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  1. Looking for info on my cousin, John Joseph Lennox who served in WWII probably in the Navy. Was from NY city. Later became NYC policeman.

  2. Looking for information on my Grandfather, Ernest Glenn Sutphin. He was in Normandy as part of the 237th Engineers as a Private First Class in the Army. Beyond that I know very little.

    • You may want to check with the register of deeds or county recorder in the county in which he lived when discharged. They may have a copy of it.

      • The Pennsylvania Bonus Application on ancestry.com indicates Walter J. Biichle entered the army on May 21, 1943 at Williamsport and was separated from service at the Fort Riley Hospital on November 6, 1943. He answered the question as to whether he had been on active service as “No”. His service number was 33509855.

        It looks like he may have been injured in training and released from service.

        80% of the WWII army records were destroyed in a fire in 1973 at the records facility in St. Louis.

  3. I am looking for the family of Warren Nord, 28th infantry. He was a dear friend of my grandfather and fellow escapee from a prison camp in Poland. I have something of his.
    Also, would love to find the family in Poland who assisted them, last name Kucharski.

    If anyone has photos they are looking for help identifying feel free to post on the 10th armored facebook page. I am the admin.

    https://m.facebook.com/10tharmored

  4. Yes . Is about my family member he’s go to work ward ll and he beber combat to the country and my family never now what happen to him then never the government never notified what happened about him so my family member name is Gilberto Alvarez moralez I ha a some information when he go to Yokosuka Japan the info said like that Gilberto Alvarez moralez 1225701 PFE-070. End of Reel -079 MC SS and is other information I have for Gilberto Alvarez Moralez is this ti is said like that RANK PRIVATE FIRST CLASS STATION-2D-52 of CASCO H and son Mcrdop Pic is the inormatio my family have to now about this request how is can help us and my family member found him no matters is is Gilberto Alvarez moralez stay alive or dead only is I can tell you he nenes combat to my familia house after that and never recibiese any news or notice for. Him my uncle do the service in honor of the united state of America for this country and are now. Why after that no have consideration for the family member no matter how is combat to the home only my family then want now is give to him a sanctuary sepultured when his dead or his stay alive no matter how many tarar he have now only my family waiting for news about him thanks is you is found I’m or remove any option you have in yours hands please try the best a yours hand they can reach god my celestial father is glad you for ever in yours hearts thank for your coperation about my uncle my gah there is stay alive waiting for Gilberto Alvarez moralez toma phone number you can contact is 1-856-278-9236

  5. Located a WWII vet, Robert Boals, known as J. Robert Boals in WWII. He was in 784th AAA AA Bn with my late father. He is living in Ohio and has not received any kind of recognition. How do I remedy this?

  6. Looking for any information on the 794th MP BN. My grandfathers discharge papers states this was what he was assigned to. His name was Thomas J O’Brien. I’m wanting to try and gather more info on his service and his fellow servicemen. Seems this BN has disbanded and been forgotten? Any help/direction would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

    • Google can be your friend here. Search using this search phrase:
      “794th MP BN” OR “794th Military Police Battalion”

      You should get about 275 “hits”. Now comes the fun part, its like a jigsaw puzzle. You follow up on the hits and try to see the big picture.

      The unit seems to have been formed at Camp Custer in MI in early 1943. It was then sent via ship to North Africa. One company was on LST-325. What starts to emerge is the story of a unit that was assigned the duty of guarding supply trains, first in North Africa then Italy and later France. When the unit (or parts of it) moved to Italy, the transport ship, SS Largs Bay, struck an mine in Naples harbor on Jan 2, 1944 and the 794th suffered some casualties.

      It seems to have also been associated with the 1st Military Railroad Service. (one of the hits is this):
      http://www.milhist.net/history/mrs-soloc.pdf

      Work your way though the “hit” list and I think you will get the big picture.
      Some of the men you will find were in the unit only part of the time. There is a video interview with a man who was in the unit in 1945-1946, so some of his experiences may not be relevant to your grandfather’s service.

      Good Luck

  7. Banging my head! trying to find info on my father-in-law; Johnny Jason Lynn, Army Paratrooper, enlisted in Chicago…I believe in the late 1930’s, 36 or 38 I think. Went into the Phillipines with McArthur and subsequently into mainland Japan as part of the occupation. Was discharged I think sometime in 1946. Also, was from Tennessee. His records were in the big fire in 73.

  8. I hope to find information on Thomas Russell Strong, who was in the Air Force as a crew member on (I believe) a B-17, during WWII. I remember a newspaper article stating how he had in excess of 300 in flight hours. Is the previous even possible, as so many crews were shot down? His recollections about some of the service aboard the plane were published in a book. I don’t have the title, and the book is out of print. If I found the title of the book, I’d hope to find a used copy for Thomas’s grandson who never knew him as he passed from cancer. It’s possible that the plane was nicknamed, ‘Shoo Shoo Baby’ after an Andrews Sisters song. He used Shoo Shoo as a term of endearment. It would be great if his grandson could have some history of my dad’s service to his country, as he was never fortunate to know his grandfather.

    • Can you give us a little more information? What state/city was he from? What were the dates of his birth and death (even approximately)? Did he serve in England, Italy or the Pacific?

      There were lots of planes called “Shoo Shoo Baby”

      • Thomas R. Strong was from Canton, Ohio, originally. He was born on August 20th, about 1925’ish? I’m not sure about the year. He might have enlisted too young in the service, as he could have lied. I know he served in Italy, and in Iran, that was where he met my mother. She was a Catholic, who worked in the U.S. embassy (she’s passed also, but I have a letter of recommendation from the embassy there) . Then as now, Iran was a predominately Muslim country, my mom was one of the few Christians there. They got married in Iran. I don’t think those places are where he flew out from when on his flights in WWII, but afterward. The last place that he was stationed before he retired from the Air Force was Mrytle Beach, South Carolina. We had some lovely friends from Mrytle Beach, but they’ve all passed now, so I can’t contact anyone there. I was only six when we moved to California, for his opportunities in the aerospace industry there. He continued to work as a hydralic engineer (?). I believe he passed in a Veteran’s Hospital in Washington, DC., around 2011.

      • I can find a SS record for a Thomas Russell Strong, born 20 August, 1921 in Canton Ohio and died 15 November 2000. Last address was Alta Loma, San Bernardino, CA . There is also an enlistment record for “a” Thomas R Strong (born in 1921) and from Stark County Ohio. Stark is the county that Canton is in. The enlistment date is 8 Mar 1946. This may be a re-enlistment record as it is after the war ended.

        I also ran across a newspaper article about a Katie Tourkia, dancer from Iran whose sister was married to Thomas R Strong of Canton. Might Katie be your Aunt?

  9. Yes, Katie Tourkia Burke was my aunt. She passed away also, but she had danced for the Shah of Iran, and we had the story from the newspaper at her funeral. All the information you have sounds correct, and it must have been a re-enlistment in 46, as he had 20 plus years to retire with full benefits in 1960, when we moved to California. Is there any other information about his service or possible websites/veteran’s groups that would have more about his service? It would be great to find out the plane that he flew as a crew member, and the title of the book about B-17’s with his quotes inside. I saw the book, and the quotes but as it wasn’t my book I only got a quick look. I planned to buy a copy for my nephew (Thomas’ grandson) through ebay or whereever I could as it’s out of print.

    • I have had no luck finding the book about B-17s. If he served in Italy, that would restrict the possible B-17 Bomb Groups to those in the 15th Air Force.

      The article on Katie is on page 4 of this newspaper.

      http://collections.mun.ca/PDFs/dailynews/TheDailyNewsStJohnsNL19560822.pdf

      The same article appeared in many newspapers around that date.

      Thomas R Strong, who enlisted or re-enlisted in 1946 had serial number 15018092 and SS Number 284-14-0317.

      If you have not tried it yet, you may want to see if you can request his military records. Start on the page archives.gov and follow the Veterans Service Records tabs and instructions.

      Good Luck

      • Thomas R Strong does not appear on the records for the 99th Bomb Group which flew the B-17 Flying Fortress for a total of 395 Combat Missions from North Africa and Italy to bomb European targets from March of 1943 to April 1945. The 99th BG was part of the 12th Air Force in North Africa under General Doolittle and became part of the 15th Air Force when it moved to Italy in November 1943. More detailed information can be found at the 99th Bomb Group Historical Society (BGHS) website at http://www.99bombgroup.org Gary T. Staffo 2nd Vice President 99 BGHS

  10. I received name plates from 19 World War II Veterans and I would love to get these to a family member or the Veteran themselves. A friend of our family was going to dispose of them when she came across them. Please contact me at kiranannasmom@gmail.com if you know where I could send each of them.
    The names are as follows:
    Claude H. Hall
    Richard P. Hall ⭐️
    Hansford B. Hall
    Warren G. Hall
    Cecil C. Hall
    Charles E. Staples
    James E. Staples
    Daniel A. Morris
    Fulton W. Morris
    Barney G. Morris
    Roy L. Mandy
    John W. Davis
    Harvey D. Riley
    T. Daniel McCauley
    W. Kyger Wood
    Ollie B. Herring
    Cecil C. Smith
    Brunette H. Wood
    Paul B. Sanford

  11. My dad Thomas Strong did NOT fly out of Italy (or Iran for that matter) in the B-17. When he was stationed in Italy and Iran he was training others, that was after his service in WWII. I don’t know where he was stationed during WWII. I just talked to my sister and though she was even younger than I, she said that my dad was a ‘ball gunner’. I had heard that he got that job because he was so thin, many enlisted men were just too large to fit inside that area. He had excellent eyesight and that helped also. I sure wish that someone had saved the article that listed his over 320 flight hours. I don’t know if it was from a newspaper or Air Force newsletter, but I remember seeing it. I didn’t think that much about it at the time as I was just a kid. I found out latter just how many young men didn’t come home from even one flight. And most of the soldiers were so young to devote their lives to our freedom. God bless all of them for their sacrifices. Somehow that article got lost in the moves we did.
    Thank you so much for all the information you’ve shared with me. I’ll print out the information, and pursue the possible suggestions you’ve listed!

  12. Hello! I wrote earlier about looking for information about my great uncle, Walter P. Strus who fought in the Philippines, served over 902 days as a POW at Cabanatuan #1 and was killed when his hell ship, the Arisan Maru, was sunk in October 1944. I’m looking for any survivors from his POW camp, Cabanatuan. I’ve tried to find the information on the internet but to no avail. Does anyone have any additional information or other suggestions to find any survivors (currently living) from Cabanatuan?

    Thank you!

      • Thank you for your reply! I did see that article and I talked to a couple of those men, thinking they would be my best bet, but didn’t really come up with a good lead. So I was hoping to find another avenue of information. I found out just yesterday that he was mentioned in the diary of Major Fleeger, who was at Camp Cabanatuan, in a book called, “Remind me to tell you: a history of Major Harry J. Fleeger and his friends, POWs of the Japanese” where the author (Major Fleeger) writes that he must remember to write a letter of commendation to the Army’s Adjutant General for my great uncle after he is liberated. Unfortunately, we don’t know what for!

    • Sarah, I would think those men would be your best chance. Perhaps you can contact the reporter(s) who wrote the articles and see if they would help you. They might get another story out of it. 😉

      I assume you have found websites such as this.
      http://philippine-defenders.lib.wv.us/

      I started to look up the men listed in the Acknowledgements section at the back of the book “Ghost Soldiers”, but most of them have died.

      • Thank you Rolland so much for helping me! I really appreciate it. Now that I finally have a picture of my great uncle, I’m going to go back and reach out again to all of the 200th/515th veterans and send them his photo and even the excerpt from Major Fleeger’s diary (maybe they might remember Major Fleeger and remember my great uncle!) I wish I would’ve figured to do this 20 years ago! Then again, the internet wasn’t quite so prevalent 20 years ago!

      • Good idea! Here is what it says from the diary:

        “December 1, 1942 — Messes were consolidate and I started working in the camp library…

        Letters of Commendation to be written by me after the war — to Adjustant General [of the Army] – regarding service in prison camp mess — of the following enlisted men:

        Strus, W. P. Pot. 36105100 Btry C 515th Coast Artillery.”

        I think there were 8 other men listed, but I don’t have the book. I got that excerpt from the author (who couldn’t find any additional information about him in the rest of the diary). I ordered a copy though and hope to get it soon!

    • Hi Sarah,

      Here is a list I found. It’s been recently updated. The lady who compiled the list might have contact info for some of them. Her email address is on the page. If she can’t help, I might be able to help you get contact information for some of them. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1PRungcvc2-hTWfttrOHeL6IjKimxmQASMAtpwpAhrPk/edit#gid=0

      You can reach me via email at dogtag73 (at symbol) gmail.com

      Please accept my condolences for your family’s loss.

      • Francesca,

        Thank you so much! This is so helpful! I’m going to get on this list tomorrow and see what addresses I can find. I’m going to start sending the letters tomorrow, and hopefully I’ll be able to find something out, anything! I really appreciate your help!!!

  13. I am wanting to know how an Army SSGT passed away. His name is Robert M. (Mike) Bond born June 13, 1956 and passed away November 9, 1987. He was the son of Lt. General Robert M. Bond and Bette Resnick Bond.

  14. From Mary on July 16 2017

    I have a friend, Alton Kneupper, that was in WWII in Normandy . He is 94 now. I do not see him on any of the lists so far. He is wondering if there is anyone still alive from his company. He was technician Forth grade Headquarters & Service Company 237th Engineer Company. He was honorable discharged and a purple heart recipient. Normandy Northern France Ardennes Rhineland central Europe. He was there when they fired a short fire then a corrected fire. Several were killed of our guys. I am not sure how all this works. I just started to help him and ran across this site.
    Thanks
    Mary

  15. Looking for more information regarding my grandfather CPL William A Parment and his time with the 78th armored field artillery CCB of the 2nd armored division. Also was part of Patton’s Western task force seeing action in Africa as a T19 HMC driver. I have enlistment and discharge papers along with various other bits of info such as patches and ribbons. I have only been able to figure out the basic information that I was already aware of thanks to what I have found on the national archives website .. I was told his files were destroyed during the war hints his long stay in the army after the war as part of the AAF . If you would like any pictures of his belongings and papers please contact me via email. It would mean a great deal to my self and my family to be able to know his story during what I would consider one if the most crucial parts, turning points of his life .. making him the man I once knew .. William a Parment Westfield ny place of enlistment, Buffalo NY on July 29th 1941 his army serial number is 32-027-901 . Born December 9th 1918 .. any and all information would be great .. I’m trying to document his journey to hopefully someday share his story with others who are interested in the war.

  16. Looking for information on my uncle Raymond P Woodruff USMC wounded at Iwo Jima. I want to find out what unit he was attached to.

    • There is a PFC Raymond P. Woodruff on the Jan.45 Muster Roll of the 1st Battalion, 25th Regiment, 4th Marine Division. He is assigned to HQ Company and embarked on the USS Napa for Iwo Jima.

  17. ANTHONY MCKINNEY. I am not related to him in any way, but had the extreme pleasure and honor of meeting him yesterday, here in Woodhaven, Mi. I searched his name but nothing came up.

  18. I am looking for relatives of William (Bill) Snider, Marine Corps WWII vet from Utica, New York. He lived at 1630 St. Agnes Avenue in Utica during enlistment. He would have been stationed on Guam with my Dad, December 9, 1944. I found a picture of Bill taken then in my Father’s things and would like to return it to the family.

  19. I recently bought a military Footlocker that belonged to Capt. Domenico M. Robbe. I would love to talk to anyone who knows him or is related to him. Would love to have a picture of him from the war to put of his Footlocker. I found out he Is 100 yrs. old and lives in Carmichael, California. He enlisted in Sept. 1946. If anyone can help me I would appreciate it.

  20. Hello everybody,
    I am looking for someone from WW2. My grandmother, at the end of the war, met an american soldier. I have a photo of him, behind the photo my grandmother wrote « october 46 ». She met him in France, Vosges, in the city of Val d’Ajol. As she recall, american soldiers were used to go to the Val d’Ajol to rest during, and a moment after, the war. I don’t have a lot of informations. His name was Mondo John, he was from New Jersey and he was engaged when he met my grandmother (he took the habit of visiting my grandmother as friends because she reminded him of his fiancee). She think that he was older than her, maybe 25 or more.
    That’s not a lot of information.. My grandmother would like to know if, and when, he died. Because he always promised to come back in France with his soon to be wife and never did.
    Is there any official list that I could find ?

    Thanks a lot !
    Candice

  21. Hello! I am looking for information on my great uncle Joseph Giles Pase. He was a Sgt. in WW2 and one of the two commanders of the groups of American POWs in Kamioka Japan. I know this is a long shot but I’m trying to do research on him and the men who served under him. I have his diary and handdrawn cards from his men but I do not know any men still alive who would be able to remember him. I know that a Robert J Vogler Jr was at Kamioka and was alive as of 2011 but I don’t know how to reach him. Anyone have any ancestors who were incarcerated there and has some stories to share please let me know.

  22. Hello,
    Looking for information on Delmont (Pete) Petrie who served in the Pacific in the 103rd Infantry Regiment. I believe it was part of the 43rd division. His records were burned in the fire in DC. He served with soldier named Pateneau (sp?).

  23. Hi! I am looking for information on my grandfather. On February 13, 1945 he wrote a post card that stated he was a Staff Sgt in Co.E-112 APO 28. I always thought he was a supply clerk? His name was Erwin Renfro and the card stated he had been moved to the 28th. He never talked of the war and I have limited information. Thanks for any help or guidance.
    Jenn Langley

    • This might mean he was moved to Company E, 112th Infantry Regiment, 28th Division sometime in February, 1945.

      There is a blog about the HQ company of the 112th Infantry Regiment here::
      This is the post for February:

      http://112th-infantry.blogspot.com/2012/02/february-1945.html

      There are monthly posts (see the left side of the page) starting in August, 1944 to March 1945. The posts for February and March may be of interest to you.

      You can also try Google searches for “112th Infantry Regiment” or “28th Infantry Division” or both together to get some more background.

      I cannot find and enlistment record for Erwin Renfro, his records may have been lost in a fire that occurred in the St Louis Repository in 1973.

  24. im martin im the grandson of martin lawerince finfrock im trying to find any military records of him in the army during world war 2
    if anyone can help please email me at mjfdeel@gmail.com or post on here , and thanks for reading this

  25. Searching for family members that this letter was sent to in 1945 by Ralph to Fred and Hazel. Only known postal address is A> P> O> 513 He was a Veteran.

    • APO 513 was Reims France in 1945. There were probably many units using that address at that time. Are there any clues in the letter as to what type of unit Ralph was in, e.g. a hospital unit?

  26. Im looking for how i would go about getting the Navy service records for my great-grandfather. He is still living, but doesnt have any of his records or medals. I doubt he ever got the medals in the first place but i would like to put together a shadow box for him. How do i go about getting his records? Thanks!

  27. Hi all,
    I found a uniform of a paratrouper in the Ardennes. Its a US M43 uniform, well used and ripped and personalised by means of a Airborne wing stencilled at the back, a piece of white parachute steap with the name Denman stencilled on it and a 82nd AD insignia on the shoulder. On the inside is a partial serial nr ( I guess) its reads: D-3773
    I would be very gratefull to learn more about the paratrouper that wore this jacket but I have no idea how to proceed…
    Anybody?
    I allready wrote Golden Arrow Research but sofar nothing….
    Thank you!
    Daniel

  28. My mother, who is 93, was a pharmacist’s mate in Pensacola Florida in WW2. Her “Navy Book” full of snap shots was lost it. Does anyone have anything to share or know of Bethel Picker?

  29. I have all my great grandfather’s picture is from World War 2I would like to try to be able to identify some of the men that are in the photos. I know he spent time in Switzerland France and Germany, but I don’t know his regiment to narrow it down. His name was F. Lester Smith, born September 2, 1916 in Green Island, NY, died January 2, 2011, served in the US Army.
    If anyone could help me identify the men, I would love to send copies of the photos to their families.

    • What time frame was he overseas?? My father was in the army and served overseas .. I am aware that his Battalion was the Battery “C” 337th Field Artillery Battalion and I have items when he was on leave and visited Switzerland and Germany. I know my father Paul R Cain Staff Sergeant then Sergeant of his Battalion left Boston Mass on the USS Wakefield Oct 7 1945 and arrived in Naples Italy on Oct 20 1945. I really wish we could post pictures as names really don’t mean anything to you or me but if we saw a photo we might recognize the face of our loved one.

      • I also know my father was part of the BLUE DEVIL Division 88th Infantry but don’t know anything about them …. sad that we don’t have someone that could tell us this of who they were with or where/how to find this out.

      • the 88th Division fought in Italy – my father was a member of the 85th Division – by the end of war the 85th was decommissioned and he was transferred to the 88th prior to coming home in late July of 1945.

      • He was in Camp Stewart in GA in 1941
        Heidelberg, Germany Sept. 1, 1945
        Strasburg, France August 1945
        Berlin, Germany Oct. 1945
        St. Moritz. Switzerland 1946
        Basle 1946
        Zurich 1946
        Course, Switzerland 1946
        Wiesbaden, Germany Oct. 1945
        Babenhausen, Germany Christmas day 1945
        Mainz, Germany july 1945

      • Here is my email address …. sirmugsy@gmail.com send me this info via an email and if you attach a photo of him in the service that would be great – I have some pics that my father took and would also love to know the names of the others in the photos. Wouldn’t it be great if they were together in some of our pics !!

    • Some of the pictures do have names:
      Col. Van Der Hyde – CO 3rd. Infantry regiment
      Cpl. Rowe
      The 82nd Air Borne
      Others just have last names.

  30. Hello: I just met a man who will turn 91 on August 13. His name is Sam and he served in WWII. He’s originally from Illinois, near Saint Louis, Missouri. Sam entered the Navy when he was 17 years old (he had a brother and a sister). I don’t think he quite made it to Pearl Harbor, something happened and his unit’s plans were changed, although he did fight on some of the other islands. He is now in Saint Louis, Missouri. I only met him over the last year and he’s a treasure. I don’t think he has Internet, but I would like to know if anyone remembers him? He’s very savvy with weapons and I think he may have been a gunner on his ship. His ship left him behind and he said it took him six months to catch up to it and it took him back to San Francisco, California. I’m not sure how long he served in the military, but he escaped death several times and it’s a miracle he’s still with us. His mind is still very sharp for being 90 years old and he certainly doesn’t look 90 years old. Can anyone help me? I don’t have a lot of info and I apologize. Sam and I do not live in the same building, I live in the building next to his and we met while walking our dogs. He was contemplating his life and was sad. I worry for him. He doesn’t want to be a burden to anyone. He does have two daughters. Thank you for any of your help, Lana PS When one of his daughter’s moved him to the elderly home, he lost a lot of his belongings. I’m not sure if he has any of his military belongings, unfortunately, so I don’t know if I can show a photo of him in his uniform back in the day, I’ll also register him on the website when I see him next if I can get his info, provided he shares his info.

  31. I am looking for a WWII veteran Paul A. Schaefer who served with my grandfather Robert W. Plyler in the Army, or any of his surviving relatives. I have recently come into possession of a picture that may be of him and I would like to return it. The picture is of two Army soldiers and the Japanese Emperor during that time, and my father believes that one of the soldiers may be Mr. Schaefer. On the back of the photo is stamped his name and a partial address from Bemus Point.

  32. Does anyone know where 854 Ordnance HAM Co. landed on DDay or what unit/division they were attached to? Mel Tribout of St. Louis served in the 854th (according to discharge papers). He was a wonderful friend and co-worker. I will be visiting Normandy this fall and it would mean a lot to me and to our coworkers to leave a remembrance and take a few pictures. Any info would be appreciated. Googling has not gotten me very far.

    • Catherine, are you sure the 854th Ordnance HAM Co landed on D/Day? The unit was a repair company. They eventually repaired DUKWs at a depot called O-105. The DUKWs were used to move supplies from ships off-shore to beaches.
      O-105 (later called O-672) was located in Ecausseville, France SE of Cherbourg but probably not before July or August.

      • Rolland: Thank you so much for this info! I really appreciate it. Can you tell me where you found it so that I may continue to research? This has gotten to be sort of a pet project for me and Mel’s other co-workers. Again, we are very grateful for your help. Cathy

      • Catherine, most of the information comes from fold3.com which is mainly a paid site but it does have some free sections. It has a vast number of military records and reports, including a lot of the records for the various ordnance units that operated in France. Many of these are short histories of the various units. I have not run across actual ordnance unit rosters but you can work out where the various ordnance units were and what they were doing.

    • Catherine, according to an article in the St Louis Dispatch for 9 May 1944, “Melvin C Tribout, 24, is a cook with an army unit in England.”

      • Again, Rolland, thanks so much. Mel told me that he had cooked breakfast for Patton once! A friend suggested that I try a DDay museum in France or England for more info. That will be my next step.

  33. Looking for a picture of a war veteran Thomas Jefferson Love from Taylorsville (Little Mount) Kentucky in any of his army uniforms.

    • Looking for anyone who knew my father
      Andrew J Broderick, Andy, who was
      A PFC in the 135th infantry, WWII
      Serving in Italy, North Africa, as a driver

  34. FOUND: 3rd Armored Division Sergeant’s uniform. has the separate patch for “Spearhead” under the 3AD patch so I assume from WW2 (Please correct me if I’m wrong). No name with the uniform itself but a name on the JCPenney bag it was enclosed in says “Terrell Lewis”

  35. I am looking for my grandfather his name is John Sandavol Martin Jr. He is Native American and I would love to find any and all information that I can on him. So far he is just a ghost but I would love to know more about him. I have his enlistment form so hopefully someone out there knows him. And can help me find where he is buried and some information on him. Please Thank you so much in advance.
    John Sandavol Martin Jr
    U-2852 enlisted on 10/14/1943 with a second date of 6/24/1944
    Place of Residence: 23rd + Larimer Denver, Co
    He was born in Guana, Texas on March 19, 1894

    • The information you have given is from what is known as the “Old Man’s Draft Registration” for men born between April 28, 1877 and February 16, 1897. This is not an enlistment record. These men were not drafted in WWII. The name on the record is John “Sandoval” Martin, Jr. The back of the card says he was 5’9″ and weighed 180 lbs. He had “scar on right eye & lip”. Here is a link to the front of the card. The back of the card is one “step” to the right. While fold3 is a paid site, they often have free access around Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day.

      https://www.fold3.com/image/578720050

      You say he was your grandfather. Was he the father of your mother or your father? What are their names? Where were they born and if deceased, where are they buried. I don’t think we have enough information to be of much help.

  36. My dad, Maryon A Rodger, WWII veteran, 16th infantry, 1st division died recently on August 14th 2017 at the age of 96. He was an unarmed medic. He was awarded a silver star, and a bronze star. He served all over europe and africa. I figure he deserves some recognition, but i dont know about how to do that. Figured this is a start.

  37. Looking for a ww2 nurse named de grutolla grâce N-753722, i recently find à short with her name inside thanks un advance

    • Grace Ann DeGrutolla (22 Aug 1917 – 4 Oct 1990) served from 6 Mar 45 to 21 June 46. She was an RN. Her father was Nicholas and her mother was Amelia. She had a brother, Patrick (9 Nov 1919 – 3 Jul 1974).

      She married Leonard John Delvecchio. (11 Mar 1917 – 8 Feb 2003).
      They lived in Hartford, CT. I have not found any information on any living relatives yet.

  38. Looking to return a blue and red patch with IX to the family of Howard Russell who served in the 9th Corp of the US Army. He was based in Sendai, Hindu, Japan. My grandfather served in WWII and the patch was found in his belongings.

  39. Hello! I am looking for any information on my great-grandfather. He served with the tank destroyers in ww2. Any stories or information is greatly appreciated. The only photo I have of him, he has a patch with a black cat with tank tracks in his mouth. i was told by my grandfather, Claude fought in Normandy, The battle of the Bulge… He was from San Pedro Ca. Thank you!!

    Claude (Claudio) Angelo Da Pra

    • This would appear to be his enlistment record. ASN = 39285022

      https://aad.archives.gov/aad/record-detail.jsp?dt=893&mtch=1&cat=all&tf=F&q=dapra+claudio+a&bc=&rpp=10&pg=1&rid=7774282

      His Social Security Number was 556221923. He died in July, 1978, does that seem to be correct?

      With that information you could try and request his service records from the
      archives.gov website.

      The black cat emblem is not for a specific unit but for tank destroyers in general.

      There is a page on ancestry.com which shows this same Claudio shipping from France and arriving in New York on Jan 1, 1946. He is listed in Co C, 1340th Eng Bn. It is possible he was transferred into that unit just to get him home and that was not his unit during the war, since his MOS is listed as 610, which is an antitank crewman.

  40. Craziest story…. my husband just ran in to a WWII navy veteran by the name of EDWIN. This was an African American gentleman who is 92 years old. To our astonishment, he had just driven to Radcliff, KY from Ontario Canada to pay respects to a former military friend, Noel Johnson ( Eurith Noel Johnson). Noel Johnson is my grandfather! The gentleman was headed back to Ontario and while my husband got his name- in all of the shock he got no other information to contact him.. no last name, number, address. Nothing! I would LOVE to find this kind veteran and even just send him a note of thanks for traveling so far to pay respects to my Grandfather who passed away 5 years ago…. any insight or help is appreciated!

    • I am guessing this was your grandfather who died in 2012.

      http://subscriber.thenewsenterprise.com/content/eurith-noel-johnson

      It obit says Johnson was in the army. It certainly is not clear why a Navy veteran would be paying respects to an army veteran who died over 5 years ago. If you have detailed knowledge of Johnson’s service, perhaps their paths would have crossed at some point. Or perhaps the connection was through the DAV or they knew each in KY? Without a few more clues this probably can’t be solved.

      • Thanks for your reply! The gentleman said as a Naval operations infantryman he was attached to my Grandfather’s Army unit when he arrived in Japan. We looked in to the unit patch he had on his hat ( golden eagle, anchor with a tommy gun with a blue background) & it seems that during that time he was with an multi-branch/multi-country unit while in Japan during that time which would make sense as to how their paths would have crossed. My husband shared a few more smaller details when he got home that evening and we know he is going in to a nursing home/assisted living in Ontario next week— this was part of his last little hoorah before losing a little bit of his “freedom”. He visited family in Chicago while out on the road as well.

      • Do you know what your grandfather did during the time he was in Japan? In trying to think up possible “joint” army-navy activities one possibility might be signals intelligence but there may be many others. If we knew what your grandfather did during his time in service, particularly when he was in Japan then we might come up with a few possibilities to explore.

  41. I’m looking for any and all information about my father’s Naval Service. His name is Saul B. Seltzer (nickname “Pat”), born 3/17/28. He is from Brooklyn, NY. He may have enlisted young (17).

  42. Good afternoon. I’m not sure if I’m doing this right . . . but here goes. I have a document/letter from the Headquarters of the 647th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Machine Gun Battery – Camp Stewart, Georgia – in WWII listing numerous service members who, as of March 22, 1944 (date on letter), were being awarded the Good Conduct Medal/Ribbon.

    One of the men listed on this letter is Amos B. Greene (Svs. #35749340) was the father of a very good friend of mine. I know it’s a long-shot . . . but is there a place to find a list of WWII Veterans – specifically these members listed in the letter of March, 1944 — who may still be alive?

    Thank you to anyone who can give me some direction.

    • I am not aware of any such list. You probably will need to try and track down each man on the list individually. Your job may be a little easier if the list contains the men’s serial numbers as you may be able to find their enlistment records on the archives.gov or http://wwii-enlistment.com or fold3.com websites and get their birth years and home state. As an example, lets try to do Amos B Green.
      Enter his serial number on the serial number search page of the wwii-enlistment.com site
      The results show he enlisted in Clarksburg, WV and was born in 1922.
      So now just trying a Google search: “Amos B Greene” OR “Greene, Amos B” WV
      One “hit” shows a Amos B Greene, “age 94” in Sutton WV. Now often these type of searches will find deceased people but if a person really was 94 now a birth year of 1922 would be about right.
      As a quick check try findagrave.com searching for Amos B Greene. You will see there is a Amos Brown “Buck” Greene born in 1922 who died in 2000 and was buried in Sutton, Braxton County, WV
      As a second check, try familysearch.org for Amos B Greene born 1922 in West VA.
      A Social Security Death Index shows up for Amos B Greene, born 9 Oct 1922 and died 27 August 2000 in Braxton, WV. Checking Google Maps shows Sutton is in the center of Braxton County WV. There are paid websites, such as ancestry.com which can make these type of searches a little easier but you can find quite a bit using the free sites.
      After doing a few of these you will get a “feel” for it and will probably develop your own methods.

      Note that anywho.com or zabasearch.com give an “address” for Amos B Greene in Sutton, WV which was probably his last address. There may be still Greene’s relatives living at that address.

      • Good morning Rolland and thank you so very much for your reply and recommendations. I will check out the wwii-enlistment.com site as I am already a Ancestry.com member and also use familysearch.org regularly. The wwii-enlistment.com site is new to me (smile), so I look forward to trying it out. Just thought I’d ask the question about whether there was a place that maintained “still-living” vets from WWII. Boy! Wouldn’t THAT be awesome!! 🙂

        Again, I sincerely appreciate your time and reply. I am actually good friends with Amos B. Greene’s son and have done some extensive genealogy research for him on his family. We also recently got all the records from the Nat’l Personnel Records Center (St. Louis) and are also zeroing in on some Unit records located at the Nat’l Archives in College Park, MD.

        Oh, and yes, each of the men’s names listed in the recently-found letter does have their Service Number. So, I’ll see what I can discover.

        Again, thanks so much and I hope you have a super day!

      • Hi again Rolland.

        Just wanted to touch base with you again to let you know I checked out the wwii-enlistment.com site and found some helpful information there. However, it appears the project was either abandoned or their site is not updating with more current information. Looks like the last updates/record changes were made back in December of 2016. And there are no current posts. Plus, I tried sending a message through their “Contact” form and could NEVER get their CAPTCHA form to work right — tried both text (entered case sensitive) and sound — neither was successful after numerous attempts.

        Didn’t know if you may have a contact with them — given your role on this site — that you could either let them know their site needs some attention, or that they could confirm for you that it (their site) is not longer really active.

        Thanks again and let me know if I’m just doing something wrong. 🙂 Have a good day.

      • I also just went into this site WWII.enlistment.com and had some problems – I did send photos and updated info but it does seem like they are having problems… I set up a profile and they noted at the top of my request they are to review before posting the photos etc. So we will see …

    • Sorry to hear the wwii-enlistment site is apparently not maintained. The laundry mark look-up is quite useful. I have no contacts with the site.

  43. Here is how I would attack this. I would use the serial numbers to locate the individuals on the NARA serial number database https://aad.archives.gov/aad/fielded-search.jsp?dt=893. (The wwii-enlistment site draws from the same database but is privately maintained and allows for adding additional information.) It is only about 80% complete, however, so you may not find some individuals.

    Then I would search the WWII Army Enlistment records on ancestry.com and use the information gleaned from the NARA site to confirm which of the Amos B. Greene’s or other name I am searching is the correct one.

    Assuming no additional entries (like Social Security Death Index, 1940 Census, etc.) on the right of the ancestry.com entry you will need to try to locate these entries to determine whether this person is still with us. You may end up not being able to find any additional information.

    If you can find some information showing an address (like in the Public Records entries on ancestry.com) then do a google search with the name and the location. Some states like Florida have voting records online with addresses. I was able to locate a 104 year old WWII Navy veteran this way.

    For the most part this is going to be a needle in a haystack. But some of us live for the hunt even if it is frustratingly unsuccessful.

    • Thank you Arthur (and Judy and Rolland). Just wanted to make sure I wasn’t doing something wrong. And, yes, Arthur . . . with the exception of the direct link you provided (thank you, by the way) . . . I have already looked up the list of folks on the wwii-enlistment.com site to get those details, then I’m double-checking in Ancestry.com and findagrave.com — and familysearch.org when need be.

      I think I was just hoping to maybe luck up and find some photos too. 🙂 Understand, and agree, with the “needle in a haystack” . . . but also the “live for the hunt” comment too. That’s me . . . I LOVE research!!! 🙂

      I’ve bookmarked this site and will be sure to share anything that may be new — if I find it down the road. Thank you again and have a great rest of your day!

  44. I am looking for some information on a friend of mine. His name is Sam Townsley and he served in the Navy in WW II. He served in both theaters of the war and wondered what units he was with so I could do some basic research. He told me he was stationed in north Africa in a carrier group and then went to the Pacific in a carrier group and was positioned between Midway Island and San Francisco. He said if we had lost the battle of Midway, his carrier group had to fight the Japanese navy as the final line of defense for America. He does not appear to have filled out any information on the WW II veterans site database.

    • There is a Samuel D Townsley who appears on the muster roll for the USS Card which was an escort carrier that served in the ETO. The first entry for Townsley from May 1943 shows he came from VGS-1. VGS-1 is Escort-Scouting Squadron 1. VGS-1 was assigned to the USS Long Island in the Pacific during the early part of the war.

      This lines up with the information you gave so it sounds like it is the same person.

  45. Looking for any survivors of the USS Kishwaukee from the WWII Pacific campaign. My dad, Norman Peryea, is still alive and would be interested in potential correspondence.

  46. Hello,
    I am looking for information on my grandfather who served in WWII. He passed away when my mother was 16, so I never had the opportunity to meet him or ask him anything about his time in the service. I am a history buff, it was even one of my majors in college, and I have an extreme interest in WWII. Finding anything out would be very meaningful to me. The link below has some information that may be helpful.

    https://www.cityofkaukauna.com/2016/11/02/brick-312/

    Thank you so much!! And thanks for creating this site!

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