202nd Field Artillery Battalion
United States Army  World War II

United States Army World War II

(BIOGRAPHIES H-M)

Biographical Information on Personnel of the United States Army's
202nd Field Artillery Battalion Serving in the
European Theater of Operations During World War II






A note about Army serial numbers –

The 11 through 19 million series (11 000 000 to 19 999 999) were issued to Regular Army enlisted personnel who had enlisted after 1940. The first two numbers were determined by what state a person was recruited from, and the next six were an identifying number for the service member.
Beginning in 1940, National Guardsmen who were federalized were given Army service numbers in the 20 million range
(20 00 000 to 20 999 999).
Army serial numbers in the 30 million range (30 000 000 to 39 999 999) were used for trainees inducted under the Selective Training and Service Act of 1940, regardless of whether the man formerly had an Army, Navy, or other service number, and were to be retained thereafter upon enlistment or reenlistment for the Regular Army. These men were drafted.
In 1942, the Army expanded the enlisted conscript service numbers and created the forty million service number series
(40 000 000 to 49 999 999). These numbers were to be used for persons drafted under special circumstances or for those assigned to special duties. In all, the only forty million numbers that were ever issued ranged from 42 000 000 to 46 999 999.
Officers of the Regular Army were assigned lower service numbers, from the number 1 to 3 million (1 to 3 000 000). By 1942, the Army had also discontinued the prefix “O” and established that all officer numbers would begin with a zero. For instance, an officer with the service number O-2345678 would have the number written in military records as 02 345 678.




The following biographies were compiled using various record sources such as the U.S. Census, World War II Army Enlistments, Social Security Death Index, the Combat Unit Journal and General Orders of the Battalion, Published Obituaries, Army Personnel Records, A Brief History of Deuce-O-Deuce, Individual Death Personnel Files, Troopship Passenger Lists, Battalion Morning Reports, ancestry.com and information submitted by Battalion veterans or family members.


SURNAMES H-M


Hackett, Clifford Oliver (ASN 33405521) (SSN 206-03-3738) was born in Pittsburgh, PA on 15 August 1911 or 1912 to Clifford A. and Cora M. Price Hackett. He began active duty on 21 December 1942 at fort George G. Meade, Maryland. Private Hackett was assigned to Service Battery. His MOS was Construction Equipment Mechanic (319) and Tank Mechanic, Minor Maintenance (660). The Deuce-O-Deuce did not have any tanks, but the M5 13-Ton High Speed Tractor that they had to tow their howitzers used the M3 Light Tank tracks with a modified suspension and was similar to a tank. He was appointed private first class on 4 February 1944 at Camp Drumilly, Northern Ireland. Clifford was appointed technician fifth grade (corporal) on 23 March 1944. He was later promoted to technician fourth grade (sergeant). His MOS changed to Automotive Mechanic, Second Echelon (014). Clifford was promoted to staff sergeant on 18 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria. He returned to the U.S. on 2 December 1945 and was honorably discharged on December 7th at Separation Center #45, Indiantown Gap Military Reservation, PA.
Clifford died in Pennsylvania on 13 August 2001 at the age of 88.

Haggerty, James William (ASN 33412880) (SSN 208-09-1598) was born in Rochester, Beaver Co., Pennsylvania on 3 November 1915 the son of Charles O. and Anna C. Whalen Haggerty. In 1940, James was working as a loader in a coal mine. He was inducted into the Army on 14 December 1942 at Greensburg, PA and began active duty on December 21st at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland. James was assigned to HQ Battery. His MOS was Radio Operator, Low Speed (776).



                                                                          Pfc. James Haggerty circa 1943

Private First Class Haggerty was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 23 June 1945. He was appointed technician fifth grade (corporal) on 30 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria. James returned to the U.S. on 2 December 1945. He was honorably discharged on December 6th at Separation Center #45, Indiantown Gap Military Reservation near Harrisburg, PA. After the war, he lived in Connellsville, PA. James died on 12 November 1971 at the V.A. Hospital in Oakland (Pittsburgh), PA at the age of 56. He was buried in St. Joseph’s Cemetery near Connellsville, PA. James had one son.

Hale, Oran E. (ASN 38444876) (SSN 500-16-3198) was born on 11 October 1922.
He entered active duty on 14 January 1943. Private Hale was assigned to HQ Battery. His MOS was Ammunition Handler (504), Heavy Machine Gunner (605), and later, Clerk-Typist (405). He was transferred to Service Battery on 30 July 1943. On 3 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria he was assigned to the 772nd Field Artillery Battalion per Special Order #55 HQ 208th Field Artillery Group dated 28 June 1945. Their staging area was Camp Phillip Morris. Private First Class Hale embarked from Le Havre, France aboard the USAT James J. Hill on 29 November 1945 and arrived in New York on 16 December. He was honorably discharged on 21 December 1945.
Oran died on 11 March 1992 at the age of 69. He is buried in the Concordia Cemetery in Indianapolis, Indiana. His last known address was in Martinsville, IN.

Halferty, Donal R. (ASN 35163034) (SSN 317-01-2535) was born in Indiana on 31 October 1918 the son of Dalton and Reba Halferty. He enlisted in the Army on 28 June 1941 at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana. At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of LaGrange County, IN. Donal was assigned to Battery B. His MOS was Anti-Aircraft Machine Gunner (606), and later, Heavy Machine Gunner (605). Corporal Halferty was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. He was transferred to the 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion on 5 September 1945.
Donal died on 25 September 1991 in Kinderhook, Michigan at the age of 72. He was buried in the Pleasanton Township Cemetery in Pleasanton, Manistee Co., MI.


Hamilton, Thomas Carroll (ASN 38018029) (SSN 552-38-3821) was born in Oklahoma on 15 September 1919 the son of Perry T. and Onice E. Hamilton. He was inducted into the Army on 6 February 1941 at Oklahoma City, OK. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Oklahoma County, OK. Thomas was assigned to Service Battery. His MOS was Supply Clerk (835). On 11 June 1944, he was transferred to  Battery C.
On 3 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria he was assigned to the 772nd Field Artillery Battalion per Special Order #55 HQ 208th Field Artillery Group dated 28 June 1945. He was a member of Service Battery at that time. The 772nd’s staging area was Camp Lucky Strike. Technician Fifth Grade (Corporal) Hamilton embarked from Le Havre, France aboard the U.S.A.T. Argentina on 18 October 1945 and arrived in New York City on 25 October. There were over fifty other men of the 202nd aboard. He was honorably discharged on 31 October 1945.
Thomas died on 21 October 1997 at the age of 78. He was buried in Olivet Cemetery in Perkins, OK.

Hammer, Edward Victor (ASN 35595271) (SSN 288-16-1536) was born in Massillon, Ohio on 24 June 1922 to William and Mary Gass Hammer. He was employed at the Westinghouse Ordnance Plant in Canton, OH. Edward was inducted into the Army on 18 December 1942 at Akron, OH.


                       Pfc. Anthony Kregosky, Cpl. Ed Hammer, and T/5 George Saunders ca. 1944 or 1945 in the ETO

After basic training, he was assigned to Battery C of the 202nd Field Artillery Battalion. Pfc. Hammer was appointed corporal on 12 June 1944 at Holton Mill, Wheatley, England. His MOS was Scout (761).


                                                 Cpl. Ed Hammer                                                               Cpl. Ed Hammer

He was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. Edward was promoted to staff sergeant on 6 July 1945 in Obertrum, Austria. His MOS was changed to Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864).
Edward died in Massillon, OH on 6 July 2002 at the age of 80. He is buried in the Massillon Cemetery.

Hammill, William Thomas
(ASN 33405526) was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on 17 July 1913, one of nine children of Frank and Catherine Hammill. Bill attended Holy Rosary Elementary School and Westinghouse High School in Pittsburgh. He was an active member of St. Catherine of Siena Parish, and later St. Pamphilius Parish. After graduation from high school, Bill worked at the Union Fruit Auction Company from September 1932 to June 1936. After brief employment at Meadowgold Dairy and the Plowman Service Station, he went to work for the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board in December 1936. He worked for P.L.C.B. until December 1942, when he took a military leave.
Bill was inducted into the Army on 14 December 1942 at Pittsburgh, PA. He entered into active service on 21 December 1942 at Fort Meade, Maryland. After basic training, he was assigned to HQ Battery of the 202nd Field Artillery Battalion. Bill qualified as a marksman with the U.S. Carbine, Cal..30, M1 on 24 September 1943. His MOS was Radio Operator, Intermediate Speed (740).

 
                               Pvt. Bill Hammill ca. 1943                               Pvt. Joseph Marzocco, Pvt. Wm. Hammill & 
                                                                                                    Pvt. James Haggerty ca. 1943. Marzocco was KIA in 1944. 


Pfc. Hammill was appointed technician fifth grade (corporal) on 9 March 1944 at Camp Drumilly, Northern Ireland. He was appointed corporal on 28 June 1945 in Obertrum, Austria and technician fourth grade (sergeant) on 30 July 1945. William was promoted to staff sergeant on 6 September 1945 at Obertrum, Austria.
 

                                                                 T/5 Wm. Noll, S/Sgt. Bill Hammill, T/Sgt. Bernard Fox, 
                                  S/Sgt. Marshall Dutchess, and T/5 Melvin Ashil (all of HQ Battery) circa 1945 in Austria


He departed the ETO on 21 November 1945 and arrived back in the United States on 1 December. Bill was honorably discharged with the rank of staff sergeant on 6 December 1945 at Unit B, Separation Center 45, Indian Gap Military Reservation, Pennsylvania. His awards included the American Campaign Medal; Good Conduct Medal; European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with four bronze service stars for the battles of Normandy, Northern France, Central Europe, and the Rhineland; and the World War II Victory Medal. He was also eligible for the Army of Occupation Medal with Germany Clasp, and another bronze battle star for the Ardennes-Alsace Campaign.
 

                                                            View of the Statue of Liberty from Bill's troopship upon
                                                               his return to the States. Circa early December 1945.





                                                  Pier 15 on New York's East River Waterfront.  Circa December 1945.

After the war, Bill returned to his job with the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board until he retired in 1973. He married in 1946 and had three children. Bill died in Pittsburgh on 14 March 1979, at the age of 65, and is buried in Queen of Heaven Cemetery in McMurray, PA.

Hammond, Willis Charles (ASN 35644571) (SSN 407-22-5626) was born on 25 May 1925 in Floyd Co., Kentucky to Prince and Jane Hughes Hammond. He grew up in Paintsville, Johnson Co., KY. Willis enlisted in the Army on 17 December 1942 at Huntingdon, West Virginia and began active duty on December 26th. At some point in time, Private Hammond was assigned to HQ Battery of the 202nd Field Artillery Battalion. Willis was honorably discharged on 10 December 1945 at Fort Knox, KY. He re-enlisted on 11 December 1945 and served until 30 December 1946. Willis married Loretta Lee Anderson and they had two children. He retired from the Western Coal Company. Willis died in Huntingdon, West Virginia on 22 April 1986 at the age of 60. His last known address was in Paintsville, KY. He was buried in Wells Cemetery in Paintsville.

Hansen, Walter Erving Gunnar (ASN 33 750 164) was born in Vaerslev, Denmark on 8 June 1916 to Hans Gunnar and Anette Frederke Olivia Natalie Nielsen Hansen. He immigrated to the United States via Ivigtut, Greenland where he worked in the silver mines. Walter arrived in Philadelphia, PA on 22 January 1941 aboard the S.S. Julius Thomsen which had sailed from Greenland on 8 January.
He was inducted into the Army on 5 November 1943 at Fort Myer, Virginia. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of the District of Columbia. Private Hansen was assigned to the Medical Detachment. His MOS was Basic (521), and later, Surgical Technician (861). Walter became a naturalized U.S. citizen on 12 April 1944. Pfc. Hansen was promoted to technician fifth grade (corporal) on 30 June 1945. He was transferred to the 250th Field Artillery Battalion on 17 September 1945.
Walter died in Lynchburg, VA on 25 March 2011 at the age of 94. He is buried in the Mt. Pleasant Methodist Church Cemetery near Fancy Hill in Amherst Co., VA.

Hanson, Clarence C. (ASN 37452072) was assigned to Battery A. His MOS was Truck Driver, Light (345). Pfc. Hanson was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 12 May 1944 in England. He was awarded a Clasp to the Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. Clarence was promoted to corporal on 2 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria. His MOS was changed to Field Lineman (641).

Hardin, Simon David (ASN 20834152) (SSN 447-10-0887) was born in Oklahoma on 3 April 1911, the son of barber Joseph M. and wife Roxie Hardin. He enlisted in the Army on 16 September 1940 at Roff, OK from the National Guard. At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of Pontotoc County, OK. Simon was assigned to HQ Battery. His MOS was Duty Soldier III (590).


                                                  Pvt. Simon Hardin prior to 11 Feb 1942 when the 2nd Battalion,
                                                    189th Field Artillery Regiment was part of the 45th Division.


On 5 January 1945, Simon was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received in action against the enemy on 2 January 1945 near Bining, France. Around 1700 hours, four American P-51 Mustangs left a formation of twelve planes and dropped three bombs and strafed in the vicinity of the Command Post. One bomb landed within 50 yards of the HQ Battery kitchen and slightly injured Private First Class Hardin who was the HQ Battery dishwasher. While the 202nd was stationed at Obertrum, Austria, he was transferred to the 772nd Field Artillery Battalion along with more than 100 other men from the Deuce on 27 June 1945. He was honorably discharged on 25 September 1945.
Simon died in Leavenworth, KS on 12 September 1981 at the age of 70. He is buried in the Leavenworth National Cemetery.

Harkins, Edward Joseph, Jr. (ASN 32928955) was born in New Jersey on 21 July 1924 to Edward J. and Margarette Blue Harkins. He was inducted into the Army on 21 June 1943 at Newark, NJ. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Middlesex County, NJ. Pfc. Harkins was assigned to the Medical Detachment. His MOS was Male Nurse Practical (123), and later, Surgical Technician (861). He was honorably discharged on 22 December 1945.
He died on 13 November 2008 at the age of 84. His last known address was in Sewell, NJ. He is buried in Saint Josephs Roman Catholic Church Cemetery in Woodstown, NJ.

Harman, William S. (ASN 35213477) (SSN 232-03-3388) was born in West Virginia on 15 June 1919. He was inducted into the Army on 10 October 1941 at Huntington, West Virginia. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Holliday’s Cove (now Weirton), Hancock County, WV. William was assigned to HQ Battery. Technician Fifth Grade (Corporal) Harman was promoted to staff sergeant on 15 April 1943 at Camp Gruber, Oklahoma. William was an air observer during the war. His MOS was Quartermaster Supply Technician (821). He was awarded a Bronze Star on 30 May 1945 and a Good Conduct Medal on 23 June 1945. William was promoted to first sergeant on 9 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria. His MOS was changed to First Sergeant (585). He was honorably discharged on 22 October 1945.
William died on 25 September 1978 at the age of 59. His last known address was in Weirton, WV.

Harp, Paul G. (ASN 36057857) (SSN 344-07-4261) was born in Alexander Co., Illinois on 12 November 1911, the eldest son of Earl and Ethel Harp. He was inducted into the Army on 28 May 1942 at East St. Louis, Illinois. Private Harp was assigned to Battery C. His MOS was Anti-Aircraft Machine Gunner (606), and later, Heavy Machine Gunner (605). While the 202nd was stationed at Obertrum, Austria, Private First Class Harp was transferred to the 772nd Field Artillery Battalion along with more than 100 other men from the Deuce on 27 June 1945. He was honorably discharged on 27 September 1945.
Paul died in Mayfield, Graves Co., Kentucky on 15 September 1984 at the age of 72.

Harper, Irl Walter (ASN 20834217) (SSN 443-07-9540) was born in Oklahoma on 16 November 1916. At the time of the 1930 U.S. Federal Census, he was living at the Masonic Home for Orphans in Guthrie, OK. Irl joined the National Guard on 12 October 1938. He enlisted in the Army on 16 September 1940 at Muskogee, OK when his National Guard unit was inducted into Federal service. At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of Muskegee County, OK. Staff Sergeant Harper was assigned to Battery C. He was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. He was honorably discharged on 25 July 1945.
Irl died on 23 November 1993 in Oklahoma at the age of 77. He is buried in Resthaven Memorial Gardens in Duncan, OK.

Harris, LeRoy (ASN 20834379) was a technician fifth grade (corporal) assigned to Battery A. His MOS was Telephone Operator (309), and later, Telephone Switchboard Operator (650). While the 202nd was stationed at Obertrum, Austria, he was transferred to the 772nd Field Artillery Battalion along with more than 100 other men from the Deuce on 27 June 1945.

Hartman, Raymond Francis (ASN 20833986) (SSN 445-01-6426) was born in Excelsior Springs, Missouri on 8 August 1914 to George and Alice Pearl Keller Hartman. He enlisted in the Army on 16 September 1940 when his National Guard unit was inducted into Federal service. Raymond was assigned to Battery B. His MOS was (585). First Sergeant Hartman was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. He left the 202nd on 30 June 1945 at Obertrum, Austria for Separation Center #18 at Camp Chaffee, AR. He re-enlisted on 20 November 1945 at Oklahoma City, OK with the rank of master sergeant.
Raymond died on 5 July 1966 at the age of 51. He is buried in the Auburn Cemetery in Lambert, OK.

Hathaway, Allen Lee (ASN 20832026 & 01177437) was born in Oklahoma on 6 February 1923, the son of Alvin L. and Beulah H. Smith Hathaway. Both of his parents were teachers. His father served in the Army during World War I with the 322nd Headquarters Train and Military Police, 97th Division. Allen's grandfather was a lawyer who homesteaded in Indian Territory, Chickasaw Nation (what is now Pontotoc County, Oklahoma) in the 1890's. Allen joined the Army or National Guard after high school. He re-enlisted in the Army on 21 February 1941 at Fort Sill, OK with the rank of sergeant. At the time of his re-enlistment, he was a resident of Pontotoc County, OK. Allen completed Officer Candidate Course #51 at Ft. Sill Field Artillery School on 10 February 1943 and was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant.
Allen was assigned as a liaison pilot to HQ Battery of the 202nd Field Artillery Battalion on 1 July 1943 at Camp Gruber, Oklahoma. He was promoted to 1st lieutenant on 5 February 1944. Allen was awarded the Air Medal for completion of 35 combat sorties. The presentation was made on 23 September 1944 by Brigadier General Edward Stanley Ott, Commanding General of XV Corps Artillery. He was killed near Harbouey, France, along with 2nd Lieutenant George Schleier, on the afternoon of 18 November 1944 when the L-4 Grasshopper observation and liaison aircraft he was flying was hit by friendly artillery fire. The aircraft was airborne about 1430 hours when the crew located some enemy troops and requested artillery fire. After the first round of adjustment, contact was lost with the plane. Reports indicated that the Piper Cub exploded in mid air. Their bodies were recovered and taken to Luneville, France for temporary burial. Allen Hathaway was 21 years old and survived by his wife and parents. Lt. Hathaway received the second Oak Leaf Cluster to his Air Medal on the day of his death. He was buried in the U.S. Military Cemetery at Epinal, France. Allen was later permanently interred in East Hill Cemetery at Roff, Oklahoma. His flat granite marker (provided by the government) was from the Columbus Marble Works in Columbus, Mississippi.

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Hayworth, Asa Clyde (ASN 38018150) was born in Oklahoma on 23 November 1908 to Lilly Mae Hutchins and Lemuel E. Hayworth. He was inducted into the Army on 7 February 1941 at Oklahoma City, OK. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Ottawa County, OK. He re-enlisted on 29 January 1942. Asa was assigned to Battery A. His MOS was Ammunition Handler (504), and later, Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Asa was promoted to private first class in March 1945.
On 3 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria he was assigned to the 772nd Field Artillery Battalion per Special Order #55 HQ 208th Field Artillery Group dated 28 June 1945. Asa embarked from Le Havre, France aboard the U.S.A.T. Argentina on 18 October 1945 and arrived in New York City on 25 October. There were over fifty other men of the 202nd aboard. He was honorably discharged from the Army on 31 October 1945.
Asa died in Oklahoma on 11 November 1977 at the age of 68.

Hedler, Edward Alfred (ASN 36681274) (SSN 353-01-1732) was born on 29 April 1918 in Chicago, IL to Frederick E. and Henrietta Hoffman Hedler. Edward was raised on a farm in Cook Co., IL.
His active service began on 3 September 1943. Edward was assigned to Company C, 104th Infantry Regiment, 26th Infantry Division. His MOS was Rifleman (745). The Division was shipped from the United States directly to France. The 26th Infantry landed in France at Cherbourg and Utah Beach on 7 September 1944, but did not enter combat as a division until a month later. The Division was then reassigned to XII Corps of the Third United States Army. On 7 October 1944, the 26th Infantry relieved the 4th Armored Division in the Salonnes-Moncourt-Canal du Rhine au Marne sector, and maintained defensive positions.
Edward was seriously wounded in action on October 11th near the village of Rechicourt-le-Chateau and evacuated to a field hospital. The Morning Report of Company C, 104th Infantry Regiment on 11 October 1944 stated that the 3rd Platoon of Company C had attacked enemy positions and was "practically wiped out". The remainder of the company was under intermittent shell fire. Edward suffered a perforating wound to his thumb caused by a rifle bullet.
After his recvovery, Private Hedler was assigned to Battery B of the 202nd Field Artillery Battalion in January 1945 near Bining, France from the 2nd Replacement Depot. His MOS was changed to Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Private Hedler was appointed private first class on 18 May 1945 at Salzburg, Austria. He was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. Edward arrived back in the U.S. on 22 January 1946. He was honorably discharged at the Separation Center, Camp Grant, Illinois on 2 February 1946 with the rank of private first class.
Edward died on 15 August 1997at the age of 79. His last known address was in Des Plaines, IL.

Herr, Orris Elton (ASN 01179441) was born in Platte Township, Union Co., Iowa on 6 September 1921, the son of Harry L. Herr and Elizabeth M. Smith. Elton was married to Anna Taha on 12 April 1942 in Maryville, Nodaway Co., Missouri.
He was inducted into the Army on 3 September 1942 and completed basic training at the Field Artillery Replacement Center at Camp Roberts, San Miguel, California. Three months earlier on 6 June 1942, the Secretary of War ordered the establishment of organic air observation for Field Artillery. Army Ground Forces would have their own pilots and aircraft which would be separate from Army Air Force liaison personnel. The aerial adjustment of artillery fire was both the purpose for the establishment of organic Army Aviation and its single most important function during WWII. After it came to be accepted by artillery commanders, organic aviation was a complete success in this mission. Initially, all tactical flight training students already had civilian pilot licenses. As the supply of licensed pilots ran out, the Army Air Force, which had responsibility for providing rated pilots to the Army Ground Forces, contracted with civilian companies to conduct primary flight instruction. Also, the Army wanted only enlisted men for liaison pilot training. That changed in April 1943 when enlisted soldiers began attending Officer Candidate School before flight school. Elton graduated from the Field Artillery Officer Candidate School at Fort Sill, Oklahoma and was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant on 25 March 1943. He then reported to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri for four months of training. In September 1943, Elton was assigned to the Second Army Air Force Liaison Training Detachment at Pittsburg, Kansas for flight school. The primary training phase consisted of 9 weeks of liaison pilot training at Pittsburg, Kansas, or Denton, Texas (training was discontinued at Denton, TX, in November 1943 and conducted only at Pittsburg, KS, until the end of 1944). Atkinson Municipal Airport was located about 3.5 miles northwest of Pittsburg. McFarland Flying Service, a civilian flying school under contract to the AAF, provided the flight training and conducted the ground school for the students. The instructors were all civilians. Glider pilots were also trained at the facility. Elton graduated from Class Forty-Four of the Second Army Air Force Liaison Training Detachment at Pittsburg, Kansas on 22 November 1943 and was awarded the wings of a liaison pilot. The ceremony was held at the Besse Hotel located at Fourth and Locust Streets in Pittsburg.
1st Lt. Herr joined the 202nd in France on 26 October 1944 and was assigned to HQ Battery as a liaison pilot. He replaced 1st Lieutenant Walter R. White who had left earlier for treatment of a previous injury sustained during combat.
Elton was killed on 4 December 1944, along with 1st Lieutenant John W. White, when the L-4 Grasshopper observation and liaison aircraft they were flying was hit by friendly artillery fire. A Battalion howitzer was conducting registration fire in the area of Hinsbourg, France when the plane was hit and fell in flames near Puberg, Bas-Rhin, Alsace. The bodies of Liaison Pilot Orris E. Herr and Observer John W. White were recovered and taken to the Graves Registration Officer at Puberg.
The crew of the Battalion’s other liaison plane had suffered the same fate only two weeks earlier. Elton, age 23, was survived by his wife and a son who would be born three months later.
Lt. Herr was buried at 1515 hours on 6 December 1944 in the U.S. Military Cemetery at Hochfelden, France.
On 3 February 1949, he was permanently interred in the Lorraine American Cemetery near St. Avold, France in Plot C Row 30 Grave 36.

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Hetrick, Clifford Edmond
(ASN 36225599) (SSN 367-16-7201) was born on a farm in Kinross, Michigan on 13 May 1917. He was the son of Edmund Warren and Ida Mae Montgomery Hetrick. Clifford’s mother died when he was a child. He was inducted into the Army on 7 March 1941 at Escanaba, MI. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Chippewa County, MI. He was assigned to Battery B. His MOS was Cannoneer (531) and Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Private First Class Hetrick was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. While the 202nd was stationed at Obertrum, Austria, he was transferred to the 772nd Field Artillery Battalion along with more than 100 other men from the Deuce on 27 June 1945. Clifford died on 2 November 1995 in Sault Ste Marie, MI at the age of 78.

Hiatt, Carl A. (ASN 38018198) (SSN 444-01-5143) was born in Oklahoma on 27 September 1912. He was inducted into the Army on 9 January 1942 at Camp Barkeley, Texas. Carl had entered the Army earlier through Selective Service and was within 3 months of discharge. He was assigned to Battery B. His MOS was Anti-Aircraft Machine Gunner (606), Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864) and Quartermaster Supply Technician (821). Private Hiatt was appointed private first class on 18 May 1945 at Salzburg, Austria. He was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg. Carl was promoted to staff sergeant on 29 June 1945. On 3 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria he was assigned to the 772nd Field Artillery Battalion per Special Order #55 HQ 208th Field Artillery Group dated 28 June 1945. Staff Sergeant Hiatt embarked from Le Havre, France aboard the U.S.A.T. Argentina on 18 October 1945 and arrived in New York City on 25 October. There were over fifty other men of the 202nd aboard. Carl died on 1 April 1968 in Trinity, California at the age of 55.

Himes, Charles H. “Chuck” (ASN 20834477) was born in Enid, Oklahoma on 28 December 1921 the son of Grover D. and Marie Meiers Himes. His mother had emigrated from Russia as a child. The family was residing in Enid, Garfield Co., OK at the time of the 1930 U.S. Census. Charles enlisted in the Army on 11 October 1941 at Camp Barkeley, Texas from the National Guard. At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of Garfield County, OK. Charles was assigned to Battery A. His MOS was Chief of Section (539), and later, Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Corporal Himes was promoted to sergeant in December 1944. While the 202nd was stationed at Obertrum, Austria, he was transferred to the 772nd Field Artillery Battalion along with more than 100 other men from the Deuce on 27 June 1945. He made a career in Army artillery, later serving in Korea and Vietnam. Chuck retired from the Army in 1975 with the rank of command sergeant major. He married and had two children.
Chuck died on 9 October 2012 in Clinton, Iowa at the age of 90. He was buried in Sunset Memorial Gardens in Lawton, OK.

Himes, Lester Alvin (ASN 37424469) was born on a farm in Meade Co., South Dakota on 15 March 1919 to Oramel E. and Minnie E. Himes.
Sergeant Himes was assigned to Service Battery. His MOS was Supply Clerk (835). He was promoted to staff sergeant on 22 June 1945 and his MOS was changed to Quartermaster Supply Technician (821).
After the War, Lester completed his Masters in Education degree. He married and had four children. Lester worked for the Veterans Administration in Minneapolis, MN from 1948 to 1958. He then moved to Huntsville, AL and worked for the U.S. Civil Service in human resources until his retirement in 1975. Lester and his wife moved to Hurst, TX in 1979 and then to Mission, TX in 2007. In 2010, they moved to Walsenburg, CO.
Lester died at the Colorado State Veterans Nursing Home in Walsenburg, CO on 30 August 2011 at the age of 92. He was cremated.

Hinkle, Leland (ASN 20833275) (SSN 441-28-9911) was born in Oklahoma on 23 December 1922 to Howard and Uva Oyler Hinkle. He enlisted in the Army on 16 September 1940 at Watonga, Oklahoma when his National Guard unit was inducted into Federal service. At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of Blaine County, OK. Leland was assigned to Service Battery. His MOS was Truck Driver, Light (345). Technician Fifth Grade (Corporal) Hinkle was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 17 February 1945 near Guisberg, France. While the 202nd was stationed at Obertrum, Austria, he was transferred to the 772nd Field Artillery Battalion along with more than 100 other men from the Deuce on 27 June 1945. He was honorably discharged on 25 September 1945. He married and had two children. After the war, Leland worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Watonga, OK until his retirement.
He died on 15 December 1993 at the age of 70. Leland is buried in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Watonga.

Hobbs, Nelson Jack (ASN 20834407) (SSN 446-01-1477) was born 15 June 1922 in Enid, Oklahoma to Frederic and Nellie Hobbs. He was a staff sergeant assigned to Battery A. His MOS was Chief of Section (539), and later, Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Nelson left the 202nd on 4 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria for Separation Center #18 at Fort Chaffee, AR to be mustered out of the Army. He was honorably discharged on 14 August 1945.
Nelson married and had four children. He died in Chickasha, OK on 5 December 1978 at the age of 56. Nelson was buried in Fairlawn Cemetery in Chickasha.

Hoefke, Oscar R. (ASN 36213740) (SSN 390-05-8899) was born in Wisconsin on 20 July 1915. He was inducted into the Army on 20 June 1941 at Milwaukee, WI. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of La Crosse County, WI. Technician Fourth Grade (Sergeant) Hoefke was assigned to HQ Battery. His MOS was Cook (060). Oscar was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 17 February 1945 near Guisberg, France. While the 202nd was stationed at Obertrum, Austria, he was transferred to the 772nd Field Artillery Battalion along with more than 100 other men from the Deuce on 27 June 1945. Oscar married and had four children. After the war, he worked at Allis-Chalmers Manufacturing Company in La Crosse.
Oscar died in La Crosse, WI on 23 September 1972 at the age of 57. He was buried in the Oak Grove Cemetery in La Crosse.

Hofmeister, John C. (ASN 33412649) (SSN 181-16-0403) was born in Pennsylvania on 20 March 1922 the son of George and Emma Hofmeister. He was inducted into the Army on 11 December 1942 at Greensburg, PA. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Allegheny County, PA. He began active duty on December 18th. John was a private assigned to Battery C. His MOS was Tractor Driver (244) and Full-Track Driver (735). He was appointed technician fifth grade (corporal) on 12 June 1944 at Holton Mill, Wheatley, England. John was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. He was promoted to sergeant on 6 September 1945 at Obertrum, Austria. He was honorably discharged on 6 December 1945. John died on 4 March 2002 at the age of 86. His last known address was in West Mifflin, Allegheny County, PA. He was buried in Jefferson Hills Memorial Park in Pleasant Hills, PA.

Holland, Eugene Francis Jr. (ASN 33950416) was born in Dunmore, Pennsylvania on 14 January 1926 to Eugene and Margaret McGuire Holland. His father served in the Army during World War I with the 305th Advanced Animal Transport Depot, American Expeditionary Forces. Eugene was inducted into the Army on 23 June 1944. Private Holland was assigned to Service Battery. He was honorably discharged on 22 November 1945. He re-enlisted as a private first class on 24 October 1945 at Bellefonte, PA. and served until 14 November 1946. After the war, he married Dorothy Goff and settled in Scranton, PA. They had three sons. Eugene worked as a truck driver. He died on 20 January 2015 in Taylor, PA at the age of 89.

Holland, William F.
 (ASN 38444786) was assigned to the Medical Detachment. His MOS was Male Nurse, Practical (123), and later, Surgical Technician (861). He was appointed private first class on 6 March 1944, and later, appointed corporal. Eugene was transferred to the 250th Field Artillery Battalion on 17 September 1945. His hometown was Little Rock, Arkansas.

Hollis, John William (ASN 20834207) (SSN 356-10-7663) was born in Oklahoma on 16 August 1917. He enlisted in the Army on 17 September 1940 at Roff, Oklahoma. At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of Pontotoc County, OK. Private Hollis was assigned to HQ Battery. His MOS was Radio Operator, Medium Speed (740). John was later promoted to technician fifth grade (corporal) on 9 March 1944 at Camp Drumilly, Northern Ireland. On 23 June 1944, he was promoted to technician fourth grade (sergeant). His MOS was Radio Repairman (648). On 3 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria he was assigned to HQ Battery, 772nd Field Artillery Battalion per Special Order #55 HQ 208th Field Artillery Group dated 28 June 1945. Their staging area was Camp Lucky Strike. John embarked from Le Havre, France aboard the U.S.A.T. Argentina on 18 October 1945 and arrived in New York City on 25 October. There were over fifty other men of the 202nd aboard. John died on 23 May 1997 at the age of 79. He is buried in Memorial Park of Ada in Oklahoma.

Holmes, Jack Myeran (ASN 33389378) (SSN 213-07-7660) was born in West Virginia on 13 June 1914. He was inducted into the Army on 15 December 1942 at Baltimore, Maryland and began active duty on 22 December. Jack was previously an enlisted man in the Regular Army and had been discharged more than 3 months. He joined the 202nd at Camp Drumilly, Northern Ireland on 12 April 1944 from Field Force Replacement Depot #8. He was assigned to Service Battery. Jack’s MOS was Ammunition Handler (504), and later, Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Sergeant Holmes was promoted to staff sergeant on 6 September 1945. His MOS was changed to Ammunition NCO (505). He was honorably discharged on 24 November 1945. Jack died on 23 June 1997 at the age of 83. He is buried in Wheatland Cemetery in Wheatland, WY.

Hontula, John E. (ASN 35526365) (SSN 272-10-4236) was born 9 February 1918 in Girard, Ohio. He was inducted into the Army on 17 December 1942 at Cleveland, OH. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Trumbull County, OH. John was assigned to HQ Battery. His MOS was Ordnance Supply NCO (815), and later, Administrative NCO (502). He was promoted from technician fifth grade (corporal) to technician fourth grade (sergeant) on 7 February 1944. John was promoted to staff sergeant on 20 April 1944, and on 1 June 1944, he was promoted to technical sergeant. He was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. S/Sgt. Hontula was honorably discharged on 7 December 1945.
John died on 16 June 1998 in Youngstown, OH at the age of 80.

Houseman, William C. (ASN 33594915) (SSN 165-03-2194) was born in Pennsylvania on 30 September 1919. Private Houseman was assigned to Battery C. He was promoted to private first class on 1 January 1945 near Bining, France. After the War, William joined the National Guard. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on 5 April 1946 at Philadelphia, PA with the rank of master sergeant. In 1948, he was residing in Allentown, PA. William died on 27 May 1968 at the age of 48.

Hovorka, Anton John (ASN37452035) (SSN 559-28-0475) was born in Linwood, Nebraska on 26 November 1917 to Frank & Adeline "Ida" Viglicky Hovorka. Anton spoke "Bohemian" (Czech). He was a farmer.
Anton was drafted and inducted into the Army on 18 August 1942 at Fort Crook, NE, and then sent to the 1770th Service Command, Reception Center, Fort Logan, Colorado on August 21st. He was assigned to the 328th Quartermaster Company at Camp Gruber, Oklahoma. His MOS was Basic (521). On 10 September 1942, he was assigned to Battery B, 202nd Field Artillery Battalion. His MOS was changed to Cannoneer (531) and later, Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). On 7 June 1943, he was charged with loitering while at his sentinel post the previous day. Pfc. Hovorka was found guilty of the charge and was restricted to the Battalion area for one month and fined $10. He was earning $54 per month at the time. Anton was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. He was transferred to the Detachment of Patients, 4351st Hospital Plant on 22 June 1945. On 18 July 1945, he was transferred to the Detachment of Patients, 4322nd Hospital Plant. He returned to the U.S. on 23 July 1945. On July 29th, he was admitted to Winter General Hospital in Topeka, Kansas with traumatic ligament damage to his left knee which was incurred accidentally while playing baseball on 6 June 1945 in Austria. He required surgery and was hospitalized until 23 October 1945. He was honorably discharged on 26 October 1945 at Winter General Hospital with the rank of private first class.
Anton died in Kearney, NE on 5 August 1999 at the age of 81. His last known address was in Ord, NE. He was buried in the Cottonwood Cemetery in Burwell, NE.

Howard, Coy Ermel (ASN 38015444) (SSN 441-03-9628) was born in Oklahoma on 19 April 1916 to William and Lilly Howard. He was inducted into the Army on 6 January 1941 at Oklahoma City, OK. At the time of his induction, Coy was a resident of Alfalfa, County, OK. Private Howard was assigned to Battery B. His MOS was Ammunition Handler (504), and later, Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Coy left the 202nd at Obertrum, Austria on 4 July 1945 for Reception Center #10 at Fort Sam Houston, TX to be mustered out of the Army. He was honorably discharged on 14 August 1945.
He died in Taylor Co., TX on 21 October 1980 at the age of 64. His last known address was in Abilene, TX.

Huggins, Melvin Franklin Jr. (ASN 35025111) was born in Mingo Junction, Ohio on 1 September 1916, the son of the Melvin F. Huggins and Rachael Shook. He was inducted into the Army on 21 June 1941 at Cleveland, OH. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Jefferson County, OH. Private First Class Huggins was assigned to Battery B. His MOS was Cannoneer (531), and later, Truck Driver, Light (345).
He was transferred to the 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion on 5 September 1945.
After the war, Melvin worked for General Motors Corporation in Ypsilanti, Michigan until his retirement. He was a member of the Toronto, Ohio V.F.W. Post 6906 and the Toronto Order of Eagles Aerie 1276.
Melvin died on 1 October 2008 in Steubenville, OH at the age of 92.

Hutchinson, Clarence W. (ASN 37542163) (SSN 537-14-4757) was born in North Dakota on 3 March 1922. He was inducted into the Army on 5 December 1942 at Fort Snelling, Minnesota. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of King County, Washington. Private Hutchinson was assigned to Battery B. His MOS was Cannoneer (531), Tractor Driver (244), and Full-Track Driver (735). Private First Class Hutchinson was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. After the war, he returned to Seattle and worked as a service station attendant. Clarence died in Washington on 4 February 2000 at the age of 77.

Ilbrink, George I. (ASN 36181184) (SSN 380-01-1256) was born on 18 July 1914 in Michigan, the son of Dutch immigrants John and Mary Nagelkerk Ilbrink. His father was a self employed cigar maker. George was inducted into the Army on 2 June 1942 at Kalamazoo, MI. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Kent County, MI. He was assigned to Battery C. His MOS was Cannoneer (531) and Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Private Ilbrink was promoted to private first class on 9 January 1945 near Schmittville, France. He was honorably discharged on 8 December 1945.
After the war, George worked as a lithographer.
He died on 11 June 1992 in Los Angeles, CA at the age of 77. His last known address was in Palmdale, CA.

Ing, Raymond (ASN 38018129) (SSN 448-05-9943) was born in Franklin Co., Illinois on 20 October 1909 the son of William Sanford and Anna D. Parker Ing. He grew up in Thompsonville Village, Franklin Co., IL. Raymond moved to Oklahoma City prior to 1930. He worked as a mechanic and driver. Raymond was inducted into the Army on 6 February 1941 at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Oklahoma County, OK. Technician Fifth Grade (Corporal) Raymond Ing’s MOS was Tractor Driver (244) and Full Track Driver (735). He operated The M5 13-Ton High Speed Tractors that were used to tow the Battalion’s 155mm howitzers. He was assigned to Battery B. On 14 June 1944, 1st Lt. John B. King, T/4 William M. Peschong, Pvt. Thomas, T/5 George R. Case, T/5 Mack L. Collier, T/5 Clarence S. Ketchum, T/5 Thell E. Wagner, T/5 Edward E. Clark, T/5 Raymond Ing, T/5 Eldred G. A. Joines, T/5 James W. Sisco, T/5 William A. Lewis, T/5 Charles B. Lubbes, T/5 George W. Malloy, and T/5 Richard R. Crossland were assigned to temporary duty at Builth Wells, Powys, Wales to attend a tractor drivers school. They learned how to operate the new M5 High Speed Tractors. The men returned to the Deuce on June 18th. The first three men listed above were members of Service Battery and the others (all T/5's from the firing batteries) were the drivers. On 3 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria he was assigned to the 772nd Field Artillery Battalion per Special Order #55 HQ 208th Field Artillery Group dated 28 June 1945. Their staging area was Camp Lucky Strike. Raymond embarked from Le Havre, France aboard the U.S.A.T. Argentina on 18 October 1945 and arrived in New York City on 25 October. There were over fifty other men of the 202nd aboard. He was honorably discharged on 31 October 1945.
Raymond died in Multnomah Co., Oregon on 25 April 1975 at the age of 65. He was buried on 2 May 1975 in Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, OR.

Ingram, William Albert (ASN 20834209) was born in Oklahoma on 10 October 1914 to William A. and Edith Burfield Ingram. He enlisted in the Army on 7 January 1942 at Camp Barkeley, Texas. William was a Private in the National Guard at the time of his enlistment and was residing in Murray County, OK. He was a corporal assigned to HQ Battery. William was promoted to technician fourth grade (sergeant) on 11 July 1944 near Saint-Nicolas-de-Pierrepont, France.
His MOS was Field Wire Chief (595), and later, Field Lineman (641).
T/4 Ingram was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. While the 202nd was stationed at Obertrum, Austria, Fred was transferred to the 772nd Field Artillery Battalion along with more than 100 other men from the Deuce on 27 June 1945. He was honorably discharged on 25 September 1945. William died on 24 February 2007 at the age of 93. His last known address was in Choctaw, OK. He is buried in Arlington Memory Gardens in Oklahoma City.

Jackson, Arthur Allen (ASN 35595241) was born in Kings Mine, Ohio on 23 March 1910, the son of an English coal miner, Matthew Jackson, and his wife Virginia. Arthur was inducted into the Army on 18 December 1942 at Akron, Ohio. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Guernsey County, OH.

 
                                                                         Arthur Jackson and wife circa 1943

Private Jackson was assigned to Battery A. His MOS ratings were Automotive Mechanic (014), Cannoneer (531), and Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Arthur qualified as a marksman with the U.S. Carbine, Cal. .30, M1 and the U.S. Rifle, Cal. 30-06, M1903 in 1943. He was appointed private first class in December 1944 in France. Arthur was promoted to technician fifth grade (corporal) on 2 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria. He was honorably discharged from the Army on 18 November 1945 at the Separation Center, Indian Gap Military Reservation, PA. After the war, Arthur worked as a welder at Republic Steel in Canton, OH and resided in Robertsville, OH. He married and had two children.
Arthur died on 27 July 1969 in Canton at the age of 59. He was buried in the Robertsville Cemetery, Stark Co., OH.

Jackson, Robert H. (ASN 38018091) was born in Muhlenburg Co., Kentucky on 17 September 1914 to Thomas H. and Birchie Noffsinger Jackson. His family moved to Oklahoma prior to 1920.
Robert was inducted into the Army on 6 February 1941 at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Oklahoma County, OK. Robert was assigned to Battery B. His MOS was Cannoneer (531) and Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Private First Class Jackson was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. On 3 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria he was assigned to the 772nd Field Artillery Battalion per Special Order #55 HQ 208th Field Artillery Group dated 28 June 1945. Their staging area was Camp Lucky Strike. Robert embarked from Le Havre, France aboard the U.S.A.T. Argentina on 18 October 1945 and arrived in New York City on 25 October. There were over fifty other men of the 202nd aboard.
Robert died on 19 August 1998 at the age of 83. He was buried in the Sunny Lane Cemetery in Del City, OK.

Jackson, Roland James (ASN 36630194) (SSN 345-12-1813) was born in Braidwood, Will Co., Illinois on 22 June 1921 to John W. and Louise Mombrum Jackson. His mother who was born in France, died while Roland was a child. Roland grew up on a farm in Will County, IL. He was inducted into the Army on 28 December 1942. Roland was assigned to the Infantry. His MOS was Light Mortar Crewman (607). Roland was wounded in action in July of 1944 (probably in France). He was shot in the thigh with an enemy machine gun bullet. He was released from the hospital in December of 1944. Roland was assigned to Battery B of the 202nd Field Artillery Battalion in January 1945 near Bining, France from the 2nd Replacement Depot. His MOS was changed to Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Private First Class Jackson was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. He was honorably discharged on 9 January 1946. Roland died on 30 March 1998 at the age of 76.

Jennison, Francis Milburn (ASN 20833347) (SSN 442-16-4776) was born in Oklahoma on 31 October 1913, the eldest son of Frank P. and Ida M. Jennison. He enlisted in the Army on 24 December 1941 at Camp Barkeley, Texas from the National Guard. At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of Major County, OK. Frank was assigned to HQ Battery. His MOS was Administrative NCO (502).
Master Sergeant Jennison was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 17 February 1945 near Guisberg, France.
 

                 Frank M. Jennison photos courtesy of Carole Otto.               Master Sergeant Frank Jennison with
                                                                                                                       shoulder patch of the Seventh Army.

While the 202nd was stationed at Obertrum, Austria, Frank was transferred to the 772nd Field Artillery Battalion on 27 June 1945 (along with more than 100 other men from the Deuce). He enlisted in the Air Force on 14 December 1950 and served in Korea and Vietnam. He retired as a master sergeant on 31 Aug 1965. After his retirement from military service, Frank and his wife, Doris, opened a dry cleaning business in the Los Angeles area. He was married but had no children.
Frank died on 24 December 1978 in Los Angeles, CA at the age of 65. He was buried in Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, CA on 29 December 1978.

Johanson, Martin (ASN 36058209) (SSN 357-03-5078) was born in Sweden on 1 December 1907. He was inducted into the Army on 2 June 1942 at Peoria, Illinois. Martin was assigned to Battery C. His MOS was Truck Driver, Light (345). Technician Fifth Grade (Corporal) Johanson was awarded a Clasp to the Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. He was promoted to technician fourth grade (sergeant) on 6 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria. His MOS was changed to Automotive Mechanic, Second Echelon (014). He was honorably discharged on 21 December 1945.
Martin died on 8 April 1993 at the age of 85. His last known address was in Galesburg, IL.

Johns, Elmore Lee (ASN 20834156) (SSN 442-28-1455) was born in Oklahoma on 28 January 1921, the son of William A. and Edna Walker Johns. He enlisted in the Army on 15 September 1940 at Roff, OK from the National Guard. At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of Pontotoc, OK. Private Johns was assigned to HQ Battery. He was later appointed as corporal. His MOS was Field Wire Chief (595), and later, Field Lineman (641). Elmore was promoted to staff sergeant on 11 July 1944 near Saint-Nicolas-de-Pierrepont, France. S/Sgt. Johns was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. While the 202nd was stationed at Obertrum, Austria, Elmore was transferred to the 772nd Field Artillery Battalion on 27 June 1945 (along with more than 100 other men from the Deuce).
Elmore died on 10 March 1973 in Los Angeles, CA at the age of 52. He is buried in the Rosedale Cemetery in Ada, OK.

Johnson, Carmel William (ASN 38018074) was born in Summerfield, Oklahoma on 8 December 1918 to William Ernest and Myra C. Coker Johnson. He was a mixed-blood Native American. His paternal grandmother was Choctaw. He was inducted into the Army on 6 February 1941 at Oklahoma City, OK. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Le Flore County, OK. Carmel was assigned to Battery B. His MOS was Radio Repairman (648). Technician Fourth Grade (Sergeant) Johnson was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. On 3 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria he was assigned to the 772nd Field Artillery Battalion per Special Order #55 HQ 208th Field Artillery Group dated 28 June 1945. Their staging area was Camp Lucky Strike. Wallace embarked from Le Havre, France aboard the U.S.A.T. Argentina on 18 October 1945 and arrived in New York City on 25 October. There were over fifty other men of the 202nd aboard. He was honorably discharged on 30 October 1945. Carmel married and had two sons. He worked as an inventory clerk for American Airlines. Carmel died on 2 September 2006 in Mannford, Oklahoma at the age of 87. He was buried in Reichert Cemetery in Le Flore Co, OK.

Johnson, Edward C. (ASN 31379270) was born in Connecticut on 4 July 1911 to Carl A. and Anna R. Johnson. His paternal grandparents were born in Sweden. Edward grew up in Norwich, CT. He was inducted into the Army on 13 July 1943 at Hartford, CT. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of New London County, CT. Edward was a private assigned to Battery A on 31 March 1944 from Field Force Replacement Depot #1. The 202nd Field Artillery Battalion was stationed at Camp Drummily, Northern Ireland. He was appointed private first class in December 1944 in France. After the war, he returned to Connecticut and his civilian job as a steam fitter.
Edward died on 12 May 2001 at the age of 89. He was buried in the Maplewood Cemetery in Norwich, CT.

Johnson, Jack L. was a private assigned to Battery A.

Johnson, Ralph Adrian (ASN 36894567) (SSN 379-24-8636) was born in Muskegon, Michigan on 26 July 1925 to Edgar V. and Emma Van Bergen Johnson. His father, a Muskegon police officer, was the son of Swedish immigrants.
Ralph was inducted into the Army at Muskegon, MI on 17 December 1943. He was assigned to the Infantry. Private Johnson was wounded during combat (probably in France) in August of 1944. After his recovery, Ralph was assigned to Service Battery of the 202nd Field Artillery Battalion. His MOS was Basic (521) and Cook (060). On 3 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria he was assigned to the 772nd Field Artillery Battalion per Special Order #55 HQ 208th Field Artillery Group dated 28 June 1945. Ralph returned to the U.S. on 16 March 1946 and reported to Camp Kilmer, New Jersey. He was honorably discharged on March 21st at the Separation Center, Camp Atterbury, Indiana.
Ralph died on 28 March 1999 at the age of 73.

Johnson, William Howard (ASN 37048919) was born in White, Brookings Co., South Dakota on 20 March 1917 to John P. and Agnes A. Lockhart Johnson. His father was a Norwegian immigrant who operated a dry goods store in White, SD. Bill's parents divorced during his childhood. In 1940, he was living with his mother and step-father in Grand Meadow, Mower Co., Minnesota. Bill graduated from high school in Grand Meadow in 1936.
He was inducted into the Artmy on 2 October 1941at Fort Des Moines, Iowa. Private Johnson was assigned to Battery A. His MOS was Basic Field Artillery (521), Cannoneer (610), Ammunition NCO (505), Chief of Section (864), and later, Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). He was appointed corporal in November 1944. On 30 June 1945, in Obertrum, Austria, Bill was promoted to sergeant. He left the ETO on 8 October 1945 and arrived back in the U.S. on October 17th. He was honorably discharged on 27 October 1945 at the Separation Center, Camp McCoy, Wisconsin.
After the war, he moved to Hunter, North Dakota where he managed a liquor store. Bill married and had one step-son. He died in Arthur North Dakota on 30 November 2008 at the age of 91. He was buried in the Arthur, ND Cemetery.

Johnston, Denton Richard Jr. (ASN 37523126) (SSN 487127512) was born in Oklahoma on 6 June 1924. He was inducted into the Army on 20 April 1943 at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Johnson Co., KS. Denton was assigned to “A” and “C” Batteries. His MOS was ? (613), and later, Fire Control Instrument Operator, Field Artillery (645). He was promoted to technician fifth grade (Corporal) in November 1944. Denton was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. He was transferred to Infantry Reorganization Detachment “E” on 9 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria.
Denton came home on the S.S. Sea Pike which departed Le Havre, France on 29 July 1945 and arrived at New York City on the 6th of August. The Sea Pike was a C3 cargo ship which had been converted to a troopship. He died on 26 October 1985 in Kansas City, Missouri at the age of 61. Denton is buried in Brooking Cemetery in Raytown, MO.

Joines, Eldred G. A. (ASN 37109154) (SSN 478-14-8656) was born in Iowa on 3 October 1913, the son of John Glenn and Myrtle Effie Salzkorn Joines. His family moved to Murray Co., Minnesota when he was a child. They were back in O’Brien Co., Iowa at the time of the 1930 U.S. Census. His active duty military service began on 7 October 1941 at Fort Des Moines, Iowa. Eldred was assigned to Battery B. His MOS was Tractor Driver (244) and Full-Track Driver (735). He operated The M5 13-Ton High Speed Tractors that were used to tow the Battalion’s 155mm howitzers. On 14 June 1944, 1st Lt. John B. King, T/4 William M. Peschong, Pvt. Thomas, T/5 George R. Case, T/5 Mack L. Collier, T/5 Clarence S. Ketchum, T/5 Thell E. Wagner, T/5 Edward E. Clark, T/5 Raymond Ing, T/5 Eldred G. A. Joines, T/5 James W. Sisco, T/5 William A. Lewis, T/5 Charles B. Lubbes, T/5 George W. Malloy, and T/5 Richard R. Crossland were assigned to temporary duty at Builth Wells, Powys, Wales to attend a tractor drivers school. They learned how to operate the new M5 High Speed Tractors. The men returned to the Deuce on June 18th. The first three men listed above were members of Service Battery and the others (all T/5's from the firing batteries) were the drivers. Technician Fifth Grade (Corporal) Joines was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. He was
promoted to staff sergeant on 5 July 1945 in Obertrum, Austria. He returned to the U.S. on 17 October 1945. He was honorably discharged on October 31st. Eldred married and had two daughters. He was a farmer. Eldred died on 3 June 1994 at the age of 80. His last known address was in Spencer, Clay Co., IA.

Jones, Alfred P. (ASN 38018149) (SSN 447-03-4336) was born in Oklahoma on 19 May 1918. He was inducted into the Army on 7 February 1941 at Oklahoma City, OK. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Lincoln County, OK. Alfred was assigned to Battery A. Technician Fifth Grade (Corporal) Jones was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 12 May 1944 in England. He was awarded a Clasp to the Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. Alfred was later promoted to technician fourth grade (sergeant). On 3 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria he was assigned to the 772nd Field Artillery Battalion per Special Order #55 of HQ, 208th Field Artillery Group dated 28 June 1945. Their staging area was Camp Lucky Strike. Alfred embarked from Le Havre, France aboard the U.S.A.T.
Argentina on 18 October 1945 and arrived in New York City on 25 October. There were over fifty other men of the 202nd aboard. Alfred died on 6 January 2004 at the age of 85. His last known address was in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Jones, Asher Buford (ASN 38020003) (SSN 444-46-5218) was born in Oklahoma on 27 December 1910 to  Alexander Buford and Matibel Phillips Jones. He grew up in Shawnee, Pottawatomie Co., OK. Buford attended the University of Oklahoma and was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. He was inducted into the Army on 11 March 1941 at Oklahoma City, OK. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Pottawatomie County, OK. Asher was assigned to Service Battery. His MOS was Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864) and Chief of Section (539). Corporal Jones was promoted to sergeant on 2 September 1942 at Camp Gruber, OK. His MOS was changed to Ammunition NCO (505). He supervised the requisition, procurement, and distribution of ammunition. Buford was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 17 February 1945 near Guisberg, France and a Bronze Star on 30 May 1945. On 3 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria he was assigned to the 772nd Field Artillery Battalion per Special Order #55 HQ 208th Field Artillery Group dated 28 June 1945. Their staging area was Camp Lucky Strike. Buford embarked from Le Havre, France aboard the U.S.A.T. Argentina on 18 October 1945 and arrived in New York City on 25 October. There were over fifty other men of the 202nd aboard. He was honorably discharged on 31 October 1945. He married Fannie Wade Smith on 9 November 1949 in Miller Co., Arkansas. She died in 1953. Buford died on 20 April 1970 at the age of 59. He is buried in the Fairview Cemetery in Shawnee, OK.

Jones, Davis Solomon (ASN 35595216) (SSN 298-01-0737) was born in Barbour Co., West Virginia on 26 August 1914 to coal miner Jed C. and Ora M. Burner Davis. He was inducted into the Army on 18 December 1942 at Akron, Ohio. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Summit County, OH. Davis was assigned to HQ Battery. He was appointed private first class on 19 July 1943 at Camp Gruber, Oklahoma. Davis was promoted to corporal in December 1944 in France. His MOS was Airplane and Engine Mechanic (747). He assisted in performing the prescribed inspections and maintenance on the Battalion’s two Piper Cub L-4 “Grasshopper” observation and liaison aircraft. Technician Fifth Grade (Corporal) Jones was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 23 June 1945. He was promoted to technician fourth grade (sergeant) on 30 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria. His MOS changed to Cook (060). He was temporarily assigned to the 813th Tank Destroyer Battalion on 18 October 1945 at Camp Boston, near Suippes, France in preparation for his trip back home to the United States. He died in Akron, OH on 12 February 1986 at the age of 72.

Jones, Elmer (ASN 38018169) was born in Okfuskee Co., Oklahoma on 18 March 1919 to Austin Jones and Parlie Bear Douglas. He was a Native American of the Muscogee (Creek) tribe. Elmer was drafted and inducted into the Army on 7 February 1941 at the U.S. Army Induction Center, Federal Building, Oklahoma City, OK. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Okemah, Okfuskee County, OK. His active duty began on February 11th at the Fort Sill, Oklahoma Reception Center. Elmer was assigned to Service Battery, 2nd Battalion, 189th Field Artillery Regiment, 45th Division at Fort Sill. His MOS was Ammo Server (504), and later,Truck Driver, Light (345). He was appointed private first class on 6 November 1941.


     Pfc. Elmer Jones

On 1 December 1941, he was admitted to the Station Hospital at Camp Barkeley, Texas with acute appendicitis. The surgeons performed an appendectomy on him that evening. He was hospitalized until December 13th when he received a 15-day convalescent furlough.
On 20 February 1942, the 2nd Battalion, 189th Field Artillery Regiment was re-designated as the 1st Battalion, 202nd Field Artillery Regiment. Elmer was admitted to the Station Hospital at Camp Gruber, Oklahoma with the mumps on 9 February 1943. He was promoted to technician fifth grade (corporal) on 9  April 1943. Elmer and four other drivers from Service Battery accompanied Lt. James A. Farrell to Arlington, Texas on 28 April 1943 to drive vehicles to Camp Gruber, OK which had been transferred to the 202nd Field Artillery Battalion. On 29 September 1943, T/5 Elmer Jones qualified as a marksman with the U.S. Carbine, Caliber .30, M1.
He was AWOL from Camp Howze, Texas from 15 November 1943 until November 28th. Elmer was reduced in rank to private on November 22nd. On 1 December 1943, he was restricted to the limits of his battalion for six months and to forfeit $15 of pay per month for one month.
He was again appointed technician fifth grade (corporal) on 9 March 1944 at Camp Drumilly, Northern Ireland.


     T/5 Elmer Jones

On 3 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria he was assigned to the 772nd Field Artillery Battalion per Special Order #55 HQ 208th Field Artillery Group dated 28 June 1945. Their staging area was Camp Lucky Strike, France. T/5 Jones embarked from Le Havre, France aboard the U.S.A.T. Argentina on 18 October 1945 and arrived in New York City on 25 October. There were over 50 other men of the 202nd aboard.
Elmer was honorably discharged on 30 October 1945 at Camp Fannin, Texas. His awards included the American Defense Service Medal; American Campaign Medal; Good Conduct Medal; European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with four bronze service stars for the battles of Normandy, Northern France, Central Europe, and the Rhineland; Army of Occupation Medal with Germany Clasp; and the World War II Victory Medal. 
After the war, he returned to Okmulgee, OK. Elmer married and had five sons. He was a member of the Nuyaka Indian Baptist Church and the Okmulgee Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1819. He retired in 1980 from a sucessful career with the City of Okmulgee. Elmer died on 20 February 2003 at the age of 83.  He is buried in the Jones Family Cemetery in Okmulgee.

Jones, Herman D. “Breezy” (ASN 20834009) (SSN 444-14-2190) was born in Oklahoma on 5 October 1921 the son of Bert A. and Ida L. Jones. Herman’s mother died when he was a child. He enlisted in the Army on 16 September 1940 at Cherokee, OK when his National Guard unit was inducted into Federal service. At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of Alfalfa County, OK. Private First Class Jones was assigned to Battery B. His MOS was Chief of Section (539), and later, Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Sergeant Jones was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria and a Bronze Star on 30 May 1945. He was promoted to staff sergeant on 25 June 1945 at Obertrum, Austria and was transferred to the 772nd Field Artillery Battalion along with more than 100 other men from the Deuce on 27 June 1945. He was honorably discharged on 25 September 1945. Herman died on 8 June 1994 at the age of 72. His last known address was in Enid, Oklahoma. Herman is buried in the Alva, OK Municipal Cemetery.

Jones, Merle (ASN 38023297) was born in Ochelata, Washington Co., Oklahoma on 31 July 1917 the son of James L. Jones and Zena M. Evans. His parents died when he was a teenager. Merle was a talented baseball player on the little league and high school teams. He was invited by a baseball scout to attend spring training with the Joplin Miners in the Western Association. However, the Depression era Civilian Conservation Corps was paying $45 per month for a First Sergeant, $36 for a corporal, and the ball team was only paying $45/month for the highest paid player on the team, so Merle went with the CCC. He joined the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1935. He would work at a CCC camp in Colorado and save his money, and then go back to Ochelata to attend high school for a year. He went back to work at the CCC camps three times to fund his high school education, and finally graduated when he was about 21. Merle was honorably discharged from the CCC for the last time on 31 March 1940. In 1941, he was working for the Bureau of Mines at the Petroleum Experiment Station Laboratory in Bartlesville, OK.
He was drafted and entered the Army on 23 September 1941 at Oklahoma City, OK. Merle reported to the Field Artillery Replacement Training Center at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He was assigned to Battery “A”, 32nd Battalion, 8th Field Artillery Training Regiment. He received his basic training at Fort Sill and instruction as a telephone lineman at Camp Barkeley, Texas. Merle qualified as a marksman with the U.S. Rifle, Caliber .30, M1 on 22 September 1943.

                                           Pvt. Merle Jones ca. 1942                                                      Pvt. Merle Jones ca. 1942

He was assigned to HQ Battery. Corporal Jones was promoted to Staff Sergeant on 2 September 1942 at Camp Gruber, OK. He was promoted to Technical Sergeant on 20 April 1943, also at Camp Gruber. Merle was promoted to First Sergeant on 18 September 1944 in France.
His MOS ratings were Engineer Supply Technician (583), Administrative NCO (502) and First Sergeant (585).
On 31 May 1944, while the Deuce-O-Deuce was stationed at Holton Mill, Wheatley, England, T/Sgt. Jones was sent to Intelligence School at the American School Center in Shrivenham, Berkshire, England. He returned on 17 June 1944. Merle was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 17 February 1945 near Guisberg, France.


First Sergeant Merle Jones with command vehicle of Lt. Col. Tom Lewis circa 1944 or 1945 in the ETO. The Dodge 3/4-ton WC-56 4X4 Command & Reconanaisance vehicle has the bumper markings of the Seventh Army, 202nd Field Artillery Battalion with a star and  Indian head symbol of the Deuce-O-Deuce. It also had HQ 1 on the driver's side of the bumper and U.S. XV Corps on the windshield.

He was awarded a Bronze Star on 30 May 1945 and a First Oak Leaf Cluster to his Bronze Star Medal on 16 June 1945. While the 202nd was stationed at Obertrum, Austria, Merle was transferred to the 772nd Field Artillery Battalion on 27 June 1945 (along with more than 100 other men from the Deuce).
He returned to the U.S. on 19 September 1945. Merle was honorably discharged from the Army on 25 September 1945 at Separation Center #18 at Camp Chaffee, Arkansas with the rank of first sergeant.
He was married and had two children. After the war, Merle went to work for Phillips Petroleum Company in Texas and Oklahoma until his retirement in 1980. Merle died in Arizona on 12 April 2013 at the age of 95. He was buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Phoenix.

Jorgensen, Harold R. (ASN 011811318) was born near Curtis, Frontier Co., Nebraska on 5 November 1917 to Jorgen Peter and Anna Jepsen Jorgensen. Harold attended school in Curtis and graduated from UNSA High School in 1936. He joined the Army on 6 October 1941. Harold became a member of Field Artillery Officer Candidate School Class #62 at Fort Sill, OK on 4 February 1943 and graduated on 29 April 1943. The Field Artillery Officer Candidate School offered a 12 week course to warrant officers and enlisted men desiring to become second lieutenants in the Army of the United States. His classmates included current or future Deuce-O-Deuce members – Kenneth R. Brantley, John A. Beeson, and Marvin W. Krause. On 14 May 1944, Harold was transferred from HQ Battery to Battery A. He was transferred from Service Battery to the Battalion Staff on 24 June 1944 as a forward observer. On 9 July 1944, 2nd Lt. Harold R. Jorgensen, accidentally shot himself through the foot. He was left with the 28th Infantry Division medics. Harold was transferred to the 91st Evacuation Hospital at Pont-l'Abbé, France on 12 July 1944. He was ordered to report to the Separation Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas on 6 July 1945. His appointment reverted to inactive status on 1 August 1945. After the war, he returned to farming and ranching in Nebraska. Harold married and had four children.
He died in North Platte, NE on 16 November 2012, at the age of 95, and was buried in the Curtis Cemetery.

Joyce, Lester F. (ASN 35349936) was born in St. Marys, Auglaize Co., Ohio on 8 December 1921, the son of Mary R. Hardin and Harry W. Joyce.
After high school, Lester was employed by the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. in Akron, OH. He was inducted into the Army on 30 November 1942 at Toledo, Ohio. Lester was sent for training at Camp Van Dorn, in Centreville, Mississippi. Construction of Camp Van Dorn had begun in the spring of 1942. Roads, railroad spurs, and warehouses were the first to be built, with barracks and headquarters buildings constructed after the camp roads were in place. The building of barracks, constructed of tarpaper, and heated by coal or wood heaters was begun in June 1942. The first troops moved in for training in November 1942. The camp covered over 41,000 acres. The barracks and buildings could accommodate 39,114 enlisted men, 2,173 officers, and a station hospital had a bed capacity of 750. Lester received additional training at Camp Maxey and Camp Howze, Texas. Private Joyce was assigned to “A” Battery of the 202nd Field Artillery Battalion.
On 18 August 1944, near Broue, France, an M-10 ammunition trailer pulled by a 4-ton Diamond T truck caught fire and exploded. Private Joyce, riding in the back of the truck, was struck in the head by a shell fragment, killing him almost instantly. First Lieutenant Flavey E. Baker and Pvt. John R. Rippa crawled under the truck and clung to the undercarriage as it was driven out of danger by Sgt. Hershal E. Bay. None of the other three were injured and the ammunition truck was undamaged. Pvt. Lester F. Joyce was the battalion’s first fatality in combat. He was buried in the civilian cemetery at Villiers-en-Désoeuvre, France on 19 August 1944. Lester Joyce, age 22, was survived by his parents and siblings; Harry and Mary Joyce, Mrs. Wilbur (Winona) Lininger, Mrs. W.V. (Mildred L.) Schoonmaker, Mrs. Harold (Virginia M.) Kettler, John W. Joyce and Robert Joyce, all of St Marys, and Corporal Harry Joyce of Ft. Lewis, Washington. The U.S. military was not prepared to handle the large numbers of our dead in World War II, especially in areas where combat was still actively raging. Many dead were hastily buried where they fell and the graves poorly marked which hindered the later recovery of remains. As soon as practical, the soldier’s remains were moved to a U.S. military cemetery. Pvt. Joyce was reburied in the United States Military Cemetery at Saint-André-de-l'Eure, France on 6 November 1945. After the war, the U.S. Congress authorized the disinterment and final burial of the heroic dead of World War II. The Quartermaster General of the Army was entrusted with that sacred responsibility. The soldier’s family would dictate the disposition of the remains of the deceased, either to be interred in a permanent American military cemetery overseas or returned to the United States. The Quartermaster General contacted approximately 280,000 next-of-kin for a decision on final disposition. About 61% of American Soldier Dead were returned to the United States. The parents of Lester Joyce were anxious to have his remains returned home. Unfortunately, his father and his brother, John, both passed away before the process was completed. The remains of Pvt. Lester F. Joyce were repatriated to the United States in 1949. A train of the Nickel Plate Road delivered his remains to St. Marys, Ohio on Wednesday night, April 6th. A funeral service was held on 8 April at the Sittler Memorial home in St. Marys with interment in Elm Grove Cemetery.

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Kackley, Harley Olsten (ASN 35746456) (SSN 234-01-8350) was born in Martinsburg, West Virginia on 28 January 1918, the son of Charles Raleigh Kackley and Syneia (or Senie) Orndorff. His mother died when he was a child. Harley married in 1940. He was inducted into the Army on 18 December 1942 at Clarksburg, WV. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Berkeley Co., WV. Private Kackley was assigned to Battery A. His MOS was Cannoneer (531) and Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). He was promoted to private first class in March 1945. Pfc. Kackley was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. He was honorably discharged from the Army on 6 December 1945.
Harley died in West Virginia on 23 June 1973 at the age of 55. He was buried in the Central Chapel Cemetery in Ganotown, WV.

Karger, Samuel (ASN 32113024) (SSN 064-12-6063) was born in Sieniawa, Poland on 1 July 1919 to Chaim and Chaia Karger. Samuel immigrated to Havana, Cuba in the late 1930's. He left Havana on 4 December 1938 aboard the S.S. Florida and arrived in Miami on December 5th. He was going to join his father at 1371 St. John's Place in Brooklyn, New York . Samuel worked for his uncle in the wholesale elastic business.
He was inducted into the Army on 10 April 1941 at Jamaica, New York. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Kings, New York City. He was originally assigned to the infantry and was in the third wave of the D-Day invasion. In July 1944, he was seriously injured by enemy artillery fire and spent six months in a hospital in England.


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After his recovery in December 1944, he was transferred to the 202nd Field Artillery Battalion. Technician Fifth Grade (Corporal) Karger was assigned to Battery A, and later, Service Battery. His MOS was Postal Clerk (056). On 3 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria he was assigned to the 772nd Field Artillery Battalion per Special Order #55 HQ 208th Field Artillery Group dated 28 June 1945. He was later assigned to Service Battery, 772nd Field Artillery Battalion for the trip home. Their staging area was Camp Lucky Strike. Samuel embarked from Le Havre, France aboard the U.S.A.T. Argentina on 18 October 1945 and arrived in New York City on 25 October. There were over fifty other men of the 202nd aboard. He was honorably discharged from the Army on 29 October 1945 at Fort Dix, New Jersey with the rank of technician fifth grade. Samuel returned to New York and his previous job with his uncle. He married and had one son. In the 1960’s, he started and ran his own business, Universal Elastics, until his retirement in 1983. He spent the next ten years in Florida and then moved to Houston, TX in 1993. Samuel did quite a bit of volunteer work for Jewish charities during his retirement. Samuel died in Houston on 24 May 2003 at the age of 83. He was buried in Beth Jacob Cemetery in Houston.

Karwoski, James J. (ASN 33389376) (SSN 218-09-9407) was born in Maryland on 10 October 1920. He was inducted into the Army on 15 December 1942 at Baltimore, MD and began active duty on 22 December. At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of Baltimore County, MD. James was assigned to Battery A. His MOS was Ammunition NCO (505), and later, Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Private Karwoski was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 12 May 1944 in England. James was later promoted to private first class and then corporal in December 1944. He was awarded a Clasp to the Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. Corporal Karwoski was promoted to sergeant on 6 September 1945 at Obertrum, Austria. He was honorably discharged on 6 December 1945.
James died on 3 March 1984 at the age of 63. His last known address was in Martinsburg, West Virginia.

Kawecki, John J. (ASN 33082996) was born in Pennsylvania on 26 June 1915, the son of Polish immigrant Paul Kawecki. John grew up in Pittsburgh. His mother died when he was a child. He was inducted into the Army on 16 June 1941 at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Allegheny County, PA. John was assigned to HQ Battery. His MOS was Cook (060). Private Kawecki was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 23 June 1945. At the conclusion of the War, he was temporarily assigned to HQ Company, 58th Armored Infantry Battalion for the trip home. Their staging area was Camp Philip Morris. John embarked from Le Havre, France aboard the S.S. Vulcania on 3 November 1945 and arrived in New York City on 10 November. John was honorably discharged on November 14th at Indiantown Gap Military Reservation, PA. He died on 17 May 2005 at the age of 89. His last known address was in Sandy Lake, Mercer Co., PA.

Keaton, Frank Augustus (ASN 19109553) (SSN 527-18-0237) was born in Santa Cruz Co., Arizona on 4 September 1924 the son of Robert N. and Bertha E. Keaton. At the time of the 1930 U.S. Census, the family was living on a farm in the San Rafael Valley in Santa Cruz County, Arizona.
Frank enlisted in the Army on 14 December 1942 at Phoenix, Arizona. At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of Pima County, Arizona. Private Keaton joined the 202nd at Camp Myles Standish on 17 January 1944 and was assigned to Battery C. His MOS was Ammunition Handler (504), and later, Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). He was transferred to Infantry Reorganization Detachment “E” on 9 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria.
Frank died on 16 March 1998 at the age of 73. His last known address was in Molalla, Oregon.

Kelley, Ervin Andrew Jr. (SSN 443-28-5407) was born in McIntosh Co., Oklahoma on 5 November 1922 to Ervin A. and Dessie M. Cromer Kelley. His father, Ervin A. Kelley Sr., was a police officer who was later elected sheriff of McIntosh County and served as Chief of Police in Checotah, OK. In early 1932, Erv Sr. had retired from law enforcement and was managing a gas station in Eufaula, OK when he accepted a “special agent” commission and a new Thompson submachine gun from the Oklahoma Bankers Association and the assignment to capture Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd whose bank robberies and mayhem in his home state had made him Oklahoma's "Public Enemy No. 1." In the early morning hours of 9 April 1932, he was on a stakeout
at a farmhouse west of Bixby, OK where Floyd was expected for a secret weekend rendezvous with his wife, Ruby, and 7-year-old son, Jackie. During a brief confrontation with the legendary criminal, Ervin Kelley Sr. was shot and killed by Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd. Erv Jr. was inducted into the Army on 7 February 1941 at Oklahoma City, OK. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of McIntosh County, OK. Ervin was assigned to Service Battery. His MOS was Truck Driver, Light (345). Private Kelley and Private Norman H. Moore were injured on 10 August 1944 when an ammunition truck and trailer in which they were riding missed a narrow bridge north of Fatines, France and overturned. On 3 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria he was assigned to the 772nd Field Artillery Battalion per Special Order #55 HQ 208th Field Artillery Group dated 28 June 1945. Their staging area was Camp Lucky Strike. Erving embarked from Le Havre, France aboard the U.S.A.T. ARGENTINA on 18 October 1945 and arrived in New York City on 25 October. There were over 50 other men of the 202nd aboard. He was honorably discharged on 31 October 1945. Erv died on 3 December 1993 at the age of 71. He is buried in the Fayetteville National Cemetery in Arkansas (Section 23B Site 57).

Kelly, Charles B. (ASN 35125945) was born in Ohio on 8 February 1914.
He was inducted in the Army on 24 June 1941 at Fort Thomas near Newport, Kentucky (a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio). At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Montgomery Co., Ohio. Private Kelly was assigned to Battery B. His MOS was Gunner (603), and later, Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Corporal Kelly was transferred to the 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion on 5 September 1945. He was honorably discharged on 24 October 1945.
Charles died on 17 January 1957 at the age of 42. He was buried in Memorial Park Cemetery in Dayton, OH. His government provided Chelmsford Grey Granite marker was produced by H. E. Fletcher Co. in West Chelmsford, Massachusetts.

Kelso, Thilbert (ASN 38018026) (SSN 446-01-3353) was born in Canadian Co., Oklahoma on 26 May 1918 the son of Frank and Eva Mable Wilson Kelso. He was inducted into the Army on 6 February 1941 at Oklahoma City, OK. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Oklahoma County, OK. Thilbert was assigned to Battery C. His MOS was Truck Driver, Light (345). Technician Fifth Grade (Corporal) Kelso was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. On 3 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria he was assigned to the 772nd Field Artillery Battalion per Special Order #55 HQ 208th Field Artillery Group dated 28 June 1945. Their staging area was Camp Lucky Strike. Thilbert embarked from Le Havre, France aboard the U.S.A.T. Argentina on 18 October 1945 and arrived in New York City on 25 October. There were over 50 other men of the 202nd aboard. Thilbert was honorably discharged on 30 October 1945.
He died on 28 February 1986 at the age of 67. His last known address was in Guthrie, Logan Co., OK. Thilbert is buried in Memorial Park Cemetery in Oklahoma City, OK.

Kennair, Andrew Joseph Jr. (ASN 20425375) was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on 21 September 1922 to Andrew and Helen J. DuConge Kennair. The family resided at 1708 Elysian Fields Avenue. Andrew's father served in the U.S. Army during World War I. Andrew enlisted in the Army on 25 November 1940 from the National Guard. Andrew was assigned to the Medical Detachment, and later, Service Battery. His MOS was Truck Driver, Light (345). While the 202nd was stationed at Obertrum, Austria, he was transferred to the 772nd Field Artillery Battalion along with more than 100 other men from the Deuce on 27 June 1945. Andrew was honorably discharged on 26 September 1945 at Camp Shelby, Mississippi.

Kennedy, Harold E. (ASN 35208316) (SSN 233-01-7631) was born in West Virginia on 16 October 1917. He was inducted into the Army on 23 June 1941 at Clarksburg, WV. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Ohio County, WV. Harold was assigned to Battery B. His MOS was Automotive Mechanic, Second Echelon (014). He performed both first and second echelon maintenance service and repairs on gasoline powered military motor vehicles. Harold was promoted from sergeant to staff sergeant on 1 March 1944 at Camp Drumilly, County Armagh, Northern Ireland. On 20 March 1944, he was sent to a five-day motor maintenance school at Thiepval Barracks in Lisburn, Northern Ireland. Staff Sergeant Kennedy was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. Harold was promoted to first sergeant on 5 July 1945 in Obertrum, Austria. His MOS was changed to First Sergeant (585). He was transferred to the 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion on 5 September 1945. Harold was honorably discharged on 23 October 1945.
He died on 22 June 1975 at the age of 57 and is buried in the Center Chapel Cemetery in Steubenville, Ohio.

Ketchum, Clarence Solomon (ASN 38018174) (SSN 702-09-9646) was born in Craig Co., Oklahoma on 29 October 1917, the eldest son of Charles and Ella Ketchum. He was inducted into the Army on 7 February 1941 at Oklahoma City, OK. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Ottawa County, OK. Clarence was assigned to Battery A. His MOS was Full Track Driver (735). He operated The M5 13-Ton High Speed Tractor used to tow the howitzers. On 14 June 1944, Clarence was sent to a tractor driver school at Builth Wells, Powys, Wales. Clarence was appointed technician fifth grade (corporal) on 22 June 1945 at Obertrum, Austria. On 3 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria he was assigned to the 772nd Field Artillery Battalion per Special Order #55 HQ 208th Field Artillery Group dated 28 June 1945. Their staging area was Camp Lucky Strike. Technician Fifth Grade (Corporal) Ketchum embarked from Le Havre, France aboard the U.S.A.T. Argentina on 18 October 1945 and arrived in New York City on 25 October. There were over 50 other men of the 202nd aboard.
He was honorably discharged from the Army on 7 November 1945.
Clarence died on 13 November 1989 in Latimer Co., OK at the age of 72. He is buried in the McLaughlin Cemetery in Cleora, OK.

Keyes, Richard Harlow “88 Keyes” (ASN 35526246) (SSN 278-03-2866) was born in Ohio on 22 October 1916, the eldest son of Harlow M. and Zoa M. Keyes. He grew up in Fostoria, Ohio and moved to Ravenna prior to 1940. He got his nickname from either the jazz musician, Lawrence “88 Keyes”, or the piano player “88 Keyes” who first appeared in the Dick Tracy comics in 1943. Richard was inducted into the Army on 17 December 1942 at Cleveland, OH. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Portage County, OH.
Richard was assigned to Battery A. His MOS was Scout (761). On 30 June 1945 in Obertrum, Austria, Corporal Keyes was appointed staff sergeant. His MOS changed to Quartermaster Supply Technician (821).
He was promoted from staff sergeant to first sergeant on 4 September 1945 at Obertrum, Austria. His MOS changed to First Sergeant (585).
After the war, he opened a restaurant in Fostoria, OH. Dick married twice, but did not have any children.
He died in Toledo, OH on 22 January 1970 at the age of 53.

King, John B. (ASN 01174027) John began the Field Artillery Officer Candidate School in Class #40 at Fort Sill, OK on 3 September 1942 and was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant on 26 November 1942. One of his classmates was the future Lt. Gurdon B. Flagg of the 202nd Field Artillery Battalion. 2nd Lieutenant King was appointed as  Battery "A" Executive Officer on 5 March 1943. On 9 July 1944, 1st Lieutenant King was appointed as the Service Battery Ammunition Officer. His MOS was Munitions Officer (4510). He was in charge of the ammunition train. The ammunition train was a convoy of 4-ton, 6X6, Diamond T supply trucks which replenished the ammunition used by the howitzers. On 14 June 1944, 1st Lt. John B. King, T/4 William M. Peschong, Pvt. Thomas, T/5 George R. Case, T/5 Mack L. Collier, T/5 Clarence S. Ketchum, T/5 Thell E. Wagner, T/5 Edward E. Clark, T/5 Raymond Ing, T/5 Eldred G. A. Joines, T/5 James W. Sisco, T/5 William A. Lewis, T/5 Charles B. Lubbes, T/5 George W. Malloy, and T/5 Richard R. Crossland were assigned to temporary duty at Builth Wells, Powys, Wales to attend a tractor drivers school. They learned how to operate the new M5 High Speed Tractors. The men returned to the Deuce on June 18th. The first three men listed above were members of Service Battery and the others (all T/5's from the firing batteries) were the drivers. John was assigned as Service Battery Commander and S-4 (Supply Officer) on 15 July 1945 per Special Order #87 HQ 202nd F.A. Bn. His MOS was changed to Supply Officer, General (4000).

Kirby, Loren Nielson (ASN 37088233) (SSN 520-05-6721) was born in Utah on 7 February 1916 to Thomas W. and Anna Christine Nielson Kirby.
His active duty in the Army began on 18 May 1942. Loren was assigned to HQ Battery. On 14 January 1945, while the Battalion was in combat near Gros-Réderching, France; Lt. Sheldon Greenberg, Lt. Walter C. Pitt and T/3 Loren Kirby departed for the 7th Army Liaison Pilot’s and Air Observer’s Rest Camp at Grenoble, France. Technician Third Grade (Staff Sergeant) Kirby was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. He was temporarily assigned to the 813th Tank Destroyer Battalion on 18 October 1945 at Camp Boston, Suippes, France in preparation for his trip back home to the United
States. He was honorably discharged on 29 November 1945.
Loren died on 31 March 1992 at the age of 76. His last known address was in Los Angeles, CA. He is buried in Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier, CA.

Kirby, Melvin L. (ASN 37119595 and 01176397) (SSN 513-26-6306) was born in Griswold, Cass Co., Iowa on 17 August 1916 to Edgar E. and Estella A. Kirby. At the time of the 1920 U.S.Census, they were living on a farm in Pottawattamie Co., IA. Melvin was inducted into the Army on 27 October 1941. He began the Field Artillery Officer Candidate School in Class #48 at Fort Sill, OK on 29 October 1942 and was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant on 21 January 1943. His serial number was changed to 01176397. Lt. Kirby departed the U.S. for the ETO on 24 September 1944.He joined the Battalion as a replacement for one of the liaison pilots who were killed. On 12 April 1945 near Kleinmünster, Germany, Melvin crashed a liaison plane while attempting a landing. The plane sustained a damaged landing gear and broken propeller. He was uninjured. Melvin was promoted to 1st lieutenant per S.O. #180 HQ 3rd Army dated 1 July 1945. He was transferred to the 42nd Infantry Division on 20 September 1945. He returned to the U.S. on 21 December 1945. Melvin was honorably discharged on 18 February 1946. He died in Pittsburg, Crawford Co., Kansas on 5 August 1993 at the age of 76. Melvin is buried in Mount Olive Cemetery in Pittsburg.

Knoche, Clarence W. (SSN 486-26-1662) was born in Bloomington, Illinois on 31 August 1913 the son of Henry G. and Emma L. Knoche. His family moved back to Missouri when he was an infant. They resided in Lafayette and Jackson counties. Clarence attended school in Napoleon, MO and helped on the family farm.
He was inducted into the Army on 3 August 1942 At Jefferson Barracks, Missouri. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Lafayette Co., MO. Clarence was assigned to Battery A. He was honorably discharged from the Army on 7 December 1945. He got a job at the Levasy Elevator Company in Jackson Co., MO. Clarence married Emma S. Scheideman in 1947. Shortly thereafter, they moved to Abilene, Dickinson Co., Kansas. In the early 1960’s they moved to Beloit, Mitchell Co., Kansas and he worked as a custodian at the local school. After the death of his wife in 1965, Clarence moved to Abilene, KS and married Margaret Connet in 1967. Clarence worked at the Abilene Flour Mill for several years.
He died in Abilene, KS on 17 May 1978 at the age of 64. Clarence was buried in Greenwood Cemetery north of Clay Center, KS.

Kolb, Henry J. was a private assigned to HQ Battery.

Komora, Joseph H. (SSN 295-07-5448) was born in Cleveland, Ohio on 25 July 1919. He was the son of John and Ann Semancik Komora who had emigrated from Belgrade, Serbia. He was inducted into the Army on 20 June 1941 at Cleveland, OH. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Cuyahoga County, OH. Private Komora was assigned to Battery B. His SSN was (641). In January 1945, he was transferred to the 45th Infantry Division in France. He was honorably discharged on 27 September 1945.
Joseph died in Cleveland on 15 May 1992 at the age of 72.

Kopplin, Romaine Herman "Bud" (ASN 36828170) (SSN 390-01-6865) was born 27 February 1916 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin to Carl J. and Amalia T. Sipple Kopplin. He graduated from Eau Claire High School in 1934. His active duty in the Army began on 21 July 1943. Private Kopplin was assigned to Battery C. His MOS was Cannoneer (531), and later, Survey and Instrument Man (228). He was appointed private first class on 24 March 1944 while the Battalion was stationed at Camp Drumilly, County Armagh, Northern Ireland. On 6 July 1945, he was appointed corporal at Obertrum, Austria. He was honorably discharged on 6 December 1945. Bud married and had four children. He died on 14 February 1997 in Lee Co., FL at the age of 80.

Krahn, Richard Gordon (ASN 36209244 & 01172126) (SSN 390-14-4335) was born in Wisconsin on 20 April 1917 to William O. and Erma Krahn. He graduated from Washington High School in Milwaukee. He was inducted into the Army on 28 April 1941 at Milwaukee, Wisconsin and assigned Serial #36209244. Richard became a member of Field Artillery Officer Candidate School Class #35 at Fort Sill, OK on 30 July 1942 and graduated on 22 October 1942. The Field Artillery Officer Candidate School offered a 12 week course to warrant officers and enlisted men desiring to become second lieutenants in the Army of the United States. His classmates included current or future Deuce-O-Deuce members – Flavey E. Baker, Dudley R. Londeen, and John W. White. After Richard’s promotion to 2nd Lieutenant, his serial number was changed to O-1172126. 2nd Lt. Krahn was appointed as Battalion Assistant S-2 (Intelligence Officer) on 5 March 1943. He was later promoted to 1st lieutenant. On 14 May 1944, Richard was transferred to HQ Battery as the Motor Officer. He assumed duties as the Battalion Liaison Officer on 24 December 1944 near Schmittviller, Lorraine, France. On 29 April 1945 near Osterzhausen, Germany, Richard and three enlisted men departed on a 45-day rotation furlough in the United States with temporary duty enroute as Military Police. Richard married and had two children. He died on 27 July 1998 in Mesa, Arizona at the age of 81.

Krantosky, John Michael (ASN 33083195) was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on 19 May 1918, the eldest son of immigrants Anthony and Helen Krantosky. As a young child, John spoke Russian. He attended Fifth Avenue High School in Pittsburgh where he played football and graduated in 1936. After high school, he worked as a truck driver. John and his friends would scrape together enough money to take an occasional excursion to New York City. They would listen to some of their favorite bands and indulge in one of John’s great loves… dancing. He was an excellent dancer and a very smart dresser.
John was inducted into the Army on 16 June 1941 at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland. He was assigned to “B” Battery of the 1st Battalion, 202nd Field Artillery Regiment. John qualified as a marksman with the U.S. Carbine, Cal..30, M1 in 1943. His MOS was Gunner (603), and later, Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864).
 

  Krantosky with Springfield M1903 Rifle                      Early training ca.1942 (probably Fort Sill) John Krantosky
                                                                                                front row center (kneeling with projectile on right)

Private First Class Krantosky was appointed corporal on 3 January 1944. On 1 July 1944, John and seven other enlisted men from “B” Battery, supervised by 2nd Lt. Marvin W. Krause, were assigned to temporary duty at the Point of Embarkation in Southampton, England where the rest of the 202nd Field Artillery Battalion was enroute to board their transport to France. The Deuce-O-Deuce crossed the English Channel on 2 July and arrived at Utah Beach. John and the other men joined the Battalion in combat on 4 July 1944 near Chef-du-Pont, France.


        John Krantosky, unknown soldier, and Lyle Kreckle prior to March 1942             John with M1 Carbine and a 155mm
                                                                                                                                                     howitzer in Germany April 1945

He was awarded a Certificate of Merit on 9 May 1945 and a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. John was promoted to sergeant on 5 July 1945 in Obertrum, Austria per Special Order #78 HQ 202nd F.A. Bn. and to staff sergeant on 12 August 1945. On 5 September 1945 at Obertrum, Austria he was assigned to Reconnaissance Company of the 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion to replace some of the old timers who had enough points to go home. John left Europe on 8 October 1945 and arrived back in the United States on the 17th of October.

     Men of "B" Battery, 4th howitzer section, April 1945 in Germany. Back row L-R, Sgt. Lyle E. Kreckle (Chief of Section),
Pfc. John Prokopec, Pfc. Haston E. Whitmire, Pfc. Howard Boggs, and Cpl. John M. Krantosky. Front row, Pfc. Raymond Ing, Pfc. Edward V. Piispanen, Pfc. Woodrow. W. Marsh, Cpl. Guilford E. Clark, and Pvt. Edward A. Hedler.

 
John was honorably discharged from the Army on 24 October 1945 at the Camp Atterbury, Indiana Separation Center. Staff Sergeant Krantosky was awarded the American Defense Service Medal and the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with four bronze service stars for the battles of Normandy, Northern France, Central Europe, and the Rhineland. He was also eligible for the American Campaign Medal, Army of Occupation Medal with Germany Clasp, World War II Victory Medal and another bronze battle star for the Ardennes-Alsace Campaign.
After the war, John went to work for Fierst Distributing Company, a flooring distributor. He married and had three children. He continued to enjoy sports, coaching his son’s little league baseball team as well as doing a lot of gardening around the house. The family always enjoyed a yearly vacation no matter how hard things were financially.
John Krantosky died in Castle Shannon (Pittsburgh), Pennsylvania on 28 April 1969 from a massive heart attack at the age of 50. He was buried in Jefferson Memorial Park Cemetery in Pleasant Hills, PA.

Photos and biography courtesy of his son John Krantosky, Jr


Krause, Harry M. (ASN 33405315) (SSN 209-03-8365) was born in Pennsylvania on 1 March 1908. Harry worked as a welder in Pittsburgh. He was a Private in the National Guard when he enlisted in the Army on 12 December 1942 at Pittsburgh, PA. At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of Allegheny County, PA. His active duty began on 19 December 1942. Harry was assigned to HQ Battery. His MOS was Survey and Instrument Man (228). On 23 August 1944 near Champenard, France, Harry, who was the interior guard of HQ Battery, captured eight German soldiers within 200 yards of the Command Post. They had discarded their weapons, ammunition and grenades in the nearby woods. The leader of the group was a Warrant Officer who stated that he originally had 20 men and twelve had been killed by American artillery and aerial attacks. The Germans were turned over to the 5th Armored Division prisoner-of-war collection point. Technician Fifth Grade (Corporal) Krause was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. He was transferred to Detachment 591 at the 19th Reinforcement Depot on 11 July 1945. Harry was honorably discharged on 18 November 1945.
Harry died in Allegheny County, PA on 13 January 1991 at the age of 82. He was buried in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park in Huntingdon, PA.

Krause, Marvin William (ASN 01181335) was born on a farm in Gage Co., Nebraska on 7 July 1921 to Earnest S. and Elizabeth B. Krause. His family moved to Seward Co., Kansas in the early 1920’s.
Marvin was inducted into the Army on 29 April 1943. He became a member of the Field Artillery Officer Candidate School in Class #62 at Fort Sill, OK on 4 February 1943 and graduated on 29 April 1943. The Field Artillery Officer Candidate School offered a 12 week course to warrant officers and enlisted men desiring to become second lieutenants in the Army of the United States. His classmates included current or future Deuce-O-Deuce members – Harold R. Jorgensen, John A. Beeson, and Kenneth R. Brantley. Marvin was Assistant Executive & Motor Officer of “B” Battery. He was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service in France on 16 January 1945. The presentation was made by Brigadier General Edward Stanley Ott, Commanding General of XV Corps Artillery. 1st Lieutenant Krause was transferred to HQ USFA (United States Forces Austria) on 20 September 1945.
After the liberation of Austria and the ending of the war in Europe in 1945, the various units of the U.S. Army that were involved in the liberation fully expected to be returned to the States. The United States and its Allies, including the U.S.S.R., officially recognized during WW II that Austria was the first victim of Hitler. In 1943, the Allies jointly stated (in the Moscow Declaration) that Austria would be regarded as a "liberated" nation rather than a "conquered" one. The "Anschluss" under which Hitler annexed Austria was declared null and void. In 1945, the U.S.S.R did not honor this agreement and thus United States Forces Austria (USFA) was established as a separate command of the U.S. Army on July5, 1945. General Mark Clark was appointed the first U.S. High Commissioner of Austria as well as commander of the newly designated U.S. Forces in Austria. Successors to General Clark were Lt. Gen. Geoffrey Keyes, Lt. Gen. S. Leroy Irwin, and Lt. Gen. George P. Hays. Austria was divided into four zones of occupation - United States, British, French, and Soviet Union. Vienna itself was surrounded by the Soviet zone and was divided into five sectors, one for each of the Big Four, plus an International sector in the center of the city with each nation then taking a monthly turn at commanding the policing forces. Finally in 1955, the Soviet Union signed the State Treaty and the evacuation of all Allied military forces was completed. The occupation ended and the need for USFA ceased to exist. With the reunification of Austria this would be the first, and only, country to emerge from behind the Iron Curtain until the Berlin Wall finally came down in November of 1989. (Written by Bill Billet, President and founder of the USFA Veterans Association.)
He was honorably discharged from the Army on 23 April 1946. After the war, he was employed  by Boeing in Wichita, Kansas as a sheet metal worker. Marvin died in Manhattan, KS on 29 March 2010 at the age of 88. He was buried in the Plains Cemetery in Plains, Meade Co., KS.

Kreckel, Lyle Edward (ASN 33082462) (SSN 210-05-0404) was born in Pennsylvania on 27 July 1916 the son of Fred and Barbara Kreckel. He grew up in Johnsonburg, PA. Lyle was inducted into the Army on 10 June 1941 at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Johnsonburg, Elk County, PA. He was assigned to “B” Battery. Corporal Kreckel was promoted to sergeant on 16 July 1944 near Montgardon, France. His MOS was Chief of Section (539), and later, Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). At a supervisory level, Lyle was responsible for control, coordination and tactical employment of medium artillery pieces and crew members. 


                                               Lyle Kreckel                                                 Lyle Kreckel & his mother circa 1942

Sergeant Kreckel was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. He also received a Bronze Star. On 3 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria he was assigned to the 772nd Field Artillery Battalion per Special Order #55 HQ 208th Field Artillery Group dated 28 June 1945. Lyle returned to the United States on 19 September 1945. He was discharged from the Army with the rank of sergeant on 25 September 1945 at the Indiantown Gap Military Reservation Separation Center in Lebanon Co., Pennsylvania. The Gap was an important Army training camp during World War II and served as a staging area for the New York Port of Embarkation. Seven U.S. Army divisions were given final training at the Gap, prior to being shipped overseas.
Lyle died on 21 October 1988 at the age of 72. His last known address was in Johnsonburg, Elk Co., PA. He was buried in St Marys Cemetery in St Marys, PA.

Kregosky, Anthony J. (ASN 33412864) (SSN 181-14-7098) was born 26 August 1922 in PA. He was inducted into the Army on 14 December 1942 at Greensburg, PA. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Fayette County, PA. Anthony was assigned to “C” Battery. His MOS was Field Lineman (641). He was appointed private first class in November 1944. Anthony was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. He was appointed technician fifth grade (corporal) on 6 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria. After the war, he worked as an electrician. Anthony died on 24 April 1999 in Lorain, OH at the age of 76.

Krol, Stanley (ASN 35025118) was born in Ohio on 1 July 1914 to Polish inmmigrants Peter and Mary Krol. Stanley was a coal miner. He was inducted into the Army on 21 June 1941 at Cleveland, Ohio. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Jefferson County, OH. His MOS was Ammunition Handler (504), and later, Heavy Machine Gunner (605) and Anti-Aircraft Machine Gunner (606). Stanley was assigned to “B” Battery. Private Krol was appointed private first class on 18 May 1945 at Salzburg, Austria. He was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on
21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. At the conclusion of the War, he was assigned to “A” Company, 58th Armored Infantry Battalion for the trip home. Their staging area was Camp Philip Morris. Stanley embarked from Le Havre, France aboard the S.S. Vulcania on 3 November 1945 and arrived in New York City on 10 November. He was honorably discharged on 14 November 1945. Stanley returned to coal mining. He died in Martins Ferry, OH on 22 December 2007 at the age of 91.

Kronberg, John A. (ASN 42001405) was born in New Jersey in 1925, the eldest son of Swedish immigrants John E. and Matilda Kronberg. His father was a tailor. The family lived at 282 N. Fullerton Avenue in Montclair Township, Essex Co., NJ. John enlisted in the Army on 1 July 1943 at Newark, NJ. At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of Essex County, NJ. Private Kronberg was assigned to “A” Battery. His MOS was Cannoneer (531) and Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864).

Kureth, Charles Leonard (ASN 0416584) (SSN 367-09-1495) was born in Indiana on 24 January 1914, the son of Charles R. Kureth and Mabel G. Raush. He grew up in Wayne Co., Michigan.
Charlie joined the Michigan Army National Guard Infantry in 1931 and served until 11 July 1933. He enlisted in the National Guard Artillery on 11 April 1939. He was promoted to sergeant on 20 January 1941 and commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant on 26 March 1941.
 Charlie joined the Regular Army as a 2nd lieutenant on 26 March 1941. He was promoted to 1st lieutenant on 8 October 1942. Early in the war, he trained new recruits on combat motorcycles at Fort Leonard Wood, an Engineer Replacement Training Center, in south-central Missouri. He later trained new pilots.
 

                                                                                       Lt. Charles L. Kureth

1st Lt. Kureth joined the Duece-O-Duece on 11 January 1945 in France as a liaison pilot assigned to Battalion Headquarters. His MOS was Light Aviation Officer (1981). Charlie was shot down twice and had a lucky wax banana that he hung in the plane just behind his head shot to pieces on one mission. His only defenses were a steel plate in the bottom cushion of his seat and his .45 cal. sidearm. He was transferred to the 65th Infantry Division Artillery on 9 July 1945 per Special Order #61 HQ 208th Field Artillery Group dated 5 July 1945. Charlie was expecting to be part of the invasion of Japan, but that conflict ended on August 15th. Instead, he was transferred to Korea where he was promoted to captain and commanded an airfield near Seoul for a short time. Eventually, that command was given to a higher ranking officer. His son, Charles, Jr., was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on 1 February 1948. When Charlie
got the news, it was actually 2 Feb in Korea and he always had trouble with his son’s birth date as a result. At the time the news arrived, he was transporting a general by plane. The base radioed him that he had a telegram from the states and asked if he would like them to read it to him. He answered in the positive, so they read it to him. When he heard the news, he was so excited about his first born son, that he rolled the airplane, completely forgetting that he had a general in the seat next to him!! As you might expect, the general was a little concerned until he learned what had happened. At that point, he suggested that Charlie do it again!
He returned to the U.S. in September 1948 and was stationed at Fort Sheridan, Lake Co., Illinois. He was trained to fly the newly adopted helicopters and became one of the Army’s first helicopter pilots. As part of his duties, he would travel around the country to various air shows and give demonstrations of the helicopter’s capabilities. Captain Kureth was honorably discharged from the Army on 19 December 1953 (although he remained in the reserves for a few years) and moved his family to Minneapolis, Minnesota. There he bought a nursing home in Long Lake, Minnesota and began a career as a nursing home owner and administrator in which career he continued for the rest of his life.
Charlie had a couple of funny stories about his experiences in WWII that he liked to tell. One occurred early one morning when he was walking back to the airfield drunk from a bar. A German plane decided to strafe the road on which he was walking, so he dove off the road (of course!). He just reacted and didn’t think to look where he was diving and went face first into a pile of bricks! This little escapade resulted in some cuts and bruises to his face, hands, and arms, but otherwise he was uninjured. His commanding officer attempted to award him the Purple Heart (he was under fire, after all), but he turned it down. His reasoning was that he didn’t deserve it because had he been sober at the time, he wouldn’t have been hurt because he could have avoided the pile of bricks! Another story he liked to tell was how he and his spotter often won money. On very windy evenings, he would go into a bar where other soldiers were drinking and bet them that he could fly his plane backwards. Of course, they would take the bet. I mean, whoever saw an airplane flying backwards after all. Then those betting would tramp out to the airfield. If possible, Charlie and his spotter would back the plane up near a fence. More betting would ensue because he would claim that, just to add a little more difficulty, he could fly it over the fence backwards as well! When all the bets were in, he would get into the plane, turn on the engine, feather the prop (i.e., set it so that it was not pulling the plane – of course, the onlookers had no idea what he was doing), and set the flaps. Then on a signal, his spotter would lift the tail of the plane and the wind would pick it up and sail it right over the fence. The bettors had not reckoned with how light the L-4 was!
Charles L. Kureth died in Cass Co., Minnesota on 26 September 1978 at the age of 64. He is buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Walker, MN.

Charlie’s biography & photo provided by his son, Chuck Kureth.


Lach, Mike J. (ASN 33083168) (SSN 162-14-0647) was born in Pennsylvania on 1 September 1918. He was inducted into the Army on 16 June 1941 at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Allegheny County, PA. Private Lach was assigned to “C” Battery. His MOS was Cannoneer (531) and Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). He was appointed private first class on 9 January 1945 near Schmittville, France and was later appointed corporal. He was transferred to the 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion on 5 September 1945 from Obertrum, Austria. Corporal Lach was honorably discharged on 24 October 1945. Mike died in PA on 19 September 1982 at the age of 64. He was buried in St. Stanislaus Cemetery in Pittsburgh, PA.

Lack, Joseph S. Jr. (ASN 33412712) (SSN 208-03-2302) was born on 6 December 1919 in Pennsylvania. He was the son of Polish immigrants Joseph and Agnes Lack. Joseph was inducted into the Army on 11 December 1942 at Greensburg, PA. He was assigned to “B” Battery. His MOS was Basic (521), and later, Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Private First Class Lack was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. He was appointed corporal on 9 September 1945 at Obertrum, Austria. He was honorably discharged on 8 December 1945. Joseph died on 30 June 1991 in Lansing, Michigan at the age of 71. He was buried in Saint Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Lansing, MI.

Laderman, Harry (ASN 33062673) (SSN 217-12-3116) was born in Maryland on 3 July 1915, the son of Russian immigrants Hyman and Ida Laderman. He was inducted into the Army on 17 June 1941 at Baltimore, Maryland. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Baltimore City. Private Laderman was assigned to “C” Battery. He was honorably discharged on 12 October 1945. He returned to Baltimore and was driving a cab in 1958. He moved to Florida in the early 1960's. Harry died in Dade Co., Florida on 15 April 1969 at the age of 53.

La Mascus, James Albert (ASN 20834257) was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma on 9 April 1922 the son of Everett L. and Marinda E. La Mascus. He enlisted in the Army on 16 September 1940 at Muskogee, OK when his National Guard unit was inducted into Federal service. At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of Muskogee County, OK. Staff Sergeant La Mascus was assigned to “C” Battery. He was honorably discharged on 17 June 1945. He died in Tracy, San Joaquin Co., California on 14 May 1959 at the age of 37. James was buried in the Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno, CA. His government provided headstone came from the Green Mountain Marble Company in West Rutland, Vermont.

Lande, Michael M. (ASN 37424584) (SSN 478-18-9206) was born in Hamilton Co., Iowa on 10 November 1907 to John and Anna Lande. Both sets of his grandparents had emigrated from Norway and settled in the U.S. He began active duty in the Army on 17 August 1942 at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri. Michael was a private first class assigned to Service Battery. His MOS Ammunition Handler (504), and later, Heavy Machine Gunner (605). Michael returned to the U.S. on 13 November 1945. He was honorably discharged on  November 18th.
Michael died on 22 February 1987 at the age of 79. His last known address was in Jewell, IA.

Langford, Herman Clarence (ASN 38001396) (SSN 527-01-2876) was born in Arizona on 24 November 1918 to William P. and Myrtle Rabb Langford. He was inducted into the Army on 19 February 1941. Herman was assigned to “C” Battery. His MOS was Chief of Section (539), and later, Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Sergeant Langford was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. While the 202nd was stationed at Obertrum, Austria, he was transferred to the 772nd Field Artillery Battalion along with more than 100 other men from the Deuce on 27 June 1945. He was honorably discharged on 27 September 1945. Herman died on 8 March 1997 at the age of 78. He is buried in the Cottonwood Cemetery in Cottonwood, AZ.

Lantto, Toivo Alfred (ASN 36225485) (SSN 372-12-5361) was born in Michigan on 15 June 1919, the son of Swedish immigrant Eli Lantto and wife Impie. He was inducted into the Army on 6 March 1941 at Escanaba, MI. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Houghton County, MI.
Toivo was assigned to “A” Battery. His MOS was Gunner (603), and later, Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). On 3 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria he was assigned to the 772nd Field Artillery Battalion per Special Order #55 HQ 208th Field Artillery Group dated 28 June 1945. Their staging area was Camp Lucky Strike. Corporal Lantto embarked from Le Havre, France aboard the U.S.A.T. ARGENTINA on 18 October 1945 and arrived in New York City on 25 October. There were over fifty other men of the 202nd aboard. He was honorably discharged from the Army on 1 November 1945 with the rank of corporal.
Toivo died on 25 April 1973 in Seattle, Washington at the age of 53. He is buried in Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, Oregon.

Lapinski, Chester A. (ASN 37375501) (SSN 493-05-7532) was born in Missouri on 24 August 1915. His mother's name was Julia. He was inducted into the Army on 4 August 1942 at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri and began active duty on August 18th. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of St. Louis, MO. Private Lapinski was assigned to “B” Battery. He was later appointed private first class. Chester was honorably discharged on 14 October 1945. He died on 26 August 1985 at the age of 70 and was buried in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis,
MO on 29 August 1985.

Larson, Harold J. (ASN 35526314) (SSN 292-10-1989) was born in Ashtabula, Ohio on 24 January 1912 the son of immigrant John P. Larson from Ovansjö, Gävleborg, Sweden. Harold’s mother died when he was a child. He visited his father’s hometown in Sweden in 1935. Harold was inducted into the Army on 17 December 1942 at Cleveland, Ohio. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Mahoning County, OH. Harold was assigned to HQ Battery. T/5 Larson was appointed technician fourth grade (sergeant) on 9 March 1944 at Camp Drumilly, Northern Ireland. Harold was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 23 June 1945. He was promoted to staff sergeant on 9 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria and then to technical sergeant on 6 September 1945 at Obertrum, Austria. His MOS was Survey and Instrument Man (228).
Harold died in Youngstown, OH on 7 January 2001 at the age of 88. He is buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Youngstown.

Lauten, Fred C. (ASN 37375359) was born Fred C. Lautenschlager in St. Louis, Missouri about 1917. His parents, Fred and Louise Ida Beyer Lautenschlager were first generation German-Americans. His father was an examiner for the U.S. Post Office. Fred attended Normandy and Beaumont High Schools in St. Louis. The family shortened their last name to "Lauten" about the time World War II began. Fred was inducted into the Army on 3 August 1942 at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri. At the time of his induction, he was working as an engineer with a heating equipment manufacturer. Fred was assigned to HQ Battery. His MOS was Administrative NCO (502). Staff Sergeant Lauten was promoted to technical sergeant on 18 September 1944 in France. Fred was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. While the 202nd was stationed at Obertrum, Austria, Fred was transferred to the 772nd Field Artillery Battalion on 27 June 1945 (along with more than 100 other men from the Deuce). After the war, Fred returned to St. Louis, MO and lived in the suburban village of Bel-Nor. He died in January 1969 and was buried in Memorial Park Cemetery in St. Louis.

Lauterburg, Fredrick George (ASN 36038805) was born in Arlington Heights, IL on 1 April 1917, the son of William N. & Marie A. Schimming Lauterburg. He was inducted into the Army on 20 June 1941 at Chicago, IL. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Cook County, IL. Private Lauterburg was assigned to “C” Battery. He was appointed technician fifth grade (corporal) on 25 February 1944. Fred was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. While the 202nd was stationed at Obertrum, Austria, he was transferred to the 772nd Field Artillery Battalion along with more than 100 other men from the Deuce on 27 June 1945. He was honorably discharged on 27 September 1945.
Fred died on 5 May 2003 in Cook Co., Illinois at the age of 86. His last known address was in Mount Prospect.

Lawless, Warren R. (ASN 20833276) (SSN 445-14-3184) was born in Oklahoma on 27 October 1921 to John C. and Rushia E. Cooper Lawless. He was in the National Guard when his unit was inducted into Federal service on 16 September 1940 at
Watonga, OK. At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of Blaine County, OK. Warren was assigned to Service Battery. Corporal Lawless was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 17 February 1945 near Guisberg, France. While the 202nd was stationed at Obertrum, Austria, he was transferred to the 772nd Field Artillery Battalion along with more than 100 other men from the Deuce on 27 June 1945. He was honorably discharged on 25 September 1945.
Warren died on 7 July 1986 at the age of 64. His last known address was in El Reno, OK. He is buried in the El Reno Cemetery.

Lee, Marion P. (ASN 3844441) was born in Arkansas on 16 April 1913 to Jesse M. and Gertie Richardson Lee. He grew up on a farm in Union Co., AR. Marion's father died when he was a child. He was inducted into the Army on 6 january 1943. Marion was a technician fourth grade (sergeant) assigned to the Medical Detachment. His MOS was Surgical Technician (861). He was promoted to technician third grade (staff sergeant) in January 1945 in France and to staff sergeant on 17 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria. Marion was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 17 February 1945 near Guisberg, France. He left the ETO in November 1945 and arrived back in the U.S. on November 19th. Marion was honorably discharged on 24 November 1945 at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri. Marion died on 6 September 1980 in Tyler, TX at the age of 67.

Letusick, John W. Jr. (ASN 35595173) was born in Ohio on 9 February 1914, the son of Polish immigrants John and Mary Duda Letusick. His father was a coal miner and farmer in Jefferson Co., OH. John was inducted into the Army on 17 December 1942 at Akron, OH and began active duty on December 26th. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Jefferson County, OH. He was assigned to “A” Battery. Private Letusick was appointed private first class in December 1944 in France. John was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. He was honorably discharged on 6 December 1945.
John died on 22 May 2006 in Martins Ferry, OH at the age of 92.

Levine, William (ASN 01168776) (SSN 104-18-3007) was born in New York on 5 November 1917 to Russian immigrant Sam Levine and his wife Elsie Cohen Levine. William grew up in Brooklyn, NY. The family resided at 357 Vermont Street, 436 New Jersey Avenue, and later, 1673 E. 13th. He was inducted into the Army on 2 February 1942 at Camp Upton, Yaphank, NY. William began the Field Artillery Officer Candidate School in Class #27 at Fort Sill, OK on 4 June 1942 and was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant on 25 August 1942. In July 1945, he was hospitalized at Camp Campbell, Kentucky suffering enterocolitus. Lt. Levine joined the 202nd Field Artillery Battalion on 19 December 1944 at Saint-Louis-lès-Bitche, France. He was assigned to “A” Battery as Assistant Executive & Motor Officer. On 15 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria he was assigned as Service Battery Motor Officer. His MOS was Motor Transport Officer (0600). William was transferred to HQ USFA (United States Forces Austria) on 20 September 1945.
 
After the liberation of Austria and the ending of the war in Europe in 1945, the various units of the U.S. Army that were involved in the liberation fully expected to be returned to the States. The United States and its Allies, including the U.S.S.R., officially recognized during WW II that Austria was the first victim of Hitler. In 1943, the Allies jointly stated (in the Moscow Declaration) that Austria would be regarded as a "liberated" nation rather than a "conquered" one. The "Anschluss" under which Hitler annexed Austria was declared null and void. In 1945, the U.S.S.R did not honor this agreement and thus United States Forces Austria (USFA) was established as a separate command of the U.S. Army on July 5, 1945.
General Mark Clark was appointed the first U.S. High Commissioner of Austria as well as commander of the newly designated U.S. Forces in Austria. Successors to General Clark were Lt. Gen. Geoffrey Keyes, Lt. Gen. S. Leroy Irwin, and Lt. Gen. George P. Hays. Austria was divided into four zones of occupation - United States, British, French, and Soviet Union. Vienna itself was surrounded by the Soviet zone and was divided into five sectors, one for each of the Big Four, plus an International sector in the center of the city with each nation then taking a monthly turn at commanding the policing forces. Finally in 1955, the Soviet Union signed the State Treaty and the evacuation of all Allied military forces was completed. The occupation ended and the need for USFA ceased to exist. With the reunification of Austria this would be the first, and only, country to emerge from behind the Iron Curtain until the Berlin Wall finally came down in November of 1989. (Written by Bill Billet, President and founder of the USFA Veterans Association.)

On 12 March 1946, 2nd Lieutenant Levine was placed on leave from the 1262nd S.C.U. Personnel Center at Fort Dix, New Jersey to travel home and revert to inactive status on 10 May 1946. William died in Delray Beach, Florida on 27 March 2002 at the age of 84. He is buried in the Teferes Israel Cemetery in East Granby, CT.

Lewis, Olen D. (ASN 20834139) (SSN 442-28-0817) was born in Saline County, Arkansas on 29 April 1915 to Nellie and Charles C. Lewis. Olen was the older brother of Roy A. Lewis (also of HQ Battery).
Olen was a member of the National Guard when he enlisted in the Army on 16 September 1940 at Roff, OK. At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of Pontotoc Co., OK. Private Lewis was assigned to HQ Battery. His MOS was Field Wire Chief (595). He was promoted to private first class on 12 January 1945 near Schmittville, France. Olen was promoted to technician fifth grade (corporal) in March 1945. While the 202nd was stationed at Obertrum, Austria, he was transferred to the 772nd Field Artillery Battalion along with more than 100 other men from the Deuce on 27 June 1945. He was honorably discharged on 25 September 1945.
Olen died on 15 March 1986 at the age of 70. His last known address was in Ada, Pontotoc Co., OK. He was buried in the Rosedale Cemetery in Ada.

Lewis, Roy A. (ASN 20834159) was born in Benton, Arkansas on 16 October 1921 to Charles C. and Nellie Garrett Lewis. He was the younger brother of Olen D. Lewis (also of HQ Battery). His family moved to Roff, Oklahoma when he was a child.
Roy was a member of the National Guard when he enlisted in the Army on 15 September 1940 at Ardmore Army Airfield, Oklahoma. Roy was assigned to HQ Battery. His MOS was Field Wire Chief (595), and later, Field Lineman (641). Corporal Lewis was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 23 June 1945. While the 202nd was stationed at Obertrum, Austria, he was transferred to the 772nd Field Artillery Battalion along with more than 100 other men from the Deuce on 27 June 1945. He was honorably discharged on 30 September 1945.
After the War, Roy worked in the oil fields and moved to Kimball, Nebraska in 1951. He married and had two children. He worked for the State of Nebraska Road Department from 1975 until his retirement in 1986. Roy died in Cheyenne, Wyoming on 5 February 2004 at the age of 82. He was cremated and inurned at the Kimball, NE Cemetery.

Lewis, Tom (ASN 0221566) (SSN 440-10-2444) was born in Iowa on 8 March 1894, the son of William and Ida Lewis. His father was a blacksmith. In June of 1900 the family was residing in Appanoose Co., Iowa. They moved to Oklahoma about 1905 and settled in Tryon, Lincoln County.
Tom served in the U.S. Navy from 4 April 1916 to 4 April 1920. At the time of the 1920 U.S. Census, he was a mariner onboard the battleship USS Texas. Tom was 25 years old and listed his hometown as Pawhuska, Oklahoma. His rank was turret captain 1st class. Tom’s duties were to maintain, instruct, and take charge of the 14-inch gun turret assigned. On 9 March 1919, the Texas became the first U.S. battleship to launch an airplane when a British-built Sopwith Camel was flown off the warship.
After his Navy service, Tom worked as a blacksmith in Cherokee, Oklahoma. He was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in Battery “E” – Cherokee, 189th Field Artillery, Oklahoma National Guard on 24 February 1925. He was promoted to captain on 11 May 1926. Tom graduated from the National Guard Battery Officers' Course at the Field Artillery School, Fort Sill, OK in 1938. He managed the Max Theater in Cherokee in the 1930’s.  Battery "E" was redesignated as Battery "D" on 1 May 1939. Tom was promoted to major when the 189th Field Artillery Regiment, composed of National Guard units, was inducted into Federal service on 16 September 1940 and stationed at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. It was assigned to the 45th Division of the Third Army. The Regiment moved to Camp Barkeley, Texas on 6 March 1941. It was detached from the 45th Division and redesignated as the 202nd Field Artillery Regiment, General Headquarters Reserve on 11 February 1942 (there were two battalions in the 202nd Field Artillery Regiment). All “non-organic” units which were not part of divisional organizations were assigned to the General Headquarters Reserve. Tom completed the Field Artillery School Field Officers' Course in 1942 and was promoted to lieutenant colonel on 9 July 1942.
On 5 August 1942, the 1st and 2nd Battalions, 202nd Field Artillery Regiment (now under the newly created Army Ground Forces) left Camp Barkeley for Camp Gruber, Oklahoma. The 1st Battalion would remain there for the next 14 ½ months. Lt. Colonel Tom Lewis assumed command on 1 March 1943, when the 1st Battalion, 202nd Field Artillery Regiment was reorganized and redesignated as the independent 202nd Field Artillery
Battalion. The 2nd Battalion, 202nd Field Artillery Regiment became the 961st Field Artillery Battalion. Lt. Colonel Lewis was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service in France on 16 January 1945. The presentation was made by Brigadier General Edward Stanley Ott, Commanding General of XV Corps Artillery.


                                                     Lt. Col. Tom Lewis in ETO circa winter of 1944/1945

The 202nd was inactivated on 2 December 1945 at Camp Shanks, New York. Tom was discharged from the Army on 6 April 1946 at Camp Chaffee, Arkansas. He returned to his job as manager of the Max Theater in Cherokee from 1946 to 1963. Tom served on the school board, two terms as mayor, and also as chief of the Cherokee Volunteer Fire Department. He died on 6 October 1972 at the age of 78 in Cherokee, OK and was buried in the Cherokee Municipal Cemetery.

Lewis, William A. (ASN 33405551) was born in Pennsylvania in 1917.
He was inducted into the Army on 14 December 1942 at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Allegheny County, PA. Private Lewis was assigned to “C” Battery. His SSN was (244). William was later promoted to technician fifth grade (corporal). He operated The M5 13-Ton High Speed Tractors that were used to tow the Battalion’s 155mm howitzers. On 14 June 1944, 1st Lt. John B. King, T/4 William M. Peschong, Pvt. Thomas, T/5 George R. Case, T/5 Mack L. Collier, T/5 Clarence S. Ketchum, T/5 Thell E. Wagner, T/5 Edward E. Clark, T/5 Raymond Ing, T/5 Eldred G. A. Joines, T/5 James W. Sisco, T/5 William A. Lewis, T/5 Charles B. Lubbes, T/5 George W. Malloy, and T/5 Richard R. Crossland were assigned to temporary duty at Builth Wells, Powys, Wales to attend a tractor drivers school. They learned how to operate the new M5 High Speed Tractors. The men returned to the Deuce on June 18th. The first three men listed above were members of Service Battery and the others (all T/5's from the firing batteries) were the drivers. He was transferred to the 103rd Infantry Division in January 1945.

Linger, French Elbert (ASN 35746480) (SSN 236-03-1777) was born in Braxton Co., West Virginia on 12 August 1915, the son of  Augustus D. and Ella Murphy Linger. French was inducted into the Army on 18 December 1942 at Clarksburg, West Virginia. He was a private first class assigned to Service Battery. His MOS was Scout (761). French was promoted to corporal in February 1945. He was honorably discharged on 24 November 1945. French married and had two children. He died at home in Morrow Co., Ohio on 19 June 1992 at the age of 76.

Little, Clark Raymond "Ike" (ASN 20516564) was born in Ohio on 17 May 1920 to Harry F. and Josephine Burge Little. He was a member of the National Guard when he enlisted in the Army on 15 October 1940 at Cambridge, OH. At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of Tuscarawas County, OH.
Clark was assigned to “A” Battery. His MOS was Anti-Aircraft Machine Gunner (606), and later, Heavy Machine Gunner (605). On 30 June 1945, in Obertrum, Austria, Corporal Little was appointed sergeant. His MOS changed to Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). He married and had two daughters. After the war, Raymond managed a floral shop in Newcomerstown, OH. He died at home in Newcomerstown of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on 14 December 1971 at the age of 51. He was buried in West Lawn Cemetery in Shady Bend, Coshocton Co., OH.

LoBianco, Joseph Salvatore (ASN 34738305) (SSN 413-24-1396) was born in Memphis, Tennessee on 22 December 1924 to Joseph Angelo and Sarah R. LoBianco. Joe attended Catholic High School in Memphis and completed a machine shop course at the National Defense School in 1942. He was inducted into the Army on 29 June 1943 and entered active service on 13 July 1943 at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Shelby County, TN. Joe arrived at the Field Artillery Replacement Training Center at Fort Sill, Oklahoma on 21 July 1943. The next day, he was assigned to Battery “C”, 27th Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Training Regiment. He completed training at Fort Sill on 24 November 1943 and was assigned to Army Ground Forces Replacement Depot #1 at Fort George Meade, MD. Joe was attached to Company “B”, 36th Replacement Battalion on 20 January 1944. He departed the United States for duty in the ETO in January and travelled to Glasgow, Scotland. He left Scotland on 17 April and was assigned to “C” Battery of the 202nd Field Artillery Battalion on 20 April 1944 at Camp Drumilly, near Loughgall, County Armagh, Northern Ireland. His MOS was Cannoneer (531) and Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). He was promoted to private first class on 1 January 1945 near Bining, France. Pfc. Lobianco was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. He was transferred to “C” Battery of the 250th Field Artillery Battalion on 17 September 1945. Joe was honorably discharged with the rank of private first class at Fort Knox, Kentucky on 9 January 1946.
After the war, he worked as a mechanic at International Harvester in Memphis, TN for 25 years.
He died on 13 November 1989 at the age of 64. His last known address was in Millington, Shelby Co., TN. He is buried in Northridge Woodhaven Cemetery in Millington.

Londeen, Dudley Randolph (ASN 01172150) was born in Navarre, Dickenson Co., Kansas on 31 October 1917, the son of Elsie Irene Issitt and Carl Fritz Londeen. Dudley's paternal grandfather was a Swedish immigrant. Carl Londeen died when Dudley was a child. The family went to live with his maternal grandparents in Abilene, Kansas. Dudley attended Abilene High School and graduated from Kansas State University in 1941. He was inducted into the Army on 4 April 1942 in Abilene, Dickenson Co., KS. Dudley became a member of Field Artillery Officer Candidate School Class #35 at Fort Sill, OK on 30 July 1942 and graduated on 22 October 1942. The Field Artillery Officer Candidate School offered a 12 week course to warrant officers and enlisted men desiring to become second lieutenants in the Army of the United States. His classmates included current or future Deuce-O-Deuce members – Flavey E. Baker, Richard G. Krahn, and John W. White. After Dudley’s promotion to 2nd lieutenant, his serial number was changed to O-1172150. 2nd Lieutenant Londeen was appointed Assistant Adjutant and AT of HQ Battery on 5 March 1943. On 10 March 1944, 1st Lieutenant Londeen was appointed Commander of “A” Battery. He was promoted to captain in November 1944.
After the war, Dudley was employed by Dunn & Bradstreet for 39 years. He was married and had one son.
Dudley died on 21 October 2010 in Ellisville, MO at the age of 92. He was interred at Abilene Cemetery in Abilene, KS.

Long, LeRoy Delbert (ASN 37315988) (SSN 504-03-1039) was born in South Dakota on 25 September 1918 to Ivory M. and Helena M. Hinz Long.
His active duty in the Army began on 27 October 1942. Leroy was a technician fifth grade (corporal) assigned to HQ Battery. He was promoted to technician fourth grade (sergeant) in January 1945 in France. His MOS was Clerk-Typist (405). Leroy was promoted to staff sergeant on 1 September 1945 at Obertrum, Austria. He was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. He was honorably discharged on 7 December 1945. Leroy was married two weeks later and eventually had six children.
Leroy died on 17 January 2000 at the age of 81. He is buried in the Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis, SD. His last known address was in Philip, SD.

Louthan, James Francis (ASN 38018051) (SSN 447-16-7657) was born in Ponca City, Oklahoma on 25 August 1914 to James A. and Della Mae Parker Louthan. He enlisted in the Army on 6 February 1941 at Oklahoma City, OK. At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of Osage County, OK. After basic training, Jimmie was assigned to “C” Battery of the 202nd Field Artillery Battalion. His Military Occupational Specialties included: Automotive Mechanic (014), Tank Mechanic, Minor Maintenance (660) and Construction Equipment Mechanic (319). The Deuce-O-Deuce landed at Utah Beach, Normandy, France on 2 July 1944. The Battalion fought its way across France and Germany, ending up in Salzburg, Austria on 6 May 1945. Corporal Louthan was promoted from technician fifth grade to technician fourth grade (sergeant) in December 1944. He was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. On 3 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria he was assigned to the 772nd Field Artillery Battalion per Special Order #55 HQ 208th Field Artillery Group dated 28 June 1945. Their staging area was Camp Lucky Strike. Jimmie embarked from Le Havre, France aboard the U.S.A.T. Argentina on 18 October 1945 and arrived in New York City on 25 October. There were over 50 other men of the 202nd aboard. He was honorably discharged on 30 October 1945.
After the war, he married and lived in Pawhuska, OK. In 1965, the family moved to Hennessey, OK and Jim worked as a dispatcher for Western Tank Trucks.
Jim died on 27 December 1999 at the age of 85. His last known address was in Hennessey, Kingfisher Co., OK. He was buried in Prairie Chapel Cemetery near Blackwell in Kay Co., OK.

Lowe, Clarence E. (ASN 20516 16) (SSN 312-18-0184) was born in Burrows, IN on 6 August 1921, to Alva and Isey Sink Lowe. He was a 1939 graduate of Rockfield, Indiana High School.
Corporal Lowe was assigned to “A” Battery. His MOS was Fire Control Instrument Operator, Field Artillery (645), and later, Survey and Instrument Man (228). On 30 June 1945, in Obertrum, Austria, Corporal Lowe was appointed staff sergeant. His MOS changed from Scout (761) to Survey and Instrument NCO, Field Artillery (577). After the war, he was employed at the RCA plant in Monticello, IN. He married and had two sons. Clarence  retired in 1980 after 30 years at RCA. He died on 10 July 2001 in Kokomo, IN at the age of 79. His last known address was in Flora, IN. He was buried in the Galveston Cemetery in Galveston, IN.

Lowry, Fred S. Jr. (ASN 33412842) (SSN 181-14-9804) waas born in Fayette Co., Pennsylvania on 19 July 1922 to Fred S. and Vera N. Bryner Lowry. His father was a farmer and an Army veteran of World War I who served in Company "D", 11th Machine Gun Battalion, 4th Division. Fred was inducted into the Army on 14 December 1942 at Greensburg, PA. He was assigned to Service Battery. Technician Fifth Grade (Corporal) Lowry was promoted to technician fourth grade (sergeant) on 8 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. Fred returned to the U.S. on 19 September 1945. He was honorably discharged on September 25th at Separation Center #45, Indiantown Gap Military Reservation, PA. Fred married and had nine children. He died in Fayette Co., PA on 29 July 1974 at the age of 52. He is buried in the Franklin Cemetery in Dunbar, PA.

Lozono, Miguel (Michael) Vega  (ASN 39240274 and 01183352) (SSN 526-10-7281) was born in Greenlee Co., Arizona on 8 October 1917 to Miguel and Hortencia Vega Lozano. He was inducted into the Army on 19 May 1942 at Los Angeles, California.  At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Los Angeles County, CA. He had completed two years of college. Michael began the Field Artillery Officer Candidate School in Class #70 at Fort Sill, OK on 1 April 1943 and was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant on 23 June 1943. 2nd Lieutenant Lozano joined the Deuce-O-Deuce near Guisberg, France on 5 February 1945 and was assigned to “A” Battery as the Reconnaissance Officer. His MOS was Reconnaissance Officer (9312).
Michael died in California on 10 September 1980 at the age of 62. His last known address was in Monterey Park, CA. He is buried in the Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier, CA.

Lubbes, Charles B. (ASN 20827358) was born in Oklahoma on 17 July 1922 the eldest son of Amy and James A. Lubbes. He was of Dutch and Cherokee ancestry. Charles enlisted in the Army on 16 September 1940 at Okmulgee, OK when his National Guard unit was inducted into Federal service. At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of Muskogee County, OK. Technician Fifth Grade Lubbes was assigned to “C” Battery. He operated he M5 13-Ton High Speed Tractors that were used to tow the Battalion’s 155mm howitzers. On 14 June 1944, 1st Lt. John B. King, T/4 William M. Peschong, Pvt. Thomas, T/5 George R. Case, T/5 Mack L. Collier, T/5 Clarence S. Ketchum, T/5 Thell E. Wagner, T/5 Edward E. Clark, T/5 Raymond Ing, T/5 Eldred G. A. Joines, T/5 James W. Sisco, T/5 William A. Lewis, T/5 Charles B. Lubbes, T/5 George W. Malloy, and T/5 Richard R. Crossland were assigned to temporary duty at Builth Wells, Powys, Wales to attend a tractor drivers school. They learned how to operate the new M5 High Speed Tractors. The men returned to the Deuce on June 18th. The first three men listed above were members of Service Battery and the others (all T/5's from the firing batteries) were the drivers. Charles was transferred to the 3rd Infantry Division in December 1944 or January 1945. He was honorably discharged on 17 December 1945.
Charles died on 1 February 1984 at the age of 61. He was buried in Fort Gibson National Cemetery in Muskogee County, OK on 3 February 1984.

Luckett, Edvin L. (ASN 38018259) (SSN 446-05-5871) was born on 16 March 1916 in Okfuskee Co., Oklahoma, the son of Frank E. and Jessie L. Bishop Luckett. He was inducted into the Army on 7 February 1941 at Oklahoma City, OK. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Okfuskee County, OK. Edvin was assigned to Service Battery. His MOS was Automotive Mechanic, Second Echelon (014). Technician Fourth Grade (Sergeant) Luckett was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 17 February 1945 near Guisberg, France. On 3 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria he was assigned to the 772nd Field Artillery Battalion per Special Order #55 HQ 208th Field Artillery Group dated 28 June 1945. Their staging area was Camp Lucky Strike. Edvin embarked from Le Havre, France aboard the U.S.A.T. Argentina on 18 October 1945 and arrived in New York City on 25 October. There were over 50 other men of the 202nd aboard. Edvin was honorably discharged on 30 October 1945.
He died on 26 May 1984 at the age of 68. His last known address was in Okemah, Okfuskee Co, OK. Edvin is buried in the Highland Cemetery in Okemah.

Lukachko, George (ASN 33083141) (SSN 169-05-0906) was born 3 August 1914 in Pennsylvania. He was inducted into the Army on 16 June 1941 at Fort Meade, Maryland. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Allegheny County, PA. George was assigned to “C” Battery. His MOS was Field Lineman (641). Private First Class Lukachko was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. He was appointed technician fifth grade (corporal) on 6 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria and was transferred to the 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion on 5 September 1945. He was honorably discharged on 24 October 1945.
George died on 23 November 1989 in PA at the age of 75. He was buried in Calvary Cemetery in Pittsburgh, PA.

MacZko, Nicholas M. (ASN 35526226) was born in Pennsylvania on 25 July 1920. He was inducted into the Army on 17 December 1942 at Cleveland, Ohio. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Cuyahoga County, OH. He was assigned to “B” Battery. His MOS was Cannoneer (531) and Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Private First Class MacZko was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. His MOS was changed to Quartermaster Supply Technician (821) on 9 September 1945 when he was promoted to staff sergeant. He was honorably discharged on 6 December 1945.
Nicholas died in Bedford, OH on 8 November 2005 at the age of 85. He was buried in All Souls Catholic Cemetery in Chardon, OH.

Madsen, Charlie (ASN 3?021973) (SSN 504-24-4305) was born on a farm in Roberts Co., South Dakota on 28 September 1910 to Danish immigrants Soren S. and Andrea K. Madsen. He was inducted into the Army on 28 January 1942. Private Madsen was assigned to “A” Battery. His MOS was Basic (521), and later, Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). At the conclusion of the War, he was assigned to “A” Company, 58th Armored Infantry Battalion for the trip home. Their staging area was Camp Philip Morris. Stanley embarked from Le Havre, France aboard the S.S. Vulcania on 3 November 1945 and arrived in New York City on 10 November. He was honorably discharged on 15 November 1945. Charlie married on 5 April 1947 in Wilmot, SD. He died on 19 July 1990 at the age of 79. He is buried in the Wilmot Cemetery in Wilmot, SD.

Majnaric, William J. (ASN 33412872) was born in Granite City, Illinois on 15 August 1922 to Joseph and Katarina Majnaric. He was inducted into the Army on 14 December 1942 at Greensburg, PA. William was assigned to “C” Battery. His MOS was Cannoneer (531) and Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864).


                                                                       William J. Majnaric circa 1944 or 1945

Private Majnaric was appointed private first class in December 1944 in France. On the morning of 3 January 1945, near the town of Bining in Lorraine, France, “C” Battery received a 10-round concentration of heavy caliber enemy artillery fire. William and Corporal Howard D. Guiles were injured by fragments. They were hospitalized. William was awarded a Purple Heart. Private First Class Majnaric was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria.
William died in Hopwood, PA on 14 November 2010 at the age of 88. He was buried in St. Mary’s Cemetery Uniontown, PA.

Marakas, Nick (ASN 35595304) (SSN 273-12-6993) was born on 10 September 1918. He was inducted into the Army on 18 December 1942 at Akron, OH and began active duty on December 26th. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Lorain County, OH. Private First Class Marakas was assigned to “B” Battery. He was honorably discharged on 11 January 1946. After the war, he resided in Parma, OH and worked at Ford Motor Company.
Nick died in Cleveland, OH on 12 September 1976 at the age of 58. .

Marcum, Clarence Herndon (ASN 35746537) (SSN 233-28-5962) was born in West Virginia on 27 June 1920 to Joseph and Nancy Jane Vance Marcum. He was inducted into the Army on 18 December 1942 at Clarksburg, WV. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Putnam County, WV. Private Marcum was assigned to HQ Battery. His MOS was Anti-Aircraft Machine Gunner (606), and later, Heavy Machine Gunner (605). He was promoted to private first class on 12 January 1945 near
Schmittville, France. Clarence was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 23 June 1945.
He died on 8 October 1996 at the age of 76. His last known address was in Cameron, Marshall Co., WV.

Markson, Allen W. (ASN 37092049) (SSN 471-168-300) was born in Minnesota on 27 January 1920 the son of Norwegian immigrants Arnold and Myrtle Markson. At the time of the 1930 U.S. Census his family was residing at 428 Russell Avenue North in Minneapolis, MN.
Allen began active service in the Army on 1 October 1941. Technician Fifth Grade (Corporal) Markson was assigned to “A” Battery. His MOS was Radio Operator, Low Speed (776). He was promoted to technician fourth grade (sergeant) in January 1945 in France.
His MOS was changed to Radio Repairman (648). Allen was awarded a Bronze Star on 10 March 1945 at XV Corps Artillery HQ from Brigadier General Edward S. Ott. He was honorably discharged from the Army on 21 October 1945 with the rank of technician fourth grade.
Allen died on 30 November 1974 at the age of 54. His last known address was in Hennepin Co., MN. He was buried in the Fort Snelling National Cemetery in South Minneapolis, MN.

Marroulis, Lewis G. (ASN 35526298) (SSN 284-05-5320) was born 21 May 1915 in Canfield, Ohio to Greek immigrants Theodore P. and Daisy Swagger Marroulis . His father was a U.S. Army veteran of World War I, serving in France with the American Expeditionary Force. He was inducted into the Army on 17 December 1942 at Cleveland, Ohio. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Mahoning County, OH. Lewis was assigned to “C” Battery. He was appointed private first class on 12 June 1944 at Holton Mill, Wheatley, England. On 18 August 1944, near Allainville, France, two German aircraft, both ME 109’s, flew over the Battalion area about 1000 hours. The Deuce’s anti-aircraft machine guns opened fire and although the planes continued on their course, later reports received from other units said that both planes had been damaged and had made forced landings not far distant. During the firing Private Marroulis was wounded in the shoulder by a bullet from one of the Battalion’s machine guns. He was evacuated to England and then the United States. Lewis received a medical discharge from the service on 28 May 1945. He died in Mahoning Co., Ohio on 7 March 1999 at the age of 83.

Marsh, Woodrow Wilson (ASN 33512760) (SSN 207-07-6487) was born in Richmond, Virginia on 2 April 1918 to Filmore and Ella N. Hiner Marsh. His father was a hammersmith. The family moved to Harrisburg, PA in the late 1920’s. At the time of the 1940 U.S. Census, Woodrow was an inmate at the Pennsylvania Industrial School in Huntingdon, PA. The industrial reformatories were intended to separate young offenders from more experienced offenders. As its name implies, the purpose of the reformatory was to encourage reformation rather than punishment. The Pennsylvania Industrial School housed about 1,000 male criminals between the ages of 15 and 25 who had been convicted of any criminal offense so long as they had not been previously sentenced to a state institution. In 1937, the State of Pennsylvania decided that the reformatory at Huntingdon was too much like a penitentiary to accomplish its reformatory objectives, and authorized the construction of a new Pennsylvania industrial school. The new institution was located at Camp Hill in Cumberland County; it opened in 1941 with the transfer of the Huntingdon inmates.
Woody entered active military service on 24 July 1943. He was assigned to “B” Battery. His MOS was Cannoneer (531) and Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864).


                                                      Pvt. Woodrow W. Marsh April 1945 in Germany

Private Marsh was appointed private first class on 18 May 1945 at Salzburg, Austria. He was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. He was discharged on 24 October 1945. Pfc. Marsh re-enlisted in the Army on 10 May 1946 at Harrisburg, PA and was honorably discharged on 28 October 1953.
Woody died on 5 April 1963 at the age of 45. 

Marshall, Opal Winfred (ASN 38018171) (SSN 443-18-2936) was born in Yell Co., Arkansas on 19 December 1918, the son of Robert A. and Sarah Elizabeth Mason Marshall. At the time of the 1920 US Census, the family was residing in Le Flore Co., Oklahoma. He was inducted into the Army on 7 February 1941 at Oklahoma City, OK. Technician Fifth Grade (Corporal) Marshall was assigned to Service Battery. His MOS was Truck Driver, Light (345). While the 202nd was stationed at Obertrum, Austria, he was transferred to the 772nd Field Artillery Battalion along with more than 100 other men from the Deuce on 27 June 1945. He was honorably discharged on 25 September 1945. Opal died in Oklahoma on 24 May 1983 at the age of 64.

Marshall, Pittman Herman (ASN 33728575) was born in Maryland on 14 December 1912, the son of Herman and Alice Dryden Marshall. He grew up in Somerset Co., MD. Pittman was inducted into the Army on 22 June 1943 at Baltimore, Maryland. He joined the 202nd on 31 March 1944 while the Battalion was stationed at Camp Drumilly, County Armagh, Northern Ireland. Private Marshall was assigned to “C” Battery from Field Force Replacement Depot #1. His MOS was Cannoneer (531) and Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). He was promoted to private first class in March 1945. Pitman was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. He was honorably discharged on 8 January 1946. Pittman died on 31 August 2001 at the age of 88. He is buried in St. Andrews Episcopal Cemetery in Princess Anne, MD.

Martin, Frank (ASN 35526361) (SSN 283-07-4138) was born in Ohio  on 16 November1916 to Slovakian immigrants Frank J. and Susie Martin. He grew up in Trumbull Co., OH. Frank was inducted into the Army on 17 December 1942 at Cleveland, OH and began active duty on 22 December. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Trumbull County, OH. Frank was a private assigned to “B” Battery. He was appointed technician fifth grade (corporal) in February 1945.Frank was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. He was honorably discharged on 24 November 1945. He married and had two children.
Frank died in Warren, OH on 4 November 1975 at the age of 58. He was buried in Hillside Cemetery in Cortland, OH.

Martin, Ralph J., Jr. (ASN 33389462) (SSN 217-09-0677) was born in Maryland on 16 April 1919, the son of Ralph J. and Minnie H. Martin. He was inducted into the Army on 15 December 1942 at Baltimore, MD and began active duty on 22 December. Private First Class Martin was assigned to HQ Battery. His MOS was Anti-Aircraft Machine Gunner (606), and later, Heavy Machine Gunner (605). On 3 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria he was assigned to HQ Battery, 772nd Field Artillery Battalion per Special Order #55 HQ 208th Field Artillery Group dated 28 June 1945. He was honorably discharged on 16 October 1945.
Ralph died on 1 October 1968 at the age of 49. He was buried in the Baltimore National Cemetery.

Martin, Robert T. (ASN 20833304) was born in Oklahoma in 1921. He enlisted in the Army on 16 September 1940 at Enid, OK when his National Guard unit was inducted into Federal service. At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of Garfield County, OK. Robert was assigned to the Service Battery. His MOS was Ammunition Handler (504). He was appointed private first class on 4 February 1944 at Camp Drumilly, Northern Ireland. Robert was appointed technician fifth grade (corporal) on 21 May 1945 at Salzburg, Austria. He was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 17 February 1945 near Guisberg, France.
While the 202nd was stationed at Obertrum, Austria, Robert was transferred to the 772nd Field Artillery Battalion along with more than 100 other men from the Deuce on 27 June 1945.

Marzocco, Joseph L. (ASN 33405500) was born in Pennsylvania on 26 August 1916, the son of Italian immigrants Lewis and Olympia Cifelli Marzocco.
He enlisted in the Army on 14 December 1942 at Pittsburgh, PA and was inducted on 21 December. He was assigned to HQ Battery. Private First Class Joseph L. Marzocco was killed in action on 24 November 1944, along with T/4 Kenneth W. App, while on special duty as radio operators with the 2d French Armored Division. The division’s command post located at Place de la République in Strasbourg, France was shelled by German artillery at 1330 hours and both men were killed as Pfc. Marzocco was operating the radio in a radio truck. Their death was caused from the concussion of the enemy shell explosion.
A French priest administered the sacraments of Penance and Extreme Unction. Joseph was survived by his wife Helen. He was 28 years old. He was buried in the Cronenbourg French Cemetery at Strasbourg on 25 November 1944. On 22 December 1944, he was posthumously awarded a Silver Star for "Gallantry in action against an enemy of the United States". The Silver Star is the third highest military decoration that can be awarded to a member of any branch of the United States Armed Forces. Joseph was also posthumously awarded a Purple Heart. After the War, his family requested that his remains be returned to the United States. There was a problem with the identification of his remains due to his temporary grave being marked as that of a French soldier. After a thorough and exhaustive investigation by the Army, his remains were located and positive identification was established. Approximately 78,000 men were missing or unidentified in World War II. Pfc. Joseph L. Marzocco’s remains were repatriated to the United States in March 1950 (more than five years after his death) and interred in Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Pittsburgh, PA.

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Matthews, Hobert James (ASN 33412826) (SSN 181-14-8046) was born in the coal mining community of Bute, Pennsylvania on 30 April 1922 to  Melissa Rodeheaver Matthews. He was inducted into the Army on 14 December 1942 and began active duty a week later on the 21st. At the time of his induction, he was residing near Dunbar, PA. Hobert qualified as a marksman with the M1 Rifle, M1 Carbine and the M1911 Pistol. Private Matthews was assigned to Headquarters Battery of the 202nd Field Artillery Battalion. His MOS was Heavy Machine Gunner (605).



                                                                   Hobert J. Matthews circa 1943. 
                                                   Field Artillery collar brass and X Corps insignia on left sleeve.


He was transferred to the infantry (probably in January 1945) to help relieve the manpower shortage due to heavy losses. At the end of the war, he was a member of the 62nd Armored Infantry Battalion, 14th Armored Division. Hobert departed the European Theater of Operations on 19 October 1945 and arrived back in the States on October 29th. He was honorably discharged on 4 November 1945 at Separation Center #45, Indiantown Gap Military Reservation, PA with the rank of private first class. His awards included the American Campaign; European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign with four bronze service stars for the battles of Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, and Central Europe; Good Conduct; and the Combat Infantryman Badge. The Combat Infantryman Badge (CIB) was awarded to an infantryman who satisfactorily performed infantry duties while assigned to an infantry unit and who actively engaged the enemy in ground combat. In the early months of World War II, the War Department had difficulty recruiting infantry branch volunteers, namely due to the fact that of all soldiers, it was recognized that the infantryman continuously operated under the worst conditions and performed a mission that was not assigned to any other soldier or unit and the infantry, a small portion of the Armed Forces, was suffering the most casualties while receiving the least public recognition. The War Department formally established the Combat Infantryman Badge (CIB) on 27 October 1943 as a way to recognize the proficiency and high standards of the infantryman and to foster esprit de corps in infantry units.
Hobert later changed the spelling of his first name to Hobart. He married and had four children. Hobart worked as an auditor for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He died in Camp Hill, PA on 13 May 2000 at the age of 78. Hobart was buried in Cumberland Valley Memorial Gardens in Carlisle, PA.

Matthews, James Robert (SSN 442-09-2849) was born on a farm near Francis, Pontotoc Co., Oklahoma on 9 July 1915 to Grover B. and Grace Matthews. He was inducted into the Army on 6 February 1941. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Oklahoma County, OK. James was a corporal assigned to “A” Battery as a forward observer. He was awarded a Bronze Star on 10 March 1945 at XV Corps Artillery HQ from Brigadier General Edward S. Ott. James was promoted to staff sergeant in March 1945. He left the 202nd on 15 March 1945 to report to the Infantry Officer Candidate School.
After the War, he settled in Midwest City, OK and founded Matthews Electric Company. Bob served 12 years on the city council, and was a member of the Oklahoma Wildlife Commission for many years.
He died in Oklahoma on 13 July 1989 at the age of 74. Bob was buried in Arlington Memory Gardens in Oklahoma City.

May, Oran Crawford (ASN 20833278) (SSN 463-12-1874) was born in Oklahoma on 14 December 1911 the son of Ivan W. and Laura M. Wakefield May. He was in the National Guard when his unit was inducted into Federal service on 16 September 1940 at Watonga, OK. At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of Blaine County, OK. Oran was assigned to “C” Battery. His MOS was Ammunition NCO (505), and later, Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Corporal May was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. On 3 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria he was assigned to the 772nd Field Artillery Battalion per Special Order #55 HQ 208th Field Artillery Group dated 28 June 1945. Their staging area was Camp Lucky Strike. Oran embarked from Le Havre, France aboard the U.S.A.T. Argentina on 18 October 1945 and arrived in New York City on 25 October. There were over 50 other men of the 202nd aboard.
After the war, Oran worked for Armour & Company in Oklahoma City for 23 years. He died in Worthington, Minnesota on 22 November 1969 at the age of 57. He is buried in Winn View Cemetery near Watonga, OK.

McAnally, Hoyt Davis (ASN 38018185) was born in Coal Hill, Johnson County, Arkansas on 15 January 1918, the son of William A. and Ruby McAnally. Hoyt worked as a waiter and cook.
He was inducted into the Army on 7 February 1941 at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He was assigned to Battery “F” of the 189th Field Artillery at Fort Sill, OK. On 9 July 1941 Hoyt received a Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) rating as a cook (Service Specialty Number-SSN 060). He was later rated as a Cannoneer (531), Recorder, and Scout Corporal (761). His training locations included Camp Barkeley, TX; Camp Gruber, OK; and Camp Howze, TX. Hoyt was later assigned to “A” Battery of the 202nd Field Artillery Battalion.
During the afternoon of 12 September 1944, an observation post (OP) party consisting of Captain Harold E. Brown, 1st Lt. Gurdon B. Flagg, 2nd Lt Arthur Rice, and Corporal Hoyt D. McAnally was pinned to the ground by enemy machine gun fire on Hill 376 overlooking Charmes, France. Corporal McAnally was wounded in the thigh and died before he could be evacuated to an aid station. This was the second fatality in the unit since its arrival in France. Hoyt was 26 years old. He was temporarily buried on 14 September 1944 in the United States Military Cemetery at Andilly, France. On 15 January 1949, Hoyt was permanently interred in the Lorraine American Cemetery near St. Avold, France. The Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial in France covers 113.5 acres and contains the largest number of graves of our military dead of World War II in Europe, a total of 10,489. The overseas U.S. military cemeteries were transferred to the American Battle Monuments Commission after the Department of the Army completed all final interments. The Commission had the responsibility of permanent construction and beautification of the cemetery, including erection of the permanent headstones. Hoyt was posthumously awarded a Purple Heart medal.

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McCart, John W. (ASN 35025133) (SSN 232-05-8291) was born in Ohio on 8 August 1915 the son of Rose B. and George McCart. He was inducted into the Army on 21 June 1941 at Cleveland, OH. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Jefferson County, OH. John was assigned to “C” Battery. His MOS was Scout (761). Corporal McCart was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. He was promoted to staff sergeant on 6 July 1945 in Obertrum, Austria. His MOS was changed to Survey and Instrument NCO, Field Artillery (577). He was transferred to the 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion on 5 September 1945. He was honorably discharged on 24 October 1945. John died in Cleveland, OH on 18 April 1980 at the age of 64. He was buried in Fort Steuben Burial Estates in Wintersville, Jefferson Co., OH.

McConahay, James Allen (ASN 0396686) (SSN 444-03-7102) was born in Watonga, OK on 11 May 1920 to James Fuller McConahay and Freda C. Schiffner McConahay. He joined the National Guard on 18 October 1936. James was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant on 11 May 1940. He was a member of the National Guard when his unit was inducted into Federal service on 16 September 1940 at Watonga, OK. James was promoted to1st lieutenant on 14 April 1942. 1st Lt. McConahay was appointed as Service Battery DS on 5 March 1943. Later, Captain McConahay served as the “B” Battery Commander. His MOS was Field Artillery Unit Commander (1193). He was assigned as Battalion S-4 (Supply Officer) on 5 December 1944. He later served as Service Battery Commander. On 9 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria he was transferred to the 65th Infantry Division Artillery. His MOS was Supply Officer, General (4000). He was honorably discharged on 3 February 1946. Jim re-enlisted and made a career in the Army. He was later promoted to lieutenant colonel.
He died at Fort Sill, OK on 24 October 2003 at the age of 83. He was buried in the Fort Sill Post Cemetery.

McDaniel, Ross T. (ASN 38018082) (SSN 443-12-5241) was born in Minden Mines, Missouri on 25 July 1917 to William T. and Melvia G. Scoville McDaniel. He was inducted into the Army on 6 February 1941 at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Oklahoma County, OK. Ross was assigned to HQ Battery. Technician Fourth Grade (Sergeant) McDaniel was promoted to staff sergeant on 15 April 1943 at Camp Gruber, OK. His MOS was Mess Sergeant (824).
Ross was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 17 February 1945 near Guisberg, France. While the 202nd was stationed at Obertrum, Austria, he was transferred to the 772nd Field Artillery Battalion on 27 June 1945 (along with more than 100 other men from the Deuce). He was honorably discharged on 25 September 1945 at Separation Center #37, 1850 S.U., Camp Chaffee, Arkansas.

Ross died on 8 July 1976 in Neosho Co., KS at the age of 59.

McMurray, Frank Marion Jr. (ASN 35526360) (SSN 284-07-6302) was born in Trumbull Co., Ohio on 11 May 1915 the son of Frank M. and Sarah Furber McMurray. He was inducted into the Army on 17 December 1942 at Cleveland, OH. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Trumbull County, OH. Private First Class McMurray was assigned to “B” Battery. His MOS was Fire Control Instrument Operator, Field Artillery (645), and later, Scout (761). He was appointed corporal in January 1945 in France.
Corporal McMurray was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. He was transferred to the 19th Reinforcement Depot on 6 September 1945. He was honorably discharged on 16 October 1945. Frank died in Warren, OH on 18 June 2002 at the age of 87. He is buried in the Cherry Valley Township Cemetery in Andover, OH.

McQuate, Doyle Eugene was born in Ashland Co., Ohio on 8 August 1920 to Glenn E. and Mabel Clouse McQuate. His father died when Doyle was a child. Doyle was a 1939 graduate of Polk High School in Ashland, OH. He was inducted into the Army on 16 December 1942 at Cleveland, OH. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Ashland County, OH. Private McQuate was assigned to HQ Battery. Private First Class McQuate was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria.
After the War, he was a truck driver for Nickles Bakery in Jeromesville, OH. He married and had one son.
Doyle died in Ashland, OH on 22 October 2012 at the age of 92. He was buried in the Jeromesville Cemetery.

McQuilliams, Vernon Coy (ASN 20833279) was born in Cleveland County, Oklahoma on 28 November 1922 to Arthur S. and Willie Ethel Durham McQuilliams.
He enlisted in the Army on 16 September 1940 at Watonga, Oklahoma when his National Guard unit was inducted into Federal service. At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of Blaine County, OK. Private McQuilliams was assigned to “C” Battery. His MOS was Cannoneer (531), Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864) and Truck Driver, Light (345). Vernon was promoted to private first class on 9 January 1945 near Schmittville, France. While the 202nd was stationed at Obertrum, Austria, he was transferred to the 772nd Field Artillery Battalion along with more than 100 other men from the Deuce on 27 June 1945.
After the war, he worked as an aircraft inspector and an elementary school custodian.
Vern died in Derby, KS on 13 March 2011 at the age of 88. He was buried in El Paso Cemetery in Derby.

Meharg, Douglas “Turk” (ASN 20834125) (SSN 440-18-3066) was born in Oklahoma on 29 July 1913 to William L. and Ada A. Dodson Meharg. He was a Sergeant in the National Guard when he enlisted in the Army on 16 September 1940 at Roff, OK. At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of Pontotoc County, OK. Sergeant Meharg was assigned to HQ Battery. His MOS was Automotive Mechanic, Second Echelon (014). On 26 March 1944, he attended a waterproofing course at Lisburn, Northern Ireland. The Battalion was making preparations for the Normandy Invasion.


                                     Sgt. Douglas Meharg and 1st Sgt. Merle Jones circa 1044 or 1945 in the ETO

Staff Sergeant Meharg was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. While the 202nd was stationed at Obertrum, Austria, he was transferred to the 772nd Field Artillery Battalion on 27 June 1945 (along with more than 100 other men from the Deuce). He was honorably discharged from the Army on 25 September 1945.
Douglas died on 27 June 1983 at the age of 69. He is buried in Sunset Memorial Gardens in Lawton, OK.

Meirndorf, Glenn Franklin (ASN 36411655) was born in Michigan on 5 October 1917, the son of Frank and Hazel Meader Meirndorf. He was inducted into the Army on 24 November 1942 at Kalamazoo, MI. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Ingham County, MI. Glenn was assigned to “A” Battery. His MOS was Field Lineman (641). Private First Class Meirndorf was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. Glenn was promoted to technician fifth grade (corporal) on 2 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria. Glenn married and had one son. He died in Williamston, MI on 22 November 2013 at the age of 96. Glenn was buried in the Greenwood Cemetery in Fowlerville, MI.


Meltabarger, Archie Burnes “Dutch” (ASN 37351307) was born in Oklahoma on 31 March 1912, the eldest son of William Ernest and Inez W. Neff Meltabarger. They lived on a farm in Cleveland County. He was inducted into Army on 3 August 1942 at Pueblo, Colorado. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Pottawatomie County, OK. A.B. was assigned to “B” Battery. His MOS was Anti-Aircraft Machine Gunner (606), and later, Heavy Machine Gunner (605).



Corporal Meltabarger was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. He died on 18 December 1989 in McAlester, OK at the age of 77. Archie was buried in Shady Grove Cemetery in Pittsburgh Co., OK.

Menas, Pete (ASN 35208142) (SSN 232-10-5102) was born in West Virginia on 17 April 1914 the son of Czechoslovakian immigrants George and Mary Menas.
He was inducted into the Army on 20 June 1941 at Clarksburg, WV. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Marion Co., WV. Pete was assigned to “C” Battery. He was promoted from technician fourth grade to sergeant on 17 May 1944 at Holton Mill, Wheatley, England. On 7 December 1944 during combat near Lemberg, Moselle, Lorraine, France; Sergeant Menas and Corporal Milan E. Orishek were wounded by shell fragments when the elevation of one of the “C” Battery howitzers was too low and two projectiles burst in the trees about 150 yards in front of the battery. Pete was awarded a Purple Heart on 14 December 1944. He was honorably discharged on 1 December 1945. He married but did not have any children.
Pete died on 3 November 2003 at the age of 89. His last known address was in Farmington, Marion Co., WV. Pete was buried in Mount Carmel Cemetery in Fairmont, WV.

Mihalik, Joseph A. Sr. (ASN 35595248) (SSN 286-14-3595) was born in Ohio on 15 January 1915, the son of a Czechoslovakian immigrant coal miner, Mike Mihalik, and his wife Mary. His father later became the proprietor of a general store. Joseph was inducted into the Army on 18 December 1942 at Akron, OH. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Guernsey County, OH. Andy Mika, Jr. of HQ Battery also enlisted at the same time and location. Pfc. Mihalik was assigned to Service Battery. His MOS was Ammunition Handler (504), and later, Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Joseph was later promoted to technician fifth grade (corporal) and his MOS was changed to Automotive Mechanic, Second Echelon (014). On 18 July 1945, he was promoted to technician fourth grade (sergeant) at Obertrum, Austria. He was honorably discharged on 7 December 1945. After the war, Joseph owned General Wholesale, an auto parts store, in Cambridge, OH. He married and had four children. Joseph died in Columbus, OH on 14 November 1977 at the age of 62. He is buried in Mt. Calvary Cemetery located near Cambridge, OH.

Mika, Andy Jr. (ASN 35595235) (SSN 285-10-7645) was born in Ohio on 18 October 1913 the son of Czechoslovakian immigrants Andy and Susan Mika. His father was a coal miner and farmer. Andy enlisted in the Army on 18 December 1942 at Akron, Ohio. He began active duty on December 26th. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Guernsey County, OH. Joseph A. Mihalik of Service Battery also enlisted at the same time and location. Andy was assigned to HQ Battery. His MOS was Anti-Aircraft Machine Gunner (606), Duty Soldier III (590), and Cook (060). He was appointed private first class in November 1944. Pfc. Mika was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 23 June 1945. He was appointed technician fifth grade (corporal) on 9 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria. He was honorably discharged on 6 December 1945.
Andy died in Garfield Heights, OH on 3 September 1980 at the age of 66. His last known address was in Cumberland, Guernsey Co., OH.

Miller, Donal E. (ASN 35526336) (SSN 296-18-8792) was born in Ohio in 1922, the eldest son on Floyd and Amy Miller. He was inducted into the Army on 17 December 1942 at Cleveland, OH and began active duty on 26 December. At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of Mahoning County, OH. Donal was assigned to HQ Battery. His MOS was Fire Control Instrument Operator, Field Artillery (645), and later, Clerk-Typist (405). He was appointed private first class on 19 July 1943 at Camp Gruber, Oklahoma. On 13 January 1944 at Fort Myles Standish, MA, Donal was appointed technician fifth grade (corporal). He was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. Donal was promoted to technician fourth grade (sergeant) on 9 July 1945 and to staff sergeant on 4 September 1945, both at Obertrum, Austria. He was honorably discharged on 6 December 1945. He died in Youngstown, OH on 28 September 1984 at the age of 61.

Miller, Glenn Raymond “Bing” (ASN 36303565) was born in Pocahontas County, Iowa on 28 February 1919 to Royal T. and Hazel D. Stone Miller. He was inducted into the Army on 23 October 1941 at Chicago, Illinois. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Knox Co., IL. Glenn was assigned to “A” Battery. His MOS was Automotive Mechanic, Second Echelon (014), Construction Equipment Mechanic (319) and Tank Mechanic, Minor Maintenance (660).


                                                                                  Glenn R. Miller

Sergeant Miller was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 12
May 1944 in England. He was later assigned to Service Battery. While the 202nd was stationed at Obertrum, Austria, he was transferred to the 772nd Field Artillery Battalion along with more than 100 other men from the Deuce on 27 June 1945. He married and had three children. After the War, he worked for Hyster Co. at their Kewanee, IL manufacturing plant until his retirement in 1982. Glenn died in Kewanee, IL on 18 December 2010 at the age of 91. He was buried in Evergreen Memory Gardens near Kewanee.

Miller, Phillip C. was a private assigned to "A" Battery.

Miller, Robert F. (ASN 35746544) was born in Kansas in 1912. He was inducted into the Army on 18 December 1942 at Clarksburg, West Virginia. Robert was assigned to HQ Battery. His MOS was Fire Control Instrument Operator, Field Artillery (645). Private Miller was appointed Technician Fourth Grade (Sergeant) Miller was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 23 June 1945. On 3 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria he was assigned to HQ Battery, 772nd Field Artillery Battalion per Special Order #55 HQ 208th Field Artillery Group dated 28 June 1945. Their staging area was Camp Lucky Strike. Robert embarked from Le Havre, France aboard the U.S.A.T. ARGENTINA on 18 October 1945 and arrived in New York City on 25 October. There were over 50 other men of the 202nd aboard.

Miller, William A. (ASN 35746451) was born in the District of Columbia on 4 October 1913 to Charles and Louisa K. Bessler Miller. He was inducted into the Army on 18 December 1942 at Clarksburg, West Virginia. William was assigned to “C” Battery. His MOS was Truck Driver, Light (345). Private First Class Miller was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. He was appointed technician fifth grade (corporal) on 6 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria.

Milner, Paul L. (ASN 38022180) (SSN 443-09-1519) was born in Weatherford, Custer Co., Oklahoma on 4 August 1913 to Elbert L. and Joetta Poff Milner. He grew up in McAlester, OK. Paul was inducted into the Army on 26 April 1941 at Oklahoma City, OK. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Pittsburg County, OK. His original Army Serial Number was 38022180. Paul received a new serial number after he was promoted to Warrant Officer Junior Grade. He was assigned as the Battalion Personnel Adjutant. On the morning of 13 August 1944 at 1020 hours, near Marmouillé, France, a German reconnaissance car, unobserved by the Battalion’s perimeter defense, came up a back road into Service Battery’s position. The occupants of the vehicle fired several shots before they sped away. Mr. Paul Milner, Warrant Officer Junior Grade, the Battalion Personnel Adjutant, was hit in the left eye and stomach. He was treated by Captain Eugene Thomas, the Battalion Surgeon, and evacuated by ambulance to a field hospital. Mr. Milner survived the attack and was transferred to an evacuation hospital on 14 August 1944. He was honorably discharged on 29 December 1945.
Paul died on 3 July 1997 at the age of 83. He is buried in Memory Gardens in McAlester, OK.

Miner, Charles Joseph (ASN 36179687) was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1909 to Wesley A. and Julia Reier Miner. His father worked as a barber and was a U.S. Army veteran of the Spanish American War in 1898. On 6 April 1940, Charles was enumerated in the  U.S. Census. He was residing in St. Clair Co, Michigan with his uncle, Gustave Reier, and working as a jockey in horse racing.
Charles was inducted into the Army on 9 April 1942 at Fort Custer, MI. Corporal Miner was assigned to HQ Battery. His MOS was Telephone Operator (309), and later, Telephone Switchboard Operator (650). He returned to the U.S. on 17 November 1945 and was honorably discharged at Camp Atterbury, Indiana with the rank of technician fifth grade.

Mizerak, Paul (ASN 32823513) (SSN 119-16-5995) was born Pavel Mizerak, Jr in New York on 1 September 1924 to Slovakian immigrant Pavel Mizerak and his wife Anna Kunda Mizerak. In 1930, he travelled with his father to Myjava, Slovakia to visit relatives. They returned to New York on December 2nd aboard the SS Bremen sailing from Bremen, Germany. Paul was inducted into the Army in 1943. He was assigned to the infantry. His MOS was Rifleman (745). In July 1944, he was wounded in action in France. He sustained a perforating abdominal wound and a compound fracture of a finger from enemy artillery fragments. Paul was hospitalized for 124 days. In December 1944 or January 1945, he was transferred to Battery "A" of the 202nd Field Artillery Battalion in France. Pfc. Mizerak was hospitalized again on 3 February 1945 due to complications from his injuries. He was evacuated to the United States. Paul was discharged from Detachment of Patients, Convalescent Hospital SCU 1101, Fort Edwards, Massachusetts on 12 July 1945. He received a medical discharge from the Army for a line of duty disability.
He married in 1946 and had three sons. Paul died in New York on 9 January 1992 at the age of 67. His last known address was in Poughkeepsie, NY.

Mobley, Wayne Howard (ASN 36038767) was born in Indiana on 24 August 1917 the son of Othor Lester and Dessie Mobley. He grew up in Mount Carmel, Wabash Co., IL.
Wayne was inducted into the Army on 20 June 1941 at Chicago, Illinois. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Wabash County, IL.
Wayne was assigned to “A” Battery. Staff Sergeant Mobley was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 12 May 1944 in England. He
was awarded a Clasp to the Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria.
While the 202nd was stationed at Obertrum, Austria, he was transferred to the 772nd Field Artillery Battalion along with more than 100 other men from the Deuce on 27 June 1945.
After the war, he owned a Kroger Grocery in Cushing, OK and then worked in the liquor industry for over 40 years. He married and had two children.
Wayne died on 29 November 2007 at the age of 90. His last known address was in Oklahoma City, OK. He was buried in Resthaven Gardens Cemetery in Oklahoma City.

Molloy, George William (ASN 38353195) (SSN 429-14-6939) was born 28 November 1919 in Blackwell, Arkansas to William H. and May Wiley Molloy. 
He was inducted into the Army on 20 November 1942 at Little Rock, AR and began active duty on November 30th. George was a technician fifth grade (T/5) was assigned to “C” Battery. On 14 June 1944, 1st Lt. John B. King, T/4 William M. Peschong, Pvt. Thomas, T/5 George R. Case, T/5 Mack L. Collier, T/5 Clarence S. Ketchum, T/5 Thell E. Wagner, T/5 Edward E. Clark, T/5 Raymond Ing, T/5 Eldred G. A. Joines, T/5 James W. Sisco, T/5 William A. Lewis, T/5 Charles B. Lubbes, T/5 George W. Malloy, and T/5 Richard R. Crossland were assigned to temporary duty at Builth Wells, Powys, Wales to attend a tractor drivers school. They learned how to operate the new M5 High Speed Tractors. The men returned to the Deuce on June 18th. The first three men listed above were members of Service Battery and the others (all T/5's from the firing batteries) were the drivers. Technician Fifth Grade (Corporal) Malloy was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. He departed the ETO on 3 November 1945 and arrived back in the U.S. on November 19th. T/5 George Molloy was honorably discharged at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri on 24 November 1945.
George died on 23 February 2004 at the age of 84. He was buried in Cedar Creek Cemetery in Jerusalem, Arkansas. 

Montgomery, Jack Lloyd (ASN 35 526 046) was born in Cleveland, Ohio on 21 November 1922 to Frank H. and Olga Leue Montgomery.
He was inducted into the Army on 15 December 1942 at Cleveland, OH. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Cuyahoga County, OH. Technician Fifth Grade (Corporal) Montgomery was assigned to Service Battery. His MOS was Truck Driver, Light (345). He returned to the U.S. on 1 December 1945 at Camp Shanks, NY and was honorably discharged at Separation Center #45, Indiantown Gap Military Reservation, Pennsylvania with the rank of staff sergeant.
Jack died at Southwest General Hospital in Berea, Ohio on 23 February 1961 at the age of 38. He was buried in the North Royalton Cemetery, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio.

Moon, Leo Jr. (SSN 244-03-9694) was born in Swepsonville, Alamance Co., North Carolina on 22 April 1920 the son of Leo and Ruth Hornaday Moon. His Selective Service registration card in 1941 listed an address in Haw River, Alamance Co., NC and the occupation of textile worker at Tabardrey Manufacturing Co. The company produced corduroy fabric.


                                                         Selective Service registration card of Leo Moon, Jr

Leo was inducted into the Army on 3 December 1942 at Camp Croft, South Carolina and began active duty on 10 December. At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of Alamance County, North Carolina. Leo was assigned to “A” Battery. He was honorably discharged on 10 November 1945. Leo never married.
He died in Burlington, NC on 15 February 1991 at the age of 70. His last known address was in Graham, Alamance Co., NC.

Moore, Norman H. (ASN 20834261) (SSN 444-12-8977) was born on 16 November 1916 in Oklahoma, the son of Ira E. and Dollie E. Moore. Both of his parents later became officers in the Salvation Army.
He enlisted in the Army on 16 September 1940 at Muskogee, OK when his National Guard unit was inducted into Federal service. At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of Muskogee County, OK. Norman was assigned to Service Battery. Private Moore and Private Erwin A. Kelly were injured on 10 August 1944 when an ammunition truck and trailer in which they were riding missed a narrow bridge north of Fatines, France and overturned. Norman was honorably discharged on 26 July 1945. He enlisted in the Army Air Forces on 2 May 1947 and served in what was to become the U.S. Air Force until 1 May 1953.
Norman died in Oklahoma on 12 December 1991 at the age of 75. He is buried in the Hayward Cemetery in Hayward, OK.

Moran, Joseph W. (ASN 33687596) (SSN 188-18-8405) was born in Pennsylvania on 18 February 1925. He was inducted into the Army on 18 May 1943 at Pittsburgh, PA. His active duty began on May 25th. At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of Allegheny County, PA.
Joseph was assigned to “C” Battery. His MOS was Cook (060). Private First Class Moran was promoted to technician fourth grade (sergeant) on 6 September 1945. He was honorably discharged on 11 February 1946.
He died in San Mateo Co., California on 6 September 1972 at the age of 47.

Morehead, Elbert R. Jr. (ASN 20834047) (SSN 512-05-0324) was born in Oklahoma on 9 January 1916, the son of Irish immigrant Elbert and Jane Morehead. He enlisted in the Army on 16 December 1940 at Cherokee, OK from the National Guard. At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of Alfalfa County, OK. Private Morehead was assigned to “B” Battery. His MOS was Basic (521). He was undergoing unit training, but not yet qualified for an MOS. In January 1945, he was transferred to the 45th Infantry Division in France. He was honorably discharged on 25 September 1945.
Elbert died in Kansas on 1 February 1977 at the age of 61.

Moreno, Osbaldo N. (ASN 38025115) was born on 3 February 1915 in Beeville, Texas. His active military service began on 27 November 1940. Private Moreno was assigned to “C” Battery from the 2nd Replacement Depot on 3 January 1945 near Bining, France. His MOS was Basic (521). He was undergoing unit training, but not yet qualified for an MOS. Osbaldo was honorably discharged on 16 November 1945.
After the war, he worked as a machinist. Osbaldo died in Beeville, TX on 7 October 2005.

Morkunas, Peter T. Jr. (ASN 33405484) (SSN 203-12-3504) was born in Pennsylvania on 20 August 1921 to Lithuanian immigrants Peter and Josephine Morkunas.
He was inducted into the Army on 14 December 1942 at Pittsburgh, PA and his active duty began on 21 December. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Allegheny County, PA. Peter was assigned to HQ Battery. His MOS was Anti-Aircraft Machine Gunner (606), and later, Heavy Machine Gunner (605). He was promoted to private first class on 12 January 1945 near Schmittville, France. Private First Class Morkunas was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 23 June 1945. He was promoted to technician fifth grade (corporal) on 6 September 1945 at Obertrum, Austria. He was honorably discharged on 6 December 1945.
Peter died in Pennsylvania on 21 November 1999 at the age of 78. He is buried in St. Casimir Cemetery in Pittsburgh.

Morton, John K. (ASN 0394613) was a 1st lieutenant who was appointed as Service Battery DS on 5 March 1943. Later, Captain Morton was assigned as Battalion Motor Officer on 5 December 1944. He went on to serve as Service Battery Commander and Battalion S-4 (Supply Officer). On 9 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria he was transferred to the 65th Infantry Division Artillery. His MOS was Motor Transport Officer (0600).

Motis, Henry (ASN 37081597) (SSN 471-14-3658) was born in Roberts Co., South Dakota on 11 December 1916 to Frank and Mary Mrnak Motis. In April 1930, he was living with his sister and her husband in Richland Co., ND.
His active duty in the Army began on 7 March 1941. Henry was a private assigned to “C” Battery. His MOS was Tractor Driver (244) and Full-Track Driver (735). He operated The M5 13-Ton High Speed Tractors used to tow the howitzers. Henry was appointed technician fifth grade (corporal) on 6 March 1944 while the Battalion was stationed at Camp Drumilly, County Armagh, Northern Ireland. While the 202nd was stationed at Obertrum, Austria, he was transferred to the 772nd Field Artillery Battalion along with more than 100 other men from the Deuce on 27 June 1945. Their staging area was Camp Lucky Strike. Henry embarked from Le Havre, France aboard the U.S.A.T. Argentina on 18 October 1945 and arrived in New York City on 25 October. There were over 50 other men of the 202nd aboard. He was honorably discharged on 1 November 1945.
Henry died in Crosby, Minnesota on 19 June 2007 at the age of 90. He was buried in Lakewood Cemetery in Crosby, MN.

Mottern, Charles Clarence (SSN 357-01-2867) was born in Parke Co., Indiana on 7 July 1917, the son of Carroll Lee Mottern and Vera B. Camper. He was inducted into the Army on 26 November 1940 at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Greene County, IN. Charles was assigned to Service Battery. He was honorably discharged on 25 September 1945.
Charles died in Indiana on 18 September 1997 at the age of 80.

Mudge, David Lewis Jr. (ASN 37158319) (SSN 509-12-6003) was born 28 October 1919 in Kansas City, Missouri to David L. and Barbara A. Mistele Mudge. Barbara Mistele was the daughter of German immigrants. David attended public schools in Kansas City, Kansas and graduated from Rosedale High School in 1939. He was employed by Williams Meat Company as a Receiving and Shipping Clerk from 1939 to 1942.
David was drafted and inducted into the U.S. Army on 18 April 1942 at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Approximately 16,000,000 Americans would eventually serve in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II, but only one sixth of that number would experience combat.
David reported to the Field Artillery Replacement Training Center at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He was assigned to Battery “A”, 32nd Battalion, of an Artillery Training Regiment. He qualified as a marksman with the U.S. Carbine, Cal..30, M1.


            Pvt. David Mudge circa 1942              T/5 David Mudge on training maneuvers at Camp Gruber, OK on 11 Nov 1942

After graduation from basic training in July 1942, David was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 202nd Field Artillery Regiment at Camp Barkeley, Texas. The Battalion had moved there a year earlier, on 6 March 1941, from Fort Sill. Camp Barkeley was located eleven miles southwest of Abilene in Taylor County, Texas. David’s Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) was Survey and Instrument Man (SSN-Service Specialty Number 228). He set up and operated surveying and fire control instruments to locate enemy guns and outposts, measured vertical and horizontal angles by making instrument readings and calculations, and used slide rule, plane table, alidade, compass, protractor and scales to plot maps. On 5 August 1942, the 1st Battalion, 202nd Field Artillery Regiment left Camp Barkeley for Camp Gruber, Oklahoma. They would remain there for the next 14 ½ months. In the latter part of 1942, David was promoted to technician fifth grade (corporal). On 1 March 1943, the 1st Battalion, 202nd Field Artillery Regiment was reorganized and redesignated as the 202nd Field Artillery Battalion. Lieutenant Colonel Tom Lewis was the commander. The Deuce-O-Deuce was now an independent  or non-organic battalion (i.e., not permanently assigned to a specific division, corps, or army). David was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 17 February 1945 at Guisberg, France.In March 1945, during combat in Germany, the 202nd passed near the town of Grunstadt (southwest of Worms). At the time, David was unaware that Grunstadt was the home of many of his German ancestors.


                                          T/5 David L. Mudge, Jr (driving) and 1st Lt. Samuel Giannetto (Assistant
                                               Battalion Intelligence Officer S-2)
 circa winter of 1944/45 in France


David was promoted to technician fourth grade (sergeant) on 6 September 1945. He was temporarily assigned to the 813th Tank Destroyer Battalion on 18 October 1945 at Camp Boston, near Suippes, France in preparation for his trip back home to the United States. On 13 November 1945, he embarked from Le Havre, France aboard the U.S. Army Transport Hagerstown Victory and arrived at Boston, Massachusetts on 24 November 1945. David was honorably discharged from the Army at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri on 29 November 1945, with the rank of technician fourth grade (sergeant). His awards included the American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with one silver service star (in lieu of five bronze service stars) for the battles of Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe, and the Rhineland. He also received the Good Conduct Medal, Army of Occupation Medal with Germany Clasp, World War II Victory Medal, and a Certificate of Merit for meritorious and outstanding performance of military duty.

 
       T/4 David Mudge 7 Sept. 1945 in            David L. Mudge (driving) and an unknown lieutenant circa 1945 in Austria.
 Obertrum, Austria. The newly promoted
   sergeants were posing on the horse.

After the war, David was employed by Ford Motor Company at the Kansas City, Missouri Assembly Plant. He married and had three children. David retired from Ford Motor Company in 1982 after 36 years of automobile assembly. He died on 5 September 1985 in Liberty, Missouri at the age of 65 and was buried in New Hope Cemetery in Liberty.

Mudek, Thomas (SSN 470-16-9942) was born in Browerville, Minnesota on 25 December 1918 to Charles and Pauline Maleha Mudek.
His active duty in the Army began on 6 March 1941. Thomas was a technician fifth grade (corporal) who was assigned to “C” Battery. His MOS was Cook (060). On 3 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria he was assigned to the 772nd Field Artillery Battalion per Special Order #55 HQ 208th Field Artillery Group dated 28 June 1945. Their staging area was Camp Lucky Strike. Thomas embarked from Le Havre, France aboard the U.S.A.T. Argentina on 18 October 1945 and arrived in New York City on 25 October. There were over 50 other men of the 202nd aboard. T/5 Mudek was honorably discharged on 1 November 1945.
Thomas died in Saint Paul, MN on 14 November 2000 at the age of 81. He was buried in Fort Snelling National Cemetery in South Minneapolis, MN.

Mullins, Charles F. (ASN 20834225) was born in Oklahoma in 1919. He re-enlisted in the Army on 24 February 1941 at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. At the time of his re-enlistment, he was a resident of Muskogee County, OK. Corporal Mullins was assigned to “A” Battery. His MOS was Fire Control Instrument Operator, Field Artillery (645), and later, Survey and Instrument NCO, Field Artillery (577). Sgt. Mullins was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 12 May 1944 in England. He was awarded a Clasp to the Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. Charles was later promoted to staff sergeant. While the 202nd was stationed at Obertrum, Austria, he was transferred to the 772nd Field Artillery Battalion along with more than 100 other men from the Deuce on 27 June 1945. He was honorably discharged on 25 September 1945 at Separation Center #37, 1850 S.U., Camp Chaffee, Arkansas.

Mummert, Alvin Charles "A.C." (ASN 33389293) was born in Pennsylvania on 12 October 1922, the son of Chauncey C. and Helen Steich Mummert. His father died when Alvin was a child. He was inducted into the Army on 14 December 1942 at Baltimore, Maryland. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Carroll County, MD. Alvin was assigned to “B” Battery. His MOS was Ammunition NCO (505), and later, Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Private First Class Mummert was promoted to corporal in March 1945. Alvin was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria.
After the war, he returned to Hanover, PA and worked as a blaster at the Bethlehem Quarry. He married and had four children. He retired in 1982 after 30 years at the quarry. A.C. Mummert died in Hanover, PA on 31 January 2015 at the age of 92.

Myzk, Walter John (ASN 35595200) (SSN 285-01-1298) was born in Jefferson County, Ohio on 16 June 1911. He was inducted into the Army on 17 December 1942 at Akron, Ohio and began active duty on 26 December. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Stark County, OH.
Private Myzk was assigned to HQ Battery. His MOS was Radio Operator, Low Speed (776). He was appointed technician fifth grade (corporal) on 30 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria. He was honorably discharged on 6 December 1945. After the war, Walter was employed by the Norfolk Southern Railroad.
He died at the age of 88 on 21 March 2000 in Jefferson County, OH. Walter was buried in St. Adelberts Cemetery in Dillonvale, OH.
 






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