Guinea, on 29 November 1942.”
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 37 (28 May 1943)
Born: 11 May 1914 at Charleston, South Carolina
Home of record: Charleston, South Carolina

Death: 21 September 1977 at Charleston, South Carolina

Interred: Saint Lawrence Cemetery, Charleston, South Carolina

 

He graduated Clemson College, Class of '35; nickname 'Boze'; ROTC Camp at Ft. McClellan, AL in '34; SN O-327083; served with 126TH Inf.; attained rank of LTC before he left the military; sister Margaret also served, Naval ensign; retired electrical engineer with Charleston Naval Shipyard; member of Knights of Columbus, Elks, German Friendly Society and Clemson Alumni Association; former president for Charleston Clemson Club and Professional Engineers Club.

added 19 May ‘14

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205.   

*Keast, Roger

Captain, U.S. Army
Anti-tank Company, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: probably 30 November and/or 1 December 1942
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Roger Keast, 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 Victory in Papua, CPT Keast’s leadership and heroism were a vital contribution to the creation of “Huggins’ Roadblock” on 30 November near Sanananda, New Guinea. He was KIA in an ambush on 1 December while leading a patrol to probe the Japanese positions surrounding the roadblock.
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 41 (1944)
Born: 22 April 1912
Home of record: Lansing, Michigan

Death: 1 December 1942

Interred: Mount Hope Cemetery, Lansing, Michigan

Status: KIA

 

He was originally from Crystal Falls in MI's UP; 3-letter athlete at MSU; became coach at Marquette's Graveraet High School ca. 1940; was in the Army Reserve and called to active duty ca. Mar. '41; SN 0-315798; assigned to 126TH Inf. in LA; participated in march over Owen Stanley Mountains; also earned the Purple Heart.

added 5 Feb. ‘13

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206.   

Keene, Paul, Jr.

Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
32D Ord. Det., 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 27 December 1942
Citation Needed - Synopsis: [Second Lieutenant] Paul Keene, 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, 2d Lt. Keene 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: 22 December 1915 at Nelson County, Kentucky
Home of Record: Bardstown, Kentucky

Death: 29 April 2009 at Bardstown, Kentucky

Interred: Saint Joseph’s Cemetery, Bardstown, Kentucky

 

Entered active duty with the 113TH Ord. Co., Kentucky National Guard, in Jan. ‘41; transferred to 32D Div. after Pearl Harbor; 1st Lt. when he received his decoration; Capt. assigned to 732D Ord. Co. in Philippines; discharged in ‘46.

added 23 Jan. ‘13

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207.   

Kelm, Donald E.

Private, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 28 December 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: According to Papuan Campaign, PVT Kelm earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 28 December 1942 near Buna, New Guinea.

General Orders:

Born: 18 January 1921 at Illinois

Home of Record: Decatur, Illinois

Death: 9 November 2007

Interred: Graceland/Fairlawn Cemetery, Decatur, Illinois

 

He entered service 21 Dec. '41 at Peoria, IL; SN 16051723.

 

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 12 Apr. ’13; not HoV or HoH

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208.   

*Kerker, Walter A. (presumed posthumous)

Private, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 28 January 1944 (presumed)

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Walter A. Kerker, 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.” PVT Kerker 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 a member of 50-man patrol from 1ST Bn., 128TH Inf. that was attacked by a 100-man Japanese force west of the Mot River near Teterei, along the western edge of the Saidor beachhead, on 28 Jan. ’44. The patrol killed 43 Japanese soldiers, but suffered 8 killed, 6 MIA, and 9 WIA. He was a member of 1LT George J. Hess’ group after it became isolated on north bank of Mot River. He was 1 of the 6 who volunteered to stay with the wounded and dead in order that the others could escape.

General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 41 (1944)

Born: 1920 at Wisconsin

Home of Record: Oconto Falls, Wisconsin

Death: 28 January 1944, FOD 17 January 1946

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

Status: MIA

 

He entered service 20 Aug. '42 at Milwaukee, WI; SN 36258074; also earned Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

added 20 Mar. ’14

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209.   

Kice, James W.

Private First Class, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 21 November 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: According to Papuan Campaign, PFC Kice earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 21 November 1942 near Buna, New Guinea.

General Orders:

Born:

Home of Record: Kansas City, Missouri

 

Attained the rank of SSG; he participated in “Here's Your Infantry” demonstration unit for War Bond drives ca. Jun. '45.

added 12 Apr. ’13; not HoV or HoH

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210.   

Kincaid, James Franklin

Sergeant, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 21 November 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: According to Papuan Campaign, SGT Kincaid earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 21 November 1942 near Buna, New Guinea.

General Orders:

Born: 6 Jan. '22 at Martinez, California

Home of Record: Beloit, Wisconsin

Death: 8 January 2011 at Rockton, Illinois

Interred: Rockton Township Cemetery, Rockton, Illinois

 

He participated in H. S. ROTC program; enlisted in Wisconsin National Guard at age 17; graduated Beloit Memorial H. S.; was PFC in Co. L, 128TH Inf., Wisconsin National Guard, at Beloit, WI, when 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40; SN 20650842; his other awards include Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/3 service stars, American Defense Medal, Distinguished Unit Citation; Philippine Liberation Medal w/service star, and 5 Overseas Service Bars; married, father of 3; re-married; member of DAV and Walter Graham Post No. 332 of American Legion at Rockton, IL.

added 12 Apr. ’13; not HoV or HoH

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211.   

King, Donald V. (A.)

Private First Class, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 20 February 1944

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Donald A. King, 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 King earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action 20 Feb. '44 at Cape Iris, near Saidor, New Guinea.

General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 28 (1944)

Born: 1922 at Indiana

Home of Record: Webster, Wisconsin

 

He was PVT in Co. B, 128TH Inf., Wis. Nat. Guard, at Eau Claire, WI on 15 Oct. '40; SN 20649035.

added 15 Oct. ’14

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212.   

Kirchenbauer, Alfred E.

Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
__, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 4-5 January 1943
Citation Needed - Synopsis: According to Papuan Campaign, 2LT Kirchenbauer earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 4-5 January 1943 near Siwori Village, New Guinea.
General Orders:
Born: 1918 at Michigan
Home of record: Muskegon, Michigan

 

He was a CPL in HQ, 2D Bn., 126TH Inf., Michigan National Guard, at Muskegon, MI, when 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40.

added 23 Jan. ’13; not HoH or HoV

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213.   

Klein, Francis D. (S.)

Technician Fifth Grade, 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, Tec. 5 Klein earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 26 November 1942 near Buna, New Guinea.

General Orders:

Born: 1915 at Wisconsin

Home of Record: Lancaster, Wisconsin

 

He was a PVT in Co. M, 128TH Inf., Wisconsin National Guard, at Platteville, WI, when 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40; SN 20651079; WIA and spent several months in hospital, awarded Purple Heart.

added 13 Apr. ’13; not HoV or HoH

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214.   

Klimas, Felix P.

Sergeant, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action:

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Felix P. Klimas, 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: 17 April 1916 at Wisconsin

Home of Record: Lancaster, Wisconsin

Death: 25 June 1945 on Luzon, Philippines

Interred: Saint Agnes Cemetery, Ashland, Wisconsin

Status: KIA

 

Worked for Marathon Corp., Ashland Div.; entered service 9 Jul. '42 at Milwaukee, WI; SN 36249679.

 

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

added 24 Apr. ’13

 

215.   

Knowles, Max G.

Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 28 December 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Max G. Knowles, 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 Knowles earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 28 December 1942 near Buna, New Guinea.

General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 16 (1943)

Born: 1917 at Wisconsin

Home of Record: Loretta, Wisconsin

 

He was a PVT in Co. A, 128TH Inf., Wisconsin National Guard, at Menomonie, WI, when 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40; SN 20648834.

added 13 Apr. ’13

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216.   

Kolarich, Edward A.

Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action:

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Edward A. Kolarich, 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: 1920 at New York

Home of Record: Sleepy Hollow, New York

Death: 9 April 1945 on Luzon, Philippines

Interred: Manila American Cemetery

Status: KIA

 

He entered service 19 Jun. '42 at Ft. Jay, NY; SN 32356658; 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 21 Mar. ’14

 

217.   

Konieczka, Peter P.

Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action:

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Peter P. Konieczka, 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 (1945)

Born: 1916 at Wisconsin

Home of Record: Two Rivers, Wisconsin

Death: 16 July 1944 near Aitape, New Guinea

Interred: Manila American Cemetery

Status: KIA

 

He was PFC in Co. E, 127TH Inf., Wisconsin National Guard, at Manitowoc, WI, when 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40; SN 20646703; WIA near Buna, New Guinea; KIA; 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 27 Nov. ’13

 

218.   

Krause, Robert E.

__, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action:

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Robert E. Krause, 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. 89 (1945)

 

He was a PVT in Co. A, 128TH Inf., Wisconsin National Guard, at Menomonie, WI, when 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40; SN 20648834.

 

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 Sep. ’13

 

219.   

Kucera, Anthony W.

First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
__, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 18 December 1942
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Anthony W. Kucera, 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 Kucera earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 18 December 1942 near Buna, New Guinea.
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 28 (6 April 1943)
Born: 
Home of record: Lakeville, Illinois

Death:

Interred:

 

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 23 Jan. ’13

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220.   

Kurgan, William M.

Private, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 15 December 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “William M. Kurgan, 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 Kurgan earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 15 December 1942 near Buna, New Guinea.

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

Born:

Home of Record: Chicago, Illinois

 

Seriously WIA at Buna; doctors credit encouraging words from PVT John Czarnik at field hospital in a grass hut near the front line with helping save his life.

 

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 Apr. ’13

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221.   

*LaFaunce, Walter A.

Sergeant, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 26 November 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Walter LaFaunce, 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 LaFaunce earned the Silver Star (posthumously) for gallantry in action on 26 November 1942 near Sanananda, New Guinea.

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

Born: 2 September 1917 at Wisconsin

Home of Record: Grand Rapids, Michigan

Death: 26 November 1942

Interred: Rock Island National Cemetery, Rock Island, Illinois

Status: KIA

 

He was a PVT in Co. K, 126TH Inf., Michigan National Guard, at Grand Rapids, MI, when 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40; SN 20635754.

added 13 Apr. ’13

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222.   

Lanman, Robert F.

Sergeant, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action:

Citation Needed:

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the South Pacific Area, General Orders No. 1089 (1944)

Born:

Home of Record: Verdel, Nebraska

Death: 15 March 1945 on Luzon, Philippines

Interred: Manila American Cemetery

Status: DOW

 

He entered service Apr. '42; SN 37139211; 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 the date of action, there is not enough information to know which section to place it in.

added 28 May ’13; not HoV

 

223.   

*Latham, Clare T.

Private, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 15 December 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Clare T. Latham, 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 Latham earned the Silver Star (posthumously) for gallantry in action as a medic on 15 December 1942 near Sanananda, New Guinea. Family history suggests he earned the award for rescuing an Australian officer during a mortar attack along the Sanananda Track.

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

Born: 15 October 1916 at Michigan

Home of Record: East Detroit, Michigan

Death: 4 January 1943

Interred: Manila American Cemetery

Status: DOW

 

He graduated East Detroit H. S.; married; entered service 15 Apr. '41 at Detroit, MI; SN 36110697; WIA 15 Dec. '42 and DOW 4 Jan. '43; his other awards include Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/1 assault landing and a battle star, and Presidential Unit Citation; he is the namesake for the Pvt. Clare T. Latham Post No. 9293 of VFW at Eastpointe (formerly East Detroit), MI; Latham Park in Detroit is named in his honor.

added 13 Apr. ’13

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224.   

Lawrence, Irving M.

Technician Fourth Grade, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 23 December 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Irving M. Lawrence, 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 Lawrence earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 23 December 1942 near Buna, New Guinea.

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

Born: 30 Apr. '19 at Lakeville, Massachusetts

Home of Record: Lakeville, Massachusetts

Death: 30 November 2003

Interred: Arlington National Cemetery

 

He entered service 27 Feb. '41 at Boston, MA; SN 31018225; married, father of 1; overseas for 2 years; his unit of assignment is presumed because he was a combat engineer.

added 15 Apr. ’13

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225.   

Layton, Carl G.

Corporal, U.S. Army
Battery B, 129TH Field Artillery Battalion, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division (battery presumed)
Date of Action:
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Carl G. Layton, 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. 214 (1945)
Born: 1921 at Wisconsin
Home of record: Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin

 

He was Pvt. in Btry. E, 120TH FA Regt., Wisconsin National Guard, at Wisconsin Rapids, WI, when 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40; SN 20652440; assigned to 129TH FA Bn., likely Btry. B, after “triangularization” of 32D Div.; WIA 15 Dec. '44 at Agahang, Leyte, Philippines; rotated home from Luzon under the point system ca. 11 Jul. '45; 38 months overseas; other awards include Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/3 battle stars, and Philippine Liberation Medal w/1 battle star.

 

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 Jan. ’13

 

226.   

Lee, Bevin D.

Captain, U.S. Army
Company L, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 22 November 1942
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Bevin D. Lee, 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 Lee earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 22 November 1942 near Sanananda, New Guinea.
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 48 (1943)
Born: 
Home of record: South Carolina

Death:

Interred:

 

He was WIA when a mortar round struck his CP at the banana plantation near Soputa-Sanananda Track on 25 Nov. '42; he attained rank of LTC before he left the service.

added 23 Jan. ’13

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227.   

Leeper, Harvey A.

Private First Class, U.S. Army
__, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action:
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Harvey A. Leeper, 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: 1915 at Pennsylvania
Home of record: Brownsville, Pennsylvania

Death: 2 December 1944 on Leyte, Philippines

Interred: Manila American Cemetery

Status: KIA

 

Son of Mrs. Mary Leeper; he entered service 15 Dec. '42 at Greensburg, PA; SN 33412978; 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 28 Nov. ’13

 

228.   

Lehigh, John L.

Captain, U.S. Army
__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 28 December 1942
Citation Needed - Synopsis: According to Papuan Campaign, CPT Lehigh earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 28 December 1942 near Government Gardens near Buna, New Guinea.
General Orders:
Born: ca. 1914 at Necedah, Wisconsin
Home of record: Indiana

Death: 30 November 1985 at Melbourne, Florida

Interred:

 

Graduated UW ca. '36; resided at South Bend, IN, when he entered service; his other awards include Bronze Star and Air Medal.

added 24 Jan. ’13 ; not HoH or HoV

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229.   

*Leland, Rex R.

Corporal, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 29 November to 5 December 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: According to Papuan Campaign, CPL Leland earned the Silver Star (posthumously) for gallantry in action between 29 November and 5 December 1942 near Buna, New Guinea. Several newspaper articles state that he directed mortar and artillery fire from dangerous, exposed positions (often in trees) numerous times during the attack on Buna Village.

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Forces, Southwest Pacific Area, General Orders No. 3 (1943)

Born: 1919 at Michigan

Home of Record: Easton Township, Michigan

Death: 5 December 1942

Interred: Greene Cemetery, Belding, Michigan

Status: KIA

 

He graduated Ionia H. S. in '38, honor student; worked on his father's farm until he entered active service; was a Pvt. in Co. H, 126TH Inf., Michigan National Guard, at Ionia, MI, when 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40; SN 20635369; WIA (in arm) on 1 Dec. while directing mortar fire from a tree, but he refused to leave the tree for medical treatment.

added 15 Apr. ’13; not HoV

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230.   

Lillie, Bernard Joseph

Captain, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action:

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Bernard J. Lillie, 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: 28 April 1913 at Massachusetts

Home of Record: Greenfield, Massachusetts

Death: 1 April 1984

Interred: Arlington National Cemetery

 

Married, father of 2; he was commissioned 2d Lt., ORC, 27 Oct. '36; entered active service 25 Sep. '40; SN O-349010; assigned to 60TH Inf. ca. Sep. '41; promoted 1st Lt. on 2 Feb. '42; overseas on 20 Oct. '42; succeeded Capt. George M. Bowles as acting cdr. of 32D Cav. Recon. Trp. on 28 Apr. '44; succeeded by Capt. Hermann J. F. Bottcher on 19 May '44; promoted Capt. On 4 Apr. '45; cdr. of 32D Cav. Recon. Trp. on Luzon, likely succeeded Capt. Bottcher; other awards include Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/3 service stars, American Defense Medal, Philippine Liberation Medal w/service star; returned to U.S. 22 Jun. '45; arrived in W. Germany 13 Mar. '47; assigned to 1072D Labor Supervision Co., later redesignated 34TH Labor Supervision Co., in Jul. '47; attained rank of at least Maj. before he retired.

 

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 Oct. ’14

 

231.   

Lisovitch (Lisovich), Francis E.

Sergeant, U.S. Army
__, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 27 May 1944
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Francis E. Lisovitch, 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: 30 Aug. '21 at Ohio
Home of record: Sharon, Pennsylvania

Death: 9 December 1944

Interred: Arlington National Cemetery

Status: KIA

 

He entered service 30 Jul. '42 at Erie, PA; SN 33274358; later promoted to S. Sgt.; KIA 9 Dec. '44 on Leyte, Philippines.

added 28 Feb. ‘13

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232.   

Logsdon, Charles E.

Private, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 28 December 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: According to Papuan Campaign, PVT Logsdon earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 28 December 1942 near Buna, New Guinea.

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 32 (1943)

Born: 1920 at Kentucky

Home of Record: Jefferson County, Kentucky

 

He entered service 21 Nov. '41 at Louisville, KY; SN 35110397; 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 15 Apr. ’13; not HoV

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233.   

Londrigan, Edward W.

Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action:

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Edward W. Londrigan, 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: 14 May '08 at Illinois

Home of Record: Springfield, Illinois

Death: 13 October 1972

Interred: Camp Butler National Cemetery, Springfield, Illinois

 

He was 2d Lt. and Plt. Ldr. of 3D Plt., 32D Cav. Recon. Trp., going into Saidor, New Guinea; attained rank of 1st Lt.

 

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 Oct. ’14

 

234.   

Long, James E.

Private First Class, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 26 November 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: According to Papuan Campaign, PFC Long earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 26 November 1942 near Buna, New Guinea.

General Orders:

Born: 1919 at Michigan

Home of Record: Jackson, Michigan

 

He entered service 9 May '41 at Kalamazoo, MI; SN 36156640.

 

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 Apr. ’13; not HoV or HoH

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235.   

Lowthers, James E.

Technician Fourth Grade, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 5 December 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: According to Papuan Campaign, Tec. 4 Lowthers earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 5 December 1942 near Buna, New Guinea. An unaccredited article in the Knickerbocker News on 2 Jan. ’43 summarized his actions thusly, “On Dec. 5, 1942, Lowthers “with complete disregard for his own safety” brought Capt. Daniel K. Edwards, who had been severely wounded, to the rear of the American lines near Buna village under heavy enemy fire.”

General Orders:

Born: 24 August 1916 at Massachusetts

Home of Record: Stoneham, Massachusetts

Death: 10 April 1991

 

He entered active service with the Mass. National Guard on 16 Jan. '41 at Medford, MA; SN 20116159; his unit of assignment is presumed because he was a combat engineer in the Mass. National Guard.

added 15 Apr. ’13; not HoV or HoH

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236.   

Lusk, Harry W.

Lieutenant, U.S. Army
Company C, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: circa mid-November 1942 near Buna
Citation Needed - Synopsis:
General Orders: HQ, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, G.O. No. 32 (1943)
Born: 27 September 1913 (possibly at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania)
Home of record: Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Death: 28 November 1944 at Leyte

Interred: Longsdorf Cemetery, New Kingstown, Pennsylvania

Status: KIA

 

Graduated U. of Wis. in '35; participated in ROTC; worked at Union National Bank in Eau Claire; was 1LT in Officers Reserve when he joined Co. C, 128TH Inf. at Camp Livingston, LA, in Oct. '41; WIA ca. 22 Nov. '42 (more likely 20-21 Nov.) and earned Silver Star at Buna; promoted to CPT and assumed command of Co. C in Mar. '43; KIA at Leyte 28 Nov. '44.

not HoV

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237.   

MacPherson, Murdock E.

Sergeant, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 23 December 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Murdock E. MacPherson, 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 MacPherson earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 23 December 1942 near Buna, New Guinea.

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

Born: 24 January 1911 at British North America, Canada, Labrador, or Newfoundland

Home of Record: Bedford, Massachusetts

Death: 10 June 1966

Interred: Pine Grove Cemetery, Lynn, Massachusetts

 

He entered service 6 Mar. '41 at Boston, MA; SN 31019568; his unit of assignment is presumed because he was a combat engineer.

added 15 Apr. ’13

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238.   

Mahon, Arnold D.

Corporal, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 28 January 1944

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Arnold D. Mahon, 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.” CPL Mahon 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 1LT 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 1LT 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.

General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 19 (1944)

Born: 7 November 1918

Home of Record: Hickory Ridge, Arkansas

Death: 13 July 1944 near Aitape

Interred: Lewis Cemetery, Hickory Ridge, Arkansas

Status: KIA or DOW

 

SN 37102858; later promoted to SGT.

added 14 Oct. ’14

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239.   

Mangano, John Michael

Captain, U.S. Army
__, 114TH Engineer Combat Battalion, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 6 December 1942
Citation Needed - Synopsis: According to Papuan Campaign, CPT Mangano earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 6 December 1942 near Buna, New Guinea.
General Orders:
Born: 13 January 1914 at Massachusetts
Home of record: Massachusetts

Death: 17 July 2009 at San Jose, California

Interred: Gate Of Heaven Catholic Cemetery, Los Altos, California

 

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 24 Jan. ’13; not HoH or HoV

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240.   

Manning, John I.

Private, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 21 November 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: According to Papuan Campaign, PVT Manning earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 21 November 1942 near Buna, New Guinea. According to an article in the Daily Telegram on 1 Feb. ’43, he went forward of friendly lines to rescue wounded comrades.

General Orders:

Born: 1919 at Utah

Home of Record: Michigan

 

He entered service 28 Apr. '41 at Detroit, MI; SN 36113222.

added 17 Apr. ’13; not HoV or HoH

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241.   

Marks, Milo G.

Private, 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 Private First Class [then Private] Milo G. Marks (ASN: 20634470), United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company C, 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action near Soputa, New Guinea, 5 December 1942.”

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

Born: 20 August 1922 at Michigan

Home of Record: Kalamazoo, Michigan

Death: 26 July 1986

Interred at: Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, Michigan

 

He was PVT in Co. C, 126TH Inf., Michigan National Guard, at Kalamazoo, MI when 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40; SN 20634470; WIA at some point; discharged and home before Jun. '44 due to his injuries; attained rank of CPL; brother Daniel H. served in USMC.

added 26 May ’14

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242.   

Marsh, Edgar C.

Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 3 December 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Edgar C. Marsh, 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, TSgt. Marsh earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 3 December 1942 near Buna, New Guinea.

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

Born: 1919 at Michigan

Home of Record: Grand Rapids, Michigan

 

He was a CPL in HQ Co., 126TH Inf., Michigan National Guard, at Grand Rapids, MI, when 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40; SN 20633541; also cited in HQ, 32d Infantry Division, G.O. No. 53 (1943), which may signify an additional award.

added 17 Apr. ’13

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243.   

Martin, Clarence A.

Colonel, U.S. Army
128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 2 December 1942
Citation Needed - Synopsis: According to Papuan Campaign, COL Martin earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 2 December 1942 near Buna, New Guinea.
General Orders:
Born:
Home of record: South Carolina

Death:

Interred:

 

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

not HoH or HoV

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244.   

Massey, Gerald (Jerald) D.

Private First Class, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 22 December 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Gerald Massey, 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 Massey earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 22 December 1942 near Sanananda, New Guinea.

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

Born: 1918 at Illinois

Home of Record: Greentown, Indiana

 

He entered service 29 Dec. '41 at Ft. Benjamin Harrison, IN; SN 35251024.

added 17 Apr. ’13

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245.   

Maurer, Paul H.

Captain, U.S. Army
__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 16 November 1942
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Paul H. Maurer, 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 Maurer earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 16 November 1942 near Hariko, New Guinea.
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 15 (1943)
Born: 24 July 1914
Home of record: Ohio

Death: 4 November 1986

Interred: Quincy Cemetery, Miami Township, Ohio

added 25 Jan. ’13

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246.   

*May, George L.

Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company I, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 30 November 1942
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “George L. May, 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 May earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 30 November 1942 near Soputa, New Guinea.
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 28 (6 April1943)
Born: 1917 at Six Lakes, Michigan
Home of record: Edmore, Michigan

Death: 30 November 1942

Interred: Hillcrest Cemetery, Six Lakes, Michigan

Status: KIA

 

He entered the service 18 Apr. '41 at Kalamazoo, MI; SN 36155253; KIA 30 Nov. 1942 near Soputa; also posthumously awarded the Purple Heart.

added 31 Jan. ’13

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247.   

Maynor, Charles I.

Sergeant, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 24 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 Sergeant Charles I. Maynor (ASN: 20647536), United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company I, 127th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action near Buna Mission, New Guinea, 24 December 1942.”

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

Born: 1921 at Wisconsin

Home of Record: Neenah, Wisconsin

 

He was a PVT Co. I, 127TH Inf., Wisconsin National Guard, at Neenah, WI, when 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40; SN 20647536.

added 17 Apr. ’13

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248.   

McCarthy, Gerald M.

Private First Class, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 29 December 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: According to Papuan Campaign, PFC McCarthy earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action as a medic on 29 December 1942 near Buna, New Guinea. His actions were summarized by Murlin Spencer in a war-time dispatch from overseas printed in the St. Petersburg Times on 4 Jan. ’43, “They are brave men, like the little group of five who volunteered to take medical supplies through to a company which first reached the coast only to have the Japs cut them off…It was from him [PVT Arthur A. Christofaro] I heard the story of the five who dared go unarmed through enemy lines to take medical supplies to the isolated company, which has since been rescued. They were privates Ray Jackson of Arlington, Wis.; Sam Scarfo of Youngstown, O.; Gerald McCarthy of Waterloo, Ill.; Vernon A. Pyles of LaGrange, Ky.; and Capt. Rafael R. Gamso, New York, NY. Gamso stayed all night to treat the wounded and returned the next day.”

General Orders:

Born:

Home of Record: Waterloo, 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.

updated 28 Apr. ’13; added 16 Apr. ’13; not HoV or HoH

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249.   

McCune (McCue), James R.

Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company H, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 27 May 1944
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “James R. McCune, 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: 8 August 1920
Home of record: Dorr, Michigan

Death: 10 July 1981

Interred: Pine Hill Cemetery, Kentwood, Michigan

 

McCune (McCue), James R.

Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company H, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 27 May 1944
Citation Needed - Synopsis:
General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 54 (1944)
Born: 8 August 1920
Home of record: Dorr, Michigan

Death: 10 July 1981

Interred: Pine Hill Cemetery, Kentwood, Michigan

 

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

added 28 Feb. ’13; 2nd award not HoV

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250.   

McGettigan, Homer D.

Technician Fourth Grade, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 18 November 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Homer D. McGettigan, 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 McGettigan earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 18 November 1942 near Simemi, New Guinea. An unaccredited article in the Telegraph-Herald on 4 Jun. '45 summarized his actions; “he and two other men discovered a Japanese machine gun ambush and wiped it out,” saving many lives.

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

Born: 29 October 1913 at Darlington, Wisconsin

Home of Record: Darlington, Wisconsin

Death: 13 May 1945 on Luzon, Philippines

Interred: Manila American Cemetery

Status: KIA

 

*McGettigan, Homer D.

Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 13 May 1945

Citation Needed - Synopsis: 2LT McGettigan earned the Oak Leaf Cluster to the Silver Star (posthumously) for gallantry in action on 13 May 1945 along the Villa Verde Trail on Luzon, Philippine Islands.

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

Born: 29 October 1913 at Darlington, Wisconsin

Home of Record: Darlington, Wisconsin

Death: 13 May 1945 on Luzon, Philippines

Interred: Manila American Cemetery

Status: KIA

 

He graduated from Darlington, WI, schools; operated a grocery store in Darlington when he entered active service; engaged to be married; he was a PVT in Co. K, 128TH Inf., Wisconsin National Guard, at Monroe, WI, when 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40; SN 20650679; earned a battlefield commission Jan. '43 near Buna; new SN O1690795; also earned Purple Heart; also cited in HQ, 32d Infantry Division, G.O. No. 53 (1943), which may indicate an additional award.

added 16 Apr. ’13; 1 SS not HoV

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251.   

McGregor, Edward Vincent

Corporal, U.S. Army
Company C, 107TH Medical Battalion, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 16 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 Technician Fifth Grade Edward V. McGregor (ASN: 36110210), United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company C, 107th Medical Battalion, 32d Infantry Division, in action near Cape Sudest, New Guinea, on 16 November 1942.”
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 37 (28 May 1943)
Born: 28 August 1915 at Michigan
Home of record: Detroit, Michigan

Death: 17 October 2003

Interred: North Farmington Cemetery, Farmington, Michigan

 

He attended St. Benedict H. S., prominent in several sports; renowned amateur baseball player; recruited and employed by Chrysler so he'd play for their industrial league team; entered service 11 Apr. '41 at Detroit, MI; SN 36110210; attained rank of WOJG; owned successful Detroit-area pharmaceutical company; married, father of 6.

added 24 May ‘14

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252.   

*McKnight, Benjamin G.

Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 16 December 1942
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Ben G. McKnight, 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, 2LT McKnight earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 16 December 1942 near Buna, New Guinea.
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 28 (6 April 1943)
Born: 14 June 1920
Home of record: North Carolina

Death: 26 December 1942

Interred:

Status: KIA or DW

 

He graduated from Clemson College, Class of '41; he is listed on Clemson University's “Scroll of Honor”.

added 3 Jan. ‘13

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253.   

Mead, Duane E.

Sergeant, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 24 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 Duane E. Mead (ASN: 39016556), United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company G, 128th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, near Buna Mission, New Guinea, 24 November 1942.”

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

Born: 1914 at Minnesota

Home of Record: Dryden, New York

 

Resided at Los Angeles, CA when he entered service 9 Jan. '42 at Ft. MacArthur, CA; SN 39016556; assigned to Detachment of Patients, 47TH Station Hospital, when he received his decoration (suggests he was WIA, injured in some other way, or succumbed to some tropical disease).

added 21 May ’14

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254.   

Medvin, Emil G.

Private, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 21 November 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: According to Papuan Campaign, PVT Medvin earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 21 November 1942 near Buna, New Guinea. According to an article in the Daily Telegram on 1 Feb. ’43, he went forward of friendly lines to rescue wounded comrades.

General Orders:

Born: 12 January 1922 at Pennsylvania

Home of Record: Cleveland, Ohio

Death: 8 February 1990

Interred:

 

He entered active service with the Ohio National Guard at Cleveland, OH, on 15 Oct. '40; SN 20501039.

added 17 Apr. ’13; not HoV or HoH

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255.   

Meyer, Alfred C.

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] Alfred C. Meyer (ASN: 0-427230), 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:
Home of record: Chicago, Illinois

Death: 3 June 1995

 

SN O-427230; 1LT and med. officer assigned to 14TH Portable Hosp., attached to 128TH Inf. at Buna; moved to Rockford, IL in '47 and formed Rockford Clinic in '52; general surgeon in Rockford, IL for 50 years, retired in '89; did pioneer research in the early '50s that showed the survival rate for women was the same whether they underwent simple (lumpectomy) or radical surgery for breast cancer; medical director of Breast Treatment Center affiliated with Rockford Memorial Hosp.; continued to teach at U. of Ill. Rockford School of Medicine.

added 19 May ‘14

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256.   

Meyer, Alfred E.

Captain, U.S. Army
Company K, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 16 December 1942
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Alfred E. Meyer, 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 Meyer earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 16 December 1942 near Buna, New Guinea. An article in the 6 Feb. ’43 Appleton Post Crescent summarizes how CPT Meyer “advanced to within 15 yards of a Japanese pillbox Dec. 16 and under heavy sniper fire threw hand grenades into the position until every Japanese inside was dead.”
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 37 (1943)
Born: 23 January 1911 at Plymouth, Wisconsin
Home of record: Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Death: 8 May 1955

Interred: Lutheran Cemetery, Sheboygan, Wisconsin

 

He joined Wisconsin National Guard ca. ‘27; he was a 2LT in Co. F, 127TH Inf. at Sheboygan, WI, when 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40; also earned the Purple Heart; discharged in ’45; married, father of 2.

added 11 Jan. ‘13

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257.   

Meyer, Charles Robert ‘Monk’

Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army
Headquarters, 2D Battalion, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action:
Citation Needed:
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 47 (1945)
Born: 1 May 1911 at West Point, New York
Home of record:

Death: 11 August 2001

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

 

Meyer, Charles Robert ‘Monk’

Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army
Headquarters, 2D Battalion, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action:
Citation Needed:
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 78 (1945)
Born: 1 May 1911 at West Point, New York
Home of record:

Death: 11 August 2001

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

 

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

 

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

added 3 Feb. ’13; not HoV or HoH

 

258.   

Meyer, John A.

Private, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action:

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

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

Born: 11 October 1920

Home of Record: Burwell, Nebraska

Death: 16 December 1944 on Leyte

Interred: Manila American Cemetery

Status: KIA

 

Son of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Meyer; SN 37086979; sent to Camp Roberts, CA on 6 Jan. '42; fought at New Guinea; 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 the date of action, there is not enough information to know which section to place it in.

added 14 Jun. ’13

 

259.   

Meyers, Aaron

Sergeant, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 15 December 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Aaron Meyers, 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 Meyers earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 15 December 1942 near Buna, New Guinea.

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

Born: 5 December 1915 at St. Louis, Missouri

Home of Record: University City, Missouri

Death: 23 September 1997

Interred: United Hebrew Cemetery, University City, Missouri

 

SN 37130488; article in Jewish Floridian about his Silver Star stated he was “one of the first of the airborne infantry men to go into action in that theatre of war,” not sure how he ended up with 32D Div. if he completed airborne training; later member of 50-man patrol from 1ST Bn., 128TH Inf. that was attacked by a 100-man Japanese force west of the Mot River near Teterei, along the western edge of the Saidor bridgehead, on 28 Jan. ’44; the patrol killed 43 Japanese soldiers, but suffered 8 killed, 6 MIA, and 9 WIA; he alerted LTC Gordon M. Clarkson, Bn. Cdr., to the plight of 1LT George J. Hess' group and helped organize rescue effort; he may have been recommended for decoration after this event.

added 17 Apr. ’13

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260.   

Milcarek, Leonard J.

First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 16 November 1942
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Leonard J. Milcarek, 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 Milcarek earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 16 November 1942 near Cape Sudest, New Guinea.
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 15 (1943)
Born: 6 July 1913
Home of record: Illinois

Death: 5 August 1993

Interred: Calvary Cemetery, Sterling, Illinois

added 25 Jan. ‘13

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261.   

Miller, George K.

Private, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 23 December 1942

Citation Needed - Synopsis: According to Papuan Campaign, PVT Miller earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 23 December 1942 near Buna, New Guinea.

General Orders:

Born:

Home of Record: Missouri

 

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 17 Apr. ’13; not HoV or HoH

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262.   

Mills, William Francis

Private First Class, 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 Private First Class William Francis Mills (ASN: 31029708), United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company A, 114th Engineer Battalion, 32d Infantry Division, in action near Sanananda, New Guinea, on 6 December 1942.”

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

Born: 24 Mar. '19 at Somerville, Massachusetts

Home of Record: Somerville, Massachusetts

Death: 23 March 1979

 

He entered service 13 Mar. '41 at Boston, MA; SN 31029708.

added 26 May ’14

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263.   

Milton, Donald John

Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company I, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 24 December 1942
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Donald J. Milton, 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 Milton earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 24 December 1942 at the Government Gardens near Buna, New Guinea. The citation was summarized in the 24 Apr. ’43 Menasha Record, “When Americans made an attack in the government gardens area near Buna mission on Dec. 24, Sergt. Donald Milton, 507 Desnoyer street, Kaukauna, crawled through short grass under heavy fire to within 30 yards of an enemy machine gun to give first aid to Lieut. Craig Fleming, who was fatally wounded. While dressing Fleming’s wound, Milton himself was wounded by fragments from a Jap grenade. Sergt. Huebner crawled out into the line of fire to bring back the wounded sergeant. Both Milton and Huebner received silver stars.”
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 28 (6 April 1943)
Born: 24 July 1916 at Kaukauna, Wisconsin
Home of record: Kaukauna, Wisconsin

Death: 18 December 1969

Interred: Forest Hill Cemetery, Eau Claire, Wisconsin

 

He was a PVT in Co. I, 127TH Inf., Wisconsin National Guard, at Neenah, WI, when 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40; WIA 24 Dec. '42; discharged after recovering from his wounds; he received his Silver Star during 1SG Elmer J. Burr's Medal of Honor ceremony at St. Patrick's School auditorium in Menasha, WI on 11 Nov. '43, the two served in the same company and performed their heroic deeds on the same day, in the same area.

updated 30 Apr. ’13; added 5 Feb. ‘13

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264.   

Modrzejewski, Edward A.

Private First Class, U.S. Army
__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 30 November 1942
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Edward A. Modrzejewski, 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 Modrzejewski earned 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: 19 April 1919
Home of record: Roseville, Michigan

Death: 4 June 1995

Interred: Clinton Grove Cemetery, Clinton Township, Michigan

 

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

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265.   

Mohl, John Lee ‘Johnny’

Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
__, 2D Battalion, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action:
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “John L. Mohl, 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.” 2LT Mohl likely earned the Silver Star for his actions leading a patrol near Saidor, New Guinea 22-26 Jan. ’44. The patrol had the specific mission of capturing some enemy personnel; it brought back 2 or 3 Japanese prisoners, a rare accomplishment.
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 19 (1944)
Born: 11 September 1919 at Drummond, Montana
Home of record: White Pine (Whitepine), Montana

Death: 4 May 2009

Interred: Barrancas National Cemetery, Pensacola, Florida

 

He graduated Thompson Falls (MT) H. S.; entered active service as PVT with Montana National Guard on 16 Sep. '40 at Bozeman, MT; SN 20929233; earned DSC for his actions on 19 Jan. '43 as SSG with 3D Plt., Co. C, 163D Inf., 41ST Div., near Sanananda, New Guinea; commissioned and transferred to 32D Div. at some point; depicted in 14 Feb. '44 issue of Time regarding his patrol near Saidor, New Guinea 22-26 Jan. '44; also fought in Korea and Vietnam; other awards include Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Purple Heart; retired as COL after over 33 years of service; married, father of 3.

added 17 Oct. ‘14

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266.   

Monnich, Lawrence E.

Private First Class, U.S. Army
__, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action:
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Lawrence E. Monnich, 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. 68 (1944)
Born: 1921 at Illinois
Home of record: Chicago, Illinois

Death: 6 August 1944 at Afua, near Aitape, New Guinea

Interred: Manila American Cemetery

Status: KIA

 

Married; entered service 3 Oct. '42 at Chicago, IL; SN 36381034; 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 10 Apr. ‘14

 

267.   

Mooney, Lester Taylor

First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
Company K, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 26 November 1942
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Lester Taylor Mooney, 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 Mooney earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 26 November 1942 near Buna, New Guinea.
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 3 (1943)
Born: 1918
Home of record: Norman, Oklahoma

Death: 9 February 1944

Interred: IOOF Cemetery, Norman, Oklahoma

Status: KIA

 

He may have also had ties to Temple, OK; attended Kemper Military School, Class of '38; may have also attended U. of OK, Class of '41; joined 32D Div. in Australia; promoted to CPT sometime after Buna; he was KIA 9 Feb. '44 while commanding Co. K, 128TH Inf. near Saidor, New Guinea; note that his unit of assignment when he earned the Silver Star is not absolutely certain, but it is possible that he was with Co. K, 128TH Inf. at the time.

added 25 Jan. ‘13

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268.   

Moore, Jack Cummings

Private First Class, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 19 January 1943

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Jack C. Moore, 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 Moore earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action as a medic on 19 January 1943 near Giruwa, New Guinea.

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

Born: 14 August 1923 at Julian, Nebraska

Home of Record: Powell, Wyoming

Death: 12 November 2004 at Richland, Washington

Interred: Crown Hill Cemetery, Powell, Wyoming

 

He grew up and attended school at Powell, WY, until he entered service in '42; also earned 2 Bronze Stars; married, father of 3; after the war he attended the U. of WY at Laramie.

added 19 Apr. ’13

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269.   

Morris, William V.

Captain, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action:

Citation Needed:

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 32 (1944)

Born:

Home of Record: Polk County, Iowa

Death: 17 Jun. '45 on Luzon, Philippines

Interred: Manila American Cemetery

Status: KIA

 

ABMC says he entered service from AZ; NARA lists him from Polk Co., IA; SN O-1284372; KIA; also awarded Bronze Star and Purple Heart w/2 OLCs.

 

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 26 Jun. ’13; not HoV

 

270.   

Morrison, Howard P.

Sergeant, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action: 29 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 Sergeant Howard P. Morrison (ASN: 37102832), United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company A, 128th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action near Buna, New Guinea, 29 December 1942.”

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

Born:

Home of Record: Rogers or Glade, Arkansas

 

SN 37102832; member of 50-man patrol from 1ST Bn., 128TH Inf. that was attacked by a 100-man Japanese force west of the Mot River near Teterei, along the western edge of the Saidor bridgehead, on 28 Jan. ’44; the patrol killed 43 Japanese soldiers, but suffered 8 killed, 6 MIA, and 9 WIA; he was credited with killing 10 Japanese near Teterei; also earned Purple Heart; mentioned in HQ, 32d Infantry Division, G.O. No. 19 (1944), which may indicate additional award (possibly for Teterei).

added 21 May ’14

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271.   

Muench, Donald Raymond

Corporal, U.S. Army

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

Date of Action:

Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Donald R. Muench, 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 Muench earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 26 November 1942 near Buna, New Guinea. An unaccredited article in the Telegraph-Herald on 28 Apr. '43 summarized his actions thusly, “The citation was given Corporal Muench for remaining in a tree raked by enemy machine gun fire in order to direct the aim of American batteries which succeeded in wiping out a number of Jap pillboxes.”

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

Born: 1921 at Wisconsin

Home of Record: Lancaster, Wisconsin

Death: 8 May 2000

Interred: Benson Cemetery, Benson, Louisiana

 

He was a PVT in Co. M, 128TH Inf., Wisconsin National Guard, at Platteville, WI, when 32D Div. mobilized on 15 Oct. '40; SN 20651089; married; after the Papuan Campaign he volunteered to serve with Merrill's Marauders; he was CPL in Khaki/Blue Team and fought all the way to Myitkyina; earned Presidential Unit Citation in Burma.

added 19 Apr. ’13

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272.   

Mullen, Bill

Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 25 December 1942
Citation Needed - Synopsis: “Bill Mullen, 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, 2LT Mullen earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 25 December 1942 near Buna, New Guinea.
General Orders: Headquarters, 32d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 12 (1943)
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Home of record: Nebraska

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Mullen, Bill

Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
__, __, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 25 December 1942
Citation Needed - Synopsis: According to Papuan Campaign, 2LT Mullen earned the Oak Leaf Cluster to the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 25 December 1942 near Buna, New Guinea.
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Born:
Home of record: Nebraska

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These awards have not been added to the WWII history information yet. Without seeing the actual citations or verifying his unit of assignment, there is not enough information to know which section to place them in.

added 12 Feb. ’13; 1 SS not HoV or HoH

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Nichols, Floyd J.

Technician, U.S. Army
__, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Infantry Division
Date of Action: 29 October 1942
Citation Needed - Synopsis:
Tec. Nichol’s citation was summarized in a news release from Allied Headquarters in Australia in the Hudson Register on 23 March 1943, “Technician Nichols won his award in action in the Tupuseli area of New Guinea Oct. 29 during a heavy bombing by the Japanese. He was called on to administer first-aid to three severely-wounded soldiers lying on cots in a tent when the enemy planes returned to attack again. “With utter disregard for his personal safety Nichols placed the patients in a slit trench.” the citation said. After the raid was over he returned them to the cots and continued first-aid treatment.”
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Home of record: San Antonio, Texas

added 18 Feb. ’13; not HoV or HoH

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