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September - December 2004
Date: 27 Dec 2004
From: "George L. Edgington"  CSM, US Army, Retired click here to email me
Subject:  PFC Benny M. Edgington 

I am the son of Ben Edgington.  My father passed away in May 2003.  He did not talk about the war at all except to mention the name of an old war buddy.  When I did try and persue my questioning he would only state that he had some rough times and get teary eyed and say nothing.  I was able to gather some information before he passed away,  He entered the Army 1 Dec 42 and was discharged 1 Jan 46.  He was a ammunition handler 901. He earned his EIB on 2 May 44, 256th HQ, 94th Div, and his CIB on 10 Nov 44, 22nd HQ, 376th Inf Reg.  He served in four campaigns, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes, and Central Europe.

I would like to communicate with anyone who might have known my father or anyone who might beabe to inform me what company and battalion my father was assigned.  Any details would be appreciated.  I also would like to know what my father lost five days for, he would never say.  His discharge papers state "Time Lost AW 107  5 days".

Thanks 
George Edgington 

Date: Mon, 27 Dec 2004
From: Don Brizzolara  click here to email me
Subject: German Flag 

Dear Sirs:  I have in my possession a fascinating German flag that I would love to know more about.  It is a small red flag with the standard swastika centered in a white circle.  It is signed in hand writing: “ 94th Division 302nd Inf. Co. K. 3rd platoon”.  “The Fighting 3rd Platoon in Germany”  “Roosevelt’s Butchers”.  The names of 12 men from the 3rd squad are on the flag; they are: (1) Sgt. Letch Branch (Virginia), (2) Pfc.  Ray P. Noel (New Hampshire), (3) Pfc. James A. Goings (North Carolina), (4) Pfc. James Cavendar (Tennessee), (5)  Pfc. Genet Ellis (Washington, D.C.), (6) Pvt. George R. Bredlove (North Carolina), (7) Pfc. George A. Little (Maine), (8) Pfc. George H Duren (Tennessee), (9) Pfc William J. Gordon (New York), (10) Pfc. Mike Pellicani (New Jersey), (11) Sgt. Gerlard D. Rusch (Wisconsin), and (12) Pfc. Arthre Clements (Washington, D.C.)

It would be wonderful if anyone could tell me more about this unit (Co. K of the 302nd) and ,in particular, if they have any knowledge of the men who signed the flag. 

Many Thanks, 

Don Brizzolara

Eagle River, Alaska 

From: Beverly Bennett Green 
Subject: Capt. Arnold N. Bennett 
Date: Fri, 24 Dec 2004

Hello to all,
My father was a proud member of the 94th and served in France and Germany during WWII. His name was Arnold N. Bennett  ( from Brooklyn, NY) and he was a Captain and then commissioned a Major when he left. He was a dentist in the medical corps. I would appreciate any information, stories, etc. that you might have about him. Until his death in 1976, he rarely missed a 94th reunion. I have lots of photos, medals, v-mails  and a few pieces of other memorabilia that I could share. Please click here to mail me if you can help me with further memories of this wonderful man. God Bless. 

Beverly Bennett Green
7946 Park Avenue
Elkins Park, PA 19027

From: Thomas W. Reed II
Subject: Thomas W. Reed, 301st Infantry, Company A
Date: Thu, 23 Dec 2004 

To anyone who may know:

My name is Thomas W. Reed II and I am the proud son of my father, Thomas W. Reed of Corning, NY. My father died on May 5, 1974 when I was only two years old. So, I post this notice in hopes of contacting anyone who may be able to share a story about who my Dad was, as I never had the honor to speak with him myself. 

After much searching and assistance from many in St. Louis and elsewhere, our family recently found out the details of my Dad's long 20 year military career in the army. In particular, we believe we have discovered the story of how he was awarded the silver star while in Ludwigshafen, Germany on March 26, 1945. You see, like many of the men who served during this extraordinary time and  beyond, Dad never discussed his experiences in the army. My older siblings told me that to him, it was not something to discuss or glorify. It simply was his duty and he believed that any man in the exact situation would do the same.  Therefore, it is my sincere hope that someone out there could share with me some personal stories of who my Dad was.

For your information, Dad served in the 94th Infantry Division, 301st Infantry, Company A. On the night when he earned the silver star, Sergeant Reed was placed in command of the 60 mm Mortar Squad of Company A, 301st Infantry, 3rd Platoon. On that night, he was still recovering from wounds he received on March 2, 1945 when he earned his first purple heart. 

Apparently, his squad had advanced into the city of Ludwigshafen, Germany when German machine guns opened up on his squad and the men in front of him. As a result, Dad assembled his mortar and fired at the Germans. In turn, the Germans hit a shell in Dad's hand causing it to explode and wound him. The records state Dad continued to fire the mortar until the seventh shell was crimped in the mortar tube from a German bullet. Once disabled, Dad ran upon the German position and killed the remaining German with his pistol. At that time, my Dad was only nineteen years old.

To me, this story swells me with great pride. It sets an example that I so strongly want to live up to and surpass. As I pledged to myself long ago, when the day arrives when I meet my father face to face, I want to look him in the eye and hear him say to me that he was proud of what I did in my life and that my deeds at least equaled his. 

I apologize to anyone who may think this story is written to brag about my father. It isn't. It is simply an effort to reach out to the unknown in hopes that there is someone out there may help me understand the man I did not know, but who forever will be the example by which I live my life. In addition, it is written to recognize all those that are listed on this page. To me, all of these men are heroes because they stood and fought for what was right without hesitation. They represent what our country is all about. Doing your duty without expecting anything in return and always leading by example. 

My contact information is as follows:  Thomas W. Reed- 221 Washington St., Corning, NY 14830.   click here to email me
If possible, please contact me with any information you may have.

Finally, to all those who served with my Dad, I express my sincere gratitude and Godspeed wherever you may be. To me, you all are heroes, who served us honorably! 

TWR 

From: Donald McNeill Stewart. Jr.click here to email me
Date: Sun, 19 Dec 2004 
Subject: CPT Donald M. Stewart, 301st Inf Regt 

The first two photos below were given to me recently by my mother's brother.  Although my mother, Mary, never mentioned then during her lifetime I feel sure that they were given to her when COL Hagerty visited sometime shortly after the war.  My uncle thinks that this is correct although at the time he had still not returned from service.  I don't know why the photos got missing for so long but I think that eventually a lot of the past was just put away.  I'd be interested in learning who the men are in the photos and would also like to think that they might now catch up to members of their families. 

cemetery dst
I am confidant that they are at my father's grave in Luxembourg sometime during the summer of 1945.  In 1948 my father was reinterred at McPherson Church Cemetery in Fayetteville, NC, where I have since buried my mother (d. 1995) and my brother, Sandy (d. 1994), who was born in Nov 1944, after the 94th had deployed overseas.   They never saw each other on this earth.  Incidentally, in 1970 I was able to visit the cemetery while working for the US Army in Frankfurt, Germany.   Although I was unaware of it at the time, it coincided within days of the 25th anniversary of his death and was quite foggy and snowing, conditions which I understand were similar to those when he was killed.  If you have been there you know that it is quite beautiful, a stark contrast to the photos below.
dstThe last two photos were taken prior to deployment, in fact the one with Mom may perhaps predate their marriage.  It was taken in the front yard of her parents (McArthurs) home on Clifdale Road, which is just behind them beyond the large trees.  The dirt driveway can be seen going out to the road, which at the time was also dirt (now about to be widened to 5 lanes).  McPherson church is about a half mile to their right and on the same side of the road (Mom's grandmother was a McPherson and the church land was given by her great, great grandfather).   The fields beyond my parents are now mostly packed with houses now (this area is about half way between "downtown" Fayettevillle and Ft. Bragg and really began to grow during the Viet Nam War era) although directly across from the "old home place" (which is 5 years shy of being 100 years old) there is the private (K-12) Fayetteville Academy.   They did not build the houses fast enough, however, and I earned my summer money in those fields by working in cotton, soybeans, corn, etc. (At least I did not have a long commute.)  My uncle later made a good living developing farm land and building residential housing (I punched a few nails for him), and I later build my own home down in one of the pastures within a couple of hundred yards of the home place (where he now lives), but it has never been the same and I often long for the quiet life of the country.
Best wishes for a joyous Christmas Season!

Donald McNeill Stewart. Jr.

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Date: Sat, 18 Dec 2004 
Subject: PFC Neil E. Cook
From: Larry Davis

I am looking for anyone who has information about my uncle Pfc. Neil E. Cook from Hamilton Ohio.  About all I know is that he was killed on January 20, 1945 and served with the 301st regiment.  My mother has been trying for years to get information about his time in service and / or the circumstances of his death.  Anyone who has information can   click here to email me

Thank you.

From: Rbradjake  click here to email me
Date: Thu, 9 Dec 2004 
Subject: My grandpa

Looking for information on my grandpa, Lieut. Clement Earnest Kunkel.  Also known as Mike. 

From: "Andrea Ellison" 
Subject: Felix Matula
Date: Mon, 6 Dec 2004 

My Father, Felix Matula, was with the 94th, 376th Infantry. He is trying to find out if His captain, C G Stanley, is still alive. I would love to surprise my father with some info on him. If you know of any info,  click here to email me

Thanks for your time

Andrea Ellison

From: "Randy Schultze" 
Subject: Carl G. Schulze 
Date: Mon, 6 Dec 2004

I am looking for any information on my father, Carl Schulze.  He was a Staff Sergeant and manned a machine gun.  He also was awarded the Silver Star.  I would love to hear from some of the men that also crewed the machine gun with him and those that may have been there when he received the Silver Star.  It was 24 MAR 45 on the assault at Ludwigshaven.

He always told me he got the medal guarding the latrine under enemy fire!  He didn't like to talk about the war all that much, just like many of the vets which is understandable. 

I would really appreciate any information I could get.  My dad has been dead eleven years now and I am still in awe of what he, and all of you did for our country. 

Thank you in advance, and God peace be with you.
Randy Schultze
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From:  Rebecca Richardson
Subject: 2nd Lt. Anthony C. Pallotta
Date: Wed, 01 Dec 2004 

I am looking for anyone who may have know 2nd Lt. Anthony C. Pallotta.  I'm not sure if he fought in the 94th or not. He was from Vermont originally.  He died at Saarlautern Germany on March 18th 1945.  His body was found 85 yards from his tank.  He was interred overseas (possibly Luxembourg American Cemetery then sent home to vermont.)  My grandmother still has his death notice in her purse, but she knows very little about her brother's service or his death.  If anyone has any information it would be greatly appreciated. click here to email me

Thank You,
Rebecca Richardson

Date: Thu, 25 Nov 2004
From: "Cole Family" 
Subject: Pfc Gayle Monette

I am searching for anyone who might remember my dad. 

He was Pfc Gayle Monette, from Baton Rouge, Louisiana; he'd been drafted out of LSU in the middle of a semester, and went to basic training at Ft. Benning.

He never did tell us even where he was, except that he was at the Battle of the Bulge.  He didn't think his stories were "kid safe," and he didn't want to remember them, or maybe remembered them too much, anyhow.

His records burned in the St. Louis fire, and all I have is his Purple Heart, and he wouldn't tell us what it was for.  We couldn't get him to go to VFW or anything, because the memories were just too bad.  We only have found out what unit he was in because, after his death in 2000, we found some letters and shipping tags in his handwriting.  So all we know about that is he was with G company, 376th Infantry, 94th Division when he shipped home in January 1946.

If there's anybody out there who remembers him, or just knows general knowledge about his outfit,  click here to email me

Good luck to the rest of you in your searches,

Jo (Monette) Cole,
Wichita, KS 

From: "Jenny Darelius" 
Subject: George Luedtke
Date: Sat, 6 Nov 2004

I am looking for any information about my father, George Luedtke, who was a member of the 94th Infantry Division. 

My father never liked to talk about WWII and the things he experienced. He passed away in August of 2001 and took all memories of that time with him. 

If anyone remembers my father or has pictures of him I would greatly appreciate being contacted. My email addresses are click here to email me or click here to email me
Thank you,
Jenny Darelius
Wausau WI

From: Mark Lawrence click here to email me
Date: 05 NOV 2004
Subject: August A. Schrade, DOW 24 Mar 45

Hi, Dose anyone remember August Schrade TEC4? Any information, no matter how small would be greatly appreciated. Even if anyone know what exact unit. All I know is that he died 24 march 1945 and was part of the 301st Infantry. 
Thank you all. 

Mark

From: "James Heade" click here to email me
Subject: C-Company, 607th Tank Destroyer Bn 
Date: Wed, 27 Oct 2004 

Looking for contacts who are familiar with the soldiers of this company that served during WWII.

Jim Heade

From: "Gerald Adams" 
Subject: Earnest Marion Adams
Date: Thu, 21 Oct 2004 

My grandfather, Earnest Marion Adams was in the 94th infantry division in World War 2. I remember him telling me he was drafted sometime around 1944. If there is any information that you can find out on how to find out more about this Division click here to email me

Thanks, 
Gerald Adams

From: "Richard " click here to email me
Subject: USAAF Piper L-4 Cub # 44-79595 that was used during 1944-45
Date: Sun, 10 Oct 2004 
 

PO Box 1156 10th October 2004

Eagle Farm

Queensland

4009

AUSTRALIA

Dear Sir,

I am writing to you and you members with the hope you may be able to help me collect any information about the Piper L-4 Cub that was attached to the field artillery units, and used for artillery spotting.

The reason for this is that I own an ex USAAF Piper L-4 Cub # 44-79595 that was used during 1944-45 for just that purpose. I am in the process of restoring the aircraft to its original USAAF condition. I would like any of your members to get in touch with me if they had any contact at all with these tiny Cubs during their time in the forces. 

I have been able to obtain quite a few items such as the old BC-659 radio that it used, the brass fire extinguisher and even some Yank and Brief magazines for the time my L-4 was in service. But what I really need is some personnel items, such as photos, stories, memoirs or any information your members may have about the Piper Cub. 

My rational for this is that my aircraft will be on display in its US Army colours at various air shows around the country when completed and I would like to have some type of tribute to the men of the US army that used this aircraft. To let the general public know and understand the sacrifices that was made by these men. I believe that without these personnel items, the aircraft will just be another piece of machinery, only when people can link together the stories and other personnel items with the aircraft will they truly understand what it was really like.

If you could publish this in your newsletter or pass the word around some other way I would be most grateful. I would of course pay for any of these items and cover all costs. I can be contacted at:

PO BOX 1156

Eagle Farm

Queensland

4009

AUSTRALIA

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Or ring reverse charge # 61 7 39010227

Thank you for your time and I hope to hear from you or your members in the near future.

Richard Haynes

From: Marc click here to email me
Date: Wed, 6 Oct 2004 
Subject: Irving Shiffman 

My father in law, Irving Shiffman, asked me to locate any surviving veterans who served with him during WW II in France / Battle of the Bulge. ( see below )

In the 94th Division, 
376 Infantry Regiment,
Company C 
The Capt. was Darrah; 
The Master Sgt. was Maesto.

Any and all responses would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks so much.

Marc

From: Tom Wolinski
Date: Sat, 2 Oct 2004
Subject: On March 6, 1945, the 301st Regt. 

On March 6, 1945, the 301st Regt. of the 94th Div. was being relieved by the 328th Regt. 26th Yankee Division on a hilltop. The area was in or near Serrig, Germany. Can anyone remember the hill, and was there any shelling or fighting during this relief? 
My Uncle was KIA with shell fire and I believe it was during this relief. Thank you. Tom Wolinski
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From: "John Hall" click here to email me
Subject: Henry C. Hall
Date: Wed, 22 Sep 2004 
My father, Henry C. Hall was a Sergeant in the 376th during WW2. How can I find any military records that would track the 376th and any records of my father?
Thank you.

I am looking for anyone who may have known my father, Henry (Hank) Hall who was a Sergeant in WW2 in the 376th Regiment of the 94th Infantry Division.
Thank you,

John Hall

Subject: Joseph Allan Koss
From: Lee Koss
Date: Thu, 9 Sep 2004 

If anyone knew my father Joseph Allan Koss click here to email me He went by the name of Allan after the war and died in 1970. His wife is still alive and would appreciate knowing if there is someone who remembers him.

Lee Koss

Date: Wed, 08 Sep 2004
From: Carolyn Taylor click here to email me
Subject: Captured in Lorien

My name is Carolyn Taylor, my father Stanley Kapica was in the 94th, 301st, Company K during WWII, he was among those captured in Lorient, and was a prisoner on Ile de Groix. I am planning to go there next spring, any information anyone could give me to help me to find the spot of capture, and I know he was held in the fort on Ile de Groix, and also were the prisoner return on November 19th in Etel was, I would greatly appreciate. 

Thanks so much, Carolyn

From: "Mike D'Augelli" click here to email me
Subject: Il-DeFrance in January 1945
Date: Mon, 6 Sep 2004

looking for anyone who came over with me on the Il-DeFrance in January 1945 and we landed in The Firth of Clyde in Scotland and by train to Southhampton and over on LST to Le Havre to Camp Lucky Strike and by 40 x 8 to Metz and joined the 94th near Sinz Germany. I joined F/376 late January 1945. One of the events that happened was by train in France where one of the G.I.s tried to board the train as it was leaving and slipped going under the train and losing a leg. Most of us are leaving at a fast rate so hopefully someone remembers. Also when we were marching to the buildings we were staying in Metz one of the G.Is was shot by a sniper . Mike Daugelli 3528-Bay Ave Chico, CA 95973

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