Had I tossed that grenade I would have had to live with that horror for the rest of my life. "Onaway Division" The division insignia is an escutcheon which has a red field and a blue chief, separated by an olive drab line; a three-pronged white device is superimposed on the blue chief. She -- in a rather haughty voice said -- well, you are asking for children.----- I never quite trusted North's high school German after that. Many years went by and my mother gave Although the crossings were attempted at night the Germans seemed to have the crossing area zeroed in. it because I have a collection of his millitary things. I have his honorable discharge papers and according to them he was a heavy mortar crewman, he was awarded the EAME with 2 Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal. My platoon reached Oberwassel on the bend of the Rhine River and we billeted there for a few days. me his things several years ago. Again I was pinned down in the shallow ditch behind a burned out jeep. 47025 Five day trip from coast to coast on a regular passanger train (Chair car). Gerald, this enough for now, contact me if you would care to. Reg. Edward T. Allen was found dead of shrapnel wounds to the throat. Company B. or by e-mail: email@example.com, NAME:T/Sgt. North, and I took off up a side street looking for eggs. Victor Glusco, Serial # 13022595 and his unit assignment was Company "E",417th Infantry Regiment, 76th Division. For the last 10 plus years I have been trying to locate members of Co F, with little success. I don't know much about my father's The Germans did have good crackers and canned cheese which we availed ourselves to, after we routed them from their pill boxes and other fortifications. him! a T/5 & served in the Army from 1943-1946. NAME:PFC Thomas E. Ryan, 417th Infantry, 1st Battalion --- I only served with the unit from the end of February until about the first of August 1945, consiquently, after all these years my memory does not contain many names. I myself fired 4 rounds. If you can help me with information, It would really be helpful. He thinks that the 6th, or 9th armored division may hae liberated him at a dairy farm. We had the Krauts on the run. Furthermore, there is the History of the First Battalion of the 417th Infantry Regiment: "ALWAYS FIRST" - THE FIRST BATTALION, 417TH INFANTRY REGIMENT (1945, Gera, Germany ? Personal: We went into the town down a narrow road along side a rather deep creek (Canyon) on our right with the enemy firing at us from the town in front and a wooded area on the other side of the creek. If anybody has this booklet please contact … to anyone who may have served with him and has an interest. The road was zeroed in with mortars and machine-gun fire. Traveled to Replacement Depot in Belgium by train (Box Cars). We got the Lieutenant to the Battalion Aid Station then were ordered to watch 3 Kraut prisoners for a short while before returning to our position. My girlfirends grandmother is his daughter and she was 7 when he was killed. Krauts were coming out of some doors with their arms in the air surrendering to us as we marched by. The 417th was detached from the 76th Division and attached to the 5th Division in late January or early February 1945 for the crossing of the Sauer River from Ecternach to Ecternachterbrook. (Tried to sell us colored water as wine - etc etc) Was assigned to the 417th Inf. If there is anything else I can provide you please don't hesitate to contact me. Copies of the After Action Reports, Combat Records and G-Journals (G-1, G-2, G-3, G-4 and G-5 - the journals give information to further important records, reports and documents!) Participated in the battle at Schmidten Where we lost 18 of our platoon of 39, with my 3rd squad of 11 men losing nine of the 18. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, My great uncle T/Sgt. She has very little memory of him and would really like some information (btn, company, pltn, anything really). We reported the incident and the barking dogs. for over seas shipment. are in the National Archives, Washington, D.C., and Suitland, MD, in Carlisle Barracks, PA and possibly in Fort Benning, GA (Research Library of the Infantry School). The 76th Infantry Division arrived in England, 20 December 1944, where it received additional training. e-mail: email@example.com. I was attached to 3rd Battalion commander as a runner and gofer for period of time during the crossing and after. Once the Engineers were able to establish a bridge across the Sauer River, Armored Vehicles(Tanks) were able to cross the river to aid the Infantry which had been cut off for several days. time has passed but it would finally bring closure after 58 years to a 90 If anyone should recognize/identify my father or some of these other people I'd love to hear from them. Thanks for your time! Our family, at the time, made a great Traveled by train from Scotland to England -- crossed the English Channel on Higgins Boats landing on the beach at Le Harve, France (Harbor was destroyed on D-Day). I know that we sat near Chemitz on the Mulda River south of Berlin for about 30 days waiting for the Russian troops to get to our location. According to the War Department, he Thomas E. Ryan was killed in action 6 Feb 45. When traveling with tanks we were permitted to ride on the tanks when not under fire. 00.00.0000-00.00.0000: 76th Infantry Division: Sources & links: US Army Center of Military History: Site design & initiative: • Ordered into active military service: 15 June 1942 at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland Get this from a library! Dear Sir, stateside & then in Germany in 1945. My Father, Staff Sargent DelMar E. Wilson, was in First Platoon, Co. B., of the 417th. Gerald Brown: firstname.lastname@example.org The Regiment was filled out by replacements and never achieved its original combat power again until the end of WWII. I did not think I would get into this battle because there were 2 platoons of troops in front of me. to discover if he was in Alpha, Bravo or Charlie Companies 1st He enlisted in the United States Army on August 8th 1942. I managed to crawl back to the ditch to get out of the way, and there I stayed (moving in and out of consciousness) until I was taken to the rear by our medics. wounds and actions while in the 417th between 15-21, Feb. The Engineers attempted building a bridge across the river but were not successful in keepng it in place till about February 10 or 11. Train Station in Chicago. First Class Emmett Dangerfield Sr, Company M, 417th Infantry. 22874 Lincoln Ct. (Apparently working its way back to the point of entry and falling out). In World War I the 76th was the first division of the National Army to be drawn from civilian ranks through the draft, hence the insignia and the description, "the first sons of the nation." After getting into the town I learned that my platoon was regrouping in a house up a road to the left. The town was crowded with refugees that the Krauts left behind on their retreat across the Rhine. Upon completing his basic training, he quickly … In addition to his medals, I have some photos, badges and personal items that he kept and would be happy to show them Hello, My name is Daphne(Barnes)Houze and I am the daughter of or by e-mail: email@example.com. John G. Ernsberger, It is also dedicated to the men of G Company, 304th Infantry Regiment who served with him, and became his extended family. 4341 Isabella Street, Peter Aronson We managed to cross by moving from rock to rock. The 45th Infantry Division … The town of Grietz had moderate resistance and as we were clearing the town, house by house, I went through one house from front to back and into the back yard and as I passed a storm cellar with the door open I got a glimpse of movement in the cellar -- stepped back - and was pulling the pin on a grenade when a german civilain came up the steps shouting "nix Schision" and pointing back into the cellar - I took another look and saw that the cellar was full of civilians - mostly women and children. Married my high school sweetheart (62 years and counting), and worked a couple of years before deciding to take advantage of the G.I Benifits and enrolled in college at California State Polytechnic College at San Luis Obispo, Calif --- Retired in 1989 from a large Public Utility as District Manager. Moe Kazyck was killed February 7, 1945 The excellent role of the 417th Infantry Regiment is noted in WE RIPENED FAST - the History of the 76th Infantry Division. issue knit sweater disintegrated and was discarded the next day. Several G.I. However, a couple of times I was pinned down - once in the ditch alongside the road. The Germans did have good crackers and canned cheese which we availed ourselves to, after we routed them from their pill boxes and other fortifications. The 76th … Those that made it across the river the 1st night ran into mine fields just across the river and many were killed or wounded there. Early in his service he was sent to the Aleutian Islands. 2. One day while riding on the tanks we stopped for a break in a small village and my friend, Pvt. My name is Lawrence J. Selegue. Lots of luck and success on your endeavor. Again I was pinned down in the shallow ditch behind a burned out jeep. Hamilton I think the date was March 1945. My Father, Staff Sargent DelMar E. Wilson, was in First Platoon, Co. B., of the 417th. A couple of times we were relocated to other sectors via truck. Thanks, I joined the outfit in late December of 1944 to 30 March whin I was wounded. Out I got for about 10 yards when a mortar shell exploded in front of me (probably after the T.D.). At the end of the war, the 417th provided occupation duty until regular occupation troops were assigned to relieve us. My father died in 1971 of a heart attack. wounds and actions while in the 417th between 15-21, Feb. Hello, I would like to add my uncle's name to the registry, he was "Jack F Kountz" he was in the 76th division, 417th regiment Headquarters Company, was assigned to reconassance. According to the War Department, he I guess it was a bit funny -- me, standing there as one of two survivors of my squad with bullet holes in my shirt and a bullet lodged in my boot asking if I was qualified for the badge. butter and jelly sandwich, waved goodbye and never saw him again.He was 19 Jerry Wilson Company B. 301st Medical and 301st … I don't know much about my father's After crossing the Rhine at St. Goar, we were on what was known as mopping up operations. man, Poncho (nickname) from Arizona or New Mexico. NAME:Robert E. Hester, 3rd Squad, 3rd Platoon, Co. during the crossing of the Sauer River. Walked (mostly) from that location to about 40 miles south of Berlin at time of Germans surrender. 22874 Lincoln Ct. 1945. only 10 years old. That was when I scrambled out of the ditch and made another few yards before the bullets became so heavy that I took cover. Dogs were forever barking giving our position away. Hi, Mr. Brown, My grandfather was Pvt. A sniper was shooting at us. The combined colors of the field, the device, and the chief are t… He was killed somewhere in the area of the Rhine or another river crossing. We are now enjoying our life in a Retirement Community ajacent to a public golf course and visiting with our two sons, seven grand children and six great grand children. consumption) Mother's Day of that year. for over seas shipment. Infantry Regiment, 417th. Participated in the battle at Schmidten Where we lost 18 of our platoon of 39, with my 3rd squad of 11 men losing nine of the 18. and sisters are dead. Army. We were running recon units across the Mulda and could have probably walked into Berlin or to the Polish border with very little resistance. painstakingly slow process. I am writing to see if anyone can give me information about my father & Thanks for your time! I volunteered for the army at the age of 17. USAF, SMSgt, Retired, Mr. Brown, His sister-in-law is still alive and in her 90s. 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