Information Requests: 1997-2001

Posted by on Nov 4, 2001 in Can You Help?

Information Requests: 1997-2001

Did You Know Any of These People?

This page is devoted to those who are looking for people who may have known a relative or friend who served during World War II. If you can help, please contact the person whose name and/or email address is given. Your help and cooperation is greatly appreciated!

Attention Normandy Veterans

Frank Everards is the creator of the website “D-Day, Normandy and Beyond.” He would like to hear from veterans of the ETO as a means to collect material that will be used to help people around the world understand the human side of war. Anything that you might have to share—every story, memory, maps, scribbles, selfmade poems, letters home, photographs of men, cities, friends, artifacts, etc. Everything is very welcome. Frank wants his site to be a legacy that can be read and seen by future generations.

If you are interested or can help, please contact Frank.

frank@normandy1944.info www.normandy1944.info

Attention Normandy Veterans

Irene Payne is looking for Normandy veterans or any family members who can relate veteran’s experiences of their time in Normandy. She is trying to compile memories leading up to D Day, what veterans remember about D Day and what happened after. If you can help, she would love to hear from you.

irene.payne@btopenworld.com

Attention 29th Division Veterans Who fought in St. Lo

Shari Flannagan made available this photo which shows her dad (a veteran of the 175th Regiment)and several other soldiers. Shari tells us it was taken in St. Lo and she hopes someone may recognize a person. If you would like to reach Shari, please send her an email.

flann@cox.net

Division Veterans Who fought in St. Lo

Anyone in the 29th Battalion, U.S. Army Rangers, World War II

The Commando Veterans Association is seeking any surviving members of the 29th Battalion, U.S. Army Rangers (WWII) who trained with Lord Lovat’s No. 4 Commando at Achnacarry, Scotland between December, 1942 and October, 1943.

Anyone with information, please contact:

Patrick Churchill(President C.V.A) 170 Newland Witney, Oxfordshire, OX28 3JH francischurchill@hotmail.com

Anyone in the 2nd Engineer Combat Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division

Brian Averill is looking for anyone from the 2nd Engineer Combat Battalion of the 2nd Infantry Division. Please contact Brian if you were a member of this unit.

Aerofaan@aol.com

Anyone in the 237th Engineer Combat Battalion

Sandra Faires is looking for anyone from the 237th Engineer Combat Battalion who served during World War II. Please contact Sandra if you can help in any way.

EricRV6@yahoo.com

Anyone in the 69th Signal Battalion, XX Corps, Third Army

Cindy Rockow is looking for anyone from the 69th Signal Battalion, XX Corps, Third Army. Please contact Cindy if you can help in any way.

rockowc@frontiernet.net

Anyone in Company “E”, 115th Infantry Regiment, 29th Division

William A. Wilch would like to find any information about buddies he lost contact with after being wounded on 15 August 1944. Mr. Wilch landed on D-Day with Company “E” of the 115th Regiment , 29th Division.

If anyone remembers or has information regarding Burton Burfind, Willie Reffitt or others, Mr. Wilch would like to hear from you. Thanks for any help you can provide.

Please contact him via email, regular mail or phone.

William A. Wilch 210 Highview Rd. Middletown, Ohio 45044 Phone # 513-422-4722

swilch@cinci.rr.com

Cpl. James R. Adams—467th Engineer Maintenance Company

Monique Grein-Haupert of Luxembourg is searching for information about Cpl.James R. Adams of the 467th Engineer Maintenance Company. Cpl. Adams lived with Monique’s grandparents for several weeks during December, 1944. She hopes to locate Mr. Adams or his relatives to share stories and photographs. Monique has been active in this search for many years and hopes the internet will aid in this endeavor. Her mother and grandparents remember Cpl. Adams talking about his wife Betty or Bettsy while he lived with them.

Anyone who knew, or has any information concerning Cpl. Adams, please contact Monique via email.

gnormand@pt.lu

John W. Averill—391st AAA Battalion

Brian Averill is looking for anyone associated with the 391st AAA Battalion who knew John W. Averill.

Please contact Brian if you can help in any way.

Aerofaan@aol.com

William J. Barney—Unit Uncertain

Willard J. Barney and Jayrene B. Nielsen are looking for information concerning their father, Willard J. Barney Jr., who served in the 29th Infantry and came ashore on D-Day on Omaha Beach. They are looking for information on the unit he served with. It was either the 8th and 14th traffice regulating group. On Christmas Eve, he and several others were sent to Brest to pickup some jeeps and bring back to the front. They were intercepted on the way back and told their unit had been overrun and they were now under the command of this officer. Barney was injured right after that when he was in a fox hole that was run over by a tank. He spent several months in the hospital in France, then returned to the US on a hospital ship and spent a couple of months in a Military hospital in California. Barney lost track of the men he served with when they were stopped and told their unit had been overrun on Christmas Eve. He is looking for any information on that unit or the men who served in it. Mr. Barney is still alive, in good health, and very interested in finding informatiojn about those he served with. His children can be emailed if you can be of any help.

jayrene@hotmail.com jayrene@sevierutah.net

Medic Cecil G. Breeden—Comapny “A”, 116th Inf. Regiment, 29th Division

Margaret Heesen-Schoch, a member of a WWII Normandy re-enactment group wants to contact family members of Medic Cecil G. Breeden. Her group is creating American Military Camp ’44 at Vierville-Sur-Mer (Omaha Beach) from June 4th to 7th, 2004. Breeden was one of the medics in the first wave at Omaha Beach and his heroic actions inspired the French re-enactors to name their camp after him.

Margaret reminds everyone that all the soldiers who fought in France are heroes to their group. They very much want to contact a family member of Mr. Breeden’s and other American veterans to notify them of their presence at Omaha Beach in June, 2004. The group will be in a field on Bedford Road, honoring Mr. Breeden and all of the soldiers who upheld their freedom. Margaret graciously remarked “The French people have not forgotten their sacrifice.”

Please contact Margaret if you can help in any way.

heesen.jean@numericable.fr

PFC John Buck—334th Infantry Regiment, 84th Division

J.W. van der Griendt of the Netherlands has adopted the grave of PFC John Buck in Margraten American Cemetery. He would like to get in touch with anyone who can tell him more about PFC Buck, who was in the 84th Division.

Please contact J.W. if you can help in any way.

j.w.vandegriendt@home.nl

1st. Lt. John William Chittick—Regimental Headquarters—175th Infantry Regiment—29th Division.

1st. Lt. John William ChittickTom and Maggie Bedecarre are looking for information about Maggie’s uncle, 1st. Lt. John William Chittick. He was KIA on 30 July 1944, near Villebaudon in Normandy, after landing on Omaha Beach with the 175th Infantry Regiment on D+1. “Jack” Chittick was from Philadelphia and was 30 years old when he was KIA. He served as a liaison officer for the 175th Infantry.

If you can help Tom and Maggie, please contact them at:

1035 Battery Street San Francisco, CA 94111 Telephone: (415) 645-9400 or email them at: Chittick29@aol.com

Arnold Victor Christensen—3802 QM Truck Company

Herb Christensen is looking for any information about his dad, Arnold Victor Christensen, who served in the 3802 QM Truck Company. His dad served with this unit throughout WWII. Mr. Christensen wore the 4th Armored Patch on his uniform. His truck was painted HQ 3rd Army, 3802 QM Truck Co.

Mr. Christensen’s unit was made from Company “B” of the 476th QM Truck Group and landed on D+6. Two units from this group landed on D-Day. Herb believes his dad was with the XX Corps and ended the war in Munich with the 7th Army.

Please contact Herb if you can help in any way.

mobydick@metc.net

Herb Christensen 2329 700th St. Elk Horn, IA 51531

T/5 Clarence J. Gerber—147th Combat Engineers

Ken Stuart is looking for any information or anyone that knew his grandfather, T/5 Clarence J. Gerber, who died on D-Day at Omaha Beach near Vierville Sur-Mer. He apparently died aboard a navy landing craft.

Please contact Ken if you can help in any way.

hightone64@msn.com

Bufford E. (Edison) Hennings—3482nd ORD MAM Co

Steve Hennings is researching the military history of his father, Bufford E. (Edison) Hennings. Steve seeks information or some of his dad’s old friends who have remembrances. His father served with the 3482nd ORD MAM Co. until Nov 14th 1945 and was later honorably discharged from FT. Bragg, NC. His discharge records show that he departed for the European Theater on Feb 28, 1944. He was also stationed in Stockton, California and rode the 1942 Harley XA. Steve’s father passed away June 10th, 2004.

Bufford Hennings is first from the left in the following photo.

Bufford Hennings

Please contact Steve if you can help in any way.

Steve Hennings 340 Raye Drive Winston Salem, NC 27107

shennings@triad.rr.com

Walter J. Hoffman—3052nd Engineer Combat Battalion

Rose Clemens is looking for information about her father’s World War II unit, the 3052nd Engineer Combat Battalion. Walter J. Hoffman served from 1943 thru 1945 and was in Company “C” of the unit. He was in Aachen, Germany; Vise, Belgium; Maastricht, Holland; Malta, Sicily, & Italy. The photos below show Mr. Hoffman and some friends and also the 3rd Platoon of Company “C.”

Please contact Rose if you can help in any way.

Jude2425@hvc.rr.com

Walter J. Hoffman

Walter J. Hoffman

Chris Hood—Son of a Normandy veteran

Chris Hood who called a number in the 203 area code looking for JOHN BELLMORE – please either call back or email to:

mtcarmelelectric@aol.com

Kenneth (Kenny) Jackson—Company “C”, 175th Infantry Regiment, 29th Division

The granddaughter of Kenneth Jackson is wanting to contact anyone who may have known him during the war. Mr. Jackson was from Augusta, Kansas and was killed on November 20, 1944, with the 29th Division while it was in Germany.

Please contact Nichole if you can help in any way.

lundgrenl@cox.net

Lt. George Johnson—Company “M”, 175th Infantry Regiment, 29th Division

Mark Mlynarski is looking for anybody that is related to Lt. George Johnson of Company M, 175th. George was killed-in-action near St. Lo in July, 1944. Mark’s father, S/Sgt Matthew Mlynarski, of Co. M, 175th was with George when he died. Mark thinks that George was from the Cleveland, Ohio area.

Please contact Mark if you can help in any way.

mmlynarski@hotmail.com

Henry Jay MacMillan—62nd Engineer Topographic Company, XIX Corps

Barbara Rowe is researching WW II veteran Henry Jay MacMillan (deceased) of Wilmington, NC. He served in the 62nd Engineer Topographic Company attached to the XIX Corps. A trained artist before the war, his watercolor paintings of the French hedgerows were used to illustrate the publications German Organization of Deliberate Defense in Depth and Normandy to the Elbe, a History of the XIX Corps.

Anyone who knew, or served with, MacMillan please contact Ms. Rowe at:

Barbara L. Rowe Curator Cape Fear Museum 814 Market Street Wilmington, NC 28401 910-341-4350 ex. 3005 FAX 910-341-4037 browe@nhcgov.com

Lloyd W. Malone—757th Railroad Shop Battalion

Lloyd W. Malone

Mr. Malone during the war.

Michelle Malone is looking for anyone that has information about her dad, Lloyd W. Malone, a member of the 757th Railroad Shop Battalion. Michelle would be grateful to hear from anyone that has any information regarding her dad.

Michelle Malone is looking for anyone that has information about her dad, Lloyd W. Malone, a member of the 757th Railroad Shop Battalion. Michelle would be grateful to hear from anyone that has any information regarding her dad.

Please contact Michelle if you can help in any way.

1494 Plainfield Drive Lima, Ohio 45805 sfdmemories@aol.com

John S. Mather—6th Engineering Special Brigade—203rd Engineer Combat Battalion

Bill Mather is looking for anyone that served with the 203rd Engineer Combat Battalion from 1943-1945. He is trying to reconstruct his father’s (John S. Mather) WW II history. His records were lost in the 1973 St. Louis fire. Bill would be grateful to hear from anyone that has pictures, testimony, a unit roster, or that knew John.

Please contact Bill if you can help in any way.

Phone: 530-333-2116 mtf@ixpres.com

The photos below are of the 6th Engineer Special Brigade shoulder and pocket patches.

6th Engineer Special Brigade shoulder and pocket patches6th Engineer Special Brigade shoulder and pocket patches

Pvt. Edward R. McGinley—Company “C”, 115th Infantry Regiment, 29th Division

Relatives of Edward McGinley are wanting to contact anyone who may have known him during the war. Pvt. McGinley was killed-in-action on September 4, 1944, with the 29th Division while it was fighting near Brest, France.

Please contact if you have any information regarding Pvt. McGinley.

Mawhortersl1965@aol.com

Williard D. Ricker—175th Infantry Regiment, 29th Division

Randy Nickerson is looking for information regarding his great-grandfather, Willard D. Ricker, who served with the 175th Regiment. Ricker landed in Normandy and was wounded-in-action. He also received the Silver Star. Randy is trying to reconstruct his great-grandfather’s story for future generations of his family.

If you can help, please get in contact with Randy.

Randy L. Nickerson 3922 Sycamore Loop Anchorage, AK 99504 Work: 907 – 348 – 1684 randynickerson@gci.net

1st Lt. William M. Royall—115th Infantry Regiment, 29th Division

Erik Linden, from the Netherlands, has adopted the grave of 1st Lt. William M. Royall at the American Cemetery in Margraten. Erik wants to discover more about Lt. Royall and requests that anyone having any type of information to please contact him.

Erik’s email address: eriklinden89@msn.com

T/4 Ernest M. Tomerlin—839th Engineer Aviation Battalion, U.S. Army

Carolyn Frantz is looking for any information she can find regarding her uncle, T/4 Ernest M. Tomerline, who was a member of the 839th Engineer Aviation Battalion. Ms. Frantz mentioned that his report of separation lists his unit as the 830th Engineer Aviation Battalion but on an attached honorable discharge, T/4 Tomerline is listed with the 839th.

Please contact Carolyn if you can help in any way.

frantzaw1@cox.net

1st Lt. William Weld—Counter Intelligence Corps—U.S. Navy

Our friend, Jean-Claude Joussard of Grandcamp-Maisy (Normandy), is looking for any information he can find regarding 1st Lt. William Weld, who headed civil affairs in the Grandcamp-Maisy/Isigny sectors of Normandy after D-Day. Lt. Weld was part of the Counter Intelligence Corps.

Weld was in the Naval Reserve and spoke French fluently. A student at Columbia University when the war broke out, Weld had prepared his Doctorate of Philosophy at the University of Hamilton.

The 3 photos below show Weld speaking to local fishermen (one of them is Joussard’s father-in-law). The lieutenant was looking for experienced pilots to lead barges inside the channel of Grandcamp. The European Civil Affairs Division (7 agents+1 clerk) and The Civil Affairs composed of 1 American officer 1 English officer and 3 soldiers landed on the 9th of June at 5p.m.

Please contact Jean-Claude if you can help in any way.

joussard.jean-claude@wanadoo.fr

1st Lt. William Weld

1st Lt. William Weld

1st Lt. William Weld

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