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  1. Found: Zippo pocket lighter.
    Viet Nam timeframe.
    Engraved with:
    C TRP. 2/1 CAV
    VIET NAM
    68-69
    SP/4 N.G.H.

    Reverse side engraved with:

    Narcisso. _. _.
    Gloria S.
    I LOVE YOU AND ALWAY’S WELL [sic]

    You’ll need to provide the first and middle initials of the names owner (identified above as _. _.)

  2. I’ve acquired a bronze plaque-style grave marker with the following Veteran’s information, looking to get it to the surviving family. Found in a rental house in S. FL.

    ROCCO C. CAPUTO
    US NAVY
    WORLD WAR II
    DEC 29 1916 – SEPT 8 1996

    • There is a brief notice in the September 10, 1996 Miami Herald. It says Rocco C Caputo of Long Key died Sunday. Funeral Arrangements were by the Martin-Vegue Funeral Home. You might be able to trace the family through the funeral home.

  3. I am trying to find any information on my Grandfather, James A. Marshall Jr who was KIA on January 9, 1945 on a bombing mission to Tokyo. He was on the Mustn’t Touch (42-24657). I have some information, but there does not seem to be much other than list of crew, mission . I have no photos or dont know where to look. Thanks in advance.

    • A photo of the plane is here:

      https://www.fold3.com/image/55721994?terms=42%5C-24657

      B-29-40-BW Superfortress (s/n 42-24657) named “Mustn’t Touch” from the 883rd BS, 500th BG, 20th AF. Lost on January 9,1945. Charter crew, 11 KIA. MACR 10903

      There is a memorial page to the Charters Crew on fold3 which includes a picture of the crew. When I am looking at the picture link above, the left side of the page has a link to the Memorial page for Charters.

      • This comes from the Memorial Page:

        On 9 January 1945, Charters flew as the Airplane Command Pilot aboard a Boeing B-29 Superfortress, nicknamed “Mustn’t Touch” (Serial #42-24657) Tail Code Z-Square-45.

        It was one of 72 aircraft launched in a multi-group formation to bombard the Musashino Aircraft Works and Nakajima Aircraft Engine Factory near Tokyo, Japan. However shortly after take-off, his aircraft developed mechanical problems. During climb-out the #1 engine was leaking oil and puffs of black smoke were coming from the #4 engine. At 16,000 feet his aircraft feathered the #1 engine propeller and began to abort the sortie. Last visual contact was at a geographic location of 28 degrees +10 minutes North and 137 degrees +30 minutes East. Last radio contact stated they had lost an engine and were going to ditch. No survivors were ever found, and he was declared killed in action one year later.

      • James A Marshall, Jr was from Iowa. His wife Dorothy (Schooley) was from Winfield. They had a son Larry. Dorothy and son were living in Cedar Rapids at the time according to the NOK list in the MACR (Missing Air Crew Report).

  4. I’m looking for any survivor or family member of a veteran that served in WWII 2nd armored division in Africa Sicily France Belgium Holland and Germany 1942-45. My dad was there and he’s deceased now. I know the chance of finding any information is slim but no harm in asking. Thank you, Evelyn Miller

  5. Can anyone please give me some help with some dog tags I have ? They belonged to a Henry H. Luke Serial number 12130370. I was told his daughter believed he was 8th AAF and flew on bombers but have since been told that a memorial site stated he spent the war in the US. Anyone able to shed any light for me please ? Would love to know what Bomb Group if at all possible. He died in CHEEKTOWAGA NY in 2010. Thanks

  6. I had found my great grandfathers tags and wanted to know about them they are labeled
    George
    Theodore
    Clementz
    710-98-79
    T-7-44
    USN-P-A
    I already know that the T-7-44 means he got his Tenitis shot in July of 44′ he has PTSD and doesn’t
    ever talk about it he doesn’t even remember what happened, if you can tell me what to find his squadron, regiment, or crew was and submarine he served on it would be amazing, or somewhere I can find it,
    Thanks

  7. Hello, I recently purchased a WWII Ike jacket from a thrift store, and I was hoping someone here could help me find the identity of the soldier it belonged to. Or, at least, what all these codes mean? Is one of them a serial number?

    Images: https://imgur.com/a/Ipp0n

    Laundry number: G-79 97

    From what I could make out from the tag, it reads:

    JACKETS, FIELD, WOOL, O.D.
    Stock No. 35-J-384-550 (or 15-J, or 55-J?)
    SIZE 34R
    CAPE ANN MFG. CO.
    P.O. No. 12092
    Dated June 12, 1944
    Pattern Dated May 10th, 1944
    Q. M. C. Tent Spec.
    P. Q. D. No. 437 (or 439?)
    Phila. Q. M. Depot

    • The G-7997 is the soldier’s Laundry Mark. It means his last name started with G and the last four digits of his serial number was 7997. There is a website (not complete) that lets you search by Laundry Mark. When I do that some 51 names come up. Here is a link to those names.

      http://wwii-enlistment.com/search/?laundryNumber=G-7997&search=Search&page=1

      It is “possible” that one of these men is the person you seek. Your photo link shows the jacket with the 35th Infantry Division patch. There are some websites and a facebook site about the 35th. Do a Google Search on the 35th Infantry Division.

      There is a website that seems to have rosters of some of the regiments/units that served in the 35th, here, (replace the (dot) with a period): www(dot)coulthart.(dot)com

      Click on the link on the page that comes up to the 134th Regiment.. Look for the Personnel Rosters link. The site may have started only for the 134th regiment but then expanded. You could look to compare the names starting with G with the Laundry Mark list on each of the rosters you can find.

      Good Luck.

      • Hi Roland, Wow, thank you! Weight listings would certainly be helpful! I was able to narrow that list down to about 38 names based on enlistment date; The 35th shipped out on May 12th 1944, and with a minimum 11 weeks bootcamp training it’s unlikely anyone enlisting after February 1944 would fit the bill. (Unless they were a replacement?) Although maybe I should go through it again since I also assumed he was a private, but it’s possible other rank insignia are missing. Although I don’t see any holes/indications other patches were removed, except for some stitching repair above the left pocket. (But why remove some and not all the patches?)

        “The [35th] Division was activated on 23 December 1940, as a National Guard Division from Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. The division departed for Europe on 12 May 1944. It arrived in the United Kingdom on 25 May 1944, and received further training. It landed on Omaha Beach, Normandy, 5–7 July 1944, and entered combat 11 July, fighting in the Normandy hedgerows, north of Saint-Lô.”

        Yeah it seems the only G7997 name matching on the coulthart site is Joseph Giardina, but he doesn’t seem to have served with HQ, though.
        Some questions:
        1. That patch is specifically the HQ patch ( http://www.35thinfdivassoc.com/Units/ ) Someone on another forum said the jobs he might have as HQ might “have been in administration, finance, legal… basically some sort of secretary for the HQ officers. Especially if he enlisted with some schooling.” Do you agree?
        — So I could narrow down that list by education level and lower weight.
        2. If it was a National Guard Division from Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska, does that mean this guy would more likely be from one of these states? Does a man’s place of residence have any bearing on which company he gets sent to after enlistment?
        3. I am a bit confused on The Regiments/Divisions. The 35th Division had a number of regiments within it, and companies within the regiment?
        4. Where did you find the info on that soldier’s weight?

        I bought the jacket at a vintage/thrift store in Toronto, Canada. I think those kinds of places get their supply from wholesale vintage warehouses so it’s unlikely, but I was thinking of asking the owner if he knows where he got it next time I’m in the area.

      • Abby,

        The enlistment records shown on ancestry.com have the height and weight. (Sometimes they are clearly inaccurate, but they can be helpful). Most other sites don’t show those.

        Another avenue you might explore is the 35th I.D. reenactors website.
        https://sites.google.com/site/chg35th/

        They might have some ideas on the uniform and patches and whether what you have is even authentic. They might also have some suggestions on how you can proceed.

      • Hello! I know this is probably a long shot, but before I invent the wheel… does anyone know if there is a list of survivors from Cabanatuan PW 1 (POW camp in the Philippines during World War II)? I’m trying to find out about my great uncle who was imprisoned there.

        Thank you for your help!

        Sarah

      • I made an Ancestry account, I suppose I can try to cross check each name on the list with ancestry records for height/weight. It’s too bad that doesn’t list their company as well. (Coulthart says he made it to Sergeant: Giardina, Joseph, Sgt, 32097997, 5/13/1945… no sign of Sergeant chevrons (removed) on the jacket, and I think an R would be too big for him at 5’4— that’s shorter than me.) I’ll do some more research on the 35th. Thanks again for all the info, it’s been really helpful.

      • Hey Rolland! Sorry, I guess I should have clarified. He survived Cabantuan, but died on the hell ship, Arisan Maru, in October 1944. I’ve been trying to find anyone that might have known him. I was wondering if there were any Cabanatuan survivors today, and if so, if there were a list of some sort. I really appreciate your help though! Thank you!

  8. My grandfather recently passed away and the only thing I asked for were his dog tags, but after cleaning out his whole house they were not found. Someone said they may have had to return them once they were done serving. If anyone has any information on how to obtain the dogs tags if they were returned or information on how to go about looking for them that would be greatly appreciated.

    • Dog tags were not returned, the men kept their tags. It would appear your grandfather’s tags were lost or misplaced over the years. Are there any family stories about someone seeing the dog tags or children playing with the tags? If the family moved around a lot, they may have just been lost or thrown out at some point. Does the family have his discharge papers or photos/letters from his time in service? The tags may be with them.

      • We have all the papers for him but all of my uncles said they had never seen him wear them so with my luck they could be anywhere.

      • Are there any parts of his uniform still around, shirt, jacket, etc? The tags may be with those.

  9. Hi Heroes and family members,

    I need your help, if interested. I am trying to collect any letters from veterans to their daughters during the war. I’m thinking of a book or maybe an internet site. The name/idea is something like, “Love Letters to My Daughter”. I started this idea as a traveling business man back when my daughter was a baby–and kept a journal. The more I thought about it, maybe others like some of you in much more difficult situations, may have sent love letters to your daughters. I thought we could share them as some type of legacy.

    Aside, my Uncle was a teenage prisoner of war in Dachau, came over here and served in Special Forces during Korea. He then was at Wright-Patterson for a number of years.

    Please send me an email with any thoughts, especially letters.
    Thanks, and God Bless you!

  10. I am trying to find out my deceased father’s dog tag number. His name was Kenneth McGothigan. His DOB is 1/17/1919. All I know is that he served in the US Navy in WWII, was an electrical apprentice and worked as a ship fitter. After discharge, he worked until retirement for the Philadelphia Maval Base in Pennsylvania. I had a home invasion around 2003 and his dog tag was among stolen property. I want to have new ones made b/c they hold sentimental value for me. Thank you. Vivian Richards/maiden name Vivian McGothigan

  11. I am looking for any still living members of the 3rd Army, 5th Division Artillery, 50th Field Artillery Battalion. My dad (still living) was a lineman/communications guy. He separated out of Camp Shelby, MS. We have had a hard time piecing information together because his information was lost in the flood. We do no that on his Purple Heart order – these names were also listed as purple heart recipients from the same Battalion: Robert D Fergoson, Lloyd Manning, Ray Singer, Ralph E Short, Elmer Haddix, Richard E Rudnicki, Stanley F Stoner, John L Lynch, Harry L Wiseman, Benjamin Rubinfield, Jeffro Williams, Robert B Peleas and Andres Konn. Award was given by Brigadier General Vanderveer. The official is listed as 1st Lt Albert S. Byars, JR (Asst S-1)

  12. My brother lost my Father’s dog tags a few years back. We’ve never been able to find them but I was hoping to make a replacement set for at least sentimental reasons. My father’s name is Richard Newton Hanna ( he was a junior but as far as I know has never used the title) born June 26th, 1945. He was drafted to the Army and served in Vietnam. If possible I would like to find the information or tag number so I can have a new set made. Thank you.

  13. Found a dog tag while dredging sand near Port Chicago, Martinez, California.
    E L Wilson 36104043 T41-42 O
    Would like to find out something about this and to give it to someone who would want it put in a museum. Thanks
    Raymond L. Gates 707 293 0330

    • That serial number does not exist in the NARA database. Oddly, there don’t seem to be any serial numbers of the form 36104xxx. There are serial numbers of the forms 36107xxx, 36108xxx and 36109xxx for example. Most seem to have been issued in Detroit, MI in 1941 and most of the men were born before 1920, many in 1918. The form of the serial number would indicate a draftee (starts with a 3) and the 6 would place him in Michigan, Illinois or Wisconsin.

      • I found an old picture of my great Uncle’s unit from World War II it says, “Camp Wallace, Texas” Battery B 28th C.A. [illegible] and has the names, Michael Sabatino, Joseph Wilzek, Leo Costello, Berwyn Huey, Archie Stever(or Steuer) – Peoria, ILL. I’m looking for any information on these men (hopefully some are still alive). I did find a Berwyn Huey that passed away in the 90s that sounds like a probable match. (the picture is really blurry and not helpful, otherwise, I’d attach it.) I’m still trying to find SOMEONE who might have known my uncle.

      • Sarah,
        I think the 28th Coast Artillery (CA) Bn (Anti-Arcraft) was part of the 69th Coast Artillery (AA) regiment, which was a training unit based at Camp Wallace.

        What was your great uncle’s name and when was he in service?

        Here is something on “a” Archie Stever from Peoria. He was in a CA unit, but probably was trained prior to the start of WWII.

        https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=137168686

      • Hello Rolland,

        His name was Walter Strus and part of tge New Mexico National Guard 200th/515th Coast Artillery Corp. He fought in the Philippines and was a POW in Cabanatuan and died on the Arisan Maru in October 1944. I’m just trying to find anyone who might be alive who knew him (All family members that knew him have passed). I wrote earlier about the POW Cabanatuan roster, hoping to find any survivors there. I have already written all of the Bataan Death March survivors. Just trying to find out more about this family hero, so he is not forgotten.

        Thank you for your help!

  14. Looking for family of Army Air Corp P T Burnett
    Personal military item found in my fathers things. Please identify branch of service.

  15. 16th / 19th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron TROOP C ….World War II. I am looking for the family members of the veterans who served with my father, Dominick Gesualdi, in the 19th Cav Recon Troop C. I have old photos of the whole troop, etc. Kindly, contact me. These veterans are listed in a digitalized 20 page booklet. You can google the words… Bangor Public Library 19th Cav … for free access to this booklet.
    19th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron: A Brief History
    digicom.bpl.lib.me.us/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1218&context=ww…

  16. 16th / 19th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron TROOP C ….World War II. I am looking for the family members of the veterans who served with my father, Dominick Gesualdi, in the 19th Cav Recon Troop C. I have old photos of the whole troop, etc. Kindly, contact me. These veterans are listed in a digitalized 20 page booklet on the Bangor Public Library website. You can google the words… Bangor 19th Cav … for free access to this booklet.
    19th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron: A Brief History

  17. Found – a letter written by Irene G.M. Reiser, most likely an Army Nurse attached to the 187th General Hospital, to 1st Lt Howard C. Wood, attached to the 229th Field Artillery. Letter postmarked Aug 7, 1944. Looking for any relatives of the above individuals so I can give them the letter.

  18. I’m trying to find someone who knew my father-in-law in WWII. His name is Walter R. Mason. He was in the 100th Division, 398th Regiment, Company C and fought in France, late in 1944, at the Maginot Line. Then on December 26th, 1944, he was transferred to the 12th Armored Division, 56th Armored Infantry Battalion, Company A, Platoon 1, I believe. He was their platoon Commander (2nd Lieutenant).
    I’m doing a story tracing his steps through the war to give to my husband and his siblings, so that they can understand him better. He died in his early 50’s.
    So, if there’s any veterans out there who knew him, or veteran’s son or daughter who heard from their Dad about him, please let me know!!! Thanks!!!

  19. I am trying to track down my grandfather’s U.S. Marines uniform that he sold after he ended his service. He left the Marines in 1958. If anyone might have anything close to a 1950’s marines uniform, please contact me. I am very determined to locate this piece of my family’s history. I doubt I’ll find it but it’s worth a shot.

    • Your best bet is to go to usmilitariaforum.com and post in the section for returning items to family members. That is a forum for collectors of US military items. If your grandfather’s uniform is still out there someone in that group may know where it is.

  20. I found an old dog tag with a hole on both sides. It reads:

    Burton
    B
    Paddock
    938-62-67
    A T. 4/12/44
    USNR P

    Can anyone help me find out more about this veteran? I’d love to get this to his family.
    Thank you!

    • Full Name Burton B Paddock
      Age 28
      Birth Year 1912
      Birth Place Texas
      Gender Male
      Marital Status Married
      City Justice Precinct 1
      State Texas
      County Tarrant
      Enumeration District 257-52
      Ethnicity W
      Incorporated Place Ft Worth City
      Race W

      Household Members
      Name Age Birth Yr Role
      Betty Paddock 23 1917 Wife
      William Paddock 1 1939 Son

    • Hi Tatjana, I found the son of Burton B. Paddock. He is very appreciative of your reaching out to him. He would love to have the dog tag. How can he contact you? His father was in the Navy.

  21. Searching for info on Eddie Lewis US Navy WW II. POW. Stationed in San Diego 1949 – 1950. Any help would be appreciated.

    • I can’t find a navy POW named Edward Lewis, but there was a POW named Edward Lewis Melott. He was originally from Iowa but the family had moved to CA. He was captured on Corregidor. He was an electrician’ mate. After the war he stayed or re-enlisted in the navy. He became a Lt and later served in Korea.

      • Edward Lewis Melott, held at Tokyo POW Camp (Shinjuku) – WWII POWs
        wwii-pows.mooseroots.com/l/67269/Edward-Lewis-Melott
        View the WWII Prisoner of War Record for Edward Lewis Melott. Explore details about Edward’s military service and time as a prisoner at Tokyo POW Camp …

  22. Perhaps this Edward lewis would know:
    A salute to our lost heroes – Times Leader
    timesleader.com/archive/212237/stories-a-salute-to-our-lost-heroes117400
    EDWARD LEWIS elewis@timesleader.com COOLBAUGH TWP. – The same POW/MIA flag that flew at a special place on the island of Oahu in Hawaii on …

  23. I am looking for a WW II Army soldier stationed in Hawaii during the war. I don’t know if he saw any “action”. His name is Frank S. Szalacinski, and I am his niece, Sue Splinter Lessen. He was born in November of 1921 and passed away June of 1992. He always lived in Chicago, IL. I think he was a pvt or pfc. Any information would be welcome! Thank you!

  24. His enlistment record is missing from the archives.gov site. I did find some info from his Veterans Affairs Death File, which shows he enlisted on 9 January 1943 and was discharged on 10 December 1945. I did not find his serial number or where he served.

    His full name was Frank Stanley Szalacinski, born 21 Nov 1921 and died 12 June 1992.

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