202nd Field Artillery Battalion
United States Army  World War II

United States Army World War II

(BIOGRAPHIES A-G)

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




 

 

A note about Army serial numbers –

The 11 through 19 million series (11 000 000 to 19 999 999) were issued to Regular Army enlisted personnel who had enlisted after 1940. The first two numbers were determined by what state a person was recruited from, and the next six were an identifying number for the service member.
Beginning in 1940, National Guardsmen who were federalized were given Army service numbers in the 20 million range
(20 00 000 to 20 999 999).
Army serial numbers in the 30 million range (30 000 000 to 39 999 999) were used for trainees inducted under the Selective Training and Service Act of 1940, regardless of whether the man formerly had an Army, Navy, or other service number, and were to be retained thereafter upon enlistment or reenlistment for the Regular Army. These men were drafted.
In 1942, the Army expanded the enlisted conscript service numbers and created the forty million service number series
(40 000 000 to 49 999 999). These numbers were to be used for persons drafted under special circumstances or for those assigned to special duties. In all, the only forty million numbers that were ever issued ranged from 42 000 000 to 46 999 999 (See Melvin Ashil listed below).
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.
If we look at the serial number listed below for Alfred Abeyta – we see that he was a member of the National Guard, because his number is in the 20 million range.
  



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

Surnames A-G

Abeyta, Alfred (ASN 20841122) (SSN 522-14-9150) was born in New Mexico on 30 September 1907.  He was a private first class in the National Guard when he enlisted in the Army on 24 February 1941.  He re-enlisted on 5 January 1942. Alfred was assigned to “A” Battery.  His MOS was Cannoneer (531), and later, Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). He left the 202nd on 17 June 1945 at Obertrum, Austria for the Separation Center at Fort Logan, Colorado. He was honorably discharged on 9 July 1945. Alfred died on 27 June 1980 at the age of 72.  He is buried in the Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver, CO.
 
Ablett, Elmer Fordham Jr. (ASN 33405549) (SSN 192-05-8449) was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on 17 June 1914, the son of Elmer and Rose Ablett. He was inducted into the Army on 14 December 1942 at Pittsburgh, PA and his active duty began on December 21st.  At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Allegheny County, PA.  Elmer was assigned to “A” Battery. His MOS was Ammunition Handler (504), and later, Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Private First Class Ablett was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria.  He was promoted to corporal on 11 July 1945 and his MOS changed to Agent (503). He was honorably discharged on 6 December 1945 at Indiantown Gap Military Reservation, PA. Elmer died in Fort Myers, Florida on 7 October 1991at the age of 77. He was buried in Mount Lebanon Cemetery in Mount Lebanon, PA.

Adams, Cecil H. (ASN 38355387) (SSN 432-22-3761) was born in Newport, Arkansas on 14 September 1922 to John and Hazel Myers Adams. Cecil was inducted into the Army on 9 December 1942. He was assigned to “B” Battery.  Private First Class Adams was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria.  His MOS was Cannoneer (531) and Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). He was honorably discharged on 7 December 1945. Cecil married and lived in Knobel, Clay Co., AR. He died at the VA Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee on 3 April 1958 at the age of 35. He was buried in Bond Cemetery in Knobel, AR. His government provided granite marker was from the Columbus Marble Works in Columbus, Mississippi.

Adams, Charles B. (ASN 35526319) was born in West Virginia in 1922.  He was inducted into the Army on 17 December 1942 at Cleveland, Ohio.  At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Mahoning County, OH.  Charles was assigned to “A” Battery. His MOS was Anti-Aircraft Machine Gunner (606), and later, Heavy Machine Gunner (605). Private Adams was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 12 May 1944 in England. Private First Class Adams was promoted to corporal in March 1945. He was awarded a Clasp to the Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. Charles was then promoted to sergeant on 6 September 1945 at Obertrum, Austria.  His MOS changed to Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). (Possibly born in WV on 18 October 1922. Died 5 January 2001 at the age of 78. He was buried in Niles Cemetery in Warren, OH. SSN 291-14-4898)

Akers, William Leland (ASN 37375550) (SSN 497-30-5877) was born on a farm near Marceline, Missouri on 26 November 1909 to George W. and Florence E. Akers.  He was inducted into the Army on 4 August 1942 and began active duty at Jefferson Barracks, MO on August 18th. At the time of his induction, he was a farmer in  Linn County, MO.  On 22 August 1942, he was assigned to the 328th Quarter Master Depot Company at Camp Gruber, Oklahoma. William was then assigned to Service Battery, 1st Battalion, 202nd Field Artillery Regiment on 10 september 1942. He was promoted to private first class on 10 April 1945. His MOS was Ammo Bearer (504) and Truck Driver, Light (345). On 9 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria he was appointed technician fifth grade (corporal).  William was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 13 October 1945. T/5 Akers was transferred to the 205th Field Artillery Group on 22 October 1945. He left Marseilles, France on 1 November 1945 and arrived back in the U.S. at Boston, Massachussetts on November 13th (possibly on the USAT Henry Gibbons). On 18 November 1945, he was honorably discharged from the Army. William died in Brown Co., Texas on 18 December 1999 at the age of 89.

Alexander, Laurence (ASN 31136113 or 31139618) (SSN 012-05-5583) was born in Glasgow Govan, Lanarkshire, Scotland on 7 June 1907, the youngest of eleven children born to James A. and Annie P. Hunter Alexander.  He left Glasgow on 14 September 1929 aboard the S.S. California and arrived at Boston on the 22nd of September. Laurence joined his brother, James, in Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts.  Laurence became a naturalized U.S. citizen on 12 April 1937. He was inducted into the Army on 17 July 1942 at Boston, MA.  At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Essex County, MA. Private Alexander was assigned to the Medical Detachment of the 202nd Field Artillery Battalion on 29 March 1944 from HQ XV Corps. His MOS was Basic (521), and later, Surgical Technician (861). Laurence was appointed private first class in December 1944 in France. Laurence died in December 1986 at the age of 79.  His last known address was in Sullivan, IL.  He is buried in the Illinois Masonic Home Cemetery in Sullivan.
  

Allen, Eugene Burgess (ASN 36005061) (SSN 333-24-5020) was born on 5 December 1917 in Piatt Co., Illinois to Harry H. and Lola Foster Allen. He grew up on his family’s 240 acre dairy farm near Monticello. In 1940, he attended the Decatur Aviation School and completed  7 ½ hours of dual flight instruction. 
Gene was inducted into the Army and began active duty on 21 February 1941 at Camp Grant, IL. His term of service was to be one year. That changed with the attack on Pearl Harbor and the declaration of war on the Empire of Japan. Gene was assigned to Company "M" at the Camp Grant Recruit Reception Center. He left Camp Grant on February 26th for for basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia. He was assigned to the 48th Armored Signal Company on 2 March 1941. 
Gene's Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) was Ammunition Bearer (504), and later, Machine Gunner, Light (604). On 14 May 1941, he was transferred to Company "C", 41st Armored Infantry Regiment, 2nd Armored Division "Hell on Wheels".
Gene was married to Mildred A. Seyler on 31 December 1941. The would later have three children.While still at Fort Benning, he was transferred to Company "H", 41st Armored Infantry Regiment on 8 January 1942. He was appointed private first class on 5 June 1942. Gene was reduced in rank back to private in September 1942.
Gene departed the U.S. on 12 December 1942 for the North African Theater of Operations (NATOUSA), arriving at Casablanca, Morocco on December 24th. NATOUSA was later re-designated as the Mediterranean Theater of Operations, MTOUSA, on 26 October 1944. Gene was reunited with Company "H", 41st Armored Infantry Regiment which had arrived in North Africa in early November 1942. After six months of occupation duty, the 2nd Armored Division participated in the Invasion of Sicily. They departed Bizerte, Tunisia on 7 July 1943 and went ashore at Licato, Sicily on 10 July 1943 in support of the 1st Infantry Division at the Battle of Gela. The 2nd Armored Division fought through to Palermo.
Gene was re-appointed private first class on 20 September 1943 in Sicily. He and Company "H", 41st Armored Infantry Regiment left Palermo, Italy on 11 November 1943 and arrived at Liverpool, England on November 26th. The Regiment remained in England for six months while the Allies prepared for the Normandy Invasion.
The 41st Armored Infantry Regiment left England on 8 June 1944 and landed at Utah Beach on June 9th (D-Day + 3). The 2nd Armored Division operated in the Cotentin Peninsula and later formed the right flank of the Operation Cobra assault. From the breakout sector, the entire 2nd Armored Division joined in the operation to reduce the enemy threat in the vicinity of Mortain, Vire, Flers, and Domfront, France. Throughout the first half of August 1944, the Division held its ground on the north and south flanks of the German thrust and by steady pressure drove the enemy back, aiding materially in the eventual closing of the Falaise Gap. The Battle of the Falaise Pocket was the decisive engagement of the Normandy Campaign. Gene's Company "H", 41st Armored Infantry Regiment held a hill east of Mortain, France for five days and nights, driving back repeated enemy counterattacks. Company "H" received the Presidential Citation for its valiant stand in this engagement. 
Gene was slightly wounded in action on 5 August 1944 at Saint-Manvieu-Bocage, France. He was treated, but not evacuated. The 41st Armored Infantry Regiment and the 2nd Armored Division fought its way across France with the 3rd Army and into Belgium on 6 September 1944. Gene crossed into Germany on September 21st and the Regiment took up defensive positions near Geilenkirchen. He was wounded again on September 22 when he sustained a gushot wound to the shoulder. He was evacuated to France for medical treatment. He left France on 25 September 1944 and was transferred to the Detachment of Patients, 4176 Hospital Plant, 55th General Hospital, APO (Army Post Office) 121, Malverne Wells, Worcestershire, England, arriving there on the same day. He was presented a Purple Heart on 5 October 1944.
After his 42 day hospitalization and recovery, Gene was assigned to the 10th Replacement Depot, APO 874, at Lichfield, England on 3 November 1944. He left England on November 27th and reported to the 2nd Replacement Depot, APO 176, at Etampes, France (south of Paris) on 28 November 1944.
Gene was transferred from the 2nd Replacement Depot on 2 January 1945 and reported the 202nd Field Artillery Battalion on January 3rd. He was assigned to Battery "A". The Deuce-O-Deuce was in combat position near Bining, France.
Gene was granted a 30-day furlough in the U.S. in March 1945. He arrived at the New York Port of Embarkation on 19 March 1945. Pfc. Eugene Allen was honorably discharged from the Army on 13 May 1945 at Separation Center #32, Fort Sheridan, IL. His decorations and citations included American Defense Service; European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign with four bronze service stars for the battles of Sicily, Normandy, Northern France, and the Rhineland; Purple Heart with one oak leaf cluster (in lieu of a second Purple Heart); Good Conduct; World War II Victory Medal; and the Combat Infantryman Badge. The Combat Infantryman Badge (CIB) was awarded to an infantryman who satisfactorily performed infantry duties while assigned to an infantry unit and who actively engaged the enemy in ground combat. In the early months of World War II, the War Department had difficulty recruiting infantry branch volunteers, namely due to the fact that of all soldiers, it was recognized that the infantryman continuously operated under the worst conditions and performed a mission that was not assigned to any other soldier or unit and the infantry, a small portion of the Armed Forces, was suffering the most casualties while receiving the least public recognition. The War Department formally established the Combat Infantryman Badge (CIB) on 27 October 1943 as a way to recognize the proficiency and high standards of the infantryman and to foster esprit de corps in infantry units.
After the war, Gene returned to Illinois. He worked in various Christian Service Centers for more than 40 years and was a volunteer chaplain at the Danville Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Gene died on 10 June 1999 in Monticello, IL at the age of 81. He was buried in Grandview Memorial Gardens in Champaign, IL.

Aluotto, Joseph J. (ASN 32064957) (SSN 147-22-3222) was born in New Jersey on 27 December 1909 to Italian immigrants Pasquale and Giustina Viciconte Aluotto. He grew up in Hoboken, NJ.
His active duty in the Army began on 3 April 1941. Joseph was assigned to an infantry division and was seriously injured by enemy artillery fragments during combat in France in July of 1944. He was hospitalized until December 1944. Pfc. Aluotto was then 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 Railway Signal Operator (185) 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.  Joseph embarked from Le Havre, France aboard the U.S.A.T. Argentina on 18 October 1945 and arrived in New York City on 25 October.  There were over fifty other men of the 202nd aboard. He was honorably discharged on 30 October 1945.
Joseph died on 4 March 2002 at the age of 92. His last know address was in Hoboken, NJ.  

Ambrose, Alfred J. (ASN 36894695) was born in Reno, Nevada on  4 November 1912 to John F. and Philomena Serpa Ambrose. Both of his parents had emigrated from the Portugese Azores. At the time of the 1940 US Census, Alfred was living in Reno and employed as a butcher at Nevada Meat Packing, Inc. Alfred was inducted into the Army at Ann Arbor, Michigan on 17 December 1943 and began active duty on 7 January 1944. Private Ambrose was assigned to “B” Battery in January 1945 near Bining, France from the 2nd Replacement Depot.  His MOS was Automatic Rifleman (746), Ammunition Handler (504), and later, Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Alfred was appointed private first class on 18 May 1945 at Salzburg, Austria. He was promoted to staff sergeant on 6 September 1945 at Obertrum, Austria.  His MOS changed to Mess Sergeant (824). Alfred was honorably discharged on 21 March 1946 at Camp Atterbury, Indiana. After the war, he worked as a butcher in Detroit, Michigan. He died in Canton, Stark Co., Ohio on 25 April 1994 at the age of 81. Alfred was buried in Saint Peter Cemetery in Canton. 

Anderson, Leonard G. (ASN 20834145) (SSN 514-09-8898) was born in Pontotoc Co., Oklahoma on 27 November 1908, the son of Julian J. and Vinnie Ella Anderson.  He was a private in the National Guard when he enlisted in the Army on 8 January 1942 at Camp Barkeley, Texas.  At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of Pontotoc Co., OK.  Leonard was assigned to HQ Battery. His MOS was Truck Driver, Light (345). Private First Class Anderson 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 to be mustered out of the Army. He was honorably discharged on 14 August 1945. Leonard died on 20 January 1982 at the age of 73. He is buried in East Hill Cemetery in Roff, OK. His last known address was in Dallas Co., TX.  

Andrick, Joseph A. (ASN 33710268) (SSN 210-14-6806) was born on 23 July 1925 in the borough of New Eagle, Washington Co., Pennsylvania to Lithuanian immigrants Anthony and Antoinette Dransite Andrick. His father was a coal miner employed by Pittsburgh Coal Company at its Mongah Mine in Allegheney, PA. Joseph was inducted into the Army on 1 December 1943 at Pittsburg, PA and began active duty on December 22nd at Fort Meade, Maryland.  At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Allegheny County, PA. He departed the U.S. on 20 June 1944 for the European Theater of Operations.
Private Andrick was assigned to “A” Battery of the 202nd Field Artillery Battalion.  His MOS was (1605), and later, Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). He was appointed private first class on 18 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. Joseph arrived back in the U.S. on 4 January 1946. He was honorably discharged on  January 9th at Separation Center #45, Indiantown Gap Military Reservation, PA. Joseph died on 13 May 1991 in Pennsylvania at the age of 65.
  He is buried in the Monongahela Cemetery in Monongahela, Washington Co., PA. 

App, Kenneth William (ASN 35595260) was born on 17 April 1917 in Ohio, the eldest son of William J. and Anna App. Kenneth was of German ancestry. He grew up in Massillon, Stark Co., Ohio. After graduating from Washington High School, Kenneth completed one year of vocational training and became a welder at the Griscom-Russell Company in Massilion. He was inducted into the Army on 18 December 1942 at Akron, OH. Kenneth reported to the reception center at Fort Hayes, OH on 26 December 1942. He and three other area residents, Walter J. Myzk, Marshall K. Dutchess and Edward V. Hammer, were transferred from Fort Hayes to Camp Gruber, Oklahoma for basic training. On 25 May 1943, he was promoted to private first class. Four months were spent training at Fort Sill, OK from 5 June 1943 to 25 September 1943. Kenneth and Privates Myzk and Dutchess were assigned to HQ Battery. Private Edward Hammer was assigned to Battery C. Kenneth was granted a 10 day furlough on 12 October 1943, and the next month appointed technician fifth grade (corporal). Kenneth qualified as a marksman with the U.S. Carbine, Caliber .30, M1 on 12 November 1943. He was appointed technician fourth grade (sergeant) on 9 March 1944 at Camp Drumilly, Northern Ireland. His Military Occupational Specialties included: Telephone & Telegraph Lineman (238), Radio Repairman (174) and later changed to (648). Technician Fourth Grade (Sergeant) Kenneth W. App was killed in action on 24 November 1944, along with Private First Class Joseph L. Marzocco, while on special duty as radio operators with the 2nd French Armored Division. The division’s command post located at Place de la République in Strasbourg, France was shelled by German artillery at 1330 hours and both men were killed as Pfc. Marzocco was operating the radio in a radio truck. Their deaths were caused from the concussion of the enemy shell explosion. Kenneth was buried in the Cronenbourg French Cemetery near Strasbourg on 25 November 1944. He was survived by his parents and a sister. Kenneth was 27 years old when he died. In December 1944, he was posthumously awarded a Silver Star for "Gallantry in action against an enemy of the United States". The Silver Star is the third highest military decoration that can be awarded to a member of any branch of the United States Armed Forces. Kenneth was also posthumously awarded a Purple Heart. His remains were later re-buried in the U.S. Military Cemetery at St. Avold, France on 12 April 1946. Sergeant App’s remains were repatriated to the United States in January 1949. His funeral was held at the Gordon-Shaidnagle-Hollinger Funeral Home in Massillon, Ohio on January 26th with burial in West Brookfield Cemetery. The Massillon Burial Commission provided the military funeral which was officiated by Reverend Clyde A. Miller of the Faith Lutheran Church. Kenneth was also survived by a sister, Mrs. Helen Villard, of Massillon.

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Arbaugh, Glavis Ray (ASN 35036543) (SSN 283-14-9555) was born in West Virginia on 7 September 1915, the son of Isaac and Virginia Arbaugh.  He was inducted into the Army on 14 October 1941 at Fort Hayes in Columbus, Ohio.  At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Licking County, OH.  Private Arbaugh was assigned to “A” Battery.  He was promoted to Private First Class in March 1945. He was honorably discharged on 24 October 1945. Glavis died on 23 January 1999 in Newark, Ohio at the age of 83. He is buried in Highland Cemetery in Glenford, Perry Co., OH.  

Arnold, Claude E. (ASN 20834019) (SSN 509-26-4555) was born in Oklahoma on 13 November 1920, the son of Nathan J. and Olive F. Arnold. In August 1940, President Roosevelt ordered the National Guard of the United States into active service. Between 16 September 1940, and 6 October 1941, the National Guard brought into federal service more than 300,000 men, in 18 combat divisions, as well as numerous non-divisional units, including 4,800 men from the 29 National Guard observation squadrons. The number of Guardsmen federalized doubled the strength of the active Army, and the National Guard observation squadrons, due to their high state of training, helped to expand the U.S. Army Air Forces.  Claude enlisted in the Army on 16 September 1940 at Cherokee, OK when his National Guard unit was inducted into Federal service.  At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of Alfalfa County, OK.  Claude was assigned to “A” Battery.  His MOS was Artillery Mechanic, Minor Maintenance (802).  Technician Fourth Grade (Sergeant) Arnold was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 12 May 1944 in England. He was a jeep driver in the Survey Section. Claude 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 12 October 1945. Claude died on 26 November 1987 at the age of 67. He is buried in Lakeview Cemetery in Wichita, Kansas.  

Ashil, Melvin (ASN 42043500) was born in New York on 2 May 1919, the eldest son of Phillip and Frances Ashil.  His father was a Russian Jew.  Melvin was inducted into the Army on 29 September 1943 at New York City. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Kings, New York City. Melvin was assigned to HQ Battery on 3 January 1945 near Bining, France from the 2nd Replacement Depot.  His MOS was Radio Operator, Low Speed (776). Private Ashil was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 23 June 1945. He was appointed technician fifth grade (corporal) on 30 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria. Melvin died in Miami, Florida on 10 September 2004 at the age of 85.  

Babcock, Charles Warren (ASN 36344945) (SSN 717-09-8964) was born in Clark Co., Illinois on 12 July 1916 to Pearly J. and Minnie B. Fox Babcock. He was inducted into the Army on 4 June 1942 at Chicago, IL.  At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Vigo County, IN. Private First Class Babcock was assigned to HQ Battery.  His MOS was Field Lineman (641). He was appointed technician fifth grade (corporal) on 9 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria.



                               T/5 Mike Veselenak and T/5 Charles Babcock in Bischofshofen, Austria September 1945

Charles arrived back in the US on 1 December 1945. He was honorably discharged on  December 14th at Camp Atterbury, Indiana. Charles married and had two daughters. He worked for the Pennsylvania and Conrail Railroads and retired after 39 years. Charles died at the V.A. Medical Center in Danville, Il on 27 March 1999 at the age of 82. He is buried in the Marshall Cemetery in Marshall, Clark Co., IL.  

Back, William H. (ASN 38018187) (SSN 555-10-3971) was born in Oklahoma on 8 July 1917 to Cale and Maggie McCormick Back.  His father was a coal miner. The coal mining industry in Latimer County collapsed during the Depression. At one point, 93% of the population was surviving on government relief. The number of mines in the county decreased from 27 in 1912 to only one in 1932.
Bill was inducted into the Army on 7 February 1941 at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Latimer County, OK. Bill was a staff sergeant in Battery A. His MOS was Mess Sergeant (824). 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 October 1945.
Bill died in Oklahoma on 17 May 1981. He is buried in the Lutie Cemetery in Wilburton, OK.
  


Bafkas, James G. (ASN 36345088) was born in Greece in 1918. He was inducted into the Army on 4 June 1942 at Chicago, IL. James was assigned to HQ Battery. His MOS was Field Lineman (641). Private Bafkas was promoted to private first class on 12 January 1945 near Schmittville, France. James G. Bafkas died on 14 June 1945 at the 112th Evacuation Hospital in Obertrum, Austria of injuries sustained in an accidental fall from a hay loft near Bergen, Germany. He was survived by his wife, Bessie. James was buried in the temporary U.S. Military Cemetery at Reutti, Germany on 15 June 1945. Later that year, he was moved to the American Military Cemetery near St. Avold, France. And on 15 February 1949, he was permanently interred at the Lorraine American Cemetery near St. Avold, France in Plot C Row 9 Grave 93.  

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Bahm, Theodore J. (ASN 20834002) was born on 13 August 1912 in Oklahoma, the son of Russian and German immigrants.  He graduated from Cherokee, Oklahoma High School.  Ted enlisted in the Army on 16 September 1940 at Cherokee, OK when his National Guard unit was inducted into Federal service.  At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of Alfalfa County, OK.  Ted was assigned to “B” Battery.  His MOS was Artillery Mechanic, Minor Maintenance (802). Technician Fourth Grade (Sergeant) Bahm 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. After the War, his family moved to a farm near Udall, Kansas. Ted was a farmer.  He died on 17 April 2005 in Arkansas City, Kansas at the age of 92. Ted is buried in Sumner Memorial Gardens in Wellington, KS.  


Baker, Flavey Everett (ASN 01171879) (SSN 453-44-0782) was born in Texas on 5 November 1920 to Walter F. and Dora Maple Baker.
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 John W. White. After Flavey’s promotion to 2nd Lieutenant, his serial number was changed to 01171879. 2nd Lieutenant Baker was appointed as the Reconnaissance Officer of “C” Battery on 5 March 1943.  Later, 1st Lieutenant Baker was the Executive Officer of “A” Battery.  On 13 October 1944 near Chenevieres, France, Lt. Baker was
awarded the Bronze Star by Brigadier General Edward Stanley Ott, Commanding Officer of the XV Corps Artillery.  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.  Lt. Baker, along with Sgt. Herchal Bay and Private Riippa drove the Diamond T ammunition truck out of danger. On 8 November 1944, Lt. Baker and his driver, Private William H. Parker, were in the vicinity of Migneville, France looking for a suitable observation post when their ¼-ton Command & Reconnaissance truck (jeep) ran over a mine at 1210 hours.  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 2nd French Armored Division and taken to the 51st Evacuation Hospital near Vincey, France. Private Bill Parker was the Deuce’s third fatality since its arrival in France. Flavey married and had one son. Major Flavey Baker, USATC-FA, retired after 26 years of active duty in 1961. He was honored in a ceremony on 28 November 1961 at Lucas Field, Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
He died on 24 January 2001 in Texas at the age of 80.  His last known residence was in Texarkana, Bowie Co., TX. He was buried in Chapelwood Memorial Gardens in Wake Village, Bowie Co., TX.
  


Baker, George (ASN 34663415) (SSN 242-16-0330) was born 1 August 1922 in Harnett County, NC to George E. and Hattie E. Jackson Baker. He was inducted into the Army on 21 January 1943 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Harnett County, NC.  Private First Class Baker was assigned to Service Battery in January 1945 from the 2nd Replacement Depot. He was later assigned to “C” Battery. His MOS was Ammunition NCO (505), and later, Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). He was honorably discharged 9 Jan 1946. George died in Raleigh, NC on 27 April 1989 at the age of 66. He is buried in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens in Fuquay-Varina, NC.  

Baker, Larry L. (ASN 35557542) was a private assigned to “A” Battery. His MOS was Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864).
  

Balerio, Antonio M. “Tony” (ASN 38009205) (SSN 524-32-9890) was born in Colorado on 28 March 1918. He was assigned to “B” Battery.  His MOS was Field Lineman (641), and later, Radio Operator, Low Speed (776). Tony enlisted in the Army Air Forces on 7 May 1946 at Lowry Field in Denver, CO and served during the Korean Conflict. He retired from the Air Force on 30 June 1962 with the rank of staff sergeant. He died on 26 October 1975 in San Francisco, California at the age of 57. Tony is buried in the Alamosa Municipal Cemetery in Alamosa, CO.  

Ball, George Owen (ASN 38023229) (SSN 445-07-7550) was born in Logan Co., Oklahoma on 11 May 1919 to George L. and Maude Surber Ball.  He was inducted into the Army on 22 September 1941 at Oklahoma City, OK.  George was assigned to “A” Battery.  Technician Fifth Grade (Corporal) Ball 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.  On 30 June 1945 in Obertrum, Austria, George was appointed first sergeant.  His MOS changed from Radio Operator, Low Speed (776) to First Sergeant (585). George returned to Oklahoma City after the war, and later, moved to Nevada. He married twice and had one daughter. George died in Yerington, Lyon Co., Nevada on 4 August 1993 at the age of 74. He is buried in Valley View Cemetery in Yerington.  

Bambach, Frank Anton (ASN 35536420 & 35048530) (SSN 294-18-6140) was born in Cleveland, Ohio on 2 September 1923, the eldest son of Yugoslavian immigrants Anton and Helen Bambach. Frank graduated from John Marshall High School in January 1942.  He was inducted into the Army on 16 February 1943 at Cleveland, OH and began active duty on February 23rd.  At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Cuyahoga County, OH.
 


                                The National Jewish Welfare Board's Bureau of War Records collected and compiled
                        information about Jewish Americans who served in the U.S. armed Forces during World War II.


Pfc. Bambach was assigned to HQ Battery on 3 January 1945 near Bining, France from the 2nd Replacement Depot.  He was promoted to technician fifth grade (corporal) in April 1945.  Frank’s MOS was Radio Operator, Low Speed (776). On 9 May 1945, his ASN was changed from 35536420 to 35048530 per the Adjutant General’s Office. Frank was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 23 June 1945. He was honorably discharged on 15 December 1945. He died on 18 April 1997 in Cuyahoga County, Ohio at the age of 73.  Frank was buried in Sunset Memorial Park in Olmsted, OH.  

Banks, John Conrad (ASN 33494471) was born in Pennsylvania on 4 June 1918, the son of John C. and Anna Messner Banks. His paternal grandparents were German. 
John was inducted into the Army on 15 December 1942 at Harrisburg, PA and entered active service on December 22nd.  He and fellow Lebanon, PA resident Shirk Folmer left at 1:05 PM aboard the Reading Railroad for Fort George G. Meade (Fulmer would later be assigned to HQ Battery). At the time of his induction, John was a resident of Lebanon County, PA.  Private Banks was assigned to “B” Battery.  His MOS was Anti-Aircraft Machine Gunner (606), and later, Heavy Machine Gunner (605). He was awarded the Purple Heart on 21 November 1944 for wounds received in action against the enemy on 6 July 1944 in France. Private Banks was appointed private first class on 18 May 1945 at Salzburg, Austria.  John was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria.  He was honorably discharged on 6 December 1945 at Separation Center #45, Indiantown Gap Military Reservation, PA.
He died on 21 November 2007 in Lebanon, PA at the age of 89.  

Baran, Joseph Francis (ASN 33405515) (SSN 206-03-8584) was born in Bellevue, Pennsylvania on 28 March 1915 to Barbara A. Baran. He was inducted into the Army on 14 December 1942 at Pittsburgh, PA and reported for duty at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland on December 21st. John was transferred to HQ Battery, 202nd Field Artillery Regiment on 31 December 1942. His MOS was Anti Tank Gun Crewman (610) and Radio Operator, Low Speed (776). On 23 June 1943, he requested a transfer to the parachute troops (Airborne). While the Deuce-O-Deuce was on maneuvers near Manny, Louisana, Private Baran went AWOL on 28 July 1943. He and Private Walter W. Royse hitchhiked to Pittsburgh, PA to visit their families. Joseph returned to Camp Gruber, OK on 16 August 1943. He was court martialed, pleaded guilty, and sentenced to six months of hard labor and to forfeit $14 per month for six months. He was confined in the post prison at Camp Howze, TX. Joseph 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. His transfer request was not accepted by the Airborne Command at Camp Mackall, North Carolina. Joseph was promoted to private first class on 12 January 1945 near Schmittville, France.  Private First Class Baran was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 23 June 1945. He was appointed corporal on 9 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria.  Joseph was honorably discharged on 6 January 1946 at Indiantown Gap Military Reservation, PA with the rank of corporal. He died in Pittsburg on 29 December 1982 at the age of 67.

Barcroft, Dan Corbett Jr. (ASN 20834242) (SSN 447-10-0198)  was born in Oklahoma on 11 March 1921 to Dan and Anna Mae Barcroft. He enlisted in the Army on 16 September 1940 at Cherokee, OK when his National Guard unit was inducted into Federal service.  At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of Muskogee County, OK.  Private First Class Barcroft was assigned to Battery C.  He was honorably discharged on 20 October 1945. Dan died on 30 November 2004 at the age of 83. He is buried in the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Fernley, NV. His last known address was in Wadsworth, Washoe Co., NV.  

Barker, William Henry (ASN 37583890) (SSN 476-28-2943) was born a farm near Delft, Cottonwood Co., Minnesota on 18 July 1918. His parents were Sidney A. and Edna Barker. In 1939, he worked on a Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) dam building project for three months.
He was drafted and inducted into the Army on 11 December 1943 at Windom, MN. He began active duty on 3 January 1944 at Fort Snelling, MN. William was assigned to the infantry and completed basic training at Camp Fannin, Texas on 24 May 1944 as a member of Company A, 56th Training Battalion. He qualified as a sharpshooter with the U.S. Rifle, Caliber .30, M1. His MOS was Rifleman (745), and later, Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). On 25 May 1944, he was transferred to Army Ground Forces Replacement Depot #1 at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland. William departed the U.S. at the New York Port of Embarkation on 1 July 1944 and arrived in Liverpool, England on July 10th. From 24 July 1944 until 29 July he was assigned to the 48th Replacement Battalion in England. William was then assigned to Company C, 120th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division ("Old Hickory"). He was wounded in action on 7 August 1944 in France. William received a bullet wound to the right leg which required evacuation and hospitalization at the 187th General Hospital, in Tidworth, Wiltshire, United Kingdom on August 7th. On 15 September 1944, he was sent to the 307th Station Hospital at Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, APO 640. United Kingdom. After his recovery, he was assigned to Battery A, 202nd Field Artillery Battalion on 3 January 1945. The Deuce-O-Deuce was in combat position near Bining, France.
William was appointed private first class on 18 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. He was transferred to Battery B, 542nd Field Artillery Battalion on 14 September 1945. By this time, most of the original members of the Deuce-O-Deuce were headed back to the States. On 11 December 1945, he was transferred HQ Company, 2nd Battalion, 302nd Infantry Regiment, 94th Infantry Division. That unit was stationed in Germany. William was transferred once again on 28 December 1945 to HQ Company, 1st Battalion, 66th Infantry Regiment, 71st Infantry Division. On 18 January 1946, he was assigned to 995th Engineer Treadway Bridge Company.
William departed the ETO from Bremerhaven, Germany on 5 March 1946 and arrived at Camp Kilmer, New Jersey on March 16th. William was honorably discharged on March 21st at Separation Center #33, Camp McCoy, Wisconsin.  His awards included a Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman Badge, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign with three bronze service stars for the battles of  Northern France, Central Europe, and the Rhineland, Good Conduct Medal, Army of Occupation Medal with Germany Clasp, and World War II Victory Medal. 
William died on 8 January 1985 at the age of 66. He was buried in Windom Memorial Gardens in Windom, MN. 

Barnes, Edward L. (ASN 34875699) was born in Mississippi in 1925. He was inducted into the Army on 28 October 1943 at Camp Shelby, Mississippi.   At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Winston County, MS. Private Barnes was assigned to Battery C from the 2nd Replacement Depot on 3 January 1945 near Bining, France.  His MOS was Rifleman (745), Cannoneer (531), and Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864).  

Barnes, Howard F. Jr. (ASN 36181104) was born in Michigan in 1911, the son of Howard F. and Winifred Barnes.  He grew up in Berrien County, MI.  Howard was inducted into the Army on 1 June 1942 at Kalamazoo, MI. He was assigned to Battery A.  His MOS was Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Private First Class Barnes 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.  Howard died on 1960 at the age of 48. He is buried in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Buchanan, MI.  

Barnes, Jack was a private who was assigned to HQ Battery on 3 January 1945 near Bining, France from the 2nd Replacement Depot.   

Barnes, Noel Eugene (ASN 37375221) (SSN 493-20-1119) was born near Cabool, Missouri on 20 February 1921, the son of Otis A. and Myrtle Brown Barnes.  He was raised on a farm in McKinley Township, Douglas County, MO.  He was inducted into the Army on 3 August 1942 at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri.  At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Douglas Co., MO.  Noel was assigned to “C” Battery. His MOS was Cannoneer (531) and Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Private First Class Barnes was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria.  He was later promoted to corporal and then to sergeant on 6 September 1945. He was honorably discharged on 7 December 1945. After the war, Noel moved to Buttonwillow in the San Joaquin Valley, in Kern County, California. He worked as the superintendant of the Banducci Ranch. He married and had three children. Noel died in Kern Co., CA on 20 June 1982 at the age of 61. He was buried in the West Side District Cemetery in Taft, CA.  

Barnett, Lester B. (ASN 34140730) (SSN 413-18-5928) was born in Tennessee on 17 June 1919 the son of Mose and Fable? Barnett. He was inducted into the Army on 6 June 1941 at Ft. Oglethorpe, Georgia.  At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Washington County, TN.  Lester was assigned to HQ Battery.  His MOS was Automotive Mechanic (014). Technician Fifth Grade (Corporal) Barnett was promoted to technician fourth grade (sergeant) on 12 January 1945 near Schmittville, France. Lester was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 23 June 1945.  He was promoted to staff sergeant on 30 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria. At the conclusion of the war, he was temporarily assigned to HQ Company, 58th Armored Infantry Battalion for the trip home.  Their staging area was Camp Philip Morris.  Lester embarked from Le Havre, France aboard the S.S. Vulcania on 3 November 1945 and arrived in New York City on 10 November.  Lester died in May 1986 at the age of 66.  His last known address was in Johnson City, Washington Co., TN.  

Baschleben, Richard J. (ASN 36713302) was born on 15 April 1921.  He was inducted into the Army on 27 November 1942.  Richard was assigned to “C” Battery. His MOS was Cannoneer (531) and Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864).He was promoted to private first class on 9 January 1945 near Schmittville, France. Richard was honorably discharged from the Army on 7 December 1945. He died on 6 January 2002 at the age of 80.  Richard is buried in the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL.  

Batchelor, John Elsey (ASN 34465433) was born near Richlands in Onslow Co., North Carolina on 2 May 1921 to Elijah S. and Sarah Ann Marshburn Batchelor. John worked as a farmer and carpenter.





He was inducted into the Army on 30 November 1942 at Fort Bragg, NC. Private Batchelor qualified as a marksman with the U.S. Rifle, Caliber .30, M1. His MOS was Field Lineman (641). He was assigned to "A" Battery. John was hospitalized on 10 January 1945 for trenchfoot. After treatment and rehabilitation, he returned to duty in April of 1945. John departed the ETO on 5 September 1945 and arrived back in the U.S. on September 20th. Private First Class Batchelor was medically discharged on 29 November 1945 at Finney General Hospital in Thomasville, Georgia. He lived in Vicksburg, Mississippi in the 1970's through the 1990's. John died on 11 January 2006 in North Carolina at the age of 84. His last known address was in Snow Camp, Alamance Co., NC.


Bauldwin, Alfred T. (ASN 17013785) was born in Arkansas on 7 November 1921. Tommy was a resident of Camp Chaffee, Sebastian Co., Arkansas in June of 1942 at the time of his marriage. He was assigned to HQ Battery as a cook. After the war, Tommy returned to Little Rock. Private First Class Bauldwin re-enlisted on 6 April 1946 at Little Rock, AR. He had three children. Tommy died on 20 January 2014 at the age of 92. He was buried in the Martinville Cemetery in Faulkner Co., AR.  

Bay, Herchal E. (ASN 38018158) (SSN 448-05-1031) was born in Hominy, Osage Co., Oklahoma on 16 January 1915, the son of William E. and Francena Bay.  He was raised on a farm in Payne County.  Herchal was inducted into the Army on 7 February 1941 at Oklahoma City, OK.  He was assigned to  Battery A. His MOS was Chief of Section (539), and later, Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Sergeant Bay was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 12 May 1944 in England. On 13 October 1944 near Chenevieres, France, Herchal was awarded the Bronze Star by Brigadier General Edward Stanley Ott, Commanding Officer of the XV Corps Artillery. 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.  Sgt. Bay, along with Lt. Flavey Baker and Private John Riippa drove the Diamond T ammunition truck out of danger. Herchal 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 re-enlisted on 2 April 1947, and was stationed at Marbo Barracks, Guam as a sergeant first class with the 331st Ordnance Depot Company in 1949. Herchal served with the 3rd Infantry Division in Korea, arriving in January 1953. He was assigned to the foreign weapons demonstration team of the 83rd Ordnance Technical Detachment. The team demonstrated the operation and characteristics of foreign weapons to Army units in the IX Corps sector. Master Sergeant Bay re-enlisted again on 28 September 1956.  Herchal was an accomplished marksman. He was assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division's Marksmanship Detachment at Fort Benning, Georgia and was a member of their rifle team competing at the National Rifle and Pistol matches at Camp Perry, Ohio in 1958. He was honorably discharged on 13 September 1960. Herchal died on 4 February 1973 at the V.A. Hospital in Kansas City, Jackson Co., Missouri at the age of 58. He was survived by his wife and three children. His last known address was in Levasy, Missouri. Herchal was buried in the Westville Cemetery in Adair Co., OK.  

Bayouth, Jim J. (ASN 38018018) (SSN 444-10-8749) was born on 14 September 1918 in Oklahoma. He was of Syrian descent.  Jim 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.  Jim was assigned to “B” Battery.  His MOS was Postal Clerk (056), and later, Clerk, General (055).  Technician Fifth Grade (Corporal) Bayouth 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.  Jim 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. Jim died in January 1986 in Oklahoma at the age of 67. His last known address was in Tulsa, OK.  

Bechdel, John Mitchell (ASN 35526277) (SSN 175-18-8067) was born in Pennsylvania on 10 February 1915 the son of Curtis E. Bechdel.  John’s mother died when he was a child.  He was raised in Liberty Township, Centre County, PA.  John was inducted into the Army on 17 December 1942 at Cleveland, Ohio and began active duty on December 26th.  At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Portage Co., OH.  John was assigned to “A” Battery. His MOS was Fire Control Instrument Operator, Field Artillery (645).  Corporal Bechdel was promoted to staff sergeant on 6 September 1945 at Obertrum, Austria.  His MOS changed to Quartermaster Supply Technician
(821). He was honorably discharged on 24 November 1945. John died on 14 February 1983 at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna, Portage Co., OH. He is buried in Saint Mary’s Cemetery in Ravenna.  

Beckwith, Archie E. (ASN 36505066) (SSN 369-01-6741) was born in Lansing, Michigan on 12 November 1913 to Ora Albert and Elsie Buchner Beckwith. He grew up in Clinton Co., MI. He began active duty on 10 June 1942. Archie was a private first class assigned to HQ Battery. He was promoted to corporal on 20 April 1943 at Camp Gruber, Oklahoma. Archie was later assigned to “C” Battery.  His MOS was Anti-Aircraft Machine Gunner (606), and later, Heavy Machine Gunner (605). Private Beckwith was appointed private first class in December 1944 and again promoted to corporal on 9 January 1945. On 6 September 1945 he was once again appointed corporal at Obertrum, Austria. He was honorably discharged on 8 December 1945. Archie died in Lansing, MI on 28 May 1975 at the age of 61.  


042 Beeson, John Arthur Jr. “Sonny” (ASN 37109963 & 01179476) was born in Marion, Linn Co., Iowa on 7 November 1918 to John Arthur and Mabelle Ann Woodward Beeson. His father was a railroad conductor and his mother taught school. John graduated from Marion High School in 1936.

John received his draft notice in September 1941. He began active duty in the Army on 22 October 1941 at Fort Des Moines, IA. John was assigned to Battery E, 27th Battalion, 7th Regiment at the Field Artillery Replacement Training Center at Fort Sill, Oklahoma on October 24th. After basic training, John was assigned to Battery A, 160th Field Artillery Battalion (105mm howitzers) at Camp Barkeley, Texas. The Battalion was part of the 45th Infantry “Thunderbird” Division. The 160th Field Artillery Battalion moved to Fort Devens, Massachusetts in June 1942. John was promoted to corporal in the same month.

He became a member of Field Artillery Officer Candidate School 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 Winston Oothoudt , Harold R. Jorgensen, Samuel Giannetto, and Arthur Rice. After John’s promotion to 2nd lieutenant, his serial number was changed to 01179476.  At some point in 1943, John was assigned to the 202nd Field Artillery Battalion.

In June 1944, while the Deuce-O-Deuce was stationed at Holton Mill near Wheatley, England, John attended a bomb reconnaissance course at Over Court Manor, Bristol.  Over Court was a former Elizabethan manor house near Almondsbury which was home of the U.S. Army 2nd Ordnance Bomb Disposal Squadron. On 9 July 1944, John was transferred from his position as Ammunition Officer to Motor Officer for Service Battery.   His MOS was Motor Transport Officer (0600). He was assigned as the Reconnaissance Officer for “C” Battery on 5 December 1944 near Hinsbourg, Alsace, France. 2nd Lt. Beeson was awarded a Bronze Star in February 1945.  On 26 February 1945, he was hospitalized at the 21st General Hospital in France for an unknown injury. He was discharged on 1 May 1945 and re-joined the Deuce-O-Deuce on May 12th in Salzburg, Austria.

John was promoted to 1st lieutenant on 20 June 1945 at Obertrum, Austria. He was assigned as Train Commander (ammunition train) on 15 July 1945 per Special Order #87 HQ 202nd F.A. Bn.  His MOS was changed to Munitions Officer (4510). On 21 September 1945, he departed Bischofshofen, Austria for Camp Boston, France, arriving on September 23rd. He moved to Camp Philadelphia on October 20th. John departed the ETO at Le Havre, France on 10 November 1945 and docked in Boston, MA on November 20th. He was honorably discharged on 31 January 1946.

After the war, he returned to Marion, IA. John attended the American Institute of Business in Des Moines and was employed by the Dearborn Brass Company in Cedar Rapids, IA. He married and had two children.

John died on 23 August 1956 at the age of 37. He was buried in Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery in Cedar Rapids.


Beggs, James E. (ASN 38368122) was born on 11 August 1918 in Comanche Co., Texas to James R. and Vivian E. Stone Beggs. He was inducted into the Army on 2 December 1942 at Abilene, TX. He reported to Camp Wolters Reception Center near Mineral Wells, TX on 9 December 1942. On December 14th, he was transferred to the 16th Field Artillery Brigade for training at Camp Gruber, Oklahoma. James was then assigned to “B” Battery of the 202nd Field Artillery Regiment on 16 January 1943.  His MOS was Field Wire Chief (595), and later, Field Lineman (641).  He qualified as a marksman with the U.S. Rifle, Caliber .30, M1 in February 1943 and qualified as a motor vehicle operator on 13 February 1943.
He qualified as a marksman with the U.S. Carbine, Caliber .30, M1 on 25 September 1943. On 13 November 1943, he was admitted to the Station Hospital at Camp Howze, TX for chronic tonsillitis. Two days later, the doctors performed a tonsillectomy. He was released back to duty on November 23rd. James was appointed technician fifth grade (corporal) on 16 July 1944 near Montgardon, France.  He was promoted to corporal on 14 February 1945. James was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria.  His MOS was changed to Survey and Instrument NCO, Field Artillery (577) on 6 September 1945 when he was promoted to staff sergeant. S/Sgt Beggs left France and the ETO on 21 November 1945 and arrived back in the U.S. on December 1st. He was honorably discharged on 8 December 1945 at Camp Fannin located near Tyler, Texas. James died on 28 August 2006 at the age of 88. His last known address was in Grand Prairie, Dallas Co., TX.

Bendle, Harold Willard (ASN 38018075) (SSN 444-10-6876) was born in Colorado on 28 April 1918 to Jay and Francis Bendle.  In 1930, he was living with his mother in Seminole, Oklahoma. He was inducted into the Army on 6 February 1941 in Oklahoma City, OK. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Oklahoma County, OK.  Private Bendle was assigned to Service Battery. He was appointed corporal on 20 April 1943 at Camp Gruber, Oklahoma. Harold was transferred to HQ Battery on 12 April 1944 while the Battalion was stationed at Camp Drumilly, County Armagh, Northern Ireland. Private First Class Bendle was transferred to the 70th Infantry Division in December 1944 or January 1945. He was honorably discharged on 20 Oct 1945. Harold died in Oklahoma on 24 Jan 1997 at the age of 78. He is buried in Arlington Memory Gardens in Oklahoma City, OK.  

Benner, Carl C. (ASN 35526278) (SSN 235-14-8623) was born in Maryland on 7 March 1922.  He was inducted in the Army on 17 December 1942 at Cleveland, Ohio and was inducted into the Army on 26 December.  At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Ritchie County, West Virginia.  Carl was assigned to the Service Battery.  His MOS was Clerk-Typist (405). Corporal Benner was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 17 February 1945 near Guisberg, France. He was promoted to sergeant on 22 June 1945 at Obertrum, Austria.  His MOS changed to Ammunition NCO (505). Carl was promoted to first sergeant on 9 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria.  His MOS was changed to First Sergeant (585). He was honorably discharged on 7 December 1945. Carl died on 6 March 1988 at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna, Portage Co., OH at the age of 65.  

Bennett, Morris Olin “Buck” (ASN 38038212) (SSN 455-20-3037) was born in Oklahoma on 22 July 1919.  He was inducted into the Army on 10 February 1941 at Dallas, Texas.  At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Cass County, TX.  Private Morris was assigned to “C” Battery.  His MOS was Gunner (603), and later, Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864).  He was appointed private first class on 12 June 1944 at Holton Mill, Wheatley, England. Pfc. Bennett was promoted to corporal on 9 January 1945 in France.  Corporal Bennett was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. At the conclusion of the War, he was assigned to HQ Battery, 772nd Field Artillery Battalion for the trip home.  Their staging area was Camp Lucky Strike.  Morris 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 2 November 1945. He died in Cass Co., Texas on 11 February 1997 at the age of 77.  His last known address was in Linden, Cass Co., TX. He is buried in the Linden, Texas Cemetery.

Berger, Joseph (ASN 39700891) was born on 8 October 1916 in Budapest, Hungary to William and Karolin Huszerl Berger. He was inducted into the Army on 1 July 1943 at Los Angeles, California.  At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Los Angeles County, CA. Private Berger was assigned to HQ Battery on 3 January 1945 near Bining, France from the 2nd Replacement Depot.  His MOS was Telephone Switchboard Operator (650), Anti-Aircraft Machine Gunner (606), and Heavy Machine Gunner (605).
Joseph died in Los Angeles on 10 October 2007 at the age of 91.

Bergmeier, John Henry (ASN 36058135) (SSN 347-18-5380) was born in Hancock Co., Illinois on 18 October 1919 to William G. and Bessie Congdon Bergmeier.  He was inducted into the Army on 2 June 1942 at Peoria, IL.  John was assigned to “A” Battery. His MOS was Ammunition NCO (505), and later, Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Corporal Bergmeier 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. On 30 June 1945, in Obertrum, Austria, John was appointed sergeant. He was honorably discharged on 7 December 1945. John died on 3 June 1981. His last known address was in Denver, Colorado.  

Berryman, William T.
(ASN 34140992) (SSN 412-12-8465) was born in Humphreys Co., Tennessee on 11 August 1918 to Melvin H. and Theodosia E. Tummins Berryman. He was inducted in the Army on 12 June 1941 at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia. Private Berryman was assigned to HQ Battery.  His MOS was Field Lineman (641). William was promoted to Private First Class on 12 January 1945 near Schmittville, France. He was transferred to the 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion on 5 September 1945. He was honorably discharged on 22 October 1945. After the war, William settled in Hardin Co., Texas. He married and had three children. William died in Hardin Co., TX on 5 October 1978 at the age of 60. He is buried in Resthaven Cemetery in Silsbee, TX.  

Bilicki, John Stanley (ASN 33117260) (SSN 176-09-8835) was born at Hills Station (Lawrence), Washington Co., Pennsylvania on 22 March 1918 to Polish immigrants Stanley and Pauline "Pearl" Bilicki. Hills Station was a "patch town" belonging to the Pittsburgh Coal Company and located southwest of Pittsburgh. His father was a coal miner at the Montour No. 4 Mine.In the 1920's, the family moved to Arnold (near New Kensington), Westmoreland Co., PA.  John  was inducted into the Army on 8 December 1941 at the 1301st Service Unit Reception Center, New Cumberland Army Depot, PA. On 20 December 1941, he reported to the Field Artillery Replacement Training Center, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. His MOS ratings were Auto Mechanic (014), Truck Driver, Heavy (245), Rifleman (745), and Squad Leader (653).On 4 March 1942, he was assigned to Battery D, 6th Battalion, 2nd Field Artillery Training Regiment at Fort Bragg, NC.
John was appointed technician fourth grade (sergeant) on 1 May 1942. On 9 August 1943, he began duty with Battery B, 335th Field Artillery Battalion, 87th  infantry Division ("Golden Acorn") at Camp McCain, Mississippi. He was transferred to  Army Ground Forces Replacement Depot #1 at Fort Meade, Maryland on 3 January 1944. He departed the U.S. for the ETO on Tuesday, 29 February 1944 and arrived in England on March 14th. That same day, he was assigned to Field Force Replacement Depot #1 until 26 March 1944.
T/4 Bilicki was assigned to Service Battery of the 202nd field Artillery Battalion on 27 March 1944. The Deuce-O-Deuce was stationed at Camp Drumilly in County Armagh, Northern Ireland. On 7 August 1944, he was reduced in rank to private. John was transferred to the Ground Force Replacement Command, 2nd Replacement Depot on 30 December 1944. He was then transferred to Company F, 397th Infantry Regiment on 19 January 1945 in France. He was promoted to private first class on 11 February 1945 and to sergeant on 7 March 1945.
Sergeant Bilicki returned to the U.S. on 12 July 1945. He was honorably discharged on 23 October 1945 at Camp Butner, North Carolina. His awards included the American Defense Service Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign with three bronze service stars for the battles of  Normandy, Northern France, and the Rhineland, Good Conduct, and World War II Victory Medal.
John died on 12 November 1999 in Pennsylvania at the age of 81.
  


Blair, Acey Scott (ASN 34730142) (SSN 415-28-8866) was born on 5 April 1924 in Tennessee, the son of Albert and Sarah Blair. He grew up in Knox County. Acey was inducted into the Army on 14 April 1943 at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia and began active duty on 21 April. He was assigned to Service 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 Anti-Aircraft Machine Gunner (606), and later, Heavy Machine Gunner (605).  Acey was later appointed corporal. He was honorably discharged on 26 January 1946. Acey Blair died on 14 February 1988 at the age of 63. 

Blair, Roy Chester
(ASN 38018056) was born in Cleveland Co., OK on 1 January 1918 to Mattie M. Shields and Lambertine J. Blair. His grandfather homesteaded in Indian Territory in the late 1880's. Roy was raised on a farm. 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 Cleveland County, OK.  Roy was assigned to HQ Battery.  His MOS was Scout (761) and unknown specialty (503). Private First Class Blair was appointed corporal on 2 September 1942 at Camp Gruber, OK. Roy 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. Roy 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. Roy died on 7 January 1960 in Oklahoma at the age of 42. He is buried in the Maguire-Fairview Cemetery in Maguire, OK. His flat granite marker (provided by the U.S. Government) was from the Columbus Marble Works in Columbus, Georgia. 


Bober, Eugene (ASN 38018173) was born Eugene Boberie in Collinsville, Oklahoma on 23 November 1918 to Polish immigrants George and Catharina Gibala Boberie.  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 Washington County, OK.  Eugene was assigned to “A” Battery.  His MOS was Cannoneer (531) and Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Private First Class Bober 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.  Eugene 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. Eugene was honorably discharged from the Army on 30 October 1945. He died on 13 September 2006 at the age of 87. His last known address was in Katy, TX.  Eugene was buried in Memorial Park Cemetery in Bartlesville, OK.  

Boger, Kenneth (ASN 15105082) was born in Indiana on 11 May 1923, the son of Fred and Elva Boger. He enlisted in the Army at Vincennes, Indiana on 18 May 1942.  At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of Daviess County, Indiana. Kenneth was assigned to a parachute infantry regiment and received his basic and paratrooper training at Fort Benning, Georgia. He was awarded his Parachutist Badge or “Jump Wings” after completing nine jumps. Kenneth was also an accomplished marksman, earning the sharpshooter rating with the M1 Rifle, M1 Carbine, and the M1911A1 Pistol. He also had a 2nd Class Gunner (Marksman) rating with the light machine gun.  His MOS was Mortar Gunner (607).



                                                                             Kenneth Boger circa 1943

He boarded a ship for the ETO in New York on 11 January 1943 and arrived in England on 17 January.  His unit was then sent to Northern Ireland for further training. They were stationed in the southern part near the border with Ireland.  Kenneth later recalled that he and a buddy had a weekend pass and went out to explore the area. He stated that they unknowingly crossed into neutral Ireland and were promptly arrested by Irish authorities.  He said that they were jailed for two days, but were fed well and treated like visitors before being released and returned to their unit. He was promoted to private first class on 1 May 1944.
Ken joined the Normandy Invasion and parachuted into France at some point after D-Day.  On 19 June 1944, he was wounded in the face and shoulder during a German mortar attack. He later recalled that he was transported to an aid station while unconscious and left for dead among other fatalities. Ken stated that someone noticed he was still alive and gave him medical attention. He spent several weeks in the hospital while recovering. He was sent back into combat with another unit and was wounded again on 25 August 1944. Ken suffered a fractured hand and wounds to his cheek from enemy artillery. Ken was hospitalized for several months at the 307th Station Hospital at Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, APO # 640, United Kingdom and then assigned to a motor pool as a driver in December of 1944. After his recovery, Private First Class Boger was assigned to HQ Battery of the 202nd Field Artillery Battalion on 3 January 1945 near Bining, France from the 2nd Replacement Depot.  His MOS was now Anti-Aircraft Machine Gunner (606). After VE Day, he departed the ETO on 19 June 1945 and arrived back in the United States on 12 July 1945. He spent the next few months at Wakeman General Hospital a Camp Atterbury, IN. Kenneth was honorably discharged on 13 October 1945 at Camp Atterbury. He was married in August 1945 and later had three children who were raised in Indianapolis, IN. Kenneth worked at the Allison Division of General Motors until his retirement in 1978. He was a master gardener and known locally as the “Tomato Man”.
Ken died in Indiana on 13 November 2013 at the age of 90. He was buried in Lincoln Memory Gardens Cemetery in Whitestown, IN.

Boggs, Howard C. (ASN 35644520) (SSN 299-12-6936) was born in Lawrence Co., Kentucky on 1 April 1922 to son of Chester Arthur and Ollie Kazee Boggs. He was inducted into the Army on 17 December 1942 at Huntington, West Virginia. Private First Class Boggs was assigned to “B” Battery. His MOS was Cannoneer (531), Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864) and later, Full-Track Driver (735). Howard was honorably discharged on 9 December 1945. After the war, he worked as a machinist. Howard died on 20 October 1996 in Columbus, Ohio at the age of 74. He was buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Lithopolis, Ohio.  

Boitnott, Walter G. (ASN 36952130) (SSN 345-12-5088) was born in Bloomington, Illinois on 30 March 1924 to Joseph and Della Ashire Boitnott. He began active duty on 6 March 1944. Private Boitnott was assigned to “C” Battery from the 2nd Replacement Depot on 3 January 1945 near Bining, France.  His SSN was (251).  He was later assigned to Service Battery. Walter was honorably discharged on 27 February 1946. He married and had six children. Walter died in Pontiac, IL on 27 August 1993 at the age of 69. He was buried in East Lawn Memorial Gardens in Bloomington, IL.

Bolin, Jesse Royal
(ASN 34093160) (SSN 248-42-0003) was born in Orangeburg Co., South Carolina on 10 November 1918 the son of Jesse B. and Loula E. Williams Bolin.  He was inducted into the Army on 6 June 1941 at Fort Jackson, Columbia, South Carolina.  At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Orangeburg County, SC. Jesse was assigned to HQ Battery.  His MOS was Radio Repairman (648). Technician Fifth Grade (Corporal) Bolin was appointed technician fourth grade (sergeant) on 19 July 1943 at Camp Gruber, Oklahoma. He was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 17 February 1945 near Guisberg, France.  He was transferred to the 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion on 5 September 1945. He was honorably discharged on 23 October 1945. After the war, he lived in Columbia, SC and worked as a building contractor. Jesse died in Cayce, SC on 5 June 2002 at the age of 83.  His last known address was in West Columbia, Lexington Co., SC. He is buried in Celestial Memorial Gardens in West Columbia.  

Bollinger, Clyde M. (ASN 16072072) was born in Farmington, Illinois on 7 October 1921 to Michael Henry and Eva Spenney Bollinger.  He enlisted in the Army on 2 June 1942 at Peoria, Illinois.  At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of Peoria County, Il. Clyde was a private assigned to “A” Battery.  His MOS was Cannoneer (531) and Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). He was promoted to private first class in March 1945. Clyde worked as a heavy equipment operator. He married and had four children. Clyde died on 19 September 2011 in DeKalb, IL at the age of 89. He was cremated. His last known address was in Sycamore, Il.  

Bortoluzzi, Edward B. (ASN 20833310) (SSN 442-12-5770) was born in Oklahoma on 29 March 1914 the son of Italian immigrants Albert and Jennie Bortoluzzi.  His father was a coal miner.  The family was residing in Haileyville, Pittsburg Co., OK at the time of the 1930 U.S. Census.  Edward 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 Blaine County, OK.  Technician Fourth Grade (Sergeant) Bortoluzzi was assigned to Service Battery.  His MOS was Automotive Mechanic, Second Echelon (014).  Edward was promoted to staff sergeant on 21 May 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.  S/Sgt. Bortoluzzi was honorably discharged on 25 September 1945. He died on 28 February 1997 at the age of 82. Edward was buried in the Cottonwood Cemetery in Watonga. OK.  His last known address was in Watonga, Blaine Co., OK.  

Brantley, Kenneth Ray (ASN 38268217 and 01179806) (SSN 448-09-1194) was born in Hughes Co., Oklahoma on 16 April 1921 to Albert R. and Mary (Lula) Kelley Brantley.  He was inducted into the Army on 4 September 1942 at Oklahoma City, OK and assigned Serial #38268217.
 

                                                          Kenneth R. Brantley ca. 1943 (possibly Fort Sill)

Kenneth became a member of Field Artillery Officer Candidate School Class #62 at Fort Sill, OK on 4 February 1943 and graduated on 29 April 1943. The Field Artillery Officer Candidate School offered a 12 week course to warrant officers and enlisted men desiring to become second lieutenants in the Army of the United States. His classmates included current or future Deuce-O-Deuce members – Harold R. Jorgensen, John A. Beeson, and Marvin W. Krause. After Kenneth was promoted to 2nd lieutenant, his serial number was changed to O-1179806.


                                         Lt. Kenneth R. Brantley and two Harley-Davidson WLA "hard tails"
                                                                     Photos courtesy of Kathy Brantley Johnson.


Kenneth was the Assistant Executive & Motor Officer of “A” Battery. He was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service in France on 16 January 1945. The presentation was made by Brigadier General Edward Stanley Ott, Commanding General of XV Corps Artillery.    He transferred out of the 202nd in March 1945.  He was honorably discharged on 7 March 1947. He married and had four children. Kenneth died in Midwest City, OK on 2 September 1999 at the age of 78. He is buried in Arlington Memory Gardens in Oklahoma City.  

Bray, Arthur Morgan (ASN 38018042) was born in Wise Co., Texas on 9 March 1919, the eldest son of Austin F. and Hattie Bray.  His family moved to Oklahoma when he was a child.  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.  Arthur was assigned to HQ Battery.  His MOS was Cook (060).  He was promoted to private first class on 15 April 1943 at Camp Gruber, Oklahoma. Technician Fifth Grade (Corporal) Bray was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 23 June 1945. On 3 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria he was assigned to HQ Battery, 772nd Field Artillery Battalion per Special Order #55 HQ 208th Field Artillery Group dated 28 June 1945.  Their staging area was Camp Lucky Strike.  Arthur 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. Arthur re-enlisted on 22 August 1950 and served with the 45th Infantry Division, Oklahoma National Guard, in the Quartermaster Company. On 1 September 1951, the 45th Infantry Division was activated as the first National Guard division to be deployed to the Far East Theater (Korea) since World War II. Arthur was honorably discharged on 14 May 1952 with the rank of sergeant first class. He died on 24 January 1962 at the age of 42. His last known address was in Midwest City, OK. Arthur was buried in Arlington Memory Gardens in Oklahoma City.
  

Brenner, Frederick H. (ASN 35526295) (SSN 279-05-6979) was born in Alliance, Ohio on 14 September 1911 to Hungarian immigrants John and Anna Zillman Brenner.  He was inducted into the Army on 17 December 1942 at Cleveland, OH and began active duty on 26 December.  At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Mahoning County, OH.  Fred was assigned to “C” Battery.  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. Private First Class Brenner was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. He was honorably discharged on 13 December 1945. He died in Alliance, Stark Co., OH on 21 March 1990 at the age of 78.  His last known address was in Mahoning Co., OH.  

Bridges, Derwin Elmo (ASN 20834127) (SSN 446012699) was born in Oklahoma on 17 March 1915, the son of Joseph E. and Emma L. Walker Bridges. He grew up in Roff, OK. Staff Sergeant Bridges enlisted in the Army at Fort Sill, OK on 2 January 1941 from the National Guard. He was assigned to HQ Battery. He was honorably discharged on 12 May 1945. Derwin died on 29 October 1981 in Abilene, TX. He was buried in Elmwood Memorial Park in Abilene.  

Brink, George L. “Bing” was assigned to “C” Battery in the 4th gun section.  

Briscoe, Roy Franklin Sr. (ASN 38018195) (SSN 443-09-5520) was born in Okmulgee, Oklahoma on 12 December 1914 the son of John S. and Lydia A. McGuire Briscoe.  He was inducted into the Army on 7 February 1941 at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Okmulgee Co., OK.  Roy was a staff sergeant assigned to Service Battery of the 202nd Field Artillery Battalion.  His MOS (military occupation specialty) was Quartermaster Supply Technician (821). 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 30 October 1945. Roy died on 17 November 1988 at the age of 73.  His last known address was in Okmulgee, OK.  

Brown, Early B. (ASN 38355159) (SSN 429-12-4926) was born in Jefferson Co., Arkansas on 1 January 1915 to Thomas C. and Katie A. Atterberry Brown. He had a twin brother. In 1920, the family was living in Chicot Co., AR. At the time of the 1930 U.S. Census, they were in Jefferson Co., AR. Early married Evelyn S. Lee on 28 July 1942 in Pine Bluff, AR. He was inducted into the Army on 1 December 1942 at Marked Tree, Arkansas. Early was assigned to “B” Battery.  His MOS was Cannoneer (531), and later, Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Private Brown was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. He returned to the U.S. on 19 November 1945 and was honorably discharged on November 24th. Early re-enlisted on 9 November 1947 and served until his retirement on 30 December 1964. He died on 28 September 2001 at the age of 86.

Brown, Harold Earle (ASN 0413771) was born on 16 October 1917 on a farm near Johnstown, Weld Co., Colorado.  He was the son of Robert and Cora Brown. 1st Lt. Brown was appointed as Commander of “B” Battery of the newly designated independent (“non-organic”) 202nd Field Artillery Battalion. His assignment was pursuant to General Order #1, Headquarters, 202nd Field Artillery Battalion dated 1 March 1943.


                                                        Lt. Harold E. Brown at Camp Gruber ca. 1942 or 1943

The Deuce-O-Deuce was reorganized from the 1st Battalion, 202nd Field Artillery Regiment.  Later, after his promotion to captain, Harold was appointed as the Battalion Intelligence Officer (S-2). His MOS was Intelligence Staff Officer, Combat (9301). On 15 February 1944, while the Battalion was stationed at Camp Drumilly, Northern Ireland, Harold was sent to London to attend the Order of Battle, Advanced Course training.  Two months later, he and Major Glenn Parmer left the Battalion on 26 April 1944 as part of an advance party to the Deuce’s next duty station at Holton Mill, Wheatley, England. 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. He was later assigned as commander of “A” Battery, 772nd Field Artillery Battalion for the trip home. Their staging area was Camp Lucky Strike.  Harold 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 2 February 1946.  Harold died on 20 November 2007 in Fort Collins, CO at the age of 90.
  

Buckmaster, Cecil Earl (ASN 38018190) was born in Arkansas on 22 November 1919, the son of John L. and Ida A. Foster Buckmaster. Cecil grew up in Oklahoma. 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.  Private Buckmaster was assigned to Service Battery.  His MOS was Truck Driver, Light (345). While the 202nd was stationed at Obertrum, Austria, he was transferred to the 772nd Field Artillery Battalion along with more than 100 other men from the Deuce on 27 June 1945. He retired from Atlantic Richfield Oil Company in 1982. Cecil died in Jasper, TX on 1 June 1998 at the age of 78. He was buried in the Jasper City Cemetery.  

Bull, William Lorn (ASN 38018186) was born in Duenweg, Jasper Co., Missouri on 4 July 1916. 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.  William was assigned to Service Battery.  His MOS was Truck Driver, Light (345). On 3 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria T/5 Bull 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 fifty other men of the 202nd aboard. After the War, he moved to Pasco, Franklin Co., Washington. William married in 1948 and worked as a forklift driver for Boise Cascade until his retirement.  He died on 4 July 2010 at the age of 94. William was buried in City View Cemetery in Pasco, WA.  

Bullard, Oval (ASN 38018210) (SSN 444-05-2444) was born on 11 December 1915 in Oklahoma to Neely Bullard.  Oval’s father died when he was an infant.  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.  Technician Fourth Grade (Sergeant) Bullard 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 14 August 1945. He died on 19 January 1982 in Humboldt, California at the age of 66. Oval is buried in Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno, CA.  

Bullock, James A. Jr. (ASN 20834170) was born in Oklahoma on 11 September 1920 the son of James and Stella Bullock.  He was a member of the National Guard when he enlisted in the Army on 6 January 1942 at Camp Barkeley, Texas. At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of Pontotoc County, OK.  James was a staff sergeant assigned to HQ Battery. His MOS was Survey and Instrument Man (228). While the 202nd was stationed at Obertrum, Austria, James was transferred to the 772nd Field Artillery Battalion on 27 June 1945 (along with more than 100 other men from the Deuce).   He died on 4 January 2007 at the age of 86.  His last known address was in Ventura, California.  

Bumpass, Horace Maynard Jr. (ASN 38018239) (SSN 446-01-2930) was born on 3 July 1915 in Texas, son of Horace M. and Alice Petty Bumpass.  His father worked as a “ginner”, operating a cotton gin in Collin Co., Texas, and later, Nowata Co., Oklahoma.  Horace 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.  Horace was assigned to HQ Battery.  Technician Fourth Grade (Sergeant) Bumpass was promoted to staff sergeant on 2 September 1944 in France.  His MOS was Operations Non-Commissioned Officer (814). Horace was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 17 February 1945 near Guisberg, France. While the 202nd was stationed at Obertrum, Austria, he was transferred to the 772nd Field Artillery Battalion on 27 June 1945 (along with more than 100 other men from the Deuce).   Horace died on 8 April 2002 and is buried in Mission, TX at the age of 86. He is buried in Valley Memorial Gardens in Mission, TX.  


Burkey, Clarence E. (ASN 35526330) was born in Columbiana, Ohio on 31 March 1921 to John R. and Elizabeth M. Hough Burkey.  He was inducted into the Army on 17 December 1942 at Cleveland, OH.  At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Columbiana, OH.  Clarence was assigned to “C” Battery. Private Burkey was promoted to technician fifth grade (corporal) on 1 January 1945 near Bining, France. After the War, he worked as a truck driver. Clarence was married, but had no children. He lived in New Middletown and Fremont, OH before moving to Casselberry, Florida in 1985. Clarence died on 5 October 2010, at the age of 89, in Casselberry, FL. He was buried in the Zion Cemetery in New Middletown, OH.  

Burns, Harry J. (ASN 38383650) (SSN 438-10-0361) was born on a farm in Hempstead Co., Arkansas on 1 February 1911 to John C. and Adalaide Smith Burns. He was inducted into the Army on 1 December 1942 at Shreveport, Louisiana.  At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Hempstead County, AR.  Harry was a private assigned to “B” Battery. His MOS was Cannoneer (531), and later, Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). He was promoted to private first class in February 1945. Harry was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. He was honorably discharged on 7 December 1945. Harry died on 4 December 1973 at the age of 62. He was buried in Memory Gardens Cemetery in Hope, AR.  

Bush, Robert Woodrow (ASN 34160331) (SSN 421-10-2932) was born in Alabama on 23 April 1918 to John J. and Mattie Dooley Bush. He was inducted into the Army on 12 September 1941 at Fort McClellan, Alabama.  At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Jefferson County, Alabama. Robert was assigned to “A” Battery.  His MOS was Tractor Driver (244), Full-Track Driver (735) and Automotive Mechanic, Second Echelon (014). Technician Fifth Grade (Corporal) Bush 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 24 September 1945. Robert died in Alabama on 29 May 1990 at the age of 72.  

Byrd, Frank E. (SSN 457121721) was born 14 January 1922 in Enid, Oklahoma to Clara and Charles Byrd. After graduation from high school, he joined the Oklahoma National Guard and was assigned to Battery “F”, 189th Field Artillery. 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.  Frank was a staff sergeant assigned to “A” Battery of the 202nd Field Artillery Battalion. He was honorably discharged on 25 September 1945 at Camp Chaffee, AR with the rank of staff sergeant. His awards included the American Defense Service Medal; Good Conduct Medal; European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with four bronze service stars for the battles of Normandy, Northern France, Central Europe, and the Rhineland; and the World War II Victory Medal. He was also eligible for the Army of Occupation Medal with Germany Clasp, American Campaign Medal, and another bronze battle star for the Ardennes-Alsace Campaign. Frank re-enlisted in the Army on 15 September 1947 and served in Japan, Korea, and Germany. He retired on 31 May 1965 with the rank of master sergeant. His awards included the Army Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, and a total of six Good Conduct awards. Frank died on 14 September 1986 at Fort Sill, OK at the age of 64.  

Cable, Kenneth Burle (ASN 38018089) was born in Oklahoma on 23 May 1919 to James H. and Rachel Smith Cable.  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 Cleveland County, OK.  Staff Sergeant Cable was assigned to “B” Battery.  His MOS was Mess Sergeant (824). 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.  Kenneth died on 14 June 1998 in Oklahoma. He was buried in Sunset Memorial Park in Norman, OK.  

Cahall, Noble Franklin Sr. (ASN 33389458) was born in Maryland on 4 May 1918, the son of John W. and Ethel Cahall.  He was inducted into the Army on 15 December 1942 at Baltimore, MD and began active duty on 22 December. Noble was assigned to HQ Battery. His MOS was Truck Driver, Light (345). Private First Class Cahall 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. He was honorably discharged on 6 December 1945. Noble died on 6 September 1980 at the age of 62. His last known address was in Elkton, MD. He was buried in the North East Methodist Cemetery in North East, Cecil Co., MD.  


Callahan, William C. was a private assigned to “B” Battery.  

Campbell, Donald A. was a private first class assigned to Service Battery.  

Cantrell, Robert B. (ASN 0399724) was a captain assigned as commander of “C” Battery on 4 January 1944.  His MOS was Field Artillery Unit Commander (1193). Robert was transferred to the 65th Division Artillery on 9 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria.  

Capehart, William Edward “Red” (ASN 20834248) was born in Oklahoma on 23 May 1923 to Grover C. and Mary Malone Capehart.  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.  William was assigned to “C” Battery.  His MOS was Chief of Section (539), and later, Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Sergeant Capehart 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. William died in Oklahoma on 18 July 2010 at the age of 87.  

Capps, James R. (ASN 34052838) (SSN 267-09-7635) was born in Florida on 24 July 1918 to James P. and Mayme Capps.  He was inducted into the Army on 23 May 1941 at Camp Blanding, FL.  James was assigned to “B” Battery. His MOS was Chief of Section (539), and later, Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Sergeant Capps was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria.  He was promoted to staff sergeant on 28 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria.  His MOS was changed to Mess Sergeant (824). James left the 202nd on 14 September 1945 at Obertrum, Austria for Separation Center #15 at Fort McPherson, GA. He was honorably discharged on 16 October 1945. James died on 7 December 2002 at the age of 84. His last known address was in Miami, FL.  

Carmickle, Seba Ellis (ASN 36057851) was born in Hardin Co., Illinois on 2 October 1921 the son of Anna Mae McPherson and Cornelius Carmickle.  He was inducted into the Army on 28 May 1942 at East St. Louis, IL.  Seba was assigned to “A” Battery. His MOS was Cannoneer (531) and Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Private First Class Carmickle was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. He died at his home in Harrisburg, Illinois on 20 December 2003 at the age of 82.  Seba is buried in Mt. Zion Cemetery in Hardin County.  

Carrado, Joseph L. (ASN 33001278) (SSN 218-07-7945) was born in Maryland on 15 September 1918 to William L. and Madeline Carrado. His father died when he was a child. Joseph was inducted into the Army on 25 April 1941 at Baltimore, MD. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Baltimore County, MD. Private Carrado was assigned to “C” Battery from the 2nd Replacement Depot on 3 January 1945 near Bining, France.  His MOS was Messenger (675).  He was honorably discharged on 17 June 1945. Joseph died on 4 July 1997 at the age of 78. His last known address was in Baltimore, MD.
  

Carter, Roy Lester. (ASN 32066062) was born on a farm in Bedford Co., Virginia on 29 August 1914 to James A. and Annie B. Orange Carter.  He was inducted into the Army on 17 January 1941 at Trenton, New Jersey.  At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Cumberland County, NJ. Private First Class Carter was assigned to Service Battery on 3 January 1945 near Bining, France from the 2nd Replacement Depot.  His MOS was Ammunition Handler (504), and later, Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). He was honorably discharged on 14 November 1945. Roy reenlisted in the Army on 17 December 1945 and served until 16 December 1951. He may have reenlisted yet again as he appears on the passenger manifest of the USS General William Mitchell AP-114, a troop transport, arriving at the Port of Seattle on 2 September 1956 from Inchon, South Korea and Yokohama, Japan. His address was listed as Fort Campbell, KY. Roy died on 19 February 2007 at the age of 92. His last known address was in Maple Shade, NJ.  

Cary, Charles W. (ASN 20834465) was born in Minnesota in 1922 the son of Charles and Violet Cary.  His family was residing at 118 E. Elm in Enid, Oklahoma at the time of the 1930 U.S. Census.  Charles was a member of the National Guard when he enlisted in the Army on 22 September 1940 at Enid, Garfield Co., OK.  He was assigned to “A” Battery.  His MOS was Cannoneer (531) and Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Charles was promoted to private first class in March 1945, and later, to corporal. 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.   

Case, George R. (ASN 38018219) (SSN 445-10-1693) was born in Oklahoma on 3 July 1919.  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 Washington County, OK. George joined the 202nd on 23 March 1944 from Field Force Replacement Depot 8 and was assigned to “A” 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. Technician Fifth Grade (Corporal) Case was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 12 May 1944 in England. On 14 June 1944, George 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.  George worked for American Airlines until his retirement. He died on 5 July 2001 at the age of 82.  His last known address was in Tulsa, OK. He was buried in Floral Haven Memorial Gardens in Broken Arrow, OK.  

Casto, Clyde A. (ASN 35034101 or 35034001) (SSN 282-12-5374) was born in Jackson Co., West Virginia on 17 December 1918 the son of Early D. and Dora Flowers Casto. He was inducted into the Army on 20 June 1941 at Fort Hayes, Columbus, Ohio.  At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Franklin Co., OH. Clyde was assigned to “B” Battery.  His MOS was Cannoneer (531), and later, Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864).  Private First Class Casto 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. He was honorably discharged on 22 October 1945. Clyde died in November 1985 at the age of 66.  His last known address was in Evans, West Virginia. He is buried in Jackson County Memory Gardens in Cottageville, WV. 

Cerrato, Orlando (ASN 20221638) was born in Newark, New Jersey on 1 October 1916, the son of Italian immigrants Pasquale and Assunta Nicastro Cerrato. His father was a carpenter. Orlando enlisted in Company A, 113th Infantry, New Jersey National Guard on 09 September 1940. His National Guard unit was inducted into Federal service on 16 September 1940 at Newark, NJ. At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of Essex County, NJ. His civilian occupation was truck driver.
Private Cerrato had MOS ratings of Rifleman (745), Platoon Leader (651), and Duty N.C.O. (556). Orlando was promoted to sergeant in 1941 and staff sergeant on 31 August 1942. He was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 13 July 1943. Orlando was transferred to Company F, 180th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division in 1944. He qualified as a sharpshooter with the U.S. Rifle, Cal. .30, M1 on 5 April 1944. His unit left the United States on 25 April 1944 and arrived in North Africa on May 4th. They departed for Italy on 12 May 1944 and arrived on May 16th. Orlando was reduced in rank to private on 13 July 1944 and then promoted to private first class on 1 August 1944. The 180th Infantry departed Italy on 12 August 1944 for Southern France, arriving on August 15th. Orlando was authorized the Combat Infantryman Badge on 1 September 1944. On 30 September 1944, Pfc. Cerrato was wounded during combat in France. He sustained a brain injury from the sudden high air pressure blast of an enemy artillery shell explosion. He was transferred from Company F, 180th Infantry Regiment to Detachment of Patients, 46th General Hospital on 30 September 1944. Orlando spent 2 1/2 months in the hospital and was transferred to the 2nd Replacement Depot on 13 December 1944. Private First Class Cerrato was then assigned to “C” Battery of the 202nd Field Artillery Battalion from the 2nd Replacement Depot on 3 January 1945 near Bining, France. His MOS was Antitank Gun Crewman (651), and later, Heavy Machine Gunner (605). On 31 March 1945, Orlando was granted a temporary 45-day furlough in the United States. 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.  Orlando departed the ETO on 9 September 1945 and arrived back in the US on September 18th. He was honorably discharged on 27 September 1945 at Fort Dix, NJ with the rank of private first class. His awards included the American Defense Service Medal; American Campaign Medal; Good Conduct Medal;  European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with four bronze service stars for the battles of Rome-Arno, Southern France, Central Europe, and the Rhineland; Purple Heart; the World War II Victory Medal; and Army of Occupation Medal with Germany clasp. The 202nd Field Artillery Battalion also participated in the Ardennes-Alsace Campaign, but the men were not credited with that battle on their official record. Frank also received a Good Conduct Medal and World War II Victory Medal.
Orlando died on 20 December 2007 at the age of 91. His last known address was in Tarzana, CA.  


Childs, John Kenneth (ASN 20834024) (SSN 440-18-1410) was born in Oklahoma on 2 March 1916 to Oliver & Edna Childs. He grew up in Garfield Co., OK. John was a resident of Cherokee, Alfalfa Co, OK at the time of the 1940 US Census. He was a member of the Oklahoma National Guard. John was assigned to “B” Battery of the 202nd Field Artillery Battalion. His MOS was Ammunition Handler (504), and later, Heavy Machine Gunner (605). Private Childs 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.  John re-enlisted in the Army Air Forces on 23 October 1946 at Enid, Oklahoma.  He was honorably discharged on 22 October 1949. He re-enlisted again and served in Vietnam, retiring from the Air Force with the rank of staff sergeant. He died on 22 April 2002 at the age of 86.  His last known address was Biloxi, Mississippi. He was buried in Biloxi National Cemetery.  

Childs, Robert T. Jr. "R. T." (ASN 38 018 030) (SSN 442-16-8862) was born in Arkansas on 26 December 1921 to Robert T. and Dail Childs.  The family was living in Atoka Co., Oklahoma at the time of the 1930 U.S. Census.  His father died when R. T. was a child. He began active duty on 6 February 1941. He was assigned to “A” and “C” Batteries.  His MOS was Radio Operator, Low Speed (776). R.T. was promoted from corporal to technician fourth grade (sergeant) in January 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.  Their staging area was Camp Lucky Strike.  R.T. 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.  R.T. was honorably discharged on 30 October 1945. He re-enlisted in the Army on 26 January 1946 at Oklahoma City, OK with the rank of T/4. R.T. died in Jefferson Co., KY on 16 June 1985 at the age of 63.  

Choate, James E. (ASN 36057795) (SSN 326-14-2371) was born in Illinois on 7 January 1915. He was inducted into the Army on 28 May 1942 at East St. Louis, Illinois. Private First Class Choate was assigned to “A” Battery.  He was transferred to the 100th Infantry Division in December 1944 or January 1945 in France. He was honorably discharged on 9 December 1945. James died on 19 January 1988 at the age of 73.  

Christ, Elvin D. “Pete” (ASN 38011138) was born in Bernalillo Co., New Mexico on 24 August 1917, son of Clarence H. and Mary Clara Christ. He was raised on a dairy farm.  Elvin was inducted into the Army on 19 February 1941 at Santa Fe, NM.  At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Bernalillo County, NM.  Corporal Christ was assigned to HQ Battery. His MOS was Clerk-Typist (405).  He was later promoted to technician fourth grade (sergeant). Elvin left the 202nd on 4 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria for Separation Center #11 at Fort Bliss, TX. He was a farmer in Alameda, NM for 42 years until his retirement in 1984 when he moved to Truth or Consequences, NM. Elvin died on 21 February 2007 in Truth or Consequences, NM at the age of 89. He was cremated.  

Church, Walter Earl (ASN 35594939) (SSN 274-14-0565) was born in Ohio on 26 July 1914 the son of Harry G. and Caroline Savage Church.   He was inducted into the Army on 15 December 1942 at Akron, OH.  At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Muskingum County, OH.  Walter was assigned to “A” Battery. His MOS was Portable Power Generator Operator (846), Cannoneer (531) and Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Walter was promoted to private first class in March 1945.  On 3 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria he was assigned to the 772nd Field Artillery Battalion per Special Order #55 HQ 208th Field Artillery Group dated 28 June 1945.  Their staging area was Camp Lucky Strike.  Walter 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 29 October 1945. Walter died in Zanesville, OH on 26 January 1976 at the age of 61.  His last known address was in Zanesville, Muskingum Co., OH.
    

Cicalese, Basil A. (ASN 32557116) was born in New Jersey on 21 August 1920, the son of Italian immigrants Michelina Margaret Spaduzzi and Ciro Cicalese.  He was inducted into the Army on 21 September 1942 at Newark, NJ.  At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Essex, NJ. His active duty began on 5 October 1942. Basil was assigned to the infantry. He was seriously wounded in combat in July 1944 when he was struck in the head by artillery shell fragments.  Basil was hospitalized for five months at the 307th Station Hospital at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, England. After his recovery, Private Cicalese was assigned to “C” Battery of the 202nd Field Artillery Battalion on 3 January 1945 near Bining, France from the 2nd Replacement Depot.  His MOS was Ammunition Handler (504), Anti-Aircraft Machine Gunner (606) and Heavy Machine Gunner (605).  He was later assigned to HQ Battery.


                                                     Basil Cicalese in Obertrum, Austria ca. summer of 1945

While the 202nd was stationed at Obertrum, Austria, Basil was transferred to the 772nd Field Artillery Battalion along with more than 100 other men from the Deuce on 27 June 1945. Basil was hospitalized again on 15 August 1945 for further treatment of his previous head wound. He was discharged from the Army’s Halloran General Hospital at Staten Island, NY on 6 December 1945. Basil died on 14 February 1993 in New Jersey at the age of 72.  

Ciongoli, Costable L. (ASN 33706199) (SSN 189-14-0309) was born in Wilmerding, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania on 13 August 1921 to Italian immigrants Andrew and Carmella Torre Ciongoli. He was inducted into the Army on 2 October 1943 at Pittsburgh, PA.  At the time of his induction, Costable was a resident of Allegheny County, PA. His active duty began on October 23rd at Fort Meade, Maryland. He departed the U.S. on 26 June 1944 for the European Theater of Operations. He may have been assigned to “B” Battery, 250th Field Artillery Battalion. Private Ciongoli was assigned to “C” Battery of the 202nd Field Artillery Battalion from the 2nd Replacement Depot on 3 January 1945 near Bining, France.  His MOS was Cook (060), and later, Duty Soldier III (590). He was honorably discharged on 19 February 1946 at Separation Center #45, Indiantown Gap Military Reservation, PA. Costable died on 7 March 1991 at the age of 69.  His last known address was in Pitcairn, Pennsylvania. He was buried in Good Shepherd Catholic Cemetery in Monroeville, PA.  

Clark, Edward Arthur, Jr. (ASN 20834025) (SSN 451-42-6605) was born in Oklahoma on 10 December 1923, the son of Edward A. and Mary E. Beck Clark.  He was a member of the National Guard when he enlisted in the Army on 13 January 1942 at Camp Barkeley, Texas.  At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of Alfalfa County, OK. Edward was assigned to “B” Battery, 2nd Battalion, 189th Field Artillery Regiment (which eventually became the 202nd Field Artillery Battalion). 


                                                                          Edward A. Clark, Jr.

He was married on 4 July 1942. 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) Clark was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria.  He was honorably discharged on 15 October 1945 at Fort Sam Houston, TX. Edward and his wife had three sons. After the war, he drove a truck for a few years before becoming a Baptist minister. Edward died in Abilene, TX on 1 March 1998 at the age of 74. He was buried in Elmwood Memorial Park in Abilene.
  

Clark, Edward C. (ASN 36038864) (SSN 347-12-7288) was born in Niles, Cook Co., Illinois on 15 June 1915 to Edward and Augusta Hoff Clark.  He was inducted into the Army on 20 June 1941 at Chicago, Illinois.  At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Cook County, IL.  Edward was assigned to HQ Battery.  His MOS was Field Lineman (641). Technician Fifth Grade (Corporal) Clark was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. He was appointed corporal on 9 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria. Edward was transferred to the 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion on 5 September 1945. He was honorably discharged on 31 October 1945. Edward died on 2 December 1994 at the age of 79. His last known address was in Niles, IL.  

Clark, Edward S., Jr. (ASN 20833432) (SSN 444-09-9585) was born in El Reno, Canadian Co., Oklahoma on 19 January 1919 to Edward and Beulah Clark. His father worked for the railroad. Edward was inducted into the Army on 15 September 1942. He was a sergeant assigned to HQ Battery.  He was promoted to staff sergeant on 20 April 1943 at Camp Gruber, Oklahoma.  Edward was promoted to technical sergeant on 11 July 1944 near Saint-Nicolas-de-Pierrepont, France. His MOS was Communications Chief (542). While the 202nd was stationed at Obertrum, Austria, Edward was transferred to the 772nd Field Artillery Battalion on 27 June 1945 (along with more than 100 other men from the Deuce).  He was honorably discharged from the Army on 14 August 1945 with the rank of technical sergeant.  Edward died in Oklahoma on 18 January 1988 at the age of 68.  

Clark, Guilford E. (ASN 34140692) (SSN 410-09-5540) was born in Tennessee on 30 September 1913 the son of Orville and Edith Clark.  He was inducted into the Army on 6 June 1941 at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Washington County, Tennessee. Clark was assigned to “B” Battery.  His MOS was Chief of Section (539), and later, Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Corporal Clark 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 and was transferred to the 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion on 5 September 1945. He was honorably discharged on 23 October 1945. Guilford died on 26 July 2000 at the age of 86.  His last known address was in Johnson City, Washington Co., TN. He was buried in Monte Vista Memorial Park in Johnson City.  

Clark, John N. (ASN 20834148) (SSN 448017233) was born in Oklahoma on 14 May 1917. Private Clark enlisted in the Army on 15 September 1940 at Roff, OK when his National Guard unit was inducted into Federal service. At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of Pontotoc County, OK. He was assigned to HQ Battery. He was later promoted to technician fourth grade (sergeant). On 21 May 1944, while the 202nd was stationed at Holton Mill, Wheatley, England, John was sent to Camp Ogbourne St. George, Wiltshire, England to attend a six-day waterproofing school in preparation for the Normandy Invasion. He was honorably discharged on 24 May 1945. John died on 10 September 1982 at the age of 65. He was buried in the Fort Gibson National Cemetery in Muskogee Co., Oklahoma.  

Clark, Lyle E. “Panama” (ASN 20834470) (SSN 442-09-5568) was born in Kansas on 6 October 1913 to Arthur L. and Jennie M. Hinkley Clark.  His family moved to Enid, Garfield Co., Oklahoma in the 1920’s. Lyle was a member of the National Guard when he enlisted in the Army on 15 January 1942 at Camp Barkeley, Texas.   At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of Garfield County, Oklahoma.  Lyle was assigned to “A” Battery.  His MOS was Anti-Aircraft Machine Gunner (606), and later, Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Lyle was appointed technician fifth grade (corporal) on 1 June 1945 in Salzburg, Austria and his MOS was changed to Truck Driver, Light (345). 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) Clark 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 fro the Army on 31 October 1945. Lyle died in Oklahoma in October 1985 at the age of 72.  


Clayton, Thomas D. (ASN 38599198) was a private first class assigned to “C” Battery from the 2nd Replacement Depot on 3 January 1945 near Bining, France. His MOS was Rifleman (745), Cannoneer (531), and Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864).  

Clements, Hersel Uranus (ASN 35162489) (SSN 702-09-9081) was born in Manistee County, Michigan on 24 March 1916, son of Franklin P. and Nellie Olson Clements.  He was inducted into the Army on 24 June 1941 at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana.  At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Marion County, IN.  Hersel was assigned to “B” Battery.  His MOS was Cannoneer (531) and Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Private First Class Clements 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. Hersel was honorably discharged on 24 October 1945. He died in Grand Rapids, MI on 18 October 2000 at the age of 84. Hersel was buried in Corfu Cemetery, Manistee Co., Michigan.  

Cline, Hugh Patrick (ASN 33089495 & 01167365) was born in Dante, Russell Co., Virginia on 17 March 1919 to Herbert V. and Laura L. Cline.  Hugh graduated from Dante High School and attended Milligan College and Lincoln Memorial University until he was drafted.  Hugh was inducted in the Army on 5 August 1941 at Roanoke, VA and assigned Army Serial Number 33 089 495.  After he was promoted to lieutenant on 4 August 1942, his serial number was changed to 01167365. Hugh was promoted to captain per Special Order #61 HQ ETOUSA dated 1 March 1944 and was appointed as Assistant Commander of HQ Battery of the 202nd Field Artillery Battalion.   On 21 April 1944, while the Battalion was stationed at Camp Drumilly, Northern Ireland, Hugh was sent to a course in defense against chemical warfare at the American School Center APO 645 (Shrivenham, England). Later, he was the Commander of HQ Battery and the Battalion Communications Officer.  His MOS was Communications Officer (0200). On 20 April 1945 Hugh and 10 enlisted men left the Battalion near Tennenlohe, Germany on passes to Paris.  He was awarded a Bronze Star on 30 May 1945. Hugh was released from active duty and his Army commission reverted to inactive status on 1 March 1946. After the War, he attended Washington and Lee University School of Law and began practice as an attorney in Norton, VA in 1948. He was a civic volunteer, active in community organizations, including the Shriners and Kiwanis and served on the board of several corporations.  Hugh was a member of the Norton City School Board in the 1960’s when they initiated racial integration before such action was federally mandated.  He practiced law for 59 years before he retired. Hugh died in Norton, VA on 16 June 2010 at the age of 91.  He was buried in Temple Hill Cemetery in Castlewood, VA.  

Cocciardo, Anthony J. “Tony” (ASN 33412856) (SSN 175-14-1343) was born on 24 June 1922 in Pennsylvania to Mike and Mary Cocciardo.  He was inducted into the Army on 14 December 1942 at Greensburg, PA.  His active duty began on December 21st. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Fayette County, PA.  Tony was assigned to “C” Battery.  His MOS was Gunner (603). Private First Class Cocciardo was promoted to corporal on 9 January 1945 near Schmittville, France. He was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria.  Tony was promoted to sergeant on 6 July 1945 in Obertrum, Austria.  His MOS was Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Tony returned to the U.S. on 2 December 1945. He was honorably discharged on 6 December 1945 at Separation Center #45, Indiantown Gap Military Reservation, PA. He died on 24 August 1996 in PA at the age of 74. Tony was buried in Sylvan Heights Cemetery in Fayette Co., PA.  

Coffman, George M. (ASN 20816282) was born in Texas on 27 March 1916 to Joseph F. and Lola Maxwell Coffman. He was a private first class in the National Guard when he joined the Army on 25 November 1940 at Dallas, TX.  At the time of his enlistment he was a resident of Dallas County, TX.  George was assigned to “A” Battery. On 19 June 1944, while the Deuce was stationed at Holton Mill near Wheatley, England, he was transferred to the Detachment of Patients at the 232nd Station Hospital at Carmarthen, Wales. He had fallen and sustained an unknown fracture. A station hospital was a fixed hospital located in or near a military post. It is believed that after his recovery, he was transferred to Company "F", 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division. George was hospitalized again, on 31 January 1945, with trenchfoot while fighting in Luxembourg during the Battle of the Bulge. After treatment, he was transferred from the Detachment of Patients, Hospital Plant 4172, 93rd General Hospital, APO 121 (located at Blackmoor Park, Worcestershire, England) to the 10th Reinforcement Depot, APO 874 (located at Whittington Barracks near Lichfield, Staffordshire, England) on 13 February 1945. George was honorably discharged from the Army on 21 August 1945 at Fort Sam Houston, TX with the rank of private first class. He died in Dallas, TX on 6 October 1967 at the age of 51.   

Colburn, Charles Frederick (ASN 35557748) (SSN 289-14-4037) was born in Ohio on 8 November 1924 to Frederick A. and Irene J. Ryan Colburn. He attended Maumee High School in Maumee, OH, southwest of Toledo. He was inducted into the Army on 26 June 1943 at Toledo, OH. Private Colburn was assigned to the Medical Detachment.  His MOS was Male Nurse Practical (123), and then, Surgical Technician (861). He was later appointed private first class, and then, technician fifth grade (corporal).  Charles was transferred to the 250th Field Artillery Battalion on 17 September 1945. Charles died on 16 November 2002 at the age of 78. His last known address was in North Port, Florida.  

Cole, Roy Larkin (ASN 37375441) (SSN 500-09-7889) was born in Arkansas on 19 December 1914.  He was inducted into the Army on 4 August 1942 at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri and began active duty on August 18th.  At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Ralls County, MO.  Private Cole was assigned to HQ Battery. His MOS was Anti-Aircraft Machine Gunner (606), and later, Heavy Machine Gunner (605). He was appointed corporal on 20 April 1943 at Camp Gruber, Oklahoma. Corporal Cole 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. He was honorably discharged on 7 December 1945. Roy died on 23 September 1999 at the age of 84. His last known address was in Coffeyville, KS.  

Collier, Mack Loyd (ASN 20834393) was born in Oklahoma on 26 November 1918 to Mack Fleming and Estella R. Laymon Collier.  Mack joined the Oklahoma National Guard on 16 October 1939. He enlisted in the Army on 10 September 1940 at Enid, OK from the National Guard.  At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of Garfield County, OK.  Mack was assigned to “A” 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, he was sent to a tractor driver school at Builth Wells, Powys, Wales. While the 202nd was stationed at Obertrum, Austria, Technician Fifth Grade (Corporal) Collier 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 from the Army on 29 October 1945. After the war, he settled in California. Mack married and had two sons and three step-children.  He died in Placerville, El Dorado Co., CA on 30 October 2009 at the age of 90.

Condren, Robert G. (ASN 35529801) was born in Ohio on 7 December 1922 the son of George W. and Edna B. Condren.  He was inducted into the Army on 13 January 1943 at Cleveland, OH.  At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Medina County, OH. Private First Class Condren was assigned to “C” Battery from the 2nd Replacement Depot on 3 January 1945 near Bining, France. His MOS was Automatic Rifleman (746), Anti-Aircraft Machine Gunner (606), and Heavy Machine Gunner (605). (Possibly still living in Medina, OH)                                                                                                                    

Congdon, Lawrence Henry (ASN 36058208) (SSN 483-28-4666) was born 19 January 1914 in Hancock Co., Illinois to Nora M. Kropp and John H. Congdon. He was inducted into Army on 2 June 1942 at Peoria, IL. Lawrence was assigned to “B” Battery. His MOS was Cannoneer (531), and later, Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864).  Private First Class Congdon was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. He was honorably discharged from the Army on 7 December 1945 with the rank of private first class. Lawrence was married and had one daughter. After the War, he worked for W. W. Beaty Products Co. in Keokuk, Iowa until his retirement in 1968. Lawrence died on 2 January 1982 in Keokuk, IA at the age of 67. He was buried in Sunset Memorial Gardens in Keokuk.
  

Coody, James I. (ASN 20833253) (SSN 445-01-2153) was born in Texas on 28 May 1914 John E. and Rosa Bryson Coody. He enlisted in the Army on 16 September 1940 at Watonga, Oklahoma when his National Guard unit was inducted into Federal service.  At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of Blaine County, OK.  Staff Sergeant Coody was assigned to Service Battery. He was a brother of Battalion member Johnny Coody.  James joined the United States Air Force on 22 May 1947 and served during the Korean and Vietnam conflicts.  He retired on 31 August 1966. Master Sergeant James Coody died in New Mexico on 30 October 1976 at the age of 62.  He is buried in the Santa Fe National Cemetery in Santa Fe, NM.  

Coody, Johnny Willis (ASN 20833258) was born in Oklahoma on 23 February 1922 to John E. and Rosa Bryson Coody.  He enlisted in the Army on 16 September 1940 at Watonga, Oklahoma when his National Guard unit was inducted into Federal service.  At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of Blaine County, OK.  Johnny was assigned to Service Battery.  His MOS was Quartermaster Supply Technician (821) and Radio Operator, Low Speed (776). He was the brother of Battalion member James Coody. Johnny left the 202nd on 18 June 1945 at Obertrum, Austria for Separation Center #18 at Camp Chaffee, AR. He died on 22 February 2004 in Oklahoma at the age of 81. Johnny was buried in Resurrection Memorial Cemetery in Oklahoma City, OK.  

Cooper, Juble Carlton (ASN 38444560) (SSN 445-10-6317) was born in Boone Co., Arkansas on 16 February 1914 to Malachi and Estey M. Cooper. He married Madge Puckett on 3 April 1937.  At the time of the 1940 US Census, he was residing in Boone Co., AR and was a US Mail carrier. Carlton was inducted into the Army on 12 January 1943. He was assigned to the Medical Detachment.  His MOS was Surgical Technician (861), and later, Medical Technician (409).  Corporal Cooper was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 17 February 1945 near Guisberg, France. On 30 June 1945, he was promoted to technician fourth grade (sergeant). He was later promoted to technician third grade (staff sergeant). T/3 Cooper was transferred to the 250th Field Artillery Battalion on 17 September 1945. He was honorably discharged on 23 December 1945. He died on 25 October 1985 at the age of 71. Carlton was buried in the Berryville Memorial Cemetery in Berryville, AR.  

Corbett, Harry Milton, Sr. (ASN 34114146) (SSN 239-26-5627) was born in Bladen Co., North Carolina on 25 September 1915, the son of Archie L. and Katie M. Corbett.  He was inducted into the Army on 13 June 1941 at Fort Bragg, NC.  At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of Bladen County, NC.  Private Corbett was assigned to “A” Battery.  His MOS was Field Lineman (641), Cannoneer (531), and Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864).  He was appointed private first class on 18 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. Harry left the 202nd on 4 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria for Separation Center #4 at Fort Bragg, NC to be mustered out of the Army. He was honorably discharged on 12 August 1945. Harry died on 29 January 1979 in Bladen Co., NC at the age of 63.  

Coticchia, Michael R. (ASN 33405614) was born in Pennsylvania on 24 September 1922 to Italian immigrant Linda Coticchia.  His father died when Michael was a child. Michael was inducted into the Army on 21 December 1942. He was a private assigned to HQ Battery.  His MOS was Field Lineman (641). Michael was promoted to private first class on 12 January 1945 near Schmittville, France. Pfc. Coticchia was honorably discharged on 6 December 1945. He died in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania on 3 October 1984 at the age of 62. He was cremated. 

Couture, Joseph Jean Marie (ASN 32928782) (SSN 149-18-0302) was born in Maine on 24 February1923. 
He was inducted into the Army on 19 June 1943 at Newark, NJ.  At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Essex County, NJ.  He began active duty on July 1st. Joseph was assigned to “B” Battery.  His MOS was Cannoneer (531), and later, Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Private Couture 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.
 Pfc. Couture was apparently injured at some point. He was discharged from Detachment of Patients, 1263 S.C.U., Mason General Hospital in Brentwood, NY on 30 April 1946.
Joseph died on 30 April 2002 at the age of 79. His last known address was in Verona, New Jersey. 

Cowsert, Clarence E. (ASN 36057792) (SSN 331-24-9731) was born in Hardin Co., Illinois on 11 September 1918 the son of John H. and Bessie Cowsert.  His father was a spar miner. The Shawnee Hills area in Hardin County was once the world's #1 producer of fluorite, or fluorspar, as the locals called it. Clarence was inducted into the Army on 28 May 1942 at East St. Louis, IL. He was a private assigned to “B” Battery. He was honorably discharged on 9 November 1945. Clarence died on 5 January 1987 at the age of 68. His last known address was in Rosiclare, IL.  

Cox, Glenn E. (ASN 37014127) (SSN 317-01-7581) was born on 7 June 1918 in Idaville, Indiana to Charles Elton & Blanche Belle Hoagland Cox. He was inducted into the Army on 11 September 1940. Glenn was assigned to “C” Battery.  His MOS was Gunner (603), and later, Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Corporal Cox was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. He was promoted to technician third grade (staff sergeant) on 6 July 1945 in Obertrum, Austria.  His MOS was changed to Artillery Mechanic, Minor Maintenance (802). He was honorably discharged on 11 October 1945. After the War, Glenn worked for the US Postal Service as a letter carrier. He married and had four children. Glenn died on 3 January 1975 in Hobart, IN at the age of 56. He was buried in the Idaville Cemetery.  

Crossland, Richard Rome (ASN 20834250) was born in Webbers Falls, Oklahoma on 8 October 1923, the son of Richard M. and Jennie Hunt Crossland.  He enlisted in the Army on 9 January 1942 at Camp Barkeley, TX from the National Guard.  At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of Muskogee County, OK.  Richard was a private assigned to a gun section in “C” Battery on 20 May 1944 from the 10th Replacement Depot.  The 202nd was at Holton Mill, Wheatley, England at the time.  He was promoted to technician fifth grade (corporal) on 14 July 1944 at Montgardon, France.  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. Richard was injured on 28 January 1945 near Guisberg, France when a howitzer breech block was closed on his hand during the loading of a powder bag. 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. Richard married and had one daughter. He was employed as Chief Electrician at the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center in Muskogee, OK and retired after 35 years of service. He died in Muskogee on 2 April 2011 at the age of 87. He was buried in Memorial Park Cemetery in Muskogee.  

Crouch, William A. (ASN 38355172) was a private assigned to “A” Battery.  His MOS was Cannoneer (531) and Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). William was promoted to private first class in March 1945.  

Crow, Lee Leon (ASN 38018103) (SSN 446-07-7624) was born in Oklahoma on 16 August 1916 to Samuel B. and Luna Fugate Crow. His father was an auto mechanic and died when Lee was a child. Lee was inducted into the Army on 6 February 1941 At Oklahoma City, OK. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Osage County, OK.  Corporal Crow was assigned to HQ Battery. He married Icy Lorraine Harris on 23 May 1942. Lee died in Oklahoma on 17August 1974 at the age of 58. He is buried in the Pawhuska City Cemetery in Osage Co., OK.  

Crowder, Hallie E. (ASN 36057679) (SSN 349-03-1117) was born in Illinois on 12 March 1914, son of Frank L. and Gertrude O. Crowder.  His father was a coal miner and they resided in Ledford Village, Saline Co., IL.  Hallie was inducted into the Army on 27 May 1942 at East St. Louis, IL. He was assigned to “B” Battery. His MOS was Field Lineman (641). Technician Fifth Grade (Corporal) Crowder 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 24 November 1945. Hallie died in Illinois on 31 March 1980 at the age of 66.  

Cunningham, Wallace D. Jr. (ASN 38011127) (SSN 453-14-1731) was born in Texas on 11 January 1919 the son of Wallace D. and Ella E. Cunningham.  He was inducted into the Army on 19 February 1941 at Santa Fe, New Mexico.   At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Eddy County, NM.  Private Cunningham was assigned to “A” Battery.  His MOS was Cannoneer (531) and Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). He was appointed private first class on 17 May 1945 at Salzburg, Austria. On 3 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria he was assigned to the 772nd Field Artillery Battalion per Special Order #55, HQ 208th Field Artillery Group, dated 28 June 1945.  Their staging area was Camp Lucky Strike.  Wallace embarked from Le Havre, France aboard the U.S.A.T. Argentina on 18 October 1945 and arrived in New York City on 25 October.  There were over fifty other men of the 202nd aboard. Wallace died on 9 January 1991 at the age of 71. He was buried in Woodbine Cemetery in Artesia, NM. 
 

Curtis, Jimroe (ASN 20834280) (SSN 445-28-0461) was born in Muskogee Co., Oklahoma on 12 April 1920, the son of Lewis C. and Lydia Augerhole Curtis.  His mother was a Native American of the Cherokee tribe.  Jimroe was 1/4 blood Cherokee. 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.  Private Curtis was assigned to “C” Battery.  He was appointed technician fifth grade (corporal) on 25 February 1944.  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. Jimroe died in Los Angeles, CA on 14 July 1967 at the age of 47.  He is buried in Memorial Park cemetery in Tulsa, OK. 

Darlington, Bruce Aquilla (ASN35746455) (SSN 235-12-1454) was born in Martinsburg, West Virginia on 31 December 1920 to Lawson and Arvella Meadows  Darlington. He was inducted into the Army on 18 December 1942 at Clarksburg, WV and began active duty on 26 December.


                                                        Bruce & Helen Darlington ca. 1947

Private Darlington qualified as a marksman with the M1 Carbine and M1 Rifle in 1943.  He also attended Cooks and Bakers School at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.  His MOS was Truck Driver, Light (345).  Bruce was assigned to HQ Battery.  He was promoted to private first class on 12 January 1945 near Schmittville, France. Bruce left the European Theater of Operations at Marseilles, France on 11 May 1945 aboard the S.S. John Sullivan and arrived at the Port of New York, New York on 2 June 1945.  The John Sullivan was owned by the Shepard Steamship Company and consigned to the War Shipping Administration. His early separation from the Army was due to the death of his mother.  Bruce was honorably discharged from the Army at the Separation Center at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland with the rank of Private First Class on 6 August 1945. The following year, he enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps which became the independent United States Air Force in 1947. 


                                  Bruce Darlington with wrecker that he drove in the U.S. Air Force ca. 1949

Bruce met and married the love of his life, Helen Porter, at Sumter, South Carolina in 1947.  He was stationed at Shaw Field at the time. It was renamed Shaw Air Force Base in 1948. Bruce was also stationed at Wiesbaden Air Base in Germany in 1949. During the Berlin Airlift, more than 80 tons of food and supplies were airlifted from Wiesbaden Air Base.  Bruce drove a wrecker and a bus.


                                        Bruce Darlington with the bus that he drove in the U.S. Air Force
                                         ca. 1948-1950 (note the newly designed rank chevrons on his uniform).


Private First Class Darlington was honorably discharged from the Air Force on 20 April 1950. Bruce and Helen had five children. The family moved to Jacksonville, North Carolina in 1963 and Bruce opened a salvage yard.  He operated the business until his death. He was a member and deacon of the Blue Creek Baptist Church, Onslow Shrine Club and Sudan Shrine Temple, New Bern Scottish Rite, Order of Eastern Star and Lafayette Masonic Lodge.  Bruce died on 16 May 1987 in Jacksonville, North Carolina at the age of 66. He was buried on 18 May 1987 in Onslow Memorial Park in Jacksonville.     

Davis, Creyton L. (ASN 20833269) (SSN 441-12-0057) was born on 8 January 1919 or 8 August 1921. He enlisted in the Army on 16 September 1940 at Watonga, Oklahoma when his National Guard unit was inducted into Federal service. At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of Blaine County, OK.  Creyton was assigned to “B” Battery.  His MOS was Cannoneer (531), and later, Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Private First Class Davis 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. Creyton died on 15 November 1983. He was buried in Brumfield Cemetery in Seiling, OK.  

Davis, Robert L. “Red” (ASN 35526334) was born in Ohio in 1922.  He was inducted into the Army on 17 December 1942 at Cleveland, Ohio.  At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Maricopa County, Arizona.  His hometown was listed as Canfield, Ohio. Robert was assigned to “C” Battery.  His MOS was Tractor Driver (244) and Full-Track Driver (735). Private Davis was promoted to technician fifth grade (corporal) on 1 January 1945 near Bining, France. T/5 Davis 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 proceeded to Camp Shanks, NY. Robert was honorably discharged on December 6th at Indiantown Gap Military Reservation, PA.

Dawson, Robert Wayne (ASN 20833769) (SSN 442-18-9470) was born in Kansas on 10 December 1921 to Thomas B. and Grace E. Clossen Dawson. His family moved to Oklahoma in the mid 1920’s. He enlisted in the Army on 16 September 1940 at Tonkawa, Oklahoma when his National Guard unit was inducted into Federal service.  At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of Kay County, OK.  Robert was assigned to the Service Battery. His MOS was Quartermaster Supply Technician (821). Staff Sergeant Dawson was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 17 February 1945 near Guisberg, France.  He was promoted to technical sergeant on 22 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 re-enlisted during the Korean conflict.  Robert died on 27 October 1989 at the age of 87. His last known address was in Ponca City, OK. He was buried in Resthaven Memorial Park in Ponca City.  

DeCorpo, Mike Anthony (ASN 35526239) (SSN 295-03-2768) was born in Cleveland, Ohio on 16 October 1909 to Italian immigrants Antonio and Antonia Valero DeCorpo.  He was inducted into the Army on 17 December 1942 at Cleveland, OH and began active duty on December 17th.  At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Cuyahoga County, OH.  Private De Corpo was assigned to HQ Battery. He was promoted to technician fifth grade (corporal) on 11 July 1944 near Saint-Nicolas-de-Pierrepont, France. He was honorably discharged on 18 November 1945. Mike died in Los Angeles, California on 2 January 1979 at the age of 69. 

DellaColetta, Albert (ASN 35595184) was born 5 February 1922 at Dunglen, Ohio, the son of Santo and Catherine Gustina Della Coletta.  Bert grew up in Piney Fork, OH and graduated from Smithfield High School in 1940. Albert was inducted into the Army on 17 December 1942 at Albuquerque, New Mexico.  At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Jefferson County, Ohio.  Private Della Coletta was assigned to HQ Battery.  He was appointed private first class on 19 July 1943 at Camp Gruber, Oklahoma. Albert was promoted to technician fifth grade (corporal) in February 1945. He was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 23 June 1945. Albert was promoted to the rank of technician fourth grade (sergeant) on 6 September 1945 at Obertrum, Austria.  After the war, Bert was a railroad conductor for Wheeling - Pittsburgh for 31 years. He was a member of the Smithfield Presbyterian Church and served as an elder; the Smithfield Lions Club; Piney Fork American Legion; Gwyn Allen Post 735, Yorkville VFW; Smithfield Senior Citizens; and the Smithfield Historical Society.  Bert died on 24 January 2004 in Steubenville, OH at the age of 81.  He is buried at Holly Memorial Gardens, Pleasant Grove, OH.  

DeLuca, Lawrence Joseph (ASN 33405584) (SSN 188-18-7893) was born in Pennsylvania on 15 August 1922 to Italian immigrants Enrico (Henry) and Anita Bevilacqua DeLuca.  He was inducted into the Army on 14 December 1942 at Pittsburgh, PA.  He began active duty on December 21st. Lawrence was assigned to “C” Battery.  His MOS was Cannoneer (531) and Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Private DeLuca was appointed private first class in December 1944 in France. Lawrence was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. He was later promoted to corporal and then to sergeant on 6 September 1945. Sgt. DeLuca returned to the U.S. on 2 December 1945. He was honorably discharged on 6 December 1945 at Separation Center #45, Indiantowntown Gap Military Reservation, PA. Lawrence died in Pennsylvania on 16 February 1973 at the age of 50. He was buried in Calvary Cemetery in Pittsburgh.  

Deremer, Carl Raymond (ASN 33483455) was born in Northampton Co., Pennsylvania on 27 January 1922 to Charles P. and Josephine Stem Deremer.  He was inducted into the Army on 28 November 1942 at Altoona, PA.  Private Deremer was assigned to “A” Battery. His MOS was Field Lineman (641).  He worked as a member of a team in laying and maintaining wires for telephone communications systems. Carl was transferred to the 7th Army Armored School and then the 12th Armored Division in January 1945. He returned to the U.S. on 6 August 1945. He was honorably discharged on August 14th at Separation Center #$%, Indiantown Gap Military Reservation, PA. After the war, he settled in Easton, PA and worked as an auto mechanic. Carl moved to Dunnellon, Florida in 1957. He married and had one daughter. Carl died in Green Cove Springs, Florida on 15 February 2004 at the age of 82. He is buried in Good Shepherd Memorial Gardens in Ocala, FL.
  

Dermid, John T. (ASN 38018114) (SSN 444-10-3890) was born in Oklahoma on 14 January 1911, the son of Wilson and Sarah Dermid. 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.  John was assigned to “B” Battery.  His MOS was Survey and Instrument Man (228) and Fire Control Instrument Operator, Field Artillery (645). Corporal Dermid was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. John was promoted to staff sergeant on 5 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria.  His MOS changed to Survey and Instrument NCO, Field Artillery (577). John left the 202nd on 14 September 1945 at Obertrum, Austria for Separation Center #18 at Camp Chaffee, AR. John died in Oklahoma on 14 September 1992 at the age of 81.  

Dey, Raymond E. (ASN 20834310) (SSN 218-05-0698) was born in Missouri on 1 November 1917, the son of Lillie Dey.  His father died when he was an infant.  The family moved to Oklahoma.  Raymond enlisted in the Army on 20 September 1940 at Muskogee, OK.  At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of Muskogee County, OK.  Private Dey was assigned to “C” Battery, and later, Service Battery. His MOS was Truck Driver, Light (345).  On 26 June 1944, he was transferred to Service Battery. While the 202nd was stationed at Obertrum, Austria, he was transferred to the 772nd Field Artillery Battalion along with more than 100 other men from the Deuce on 27 June 1945.  He was honorably discharged on 25 September 1945. Raymond died on 27 February 1972 at the age of 54.  

DiBella, Natale R. (ASN 32928573) (SS# 147-09-0516) was born in New Jersey on 18 September 1918.  He was inducted into the Army on 19 June 1943 at Newark, NJ.  At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Essex County, NJ.  Private Di Bella was assigned to “C” Battery. His SSN was (531). He was transferred to the 2nd Replacement Depot in January 1945. He was honorably discharged on 1 January 1946. Natale died in New Jersey on 6 February 1987 at the age of 68. He was buried in Ocean County Memorial Park in Ocean County, NJ. His last known address was in Toms River, NJ. 

Dicks, Robert Elden (ASN 35585870) (SSN 280-18-7105) was born in Ohio on 4 July 1920 to Daniel E. and Mary R. Pierce Dicks. He was inducted into the Army on 14 October 1942 at Akron, Ohio and was inducted on 28 October.  At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Trumbull County, Ohio.  Private First Class Dicks was assigned to Service Battery on 3 January 1945 near Bining, France from the 2nd Replacement Depot.  His military occupational specialties were Rifleman (745), Anti-Aircraft Machine Gunner (606), Heavy Machine Gunner (605) and Scout (761). He was honorably discharged on 24 November 1945. Robert died in Trumbull, OH on 9 March 1985 at the age of 64.  

DiMatties, Francis J. “Franny” (ASN 32953338) (SSN 147-12-6055) was born in Dennison, Ohio on 11 April 1924 to Italian immigrants Fred and Mary Di Matties.  He was inducted into the Army on 1 January 1942. Private Di Matties was assigned to Service Battery. His MOS was Anti-Aircraft Machine Gunner (606), and later, Truck Driver, Light (345). He re-enlisted on 19 February 1946 and later served in Korea.  Francis Di Matties retired from the Army on 11 July 1961 with the rank of sergeant first class.  He married and had two daughters. He died on 29 October 2001 at the age of 77.   Francis is buried in Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery in Wrightstown, NJ.  

Dobrancin, Michael Anthony (ASN 33412742) was born in Duquesne, Pennsylvania on 24 August 1916 to Czechoslovakian immigrants Stephen and Mary Dobrancin. His father was a machinist at a steel mill. Michael was inducted into the Army on 12 December 1942 at Greensburg, PA. He entered active duty on December 19th at Fort Meade, Maryland.  Michael was assigned to Service Battery.  His MOS was Radio Operator, Low Speed (776). Private First Class Dobrancin was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 13 October 1945. He was honorably discharged on 6 December 1945 at Separation Center #45, Indiantown Gap Military Reservation, PA. Michael died on 25 November 1959 at the age of 43. He is buried in Calvary Cemetery in Pittsburgh, PA. His government supplied headstone came from the Barreto Granite Corporation in Milford, New Hampshire.  


Dockins, J.T. (ASN 38444769) was born on 21 January 1921 in Izard County, Arkansas to James Thomas and Mary E. Lovelace Dockins. He was inducted into the Army on 7 January 1943 at Little Rock, AR. J.T. was a private first class assigned to the Medical Detachment.  He was transferred to “C” Battery on 20 March 1944 while the Battalion was stationed at Camp Drumilly, County Armagh, Northern Ireland. J.T. was promoted to technician fifth grade (corporal) on 1 January 1945 near Bining, France.  His MOS was Tractor Driver (244) and Full-Track Driver (735). T/5(Corporal) Dockins was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. T/5 Dockins was transferred to the 314th Infantry Division on 16 December 1945 for the trip home. J.T. was honorably discharged on 22 December 1945 at Jefferson Barracks, MO. He was a Little Rock, Arkansas police officer until his retirement.  J.T. died on 15 January 2004 in Springdale, AR at the age of 92. He was buried in Crossroads Cemetery in Izard Co., AR.  

Donald, Alonzo M. (ASN 34093280) (SSN 247-28-3688) was born on 13 January 1918 in Pickens Co., South Carolina the son of Calhoun H. and Charlotte McCall Donald. He was inducted into the Army on 7 June 1941 at Fort Jackson, SC.  Alonzo was assigned to “C” Battery.  His MOS was Ammunition NCO (505), and later, Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Corporal Donald 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. His MOS was changed to Radio Operator, Low Speed (776).   He was transferred to the 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion on 5 September 1945. Alonzo died on 24 November 1962 at the VA Hospital in Oteen, Buncombe Co., North Carolina at the age of 44. His last known address was in Six Mile, SC. He was buried in King’s Grove Cemetery in Pickens Co., SC.  

Donaldson, Oscar O. (ASN 38018217) (SSN 522-12-7028) was born in Oklahoma on 19 October 1915 to Clark and Victoria Griggs Donaldson.  The family was residing in Creek Co., OK at the time of the 1920 and 1930 U.S. Census. His father died when Oscar was a child. 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.  Private Donaldson was assigned to Service Battery.  He was promoted to private first class on 8 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. He was honorably discharged on 18 June 1945. Oscar married and had three daughters. Oscar died in Montana on 12 July 1995 at the age of 79. He was buried in Bonnievale Cemetery near Baker, MT.  

Donnelly, Leo J. (ASN 37109135) (SSN 511-03-7984) was born 11 February 1918 in South Dakota. He was inducted into the Army at Primghar, O'Brien Co., Iowa on 7 October 1941.  Private Donnelly was assigned to “B” Battery. His MOS was Cannoneer (531), and later, Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864).  Leo was appointed private first class on 18 May 1945 at Salzburg, Austria. He arrived back in the U.S. on 17 October 1945 and was honorably discharged on October 24th at the Separation Center, Fort Leavenworth, KS.
Leo died 27 October 1973 in Texas at the age of 55. He was buried in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, TX. 

Doris, Francis X. (ASN 32341022) (SSN 125-07-7776) was born in New York on 22 November 1916 to Irish immigrants Patrick and Katherine Doris. He grew up in Yonkers, Westchester Co., NY at 42 Laurel Place.  Francis worked in a retail grocery prior to enlisting in the Army on 21 May 1942 at Fort Jay, Governors Island, New York.  At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of Westchester County, New York. Private First Class Doris was assigned to Service Battery on 3 January 1945 near Bining, France from the 2nd Replacement Depot. His MOS was Ammunition Handler (504). He was granted a 30-day furlough in the United States in February 1945. Francis was honorably discharged on 11 October 1945. After the War, he worked as a clerk in the retail grocery business until his retirement. Francis died in Greenwich, Connecticut on 7 December 1985 at the age of 69.  His last known address was in Stamford, CT.  

Doshen, Charles C. (ASN 35208152) (SSN 236-14-4822) was born in West Virginia in August of 1918 to Joseph G. and Barbara Varga Doshen. He was inducted into the Army on 20 June 1941 at Clarksburg, WV. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Marion County, WV. 



                                              Sgt. Charles C. Doshen at Camp Howze, Texas in fall of 1943

Charles was assigned to “B” Battery.  His MOS was Chief of Section (539), and later, Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Private Doshen was promoted to technician fourth grade (sergeant) on 22 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria.  His MOS was changed to Artillery Mechanic, Minor Maintenance (802). Charles was transferred to the 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion on 5 September 1945 at Obertrum, Austria. He was honorably discharged on 22 October 1945. Charles died on 25 November 1998 at the age of 80. He was buried in Mannington Memorial Park Cemetery in Marion County, West Virginia.  

Dosier, David James Sr. (ASN 36057704) (SSN 356-10-1877) was born in Illinois on 2 December 1911 the son of Benjamin L. Dosier and Gertrude L. Short.  He was inducted into the Army on 27 May 1942 at East St. Louis, Illinois.  David was assigned to “B” Battery.  His MOS was Telephone Operator (309), and later, Telephone Switchboard Operator (650). Private Dosier 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. David was promoted to technician fourth grade (sergeant) on 5 July 1945 in Obertrum, Austria.  His MOS was changed to Cook (060). He was honorably discharged on 24 November 1945. David died on 15 June 1979 at the age of 67.  His last known address was in Carmi, White Co., IL.  

Doty, Walter (ASN 36058211) (SSN 355-10-9922) was born in Illinois on 21 November 1909.  He was inducted into the Army on 2 June 1942 at Peoria, IL. T/5 Doty was assigned to “B” Battery.  His MOS was Truck Driver, Heavy (245), and later, Full-Track Driver (735). He was honorably discharged on 19 November 1945. Walter died in Illinois on 21 April 1972 at the age of 62.  

Downey, Eugene M. (ASN 14130330) (SSN 421-20-0808) was born in Alabama on 28 June 1923 to R. Ed Downey and Minnie E. Todd Downey. He enlisted in the Army on 9 September 1942 at Meridian, Mississippi and began active duty at Camp Shelby, MS. At the time of his enlistment, Eugene was a resident of Choctaw County, Alabama. He was assigned to the infantry. In July 1944, he was shot through the forearm with an enemy machine gun bullet. He was evacuated and hospitalized until December 1944.
Private First Class Downey was then assigned to “C” Battery of the 202nd Field Artillery Battalion, from the 2nd Replacement Depot, on 3 January 1945 near Bining, France. His MOS was Gunner (603).  He was transferred to the hospital on 25 January 1945 after he accidentally shot himself in the leg. Eugene returned to the U.S. on 25 April 1945. He was medically discharged on 22 October 1945 at Brooke Hospital Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Eugene died in Montgomery Co., TX on 16 February 1969 at the age of 45. He is buried in the Wilson Annex Cemetery in Mobile, AL.  

Dreyer, Carl W. (ASN 32769213) was a private first class who was assigned to “B” Battery in January 1945 in France from the 2nd Replacement Depot.  His MOS was Rifleman (745).  He was later assigned to HQ Battery. On 31 March 1945, Carl was granted a temporary 45-day furlough in the United States.  

Drury, Eudell Myron (ASN 31322441) (SSN 006-18-0590) was born in Maine on 25 February 1925 the son of Mark W. and Alice M. Drury.  He was inducted into the Army on 12 May 1943 at Portland, Maine.  At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Kennebec County, ME.  Private Drury was assigned to “B” Battery in January 1945 near Bining, France from the 2nd Replacement Depot. His MOS was Rifleman (745), and later, Heavy Machine Gunner (605). Private Drury 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 and appointed corporal on 9 September 1945 at Obertrum, Austria. He was honorably discharged on 24 November 1945. Eudell died in Maine on 30 September 1976 at the age of 51. He was buried in the Rome Cemetery in Kennebec Co., Maine  

Dunlap, John Delbert (ASN 20833260) (SSN 441-12-2720) was born in Blaine Co., Oklahoma on 6 July 1917 to Herbert E. and Virginia M. Dixon Dunlap.  He enlisted in the National Guard on 26 September 1938. His unit was inducted into Federal service on 16 September 1940 at Watonga, Oklahoma. John was assigned to the Service Battery. His MOS was Automotive Mechanic, Second Echelon (014). Staff Sergeant Dunlap was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 17 February 1945 near Guisberg, France.  John was promoted to master sergeant on 21 May 1945 at Salzburg, Austria. He was awarded a Bronze Star on 30 May 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 28 September 1945. John died in Tulsa, OK on 1 April 1978 at the age of 60. He is buried in the El Reno, Oklahoma Cemetery.  

Durrwachter, Harold G. "Nif" (ASN 33153058) was born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania on 23 November 1908, the son of a German baker Christian J. Durrwachter and his wife Marie Berger Durrwachter. In July of 1941, Harold and his brother, Otto, both of Williamsport, PA traveled from San Juan, Puerto Rico to New York, NY aboard the S.S. Borinquen.  In an interesting coincidence, the 202nd Field Artillery Battalion would later be transported from Boston, MA to the European Theater of Operations aboard the Borinquen in 1944. Harold was inducted into the Army on 21 February 1942 at New Cumberland, PA. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Lycoming, Pennsylvania. He was assigned to the 116th Infantry Regiment at Fort George Meade, Maryland for training on 27 February 1942. Harold qualified as an expert with the Cal. 30 Light Machine Gun. His MOS was Rifleman (745) and Anti-Aircraft Machine Gunner (606). He was assigned to temporary duty with a Provisional Detachment, 29th Infantry Division on 18 April 1942.


                                                                                   Harold Durrwachter 1943

Harold and most of the 29th Infantry Division left the New York Port of Embarkation on 27 September 1942 aboard the British ship Queen Mary bound for the European Theater of Operations. Convoy AT.24 arrived at Clyde, Scotland on 3 October. A day earlier, on 2 October 1942, Queen Mary accidentally sank one of her escort ships, slicing through the light cruiser HMS Curacoa off the Irish coast with a loss of 239 lives. At 2:15 PM the Queen Mary started the starboard turn for the first leg of her zigzag, cutting across the path of the Curacoa with insufficient clearance, striking her amidships at a speed of 28 knots and cutting her in two. The Curacoa sank in six minutes, about 100 yards from the Queen Mary. Due to the risk of U-boat attacks, the Queen Mary did not assist in rescue operations and instead steamed onward with a damaged bow. Hours later, the convoy's lead escort, consisting of HMS Bramham (L51) and one other ship, returned to rescue 99 survivors from the Curacoa's crew of 338, including her captain John W. Boutwood. The accident was not publicized until after the war ended.
Harold was assigned to Co. K, 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division on 21 May 1943.
On 17 July 1943, Harold was awarded the Good Conduct medal. He qualified as a marksman with the Cal. 50 Machine Gun on 31 August 1943. He departed England on 5 June 1944, enroute to France and the D-Day Invasion, landing at Omaha Beach on June 6th. On 17 June 1944, the 116th Infantry Regiment was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation
for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy on D-Day.
 
On 28 June 1944, Harold was awarded the Expert Infantryman Badge. The EIB is presented for completion of a course of testing designed to demonstrate proficiency in infantry skills. He also earned the Combat Infantry Badge for participation in active ground combat while assigned to an infantry unit.
Harold was seriously wounded in the thigh by enemy artillery fragments on 29 June 1944in the vicinity of St. Lo, France. On July 3rd, he was evacuated from France to the Detachment of Patients 4109 Hospital Plant in Axminster, Devonshire, England. And he was transferred on 6 July to the 91st General Hospital in Headington, Oxford, England. He would spend the next five months recuperating from his wounds. Harold was transferred to the Detachment of Patients 4145 U.S. Army Hospital Plant APO 204 on 30 July 1944, and to the Detachment of Patients 4167 U.S. Army Hospital Plant APO 514 on 31 August 1944.  Harold was released from the hospital and left England on 12 December, arriving back in France on 13 December 1944. He spent the month of December at the 10th, 19th, and 2nd Replacement Depots.  
On 3 January 1945, Private First Class Durrwachter was assigned to “B” Battery, 202nd Field Artillery Battalion in France, from the 2nd Replacement Depot APO 776. He was granted a 30-day furlough in the United States on 27 February 1945. Harold departed the ETO on 12 March and arrived at the Hampton Roads Point of Embarkation, Virginia on 20 March 1945. On May 14, 1945, he was transferred to the Army Ground and Surface Forces Redistribution Station at Camp Butner, North Carolina from the 1262nd SCU Personnel Center at Fort Dix, New Jersey. On 4 June 1945, Harold left Camp Butner for the Army Service Forces Training Center at Fort Lewis, Washington. He was assigned to the 3214th Engineer Fire Fighting Company at Fort Missoula, Montana from 21 June to 7 August 1945. Harold was transferred to the 1906th SCU Detachment No. 2 at the Portland Army Air Base in Portland, Oregon on 9 August 1945. He was honorably discharged on 27 September 1945 at Fort Lewis, Washington.
Harold died on 13 March 1997 at the age of 88.  His last known address was in Williamsport, PA. He was buried in the Wildwood Cemetery in Williamsport.

Dutchess, Marshall K.
(ASN 35595277) (SSN 297-12-1545) was born in Indiana on 21 August 1922 the son of Keith and Alma Dutchess.  He was inducted into the Army on 18 December 1942 at Akron, Ohio and was inducted on 26 December.  At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Stark County, OH.  Marshall was assigned to HQ Battery. He was appointed private first class on 19 July 1943 at Camp Gruber, Oklahoma.  Marshall was later promoted to technician fifth grade (corporal) and then technician fourth grade (sergeant) in February 1945. He was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 23 June 1945. On 9 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria, he was promoted to staff sergeant. He was honorably discharged on 23 October 1945. Marshall died on 8 December 1982 in Stark Co., OH at the age of 60.  

Edwards, Newton Oram “Doc” (ASN 37375230) (SSN 490-48-3649) was born in Missouri on 12 February 1907 the son of Francis Oram and Elizabeth Luisa Edwards.  He was raised on a farm in Wright Co., MO. Newton was inducted into the Army on 3 August 1942 at Jefferson Barracks, MO and began active duty on 17 August.  At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of Douglas County, MO.  Newton was assigned to the Medical Detachment.  His MOS was Surgical Technician (861), and later, Medical NCO (673).  Technician Fifth Grade (Corporal) Edwards was promoted to Corporal on 1 July 1943 at Camp Gruber, Oklahoma.  Staff Sergeant Edwards was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 17 February 1945 near Guisberg, France. On 27 June 1945, he transferred to the 772nd Field Artillery Battalion. He was honorably discharged on 24 September 1945. Newton died on 8 June 1987 at the age of 80.  His last known address was in Springfield, MO. He was buried in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens in Springfield.  

Ellison, Robert J. (ASN 34575059) (SSN 258-14-5349) was born near Chickamauga, Walker Co., Georgia on 13 June 1921, the son of farmer F. Baxter Ellison. He was inducted into the Army at Lafayette, GA on 27 November 1942 and began active duty on December 4th at Fort McPherson, GA. Robert qualified as a marksman with the U.S. Rifle, Cal. .30, M1. He was a private first class assigned to “A” Battery. 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.   Robert suffered a fractured cheek bone and a wound to his ear. He was hospitalized until February 1945. Robert was awarded a Purple Heart in January 1945. He apparently transferred to the Air Corps and was arrived back in theassigned to HQ Squadron, IX Troop Carrier Command. Robert left the ETO on 4 November 1945 and  arrived back in the U.S. on 9 November. He was honorably discharged on 17 November 1945 at the U.S. Army Personnel and Separation Center at Camp Gordon, GA.
Robert died on 30 May 1999 at the age of 77. He was buried in the Chattanooga National Cemetery. His last known residence was in Harrison, Tennessee.

Emerson, Everett M. (ASN 38018131) (SSN 444-03-7733) was born in Oklahoma on 26 November 1916 the son of Denver M. and Agnes Emerson.  He was raised on a farm in Oklahoma County, Ok.  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 Co., OK.  Private First Class Emerson was assigned to “B” Battery. He was honorably discharged on 1 December 1945. Everett died on 24 September 1983 at the age of 66.  His last known address was in Oklahoma. He was buried in Sunnylane Cemetery in Del City, OK.      

England, Wylie Paul (ASN 20817267) (SSN 451-16-3352) was born on 28 August 1918 in Harris Co., TX the son of Gertrude Bourgoeis England.  His father died when he was a child.  Wylie enlisted in the Army on 25 November 1940 at Beeville, TX.  At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of Bee County, TX.  Wylie was assigned to “C” Battery.  Private England was appointed private first class in December 1944 in France. He was honorably discharged on 21 September 1945. Wylie died in Houston, TX on 21 November 1982 at the age of 54.

E
shelman, Clyde Findly (ASN 35595139) (SSN 297-05-3673) was born on 12 August 1908 in Stark Co., Ohio, the eldest son of Dwight and Manervia Eshelman.  In 1926, Clyde graduated from Hartville High School in Hartville, OH. He was inducted into the Army on 17 December 1942 at Akron, OH.  At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Stark County, Ohio.  Clyde was assigned to “B” Battery.  His MOS was Automotive Mechanic, Second Echelon (014). Private First Class Eshelman was appointed technician fifth grade (corporal) on 1 March 1944 at Camp Drumilly, County Armagh, Northern Ireland.  Clyde 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 Tank Mechanic, Minor Maintenance (660). He was honorably
discharged on 18 November 1945. Clyde died in Louisville, OH on 30 December 1998 at the age of 90.   He is buried in Henry Werstler Cemetery in Canton, OH.  

Eskew, James Tony (ASN 20833270) (SSN 448-07-5142) was born in Oklahoma on 28 February 1918 the son of Herman and Lillie E. Golden Eskew.  James enlisted in the Army on 16 September 1940 at Watonga, Oklahoma when his National Guard unit was inducted into Federal service.  At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of Blaine County, OK.  James was assigned to the Service Battery.  His MOS was Ammunition NCO (505). Staff Sergeant Eskew was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 17 February 1945 near Guisberg, France.  He was awarded a Bronze Star on 30 May 1945.  James was promoted to first sergeant on 21 May 1945 at Salzburg, Austria and his MOS changed to First Sergeant (585). 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 14 August 1945. James re-enlisted on 1 September 1950 and served until 22 April 1952.  He died in February 1989 at the age of 70.  His last known address was in Watonga, OK.  

Evans, Edwin Richard (ASN 36057816) (SSN 361-05-7319) was born in Illinois on 15 February 1919 to William and Elizabeth Evans.  His father was a coal miner from Wales. Edwin grew up in Williamson Co., IL. He was inducted into the Army on 28 May 1942 at East St. Louis, Illinois. Edwin was a technician third grade (staff sergeant) assigned to “C” Battery.  His MOS was Cook (060). He was promoted to staff sergeant on 6 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria. His MOS was changed to Mess Sergeant (824). On 14 September 1945 at Obertrum, Austria Edwin was transferred to Reception Station #7, Fort Sheridan, IL per Special Order #41, HQ USFA, dated 5 September 1945. He returned to the U.S. on 10 October 1945 and was honorably discharged on October 23rd. Edwin died on 18 June 1976 at the age of 57. He is buried in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Osceola, Indiana. 

Evans, Elden Ernest (ASN 0402858) (SSN 443-28-0970) was born on 3 March 1916 in Oklahoma, the son of Ernest G. and Etta Evans.  He grew up in Garfield County, OK.  His father was a rural mail carrier.  Elden was a member of the National Guard. His active duty in the Regular Army began on 16 September 1940 when his unit was inducted into Federal service. Elden was a 1st lieutenant on the Battalion Staff.  His MOS was Supply Officer, General (4000). On 15 July 1945 he was transferred from duty as the Assistant S-2 (Intelligence Officer) and assigned as the Battalion Liaison Officer.  His MOS was Combat Liaison Officer (1930). He was promoted to captain on 1 September 1945 at Obertrum, Austria. Elden left the 202nd on 15 September 1945 in Austria for Separation Center #18 at Camp Chaffee, AR. He was honorably discharged on 1 February 1946. Captain Evans re-enlisted on 30 August 1946 and served until 31 January 1961. He died in Lawton, OK on 16 November 1989 at the age of 73.  Elden was buried in the Post Cemetery at Fort Sill.  

Evans, George Bennett (ASN 33702996) (SSN 207-09-9073) was born in Greensburg, Pennsylvania on 6 July 1910.  He was inducted into the Army on 30 August 1943 at Greensburg, PA and began active duty on the 20th of September at Fort Meade, Maryland.  At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Westmoreland County, PA.  George departed the U.S. on 6 April 1944 for the European Theater of Operations. Private Evans was assigned to HQ Battery on 3 January 1945 near Bining, France from the 2nd Replacement Depot. His MOS was Anti-Aircraft Machine Gunner (606), and later, Clerk, General (055). Private First Class Evans was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 23 June 1945. George arrived back in the U.S. on 13 November 1945 and proceeded to Camp Myles Standish, Massachusetts. He was honorably discharged on 18 November 1945 at Separation Center #45, Indiantown Gap Military Reservation, PA. His home address was listed as New Stanton, PA. He married and had at least one daughter. George died at the V.A. Hospital in Butler, PA on 14 October 1962 at the age of 52. He was buried in Westmoreland County Memorial Park in Greensburg, PA.  


Eyers, Orville Cecil (ASN 36289060) was born in Madison, Wisconsin on 1 October 1921 to Hazel Herring and Fred Lloyd Eyers, Sr. During his childhood, Orville lived in Madison and Baraboo, WI. He was inducted into the Army on 10 December 1942 at Milwaukee, WI. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Sauk County, WI.  Orville was assigned to “B” Battery.  His MOS was Ammunition Handler (504), Cannoneer (531) and later, Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Private Eyers 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. After the war, he returned to his wife in Baraboo, WI. They had one son and two foster children. Orville was a farmer.
He died in Edinburg, Texas on 8 April 2015 at the age of 93. He is buried in the Sauk Prairie Cemetery in Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin.

Fann, Clarence Edward (ASN 36057801) (SSN 359-01-5427) was born on 10 April 1919 in Illinois, the son of Richard and Rosette Fann. He was inducted into the Army on 28 May 1942 at East St. Louis, IL.  Clarence was assigned to “C” Battery. His MOS was Tractor Driver (244) and Full-Track Driver (735). Corporal Fann was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. He arrived back in the States on 19 November 1945 and reported to Camp Kilmer, New Jersey. Clarence was honorably discharged on 24 November 1945 at Camp Grant, IL. He died on 29 January 2002 at the age of 82. He is buried in Greenhill Cemetery in Muskogee, OK.

Farrar, Clayton Ponder (ASN 20 407 899 and 01175704) was born in Waynesboro, Burke Co., Georgia on 12 April 1918, the youngest son of Ettie Barnes and Virgil P. Farrar.  Virgil Farrar died when Clayton was two years old. Clayton joined the 118th Field Artillery Regiment of the Georgia National Guard in 1936. As of 2010, the 118th Field Artillery Regiment was the second oldest field artillery regiment still active in the U.S. Army. Clayton graduated from high school in Waynesboro in 1938.


                                                                  Corporal Clayton P. Farrar ca. 1936-1942. 
                 The unit insignia on his cap appears to be that of the 118th Field Artillery Regiment, Georgia National Guard.


He owned and operated a dry cleaning plant until it caught fire and was destroyed in November 1938. Clayton moved to Augusta, GA and worked as a solicitor for the Stark Empire Laundry. His National Guard unit was mobilized and inducted into Federal service on 16 September 1940.  Clayton was appointed corporal on 1 March 1941. He reported to Officer Candidate School at Fort Sill, Oklahoma on 11 October 1942. The training began on October 15th. He graduated from Class #46 and was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant on 7 January 1943. His serial number was changed to 01175704.


                                                                2nd Lt. Clayton P. Farrar ca. 1943

Clayton was assigned to the 351st Field Artillery Battalion at Camp Livingston, Louisiana.  The 351st was composed of African American personnel.  He served as a battery officer during the two years that he was with the 351st F.A. Bn.  Clayton left the 351st on 3 March 1944 when the Battalion was transferred to Fort Sill, Oklahoma.  He remained at Camp Livingston and was temporarily assigned to the 350th Field Artillery Battalion.  On 16 March 1944 he reported to the 4th Service Command at Camp Shelby, Mississippi with no duty assignment. Clayton was temporarily assigned to the 746th and 747th Field Artillery Battalions from 18 April to 18 July 1944. In August 1944 he was assigned to an unknown organization for the trip overseas.  His son stated that it was an African American unit.  Clayton departed from New York City on 27 August 1944 aboard the Esperence Bay. The former tourist cruise ship and armed merchant cruiser was converted to a troop ship in 1941.  The Esperence Bay sailed from New York in Convoy CU.37 (NYC to Liverpool, England).  It was one of 49 ships in the convoy which were escorted by 11 U.S. Naval vessels.  The Esperence Bay carried troops and refrigerated cargo. Clayton arrived in England on 7 September 1944 at either Liverpool or Avonmouth, Bristol.  From 8 September to 26 November 1944 he was assigned to the 18th, 9th, and 2nd Replacement Depots in the European Theater of Operations. Clayton entered combat when he joined the 202nd Field Artillery Battalion in France on 4 December 1944.  He was assigned to “C” Battery as the Assistant Executive and Motor Officer.


                       "C" Battery officers - Capt. Robert B. Cantrell, Commander; 2nd Lt. Clayton P. Farrar, Assistant
            Executive & Motor Officer; and 1st Lt. James A. Farrell, Executive Officer. Circa winter of 1944/45 in France.


His various Military Occupation Specialty ratings were Motor Transportation Officer (0600), Reconnaissance & Survey Officer (1183), Mess Officer (4110), Field Artillery Unit Commander (1193), and Adjutant (2110). Clayton served with the Deuce-O-Deuce in France, Germany, and Austria.


                              2nd Lt. Clayton P. Farrar ca.                                        2nd Lt. Clayton P. Farrar (center)
                                 early 1945 in France or Germany                               ca. early 1945 in France or Germany


From 28 May 1945 to 25 June 1945, he was temporarily assigned to Headquarters XV Corps as the Assistant G-5 (Civil Affairs Officer). In August of 1945, he was thought to have contracted rheumatoid arthritis and hospitalized in U.S. Army Hospital 4316.   Clayton had participated in the Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, and Central Europe Campaigns. He was transferred as a patient to the Army Navy Hospital in Hot Springs, Arkansas on 1 September 1945. He would remain there for the next 8 months receiving thermal baths as part of his treatment.  Clayton was promoted to 1st lieutenant on 16 October 1945. He was awarded the American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with three bronze battle stars (he was entitled to another battle star for the Ardennes-Alsace Campaign), and the WWII Victory Medal. Clayton served as Mess Officer for the 5th and 3rd Division Artillery Headquarters at Camp Campbell, Kentucky from 26 May 1946 to 15 October 1946.  On 16 October 1946, Clayton was admitted to Wakeman General Hospital at Camp Atterbury, Indiana for further evaluation of his medical condition.  He would remain there for three months.  In January of 1947, he was transferred to Percy Jones General Hospital in Battle Creek, Michigan. Clayton was honorably discharged from the Army on 18 March 1947 at Fort Custer, Michigan with the rank of first lieutenant. He decided to settle in Arkansas with his new bride. Under the GI Bill, he enrolled in a Little Rock night law school course and graduated first in his class. While a law student, Clayton obtained the position of Assistant Librarian to the Arkansas Supreme Court.  After graduation from law school in 1950, Clayton and his wife moved back to Hot Springs.  He and his father-in-law formed the Evans and Farrar Law Firm.  Clayton and his wife had two children. He practiced law from 1950 until his retirement in 1978.  Clayton was also an entrepreneur, investing in commercial real estate and forming a Savings and Loan Association.  He was a long-time member of the Hot Springs Civitan Club, Garland County Bar Association, and served as Deputy Prosecuting Attorney from 1950-1957. Clayton passed away on 14 June 1985 in North Little Rock, AR at the age of 67. He was buried in the Greenwood Cemetery in Hot Springs.
  

Clayton's biography and photographs courtesy of Clay Farrar, Jr.


Farrell, James A. “Jay” (ASN 01177791) (SSN 513-01-4687) was born in Jackson Co., Iowa on 5 September 1918 to James F. and Esther Farrell. His father was a carpenter who later became a retail grocer. Jay grew up in Parsons, Labette Co., Kansas. He began his active duty in the Army on 18 February 1943. James attended Field Artillery Officer Candidate School in Class #52 at Fort Sill, OK on 26 November 1942 and graduated on 18 February 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. He was later promoted to 1st lieutenant. Jay was assigned to Service Battery. He was transferred to “C” Battery as Assistant Executive and Motor Officer on 10 March 1944. James was assigned as Executive Officer of “C” Battery on 5 December 1944 near Hinsbourg, Alsace, France.  He was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service in France on 16 January 1945. The presentation was made by Brigadier General Edward Stanley Ott, Commanding General of XV Corps Artillery. Lt. Farrell was transferred to 65th Division Artillery on 9 July 1945 from Obertrum, Austria. He was honorably discharged on 4 January 1946. After the war, he was the owner of Farrell’s Grocery in Parsons, KS. He married and had three children. Jay died in Parsons, KS on 19 May 2003 at the age of 84. He was buried in Memorial Lawn Cemetery in Parsons.  

Farris, Paul E. (ASN 33412843) (SSN 224-281-366) was born in Monarch, Pennsylvania on 29 September 1922 to Czechoslovakian immigrants John amd Mary Farris.  His father was a coal miner. In 1940, Paul was working with the Civilian Conservation Corps as a forest ranger. He was inducted into the Army on 14 December 1942 at Greensburg, PA and began active duty on December 21st.  Paul was assigned to HQ Battery.  His MOS was Scout (761). Private Farris was promoted to technician fifth grade (corporal) on 11 July 1944 near Saint-Nicolas-de-Pierrepont, France.  T/5 Paul Farris was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. He was appointed corporal on 9 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria. Paul was transferred to the 208th Field Artillery Battalion on 31 July 1945.  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.  Paul 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 20 December 1945 at Separation Center #45, Indiantown Gap, PA. Paul died in Pennsylvania on 4 June 1990 at the age of 67. He was buried in Saint John's Cemetery in Connellsville, PA.  

Fascko, Frank (ASN 35526281) was born in Akron, Ohio on 20 November 1913, the youngest son of Hungarian immigrants John and Maria Fascko.  Frank attended Akron’s Garfield High School.  Following his schooling, the family moved to a small farm in Rootstown Township, Portage County, OH.  Frank worked as a cabinet maker.  He was inducted into the U.S. Army on 17 December 1942 at Cleveland, OH and entered active service on 26 December 1942 at Fort Hayes, OH. He married Anne Iarussi on 24 May 1943.  In August of 1943, Frank qualified as a sharpshooter with the U.S. Rifle, Cal..30, M1.


                                  (Back L-R) Pvt. Frank Fascko, Sgt. Charles C. Doshen, Chester A. Lapinski
                         Front L-R) Pfc. Anton J. Hovorka & Albert P. Wainuskus at Camp Howze, Texas in the fall of 1943

 
He was assigned to “B” Battery.  His MOS was Cannoneer (531) and Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864).


 
                Frank Fascko and Guilford Clark ca. early 1945                Frank Fascko and Alfred J. Ambrose ca. early 1945

At the end of the War, Frank left Europe on 21 November and arrived back in the United States on 1 December 1945. Private First Class Frank Fascko was honorably discharged at the separation center on 6 December 1945 at Indiantown Gap Military Reservation, Pennsylvania.  His awards included the American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with four bronze service stars for the battles of Normandy, Northern France, Central Europe, and the Rhineland. The 202nd Field Artillery Battalion also participated in the Ardennes-Alsace Campaign, but the men were not credited with that battle on their official record. Frank also received a Good Conduct Medal and World War II Victory Medal. Frank and Anne had one daughter and resided in Ravenna, OH after the War.  They proudly built their home in 1955. He worked as a fabricator with Duracote Corp. in Ravenna. Frank enjoyed his family, fishing, ballroom dancing, cooking and his many friends. Frank died in Ravenna, OH on 26 October 1987 at the age of 73 and was buried in Saint Mary's Cemetery.

Photos and biography courtesy of his daughter, Diane Cubon


Feinberg, Julius was a member of the Medical Detachment and assigned as a medic to “A” Battery.  Pfc. Feinberg was promoted to technician fifth grade (corporal) on 6 March 1944.
  

Ferrari, Peter A. (ASN 32909426) (SSN 089-14-2606) was born in Brooklyn, Kings Co., New York on 29 December 1922 to Peter A. and Mary E. Ferrari. He was inducted into the Army on 18 May 1943 at New York City.  At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Kings County, New York. He was assigned to an armored infantry unit and was wounded in action in France in July 1944. Peter sustained a head wound from an artillery shell fragment. He was hospitalized for 105 days. After his recovery, Private First Class Ferrari was assigned to Service Battery in January 1945 from the 2nd Replacement Depot.  His MOS was Cannoneer (531) and Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864).  Peter was later promoted to sergeant and his MOS was changed to Ammunition NCO (505).  He returned to the U.S. on 3 January 1946 and was honorably discharged on January 8th.
Peter died on 22 September 1987 at the age of 64. His last known address was in Hammond, NY.

Fickus, Frank W. Jr. (ASN 33389352) (SSN 218-12-6572) was born in Maryland on 5 October 1922, the son of Frank W. and Annie Sherman Fickus.  He was inducted into the Army on 15 December 1942 at Baltimore, MD. Frank was assigned to “B” Battery.  His MOS was Radio Operator, Low Speed (776). During the night of 10 November 1944, near Ménil-Flin, Lorraine, France, “B” Battery came under heavy bombardment from German 10.5cm 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). Technician Fifth Grade (Corporal) Fickus 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. Frank was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria.  He was promoted to technician fourth grade (sergeant) on 5 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria.  His MOS changed to Radio Repairman (648). Frank was honorably discharged on 6 December 1945. He died in Baltimore, MD in January 1981 at the age of 58.  

Fisher, Eldie L. (ASN 20833941) (SSN 483-03-9340) was born in Iowa on 1 July 1916, the son of Monroe and Bertha Fisher.  He had a twin brother named Elvie.  The family moved to Kay County, Oklahoma prior to 1930. Eldie was inducted into the Army on 19 September 1940 at Blackwell, Oklahoma.  At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Kay County, OK.  He served for one year and was released on 18 Sep 1941. Eldie re-enlisted on 12 Jan 1942. He was assigned to “C” Battery.  His MOS was Scout (761). Corporal Fisher 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 was honorably discharged on 25 September 1945. Eldie died in October 1984 at the age of 68.  His last known address was in Oskaloosa, Mahaska Co., Iowa. He was buried in Forest Cemetery in Oskaloosa.    

Fisher, Stanley P. (ASN 37454288) (SSN 508-12-4320) was born in Nebraska on 6 December 1920 to James & Elsie Karre Fisher. He was inducted into the Army on 18 August 1942. Stanley was assigned to “C” Battery.  His MOS was Gunner (603), and later, Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Private First Class Fisher was promoted to corporal on 1 January 1945 near Bining, France. Corporal Fisher was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. He was promoted to sergeant on 6 July 1945 in Obertrum, Austria and then to staff sergeant on 6 September 1945. He was honorably discharged on 8 December 1945. Stanley died in Los Angeles, CA on 25 January 1990 at the age of 69. He was buried in the Fort McPherson National Cemetery in Lincoln Co., NE.
  

Fitch, Dale Donald (ASN 38018161) (SSN 441-10-6646) was born in Oklahoma on 11 May 1919, the son of Albert M. and Madge Sheridan Fitch. 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 Washington County, OK.  Dale was assigned to “A” Battery.  His MOS was Cannoneer (531) and Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Private Fitch was appointed private first class in December 1944 in France. Dale 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.  Dale 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.  After the War, he settled in Pittsburg, Kansas. Dale died in Kansas on 29 March 1989 at the age of 69.  

Fitzgerald, Herbert Lauren (ASN 33095241) (SSN 232-22-2664) was born in West Virginia on 28 July 1912 to Samuel R. and Lora M. Fitzgerald.  He was inducted into the Army on 14 June 1941 at Richmond, Virginia.  At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Arlington County, VA. Private Fitzgerald was assigned to “C” Battery.  His MOS was Cannoneer (531) and Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). He was honorably discharged on 22 October 1945. Herbert died in Rockdale Co., GA on 28 April 1984 at the age of 71. His last known address was in Newton, GA.  

Fitzgerald, Walter B. (ASN 32636744) was born about 1909 in Brooklyn, Kings Co., New York to John J. and Nora A. Fitzgerald. He moved to Peekskill, Westchester Co., NY prior to 1940. Walter worked as a prison guard. He was assigned to Service Battery.  His MOS was Heavy Machine Gunner (605). Corporal Fitzgerald was promoted to sergeant on 6 September 1945. He arrived back in the U.S. on 13 November 1945 and was honorably discharged on November 19th. 

Fitzsimmons, George R. (ASN 36288548) (SSN 393-14-0236) was born in Wisconsin on 13 November 1921 the son of Eva M. Rahberg Fitzsimmons.  His father died when he was a child.  George was inducted into the Army on 8 December 1942 at Milwaukee, WI.  At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Juneau County, WI.  George was assigned to HQ Battery. His MOS was Basic (521), and later, Duty Soldier III (590). Private First Class Fitzsimmons 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.  His MOS was Cook (060). He died in Saint Louis, Co., Minnesota on 30 November 1986 at the age of 65.  


Flagg, Gurdon B. “Pudge” (ASN 36034233 and 01173945) (SSN 361-03-6646) was born in Ohio on 6 May 1917 to Harry R. and Mary Townsend Flagg.  Harry was a die setter in a steel mill. Gurdon’s family moved to Chicago, IL when he was a child. He attended William Rainey Harper High School in Chicago. At the time of the 1940 U.S. Census, he was employed as a paymaster at a steel foundry. His family was residing at 6919 Winchester Street in Chicago. Gurdon was inducted into the Army on 3 June 1941 at Chicago, IL and assigned Serial #36034233.  He had completed three years of college. Gurdon began the Field Artillery Officer Candidate School in Class #40 at Fort Sill, OK on 3 September 1942 and was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant on 26 November 1942. His serial number was changed to 01173945. One of his classmates was the future Lt. John B. King of the 202nd Field Artillery Battalion. 2nd Lieutenant Flagg was appointed as the Motor Officer of “B” Battery on 5 March 1943.  He was later promoted to 1st lieutenant and assigned to HQ Battery.  On 21 May 1944, Gurdon was assigned as the “A” Battery Reconnaissance Officer, and later, the Executive Officer. His MOS was Field Artillery Unit Commander (1193). On 4 June 1944, while the 202nd was stationed at Holton Mill near Wheatley, England, Lt. Flagg attended a one week bomb reconnaissance course at Temple Meads Station in Bristol. Gurdon was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service in France on 16 January 1945. The presentation was made by Brigadier General Edward Stanley Ott, Commanding General of XV Corps Artillery. On 15 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria he was transferred to HQ Battery as the Assistant S-3 (Operations Officer).  His MOS was changed to Operations and Training Staff Officer (2162). He was promoted to captain on 1 September 1945 at Obertrum, Austria. Gurdon was honorably discharged from the Army on 19 February 1946. He died in Illinois in March 1972 at the age of 54.  

Flaherty, John J. (ASN 01181246) (SSN 158-01-7601) was born in Jersey City, Hudson Co., New Jersey on 2 July 1918 to Irish immigrants Peter Paul and Julia C. Ruane Flaherty (O'Flaherty). His father (born in Ardranny, Kiltormer, County Galway, Ireland) was a machinist with the Pennsylvania Railroad. John was baptized on 21 July 1918 at the historic Saint Patrick Catholic Church in Jersey City.
John began the Field Artillery Officer Candidate School in Class #57 at Fort Sill, OK on 31 December 1942 and was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant on 25 March 1943. He was assigned to HQ Battery as the Assistant Communications Officer.  His hometown was Jersey City, New Jersey. John was awarded the Purple Heart on 5 January 1945 for wounds received in action against the enemy on 2 January 1945 near Bining, France. Lt. Flaherty was up near the front when he ran into a German sniper party.  He was wounded in the shoulder and chin and was pinned to the ground until relieved by friendly infantry.  John was promoted to 1st lieutenant on 8 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria.
He died in Kearney, Hudson Co., NJ on 22 January 2001 at the age of 82.  

Florence, John A. (ASN 01775915) entered active duty on 7 March 1944 from Cushing, Oklahoma. He was a 1st lieutenant assigned as Battalion Surgeon.  He joined the Battalion on 4 December 1944 near Hinsbourg, Alsace, France; replacing Captain Eugene L. Thomas who transferred to the 179th General Hospital. John was promoted to captain on 8 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria.  He was honorably discharged at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas on 13 June 1946. After the war, John returned to Oklahoma City, OK.

Flynn, Eugene C. (ASN 35526276) (SSN 293-14-6707) was born in Ohio on 29 October 1922.  He was inducted into the Army on 17 December 1942 at Cleveland, OH and was inducted on the 26th of December. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Portage County, OH.  Private Flynn was assigned to “B” Battery.  His MOS was Basic (521).  He was undergoing unit training, but not yet qualified for an MOS. In January 1945, he was transferred to the 70th Infantry Division in France. He was honorably discharged on 21 October 1945. Eugene died on 29 September 1990 in Canton, OH at the age of 67.  His last known address was in Ravenna, Portage Co., OH.  

Folmer, Shirk B. (ASN 33494472) (SSN 149-10-0204) was born in Lebanon Co., Pennsylvania on 26 May 1908, the son of Walter and Mary Folmer. He was inducted into the Army on 15 December 1942 at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and began active duty on 22 December. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Lebanon County, PA.  Private Folmer was assigned to HQ Battery.  His MOS was Anti-Aircraft Machine Gunner (606), and later, Heavy Machine Gunner (605). Shirk was promoted to private first class on 12 January 1945 near Schmittville, France. Private First Class Folmer was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. He was appointed corporal on 9 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria. Shirk departed the ETO on 19 November 1945. He was honorably discharged on 25 November 1945 at Separation Center #45, Indiantown Gap Military Reservation, PA. Shirk married and had one son. He died in Lebanon Co., PA on 6 February 1981 at the age of 72.  

Foreman, Charles William (ASN 35730636) was born in Lewis, Indiana on 18 March 1923 to Haskell Orian and Juanita Foreman.  He was inducted into the Army on 15 May 1943 at Evansville, IN.  At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Porter County, IN.  Charles was assigned to HQ Battery.  Staff Sergeant Foreman was promoted to technical sergeant on 6 September 1945 at Obertrum, Austria. Charles returned to the U.S. on 3 January 1946. He was honorably discharged on 8 January 1946 at Camp Atterbury, Indiana. After the War, he graduated from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, IN, with a BS degree in electrical engineering. He worked at Analytic Services, Inc., Arlington, Virginia until his retirement. He married and had one son. Charles died in Vienna, VA on 2 September 2012 at the age of 89.  


Fowler, Francis L. (ASN 36057832) (SSN 336-16-8860) was born in Illinois on 27 September 1918.  He was inducted into the Army on 28 May 1942 at East St. Louis, Illinois.  Francis was assigned to “C” Battery.  His MOS was Cannoneer (531) and Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Private First Class Fowler was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. He was honorably discharged on 24 November 1945. Francis re-enlisted on 12 October 1950 and was discharged on 27 July 1951. Francis died on 24 June 1992 at the age of 73. His last known address was in West Frankfort, Il.  

Fox, Bernard W. (ASN 35105359) (SSN 304-16-5834) was born in Indiana on 15 February 1919 to Edward C. and Susie E. Mahoney Fox.  He was inducted into the Army on 23 June 1941 at Louisville, Kentucky.  At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Dearborn County, IN.  Bernard was assigned to HQ Battery. His MOS was Field Wire Chief (595), and later, Field Lineman (641). Corporal Fox was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria.  He was promoted to staff sergeant on 28 June 1945 in Obertrum, Austria and to technical sergeant on 9 July 1945.  His MOS was changed to Communications Chief (542). He was transferred to the 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion on 5 September 1945. S/Sgt. Fox was honorably discharged on 23 October 1945. Bernard died on 4 October 1985 at the age of 66. He is buried in the Green Dale Cemetery in Lawrenceburg, IN.  

Fox, William Wesley Jr. (ASN 20834033) (SSN 521-12-5751) was born on a farm in Oklahoma on 13 January 1917 to William W. and Florence Myrtle Fox.  He enlisted in the Army on 16 September 1940 at Cherokee, Oklahoma when his National Guard unit was inducted into Federal service.  At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of Alfalfa County, OK.  William was assigned to “B” Battery. His MOS was Construction Equipment Mechanic (319), and later, Tank Mechanic, Minor Maintenance (660). Technician Fourth Grade (Sergeant) Fox 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. William died on 28 June 1990 at the age of 73. His last known address was in Rogers, Arkansas. He is buried in Rogers Cemetery.  

Frazier, Junior Clay (ASN 35678380) was born in Powell Co., Kentucky on 17 January 1920, the son of Mary Johnson and Charlie Clay Frazier.  He was inducted into the Army on 17 December 1942 at Cincinnati, OH.  Junior was assigned to “A” Battery. His MOS was Anti-Aircraft Machine Gunner (606), and later, Heavy Machine Gunner (605). Private Frazier was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 12 May 1944 in England.  He was appointed private first class in December 1944 in France. Junior was awarded a Clasp to the Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. He died in Stanton, Powell Co., KY on 9 September 1998 at the age of 78. He is born in the Frazier Cemetery in Powell Co., KY.  

Freeman, Frederick Francis (ASN 34170397) (SSN 237-26-7747) was born in Hopewell, Virginia on 17 June 1918 the son of Fred and Arminta  Feazelle Freeman.  He was inducted into the Army on 12 September 1941 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Zirconia, Henderson Co., NC. Frederick was assigned to “B” Battery.  His MOS was Radio Operator, Low Speed (776), and later, Field Lineman (641). Private First Class Freeman was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. He was honorably discharged on 23 October 1945. Frederick died in Hendersonville, NC on 24 April 1989 at the age of 70.  He is buried in Shepherd Memorial Park in Hendersonville.  

Fry, Loney (ASN 38322972) (SSN 443-28-6302) was born in Oklahoma on 14 March 1915, the son of Samuel and Luchie? Fry.  He was a Native American of the Creek (also known as Muskogee) Tribe.  Loney was inducted into the Army on 19 November 1942 at Tulsa, OK and was inducted on 28 November.  At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Okmulgee County, OK. Private Fry was assigned to “A” Battery.  His MOS was Basic (521), and later, Heavy Machine Gunner (605). He was honorably discharged on 21 April 1946. He died on 10 May 1992 in Okmulgee Co., OK at the age of 77.
  

Frye, Paul (ASN 20834136) (SSN 441-28-6309) was born in Oklahoma on 2 June 1922. He enlisted in the Army on 15 September 1940 at Roff, OK from the National Guard.  At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of McCurtain County, OK.  Corporal Frye was assigned to HQ Battery.  His MOS was Anti-Aircraft Machine Gunner (606), and later, Heavy Machine Gunner (605). 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 was honorably discharged on 25 September 1945. Paul died in Ector Co., TX on 9 November 1982 at the age of 60. His last known address was in Odessa, TX.  

Fulmer, James Atwood (ASN 34093375) was born in South Carolina on 28 March 1917 to Sam and Emma Fulmer.  He was inducted in the Army on 12 June 1941 at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.  Pfc. Fulmer was assigned to “A” Battery.  His MOS was Cannoneer (531) and Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). He was honorably discharged on 23 October 1945. James was a farmer and unmarried. He died on 24 April 1952, at the age of 35, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He is buried in Saint Andrews Lutheran Church Cemetery in Blythewood, Richland Co., SC.  

Gale, Jake H. (ASN 38089904) was born on a farm in Crosby Co., Texas on 20 December 1909 to Henry E. and Ellen Vivion Gale. He was inducted into the Army on 16 March 1942 at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.  At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Martin County, Texas. Jake originally served in Company B of the 49th Armored Infantry Battalion. Technician Fifth Grade (Corporal) Gale was assigned to “B” Battery of the 202nd Field Artillery Battalion in January 1945 in France from the 2nd Replacement Depot.  His MOS was Armorer (511).  He was responsible for the maintenance, service, and minor repairs on all small arms of the organization.  They included rifles, carbines, pistols, rocket launchers, and light.30 caliber and heavy .50 caliber machine guns.  On 30 May 1945, his MOS was changed to Field Lineman (641). Jake was honorably discharged on 16 November 1945. After the war, he lived in Amarillo, TX. Jake died of cancer in Potter Co., TX on 20 December 1958 at the age of 49. He is buried in the Ralls Cemetery in Ralls, Crosby Co., TX.  

Gales, Charles G. (ASN 37618290) (SSN 432-30-4145) was born in Arkansas on 18 January 1907. He was inducted into the Army on 8 July 1943 at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Stoddard County, MO.  On 27 March 1944, Charles joined the 202nd from Field Force Replacement Depot #1 and was assigned to “B” Battery.  His MOS was Tractor Driver (244), and later, Automotive Mechanic, Second Echelon (014).  Private Gales 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. Charles died in February 1972 at the age of 65.  His last known address was in Dexter, Stoddard Co., MO.  

Galloway, Fred Arnold (ASN 18032660) (SSN 448101831) was born in Oklahoma on 16 June 1919.  He enlisted in the Army on 12 December 1940 at Tulsa, Oklahoma. At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of Creek County, OK. Private Galloway was assigned to “A” Battery.  His MOS was Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). According to the Battalion Morning Reports, he apparently went AWOL in June of 1945 and was arrested on 3 July 1945.  Fred was sent to the II Corps stockade where he escaped on 7 July 1945, while awaiting trial.  Fred died in Santa Clara Co., California on 11 June 1994 at the age of 75.  His last known address was in San Jose, CA.  

Gann, Paul (ASN 38355155) (SSN 429-48-9187) was born in Lepanto, Poinsett Co., Arkansas on 29 January 1916 to Monroe and Elizabeth Gann. He was inducted into the Army on 1 December 1942. Private Gann was assigned to "A" Battery. His MOS was Cannoneer (531). He was transferred to the 44th Infantry Division in January 1945.  Paul was honorably discharged from the Army at Separation Center #1815, Camp Chaffee, AR on 18 September 1945 with the rank of private first class. After the war, he settled in Flint, Michigan and worked in automobile assembly. Paul died in Flint on 17 March 2002 at the age of 86. He was buried in Harrisburg Memorial Park in Harrisburg, Arkansas. 


Gardner, Dwight Fain (ASN 38018046) (SSN 527-05-1303) was born in Oklahoma on 15 October 1913. His hometown was Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He was inducted into the Army on 6 February 1941. He was assigned to “A” Battery.  His MOS was Cook (060). On 5 January 1945, Dwight 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. Technician Fifth Grade Gardner 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 was discharged on 25 September 1945. Dwight re-enlisted in the Army on 20 August 1946 at Tulsa, OK. He received a dishonorable discharge on 14 August 1948. Dwight died in Humboldt Co., California on 27 February 1957 at the age of 43. He was buried in Myrtle Grove Memorial Cemetery in Eureka, CA.  

Gawlik, Casimir A. (ASN 36343382) (SSN 322-16-9154) was born on 26 February 1920 in Illinois, the son of Polish immigrants Joseph and Elizabeth Gawlik.  He was inducted into the Army on 29 May 1942 at Chicago, IL.  He was assigned to “C” Battery.  His MOS was Cannoneer (531) and Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Private First Class Gawlik was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. He was honorably discharged on 7 December 1945. Casimir Gawlik died in Cook Co., IL in September 1980 at the age of 60.  

Gazzola, Frank J. (ASN 37375537) was born in New York in 1916 to Italian immigrants Charles and Emelinder Gazzola. The family lived in Manhattan, New York City. He was inducted into the Army on 4 August 1942 at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of St. Louis, MO.  Frank was assigned to HQ Battery. His MOS was Radio Operator, Intermediate Speed (740) and Radio Operator, Low Speed (776). T/5 Gazzola was appointed technician fourth grade (sergeant) on 9 March 1944 at Camp Drumilly, Northern Ireland. He was transferred to the 208th Field Artillery Battalion on 31 July 1945.  At the conclusion of the War, Frank was assigned to the 924th Ordnance Company for the trip home.  Their staging area was Camp Phillip Morris.  Technician Fourth Class Gazzola embarked from Le Havre, France aboard the USAT James J. Hill on 29 November 1945 and arrived in New York on 16 December. Frank died in New York on 30 August 1966 at the age of 49. His last known address was in Greenwich, Connecticut.  

Giannetto, Santo (Samuel) Steven (ASN 01178810) (SSN 133-05-3393) was born in Brooklyn, Kings Co., New York on 13 September 1910 to Italian immigrant Charles Giannetto and his wife. He enlisted in the 14th Infantry, New York National Guard on 26 November 1928 and was assigned to Company "M". His National Guard unit was federalized on 3 Februaru 1941. Samuel became a member of 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 Arthur Rice. 2nd Lieutenant Giannetto was promoted on 18 February 1944 to 1st lieutenant. He was assigned as the Assistant Battalion Intelligence Officer (S-2). His MOS was Intelligence Staff Officer, Combat (9301). Samuel was awarded a Bronze Star on 16 June 1945. He was transferred to the 65th Infantry Division Artillery on 9 July 1945 per Special Order #61 HQ 208th Field Artillery Group dated 5 July 1945. He married and had one son. After the war, he moved to California and served in the National Guard as a field artillery captain. Samuel died on 30 September 1996 in Grover Beach, San Luis Obispo Co, CA at the age of 86. 

Glassick, Martin Luther (ASN 33013 318) was born in Phoebus, Elizabeth City Co., Virginia on 3 January 1918, the eldest child of Roland R. and Gladys Ludwig Glassick.  His father was an electrician in a shipyard. The family moved to a farm in York Co., Pennsylvania before 1930. At the time of the 1940 U.S. Census, Martin was working as a truck driver at a paper mill. He was inducted into the Army on 20 May 1941 at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of York County, PA.  Martin was assigned to “B” Battery.  His MOS was Cannoneer (531) and Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Martin was later promoted to sergeant. 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 21 September 1945 at Separation Center #45, Indiantown Gap Military Reservation, PA. He retired from York Container, a company which made corrugated packaging products in York, PA.  Martin died in York Co., PA on 21 January 2010 at the age of 92.  He was buried in Prospect Hill Cemetery in York. 


Gombash, Dallas “Casey” (ASN 35595172) was born in Goff, Butler Co., Pennsylvania on 11 May 1916. He was the son of Hungarian immigrants Sándor (Alex) Gombás and Eszter Tóth.  He was inducted into the Army on 17 December 1942 at Akron, Ohio.  At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Trumball County, OH.  Dallas was a private assigned to Service Battery. He married and adopted a son. Casey died in Tuscon, Pima Co., Arizona in 1982.  

Good Sky, Harold (Chippewa name - May no key she ig) (ASN 37584009) (SSN 473-14-8585) was born at Nett Lake on the Bois Forte Ojibwe (or Chippewa) Reservation, St. Louis Co., Minnesota on 23 April 1912 to William Good Sky (Ah in da cumig ish kung) and Irene Wakemup (Mah jij am ig oke). He was inducted into the Army on 13 December 1943 at Virginia, MN.


                                                                                  Harold Good Sky

Private First Class Good Sky was assigned to “A” Battery of the 202nd Field Artillery Battalion in the European Theater of Operations in 1944 or 1945. He was honorably discharged at Separation Center #33, Camp McCoy, Wisconsin on 7 December 1945. At Minneapolis, MN in 1968, his son Harold Goodsky, Jr. became one of the founding members of the American Indian Movement (AIM), the Native American activist organization. Harold died in St. Louis Co., Minnesota on 17 April 1975 at the age of 62.  

Gourno, John Louis (ASN 15016950) (SSN 272-18-0185) was born on 23 December 1920 in Michigan, the son of Lloyd and Lurena Fischer Gourno.  He enlisted in the Army on 27 January 1941 at Fort Hayes in Columbus, OH.  At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of Lucas County, OH.  John was assigned to HQ Battery.  His MOS was Writer, Military Subjects (274), Clerk-Typist (368), and later, Classification Specialist (275). 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.  Sergeant Gourno 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 29 October 1945. John re-enlisted on 2 April 1948 and served until 7 February 1956. He re-enlisted again on 4 March 1958 and served until 30 June 1965. John died at home in Reynoldsburg, OH on 22 May 2000 at the age of 79.  

Graham, Joe J. (ASN 38132504) (SSN 433-24-3852) was born in Texas on 6 October 1912. He was inducted into the Army on 11 May 1942 at Abilene, Texas. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Mitchell County, Texas. Private First Class Graham was assigned to “B” Battery in January 1945 in France from the 2nd Replacement Depot.  His MOS was Rifleman (745). He was granted a 30-day furlough in the United States in February 1945. Joe departed Gourock, Scotland on 13 March 1945 aboard the RMS Queen Elizabeth and arrived in New York City on the 19th of March. He was honorably discharged on 29 August 1946. Joe died on 1 August 1981 at the age of 68. His last known address was in Sherman, TX.  

Grammer, Lee D. (ASN 38018280) (SSN 511-01-5429) was born on 12 December 1915. 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.  Lee was assigned to Service Battery.  His MOS was Cook’s Helper  (062), and later, 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 Grammer 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.  He was honorably discharged on 2 November 1945. Lee died in Harris Co., TX on 29 April 1977 at the age of 61.  

Grant, Delmer W.
 (36548599) (SSN 406-16-8623) was born on 27 August 1920 in Webster Co., Kentucky to coal miner Martin Grant and his wife Lola N. Walker Grant. Delmer grew up in Providence, KY and moved to Detroit, Michigan sometime after April 1940.
He was inducted into the Army on 30 November 1942 and began active duty on December 10th at Fort Custer, Michigan. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Detroit, Wayne Co., MI. Delmer was sent to Camp Clairborne, Louisiana for basic training. Camp Clairborne was located in Rapides Parish in central Louisiana. The camp was mainly used for basic training and artillery practice. Many of the men were from Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin and had never been in the South. Not only did they have to get used to basic training, they had to get used to the climate of Louisiana.
Delmer was transferred to Camp Howze, Texas in early 1943. In December 1943, he was assigned to Battery "C" of the 202nd Field Artillery Battalion. The Deuce-O-Deuce was preparing for shipment overseas. 
On the night of 25-26 September 1944, while engaged in combat near Fraimbois, France, he suffered head and side injuries when he slipped and was hit by the recoil of a howitzer. Delmar suffered a compound orbital (eye socket) skull fracture. His brain function and vision were affected. He was evacuated for medical treatment. Delmer spent nearly three months in the 117th General Hospital at Frenchay Park, South Gloucestershire, near Bristol, England.
He left the European Theater of Operations on 15 December 1944 and arrived back in the U.S. on December 27th. He was admitted to Camp Edwards Hospital Center located in western Barnstable Co., Massachusetts. Next, he was sent to O'Reilly General Hospital in Springfield, Missouri. His final convalescence was at Percy Jones Hospital Center at Fort Custer near Battle Creek, Mchigan.
After 310 days of hospitalization, Delmer was honorably discharged with a medical disability on 3 August 1945 at Fort Custer, Michigan. His awards included a Purple Heart; European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with three bronze service stars for the battles of Normandy, Northern France, and the Rhineland; Good Conduct Medal; and the World War II Victory Medal.
After the war, Delmer returned to Detroit and married. He died in February 1977 in Livonia, Michigan at the age of 56. His last known address was in Detroit.

Gravitt, Roy W. (ASN 34011755) (SSN 258-18-4396) was born in Georgia on 6 June 1914 to William J. and Geneva Henson Gravitt. He was inducted into the Army on 16 January 1941 at Fort McPherson, Georgia. Private First Class Gravitt was assigned to “B” Battery in January 1945 near Bining, France from the 2nd Replacement Depot.  His MOS was Ammunition Handler (504). He was granted a 30-day furlough in the United States in February 1945. Roy departed Gourock, Scotland on 13 March 1945 aboard the RMS Queen Elisabeth and arrived in New York City on the 19th of March. He was honorably discharged on 13 May 1945. Roy died in DeKalb Co., GA on 21 October 1991 at the age of 77.  

Gray, L.T. (ASN 34648599) was born in Franklin Co., South Carolina on 20 October 1924 to Bartley Eugene and Annie Mae Marshall Gray. He was inducted into the Army on 17 March 1943 at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Oconee Co., SC. Private Gray was assigned to “B” Battery in January 1945 near Bining, France from the 2nd Replacement Depot.  His MOS was Rifleman (745), Scout (761), and Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Private Gray was appointed private first class on 18 May 1945 at Salzburg, Austria and appointed corporal on 28 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria. He died as the result of an accidental fall in Seneca, SC on 30 December 1952 at the age of 28. L.T. was buried in the Beaver Dam Baptist Church Cemetery in Fair Play, SC. His occupation was listed as disabled veteran.  

Greenbaum, David A. (ASN 32118863 and 01171560) was born in Kings Co., NY in 1914. He was inducted into the Army on 8 May 1941 at Jamaica (formerly a village of Queens County, Long Island), New York. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Kings Co., NY. 1st Lt. Greenbaum joined the 202nd near Guisberg, France on 5 March 1945 and was assigned to “C” Battery as the Reconnaissance Officer.  His MOS was Reconnaissance Officer (9312). David was transferred to the 65th Division Artillery on 9 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria.  

Greenberg, Sheldon K. (ASN 20152892) (SSN 072-10-8767) was born on 31 August 1920 in Rhode Island, the son of Russian immigrant Samuel Greenburg and wife Clara. In 1940, Sheldon was working as a freight handler at a transportation company in Providence, RI. He enlisted in the Army on 24 February 1941 at Providence, RI.  Sheldon began the Field Artillery Officer Candidate School in Class #43 at Fort Sill, OK on 24 Sep 1942 and was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant on17 Dec 1942. 2nd Lt. Greenberg joined the 202nd on 26 November 1944 near Mommenheim, France.  He was assigned to “A” Battery as the Assistant Executive Officer and Motor Officer.  He was also an air observer. Sheldon’s next assignment on 19 December 1944 was in Battalion Headquarters as Assistant S-2 (Intelligence Officer).  On 14 January 1945, while the Battalion was in combat near Gros-Réderching, France; Lt. 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. Sheldon died on 30 March 1997 in New Jersey at the age of 76.  

Greer, Billie Jobe (ASN 20827380) (SSN 444-12-8935) was born in Oklahoma on 30 May 1922 to Thomas D. and Ethel E. Greer.  He enlisted in the Army on 16 September 1940 at Okmulgee, OK when his National Guard unit was inducted into Federal service.  At the time of his enlistment, he was a resident of Muskogee County, OK.  Billie was assigned to “C” Battery.  His MOS was Tractor Driver (244) and Full-Track Driver (735). Technician Fifth Grade (Corporal) Greer 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 in the Army and later served in Korea. Billie retired from the Army with the rank of master sergeant after 20 years of service. He died on 25 March 1965 at the age of 43. He was buried in Fort Logan National Cemetery (Section Q, Site 684) in Denver, CO.
  


Greiner, Eugene Carl Jr. (ASN 35595316) (SSN 278-18-2281) was born in Ohio on 17 December 1921 to Eugene C. and Lula M. Greiner.  He grew up in Zanesville, OH. Eugene was inducted into the Army on 18 December 1942 at Akron, OH.  At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Muskingum County, OH.  Eugene was assigned to “B” Battery.  His MOS was Ammunition NCO (505), and later, Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Corporal Greiner 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. Eugene 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 29 October 1945. Eugene died Muskingum Co., OH on 10 September 1988 at the age of 66.  

Gregory, Josef (ASN 36548095) was born about 1914. He was inducted into the Army at Detroit, Michigan. Josef was assigned to “A” Battery of the Deuce-O-Deuce.  His MOS was Clerk-Typist (405.) Private Gregory was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 12 May 1944 in England.  He was later appointed corporal. Josef was hospitalized on 8 May 1945 after suffering a bite on his fingers from an unknown domestic animal (possibly a dog). He was released after 35 days in the hospital. Josef returned to the U.S. on 4 December 1945. He was honorably discharged at Camp Atterbury, Indiana on December 8th.

Griffin, Hubert Lester Sr. (ASN 33544437) (SSN 231-09-4226) was born in Norfolk, Virginia on 29 January 1921 the son of Rossie S. and Alicia Goodwin Griffin. He was inducted into the Army on 1 December 1943 at Richmond, Virginia. Private Griffin was assigned to HQ Battery on 3 January 1945 near Bining, France from the 2nd Replacement Depot.  His SSN was (1605). He was honorably discharged on 21 December 1945. Hubert re-enlisted on 27 May 1947 and served until 28 September 1949. After the war, he worked in electrical construction. He married and had four sons. Hubert died in Jacksonville, FL on 2 March 2003 at the age of 82.  

Griffith, Paul William (ASN 33394035) was born in Westmoreland Co., Pennsylvania on 31 August 1917 the son of Joseph W. and Elizabeth D. Griffith.  He was raised in Westmoreland Co., PA. Paul was inducted into the Army on 31 October 1942 at Greensburg, PA and began active duty on November 14th at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland.  He was assigned to HQ Battery. Paul was appointed private first class on 19 July 1943 at Camp Gruber, Oklahoma.  His MOS was Field Lineman (641). He was appointed technician fifth grade (corporal) on 9 March 1944 at Camp Drumilly, Northern Ireland. Paul was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria.  He was promoted to staff sergeant on 28 June 1945 in Obertrum, Austria.  His MOS was changed to Mess Sergeant (824). Paul was temporarily assigned to the 813th Tank Destroyer Battalion on 18 October 1945 at Camp Boston, Suippes, France in preparation for his trip back home to the United States. He departed the ETO on November 24th. Sergeant Griffith was honorably discharged on 29 November 1945 at Separation Center #45, Indiantown Gap Military Reservation, PA. Paul died in Pennsylvania on 22 February 1991 at the age of 73. He was buried in Mount Washington Cemetery in Perryopolis, PA.  

Griggs, William H. Sr. (SSN 481-01-2067) was born in Webster Co., Iowa on 7 October 1916 to David O. and Mary Ann Morlan Griggs. He grew up in Lehigh, IA. William was inducted into the Army on 8 March 1941. Private Griggs was assigned to “B” Battery.  His MOS was Truck Driver, Light (345). He was promoted to technician fifth grade on 7 July 1944 at Bolleville, France. In December 1944 or January 1945, William was transferred to the 70th Infantry Division in France and assigned to Co. A of the 275th Infantry regiment. He was later promoted to sergeant. William returned to the U.S. on 11 June 1945. He was honorably discharged at Separation Center #1850, Camp Chaffee, Arkansas on 28 August 1945. After the war, he married and had two children. The family lived in Fort Dodge, IA until moving to Spencer in 1961. William worked for the Spencer Grocery Company until his retirement in 1979. He died in Spencer, IA on 28 October 1980 at the age of 64. He is buried in Riverside Cemetery in Spencer.  

Grogg, Leonard L. (ASN 35208141) was born in Orlando, West Virginia on 19 December 1914 to Charles A. and Jessie Mae Malcomb Grogg.  He was inducted into the Army on 20 June 1941 at Clarksburg, WV. At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Lewis County, WV.  Leonard was assigned to “B” Battery.  His MOS was Cannoneer (531) and Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Private First Class Grogg 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. Leonard was honorably discharged on 22 October 1945. After the war, he worked for Louie Glass Co. which produced crystal glassware in Weston, WV and retired after 31 ½ years. Leonard died on 1 March 2007 in Weston, WV at the age of 92. He was buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Weston.
  


Grote, Marion Bennett (ASN 20833273 and W-2119333) (SSN 444-10-0477) was born on 5 September 1914 in Oklahoma the son of George and Jessie Grote.  He was a member of the National Guard when his unit was inducted into Federal service on 16 September 1940 at Watonga, OK. His first serial number was 20 833 273.  At the time of his enlistment, Private Grote was a resident of Blaine County, OK.  He was released on 11 November 1941. Marion re-enlisted on 28 January 1942 and again on 23 February 1943. When he was promoted to warrant officer (junior grade) his serial number was changed to W-2119333.  Marion was appointed Assistant Battalion S-4 (Supply Officer) on 5 March 1943 and assigned to Service Battery. He was later promoted to Chief Warrant Officer. On 9 July 1945 at Obertrum, Austria he was transferred to the 65th Infantry Division Artillery.  His MOS was Supply Officer, General (4000). He was honorably discharged on 29 March 1946. Marion died on 14 December 1993 in Utah at the age of 79. He was buried in the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Fernley, Lyon Co., NV.  

Groves, Ira William (ASN 37375232) was born in Illinois on 2 February 1912, the son of coal miner John Groves and his wife Minnie.  He was inducted into the Army on 3 August 1942 at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri.  At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Douglas County, MO.  Ira was assigned to “C” Battery. His MOS was Ammunition NCO (505), and later, Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Private First Class Groves was promoted to corporal on 1 January 1945 near Bining, France. Corporal Groves was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. Ira died on 31 August 1959 at the age of 47. He is buried in the Springfield National Cemetery in Springfield, MO.  

Grubb, Harvey Junior (ASN 35045202) (SSN 269-12-0878) was born in Stow, Ohio on 11 September 1916, the son of Burt and Rachel Grubb.  He was inducted into the Army on 14 October 1941 at Cleveland, OH.     At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Portage County, OH.  Harvey was assigned to “A” Battery.  His MOS was Cannoneer (531) and Gun Crewman, Medium Artillery (864). Private First Class Grubb was awarded a Bronze Star in February 1945 and a Good Conduct Medal on 21 May 1945 in Salzburg, Austria. Harvey was promoted to technician fifth grade (corporal) on 20 July 1945. His MOS was changed to Full-Track Driver (735).  He operated the high-speed tractors used to tow the artillery weapons.  It required an Army motor vehicle operator’s permit. Harvey left the 202nd on 10 September 1945 at Obertrum, Austria for Separation Center #6 at Camp Atterbury, IN. He was honorably discharged on 17 October 1945. Junior died on 17 May 1987 in Ravenna, OH.  


Gruby, Carlton J. Jr. (ASN 32854641) (SSN 092-12-6552) was born in New York on 21 June 1917, the son of Carlton and Cora M. Fish Gruby. He was enumerated in the 1940 U.S. Census as a private with the 7th Field Artillery Regiment at Fort Ethan Allen, Vermont. Carlton was inducted into the Army on 27 March 1943 at Utica, NY.  At the time of his induction, he was a resident of Oneida County, NY.  Corporal Gruby was assigned to HQ Battery. He was honorably discharged on 6 August 1945. Carlton died in New York on 3 July 1981 at the age of 64.  

Guiles, Howard D. (ASN 20834253) (SSN 440-30-1837) was born in Missouri on 15 May 1919. He grew up in Wagoner County, Oklahoma. Howard 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 Wagoner County, OK.  Howard was assigned to “C” Battery.  On the morning of 3 January 1945, near the town of Bining in Lorraine, France, “C” Battery received a 10-round concentration of heavy caliber enemy artillery fire.  Corporal Guiles and Pfc. William J. Majnaric were injured by fragments.  They were hospitalized.  Howard was awarded a Purple Heart. He was honorably discharged on 17 June 1947. After the war, he resided in Oklahoma City, OK and worked as a medical technician. Howard died on 4 May 1985 in Oklahoma at the age of 65.
  






    
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