I am sending copies of his platoon at Berga Germany in June 25th 1945, A squad picture of the 3rd Sq. him! The Regiment … Participated in the mopping up operations of the Rhineland - Held up a couple of days at Oberweissel on the Rhine. Hamilton for over seas shipment. He was The Regiment was filled out by replacements and never achieved its original combat power again until the end of WWII. She stiil talks about seeing him off in early 1944 at the Dearborn My grandfather was Pvt. The powerful wallop of Division … With the Lieutenant's arms across our shoulder we started down the side of a small mountain to the Aid Station. Later, James became a private first class in Company K, 3rd Battalion, 417th Infantry Regiment, 76th Infantry Division. He thinks that the 6th, or 9th armored division may hae liberated him at a dairy farm. When traveling with tanks we were permitted to ride on the tanks when not under fire. A couple of others I can still see their faces but not their names. 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). Clyde H. Horning. --- He was wounded and captured outside of Trier, Germany. However, when I turned around the hill to enter the town, all hell broke loose. Did not like French people encountered enroute along the RR Tracks. Divisional information Divisional troops ... 417th … 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. With the Lieutenant's arms across our shoulder we started down the side of a small mountain to the Aid Station. then private John E. Barnes who served in the 417th 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. Is it possible that you could post on you webside an inquiry to see if there is anyone out there who may have known him. Thank you for your help, and thank you for your service. 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 ? the period he spent as a member of Company G, 417th Infantry, 76th The 45th Infantry Division … NAME:Sgt. With our rifles on our hips we opened fire in the direction of the foot steps. infantry regiment. Hi, Hello, The person stopped, then the foot steps began again running away from us. God Bless, I need some help from the vets of the 417th. stateside & then in Germany in 1945. His battles and campaigns were Rhineland, Central Europe. All of his brothers Edward T. Allen, My Father, Sgt. First Class Emmett Dangerfield Sr, Company M, 417th Infantry. Did not like French people encountered enroute along the RR Tracks. My platoon reached Oberwassel on the bend of the Rhine River and we billeted there for a few days. Traveled to Replacement Depot in Belgium by train (Box Cars). Semper Fidelis, I was unscrathed, but did get a bullet across my back from right to left leaving three holes in my field jacket and 5 holes in the shirt under the jacket (apparently the shirt was folded under the jacket and sweater). Thank you so much for reading this. Dennis Terek he was killed during a night assault across the Sauer River.I am trying me his things several years ago. We came on home for a long furlough and re-assignment until I was elgible for discharge - June 19, 1946. We do A bullet (apparently a richochet) struck my right heel circling around between the two layers of leather where it lodged for a few days before disappearing. A couple of times we were relocated to other sectors via truck. Peter Aronson Victor Glusco, 417th Infantry, Co. E (16 July 2008) However, when I turned around the hill to enter the town, all hell broke loose. The Germans had the crossing area in there artillery sites and many of the boats used for crossing were hit or capsized and many of our men could not swim with the weight of their equipment and firearms. The 76th Infantry Division received its “Baptism of Fire” during the battle of the Bulge. Jennifer Martin. Activated in December … My Father (Charles B. Schatz, SR) belonged to the 417th reg. and was still in the hospital when his mother died (of I was ordered with another soldier to take a wounded Lieutenant to the Battalion Aid Station for medical care. disinterred and reburied in New York with a military funeral. 3rd Battalion was the first of the regiment … He was Daphne(Barnes)Houze painstakingly slow process. 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. The combined colors of the field, the device, and the chief are t… 417 Bn, Co F. 4th platoon. I am writing to see if anyone can give me information about my father & He thinks that the 6th, or 9th armored division may hae liberated him at a dairy farm. 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). Had I tossed that grenade I would have had to live with that horror for the rest of my life. (In training we were told never to bunch up) After a few minutes an officer running down the road stopped momentarily and ordered us out of the ditch and to move up. We stopped and when they got close enough we challenged the unknown individual. I did not think I would get into this battle because there were 2 platoons of troops in front of me. A couple of others I can still see their faces but not their names. Anyone who knew him or of him Dear Sir, Battalion 417th Infantry Regiment Any iformation on him would be appreciated. He is trying to remember things so I can write them down. Very little was forthcoming. My father's name was John J. Kopera & he was from Hastings, PA. 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. or by e-mail: daphnept@earthlink.net, NAME:T/Sgt. The Regiment suffered large losses in the river crossing. Always looking for 76th Infantry Division Items and Information!! Gen. William Weigel(28 November 1917), Maj. Gen. H. F. Hodges (13 February 1918) Company B. 1st SGT Degon enlisted in 1939 and was part of the 76th Division from it's activation in 1942. He was a secondary school Company B. ;] I volunteered for the army at the age of 17. He was shot in the foot. Division in WWII. Size 2 3/4 x2 3/4 inches. Krauts were coming out of some doors with their arms in the air surrendering to us as we marched by. for over seas shipment. year old woman. I could hear a lot of rifle and machine gun firing and shells exploding, etc. An Infantryman's pride is to be able to wear the "Combat Infantryman's Badge". When we got to the river the river was narrow and the water low at this point. The few Germans still in the town surrendered. Participated in the mopping up operations of the Rhineland - Held up a couple of days at Oberweissel on the Rhine. I am still getting information from him at this time. to help me interpret some of the things that I have! Finally, on 30 march 1945 we reached the larger town of Schmitten where the Krauts were making a stand. North, and I took off up a side street looking for eggs. Although the crossings were attempted at night the Germans seemed to have the crossing area zeroed in. I am not certain if you can assist me or not. He is trying to remember things so I can write them down. I did not know what I I joined the Divison at Camp McCoy in Wisconsin in the late summer/fall of 1944. I am not certain if you can assist me or not. e-mail: paron@ix.netcom.com, NAME:T/5 John J. Kapera Structure of the division: Headquarters; 178th Infantry Regiment; 203rd Infantry Regiment; 230th Infantry Regiment My wife's uncle PFC I am trying to find out any info on my Uncle who was killed in action on March 3, 1945 in Germany. First Sgt John Scudder Very little was forthcoming. I can't identify the men that are In August, I and several other young short timers were pulled out of the unit and sent home for a furlough then we were to be re-assigned to the Pacific -- While waiting in England for a ship the war ended in the Pacific. The only ones I do remember in addition to Pvt. Lying on the ground, I could hardly move. during the crossing of the Sauer River. We managed to cross by moving from rock to rock. A bullet (apparently a richochet) struck my right heel circling around between the two layers of leather where it lodged for a few days before disappearing. Thanks, The guys all cracked up. On a moonless night I was on a 4 man patrol to hook up with our troops in St. Goar, it was pitch black out and you had to hold onto the pack of your buddy in front of you to stay together. consumption) Mother's Day of that year. My platoon was dug in on high ground in the woods in the Sauer River area. 2nd Brigade, 1st Division… Inactivated 14 January 1919 at Camp Devens, Massachusetts. Dear Sir, We later learned that the town was defended by 200 German SS troops. I joined the outfit in late December of 1944 to 30 March whin I was wounded. If anyone should recognize/identify my father or some of these other people I'd love to hear from them. Daphne(Barnes)Houze Shipped out on the Oueen Mary - New York to Scotland (5 day trip) no escorts - zig zagged across the Atlantic changing course every 7 minutes to prevent enemy subs from sighting in on us (18th birthday in the middle of the Atlantic). Schmitton was the first major battle I was in after joining the unit and a couple of days after the battle several of us were rehashing the battle and I asked in all seriousness if I was now qualified for the Combat Infantryman's Badge. He was killed somewhere in the area of the Rhine or another river crossing. We know little else. She handed him his favorite treat, a peanut a T/5 & served in the Army from 1943-1946. passed away of congestive heart failure in 1972 and I was G.I. and sisters are dead. to anyone who may have served with him and has an interest. Sadly, my dad was an intensely private, stoic man who (In training we were told never to bunch up) After a few minutes an officer running down the road stopped momentarily and ordered us out of the ditch and to move up. He is not sure where in Germany. Thank you so much for reading this. 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. A. LaVecchia North was our Platoon Leader Lt. Olson (Olsen), - S/Sgt. Clyde H. Horning. He enlisted in the United States Army on August 8th 1942. One day while riding on the tanks we stopped for a break in a small village and my friend, Pvt. She has very little memory of him and would really like some information (btn, company, pltn, anything really). Thomas E. Ryan was killed in action 6 Feb 45. Thanks for your time! 22874 Lincoln Ct. She -- in a rather haughty voice said -- well, you are asking for children.----- I never quite trusted North's high school German after that. John Kopera "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. Being a Marine whos served 2 combat tours in Iraq, I know how important it is for a family to have closure to a loved ones death. North was our Platoon Leader Lt. Olson (Olsen), - S/Sgt. The Germans had the crossing area in there artillery sites and many of the boats used for crossing were hit or capsized and many of our men could not swim with the weight of their equipment and firearms. effort to find more about the circumstances of his death and about his USAF, SMSgt, Retired. e-mail: slovak64@verizon.net. teacher in Gaithersburg, MD at the time. Thanks, Hello, My name is Daphne(Barnes)Houze and I am the daughter of My platoon was in single file going around a bend in the road (dead Krauts off to the sides) to enter the town. the time) I have no first hand accounts of my Dad in WWII. He quickly rose through the ranks in the company and by the end of the war, was a … According to the War Department, he participation in the war but have been trying to research He was a secondary school Hi, or Minnesota) Paul Heim (Home Town Unknown). After getting into the town I learned that my platoon was regrouping in a house up a road to the left. Thank you, Im sure this is a long shot for me to get any information, but if anyone out there can help us it would be much appreciated. Although the crossings were attempted at night the Germans seemed to have the crossing area zeroed in. Springfield, Ma. I am still getting information from him at this time. The road was zeroed in with mortars and machine-gun fire. She -- in a rather haughty voice said -- well, you are asking for children.----- I never quite trusted North's high school German after that. NAME:Jack F. Kountz, 417th Infantry, Headquarters Co. (11 June 2008) I ran up that road to the entrance of the yard then turned left into the yard and up about 8 or 10 steps to the front porch -- as I neared the top step my legs collapsed and I fell flat on the porch -- at that instant a bullet splattered in to the wall of the house in front of me -- As I rose to my feet the platoon Sgt reached out the door - grabbed my hand and yanked me into the house before the sniper could get off another shot. 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. The 385th Infantry Regiment was part of the 76th Infantry Division of the US Army during World War II and fought in Germany, including the Siegfried Line.The 385th's 2nd Battalion crossed the Nims River at Niederweis taking the town while the 1st Battalion attacked south between Nims and the Prum toward Irrel. I don't think we hit him. Some of the details are lost, but the basics are there. 385th, 304th, and 417th Infantry Regiments : 355th, 364th, 901st, 302nd Field Artillery Battalions. The Division … rarely spoke of his injuries or his experiences and he 1st SGT E. Chamberlain was born in 1920 in Greeneville, Tennessee and lived there his entire life. The 76th Pennsylvania Infantry was organized at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and mustered in October 18, 1861 for a three-year enlistment under the command of Colonel John M. Power. 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. Train Station in Chicago. Edward T. Allen, NAME:PFC Michael A Abatemarco, Co. G, 417th Infantry, 2nd Battalion, Hope you can use the enclosed material for your project. Because of this (I was 7 at With the new concept of the "triangular infantry division" the 385th and 417th Infantry Regiments were added to the 76th. 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