Information Requests: 2002-2006

Posted by on Nov 4, 2006 in Can You Help?

Information Requests: 2002-2006

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!

Looking for Members of the 1636 Engineer Battalion, 6th Army

Tom Shobbrook is looking for members of the 1636 Engineer Battalion, which was part of the 6th Army in World War II. He wants any information you may have about the unit and also wants to know if a battalion association exists.

Looking for B-25 Crew Members

I have a web page which honors the crew of a B-25 that crashed near Bedford, VA in 1943 — all onboard were killed. This site has become very popular and I would like to add some observations pertaining to what it was really like to fly a B-25 during the war years (TRAINING, AT HOME, OR OVERSEAS). If anyone knows of a pilot or crew member that would be willing to answer some questions (via e-mail, telephone, or written) please give them my web address and e-mail address.

Don Yeargin Bedford, VA

T/5 Francis Ambrico / Frank Ambrico-HQ Battery 21st AAA BN-Army Serial No: 32 803 299

David Ambrico would like information about his father, T/5 Frank Ambrico, who participated in these campaigns: Central Europe/ Normandy/ Northern France/ Rhineland. He was a Field Lineman was discharged on December 18, 1945 at Fort Dix, NJ. Please email David if you can help.

Hugh B. Anderson-29th Infantry Division.

My Dad, Hugh B. Anderson, served with the 29th at Omaha Beach. He didn’t seem to want to talk about it like many others who fought in the war. He passed away in1968 so wasn’t around to accompany us when I took my daughters to Omaha Beach a few years ago. Seeing the bluffs from the beach, hearing the national anthem played at the cemetery, having Frenchmen thank my children for their grandfather’s service, made me realize just how much of a sacrifice Hugh and others like him made. I would very much like to find out if any of his friends are still around. Thanks.

T/5 Clifford Eugene Audinet – 532nd Anti-Aircraft Artillery-Automatic Weapons Battalion “A” Company/Battery.

Clifford Eugene AudinetPatrick Audinet of San Jose, California is looking for anyone who knew his father, T/5 Clifford Eugene Audinet, originally assigned to he 532nd Anti Aircraft Artillery-Automatic Weapons Battalion, 1st Armored Division, IV Corps, 5th Army in Italy during World War II. In January of 1945 the 532nd was absorbed into the 473rd Infantry Regiment and attached to the 92nd Infantry Division, IV Corps, 5th Army, Northern Italy. T/5 Audinet was killed somewhere near Verona, Italy on April 26th, 1945.

Laurence Joseph Audinet -Unit Unknown.

Patrick is also looking for information concerning his uncle, Laurence Joseph Audinet, unit unknown. Patrick believes his uncle marched across France with the Normandy invasion, then south to the Italian border. His father and uncle were to have met at the Italian border, but Clifford Audinet was KIA before the meeting. His uncle returned to the U.S. and died in 1970. Patrick found out about his uncle’s participation in the European campaign after his death.

If you can help Patrick, please send him an email. His email address is:

S. Sgt. John B. August -175th Infantry Regiment-29th Infantry Division—Serial #-32947675.

Mr. August’s son and grandson are looking for anyone who may have known him or served with him during the war. If you can help, please send a message to them at:

Sgt. Jasper Back—”A” Co.,115th Regiment, 29th Division

Charles Boston, a former lieutenant in “A” Company, 115th Regiment, 29th Division, is looking for relatives of Sgt. Jasper Back, Co. “A”, 115th. Sgt. Back was killed in action on or about 18 August 1944 near Brest, France. Mr. Boston seems to remember Back was from Kentucky or Tennessee.

William Boston is helping his dad in his search. If you can help in any way, please email William.

PFC George E. Bauer—507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division

George Johnson is looking for information about his uncle and namesake, George Bauer. PFC Bauer, who was from Michigan, jumped on D-Day and was KIA on June 13th, 1944 somewhere near Ste. Mere-Eglise, France. He is buried in the American Cemetary in Normandy.

Mr. Johnson would appreciate any information about his uncle that you may have. If you can help in any way, please email.

Lt. Cmndr. John W. Behrens—Unit Unknown

My father was killed during Operation Tiger, off the Devon Coast in England, when I was just 7 months old.

I have been searching for someone who knew him for years. If there is anyone out there who remembers him, please e-mail me.

Thank you, Lois Behrens Orjuela

S/Sgt. Blevens—”M” Co., 175th Regiment, 29th Division

Ed Gay is looking for his old friend, S/Sgt. Blevens, who was in the second squad of Company “M” of the 175th. S/Sgt. Blevens was from Robin, TN and would now be about 75-77 years of age.

Ed was wounded and never got to return to the 29th. He would dearly love to hear from his old friend or his family.

If you can help Ed, please send him an email.—Thanks—

PFC Johnny Bohiem-Unit Unknown

My great-uncle’s name was PFC Johnny Bohiem. He died 2/20/45 in France. I’m trying to locate any one that knew him or was with him during the war. Thanks—SSG Madrigal

Looking for those who served under Maj. Thomas Howie-116th Infantry, 29th Division.

I am an amateur military historian in Colorado and am doing some research on Maj. Howie “the Major of St. Lo.” I hope to contact someone who might have served with him and have some personal wartime recollections of him.Thanks—S. Deeb

Keller Cogswell, 29th Infantry Division.

I am trying to trace the steps of my grandfather, Keller Cogswell, who served in the 29th during WWII. If you have information or suggestions, I would appreciate it.—Dolph Foster

PFC Alfred B. Cram, 175th Inf. Regiment, 29th Infantry Division.

Nancy Evans is looking for persons who served with Private First Class Alfred B. Cram, Serial Number 310770467, who was KIA near St. Lo, France on July 16th 1944.

PFC Cram was born July 15, 1913 in Lynn, Massachusetts and entered service from that state. His brother and family would be very grateful to know anyone who can remember serving with him.

Thank you. Nancy Evans

American Paratrooper J.E. Cummings—Unit Unknown

Frédéric Cucco of Montmorency, France is looking for an American veteran, J.E. Cummings, who was probably in the airborne forces that fought in the Cotentin Peninsula

Frédéric has found a bayonet with the name J.E. Cummings on it and would be very honored if he could contact this veteran or his family. Frédéric also says it would be a great priviledge if he could return it to the rightful owner after all these years.

Frédéric found the bayonet near his father’s home at Appeville, Manche Department in the Cotentin Peninsula. He has apparently spent lots of time in the area with his metal detector looking for artifacts from the war. Frédéric also expressed his sincere thanks to the American veterans for all they did in liberating his homeland during World War II.

If you can help Frédéric in any way, please send him an email at the following address:

Edgar (Ed) Derendinger, Co. “D”, 116th Inf. Regiment, 29th Infantry Division.

I am researching my father’s war background his name: Edgar (Ed) Derendinger. He entered the U.S. Army March 16, 1943 at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas and was assigned to Company “D” 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division from May 13. 1944 to December 25, 1945.

The only thing my father told me was he was one of a five man heavy machine gun crew during this time. My father participated in the Northern France, Rhineland and Central Europe campaigns. Any information on my dad would be greatly appreciated.

Ed Derendinger, Jr.

“Pete” George Thurman Druin, 29th Infantry Division.

I am trying to find some information on my grandfather, “Pete” George Thurman Druin. He served in the 29th in the Normandy invasion and through the occupation of Germany. I think he received a Purple Heart. Thank you

Sgt James E. Berna II 302A 28th St. FT. Eustis VA 23604

1st Lt Harris (Hal) Bowie Duncan, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division.

I am looking for anyone who may have known my father, 1st Lt Harris (Hal) Bowie Duncan, of Burnet, Texas. He served with Co. L, 3d Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division. He went ashore at Utah Beach and was KIA on 16 June, near Montebourg according to my research (service record was destroyed in the 1973 fire). Would appreciate hearing from anyone who may have served with him.

Jim Brennan 525 Altamira Drive Knoxville, TN 37922

Sgt. George Eldridge, “I” Co., 26th Regiment,1st Infantry Division.

My father, George Eldridge,was a Weapons Platoon Sergeant in Co.I, 26th Reg., 1st Infantry Division. He fought in North Africa, Sicily, Omaha Beach, France and Germany. His front line duty ended after injuries in the Hurtgen Forest. He finished the war as First Mate on an Army tug out of Rouen, France.

If anyone would like to contact him, please do so through my E-mail address. He is alive and well!

Don Eldridge,Lt.Col.USAF (Ret)

Pvt. Floyd A. (Barney) Fahnestock—115th Regiment, 29th Infantry Divison.

Ronald Bower is trying to find anyone who may have served with Pvt. Floyd A. (Barney) Fahnestock in France during WW II. Pvt. Fahnestock was killed in action on July 1, 1944. The only information Ronald has is the purple heart Fahnestock earned and a telegram sent to his wife.

Ronald also knows Pvt. Fahnestock is buried in Normandy American Cemetery. His name is listed in a 29th Division yearbook and in “The 115 Infantry Regiment in World War II” by Binkoski &Plaut.

Ronald was married to Pvt. Fahnestock’s daughter, who was killed in a 1991 traffic accident. He would like to find out all he can to help Pvt. Fahnestock’s grandchildren.

If you can help Ronald, please write, call or email. Thanks.

Thank you Ron Bower 315 Friendship Lane Gettysburg, PA 17325 (717) 334-8229

Ralph T. Fancher—618th Ammunition Company of the 6th Engineers Special Brigade attached to the 29th Infantry Divison.

Norman Haugk, the son-in-law of Ralph Fancher, is looking for members of the 618th Ammunition Company, a unit that landed on Omaha Beach during D-Day. He is wanting to compile a list of all members and get information about them. Norman hopes to locate as many members of this unit as possible and perhaps even help arrange a reunion. Mr. Fancher would love to hear from his old buddies as well.

If you can help in any way or were a member of the 618th please email Norman Haugk:


Pvt. Juan A. Gomez—175th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division—Serial Number 38579740.

Steve Montoya is looking for information about his grandfather, Pvt. Juan A. Gomez, who was KIA on November 11, 1944. Pvt. Gomez, from New Mexico, was killed in fighting near the city of Bourheim, and is interred in the American Military Cemetery at Margraten, Netherlands.

If you remember Pvt. Gomez or can help in any way, Please email Steve or give him a call.

Steve’s email

Telephone: (510) 531-2005

Roy Edgar Gordner Jr.—Unit Unknown

I am searching for any information about my uncle who was KIA in 1944 in France. His name was Roy Edgar Gordner Jr. I don’t have any information about what division he was in, but soon hope to. What I do know is that he was 21 when he was killed and is buried in France. If you can give me any information on how to find out more about him or where his grave may be, I would be very greatful.

Thank you very much. Matthew Gillaspy

S/Sgt. Oscar James Gray—38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division.

Alyce Stringer is looking for information about her father, S/Sgt. Gray, who was KIA on June 12, 1944, in Normandy. He was 26 years old when he lost his life.

If you remember S/Sgt. Gray or can provide Alyce with any information, please email her.

1st Lt. Edward H. Grossheim -8th AAF, 334th Bombardment Squadron, 95th Bombardment Group.

1st Lt. Edward H. Grossheim

In this photo, top row, are Lew Scott, Bombardier, my Dad, 1st Lt. Edward H. Grossheim Pilot, Co-pilot Tom Flavin and Clyde English. In the bottom row, I cannot match the names to the faces. Storey (no first name), William A. Pennington, Walter Keinath, and Ailey (no first name).

My Dad was a Flying Fortress B-17 bomber pilot, 8th AAF, 334th bombardment squadron, 95th bombardment group. He flew a plane called the “Lil’Stinker.” HE won several medals, was injured and landed his plane with two engines shot out, no brakes, just the aid of parachutes. He had been hit by flak, the plane was full of holes, but he got his crew safely back to England. Another article says a Lt. Cranford earned a silver bar for my Dad breaking an endurance record. That Lt. was passing out cigars and the article reads that the whole group was “sweating it out”. I would like to find anyone who knew him. —Maria Schultz

If you can help Maria, please contact her via regular mail at:

105 Albrighton Drive—Longwood, FL 32779 or email her at:

Richard P. Hall, 29th Infantry Division

I am looking for someone who might have known my great-uncle Richard P. Hall, 29th Inf., F Co., which went ashore on D-Day at Omaha Beach.


Hank (Grat B.) Hankins -29th Infantry Division.

Rosemary Knower is looking for information about her dad, Hank (Grat B.) Hankins of the 29th Division. Rosemary especially wants to know about the time her dad spent training in England, as she and her sister would like to travel to the areas he trained in. Rosemary believes he spent time in Devon and/or on the Salisbury Plain, as her dad mentioned a tour to Stonehenge in one of his letters home. Mr. Hankins joined the 29th prior to the war, while it was still a National Guard unit, so he probably spent at least two years in England.

If you remember Mr. Hankins and can help Rosemary, please email her at:

S/Sgt. George W.Hansen, 175th Regiment?, 29th Infantry Division.

John Hansen is looking for information about his uncle, S/Sgt. George W. Hansen, who he believes served with the 175th Regiment of the 29th Division. John has information that his uncle also served with the 148th AAA Opr Det, but feels it may be erroneous. He knows S/Sgt. Hansen is buried in the Epinal Military Cemetery in France.

If you can help John in any way, please contact him via email:

T. Sgt. Charles W. Harmon, 29th Infantry Division

I am the grandson of a 29th soldier, Tech Sgt. Charles W. Harmon. who was KIA near Neidimerz, Germany on 11/9/44. My family and I have very little info on him. Thank you —Gregory Scott Harmon

1st Lt. Leon D. Harvey, 116th Regiment, 29th Infantry Division.

Jim Harvey is looking for information about his dad, 1st Lt. Leon D. Harvey of the 116th Regiment, 29th Division. Jim believes his dad served in one of the heavy weapons companies of the 116th and would dearly love to hear from anyone who knew or remembers him. He knows his dad was with the 116th when it landed on D-Day and saw a story concerning his company in the 29th Division Association’s Journal, The 29’er.

If you can help Jim in any way, please contact him via email:

Carl Glenn Henning—82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions

My father, Carl Glenn Henning, was in the 82nd then the 101st, during the D-Day invasion. He was in a glider, and I believe he landed somewhere around Sainte- Mere-Eglise. I would like to trace his movements during the campaign.

He has always been very reluctant to talk about his service. My brother, son, nephews and I have always been interested in the history in which my father participated, and if you have any information about my father, we would greatly appreciate your help.

Thanks—Paul Henning

John Hite, 115th Regiment, 29th Infantry Division

Douglas R. Armstrong is looking for information about his uncle, John Hite, who served in the 115th Regiment and was killed in France during November,1944.


Pvt. Claude J. Huffman—142nd Regiment, 36th Infantry Division

The family of Claude Huffman is looking for any information you may have concerning this soldier. Pvt. Huffman was KIA in France on or about 16 October 1944. Any Information you have would be greatly appreciated.


Major John G. Hughes—111th Field Artillery Battalion—29th Division

My grandfather , John G. Hughes-Pittsburgh, PA, was a captain and then a major with the 111th FA battalion and landed at Omaha beach on D-Day serving under the 29th Division. I have recently found all the letters he wrote home to my grandmother and tons of photos of his men. I was wondering if you could post a “can you help” so I could possibly find some men who served with my Papa.

Alicia Boyce

PFC Austin F. Humbrock, S/N 36 614 458—Unit Unknown

PFC Humbrock was in a glider unit in Normandy and was KIA on D+3, or about June 9, 1944. If you have any information please contact:

George Albert Kempson, 28th Infantry Regiment, 8th Division

I am looking for information about my father, George Albert Kempson, of the 8th Infantry Division. He was awarded the Bronze Star, but rarely discussed his actions in the war with me while he was still alive. I have his Purple Heart, Bronze Star and other ribbons. I would like to know what he received the Bronze Star for. He served in Normandy and was later wounded in December of 1944. From his records, I believe he received the Bronze Star on July 20, 1944. My family would appreciate any and all information.

1st Lt. James S. Knight- Co. “E”, 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division.

James S. Knight is looking for anyone who knew his dad, 1st Lt. James S. Knight, who landed in the first wave on Omaha Beach with Co. “E”, 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division. James can be reached at:

1302 Chrismill Lane—Mt. Pleasant, SC 29466—Telephone: 843-971-1483 or email:

Pvt. Vilas A Kroening , Serial # 36824308,175th Regiment, 29th Infantry Division.

I am seeking information about my uncle, Pvt Vilas A Kroening 36824308. He made it thru D-Day but was killed on June 18th, 1944. He was in the 29th Division, 175th Infantry Regiment and was from Wisconsin. He is buried in the Normandy American Cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach. My uncle was presumably killed in the battle for St. Lo. I would appreciate ANY information that anyone can give me.

Thank You,

Gary Walhovd 1212 Arthur Dr. Milton, Wi. 53563

Harvey Kuhaupt, 29th Infantry Division.

I’ve been left a small box after my great-grandfather’s death which includes information about his service in the 29th. He left a journal from when he was in Normandy, info. about D-Day at Omaha Beach, St. Lo, etc. His name is Harvey Kuhaupt, Hartford, Wisconsin. —Thank You

Sherry Isaacson 56 Park Place Middletown, CT 06457

Arthur F. LeHew, 29th Infantry Division.

My name is SSGT Justin D. LeHew and first of all, I would like to say that it is an honor to address your association. I am presently a U.S. Marine Drill instructor in San Diego and have been a proud member of the Corps for 11 years now. I am writing to you in regards to a man that I knew little about in the hopes that someone can help me reach into the past and build a picture for the future.

My father’s name is Arthur F. LeHew and he served in the 29th Infantry during the invasion of Normandy in 1944. After the war my father returned to Front Royal, Virginia until he enlisted in the Air Force in 1946. He went on to serve 22 more years.

My father passed away in 1983 at the age of 69, I was 13. After attending my father’s funeral in Arlington, I knew the service was where I belonged. My mother passed away in 1995 and was my last link to my father. I have pieced alot of information together on my father, but the information that is most elusive is the time period from 1941-1945, when my father served in the Army. He never talked about his time in the Army, nor much about the Air Force. I’m 29 now and I barely have any recollection of when I was 13.

Hopefully someone in the division out there has some leads or some info that will help me bridge the gap. I appreciate your time.

Respectfully submitted, Justin D. LeHew SSGT USMC

S/Sgt Jack Lilly, Company “C”, 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division.

I am trying to find out if my friend, Jack Lilly, has any old war buddies left to contact. His name and unit: S-Sgt Jack Lilly, Company “C”, 116 Infantry Regiment, 29th Division. On June 6, 1944, he landed on Omaha Beach at 7:10 am. If anyone has any information or remembers Jack, I would greatly appreciate hearing from you.

Thank you, Kevin Rhea

S/Sgt.Creston Lockbaum, Company H, 175th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division.

My father, Creston Lockbaum, was a staff sergeant in the 29th Division, 175th Infantry Regiment, Company H, 2nd Battalion during World War II. Some time between the Normandy landing and the taking of St. Lo, he volunteered to be a forward observer for the above unit and served in that capacity for the remainder of the war.

He was permitted to select his own radio operator and chose a man from Alabama, a Pvt. Ramsay or Ramsey, we are not sure of the spelling. We believe his first name was Robert. My father says that Ramsay/Ramsey survived the war, but like many wartime acquaintances, they lost touch afterward.

Now, we are trying to determine if Pvt. Ramsay/Ramsey is still living and, if so, we would like to correspond with him. My father and I would appreciate any assistance you could provide as to Ramsay/Ramsey’s full name and last known location or address.

Thank you, Lois Lockbaum Deptulski

Joseph Longo, 2nd or 5th Ranger Battalion.

Robert Piscitello is searching for anyone who might have known his great uncle, Joseph Longo.

In 1944, Longo was a tall, skinny man from Connecticut. He was in either the 2nd or 5th Ranger Battalion. Robert also believes Longo was one of only a few men in his unit to make it up the cliffs at Omaha Beach. Longo was killed approximately six days after D-Day by a German shell, after being brought to a rest area.

Robert would greatly appreciate any information about his great uncle or any stories surrounding his great uncle’s involvement in the D-Day invasion.

1st Lt. George Reed Lyne—Unit Unknown.

I am looking for anyone who knew or has information about my grandfather,1st Lt. George Reed Lyne, who was KIA on July 14, 1944 possibly near St. Lo, France. His jeep went over a land mine and he was killed along with his sergeant and a driver.

The last letter my mother addressed to him was returned unreceived but was addressed to an APO address, “Recon. Mech.” leading us to believe that this was a mechanized reconnaissance unit.

Any help you can give would be appreciated.

Many Thanks. David M. Delgado

Edgar D. Manoliu, Co. A 175th, 29th Infantry Division.

Brothers of the 29th Division, Since I was discharged in 1945 (Dec. 30) I have not been in contact with anyone from Co. A 175th, 29th Div. I have tried through the 29er paper, but no response. I was a replacement of the 175th but was put on the beach at 7:00 or 8:00 p.m. on June 6, 1944, along with 5 other G.I.s. The next day about 2:30 p.m., we were told to join the 175th as replacements – 3 days later I was assigned to “A”Co. We did a lot of fighting, especially when we were surrounded on Hill 138 (I think this was the number). Lost a lot of friends (How many friends can you make in 3 or 4 or 5 days?) I continued until Brest where I was seriously wounded and was taken back to England in a LCT. I would like to hear from anyone about those dates. They used to call me ‘Manny’. I belong to Post 28 in Dallas, Texas. —Thank you.

Edgar D. Manoliu 201 Patrician Circle Spanish Fort AL 36527-9460

SGT William Jasper McDaniel, 507 PIR, 82nd Airborne Division.

SGT William Jasper McDanielI am trying to find anyone who remembers a SGT William Jasper “Bill” or “Bull” McDaniel who was in 507th PIR attached to 82nd Airborne, and was wounded in the Normandy drop. Please see the photo at right.

Please contact: William S. McDaniel 128A Susan Dr. Summerville, S.C. 29485

PFC Robert J. Medla ,S/N 35-061-390, 116th Inf., 29th Infantry Division.

My Uncle PFC Robert J. Medla S/N 35-061-390 116th Inf., 29th, was KIA 7/11/44 at St. Andre. I’d like to contact anyone who served with him.

Please contact: Greg Medla—210 Eldredge Rd.—Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32547

Mitchell Minoff, 29th Infantry Division.

Is there a listing or can you suggest how to get more information on my dad, Mitchell Minoff.. He was a medic with the fightin’ 29th and was shot at Vierville-sur-Mer.

S/Sgt. John Emory Montgomery, Battery B, 110th Field Artillery Battalion, 29th Infantry Division.

S/Sgt. John Emory MontgomeryCecelia M. Barnes of Lusby, Maryland is looking for information concerning S/Sgt. John Emory Montgomery of the 110th FAB of the 29th Division. S/Sgt. Montgomery was wounded near the Vierville church on June 7, 1944 and died shortly thereafter.

If you can help Ms. Barnes, please contact her at the following address:

Cecelia M. Barnes 12810 Spring Cove Drive Lusby, MD 20657-2974

George S. Morris, 175th Infantry, 29th Infantry Division.

I am looking for two men who served with my father in WWII at Normandy. My father is George S. Morris and his two friends are Frank Chaddish and Charles Hedgecloth, all of the 175th Inf-29th Div.

Teri M. Arn—1601 Dylan Drive—Virginia Beach, VA 23464

S/Sgt. Anthony Mucciarone, Jr, 116th Infantry, 29th Infantry Division.

My uncle, Anthony Mucciarone, Jr. was in the 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Division. He went from buck private to staff sergeant in six weeks, and was sighted for heroism at St. Lo. His company landed on Omaha Beach during the morning of June 6, 1944. Anthony was killed-in-action on July 30, 1944. He was originally supposed to be shipped to Italy, but had a problem with his teeth, and could not go. He was then sent to France for D-Day.

I would like to hear from anyone who knew Staff Sergeant Anthony Mucciarone, Jr. My uncle grew up in Franklin, Massachusetts and had one sister and two twin younger brothers, who joined up after hearing of their brother’s death.


Please e-mail me at:

Robert J. Neff and Richard Neff, 121st Engineer Combat Battalion, 29th Infantry Division.

I am looking for information regarding the 121st Engineer Combat Battalion of the 29th Inf. Div. During the invasion my uncle, Robert J. Neff was killed and his twin, Richard Neff, was injured.

During a trip to Normandy, I was able to find the first American cemetery, the 29th Div. Monument, and the current American cemetery. The gentlemen at the cemetery were very helpful and very interested in the original photos and War Dept. documents I had. I’m willing to share my uncles’ stories, although the uncle who survived D-Day just passed away 2 years ago, so I don’t have as much information as I’d like. The “boys” were identical twins in the same battalion- as a result of my grandmother’s request to the president. —Anne Schmidt

Elmer Dorsey Offutt, Unit Unknown

I’m trying to find more information about my grandfather’s infantry. They stormed Normandy on D-Day. His name was Elmer Dorsey Offutt. I’m 12 years old. —B. Offutt

Peter Parisi, Unit Unknown

My great uncle was killed on Omaha Beach on D-Day. Unfortunately I have no knowledge as to what division he served in. His name was Peter Parisi. If you have any information or could refer me to any place that could help I would be very interested and grateful. —Nicholas Genovese

Franklin J. Polster, Co. “F” 116th Regiment, 29th Division

Frank Polster is looking for anyone who has information about his father, Franklin J. Polster ASN 32950468, who was killed June 6, 1944 on Omaha Beach.

Please write or email Frank if you can provide any help.

Frank J. Polster 822 W. 13th Street New Castle, De 19720

Gordon E. Ridgely, Unit Unknown

I’m a Vietnam era veteran. My grandfather, Gordon E. Ridgely, was killed in the invasion by a land mine, according to my grandmother. She told me he was buried in France for 3 years before they brought him home and buried him in Baltimore National Cemetery. Please give me any information you can. —Pat Murphy

Charles Perry Rochester—29th Signal Company (29th Infantry Division)

I am sending this on behalf of my mother Pauline Joy Furrance DALLYN formerly JONES, who during the Second World War was in the ATS, the women’s army in England in the Pay Corps. My mother, together with her female friends in the army, used to go dancing off duty.

She frequently mentions a gentleman by the name of Charles Perry Rochester as someone who danced beautifully to the sound of big band music and mentions how much she and her friends enjoyed dancing with Rochester and his colleagues.

My mother and my father have been married for 54 years, and during that time have talked about the war often. They have checked the US Memorial on Omaha Beach to see if Rochester was a casualty and hope he survived the war.

I would like to find information about this gentleman. We know he was from Charlotte, North Carolina and his date of birth was 21st November 1921. His family was in the printing business and his rank, when my mother knew him, was sergeant. My mother believes his serial number was 14030413, although she is uncertain about this.

I would dearly love to track this veteran if only to be able to say he is “alive & kicking, Mummy” and watch her wide smile.

Thank you very much for any help you may provide, Tessa Dallyn Roberts (Mrs) Hampshire, England

Anthony Sadowski, Serial Number 32909389—”B” Company, 142nd Infantry Regiment.

Frank Polster is looking for anyone who has information about Anthony Sadowski of the 142nd Regiment. Mr. Sadowski was a friend of Frank’s father, Franklin J. Polster of the 29th Division, who was KIA during the Omaha Beach assault.

Please write or email Frank if you can provide any help.

Frank J. Polster 822 W. 13th Street New Castle, De 19720

Dorman Sanders—29th Infantry Division

Dorman SandersMy Dad, Dorman Sanders (Sandy) of Valley Mills, TX was a corporal in A Battery, 110th Field Artillery Battalion, 29th Division. Landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day, was in the battle of St. Lo and fought other major battles to the Elbe River in Germany where they met the Russians. Later he was shipped to Denmark and from there he returned home safely.

Thanks Tracy Sanders

John Lewis Schnier—Unit Unknown

I am writing you in hopes you will be able to help me contact someone who might have known my uncle or anything about him. All my family has is the obituary dated 7/8/44 stating that he died in Normandy on June 11, 1944. His name was John Simpson Lewis, however, when his parents died when he was 14, he was taken in by a family named Schnier from St. Louis and may have taken their name. He enlisted in the Army from there three years later. The obituary listed him as John Lewis Schnier. My mother, who is now 81, was 24 when he died (he was 22) and she would like to locate his grave. I will be traveling to Europe this summer and would like to go to Normandy to find it if possible. Any help you might be able to give me is greatly appreciated.

Thanks Martha Bruneau

T. Sgt.Warren Shephard, Unit Unknown

I am seeking information about Tech. Sgt. Warren Shephard of the US Infantry. Warren took part in the landings but was later killed with three companions when a grenade was thrown into his Jeep when driving through a town in Northern France.

Warren was 22 years of age and had graduated from law school. He met members of my family (in the Southampton area) in the U.K. in 1943. He is remembered as a wonderful, kind, generous, impeccably mannered man.

Can anyone help me to find out more about him and where his remains lay today?

Thank you, Peter Lowe

S/Sgt. Benedict A. Smith- A Company, 115th Regiment, 29th Infantry Division.

S.Sgt. Benedict A. SmithSgt. Smith was KIA July 30, 1944 outside Percy, France. His niece, Marsha Smith, is looking to find anyone who may remember her Uncle Ben or might have served with him. If you knew Sgt. Smith, please contact Marsha via mail or click on her name to send an email.

Marsha Smith —P.O. Box 1332, Pittsford NY  14534

Pvt. Harvey Smith, 116th Regiment, 29th Infantry Division.

I am trying to find out any information you may have regarding Private Harvey Smith, KIA at Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944. He is buried at Omaha Beach cemetery and was in the 116th regiment of the 29th Inf. Div. I am trying to find out how he died, any one who knows him, where he is from, family, military records etc. Thank you for your help.

T/Sgt. Arlie Sneed, 29th Infantry Division.

We have just located a newspaper special edition “Le Tomahawk” ,Volume 2, Number 6 dated October 1944. On the other side is a map detailing the 19th Corps from the 6/10/44 landing at Normandy, signed by the members of the 19th Corps. We also found two other maps of the landing at Normandy which details the movement through France and Germany. This is signed by the members along with addresses of the members. The 3rd is a map of the 29th Infantry detailing movements from 6/6/44 to the 1/1/45. This is signed by Captain Kenneth P. Thomas and Lt. John S. Cooper.

Our father was in this division, Tech Sgt. Arlie Sneed. Can you supply us with any information? Thank you for any information you can give us!

Raymond Sneed and J.S. Davidow

Luther Lavell Stockman—Unit Unknown

Luther Lavell StockmanLuther Lavell StockmanI would be very grateful if you could post up these two photos on your website. The photo on the left is my grandfather, Luther Lavell Stockman, known as ‘Mike’. All I know about him is that he was in one of the American infantry units that was based in or near Clevedon, England during the war and that he was KIA in the Normandy landings.

The photo on the right shows my grandmother (Lilian Alice Watts) and her friend Edna at Clevedon with my grandfather and two other Americans called Arthur and Jimmy (no surnames). I have no other information about him, except that after Mike’s death, his parents kept in touch with my grandmother and knew of my father’s existence. I would be grateful if anyone who knew Mike, or even who can tell me which unit he may have been in, could get in touch with me.

Thanks, Matt Watts

PFC Joseph D. Surek, 175th Regiment, 29th Infantry Division

I would like to post a question about my uncle – PFC Joseph D. Surek of the 175th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division. He was killed on July 13, 1944. I believe he rode a motorcycle, but don’t know anything additional about his service. If any one can help, I would greatly appreciate it. He is buried in the Normandy American Cemetery along side his brother, Frank J. Surek, who was also killed in Normandy.

Thank you, Elizabeth Dente

Wilfred (Bill) Theurer, 29th Infantry Division.

My father, Wilfred (Bill) Theurer, from Jersey City, New Jersey, served with the 29th and landed on Omaha Beach, June 6, 1944. He had enlisted in 1939, was stationed at Ft. Mead, MD, and sent to Tavistock, England in 1942. I am looking for anyone who knew him. Please help if you can. Thank you.

Marianne Laux —319 East View Terrace —Wharton, NJ 07885

T/4 Joseph E. Tomberlin—Co. B, 147th Engineer Combat Battalion

Joseph A. Tomberlin is seeking anyone who might have known his father, T/4 Joseph E. Tomberlin, of Co. B, 147th Engineer Combat Battalion. If you can help in any way, please email Joseph at:

Sgt. John Carel Tripp—29th Infantry Division

I am looking for information about my grandfather, John Carel Tripp. He was in the 29th Division and he passed away. He was a sergeant in charge of a machine gun crew, and was in the landing at Omaha Beach.

Thank you, Jim Lewis

Leonel H. Trudeau—Company “C” 3rd Platoon, 3052nd Engineer Combat Battalion

Leonel H. Trudeau

Anyone having information regarding wartime experiences of T/5 Leonel H. Trudeau, Company “C” 3rd Platoon, 3052nd Engineer Combat Battalion which previously was Company “F”, 2nd Battalion, 531st Engineer Shore Regiment, please contact me.

I am working on a documentation of his WWII experiences and this information would be invaluable. He participated in six of the campagnes and was involved in three assault operations, including Utah Beach, Normandy. At left is a picture of his platoon.

Jarrel Tuttle—320th Infantry Regiment, 35th Division

I would like to find out any information on my great uncle, who was killed during the campaign in Normandy and is buried in France. His name was Jarrel Tuttle and he was only 18 or 19 at the time and was an enlisted man from Danville, Illinois. His sister and one of his brothers are still living and would be thrilled if anyone had any information about him.

Thanks for your help. John Tuttle

PFC Harvey J. Ungethim—116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Division

I would like to contact anyone who knew Pfc Harvey J. Ungethim of the 116th Regiment of the 29th Infantry Division. Pfc Ungethim died on 7 Aug 1944 in France. Pfc Ungethim’s widow had a daughter on 7 Dec 1944; this was his only child. I write a family history newsletter and I would like to write a newsletter article on Pfc Ungethim’s brief time in France. I would be pleased to be contacted by anyone who knew Pfc Ungethim or anyone who could tell me what company he was in.

Thank you, Scott Edward Bosecker

Thomas J. Warren—Unit Unknown

I am trying to find any information concerning my grandfather, Thomas J. Warren. I think he was in the 29th Infantry Division. He served from 1943 to 1946 in the European Theater and later served during occupation. I know he was an enlisted man and I think he participated in D-Day and the Ardennes offensive. Beyond this, I know nothing.

He died before I was born, but I really would like to know more about his service. Could you help me?

Thank you very much, David Slack

Otis A. White—29th Division

Eric White is looking for information on his uncle, Otis A. White, who was killed in France serving with the 29th Division. Eric is wanting to find anything he can as a gift for his father, Otis’ brother.

If you can offer any help or information, please contact Eric via mail or email.

Eric White 2084 Cherry Avenue Hueytown, Al 35023 (205)497-8487

Victor A. Young—175th Infantry Regiment, 29th Division

I am seeking information on my brother, Victor A. Young from Minnesota. Victor was with the 175th Infantry, 29th Division when he was KIA in November 1944. He is buried in Margratten Military Cemetery in the Netherlands.

Thank you very much, D.Peter Young 13707 Monte Bello Castroville, CA

Leeland Offutt led a rifle platoon of the 82nd on D-Day

My grandfather Leeland Offutt led a rifle platoon of the 82nd on D-Day. If anyone has, or knows anyone who has served under him, I’d like to know all that can be told.

Nick Biebel


  1. Hank HANKINS – If Rosemary is still seeking information on his training in England, my website will be of interest to her and I would be delighted to answer any questions she may have.

  2. George Gutschke 29th ID 175th IR Company K 1st Platoon D-Day

    I’m looking for anyone who knew my father in WWII. He landed on Omaha Beach in the second wave the morning of June 6th. I’m trying to find any men from the 175th who landed on the 6th, anyone from his assault boat, and anyone from the 175th.

    His sergeant was about 42 and had also served in WWI (I do not know his name). His other friends include Private G W Hall from the 175th Company I, Staff Sergeant Jacob Eller 175th Company M (KIA Nov 19 1944), and Private Donald Yeager 175th Company K.

    I have some pictures taken during at Ft. Meade.

    Please contact me with any information. Thanks!

  3. I would like to have any information on my grandfather “Jack” Jasper Williams
    ?SGT? 82nd Airborne “All Americans” I don’t have very much information but he was from North Carolinea.

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