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Title: Florida National Guard killed or died World War II biographicalservice abstracts
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FLORIDA NATIONAL GUARD
KILLED OR DIED; WORLD WAR II
BIOGRAPHICAL AND SERVICE ABSTRACTS

State Arsenal
St. Francis
Barracks
St. Augustine,
Florida
























STATEOF FLORIDA.
DEPARTMENT OF MILITARY AFFAIRS
OFFICE OF THE ADJUTANT GENERAL




POST OFFICE BOX 1008
STATE ARSENAL. ST. AUGUSTINE
32085-1008







The Special Archives Publication Series of the Historical
Services Division are produced as a service jo Florida
communities, historians, government agencies, and to any other
individuals, historical or geneological societies, and national
or regional governmental agencies which find the information
contained herein of use or value.

At present, copies of all Special Archives Publications are
provided to certain state and national historical repositories at
no charge. A nominal fee is charged all other individuals and
institutions to help defray production costs.

Information about the series is available from the
Historical Services Division, Department of Military Affairs,
State Arsenal, St. Augustine, Florida.


Robert Hawk
Director










It was the greatest war in all history and Florida's National
Guardsmen served, trained, fought and some died, in every theater
and in every great battle, on land and in the air, of that
titanic global struggle. Most served in, or with, the infantry,
many in the Army Air Corps, and others in the artillery,
engineers, quartermasters and as specialists in all the various
technical professions associated with modern, industrial and
scientific warfare. Most came home at wars end; some did not.

One might have thought all of Florida's Guardsmen would have
served in the same unit; the 31st Division of which they were an
organic part prior to general mobilization. Actually, most did
not. It was partly calculation and intent on the part of the
Regular Army but mostly it was simply the incredible demands
created by the nature and size of the war itself. Some
artillery, some support troops and a handful of Florida infantry
would eventually reach the South Pacific and serve with the 31st
Infantry Division in New Guinea and the Philippines. All of the
Coast Artillery and most of the infantry would fight their war in
other units and in other places.


Following general mobilization in November 1940, (January 1941
for the 265th), Florida's soldiers took up residence at newly
created Camp Blanding, Florida. There they were joined by other
elements of the 31st Division and their ranks fleshed out with
draftees, most from Florida and the other southern states
providing units of the 31st. Almost immediately, individuals
were separated from their Guard units; some to attend special
technical schools, a few to OCS and even more succumed to the
romantic attractions of a war in the air; the Army Air Corps.


Following the maneuvers of 1941 and the cataclysm of Pearl
Harbor, Florida men began disappearing from the Division in large
numbers. More volunteered for the Air Corps, numerous
individuals went off to OCS and a very large number responded to
the appeal for men to fill the ranks of the new airborne
divisions. By this time, the 124th Infantry was no longer part
of the 31st Division. They were school troops at the infantry
school at Fort Benning, training the thousands and thousands of
new junior officers of the vastly expanded national army how to
do their job.


By the fall of 1943, approximately one half of the Florida
Guardsmen in the 124th were gone and, at Camp Jackson, South
Carolina, the remainder were transferred to other units and the
regiment itself was officially disbanded. From Camp Jackson,
large drafts of men from the 124th were sent to the 4th and 30th
Divisions, destined for a war.that would begin in the hedgerows






of Normandy during June of 1944. Others were sent as infantry
replacements to the Mediterranean Theater, where Americans had
been in combat with the Axis since November of 1942. Many of
them would end up in the 3rd and 45th Divisions in the Anzio
Beachhead.


Following a political rumpus over the disbandenment of Floirda's
124th, it returned to existence through the expedient of
re-designating the 154th Regiment, then in New Guinea with the
31st Division, as the 124th. (It is ironic and fitting that the
154th had been Florida's assigned regiment immediately following
the end of World War I). And some Florida Guardsmen were already
in the 154th and others would find their way there. The
continuity of Florida service in the regiment would survive.


Of the nearly 4,000 Florida Guardsmen mobilized for the war,
approximately 160 are known to have been killed or to have died
during the war. Forty died of non-battle related disease or
accidents or were killed at times, places and with unit
assignments that are not part of the available records. At least
fourteen were killed while serving in the Army Air Corps and one
as a Marine. Nearly half of all fatal casualties among Florida's
Guardsmen occurred during service with a relatively small and
select group of divisions; the 30th, 3rd, 4th, 45th and 31st
Infantry Divisions and the 82nd, 17th, 101st and 11th Airborne
Divisions. Other divisions in which Florida Guardsmen who were
killed in action saw active service included the 1st, 2nd, 8th,
9th, 24th, 34th, 35th, 37th, 40th, 42nd, 63rd, 77th, 78th, 79th,
96th, 94th, 96th Infantry, and the 6th and 10th Armoured
Divisions.


If the divisions and specialist units in which surviving veterans
are known to have served are included, we could add the 7th,
26th, 43rd, 65th, 66th, 83rd, 85th 87th, 98th, 99th Infantry and
10th Mountain and 13th Airborne Divisions, the Rangers, various
intelligence and signal untis and even training detachments in
India, attached to the Chinese Army.


In short, there really wasn't anyplace Florida Guardsmen didn't
serve during the war. Their impact on the Army must have been
vastly greater than mere numbers might suggest. Florida provided
private soldier, NCO and officer leadership cadres to most of the
elite divisions in the Army and good men in many other divisions,
specialty units, and air squadrons worldwide. They made a
difference and established an enviable record, one worthy of
commemoration. This small booklet honoring those who did not
return is but a start in recognizing a long-neglected and
overlooked achievements of those "Florida Boys of 1940" to whom
Florida, and the nation, owe so much.










STATE OF FLORIDA
DEPARTMENT OF MILITARY AFFAIRS
OFFICE OF THE ADJUTANT GENERAL




POST OFFICE BOX 1008
STATE ARSENAL, ST. AUGUSTINE
32085-1008




NOTE:

The original Florida National Guard casualty list for the Second
World War was compiled from fragmentary official and un-official
sources before and after the war. Unfortunately, once a
Guardsman is federalized, his official state records end and the
federal government never found it necessary to notify the state
when one of its federalized Guardsmen died or was killed. Only
reports in local newspapers and careful search of Army lists
during and after the war were available for compiling our list.

If, during the war, a former Guardsman changed his state of
residence or the residence of his next of kin, then his name
would not appear on the official lists for Florida and would not
be included on our records. It is also evident only a proportion
of the men from a specific area were given obituaries in local
newspapers. Many were overlooked. This was especially true in
the larger cities. Thus, it wasn't unusual for individual
Guardsmen of 1940, who later died or were killed, to be left off
our official lists.

Following the World War II Reunion of the 124th Infantry Regiment
in St. Augustine during May 1988, considerable evidence was
complied to indicate that Florida National Guard fatal casualties
were at least 20% above that previously known... (For example, the
widow of Ernest K. Guard, mobilized with the Florida Gaurd in
1940, informed me he had been killed as an officer with the 3rd
Division at Anzio in 1944. She is now married to another former
Florida Guardsman of 1940). The true figures will never be known
but an effort is underway to identify as many of the missing
names as is possible.








ACOSTA, Jefferson Blavragard


COMPANY G, 124TH INFANTRY
(Duval County)

Born: 27 April 1922 at Jacksonville, Florida.

Acosta enlisted in Company G, 124th Infantry at Jacksonville, 8
October 1940. He had completed three years of high school and
was a truck driver earning $10 per week. He was a resident of
rural Duval County. His next of kin were his mother and father,
also of Jacksonville. He was not married.

Acosta was mobilized into federal service 25 November 1940 as a
Private. He was a Technician 5th Class at the time of his death.

DIED NON-BATTLE; cause, date, location and unit assignment at
the time of death are unknown.



ADAMS, Horace H.


SERVICE COMPANY, 124TH INFANTRY
(St. Johns County)

Born: 15 January 1919 at St. Augustine, Florida.

Adams first enlisted in the Service Company, 124th Infantry 18
November 1935. He was mobilized with his unit 25 November 1940.
At some later date he was transferred to the 119TH INFANTRY
REGiMENT, 30TH INFANTRY DIVISION. With them he landed in France
during June of 1944. He was a Sergeant at the time of his death.

His next of kin included Corene Adams, wife, Nicey Louise, Adams
daughter, Omy Adams, mother, all of St. Augustine, and three
brothers and three sisters with various home locations.

KILLED IN ACTION; 20 July 1944, Hebecrevow, Normandy, France.

119th Infantry Regiment 30th Infantry Division


(Following the fall of St. Lo after a long struggle, the 30th
Division was engaged in vigorous defensive-offensive patrols
against German positions west of the city in preparation for the
commencement of Operation Cobra, the assault which would finally
break the German Normandy defenses and which the 30th would lead.
Adams was killed in one of those savage small unit actions).











*> .










ALBERT, Sam Michael


COMPANY G, 124TH INFANTRY
(Duval County)

Born: 6 October 1916, Detroit, Michigan.

Albert was a grammar school graduate, a resident of the City of
Jacksonville, and was employed as a truck driver when he first
enlisted in Company G 15 December 1939. He was inducted into
federal service 25 November 1940 as a Private 1st Class. Later
he was assigned to the 120TH INFANTRY REGIMENT, 30TH INFANTRY
DIVISION. With them he landed in France during June 1944. He was
a Sergeant at the time of his death.

His next of kin included Daisey Allen, sister, of Jacksonville,
Florida.

KILLED IN ACTION; 21 June 1944, Normandy, France.

120th Infantry Regiment 30th Infantry Division


(The 30th Division was involved in the bitter hedgerow battles
in the area north of St. Lo, Normandy, France on the date of
Albert's death).





ALLIGOOD, Albert Quince


COMPANY I, 124TH INFANTRY
(Manatee County)

Born: 24 May 1916, Rubonie, Florida.

Alligood first enlisted in Company I, 124th Infantry 6 June 1934.
He was inducted into federal service 25 November 1940 as a
Private. At some later date, he was assigned to the 119th
INFANTRY REGIMENT, 30TH INFANTRY DIVISION. With them, he landed
in France during June of 1944. He was a Sergeant at the time of
his death.

His next of kin included W.C. Alligood, father, of Palmetto,
Florida.

KILLED IN ACTION; 24 July 1944, St. Lo, Normandy, France.

119th Infantry Regiment 30th Infantry Division









(Following prolonged and bitter action in the hedgerow country
around the key city of St. Lo, Normandy, France, the 30th
Division was one of the assault divisions used in the breakout
battle, Operation Cobra. On the 24th of July, the original date
of the assault, poor weather which prevented the planned carpet
bombing of German positions by Allied aircraft and which
prevented the close coordination between units caused the battle
to be delayed one day. Some units were used to probe German
positions, during which action Alligood was killed).





ANDERSON, William Harold


COMPANY M, 124TH INFANTRY
(Leon County)

Born: 12 April 1918 Monticello, Florida.

Anderson enlisted in Company M, 1 May 1938. At that time, he was
a high school graduate and had completed four months of business
college. He had work experience as a clerk and as a taxi driver
He was inducted into federal service 25 November 1940 and
discharged to accept a commission as 2nd Lieutenant 30 April
1941.

His next of kin included Mrs. Frank Anderson, mother,
Tallahassee, Florida.

KILLED IN ACTION; date, location and unit assignment at the time
of death are unknown.



ARGO, Jasper H.


COMPANY L, 124TH INFANTRY
(Manatee County)

Born: 6 March 1919, Bradenton, Florida.

Argo first enlisted in Company L, 124th Infantry 12 May 1938. He
was a high school graduate and workde as an embalmer. He was
inducted into federal service 25 November 1940 as a Corporal. (He
also served w th Company A, 124th Infantry following
mobilization). He was a Private at the time of his death.

His next of kin included Helena G. Argo, mother, of Bradenton,
Florida.

KILLED IN ACTION; date, location and unit assignment at the time
of death are unknown.







AYERS, Lloyd W.


COMPANY B, 124TH INFANTRY
(Dade County)

Born: 2 March 1916 at Huntington, Indiana. (Also listed as
Marion, Indiana, 2 March 1917. It appears he was underage at the
time of his first enlistment).

Ayers first enlisted in Company B, 124th Infantry Regiment 26
June 1934. He had completed grammar school and had work
experience both as a newspaper carrier and plumber's apprentice.
He was inducted into federal service 25 November 1940 as a
Sergeant and was a Sergeant at the time of his death.

His next of kin included Lonnie W. Ayers, father, of Miami,
Florida.

KILLED IN ACTION; date location and unit assignment at the time
of death are unknown. (It is believed he was killed serving with
the 4th Infantry Division, Normandy, France June 1944)





BACKUS, William E.


COMPANY E, 124TH INFANTRY
(Suwanee County, Polk County contingent)

Backus was inducted Into federal service 25 November 1940. He
was a Sergeant at the time of his death.

DIED NON-BATTLE; cause, date, location and unit assignment at
time of death unknown.





BAUGHMAN, William Forest


MEDICAL DETACHMENT, 116TH FIELD ARTILLERY
(Hillsborough County)

Born: 18 October 1920 at Roseville, Ohio.

Baughman enlisted in the Medical Detachment, 116th Field
Artillery 19 October 1939. His occupation was listed as student.
He was inducted into federal service 25 November 1940 as a
Private 1st Class. Latrer he was assigned to the 171ST FIELD
ARTILLERY, 45TH INFANTRY DIVISION. He was a Sergeant at the time
of his death.





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His next of kin included Fern Baughman, mother of Tampa, Florida.

DIED OF WOUNDS; 22 November 1943, Italy.

171st Field Artillery 45th Infantry Division
---------------------------------------------

(The 171st was engaged in close support and counter-battery
missions with the 45th Division during the bitter battles for
control of the German "Winter Line" defensive positions north of
the Volturno River in Central Italy, November-December 1943).





BELL, James Irwin


COMPANY E, 124TH INFANTRY
(Suwanee County)

Bell enlisted in Company E, 124th Infantry Regiment 14 July 1940.
He resided in Lafayette County, had completed one year of high
school, and was a farmer. He was inducted into federal service
25 November 1940 as a Private. Later he was assigned to the 7TH
INFANTRY REGIMENT, 3RD INFANTRY DIVISION. He was a Private 1st
Class at the time of his death.

His next of kin included Hattie Bell, mother, Day, Florida.

DIED OF WOUNDS; 25 March 1944, Anzio, Italy.

7th Infantry Regiment 3rd Infantry Division
--------------------- ---------------------

(The records state a date of death as 25 March. If true, then
Bell died in one of. the bitter close contact small unit actions
or almost daily artillery barrages which characterized the
fighting on the Anzio Beachhead perimeter. It is possible the
date was 25 May in which instance Bell would have been killed in
the battles associated with the breakout from the beachhead).





BENSEL, Robert Frederick
------------------------

COMPANY C, 124TH INFANTRY
(Palm Beach County)

Born: 19 August 1922, West Palm Beach, Florida.











Bensel enlisted in Company C, 124th Infantry Regiment 4 November
1940. He had completed one year of high school, was employed as
a truck driver earning $12 per week in Palm Beach. He was
inducted into federal service 25 November 1940 as a Private. He
was a Private 1st Class at the time of his death.

DIED NON-BATTLE; cause, date, location and unit assignment at the
time of death is unknown.





BERGFIELD, Henry


BATTERY B, 265TH COAST ARTILLERY
(Duval County)

Born: 23 April 1891 Wiesbaden, Germany.

Bergfield had graduated from high school and technical college in

Germany as an engineer. He served from 1915 to 1941 in the
American Regular Army as an NCO. His final years of service were
as an instructor to the Florida National Guard into which he
transferred and accepted a commission as 1st Lieutenant 4 January
1941. Inducted into federal service 6 January 1941, he served
with the 265th Coast Artillery until November of that year.
Subsequently, he served in a variety of stations and was a Major
at the time of his death.

DIED NON;BATTLE; listed as of pneumonia 12 February 1945 in the
Southwest Pacific area.





BLACK, Clifford Ray


BATTERY D, 116TH FIELD ARTILLERY
(Hillsborough County)

Born: 15 December 1921 Mascot, Florida.

Black had completed two years of high school, was living in
Sulphur Springs working in a drugstore for $8 per week when he
enlisted in Battery D, 116th Field Artillery 25 October 1940. He
was inducted into federal service 25 November 1940 as a Private.
Later he was assigned to the 466TH PARACHUTE FIELD ARTILLERY,
17TH AIRBORNE DIVISION.









KILLED IN ACTION; 24 March 1945, Wesel, Germany.

466th Parachute Field Artillery 17th Airborne Division


(The division had been involved in combat during the latter
stages of the Battle of the Bulge and then was used as the
principle airborne assault force in the Allied crossing of the
lower Rhine River, Operation Varsity, 24 March 1945. The
division suffered moderate casualties, especially from
anti-aircraft fire during the assault and local German
counter-attacks against the northern face of the Allied aerial
bridgehead)





BODENHAMER, Ralph Bills


HEADQUARTERS COMPANY, 124TH INFANTRY
(Duval County)

Born: 1 May 1918 Monroe, Indiana.

Bodenhamer had completed one year of high school and was resident
in Jacksonville working as a carpenter's helper/apprentice for
$19 per week when he enlisted in Headquarters Company, 124th
Infantry Regiment 5 November 1940. He was inducted into federal
service 26 November 1940 as a Private. Later, he was assigned to
the 7THE INFANTRY REGIMENT, 3RD INFANTRY DIVISION. He was a
Technician 5th Calss at the time of his death.

His next of kin included Mr. and Mrs. Harry Bodenhamer, parents,
of Jacksonville, and five sisters and one brother, various
locations.

DIED OF WOUNDS; 26 May 1944, Nettuno, Italy.

7th Infantry Regiment -3rd Infantry Division


(Bodenhamer Joined the division in the Anzion Beachhead and died
of wounds received in the bitter three day battle to breakout of
the Beachhead, 23-25 May 1944. The 7th Infantry fought an
especially tough campaign to seize Cisterna, (where Bodenhamer
was wounded), key to the German defenses).





BOW, Richard Earnest


COMPANY C, 124TH INFANTRY
(Palm Beach County)












Born: 4 June 1908 Fenters, Tennessee.

Bow was a farmer at Indiantown, Martin County when he enlisted in
Company C, 124th Infantry Regiment 6 November 1940. He was
inducted into federal service 25 November 1940 and released to
state control in October 1941. Recalled to federal service in
January 1942, Bow was assigned to the 12TH INFANTRY REGIMNENT,
4TH INFANTRY DIVISION. He was a Private 1st Class at the time of
his death.

His next of kin included William Bow, father, and Earlie Bow,
sister, both of Indiantown.

KILLED IN ACTION; date and place unknown; Eurpoean Theater of
Operations.

12th Infantry Regiment 4th Infantry Division
------------------- -------------------

(It is believed he was killed during June-July in Normandy,
France).



BRADSHAW, Marion Malcom Monroe
-----------------------------

COMPANY M, 124TH INFANTRY
(Leon County)

Born: 20 February 1922 Monticello, Florida.

Bradshaw was resident at Wacissa, Jefferson County, Florida at
the time of his enlistment in Company M, 124th Infantry Regiment
24 July 1940. He was inducted into federal service 25 November
1940 as a Private. Later he was assigned to the 3RD INFANTRY
DIVISION and was a Private 1st Class at the time of his death.

His next of kin included his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Malcom
Watson of Wacissa, Florida.

KILLED IN ACTION; 24 May 1944, Nettuno, Italy.

3rd Infantry Division
----------------------

(Bow was serving with the division in the Anzio Beachhead and was
killed during the savage struggle to break through the German
defenses, 23-25 May 1944. Most probably, Bow was killed during
the battle for Cisterna, key to the German defenses).









BROKMEYER, Henry Conrad


COMPANY D, 124TH INFANTRY
(Seminole County)

Born: 24 March 1908 Kansas City, Missouri.

Bodenhamer was a high school and college graduate who first
enlisted in Company D, 124th Infantry Regiment 13 April 1936. He
was an experienced sawmill operator, stenographer and was earning
a living as a writer of fiction when inducted into federal
service as a Corporal 25 November 1940. He was a Sergeant at the
time of his death.

Brokmeyer had published many works of fiction in the popular
press; western tales, stories involving airplanes and was
especially known for his detective stories. He continued his
writing for the regimental newspaper, The Alligator, while at
Fort Benning, Georgia.

DIED NON-BATTLE; Camp Hospital, Fort Benning, Georgia, 15 June
1943 of peritonitis caused by perforated ulcars.





BROWNING, John Pieroa


SERVICE COMPANY, 124TH INFANTRY
(St. Johns County)

Born: 24 October 1919 Oak Park, Illinois.

Browning had completed two years of high school, was resident in
Elkton, Florida had been a farmer and worked as a truck driver
for $15 per week when he enlisted in Service Company, 124th
Infantry Regiment 16 October 1939. He was inducted into federal
service 25 November 1940. Later, he was assigned to the 117TH
INFANTRY REGIMENT, 30TH INFANTRY DIVISION. He was a Sergeant at
the time of his death.

His next of kin included Mr. A.S. Browning, father, Elkton,
Florida.

KILLED IN ACTION; 2 October 1944, Holland.

117th Infantry Regiment 30th Infantry Division


(The division was involved in a strong attack on the German West
Wall defenses east of the Wurm River and between Aachen and
Geilenkirchen. The 117th seized the key positions at Usbach after
savage house-to-house fighting during which Browning was killed).














BUTLER, Buford Alexander
------------------------

COMPANY L, 124TH INFANTRY
(Manatee County)

Born: 16 May 1913 Cadwell, Georgia.

Butler had completed grammar school, was a resident of Manatee,
had experience as a mattress worker and was employed as a grocery
clerk when he first enlisted in Company L, 124th Infantry
Regiment 13 April 1938. He was inducted into federal service 25
November 1940 as a Private 1st Class.

DIED NON-BATTLE; 28 October 1941. Date, location and unit
assignment at time of death are unknown.




BUZZETT, Julian Rexall


COMPANY E, 106TH ENGINEERS
(Franklin County)

Born: 25 January 1912 Apalachicola, Florida.

Buzzett was a high school graduate and worked as a clerk when he
first enlisted in Company E, 106th Engineers 8 January 1931. He
served several enlistments and had been awarded the Florida
Service Badge (Medal) 22 December 1936. He was inducted Into
federal service as a Staff Sergeant 25 November 1940. He later
accepted a commission and served with the 49th Engineer Regiment
(which was eventually divided into the 49TH and 237TH ENGINEER
BATTALIONS). He was a 1st Lieutenant at the time of his death.

His next of kin included WIlliam D. Buzzett, father, of
Apalachicola, Florida.

KILLED IN ACTION; 6 June 1944, Omaha Beach, Normandy, France.

237th Combat Engineer Battalion


(The combat engineers were landed ahead of the first assault
waves on Omaha Beach with the mission to destroy beach obstacles
and underwater anti-landing craft traps. Because of unexpected
complications, including undamaged German defenses, the engineers
suffered substantial casualties, more than 50% for most
companies, including Lieutenant Buzzett).









CAIL, William Troy


COMPANY E, 106TH MEDICAL
(Lee County)

Born: 19 December 1921 Pine Level, Florida.

Call had completed grammar school, lived in Fort Myers and drove
an ice truck earning $5 per week when he enlisted in Company E,
106th Medical Regiment 24 June 1940. He was inducted into
federal service as a private 25 November 1940. He was a
Technician 5th Class at the time of his death.

KILLED IN ACTION; 6 February 1945, location and unit assignment
at the time of death unknown.





CANNON, Alvin Bretton


COMPANY L, 124TH INFANTRY
(Manatee County)

Born: 27 January 1910 Colquitt, Georgia.

Cannon lived in Bradenton and worked as a laborer earning $15 per
week when he enlisted Company L, 124th Infantry Regiment 12
August 1937. He was inducted into federal service 25 November
1940 as a Private 1st Class and released to state control 1
December 1941. He was recalled to federal service 19 January
1942.

His next of kin included J.F. Cannon, father, Colquitt, Georgia.

DIED NON-BATTLE; 9 April 1943 of a cerebral hemorrhage at the
hospital, Fort Benning, Georgia.





CARTER, Walton L.


COMPANY G, COMPANY C, HEADQUARTERS COMPANY 124TH INFANTRY
(Duval County)

Born: 30 December 1930 Jacksonville, Florida.

Carter had completed one year of high school, lived in







Jacksonville and listed his occupation as a student when he
enlisted in Company G, 124th Infantry Regiment 12 March 1939. He
was inducted into federal service 25 November 1940. Later, he
assigned to the 120TH INFANTRY REGIMENT, 30TH INFANTRY DIVISION.
He was a Sergeant at the time of his death.

KILLED IN ACTION; 17 June 1944, St. Lo, Normandy, France.

120th Infantry Regiment 30th Infantry Division


(The division was engaged in the hedgerow fighting in Normandy,
France and was part of the assault force of three divisions which
was assigned the task of seizing the key to Normandy's defenses
in the central sector, St. Lo. The city fell only after a
month-long, very costly, battle. It was during the height of
this battle, on a day when the Division was supporting
an-unsuccessful attack by the 29th Infantry Division, that Carter
was killed).





CARVER, Burnice


COMPANY E, 124TH INFANTRY
(Suwanee County)

Born: 8 August 1919 Suwanee County, Florida.

Carver had completed one year of high school, lived in Live Oak
and worked as a farmer when he first enlisted in Company E, 124th
Infantry Regiment 2 February 1938. He was inducted into federal
service 25 November 1940. Later he was assigned to the 16TH
INFANTRY REGIMENT, 1ST INFANTRY DIVISION. He was a Sergeant at
the time of his death.

His next of kin included R. Carver, father, Live Oak, Florida.

KILLED IN ACTION; 14 September 1944, Belgium.

16th Infantry Regiment 1st Infantry Division


(The division was assigned the task of penetrating the main
German West Wall border defenses in and around the city of
Aachen. The Germans put up an unexpectedly fierce resistance.
The battle lasted more than an entire month. Carver was killed
during the first week of the battle near the northern end of the
city).









CHAPMAN, Arthur Edward


COMPANY B, 124TH INFANTRY
(Dade County)

Born: 27 January 1919 Miami, Florida.

Chapman had completed one year of high school, had experience in
construction and as a stock clerk and lived in Miami when he
first enlisted in Company B, 124th Infantry Regiment, 21
September 1937. He was inducted into federal service as a
Corporal 25 November 1940. He was later assigned to the 368TH
BOMB SQUADRON, 306TH BOMB GROUP and was a Staff Sergeant at the
time of his death.

KILLED IN ACTION; 9 October 1942, Northern France.

306th Bomb Group


(The 306th flew B-17 heavy bombers and was one of the first
groups to arrive in England to initiate daylight strategic
bombing raids against targets in Occupied Europe. Barely a month
after his arrival, Chapman was killed in the largest raid to
date; a one hundred bomber attack against the Factories and
engineering works of the Compagnie de Fiver and Ateliers
d'Hellemmer and the rail yards in and around Lille, France).





CHESSER, Evan Hughes


HEADQUARTERS BATTERY 265TH COAST ARTILLERY
(Duval County)

Born: 2 June 1921 Jacksonville, Florida.

Chesser had completed one year of high school, lived in
Jacksonville and worked as a clerk earning $18 per week when he
enlisted in the Headquarters Battery, 265th Coast Artillery 15
October 1940. He was inducted into federal service 6 January
1941. He was later assigned to the 63RD BOMB SQUADRON and was a
Captain at the time of his death.

His next of kin included Mayo Chesser, wife, Texas City, Texas,
Nora Chesser, mother, and William Chesser, brother, both of
Jacksonville, Florida.

DIED/KILLED; Plane crash, Southwest Pacific 9 January 1945.

63rd Bomb Squadron













(The 63rd operated B-24 heavy bombers against Japanese targets in
the Southwest Pacific. At the time of Chesser's death, the
squadron was operating from air fields in Leyte, Philipine
Islands).





CHILDRESS, Robert L.


HEADQUARTERS BATTERY, 2ND BATTALION,
116TH FIELD ARTILLERY
(Polk County)

Born: 31 October 1920, Fort Meade, Florida.

Childress had completed one year of high school, lived in Bartow
and listed student as his occupation when he enlisted in
Headquarters Battery, 2nd Battalion, 116th Field Artillery 3
October 1939. He was inducted into federal service 25 November
1940. Later he was assigned to the 603RD TANK DESTROYER
BATTALION, 6TH ARMORED DIVISION. He was a Techanician 5th Class
at the time of his death.

His next of kin included Mrs. F.C. Pellem, mother, Bartow,
Florida.

DIED OF WOUNDS; 17 April 1945, Germany.

6th Armored Division


(The division was part of the U.S. Third Army which crossed the
Rhine River in south-central Germany during March of 1945 and fought
its way across Germany towards the Elbe River and a meeting with
the Russians. During the week's fighting that took Childress's
life, the Division crossed the Mulde River and captured Rochlitz
and Lunzenau on the Elbe).





CHRISTOPHER, James H.


SERVICE COMPANY, 124TH INANTRY
(St. Johns County)

Born: 23 January 1919 Knoxville, Tennessee.











Christopher had completed grammar school, lived in St. Augustine
and worked as a truck driver/motor mechanic earning $10 per week
when he enlisted in Service Company, 124th Infantry Regiment 6
November 1939. He was inducted into federal service 26 November
1940. Later, he was assigned to the 306TH INFANTRY REGIMENT, 77TH
INFANTRY DIVISION. He was a private at the time of his death.

KILLED IN ACTION; 21 December 1944 (also listed as 7 March 1945),
Philipine Islands.

306th Infantry Regiment 77th Infantry Division


(The division was involved in heavy combat against Japanese
positions in western Leyte, Philipine Islands. During the days
prior to and including that of Christopher's death, the 306th
helped seize the key Japanese position at Ormoc and Libonago and
to seize and defend positions east along the Palompon Road
against intense enemy counter-attacks).





COLLINS, Ernest William


COMPANY E, 124TH INANTRY
(Suwanee County)

Born: 14 May 1917 Hildreath, Florida.

Collins was a high school graduate living in O'Brien, Florida
working as a grocery clerk earning $15 per week when he enlisted
in Company E, 124th Infantry Regiment 25 September 1940. He was
inducted into federal service as a Private 1st Class 25 November
1940. He was later assigned to the 119TH INFANTRY REGIMENT, 30TH
INFANTRY DIVISION. He was a Staff Sergeant at the time of his
death.

KILLED IN ACTION; 12th July 1944, St. Lo, Normandy, France.

119th Infantry Regiment 30th Infantry Division


(The 30th was engaged in very bitter hedgerow fighting on the
central Normandy sector near the city of St. Lo. A divisional
attack against Pont Hebert on 12 July proved a costly failure due
to strong enemy resistance and the difficult terraine.










COLLINS, Hugh Lamont





HEADQUARTERS DETACHMENT, IST BATTALION,
124TH INFANTRY
(Seminole County)

Born: 6 January 1916 Broxton, Georgia.

Collins had completed one year of high school, lived in Orlando
and worked as a sign painter at the time he first enlisted in
Headquarters Detachment, 1st Battalion. 124th Infantry Regiment
19 May 1936. He was inducted into federal service 25 November
1940 as a Staff Sergeant, the rank he held at the time of his
death.

KILLED IN ACTION; 26 April 1945, Mindanao, Philipine Islands.

124th Infantry Regiment 31st Infantry Division


(Several days after landing at Parang, Mindanao, Philipine
Islands, the 124th began moving against Japanese positions near
the Sayre Highway, and, on the 26th began the months-long battle
for control of the central portion of the island. It was during
this preparatory stage that Collins was killed).





COOMBS, James P.


HEADQUARTERS, 106TH ENGINEERS
(Franklin County)




STATE OF FLORIDA
MILITARY DEPARTMENT
OFFICE OF THE ADJUTANT GENERAL
STATE ARSENAL, ST. AUGUSTINE
June 7, 1943.
GENERAL ORDERS,
No. 5
.1. Announcement is made with profound regret of the
death of Lieutenant Colonel James Percy Coombs, Florida
National Guard, which occurred at St. Petersburg, Florida
on June 5th, 1943.







Lieutenant Colonel Coombs was born in Portland, Maine,
on August 28, 1889. He enlisted on October 11, 1910 for
Company "L," 1st Infantry. Appointed 1st Lieutenant of
Infantry January 25, 1912. Promoted Captain of Infantry
April 19, 1912. Promoted Major of Infantry January 8, 1915.
Promoted Lieutenant Colonel of Infantry July 15, 1916. Re-
signed June 5, 1917, on disbandment of regiment. Appointed
Major of Infantry June 5, 1917 on reorganization of regiment.
Promoted Lieutenant Colonel of Infantry June 24, 1917 and
assigned to 3rd Battalion, 1st Infantry. Inducted into Federal
service (World War) on August 5, 1917, and transferred to
106th Engineers, 31st Division at Camp Wheeler, Georgia.
Commanded the 106th Engineers at Brest, France. Served
overseas from October 7, 1918 to September 15, 1919. Hon-
orably discharged September 15, 1919. Appointed Captain of
Engineers February 3, 1927 and assigned to Company "E,"
106th Engineers. Promoted Major of Engineers May 9, 1928
and assigned to 2nd Battalion, 106th Engineers. Promoted
Lieutenant Colonel of Engineers March 1, 1934 and assigned
Executive Officer of the regiment. Inducted into Active
Military Service of the United States on November 25, 1940.
Relieved from Active military service of the Army of the
United States on February 15, 1941, by reason of having
been found physically disqualified.
Funeral services will be held at Apalachicola, Florida, at
3:30 P.M., on June 8, 1943.
In the death of Lieutenant Colonel Coombs the National
Guard of the State of Florida has lost a friend and staunch
champion, and the State of Florida a distinguished citizen
and able soldier.
As a mark of respect the flag at the State Arsenal and on
all armories throughout the State- will be displayed at half
staff on the day of the funeral.
BY COMMAND OF THE GOVERNOR:

VIVIAN COLLINS,
The Adjutant General.
OFFICIAL:
J. B. ROUSSEAU,
Major, Retired,
Assistant.




COX, Richard


HEADQUARTERS BATTERY, 116TH FIELD ARTILLERY
(Hi llsborough County)

Born: 20 May 1921 Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Cox had completed two years of high school, lived in St.
Petersburg and worked as a truck driver/messenger for $7.50 per
week when he enlisted in Headquarters Battery, 116th Field
Artiller 22 July 1940. He was inducted into federal service 25
November 1940. He was a private at the time of his death.

DIED NON-BATTLE; 13 June 1943.




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CRAWFORD, Roscoe Nepolina


COMPANY G, 124TH INFANTRY
(Duval County)

Born: 7 April 1919 Milledgeville, Georgia.

Crawford had completed one year of high school, lived in
Jacksonville, and had worked as a truck driver and a Baker
earning $22 per week when he first enlisted in'Company G, 124th
Infantry Regiment 7 February 1938. He was inducted into federal
service as a Private 1st class 26 November 1940. Later, he was
assigned to the 19TH INFANTRY REGIMENT, 24TH INFANTRY DIVISION.
He was a staff Sergeanat at the time of his death.

DIED OF WOUNDS; 4 June 1945, Philipine Islands.

19th Infantry Regiment 24th Infantry Division


(The division was involved in bitter jungle fighting against
Japanese forces in the vicinity of Davao, Mindanao, Philipine
Islands from April 1945 until the end of the war. During late
May and early June, the division was assigned the difficult task
of clearing the enemy from the Talamo River valley and the key
town of Mandog where Crawford was killed).



CRAWFORD, W. H.


COMPANY K, 124TH INFANTRY
(Orange County)

Born: 11 June -1918 Dothan, Alabama.

Crawford earned his living as a laborer and lived in Winter
Garden when he enlisted in Company K, 124th Infantry Regiment 13
November 1939. He was inducted into federal service 25 November
1940. Later, he was assigned to the 7TH INFANTRY REGIMENT, 3RD
INFANTRY DIVISION'. He was a Private at the time of his death.

KILLED IN ACTION; 1 October 1944, France.

7th Infantry Regiment 3rd Infantry Division


(During the latter part of September and first week of October
1944, the 3rd Division was operating against Germany defenses In
northeastern France in the vicinity of St. Ame and Vageny. It
was during a period of defensive patrols and actions against
local German counter-attacks that Collins was killed).










CROFT, Earl Bryon


BATTERY C, 116TH FIELD ARTILLERY
(Hillsborough County)

Born: 18 January 1922 Savannah, Georgia.

Croft had completed two years of high school, lived in Tampa and
worked as a salesman earning $10 per week when he enlisted in
Battery C, 116th Field Artillery 6 November 1940. He was
inducted into federal service as a Private 25 November 1940.
Later he was assigned to the 757TH TANK BATTALION. He was a
Technician 4th Class at the time of his death.

KILLED IN ACTION; 22 April 1945, Decima, Italy.

(Allied forces were engaged in strong and successful attacks
against German positions south of the Po Reiver in northern Italy
during the days including and immediately proceeding that of
Croft's death).





CURRAN, George David


BATTERY A, 265TH COAST ARTILLERY
(Duval County)

Born: 15 June 1919 Atlanta, Georgia.

Curran was a high school graduate, lived in Jacksonville and
earned $20 per week as a truck driver/auto mechanic at the time
he enlisted in Battery A, 265th Coast Artillery 5 January 1941.
He was inducted into federal service 6 January 1941. Later, he
was assigned to the 19TH BOMB SQUADRON. He was a Private at the
time of his death.

His next of kin i-ncluded Frances Curran, mother, Jacksonville,
Florida.

KILLED IN ACTION 15 February 1942, Southwest Pacific/Philipine
Islands area.

19th Bomb Squadron

(The 19th flew B-26 medium bombers and had just arrived in the
war zone during the earliest days of the war in the Pacific when
Curran was killed).













DAVIS, Marquis Elbert


BATTERY B, 116TH FIELD ARTILLERY
(H llsborough County)

Born: 11 November 1920 Greenfield, Indiana..

Davis had completed one year of high school, lived in Tampa, and
was identified as a student at the time he enlisted in Battery B,
116th Field Artillery 19 October 1939. He was inducted into
federal service 25 November 1940 as a Private. Later, he was
assigned to the 604TH PARACHUTE INFANTRY, 82ND AIRBORNE DIVISION.
He was a Private 1st Class at the time of his death.

KILLED IN ACTION; 11 July 1944, Normandy, France.

504th Parachute Infantry 82nd Airborne Division


(The 82nd had air-assaulted Normandy during the night of 5-6 June
behind the Utah Beach area. Following several days of bitter
fighting in and around Ste. Marie-Eglaise, the-division was moved
to the west coast of the Cotentin peninsula, capturing and
defending the key hill, Hill 131, overlooking La Haye-de Puits
where Davis was killed).





DAVIS, Robert C..







STATE OF FLORIDA
MILITARY DEPARTMENT
OFFICE OF THE ADJUTANT GENERAL
STATE ARSENAL, ST. AUGUSTINE

April 2, Ig1l.
GENERAL ORDERS,
No. 3

1. Announcement is made with profound regret of the death of
Lieutenant Colonel Robert Clair Davis, 124th Infantry, which oc-
curred at Camp Blanding, Florida, on April 1, 1941.











2. Lieutenant Colonel Davis was born at Ocala, Florida, on May
15, 1898. He enlisted April 13, 1917 and during the World War
served as Private, Corporal and Sergeant, Company "C", 2nd
Florida Infantry, and Company "K", 102nd Infantry. He served
overseas from October 17, 1918 to April 7, 1919. 'Honorably dis-
charged April 26, 1919. Appointed 2nd Lieutenant of Infantry,
June 21, 1933 and assigned to Company "K", 124th Infantry. Pro-
moted 1st Lieutenant of Infantry, April 19, 1934. Promoted Captain
of Infantry, June 29, 1934. Promoted Major of Infantry, October
17, 1940, and assigned to command the 3rd Battalion, 124th Infantry.
Promoted Lieutenant Colonel of Infantry, November 15, 1940. He
was inducted into Federal service on November 25, 1940.
3. Funeral services will be held at Orlando, Florida, at 3:30
P.M., Thursday, April 3, 1941.
4. In the death of Lieutenant Colonel Davis the National Guard
of the State of Florida has lost a friend and staunch supporter, and
the State of Florida a distinguished citizen and able soldier.
5. As a mark of respect, the flag at the State Arsenal and on
all armories throughout the State will be displayed at half staff on
the day of the funeral.
BY COMMAND OF THE GOVERNOR:

VIVIAN COLLINS,
The Adjutant General.
OFFICIAL :
J. B. ROUSSEAU,
Major, Retired,
Assistant.









DEAN, Harold Mason


COMPANY M, 124TH INFANTRY
(Leon County)

Born: 24 November 1921 River Junction, Florida.

Dean had completed one year of high school, lived in Quincy
(Gadsden County), and worked as a salesman earning $6 per week at
the time of his enlistment in Company M, 124th Infantry Regiment
28 October 1940. He was inducted into federal service 26
November 1940. Later, he was assigned to the 7TH INFANTRY
REGIMENT, 3RD INFANTRY DIVISION. He was a Private 1st Class at
the time of his death.















KILLED IN ACTION; 30 September 1944. (Location not certain;
division was in France but other records state he was killed in
either Italy or the "North Africa area". Acutally, the division
was in northern France during September, a fact which leads to
some confusion).

7th Infantry Regiment 3rd Infantry Division


(Assuming Dean was killed with the Division in September 1944, he
would have been involved in the battles to clear the Germans out
of eastern France. If the actual date was 1943, then he would
have been killed in the bitter fighting north of Naples, Italy
where the Germans were attempting to establish a firm defensive
line, the Winter Line, to stop Allied advances in Italy).





DENT, Ira Edward


COMPANY G, 124TH INFANTRY
(Duval County)

Born: 29 December 1920 Lyons, Georgia.

Dent had completed three years of high school, was listed as a
student and lived in Jacksonville at the time he enlisted in
Company G, 124th Infantry Regiment 11 March 1940. He was
inducted into federal service as a private 25 November 1940.
Later, he was assigned to the 383RD INFANTRY REGIMENT, 96TH
INFANTRY DIVISION. He was a 2nd Lieutenant at the time of his
death.

KILLED IN ACTION; 22 May 1944, Okinawa.

383rd Infantry Regiment 96th Infantry Division


(The 96th Division was engaged in the conquest of Okinawa. It
was the greatest battle of the Pacific war. The division was
employed in several operations, especially in the month-long
assault against the Shuri Line, the Japanese main defenses on the
island. During 21-30 May, the 383rd Infantry fought a desperate
battle for control of Oboe Hill, the key to their part of the
Shuri Line. Dean was killed during this battle).










DERINGER, Don F.



COMPANY B, 124TH INFANTRY
(Dade County)

Born: 27 December 1921, Miami, Florida.

Derlnger was a high school graduate, living in Miami and working
as a store clerk earning $13 per week when he enlisted in Company
B, 124th Infantry Regiment. He was inducted into federal service
25 November 1940.

DIED OF WOUNDS; date, location and unit assignment at time of
death are unknown.





DUKE, George Roscoe


BATTERY C, 116TH FIELD ARTILLERY
(Hillsborough County)

Born: 6 September 1921, Ruppert, Georgia.

Duke was living in Valrico and earning $12 per week as a surveyor
when he enlisted in Battery C, 116th Field Artillery 10 January
1940. He was inducted into federal service as a Private 25
November 1940. Later, he was assigned to the 757TH TANK
BATTALION. He was a Corporal at the time of his death.

KILLED IN ACTION; 24 May 1944, Italy.

757th Tank Battalion


(Almost certainly killed during the actions which broke open the
Anzio Beahhoad and allowed Allied troops from Anzio to link up
with those coming from the south in the ensuing campaign to
capture Rome).





EBBETS, John Augustus


COMPANY B, 124TH INFANTRY
(Dade County)








Born: 13 December 1918, Jacksonville, Florida.

Ebbetts had completed one year of high school, lived in Miami and
worked as a clerk earning $17 per week at the time he enlisted in
Company B, 124th Infantry Regiment 14 October 1940. He was
inducted into federal service as a Private 25 November 1940.
Later, he accepted a commission and was assigned to the 19TH
INFANTRY REGIMENT, 24TH INFANTRY DIVISION. He was a 2nd
Lieutenant at the time of his death.

KILLED IN ACTION; 11 May 1945, Philippine Islands.

19th Infantry Regiment 24th Infantry Division


(The 24th Division was operating on Mindanao, Philippine Islands,
during the spring and summer of 1945. Entering from the city of
Davao, the division had been used in assaulting enemy positions
along the Talomo River. On the 11th, the 19th Infantry, with wir
and artillery support, launched an unsuccessful, and costly,
assault against Japanese positions on Hill 550 where Ebbetts was
killed).





ELLIOTT, John C.


COMPANY C, 124TH INFANTRY
(Palm Beach County)

Born: 19 November 1917 Cales, Alabama.

El iott had completed one year of high school, lived in West Palm
Beach and worked as a truck driver when he first enlisted in
Company C, 124th Infantry Regiment 15 June 1938. He was inducted
into federal service 25 November 1940. Later, he was assigned to
the 360TH BOMB SQUADRON, 303RD BOMB GROUP. He was a Staff
Sergeant at the time of his death.

His next of kin included S.F. Elliott, father, of West Palm
Beach.

KILLED IN ACTION; 21 January 1945, Freudenstadt, Germany.

360th Bomb Squadron 303rd Bomb Group


(The 303rd, flying B-17 heavy bombers, had been in action against
the Germans s:nce late 1942. During December 1944 and January
1945, the group was exclusively used to bomb German rail centers,
military assembly areas and other tactical and strategic targets
associated with the Battle of the Bulge. On the 21st of January,
his group, and others, hit Transportation centers and targets of
opportunity in and around Mannheim, Ashaffen and Reutlingen,
Germany).











ELLZEY, George Barkley


COMPANY H, 124TH INFANTRY
(Columbia County)

Born: 17 April 1920 State Line, Mississippi.

Elzey had completed one year of high school, lived In Lake City
and worked as a farmer at the time he enlisted in Company H,
124th Infantry Regiment 16 April 1940. He was inducted into
federal service 25 November 1940.

KILLED IN ACTION; date, location and unit assignment at time of
death are unknown.





EMPHREM, Victor L.


ANTI-TANK COMPANY, 124TH INFANTRY
(Duval)

Emphrem was inducted into federal service 25 November 1940.
Later, he was assigned to the 119TH INFANTRY REGIMENT, 30TH
INFANTRY DIVISION. He was a Sergeant at the time of his death.

KILLED IN ACTION; 11 August 1944, France.

119th Infantry Regiment 30th Infantry Division


(The 30th Division had seen heavy combat in Normandy and during
the first week in August, was positioned in defense of the city
of Mortair. A massive German counter-attack toward Avranches led
to savage fighting by all members of the 30th. The German attack
was contained and the division pushed the Germans out of Mortain,
but only after hard fighting and heavy casualties, including
EIIzey).





EVANS, Robert Lee

MEDICAL DETACHMENT, 124TH INFANTRY
(Seminole County).

Born: 16 February 1916 Bladensboro, North Carolina.









Evans had completed one year of high school, lived in Sanford and
had work experience as a butcher and grocery clerk earning $15
per week when he first enlisted in the Medical Detachment, 124th
Infantry Regiment 27 February 1934. He was inducted into federal
service 25 November 1940. He was a Staff Sergeant at the time of
his death.

KILLED IN ACTION; 6 May 1945, Mindanao, Philippine Islands.
(Evans received a posthumous Silver Star).

Medical Detachment, 124th Infantry 31st Infantry Division





MEDICAL DETACHMENT, 124TH INFANTRY
MEDICAL DETACHMENT, 24TH INFthe medical personnel, though not wounded, had bullet
REGIMENT holes il their.clothing. On 7 May 1945, the 3rd Baial-
31st Infanlily Division, General Orders Niumber 87 ion, 124thi Infantry Regiment, with the mission of seiz-
16 July 1945 ing an objective in rear of the enemy fortified position,
The Medical Detachment, 124th Infantry Regi- thereby cutting his communication to the rear, ad-
lient, is cited for outstanding perlbrmanie of duly in vanced around the flank of the 2nd Battalion in an en-
action on Mindanao, Philippine Islands, during the circling movement. In executing this mission the 3rd
period 6 May 1945 to 12 May 1945. On 6 May 1945, the Battalion crossed a flat open grassland between two
1st Battalion, 124th Infantry Regiment, advanced north areas of heavy woods. As the rear of the battalion,
along the Sayre Highway from Kibawe with the mission where the Battalion Medical Section was marching,
of seizing the Maramag Air Strip and opening the high- crossed this open grassland, the enemy launched a fu-
way to this point. Two miles south of their objective the rious banzai attack. In the light that ensued a number
leading elements of the Battalion entered an exception- of casualties were incurred by our troops. Though the
ally dense tropical rain forest. Here they encountered terrain was open and in lull view of the enemy, the per-
heavy, accurate, controlled fire from an estimated bat- sonnel of the 3rd Battalion Medical Section treated the
talion of the enemy occupying a long prepared, well wounded in spite of heavy machine gun, rifle, and inor-
tamnoullaged, defensive position organized in depth, tar lire. For several hours the Medical Section, along
The 1st latitalion launched a determined attack, as- with several rillemen, were cut olf from the Battalion.
saulting the position several times but were unable to Nevertheless the medical personnel continued to search
dislodge the enemy from his fortifications. Casualties for, treat, and collect the casualties. When contact was
were heavy. After the successive assaults, a large num- reestablished the wounded were evacuated. The Medi-
ber of the wounded remained in advance of our lines, cal Section then returned to make another reconnais-
All personnel of the Battalion Medical Section, as well sance of the open area for other wounded, though they
as personnel of the Regimental Medical Section volun- were still endangered by enemy fire. In so doing the
taril' went forward to augment the strength of the cons- personnel of the Medical Section were the last to leave
pany aid men. For three hours, under heavy enemy fire, this scene of conflict. This act not only saved the lives of
the medical personnel found, treated, and evacuated several of the fifteen severely wounded men and ten to
fifty casualties, many of which were 20 and 30 yards in .fifteen slightly wounded but was also responsible for
front of our lines. In the performance of this duty three keeping several of the wounded front falling into the
medical technicians were killed, the Assistant Battalion hands of a fanatical enemy. The Battalion Surgeon, al-
Suirgeon and one aid mail severely wounded, and three though severely wounded in this action, would not per-
aid men slightly wounded. On 7 May 1945, tile 2nd Bat- mit treatment of his wounds until the other casualties
talion, 124th Infantry Regiment. reinlfrced the 1st Bat- had been cared for and removed to safety. Tivo medical
talion with the mission of taking the fortified positions non-commissioned officers were killed, one by enemy
and of clearing the woods of the enemy. The 2nd Bat- bayonet wounds while he was attempting to reach a
ta.lin adva nced 200 yards through lthi underbrush wounded lUmal. The resistance of the enemny in and
lien it encountered the same fierce resistance that had about the woods was so well camouflaged, dug in, or-
faced the Ist Battalion the day before. The position was ganized and stubborn that the fighting of all three Bat-
assaulted hut the advance was stopped. Again numer- talions continued for a period of six days before our
ous casualties remained where they had fallen in front troops completely annihilated the enemy. During this
of the elneny positionls. Ii order to care lor and remove period of lime ithe eniri Medical Detaclinhent conitin-
all the wounded in as short a period as possible, the en- ued to go forward to treat and remove casualties from
tire 2nd Battalion Medical Section came forward to as- areas in front of our lines or from areas commanded by
sis tihle oiilpailny aid men. Thiroughouii tile day men of eiiniliy sniper lire. Tilt? (onspicuous gallantry and out-
tih 2ind liatialion Medical Section made numerous trips standing perfrii)ance of duly from (i May 19-15 to 12
20 and i3ll yards in front o our lines in tile face of heavy May 1945 by all personnel of the Medical Detachment,
enemy small arms and grenade fire to find, treat, and 124th Infantry Regiment, was an inspiration to the
evacuate approximately 40 severely wounded men. In troops advancing along the Sayre Highway, reflected
tile performance of this duty the Section Leader was great credit upon themselves and the Medical Depart-
killed, two aid men were seriously wounded and three of ment. and upheld the highest traditions of tile Service..









FERNANDEZ, Henry B. Jr.


BATTERY C, 116TH FIELD ARTILLERY
(Hillsborough County)

Fernandez was inducted into federal service 25 November 1940.
Later, he was assigned to the 466TH PARACHUTE ARTILLERY, 17TH
AIRBORNE DIVISION. He was a Technician 4th Class at the time of
his death.

KILLED IN ACTION; date uncertain but believed to have been 24
March 1945.

466th Parachute Artillery 17th Airborne Division


(Following limited action in the latter stages of the BAttle of
the Bulge, the 17th was the aerial assault force used in forcing
the German Rhine River defenses beginning 24 March. Fernandez
could have been killed in any of those actions but is believed to
have died during Operation Varsity; 24 March 1945).





FLAKE, J.C.


COMPANY K, 124TH INFANTRY
(Orange County)

Born: date and place unknown.

Flake had completed two years of high school, lived in Winter
Garden and worked as a farmer when he enlisted in Company K,
124th Infantry Regiment 16 February 1940. He was inducted into
federal service as a Private 25 November 1940. Later, he was
assigned to the 8TH INFANTRY REGIMENT, 4TH INFANTRY DIVISION.
He was a Private 1st Class at the time of his death.

KILLED IN ACTION; 2 August 1944, France.

8th Infantry Regiment 4th Infantry Division


(Following the Allied breakout from the Normandy Beachhead, the
4th division had the mission of clearing the Germans from the
area of St. Pois, enabling the remainder of the U.S. First Army
to force the Germans away from American troops in western France
and the Brittany Peninsula. Flake was killed in those actions).








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FORRESTER, Copeland Albert


BATTERY D, 116TH FIELD ARTILLERY
(Hillsborough County)

Born: 2 December 1921 Dothan, Alabama.

Forrester had completed three and one half years of high school,
worked as a student and lived in Lakeland at the time he enlisted
in Battery D, 116th Field Artillery 29 December 1939. He was
inducted into federal service 25 November 1940 and was a Sergeant
at the time of his death.

DIED NON-BATTLE; date, location and unit assignment at the time
of his death are unknown.





FOX, Raymond Franklin


COMPANY D, 106TH ENGINEERS
(Franklin County)

Fox was a high school graduate living in Callaway at the time he
enlisted in Company D, 106th Engineers 26 September 1940. Later
he was inducted into federal service 25 November 1940. Later, he
was assigned to the 860TH BOMB SQUADRON, 493RD BOMB GROUP. He
was a Staff Sergeant at the time of his death.

KILLED IN ACTION; 19 September 1944, Hilbersheim, Germany.


860TH Bomb Squadron 493 Bomb Group
------------------- -------

(The 493rd operated B-17 heavy bombers with the 8th Air Force
against targets in northern and western Europe. During the third
week in September, most missions were against transportation and
communications centers in northwestern Germany in support of
Allied operations in Holland. On the 19th, in splete of poor
weather, more than 600 heavy bombers hit various targets of
opportunity in Germany).












FUQUAY, Cecil Owen


COMPANY C, 124TH INFANTRY
(Palm Beach County)

Born: 10 December 1917 Daytona Beach, Florida.

Fuquay was a high school graduate working as a laborer in West
Palm Beach when he first enlisted in Company C, 124th Infantry
Regiment 13 July 1936. He was inducted into federal service 25
November 1940 and was a 2nd Lieutenant at the time of his death.

KILLED IN ACTION; date, location and unit assignment at time of
death are unknown.




GAINES, William J.


COMPANY C, 106TH QUARTERMASTERS
(Duval County)

Born: 6 July 1910 Oxford, Florida.

Gaines was a high school graduate living in Jacksonville who
worked as a butcher when he first enlisted in the Motor Transport
Company, 124th Infantry Regiment 5 September 1928. The unit was
later redesignated Company C, 106th Quartermaster Regiment. He
was inducted into federal service as a Sergeant 25 November 1940.
Later, he was commissioned and underwent training at Fort
Warren, Wyoming, Fort Crook, Nebraske and Fort Lewis, Washington.
He was a Captain at the time of his death.

His next of kin included Doris Gaines, wife, and Mr. and Mrs.
W.J. Gaines, parents, all of Jacksonville, Florida.

DIED OF WOUNDS; 21 August 1944, of wounds received 16 August, in
France; location and unit assignment at time of death is
unknown.





GOFF, Curtis Augustus Jr.


COMPANY G, 124TH INFANTRY
(Duval County)









Born: 16 January 1922 Hazelhurst, Georgia.

Goff had completed grammar school, was living in Jacksonville and
worked as a grocery clerk when he enlisted in Company G, 124th
Infantry Regiment 26 February 1940. He was inducted into federal
service 25 November 1940 aas a Private. Later, he was assigned
to the 8TH INFANTRY REGIMENT, 4TH INFANTRY DIVISION. He was a
Private 1st Class at the time of his death.

KILLED IN ACTION; 25 June 1944, Normandy, France.

8th Infantry Regiment 4th Infantry Division


(The 4th Division had landed on D-Day and had been involved in
the defense of the American positions at Utah Beach and the
subsequent campaign to clear the Germans out of the Cherborug
Peninsula. On the 25th of June, the Division was involved in
securing the area east of the city of Cherbourg and was then used
to assault the built-up and heavily defended areas of the eastern
portion of the city during which operations Goff was killed).





GOLDEN, William Crocker


HEADQUARTERS BATTERY, 265TH COAST ARTILLERY
(Duval County)

Born: 12 July 1918 Jacksonville, Florida.

Golden was a graduate of R.E. Lee High School, living in
Jacksonville and working as a clerk/salesman earning $18 per week
when he enlisted in the Headquarters Battery, 265th Coast
Artillery 2 October, 1940. He was inducted into federal service
as a Private 1st Class 6 January 1941. Later, he was
commissioned a bombardier and assigned to the 20TH BOMB
SQUADRON, 2ND BOMB GROUP. He was a 1st Lieutenant at the time of
his death.

KILLED IN ACTION; 10 January 1944, Bulgaria. (Golden had
completed more than thirty combat missions prior to his death).

20th Bomb Squadron 2nd Bomb Group


(The 2nd Group flew B-17 heavy bombers In the from African and
Italian bases against Germany targets ranging from southern
Germany to the Balkans. On the 10th of January 1944, the group,
and others, escorted by P-47 fighter aircraft, attacked enemy
targets in Sofia, Bulgaria. Two heavy bombers, including
Golden's, were lost to enemy action).












HALL, Russell E.


SERVICE COMPANY, 124TH INFANTRY
(St. Johns County)

Born: 21 July 1919 Thomasville, Georgia.

Hall was a high school graduate living in St. Augustine working
as a truck driver and clerical worker earning $14 per week when
he first enlisted in the Service Company, 124th Infantry Regiment
6 September 1938. He was inducted as a Corporal into federal
service 26 November 1940. Later, he received a commission and
served with the 506TH PARACHUTE INFANTRY REGIMENT, 101ST AIRBORNE
DIVISION. He was a 1st Lieutenant at the time of his death.

His next of kin included Dina Hall, mother, of St. Augustine.

KILLED IN ACTION; 23 September 1944, Veghel, Holland.

506th Parachute Infantry 101st Airborne Division


(The 101st Division had been part of the airborne campaign,
Operation Market Garden, intended to capture bridges over the
Rhine River at Arnhem. The 101st was dropped on Eindhoven 17
September and its mission was to clear the Germans from the area,
defend against German counter-attacks, and open and maintain land
communications with the British Guards to the south. It was
while re-capturing German held positions along the Veghel-Unden
highway that Hall was killed).





HARPER, Wil lam Mack


COMPANY E, 124TH INFANTRY
(Suwanee County)

Born: 21 August 1921 Tarpon Springs, Florida.

Harper was a high school graduate living in L'ive Oak when he
enlisted in Company E, 124th Infantry Regiment 16 October 1940.
He was inducted into federal service 25 November 1940. Later, he
was assigned to the 309TH INFANTRY REGIMENT, 78TH INFANTRY
DIVISION. He was a Sergeant at the time of his death.

KILLED IN ACTION; 15 April 1945 Killinghausen, Germany.





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309th Infantry Regiment 78th Infantry Division


(The Division had entered combat In the latter stages of the
Battle of the Bulge and had been used in clearing the areas east
of the Roer River. Later, the Division crossed the Rhine at
Remagen and was involved in assaulting the southern face of the
Ruhr Pocket. The division, after severe close combat, captured
Elberfeld and Wuppertal, Germany during which battle Harper was
killed).





HARRIS, Gillis Roger


BATTERY F, 116TH FIELD ARTILLERY
(Polk County)

Born: 17 December 1917 Waycross, Georgia.

Harris had finished seven years of grammar school and was a
citrus worker living in Lake Wales when he enlisted in Battery F,
116th Field Artillery 27 June 1939. He was inducted into federal
service 26 November 1940 as a Private. Later, he was assigned to
the 456TH PARACHUTE INFANTRY REGIMENT, 82ND AIRBORNE DIVISION.
He was a Private at the time of his death.

His next of kin included Lulu Harris, mother, Lake Wales,
Florida.

KILLED IN ACTION; 15 October 1944 Nijmegen, Holland.

456th Parachute Infantry 82nd Airborne Division


(As part of the Operation Market Garden aerial assault on Holland
during September, the 101st was later employed in defending the
Nijmegen Corridor against very strong German counter-attacks and
in securing the positions along the Nijmegen-Groesbeek Ridge
necessary for the next offensive to reach the Rhine River.
Harris was killed in action on the Ridge).





HEAD, Frank Edward


MEDICAL DETACHMENT, 116TH FIELD ARTILLERY
(Hillsborough County)

Born: 22 December 1921 Plant City, Florida.








Head had completed two years of high school, lived in Sulphur
Springs and worked as a truck driver when he enlisted in Battery
B,' 116th Field Artillery 17 July 1940. (He almost immediately
switched to the Medical Detachment) He was inducted into federal
service 25 November 1940. Later, he was assigned to the 503RD
PARACHUTE INFANTRY REGIMENT, 11TH AIRBORNE DIVISION. He was a
Private 1st Class at the time of his death.

KILLED IN ACTION; 16 February 1945, Philipine Islands.

503rd Parachute Infantry 11th Airborne Division


(While ostensibly part of the 11th Airborne Division, the 503rd
had fought its war in the pacific as an independent Regimental
Combat Team. It was as an RCT that the regiment was dropped on
the island of Corregidor at the entracne to Manila Harbor, the
island surrendered to the Japanes in 1942. Head was killed
during the assault).






HERRING, Francis Marion


SERVICE COMPANY, 124TH INFANTRY
(St. Johns County)

Born: 26 August 1916 Lake Park, Georgia.

Herring was a high school and college (Georgia Southwestern)
graduate living in St. Augustine and working in advertising
earning $20 per week when he enlisted in the Service Company,
124th Infantry Regiment 22 November 1940. He was inducted into
federal service 25 November 1940. Later, he was assigned to the
7TH INFANTRY REGIMENT, 3RD INFANTRY DIVISION. He was a Sergeant
at the time of his death.

His next of kin included Mrs. F.M. Herring, wife, Mamie Herring,
mother, both of St. Augustine, two sisters and three brothers of
various locations.

KILLED IN ACTION; 24 November 1944, Saales, France.

7th Infantry Regiment 3rd infantry Division


(During October and November of 1944, the 3rd Division was
employed against German positions in Northeastern France. In mid
November, the Division captured the area around Clairefontain-St.
Michel and led the assault through the Vosges Mountains, gateway
to the key city of Strasbourg. Herring was killed in this campaign).











HOGAN, James C.


COMPANY D, 124TH INFANTRY
(Seminole County)

Born: 29 July 1914 Fitzgerald, Georgia.

Hogan lived in Sanford and enlisted in Company D, 124th Infantry
Regiment 9 July 1939. He was inducted into federal service 25
November 1940 as a Private. Later, he was assigned to the 180TH
INFANTRY REGIMENT, 45TH INFANTRY DIVISION. He was a Private 1st
Class at the time of his death.

KILLED IN ACTION; 16 August 1944, Ste. Maxime, France.

180th Infantry Regiment 45th Infantry Division


(The 45th had been heavily engaged in the Italian Campaign from
1943 until the invasion of Southern France, Operation Dragoon,
for which the division was part of the initial assault force. It
was landed at Ste. Maxime on 15 August and for the next two days,
fought hard to secure the beachhead and clear out the defending
Germans. It was during this battle Hogan was killed).





HOWARD, Green Van


COMPANY E, 124TH INFANTRY
(Suwanee County)

Born: 23 June 1919 McAlpine, Florida.

Howard had completed three and one half years of high school,
worked as a farmer and lived in Live Oak at the time he first
enlisted in Company E, 124th Infantry Regiment 23 September 1936.
(He had been a football star with the local high school team) He
was inducted into federal service 25 November 1940 as a Private.
Later, he was assigned to the 119TH INFNATRY REGIMENT, 30TH
INFANTRY DIVISION. He was a Staff Sergeant at the time of his
death.

His next of kin included Mr. and Mrs. P.M. Howard, parents, of
McAlpine, Florida and five sisters and two brothers of various
locations.

KILLED IN ACTION; 8 July 1944, St. Lo, Normandy, France.








119th Infantry Regiment 30th Infantry Division


(The 30th Division was deeply involved in the Normandy Campaign
of France and during early July, was used to capture German
defenses in the hedgerow country northwest of St. Lo. On the 7th
and 8th of July, units of the Division made an assault crossing
of the Vire-Taute Canal and established a bridgehead at St.
Jean-de Day, during which operation Howard was killed).





HOWE, John Sylvester


COMPANY G, 124TH INFANTRY
(Duval County)

Born: 21 March 1919 Thelmann, Georgia.

Howe was living in Jacksonville when he enlisted in Company G,
124th Infantry Regiment 22 July 1940. He was inducted into
federal service 25 November 1940. Later, he was assigned to the
30TH INFANTRY DIVISION. He was a Corporal at the time of his
death.

KILLED IN ACTION; 12 July 1944, St.. Lo, Normandy, France.

30th Infantry Division


(On the 12th of July, the 30th Division, following weeks of
severe fighting in the hedgerow, or bocage, country of Normandy,
France north of the key road center of St. Lo, fought a bitter,
but unsuccessful, battle to capture the German positions at Pont
Hebert where Howe was killed).





HUGHES, John William


BATTERY F, 265TH COAST ARTILLERY
(Dade County)

Born: 22 September 1915 Miami, Florida.

Hughes was a high school graduate living in Miami, earning $25
per week as a clerk when he enlisted in Battery F, 265th Coast
Artillery 9 September 1940. He was inducted into federal service
as a Private 6 January 1941. Later he was assigned to the 168TH
INFANTRY REGIMENT, 34TH INFANTRY DIVISION. He was a Private 1st
Class at the time of his death.

DIED OF WOUNDS; 7 January 1944, San Vittore, Italy.







168th Infantry Regiment 34th Infantry Division


(Following the North African, Sicilian and Southern Italian
campaigns, the 34th was given the mission of capturing assault
positions within the German Gustav Line rorth of Naples.
Destined to be the start of a long and bitter winter-spring
campaign, the division attacked German defense positions
overlooking the Rapido River, 6-7 January 1944 during which
action Hughes received the wounds which cost him his life).



HYSLER, Daniel Franklin Jr.


BATTERY A, 265TH COAST ARTILLERY
(Duval County)

Born: 16 September 1922 Jacksonville, Florida.

Hysler was living in Jacksonville and working as a concrete
finisher earning $18 per week when he enlisted in Battery A,
265th Coast Artillery 25 September 1940. He was inducted into
federal service 6 January 1941. He appears to have gone AWOL in
order to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a Corporal,
U.S.M.C. at the time of his death.

KILLED IN ACTION; 6 January 1945, Luzon, Philipine Islands.

(Hysler was serving aboard the U.S.S. New Mexico as part of the
ship's company. The New Mexico was engaged in shore bombardment
and anti-aircraft protection of ships involved in the Linguyan
Gulf, Luzon, Philippine Islands invasion force. A Japanese
Kamakazi aircraft crashed into the bridge area of the New Mexico,
killing approximately forty members of the crew, including
Hysler).





INESON, William Luke Jr.


HEADQUARTERS BATTERY, 116TH FIELD ARTILLERY
(Pinellas County)

Born: 2 March 1919 Clearwater, Florida.

Ineson was a high school graduate living in St. Petersburg and
working.as a watchmaker/truck driver earning $12 per week when he
enlisted in Headquarters Battery, 116th Field Artillery 21
November 1940. He was inducted into federal service 25 November
1940. He was a Sergeant at the time of his death.

DIED NON-BATTLE; date, location and unit assignment at the time
of his death is unknown.









JENKINS, Samuel T.


COMPANY M, 124TH INFANTRY
(Leon County)

Born: 18 October 1920, Jacksonville, Florida.

Jenkins lived in Monticello, worked as a farmer and had completed
seven years of grammar school when he first enlisted in Company
M, 124th Infantry Regiment 1 October 1939. He was inducted into
federal service as a Private 25 November 1940. Later, he was
assigned to the 117TH INFANTRY REGIMENT, 30TH INFANTRY DIVISION.
He was a Corporal at the time of his death.

His next of kin included John Jenkins, father, Monticello,
Florida.

KILLED IN ACTION; 27 February 1945, Hambach Forest, Germany.

117th Infantry Regiment 30th Infantry Regiment


(Following the conclusion of the Ardennes Campaign, the 30th
Division was employed in the Roer River Campaign. The 117tJ
crossed the Roer and helped clear the city of Hambach and then
was sent against strong German positions at Steinstrass in the
Hambach Forest where Jenkins was killed).





JOHNSON, Andrew L. Jr.


COMPANY F, 124TH INFANTRY
(Duval County)

Born: 4 July 1920 Jacksonville, Florida.

Johnson lived in Jacksonville and worked in a dry cleaners
earning $12 per week at the time he enlisted in Company F, 124th
Infantry Regiment 10 September 1939. He was inducted into
federal service as a Private 1st Class 25 November 1940.

His next of kin included Anna Johnson, mother, Jacksonville,
Florida.

DIED NON-BATTLE; 4 April 1941, at Camp Blanding, Florida.









JOHNSON, Robert Nesbitt


COMPANY K, 124TH INFANTRY
(Orange County)

Born: 10 February 1918 Orlando, Florida.

Johnson was field forman for a central Florida dairy when he
first enlisted in Company K, 124th Infantry Regiment 19 June
1936. Johnson received the Florida Service Medal. He was
inducted into federal service as a 2nd Lieutenant 25 November
1940. Later, he was assigned to the 504TH PARACHUTE INFANTRY
REGIMENT, 82ND AIRBORNE DIVISION. He was a Captain at the time
of his death.

KILLED IN ACTION; 16 December 1943, Mt. Sammuero, Italy.

504th Parachute Infantry 82nd Airborne Division


(Following the Sicilian Campaign, the 82nd became involved in the
assault on Southern Italy. After the capture of Naples by the
Allies, the Germans established an extremely powerful defensive
Winter Line in the mountains north of the city. These defenses
would not be completely breached until the late spring of 1944.
Johnson was killed leading his men during an attack on Hill 687,
a key feature of the German Winter Line).





JONES, Joseph A.


HEADQUARTERS BATTERY, 265TH COAST ARTILLERY
(Duval County)

Born: 2 September 1919 Screven, Georgia.

Jones lived in Jacksonville and worked as a mail clerk at the
time of his enlistment in Headquarters Battery, 265th Coast
Artillery 4 October 1939. He was inducted into federal service
as a Private 1st Class 6 January 1941. Later, he served with the
450TH BOMB SQUADRON, 322ND BOMB GROUP. He was a 1st Lieutenant
at the time of his death.

His next of kin included Naney Jones, mother, Jacksonville,
Florida.

KILLED IN ACTION; 17 May 1943, Bergen, Holland.

450th Bomb Squadron 322nd Bomb Group
- - - - - - -








(The 322nd flew B-26 medium bombers and had its first combat
mission 14 May 1943 when 12 aircraft bombed a powerplant in
Holland, attacking from a very low altitude. The second mission
of the group, again against a target in Holland and again from a
very low altitude, was a disaster. One plane returned early with
engine problems; all ten remaining aircraft, including Jones's,
were lost to enemy action).





KALEEL, Sam Abraham


BATTERY B, 265TH COAST ARTILLERY
(Duval County)

Born: 21 October 1917 Jacksonville, Florida.

Kaleel was a news agent/distributor living in Jacksonville when
he first enlisted in Howitzer Battery, 124th Infantry Regiment 2
October 1934. Later he transferred to Battery B, 265th Coast
Artillery. He was inducted into federal service as a Private 6
January 1941.

His next of kin included Mary Kaleel, mother, Jacksonville,
Florida.

DIED NON-BATTLE; Date, location and unit assignment at the time
of his death are not known.





KAUFMAN, Herbert Corbett


COMPANY M, 124TH INFANTRY
(Leon County)

Born: 12 December 1912 Tallahassee, Florida.

Kaufman was a high school graduate living in Tallahassee when he
first enlisted in Company M, 124th Infantry Regiment 17 February
1931. He advanced through the ranks, receiving a commission as
2nd Lieutenant 12 December 1939. He was the recipient of both
the Florida Service and State Active Duty medals. Kaufman was
inducted into federal service 25 November 1940. Later, he was
assigned to the 504TH PARACHUTE INFANTRY REGIMENT, 82ND AIRBORNE
DIVISION. He was a Captain at the time of his death.

His next of kin Included his mother, a wife, and a son; all of
Tallahassee, Florida.








KILLED IN ACTION; 9 July 1943 near Gela, Sicily.

504th Parachute Infantry 82nd Airborne Division


(The 82nd was part of the Allied invasion force in the attack on
Sicily, 9 July 1943. The 3rd Battalion of the 504th, including
Kaufman's company, was dropped on Ponte 01 ivo, northeast of Gela,
Sicily. The area was behind the German defenses. The Germans
resisted strongly and mounted a counter-attack against the
beachhead held by the U.S. 1st Infantry Division and through the
area tenuously held by the 504th. Kaufman was killed during the
ensuing battle).





KELLER, John Joseph


COMPANY A, 124TH INFANTRY
(Dade County)

Born: 3 December 1914 Cleveland, Ohio.

Keller lived in Miami when he first enlisted in Company A, 124th
Infantry REgiment 26 April 1935. He advanced through the ranks,
receiving a commission as 2nd Lieutenant 14 April 1939. He
received the Florida Active State Duty Medal and was inducted
into federal service 25 November 1940. Later, he was assigned to
the 507TH PARACHUTE INFANTRY REGIMENT, 82ND AIRBORNE DIVISION.
He was a Captain at the time of his death.

His next of kin included Marie Berier, mother, Miami, Florida.

KILLED IN ACTION; 6-7 June 1944, Normandy, France.

507th Parachute Infantry 82nd Airborne Division


(The 82nd was part of the Allied airborne assault on the Normandy
Peninsula of France, D-Day, the 6th of June 1944. The airborne
drop zones were near the town of Ste Marie-Eglise and the
causeways which led to "Utah Beach". The Germans resisted
furiously and the division sustained many casualties, including
Keller, defending and expanding their positions).



KEMP, Thomas Eugene


COMPANY C, 124TH'INFANTRY
(Palm Beach)

Born: 20 April 1918 Sylvania, Georgia.









Kemp lived in Palm Beach and had completed one year of high
school when he enlisted in Company C, 124th Infantry Regiment 10
September 1940. He was inducted into federal service 25 November
1940 as a Private. He remained with the 124TH INFANTRY REGIMENT,
31ST INFANTRY DIVISION and with it, served in the Southwest
Pacific. He was a Sergeant at the time of his death.

His next of kin included Lester Kemp, father, Sylvania, Georgia.

KILLED IN ACTION; 3 August 1944, Aitape, New Guinea.

124th Infantry Regiment 31st Infantry Division



(The 124th Infantry Regimental Combat Team was involved in the
Aitape-Drinimour River Campaign in New Guinea for which the 3rd
Battalion received a Distinguished Unit Citation. On the day
Kemp was killed, the 3rd had made a flank march against Japanese
positions, combatting strong enemy units, the main line of which
they encountered on the 3rd of August, the day of Kemp's death.
Later, the Japanese were successfully turned out of their main
defenses).

3RD BATTALION, 124TH INFANTRY
REGIMENT nlent, reinforced by an infantry battalion, launched a
counter-attack, to the east toward Niumen Creek. to re-
31st Infiiary Division. General Order Number 15i5 liCev' the pressure on tle extreme southern Hank and to
20 Sepltiber -19-5 secure a position from which the enemy could be en-
The 3rd Battalion, 124th Infantry, is cited for out- veloped and cut off. The 3rd Battalion on the extreme
standing performance of duty in action near Aitape. right flank of three battalions abreast with the reinforc-
Brilish New Guinea, during the period 12July 1944 to 7 mg battalion following reached its objective early in the
August 1944. On 12 ,uly 1944, tie 3rd Battalion. after a afternoon of I August 1944. Turning south the 3rd Bat-
lor'cle march of' 12 miles, roiued aul enirny-leld posi- talion encountered well prepared pol silions and the ad-
tion cast ol the X-Ray River to secure a line of depar- vance was halted due to tile bitter opposition. Following
ture, to launch a counterattack to restore the line of the the engagement 99 enemy dead were counted. The ad-
Driniuimor River, which had been penetrated by a dI- vance t tthe south continued through dlese jungle,
terminied tanatical enemy force the previous day. The rough and swampy terrain, with the 3rd Battalion
3rd Battalion, with an exposed right flank, led the at- reaching tile Afua Trail far in advance of the battalion
tack and by strong aggressive action reached its objec- on its right. On 5 August 1944. while attacking south on
tive I;. te in rlie afternoon of 13 July 1944. This battalion Niumen iCreek, the 3rd Battalion contacted strong dug-
was subjected to intense automatic and small arms lire in positions, but by aggressive action digging the enemy
from three exposed flanks throughout the night, as from caves and spider fox-holes in solid rock, continued
other elements olf the combat team had been delayed by to advance until 1500. Heavy mortar fire was received
a strong enemlly force andl could not close in on tlhe ob. during thie night ani thie enemy launched a vigorous
jective. On 14 July 1944, the 3rd Battalion in an advance couunerattack which was quickly repulsed by the 3rd
to close the'left Ilank of the unit on their right, met sud- Battalion. Immediately afterwards, the 3rd Battalion
den intensive enemy resfie instance from all directions. launched an attack fixing the enemy in position, while
The 3rd Battalion lighting with sheer determination another battalion flanked to the eniemly's left; then a
under tile most adverse circumstances finally over- vicious coordinated attack was launched, destroying
powered the enemy killing 168 enemy and severed and and routing an estimated reinforced battalion, account-
strongly secured the enemy's main supply route. This ing for 425 enemy dead. As a result of the strenuous ac-
feat was accomplished so swiftly that an enemy supply lion on 5 and 6 August the whole enemy force was
train continued to advance down the trail directly into practically annihilated and the disorganized remnants
the strongest sector of the 3rd Battalion's perimeter, re- of the force trapped. The 3rd Battalion was in constant
suiting in 131 enemy dead littering the trail and river contact with the desperate enemy force during the pe-
bed. Shortly before daybreak oi 16 July the 3rd Baral- riod of 13 July to 7 August 1944. The aggressive action
ion was attacked by a well organized enemy force from of the 3rd Battalion, relentlessly driving the enemy
the rear followed by a similar attack supported by mor- through mud, swamps, dense jungle growth and over
tar fire on the right flank by an eneny force occupying rough mountainous terrain during heavy prevailing
positions previously prepared by friendly troops. The rains, never allowing the enemy to consolidate and re-
opposition in that direction was quickly neutralized and organize, played a major role in the liberation of Aitape
one company of the Battalion counterattacked to the and established another "stepping stone" for Allied
right and drove the enemy from their position where armies to advance to the other strategic islands to the
416 eremiy ,'ere killed. Early on the morning of 21 July north. During this period the 3rd Battalion accounted
1944, thle enemy launched a vicious coordinated attack for approximately 1300 enemy dead. The conspicuous
on the front and rear defense of the 3rd Battalion. gallantry and the outstanding performance of duty
There followed the most fanatical fighting up to this from 13 July to 7 August 1944 by all personnel of the
time as the enemy attacked the well defended positions 3rd Battalion, 124th Infantry Regiment, reflects great
of the battalion time and time again, only to be repulsed credit upon themselves and the Battalion and upholds
by a superior force. On 31 July 1944, the entire regi- the highest traditions of the service.




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KNIGHT, Carlton Dewitt


COMPANY E, 124TH INFANTRY
(Suwanee County)

Born: 25 June 1919 Suwanee County, Florida.

Knight was a farmer in Suwanee County and had completed one year
of high school at the time of his enlistment in Company E, 124th
Infantry Regiment 11 September 1940. He was inducted into
federal service 25 November 1940 as a Private. Laer he was
assigned to the 60TH INFANTRY REGIMENT, 9TH INFANTRY DIVISION. He
was a Technician 5th Class at the time of his death.

KILLED IN ACTION; 11 October 1944 Zweifel, Germany.

60th Infantry Regiment 9th Infantry Division


(The 9th Division had been engaged in extensive combat operations
since the Normandy invasion during which it was part of the force
which captured Cherbourg. But the fighting in the Huertgen
Forest, part of the German West Wall defenses saw the bitterest
fighting for units of the division, especially the 60th Regiment.
It was during the extremely savage fighting for control of Road
Junction 471 that Knight was killed).





LANDEN, Nathaniel Vasco


COMPANY E, 124TH INFANTRY
(Suwanee County)

Born: 25 November 1920 Suwanee County, Florida.

Landen was a high school graduate, living in Suwanee County and
working as a farmer earning $15 per week when he enlisted In
Company E, 124th Infantry Regiment. He was inducted into federal
service 25 November 1940 but quickly recommended for a disability
discharge two days later. But he returned to service and served
with the 435TH FIGHTER SQUADRON, 475TH FIGHTER GROUP. He was a
2nd Lieutenant at the time of his death.

KILLED IN ACTIONL 19 September 1944, Menado, Celebes Islands.

435th Fighter Squadron 475th Fighter Group



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(The 475th was one of the most famous and highly decorated
fighter groups in the Pacific, including Florida's Medal of Honor
winner, Thomas McGuire. The group earned two Distinguished Unit
Citations in 1943. During the late summer and fall of 1944, the
Group, flying P-38 fighter-bomber aircraft, operated out of Biak
Island against Japanese targets in the western New Guinea,
Celebes, Borneo and the Southern Philippines. On the 19th of
September 1944, the group attacked and destroyed Japanese fuel
tanks and defensive positions in the Amoerang port area of the
Northeast Celebes. Several aircraft were lost to heavy Japanese
anti-aircraft fire).




LAWHORN, Cecil Boyd


COMPANY A, 124TH INFANTRY
(Dade County)

Born: 17 February 1920 Lakeland, Florida.

Lawhorn had completed one year of high school, lived in Miami and
worked as a mechanic earning $15 per week when he enlisted in
Company A, 124th Infantry Regiment 25 September 1939. He was
inducted into federal service 25 November 1940 as a Private.
Later he was assigned to the 502ND PARACHUTE INFANTRY REGIMENT,
101ST AIRBORNE DIVISION. He was a Private 1st Class at the time
of his death.

KILLED IN ACTION, 19 September 1944, Best, Holland.

502nd Parachute Infantry 101st Airborne Division


(The 101st was part of the Allied airborne invasion of Holland,
Operation Market-Garden in September 1944. The division was
dropped near Eindhoven to secure river crossings for advancing
Allied land forces and to defend the corridor against German
counter-attacks. It was during the especially heavy German
attacks from the east that Lawhorn was killed).





LENNON, Rufus Henry


COMPANY L, 124TH INFANTRY
(Manatee County)*

Born: 7 April 1921 Plant City, Florida.











Lennon had completed grammar school and lived in Bradento when he
enlisted in Company L, 124th Infantry Regiment 18 May 1940. He
was Inducted into federal service as a Private 25 November 1940.
LAter he was assigned to the 180TH INFANTRY REGIMENT, 45TH
INFANTRY DIVISION. He was a Private at the time of his death.

KILLED IN ACTION; 21 September 1944 Epinal, France.

180th Infantry Regiment 45th Infantry Division


(The 45th Division had seen considerable combat in the Italian
Campaign prior to its commitment to the invasion of Southern
France. In August and September of 1944, the division moved
northward in France and in mid to late September, was involved in
the heavy fighting to secure the crossings over the Moselle
River. It was during the bitter fighting for control of the
Chatel area near Epinal that Lennon was killed).










LUTZ, Herman Paul


HEADQUARTERS COMPANY, 124TH INFANTRY
(Duval County)

Born: 27 July 1919 Jacksonville, Florida.

Lutz had completed one year of college, lived and worked In
Jacksonville as a salesman earning $25 per week when he enlisted
in Howitzer Company, 124th Infantry Regiment 12 July 1939. Later
he transferred to Headquarters Company and was inducted into
federal service as a Staff Sergeant 25 November 1940. He
received a commission and was assigned to the 148TH INFANTRY
REGIMENT, 37TH INFANTRY DIVISION. He was a Major at the time of
his death.

His next of kin included Henry and Rose Lutz, parents,
Jacksonville, Florida.

KILLED IN ACTION; 19 June 1945, Luzon, Philippine Islands.

148th Infantry Regiment 37th Infantry Division










(The 37th Division had first entered combat in the Russell
Islands Campaign, New Georgia, Rendova and Bouganville Islands.
It landed at Lingayen Gulf, Luzon, Philippine Islands in January
1945 and was in almost continual combat from then until war's
end. Lutz received his first Silver Star for actions in the
approaches to and fighting in, the Japanese defended city of
Manila. His second Silver Star, awarded posthmously, was for
actions in the crossing operations of the Cagayen River and the
approach to the Japanese positions at Ilagan).

1st Silver Star


"For Gallantry in action at***(Manila) Philippine Islands, on 3
and 18 February 1945. During an assault river crossing a soldier
was painfully wounded by intense hostile fire. Captain Lutz, a
battalion staff officer, immediately went to the man's aid.
Although subjected to heavy enemy machine gun and rifle fire, he
administered first aid and dragged the man to a sheltered
position. On another occasion during an assault on an
enemy-held building, Captain Lutz led a tank forward and directed
its fire on point targets. Although bullets from enemy machine
guns struck in and around his post, Captain Lutz remained in this
exposed position until the tank reduced the enemy gun
emplacements. His Intrepidity and willingness to expose himself
under fire proved an inspiration to the men around him".


2nd Silver Star (posthumous)


"While moving along a road with a motorized reconnaissance party
near*** (Ilagen, Luzon) on 19 June 1945, Captain (already posted
Major; orders in transit) Lutz detected two well-camouflaged
enemy tanks off to the side of the road. One of the tanks was
severely damaged and appeared harmless. The other showed no
signs of having been fired upon and was parked so that its guns
covered the road. Captain Lutz, suspecting that the tank was
still manned, decided to investigate. He approached the tank
with another officer, mounted it, and thrust open the turret, and
emptied a clip from his pistol into the tank, killing several
enemy soldiers. He then jumped to the ground, telling his
companion that he was going to organize a patrol to investigate
the sector for additional enemy soldiers. Just as he dashed onto
the road, several Japanese light machine guns opened fire, and he
was killed instantly. Captain Lutz's outstanding courage and
alertness in discovering a hostile ambush saved many American
lives".









MARTIN, Clifford Eunice


COMPANY B, 124TH INFANTRY
(Dade County)

Born: 21 July 1916 Whigham, Georgia.

Martin lived in Miami, had finished grammar school and worked as
a mechanic earning $21 per week when he enlisted in Company B,
124th Infnatry Regiment 11 July 1940. He was inducted into
federal service as a Private 25 November 1940. Later he was
assigned to the 503RD PARACHUTE INFANTRY REGIMENT, 11TH AIRBORNE
DIVISION.

His next of kin included Lottie Martin, mother, Miami, Florida.
(He was married but separated at the time of death).

KILLED IN ACTION, 17 September 1943, Southwest Pacific.

503rd Parachute Infantry 11th Airborne Division


(Although listed as part of the 11th Airborne Division, the 503rd
operated separately and arrived in the Pacific nearly a year
before the division arrived. The 503rd was used extensively
during the campaign in New Guinea. During September 1943, the
regiment was employed at Nazdab to secure a forward base for
American and Australian forces under General Douglas MacArthur.
MArtin was killed the last day of deployment and action in the
Nazdab area).





MATHEWS, Arthur Franklin
m-- - - -

HEADQUARTERS BATTERY, 2ND BATTALION, 116TH FIELD ARTILLERY
(Polk County)

Born: 4 December 1920 Bartow, Florida.

Mathews had completed one year of high school, lived in Bartow
and worked as a student and clerk when he enlisted in
Headquarters Battery, 2nd Battalion, 116th Field Artillery 24
January 1939. He was inducted into federal service as a Private
25 November 1940. Later he was assigned to the 508TH PARACHUTE
INFANTRY REGIMENTAL COMBAT TEAM, attached to the 82ND AIRBORNE
DIVISION. He was a Corporal at the time of his death.

KILLED IN ACTION; 12 June 1944, Normandy, France.







508th Parachute Infantry 82nd Airborne Division


(The 508th had been part of the airborne assault on Normandy,
D-Day, the 6th of June 1944. Engaged in bitter fighting against
strong German resistance, the 508th was reinforced and designated
a Task Force 12 June and made a combat crossing of the Douve
River at Beuzeville-la-Bastille the night of 12-13 June. Mathews
was killed in tha action.





MCGAHEE, Huton


COMPANY F, 124TH INFNATRY
(Duval County)

Born: 4 February 1919 Williamson, Georgia.

McGahee was a high school graduate living in Jacksonville working
as a truck driver earning $15 per week when he first enlisted in
Company F, 124th Infantry Regiment. He was inducted into federal
service as a Corporal 25 November 1940. Later he was assigned to
the 12TH INFANTRY REGIMENT, 4TH INFANTRY DIVISION. He was a 2nd
Lieutenant at the time of his death.

His next of kin included Hattie McGahee, mother, Jacksonville,
Florida.

KILLED IN ACTION; 5 July 1944 Normandy, France.

12th Infantry Regiment 4th Infantry Division


(Following its participation in the capture of Cherbourg, the
12th Infantry, as part of the 4th Division, was employed in the
bitter hedgerow fighting in the area of Periers, Normandy, France
where McGahee was killed).





MCMILLAN, James Kilby


COMPANY I, 124TH INFANTRY
(Manatee County)

Born: 4 February 1919 Crawfordsville, Florida.

McMillan had completed one year of high school, lived in Terra
Ceia, and worked as a farmer when he enlisted in Company I, 124th







Infantry Regiment 18 November 1940. He was inducted into federal
service as a Private 25 November 1940. Later he was assigned to
the 300TH INFANTRY REGIMENT, 94TH INFANTRY DIVISION. He was a
Sergeant at the time of his death.

His next of kin included James McMillan, father, Terra Ceia,
Florida.

DIED NON-BATTLE; 17 June 1943 Fort Benning, Georgia.

300th Infantry Regiment 94th Infantry Division






MCNAMARA, George Paul


COMPANY C, 124TH INFANTRY
(Palm Beach County)

Born: 7 September 1915 Hoboken, New Jersey.

McNamara had completed two years of high school, working as a
stock clerk for $18 per week in West Palm Beach at the time he
enlisted in Company C, 124th Infantry Regiment 23 September 1940.
He was inducted into federal service as a Private 25 November
1940. Later he was assigned to the 117TH INFANTRY REGIMENT, 30TH
INFANTRY DIVISION.

His next of kin included Mary McNamara, grandmother, New York
City, New York.

KILLED IN ACTION; 9 July 1944, St. Lo, Normandy, France.

117th Infantry Regiment 30th Infantry Division


(The 30th Division had been involved in the costly and bitter
hedgerow fighting in Normandy for more than a month. The
division was advancing row by row in the Hauts-Vents region, west
of St. Lo when they had to stop a strong German counter-attack on
the 9th of July, the day of McNamara's death).





MCRORY, George Whitfield


HEADQUARTERS, 31ST INFANTRY DIVISION
(Jackson County)












STATE OF FLORIDA
MILITARY DEPARTMENT
OFFICE OF THE ADJUTANT GENERAL
STATE ARSENAL, ST. AUGUSTINE
January 21, 1946.
GENERAL ORDERS,
No. 1.
1. Announcement is made with profound regret of the
death of Lieutenant Colonel George Whitfield McRory,
0-286 320, Florida National Guard (Colonel Army of the
United States), which occurred at Marianna, Florida, on 19
January 1946.
Colonel McRory was born at Monticello, Florida, on August
9, 1897. He enlisted May 15, 1929, and served with Head-
quarters Company, 1st Battalion, and Company "D", 124th
Infantry. Appointed 1st Lieutenant of Infantry April 14,
1931, and assigned as Aide, 62nd Infantry Brigade. Pro-
moted Captain of Infantry April 24, 1933, and assigned as
Adjutant, 62nd Infantry Brigade. Promoted Major of
Infantry February 27, 1939, and assigned as Executive
"Officer, 62nd Infantry Brigade. Promoted Lieutenant Colonel
of Infantry August 1, 1940, and assigned as Executive
Officer, 62nd Infantry Brigade. Transferred to Head-
quarters 31st Infantry Division as Plans and Training
Officer on November 13, 1940. Inducted into Active military
service of the United States on 25 November 1940. He par-
ticipated in Normandy Campaign; Northern France and
Belgium Campaigns; Invasion of Germany. Hle was awarded
European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon; American
Defense Ribbon; Bronze Star Medal; Three Campaign Clasps
on ETO Ribbon. Colonel McRory was relieved from Active
duty on 30 May 1945, at Finney General Hospital, Thomas-
ville, Georgia, due to physical disability.
He was promoted Colonel, Army of the United States on
November 28, 1945.
.Funeral services will be held at Marianna, Florida, Tues-
day, 22 January 1946. Interment will be at Monticello,
Florida.
In the death of Colonel McRory the National Guard of
the State of Florida has lost a friend and staunch champion,
and the State of Florida a distinguished citizen and able
soldier.
As a mark of respect the flags at the Marianna Armory,
ap-d at the State Arsenal, will be displayed at half staff on
the day of the funeral.
BY COMMAND OF THE GOVERNOR:
VIVIAN COLLINS,
The Adjutant General.
OFFICIAL:
J. B. ROUSSEAU,
Major, Retired,
Assistant.









MERRILL, William K.


COMPANY A, 124TH INFANTRY
(Dade County)

Born: 26 February 1921 Windsor, Connecticut.

Merrill had completed one year of high school, lived in Miami and
worked for Western Union for $15 per week at the time he enlisted
in Company A, 124th Infantry Regiment 27 June 1939. He was
inducted into federal service as a Corporal25 November 1940.
Later he was assigned to the 108TH INFANTRY REGIMENT, 40TH
INFANTRY DIVISION. He was a Captain at the time of his death.

His next of kin included P.W. Merrill, father, Miami, Florida.

KILLED IN ACTION; 27 March 1945, Philippine Islands.

108th Infantry Regiment 40th Infantry Division


(The 40th Division was heavily engaged in the central Luzon
Campaign, especially near the Bamban Hills. Later, the 108th was
detached from the division and sent to Leyte Island to assist in
clearing out the remaining Japanese from the hills in the
southern part of the island and from Masbate Island offshore.
Merrill was killed during these operations).





MICHELSON, David Anthony


BATTERY D, 265TH COAST ARTILLERY
(Volusia County)

Born: 6 July 1918 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Michelson had completed two years of high school, lived in
Daytona and worked as a grocery clerk at the time of his
enlistment in Battery D, 265th Coast Artillery 22 October 1940.
He was inducted into federal service as a Private 6 January 1941.
Later he was assigned to the 850TH BOMB SQUADRON, 801ST BOMB
GROUP. He was a 1st Lieutenant at the time of his death.

His next of kin included William and Agnes Michelson, parents,
Daytona, Florida.

KILLED IN ACTION; 18 July 1944, Marigny, France.

850th Bomb Squadron 801st Bomb Group









(The 850th operated B-17 heavy bombers out of bases in England as
part of the 8th Air Force. They attacked strategic targets in
Germany and those parts of northern Europe occupied by the Nazis.
During July of 1944, the group was also employed against tactical
targets in support of Allied ground forces in Normandy. on the
18th of July, the 801st, with others, was sent against strategic
targets in northern Germany including the port of Kiel and
Cuxhaven and the Hemmingstedt oil refineries. Three B-17's,
including Michekson's, were lost to enemy action).





MILTON, Johnnie James


COMPANY H, 124TH INFANTRY
(Columbia County)

Born: 8 April 1920 Baker County, Florida.

Milton had completed one year of high school and lived in Lake
City when he first enlisted in Company H, 124th Infantry Regiment
13 September 1936. He was inducted into federal service as a
Private 25 November 1940. Later he was assigned to the 117TH
INFANTRY REGIMENT, 30TH INFANTRY DIVISION. He was a Sergeant at
the time of his death.

His next of kin included R.M. Milton, father, Lake City, Florida.

KILLED IN ACTION; 13 July 1944, St. Lo, Normandy, France.

117th Infantry Regiment 30th Infantry Division


(The division had been engaged in the heavy fighting in the
Normandy hedgerow country in and near the important road Junction
of St. Lo. Regiments of the division fought a slow and costly
battle for the country north and west of this important city and
the 13th was one of many days noted as one of small gains at
heavy cost against a well-entrenched and tenacious enemy).





MINX, Earl Otho Jr.


COMPANY C, 124TH INFANTRY
(Palm Beach County)

Born: 9 September 1914 Kissimmee, Florida.









Minx was a high school graduate living in West Palm Beach working
as a grocery clerk earning $20 per week when he enlisted in
Company C, 124th Infantry Regiment. He was inducted into federal
service as a Private 25 November 1940. He served with the
re-established 124TH INFANTRY REGIMENT, 31ST INFANTRY DIVISION In
the Southwest Pacific.

His next of kin included Mrs. S.E. Moore, mother, West Palm
Beach, Florida.

KILLED IN ACTION; 22 July 1944, Aitape, New Guinea.

124th Infantry Regiment 31st Infantry Division


(The 124th was engaged in the Drinimour River Campaign at Aitape
for which it earned its first Distinguished Units Citation. The
fighting on the 13th involved stopping a local Japanese attack
attempting to regain the crossings over the Drinimour River).

3RD BATTALION, 124TH INFANTRY
REGIMENT mneti, reinforced by an infantry battalion. launched a
couiter-attack, to the east toward Niumen Creek, to re-
31st Inlantry Division, General Order Number 156 live the pressure on the extreme southern llnk and to
2U Sepltemlbr 1945 secure a position from which the enemy could be en-
The 3rd Battalion, 124th Infantry, is cited for out- veloped and cut off. The 3rd Battalion on the extreme
standing performance of duty in action near Aitape. right Hlank of three battalions abreast with the reinlorc.
British New Guinea, during the period 12July 1944 to 7 ing battalion following reached its objective early in the
August 1944. On t2July 1944, the 3rd Battalion, after a afternoon of I August 1944. Turning south the 3rd Bat-
forced march of 12 miles, routed an enemly-held posi- taJion encountered well prepared positions and the ad-
tion east of the X-Ray River to secure a line of depar- vance was halted due to the bitter opposition. Following
lure, to launch counterattack to restore tile line of the the engagement 99 enely dead were counted. The ad.
Driti;umor River, which had been penetrated by a de- vance to the south continued through dense jungle,
terimined fanatical enemy force the previous day. The rough and swampy terrain, with the 3rd Battalion
3rd Battalion, with an exposed right Hlank, led the at- reaching the Afua Trail far in advance of the battalion
tack and by strung aggressive action reached its objec- oi its right. On 5 August 1944, while attacking south on
live late in the afternoon of 13 July 1944. This battalion Niumen Creek, the 3rd Battalion contacted strong dug-
was subjected to intense automatic and small arms fire in positions, but by aggressive action digging the enemy
from three exposed Hlanks throughout the night, as from caves and spider fox-holes in solid rock, continued
other elements of the combat team had been delayed by to advance until 1500. Heavy mortar fire was received
a strong enemy force and could not close in on the ob- during the night and the enemy launched a vigorous
jective. On 14 July 1944, the 3rd Battalion in an advance counterattack which was quickly repulsed by the 3rd
to close the'left flank of the unit on their right, met sud- Battalion. Immediately afterwards, the 3rd Battalion
den intensified enemy resistance from all directions, launched an attack fixing the enemy in position, while
The 3rd Battalion' fighting with sheer determination another battalion flanked to the enemy's left; then a
under the most adverse circumstances finally over- vicious coordinated attack was launched, destroying
powered the enemy killing 168 enemy and severed and and routing an estimated reinforced battalion, account-
strongly secured the enemy's main supply route. This ing for 425 enemy dead. As a result of the strenuous ac-
feat was accomplished so swiftly that an enemy supply tion el, 5 and 6 August the whole enemy force was
train continued to advance down the trail directly into practically annihilated and the disorganized remnants
the strongest sector of the 3rd Battalion's perimeter, re- of the force trapped. The 3rd Battalion was in constant
suiting in 131 enemy dead littering the trail and river contact with the desperate enemy force during the pe-
bed. Shortly before daybreak on 16 July the 3rd Battal- riod of 13 July to 7 August 1944. The aggressive action
ion was attacked by a well organized enemy force from of the 3rd Battalion, relentlessly driving the enemy
the rear followed by a similar attack supported by mor- through mud, swamps, dense jungle growth and over
tar fire on the right flank by all enemy force occupying rough mountainous terrain during heavy prevailing
positions previously prepared by friendly troops. The rains, never allowing the enemy to consolidate and re-
opposition in that direction was quickly neutralized and organize, played a major role in the liberation of Aitape
one company of the Battalion counterattacked to the and established another "stepping stone" for Allied
right and drove the enemy from their position where armies to advance to the other strategic islands to die
416 enemy were killed. Early on the morning of 21 July north. During this period the 3rd Battalion accounted
1944. the enemy launched a vicious coordinated attack for approximately 1300 enemy dead. The conspicuous
!)n the front and rear-dcfense of the 3rd Battalion. gallantry and the outstanding performance of duty
There followed the most fanatical fighting up to this froam 13 July to 7 August 1944 by all personnel of the
time as the enemy attacked the well defended positions 3rd Battalion. 124th Infantry Regiment, rellcts great
of the battalion tlin and time again. only to be repulsed credit upon themselves and the Battalion and upholds
by a superior force. On 31 July 1944, the entire regi- the highest traditions of the service.











MOORE, William G.


COMPANY C, 124TH INFANTRY
(Palm Beach County)

Born: 24 April 1920 Cordelle, Georgia.

Moore was a high school graduate living in West Palm Beach when
he enlisted in Company C, 124th Infantry Regiment 9 October 1939.
He was inducted into federal service 25 November 1940.

His next of kin included Mrs. S.E. Moore, mother, West Palm
Beach, Florida.

DIED NON-BATTLE; Date, location and unit assignment at time of
death are unknown.





MULLANEY, Harrell Lee


BATTERY F, 116TH FIELD ARTILLERY
(Polk County)


Born 9 February 1915 Brinson, Georgia.

Mullaney was a high school graduate living in Winter Haven
working as a telegraph operator earning $40 per week when he
first enlisted in Battery F, 116th Field Artillery. He was
inducted into federal service as a Private 26 November 1940.
Later he was assigned to the 376TH PARACHUTE ARTILLERY, 82ND
AIRBORNE DIVISION. He was a Sergeant at the time of his death.

His next of kin included Mrs. James Mullaney, mother, Winter
Haven, Florida.

DIED OF WOUNDS; 15 February 1944, Nettuno, Italy.

376th Parachute Artillery 82nd Airborne Division
-------------------------------- ---------------------------------------------------- -

(The 82nd was part of the assault force in the Anzio Beachhead,
Italy during January 1944. The division was heavily engaged in
attacks against German positions along the Mussolini Canal.
Mullaney died as a result of wounds received in that fighting).









NELSON, Laudies Ira Jr.


BATTERY B, 116TH FIELD ARTILLERY
(Hillsborough County)

Born: 3 May 1919 Tampa, Florida.

Nelson had completed two years of high school, lived in Tampa and
worked as a truck and tractor driver earning $19 per week when he
enlisted in Battery B, 116th Field Artillery 26 June 1940. He
was inducted into federal service 25 November 1940. Later he was
assigned to the 712TH TANK DESTROYER BATTALION. He was a
Corporal at the time of his death.

His next of kin included Mr. and Mrs. L.I. Nelson, parents,
Tampa, Florida.

DIED OF WOUNDS; 19 September 1944, Germany.

712th Tank Destroyer Battalion


(It is not known exactly where Nelson received the wounds from
which he died but it is thought to have been in the severe
conflict for river bridgeheads and other objectives associated
with the Lorraine Campaign of the U.S. Third Army).





NETTLES, George Monroe


SERVICE COMPANY, 124TH INFANTRY
(St. Johns County)

Born: 22 February 1922 Smoaks, South Carolina.

Nettles had completed grammar school, lived in St. Augustine and
worked as a plumber earning $12 per week when he enlisted in
Service Company, 124th Infantry Regiment. He was inducted into
federal service as a Sergeant 25 November 1940. Later he was
assigned to the 119TH INFANTRY REGIMENT, 30TH INFANTRY DIVISION.
He was a Staff Sergeant at the time of his death.

His next of kin included Lois Nettles, ne Mrs. Lois Wainwright,
sister of St. Augustine, Florida and four other sisters and two
brothers of various locations.

KILLED IN ACTION; (Two dates given In the records); 27 August and
3 September 1944, France.







119th Infantry Regiment 30th Infantry Division


(Although two possible dates are given, Nettles is more likely to
have been killed in the fighting around Mons, Belgium (just over
the French border) while Allied Armies pursued the retreating
Germans. Even though retreating, the Germans managed several
savage delaying fights to slow Allied Armies, including one near
Mons 2-3 September 1944).





NEWSOME, Witmer Wilbur


COMPANY K, 124TH INFANTRY
(Seminole County)

Born: 4 August 1920 Waycross, Georgia.

Newsome had completed grammar school, was resident in Sanford and
working as a truck driver and Western Union Deliveryman earning
$12 per week when he enlisted in Company K, 124th Infantry
Regiment 29 July 1940. He was inducted into federal service as a
Private 25 November 1940. Later he was assigned to the 12TH
INFANTRY REGIMENT, 4TH INFANTRY DIVISION. He was a Private 1st
Class at the time of his death.

His next of kin included Nora Newsome, mother, Sanford, Florida.

KILLED IN ACTION; 13 June 1944, Normandy, France.

12th Infantry Regiment 4th Infantry Division


(The 4th Division had landed at Utah Beach on D-Day, the 6th of
June 1944. After establishing contact with the 82nd and 101st
Airborne Divisions, the 4th became part of the attack force
fighting for control of the Cotentin Peninsula and its captial
city, Cherbourg. It was during the early portion of this
campaign that Newsome was killed).





NICHOLSON, Jack McClain


HEADQUARTERS COMPANY, 124TH INFANTRY
(Duval County)

Born: 17 January 1917 St. Louis, Missouri.







Nicholson was a high school graduate living in Jacksonville and
working as a truck driver and later as a salesman when he first
enlisted in Howitzer Company, 124th Infantry Regiment 12 April
1932. (Apparently only 15 years old). He was the recepient of
the Florida Service Medal and had received a commission as a 2nd
Lieutenant in 1938 but was inducted into federal service as a 1st
Sergeant 25 November 1940. Later he was assigned to the 9TH
INFANTRY REGIMENT, 2ND INFANTRY DIVISION. He was a 1st
Lieutenant at the time of his death.

KILLED IN ACTION; 29 August 1944, Brest, Brittany, France.

9th Infantry Regiment 2nd Infantry Division


(The 2nd Division had been deeply involved in the hedgerow
country of Normandy north of St. Lo from 7 June until the
breakout in July. Later, the division was made part of the
assault force sent to capture the heavily defended city of Brest
on the tip of the Brittany Peninsula. Nicholson was killed in
the early assaults on the outer defenses of that city).





NORRIS, Willard P.


COMPANY H, 124TH INFANTRY
(Columbia County)

Born: 11 November 1919 Lake City, Florida.

Norris had completed three years of high school and lived in Lake
City when he enlisted in Company H, 124th Infantry Regiment 3
September 1940. He was inducted as a Private into federal
service 25 November 1940. Later he was assigned to the 179TH
INFANTRY REGIMENT, 45TH INFANTRY DIVISION. He was a Private 1st
Class at the time of his death.

His next of kin included E.I. and Zola Norris, parents, Lake
City, Florida.

KILLED IN ACTION; 3 June 1944 Cecchina, Italy.

179th Infantry Regiment 45th Infantry Division


(The division had been engaged in extremely heavy fighting in the
Anzio Beachhead and, when the Allies broke out of the position,
the 45th Division advanced up the Albano Road toward Rome. During
the 3-4th of June, the 179th assault-crossed the Tibur River and
secured crossing points north of Rome, during which action Norris
was killed).












NORSWORTHY, Arthur G.


COMPANY H, 124TH INFANTRY
(Columbia County)

Born: 17 November 1915, Jacksonville, Florida.

Norsworthy had completed two years of high school when he first
enlisted in Company H, 124th Infantry Regiment 6 March 1934. He
was inducted into federal service as a Private 25 November 1940.

His next of kin included Mrs. A. G. Norsworthy, mother, Lake
City, Florida.

DIED NON-BATTLE; 21 December 1940, auto accident west of Starke,
Florida. (He was on his way home for the Christmas Holidays).





OGDEN, Ernest E.


BATTERY E, 265TH COAST ARTILLERY
(Monroe County)

Born: 11 April 1921 Key West, Florida.

Ogden had completed one year of high school, lived in Key West
and worked as a laborer at the time of his enlistment in Battery
E, 265th Coast Artillery Regiment 16 November 1939. He was
inducted into federal service 6 January 1941 as a Private 1st
Class. Later he was assigned to the 505TH PARACHUTE INFANTRY,
82ND AIRBORNE DIVISION.

His next of kin included Pedro Aguilar, uncle, Key West, Florida.

KILLED IN ACTION; 30 April 1945 Wentischtum, Germany.

505th Parachute Infantry 82nd Airborne Division


(The division had been engaged in the combat crossing of the Roer
River and subsequent operations north of the Ruhr Pocket. In
late April 1945, the division attacked the remnants of the German
21st Army near the Elbe River in extreme northern Germany. On
the 30th, the 505th, using British amphibian craft, makes an
assault crossing of the river against light resistance in the
Bandekow area, on the way to the Baltic coast, an action that
claimed the live of Ogden).













O'QUINN, Milton F.


BATTERY A, 265TH COAST ARTILLERY
(Duval County)

Born: 24 September 1920 Brunswick, Georgia.

O'Quinn was living in Jacksonville and attending Andrew Jackson
High School at the time he enlisted in Battery A, 265th Coast
Artillery 9 February 1938. He was inducted into federal service
as a Private 6 January 1941. O'Quinn went with the Regiment to
Galveston, Texas where he captained the football team. Later he
served at Fort Benning and then was assigned to the 504TH
PARACHUTE INFANTRY REGIMENT, 82ND AIRBORNE DIVISION. O'Quinn had
received his first Purple Heart Medal in Sicily. He was a Private
1st Class at the time of his death.

His next of kin included Annie Ogden, mother, and Francis, wife,
both of Jacksonville, Florida and seven sisters and two brothers,
various locations.

DIED OF WOUNDS; 10 February 1944, Nettuno, Italy.

504th Parachute Infantry 82nd Airborne Division


(Following a spell of heavy combat against the Germans in the
Mountains of central Italy, the 504th Regiment was sent to the
Anzio Beachhead where it fought a series of severe
offensive-defensive battles along the Mussolini Canal during
which Ogden received the wounds on the 9th of February from which
he died the following day).





OUIMETTE, Edward J.


BATTERY E, 116TH FIELD ARTILLERY
(Hillsborough County)

Born: 18 March 1907 Danvers, Massachusetts.

Ouimette had completed one year of high school when he first
enlisted in Battery E, 116th Field Artillery Regiment 1 June
1931. He lived in Tampa and worked as a farmer, painter and
truck driver. He was awarded the Florida Active State Service
Medal in 1932. He was inducted into federal service 25 November










1940. As part of the 2nd Battalion of the 116th, their unit
designation was changed to the 149TH FIELD ARTILLERY BATTALION,
31ST INFANTRY DIVISION. He was a Sergeant at the time of his
death.

His next of kin included O.J. Oulmette, father, Danvers,
Massachusetts.

DIED OF WOUNDS; 10 August 1944 Aitape, New Guinea.

149th Field Artillery 31st Infantry Division


(The 149th had been providing artillery support for the 124th
Infantry Regimental Combat Team during the Drinimour River
Campaign near Aitape, New Guinea. Ouimette received the wounds
from which he died during the final days of the campaign).






PALMES, Jere F.


SERVICE COMPANY, 124TH INFANTRY
(St. Johns County)

Born: 5 August 1919 Pensacola, Florida.

Palmes was a high school graduate living in the St. Augustine
area working as a farmer earning $12 per week at the time he
enlisted in Service Company, 124th Infantry Regiment 15 July
1940. He was inducted into federal service as a Private let Class
25 November 1940. Later he was assigned to the 222ND INFANTRY
REGIMENT, 42ND INFANTRY DIVISION. He was a Captain at the time of
his death.

His next of kin included R.B. Palmes, father, St. Augustine,
Florida. A memorial service was devoted to Palmes on the 13th of
May 1945 at the Memorial Presbyterian Church of St. Augustine.

KILLED IN ACTION; 25 April 1945, Donauwoerth, Germany.

(The 42nd Division entered combat late in December 1944. They
were heavily engaged in fighting for the West Wall defences and
later in the drive to defeat German forces in Southern Germany
leading to a combat crossing of the Upper Danube River 25 April,
the day of Palmes death).

222nd Infantry Regiment 42nd Infantry Division











PARKER, Billy 0.


COMPANY B, 124TH INFANTRY
(Dade County)

Born: 4 March 1921 Winter Haven, Florida.

Parker had completed one year of high school, lived in Miami and
worked as an electricians helper when he enlisted in Company B,
124th Infantry Regiment 11 December 1939. He was inducted into
federal service as a Private 1st Class 25 November 1940. Later
he was assigned to the 325TH GLIDER INFANTRY REGIMENT, 82ND
AIRBORNE DIVISION. He was a Private at the time of his death.

His next of kin included Mrs. W.D. Parker, mother, Miami,
Florida.

KILLED IN ACTION; 7 June 1944, Normandy, France.


326th Glider Infantry 82nd Airborne Division
---------------------------- ----------------------

(The 82nd had been part of the airborne assault on German
defences D-Day, the 6th of June 1944. Units of the division were
scattered in the Caretan Peninsula'and the 325th was sent in to
help the division expand its aerial bridgehead and repell very
strong German counter-attacks near Ste. Mere-Egllse, Normandy, 7
June 1944).





PARRA, Roy P.


BATTERY A, 116TH FIELD ARTILLERY
(Hillsborough County)

Born: 20 September 1919 Tampa, Florida.

Parra had completed grammar school and lived in Tampa when he
first enlisted in Battery A, 116th Field Artillery 17 November
1937. He was inducted into federal service 25 November 1940.
Later he was assigned to the 702ND TANK DESTROYER BATTALION. He
was a Sergeant at the time of his death.

His next of kin included Mrs. M.M. Chaney, aunt, Tampa, Florida.

KILLED IN ACTION; 21 November 1944 Uebach, Germany. (Personnel
records indicate a death in the Southwest Pacific but this is
unlikely as the unit served only in Europe).








702nd Tank Destroyer Battilion


(It is not known where the battalion was serving during November
but there was heavy fighting everywhere along the front extending
from the Swiss border in the south to the Rhine River border of
Holland).


PERSONS, Herbert William


COMPANY K, 124TH INFANTRY
(Orange County)

Born: 11 July 1919 Sellersburg, Indiana.

Persons had completed grammar school, lived in Orlando and worked
as an office clerk when he enlisted in Company K, 124th Infantry
Regiment 14 June 1939. He was inducted into federal service as a
Private 25 November 1940. Later, he was assigned to the 167TH
INFANTRY REGIMENT, 31ST INFANTRY DIVISION. He was a Private 1st
Class at the time of his death.

His next of kin included Helen Persons, mother, Orlando, Florida.

KILLED IN ACTION; 15 May 1945 Mindanao, Philippine Islands.

167th Infantry Regiment 31st Infantry Division


(The 31st Division was committed to destroying Japanese forces in
central Mindanao, Philippine Islands during the spring and summer
of 1945. In April and May, the 167th attacked up the Sayre
Highway, the fighting for the Colgan Woods and along the Talamo
Trail where Persons was killed).





PETERSON, Noel Braxton


COMPANY E, 124TH INFANTRY
(Suwanee County)

Born: 29 April 1908 Branford, Florida.

Peterson was a high school graduate living in O'Brien and working
as a carpenter earning $20 per week when he enlisted in Company
E, 124th Infantry.Regiment 12 October 1940. He was Inducted into
federal service 25 November 1940, released to state control in
November 1941 and called back to active duty January 1942.
Later, he was assigned to the 8TH INFANTRY REGIMENT, 4TH INFANTRY
DIVISION. He was a Private 1st Class at the time of his death.









KILLED IN ACTION; 10 June 1944 Normandy, France.

8th Infantry Regiment 4th Infantry Division


(The division was heavily engaged in expanding American positions
in the Carentan region, Normandy against severe German
resistance. In cooperation with the 82nd Airborne Division,
units of the 4th attacked enemy positions near Montebourg. The
8th Infantry successfully gained its objectives along the Le
Ham-Montebourg highway during which action Peterson was killed).





PHILLIPS, Roscoe DeWitt


COMPANY B, 124TH INFANTRY
(Dade County)

Born: 22 January 1920 Colquitt, Georgia.

Phillips was a high school graduate living in Miami working as a
carpenter earning $14 per week when he enlisted in Company B,
124th Infantry Regiment 14 October: 1940. He was inducted into
federal service as a Private 25 November 1940.

His next of kin included Mrs. L.L. Phillips, mother, Colquitt,
Georgia.

DIED NON-BATTLE; Date, location and unit assignment at the time
of his death are not known.





PIERCE, Shelton Houston


COMPANY G, 124TH INFANTRY
(Duval County)

Born: 27 May 1915 Charlotte, North Carolina.

Pierce had completed three years of high school, lived in
Jacksonville and worked for the General Mills Corporation when he
first enlisted in Company G, 124th Infantry Regiment 9 June 1933.
He was inducted into federal service as a 2nd Lieutenant 26
November 1940. Later, he was assigned to the 585TH BOMB
SQUADRON, 394TH BOMB GROUP. He was a 1st Lieutenant at the time
of his death.












His next of kin included Mrs. Pierce, mother, Jacksonville,
Florida.

DIED NON-BATTLE; 12 July 1943, crash of his medium bomber near
Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

585th Bomb Squadron 394th Bomb Group






POWERS, Joseph Elbert


COMPANY E, 106TH MEDICAL REGIMENT
(Lee County)

Born: 21 February 1915 Fort Myers, Florida.

Powers was a high school graduate living in Ft. Myers working as
a nailer at the time he enlisted in Company E, 106th Medical
Regiment 10 October 1940. He was inducted Into federal service
25 November 1940. He was a Sergeant at the time of his death.

His next of kin included Estelle Powers, mother, Ft. Myers,
Florida.

DIED NON-BATTLE; 2 November 1944 of hepatitis, location and unit
assignment at time of death are not known.





PREESCHL, Donald. Richard


COMPANY A, 124TH INFANTRY
(Dade County)

Born: 25 April 1917 Waycross, Wisconsin.

Preeschl had completed two years of high school, lived in Miami
and worked as an interior decorator when he enlisted in Company
A, 124th Infantry Regiment 23 November 1940. He was inducted
into federal service 25 November 1940. Later, he was assigned to
the 134TH INFNATRY REGIMENT, 35TH INFANTRY DIVISION. He left for
overseas 6 April 1944.

KILLED IN ACTION; 10 November 1944, Fresnes-en-Saulnois, France.












134th Infantry Regiment 35th Infantry Division


(The division entered combat near St. Lo, Normandy during July of
1944. Following defensive-offensive fighting near Mortain, the
division helped force German positions in eastern France. During
early November, the division crossed the Seille River and fought
a severe battle for control of the Bois d'Amelecourt and the
capture of the Forest of the Chateau Salina, 10-11 November 1944,
during which battle Preeschl was killed).









PREVATT, John Paul


COMPANY E, 124TH INFANTRY
(Suwanee County)

Born: 5 June 1915 Pinemount, Flolrda.

Prevatt had completed grammar school and lived in Pinemount
working as a farmer earning $10 per week when he enlisted in
Company E, 124th Infantry Regiment 9 October 1940. He was
inducted into federal service 25 November 1940. Later, he was
assigned to the 314TH INFANTRY REGIMENT, 79TH INFANTRY DIVISION.
He was a Private 1st Class at the time of his death.

His next of kin included Jennie Prevatt, mother, Pinemount,
Florida.

KILLED IN ACTION; 19:November 1944 Barbas, France.

314th Infantry Regiment 79th Infantry Division
-------------------------- ----------------------

(The division had been heavily engaged in combat operations since
the second week in June 1944. During September and October, the
division forced the Germans back from positions along the
Moselle River. Beginning 13 November, the 314th assaulted
German defenses in the Montigny area, forcing the Vezouse and
capturing Fremonville on the road to Strasburg the 19th, the day
of Prevatt's death).




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PURDY, Clayton David


COMPANY H, 124TH INFANTRY
(Columbia County)

Born: 12 March 1919 Mineola, Georgia.

Purdy had completed six years of grammar school and lived in Lake
City working as a dishwasher when he enlisted in Company H,
124th Infantry Regiment 25 September 1940. He was inducted into
federal service 25 November 1940. Later, he was assigned to the
12TH INFANTRY REGIMENT, 4TH INFANTRY DIVISION. He was a Private
at the time of his death.

His next of kin included Seymour Purdy, father, Lake City,
Florida.


DIED OF WOUNDS; 11 June 1944 Normandy, France.

12th Infantry Regiment 4th Infantry Division
----------------------- -------------------

(The division was deeply involved in expanding American positions
in the Caretan region, Normandy, France. On the 10th of June,
the 12th Infantry successfully forced German positions below
Montebourg-Quineville road east of Montebourg, setting the pace
for the entire division. Purdy received the wounds from which he
died the next day).





RABB, Elwood Gerald


BATTERY F, 265TH'COAST ARTILLERY
(Monroe County)

Born: 27 September 1920 Miami, Florida.

Rabb had completed three years of high school and lived in Miami
working as a mechanic's helper at $15 per week when he enlisted
in Battery F, 265th Coast Artillery. He was inducted into
federal service 6 January 1941. He was a Sergeant at the time of
his death.

His next of kin included Henry Rabb, father, Miami, Florida.

KILLED IN ACTION; date, location and unit assignment at time of
death are not kndwn.







ROBERTS, Charles E.


BATTERY E, 265TH COAST ARTILLERY
(Monroe County)

Born: 23 June 1921 Key West, Florida.

Roberts had completed two years of high school, lived in Key West
and worked as a laborer when he enlisted in Battery E, 265th
Coast Artillery 16 November 1939. He was inducted into federal
service 6 January 1940 as a Private 1st Class. He was a
Technician 5th Class at the time of his death.

DIED NON-BATTLE; date, location and unit assignment at the time
of his death are not known.





RODRIQUEZ, William David


BATTERY A, 116TH FIELD ARTILLERY
(Hil Isborough County)

Born: 25 April 1965 Tampa, Florida.

Rodriquez had completed one year odf high school, lived in Tampa
and worked as a truck driver earning $18 per week when he
enlisted in Battery A, 116th Field Artillery 18 September 1940.
He was inducted into federal service 25 November 1940. He was a
Private at ths time of his death.

His next of kin included Mini Lee Rodriquez, mother, Tampa,
Florida.

KILLED IN ACTION; date, location and unit' assignment at the time
of his death are not known.





ROGERS, John Wesley Jr.


COMPANY E, 124TH INFANTRY
(Suwanee County)

Born; 25 March 1922 Suwanee County.

Rogers had completed six years of grammar school and lived in
Live Oak working'as a grocery clerk earning $9 per week when he
enlisted in Company E, 124th Infantry Regiment 15 May 1940. He
waqs inducted into federal service 25 November 1940. Later, he
was assigned to the 155TH INFANTRY REGIMENT, 31ST INFANTRY
DIVISION. He was a Private 1st Class at the time of his death.









His next of kin included Mrs. Jewel Horne, mother, Live Oak,
Florida.

DIED OF WOUNDS; 30 August 1944, Maffin Bay, New Guinea.

155th Infantry Regiment 31st Infantry Division


(The 31st Division, less the 124th Infantry engaged at Aitape,
assumed the defense of Maffin Bay as it prepared for the Moratal
Island landings. There was offensive-defensive patrol action
against Japanese troops in the area. During one such attack,
Rogers received the wounds from which he died).





RUDD, James Denerson


COMPANY D, 124TH INFANTRY
(Seminole County)

Born: 19 February 1920 Okeechobee, Florida.

Rudd had completed six years of grammar school, lived in Longwood
and worked as a truck driver when te enlisted in Company D, 124th
Infantry Regiment 26 July 1940. He was inducted into federal
service 25 November 1940. He was a Private 1st Class at the time
of his death.

His next of kni included Jane Rudd, mother, Longwood, Florida.

KILLED IN ACTION; date, location and unit assignment at the time
of his death are not known.





RUSSELL, James Joseph


COMPANY E, 106TH ENGINEERS
(Franklin County)

Born: 16 August 1919 Millville, Florida.

Russell had completed two years of college and worked as a
mlllright helper in Apalachicola when he enlisted in Company E,
106th Engineer Regiment. He was inducted into federal service 25
November 1940 as'a Sergeant. He was a Sergeant at the time of
his death.

















His next of kin Included Mr. and Mrs. James Russell, parents,
Apalachicola, Florida.

DIED NON-BATTLE; date, location and unit assignment at time of
death is unknown.





RYAN, John F.


BATTERY C, 265TH COAST ARTILLERY
(Escambia County)

Born: 24 July 1921 Highlands, New Jersey.

Ryan was a high school graduate I giving in Pensacola and working
as a laborer when he enlisted in Battery C, 265th Coast Artillery
23 October 1939. He was inducted Into federal service 6 January
1941. Later, he was assigned to the 20TH BOMB SQUADRON, 2ND BOMB
GROUP. He was a Staff Sergeant at the time of his death.

His next of kin Included John Ryan, father, Chicago, Illinois.

KILLED IN ACTION; 25 February 1944, Moosdorf, Austria.

20th Bomb Squadron 2nd Bomb Group


(The 2nd operated B-17 heavy bombers from bases in North Africa
and Italy. Beginning in December 1943, the group was part of the
Fifteenth Air Force attacking strategic targets in Germany and
the other oppupied countries of central and southern Europe. On
their mission against a German aircraft factory in Steyr, Austria
24 February 1944, the group received a Distinguished Unit
Citation for maintaining unit integrity and bombing their target
in spite of extremely heavy enemy opposition. On a similar
mission the very next day against Regensburg, Germany, the group
received a second DUC. Ryan was killed on that mission).









SCOTT, Eldred Floyd


COMPANY I, 124TH INFANTRY
(Manatee County)

Born: 3 March 1922 Manatee, Florida.

Scott had completed eight years of grammar school, lived in
Palmetto and worked as a laborer earning $10 per week when he
enlisted in Company I, 124th Infantry Regiment 9 September 1940.
He was inducted into federal service as a Private 25 November
1940. Later he was assigned to the 179TH INFANTRY REGIMENT, 45TH
INFANTRY DIVISION. He was a Private at the time of his death.

His next of kin included Lula Mae Scott, mother, Palmetto,
Florida.

KILLED IN ACTION; 14 January 1945 Mutterhouse, France.

179th Infantry Regiment 45th Infantry Division


(Following its long deployment in the Italian Campaign, the 45th
moved to France. During December 1944 and January 1945, the
Division was heavily engaged against very strong German defensive
forces in Northeastern France and Rhineland, Germany. Scott was
killed during the bitter struggle struggle for the Bitchie
Salient near Wingen on the Rothbach-Moder River lines).





SELLERS, Luther L.


COMPANY G, 124TH INFANTRY
(Duval County)

Born: 19 October 1920 Jacksonville, Florida.

Sellers had completed two years of high school, lived in
Jacksonville and worked as a carpenter's helper for $12 per week
when he enlisted in Company G, 124th Infantry Regiment 16
September 1940. He was inducted into federal service as a
Private 25 November 1940. Later he was assigned to the 301ST
INFANTRY REGIMENT, 94TH INFANTRY DIVISION. He was a Private 1st
Class at the time of his death.

His next of kin included Mr. and Mrs. Jack Sellers, parents,
Jacksonville, Florida.

KILLED IN ACTION; 27 February 1945 Freudenberg, Germany.








301st Infantry Regiment 94th Infantry Division


(The Division had entered combat status in Brittany, France
during September 1944. From late December on, it was heavily
engaged against German West Wall and Rhineland defensive
positions. They saw severe fighting around and in Tettingen and
the Bannholz Woods and made an assault crossing of the Saar
River. It was during the fighting to hold and expand the
Serrig-Taben Bridgehead over the Saar that Sellers was killed).





SHARPE, Robert C.


BATTERY F, 116TH FIELD ARTILLERY
(Duval County)

Born: 5 January 1919 Austin, Georgia.

Sharpe had completed six years of grammar school, lived in Lake
Wales and worked in the citrus industry earning $25 per week (in
season) when he enlisted in Battery F, 116th Field Artillery 18
July 1940. He was inducted into federal service as a Private 25
November 1940.

His next of kin included Lavelle Sharpe, wife, Lake Wales,
Florida.

DIED NON-BATTLE; date, location and unit assignment at the time
of death unknown.





SIMMONS, Bill


COMPANY H, 124TH INFANTRY
(Columbia County)

Born: 2 December 1921 Miami, Florida.

Simmons had completed six years of grammar school, lived in
Jasper (Hamilton County) and worked as a farmer earning $7 per
week when he enlisted in Company H, 124th Infantry Regiment 13
September 1940. He was inducted into federal service as a Private
25 November 1940. Later he was assigned to the 4TH INFANTRY
DIVISION. He was a Private at the time of his death.

His next of kin included Mrs. Hattie Dawes, Jasper, Florida.









KILLED IN ACTION; 8 July 1944, Normandy, France.

4th Infantry Division


(The Division had been engaged in the bitter hedgerow fighting in
the Carentan Peninsula, Normandy, France since D-Day. While no
major attacks were launched by the Division the day Simmons was
killed, there was considerable patrol and defensive action
against local German forces).





SIMMONS, James S.


COMPANY K, 124TH INFANTRY
(Orange-Marion County)

Born: 9 May 1921 Enterprise, Alabama.

Simmons had completed six years of grammar school, lived in
Winter Garden and worked for Wester Union when he enlisted in
Company K, 124th Infantry Regiment 13 November 1939. He was
inducted into federal service 25 November 1940. Later he was
assigned to the 313TH INFANTRY REGIMENT, 79TH INFANTRY DIVISION.
He was a Private 1st Class at the time of his death.

His next of kin included J.M. Simmons, father, Winter Garden,
Florida.

KILLED IN ACTION; 6 July 1944, Normandy, France.

313th Infantry Regiment 79th Infantry Division


(Following its arrival in the Normandy Beachhead, the 79th
Division was assigned objectives involving the capture of German
strongpoints around the city of Cherbourg. In early July, the
Division was sent down the west coast of the Cotenin Peninsula
toward the strongly defended German positions at La Haye-du-Puits
during which attack Simmons was killed).





SIRES, Charles Reed


COMPANY I, 124TH INFANTRY
(Manatee County)







Born: 1 November 1919 Milan, Tennessee.

Sires had completed seven years of grammar school, lived in Terra
Ceia and worked on a farm earning $15 per week when he enlisted
in Company I, 124th Infantry Regiment 18 November 1940. He was
inducted into federal service as a Private 25 November 1940.
Later he was assigned to the 179TH INFANTRY REGIMENT, 45TH
INFANTRY DIVISION. He was a Private 1st Class at the time of his
death.

His next of kin included Gerdun and May Sires, parents, Milan,
Tennessee.

KILLED IN ACTION; 28 May 1944, Parano, Italy.

179th Infantry Regiment 45th Infantry Division

(The 45th Division had been engaged in combat in both the
Sicilian and Southern Italian Campaigns. As part of the Anzio
Beachhead forces, it had seen considerable and costly fighting
for several months proceeding the break-out in late May 1944. It
was during the Division's advance on Rome along the Albano Road
that Sires was killed).





SKINNER, Steve Earl


COMPANY E, 124TH INFANTRY
(Suwanee County)

Born: 9 March 1921 Columbus, Georgia.

Skinner had completed seven years of grammar school, lived in
McAlpin and worked as a farmer at the time he enlisted in Company
E, 124th Infantry Regiment 16 April 1940. He was inducted into
federal service 25 November 1940. He was a Sergeant at the time
of his death.

His next of kin were his parents, McAlpin, Florida.

KILLED IN ACTION; 29 November 1944 Germany. Unit assignment at
the time of his death is not known.





SMITH, Boyd A.


HEADQUARTERS BATTERY, 116TH FIELD ARTILLERY
(Pinellas County)








Born: 25 April 1907 Summerville, Florida.

Smith had completed one year of high school. lived in St.
Petersberg and worked as an electrician for $19 per week when he
enlisted in Headquarters Battery, 116th Field Artillery. He was
inducted into federal service 25 November 1940.

His next of kin included Paul Smith, brother, St. Petersberg,
Florida.

DIED NON-BATTLE; date, location and unit assignment at time of
death unknown.





SMITH, John Wesley


COMPANY D, 106TH ENGINEERS
(Bay County)

Born: 13 June 1921 Mil ville, Florida.

Smith was a high school graduate living in Millville working as a
grocery clerk earning $18 per week when he enlisted in Company D,
106th Engineers 26 October 1939. He was inducted into federal
service as a Private 1st Class 25 November 1940. Later he was
assigned to the 428TH BOMB SQUADRON, 310TH BOMB GROUP. He was a
Staff Sergeant at the time of his death.

KILLED IN ACTION; 24 December 1944 Sileareccio, Italy.

428th Bomb Squadron 310th Bomb Group


(The Group had been engaged in combat operations in the
Mediterranean Theater since October-November 1942. They had
participated in the North African, Sicilian and Italian
Campaigns. Based in Italy after August 1943, their primary
mission was attacking German positions and communications in
Northern Italy. Smith was killed on a mission in very poor
weather against German communications in the Po River Valley near
Milan, Italy).





SMITH, Rubert


STATE STAFF
(Desoto County)













STATE 01 O A
MILITARY DE .RTMENT
OFFICE OF THE ADJUTANT GENERAL
STATE ARSENAL, ST. AUGUSTINE

August 30, 1944.
GENERAL ORDERS,
No. 3.

1. Announcement is made with profound regret of the
death of Major Rupert Smith, 0207232, State Staff, Florida
National Guard, which occurred at Lake City, Florida, on
August 29, 1944.
Major Smith was born at Nocatee, DeSoto County,
Florida, on September 29, 1889. He was appointed Captain
of Infantry and assigned to Company "K", Second Florida
Infantry, June 26, 1916. Drafted into Federal service on
August 5, 1917, served at Arcadia, Florida, Camp Wheeler,
Ga., Camp Jackson, S. C., Camp Gordon, Ga. Served over-
seas (France) from October 16, 1918, to December 20, 1918.
Honorably discharged January 21, 1919. Appointed Captain
Field Artillery September 3, 1923, and assigned to Battery
"F", 116th Field Artillery. Transferred to 56th Field Artil-
lery Brigade and assigned as Adjutant on October 23, 1924.
Appointed Major, Field Artillery, July 8, 1937, and assigned
as Ordnance Officer, State Staff Corps and Departments.
Inducted into Active military service of the United States on
October 10, 1940, and assigned to duty with State Head-
quarters Selective Service System of Florida.
Funeral services will be held at Arcadia, Florida, at
4.00 o'clock P.M., Saturday, September 2, 1944.
In the death of Major Smith the National Guard of the
State of Florida has lost a friend and staunch champion, and
the State of Florida a distinguished citizen and able soldier.
The Commanding Officer, Company "D", 6th Battalion,
Florida State Guard, Arcadia, Florida, will provide a funeral
escort and as a mark of respect the flags at the Arcadia
Armory, and at the State Arsenal, will be displayed at half
staff on the day of the funeral.
BY COMMAND OF THE GOVERNOR:
VIVIAN COLLINS,
The Adjutant General.
OFFICIAL:
J. B. ROUSSEAU,
Major, Retired,
Assistant.









SMITH, William Henry


COMPANY F, 124TH INFANTRY
(Duval County)

Born: 28 November 1917 Jacksonville, Florida.

Smith was a high school graduate living in Jacksonville working
as a bookeeper earning $18 per week when he enlisted in Company
F, 124th Infantry Regiment 30 March 1936. He was inducted into
federal service as a Corporal 25 November 1940. Later he was
assigned to the 255TH INFANTRY REGIMENT, 63RD INFANTRY DIVISION.
He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant 5 May 1942 and was a
Captain at the time of his death.

His next of kin included Mr.and Mrs. John Smith, Jacksonville,
Florida.

KILLED IN ACTION; 3 January 1945 Achen, France.

256th Infantry Regiment 63rd Infantry Division


(The 63rd Division arrived in France in early December 1944 and
two weeks later was engaged in combat operations In the
Vosges-Maginot Line area of Northeastern France. During the
first week in January, the Division helped stop a very strong
German counter-attack in the Bitchie Salient area during which
battle Smith was killed).





SPIVEY, Jasper C.


MEDICAL DETACHMENT, 124TH INFANTRY
(Seminole County)

Born: 8 August 1919 Webster, Florida.

Spivey had completed one year of high school, lived in Sanford
and worked as a chauffeur earning $12 per week at the time he
enlisted in the Medical Detachment, 124th Infantry Regiment.
Later he was assigned to the 120TH INFANTRY REGIMENT, 30TH
INFANTRY DIVISION. He was a Technician 5th Class at the time of
his death.

His next of kin included Mrs. J.I. Spivey, mother, Sanford,
Florida.

KILLED IN ACTION; 25 July 1944 St. Lo, Normandy, France.





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120th Infantry Regiment 30th Infantry Division


(Following weeks of heavy fighting in the Hedgerow country of
Normandy, France near St. Lo, the Division was made part of the
assault force for the breakout, Operation Cobra. The successful
assault from positions along the Periers-St. Lo road were
proceeded by carpet bombing from Allied aircraft, some of which
dropped short on American troops. Spivey was.killed by the
bombing or during the assault).




STEELE, James Elmo


COMPANY I, 124TH INFANTRY
(Manatee County)

Born: 1 October 1922 Palmetto, Florida.

Steele had completed two years of high school, lived In Palmetto
and worked as a truck driver earning $21 per week when he
enlisted in Company I, 124th Infantry Regiment 2 October 1940.
He was inducted into federal service as a Private 25 November
1940. He was later assigned to the 61ST ARMOURED INFANTRY
BATTALION, 10TH ARMOURED DIVISION.- He was a Sergeant at the time
of his death.

His next of kin included Lena Mae Steele, mother, Palmetto,
Florida.

KILLED IN ACTION; 5 December 1944 Reimbach, Germany.

61st Armoured Infantry Battalion 10th Armoured Division


(The 10th Armoured had entered combat in the Saar-Moselle
Triangle area of Northeastern France during November 1944. During
late November and early December, the Division was engaged in
heavy fighting for Tettingen and in the drive to the Saar River
opposite Merzig and in the capture of Dreisbach during which
battle Steele was killed).





STEGALL, Kemp E.


COMPANY K, 124TH-INFANTRY
(Orange County)









Born: 8 August 1916 Draper, North Carolina.

Stegall had completed two years of college, lived in Orlando and
worked as an electrical engineer earning $25 per week at the time
he enlisted in Company K, 124th Infantry Regiment 15 July 1940.
He was inducted into federal service 26 November 1940. He was
later assigned to the 157TH INFANTRY REGIMENT, 45TH INFANTRY
DIVISION. He was a Private 1st Class at the time of his death.

His next of kin included Mrs. Lillian Stegall, mother,
Washington, DC.

KILLED IN ACTION; 25 March 1944 Italy.

157th Infantry Regiment 45th Infantry Division


(The 45th Division had been in the Anzio Beachead from the
beginning of the operation in February. Although there were no
major battles the week of Stegall's death, there was constant
"wasteage" from patrol and artillery action, even in the "quiet"
times like mid-March 1944).






STEPHENS, Bernard Forrest


COMPANY A, 124TH INFNATRY
(Manatee County)

Born: 23 July 1915 Zanesville, Ohio.

Stevens lived in Miami when he enlisted in Company A, 124th
Infantry Regiment 4 November 1940 and was inducted into federal
service 25 November 1940. He was an Aviation Cadet at the time
of his death.

His next of kin Included Mrs. Catherine Stephens, mother, Miami,
Florida.

DIED NON-BATTLE; date, location and unit assignment at the time
of death is unknown.





STEVENS, Edwin Charles


COMPANY C, 124TH INFANTRY
(Palm Beach County)









Born: 4 July 1919 Smith Center, Kansas.

Stevens had completed two years of high school, lived in Lake
Worth and worked as a cleaner for $25 per week when he first
enlisted in Company C, 124th Infantry Regiment 21 June 1937. He
was inducted into federal service as a Corporal 25 November 1940.
He was later assigned to the 119TH INFANTRY REGIMENT, 30TH
INFANTRY DIVISION. He was a Sergeant at the time of his death.

His next of kin included Lewis Stevens, father, Lake Worth,
Florida.

DIED OF WOUNDS; 1 August 1944, St. Lo, Normandy, France.

119th Infantry Regiment 30th Infantry Division


(Following the breakout from the Normandy positions, Operation
Cobra, which the 30th Division helped spearhead, the Division was
assigned the objective of attacking toward the key German
positions at Tessey. It was during the capture of the enemy
strongpoint at Troisgots north of Tessey that Stevens was
killed).





STRAUBEL, Eric Roy


BATTERY A, 265TH COAST ARTILLERY
(Orange County)

Born: 23 January 1920 Rutherford, New Jersey.

Straubel had completed three years of high school, lived in
Orlando and worked as a cabinet maker for $10 per week when he
enlisted in Battery'A, 265th Coast Artillery 4 September 1940.
He was inducted into federal service 6 January 1941 and was a
Private at the time of his death.

His next of kin included Eve Straubel, mother, Orlando, Florida.

DIED NON-BATTLE; date, location and unit assignment at time of
death is unknown.





STRUTH, Elmo Rodman
-_-.-- ---.---.------,---

HEADQUARTERS COMPANY, 2ND BATTALION, 124TH INFANTRY
(Bradford County)








Born: 16 March 1914 Waldo, Florida.

Struth had completed two years of high school, lived in Starke
and worked as a storekeeper and assistant funeral director at the
time he first enlisted in Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion,
124th Infantry Regiment 24 October 1933. He was inducted into
federal service as a Technical Sergeant on 25 November 1940. He
was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant at Fort Benning, Georgia 7
November 1941. Later he was assigned to the 300TH INFANTRY
REGIMENT but went into combat with the 19TH INFANTRY REGIMENT,
24TH INFANTRY DIVISION. He was a Captain at the time of his
death.

His next of kin included Lulu Struth, wife, James and Kathy,
children, all of Starke, Florida and three brothers and six
sisters of various locations.

DIED OF WOUNDS; 1 June 1945, Mindanao, Philippine Islands.

19th Infantry Regiment 24th Infantry Division


(The 24th Division saw limited service in the New Guinea and Biak
Island Campaigns but was heavily, and widely, engaged in the
Philippine Islands, landing in Leyte during October 1944 and
subsequently serving in Mindoro, Luzon and Mindanao. Following
the capture of Davao, the 24th was assigned the objective of
clearing the Japanese out of the Talamo River Valley and the
capture of Mandog, during which operation Struth was killed).





SUHRBIER, Leo Kenneth


COMPANY B, 124TH INFANTRY
(Dade County)

Born: 26 April 1917 Fairbanks, Iowa.

Suhrbier had completed three years of high school, lived in Miami
and worked as a carpenter when he enlisted in Company B, 124th
Infantry Regiment 31 January 1939. His combat service was with
the 124TH INFANTRY REGIMENT, 31ST INFANTRY DIVISION. He was a
Private 1st Class at the time of his death.

His next of kin included Mrs. T. Hamilton, Aunt, Miami, Florida.

KILLED IN ACTION; 3 August 1944 Aitape, New Guinea.

124th Infantry Regiment 31st Infantry Division


(The 124th Infantry had been detached from the 31st Division to
spearhead the Battle for the Drinumour River near Aitape, New
Guinea, July-August 1944. It was during the crucial holding or
"fixing" battle during which the regiment was able to turn the
flank of the Japanese forces that Suhrbier was killed).









TAPLEY, Arthur Lee Jr.


COMPANY E, 124TH INFANTRY
(Suwanee County)

Born: 2 June 1922 Bineville, Gerogia.

Tapley had completed four years of grammar school, lived in Live
Oak and worked as a truck driver earning $6 per week at the time
he enlisted in Company E, 124th Infantry Regiment 25 September
1940. He was inducted into federal service 25 November 1940 as a
Private. He was later assigned to the 15TH INFANTRY REGIMENT, 3RD
INFANTRY DIVISION. He was a Private 1st Class at the time of his
death.

His next of kin included Ethel Tapley, mother, Live Oak, Florida.

KILLED IN ACTION; 24 March 1944, Isola Della, Italy.

15th Infantry Regiment 3rd Infantry Division


(The 3rd Division had been heavily engaged in offensive-defensive
activity in the Anzio Beachhead. There was no major battle the
day Tapley died but there was continual patrol action and
artillery fire against Allied positions throughout the day).





TAYLOR, John Simmons


COMPANY L, 124TH INFANTRY
(Manatee-Hardee County)

Born: 25 July 1921 Arcadia, Florida.

Taylor had completed eight years of grammar school, lived in Ona
and worked as a farmer when he enlisted in Company L, 124th
Infantry Regiment 12 November 1940. He was inducted into federal
service as a Private 25 November 1940. Later, he was assigned to
the 157TH INFANTRY REGIMENT, 45TH INFANTRY DIVISION. He was a
Private 1st Class at the time of his death.

His next of kin included Alice Taylor, mother, Ona, Florida.

KILLED IN ACTION; 14 February 1945 Conya, Italy. (This was
almost certainly 1944 as the division was in Germany in 1945.
The 1944 date would coincide with the battles of the Anzio
Beachhead).







157th Infantry Regiment 45th Infantry Division


If the date really is 1945 and in Germany, not Italy, then the
circumstances of Taylor's death would be as follows:
(During January and February 1945, the 45th Division was engaged
in very heavy fighting near the Bitchie Pocket-Wingen-Althorn
section of the Southern Rhineland. The 157th suffered heavy
casualties at Reipertsweller and the division pulled back and
defended the Rothbach Rau-Moder River Line against heavy German
counter-attacks during which battles Taylor was killed).





THOMAS, Paul Franklin


BATTERY C, 116TH FIELD ARTILLERY
(Hillsborough County)

Born: 1 September 1919 Plant City, Florida.

Thomas had completed two years of high school, lived in Tampa and
worked as a truck driver earning $10 per week when he enlisted in
Battery C, 116th Field Artillery 18 September 1940. He was
inducted into federal service 25 November 1940. Later he was
assigned to the 757TH TANK BATTALION. He was a Corporal at the
time of his death.

His next of kin included Linnie Thomas, mother, Tampa, Florida.

DIED OF WOUNDS; 23 May 1944 Ausonia, Italy.

757th Tank Battalion


(the 23rd of May was the first day of the massive Allied
offensive to break the months-long deadlock in Italy.
Simultaneously, attacks were mounted against the Hitler Line near
Monte Cassino and from Allied positions in the Anzio Beachhead.
The attacks were successful and Rome was liberated within two
weeks. Thomas died of wounds received that first day).





TILLIS, Wiley Wilbur


COMPANY D, 124TH INFANTRY
(Seminole County)

Born: 2 April 1916 Sanford, Florida.








Tillis had completed eight years of grammar school, lived in
Sanford and worked as a stockman when he first enlisted in
Company D, 124th Infantry Regiment 23 April 1934. He was
Inducted into federal service 25 November 1940. He was later
assigned to the 30TH INFANTRY REGIMENT, 3RD INFANTRY DIVISION. He
was a Private 1st Class at the time of his death.

His next of kin included Roy Tillis, father, Sanford, Florida.

KILLED IN ACTION; 10 March 1944 Parano, Italy.

30th Infantry Regiment 3rd Infantry Division


(The 3rd Division had been one of the assault divisions at Anzio
and remained to assist in the months of bloody
offensive-defensive activity that occurred within the beadhhead
in the months that followed. While the lines didn't move much,
there was constant artillery fire, strong patrol and
counter-patrol action and periodic struggles over strategic bits
of real estate, all of it costly in lives. Tills died in that day
by day battle).





TURNER, Emil


COMPANY I, 124TH INFANTRY
(Manatee County)

Born: 15 January 1916 Parrish, Florida.

Turner was a high school graduate working as a farmer earning $12
per week in Palmetto when he enlisted in Company I, 124th
Infantry Regiment 3 October 1940. He was inducted into federal
service 25 November 1940. He was later assigned to the 155TH
INFANTRY REGIMENT, 31ST INFANTRY DIVISION. He was a Corporal at
the time of his death.

His next of kin included Mrs. F.C. Turner, mother, Parrish,
Florida.

KILLED IN ACTION; 16 November 1944 Mapia, New Guinea.

155th Infantry Regiment 31st Infantry Division


(On the 15th of November 1944, elements of the 31st Division, now
part of the newly created 8th Army, assaulted Mapia Island
against light resistance. But the small Japanese garrison did
fight the overwhelming American forces as Turner's death
attests).













VARGAS, Lionel G.


BATTERY E, 265TH COAST ARTILLERY
(Monroe County)

Born: 24 September 1921 Key West, Florida.

Vargas had completed four years of grammar school and was living
in Key West working as a laborer when he enlisted In Battery E,
265th Coast Artillery 16 November 1939. He was inducted into
federal service 6 January 1941. He was a Technician 5th Class at
the time of his death.

DIED NON-BATTLE; date, location and unit assignment at time of
death are not known.








WAAS, Jack Martin


HEADQUARTERS COMPANY, 124TH INFANTRY
(Duval County)

Born: 19 December 1917 Jacksonville, Florida.

Waas had completed one year of high school, lived in Jacksonville
when he first enlisted in Company F, 124th Infantry Regiment, 22
July 1935. Later, he transferred to Headquarters Company,
completed more schooling and was working as a lineman earning
$28.50 per week when he re-enlisted in 1940. He was inducted
into federal service 25 November 1940. Later, he received a
commission as a 2nd Lieutenant and was assigned to the 121ST
INFANTRY REGIMENT, 8TH INFANTRY DIVISION. He was a 1st
Lieutenant at the time of his death.

His next of kin included Ethel Waas, mother, Jacksonville,
Florida.

KILLED IN ACTION; 17 September 1944 Brest, Brittany, France.

121st Infantry Regiment 8th Infantry Division


(Following its engagements in the hedgerow country of Normandy,
the 8th Division was dispatched to the Brittany Peninsula. The
121st Infantry was detached to assist in the attack on Dinard,
sealing the Germans in St. Malo the rejoined the Division for the
assault on the strong German defenses of Brest. Waas was killed
during the associated battle for Crozon, on the Crozon
Peninsula).





WALLACE, Walter Morris


BATTERY C, 116TH FIELD ARTILLERY
(Hillsborough County)

Wallace had completed two years of high school and lived in Tampa
when he first enlisted in Battery C, 116th Field Artillery 1 July
1938. He was inducted into federal service 25 November 1940.
Later, he was assigned to the 504TH PARACHUTE INFANTRY REGIMENT,
82ND AIRBORNE DIVISION. He was a Private 1st Class at the time
of his death.

His next of kin included Lillie Wallace, mother, Tampa, Florida.

KILLED IN ACTION; 5 February 1944, Nettuno, Italy.








504th Parachute Infantry 82nd Airborne Division


(The 504th had been deeply engaged in the initial fighting
against the German Winter Line north of Naples until it was
committed to the Anzio Landings in January 1944. For the next
several weeks, the regiment saw heavy combat and suffered
substantial casualties helping defent the Mussolini Canal
positions against extremely strong German counter-attacks during
which Wallace was killed).





WALTER, Harry George


COMPANY A, 124TH INFANTRY
(Dade County)

Born: 26 October 1918 Stafford, Kansas.

Walter had completed two years of high school, lived in Miami and
worked as a clerk earning $18 per week when he enlisted in
Company A, 124th Infantry Regiment 16 September 1940. He was
inducted into federal service as a Private 25 November 1940. He
was later assigned to the 119TH INFANTRY REGIMENT, 30TH INFANTRY
DIVISION. He was a Sergeant at the time of his death.

His next of kin included Mrs. Minnie Walter, mother, Miami,
Florida.

KILLED IN ACTION; 27 November 1944, Germany.

119th Infantry Regiment 30th Infantry Division


(During the latter half of November 1944, the 30th Division was
assigned the objective, with other U.S. forces, of penetrating
German West Wall defenses west of the Roer River. Following the
Battle of Warden, the 119th was sent to attack and clear the area
between the Inde and Roer Rivers near Altkirche. During this
battle, strongly resisted by the Germans, Walter was killed).





WALTHALL, Randall Payton

HEADQUARTERS DETACHMENT, 1ST BATTALION, 124TH INFANTRY
(Seminole County)








Born: 17 September 1918 Boonesville, Mississippi.

Walthal had completed two years of high school, lived in Lake
Mary and worked as a laborer at the time he enlisted in the
Headquarters Detachment, 1st Battalion, 124th Infantry Regiment
28 January 1937. He was inducted into federal service as a
Private 1st Class 25 November 1940. Later he was assigned to the
30TH INFANTRY REGIMENT, 3RD INFANTRY DIVISION. He was a Sergeant
at the time of his death.

His next of kin included Irene Walthall, mother, Lake Mary,
Florida.

KILLED IN ACTION; 24 April 1944 Parano, Italy.

30th Infantry Regiment 3rd Infantry Division


(The 3rd Division's long commitment to the Anzio Beachhead was
very costly. Even at times when no major battles took place,
units of the division were subjected to German artillery barrages
and infantry assaults. Squad-sized units of the 3rd were also
used daily in patrol and harrassing attacks against German
positions. It was during such a period that Walthall was
killed).





WARDEN, Alexander


HEADQUARTERS BATTERY, 1ST BATTALION, 265TH COAST ARTILLERY
(Duval County)

Born: 4 August 1919 Jacksonville, Florida.

Warden was a high school graduate living in Jacksonville working
for Southern Bell earning $25 per week at the time he enlisted in
Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 265th Coast Artillery 26
January 1938. He was indicted into federal service 6 January
1941. He attended flight school at South Plains Army Air Base,
Lubbock, Texas and was a Flight Officer at the time of his death.

His next of kin included Mary Warden, mother, Jacksonville,
Florida.

KILLED IN ACTION; 24 March 1945. (Records do not so indicate but
it is believed Warden was part of the flight crew for a Air
Transport Squadron carrying American 17th Airborne Division
troops as part of the Rhine River assault at Wesel, Germany 24
March 1945).










WARREN, William Earl


COMPANY M, 124TH INFANTRY
(Leon County)

Born: 13 December 1921 Wakulla, Florida.

Warren had completed two years of high school, lived in Wakulla
and worked in a service station earning $12 per week at the time
he enlisted in Company M, 124th Infantry Regiment 9 September
1940. He was inducted into federal service as a Private 25
November 1940. His subsequent assignments are not known but he
was reported died or killed in service during the war. His next
of kin included Laura Warren, mother, Arran Florida.





WEAVER, William Donald


COMPANY E, 124TH INFANTRY
(Suwanee County)

Born: 13 August 1915 Perry, Florida.

Weaver lived in Live Oak and worked as a grocery clerk earning
$15 per week at the time he enlisted in Company E, 124th Infantry
Regiment 22 August 1934. He was inducted into federal service as
a Corporal 25 November 1940. He was later assigned to the 119TH
INFANTRY REGIMENT, 30TH INFANTRY DIVISION. He was a Private at
the time of his death.

His next of kin included Mrs. N.A. Weaver, mother, Live Oak,
Florida.

KILLED IN ACTION; 12 July 1944 St. Lo, Normandy, France.

119th Infantry Regiment 30th Infantry Division


(The 30th Division was deeply involved in the weeks-long and
costly struggle to eject the Germans from the hedgerow country
around and near the crucial road juntion city of S. Lo. On the
12th of July, a divisional attack in the Pont Herbert area met
strong German resistance and was stopped with heavy casualties,
including Weaver).







WEINTRAUB, Bernard


MEDICAL DETACHMENT, 116TH FIELD ARTILLERY
(Hil Isborough County)

Born: 2 September 1913 Tampa, Florida.

Weintraub was a high school graduate living in Tampa working in
sales and as an ambulance driver when he first enlisted in the
Medical Detachment, 116th Field Artillery 3 January 1934. He
received the Active State Duty Medal. He was inducted into
federal service as a Sergeant 25 November 1940. He was later
assigned to the 125TH EVACUATION HOSPITAL. He was a Sergeant at
the time of his death.

His next of kin included Ruth Warren, sister, Tampa, Florida.

DIED; 21 December 1944 England.

125th Evacuation Hospital






WILLIAMS, Earl David


COMPANY L, 124TH INFANTRY
(Manatee County)

Born: 10 March 1917 Bartow, Florida.

Williams had completed six years of grammar school, lived in
Manatee and was a mi llworker when he enlisted in Company L, 124th
Infantry Regiment 7 February 1938. He was inducted into federal
service as a Corporal 25 November 1940 and released to state duty
9 December 1941. He was recalled to federal service 19 January
1942. He was a Sergeant at the time of his death.

His next of kin included Lillie Williams, mother, and Willie Mae
Williams, wife, both of Manatee, Florida.

KILLED IN ACTION; date, location and unit assignment at time of
death are not known.





WILLIAMS, Earnest Winfrey Jr.


COMPANY C, 124TH INFANTRY







(Palm Beach County)

Born: 21 August 1921 Bainbridge, Georgia.

Williams had completed three years of high school, lived in West
Palm Beach and worked as a salesman earning $20 per week when he
enlisted in Company C, 124th Infantry Regiment 20 November 1940.
He was inducted into federal service as a Private 25 November
1940. He was later assigned to the 117TH INFANTRY REGIMENT, 30TH
INFANTRY DIVISION. He was a Private at the time of his death.

His next of kin included Mrs. Jimmie Lee Williams, mother, West
Palm Beach, Florida.

KILLED IN ACTION; 16 July 1944 St. Lo, Normandy, France.

117th Infantry Regiment 30th Infantry Division


(Toward the end of the long struggle to capture St. Lo, Normandy,
the 30th Division was holding the left flank of the Corps
position east of St. Lo when units of the 29th Division had
finally reached the outskirts of the city. Williams was killed
during local defensive action. The city fell to American forces
two days later).





WILLIAMS, Oscar M.

BATTERY D, 116TH FIELD ARTILLERY
(Polk County)

Born: 12 January 1921 Lee, Florida.

Williams had completed three years of high school and was living
in Lakeland whe he enlisted in Battery D, 116th Field Artillery 5
February 1939. He was inducted into federal service 25 November
1940. He received a commission as 2nd Lieutenant 25 June 1943.
He was a 2nd Lieutenant at the time of his death.

His next of kin included C.F. Williams, father, Lakeland,
Florida.

KILLED IN ACTION; 25 October 1943 Rabaul, New Guinea.

403rd Bomb Squadron 43rd Bomb Group


(During October of 1943, the 43rd Group, flying B-24 heavy
bombers, were extremely busy and successful attacking Japanese
and targets and shipping along the northern coast of New Guinea.
On the 25th of October, more than 60 B-24's with escorting P-38
fighter aircraft, successfully attacked the Japanese air base at







Rabaul. The Japanese lost dozens of aircraft, on the ground and
in the air. American loses were light, including Williams's
aircraft).





WINGERT, Walter H.


COMPANY I, 124TH INFANTRY
(Manatee County)

Born: 1 June 1920 Palmetto, Florida.

Wingert was a high school graduate living in Palmetto at the time
he enlisted in Company I, 124th Infantry Regiment 28 February
1938. He was inducted into federal service as a Private 1st
Class 25 November 1940. He was later assigned to the 10TH PHOTO
RECONNAISSANCE GROUP. He was a 1st Lieutenant at the time of his
death.

His next of kin included C.E. Wingert, father, Palmetto, Florida.

KILLED IN ACTION; 18 July 1944 Torigny-Gires, France.

10th Photo Recon Group


(The 10th, flying P-38 (F-5) aircraft, had been involved in
pre-invasion photo reconnaissance missions in France during May
1944 for which it received a Distinguished Unit Citation.
Following Allied landings in Normandy, the unit flew both
strategic and tactical reconnaissance missions. It was during a
low level reconniassance mission over German defenses south, east
and west of St. Lo that Wingert was shot down and killed)





WOOD, Joseph Eugene


COMPANY A, 124TH INFANTRY
(Dade County)

Born: 26 April 1921 Savannah, Georgia.

Wood was a high school graduate, lived in Miami and worked as a
dental technician for $10 per week when he enlisted in Company A,
124th Infantry Regiment 12 February 1940. He was inducted into
federal service as a Private 1st Class 25 November 1940. He
received a commission as a flight officer 12 December 1942. He
was later assigned to the 351ST FIGHTER SQUADRON, 353RD FIGHTER







GROUP. He was a 2nd Lieutenant at the time of his death.

His next of kin included Bessie Wood, mother, Miami, Florida.

KILLED IN ACTION; 22 February 1944; off coast of Holland.

351st Fighter Squadron 353rd Fighter Group


(During 1943 and most of 1944, the 353rd flew P-47 fighter
aircraft in ground attack and bomber escort missions over
northwestern Europe. It was heavily engaged in the escort
missions associated with the Eight Air Forces's "Big Week"
attacks against the German Air Force and its aircraft factories,
20-25 February 1944 during which series of battles Wodd was
killed).

NOTE: The 353rd was later re-designated the 116th, Georgia Air
National Guard, and one of its squadrons, the 352nd, was
re-designated the 159th, Florida Air National Guard, and they
served in the Korean War. Later, the 159th was re-designated the
125th Fighter Group, today's Florida National Guard.



WOODS, George H.


ANTI-TANK COMPANY, 124TH INFANTRY
(Duval County)

Born: 16 February 1920 Jacksonville, Florida.

Woods had completed three years of high school, lived in
Jacksonville and worked as a painter/carpenter for $12 per week
when he first enlisted in Howitzer Company, 124th Infantry
Regiment 3 January 1939. He later transferred to Headquarters and
later still to Anti-Tank Company, 124th Infantry. He was
inducted into federal service as a Private 25 November 1940. He
was a Private at the time of his death.
His next of kin included Hattie Mae Woods, mother, Jacksonville,
Florida.

KILLED IN ACTION; 3 May 1945 Serrig, Germany. (It is very likely
the real date is 3 March 1945 as the Division was not in combat
during May nor anywhere near Serrig).

301st Infantry Regiment 94th Infantry Division


(During February and early March of 1945, the 94th Division was
heavily engaged against strong German defensive positions and
offensive counter-attacks in the Serrig-Tauben and Saarbourg
Bridgeheads in the German Rhineland. It was likely that during
these battles Woods was killed).







The following two officers of the FLORIDA STATE GUARD, (FLORIDA
DEFENSE FORCE)) are known to have died or been killed while in
Florida state service during World War II.


BREEDEN, Thomas Verne


COMPANY A, 3RD BATTALION, FLORIDA DEFENSE FORCE (STATE GUARD)





STATE OF FLORIDA
MILITARY DEPARTMENT
OFFICE OF THE ADJUTANT GENERAL
STATE ARSENAL, ST. AUGUSTINE

August 31, 1942.


GENERAL ORDERS,
No. 12


1. Announcement is made with profound regret of the
death of Captain Thomas Verne Breeden, Florida Defense
Force, which occurred on August 30, 1942, at Lake Harris,
Florida.
Captain Breeden was born at Bennettsville, South Carolina,
on March 27, 1897.
He entered the military service of the United States on
August 28, 1918, and was discharged on September 4, 1919, in
grade of Sergeant of Infantry. He served Overseas during
World War No. I.
He was commissioned Captain, Florida Defense Force, on
May 6, 1941, organized and commanded the Third Company,
later Company "A", 5th Battalion.
Funeral services will be held at Plant City, Florida, at 4:00
p. m., on September 1, 1942.
As a mark of respect the flag at the State Arsenal arid all
armories throughout the State will be displayed at half staff
on day of funeral.

BY COMMAND OF THE GOVERNOR:

VIVIAN COLLINS,
The Adjutant General.
OFFICIAL:
J. B. ROUSSEAU,
Major, Retired,
Assistant.










GOURLEY, Clark


COMPANY D, 2ND BATTALION, FLORIDA STATE GUARD







STATE OF FLORIDA
MILITARY DEPARTMENT
OFFICE OF THE ADJUTANT GENERAL
STATE ARSENAL, ST. AUGUSTINE

October 27, 1943
GENERAL ORDERS,
No. 9


1. Announcement is made with profound regret of the
death of Second Lieutenant Clark Gourley, Company "D",
2nd Battalion, Florida State Guard, which occurred at the
Alachua Air Base, Gainesville, Florida, this date.
Lieutenant Gourley was born in'Findlay, Ohio, on August
20, 1911. He enlisted September 11, 1941, for Company "D",
2nd Battalion, Florida State Guard. Appointed Private 1st
class October 21, 1941; promoted Corporal April 9, 1942;
promoted Sergeant May 12, 1942. Appointed 2nd Lieutenant,
Florida State Guard and assigned to Company "D", 2nd
Battalion, March 25, 1943.
Funeral Services will be held at Gainesville, Florida, at
11:00 A. M., on Friday, October 29, 1943, with interment
in Gainesville Cemetery.
As a mark of respect the Flag at the State Arsenal and
all armories throughout the State will be displayed at half
staff on the day of funeral.

BY COMMAND OF THE GOVERNOR:

VIVIAN COLLINS,
The 'Adjutant General.
OFFICIAL:
J. B. ROUSSEAU,
Major, Retired,
Assistant.




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