202nd Field Artillery Battalion
United States Army  World War II

United States Army World War II

(BIOGRAPHIES N-Z)

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 (20 000 000 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.




Nace, Merrill L. (ASN 35526367) (SSN 279-16-9539) was born in Ohio on 26 July 1921 to John S. and Emma Misel Nace. Merrill grew up in Girard, OH. He was inducted into the Army on 17 December 1942 at Cleveland, OH. Merrill was assigned to “B” Battery. His MOS was Cannoneer (531) and Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Private First Class Nace 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 6 December 1945.
Merrill died on 8 November 2003 at the age of 82. His last known address was in Windham, Portage Co., OH. He was buried in the Girard City Cemetery in Trumbull Co., OH. 

Nebesney, Michael M. (ASN 33412707) (SSN 378-01-9541) was born on 13 November 1913 in Pennsylvania to Polish immigrants Zhary and Marguerite Nebesney. He was inducted into the Army on 11 December 1942 at Greensburg, PA and was inducted on 18 December. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Fayette County, PA. Private Nebesney was assigned to “C” Battery. His MOS was Cook (060) and Duty Soldier III (590). He was appointed private first class on 28 March 1944 while the Battalion was stationed at Camp Drumilly, County Armagh, Northern Ireland. Michael was awarded a 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. On 5 September 1945, Michael was transferred to HQ Battery of the 144th Field Artillery Group. He was honorably discharged on 18 December 1945. Michael died on 11 May 1983 at the age of 69. He is buried in Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Cemetery in Everson, PA.

Nechvatal, Lawrence J. (ASN 35024846) (SSN 283-05-0705) was born 11 March 1917 in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Czechoslovakian immigrant Jacob Nechvatal. Lawrence’s mother died when he was a child. 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. Lawrence was assigned to HQ Battery. Technician Fourth Grade (Sergeant) Nechvatal was promoted to staff sergeant on 3 January 1944. Lawrence was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 23 June 1945. He was again promoted to staff sergeant on 9 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria and was transferred to the 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion on 5 September 1945. His MOS was Quartermaster Supply Technician (821). He was honorably discharged on 24 October 1945. Lawrence died on 22 December 1989 in Cleveland, OH at the age of 72. He was buried in the Holy Cross Cemetery in Cuyahoga Co., OH.

Neeley, Floyd (ASN 38018157) was born in Sebastian Co., Arkansas on 9 January 1918 to George H. and Rosa Neeley. His family was living in Le Flore Co., Oklahoma at the time of the 1920 U.S. Census enumeration on January 21st. He was inducted into the Army on 7 February 1941 at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Sergeant Neeley was assigned to Service Battery. His MOS was Chief of Section (539), and later, Ammunition NCO (505). 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. After the war, Floyd settled in Anaheim, California. He was a member of the Anaheim Masonic Lodge No. 207 for over 50 years. He also belonged to the Searchers Gem & Mineral Society of Anaheim. Floyd died on 29 March 2007 at the age of 89. He is buried in the Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, CA.

Nelson, Harvey O. (ASN 36182117) (364-26-7057) was born in Iron Co., Michigan on 5 December 1921 to Nels Olaf and Signe I. Bjorkman Nelson. His father had served in France with Company "F", Repair Unit #307, Motor Transport Corps, American Expeditionary Force during World War I. Harvey was inducted into the Army on 8 June 1942 at Traverse City, MI. Harvey was assigned to “B” Battery of the 202nd Field Artillery Battalion. His MOS was Ammunition NCO (505), and later, Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Corporal Nelson was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. He was promoted to sergeant on 5 July 1945 in Obertrum, Austria. Harvey was honorably discharged on 6 December 1945. He returned to Iron County and was a diary farmer in Bates Township. He married and had four children. Harvey died in Iron Co., MI on 4 March 2004 at the age of 82. He was buried in Bates Township Cemetery in Iron Co., MI.

Nerge, Bernard Fred (ASN 36038770) (SSN 345-07-8958) was born in Schaumburg, Illinois on 25 April 1919, the son of Amalie Sporleder and Emil Nerge. 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. Bernard was assigned to “A” Battery. His MOS was Truck Driver, Light (345).


                                                                               Bernard Nerge circa 1941 or 1942

Technician Fifth Grade (Corporal) Nerge 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, Bernard was superintendent of the mails and assistant postmaster of the Mt. Prospect, Illinois post office before retiring. Bernard died in Streamwood, IL on 27 January 1994 at the age of 74. He was buried in Lakewood Memorial Park, Elgin, IL.

Newlon, William Edward (ASN 35594808) (SSN 293-14-7073) was born on 26 June 1906 in Braxton Co., West Virginia to William and Georgia M. Wilson Newlon. His father ws a trestle and bridge carpenter for the B & O Railroad. William attended Flatwoods, WV schools until the age of 15. In 1921, Bill was involved in a railroad accident in which he suffered a compound fracture of the left leg and back injuries. His family moved to Akron, Ohio in 1925 and he went to work in the rubber industry. After Pearl Harbor, William wanted to join the Navy, but was rejected because he had a slight limp. He was inducted into the Army on 15 December 1942 and entered active service on 22 December at Akron, OH. At the time of his enlistment, he was employed by the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company.
On 4 January 1943, he was assigned to the 202nd Field Artillery Regiment at Camp Gruber, Oklahoma. Bill completed basic training and was assigned an MOS of Cook (060), and later, Clerk, General (055).
In 1943, he was promoted to technician fourth grade (sergeant) and qualified as marksman with the U.S. Carbine, Caliber .30, M1, and sharpshooter with the U.S. Rifle, Caliber .30, M1903. T/4 Newlon worked in the operations office dispatching airplanes. He kept files and records pertaining to the flight time of the pilots and aircrew. He also worked in the orderly room keeping duty rosters, sick books, and morning reports.
Bill was a patient at the 79th General Hospital, APO 813 (Belfast, N.I.) with pneumonia from 2 March 1944 through 24 March while the Deuce-O-Deuce was at Camp Drumilly, County Armagh, Northern Ireland. In 1944, he attended a six week clerk-typist class at the American School Center in Shrivenham, England. At some point, Bill was assigned to Battery B as a cook. On 9 September 1944, T/4 Newlon was transferred to Detachment of Patients, 4130 Hospital Plant, in England. The 141st General Hospital recommended that he be placed on limited duty as of December 12th due to kidney stones and chronic sinitus.
On 15 December 1944, T/4 Newlon was transferred to Ground Force Replacement Command, ETO, U.S. Army. He was again transferred on 27 March 1945 to the 19th Replacement Depot in France, and on to the 170th Replacement Company, Army Air Forces from April 7th though April 20th. Bill was sent to the 84th Troop Carrier Squadron, 437th Troop Carrier Group on 20 April 1945. At that time, the unit which was equipped with Douglas C-47 Skytrains, was based near Coulommiers, Seine-et-Marne, France and was tasked with evacuating injured personnel to rear-zone hospitals.
On 11 July 1945, he was assigned to Company A, 438th Signal Heavy Constructional Battalion at Bad Kissingen, Germany. He was hospitalized for chronic sinusitus and transferred to Detachment of Patients, 4361 Hospital Plant, 28th General Hospital at Sissonne, France from July 22nd to August 1st. Back to Ground Force Replacement Command, 2nd Reinforcement Depot from August 2nd through August 7th, and on to the 3rd Replacement Depot from August 3rd through 21 August 1945.
Sergeant William Newlon embarked from Le Havre, France on 1 October 1945 with Company A, 438th Signal Heavy Construction Battalion, aboard the USS LeJeune (AP-74). The ship was a German cargo liner (seized in Brazil in 1939) that was converted to a US Navy troop transport in 1943. Bill arrived back in the United States at the Port of New York on 9 October 1945. He was honorably discharged with the rank of sergeant on October 22nd at Separation Center #45, Indiantown Gap Military Reservation, PA. His awards included the Good Conduct Medal and the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with three bronze service stars for the battles of Normandy, Northern France, and Central Europe. He was also eligible for the American Campaign Medal, Army of Occupation Medal with Germany Clasp, and World War II Victory Medal.
Following his discharge from the Army in 1945, he returned to Akron, Ohio and bought a business from his step-father. Bill was a wholesaler for the Ackwell Corporation and did quite well for himself. He later added a small variety store in South Akron to the business and sold greeting cards. Bill loved to hunt and fish. He and his son fished Lake Erie for yellow perch and walleye, hunted rabbits in Southern Illinois, and upland birds ( mostly pheasants) in Western Pennsylvania. He retired in 1984 and lived in Florida for a short time. William Newlon died in Akron, OH on 22 November 1987 at the age of 81. He was buried in Greenlawn Memorial Park in Akron.

Nicholl, Henry R. (ASN 35526238) (SSN 273-07-9626) was born in Ohio on 17 January 1918 to British immigrants Albert and Hilda J. Kaylor Nicholl. Henry grew up in the Cleveland, Ohio area. After graduation from Shaw High School in East Cleveland he worked as a machinist. He was inducted into the Army on 17 December 1942 at Cleveland and began active duty on December 26th. He was assigned to Service Battery of the 202nd Field Artillery Battalion. At the end of the war, he was assigned to the 165th Engineer Combat Battalion for the trip back home. Henry arrived back in the U.S. on 19 november 1945 and was honorably discharged on November 24th at Separation Center #45, Indiantown Gap Military Reservation, PA with the rank of technician fifth grade.
He married and had three sons. Henry died in Mayfield Heights, Cuyahoga Co., OH on 21 January 1991 at the age of 73. His last residence was in South Euclid, Ohio.

Noll, William Everett “Buddy” (ASN 35746452) (SSN 234-01-7397) was born in Berkeley Co., West Virginia on 9 February 1915 to Willie M. and Clara Cockrell Noll. Buddy enlisted in the Army on 18 December 1942 at Clarksburg, WV. He was assigned to HQ Battery. Private First Class Noll was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria.
 

                                                                       Buddy Noll with his father and uncle

Buddy Noll died in Berkeley Co., WV on 19 December 1993 at the age of 78. He was buried in Rosedale Cemetery in Martinsburg, WV.

Norman, Herbert S. (ASN 35034188) (SSN 717-12-1212) was born in Ohio on 2 July 1914, the son of Charles L. and Odessa Croy Norman. He was inducted into the Army on 21 June 1941 at Fort Hayes in Columbus, OH. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Coshocton County, OH. Private Norman was assigned to “C” Battery. His MOS was Cannoneer (531) and Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Herbert was promoted to private first class on 9 January 1945 near Schmittville, France and awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. Pfc. Norman was transferred to the 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion on 5 September 1945 from Obertrum, Austria. He was honorably discharged on 24 October 1945. Herbert died in Zanesville, OH on 5 April 1983 at the age of 68.

Norman, Jack (ASN 38294050) (SSN 431-22-6281) was born in Arkansas on 18 August 1922. He was inducted into the Army on 21 October 1942 at Little Rock, AR and began active duty on 4 November. At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of White County, AR. Private Norman was assigned to “A” Battery. His MOS was Cannoneer (531) and Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). He was appointed private first class in December 1944 in France. Jack was injured on 19 August 1944, near Villiers-en-Désoeuvre, France, when a howitzer was accidentally fired. He suffered a broken jaw and shoulder injury. His Chief of Section on the 3rd howitzer, Sgt. Fred Sudar, sustained a broken wrist. Jack was evacuated to a hospital. He was honorably discharged on 29 November 1945. Jack died on 27 October 1997 at the age of 75. His last known address was in Pasadena, Texas.

Northup, John Richard (Dick) (ASN 0328032) (SSN 443-05-0999) was born in Kingfisher Co., Oklahoma on 12 December 1913 to Don Alonzo Northup and wife Lula L. Wilson Northup. His father was a druggist in Dover, OK. Dick's grandfather, John A. Northup, served as a sergeant and hospital steward in the 86th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment during the Civil War and was wounded in action on 2 July 1863 at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. He later settled in the Territory of Oklahoma. The family was enumerated on 6 June 1890 in the First Territorial Census of Oklahoma in County No. 8 (Kingfisher).
Dick attended Oklahoma Agricultural & Mechanical College (now known as Oklahoma State University - Stillwater). He was a member of the school's R.O.T.C. program and the "Scabbard and Blade" organization of cadet officers whose members were selected because of their proficiency in military science and tactics.
Dick lived in Enid, OK and worked as a surveyor and  engineer with Oklahoma Gas & Electric. He was in the National Guard prior to World War II. He was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in the Infantry on 15 May 1935 and promoted to 1st lieutenant on 04 June 1938. He transferred to the Field Artillery as a 2nd lieutenant on 05 May 1940. 2nd Lt. Northup enlisted in the Regular Army on 16 September 1940 when his National Guard unit was inducted into Federal service. He was promoted to 1st lieutenant on 21 March 1941 and to the rank of captain on 15 April 1942. Dick completed the Battery Officers Course at the Field Artillery School, Fort Sill, Oklahoma in 1943. He was promoted to major on 19 May 1943 and assigned as the Executive Officer of the 202nd Field Artillery Battalion. His MOS was Field Artillery Unit Commander (1193). On 11 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria he was transferred to the 65th Infantry Division. He later served during the Korean Conflict from 1 September 1950 to 14 June 1952. After the war, Dick moved to Oklahoma City and went back to his job with Oklahoma Gas & Electric. He died on 24 July 1993 at the age of 79. His last known address was in Albuquerque, New Mexico.


O’Brate, Elmer J. (ASN 20834474) (SSN 447-01-0294) was born near Enid in Garfield Co., Oklahoma on 12 July 1915, the son of Anthony H. and Sadie E. Payne O’Brate. He attended rural schools near Enid and graduated from Ringwood, Oklahoma High School. Elmer enlisted in the Oklahoma National Guard on 23 September 1940 and served until 19 January 1942 when he joined the Army at Oklahoma City, OK. At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of Grant County, OK. Elmer was assigned to “A” Battery. His MOS was Field Lineman (641). 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 Class (Corporal) O’Brate 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. On 28 December 1945, in Wellington, Kansas, he was united in marriage to Maxine Crumbliss. They resided near Syracuse, Hamilton Co., Kansas and did not have any children. Elmer was a farmer. He was a member of the Christian Church, Masonic Lodge, Order of Eastern Star, V.F.W., York Rite and Scottish Rite. Elmer died in Wichita, KS on 31 May 1975 at the age of 59. He was buried in the Syracuse, Kansas Cemetery.

Odell, Max V. (ASN 20833254) (SSN 444-10-7167) was born in a sod house near Pond Creek, Grant Co., Indian Territory (later Oklahoma) on 16 January 1903 to Albert L. and Iva L. McMindes Odell. Albert Odell had claimed the land on 15 September 1893 during the Cherokee Strip Land Run. Each participant could claim a quarter section (160 acres). In April 1905, the family moved to Dillon, Blaine Co., OK. The name was changed from Dillon to Eagle City in 1909. Max attended Phillips University in Enid, OK. He was residing in Watonga, OK in 1930. His occupation in the 1940 U.S. Census is listed as caretaker of a National Guard armory. Max began his active duty in the Army on 13 October 1942. He was assigned to Service Battery of the 202nd Field Artillery Battalion.


                                              First Sergeant Max V. O'Dell in Sweetwater, OK 1942

First Sergeant Odell was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 17 February 1945 near Guisberg, France. He was honorably discharged on 30 November 1950 with the rank of master sergeant. Max died in Watonga, OK on 25 October 1983 at the age of 80. He was buried in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Watonga.

Oliver, Elvie Marsh (ASN 20834318) (SSN 448-12-8009) was born in Oklahoma on 22 March 1917, the son of John and Mary Ann Aldridge Oliver. His mother died when he was an infant. Elvie enlisted in the Army on 19 January 1942 at Oklahoma City, OK from the National Guard. At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of Wagoner County, OK. Pfc. Oliver was assigned to “C” Battery. His MOS was Cannoneer (531) and 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. He was honorably discharged on 25 September 1945. Elvie died in Los Angeles, CA on 1 January 1994 at the age of 76. He is buried in Grangeville Cemetery in Armona, CA.

Oothoudt, Otis Winston (ASN 17047558 and 01178921) (SSN 474-05-3735) was born in Minnesota on 7 December 1916, the son of Oral and Verna Andross Oothoudt. On 14 January 1942, at Fort Snelling, MN, Winston enlisted as an aviation cadet in the Army Air Forces and reported to the Air Force Training Detachment flight school at Chickasha Field, Chickasha, Oklahoma. Cadets were trained at the Wilson and Bonfils Flying School. More than eight thousand aviators trained there during the nearly four years that the school was active. Winston discovered that he was unable to perform maneuvers in the plane without becoming physically ill, and was honorably discharged from this assignment on 24 April 1942. He then re-enlisted in the regular army on 21 May 1942, at Fort Snelling, and started basic training at Camp Shelby, Mississippi in the field artillery. Winston was later promoted to sergeant and was recommended for Officer Candidate School by his captain.


                                                                                    Lt. O. W. Oothoudt circa 1943

He began the Field Artillery Officer Candidate School in Class #55 at Fort Sill, OK on 17 December 1942 and graduated on 11 March 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 – Samuel Giannetto and Arthur Rice. Winston joined the 202nd Field Artillery Battalion at Camp Gruber, OK. 2nd Lt. Oothoudt was promoted to 1st lieutenant per S.O. #61 ETOUSA dated 1 March 1944. He was the Executive Officer of “C” Battery. During the night of 10 November 1944, near Ménil-Flin, Lorraine, France; the Battalion came under heavy bombardment from German 10.5cm artillery fire. Winston took an azimuth reading on the flash of the guns doing the firing which aided in locating and destroying the enemy battery. He would later be 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. He was assigned as Commanding Officer of “B” Battery on 5 December 1944 near Hinsbourg, Alsace, France. On 29 December 1944, Lt. Oothoudt was presented the Silver Star by Brigadier General Edward Stanley Ott, Commanding General of XV Corps Artillery.


               Lt. Oothoudt and                                            Pill box on the Maginot Line in France circa December 1944 
           1st Sgt. Brown Shelton


In Salzburg, Austria on 8 May 1945, he was promoted to captain. He was also awarded a Bronze Star in 1945, the citation reading “With a keen knowledge of artillery tactics and good sound
judgment, Capt. Oothoudt employed his firing battery in such a way to bring the maximum amount of devastation to the enemy. His aggressiveness and determination contributed materially to the successful part his organization played in the cracking of the Siegfried line and pursuit of the enemy across Germany.”


 Back row L-R, Lt. John Beeson, Lt. John Flaherty, Capt. Otis W. Oothoudt, Capt. James McConahay, and Capt. Hugh Cline.
 Front row, unknown officer, Lt. Michael Lozano, unknown officer, Capt. Gurdon Flagg, Capt. Leach?, and unknown officer.
                                                                         Photo circa late 1945 possibly in Austria

At the end of the War in Europe, he was assigned to the 15th Corps as the military governor in Salzburg, Austria. Winston departed the ETO in November 1945 with the 105th Evacuation Hospital and arrived back in the U.S. on November 20th. His decorations included the following medals: American Defense Service, American Campaign, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign with four bronze service stars for the battles of Normandy, Northern France, Central Europe, and the Rhineland, Silver Star, Bronze Star, World War II Victory and a Presidential Unit Citation. He also qualified for a fifth service star (more precisely, one silver in lieu of five bronze) for the Ardennes-Alsace battle, and also, the Army of Occupation Medal with Germany Clasp. He was separated from active duty on 5 February 1946 and received an appointment in the Officers’ Reserve Corps. The Officers' Reserve Corps was a forerunner of the contemporary Army Reserve, active in World War I, World War II, and the Korean War. He was honorably discharged on 1 April 1953. Winston later told his daughter that one of the duties required of him as an officer during the War (which he greatly disliked) was censoring all outgoing mail of the Battalion’s enlisted men. He found it embarrassing and intrusive to be reading intimate letters to loved ones at home. However, any references to battles, geography, weather, or photos of identifiable buildings and landmarks had to be obliterated.
After the war, he attended the American Institute of Business in Des Moines, IA where he met his future wife. She had served as an Army nurse in the ETO. Winston married and had three children. He worked as a public accountant in Blue Earth, Faribault Co., MN. Winston died on 13 June 1996 at the age of 79. His last residence was in Winnebago, Faribault Co., MN. Otis was buried in Riverside Cemetery.

Orishek, Milan Edward (ASN 34054532) (SSN 263-26-3691) was born on 29 July 1919 in Indiana to Stephen J. and Josephine Orishek. His father wasa Czech or Hungarian immigrant and worked as a tailor. His mother was born in Poland. Milan grew up in Gary, IN. He was assigned to “C” Battery. His MOS was Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). On 7 December 1944 during combat near Lemberg, Moselle, Lorraine, France, Corporal Orishek and Sergeant Pete Menas 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. Milan was hospitalized for 93 days. He was awarded a Purple Heart on 14 December 1944. Corporal Orishek was released from the hospital in March of 1945. 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. Milan re-enlisted on 31 October 1946 at MacDill Field, Florida in the Army Air Corps. He retired from the U.S. Air Force with the rank of technical sergeant.
Milan died on 25 November 1963 in Ventura, California at the age of 44. His last known address was in Port Hueneme, CA. He was buried in Ivy Lawn Memorial Park in Ventura.

Osborn, Dorsey Vail (ASN 20834049) was born in Odessa, Lafayette Co., Missouri on 15 April 1914 to Dorsey V. and Dorothy Osborn. His mother died when he was a child. At the time of the 1920 US Census, he was residing with his maternal grandmother in Wichita, Kansas. He graduated from Hutchinson High School in the Class of 1931. Dorsey 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. Dorsey was assigned to “B” Battery. Staff Sergeant Osborn was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. He was later promoted to first sergeant and his MOS was changed to First Sergeant (585). Dorsey left the 202nd on 4 July 1945 for Reception Station #17 at Fort Leavenworth, KS. After the war, he settled in Chanute, KS and worked for the Chanute Tribune for 32 years as a pressman. Dorsey married and had three daughters. He died in Johnson Co., KS on 7 September 2010 at the age of 95. He was buried in Memorial Park Cemetery in Chanute.

Osborn, Jack Preston (ASN 38018207) (SSN 440-09-7231) was born in Missouri on 14 July 1916 to Arch L. and Hazel A. Osborn. They moved to Oklahoma prior to the 1920 U.S. Census in January of that year. His father was a druggist in Quapaw, OK. In 1931, the family was living in Joplin, MO. Jack attended Joplin High School and was a member of the R.O.T.C. Jack was inducted into the Army on 7 February 1941 at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Ottawa County, OK. Technician Fourth Grade (Sergeant) Osborn was assigned to HQ Battery. He was an air observer with the liaison pilots. Jack was promoted from staff sergeant to 1st sergeant on 26 June 1945 at Obertrum, Austria. His MOS was changed to First Sergeant (585). He was honorably discharged on 21
October 1945. Jack died in May 1997 at the age of 80. His last known address was in Picher, Oklahoma. He was buried in Forrest Park Cemetery in Joplin, MO.

Ough, Merle Culp (ASN 37452082) (SSN 710-12-9439) was born on a farm near Ohiowa, Fillmore Co., Nebraska on 2 January 1917 to Fred and Ethel M. Culp Ough. 
He was inducted into the Army on 17 august 1942. Pfc. Ough was assigned to Battery A. He was honorably discharged on 24 October 1945. 
Merle died in Fairbury, Jefferson Co., NE on 30 November 1999 at the age of 82. He is buried in the Bruning Cemetery in Thayer Co., NE.

Overfelt, Arley R. (ASN 20834414) (SSN 446-09-4672) was born in Oklahoma on 19 July 1921, the son of Lester and Iva Overfelt. 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. Corporal Overfelt was assigned to “C” Battery and also “A” Battery. His MOS was Gunner (603) and Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). 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. Arley died in Colorado on 24 March 1988 at the age of 66. He is buried in the Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver.

Owsiany, Edward (ASN 13011661) was born in Pennsylvania in 1922. He enlisted in the Army on 23 October 1940 at Pittsburgh, PA. At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of Westmoreland County, PA.
On 14 July 1941, while a member of the 16th Field Artillery Battalion, Private Owsiany was admitted to the station hospital at Fort Riley, Kansas with lower back pain. Earlier that day at Fort Riley, he had twisted his back during mounted drill when he pulled another soldier out from under a horse that had fallen on him. Edward returned to duty two days later. On 6 December 1941, he was again admitted to the Station Hospital at Fort Riley, Kansas, suffering from tonsillitis. He had a tonsillectomy on December 9th and was released on the 14th. Edward was later assigned to “C” Battery, 202nd Field Artillery Battalion. His MOS was Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). 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. Edward was honorably discharged on 9 August 1945 at Separation Center #45, Indiantown Gap Military Reservation, PA. His place of residence was listed as Monessen, PA.

Pabon, Victor C. was assigned to "C" Battery.

Pacheco, Guillermo A. (ASN 38003056) (SSN 526-07-5764) was born on 8 April 1914. He was inducted into the Army on 24 September 1941 at Fort Bliss, Texas. He lived in Hayden, Gila Co., Arizona. Guillermo was later assigned to Battery C. 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. 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 15 October 1945. Guillermo died on 23 January 1993 in Gila Co., AZ at the age of 78. He is buried in Mt. View Cemetery in Hayden, Gila Co., AZ.

Paladie, George (SSN 473-18-3226) was born in Romania on 30 April 1918. He entered the Army on 7 March 1941. George was a corporal assigned to “B” Battery. His MOS was Field Artillery Crewman (603). He was transferred to the 44th Infantry Division in December 1944 or January 1945. He was honorably discharged on 3 December 1945.
George was murdered on 15 September 1977 at his home in Roseville, Minnesota at the age of 59. He was shot twice in the head with a .25 caliber pistol and dumped in the St. Croix river north of Taylor's Falls. His body was found on September 20th by a U.S. Park Service Ranger. John Dodis, age 36, was arrested in Chicago two weeks later, and charged with 1st degree murder. At his trial, it was discovered that both Paladie and Dodis were from the same town in Romania and that Dodis had recently immigrated to the United States and was staying at Paladie's Roseville home. Dodis claimed that they had been arguing and that he shot Paladie in self-defense. Dodis also stole Paladie's cash, checkbook, and Cadillac before he fled to Chicago. The jury convicted him of
 He was buried in the Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in South Minneapolis, MN.

Palash, L.B. Anton (ASN 38018020) (SSN 455-14-5114) was born in Bremond, Texas on 11 November 1916. 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. Private Palash joined the 202nd from the 103rd Division and was assigned to “C” Battery on 5 January 1944 at Camp Howze, TX. His MOS was Artillery Mechanic, Minor Maintenance (802). Anton was appointed private first class on 24 March 1944 while the Battalion was stationed at Camp Drumilly, County Armagh, Northern Ireland. Technician Fourth Grade (Sergeant) Palash 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. Anton 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 2 November 1945. Anton died on 28 February 1990 at the age of 73. His last known address was in Harris Co., TX.

Panquerne, Reginald Joseph Jr. (ASN 20425373) (SSN 438-14-5833) was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on 27 August 1919 to Reginald Joseph and Mamie Grace Beacham Panquerne. He graduated from Fortier High School in 1938 and worked as a bookkeeper.
Reggie enlisted in the National Guard at Jackson Barracks, Louisiana on 9 January 1939 and was assigned to Company “A”, 106th Medical Regiment. The regiment was inducted into the active military service of the United States at New Orleans, LA on 25 November 1940. His MOS was Medical Aid Man (657). The 106th Medical Regiment was headquartered at Camp Blanding, Florida. Reggie was appointed private first class on 2 January 1941. He was attached to the Service School, Medical Department, Station Hospital at Fort Sam Houston, TX on 31 March 1941 and completed the course for enlisted surgical technicians on 31 May 1941. His MOS was changed to Surgical Technician (861). He was briefly assigned to Company “B”, 106th Medical Regiment at Camp Bowie, Texas on 26 February 1942.



On 17 April 1942, Reggie was assigned to the Medical Detachment of the 202nd Field Artillery Regiment at Camp Barkeley, Texas. He would remain with the Deuce-O-Deuce for the duration of the war. Reggie was promoted to technician fourth grade (sergeant) on 20 June 1942 at Camp Barkeley, TX. He was promoted to staff sergeant on 27 March 1943. On 7 March 1944, his MOS was changed to Medical NCO (673) and his rank to technician third grade (staff sergeant). Reggie supervised the personnel of a medical detachment in picking up wounded on the battlefield, administering first aid, and transporting them to a hospital for treatment. He instructed medical enlisted personnel in basic training and such duties as first aid, nursing, and sterilization of instruments. He also ran an aid station for treating minor wounds and cases not requiring hospitalization.


                                   Reggie Panquerne with his wife and daughter at Camp Gruber, OK in 1942 or 1943

His rank was changed to technician fourth grade (sergeant) on 4 January 1945. T/4 Panquerne was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 17 February 1945 near Guisberg, France. Reggie left the 202nd on 4 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria for the 16th Reinforcement Depot at Compiègne, France. He was on his way to Separation Center #30 at Camp Shelby, Mississippi to be mustered out of the Army. He departed the ETO on 22 July and arrived back in the United States on 4 August. He was honorably discharged from the Army on 10 August 1945. Reggie was married and had two children.
After the war, he attended night classes at Tulane University and studied accounting. He worked for Charles Dennery, Inc. in New Orleans until his retirement. Reggie and his wife then moved to Houston, TX to be near their children and grandchildren.
He died in Texas on 13 February 2003 at the age of 83. Reggie was interred in the Houston National Cemetery.

Parker, William Henry (ASN 20834415) (SSN 384-03-0951) was born in Garfield County, Oklahoma on 8 June 1919 the son of Earl F. and Nora S. Sargent Parker. Bill attended high school in Enid, OK.
He was a member of the Oklahoma National Guard when his unit was inducted into Federal service on 16 September 1940 at Enid, OK. At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of Garfield County, OK. Bill was assigned to “B” Battery. On 8 November 1944 at 1210 hours, Lt. Flavey E. Baker and Private William H. Parker were in the vicinity of Migneville, France looking for a suitable observation post when their jeep ran over a mine. Private Parker was killed instantly and Lt. Baker received a fracture of the left arm and lacerations on the face. The vehicle was completely demolished. Lt. Baker was evacuated by the medical personnel of the 2d French Armored Division. The remains of Private William H. Parker were delivered to the Graves Registration collecting point in Luneville the following morning. Bill was survived by his wife and an infant daughter whom he never met. He was buried in the U.S. Military Cemetery at Epinal, France. Two copies of QMC Form 1 “Report of Burial” were placed in glass bottles and one was buried with the body and the other buried twelve inches below the grave marker. This would help later with identification when the remains were removed from the temporary grave. In 1948, his remains were repatriated to the United States. He was interred in the Enid, Oklahoma Cemetery on 9 June 1948. 

See "In Memoriam" page for more information

 
Parmer, Glenn Gordon (ASN 0399914) (SSN 464-12-3471) was born on 29 April 1915 in Louisiana to Fred H. and Elizabeth Wofford Parmer. The family moved to San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas in the early 1920’s. His dad was an oil well driller. Glenn joined the Texas National Guard in April 1933 and served until November 1940 when his unit was inducted into Federal service. At that time, he was employed by the WPA in an administrative position. 2nd Lt. Parmer was promoted to 1st lieutenant on 3 January 1942. He was promoted to captain on 22 October 1942. Captain Parmer was appointed as commander of HQ Battery, of the newly resdesignated 202nd Field Artillery Battalion, on 5 March 1943. He was promoted to major on 4 February 1944 and was assigned as the Battalion S-3 or Operations Officer. His MOS was Operations and Training Staff Officer (2162). On 9 August 1944, he led a small party of soldiers to Eckminway(sp?), France to meet members of the French Forces of the Interior who had prisoners to transfer to the Americans. The group transported 19 German soldiers and five women back to the Battalion area. While the prisoners were being questioned, a German sniper fired a shot into the group of guards and Cpl. William W. Ingram and Pfc. Clifford L. Ray, both of Headquarters Battery, received minor cuts about the face from rock chips when the enemy’s bullet struck a stone wall nearby. The prisoners were later taken to the prisoner of war enclosure at Spay. Glenn was awarded a Bronze Star on 30 May 1945 and he was awarded a First Oak Leaf Cluster to his Bronze Star Medal on 16 June 1945. On 11 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria he was transferred to the 65th Infantry Division. He was later promoted to colonel and served in Korea. Glenn married and had one daughter. He retired from the Army on 30 November 1962. Glenn died on 26 February 1970 at Brooke General Hospital, Fort Sam Houston, Texas at the age of 54. His last known address was in Terrell Hills, TX. Glenn was buried in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, TX.

Pasquinelli, Joseph L. (SSN 209-07-3253) was born in Pittsburgh, PA on 16 January 1917 to Italian immigrants Americo and Sira Maffei Pasquinelli. His father, who was a butcher, died when Joseph was a child. Prior to the War, Joseph worked as a cook. He was assigned to “A” Battery. His MOS was Cook (060). Private Pasquinelli was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 12 May 1944 in England. On 11 July 1945, he was promoted from private first class to staff sergeant. His MOS changed to Mess Sergeant (824). Joseph married and had four children. He died in Pittsburgh, PA on 20 January 1994 at the age of 77.

Patterson, Wilburn Warren (ASN 20833410) was born in Oklahoma on 26 March 1922. He enlisted in the Army on 16 September 1940 at Minco, OK when his National Guard unit was inducted into Federal service. At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of Grady County, OK. Private Patterson was assigned to “B” Battery. His MOS was Radio Repairman (174), and later, Radio Operator, Intermediate Speed (740). He was promoted to technician fourth grade (sergeant) on 17 June 1944. Wilburn 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. Wilburn 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 25 September 1945 at Separation Center #37, 1850 S.U., Camp Chaffee, Arkansas.
Wilburn died on 7 August 2005 in Oklahoma City, OK. He was buried in Fairview Cemetery in Tuttle, OK.

Pawelek, John C. (ASN 36889706) was a private in Battery C.

Peak, Henry R. (ASN 20834267) was born in Oklahoma on 15 January 1922 to Robert L. and Elsie Jane (Jennie) Lowrey Peak. His father died when Henry was an infant. Both of his parents were of Native American ancestry. His mother was 3/4 Cherokee. Henry 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. Henry was assigned to “C” Battery. His MOS was Truck Driver, Light (345). On 15 October 1942, while the Deuce-O-Deuce was on maneuvers in Louisiana, he was admitted to the Station Hospital, Barksdale Field, Louisiana suffering from abdominal pains. On 17 January 1944, he slipped on the ice and fell and hit his head on the ground. He was admitted to the Station Hospital, Camp Myles Standish, Massachusetts with a mild concussion. he was released on January 26th. While he was hospitalized, the 202nd Field Artillery Battalion shipped out for Northern Ireland. Henry caught up with his unit at a later date. On 11 June 1945, he was hospitalized with a knee injury that was incurred while playing baseball in Austria.
Henry married and had three children. After the war, he worked as a carpenter, was an inspector for the Oklahoma Labor Commissioner, owned and operated Muskogee Equipment & Supply Company, managed a flea market, and was an antiques and collectibles dealer. Henry served several terms as a Muskogee County commissioner, along with his friend Fred Shelton, who also served in Battery C of the Deuce-O-Deuce. In a three year period from 1978 to 1981, extensive investigations by the FBI, IRS and the U.S. Department of Justice resulted in the prosecution of nearly 200 Oklahoma county commissioners for mail fraud and extortion involving fraudulent schemes in the purchase of various materials and supplies used in the maintenance of the county's roads and bridges.County commissioners took kickbacks and stole public funds through phony invoices in the nation's largest public corruption case.The scandal touched more than 60 of Oklahoma's 77 counties.
Henry died in Muskogee on 3 June 1915 at the age of 93.

Peck, Norman A. Jr. (ASN 35526364) (SSN 268-12-8410) was born in Ohio on 11 December 1919, the son of Norman A. and Hazel A. Peck. Norman grew up in Girard, OH. Prior to the War, he worked as a newspaper reporter. He was inducted into the Army on 17 December 1942 at Cleveland, OH and his active service began on 26 December. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Trumbull County, OH. Norman was assigned to HQ Battery. Technician Fifth Grade (Corporal) Peck was appointed technician fourth grade (sergeant) on 12 January 1944 at Camp Myles Standish, MA. His MOS was Fire Control Instrument Operator, Field Artillery (645). Norman 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 November 1945. Norman died in Girard, OH on 27 May 1982 at the age of 62.

Peiffer, Wilmer E. (ASN 33558456) (SSN 302-07-4407) was born in Ohio on 2 November 1918, the son of John and Anna Catharine Peiffer. His father died when he was a child. Wilmer attended Edward Drummond Libbey High School in Toledo, Ohio. He was inducted into the Army on 10 July 1943 at Toledo. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Lucas County, OH. Wilmer was a private assigned to Service Battery. On 26 June 1944, he was transferred to “C” Battery. He was honorably discharged on 28 November 1945. Wilmer died on 13 April 1989 in Holmes Co., Ohio at the age of 70.

Perdue, Marion Elow (ASN 35570201) (SSN 316-12-5808) was born in Wayne Co., Kentucky on 30 March 1922 to Corydon F. and Ada Guffey Perdue. He was inducted into the Army on 21 November 1942 at Indianapolis, Indiana. Marion was assigned to “A” Battery. Private Perdue was appointed private first class in December 1944 in France. Marion was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. He was honorably discharged on 8 December 1945. Marion died in Indiana on 29 October 1986 at the age of 64.

Perez, Joseph R. (ASN 32978404) (SSN 099-09-1630) was born on 31 August 1910. He was inducted into the Army on 3 July 1943 at New York City. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Queens, New York City. Joseph was assigned to Service Battery. His MOS was Clerk-Typist (405). Corporal Perez was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 13 October 1945. He was honorably discharged on 28 November 1945. Joseph died on 16 December 1992 at the age of 82. His last known address was in Cranbury, NJ.

Perkins, Aubrey Beresford (ASN 36352969) (SSN 341-18-1096) was born in Oak Park, Cook Co., Illinois on 25 October 1921 to George C. and Ida M. Calcott Perkins. He graduated from Provisio High School in Hillside, IL. He was inducted into the Army on 22 June 1942 at Chicago, IL. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Cook County, IL. Aubrey was assigned to HQ Battery. Staff Sergeant Perkins was promoted to master sergeant on 6 September 1945 at Obertrum, Austria. He was honorably discharged on 7 January 1946. Aubrey died on 20 February 1984 in Broward Co., Florida at the age of 62.

Peschong, William M. (ASN 37040 82) (SSN 481-46-2518) was born in Iowa on 9 September 1908 to German immigrant John C. Peschong and his wife Elizabeth. William’s active duty in the Army began on 19 January 1942. He was assigned to Service Battery.
His MOS was Automotive Mechanic, Second Echelon (014). 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. William was later promoted to technician fourth grade (sergeant). He 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. William 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/4 William Peschong was honorably discharged on 3 November 1945. He died on 12 May 1992 at the age of 83.

Peterlin, Andrew Jr. (ASN 35595195) was born in Warrenton, Ohio on 9 July 1921 to coal miner Andrew Peterlin and Ida Randolph Peterlin. He grew up in Warren Co., OH. Prior to the War, Andy worked as a truck driver at a coal mine. He was inducted into the Army on 17 December 1942 at Akron, OH. Private Peterlin was assigned to HQ Battery. He was promoted to technician fifth grade (corporal) on 11 July 1944 near Saint-Nicolas-de-Pierrepont, France. Andy was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 23 June 1945. He was promoted to technician fourth grade (sergeant) on 6 September 1945 at Obertrum, Austria. The following day, he fell from a horse and fractured his elbow and forearm.



                                    T/4 David L. Mudge of HQ Battery. This is probably the same horse that Andy 
                                    fell from. The newly promoted sergeants were posing for photographs on the 
                                    horse. Note the holstered .45 caliber pistol issued to the new sergeants.


Andy left Europe on 21 November and arrived back in the United States on 1 December 1945, reporting at Camp Shanks, NY. He was honorably discharged on 6 December 1945 from the separation center at Indiantown Gap Military Reservation, Pennsylvania. He married and had five children. Andy was employed by the Erie Ordnance Depot, Uniroyal and the Ohio Veteran's Home. He died on 5 December 2006 in Sandusky, OH at the age of 85. He was buried in the Oakland Cemetery in Sandusky. Plot: Sect 107&109 N1/2 RDWY Grave 12.

Peters, Eugene G. (ASN 35349609) was born in Ohio on 11 July 1922, the son of Romanian immigrants Paul and Elizabeth Lupsa Peters. He was inducted into the Army on 28 November 1942 at Toledo, OH. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Lucas County, OH. Pfc. Peters was assigned to “C” Battery. His MOS was Radio Operator, Low Speed (776). Eugene was appointed corporal on 6 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria.
After the war, he was employed by American Greetings, owned and operated a driving school, and was a driving instructor at North Olmsted High School. He was also a tax practitioner. Eugene died on 31 May 2012 at the age of 89. He was buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Westlake, OH.

Petty, Kenneth Marvin (ASN 37375605) (SSN 493-16-3214) was born in Oklahoma on 22 July 1920 to barber Roy L. and Elsie R. Branstetter Petty. He was inducted into the Army on 4 August 1942 at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri and began active duty on 18 August. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Lawrence County, MO. Kenneth was assigned to “B” Battery. His MOS was Clerk-Typist (405). Corporal Petty was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. Kenneth was promoted to staff sergeant on 5 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria. His MOS changed to Quartermaster Supply Technician (821). He was promoted to first sergeant on 6 September 1945 at Obertrum, Austria. His MOS changed to First Sergeant (585). He was honorably discharged on 7 December 1945. Kenneth died in Brown Co., Wisconsin on 21 January 1994 at the age of 73. He was buried in Springfield National Cemetery in Springfield, MO.

Pfeiffer, Raymond Jacob (ASN 36345644) (SSN 343-32-4332) was born in Shelby Co., Illinois on 28 May 1905 to Julius C. and Eliza J. Syfert Pfeiffer. He was inducted into the Army on 5 June 1942 at Chicago, Il. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Shelby County, IL. Private First Class Pfeiffer was assigned to Service Battery. His MOS was Ammunition Handler (504), and later, Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). 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 13 August 1945.
Raymond died on 8 April 1990 at the age of 84.

Phillips, Emerson A. (ASN 36303804) (SSN 335-12-9946) was born in Illinois on 5 January 1920 to Lloyd A. & Agnes Retzlaff Phillips. He was inducted into the Army on 27 October 1941 at Chicago, IL. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Stephenson County, IL. Emerson was assigned to “C” Battery. His MOS was Gunner (603), Chief of Section (539), and Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). He was promoted to technician fourth grade (sergeant) on 9 January 1945 near Schmittville, France. Sergeant Phillips was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. Emerson died on 17 November 1990 at the age of 90. He is buried in the McConnell-Salem Lutheran Cemetery in Stephenson Co., IL.

Piispanen, Edward Victor (ASN 37022069) (SSN 474-07-5347) was born on 26 December 1915 in Minnesota, the son of Finnish immigrants Jeremias Piispanen and Lydia Makela. He was inducted into Army on 7 March 1941. Edward was assigned to “B” Battery. His MOS was Cannoneer (531) and Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Private First Class Piispanen 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. Edward 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 1 November 1945.
Edward died on 15 June 1987 in Aitkin Co., Minnesota at the age of 70. He is buried in the Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery in Aitkin.

Piper, August (ASN 35526263) (SSN 296-09-8494) was born in Portage Co., Ohio on 5 November 1918 to Gust and Helen Piper. His father was from Russia and his mother was born in Hungary. He was inducted into the Army on 17 December 1942 at Cleveland, OH and began active duty on December 26th. August was assigned to “B” Battery. His MOS was Radio Operator, Low Speed (776). Private First Class Piper was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. He was appointed corporal on 5 July 1945 in Obertrum, Austria. His MOS was changed to Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). August was promoted to sergeant on 9 September 1945. He was honorably discharged on 6 December 1945. August died in Ravenna, OH on 29 June 1983 at the age of 64.

Pisaneschi, Ernest (ASN 35526352) (SSN 177-09-2291) was born in Pennsylvania on 17 December 1905. He was inducted into the Army on 17 December 1942 at Cleveland, Ohio and began active duty on 26 December. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Trumbull County, OH. Private Pisaneschi was assigned to “A” Battery. His MOS was Field Lineman (641). He was promoted to Private First Class in March 1945. At the conclusion of the war, he was assigned to “A” Battery, 772nd Field Artillery Battalion on 30 June 1945 for the trip home. Their staging area was Camp Lucky Strike. Ernest 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 29 October 1945. After the war, he lived in Sharon, PA. Ernest died on 27 January 1980 at the age of 74.

Pisarcik, George W. (ASN 35025053) (SSN 295-01-1108) was born in Fayette Co., Pennsylvania on 29 September 1918 to Czechoslovakian immigrants Albert and Mary Pisarcik. He was inducted into the Army on 20 June 1941 at Cleveland, Ohio. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Ashtabula County, OH. George was assigned to “C” Battery. Corporal Pisarcik 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. George later changed his surname to Pierse. He died on 17 April 2000 at the age of 81. His last known address was in Holiday, Pasco Co., Florida. He is buried in Holy Cross Cemetery in Brook Park, OH.

Pitt, Walter Charles “Bud” (ASN 36273576 and 01183158) (SSN 398-07-7439) was born in Wisconsin on 3 September 1917 to Gilbert C. and Hazel C. Stivers Pitt. He was inducted into the Army on 10 October 1942 at Milwaukee, WI. He began active duty on October 24th. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of St. Louis, Co., MN. Walter began the Field Artillery Officer Candidate School in Class #69 at Fort Sill, OK on 25 March 1943 and was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant on 17 June 1943. He was a liaison pilot who joined the 202nd Field Artillery Battalion on 1 January 1945 near Gros-Réderching, Moselle, Lorraine, France and 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. Walter left for Marseilles, France on 4 February 1945 to obtain a Cub plane to replace the Battalion’s second one which was lost two months earlier. Lt. Pitt returned with the L-4 Grasshopper observation and liaison aircraft on 14 February 1945. It was the first time since November 1944 that the Battalion had two planes. Walter left the Deuce-O-Deuce on 21 February 1945 for a new assignment with the 79th Infantry Division. He was promoted to 1st lieutenant on 22 November 1945 and captain on 25 October 1950. Walter died in San Mateo Co., California in September 1992 at the age of 75.

Pittman, James Earl (ASN 34855174) (SSN 237-30-8291) was born in Nash Co., North Carolina on 29 April 1923 to Joshua V. and Melinda K. Ferrell Pittman. 


                                             Draft Registration Card of James E. Pittman dated 30 June 1942




He was inducted into the Army on 3 December 1943 at Smithfield, North Carolina.  At the time of his induction, James was a resident of Johnston County, NC.  He began active duty on 27 November 1943 at Fort Bragg, NC. James was assigned to an infantry unit. He was wounded in action in September 1944 (probably in France) when an enemy artillery fragment struck his foot. He was hospitalized at the 52nd General Hospital near Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England until December 1944. Private Pittman was assigned to Service Battery of the 202nd Field Artillery Battalion on 3 January 1945 near Bining, France from the 2nd Replacement Depot. His MOS was Rifleman (745). He was later assigned to “A” Battery. James was appointed private first class on 18 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. His MOS was changed to Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). James returned to the US on 29 January 1946 and proceeded to Camp Kilmer, New Jersey. He was honorably discharged on February 4th at Fort Bragg, NC.
James died 5 January 1995 in Daytona Beach, Volusia Co., FL at the age of 71.

Pocklington, Joseph William (ASN 33405323) was born in Pittsburgh, PA on 4 May 1919 to Joseph R. and Jane L. Armstrong Pocklington. His active duty began on 19 December 1942. Joseph was assigned to “C” Battery. His MOS was Clerk-Typist (405), and later, Classification Specialist (275). Corporal Pocklington was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. He was honorably discharged on 6 December 1945. Joseph re-enlisted on 3 September 1950 and served during the Korean Conflict. He was honorably discharged on 11 June 1952. After the war, he worked as an engineer at Westinghouse in Monroeville, PA and retired after more than 25 years of service. Joseph died in Pennsylvania on 27 January 2005 at the age of 85. He was buried in Restland Memorial Park Cemetery in Monroeville, PA.

Pomeroy, Erwin W. (ASN 35526309) was born in Ohio on 24 July 1922 to Jasper (Jay) and Alice Maude Littlewood Pomeroy. His mother was born in England. Erwin 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. Private Pomeroy was assigned to “C” Battery. He was later promoted to private first class. His MOS was Cannoneer (531) and Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Erwin was transferred to the 71st Replacement Battalion in January 1945. He married and had two children. Erwin died on 18 October 2009 at the age of 87. His last known address was in Youngstown, OH.

Porter, James E. Sr. (ASN 35526283) (SSN 268-12-4122) was born in Ohio on 22 August 1918 to Edward and Gladys M. Gast Porter. He was inducted into the Army on 17 December 1942 at Akron, OH and was inducted on 26 December. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Portage County, OH. James was assigned to HQ Battery. His MOS was Radio Repairman (174), and later, Radio Operator, Intermediate Speed (740). He was appointed technician fifth grade (corporal) on 9 March 1944 at Camp Drumilly, Northern Ireland. James was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received in action against the enemy on 15 November 1944 near Vaxainville, France. James was operating a relay radio when he was struck by a shell fragment from enemy artillery. On 24 November 1944, he was awarded the Purple Heart by Major John R. Northup, Battalion Executive Officer. He was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 23 June 1945, and on 30 July, he was promoted to technician fourth grade (sergeant) at Obertrum, Austria. James 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 was honorably discharged on 29 November 1945. After the war, James worked as a mail carrier until his retirement. He died in Akron, OH on 12 December 1988 at the age of 70. He was buried in Saint Mary’s Cemetery in Ravenna, OH.

Power, Frank “Pete” (ASN 38018148) (SSN 440-16-7892) was born in Oklahoma on 25 July 1913. 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. Frank was assigned to the Service Battery. His MOS was Welder (257), and later, Automotive Mechanic, Second Echelon (014). Technician Fourth Grade (Sergeant) Power 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. Frank 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. Frank died on 23 April 1991 at the age of 77. His last known address was in Miami, OK.

Pree, Carl H. (ASN 36344997) (SSN 336-32-8529) was born in Illinois on 19 July 1912, the son of German immigrant Herman Pree and his wife Maggie. He was inducted into the Army on 4 June 1942 at Chicago, IL. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Iroquois County, IL. Carl was assigned to Service Battery. He died on 23 March 1996 at the age of 83. Carl is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka, IL.

Prentiss, William Otis (ASN 34096989) (SSN 248-24-6089) was born in South Carolina on 19 April 1919 to the Reverend Paul T. and Julia Doar Prentiss. He attended Clemson Agricultural and Mechanical College. He was a member of Kappa Alpha Sigma, Clemson’s chapter of the American Society of Agronomy. Billy Otis was inducted into the Army on 12 September 1941 at Fort Jackson, Columbia, South Carolina. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Charleston County, SC. William was assigned to “B” Battery. His MOS was Field Lineman (641). Private Prentiss 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 honorably discharged on 23 October 1945. Billy died in South Carolina on 4 March 2002 at the age of 82. He is buried in the Walnut Grove Plantation Cemetery in Charleston Co., SC.

Privitera, Joseph (ASN 32873313) was born in Italy in 1913. Joseph was inducted into the Army on 25 March 1943 at New York City. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of New York County, NY. Joseph was assigned to “B” Battery. His MOS was Ammunition Handler (504), and later, Heavy Machine Gunner (605) and Anti-Aircraft Machine Gunner (606). Private Privitera 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. Joseph was promoted to technician fifth grade (corporal) on 9 September 1945 at Obertrum, Austria.

Prokopec, John (ASN 33405382) was born in Pennsylvania on 16 May 1922 to George and Sadie Prokopec. He was inducted into the Army on 12 December 1942 at Pittsburgh, PA. John was assigned to “B” Battery. His MOS was Cannoneer (531) and Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Private First Class Prokopec was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria.

  
     Pfc. John Prokopec circa 1945 by the Statue of the Republic             Postcard of the same monument.
                   at Place de la Republique in Paris, France

After the war, John returned to Pennsylvania and worked for the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad until his retirement. He married and had two sons.
John died on 22 April 2011 at the age of 88. He was buried in Saint Mark’s Cemetery in McKees Rocks, Allegheny Co., PA.

Purdy, Embert Newton (ASN 38018501) (SSN 440-01-7956) was a Native American of the Caddo Tribe, the son of Vernon and Emma Purdy. He was born 24 August 1914 on the Wichita Caddo Reservation, Kiowa Indian Agency at Andarko, Oklahoma. Embert was inducted into the Army on 12 February 1941 at Oklahoma City, OK. His hometown was Dover, OK. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Garfield County, OK. He was assigned to “A” Battery. His MOS was Automotive Mechanic (813), Automotive Mechanic, Second Echelon (014), and later, Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Embert was promoted from sergeant to staff sergeant on 1 March 1944 at Camp Drumilly, County Armagh, Northern Ireland. On 5 January 1945, Embert was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received in action against the enemy on 2 January 1945 near Bining, France. Battery “A” received two concentrations of light caliber counterbattery fire between 1500 and 1600 hours. Staff Sergeant Purdy and two other soldiers were slightly injured and a 2 ½ ton truck was damaged. 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 re-enlisted on 1 Sep 1950 and served in Korea until 24 May 1951. In 1952, he was employed as a welder at the Champlin Refining Company in Enid, OK. Embert Purdy died in Enid, OK on 28 June 1983 at the age of 68. He was buried in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Carrier, OK.

Pursley, Okey Glen (ASN 35595202) was born in Akron, Ohio on 15 April 1916 to Roy B. and Ola R. Pursley. He was inducted into the Army on 18 December 1942 at Akron, OH. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Summit County, OH. Glen was assigned to “B” Battery. His MOS was Cannoneer (531) and Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Private First Class Pursley 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. Glen was promoted to corporal on 2 July 1945 in Obertrum, Austria. After the war, he worked as a Greyhound bus driver. Glen died on 7 November 2004 in Pinehurst, North Carolina at the age of 88. He was cremated.

Rasmussen, William Frederick (ASN 37021941) (SSN 473-18-2942) was born in Minnesota on 13 October 1911to German immigrant Bertha H. Manke and her Danish husband Peter Rasmussen. The family lived in Cook Co., MN. William worked as a commercial fisherman with his father. He was inducted into the Army at Minneapolis, Minnesota. William was assigned to “B” Battery. His MOS was Cannoneer (531) and Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Private Rasmussen 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. 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. William arrived back in the U.S. on 25 October 1945. He was honorably discharged on November 1st at Camp McCoy, Wisconsin. William died in Cook Co., MN on 8 March 1972 at the age of 60. He is buried in Poplar Grove Cemetery in Grand Marais, MN.

Ray, Clifford L. (ASN 38018145) (SSN 448-10-1029) was born in Joplin, Missouri on 19 February 1919 to zinc miner Jewel C. and Bessie M. Bell Ray. The family moved to Picher, Ottawa Co., Oklahoma in the 1920’s. Clifford 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. Clifford was a private first class assigned to HQ Battery. His MOS was Automotive Mechanic, Second Echelon (014). Technician Fifth Grade (Corporal) Ray was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. 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. Clifford 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.
Clifford died on 19 March 2002, at the age of 83, and was buried in Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, California.

Reagle, Boyd Aaron (ASN 33389349)  (SSN 204-01-7427) was born in Pennsylvania on 14 August 1916, the son of Aaron J. and Lillian Montgomery Reagle. He grew up on a farm in Venango Co., PA. Boyd was inducted into the Army on 15 December 1942 at Baltimore, Maryland. His MOS was Antitank Gun Crewman (531). He was assigned to “B” Battery. Private Reagle was then transferred to the 70th Infantry Division in January 1945. He was honorably discharged on 25 November 1945. Boyd died on 15 July 2000 in Venango Co., PA.

Records, John Alexander Sr. (ASN 38017806) (SSN 444-05-8455) was born in Oklahoma on 21 September 1915, the son of Nora M. and William E. Records. He was inducted into the Army on 4 February 1941 at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Oklahoma County, OK. Corporal Records was assigned to Service Battery, and later, HQ Battery. He married and had three children.
John died in Lafayette, Louisiana in January 1973 at the age of 57.

Revels, Clemy B. (ASN 36245079) (SSN 387-38-0893) was born in Hillsboro, Vernon Co., Wisconsin on 22 February 1912 to James M. and Ruth A. Winchel Revels. He was inducted into the Army on 12 June 1942 at Milwaukee, Wisconsin. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Vernon County, WI. Clemy was assigned to Service Battery. His MOS was Anti-Aircraft Machine Gunner (606), and later, Heavy Machine Gunner (605). Private First Class Revels was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 13 October 1945. He was honorably discharged on 6 December 1945.
Clemy died on 17 July 1982 at the age of 70. He is buried in the Forest-Burr Cemetery in Hillsboro, WI.

Rice, Arthur (ASN 01178945) Arthur began the Field Artillery Officer Candidate School in Class #55 at Fort Sill, OK on 17 December 1942 and graduated on 11 March 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 – Otis W. Oothoudt and Samuel Giannetto. 2nd Lieutenant Rice was assigned to “B” Battery on 10 March 1944 as Motor Officer, Assistant Executive, and Reconnaissance Officer. He was later promoted to 1st lieutenant. His MOS was Reconnaissance Officer (9312). On 31 January 1945, near Guisberg, France, Arthur was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service. The presentation was made by Brigadier General Edward Stanley Ott, Commanding General of XV Corps Artillery. Arthur was appointed as “C” Battery commander on 9 July 1945. His MOS was changed to Field Artillery Unit Commander (1193). Lt. Rice was transferred to HQ USFA on 20 September 1945.

Riippa, John Rudolph (ASN 36225588) was born in Michigan on 17 January 1915, the son of Finnish immigrants Joel and Marja (Maria) Anna Evonen Riippa. His father was a copper miner and died when John was eight years old. John was inducted into the Army on 7 March 1941 at Escanaba, Michigan. His hometown was Tri Mountain, MI. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Houghton County, MI. John was assigned to “A” Battery. His MOS was Truck Driver, Light (345).


                                                                                                  
                                                                              Private John R. Riippa circa 1941

On 13 October 1944 near Chenevieres, France, Private Riippa was awarded the Bronze Star by General Edward Stanley Ott, Artillery Commander of the XV Corps. The award was for his actions on 18 August 1944, near Broue, France, when an M-10 ammunition trailer caught fire and exploded killing Private Lester F. Joyce. Private Riippa, along with Sgt. Herchal Bay and 1st Lt. Flavey Baker drove the Diamond T ammunition truck out of danger. According to a story in John's hometown newspaper, General Wade Haislip described the young private's actions as follows:

When an ammunition trailer towed by a four-ton truck caught fire, he with the aid of another soldier crawled under the truck and uncoupled the trailer. Private Riippa then clung to the undercarriage of the truck while it was being driven away from the danger area. This action was accomplished without regard for the exploding grenades and fuses in the burning trailer and without regard for the 100 rounds of 155 millimeter ammunition and burning camouflage net in the rear of the truck. By his heroic action, he saved the lives of many people, a four-ton truck with its load of ammunition, and the town of Broue, France from possible destruction. Private Riippa's courage, coolness, and initiative in a moment of great stress merit the highest praise.

John was appointed private first class in December 1944 in France. On 5 January 1945, he was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received in action against the enemy on 2 January 1945 near Bining, France. Battery “A” received two concentrations of light caliber counter battery fire between 1500 and 1600 hours. Private Riippa and two other soldiers were slightly injured and a 2 ½ ton truck was damaged. He was appointed technician fifth grade (corporal) on 1 June 1945 at 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, John owned a service station and saw mill in Winona, Michigan. He died as the result of an accident on 9 October 1971 in Houghton Co., MI at the age of 56. John was buried in the Woodland Cemetery near Winona, MI.

Roark, Charles Harlan, II (ASN 20834421) (SSN 443-28-0073) was born on 20 December 1920. 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.
Charles was assigned to “A” Battery. His MOS was Gunner (603), and later, Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Corporal Roark 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. He was honorably discharged on 2 September 1945.
Charles died on 8 June 2002 at the age of 81. He is buried in Sunset Memorial Gardens in Lawton, OK.

Robinson, Cecil Leroy (ASN 20830422) (SSN 446-03-3592) was born in Kansas on 27 February 1922 to Leroy B. and Iva Evelyn Robinson. His family moved to Enid, Oklahoma prior to 1930. 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. Technician Fourth Grade (Sergeant) Robinson was assigned to “B” Battery. His MOS was Radio Repairman (174), and later, Radio Repairman (648). 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. Cecil was honorably discharged on 25 September 1945. He married and had three children.
Cecil died on 18 April 2002 at the age of 80. He is buried in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, MO. His last known address was in Ponchatoula, Louisiana.

Robinson, Everett H. (ASN 38018021) was born in Missouri on 7 April 1918 to William R. and Kathryn Woods Robinson. His family had moved to Osage Co., Oklahoma by 1930. Everett 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. Everett was assigned to “C” Battery. Corporal Robinson was promoted to staff sergeant on 12 June 1944 at Holton Mill Wheatley, England. His MOS was Survey and Instrument NCO, Field Artillery (577). S/Sgt Robinson was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. 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, Everett 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.
Everett died on 7 April 2009 at the age of 91. His last known address was in Norman, OK. He was buried in the Sunny Lane Cemetery in Del City, OK.

Robinson, James O. (ASN 35746492) was born in West Virginia in 1916, the eldest son of Grace L. and Ode D. Robinson. He was inducted into the Army on 18 December 1942 at Clarksburg, WV. At the time of his induction, James was a resident of Braxton County, WV. Private Robinson was assigned to “A” Battery. He was appointed private first class in December 1944 in France. On the afternoon of 9 January 1945, “A” Battery was hit with German 105mm artillery fire at their position just north of Rahling, France. One round landed near the number four piece (howitzer) and shell fragments wounded cannoneers Pfc. James O. Robinson and Pfc. Robert J. Ellison. Private First Class James O. Robinson died from his injuries.
He was permanently interred in the Epinal American Cemetery near Epinal, France in Plot B Row 19 Grave 36. 

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Robinson, Joe D. (ASN 20834478) (SSN 440-18-1103) was born in Oklahoma on 23 February 1921 to Charles H. and Myrtle Hiatt Robinson. He was a former member of the National Guard when he enlisted in the Army on 3 January 1942 at Camp Barkeley, Texas. Joe was a staff sergeant assigned to “A” Battery as a Forward Observer. He left the 202nd on 15 March 1945 to report to the Infantry Officer Candidate School. He was honorably discharged on 18 September 1945. After the war, he worked for the U.S. Postal Service until his retirement. Joe died in Enid, OK on 23 September 2003 at the age of 82. He is buried in the Enid Cemetery.

Rogers, Harold Revere (ASN 35510356) was born in Braxton Co., West Virginia on 21 December 1910 to Letcher and Minnie Bird Rogers. The 1930 U.S. Census enumerated him in Lewis Co., WV and listed his occupation as a laborer in a glass factory. In 1935, he was residing in El Reno, Oklahoma. At the time of the 1940 U.S. Census, he was a mechanic in Colorado Springs, CO. He was inducted into the Army on 18 December 1942 at Fort Hayes, Columbus, Ohio and began active duty on December 26th. At the time of his enlistment, Harold was a resident of Las Animas County, Colorado. He was assigned to Service Battery. His MOS was Truck Driver, Light (345). Private Rogers was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 13 October 1945. He was honorably discharged on 6 December 1945. Harold never married. He died in Morrow Co., Ohio on 19 July 1958 at the age of 47. He was buried in the Shauck Cemetery in Morrow County. His government provided marble headstone came from the Green Mountain Marble Company in West Rutland, Vermont.

Royce, Walter Wesley (ASN 35526325) was born in Struthers, Ohio on 24 September 1916, the youngest child of Ralph Jones Royse and Grace Blair Royse. Walter completed the sixth grade. He later got a job driving a truck and delivered coal for $25 per week. Walter then worked as an electrician repairing electric motors at a steel mill. He was drafted and inducted into the Army on 17 December 1942 at Cleveland, OH. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Mahoning County, OH. He was married, but separated from his wife. Walter was sent to the reception center at Fort Hayes, Ohio on 26 December 1942. Private Royce was assigned to HQ Battery of the Deuce-O-Deuce at Camp Gruber, Oklahoma on 30 December 1942. His MOS ratings were Basic (521), Driver (345), Wire & Telegraph Operator (641), and Rifleman (745).
Walter was AWOL from 2 June to 4 June 1943 at Camp Gruber. He was later restricted to the Battalion area for four weeks and had to forfeit $25 pay for one month. While the 202nd Field Artillery Battalion was on field maneuvers near Manny, Louisana, Walter received a pass to visit Manny on 27 July 1943 from 1900 hours to midnight. He was not present at roll call on the morning of the 28th. Private Royse was classified as AWOL. Three weeks later, on 19 August 1943, Private Royse was observed standing on a street corner in Beaumont, Texas by two military police officers of the 1823rd Service Unit. After a check showed that he had no pass or papers to show authorized leave of absence, he was arrested and taken to the military police headquarters. Pvt. Royse was charged with violation of the 61st Article of War, specifically: did, without proper leave, absent himself from his organization at the Maneuver Area, Army Post Office 310, c/o Postmaster, Shreveport, Louisana from about 28 July 1943 to about 19 August 1943. He was returned to Camp Howze. A special court-martial was held on 9 September 1943 at Camp Howze. Private Royse pleaded not guilty. He stated that he was detained on the night of 27 July after witnessing a fight in Alexandria, LA. After returning to his unit's previous location on the morning of the 28th, he found that they were gone. He stated that he was frustrated and went home to visit his parents in Ohio. Pvt. Walter Royse was found guility of all the charges and specifications and sentenced to six months of hard labor and to forfeit $30 per month for six months (his Army pay was $50 per month). He was confined to the post prison at Camp Howze on 27 August 1943. Pvt. Royse was released from confinement on 3 December 1943 and was to spend the unexpired portion of his sentence restricted to the battalion area for one month.
Walter was promoted to private first class on 28 December 1944. He was transferred to the 397th Replacement Company, 2nd Replacement Depot at Thaon, France on December 30th. The Deuce-O-Deuce was ordered to transfer the equivalent of 10% of its authorized enlisted strength to the 2nd Replacement as infantry replacements. Private First Class Royse was AWOL  from 10 January to 11 January 1945. He was sentenced to forfeit $25 for a month and restricted to post for 30 days. He went AWOL again from 12 January to 18 January 1945. This time, his sentence was forfeiture of $25 for one month and restricted to post for 90 days. On 31 January 1945, Pfc. Royse was assigned to Company "F", 389th Infantry Regiment, 100th Infantry Division. According to the History of the 398th Infantry Regiment in World War II -

The day before, the 398th Infantry Regiment relinquished its positions in the vicinity of Guising and Rohrbach to the former occupants, the 71st Infantry Regiment, and moved to a new line at Sarriensberg, Goetzenbruck, and Lemberg. They were to hold this line for almost two months as the Allied armies marshaled their strength for the decisive and unrelenting drive that was to crush the Germans. The Germans made no attempt to reclaim the territory, but instead rained artillery and mortar shells down on the American positions.

Private First Class Walter W. Royce was killed between Sarreinsburg and Meisenthal, France on 13 February 1945. He sustained shell fragment wounds to the throat, left hand, and right thigh from enemy artillery. His body was placed in a mattress cover (which was standard practice) and buried in the U.S. Military Cemetery at Epinal, France on 15 February 1945 at 1335 hours. He was posthumously awarded the purple heart. His journey back to the United States began two years later on 4 November 1947 when his remains were disinterred at Epinal. They were prepared and placed in a casket 21 November 1947. The casket was shipped via rail from Epinal, France on 13 August 1948 to the American Graves Registration Command in Antwerp, Belgium, arriving on August 16th. On 16 September 1948, Walter's remains were placed aboard the USAT Carroll Victory which arrived at the New York Port of Embarkation on 6 October 1948. The casket was accepted at Columbiana, Ohio on 29 October 1948 by the Frye Funeral Home after being shipped on Train #44 of the Pennsylvania Railroad from Columbus, Ohio earlier that day. His remains were accompanied by military escort Sergeant First Class B. Griffith. Walter W. Royse was buried in Lake Park Cemetery in Youngstown, Ohio.

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Rutherford, George L. (ASN 34739176) (SSN 414-28-4370) was born in Tennessee on 1 January 1925, the son of George W. and Jessie Reneau Rutherford. He was inducted into the Army on 6 July 1943 at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Jefferson Co., TN. Private Rutherford was assigned to “A” Battery. His MOS was Rifleman (745), and later, Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). He was appointed private first class on 18 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. George died on 27 October 2003 at the age of 78. He is buried in Dandridge Memorial Gardens in Dandridge, TN. His last known address was in Maryville, TN.

Ryan, John R. (ASN 33405506) was born in Pennsylvania on 26 June 1906. He was inducted into the Army on 14 December 1942 at Pittsburgh, PA. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Allegheny County, PA. John was assigned to “C” Battery. His MOS was Truck Driver, Light (345) 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. Their staging area was Camp Lucky Strike. Private First Class Ryan 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 29 October 1945.
John died in Pennsylvania on 18 January 1960 at the age of 55. He was buried in Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Pittsburgh, PA.

Sacco, Thomas (ASN 33405512) (SSN 159-12-1954) was born in Pennsylvania on 28 November 1918.
He was inducted into the Army on 14 December 1942 at Pittsburgh, PA. His active duty began on December 21st. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Allegheny, County, PA. Private Sacco was assigned to “C” Battery. His MOS was Ammunition Handler (504), and later, Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). He was appointed technician fifth grade (corporal) on 6 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria. His MOS was changed to Cook (060). He was honorably discharged on 10 December 1945.
Thomas died on 25 December 1977 at the age of 59. His last known address was in Pittsburgh.

Salmon, Robert W. was assigned to "B" Battery.

Sanchez, Marcelino Rocha (ASN 38027381) was born in San Antonio,Texas on 31 January 1920 to Conception Sanchez. His father abandoned the family in 1926. 
Marcelino was drafted and inducted into the Army to serve one year beginning 14 February 1941 at Fort Sam Houston, TX. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Bexar County, TX. Marcelino was at the Fort Bliss, Texas Reception Center from 16 February 1941 until February 27th. He reported for basic training at Camp Bowie, Texas on 28 February 1941 and was assigned to Service Battery, 2nd Battalion, 133rd Field Artillery Regiment, 36th Infantry Division. His MOS ratings were Ammunition Server (504) and Driver (345). In September 1941, he applied for a release from active duty in order to support his mother and sister. He claimed that he did not make enough money in the Army to support his family. His request was denied.
Marcelino was transferred to Service Battery, 961st Field Artillery Battalion at Camp Gruber, Oklahoma on 1 March 1943. At 2300 hours on March 5th, during maneuvers near Leesville, Louisiana, he stumbled and fell in some brush and injured his right wrist. He responded to the 97th Evacuation Hospital near Pickering, LA on 20 March 1943 suffering from a severe sprain. On 23 March 1943, he was transferred to the Station Hospital at Camp Claiborne, LA and then on to the Station Hospital at Camp Barkeley, TX on April 2nd. He was transferred back to duty on 10 April 1943. On 29 September 1943, Marcelino qualified as a marksman with the U.S. Carbine, Cal. .30, M1. The 961st F.A. Bn. moved to Camp Howze, TX in October 1943. Marcelino was admitted to the Station Hospital, Camp Howze, TX on 23 October 1943 with pneumonia. He was sent back to duty on November 1st.
Private First Class Sanchez was transferred to Service Battery, 202nd Field Artillery Battalion on 30 November 1943 at Camp Howze. His MOS was  Heavy Machine Gunner (605) and Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). On 16 September 1944, Marcelino was charged with being drunk on duty in his bivouac area at 2115 hours on September 9th. At his trial by Courts Martial, he was found guilty on September 20th and fined $27 of his $67.50 monthly pay.
On 18 May 1945, Pfc. Sanchez was admitted to the 112th Evacuation Hospital suffering from a cyst on his eyelid. He was transferred to Hospital Plant 4388, 189th General Hospital, APO 513 on May 20th for surgery on the chalazion. He was discharged from the hospital on 26 May 1945.
On 2 July 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.  Marcelino arrived back in the U.S. on 19 September 1945. He was honorably discharged on 15 October 1945.
Marcelino enlisted in the Army Field Artillery Enlisted Reserve on 24 May 1946 at San Antonio, TX. He was discharged on 6 January 1947 to enlist in the Regular Army.
He joined the Army Air Forces at Kelley Field, TX on 7 January 1947 as a private first class. His MOS was Airplane and Engine Mechanic (747) and Automotive Equipment Operator (345). He was assigned to 3704th Army Air Forces Base Unit, Keesler Field, Mississippi. The United States Air Force was formed as a seperate branch of the military on 18 September 1947. On 2 February 1948, he was transferred to Squadron N, 2532nd Air Force Base Unit at Randolph Air Force Base, TX.
On 3 April 1948, Marcelino was on a 3-day pass in San Antonio where his ex-wife and children were living. An argument ensued between him and his ex-wife. Four of her relatives became involved and Marcelino was stabbed in the back several times around 1930 hours by his brother-in-law Frank Vinas. Mr. Vinas alledged that Marcelino was drunk and started the fight. He stated that he lost his temper and stabbed him with his pocket knife. Marcelino was admitted to Brooke General Hospital at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio with multiple stab wounds to his back and a damaged spleen. After his recovery, he returned to duty on 18 May 1948. 
Pfc. Sanchez was assigned to the 3510th Basic Pilot Training Wing at  Randolph Air Force Base, TX on 28 August 1948. He was promoted to corporal on 16 December 1948. Marcelino was promoted to sergeant on 16 September 1949. His final assignment was with the 3513th Maintenance Squadron, 3510th Maintenance & Supply Group, Randolph Air Force Base, TX. He was honorably discharged from the Air Force on 15 February 1950.
Marcelino died on 23 April 2012 at the age of 92. He is buried in the Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, California.

Sarver, Donald H. (ASN 37424635) (SSN 484-44-8880) was born in Iowa on 8 August 1919 to Irving and Lizzie H. Widemann Sarver. At the time of the 1920 U.S. Census, the family was residing in Clinton Co., IA. Donald’s active duty in the Army began on 18 August 1942 at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri..
He was assigned to “A” Battery. His MOS was Field Lineman (641). Private First Class Sarver 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. Donald was promoted to technician fifth grade (corporal) on 2 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria. His MOS changed to Telephone Switchboard Operator (650). Donald returned to the U.S. on 1 December 1945 and was honorably discharged on December 7th.
He was a farmer. Donald died on 16 May 1996 at the age of 76. His last known address was in Lost Nation, Clinton Co., IA. He was buried in Lost Nation Cemetery.

Saunders, George Fleming (ASN 35526236) (SSN 232-22-8367) was born in Enterprise, West Virginia on 5 January 1921, the son of Walter Saunders. 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 began active duty on December 26th at Fort Hayes, Ohio. George was assigned to “C” Battery, 1st Battalion, 202nd Field Artillery Regiment at Camp Gruber, Oklahoma on 30 December 1942. George qualified as a sharpshooter with the US Carbine, Caliber .30, M1 and the US Rifle, Caliber .30-06, Model 1903. His MOS classifications were Switchboard Operator (309), Field Lineman (641), and Survey and Instrument NCO, Field Artillery (577). He was promoted to private first class on 23 January 1943. George was hospitalized with abdominal pains in March 1943 at the 97th Evacuation Hospital in Shreveport, Louisana and the Station Hospital at Camp Barkeley, Texas. Pfc. Saunders was appointed technician fifth grade (corporal) on 12 June 1944 at Holton Mill, Wheatley, England. He was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. On 23 September 1945, he was transferred to France for his trip home. George left the ETO on 21 November 1945 and arrived back in the U.S. on December 1st. He was honorably discharged on 6 December 1945 at Separation Center #45, Indiantown Gap Military Reservation, Pennsylvania with the rank of technician fourth grade. George died in Shaker Heights, OH on 26 February 1978 at the age of 57.

Saunier, Alva Eugene (ASN 35510343) (SSN 293-09-2818) was born on 8 July 1917 in Ohio, the son of Henry R. and Melvia W. Mellor Saunier. He was inducted into the Army on 17 December 1942 at Fort Hayes in Columbus, OH and began active duty on 26 December. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Richland County, OH. His MOS was Truck Driver, Heavy (245), Ammunition NCO (505), and Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Private First Class Saunier was assigned to HQ Battery. He was appointed corporal on 20 April 1943 at Camp Gruber, Oklahoma. Alva was later assigned to “B” Battery. Corporal Saunier was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. He was promoted to sergeant on 5 July 1945 in Obertrum, Austria. His MOS was changed to Automotive Mechanic, Second Echelon (014) on 9 September 1945 when he was promoted to staff sergeant. In November of 1945, Alva was apparently sick or injured and was evacuated from the 813th Hospital Center in France. Staff Sergeant Saunier embarked from Cherbourg, France aboard the U.S. Army Hospital Ship Frances Y. Slanger on 22 November 1945 and arrived in New York City on 30 November. The Frances Y. Slanger had the largest patient capacity (1,628) of any hospital ship in World War II. He was honorably discharged on 2 February 1946. Alva died on 25 August 1989 in Mansfield, OH at the age of 72. He is buried in Mansfield Memorial Park in Richland Co., Ohio.

Schiefer, Nick (ASN 36410937) (SSN 220-30-6158) was born in  Michigan on 5 March 1921, the son of Adolph L. Schiefer. He was inducted into the Army on 21 November 1942 at Kalamazoo, MI. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Montcalm County, MI. Pfc. Scheifer was assigned to “C” Battery. His MOS was Cannoneer (531) and Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). He was appointed corporal on 6 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria. Cpl. Schiefer was honorably discharged on 31 October 1945. In 1948, Nick was living in Munich, Germany when he married Maria J. Mahnig in Salzburg, Austria on April 7th. He returned to the United States on 19 May 1951 with his wife and daughter. Nick died in Flint, MI on 16 September 1980 at the age of 59. His last known address was in Thetford, MI.

Schleier, George Thomas (ASN 0519223) was born in Houston, Harris Co., Texas on 2 October 1922 the son of Erich E. Schleier, Sr. and Gertrude E. Stout. He was inducted into the Army on 29 January 1943. George was later promoted to Corporal. He began the Officer Candidate School in Class #63 at the Fort Sill Artillery School on 11 February 1943 and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant on 6 May 1943. He was married on 22 June 1944. Tommy joined the Deuce-O-Deuce from the 71st Replacement Battalion and was assigned to Service Battery as a forward observer on 17 October 1944. He was killed near Harbouey, France, along with 1st Lieutenant Allen Hathaway, on the afternoon of 18 November 1944 when the L-4 Grasshopper observation and liaison aircraft they were 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. George was 22 years old. Lt. Schleier was interred on 19 November 1944 in the U.S. Military Cemetery at Epinal, France. His remains were later repatriated to the United States and interred in September 1948 in Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery in Houston, TX.

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Schmidt, Raymond J. was a private first class assigned to “A” Battery. Staff Sergeant Russell Whitman later recalled that in 1942 or 1943 while the Battalion was stationed at Camp Gruber, Oklahoma, Raymond was bitten by a rattlesnake while laying phone wire in the field. He was hospitalized for about two weeks. During the time the Battalion was in combat, Raymond was a radio operator in the Survey Section. He was promoted to technician fifth grade (corporal) in January 1945 in France.

Schnack, Melvin Wilhelm (ASN 38018166) (SSN 442-16-9373) was born 2 January 1917 on a farm in Cooper Co., Missouri, the eldest son of Adolph J. and Ella J. Schleving Schnack. 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 Payne County, OK. Melvin was assigned to “A” Battery. His MOS was Truck Driver, Light (345). Private First Class Schnack was promoted to technician fifth grade (corporal) in January 1945 near Guisberg, France. His MOS was Truck Driver, Light (345). On 1 June 1945 at Salzburg, Austria, his MOS was changed to Full-Track Driver (735). 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) Schnack 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 2 November 1945. Melvin died on 24 December 1993 in Bell Co., Texas at the age of 76.

Schneider, Thomas I. was born in Ohio in 1922. He was inducted into the Army on 17 December 1942 at Cleveland, OH. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Mahoning County, OH. Thomas was assigned to HQ Battery. Private First Class Schneider was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 23 June 1945.

Schoonover, Merl F. (ASN 20834484) (SSN 442-12-8514) was born in Major Co., Oklahoma on 21 January 1921 to Walter and Della Gibson Schoonover. His mother died when he was a teenager. Merl was a private assigned to HQ Battery. He was transferred to Service Battery on 12 April 1944 while the Battalion was stationed at Camp Drumilly, County Armagh, Northern Ireland. Merl died on 19 February 1990 at the age of 69. He is buried in the Starnes Cemetery in Fort Gibson, OK.

Schuessler, Harry R. (ASN 33412844) (SSN 178-07-0960) was born in Pennsylvania on 13 May 1917 the son of Elizabeth and German immigrant Casper G. Schuessler. 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. Harry was assigned to HQ Battery. His MOS was Truck Driver, Light (345). Private First Class Schuessler was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. He was appointed corporal on 9 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria.
Harry died 28 September 1992 at the age of 75. His last known address was in Uniontown, Fayette Co., PA. 

Seibert, Donald E. (ASN 33405607) (SSN 182-12-4073) was born in Pennsylvania on 31 May 1922 to Eugene C. and Margaret Seibert. He was inducted into the Army on 14 December 1942 at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and began active duty on the 21st of December. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Allegheny County, PA. Donald was a private assigned to “B” Battery. His MOS was Cannoneer (531) and Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). He was appointed private first class in February 1945. Donald was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. He arrived back in the U.S. on 1 December 1945 and was honorably discharged on December 6that Separation Center #45, Indiantown Gap Military Reservation, PA. Donald died on 8 June 1979 at the age of 57. He is buried in the Allegheny Cemetery in Pittsburgh.


                                                            Pennsylvania Veteran Burial Card


Shadid, Romus (ASN 38018063) was born in Texas in 1915, the son of Syrian immigrants Moses and Hafeetha "Eva"  Shadid. His mother died when he was a child. The family moved to Oklahoma City, OK where his father owned a grocery store. After entering the Army, Rommy was assigned to “C” Battery. His MOS was Cannoneer (531) and 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. Private First Class Shadid 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 from the 202nd aboard. He re-enlisted on 16 October 1946 at Oklahoma City, OK. Romus later served during the Korean War in “A” Battery, 38th Field Artillery Battalion (105mm Howitzers), 2nd Infantry Division. Sergeant Romus Shadid was missing in action while fighting the enemy near Kunu-ri, North Korea on 1 December 1950 and presumed killed. His awards included the Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, Republic of Korea War Service Medal, and the Combat Infantryman Badge.

Sheehan, Joseph P. (ASN 36118944) (SSN 369-05-1443) was born in Michigan on 18 March 1918 the son of Myrtle C. and Irish immigrant Patrick Sheehan. His father was a copper miner. Joseph enlisted in the Army on 18 June 1941 at Detroit, Michigan. He was assigned to “C” Battery. His MOS was Quartermaster Supply Technician (821). Staff Sergeant Sheehan was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. Joseph was promoted to First Sergeant on 6 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria. His MOS was changed to First Sergeant (585). Joseph was honorably discharged on 24 November 1945. He died in Farmington Hills, MI on 18 July 1974 at the age of 56. His last known address was in Redford, MI.

Sheidberg, Victor Herman (ASN 20834291) (SSN 447-10-0017) was born in Arkansas (probably Ouachita County) on 13 November 1919. He grew up in Oklahoma. His active duty military service began on 18 January 1942. Victor was assigned to “C” Battery. His MOS was Anti-Aircraft Machine Gunner (606), and later, Heavy Machine Gunner (605). While the 202nd was stationed at Obertrum, Austria, Corporal Sheidberg 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. Victor died in Oklahoma on 7 November 1977 at the age of 57. His last known address was in Muskogee, OK. He was buried in the Holland Cemetery near Tahlequah, OK.

Shelton, Brown Oldham (ASN 20834222) (SSN 447-10-0638) was born on 18 August 1919 in Oklahoma, the son of dairy farmer William A. and Lilla May Shelton. Brown was an older brother of Fred Shelton. 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. Sergeant Shelton was assigned to “C” Battery. His MOS was First Sergeant (585). On 31 January 1945, Brown was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received in action against the enemy on 29 January 1945 when two American P-51 Mustangs mistakenly strafed the position of “C” Battery, located near Schmittviller, France, and First Sergeant Shelton was slightly wounded by a ricochet bullet. He was awarded a Clasp to the Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. In an interview many years after the War, Captain Harold Brown stated that Brown Shelton was one of the finest soldiers that he ever knew. He left the 202nd on 4 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria for Separation Center #18 at Camp Chafee, AR to be mustered out of the Army. He was honorably discharged on 14 August 1945. He reenlisted on 1 September 1950 and served until 10 May 1952. Brown died on 8 April 1993 in Oklahoma at the age of 73. His last known address was in Muskogee, OK. He is buried in Greenhill Cemetery in Muskogee.

Shelton, Fredrick A. (ASN 20834284) (SSN 441-14-2662) was born in Oklahoma on 30 August 1921, the son of dairy farmer William A. and Lilla May Shelton. Fred was a younger brother of Brown Shelton. He enlisted in the Army on 1 January 1942 at Camp Barkeley, Texas when his National Guard unit was federalized. At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of Muskogee County, OK. Fred was assigned to “C” Battery. His MOS was Automotive Mechanic, Second Echelon (014). On 7 August 1944, while the Battalion’s convoy was halted at Chemiré-le-Gaudin, France, several German snipers fired from buildings along the street and T/4 (Sergeant) Shelton was wounded in the leg. Fred threw a grenade into a house and stopped the machine gun fire that was coming from it. He promoted to staff sergeant in November 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 25 September 1945.
Fred served over 20 years as a Muskogee County commissioner, along with his friend Henry Peak, who also served in Battery C of the Deuce-O-Deuce. In a three year period from 1978 to 1981, extensive investigations by the FBI, IRS and the U.S. Department of Justice resulted in the prosecution of nearly 200 Oklahoma county commissioners for mail fraud and extortion involving fraudulent schemes in the purchase of various materials and supplies used in the maintenance of the county's roads and bridges.County commissioners took kickbacks and stole public funds through phony invoices in the nation's largest public corruption case.The scandal touched more than 60 of Oklahoma's 77 counties.
Fred died on 20 May 1993 in Oklahoma at the age of 71. His last known address was in Fort Gibson, OK.

Sheppard, William A. (ASN 35024990) (SSN 284-26-6692) was born in Iowa on 7 April 1918 the son of Allen T. and Zeda G. Denery Sheppard. He enlisted in the Army on 20 June 1941 at Cleveland, Ohio. At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of Ashland County, OH. William was assigned to “C” Battery. His MOS was Chief of Section (539), and later, Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Sergeant Sheppard was awarded a Clasp to the Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. He was transferred to the 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion on 5 September 1945 from Obertrum, Austria. He was honorably discharged on 24 October 1945.
William died in Cleveland, OH on 11 June 1991 at the age of 73.

Shimchock, George (ASN 33760418) (SSN 187-14-2864) was born in Olanta, Pennsylvania on 28 December 1923. He was inducted into the Army on 17 May 1943 at Altoona, PA and began active duty on 24 May. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Clearfield County, PA. George was assigned to “C” Battery. His MOS was Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Private First Class Shimchock was promoted to technician fifth grade (corporal) on 6 September 1945 at Obertrum, Austria. He was honorably discharged on 8 January 1946 at Indian Gap Military Reservation, PA. George died on 12 February 1995 at the age of 71. His last known address was in Curwensville, Clearfield Co., PA. He was buried in Crown Crest Memorial Park in Clearfield Co., PA.

Shirley, Walter M. (ASN 20834058) (SSN 445-03-7244) was born in Oklahoma on 24 December 1918 the eldest son of Laura Lee and Marion B. Shirley. The family was living in Wichita, Kansas at the time of the 1920 Federal Census. Walter’s mother died when he was a child. His family was residing with his maternal grandparents in Alfalfa County, OK at the time of the 1930 Federal Census. Walter was a private first class assigned to “B” Battery. His MOS was Telephone Operator (309), and later, Telephone Switchboard Operator (650). He was later promoted to technician fifth grade (corporal). Walter 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 re-enlisted on 20 May 1946 at Enid Army Air Field, OK as a corporal in the Air Corps. Walter died on 7 October 1967 at the age of 48. He was buried in the Lompoc Evergreen Cemetery in Santa Barbara County, CA.

Shirley, William C. Jr. (ASN 34093171) was born in Georgia on 14 December 1916 the son of William and Lavoca Shirley. He was inducted into the Army on 6 June 1941 at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. William was a gun section chief in “C” Battery. Corporal Shirley was promoted to sergeant on 1 January 1945. The SSN’s of his Military Occupational Specialties were (603) and (539). Sergeant William Shirley died in the early morning hours of 3 January 1945 near Bining, Lorraine, France. He was killed by a shell fragment when the area of “C” Battery received numerous rounds from enemy light and medium caliber artillery. Later that day, two other members of “C” Battery were injured (Cpl. Howard Guiles and Pfc. William Majnaric) when they were again subjected to enemy artillery fire. William was 28 years old and was survived by his wife. Sgt. Shirley was buried on 6 January 1945 at the U.S. Military Cemetery at Epinal, France. One of his identification tags was buried with his body and one was attached to the temporary wooden grave marker as specified in the Quartermaster Corps Instructions for Burial. His return to the United States began in February 1948 when his remains were shipped by train from Epinal, France to Antwerp, Belgium. From there, a voyage across the Atlantic Ocean to New York aboard the United States Army Transport Robert F. Burns, a ship which carried returning servicemen three years earlier. A uniformed escort of the same rank as or higher rank than the Soldier Dead accompanied each casket from the port to the point of final disposition. In April 1948, he was permanently interred in the Coneross Baptist Church Cemetery located in Oconee County, South Carolina between Walhalla and Westminster. 

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Simpson, Alvin Guillard “Gil” (ASN 36118930) was born on 24 October 1916 in Crystal Springs, Pennsylvania to Leah C. and Alvin H. Simpson. His family lived at Wells Tannery, Fulton Co., PA. Gil attended Hustontown High School and finished the eleventh grade. In 1935, he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps, helping to clear fire trails in the mountains and clean up flood damage in the town of Sunbury, PA. The Susquehanna River flooded the town in March of 1936 and caused over 4 million dollars in damage.
Gil moved to Michigan in 1937. He worked two years for Steinbaugh Funeral Home in Ferndale, MI as the ambulance driver and Braum Lumber as a trailer truck driver.
Gil was inducted into the Army on 18 June 1941 at Detroit, Michigan. He then reported to the Field Artillery Replacement Training Center at Fort Sill, Oklahoma and was assigned to Battery “C”, 27th Battalion for his basic training. He graduated in August of 1941. Gil’s MOS was Truck Driver, Light (345). He drove 2 ½-ton capacity (or less) vehicles to transport personnel and equipment.


                      Pvt. Gil Simpson circa 1941                              Pvt. Gil Simpson at basic training graduation 
                                                                                                               Fort Sill, Oklahoma in August 1941 

Technician Fifth Grade (Corporal) Simpson was assigned to “B” Battery of the 202nd Field Artillery Battalion. He was married to Shurley on 1 November 1942 while home on leave. Gil was with the Deuce-O-Deuce throughout its combat duty in Europe.
 

                                             Gil Simpson in 1/4 ton, 4X4, Truck-Standard (jeep) circa 1942



                                 Alvin "Gil" Simpson and 1942 Dodge 3/4 ton WC series command/reconniassance truck 
                                    marked on left rear fender "189th Field Artillery" (probably at Camp Barkeley, Texas)


He was a Scout (Reconnaissance NCO), which had the corresponding Service Specialty Number of 761, and he transported the Battery Commander to seek bivouac locations. Once an area was chosen and secured, he would return to “bring up Battery B”. Gil’s greatest fear was not that of being killed, but of being captured. His vehicle contained orders and officers’ papers. The Germans were known to torture drivers in order to obtain the unit’s operational details contained therein. He stated… “I couldn’t imagine having to eat all that paper if I were captured.” During the night of 10 November 1944, near Ménil-Flin, Lorraine, France, “B” Battery came under heavy bombardment from German 10.5cm (105mm) artillery fire. The Unit Journal narrative described the situation: The shelling lasted for an hour and a half. No casualties resulted but quite a bit of equipment was riddled by shell fragments. The kitchen fly in Battery “B” received a direct hit, scattering “C” Rations about the landscape. A small dump of powder was set afire but quickly extinguished by T/4 Walton (Sgt. William R. Walton), T/5 Fickus (Cpl. Frank W. Fickus, Jr.) and T/5 Simpson (Cpl. Alvin G. Simpson). Gil said that the powder dump fire occurred about 0015 Hours on 11 November and that S/Sgt Casimer “Cas” V. Sobieski also assisted in extinguishing the blaze. Technician Fifth Grade (Corporal) Simpson was later awarded a Bronze Star for his actions on that night. The presentation was made by Brigadier General Edward Stanley Ott, Commanding General of XV Corps Artillery on 29 December 1944 in the vicinity of Bining, Lorraine, France. Major General Wade H. Haslip, Commanding General of XV Corps described the actions of T/5 Simpson in a letter dated 14 December 1944:

…you are awarded the Bronze Star for heroic service in action on 11 November 1944, in the vicinity of Hablainville, France. Between the hours of 2300 and 0100, the area of Battery “B”, 202nd Field Artillery Battalion, was shelled by approximately 120 rounds of enemy 105mm high explosive shells. About 0015 hours, a powder dump on the battery area was set on fire by shell fragments. Although enemy shells were bursting within 15 yards, without regard to the enemy shells landing close by, you ran over to the burning powder and with the aid of two other men succeeded in extinguishing the flames. The powder dump contained 25 charges of M4 powder and if allowed to remain afire would have been a very definite hazard to a 4-ton ammunition truck parked 20 yards away and also to a larger dump of ammunition approximately 60 yards distant. Your actions were entirely spontaneous and at great risk to your own life. Your courage, coolness and initiative in a moment of great stress, merit the highest praise.


                                             T/5 (Corporal) Gil Simpson refueling a 1942 Dodge 3/4 ton WC series
                               command/reconnaissance truck in the European Theater of Operations 1944 or 1945


At the end of the war, the Battalion was in Salzburg, Austria. After a champagne celebration of the defeat, Gil was put on special duty – helping to return POW’s to their homelands. 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. Gil 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. The S.S. Argentina was an American-built passenger liner launched in 1929 and sailed on a US-South America route until 1942 when she was converted to an Army Transport (USAT) for the War Shipping Administration. On 26 January 1946 the Argentina departed Southampton, England enroute to New York City with the first official war bride contingent. Over 450 wives and 170 children were aboard. Gil was honorably discharged from the Army at Unit “B” Separation Center 45 at Indian Gap Military Reservation, Pennsylvania on 29 October 1945 with the rank of technician fifth grade (corporal). In addition to his Bronze Star, he received the American Defense Service Medal, American Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with four bronze service stars. He is also entitled to the Army of Occupation Medal with Germany Clasp, World War II Victory Medal and an additional service star on his European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal for participation in the Ardennes-Alsace Campaign.
In January 1946, Gil went to work for his father-in-law in his printing business under a U. S. government sponsored apprenticeship program. It was a two man shop located in Ferndale, Michigan. Gil became the owner of the company, Commercial Printing, in 1963. He retired in November of 1981. Gil and his wife Shurley then had time to travel, as there was little time for vacations during his working years. One trip took them to Europe where they retraced some of the routes he had taken so many years prior with the Deuce-O-Deuce. Gil died on 7 June 2010 in Michigan at the age of 93.

Singletary, Myers Eaddy (ASN 34097027) (SSN 248-20-7101) was born in South Carolina on 7 November 1919 to John G. and Annie F. Myers Singletary. He was inducted into the Army on 12 September 1941 at Fort Jackson, Columbia, SC. Private Singletary was assigned to HQ Battery. His MOS was Field Lineman (641). He was appointed corporal on 28 June 1945 in Obertrum, Austria and staff sergeant on 9 July 1945. He was honorably discharged on 23 October 1945. Myers died in Ohio on 3 July 1976 at the age of 56. He was buried in the Singletary Cemetery in Florence Co., SC. His last known address was in Lucas, OH.

Sisco, James W. (ASN 37127434) (SSN 507-18-8975) was born in Nebraska on 22 December 1921 to Belle Hamilton and Harold Nash Cisco. He was inducted into the Army on 13 June 1942 at Pawnee City, NE. James was assigned to “B” Battery. 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) Sisco was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. His MOS was changed to Automotive Mechanic, Second Echelon (014) on 9 September 1945 when he was promoted to staff sergeant. He arrived back in the U.S. on 1 December 1945. James was honorably discharged on 8 December 1945 at the Separation Center, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. James died on 10 June 1976 in Liberty, Gage Co., NE at the age of 64. He is buried in the Burchard Cemetery in Burchard, Pawnee Co., NE.

Slemmer, George William (ASN 0293867) (SSN 443-28-1610) was born in Okeene, Blaine County, Oklahoma on 27 March 1910 the son of Harry and Nora Parks Slemmer. He received his B. A. degree in 1932 and his M. S. degree in Chemistry in 1939 at the University of Oklahoma in Norman. George was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant and served in the National Guard from May 1932 until his unit was inducted into Federal service on 16 September 1940. He graduated from the Field Artillery School Battery Officers' Course in 1941. 1st Lieutenant Slemmer was promoted to captain on 22 April 1942. He held assignments in the Battalion as Liaison Officer, Assistant Intelligence Officer, Commander of Headquarters Battery, Assistant to Plans and Training Officer and Commander of Supply Battery. In December 1943, he took a small advance party from Camp Howze, Texas, to Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England, crossing the Atlantic on the troopship RMS Queen Elizabeth. The ship carried 13,000 troops. From Kidderminster, the party went to Camp Drumilly on the Manor House grounds near Loughgall in County Armagh, Northern Ireland, where the rest of the Battalion arrived on 28 January 1944. He was on special duty with the 214th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion in France in October of 1944 as the Battalion liaison officer. Captain Slemmer was assigned as Assistant S-3 (Operations Officer) on 24 December 1944 near Schmittviller, Lorraine, France. On 18 January 1945, George was transferred to the 312th Field Artillery Battalion of the 79th Infantry Division as Battalion S-3 (Operations Officer). He was honorably discharged from the Army on 26 May 1946. George became an Instructor of Chemistry in the Liberal Arts Division of the Long Beach City College, Long Beach, California, a two year junior college with about 3,500 students. He was Vice-President of the Long Beach Association of Phi Beta Kappa in 1951-52 and Treasurer in 1952-53. George died in Los Angeles, CA on 17 February 1991at the age of 80.


Slinski, Marion (ASN 35595193) was born in 1922. He was inducted into the Army on 17 December 1942 at Akron, Ohio. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Jefferson County, OH. Marion was assigned to Service Battery. His MOS was Anti-Aircraft Machine Gunner (606), and later, Heavy Machine Gunner (605). Corporal Slinski was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 17 February 1945 near Guisberg, France.

Sloan, Donald Randolph (ASN 38007582) (SSN 702-14-8144) was born in Missouri or Illinois on 18 February 1912 to James A. and Rosetta Christian Sloan. His family moved to Kiowa Co., Colorado in the 1920’s. After high school, Donald worked for the railroad. He was inducted into the Army on 19 March 1941. Donald was assigned to “A” Battery as the chief of the 2nd gun section. His MOS was Chief of Section (539), and later, Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Corporal Sloan was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 12 May 1944 in England. He was promoted to sergeant in March 1945. Donald was awarded a Clasp to the Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. He was honorably discharged on 24 October 1945. Donald died on 18 September 1986 at the age of 74. He is buried in Roselawn Cemetery in Pueblo, CO.

Small, William C. (ASN 35746444) (SSN 232-01-8493) was born in West Virginia on 8 February 1911 the son of John C. and Mollie Small. The family was residing in Martinsburg, WV at the time of the 1920 U.S. Census.
He was inducted into the Army on 18 December 1942 at Clarksburg, West Virginia and began active duty on 26 December. Private Small 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 appointed technician fifth grade (corporal) on 6 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria. He was honorably discharged on 6 December 1945. William died on 5 September 1986 at the age of 75. His last known address was in Martinsburg, WV.

Smith, Elmo C. K. (ASN 38471542) (SSN 447-18-6986) was born in Rockbridge, Ozark Co., Missouri on 6 November 1924 to Chester E. and Ruth M. Smith. The family moved to Dawson, Tulsa Co., Oklahoma about 1926. Elmo was inducted into the Army at Tulsa, OK. He was assigned to “A” Battery on 27 March 1944 from Field Force Replacement Depot #1. The 202nd Field Artillery Battalion was stationed at Camp Drumilly, County Armagh, Northern Ireland at that time. His MOS was Cannoneer (531) and Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Private Smith was appointed private first class in December 1944 in France. He was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. Elmo was promoted to corporal on 2 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria. He arrived back in the U.S. on 3 January 1946 and was honorably discharged on January 10th at Camp Chaffee, Arkansas. He married and had two children. Elmo was employed by Southwestern Bell Telephone for 33 years. He died in Oklahoma on 22 November 2002, at the age of 78, and is buried in Memorial Park Cemetery in Tulsa.

Smith, Ralph W. (ASN 38018098) (SSN 265-03-2717) was born in Rhode Island on 10 May 1913. He was inducted into the Army on 6 February 1941 at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. At the time of his induction, Ralph was a resident of Oklahoma County, OK. Private Smith was assigned to “B” Battery. His MOS was Bugler (803), and later, Full Track Driver (735). He operated The M5 13-Ton High Speed Tractors used to tow the Battalion’s 155mm howitzers. 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. Private Smith 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. Ralph died on 2 October 1978 at the age of 65. He was buried in Little Rock National Cemetery in Little Rock, AR. His last known address was in North Little Rock, AR.

Smith, William Theo was assigned to “B” Battery. Corporal Smith 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.

Smith, William W. (ASN 15334395) was born in Indiana in 1922. He enlisted in the Army on 29 October 1942 at Fort Benjamin Harrison, IN. At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of Shelby County, IN.
William was assigned to “A” Battery. His MOS was Heavy Machine Gunner (605), Ammunition Handler (504), and Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). At the conclusion of the War, he was temporarily assigned to the 924th Ordnance Company for the trip home. Their staging area was Camp Phillip Morris. Private First Class Smith embarked from Le Havre, France aboard the USAT James J. Hill on 29 November 1945 and arrived in New York on 16 December.

Smolinski, Walter (ASN 35537504) was born in Ohio in 1915. He was inducted into the Army on 16 December 1942 at Toledo, OH. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Lucas Co., OH. Walter was a private assigned to “A” Battery. His MOS was Cannoneer (531) and Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Walter was appointed private first class on 18 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria.

Snider, Paul C. (ASN 38018202) (SSN 441-03-5291) was born in Creek Co., Oklahoma on 4 February 1916 to Henry L. and Anna C. Snider. 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 Creek County, OK. Paul was assigned to “A” Battery. Corporal Snider 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. He was honorably discharged on 25 September 1945. Paul re-enlisted on 17 June 1948 and served until 12 October 1948. He died on 14 July 1981 at the age of 65. His last known address was in Sapulpa, Creek Co., OK.

Snow, Battle Cole (ASN 13016832) (SSN 230-03-6566) was born in Greene Co., Virginia on 30 June 1913 the eldest son of Alfonso and Martha Snow. His mother died when he was a child. He grew up on the family farm. Private First Class Snow was assigned to “A” Battery. His MOS was Ammunition Handler (504), 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. 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. Pfc. Snow re-enlisted on 8 November 1945 at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland. Battle died on 11 September 1969 at the age of 57. His last known address was in Decatur, Macon Co., Illinois. He is buried in the Culpeper National Cemetery in Virginia.

Snyder, Michael (ASN 33412342) (SSN 172-10-0120) was born in the Transylvania region of Romania on 8 July 1909 to Alex and Sarah Snyder. The family immigrated to the United States in 1912 and settled in New Castle, Pennsylvania. His father worked in a tin mill and died in the 1920’s. Michael was inducted into the Army on 7 December 1942 at Greensburg, Pennsylvania and his active duty began on December 14th. Private Snyder was assigned to Service Battery. His MOS was Utility Repairman (121), and later Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). He was honorably discharged on 14 November 1945.
Michael died on 5 June 1991 at the age of 81. He is buried in Graceland Cemetery in New Castle, Lawrence Co., PA.

Sobieski, Casimer V. (ASN 36116491) (SSN 381-09-9365) was born in Michigan on 22 January 1915 the son of Polish immigrants Alex and Sophia Sobieski. His father, who was a blacksmith, died when Casimer was a child. He was inducted into the Army on 2 June 1941 at Detroit, MI. His MOS was Fire Control Instrument Operator, Field Artillery (645), and later, Survey and Instrument NCO, Field Artillery (577). Staff Sergeant Sobieski was assigned as a Chief of Section in “B” Battery. Cas was responsible for control, coordination and tactical employment of medium artillery pieces and crew members. On 24 November 1944, he was loaned to XV Corps Artillery for the purpose of locating, by ground reconnaissance, abandoned German artillery pieces. Casimer 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. Cas died on 9 April 1994 in Detroit, MI at the age of 79. His last known address was in Warren, MI. He is buried in Resurrection Cemetery in Macomb Co., MI.


Sohlberg, Roy C. (SSN 335-16-9948) was born Roy Ephriam Sohlberg in Chicago, Illinois on 19 July 1922 to Karl and Mary Portin Sohlberg. He entered the Army on 5 December 1942. Private Sohlberg was assigned to “C” Battery. His MOS was Field Lineman (641). Roy was appointed private first class on 1 January 1945 near Bining, France. He was honorably discharged on 7 December 1945. Roy worked as a mechanic. He moved to Arizona in the late 1970’s. He died on 11 September 2001 in Scottsdale, AZ at the age of 79. He was cremated.

Speake, Grover J. (ASN 18005618) (SSN 428-46-7793) was born in Texas on 16 July 1922, the son of Fount Benjamin Speake and Pearl Alice Dykes. At the time of the 1930 Federal Census, the family was residing in Muskogee, Oklahoma. He joined the Army on 27 July 1940. Grover was assigned to Service Battery. His MOS was Cannoneer (531) and Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). He was appointed private first class on 4 February 1944 at Camp Drumilly, Northern Ireland. He was transferred to “C” Battery on 11 June 1944 while the Battalion was stationed at Holton Mill, Wheatley, England. On 7 August 1944, the 202nd encountered enemy sniper fire near Foille, France where “C” Battery killed one German and captured another, and “B” Battery took one prisoner. During the skirmish, Private Speake received a flesh wound from enemy small arms fire. Grover was promoted to corporal on 20 June 1945. His MOS changed to Clerk Typist (405). 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 9 August 1945. Grover re-enlisted in the Army Air Forces on 20 September 1946 and served as a staff sergeant until 12 October 1948. The United States Air Force was established on 18 September 1947. He died in Dallas Co., Texas on 22 June 1989 at the age of 66. Grover is buried in Restland Memorial Park in Dallas.

Spears, Floyd Monroe (ASN 20834197) (SSN 441-10-1044) was born in Texas on 21 October 1918 to Joe and Myrtle Spears. The family moved to Oklahoma in the early 1920’s. Floyd enlisted in the Army on 17 September 1940 at Roff, Oklahoma from the National Guard. At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of Pontotoc County, OK. Technician Fifth Grade (Corporal) Spears was assigned to HQ Battery. His MOS was Radio Operator, Low Speed (776). 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 25 September 1945. Floyd died on 2 February 1974 at the age of 55.

Speed, Emmett Lee Sr. (ASN 34804070) (SSN 428-26-5624) was born in Pickens Co., Alabama on 15 December 1924 to Edward Lee and Lizzie Dell Speed. His family was in the timber and lumber business. They moved to Luverne, AL about 1940. Emmett was inducted into the Army on 22 April 1943 at Fort McClellan, AL. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Crenshaw County, AL. He was assigned to “A” Battery. His MOS was Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Corporal Speed was promoted to sergeant on 6 September 1945 at Obertrum, Austria. He was honorably discharged on 6 January 1946. After the War, Emmett married and had three children. He remained in the National Guard or Army Reserve for his entire life. Emmett graduated from the University of Alabama and was commissioned as a second lieutenant. He eventually attained the rank of lieutenant colonel. Emmett worked in human resources and farmed. He died in Alabama on 24 September 1988 at the age of 63. He was buried in the Emmaus Cemetery in Luverne, Crenshaw Co., AL.


Spelts, Court Elsworth “Fats” (ASN 38006623) (SSN 522-34-0126) was born in Greene Co., Indiana on 26 November 1908, the son of Benjamin H. and Millie Sarah Reed Spelts. His family moved to Yuma Co., Colorado in 1927.
He was inducted into the Army on 19 February 1941. Private First Class Spelts was assigned to “C” Battery. His MOS was Cannoneer (531) and Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). On 14 September 1945 at Obertrum, Austria Edwin was transferred to Reception Station #8, Fort Logan, CO per Special Order #41, HQ USFA, dated 5 September 1945. He was honorably discharged on 19 October 1945. After the War, he was a rancher near Heartstrong, Colorado until his retirement in 1976. Court died in Yuma, CO on 12 December 1978 at the age of 70. He was buried in Yuma Cemetery.

Stack, Walter E. Jr. (ASN 37454227) (SSN 505-18-5840) was born in Nebraska on 30 August 1917, the son of Walter E. and Ethel Jeppeson Stack. His father was a track walker for the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad.
His active duty in the Army began on 17 August 1942. Walter was assigned to HQ Battery. Private First Class Stack was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 17 February 1945 near Guisberg, France. He was promoted to corporal in September 1945 at Obertrum, Austria. He was honorably discharged on 8 December 1945. Walter died in Moberly, Missouri on 23 October 1987 at the age of 70.

Stefaniak, Clemens F. (ASN 36412284) (SSN 386-03-8267) was born 13 May 1914 in Michigan. He was employed at the Fisher Body division of General Motors in Flint, MI. Clemans was inducted into the Army on 28 November 1942 at Kalamazoo, MI and began active service on 10 December. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Genesee County, MI. Clemens was assigned to “B” Battery. His MOS was Cannoneer (531) and Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). He was honorably discharged on 8 December 1945. After the war, he went back to work at Fisher Body. He died on 28 December 1986 in Rogers City, Michigan at the age of 72. Clemens was buried in Riverside Cemetery in Millersburg, Presque Isle Co., MI.

Steidley, Percy Edward “Babe” (ASN 38018225) was born in Indianola, Oklahoma on 11 June 1915 to Lon and Nancy Ragan Steidley. 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 Rogers County, OK. Percy was assigned to Service Battery. His MOS was Ammunition Handler (504), 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. Private First Class Steidley 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. Percy married and had two sons. After the War, he was the caretaker for the Dr. Roy Melinder estate in Claremore, OK. Percy died at the Oklahoma Veteran’s Center in Claremore on 26 December 2011 at the age of 96.

Steinacker, George Joseph (ASN 33389167) was born in Maryland on 5 August 1905 to Alvin P. and Julia Tuttle Steinacker. His father died when he was a child. George grew up at 529 S. Bentalou Street in Baltimore. The 1920 U.S. Census listed George, age 14, as a helper in a candy factory. He was not attending school at that time. On 3 April 1930, the date of the next census enumeration, he was listed as a salesman at a candy factory. He was inducted into the Army on 14 December 1942 at Baltimore, MD and began active duty on December 21st. Prior to that, he had been employed as a foreman at a chemical factory. Corporal Steinacker was assigned to Service Battery. His MOS was Chief of Section (539), and later, Ammunition NCO (505). He was promoted to sergeant on 3 January 1944 and to staff sergeant on 21 May 1945 at Salzburg, Austria. George was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 17 February 1945 near Guisberg, France. He was also awarded a Bronze Star during the war. 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 5 October 1945. George died on 21 June 1951 at the age of 45. He was buried in the New Cathedral Cemetery in Baltimore, MD. His government provided Chelmsford Grey Granite marker was produced by H. E. Fletcher Co. in West Chelmsford, Massachusetts.

Stenger, Robert G. (ASN 35746533) (SSN 233-01-6491) was born in West Virginia on 4 July 1911 to William A. and Louisa A. Robrecht Stenger. In the 1930’s, the family resided at 2208 Warwood Ave. in Wheeling, WV. His father owned a truck farm and market. Robert was inducted into the Army on 18 December 1942 at Clarksburg, WV and began active duty on 26 December. He was assigned to “C” Battery. His MOS was Anti-Aircraft Machine Gunner (606), and later, Heavy Machine Gunner (605). Private Stenger was promoted to private first class on 1 January 1945 near Bining, France. He was appointed corporal on 6 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria. He was honorably discharged on 24 November 1945. Robert died on 22 July 1988 at the age of 77. His last known address was in Glen Dale, Marshall Co., WV.

Stephens, James A. (ASN 35595100) (SSN 285-12-4524) was born in Ohio on 12 September 1922 to Charles R. and Margaret E. Freeman Stephens. He was inducted into the Army on 17 December 1942 at Akron, Ohio and began active duty on December 26th. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Summit County, OH. Private Stephens was assigned to “C” Battery. His MOS was Anti-Aircraft Machine Gunner (606), and later, Heavy Machine Gunner (605). He was appointed private first class on 12 June 1944 at Holton Mill, Wheatley, England and was again appointed private first class on 6 September 1945 at Obertrum, Austria. James married, but did not have any children. He died in Los Angeles, CA on 8 January 1977 at the age of 54. He is buried in Mountain View Memorial Park in Barstow, CA.

Sternad, Ollie A. (ASN 37127520) (SSN 503-40-7220) was born in Wisconsin on 24 August 1909 the son of John F. and Mary Sternad. When he was a baby, his family moved to Iowa for a couple of years. They then settled in Meade Co., South Dakota where he grew up. Ollie was assigned to “B” Battery. His MOS was Ammunition NCO (505), and later, Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Corporal Sternad was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. He was promoted to sergeant on 9 September 1945 at Obertrum, Austria. He died in October 1970 at the age of 61. His last known address was in Faith, Meade Co., SD.

Stimac, Joseph A. (ASN 36225451) was born in Michigan in 1915. 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. Joseph was assigned to “B” Battery. His MOS was Ammunition NCO (505), 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 Stimac 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.

Stockton, Raymond (ASN 33412808) (SSN 162-14-6996) was born in Pennsylvania on 14 April 1919 to John and Goldie Stockton. The 1940 U.S. Census for Fayette Co., PA listed Raymond's occupation as an orderly on a C.C.C. project. He was inducted into the Army on 14 December 1942 at Greensburg, PA. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Mt. Braddock, Fayette Co., PA. Private Stockton was assigned to HQ Battery. His MOS was Duty Soldier III (590). He was honorably discharged on 6 December 1945. Raymond died on 15 August 1983 at the age of 64. His last known address was in Dunbar, PA. He is buried in the Fairview Cemetery (aka Percy Cemetery) in Union Township, Fayette Co., PA. (Coordinates 39.93163 N and 79.64941 W)


Student, Earl F. (ASN 36625910) was a private assigned to Service Battery. His MOS was Ammunition Handler (504), and later, Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864).
(Possibly born in Illinois on 12 August 1922 to Frank H. and Elsie N. Student. Currently residing in Chicago?)

Stultz, Carl Nathaniel (ASN 35156901) (SSN 309-07-5020) was born in Indiana on 7 July 1913 the son of Harmon and Mary Bertha Stultz. He was raised on a farm in Sullivan Co., IN. Carl was inducted into the Army on 7 April 1941 at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Sullivan County, IN. Carl was assigned to “B” Battery. His MOS was Basic (521), and later, Clerk-Typist (405). Private Stultz was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. He died in Pinellas Co., Florida on 17 March 1998 at the age of 84. Carl was buried in the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL. His last known address was in St. Petersburg, FL.

Sudar, Fred Joe (ASN 35025140) (SSN 706124532) was born in Mingo Junction, Ohio on 1 September 1918, the son of Yugoslavian immigrants Melie and Angeline Sudar. 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 Co., OH. Sergeant Sudar was assigned to “A” Battery. Fred was the Chief of Section of the 3rd piece. He suffered a broken wrist on 19 August 1944, near Villiers-en-Désoeuvre, France, when a howitzer was accidentally fired. Private Jack Norman suffered a broken jaw and shoulder injury. 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. Fred 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. Fred died on 11 October 1998, at the age of 80, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was buried in Floral Haven Memorial Gardens in Broken Arrow, Tulsa Co., OK.

Sykes, Frederick S. Jr. (ASN 16143749) (SSN 338-12-2155) was born in Illinois on 26 October 1922 to Fred and Mildred Sykes.
He enlisted in the Army on 2 December 1942 at Chicago, IL. At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of Cook County, IL. Frederick was assigned to HQ Battery. Private First Class Sykes was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 23 June 1945. He was appointed technician fifth grade (corporal) on 9 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria and then technician fourth grade (sergeant) on 6 September 1945. Frederick 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. Fred died on 17 June 1984 at the age of 61. His last known address was in Joliet, IL.

Szurgocinski, Raymond E. (ASN 32909871) was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on 14 February 1920, the son of Polish immigrants Blanch and Makary Szurgocinski. His mother died when he was a child.
He was inducted into the Army on 31 March 1943 at Newark, New Jersey. Raymond was assigned to “C” Battery. His MOS was Field Lineman (641). He was appointed private first class on 12 June 1944 at Holton Mill, Wheatley, England. Raymond was accidentally shot on 4 May 1945. He sustained a .32 caliber gunshot wound to the neck. Raymond died on 7 May 1945 at the 66th Field Hospital in Salzburg, Austria. He was 25 years old and was survived by his wife and son. His personal effects were inventoried and sent to the Army Service Forces Army Effects Bureau located at the Kansas City Quartermaster Depot in Kansas City, Missouri to be forwarded to his next-of-kin. Raymond was buried in the temporary U.S. Military Cemetery at Reutti, Germany on 9 May 1945. At the end of the War, the remains of American military personnel were moved to a U.S. military cemetery that was not on German soil. He was reburied on 27 September 1945 in the U.S. Military Cemetery at St. Avold, France. Pfc. Raymond E. Szurgocinski was permanently interred on 30 March 1949 in the Lorraine American Cemetery near St. Avold, France in Plot G Row 8 Grave 36. 




Tarman, Paul A. Sr (ASN 35001054) (SSN 296-09-5659) was born in Newcomerstown, Ohio on 31 August 1918, the son of George and Hannah Lindell Tarman. He was inducted into the Army on 22 January 1941 at Fort Hayes in Columbus, OH. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Coshocton County, OH. Private Tarman was assigned to “C” Battery. His MOS was Basic (521), and later, Heavy Machine Gunner (605). He was promoted to private first class on 9 January 1945 near Schmittville, France. While the 202nd was stationed at Obertrum, Austria, Paul was transferred to the 772nd Field Artillery Battalion along with more than 100 other men from the Deuce on 27 June 1945. He died in West Lafayette, Coshocton Co., Ohio on 24 May 1982 at the age of 63. Paul was buried in the Perry Center Cemetery in Lake Co., Ohio.

Tate, Billy C. (ASN 20834061) (SSN 444-01-4654) was born in Oklahoma on 18 August 1914 the son of George H. and Mary Jones Tate. He grew up in Cherokee, OK. He was enlisted in the Army on 16 September 1940 at Cherokee when his National Guard unit was inducted into Federal service. At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of Alfalfa County, OK. Billy was assigned to “B” Battery.


                                                                                             Billy C. Tate

At various times during the morning of 17 August 1944, German ME 109’s were observed flying over the Battalion’s position. Battalion machine gun fire supported by those of the 287th AAA succeeded in bringing down one ME 109 at 0900 hours. Upon
crashing, the enemy plane immediately burst into flame. While standing in a field nearby, Sergeant Tate was seriously wounded by fragments from the exploding ammunition in the burning plane. He was given first aid and evacuated. He was honorably discharged on 22 October 1945. Billy died in November 1981 at the age of 67. His last known address was in Elk City, Beckham Co., OK. He is buried in Fairlawn Cemetery in Elk City.

Taylor, Francis Roeder (ASN 36118957) was born in St. Louis, Missouri on 2 July 1918 to John and Clara Roeder Taylor. He was inducted into the Army on 18 June 1941 at Detroit, Michigan. Francis was assigned to the Service Battery. His MOS was Scout (761). Private First Class Taylor was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 17 February 1945 near Guisberg, France. Francis died in Florida on 19 December 2012 at the age of 94. His last known address was in Venice, FL. He was buried in Venice Memorial Gardens Cemetery. His last known address was in Venice, FL.

Taylor, Paul Edward (ASN 35595185) (SSN 293-03-0003) was born in Ohio on 1 March 1917. He was inducted into the Army on 17 December 1942 at Akron, Ohio and began active duty on 26 December. Paul was assigned to HQ Battery. His MOS was Message Center Clerk (667). Corporal Taylor was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 23 June 1945. He was promoted to sergeant on 9 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria. He was honorably discharged on 6 December 1945. Paul died in Steubenville, OH on 29 October 2000 at the age of 83. He was buried in the New Alexandria, OH Cemetery.

Thomas, Ernest Ivan (ASN 35034158) (SSN 290-03-2445) was born in Gallia Co., Ohio on 25 April 1919 to Chauncey W. and Allie Halley Thomas. He was inducted into the Army on 21 June 1941 at Fort Hayes, Columbus, OH. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Franklin County, OH. Ernest married and had six children.
Private Thomas was assigned to HQ Battery. He was appointed private first class on 9 March 1944 at Camp Drumilly, Northern Ireland. In January 1945, he was transferred to the 12th Armored Division. He was honorably discharged on 21 October 1945. Ernest died in Delaware Co., OH on 8 November 1968 at the age of 49.

Thomas, Eugene Lawrence (ASN 1695943) was born Thomas Capece in Colonnella, Teramo Province, Italy on 24 August 1906. He emigrated from Naples, Italy with his family on 27 May 1907 and arrived in New York City on 10 June 1907. Eugene went to college and became a pharmacist. He was naturalized as a U.S. citizen on 26 November 1929. His wife, Sophie Guttman, was a Russian immigrant who owned a drug store. He later attended and graduated from Temple University School of Medcine in 1940.
Eugene had a general and surgical practice in Philadelphia for about one year before he was called to active duty with the Army on 24 August 1942. His military training included four-week Medical Officer classes at both Carlisle Barracks Medical Field Service School and Edgewood Arsenal  Chemical Warefare Service, a five-day course in neuropyschiatry at the ETOUSA School, and a six-week course in general surgery at Paris University. Capitan Thomas was assigned as the Battalion Surgeon. His MOS was Medical Officer (3100). He left the Battalion on 4 December 1944 near Hinsbourg, Alsace, France; and transferred to the 179th General Hospital. Eugene departed the ETO on 30 September 1945 and arrived back in the U.S. on October 1st. He was honorably discharged on 26 November 1945 at the Separation Center, Indiantown Gap Military Reservation, Pennsylvania. He and his wife had one daughter.

Thomas, Garrett Jefferson (ASN 37739177) was born in Louisiana, Pike Co., Missouri in 1914, to Thomas Jefferson Thomas, Jr. and Eva M. Garrett Thomas. At the time of the 1920 US Census, the family was residing at 6042 E. 13th Street in Kansas City, MO. They moved to the Quindaro area of Kansas City, KS prior to 1925. Garrett was inducted into the Army on 3 April 1944 at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Wyandotte County, KS. Private First Class Thomas was assigned to “C” Battery. His MOS was Field Lineman (641), and Gun Crewman,  Medium Artillery (864). Garrett was later appointed corporal. On 14 September 1945 at Obertrum, Austria, he was transferred to the 42nd Quartermaster Company per Special Order #51, 144th Field Artillery Group, dated 13 September 1945.
Garrett died in 1973. He is buried in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Kansas City, KS.

Thomas, Irby (ASN 34472731) was born in West, Holmes Co., Mississippi on 30 November 1918 to  William R. and Ada C. Thomas.
He was inducted into the Army on 17 October 1942 and reported for active duty on October 31st at Camp Shelby, MS. Irby was assigned to Battery E, 11th Battalion, 4th Field Artillery Replacement Training Center, Fort Bragg, North Carolina on 4 November 1942.  His MOS was Automotive Mechanic, Second Echelon (014), Construction Equipment Mechanic (319) and Tank Mechanic, Minor Maintenance (660).
He was promoted to corporal on 19 January 1943. Irby suffered a broken left ankle, leg, and knee in Februaury of 1943 and was treated at the 121st General Hospital at Fort Bragg. On 4 July 1943, he qualified as a marksman with the U.S. Carbine, Cal. .30, M1.
Corporal Thomas was tried at a summary court martial on 23 November 1943. He was charged with disorderly conduct while in uniform at a sandwich shop. Irby apparently damaged the place of business and an automobile belonging to a Corporal James Hathcock. He was reduced in rank to private, sentenced to three months at hard labor, and to forfeit $11 pay per month for three months. On 15 December 1943, the remainder of his confinement at hard labor was suspended. He had served 22 days of the sentence.
Irby departed the U.S. at New York City on 29 February 1944 and arrived at Liverpool, England on March 14th. On 23 March 1944, he left England and arrived in Northern Ireland on March 27th. Private Irby Thomas was assigned to Service Battery of the 202nd Field Artillery Battalion on 27 March 1944 at Camp Drumilly, County Armagh, Northern Ireland.
He was promoted to technician fifth grade (corporal) on 19 June 1944. Irby was promoted to technician fourth grade (sergeant) on 19 October 1944. On 5 July 1945, Irby was promoted to master sergeant. He was transferred to the 250th Field Artillery Battalion on 17 September 1945 and to Company B, 157th Combat Engineer Battalion on September 25th. On 12 November 1945, he joined the 741st Field Artillery Battalion for the trip back home. Master Sergeant Thomas left the ETO at Le Havre, France and arrived at New York City on November 30th. He left Camp Shanks, New York on 1 December 1945 for Separation Center #29, Fort McPherson near Atlanta, Georgia. Master Sergeant Irby Thomas was honorably discharged on 7 December 1945.
He re-enlisted on 8 December 1945 at Fort McPherson, Atlanta, Georgia. At the time of his re-enlistment, he was a resident of Jefferson County, Alabama. Irby waas bothered by chronic back, neck, and leg pain as a result of his earlier injuries. He received a medical discharge from the Army at Lawson General Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia on 15 May 1946.

Thompson, Albert T. Sr. (ASN 33412153) (SSN 209-07-9637) was born in Pennsylvania on 7 June 1916, the son of coal miner John G. Thompson and his wife Sarah. He was inducted into the Army on 5 December 1942 at Greensburg, PA and began active duty on 12 December. Albert was assigned to HQ Battery. Private First Class Thompson was promoted to technician fifth grade (corporal) in November 1944. He was assigned to the 83rd General Hospital on 18 October 1945 while the 202nd was stationed at Camp Boston, near Suippes, France. He was honorably discharged on 25 November 1945. Albert died on 11 September 1978 at the age of 62. He is buried in Mt. Airy Cemetery in Natrona Heights, PA.

Thompson, Louis Daniel (ASN 35746445) (SSN 232-01-8341) was born in Martinsburg, Berkeley Co., West Virginia on 30 January 1916, the son of David and Florence Thompson. He quit school at the age of 15 to work and help support his family during the Depression. Louis was married on 6 January 1940 to Mary L. Kern. He was inducted into the Army on 18 December 1942 at Clarksburg, WV and was inducted on 26 December. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Berkeley County, WV. Louis trained in Texas and Oklahoma and qualified as a marksman with the U.S. Carbine, Cal. .30, M1. He was assigned to HQ Battery. His MOS was Basic (521). Louis was undergoing unit training, but not yet qualified for an MOS. He later became a Truck Driver, Light (345). Some of his other duties included installing telephone, telegraph, and electric wires. Private Thompson was promoted to private first class on 12 January 1945 near Schmittville, France. Louis was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 23 June 1945. He was honorably discharged from the Army at the Separation Center, Ft. Meade, Maryland on 6 December 1945 with the rank of private first class. After the war, he settled in Charles Town, WV and worked at Potomac Edison Power Company for more than 30 years. Louis died at home in February 1985 at the age of 69.

Thurman, Lonnie Isaac (ASN 18020417) was born in Missouri on 26 May 1922 to Isaac H. and Charlotte E. Wood Thurman. He enlisted in the Army on 5 September 1940 at Tulsa, Oklahoma. At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of Ottawa County, Oklahoma. Private Thurman was assigned to HQ Battery on 3 January 1945 near Bining, France from the 2nd Replacement Depot. His MOS was Automatic Rifleman (746), and later, Field Lineman (641). 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 29 November 1945. Lonnie married in 1946 and had four children. Lonnie died in Carlisle, IA on 20 October 2007 at the age of 85.

Tisher, Harold A. (ASN 35526252) (SSN 285-18-6134) was born in Ohio on 21 July 1919, son of Edward T. and Lois Tisher. He was inducted into the Army on 17 December 1942 at Cleveland, Ohio. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Portage County, OH. Private Tisher was assigned to HQ Battery. His MOS was Automotive Mechanic, Second Echelon (014). He was promoted to technician fifth grade (corporal) on 30 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria and to technician fourth grade (sergeant) on 6 September 1945. Harold Tisher died on 3 May 1969 in Cleveland, Ohio at the age of 49.

Townsend, James Elijah (ASN 33389506) (SSN 217-12-4249) was born in Wicomico Co., Maryland on 31 January 1911 to Joseph R. and Hettie A. Murray Townsend. He was inducted into the Army on 15 December 1942 at Baltimore, Maryland. James was assigned to “A” Battery. His MOS was Cannoneer (531) and Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Private Townsend was appointed private first class in December 1944 in France. He was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. James was promoted to technician fifth grade (corporal) on 6 September 1945 at Obertrum, Austria. He married and had three children. James died in April of 1976 in Wicomico Co., MD.

Trammell, Ernest Wilton (ASN 44037564) (SSN 253-10-5498) was born in North Carolina on 1 September 1920. He was inducted into the Army on 20 September 1944 at Fort McPherson in Atlanta, Georgia. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Grady County, Georgia. Private Trammel was assigned to “A” Battery. His MOS was Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). He was appointed private first class on 18 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. He was honorably discharged on 13 June 1946. Ernest died in Georgia on 5 November 1977 at the age of 57. He is buried in Black Jack Baptist Church Cemetery in Decatur Co., GA.

Trice, Mann A. (ASN 20833999) (SSN 445-12-1084) was born in Osage Co., Oklahoma on 22 April 1917, the eldest son of  Blount C. Trice, Sr. and Iva May Lewis Trice. His father was an attorney who died when Mann was a teenager. On the day of the 1930 U.S. Census, 9 April 1930, the family was living in Pawhuska, Osage Co., OK. The 1940 US Census enumerated on 6 April 1940, lists him as a janitor at the Max Theater in Cherokee, OK which was managed by Tom Lewis who would later be the commander of the 202nd Field Artillery Battalion. Mann was also a boarder at Lewis’ home at 912 South Grand in Cherokee. Mann was also listed in the 1940 Census in the household of his mother and step-father in Alfalfa County. His occupation was listed as motion picture attendant at a local theater. Mann re-enlisted in the field artillery branch of the Army on 19 April 1941 at Camp Barkeley, Texas for a term of one year. At the time of his re-enlistment, he was a resident of Alfalfa County, OK. He was an enlisted man in the Regular Army within 3 months of discharge. Corporal Trice was assigned to “B” Battery. His MOS was Scout (761).

                                                                Cpl. Mann Trice circa 1944 or 1945 in the ETO

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. Mann died on 29 September 1988 at the age of 71. He is buried in the Tryon Cemetery in Lincoln Co., OK.

Trivisonno, Antonio "Tony" (ASN 35526293) was born in Ripalimosani, Italy on 20 January 1920 to Michele (Michael) and Cristina (Christina) D’Alessandro Trivisonno. He immigrated to the U.S. with his mother and siblings at the age of 9. They left Naples on 28 June 1929 aboard the MS Vulcania and arrived in New York on the 8th of July. Their final destination was Euclid, Ohio where his father and paternal grandfather were living. The MS Vulcania was requisitioned by the Italian government in 1941 to carry troops to North Africa. After Italy’s surrender to the Allies in 1943, she became a U.S. troopship for the remainder of World War II. As a child in Ohio, Tony sold newspapers and worked as a groundskeeper at the Blossom Estate in Cleveland where his father was employed as a gardener. 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. Tony was assigned to Service Battery. His MOS was Ammunition Handler (504), and later, Cook (060). Returning home after the war, Tony worked as a truck driver delivering barrels of oil and gasoline for Union 76 Oil Company. He retired at age 65. Tony died in 2012. He is buried in Lake View Cemetery in Cleveland.

Truax, Alvin L. (SSN 366-05-1131) was born in Michigan on 15 September 1914 the son of Pirl D. and Elizabeth M. Truax. He was inducted into the Army on 18 June 1941 at Kalamazoo, MI. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Allegan County, MI. Alvin was assigned to the Service Battery. His MOS was Mess Sergeant (824). He was promoted from sergeant to staff sergeant on 3
January 1944. Alvin was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 17 February 1945 near Guisberg, France. 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. Alvin 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. He died on 15 June 2002 at the age of 87. Alvin is buried in Elmwood Cemetery in Wayland, Allegan Co., MI.

Tucker, Hubert Clifton (ASN 20834202) was born in Oklahoma on 23 September 1920 to Everett and Ida Tucker. He enlisted in the Army on 23 January 1942 at Oklahoma City, OK. At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of Pontotoc County, OK. Hubert was the brother of Sergeant Morris Tucker. Hubert was assigned to HQ Battery. His MOS was Field Lineman (641). Private Tucker was promoted to technician fifth grade (corporal) on 12 January 1945 near Schmittville, France. 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. Hubert 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.
Hubert died in California on 17 November 2009 at the age of 89. His last known address was in Van Nuys, CA. He was buried in Eternal Valley Memorial Park in Newhall, CA.

Tucker, Jack Ira. (ASN 36503018) (SSN 363-10-3656) was born in Marengo County, Alabama on 13 April 1905 to James W. and Ida Jowers Tucker. His family moved to Pensacola, Florida prior to 1910. Jack's mother died when he was fourteen. He attended Moley Barber College in Detroit, Michigan in 1922. Jack owned and operated a barber and beauty shop in Detroit. He was inducted into the Army on 1 June 1942 at Detroit. Jack was assigned to “B” Battery. His MOS was Cannoneer (844), and later, Truck Driver, Light (345).


                                                                                           Jack I. Tucker

Private First Class Tucker 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 departed the European Theater of Operations on 9 August 1945 and arrived back in the U.S. on the 14th of August. He was honorably discharged on 17 August 1945 at Camp Blanding, FL. After the war, he returned to his barber shop. Jack married and had one daughter. He sold his business and retired in 1977. Jack died in Grosse Point, MI on 27 January 1984 at the age of 78. His last address was in St. Clair Shores, MI. Jack was buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Detroit.

Tucker, Morris Elbert (ASN 20834203) (SSN 441-10-1086) was born in Oklahoma on 19 April 1918, the son of Everett and Ida Tucker. He enlisted in the Army for a term of one year on 17 September 1940 at Roff, OK. At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of Pontotoc County, OK. Morris re-enlisted on 21 January 1942 at Camp Barkeley, Texas from the National Guard. His serial number was listed as 20834203 in the 1940 record and 20845203 for the 1942 re-enlistment. Morris was assigned to HQ Battery. His MOS was Message Center Chief (674), and later, Message Center Clerk (667). He was the brother of Hubert Tucker. Corporal Tucker was promoted to sergeant on 20 April 1943 at Camp Gruber, Oklahoma and again on 28 June 1945 in Obertrum, Austria. 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.
Morris died on 26 September 1996 in Riverside, California at the age of 78. He is buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Cypress, CA.

Tucker, Robert H. was a private assigned to "A" Battery.

Turner, Wendell F. (ASN 33412806) (SSN 200-05-1834) was born in Pennsylvania on 17 October 1917 the eldest son of coal miner Chancey M. Turner and his wife Ella. He grew up in Fayette County, PA.
He was inducted into the Army on 14 December 1942 at Greensburg, PA and began active duty on December 22nd. Private Turner was assigned to “C” Battery. His MOS was Cannoneer (531), Ammunition Handler (504), and later, Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Wendell was promoted to private first class on 1 January 1945 near Bining, France. He was honorably discharged on 30 November 1945.
He died on 7 December 1980 at the age of 63. His last known address was in Fairchance, PA. Wendell was buried in Mount Moriah Baptist Cemetery in Smithfield, PA.

Ulatowski, Boleslaus J. was a private assigned to Service Battery.

U’Ren, Lester Ames (ASN 20653307 and 0116854) (SSN 389-14-4694) was born in Iowa on 13 October 1914, the son of Lester Herbert and Ella A. U’Ren. His family moved to Wisconsin when he was a child. Lester graduated from Wisconsin State Teachers College - Milwaukee in 1938 and became a high school teacher. He enlisted in the National Guard on 4 June 1939. Lester became a member of the Regular Army on 15 October 1940 at River Falls, WI with the rank of corporal and was assigned serial #20653307. Lester began the Field Artillery Officer Candidate School in Class #22 at Fort Sill, OK on 30 April 1942 and was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant on 21 July 1942. His serial number was changed to 0116854. He was later promoted to 1st lieutenant on 22 January 1944 and captain on 7 June 1946. Lester was the Executive Officer of “B” Battery. After the war, he was an infantry captain in the National Guard. In 1952, he moved to Arizona. Lester was a teacher at Scottsdale High School prior to his retirement in 1976.
He died on 25 March 1978 in Scottsdale, AZ at the age of 63.

Valentine, John J. (ASN 32721557) was born on 26 January 1924 in New York City.
He was inducted into the Army on 18 January 1943 and began active duty on January 25th. He qualified as a sharpshooter with the U.S. Rifle, Cal. .30, M1 in March 0f 1944. John was assigned to Company C, 413th Infantry Regiment, 104th Infantry Division. His MOS was Rifleman (745) and  Automatic Rifleman (746). John was slightly injured in combat in Holland during November 1944. He was not hospitalized.
Pfc. Valentine was assigned to HQ Battery on 3 January 1945 near Bining, France from the 2nd Replacement Depot. His MOS was  changed to Field Lineman (641) and Chaplain's Assistant (405). 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 left the ETO on 18 December 1945 and arrived back in the U.S. on December 29th. John was honorably discharged on 5 January 1946 at the Separation Center, Fort Dix, New Jersey.
In 1991, John was living in Jupiter, Florida. His last known residence was in Roseland, New Jersey in 1998.

Van Pool, William H. (ASN 33405475) (SSN 194-05-0755) was born in Pennsylvania on 1 June 1906 the son of Rose and Jesse H. Van Pool. William grew up in Pittsburgh. His father was a house painter. William was inducted into the Army on 14 December 1942 at Pittsburgh, PA. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Allegheny County, PA. William was assigned to “A” Battery.
He died on 8 May 1965 at the age of 58. His last known address was in Pittsburgh. William was buried in Saint Mary’s Cemetery in Sharpsburg, Allegheny Co., PA.

Veal, Ralph L. (ASN 38 018058) (SSN 525-54-9664) was born in Polk Co, Arkansas on 27 February 1917, the son of Clive and Lula Veal. 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 Cleveland County, OK. Ralph was assigned to “B” Battery. His MOS was Gunner (603), and later, Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Corporal Veal was awarded the Purple Heart on 5 April 1945 for wounds received in action against the enemy on 25 March 1945. He was promoted to sergeant on 25 June 1945 at Obertrum, Austria and 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.
Ralph died in Norman, OK on 10 January 2002 at the age of 84. He was buried in the IOOF Cemetery in Noble, OK.

Vernish, Stanley Jr. (ASN 35746281) (SSN 234-26-1623) was born in Pennsylvania on 8 May 1921, the son of Polish immigrants Stanley and Josephine Vernish. The family lived in Fayette Co., PA and later, Monongalia Co., West Virginia. Stanley attended Waitman Barbe School.
He was inducted into the Army on 16 December 1942 at Clarksburg, WV and began active duty on December 26th. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Monongalia County, WV. Stanley was assigned to “C” Battery. His MOS was Cannoneer (531) and Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). He was appointed private first class on 12 June 1944 at Holton Mill, Wheatley, England. He enlisted in the Air Force on 12 June 1951 and served until 3 November 1969, retiring with the rank of staff sergeant.
Stanley died in West Virginia on 14 September 1977 at the age of 56. He is buried in the Gladesville, WV Cemetery.

Vernon, Emery E. (ASN 33730705) (SSN 218-18-4063) was born in Maryland on 21 June 1921, son of Frederick and Mildred Vernon. He was inducted into the Army on 20 July 1943 at Baltimore, Maryland. Private First Class Vernon was assigned to HQ Battery on 3 January 1945 near Bining, France from the 2nd Replacement Depot. His MOS was Heavy Machine Gunner (605). Emery was later transferred to “C” Battery. His MOS was Rifleman (745) and Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). He was promoted to technician fifth grade (corporal) on 6 September 1945 at Obertrum, Austria.
Emery died on 5 April 1989 (probably in Severn, MD) at the age of 67. He was buried in Crownsville Veterans Cemetery in Crownsville, MD.

Veselenak, Mike (ASN 35595255) (SSN 270-14-3820) was born in Byesville, Ohio on 4 October 1919 to Czechoslovakian immigrants George and Mary Sakach Veselenak. He was the youngest of seven children. Mike attended public schools in Byesville. He was inducted into the Army on 18 December 1942 at Akron, OH and was inducted on 26 December. Mike was assigned to HQ Battery. His MOS was Field Lineman (641).



                                                           Mike Veselenak (center) in ETO circa 1944 or 1945 

He was appointed private first class on 12 January 1945 near Schmittville, France. Mike was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. He was appointed technician fifth grade (corporal) on 30 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria.


                           Driggers, Woolridge, T/5 Charles Miner, T/5 Mike Veselenak, Williams, T/5 Charles Babcock,
                              and Pfc. Clarence Marcum (all of HQ Battery) in Bischofshofen, Austria
 September 1945


He was honorably discharged on 6 December 1945. Mike worked at Ekco Products in Byesville and then in the construction industry. He married in 1947 and had three children.
Mike died in Cambridge, OH on 7 July 1983 at the age of 63.

Wagner, Lloyd J. (ASN 37424422) was born in Bellevue, Jackson Co., IA on 27 April 1918 to Michael H. and Elizabeth Mootz Wagner. His father died when he was a child. Lloyd was drafted and began active duty on 18 August 1942. Private First Class Wagner was assigned to “C” Battery. His MOS was Cannoneer (531) and Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Lloyd was appointed corporal on 6 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria. Corporal Wagner was honorably discharged on 31 October 1945.
He married in 1942 and had six children. After the war, he was employed at the Dubuque Packing Co. in the shipping department until his retirement in 1982. Lloyd died in Iowa City, IA on 30 August 2007 at the age of 89. He was buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque, IA.

Wagner, Thell E. (ASN 38018189) (SSN 444-05-9672) was born in Oklahoma on 11 July 1911, the son of Burrel F. Ward and Vesta Wagner. He enlisted in the Army on 6 January 1942 at Camp Barkeley, Texas. At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of Payne County, OK. Technician Fifth Grade (Corporal) Wagner was assigned to “A” and “C” Batteries. 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, while the 202nd was stationed in England, Thell was sent to a tractor driver school at Builth Wells, Powys, Wales. 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 honorably discharged on 31 October 1945. Thell died on 22 March 1977 at the age of 65. His last known address was in Ripley, OK. He is buried in Sunset Memorial Gardens in Stillwater, OK.

Wainuskis, Albert Paul (ASN 35594989) (SSN 280-12-6302) was born in Ohio on 29 May 1921. He was inducted into the Army on 16 December 1942 at Akron, OH. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Stark County, OH. Albert was assigned to “B” Battery. His MOS was Cannoneer (531), Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864) and later, Survey and Instrument Man (228). Private First Class Wainuskis was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. He was later promoted to technician fourth grade (sergeant) on 9 September 1945 at Obertrum, Austria. His MOS was changed to Artillery Mechanic, Minor Maintenance (802). He was honorably discharged on 24 November 1945.
Albert died on 5 October 1989 in Riverside, California at the age of 68. He is buried in the Riverside National Cemetery.

Walker, Charles Ervin (ASN 20834360 and 0402763) (ASN 443053855) was born in Hunter, Garfield Co., Oklahoma on 17 March 1917 to Charles L. and Gertrude Hoover Walker. He graduated from high school in Enid, OK. Charles served in the Oklahoma National Guard from July 1934 to September 1940. He married and had three children. He enlisted in the Regular Army on 16 September 1940 at Enid, OK when his National Guard unit was inducted into Federal service and he was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant. His serial number was changed to 0402763. Charles was promoted to 1st lieutenant on 27 July 1941. He completed the Field Artillery Battery Officer's Course at the Field Artillery School, Fort Sill, OK in 1943. 1st Lieutenant Walker was appointed Commander of “A” Battery of the redesignated 202nd Field Artillery Battalion on 5 March 1943. Charles was  later promoted to captain on 25 January 1946. He was assigned as Assistant Battalion S-3 (Operations Officer) on 10 March 1944. His MOS was Operations and Training Staff Officer (2162). Captain Walker was awarded a Bronze Star on 16 June 1945. On 15 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria he was transferred to the 215th Field Artillery Battalion per Special Order #83 HQ 144th Field Artillery Group dated 14 July 1945. Charles was honorably discharged on 25 January 1946. He re-enlisted on 1 September 1950 and served during the Korean Conflict until 6 September 1951. Charles was promoted to major on 20 June 1953. He re-enlisted again on 9 September 1956 and served until his retirement on 30 November 1968. He then moved to Spokane, Washington.
Charles died in Missoula Co., Montana on 4 June 1990 at the age of 73. He was buried in Memorial Park Cemetery in Enid, OK.

Walker, James M. (ASN 33732216) was born in North Carolina in 1923. He was inducted into the Army on 4 August 1943 at Baltimore, Maryland. On 27 March 1944, Private Walker joined the 202nd from Field Force
Replacement Depot #1 and was assigned to “B” Battery. His MOS was Tractor Driver (244). In January 1945, he was transferred to the 70th Infantry Division in France.

Walker, O. C. (ASN 38018080) was born in Alabama in 1915 the son of Susie A. and (Marion or Jim A.) Walker. The family moved to Oklahoma prior to 1920 and settled in Kiowa County. His mother died when he was a child. O.C. 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. O.C. was assigned to “B” Battery. His MOS was Cook (060). Technician Fifth Grade (Corporal) Walker 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. O.C. 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.

Wallace, Carmel (ASN 13014252) (SSN 400-16-9987) was born in Pike County, Kentucky on 10 May 1916 to coal miner Cornelius and his wife Bessie Belcher Wallace. Carmel enlisted in the Army Field Artillery on 8 November 1940 at Richmond, VA. He re-enlisted on 21 November 1942. Master Sergeant Wallace was honorably discharged on 10 October 1945. He died in Kentucky on 27 December 2003 at the age of 87. Carmel was buried in Johnson Memorial Park in Pikeville, KY. His last known address was in Elkhorn City, KY.

Wallace, Henry Orvin (ASN 37375398) (SSN 500-01-0322) was born in Vernon County, Missouri on 25 April 1912 the son of James E. and Mary E. Wallace. He enlisted in the Army on 3 August 1942 at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri. At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of Vernon County, MO. Henry was assigned to “B” Battery. His MOS was Basic (521), and later, Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Private Wallace was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. He was honorably discharged on 5 December 1945.
Henry died on 2 January 1982 at the age of 69. His last known address was in Kansas City, MO. Henry was buried in Sheldon Cemetery in Vernon Co., MO.

Walton, William Roland “Shorty” (ASN 20834105) (SSN 462-01-0413) was born on a farm near Amorita, Alfalfa Co., Oklahoma on 31 December 1916 to William H. and Alta Ann Johnson Walton. His mother died when he was three months old. Bill graduated from Byron, Oklahoma High School. He enlisted in the Army for a term of one year on 20 September 1940 at Cherokee, OK. At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of Alfalfa County, OK. His serial number denotes that he was a member of the National Guard. He re-enlisted on 23 January 1942. William was assigned to “B” Battery. His MOS was Cook (060). Technician Fourth Grade (Sergeant) Walton 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. Their staging area was Camp Lucky Strike. William 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 moved to Wichita, KS. He married and had five sons.
Bill died on 4 June 2001 at the age of 84. His last known address was in Fall River, Greenwood Co., KS. He was buried in South Lawn Cemetery in Severy, KS.

Wanstreet, Michael Edward (ASN 35526251) (SSN 279-14-2887) was born in Leopold, Doddridge Co., West Virginia on 4 January 1920, the son of Peter M. and Margaret Shearer Wanstreet. His family moved to Ravenna, Ohio when he was a child.
Michael was inducted into the Army on 17 December 1942 at Cleveland, Ohio. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Portage County, OH. He was assigned to “C” Battery. Pfc. Wanstreet was appointed technician fifth grade (corporal) on 12 June 1944 at Holton Mill, Wheatley, England. He was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. Michael was promoted to technician fourth grade (sergeant) on 6 September 1945 at Obertrum, Austria. He was honorably discharged on 6 December 1945.
After the war, he worked as a clerical supervisor for the Ohio Turnpike Commission. Michael retired after 27 years of service. He was married and had three children.
Michael died in Ravenna, OH on 12 April 2003 at the age of 83. He was cremated and interred in Grandview Memorial Park in Ravenna.

Ward, Charles K. (ASN 35746534) was born in West Virginia on 28 February 1913, the son of farmer Thomas B. Ward and his wife Ora.
He was inducted into the Army on 18 December 1942 at Clarksburg, WV. Charles was assigned to HQ Battery. His MOS was Anti-Aircraft Machine Gunner (606), and later, Heavy Machine Gunner (605). Private First Class Ward was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 17 February 1945 near Guisberg, France. He was appointed corporal on 9 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria.
Charles died on 5 January 1984 in Glen Dale, Marshall Co., WV at the age of 70. He was buried in the Big Run Christian Church Cemetery in Marshall County.

Watkins, James E. (ASN 38018147) (SSN 444-10-6147) was born on 12 August 1917. 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 Le Flore County, OK. James was assigned to Service Battery. His MOS was Cook (060). Technician Fourth Grade (Sergeant) Watkins 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.
James died on 11 January 1987 at the age of 69. His last known address was in Panorama, CA.

Watkinson, Charles Raymond (ASN 35595161) was born in Pennsylvania on 22 August 1917 to English immigrants Peter and Louise Coan Watkinson. He was inducted into the Army on 17 December 1942 at Akron, Ohio. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Jefferson County, OH. Charles was a private assigned to “C” Battery. His MOS was Field Lineman (641). He was appointed private first class on 12 June 1944 at Holton Mill, Wheatley, England. Pfc. Watkinson was appointed technician fifth grade (corporal) on 6 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria. His MOS changed to Telephone Switchboard Operator (650).
He died in Harrison, Ohio on 7 June 2003 at the age of 85.

Weaver, Martin Thomas (ASN 38018203) was born in Fort Gibson, Oklahoma on 8 November 1919 to Marcus Albert and Allie Mae Downing Weaver. He grew up on a farm in Muskogee, OK. Martin began active duty in the Army on 1 February 1941. He was a technician fourth grade (sergeant) assigned to Service Battery. His MOS was Radio Operator, Low Speed (776). 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. T/4 Weaver re-enlisted in the Quartermaster Corps on 19 November 1945. He was honorably discharged on 1 Feb 1947. Martin married twice and had two daughters. He retired from Brockway Glass in Muskogee after 31 years. Martin died 4 October 2006 at age 86. His last known address in Nicoma Park, OK. He was buried in Greenhill Cemetery in Muskogee.

Weimer, Elmer Gordon (ASN 20833285) was born in Frederick, Tillman Co., Oklahoma on 22 August 1920, one of 13 children of Katie Ledbetter and Marion Haynes Weimer. His family moved to Blaine Co., OK when he was a child. Elmer joined the Civilian Conservation Corps at the age of seventeen. Two years later, in 1939, he joined the National Guard. Elmer enlisted in the Army on 14 September 1940 at Watonga, OK and his National Guard unit was inducted into Federal service on 16 September 1940. At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of Blaine County, OK.


                                                                      Elmer G. Weimer circa 1940

His MOS was Chief of Section (539), and later, Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). He was assigned to “C” Battery. Sgt. Weimer was promoted to staff sergeant on 14 July 1944 at Montgardon, France. At a supervisory level, Elmer was responsible for control, coordination and tactical employment of medium artillery pieces and crew members. Staff Sergeant Weimer 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. Elmer arrived back in the United States on 19 September 1945.


                                                                       Staff Sergeant Elmer Weimer circa 1945

He was honorably discharged from the Army on 25 September 1945 at the Separation Center at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas with the rank of staff sergeant.
After the war, he rejoined his family in Porterville, California. Elmer married and had three children. He worked as a carpenter for many years. In 1960, he moved to Costa Mesa, CA and worked in underground construction as a superintendent. He began a job with the City of Fountain Valley as an inspector in 1963. Elmer retired in 1982 as a Senior Construction Inspector. He and his wife lived in Las Vegas, Nevada from 1988 to 1992.
Elmer died in Orange Co., California on 28 November 1992 at the age of 72.

Weinmann, Robert C. (ASN 33404952) was born in Ohio on 14 April 1915. He was inducted into the Army on 1 December 1942 at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and began active duty on 9 December. Private First Class Weinmann was assigned to HQ Battery. He was appointed corporal on 20 April 1943 at Camp Gruber, Oklahoma. Robert was later assigned to “C” Battery. His MOS was Anti-Aircraft Machine Gunner (606), and later, Heavy Machine Gunner (605). Corporal Weinmann 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 Quartermaster Supply Technician (821). Robert was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army on 6 December 1945. He was honorably discharged on 1 December 1945.
After the war, he and his family resided in the Brookline neighborhood in Pittsburg, PA. Bob died on 8 April 2010 in Pittsburg at the age of 94.

Wells, William Junior(ASN 38018093) (SSN 447-01-0662) was born in Oklahoma City, OK on 1 August 1920 to William and Cora Wells. William worked on a Civilian Conservation Corps project in Rocky Mountain National Park from 20 June 1940 until 20 December 1940.
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. William was assigned to “B” Battery. His MOS was Cannoneer (531) and Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). He qualified as an expert shot with the U.S. Carbine, Caliber .30, M1 on 5 October 1943. Private First Class Wells 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. He departed the ETO on 18 October 1945 and arrived back in the U.S. on October 25th. William was honorably discharged on October 31st at Camp Fannin, Texas.
He then joined the Navy on 20 December 1945 and served until 18 October 1947. His Navy serial number was 3511906. William reported to the Naval Training Center at san Diego, CA on December 24th. He qualified as a rifle marksman and swimmer-third class. On 19 March 1946, his first assignment was on the U.S.S. Saint Paul (CA-73) at San Pedro, CA. On 5 July 1946, he reported aboard the U.S.S. Los Angeles (CA-135) at San Francisco, CA. He spent one year aboard the Los Angeles and was transferred to the Fleet Training Center, San Pedro, CA on 1 July 1947 for a Machinist's Mate school. After having completed the four week course, he reported back to the Los Angeles on 31 July 1947. William was transferred to the Naval Recruiting Station at San Pedro on 10 October 1947. He was honorably discharged from the Navy on 18 October 1947 at Terminal Island, San Pedro, CA with the rank of fireman first class.
William died in Bellingham, WA on 1 July 1987 at the age of 66. He was buried in the Blaine, WA Cemetery.

Wesling, Henry O. Jr. (ASN 33405398) (SSN 174-12-6765) was born in Pennsylvania on 2 November 1922 the eldest son of Henry and Marie Wesling. He was inducted into the Army on 12 December 1942 at Pittsburgh, PA. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Allegheny County, PA. Henry was assigned to “B” Battery. His MOS was Anti-Aircraft Machine Gunner (606), Cannoneer (531) and later, Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). He was appointed private first class on 18 May 1945 at Salzburg, Austria.
Henry died on 2 September 2000 at the age of 77. His last known address was in Pittsburgh, PA. He was buried in Jefferson Memorial Park in Pleasant Hills, PA.

West, Louie Les (ASN 38383615) was born in Arkansas on 9 March 1916 the son of Eamon and Bessie West. He was inducted into the Army on 1 December 1942 at Shreveport, Louisiana. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Bradley County, Arkansas. Private West was assigned to HQ Battery. His MOS was Truck Driver, Light (345).
Louie died on 8 February 1947 at the age of 30. He is buried in the Union Cemetery in Rye, AR.

West, Samuel (ASN 38018561) (SSN 441-14-1078) was born in Oklahoma on 20 July 1912 to Lumpsey and Emma West. They were Creek Indians. Sam was raised on a farm in Okfuskee Co., OK. He was inducted into the Army on 13 February 1941 at Oklahoma City, OK. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Okmulgee County, OK. Sam was assigned to Service Battery. His MOS was Supply Clerk (835). 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) West 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.
Sam died in September 1978 at the age of 66. His last known address was in Henryetta, Okmulgee Co., OK.

Wetzel, Wilbert Edward (ASN 36038677) (SSN 352-03-3609) was born in West Salem, Wisconsin on 21 June 1918, the son of William and Elizabeth Wetzel. He grew up in Chicago. Wilbert was inducted into the Army on 20 June 1941 at Chicago, Illinois. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Lake County, Il. He was assigned to “A” Battery. His MOS was Tractor Driver (244) and Full-Track Driver (735). Technician Fifth Grade (Corporal) Wetzel 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. He was honorably discharged on 27 September 1945.
Wilbert died on 14 April 2002 in St. Paul, MN at the age of 83. He is buried in the Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in South Minneapolis, MN.

Wheeler, Clarence W. “Hoss” (ASN 20834445) (SSN 441-09-2970) was born in Howell County, Missouri on 21 July 1914 the son of Carra Bernice Nease and John Riley Wheeler. His mother died and the family moved to Claremore, Oklahoma prior to 1920. Clarence was a private in the National Guard when he enlisted in the Army on 16 December 1941 at Camp Barkeley, Texas. At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of Garfield County, OK. Clarence was assigned to “A” Battery. His MOS was First Sergeant (585). His brother Bill was a former first sergeant in “A” Battery who was promoted to lieutenant and transferred to the 807th Tank Destroyer Battalion as a platoon commander. First Sergeant Wheeler 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. He was honorably discharged on 25 September 1945. Clarence re-enlisted on 1 Sep 1950, during the Korean conflict, and served until 21 Apr 1951.
Clarence died on 3 April 1989 at the age of 74. His last known address was in Enid, Garfield Co., OK. He was buried in Mt. Carmel Catholic Cemetery in Perry, Noble Co, OK.

White, John Wesley (ASN 35200363 and 01172333) was born in Hall Co., Georgia on 6 November 1922, the son of Zola E. Chambers and Thomas Newton White. His family moved to Wellsburg, West Virginia when he was a child. Johnnie graduated from Wellsburg High School in 1940 and got a job at the Holland Furnace Company.
He was inducted into the Army on 14 January 1941 at Clarksburg, WV. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Brooke County, WV. John received his basic training at Fort D.A. Russell near Marfa, Texas. He 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 - Dudley R. Londeen, Richard G. Krahn, and Flavey E. Baker. After John’s promotion to 2nd Lieutenant, his serial number was changed to 01172333. 2nd Lieutenant White was appointed as “B” Battery reconnaissance officer on 5 March 1943 while the 202nd Field Artillery Battalion was in Texas. Later, as a 1st Lieutenant, John was the reconnaissance officer assigned to “C” Battery. He 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. Lt. White was killed on 4 December 1944 in the vicinity of Puberg, France, along with 1st Lieutenant Orris E. Herr, 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. He was buried on 6 December 1944 in the U.S. Military Cemetery at Hochfelden, France. The burial was conducted by the 46th Quartermaster Graves Registration Company. Positive identification of Lt. White was made by 1st Lieutenant Richard G. Krahn of HQ Battery. The remains of Lt. John W. White were repatriated to the United States in February 1949 and interred in the Brooke Cemetery in Wellsburg, West Virginia.

See "In Memoriam" page for further information.


White, Robert J. was a private assigned to “A” Battery. He was appointed private first class in December 1944 in France.

White, Walter R. was a 2nd Lieutenant and liaison pilot assigned to HQ Battery. He was wounded by enemy machinegun fire on 19 July 1944 while flying as an air observer. Walter was treated at the hospital and was able to return to duty on July 28th.
He was awarded the Air Medal for completion of 35 combat sorties. The presentation was made on 23 September 1944 by the Commanding General of XV Corps Artillery, Brigadier General Edward Stanley Ott.
Walter was evacuated to a hospital on 30 September 1944 for further treatment and examination due to his previous injury.

Whitman, Russell Marcus (ASN 33494470) was born on 29 January 1920 in Lebanon, Pennsylvania to Emily Witters Whitman and John Gehring Whitman, both of German ancestry. Russell graduated from Lebanon High School in June of 1937. He had one year of post-graduate school before beginning work at the Bressler Metal Works of Lebanon in 1940. Anticipating the approaching war and considering that he might enjoy working in the Air Corps, Russell attended the Pennsylvania State School of Aeronautics at Middletown, PA where he studied aerodynamics and related mathematics.
Russell was drafted and inducted into the U.S. Army on 15 December 1942 at Harrisburg, PA. He departed for Camp Meade, Maryland on the 22nd of December. From Camp Meade, Russell and over 500 other men were sent to Camp Maxey, located near Paris, Texas, where his group spent only one night before being sent to Camp Gruber, Oklahoma.


                                                             Pvt. Russell Whitman home on first furlough in 1943

After completion of basic training at Camp Gruber, Russell joined the 202nd Field Artillery Battalion under the command of Lt. Colonel Tom Lewis. Russell was assigned to the 1st Gun Section of “A” Battery, and after one week, was made recorder in the Survey Section, charged with the accurate positioning of the guns. His MOS was Fire Control Instrument Operator, Field Artillery (645), Radio Operator, Low Speed (776), and Survey and Instrument Man (228). He was promoted to private first class in September 1943. Pfc. Whitman was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 12 May 1944 while the Battalion was in England. His combat duty with the Deuce-O-Deuce began on 3 July 1944 when the Battalion landed at Utah Beach in Normandy, France. They fought their way across France and Germany, ending up at Salzburg, Austria in May of 1945. Russell was appointed technician fifth grade (corporal) in January 1945 near Guisberg, France. He was appointed corporal on 18 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. In July 1945, when the Battalion was billeted in Salzburg, Austria, Russell was able to attend the Salzburg Festival (Salzburger Festspiele), a festival of music and drama held for five weeks starting in late July. The annual event which started in 1920 was closed temporarily during World War II. It reopened in 1945 immediately following the Allied victory in Europe. A few tickets were distributed to each battery in the Deuce-O-Deuce.


                                            S/Sgt Russell Whitman with one of the 202nd's 155mm howitzers in 1945
 
He was promoted to staff sergeant on 6 September 1945 at Obertrum, Austria. His MOS changed to Survey and Instrument NCO, Field Artillery (577).


                                                             S/Sgt Russell Whitman in Eugendorff, Austria 1945

At the conclusion of the war, Russell was sent to the staging area at Camp Twenty Grand, a tent city near Henouville/Duclair, France. He embarked from Le Havre, France aboard the
SS Sheepshead Bay Victory on 21 November 1945 and arrived at Stanton Island, New York on 1 December 1945. Russell was honorably discharged from the Army with the rank of Staff Sergeant at Indiantown Gap Military Reservation, PA on 6 December 1945. For his war service, he was awarded the American Campaign Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 4 bronze service stars, the Victory Medal, a Good Conduct Medal and a Certificate of Merit for meritorious and outstanding performance of military duty. In 1946, Russell married Mary Lou Yeagley, and over the next twenty years, they became the parents of three children. Russell worked for forty-four years as a sheet metal mechanic for the Bressler Metal Works, a metal fabricating company. He currently lives in retirement in Lebanon, PA.

Whitmire, Haston E. “Mule Shoe” (ASN 38355288) (SSN 567-09-5110) was born in Arkansas on 2 August 1910, the son of Adolphus D. and Beulah M. Watson Whitmire. He entered active service on 8 December 1942. Haston was assigned to “B” Battery. His MOS was Cannoneer (531) and Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864).


                             Haston Whitmire circa 1943                                        Pfc. Whitmire in France 7 March 1945
                                                                                                                  holding M1 Carbine next to a 155mm howitzer


Private First Class Whitmire was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. He was honorably discharged on 18 November 1945.
Haston died in Arkansas on 22 March 1991 at the age of 80. He was buried in Sehorn Cemetery in Scott Co., AR.

Wicker, Joseph E. (ASN 33083013) (SSN 172-12-8742) was born on 9 March 1919. He was inducted into the Army on 14 June 1941. He was assigned to “A” Battery. His MOS was Cannoneer (531) and Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Private First Class Wicker was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. He was honorably discharged on 24 October 1945.
Joseph died on 12 March 1987 at the age of 68. He was buried in Mt. Royal Cemetery in Glenshaw, PA.

Wilcox, James William Jr. (ASN 38018118) (SSN 443-09-4492) was born in Oklahoma on 20 April 1917 to James W. and Claudia V. Davis Wilcox. 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 Cleveland County, OK.
Corporal Wilcox was assigned to “B” Battery. His MOS was Radio Operator, Low Speed (776). He was promoted to technician fourth grade (sergeant) in February 1945. James 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. James 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. James re-enlisted on 16 December 1947 and served until 20 December 1956. He re-enlisted again on 22 January 1957 and retired from the Army on 31 May 1963.
James died on 12 December 1987 at the age of 70. His last known address was in Lawton, Comanche Co., OK. James was buried in the Fort Sill Post Cemetery in Oklahoma.

Williams, Billy D. (ASN 20834269) was born in Oklahoma on 7 September 1922. 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. Billy had joined the National Guard, one year earlier, at the age of 17. He was assigned to “C” Battery. His MOS was Radio Repairman (648). During combat in Europe, Billy was a forward observer, and later, operated the radio in the command vehicle with the Battery Commander and First Sergeant. Technician Fourth Grade (Sergeant) Williams 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.
After the war, he returned to Muskogee, married, and worked in construction for a few years. About 1950, he moved to Sapulpa and worked for Oklahoma Gas & Electric until his retirement in 1985.

Williams, Dean H. (ASN 33389423) (SSN 218-03-3689) was born on a farm in Talbot Co., Maryland on 26 November 1913 to James E. and Elizabeth A. Calloway Williams. He was inducted into the Army on 15 December 1942 at Baltimore, Maryland. Private Williams was assigned to HQ Battery. His MOS was Truck Driver, Light (345). He was promoted to private first class on 12 January 1945 near Schmittville, France. On 9 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria, Dean was transferred to Infantry Reorganization Detachment “E”. His MOS was Telephone Switchboard Operator (650) at that time. He was honorably discharged on 20 October 1945.
Dean died on 3 March 1980 at the age of 66. His last known address was in Talbot Co., MD. He is buried in the Spring Hill Cemetery in Easton, MD.

Williams, Harman Wilford (ASN 35746507) (SSN 272-05-9934) was born on a farm in Marshall Co.,  West Virginia on 29 June 1911 to William K. and Nellie Emory Williams. Harmon was named after his paternal grandfather. He was inducted into the Army on 18 December 1942 at Clarksburg, WV. Private Williams was assigned to HQ Battery. He listed his hometowm as Moundsville, WV. Harman was appointed private first class on 19 July 1943 at Camp Gruber, Oklahoma. Private Williams was again promoted to private first class in March 1945. He was honorably discharged on 6 December 1945.
Harman died on 28 December 1971 at the age of 60. He is buried in Halcyon Hills Memorial Park in Marshall Co., WV.

Williams, Henry Ford (ASN 38443960) was born in Arkansas on 16 June 1923 to Henry N. and Alma (Elizabeth) Oliver Williams. He was inducted into the Army on 3 January 1944. Henry was assigned to the Medical Detachment. His MOS was Truck Driver, Light (345), and later, Surgical Technician (861). Technician Fifth Grade (Corporal) Williams was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 17 February 1945 near Guisberg, France. Ford was awarded the Bronze Star on 10 March 1945 at XV Corps Artillery HQ by Brigadier General Edward S. Ott. He was later promoted to technician fourth grade (sergeant). He married and had three children. Ford worked as a building contractor with his brothers in Conway, AR. He died in Conway on 19 October 2007 at the age of 84. He was buried in Crestlawn Memorial Park in Conway.

Williams, Robert L. (ASN 20834144) (SSN 442-28-1542) was born in Oklahoma on 19 August 1921 to Myrtle Jones and John D. Williams. He was a member of the National Guard when he enlisted in the Army on 15 September 1940 at Roff, OK. At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of Pontotoc County, OK. Private Williams was assigned to HQ Battery. His MOS was Truck Driver, Light (345). On 21 May 1944, while the 202nd was stationed at Holton Mill, Wheatley, England, T/5 Williams was sent to Camp Ogbourne St. George, Wiltshire, England to attend a six-day waterproofing school. On 21 December 1944, Bob was driving Captain Harold Brown, Battalion Intelligence Officer, on a reconnaissance mission for observation posts from the Battalion’s position near Rimling, Moselle, Lorraine, France. They became the first members of the Battalion to set foot on German soil when they crossed the frontier in the vicinity of Medelsheim, Germany at 1300 Hours. Bob was promoted to private first class on 12 January 1945 near Schmittville, France; and in March 1945, he was promoted to technician fifth grade (corporal). While the 202nd was stationed at Obertrum, Austria, Bob 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. 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.
Bob died on 6 August 1977 in Ridgecrest, CA at the age of 55. He is buried in East Hill Cemetery in Roff, OK.

Williams, Vincel R. (ASN 37533033) (SSN 495-07-5718) was born in Marceline, Missouri on 17 May 1917 to coal miner Austin W. and Anna Elizabeth Riley Williams. His parents later owned and operated a grocery store in Marceline. Vincel attended Marceline grade school and graduated from Marceline High School. He was a talented artist and painter. Vincel was married on 7 June 1942. His active duty in the Army began on 29 July 1943.


       Pvt. Vincel Williams circa winter of 1943/1944            T/5 (Corporal) Vincel Williams ca. 1944 or 1945 in the ETO

He joined the 202nd on 27 March 1944 at Camp Drumilly, County Armagh, Northern Ireland. Private Williams was transferred from Field Force Replacement Depot #1 and was assigned to “C” Battery. He was appointed technician fifth grade (corporal) on 12 June 1944 at Holton Mill, Wheatley, England. His MOS was Automotive Mechanic, Second Echelon (014). Vincel 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. S/Sgt. Williams was honorably discharged on 8 January 1946. After the war, he and his wife had one son. Vincel worked for Wadsworth Publishing, drove a school bus for the Marceline School District and worked as an automobile mechanic. He was a member of the First Christian Church in Marceline. Vincel died in Marceline, MO on 28 March 1991 at the age of 73. He was buried in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Marceline.

Wine, Ally Fleming Jr. “Skip” was born in Clarksburg, Harrison Co., West Virginia on 6 April 1918, the son of Ally Fleming and Ethel L. Bond Wine. He graduated from Washington Irving High School in 1936. Skip worked at White-Bailey Glass Company of Clarksburg for ten years. His active duty in the Army began on 31 July 1942. He was assigned to Service Battery. Skip was honorably discharged on 6 December 1945. He worked as an electrician in Clarksburg, WV and San Diego, CA before retiring in 1983. He died in Clarksburg, WV on 3 August 2006 at the age of 88 and was interred in Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery.

Winemiller, Haywood Oval (ASN 35746460) was born in Orton, West Virginia on 7 June 1917 to Fred G. and Martha J. Smith Winemiller. He married Oleva Whisman on 17 September 1938 in Calhoun Co., WV. Haywood was inducted into the Army on 18 December 1942 at Clarksburg, WV. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Gilmer County, WV. Private First Class H.O. Winemiller was assigned to “A” Battery. His MOS was Cannoneer (531) and Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). He 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. In 1948, he married Cecelia Jane Belcher in Kanawha Co., WV. He was employed by Kaiser Aluminum until his retirement. He married Lauretta Parsons Hudson on 29 June 1961 in Jackson Co., WV and married Pearl Long on 1 May 1974. H.O. died in Charleston, WV on 8 April 2005 at the age of 87. He is buried in the Otterbein Cemetery in Evans, WV.

Wingenroth, Lawrence H. (ASN 33405548) (SSN 170-01-7453) was born on 18 August 1913. His active duty in the Army began on 21 December 1942. Private Wigenroth was assigned to Service Battery. His MOS was Construction Equipment Mechanic (319), and later, Automotive Mechanic, Second Echelon (014). Lawrence was appointed private first class on 4 February 1944 at Camp Drumilly, Northern Ireland. Technician Fifth Grade (Corporal) Wigenroth was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 13 October 1945. He was honorably discharged on 6 December 1945. Lawrence died on 27 November 1980 at the age of 67. His last known address was in Erie, PA. He was buried in Calvary Cemetery in Erie.

Wood, Kenneth Warren (ASN 20834270) (SSN 447-10-8772) was born in Tyrone, Oklahoma on 25 October 1921 to Don C. & Maude Rice Wood. His father worked for the railroad. Kenneth grew up in Muskogee, OK. 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. Kenneth was assigned to “C” Battery.


                                                                              Kenneth W. Wood circa 1942

His MOS was Mess Sergeant (824). Staff Sergeant Wood was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. He left the 202nd on 4 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria for Separation Center #18 at Camp Chafee, AR. He was honorably discharged on 14 August 1945. He joined the Air Force on 1 March 1951 and re-enlisted on 2 December 1952. He retired on 1 May 1976 with the rank of chief master sergeant.
 

                                                  Chief Master Sergeant Kenneth Wood United States Air Force

Kenneth then worked for the U.S. Customs Service in Michigan. He died in Clark Co., Ohio on 14 April 1997 at the age of 75. He is buried in Ferncliff Cemetery in Springfield, OH.

Woolf, Robert E. Sr. (ASN 35526320) was born in Ohio on 1 August 1922. His active duty in the Army began on 26 December 1942. Private Woolf was assigned to Service Battery. His MOS was Truck Driver, Light (345) and Scout (761). He was appointed private first class on 4 February 1944 at Camp Drumilly, Northern Ireland. Robert was later appointed corporal and his MOS was changed to Parts Clerk, Automotive (348). He was honorably discharged 6 December 1945. After the war, he worked as a plumber in Butler Co., OH. Robert died on 31 July 2007 at the age of 84.

Wootton, Robert Milton (ASN 38348778) was born in New Mexico on 6 December 1920, the son of Bessie and John P. Wootten. He was inducted into the Army on 9 December 1942 at Santa Fe, New Mexico. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of San Miguel County, NM. Private Wootten was assigned to Service Battery. He was honorably discharged on 3 December 1945 with the rank of technician fifth grade.
Robert died on 5 December 1968 at the age of 47. He is buried in the Santa Fe National Cemetery in New Mexico.

Wright, Stewart L. (ASN 32848238) (SSN 089-18-0070) was born in New York on 1 January 1925 the eldest son of Linn and Ruby O. Wright. He was inducted into the Army on 19 March 1943 at Binghamton, NY. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Chenango County, NY.
Stewart was assigned to “B” Battery of the 202nd Field Artillery Battalion on 13 January 1944 at Camp Myles Standish, MA from the Boston Port of Embarkation Replacement Pool. His MOS was Basic (521), and later, Cannoneer (531) and Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Private Wright was awarded the Purple Heart on 5 April 1945 for wounds received in action against the enemy on 25 March 1945. He was appointed private first class on 18 May 1945 at Salzburg, Austria. At the conclusion of the War, he was assigned to the 924th Ordnance Company for the trip home. Their staging area was Camp Phillip Morris. Stewart 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.
He died on 3 February 2001 at the age of 76. His last known address was in New Port Richey, Florida. Stewart is buried in the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL.

Wynne, Samuel B. Jr. (ASN 20834214) (SSN 448-01-8968) was born in Texas or Arkansas on 2 March 1918, the son of Samuel B. and Clara A. Wynne. As a child, he lived in Polk Co., Arkansas and Murray Co., Oklahoma. Sam enlisted in the Army on 4 February 1942 at Fort Sill, Oklahoma from the National Guard. At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of Murray County, OK. He was assigned to HQ Battery. His MOS was Telephone Operator (309), and later, Telephone Switchboard Operator (650). Sam was appointed private first class on 19 July 1943 at Camp Gruber, Oklahoma. Private First Class Wynne was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 17 February 1945 near Guisberg, France. 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. Sam 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.
Sam died in Oklahoma on 31 January 1993 at the age of 74. He is buried in Fairview Cemetery in Shawnee, OK.

Yasparro, Frank (ASN 32877848) was born in New York on 20 May 1923 to Italian immigrants Consetta and Joseph Yasparro. He was inducted into the Army on 30 March 1943 at New York City and began active duty on 6 April 1943. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Kings, New York City.
Frank was assigned to “B” Battery. His MOS was Field Lineman (641).


                                 Frank Yasparro circa 1944 or 1945 in the European Theater of Operations

Private First Class Yasparro was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. He was appointed technician fifth grade (corporal) on 6 September 1945 at Obertrum, Austria per Special Order No. 106, Headquarters 202nd F.A. Bn.
 

                         Frank Yasparro with a Dodge WC51 or WC52, 3/4 ton, 4X4, Weapons Carrier Truck made by
                         Fargo Motor Corporation (a subsidiary of Chrysler) with a Browning Machine Gun, Cal. .50, 
                         M2, HB, on an M24A1 machine gun mount. Photo circa 1944 or 1945 in the ETO. 
 
 

He was honorably discharged on 9 January 1946. After the war, Frank was employed by the U.S. Postal Service and retired after 40 years as a mail carrier. He died on 15 December 2001 in East Meadow, Long Island, New York at the age of 78.

Yost, Arba Norton “Shorty” (SSN 507-16-9547) was born on 16 November 1919 in Champion, Nebraska, the son of William H. and Alta Eldridge Inman Yost. He began active service on 13 June 1942 and received his basic training at Fort Sill, OK. Private First Class Yost was assigned to “B” Battery. He was a cook and later, his MOS was Field Lineman (641). In January 1945, he was transferred to the 103rd Infantry Division in France. Arba was later promoted to sergeant. He was honorably discharged on 19 September 1945. He married and had five daughters. He drove for Cooks Ready Mix, Frenchman Valley Co-op, the Imperial Senior Center and Chase County High School. Arba Yost died on 6 September 2002 in Imperial, NE at the age of 82. He is buried in Mount Hope Cemetery in Imperial.

Zalewski, Edward I. (ASN 33083015) was born in Pennsylvania on 28 March 1918 to Polish immigrants Joseph and Laura Zalewski. Private Zalewski was assigned to “B” Battery. His MOS was Anti-Aircraft Machine Gunner (606), and later, Heavy Machine Gunner (605). He was appointed private first class on 18 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. Edward died on 9 April 2004 at the age of 86. He is buried in Allegheny Cemetery in Pittsburgh.

Zimmerman, Glen Granville (ASN 20833251) (SSN 445-05-3226) was born in Oklahoma on 29 March 1907 to George G. and Minnie B. Hathaway Zimmermann. He was a member of the National Guard. Glen enlisted in the Army of the United States with the rank of master sergeant at Fort Sill, OK on 20 January 1941 for a period of one year. He was assigned to Service Battery. Master Sergeant Zimmerman was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 17 February 1945 near Guisberg, France. He was honorably discharged on 20 June 1945.
Glen died in Watonga, OK on 12 January 1988 at the age of 80. He is buried in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Watonga.
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Ziolkowski, Roman L. (ASN 33405502) (SSN 189-12-1238) was born in Pennsylvania on 16 October 1922 to Polish immigrants Roman and Helena Niewiedzielska Ziolkowski. The family lived in Detroit, Michigan for several years. He was inducted into the Army on 14 December 1942 at Pittsburgh, PA. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Allegheny County, PA. Roman was assigned to “A” Battery. His MOS was Cannoneer (531). Private First Class Ziolkowski was transferred to the 79th Infantry Division in January 1945. After the war, he settled in Detroit, MI. He married Adeline Dobiesz on 16 October 1948. 
Roman died on 12 July 2002 in Michigan at the age of 79. His last known address was in Detroit.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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