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  1. Hi, I am a current Veteran Of Iraq and Afghanistan, I am lookng for information on my Grandfather Private First Class George Franklin Jones. All I have on him is his discharge paper and Form 53-55 Enlisted record and report of seperation honerable discharge, I am currently looking for more information on medals or awards he may have recieved and even pictures of him, I would like to make a shadow box for my mother of her hero her father my mother lost him when she was 16. I do know he served with the 24th DEP SUP SQ and he Demobalized out of Fort Bragg NC. and the only thing I know he was awarded so far were the asiatic pacific service medal and the world war II victory medal. any information would be great thank you so much.

    SSG Siebert J. Siebert

  2. My name is Renee. I am looking for a veteran on behalf of my grandfather that served during WWII. They would have served together in Italy. This veterans last name is Bocchicchio. He was wounded in combat and returned home to Brooklyn NY as an amputee. From what my grandfather has told me this gentleman was in the infantry and his father was a shoemaker. If someone should know anything about Mr. Bocchicchio I would really appreciate some information. Thanks for your help

    • BOCCHICCHIO, ANTHONY L was born 06 December 1924; received Social Security number 101-14-6370, which corresponds to New York; and died 20 January 1995. 6,142,201
      Here’s why you should check the source file (free), then search Archives and PeopleSmart for ANTHONY L BOCCHICCHIO.
      Maybe this will help, I happened across your post. I used to do investigative work for an attorney, so did a little searching. Probably the same one due to the fact that he also shows as a purple heart recipient. Good Luck

    • This is the most likely of those enlisted in WW11
      There are more listed at bottom all were from New York.

      United States, World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946
      Anthony Felix Bocchicchio

      United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942

      birth 13 Sep 1877
      residence 1942 Brooklyn, , New York
      draft registration 1942 Brooklyn, , New York

      nameAnthony Felix Bocchicchio
      eventDraft Registration
      event date1942
      event placeBrooklyn, , New York
      birth date13 Sep 1877
      nara publication titleWorld War II Draft Cards (4th Registration) for the State of New York, Kings, Borough of Brooklyn
      arc identifier2555973
      digital folder number004126529
      Anthony L Bocchicchio

      United States, World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946
      Anthony J Bochicchio

      United States, World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946
      Thomas L Bochicchio

      United States, World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946
      ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Dan A Bochicchio

      United States, World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946
      John A Bacucci

      United States, World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946
      Robert A Boccaccio

      United States, World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946
      George A Bochicchio

      United States, World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946
      ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Silvio A Bochicchio

      United States, World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946
      John A Bocchichio

      United States, World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946


      • How do I find out more information about my grandfather? I see his name above, Anthony J Bochicchio….can anyone help with this?

  3. I am an English researcher based near Salcombe, Devon and I would like to make contact with any survivors of “Operation Tiger”. Can anyone help, please?

  4. Greetings, I am a Battle of the Bulge researcher as well as a proud owner of land on which the 90th ID fought here in Luxembourg. I’m also a retiree from the USAF. In the last couple years I found a helmet liner in a foxhole on my land while documenting and mapping. Inside was the name Mincone 31362950. After a short check of the archives I found him to be Michael Mincone of Quincy Ma. Further checking revealed that he was assigned to Co F, 2nd Battalion of the 359th Regiment. According to after action report he was wounded during the night attack for Bohey hill just 500 meters from my land. Since I have tracked down a man with the same name and date of birth in Quincy and even paid for the address. I wrote to him detailing who and what I do and was wondering if he would share any details of the operation that night as well as get to know him, as I love to collect veterans. I never got a reply and cannot get a phone number; I would really hate for such an opportunity to slip away, can anyone assist in getting a hold of him of family and get back to me. I would very much appreciate it. Thank you

    • I just saw this before I was about to log off. My uncle was there as well. =D Read what I wrote in this link now below… 🙂

      This just came to me to google vet sites to find my two Japanese cousins who I have never met. I have a picture of your Father [JACKIE/JOHN BRESLIN] in his http://www.uniform & I would love to hear from you. I never met him personally unfortunately. One of your names is Jerome, other Jacky maybe? My uncle (Jack/your father) flew your Mother remains to Japan is the last I heard about him. He meant her there in the war. His brother [NEIL BRESLIN] (from Wilm.De.) was in the battle of the bulge, he picked up the casualties over there; I only seen him a few times. He passed on about 15 yrs ago of Lou Garrett’s disease.We are also realated to [JIMMY BRESLIN] the writer for the NEW YOURK TIMES who I would also love to hear from. I always wonder about my uncle’s two sons who I heard owned a JAPANESE RESTAURANT out west. I love to ask anyone who knows either one of my UNCLES and/or COUSINS to contact me please. Thank you & thank all my Americans who served for our liberties! Bless each & everyone of you, also bless the ppl who allowed us to contact these awesome heroes/warriors thru this site. (y).
      Sincerely Nancy~

  5. I am former SSGT. Greene of the United States Air Force. After suffering a family tragedy and becoming homeless I lost all of my military history. I lost Military Papers, Medical Records, Uniforms and Medals, photos taken while deployed and many more personal items. Thank God I am in a better place now. As a result, I am now attempting to locate as many of these items as possible. I am willing to pay for the recovery of these very personal items.
    The items were sold in Cordova Tennessee somewhere between 2008 and 2010 by a storage facility on North Houston Levee Road.

    If you or someone you know purchased Items around this time that contained military gear and personal effects belonging to SSGT. Greene and you are will to discuss the return of some of these things please contact me at rmgreene6767@gmail.com

    Blessings to you all,

    SSGT R. Greene, USAF

    • If you’ve not recovered them by now, I would suggest keeping an eye on eBay listings. You’d be surprised at the amount of military memorabilia that is posted on there.

  6. I would like to find information on, Charles (tuffy) Roby. He wasborn in 1926. I think he was in the Navy. My dad (his nephew) told me that he drove a troop land craft at, Normandy, on D-Day. If anyone can help, thanks.

    • s.
      Charles T Roby

      United States, World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946

      birth 1928 ILLINOIS
      military service 28 Feb 1946 Detroit, Michigan, United States

      nameCharles T Roby
      name (original)Charles T Roby
      eventMilitary Service
      event date28 Feb 1946
      term of enlistmentEnlistment for the Panama Canal Department
      event placeDetroit, Michigan, United States
      birth year1928
      education4 years of high school
      marital statusSingle, without dependents
      army branchNo branch assignment
      army componentRegular Army (including Officers, Nurses, Warrant Officers, and Enlisted Men)
      sourceEnlisted Man, Regular Army, after 3 months of Discharge
      serial number16166420
      nara publication titleElectronic Army Serial Number Merged File, ca. 1938-1946
      arc identifier1263923
      card, box and reel number02292.86

      Charles T Roby

      United States Census, 1940

      birth 1928 Illinois
      residence 1940 Ward 16, Detroit, Detroit City, Wayne, Michigan, United States

      parentCharles T Roby, Elizabeth N Roby

      nameCharles T Roby
      titles & termsJr
      event year1940
      event placeWard 16, Detroit, Detroit City, Wayne, Michigan, United States
      marital statusSingle
      race (original)White
      race (standardized)White
      relationship to head of household (original)Son
      relationship to head of household (standardized)Son
      estimated birth year1928
      residence in 1935Same Place
      enumeration district number84-971
      family number92
      sheet number and letter4B
      line number72
      nara publication numberT627
      nara roll number1869
      digital folder number005461819

      • Thank you for your information. My dad looked up to him even though he was older than uncle Stuffy.

  7. I have some items that belonged to US Army veteran Spencer O. Sands , Serial # 0-311-835. I would like to return them to his descendant. You can contact me at 614-397-2451

    • thank you for the wed site information,i was looking for information on my uncle Wilbur M. Livingstone Seaman,Second Class USN Service # 2020603, he was 24. it was posted in the news paper on Oct,3rd,1942, in Maine, but have him down on paper for Aug,10,1943 in Manila , Phillippines…………..but thats not sitting well with me, so i have got to find out. so thank you again. sincerely Kelly Anderson,,,,ms.kja.in2ned@gmail.com

      • Your date looks right…There is more article at link.

        LIVINGSTONE, Wilbur Melvin, Seaman 2c, USN.
        Father, Mr. Melvin E. Livingstone, RFD 1,
        Davis St., Brownville.

        Wilbur M. Livingstone
        Seaman, Second Class, U.S. Navy
        Service # 2020603
        United States Navy
        Entered the Service from: Maine
        Died: 10-Aug-43
        Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
        Tablets of the Missing at Manila American
        Manila, Philippines
        Awards: Purple Heart

  8. Hi there! I am looking for information on Betty J. Lane, whose dog tag I have found. Her serial number is L 2298373, blood type O, religion Presbyterian. She would have been an officer in the Women’s Army Corps during World War Two. Any help would be wonderful!

      Lane, John D.-Apr. 6, 1899-June 29, 1992

      Lane, Betty J. – Dec. 3, 1901-Aug. 30, 1995
      Pyerian Baptist Church Cemetery
      Floydale, Dillon County, S.C.


  10. Looking for any information about a relative that served and died in WW2 with L co,26th infantry in the 1st infantry division. His name was perry ovenshire.Just doing a geneology and came upon him and wondering what he did, how he died, what battle was taking place at the time. My e-mail address is ovenusmc@yahoo.com if you would like to say anything directly to me. Thanks for your time.

    • OVENSHIRE, Perry A., Sept 14, 1911 – Mar 25, 1945; NY PFC, Co. L, 26th Inf Div, PH, WW II Vet
      South Farmington Cemetery

      also known as Chapel Cemetery

      Co. Rt. 28, Farmington, NY
      42113457 OVENSHIRE PERRY A FT DIX NEW JERSEY 3rd April 44 Private No branch assignment NEW YORK 11 Selectees (Enlisted Men)
      picture of his headstone at this link

  11. I would like to find any World War 2 located in Southern California who would like to tell their stories. Our World War 2 veterans are passing away and we are losing that chance to hear those stories. It would be such an honor to listen. Please contact me I would love to listen.

  12. This maybe a long shot but im tryin to find out more information about my grandfather his name was quiton rosevelt wigton. He died in 1969 and i know he served in ww2 as a tech 4 with the 32 signal const battalion. I’m havin a very hard time with this because my mom was so little when he passed if anyone knows any information or if you of some one who might have known him please email me notlovingit@yahoo.com thank you so much

  13. We have found a gun holster from WWII that has the name McDowell and the number M3753 and the initials JJP 35832309. It looks like a souvenir from service in Germany. If anyone can help we would appreciate it.

      • Does it look old enough to be from Civil War?
        Battle of McDowell

        Contributed by Catherine Wright

        The Battle of McDowell, fought May 8, 1862, was a costly but important Confederate victory that came near the beginning of Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson’s brilliant Shenandoah Valley Campaign during the American Civil War (1861–1865). As Union general George B. McClellan prepared to march his Army of the Potomac up the Virginia Peninsula and on to Richmond, Confederate general Joseph E. Johnston entrusted Jackson with preventing Union troops in the Shenandoah Valley from reinforcing McClellan. After a defeat at the Battle of Kernstown on March 23, Jackson retreated south, where his Army of the Valley joined with Edward “Allegheny” Johnson’s Army of the Northwest and a reinforcing division under Richard S. Ewell. The Confederates, ensconced atop Sitlington’s Hill on the west side of Bull Pasture Mountain, fended off the uphill attacks of Robert H. Milroy’s Union troops in fighting that lasted until darkness fell. At one point General Johnson shouted a dare to Union forces to flank him, and although they failed, they did severely wound him. Confederates lost many more killed during the fray, but still counted the battle as a victory. McDowell set the stage for the rest of Jackson’s hard-marching, hard-fighting campaign that, over the next month, kept Union troops penned up in the Valley. MORE…http://encyclopediavirginia.org/McDowell_Battle_of
        Time Line

        May 6, 1862, around 12 p.m. – Confederate general Edward “Allegheny” Johnson’s two brigades (approximately 3600 men) depart the village of West View (about five miles west of Staunton) and head west toward the village of McDowell. His goal is to protect Staunton’s supply depot and prevent a junction of two columns of Union forces.
        May 7, 1862 – Confederate general Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson leads the Valley Army westward from Staunton. Union general Robert H. Milroy deploys his troops and skirmishing occurs throughout the afternoon and into the evening as the Confederates advance into Highland County.
        May 8, 1862, 4 a.m. – Confederate general Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson’s forces establish battle lines near the village of McDowell and prepare for battle at daybreak. Skirmishing occurs throughout morning.
        May 8, 1862, 10 a.m. – Union general Robert C. Schenck’s brigade arrives in the village of McDowell to reinforce Robert H. Milroy against attack by Confederates under Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson.
        May 8, 1862, 3 p.m. – At the Battle of McDowell, Union general Robert H. Milroy launches his attack on Confederate forces under Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson atop Sitlington’s Hill. Union troops scramble up the hillside and contest the Confederate line for hours.
        May 8, 1862, 6 p.m. – Confederate general Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson reinforces all fronts at the Battle of McDowell as his units run low on ammunition and come under increasingly heavy fire from Union troops under Robert H. Milroy.
        May 8, 1862, 10:30 p.m. – During the Battle of McDowell, Union troops, running low on ammunition, withdraw from Sitlington’s Hill and retreat into the Shenandoah Valley village.
        May 9, 1862, 2 a.m. – Union forces under Robert H. Milroy, defeated by Confederates under Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson, quietly depart the village of McDowell.

      • We are interested if it was WWII bringback from this gentleman’s service. If so, where he served and how he aquired it. If he took the time to put his name in it than it must have meant something to him.

  14. I am trying to find out any information on Thomas R. Hagerty, his Dog Tags were found inside a wall at my friends home while remodeling she discovered them / Info on the Dog Tags is US 55095458 T510 / Any help would be appreciated!
    fig1158@charter.net / angel-ambassadors.org / 231-881-3565

  15. My father Rocco J. DiSanto, born in 1921 served in Patton’s Army in WWII. He landed on D-Day and was in the Battle of the Bulge. I know he also had a medal for service in North Africa and received a bronze star for saving someone I think it was in Germany. My question is: how can I find out how to trace the route of his battalion? Thank you! Goid bless us all.

    • Could this be his son?

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      August 14, 2011
      Feature Obituary: Rocco DiSanto, 52, consummate fixer of things; movie buff

      By Meredith Goad mgoad@mainetoday.com
      Staff Writer

      Rocco DiSanto was born on Christmas Day in 1958. His mother went into labor while the Christmas lasagna was still in the oven.


      Each day the newsroom selects one obituary and seeks to learn more about the life of a person who has lived and worked in Maine. We look for a person who has made a mark on the community or the person’s family and friends in lasting ways.

      In later years he would say he always felt cheated on Christmas until the end of the day, when his mother brought him out a special birthday cake and a present wrapped in birthday paper.

      Mr. DiSanto, 52, died Saturday morning after a long battle with cancer. He was part of the well-known DiSanto family who has owned and operated Anjon’s Italian Restaurant in Scarborough since 1954. His five siblings surrounded him with love in his last year of life. His older brother, John DiSanto, took him into his home; his sister Anna DiSanto accompanied her big brother to all of his chemotherapy treatments; his older sister Dorothy Morrell doted on him just as she did after their mother died.

      “I moved him in here to try and heal him and help him. Fix him,” John DiSanto said. “I couldn’t fix him, but he fixed me. He changed my life forever, trust me.”

      Mr. DiSanto grew up on Read Street in Portland. Even as a child, “Rocky,” as his family called him, was tough as nails. Once, John DiSanto recalled, Rocky split his head open on one of the tanks parked at the nearby Stevens Avenue Armory.

      “We rode him home on our … bikes and my mother took him to the hospital, and he never shed a tear,” John DiSanto said.

      Rocco DiSanto was a mischievous child who liked to take things apart, a foreshadowing of things to come.

      “He always said that he wanted to be a great archaeologist,” recalled his sister Anna. “He was the type of kid that, give him a bike and he would be the first one to take it all apart because he wanted to put it all back together.”

      Mr. DiSanto attended Lincoln Middle School and Deering High School, then went to work at Anjon’s. He was a good cook, and the person responsible for creating the restaurant’s popular stuffed breads. But eventually he ventured out on his own, landscaping at first and then doing all sorts of handyman jobs. He started his own business and fixed everything from vacuum cleaners to pizzelle makers. He built three houses on his own.

      “Rocky was jack of all trades and master of all trades — plumbing, carpentry, electrical, painting, construction,” John DiSanto said. “His nickname was McGyver.”

      Once, when the $30,000 fountain at Anjon’s broke, “he said give me 40 bucks, I’ll get it working,” John DiSanto said.

      And he did.

      Mr. DiSanto was a movie buff who especially enjoyed watching classics such as “The Caine Mutiny,” and he liked to watch the History Channel and the National Geographic Channel. He was always reading books about carpentry, electricity and plumbing.

      Mr. DiSanto loved anything having to do with the beach or old ships.

      “He loved the coast of Maine,” John DiSanto said. “When he wanted to shut the world off, he went to the beach. He was not one to lay out in the sand and that type of thing. He just wanted to walk, dig some clams maybe. It was what really soothed his soul.”

      Mr. DiSanto is survived by two children, Rocco DiSanto Jr., 19, and Allyssa, 17, and their mother, Sue Forbes; his father, Rocco DiSanto Sr. of Scarborough; one brother, John DiSanto of Scarborough; and four sisters, Dorothy Morrell of Portland, Anna DiSanto of Raymond, Caroline DiSanto of Westbrook, and Sandra Lee DiSanto of Scarborough.

      Staff Writer Meredith Goad can be contacted at 791-6332 or at:


  16. I am trying to find information on Kelley Montgomery McCarley, who was in WWII. Don’t have a whole lot of information. Can’t seem to find any records. don’t have any discharge papers or anything like that. This is all I have:
    Ark Cpl HQ HQ Co 4 Tank Bn WWII
    DOB: 10-02-1916 TX
    DOD: 01-16-1966 TX
    Also have SS# if it’s correct & can give some family members if needed. Any information would be appreciated! Thank you!

  17. I am looking for information on my father who is a WWII veteran. He was in the Battle of the Buldge but I don’t know if he was in the 82nd or 101st. Ariborne Unit. George Homer Rose. Born in Minneapolis, MN.

  18. Looking for info on my grandfather, Vernon Dale Ingram, he’s 90 and suffering from ahlzheimers, he served in the pacific and I think he was a signalman on a light cruiser or maybe my memory is going : ) . We have a common bond because I was USN. Wished I would have listened a little better. ….what ship did he serve on? any info would be great

    • Hi Rod I’m posting this info to see if it sounded like I’m chasing the right guy.I hope you don’t mind me doing it this way.If it sounds right I will try to find more but wanted to know if I was wrong? thanks Barb

      National Archives Catalog ID:
      National Archives Catalog Title:
      Publication Number:
      NARA Roll Number:
      Given Name:
      Vernon D
      Birth Date:
      Birth City:
      Birth State Or Country:
      State Headquarters:
      Original data from:
      The National Archives

      Vernon D Ingram

      United States Census, 1940

      birth: 1896 Illinois
      residence: 1940 Ward 1, Clarkston, Clarkston Election Precinct 1, Asotin, Washington, United States

      spouse:Dorthy Ingram
      children:Betty June Ingram, Carl Ingram

      nameVernon D Ingram
      titles & terms
      event year1940
      event placeWard 1, Clarkston, Clarkston Election Precinct 1, Asotin, Washington, United States
      marital statusMarried
      race (original)
      race (standardized)White
      relationship to head of household (original)
      relationship to head of household (standardized)Head
      estimated birth year1896
      residence in 1935Same Place
      enumeration district number2-4
      family number194
      sheet number and letter8A
      line number22
      nara publication numberT627
      nara roll number4331
      digital folder number005460323

  19. Hi Im David from Spain. I need information of a soldier of WWII that served probably in Normandy. I have travelled to Normandy last year, and I bought in a military shop some equipment in which appears the name and the serial number of this soldier: Chester Cappuci (or Cappucci) Number: 11076913; C-6913. Im interested in contact him if he is still alive, to talk and to give him this old militar equipment. THANKS A LOT for any information.

  20. I am widow of Dallas LeRoy Waldhour (deceased December 23 1986)) who served in WWII. (#257-26-8654)He didn’t talk much of the war. Can someone let me know if he had medals and what he did in the war and dates he served. Want to share this with his daughters. Thank you-mrs Waldhour

  21. Hello. I am looking for info on a Robert L.Peck. I know that he was injured and admitted to the army hospitol in Winchester England on June 15, 1944. My sister-in-laws father was the army doctor who saved his life at the time. We would love to get in touch with any of his family. She still has the round that was removed from him and all the medical records but no info on where he was from. Thanks

    • 2 online possibilities

      * Service Number: 13009144, Robert L. Peck,
      Residence: Westmoreland Co., PA
      Enlisted: Pittsburg, PA, 1940
      Born: 1920

      * Service Number: 34257038 Robert L. Peck
      Residence: Stanly Co., NC
      Enlisted: Fort Bragg, NC, 1942
      Born: 1919

  22. Seeking witness accounts from his Army buddies about Sgt. John Louis Young, who died in a foxhole from a mortar shell in the mountains of Mindanao, Philippines, June 1945. Won two purple hearts. Johnny was from Elkridge, Maryland and was sent to basic training at Camp Polk, LA in May of 1942. Does anyone have any memories of him?

  23. Seeking memories from any students in pilot and gunnery training, about my dad, Navy Officer (Lt. Commander) Leonard Bahr, who was stationed first in Hollywood FL and then at the Yellow Water base in Jacksonville, FL. He taught courses in plane and ship “recognition.” Thank you for your help.

    • Born May 12, 1905
      Died July 25, 1990 (aged 85)
      I just wanted to pass this on in case it has something you don’t know about Leonard.Cheers, Barb
      Leonard Bahr
      Nationality American
      Field Painting
      Training Maryland Institute College of ArtLeonard Marion Bahr (May 12, 1905 – July 25, 1990) was a prolific painter of portraits and murals, an illustrator, as well as a highly regarded painting professor for 52 years at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA).

      In 1930, Leonard started his professional painting career while still a student, beginning with two portraits of Baltimore’s Mayor Preston. Leonard, a Christian, painted Biblical themes throughout his life. Among them was a commission for an altar painting of “Christ at Gethsemane,” which was installed in Our Savior’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lansdowne. Also, a book of his drawings depicting the “23rd Psalm of David” was illustrated and published in 1933.

      It is important to Baltimore history that Leonard also painted murals for the Works Progress Administration, including two for the Baltimore Municipal Aquarium at Druid Hill Park, and two for the Catonsville High School, depicting the marriage of Polly Caton and the rolling of tobacco by slaves along Rolling Road to the Elkridge Landing seaport. Though the Catonsville murals were mysteriously destroyed, the preliminary drawing for that mural is held at the Smithsonian.

      His service as Lt. Commander in the Navy during World War II, included illustrating Navy life for various military magazines. His career as a portraitist included commissions of Bishop Noble C. Powell, various doctors and administrators at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, and other prominent individuals. The State of Maryland commissioned him to replicate the historical portrait, by John Wollaston, of Daniel Carroll to be installed at the State House. Leonard served on art boards and juries and exhibited his work widely, winning many prizes for his artistic eye.

      In 1980, Leonard retired from MICA with honors for service, and a few years later was subsequently filmed for a video entitled “A Painter’s Portrait.” Leonard’s history and artworks have been published and are privately and corporately owned nationally, including the University of Arizona, the Peabody Conservatory of Music, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the Elkridge Heritage Society, to name a few. There is a series of photos at the Maryland Historical Society, of Leonard painting outdoors, photographed by family friend and Maryland photographer Emily Hayden.

      As an artist, professor, father, and husband (of Florence E. Riefle, whom he married in 1934), Leonard was a humble man who saw the best in most people and sought the understanding of higher truth to life’s situations and challenges. Leonard died of heart failure July 25, 1990.

      Publishments include: American Artist, The Appalachian South, Gardens Houses and People, The Baltimore Sun Magazine, and the Baltimore Sun.

      References online containing specifics about the lives and art of Leonard and Florence Riefle Bahr include: “findagrave.com”; “sailor.com”; “mhs.org”; “mdarchives.state.md.us/msa/speccol”; “mdartsource.com”; “medicalarchives.jhmi.edu”; and “cooldaddio.net,” as well as other source sites

      • http://www.short-biographies.com/biographies/LeonardBahr.html

        Leonard served as a Naval officer during WWII,
        teaching “plane and ship recognition.” He was
        stationed in Hollywood and Jacksonville, FL and
        retired from the Naval Reserve as Lt. Commander in
        1952. In June 1947, and with three children
        (Elizabeth, Len, Jr., and Mary Shafer,
        respectively), Leonard and Florence moved from
        Baltimore City to Elkridge, (Howard County)
        Maryland, to Edgewood Cottage, an historic house
        on Lawyers Hill. By 1966, they built new studios
        and a new home on the same property.

        Other sites containing specific information about
        and the art work of Leonard and Florence Riefle
        Bahr include: “findagrave.com”; “sailor.com”;
        “mhs.org”; “mdarchives.state.md.us/msa/speccol”;
        “mdartsource.com”; “medicalarchives.jhmi.edu”; and
        “cooldaddio.net,” as well as other source sites.

      • Thank you for your research, BUT, I wrote this and all the other biographies you will ever find on the internet about my father, Leonard. I am his youngest daughter, Mary. I did not request on this site (Vets Lost and Found), info that I already wrote, but anyone who would personally remember him — like his students, whom he taught at Yellow Water or at Hollywood, FL. I know it is a long shot, but I’m hoping someone out there is still alive to remember where they were trained and who trained them.

      • I’m sorry I apologize.I was trying to find you info I did understand your ? but had no idea like most here they have nothing to go by so was trying to get you something to link to. It certainly won’t happen again.Barbara

      • Mary, you were only wanting to help. We all the grateful for your help. Your heart in is the right place so there is really nothing to be sorry for.

      • JEEBUS…I wrote Barb instead of Mary….SORRY, Mary…That last comment from me about getting word out was to MARY…I should not write when I am tired…Giggle

  24. I am seeking information on a Private First Class SCHAUMBERG. So far the information I have been able to find is pretty generic. If it will help, I will post what I have below, but i would like to find out more on this person.I wish to know more about this person, more about their life. Any information is appreciated.

    ARMY SERIAL NUMBER: 37892096
    PFC# Private First Class
    7 Private First Class
    NO# No branch assignment
    02 No branch assignment
    TERM OF ENLISTMENT: One year enlistment

    SOURCE OF ARMY PERSONNEL: Enlisted Man, Philippine Scout or recall to AD of an enlisted man who had been transferred to the ERC
    RACE AND CITIZENSHIP: White, citizen
    EDUCATION: 4 years of high school
    CIVILIAN OCCUPATION: 590 Undefined Code
    MARITAL STATUS: Single, without dependents
    COMPONENT OF THE ARMY: Regular Army (including Officers, Nurses, Warrant Officers, and Enlisted Men)

    • Looks like he might still be alive. Have found nothing yet to indicate he is deceased. His sister Carolyn passed in 2007.

  25. Hi there! I am looking for information on Frank William, whose dog tag I have found on the island of Vella La Vella, Solomon Islands. His serial number is 34103299 T42. The dog tag also bears the name of Minnie L. William, P.O. Box 105, Alberta.Ala. He must have been an marine officer in World War Two in Solomon Islands, especially in Vella Lavella Island. Your wonderful assistance would be grately appreciated to trace his families and this dog tag to be returned from Solomon Islands.

  26. hi i am looking for information on Ray Bobian. i bought a WW2 helmet and liner from a auction. unfortunetly i don’t have much to go on. based on what information i have gotten i believe that he was a paratrooper during or around WW2. i also got what might be an issued serial number writen on the inside of the helmet. it is hard to make out, but i think it says R A 1 7 2 6 9 4 9 1. well i wish i had more to go on, but whatever info you can dig up would be awesome. thanks

    • i forgot to mention on the numbers that the first 9 i couldn’t really identify if it was a 9 or a 0. just wanted to mention that if that helps in the search for info.

  27. Hello.. searching for information on my grandfather- Herbert Atlee Downs. Tech Sgt4 Battle of the Bulge, US Army WWII– His unit was– COMPANY A, 324TH
    DIVISION. Looking for any living members of this unit who can shed some light on where the unit went and what they experienced.

  28. Hello, I have in my possession one dog tag w/the following information on it:
    Hill M. H.
    779 36 38 USN O

    It was found in Michigan. If anyone could help find out how to get this to him or his family, I would appreciate it.

  29. I am trying to locate information on my grandfather. His name is Gilbert Henry Kesecker. He served in navy during world war 2 and was stationed in Norfolk Va . I know he was born Dec 18th 1925 in levels wv. Thats all i know can u direct me on how to find out more about my grandfather. Thank you

    • I can’t get whole article it has to be paid for.Maybe someone here has a subscription. I’m not even sure if right fellow.
      Cumberland Evening Times, Saturday, April 06, 1946, Page 5
      newspaperarchive.com › … › Saturday, April 06, 1946
      You have viewed 1 newspapers today. …. talk and I Gilbert H kesecker of 1 fail to start across the street when the light changes for foot traffic ….. avenue has been discharged from naval duty at Jacksonville Fla

      Gilbert H Kesecker

      United States Social Security Death Index

      birth 17 December 1925
      death 14 December 1995 Washington, Maryland

      first nameGilbert
      middle nameH
      last nameKesecker
      name suffix
      birth date17 December 1925
      social security number722-05-4570
      place of issuanceRailroad Board
      last residenceWashington, Maryland
      zip code of last residence21795
      death date14 December 1995
      estimated age at death70

  30. I am looking for information about my dad, Tech Sergeant Paul Robert Gordon, from Braintree, Massachusetts. He was a radio operator who flew 24 missions on a b-24 bomber, out of England between Jun 1944 and JUL 1945. A crewmate of his was named Mike “mother” Garvery. If you have any information about him, please feel free to contact me.

  31. I have a postcard written by R.E. Larrabee from Box 298 Payette, Idaho to my grandfather. . They were in an the army/Air Force squadron together . Mr. Larrabee signed his name “Blackie” and the postcard is dated March 20th 1942. Would love to give the card to him or someone who knew him. My email address is Silverdance53@gmail.com.


  32. I am looking for information as to where two of my mothers cousins, Lu Divin and Joe Divin that were killed in WW2. Lu was killed on April 11, 1945 in Germany, he was with Gen. Patten’s tank Corps. He joined up in 1942. Joe Divin was killed August 1944. Both were from Melba, Idaho (might show Nampa, Idaho)
    This is ALL the information Ican come up with.

    • name: Joseph L Devine
      name (original): Joseph L Devine
      event type: Military Service
      event date: 11 Sep 1942
      term of enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law
      event place: Tacoma, Washington, United States
      residence place:
      race: White
      citizenship status: citizen
      birth year: 1905
      birthplace: COLORADO
      education level: 4 years of high school
      civilian occupation: Telegraph operators
      marital status: Divorced, without dependents
      military rank: Private
      army branch: Signal Corps
      army component:
      source reference: Civil Life
      serial number: 19113929
      affiliate publication title: Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, ca. 1938-1946
      affiliate arc identifier: 1263923
      box film number: 03113.33

    • name: Lu Allen Devine
      titles & terms:
      event: Census
      event year: 1940
      event place: Township 4, Elko, Nevada, United States
      gender: Male
      age: 27
      marital status: Married
      race (original):
      race (standardized): White
      relationship to head of household (original):
      relationship to head of household (standardized): Head
      birthplace: Utah
      estimated birth year: 1913
      residence in 1935: Winnemucca, Humboldt, Nevada
      enumeration district number: 4-5
      family number: 121
      sheet number and letter: 9B
      line number: 56
      nara publication number: T627
      nara roll number: 2277
      digital folder number: 005461128
      image number: 00105
      Household Gender Age Birthplace
      head Lu Allen Devine M 27 Utah
      wife Claire May Devine F 25 Utah
      son Dennis Devine M 1 Utah
      son Dale Devine M 0 Nevada

    • My name is Ann Tomlinson, and I am writing a book about all of the Melba Valley Veterans. This is the information I have collected about the Divin brothers. My e-mail is annt51@cableone.net if you would like to contact me. Thanks for the information you wrote here, because I didn’t have some of your facts. This is what I do have: Lou J. Divin (killed in Germany) and his brother Joe Divin (killed at Guam). The Michael and Rose Divin family lived on Melmont Road, and Phyllis Wood Steen remembered them well. She said, “I will never forget their family. Their daughter Evelyn was in high school when I started school. She would meet me when I was walking home and she was coming from Highway 45 from the bus. Her sister Rose was working away from home. Joe and Lou worked for my Dad at times and were like special uncles to me. Young Mike wasn’t around much, but he was a tease like his brothers. Mrs. Divin always called me in for cookies or to dry my socks in winter, and I adopted her for my grandmother. When the war came she proudly hung a flag in her window with three blue stars on it. Sometime later, I walked by slowly and quietly because there were two blue stars and a gold star. (That meant one of their sons had been killed in the war) I felt so sad. It seems like it wasn’t long until there was just one blue star and two gold stars. Things were never the same.”
      Lou J. Divin’s Bureau of War Records card is titled “Death – National Jewish Welfare Board”. He was a Sergeant in the Army and it is dated 9/10/45, with his mother Rose Divin’s name on the card. On the U. S. Rosters of WW II Dead, his religion is listed as Catholic. On the State of Idaho, Canyon County list of casualties, Joe M. Divin is listed as a sergeant, DOW (died of wounds). Lou’s says KIA (killed in action). There is a National Historical Park on the island of Guam, and on the Memorial Wall at Asan Bay Overlook, appears Joe’s name, along with others in the 706 Tank 77 Inf. Division who died. They were Ernest Carlson, Emil Conrad, John Higgs and August Lodato.

    • These two men are my great-uncles. The spelling you have is wrong. The dates are correct. There are two surviving sisters that live in Nampa, Idaho.

  33. name: Joseph L Diven
    event type: Draft Registration
    event date: 1942
    event place: Baltimore, , Maryland
    gender: Male
    birth date: 07 May 1881
    affiliate publication title: World War II Draft Cards (4th Registration) for the State of Maryland
    affiliate publication number: M1939
    affiliate arc identifier: 563727
    gs film number: 2223506
    digital folder number: 004133388
    image number: 03118

  34. Searching for information about Ashton V Jones of Oklahoma. I’m trying to establish which airfield he was based at in Suffolk England during 1944.

    • Ashton V Jones

      United States, World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946

      military_service 27 Aug 1942 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
      birth: 1921 OKLAHOMA

      nameAshton V Jones
      name (original)Ashton V Jones
      event typeMilitary Service
      event date27 Aug 1942
      term of enlistmentEnlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law
      event placeOklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
      residence place
      citizenship statuscitizen
      birth year1921
      education levelGrammar school
      civilian occupationGeneral farmers
      marital statusMarried
      military rankPrivate
      army branchBranch Immaterial – Warrant Officers, USA
      army componentSelectees (Enlisted Men)
      source referenceCivil Life
      serial number38183408
      affiliate publication titleElectronic Army Serial Number Merged File, ca. 1938-1946
      affiliate arc identifier1263923
      box film number13006.66

      Ashton Jones

      United States Census, 1930

      birth: 1921 Oklahoma
      census: 1930 Grayson, Jefferson, Oklahoma

      parents:Samuel Jones, Myrtle Jones

      nameAshton Jones
      event date1930
      event placeGrayson, Jefferson, Oklahoma
      marital statusSingle
      estimated birth year1921
      immigration year
      relationship to head of householdSon
      father’s birthplaceAlabama
      mother’s birthplaceTexas
      enumeration district number
      family number105
      sheet number and letter6B
      line number84
      nara publication
      digital folder number4661223

      Ashton Jones

      United States Census, 1940

      birth: 1922 Oklahoma
      residence: 1940 Wall Township, Stephens, Oklahoma, United States

      parents:Samuel M Jones, Myrtle Jones

      nameAshton Jones
      titles & terms
      event year1940
      event placeWall Township, Stephens, Oklahoma, United States
      marital statusSingle
      race (original)
      race (standardized)White
      relationship to head of household (original)
      relationship to head of household (standardized)Son
      estimated birth year1922
      residence in 1935Same Place
      enumeration district number69-30
      family number148
      sheet number and letter5B
      line number68
      nara publication numberT627
      nara roll number3334
      digital folder number005454675

      • Bluenoser…You have been very generous and Kind to do all these record searches for so many..I hope you are thanked for your efforts..I say THANK YOU

      • Thank you both Kira and Angela. Until now Angela is the only response I got to even tell me if They got it or if it was not right person.:)

      • Well I appreciate your efforts for all the people. It really is a shame people are so thoughtless 😦 …
        Wish my problem was as simple as INFO…but I lost my Godfather’s Bronze Star, with his Name on the back, off my shawl at a Memorial Powwow for WWII VETS and someone actually KEPT IT…It’s a SAD WORLD we live in…I just felt I needed to show some appreciation to a Fellow Do-Gooder…:D

      • Thank you Kira it means a lot. I’m going to try to replace my grand fathers medals.Mike’s dad’s both are lost and I’m doing scrapbooks for each of our families surnames and know the history won’t be complete without the whole story attached eh. I know I was digging around and if your a widow or close relative there’s a chance it may be free.However finding the info to submit is not easy. I found attestation paper online for my Canadian grandfather but Mike’s dad is another story. I’m legally blind and so want to help others find their info 🙂 I’m very sorry you lost the medal if the person had no morals what were they doing pretending to honor a Vet if they stole from another Vet…If I can help in any way I can please ask it’s no bother at all.Barbara

      • Barb…the only thing you could do is help spread the word….
        My GODFATHER was Lewis Henry Webb..I think they engraved Lewis H Webb on the back…
        But we seem to have a limited audience here and mostly people asking for help..although a few have been really gracious trying to get items they have found, or bought, back to original Families…I really respect them for that
        Thanks Hun 🙂

      • Actually, with the start of information that you have given me. . (knock on wood) my Uncle Russell will finally have the grave marker that he so deserves. He has rested all of the across the country in an unmarked grave since 1973. We are just waiting for the government marker. (The setting fees, base, etc cost slightly over $900 since he was buried in a private cemetery. I have since paid it all off with all I have, but it will be worth it.) You led me in the right direction, and for that, I thank you.

  35. Looking for information on my father, William Wesley Williams, Jr., who was a Lt. in WWII in Chelveston, England (422nd 8th AF) He was a pilot/co-pilot on a B17. Most of his missions were flown on the B17 with the noseart “Stag Party”. I would love to correspond with anyone who knew him during that time. Dad never talked about the war much, except to say he didn’t think he was going to come back home. He said one time he and his crew came back to base with one engine. My dad passed away in 1979 and I miss him very much. So would like to hear any stories that someone might know about him during that time in his life. Thanks in advance!

    • Wow I think I found his picture at this link, do f search on the page to get to Williams.cheers 🙂 Oh I hope your not Niki and I sent you your own info since there is no name in your query.
      William Wesley Williams, Jr.
      He was a Lt. stationed at Chelveston, England. If he knew my Dad, he probably knew my mother…Leonia “Nina” Goetkint who was a WAF in the Royal Air Force at the Embassy in England.. –Nicki

      • Yes – sorry that was my information. But thanks for trying!! My nickname is Nicki.

  36. I recently found my birth family. I found enlistment papers for my great-grandfather, Novie Carson Brammer, jr. The only info on them was he was born in 1919, and enlisted Sept. 15, 1944. Can anyone tell me how to find information online about him? Thanks!

    Shelley Brammer Truesdell

  37. My Uncle Fred Taylor says that he meets up with some of his buddies that he served with once a year but that last year two of them hadn’t shown. George Russo and Jimmy Katanas are their names and my uncle wondered why they didn’t make it. They meet in Dorchester MA I believe on Memorial day, perhaps at a VFW. They served in France Italy Germany and Africa together.

    Thank you for any information you might be able to provide

  38. I am trying to help a friend with her father’s information. It appears her mother has thrown out all of the records for enlistment and discharge of her father FLOYD CORY Us Army 15244803 with the Panama Canal Department. We know he enlisted in Sept of 1946, but don’t understand the term “Enlisted Man, Regular Army, after 3 months of Discharge”. How long was his enlistment period for? Were they two, four, six or eight years terms back then. Any information would be appreciated. Thanks you very much Melissa

    • Hi Melissa this appears to be your dad? I search a lot but didn’t find your answer. I have a cousin I can ask if you don’t get a reply It sounds like he went the expected time in regular Army means they willing enlisted were not drafted and ground force not a branch like Marines, Navy or air Force.was discharged and recalled up for duty so reenlisted.I[‘m sorry if I’m confusing you. If you go to links they may help explain.This first link is explaining codes. It seemed that Panama Canal was a for a time then it might have not been necessary so he was discharged. However my Grandfather got to England from Nova Scotia and he took Scarlett fever before they headed to France so he was discharged then he reenlisted when he got on his feet again. I know you have given a lot of info if you called the Army you can get his record because you have all the numbers you should need.If I can help you any more please don’t hesitate to ask maybe I can find more info.Sorry I didn’t find more but that one thing I’m sending is his file so print it out for reference if you call for more info. I know he didn’t have a career so he doesn’t have a branch…Barbara

      Cory, Floyd, b. 12/05/1943, d. 03/17/1987, SA US NAYV, Plot: 53 485, bur. 03/31/1987,

      The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration


      Monday, March 11, 2013
      Display Full Records

      File Unit: Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, ca. 1938 – 1946 (Enlistment Records)
      in the Series: World War II Army Enlistment Records, created 6/1/2002 – 9/30/2002,


      documenting the period ca. 1938 – 1946. – Record Group 64 (info)

      Brief Scope: This series contains records of approximately nine million men and women who enlisted in the United States Army, including the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps.

      You may wish to View the FAQs for this series.
      Field Title Value Meaning
      ARMY SERIAL NUMBER 15244803 15244803
      NAME CORY#FLOYD#S############ CORY#FLOYD#S############
      GRADE: CODE 8 Private
      BRANCH: ALPHA DESIGNATION NO# No branch assignment
      BRANCH: CODE 02 No branch assignment
      TERM OF ENLISTMENT 6 http://files.usgwarchives.net/ut/state/military/ww2/service/pre-militarycode.txt
      LONGEVITY ### ###
      SOURCE OF ARMY PERSONNEL 2 Enlisted Man, Regular Army, after 3 months of Discharge
      NATIVITY #1 Undefined Code
      YEAR OF BIRTH 28 28
      RACE AND CITIZENSHIP 1 White, citizen
      EDUCATION 3 3 years of high school
      CIVILIAN OCCUPATION 227 Waiters and waitresses, except private family
      MARITAL STATUS 6 Single, without dependents
      COMPONENT OF THE ARMY 1 Regular Army (including Officers, Nurses, Warrant Officers, and Enlisted Men)
      CARD NUMBER 9 9
      BOX NUMBER 0195 0195
      FILM REEL NUMBER 2.52# 2.52#

      Page URL: http://aad.archives.gov/aad/record-detail.jsp

      The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration
      8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740-6001 • Telephone: 1-86-NARA-NARA or 1-866-272-6272

      Floyd S Cory

      United States, World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946

      military_service 09 Sep 1946 Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
      birth: 1928 1

      nameFloyd S Cory
      name (original)Floyd S Cory
      event typeMilitary Service
      event date09 Sep 1946
      term of enlistmentEnlistment for the Panama Canal Department
      event placeIndianapolis, Indiana, United States
      residence place
      citizenship statuscitizen
      birth year1928
      education level3 years of high school
      civilian occupationWaiters and waitresses, except private family
      marital statusSingle, without dependents
      military rankPrivate
      army branchNo branch assignment
      army componentRegular Army (including Officers, Nurses, Warrant Officers, and Enlisted Men)
      source referenceEnlisted Man, Regular Army, after 3 months of Discharge
      serial number15244803
      affiliate publication titleElectronic Army Serial Number Merged File, ca. 1938-1946
      affiliate arc identifier1263923
      box film number01952.52

      The following came from Army Regulation 615-30, dated 12 Feb 1942.

      The system enabled one who knew the numbering system to tell from a serial number the component and corps area (later Service command and army area) from which a man had entered the Federal service, whether he had enlisted, or had been drafted through the Selective Service, and whether he had been a National Guardsman in his home state. Officer serial numbers always started with the letter O.
      According to Army Regulation 615-30, dated 12 Feb 1942, Corps area commanders are charged with the assignment of Army serial numbers to all enlisted men within their respective areas, including exempted stations and commands, and oversea base commands.

      For the Regular Army – Enlisted men to whom an Army serial number has never been assigned: Army serial numbers from the blocks shown below will be assigned to men enlisted in the Regular Army on or after July 1, 1940. The second digit indicates the corps area of enlistment.
      1st Corps Area – 11,000,000 to 11,999,999
      2nd Corps Area – 12,000,000 to 12,999,999
      3rd Corps Area – 13,000,000 to 13,999,999
      4th Corps Area – 14,000,000 to 14,999,999
      5th Corps Area – 15,000,000 to 15,999,999
      6th Corps Area – 16,000,000 to 16,999,999
      7th Corps Area – 17,000,000 to 17,999,999
      8th Corps Area – 18,000,000 to 18,999,999
      9th Corps Area – 19,000,000 to 19,999,999
      Hawaiian Department – 10,100,000 to 10,199,999
      Panama Canal Department – 10,200,000 to 10,299,999
      Philippine Department – 10,300,000 to 10,399,999
      Puerto Rican Department – 10,400,000 to 10,499,999

    • Are you looking for family or military information?

      Birth: unknown
      Death: Mar. 2, 2010
      Kent County
      Michigan, USA

      WISNER – Allen J. Wisner, age 89, of Lowell, entered into the presence of his Lord on Tuesday, March 2, 2010. He was preceded in death by his parents, Otto and Marie (Rhyn) Wisner; brother, Lloyd Wisner. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Marian (Reidsema); children, Carol Ertle, Lois (Tim) Nelson, Gerald (Ruth Reeser) Wisner, David (Catherine) Wisner; daughter-in-law, Kay Wisner; son-in-law, Duane Ertle; grandchildren, Daniel (Leigh Ellen), Jonathan (Missy), Nathan (Heather) Ertle, Lori Nelson Morris, Steven (Natalie) Nelson, Julie (Trevor) Brightwell, Jennifer (Jonna Butler) Wisner, Joe (Lauren) Wisner, Molly (Brad) Carl, Maggie (Billy Unger) Wisner; 14 great grandchildren; sisters, Lucille (Loren) Brunsink, Frances Pelon; sister-in-law, Joyce Wisner. Mr. Wisner served his country as a member of the Army Air Corps during WWII, piloting a P-38 Lightning in missions over Slovakia and Italy. After the war he made his life as a dairy farmer in Lowell. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 8, 2010 at Rest Haven Chapel, 1424 Union NE Grand Rapids, with Pastor Ken Ford of Alton Bible Church and Ralph Van Ryn officiating. Interment Alton Cemetery. Visitation will be 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Roth-Gerst Funeral Home, 305 N Hudson, Lowell and 10:00 to 10:30 a.m. Monday at Rest Haven Home. In Lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Spectrum Health Hospice, 100 Michigan St. NE Grand Rapids, and Rest Haven Homes, 1424 Union NE Grand Rapids, Michigan. Roth-Gerst

      Burial: Alton Cemetery
      Lowell, Kent County, Michigan, USA

  39. I am looking for information on Maurice H. Caplice. Maurice enlisted in the US Army in 1942. He did his basic training at Camp Claiborne in LA and then served as part of the 360th Engineers in England and France. He was discharged in 1945. Maurice was my brother and any information about him or the units he served in would be greatly appreciated.

    • Phillip did three of your relatives enlist together there are three from Boston Mass a Maurice is one. At below link.then scroll down further. Sorry I will keep trying for more…
      I thought you might like this link of his 360th there are a lot of photos but I can’t see the writing right.It’s worth a look.. Barb.
      1158184 CAPLICE JOHN F BOSTON MASSACHUSETTS 3 8 42 Private Warrant Officers, USA MASSACHUSETTS 16 Selectees (Enlisted Men)
      31369749 CAPLICE LAWRENCE D BOSTON MASSACHUSETTS 30 7 43 Private No branch assignment MASSACHUSETTS 19 Selectees (Enlisted Men)

      Maurice H Caplice, “United States, World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946”
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      Name: Maurice H Caplice
      Name (Original): Maurice H Caplice
      Event Type: Military Service
      Event Date: 29 Sep 1942
      Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law
      Event Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
      Residence Place:
      Race: White
      Citizenship Status: citizen
      Birth Year: 1920
      Birthplace: MASSACHUSETTS
      Education Level: Grammar school
      Civilian Occupation: Semiskilled warehousing, storekeeping, handling, loading, unloading, and related occupations, n.e.c.
      Marital Status: Single, without dependents
      Military Rank: Private
      Army Branch: Branch Immaterial – Warrant Officers, USA
      Army Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men)
      Source Reference: Civil Life
      Serial Number: 31206980
      Affiliate Publication Title: Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, ca. 1938-1946
      Affiliate ARC Identifier: 1263923
      Box Film Number: 04093.131

  40. I found a ring in my Father’s belongings after his recent passing. he was WWII Navy. This ring is inscribed with the name DK Grouse 63rd Field Artillary US ARMY. I’d like to know who this person was & what relationship he had to my Father (Lester Neville Norton of Franklin NC. The family of Mr. Grouse might like to have it.
    thank you

    • I don’t know why my Dad had this ring. It must have been important, though. All my father’s brothers and my Father were in the Navy-WWII. The ring appears to be an Army issued ring & I’m assuming it is from WWII.

      • I have no idea but found this Cemetery there are mixed veterans there and there is a Grouse no first name will keep digging.I’m sure it was important or he would not have kept it. It could of been the first link her an operation not a person? Do you mind giving me your dads name and if he may have been here? much more at the link and more from the site. Just in case looking for a person.
        Oh there is a message board you can post on at this link


        British authorities were aware of the “success” of the Grouse team, and decided to mount another operation in concert with them. By this time the original Grouse team were being referred to as Swallow. On the night of 16 February 1943, in Operation Gunnerside (named after the village where SOE head Sir Charles Hambro and his family used to shoot grouse), an additional six Norwegian commandos were dropped by parachute by a Halifax bomber of 138 Squadron from RAF Tempsford. They were successful in landing, and encountered the Swallow team after a few days of searching on cross country skis. The combined team made final preparations for their assault, which was to take place on the night of 27/28 February 1943.[1
        St. Patrick’s Cemetery,
        Located behind the church in town, near Bedford and Pomfret Streets,
        Carlisle. The secretary said that they do not keep a list of burials
        for either cemetery. Names of living people have been removed.
        Row 1 is closest to Bedford Street
        Data in brackets is not on the stone,

        VGR means Veterans Grave Recond, (large book in Cumberland Co. Historical Society)
        MLS means from the record of St. Patrick’s Cemetery made by Merri Lou
        Schaumann in 1973-1973
        FG means from Faller Genealogical papers at Cumberland Co. Historical Society.

        Civil War Veterans, 1861-1865; Marker to perpetuate memory of 21 fallen
        veterans, Row 18. [Those were unknown soldiers.]

  41. Moderator, I can’t fix/proof read my mistakes now. Could you fix ‘fly’ to flew and ‘thier’ to there please? If cannot I’ll live lol it can so many thx! 😉

  42. I have a leather Flight Jacket from WW11. It was owned by TSGT Joseph J. Bruss. I don’t know who he flew with or what type of Bomber he flew in, I only know that he was in Europe during the war. If anyone is related to him or if anyone is related to one of his crew members, you may be interested in this jacket. As a veteran myself, I feel this jacket belongs in your home. Thank you for your time and I hope this jacket finds its rightful owner soon.

  43. I have 20 letters that were written by Army 2nd Lt (william?) F. Bolliger to his wife of Miles City, MT during the months of May to July 1945. I have researched, but unable to locate relatives.

    • I believe this is the one you’re looking for. His headstone says W. F. “Fred” Bolliger, Jr.. Also, he advanced before exiting the service to First Lt..

      Deceased Name: Fred Bolliger Jr.
      FORT WORTH – Fred Bolliger Jr., 90, passed away Monday, May 24, 2010, at his home.

      Service: Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 1, at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church. Rosary: Recitation of the holy rosary will be at 7 p.m. Monday, May 31, at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church.

      Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Fred’s name to the St. Thomas Catholic Church Food Pantry, 2920 Azle Ave. Fort Worth, Texas 76106.

      Fred was born Nov. 7, 1919, in North Little Rock, Ark., to Frederick Walter and Ida Mae Bolliger. He grew up in North Little Rock and graduated from North Little Rock High School. He then attended the University of Arkansas.

      He served in the United States Air Force as a glider pilot during World War II, reaching the rank of first lieutenant. He met and married his beautiful wife Betty while in the Air Force.

      Fred worked for the U.S. Postal Service for over 28 years, retiring in 1975.

      Fred was an active member of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus Council 10930. He enjoyed golf, fishing and carpentry. He loved spending time with his family and friends and especially playing baseball with his grandchildren.

      Survivors: Wife of 67 years, Betty J. Bolliger; children, Janey Armstrong and husband, Tom, Fred Bolliger and wife, Robin, Rick Bolliger and wife, Sandy, and Byron Bolliger and his partner, Rigo; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

      Biggers Funeral Home
      6100 Azle Ave., 817-237-3341
      View and sign guestbook at http://www.star-telegram.com/obituaries.

      Grave site: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Bolliger&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GSob=n&GSsr=241&GRid=109677008&df=all&

      • This is my grandfather-I am Byron’s daughter. I have been searching for information about my grandfather’s military service. He never talked about it while I was growing up but, my grams told me once that he was a glider pilot and that during the war he was shot down behind enemy lines and that he hid in a barn for days. Is there any way anyone could guide me in the direction of where I might find out more about his service record and military career? My email is gabipike@hotmail.com and his full name is William Frederick Bolliger from Little Rock Arkansas and settled in Ft Worth Texas.

    • Maybe I missed where you posted his name?? I notice your last name is berry which of course isn’t an uncommon name but if his first name was Everett message me e cause I might have a lot of stuff for you pending its the same Everett.

  44. In refference to the US Army 63rd Fiels Artillery ring:
    I’ve looked up the Grouse & Heavy Water mission. There is a passage in the
    dialogue that says: Select & train 2 operators for each D.K. to work with the
    S.F. liason party. Do you know what these initials stand for? Once again I had
    two uncles who were Seabees, but this ring is US ARMY.
    The PDF file is too large to send so do a search for: KnutHauglandMI5Files.
    Select pages 16 & 25.On page 25 it says: “select & train two operators for D.K.
    To work with the S.F.
    This is a fabulous declassified account of the missions! I do not understand the
    abbreviations: D.K. & S.F. any clue?
    Nonetheless this ring seems to have belonged to one of the D.K.’s assigned to
    this ‘heavy Water’ mission. It’s fantastic reading!
    I’m no closer to knowing who this ring belonged to, but am getting quite an
    education concerning the mission. I’m convinced D.K. Grouse belonged to someone
    involved with the mission & not the name of a soldier.

    • I think this is SF means in the U.S. S.F. means Green Berets, but generally the term is used to describe highly trained unconventional troops, so SEALS and DELTA are S.F., as are the Danish Jaeger Corps, SAS etc..I only seen DK as – Disbursing Clerk here is a list of for MilitaryRatings (Jobs) of Enlisted Personnel in the U. S. Navy

      Abbreviations Used for Navy Enlisted Ratings, 1970
      Chief Petty Officer
      History of the Navy Diver Rating
      Petty Officer Rating Badge Location and Eagle Design
      Ratings and the Evolution of Jobs in the Navy
      Ratings, Enlisted in U.S. Navy, 1775-1969
      Special Forces Medics are walking hospitals.

      When most people picture Special Forces soldiers, they imagine commandos kicking down doors and taking down bad guys. While such direct action missions are part of their job, so too are humanitarian operations. In many ways, Special Forces are soldier/ambassadors, and gaining the trust of locals is a crucial aspect to unconventional warfare. No one better embodies this ethos than the Special Forces medic.

      They are among the best-trained and most respected medics in the military. They’re trained to treat battlefield injuries, but they’re equally capable of walking into a village and establishing a medical clinic. They can perform physical exams, diagnose the textbook of diseases found in the Third World, and prescribe medicine for treatment. They can vaccinate villagers. They can perform minor surgery, deliver babies, treat infants and children, bandage wounds, and set broken bones. They’re trained in parasitology to identify nasty bacteria found in water wells. They can even perform dentistry.

      If that weren’t enough, these guys are trained veterinarians, which makes sense when you consider the importance of livestock in far-flung lands. Taken together, medics from a Special Forces team can make a real difference in the lives of a lot of people, and that goes a long way toward establishing a common bond.

      Read the full text here: http://mentalfloss.com/article/31202/5-things-you-didnt-know-about-

      • Thank you for the info! In my research I’ve found that Grouse was the mission. DK stands for Denmark. The US Army Air Corps were part of the bombing of the Heavy water plant in Norway; odd because the original mission was grouse, followed by Swallow & thn Gunnerside. the destruction of the plant occured in Gunnerside. I haven’t seen anything about the 63rd dield artillary unit or briggade, but the lettering could be worn & I’m not reading it correctly. I’d still like to know who owned this ring & why my Father, US Navy in the Pacific Theater had this ring…it was obviously someone close to him, There is no name on the ring. can I upload photos of the ring to this site? it has an insignia I haven’t seen in my research.
        Thanks for your help!

  45. Hello I have tried for over a year now to locate records on my grandfathers service in ww2 i recently was given his dog tags his service number 39566445. I would love some help in locating records or even directions for finding them myself. He was an airborne sargent but other than that i dont know much and id like to change that. Any help would be appreciated. Oh sorry His name was Mike V Lopez. Thanks

    • When you lookup his number at Nara.gov does nothing come up? 2 other places to look would be ancestry bc several people I’ve looked for from World War II I’ve not found enlistment ink on Nara !7( have found on ancestry. Another place I have received some of the best info I’ve gotten was from the Air Force museum at maxwell field Alabama they may not have individual info I’m not sure but if you find out his unit name they should have lots. My grandfather was a signal corp lineman who was only a part of their my air forces since he lam built communication lines for the bomber groups etc. and they actually had their official war diaries which was about 700 pages. I’ve also been able to track down almost every persistent. In his unit about 409 guys through either Nara or ancestry and I only started out with 25

      • Lastly the above link is where you can request any possible individual records Nara might have on your grandpa. Social isn’t necessary as long as you have his army serial number, name, and dob. Any other info is just helpful for them to locate the records. They might not have any info on him because of a fire in 1976, like they didn’t with my grandfather, but they had enough to approve for his medals and ribbons to be replaced through the heraldry department and sent to me. Being his grandson you are entitled to his records. Even if your not just say that you’re the next of Kin and his grandson so you don’t have to jump through any hoops. If you get lucky and his file is in tact you will get possibly medical records, pension, unit info etc.

      • i have all the info they want except his social security number how do i go about finding that?

    • Lastly for his social you can try ancestry which should be able to find his social security death index which it’ll be listed on and if I remember you said he was airborne if you find his unit name google Air Force history museum maxwell field afb Alabama. There you’ll find an area to search and enter his units name. I was able to order my grandpas units official war diary about 600 pages worth sent to me on cd which was the best thing I could’ve found! Absolutely hilarious. Yours might not be as funny as Finding out things like your grandpas company not recieving a unit citation like almost all units of WWII because they had extremely high rights of VD (vanerial disease aka std’s) given to them by all the italian prostitutes they had fun with and extremely high rates of court martials, but I’m sure you’ll find something worth while there if he was airborne. My grandfather was a signal battalion who was attached to the us army air forces building communication lines for the fighter and bomber wings not actually usaaf itself like airborne should be and they still had it. I hope all this made sense and please email me any identifying info you have to ww2435thsignal@hotmail.com and ill be happy to see what all I can find on him if you have any trouble.

    • Here how about this. Hope this helps!! Display Full Records
      File Unit: Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, ca. 1938 – 1946 (Enlistment Records)
      in the Series: World War II Army Enlistment Records, created 6/1/2002 – 9/30/2002, documenting the period ca. 1938 – 1946. – Record Group 64 (info)

      Brief Scope: This series contains records of approximately nine million men and women who enlisted in the United States Army, including the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps.

      You may wish to View the FAQs for this series.
      Field Title Value Meaning
      ARMY SERIAL NUMBER 39566445 39566445
      NAME LOPEZ#MIKE#V############ LOPEZ#MIKE#V############
      GRADE: CODE 8 Private
      BRANCH: ALPHA DESIGNATION NO# No branch assignment
      BRANCH: CODE 02 No branch assignment
      TERM OF ENLISTMENT 5 Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law
      LONGEVITY ### ###
      NATIVITY 90 Undefined Code
      YEAR OF BIRTH 24 24
      RACE AND CITIZENSHIP 1 White, citizen
      EDUCATION 3 3 years of high school
      CIVILIAN OCCUPATION 932 Unskilled construction occupations, n.e.c.
      MARITAL STATUS 6 Single, without dependents
      COMPONENT OF THE ARMY 7 Selectees (Enlisted Men)
      CARD NUMBER # #
      BOX NUMBER 1451 1451
      FILM REEL NUMBER 7.22# 7.22#

    • This isn’t much to go by but I can try to look more.Most records leave not much info.

      Name: Mike V Lopez
      Name (Original): LOPEZ MIKE V
      Event Type: Military Service
      Event Date: 18 Mar 1943
      Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law
      Event Place: Los Angeles, California, United States
      Residence Place:
      Race: White
      Citizenship Status: citizen
      Birth Year: 1924
      Education Level: 3 years of high school
      Civilian Occupation: Unskilled construction occupations, n.e.c.
      Marital Status: Single, without dependents
      Military Rank: Private
      Army Branch: No branch assignment
      Army Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men)
      Source Reference: Civil Life
      Serial Number: 39566445
      Affiliate Publication Title: Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, ca. 1938-1946
      Affiliate ARC Identifier: 1263923
      Box Film Number: 14517.22

  46. Searching for info on Atwell Austin, World War II veteran from NC. Want to know what unit/group he served with. Have a V-mail letter he wrote in Dec 1943, in which he references “103 St. Mary’s.” Don’t know what that means.

    What I already know: Enlisted Nov 30, 1942 at CP Croft, SC. He served as Private, US Army. Served as medic. Trained for ski patrol, but was hit by jeep on evening prior to trials and was unable to continue. Received Purple Heart. Received 5 campaign medals for participation in Naples-Foggia, Rome-Arno, North Apennines and Po Valley Campaigns. Possibly in at least one other campaign elsewhere, likely Algeria.

    Thanks for any help you can offer!

  47. I have a foot locker that belonged to, T/Sgt. James R. Walters from South Enola, PA near
    Harrisburg Pa. . On top of locker is A.S.N. 7025616–9266-1. Woluld like to return it to him or
    family. Contact me at, brucem39@localnet.com

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