Subject: 94th infantry division E/301
I believe one on the left front the sgt is my great grandfather Charles William Noblett he was in the 94th E/301 you can contact by email email@example.com or 270-589-1051 my name Jeremy cook
From: "Dougs E-mail" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I am looking for all of the information I can find on A Company 319th engineers which from my understanding was attached to the 94th. My great uncle sgt. Joseph Wickman and assigned to this company. I have found very little information on this particular company. The only information that I have found that actually mentions this company, so far is in the book " Patton's Pawns. I would like to find more information about the company and maybe some pictures.
Subject: 1944 Photos of Jack Davis and Bill Roenigk
I have found these two photos which I believe were taken in 1944. The man in the left is identified as Jack Davis, the one on the right, Bill Roenigk.
Jack Davis might be the John Wesley Davis III, listed has having died in 1997, although he was in a different division.. I was not able to locate Bill Roenigk on the website.
Posting the photos and will gladly forward them if anybody is interested.
Thank you for your website.
Subject: Klatovy former Czechoslovakia at the end of 1945 beginning of 1946
Hello, my name is Eric, I write from France.
For personal reasons I am trying to find which unit of the US army was still in Klatovy, small town in western Bohemia in former Czechoslovakia at the end of 1945 beginning of 1946.
Thank you very much
From: "Chuck" email@example.com
4 October 2012
Stories My Father Told Me and Kaleidoscope: Stories of a Free Spirit by MAJ.GEN. (Retired) Harry J. Malony and his son, James L. Malony. Six generations in the living, three years in the writing, these stories are now available to you at http://jamesmalony.com/
Duty, Honor, Country - The Motto of West Point
Holding the high ground in service is what is demanded of each and every member of the Long Gray Line.
Over the last three years James Malony has recorded his life's stories with many humorous episodes in a book titled Kaleidoscope, Stories of a Free Spirit. In a second volume, Stories From My Father Told Me, James compiled stories which are a history of his father's military years (1912-1945) including serving as a Division Commander in World War II in the 94th Infantry Div. www.94thinfdiv.com/
James Malony is a graduate of West Point Class of 1945 and the latest member of a line of graduates starting in 1854. He will be celebrating his 90th birthday on September 24th. His father, Harry Malony, graduated in the West Point class of 1912.
Kaleidoscope, Stories of A Free Spirit covers a wide variety of situations and geographical locations, both domestic and abroad, several wars, two assassinations, four coups and assignments in Philippines, Japan, Germany, Italy, Liberia, Nigeria and Russia. The stories are filled with humor and show James Malony's ability to survive and succeed against overwhelming odds.
Bobby Finan, Senior Vice President at Merrill Lynch wrote:
James Green, an International banker said: Jim displays wholesome good humor in dealing with the challenges of WWII and the post-war environment.
In Stories My Father Told Me, you will find a General's view of leading a Division in WWII, as well as many historical accounts of life in the Army before and during the war. These stories reflect a keen insight into the social and physical environment of the times. The stories represent a great collection of events that you will not find in history books, but are both fascinating and detailed.
COL (Ret.) Chuck Giasson, a West Point graduate class of 1968 wrote: The stories are written in a style that draws you in and makes you feel you are there.
LTG (Ret.) Larry Jordan, West Point class of 1968 added: Simple yet eloquent stories of Army life gone by, told with a clarity and color rarely seen. Immerses the reader in the sounds, smells and feel of the setting for each tale. Some are amusing, others poignant, but all are entertaining and riveting.
Join James Malony in tales that will take you from the building of the Panama Canal to diamond smuggling, from Hiroshima to the designing of the Edsel! Let Jim take you there on a reality tour from the impact of a Marguerita to the Cadet Officer ("Man in the Red Sash") who starts each cadet's journey on the Long Gray Line.
Pull up an easy chair, brace yourself, you are in for an unforgettable ride Down History Lane.
From: "Christine Walker" firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello Mr. Helms,
I just wanted to take the time to contact you and let you know that my classmates and I have really enjoyed using your page (http://94thinfdiv.com/) for our World War II projects! My tutor, Mrs. Walker, thought it would be nice if we wrote you a thank you note (using her email) to let you know that it's been such a great help :)
As a thank you, we all thought it would be nice send along another helpful resource that we came across during our project: www.cheapflights.com/promos/flight-history-aircraft It has some helpful sites to learn about aircraft history in WWII. We thought it might help out other students too.
And if you decided to add it to you other resources, I'd love to show Mrs. Walker that the site was up to share with other students as well learning about the World Wars :)
But thank you! And I hope to hear back from you soon.
From: Lori Clark <email@example.com>
My Great-Uncle, Buffard Davis was a member of the 301st Infantry Regiment of the 94th Infantry Division and was killed in action on March 14, 1945.
If anyone has any information regarding his service or death please contact me.
Subject: My father, Robert Higginbotham
My father, Robert Higginbotham served in the 94th Division, 376th Regiment, 3rd Battalion K Company.
He was in Lt. Thomas Daly’s platoon. He was wounded by a schu mine just outside Nenning, Germany on 19 Feb 1945. The best I can find out is he was assigned to the Division while it was training at Camp McCain, Mississippi.
If anyone remembers him, or has pictures or memos from his unit, I would greatly appreciate it. He passed away in May 1998. My e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
Does anyone have info on who relieved him as the Division's Dental Surgeon after that.
Thanks! Bob Scudder, Camarillo, CA 805-479-1815
I am hoping to find information on my grandfather (who passed in Nov 2010) who was part of the 94th, but not sure of the unit. I know he was in France, Germany, and Czechoslovakia.
All he told me one of the last times we talked was that he was part of a team that rescued a Czech family and that when it was over they had a celebration. After the war, he stayed in Germany for six months. In that time, he acquired a German Motorcycle. His name is Donald Edwin Miller from East Liverpool Ohio.
see also http://tinyurl.com/a8gvhj8
Subject: James (Jim) Mueller
Date: Fri, 9 Nov 2012
Im looking for any information on pfc Eugene Kleehammer he was in cannon company of the 376th infantry. I'm just trying to find some family history from his time in the army.
Please email me with any information.
Hello....I am trying to obtain information concerning a soldier serving with the 302nd Infantry Regt., 94th Infantry Div. He was TEC5 A.C. Bartlett, who died in action March 15, 1945....He is buried at the Stafford (Ks.) Cemetery......I created his memorial on the Website www.Findagrave.com
Read about the 302nd and I learned that the regiment was involved in the push to reach the Rhine River....It seems perhaps he was killed in or near Gusenberg, but, I don't know for sure....
|Earl Carpenter's (E-376) War Experience
FREEDOM'S FACES: 'You can't visualize what war is like if you haven't seen it'
VAN T. BARFOOT
Date: Wed, 19 Sep 2012
Date: Mon, 3 Sep 2012
I am trying to find anyone out there who might remember my grandfather and or might have pictures of him. His name is Roland (Rom) Marsh. My grandfather fortunat that he is still with us and I would love to be able to track down anyone who might remember him and to be able to get them in touch with each other.
He was in the 94th Infantry
Any and any information and help is greatly appreciated.
Benjamin David Marsh
From: "Christian Pays" <email@example.com>
My father in law Mr Raymond Jorre kept us dreaming about his small contribution but nevertheless courageous at the time for a teenager.
Born (March 1st 1928) and raised in Paris, he joined the resistance FFI movement in April 1944 in the Mayenne Department where he had family connection.
He then falsified his birth date to join the French 1st army in shamble, they were equipped with British uniforms and weapons .
In October 1944 he was seconded to the 9/4, where he spend 3 months Guarding a depot (Damaged Allied material and sized German equipment as well as a POW camp in Mulsanne near Le Mans).
When the 9/4 marched on Eastward, he reintegrated the French army and volunteered to fight on the Royan Pocket in an artillery unit where he was running/maintaining telephone wire from observer/guidance post to the guns location often exposed to sniper fire.
The war came to an end, he got married and founded a family of 5 children, 1 of which became my wife.
It took some time for him to speak about his stint in the US army, when he finally remember the name of the 9/4 division, I searched internet for it and found your site, since I could not make an international order, I waited for an opportunity of a trip to the States to get the book an surprised him with it.
Being an engineer in the Oil and Gas industry I do travel often and when US bound usually go to Houston Texas, unfortunately I have not had the occasion to travel to US for the last 5 years. The heath of my Father in law becoming a source of worries, I asked my good friend Baktha to purchase the book, patch and use the frequent travelers between our Houston and Paris branch to deliver.
On the picture you see the “Man” next to his eldest nephew Gerard Lagauterie (whose father married Raymond sister, he also joined the French 2nd DB “armored division” in Africa and fought all the way to germany).
In the French society, the second world war is such a dark spot of our history that the few that stood up are much respected.(a lot of people believes that the resistance did it all) but history is a testimony of truth. Many thanks to all allied troops that fought the nazi forces and left us a peace full situation to build on.
I join Raymond in sending his best regards to all survivor of the Neuf Qat.
(Now I have a sizeable amount of reading/translation to do)
From: "Fredyma, John" <JFredyma@leegov.com>
I am writing on behalf of my father, Paul J. Fredyma, from New Hampshire, who served in the 301st Infantry of the 94th Division in 1945 and through the end of the war. Like others, I am asking about anyone else whom he may have served with.
According to his service record, it appears he was attached to I Company. It is difficult to read certain parts of his service record. As most know, there was a fire on 7-12-1973 that swept through the records facility in St. Louis. It is unfortunate, but many records were lost. My father's records were spared, although all of the pages are singed or, in some instances, burned away. We are thankful for the portions that remain.
He enlisted in 1943, and after basic training was sent to the University of Minnesota for training in different disciplines, first engineering, then medicine. However, he was pulled from the University (along with many others) on December 30, 1944, and sent to Europe. On February 1, 1945, he went by troop transport out of NYC, reaching Scotland seven days later, and then reaching the 301st in late February.
On March 4, 1945, he was assigned as to a scouting party. He was subsequently wounded and taken prisoner just outside of Zerf, Germany. On March 26, 1945, a letter was sent to his father reporting him as MIA (and most likely KIA). On April 11, 1945, his father received a telegram from the War Department that my father "has been returned to military control," with details to follow once determined.
Like many others, it is only in the past few years that he has been willing to provide more details of his service.
Any information would be greatly appreciated.
John J. Fredyma
Date: Thu, 19 Jul 2012
I wrote with you about the 94th Infantry Division in the past.
From: PETE MINIX <firstname.lastname@example.org>
My name is Pete Minix, and my hobby for the last 12 years, has been collecting and compiling World War II veteran histories. I currently have over 330 World War II veterans, from all branches, in my private library. None of this information is given out or published for a monetary gain.
This is at no cost to you or your family. All I would need are any documents (copies), that you would wish to share or pictures of you during that time. Also, I would also like a current picture of you today. I can send you a large self-addressed envelope for mailing purposes. If you have a scanner attached to your home computer, you could scan your pictures and/or documents to send to me.
If you wish to share this information with me, I would greatly appreciate it. I look forward to hearing from you. If you have any questions, please feel free to email. If you chose not to share your story with me, I completely understand and will respect your wishes. My E-mail is email@example.com
From: James Ellis
I am searching for anyone who served with Robert (Bob) Ellis in the Battle of the Bulge. Bob served in Company ‘H’ of the 376th Regiment of the 94th Division and was killed February 26, 1945. He died during the fighting to cross the Saar at Ockfen and Ayll.
His brother James Elli, is in the process now of writing a book about his life and two chapters are dedicated to his brother’s service in World War II and the 94th Division Memorial in Potsdamer Platz in Oberleuken, Germany, near the Siegfried Line.
Thank you for service!
63rd Annual Reunion
(I just saw a flood of return addresses of emails - I thought I had it stopped, but must still be hacked - sorry about that - don't try to open any file from my email address unless you know it is from me, personally)
It was, overall, a successful reunion. We had 68-70 vets and over 200 total attendees. It was a nice Marriott sitting in heavy woods, cleared to the highway. It only had one place to eat or drink - a bar & grill and no place to buy batteries, post cards, etc. that tourists want. If, like me, you didn't go on the tours, you had to catch a ride with one of the families with cars to get a snack or anything else you didn't have with you.
WE, FINALLY, did dissolve the 94th Infantry Div. Association and we are all members of the 94th Div. Historical Society, including Alliance members, and all have equal voting rights and obligations. IF you want to keep getting three ATTACK's per year, you will HAVE to send in $15 each year for now.
Joe Smrt is Pres., Jim Blount, First V. Pres. A former alliance member is 2nd V. P and expected to become Pres. of the combined organization in 2014.
Savannah, GA appeared to be the leading contender for a meeting place next year but, quaint and attractive as it is, many of us thought it was too hard to access from far away. Claims it was as easy as Charleston didn't impress me - I was glad I was in driving distance and my son-in-law thought he was never going to get there - even though my car was able to pick him up after he'd lived to make the Charleston airport. I moved, and it was approved, that we leave it up to the new Executive Committee (Board of Officers) to work with Reunions, Inc. to select a site, with Savannah and New Orleans at least, to be considered.
For those who haven't been there, Savannah was established in 1733 when Gen. Oglethorpe brought a load from debtor's prisoners in the British Isles. It is flat and the downtown streets are still laid out as he had them. Fort Frederica is a bus ride away and that is foundations only for a fort to keep Spaniards from Florida at bay. Hotels are along the river and convention facilities on an island in the middle of the river.
Here is something I just saw on the internet that inspired me to go on and send this to e-mailers:
I'm surprised at how many were concerned about my driving nearly 2,000 miles, including one day trips up and back, but I enjoyed it and the oxygen supplement I have to take, anyway, keeps me wide awake (too bad it does the same thing night after night, in my bedroom).
Please feel free to contact me anytime at the following number 757-508-0450. Also if there is anything I can do to help please let me know. Thanks to all those who served and gave me and my family their freedom.
Sent from my iPad
From: "J Pille" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 12 Jun 2012
My dad served in Section 1, Company D, 1st Battalion, 302nd Regiment of the 94th (with Roger Guernsey). On May 2nd I posted a link to my Flickr site which had pictures from the Tennessee war Maneuvers. That link is no longer working but I've scanned more photos and all can be accessed at www.flickr.com/photos/56056153@N08/collections/72157629948934511/ .
Please forward this link to anyone who may be interested, especially if you know the whereabouts of any of the men in these pictures and/or their families.
From: "max_data" <email@example.com>
My dad, PFC Don Brill of Eau Claire WI, was in the 94th, mostly in 301st, through all of its combat action, and never would talk about a thing until a couple years ago.
This note is a little update on my dad and an invitation for any of you other 94th vets out there to write to him, as well, at firstname.lastname@example.org! He will never publicly write about himself, he is not that type of person. Which is why you never heard from him even after I encouraged him to get in touch. So I am going to do it here....
He was initially selected for the Army ASTP science & technology program. When the 94th was in training in 1943, the school was disbanded and the students were sent to divisions needing more bodies. As a combat replacement pulled out of graduate school when ASTP was disbanded, his future as an engineer or scientist was gone. He saw so many horrid things in battle, and had so many cases where guys right next to him were blown away in combat, that it is a burden that has remained with him each day of his life.
He survived only by the grace of God, as he was right in the middle of a lot of combat. \ The reason he says he is beginning to write is that he must, for only the living can speak for those who gave their lives, and he will carry faces and memories of thousands of the lost to his grave, even many of the enemy, who were also lost to their families.
Yet he is also thankful for the miraculous things that led to his survival. He still has shrapnel chunks that grazed his uniform, and memories of sniper bullets that grazed his head. He saw so much turnover in combat, 3 or 4 cycles of men (thousands just in his regiment), replaced when wounded or dead, hard to even learn all the names before they were gone.
Like a lot of the other of his fellow soldiers, he had the tenacity and courage to come back to society and become a father, husband, and family leader. He still went on after the war to gain a Masters and Phd in Education, and taught in and supervised trade schools.
He has never said much about the war or his medals, but the last couple years did have one newspaper interview in Eau Claire and has written some notes about his experiences. I know as his son that he had a pretty severe case of PTSD, many violent flashbacks, depression, (and injuries).He also says that possibly the greatest remorse he feels is for the colleagues he lost, and the feeling that so easily, it could have been him instead. Yet here he is, with his 90th birthday in September, still working around his country place with a big American flag on top.
Presently, he is not in good enough health to travel much, worn out from surviving three tick diseases at once (lyme, brucellosis, anaplamosis - what a year!) But he is still reads a lot, including things written about the 94th, and has written some of his memories. I am sending him his own copy of the movie 'Everyman's War'.
Like many other veterans, he worries that current and future regimes may disrespect or forget what he and his buddies sacrificed to preserve the idea of personal freedom this country originally was founded upon. Back then, 'human rights' were considered to be from God, not granted by government, not controlled by religion, nor funded by taxpayers.
Now, as then, the forces of national socialism are at our doorstep. They appear not only as nations like nazi germany or communist russia and china, they masquerade as slick concepts- social justice, economic rights (to other's wealth), political correctness.. They could not invade us from the outside, will we completely forget the lessons of world war and be invaded from inside our country and inside our heads?
My father taught us that FAITH, WORK and RESPONSIBILITY built what is good about this country. He did not envy others' wealth, though being from a poor northern wisconsin family. He wanted our success from our own work, not taking from others or future generations.
He is intending to vote this June (the wisconsin recall), as well as this fall. His view of the choice is that it is a war between those who would use government to get themselves freebies and rights and spend our children's future now, versus those who want to work, take responsibility, and balance a budget for the sake of everyone, now and future. Which is the RIGHT thing to do? His generation made choices that have benefitted us today. But will we do the same?
FORWARD! is the 94th motto that was his division's response to tyranny in 1943, FORWARD! was the battle cry of the Wisconsin 24th regiment in the Civil War, led by future Gen. Arthur MacArthur. In both cases FORWARD! was the cry of men concerned about destroying the tyranny in front of them. NOT the motto of men proposing to expand tyranny! FORWARD! is also the state motto of Wisconsin, a completely positive statement of purpose that should not be misused for political gain.
Today, we have those who propose to hijack the motto of the 94th, 24th Wisconsin, and the Wisconsin state motto, - not only for a presidential campaign, but one that proposes to expand tyranny into many areas of life never envisioned by the U.S. Constitution. They should be ashamed!
My dad is a hero not only for his part with the 94th, but for continuing with the same courage and honor to do his part as a father and in society. He is unbeaten by the baggage of war and determined that the memory of his lost buddies and the 94th should be honored and not misused by political campaigns.
I am sure he would like to hear from others of the 94th, email@example.com though he doesn't get on email as often as he used to.
From: Pete Ross <firstname.lastname@example.org>
My father, James Fredrick Ross, was a member of the 94th. He passed away on Christmas Day 2010 taking many memories of his contribution with him.
I am interested in finding anyone who remembers serving with him along with any information on where he served. During World War II, he served as a rifleman with E Company 376th Infantry, 94th Infantry Division in France and Germany and was awarded the Bronze Star.
There is a big piece of my father’s life that I do not know about as he never shared with us much about his time in the 94th. Can you help?
Subject: Louis E. Sinnott and Jim Hynes
To whom it may concern:
I'm e-mailing because my grandfather, Louis E. Sinnott, was a member of the 94th--he passed away 15 years ago, and he never talked about the war to my father or myself. I'm very curious as to if there are 94th soldiers who are still living, at least those of who may remember my grandfather back in the day--in a lot of ways, my grandfather remains a huge mystery to my father and myself.
If this might help, he was buddies with one Jim Hynes, who passed away 4-5 years ago. If you can't help me out, that's understandable, too--I was hoping that, regardless, at least you might be able to offer me a lead or two I could follow up on.
Thank you for your time--it's been truly fascinating digging into the history of the 94th.
Date: Sun, 20 May 2012
But the 94th Div. was on its way again with the Rhine as its objective. With the 302nd and 301st pushing forward in separate drives, the 376th in reserve, the regiments crossed the small Ruwer River on bridges thrown up by the 319th Engr. Bn. and advanced 3000 yards, taking the towns of Burg-Heid, Schondorf, Bonnerath and Holzerath.
Despite stubborn resistance, which was the Germans' last stand west of the Rhine, the twin drives roared ahead. Two days later, enemy resistance began to crack as the 301st and 302nd registered gains of six miles, overrunning Schillingen, Kell, Gusenburg and Reinsfeld.
The 94th began spearheading the Third and Seventh Armies' drive to the Rhine March 16.
Osburg was occupied by US Forces on March 16 1945 after about 14 days of air strikes and artillery fire. My questions are:
Date: Wed, 02 May 2012
My dad served in Section 1, Company D, 1st Battalion, 302nd Regiment of the 94th (with Roger Guernsey). I have quite a few pictures in a scrapbook my mom kept, and most have captions. The advent of the Cumberland University memorial (www.cumberland.edu/veterans/) prompted me to finally get started on scanning these photos and I've completed those I have from the Tennessee War Maneuvers. They're viewable at www.flickr.com/photos/56056153@N08/sets/72157629948875349/ .
Please forward this link to anyone who may be interested, especially if you know the whereabouts of any of the men in these pictures and/or their families.
Hello to All,
My name is Adam and my grandfathers name was Herman Burden.
All I know is that he served in the 302nd because I got a picture of him in his Ike jacket (attached photo), and noticed the DI pin on the lapel.
The other picture is of him on the far right with a PFC John Gentry and PFC Harry Clark in Beligium.
Looking for anyone who was there, who heard about what happened
Or knew any of these soldiers.
Among those captured were: Lt Carl Seeby, SSG Jerome Fatora (my father), Willard Fisher, Pvt James White and a Sgt Smith from the 5th Ranger Group. There may have been others.
They were held for several days before being released by Ridgways 13th Armored Division. These men then fought as riflemen with the 13th until they returned to their unit.
Does anyone know of this incident?
I am trying to locate these men, or their families, if they are deceased. It is my hope that we can get these soldiers the POW medal which was never awarded to them. I have some statements and the paperwork showing SSG Fatora returning to his unit after the incident. Any and all information is needed.
I have received several replies from soldiers who served in CO C 302 Infantry.
Here is my home address: 5392 Lakefront Drive Cincinnati, Ohio 45247
From: Erin Haley <email@example.com>
I'm sure you get this often, I'm just trying to find information on my grandfather while we are stationed over here in Germany (my husband is active duty Army), so I can visit some of the battle sites that he was part of while here during the war. Unfortunately my information is limited--I know that he was part of K Company, 376th Infantry and part of the 94th. I know that he was a paratrooper, and that he was part of the fighting in the Moselle area. I found your website and wish that I could locate a copy of Kenneth Woodruff's book "History of K/376 Infantry Regiment," and thought that I might inquire.
The last piece of information I can give you is his name, Harold "Hank" Hay.
If you have any guidance, I would appreciate it....if not, I still thank you for your time.
From: "HAROLD R JOHNSON" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I was trying to find out some information on my Uncles record with HQ 94th Infantry Division. His Name & Rank was Sgt. Kenneth E. Simons, ASN 33407361. Would appreciate any information you can give me. His Sister went over to where he was buried a few years ago, I believe in Luxemburg.
|Subject: PFC Lawrence Whetstone 94th Infantry Division, 302 nd Regiment, Company C
Date: Fri, 10 Feb 2012
From: "Lawrence Whetstone" <email@example.com>
From: Matt Dykes
We are a family based in London, UK looking for details of our grandfather, John Yurky who was a sergeant in the 301st infantry, 94th Division. He was KIA on 15th March 1945.
If anyone knew of him or might have any details, we would love to hear from you.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Tue, 31 Jan 2012
Tennessee Maneuvers Veterans To Receive Honorary Masters Degrees From
From 1941 to 1944, more than 850,000 soldiers from 25 U.S. Army divisions participated in seven large-scale maneuvers across 22 counties of Middle Tennessee--deadly serious war games (250 soldiers and civilians died in the training) to prepare for the war in the European and Pacific theaters.
Cumberland University, which served as 2nd Army field headquarters for those massive exercises, wants to award honorary Master of Military Arts degrees next spring to as many of the soldiers from the Maneuvers as it can find.
“The simulated combat in Middle Tennessee was a critical element in the Allied victory in World War II,” said Cumberland University President Dr. Harvill Eaton. “What soldiers learned here, as they engaged in rigorous corps-level exercises, was an important part of their education for their overseas combat assignments. To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the 2nd Army Maneuvers Field Headquarters moving to our campus in Lebanon, we will award the honorary degrees in a special ‘Remembrance and Respect’ celebration.”
Eaton said the university plans to host the event and confer the degrees on May 8, 2012. The date the anniversary of Victory in Europe Day is significant because 22 of the 25 U.S. Army divisions that trained in the Tennessee Maneuvers fought in the European theater.
“We have titled our commemoration “Remembrance and Respect Cumberland University Honors the Veterans of the WW II Tennessee Maneuvers” because it’s important for us to remember how Cumberland University and Middle Tennessee contributed to the Allied victory,” Eaton said. “But, more important, we want to pay our respects to the men who trained here and fought with such skill and tenacity.
“We’re hopeful that many veterans will be able to attend the May 8 event on our campus,” Eaton continued. “We’re planning a variety of interactive displays that will allow the veterans to see and touch a large assortment of vehicles and equipment they used, to hear music from that era, to be in the company of other soldiers who shared their wartime experiences, to see WW II re-enactors, and most important to be honored by Middle Tennesseans who recognize and appreciate their sacrifices and service. Those who are unable to attend the event can, of course, receive their degrees by mail.”
Veterans who trained in the Tennessee maneuvers but are unable to attend the ceremonies in person may still receive the honorary Master of Military Arts degree by contacting Cumberland University by mail, email or phone.
The seven large-scale Tennessee Maneuvers involved the following divisions:
2nd Armored June, 1941
The terrain of middle Tennessee allowed soldiers to make river crossings and engage in simulated combat in conditions similar to those expected in France and Belgium. The training was very realistic, with more than 250 soldiers and civilians killed in the Tennessee Maneuvers. The Cumberland University commemoration will also pay tribute to those who died in training and in overseas combat.
On Feb. 3, 1943, the United States Army Transport Dorchester – a converted luxury liner – was crossing the North Atlantic, transporting more than 900 troops to an American base in Greenland. Aboard the ship were four chaplains of different faiths: Reverend George Fox (Methodist), Jewish Rabbi Alexander Goode, Reverend Clark Poling (Dutch Reformed) and Father John Washington (Roman Catholic).
Around 12:55 a.m., a German U-boat fired a torpedo that struck Dorchester’s starboard side, below the water line and near the engine room. The explosion instantly killed 100 men and knocked out power and radio communication with Dorchester’s three escort ships. Within 20 minutes, the transport sank and more than 670 men died.
As soldiers rushed to lifeboats, the four chaplains spread out, comforting the wounded and directing others to safety. One survivor, Private William Bednar, later said, “I could hear men crying, pleading, praying. I could also hear the chaplains’ preaching courage. Their voices were the only thing that kept me going.”
Another survivor, John Ladd, watched the chaplains’ distribute life jackets, and when they ran out, they removed theirs and gave them to four young men. “It was the finest thing I have seen, or hope to see, this side of heaven,” he recalled.
As Dorchester sank, the chaplains were seen linked arm in arm, praying.
Fox, Goode, Poling and Washington were posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and the Purple Heart, and in 1948, Congress declared Feb. 3 to be Four Chaplains Day. The four chaplains were also honored with a U.S. postage stamp that year.
Because of the Medal of Honor’s strict requirements of heroism under fire, Congress authorized a one-time Chaplain’s Medal for Heroism on July 14, 1960. The award was presented to the chaplains’ next of kin Jan. 18, 1961.
On Feb. 3, 1951, President Truman dedicated a chapel in the chaplains’ honor at Grace Baptist Church in Philadelphia. When the building was sold, the chapel fell into disrepair, and the foundation overseeing the chapel moved it to the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard in 2001. The chapel was repaired in 2004 and given the name Chapel of the Four Chaplains.
In 2006, at The American Legion’s 88th National Convention in Salt Lake City, the National Executive Committee passed a resolution that supported awarding the Medal of Honor to Fox, Goode, Poling and Washington.
Every year, American Legion posts nationwide remember Four Chaplains Day with memorial services. To request information on how to conduct a Four Chaplains Memorial Service, contact Charles Graybiel (email@example.com) of the Americanism and Children & Youth Division at (317) 630-1212.
From: Michael Kennedy <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Does anyone happen to know if anyone in your organization has information regarding Ray O'Neil (O'NEALL, O'Neill) I am not sure of spelling.
He was 94th 301st A company.
He was my Grandfathers closest friend, and never saw or spoke to each other after the end of the war. Unfortunately that was fairly common as you know.
I have not been able to find anything whatsoever on this gentleman, and it has been a bit of a crusade to find out anything about him.
My Grandfather also has pictures he would very much like to forward onto O'Neals family.
Any help you can offer on this?
From: "Vicki" <email@example.com>
My father, W T Pillow fought in WWII with the 94th infantry. He passed away in Jan. 2011. I attended two of his reunions with him and my mother. It was wonderful to watch him with his buddies.
At the New Orleans reunion in 1993 the wives put together a cookbook which I purchased.
I have lost the book and was wondering if it might be still in print. If so, I would love to buy one again.
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