Friday, October 20, 2017

WW2 Fallen - Frederick Toll, 30th Infantry Division

Pfc. Frederick Toll, 30th Infantry Division.
https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=7509735&ref=acom
Frederick W. Toll never had a chance to reach 100 years old today. Instead, he sacrificed his life for our freedom.

He was born on October 20, 1917 in Ohio. His parents were also both born in Ohio. His father worked as a railroad painter and died in 1935. Fred had two older brothers and one older sister. By 1940 Fred was living with his widowed mother. He had completed four years of high school and was working as a clerk.

He enlisted in the army on November 17, 1942 and became a private first class in Company F, 2nd Battalion, 119th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division. The 30th ID landed at Omaha Beach on D+5. I don't know if Pfc. Toll was with his unit at that time or joined later as a replacement. The 30th ID took part in Operation Cobra, the attack on Aachen, the Battle of the Bulge and crossing the Rhine to pursue the remnants of the enemy across Germany. Pfc Toll was killed on April 10, 1945 after his unit attacked Hamelin. 

His grave is at Greenwood Cemetery, Zanesville, Ohio.

Thank you Fred for your sacrifice. Let's Earn It for Fred.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

WW2 Pearl Harbor Fallen - Welborn Ashby, USS West Virginia

Welborn Ashby was a fireman 3rd class who was killed after the Japanese bombed and torpedoed the USS West Virginia.
https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=56114274&ref=acom
http://secondbysecondworldwar.com/?p=4834
Welborn Lee Ashby never had a chance to reach 100 years old today. Instead, he sacrificed his life for our freedom.

He was born on October 19, 1917 in Kentucky. His parents were also both born in Kentucky. His father worked as a farmer. Welborn had an older brother, two younger brothers, and three younger sisters. By 1940 Welborn had completed four years of high school. He was still living at home and working on the family farm.

He enlisted in the US Navy on September 24, 1940. He became a fireman third class on the battleship USS West Virginia

West Virginia was sunk by seven torpedoes and two bombs during the Japanese Pearl Harbor surprise attack on December 7, 1941. Quick action by firemen such as Ashby counter-flooded the ship so it didn't capsize like the Oklahoma. The crew tried to fight the fires until 2 pm when they finally abandoned ship. Over 100 West Virginia sailors were killed in the attack. Fireman Ashby's body was never found, even after West Virginia was raised and repaired.

He memorialize at the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial.

Thank you Welborn for your sacrifice. Let's Earn It for Welborn.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

WW2 Fallen - B-17 bombardier Robert Greenwell

Captain Robert Greenwell was a bombardier on a B-17 in the 419th Bomb Squad like this one.
https://airforce.togetherweserved.com/usaf/servlet/tws.webapp.WebApp?cmd=ShadowBoxProfile&type=Person&ID=207591
http://www.americanairmuseum.com/unit/251 
Robert E. Greenwell never had a chance to reach 100 years old today. Instead, he sacrificed his life for our freedom.

He was born on October 18, 1917 in Illinois. His mother was also born in Illinois. His father was from Kentucky. His father worked as a farmer, first in Illinois and later in Texas. Robert had five younger brothers. At least one served in WW2 and two served in the Korean War and one of them was MIA. By 1940 Robert had completed three years of college. He was living at home and worked as a salesman.

He enlisted in the Army Air Forces on August 20, 1941. He reached the rank of captain in the 419th Bombardment Squadron, 301st Bombardment Group, 15th Air Force which was equipped with B-17 Flying Fortresses. He was trained as a bombardier. His unit was based out of Tunisia. Captain Greenwall completed at least 40 combat missions, more than enough to qualify to return home. Captain Greenwell decided to keep flying.

On November 16, 1943, Captain Greenwell's plane was part of a mission to bomb German war facilities at Istres Le Tune, France. As his plane neared the target, the #4 engine was set on fire by flak. Slowed and separated from the rest of the formation, Captain Greenwell's plane was attacked by German fighter planes. It crashed into the Mediterranean Sea twenty miles south of Marseilles. There were no survivors.

His cenotaph grave is at Rhone American Cemetery and Memorial in Draguignan, France.

Thank you Robert for your sacrifice. Let's Earn It for Robert.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

WW2 Fallen - B-17 ball turret gunner William Whitt

Sgt. William Whitt and the crew of the B-17 Stump Jumper.
https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=43717432&ref=acom
http://www.americanairmuseum.com/person/229972 
William Fuqua Whitt never had a chance to reach 100 years old today. Instead, he sacrificed his life for our freedom.

He was born on October 17, 1917 in Virginia. His parents were also both born in Virginia. His father worked as a pipe shop crane man and later as a gardener. By 1940 he was working as a cemetery caretaker. William had one sister and was the youngest of eight boys. By 1940 William had completed three years of high school and was working as a pressing and cleaning shop deliveryman.

He enlisted in the army on June 30, 1942. He became a staff sergeant in the 526th Bombardment Squadron, 379th Bombardment Group, 8th Air Force, which was equipped with B-17s.

On June 19, 1944 Sgt. Whitt was the ball turret gunner on the B-17 nicknamed Stump Jumper on a mission to bomb V-1 buzz bomb launch sites near Zudausques, France. Stump Jumper was downed by flak before it reached the target. Sgt. Whitt was killed. I think the rest of the crew survived.

His grave is at West View Cemetery in Radford, Virginia. I don't know if that was the same cemetery where his father was the caretaker.

Thank you William for your sacrifice. Let's Earn It for William.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

WW2 - John Hunter, USS Meredith

Torpedoman's Mate First Class John Hunter was on the USS Meredith when it was sunk by Japanese carrier planes.
https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=60065192&ref=acom
https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=56783194 
John S. Hunter never had a chance to reach 100 years old today. Instead, he sacrificed his life for our freedom.

He was born on October 16, 1917 in Wyoming. His mother was born in Idaho and his father was born in Scotland. His father worked as a coal miner. John had an older sister, two older brothers, a younger sister and a younger brother. 

He enlisted in the Navy on December 15, 1936. He became a torpedoman's mate first class on the destroyer USS Meredith.

At the start of the war Meredith engaged in anti-submarine and escort duty in the North Atlantic. It transferred to the Pacific and participated in the task force accompanying the Doolittle Raiders in April 1942. In August it was sent to the Solomon Islands.

On a mission to deliver much needed aviation supplies to Guadalcanal on October 15, 1942, Meredith was attacked by 38 Japanese planes from the carrier Zuikaku. The destroy suffered an incredible 14 bomb hits and 7 torpedo hits and sunk in 10 minutes. Of the 273 men on board, only 81 survived the three days of shark infested waters until rescued. John Hunter spent his twenty-seventh birthday in the open sea. He died the next day on October 17, 1942.

His cenotaph grave is at Aultorest Memorial Park in Ogden, Utah.

Thank you John for your sacrifice. Let's Earn It for John.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

WW2 Fallen - Royce Cash, 40th Infantry Division + world famous historian

Staff Sergeant Royce Cash served with the 40th Infantry Division in the Philippines,
shown here fighting in the Bamban Hills.
https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=50725181&ref=acom
https://www.flickr.com/photos/johntewell/8079345234/in/photostream/ 
Royce H. Cash never had a chance to reach 100 years old today. Instead, he sacrificed his life for our freedom.

He was born on October 15, 1917 in Oklahoma. His mother was born in Texas and his father was born in Georgia. His father worked as a farmer. Royce had one older sister, three younger sisters, and a younger brother who was in the navy during WW2. By 1940 Royce had completed four years of high school and was living at home working on the family farm.

He enlisted in March 1942. He became a staff sergeant in Company H, 2nd Battalion, 160th Infantry Regiment, 40th Infantry Division.

The 40th first saw major combat in the invasion on Luzon on January 9, 1945. By February it was engaged in heavy fighting at Fort Stotsenburg, Bamban Hills, Snake Hills and Storm King Mountain -- all successful battles. Sgt. Cash was killed near the end of these battles on February 26, 1945.

His grave is at Duncan Municipal Cemetery in Oklahoma.

Thank you Royce for your sacrifice. Let's Earn It for Royce.

Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.

On the same day that Royce Cash was born in Oklahoma, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. was born in Ohio. He father was an influential historian at Ohio State University and Harvard. Arthur Jr. followed in his father's footsteps and become a historian. He graduated from Harvard and went to England on a fellowship. His education was cut short by World War 2. He tried to enlist in the army but was rejected for medical reasons. He ended up joining the OSS as an intelligence analyst.

After the war he was a professor of history at Harvard and a speech writer for Adlai Stevenson and later became a Special Assistant to President Kennedy.


https://alchetron.com/Arthur-M-Schlesinger,-Jr-1040985-W
He was a prolific award winning writer. Among his best know books are The Age of Jackson and A Thousand Days.

He died in 2007.

The 408,000 fallen who did not come home did not write books or serve presidents. What we have lost will never be known.

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

WW2 Fallen - Audie Luna, 6th Infantry Division

Two photos of Private Audie Luna, 6th Infantry Division.
https://www.6thinfantry.com/20th-infantry-regiment-members/nggallery/image/audie_luna_hq_co_20th_inf_reg/ 
Audie Luna never had a chance to reach 100 years old today. Instead, he sacrificed his life for our freedom.

He was born on October 14, 1917 in Missouri. His parents were also both born in Missouri. His father worked as a farmer. Audie had two older brothers, three younger brothers and two younger sisters. At least one of his brothers also served in the military during WW2. By 1940 Audie had completed four years of high school and was working on the family farm.

He enlisted in the army on June 4, 1941. He served as a private in the Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 6th Infantry Division.

The 6th Infantry Division first saw action in Dutch New Guinea in June 1944. Next it participated in the invasion of Luzon on January 9, 1945. By March it had taken part in the Battle of Manila and took Mt. Mataba. Pvt. Luna was wounded on March 17, 1945 during an American attack through ravines with many caves defended by Japanese troops. He died three days later.

His grave is at Smith Chapel Cemetery in Zanoni, Missouri.

Thank you Audie for your sacrifice. Let's Earn It for Audie.

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