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mytwo wrote:I am looking for information on my father, Louis Frederic Ames. All I have is the following and I am trying to piece together what I can. I have tried looking for newspaper archives without success.
WWII Army 3Jun1941 as enlisted in Army Air Corps and then to Ft. Benning for
officer training with 36th division 141 Reg, purple heart in France, and
Bronze star. On MacArthur's staff. Volunteered for Korea. Wounded in Korea
Feb1951. Discharged 31 Oct 1961. Bio in El Monte Herald 9Mar1951 with
picture and 5Mar1948. Silver Star, Purple Heart w/ OLC: tombstone
The information we have on individual soldiers is limited. The file card we have states that 2nd Lt. Louis F Ames of 2777 Lower Azusa Road, E. Monte California served with Company G, 141st Infantry Regiment from July 27, 1944 to September 14, 1944. He was transferred to Company F, 141st IR and served with that Company from September 15, 1944 to September 26, 1944. At which point he no longer shows up as being a member of the 36th Infantry Division. That means he joined the 36th shortly before the Southern France landings ( August 15, 1944) and left them while they were near Remiremont, France.
If you have not done so already you can try and request his file from the National Archives, if it survived the 1973 fire. Here is that link:http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/standard-form-180.html
The next source to check would be the Morning Reports for Company F, 141st Infantry Regiment for September 1944. That would indicate what other unit he was transferred to. Those records are available from the National Archives, St. Louis Mo. Location.
Here is a link to a little guide we put together on researching military service: http://texasmilitaryforcesmuseum.org/researching-wwii-us-military-service/
Let me know if you have any other questions.
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Didjudoe wrote:I am trying to find information on my grandfather. He was in the 36th division. He would never speak about his experience in Italy, but I put bits and pieces together over the years and i really want to find out more. His name is Edward S. Beard. I have his medals, they include a silver star, bronze star, Purple Heart, etc. The only one in the group that he cared about is the "T" patch.
We have limited information on individual soldiers but here is what I have for your grandfather.
His file card shows he was in the Texas National Guard already when it was brought into United States service in November 1940. He served with Company H, 141st Infantry Regiment until he was wounded(?) on July 18, 1944. Company H is a Heavy Weapons Company.
His Silver Star was awarded in 36th General Order No. 124 in 1944. I do not have a copy of his citation.
Picture of his from the 1940 Texas National Guard Annual. He is in the back row third from the right.
His brother(?) Richard O Beard also back row third from right.
link to the 141st book on our website: http://texasmilitaryforcesmuseum.org//36division/141con.htm
Let me know if you have other questions.
my direct email is [email protected]
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Teachmike wrote:I am looking for information on my Grandfather, Roland Brandon. I know he was captured in Italy the same battle as his wife's brother Wesley Jones. From looking online I think his serial number is 20804801. I am hoping to found out what squad he was in and which battle he was captured in, but I am having little luck online. Any information or places to look would be very helpful.
Here is the file card we have for Roland Brandon:
It shows he was a member of Company C, 142nd Infantry Regiment when it was still a Texas National Guard unit and entered Federal service on November 25, 1940 he was captured after the landings as Salerno on September 13, 1943. The After Action Report for that day: " at 1100 the battalion( Company C is part of 1st Bn) was moved to join the 3rd battalion using the draw to the south of Altavilla. The battalion was in a column of companies when at 1715 it received fire the length of the column, completely cutting the columns apart and disorganizing the entire battalion. The fire was friendly artillery. The lower portion of the battalion withdrew in confusion and move back to the high ground previously vacated. The remainder of the battalion ( apprx. 60 men) remained on the high ground at the head of the draw." A number of men were taken prisoner by the Germans in the confusion and most sent to Stalag IIB. Here is his POW record from the NARA online:
There is a lot of information about 2B on the message board, you can do a search for it to bring up some of the threads.
Let me know if you have any other questions.
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Teachmike wrote:I hate to ask to much but can I also get the info on:
Jones, Wesley C.
The only info I have is this:
Sgt. Wesley C. Jones, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jess C. Jones, Ballinger, husband of Jimmie E. Baker, Rt. 2, Ballinger, attended Norton Schools.
Entered Army, 1940, trained at Camp Bowie, Texas, Camp Blanding, Fla. and Camp Edwards, Mass. Served in Africa and Italy. Awarded GCM, Amer. Def., 2 Purple Hearts, EAME and AT Ribbons. Wounded at Salerno, 1943. Killed in Action, 1944, Italy.
He was Roland's brother-in-law and with my grandmother passing away I would like to send his info on to his only surviving sister.
The file card for Sgt Wesley Jones is very faint and hard to read, I could not get it to scan well. The information on the card says that Sgt Jones served with Company C 142nd Infantry Regiment from Federalization ( November 25, 1940) until his death on February 5, 1944. The AAR for Feb. 5th notes that the unit was in defensive positions on Mt. Castellone waiting for the word to attack Hill 720. The report: " On the 4 February, General Butler warned that he had information that Germans were forming for a counter-attack. The attacks on Hill 720 from Mt. Castellone and on Terelle were to be postponed. We would prepare defensive positions for Mt. Castellone....Mt. Castellone is a barren hill that rises evenly from its base near the village of Cairo(Caira on the map below)."
Here is a map showing the location of Hill 720
For solider Killed in Action his sister can request his IDPF. Here is how to do that:
For Soldiers Killed in action the
Army has their files. Family members can request these files
Write to: FOIA email address is [email protected]U.S. Army Human Resource Command ATTN: AHRC-FOI 1600 Spearhead Division Avenue Department 107Fort Knox KY 40122-5743
Make sure you cite the Freedom of Information Act in the request and include
full name of solider, army serial number, last known unit, date of birth, home
town and any other information you might be able to provide. This will help
speed up the request for the Individual Deceased Personnel File (IDPF), which
is often times called the 293 File.
What is the IDPF? It will list all communiqué between the War Department,
Department of the Army, to next of kin. It will also include an AAR, artifacts (usually these were shipped to parents or
siblings upon their request), pictures (maybe graphic) and detailed account of
what transpired that lead to solider being killed (this too can sometimes be
Lastly, be ready to wait, wait, wait, and wait some more for your request. It's
not uncommon either to wait six or more months to receive requested IDPF
( I worked at an archaeological dig site in Ballinger many years ago( 24 years!) when the dam was being built.
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