Monday, July 24, 2017

WW2 Fallen - D-Day casualty Howard Littell, 101st Airborne Division

Lt. Howard Littell was in the same 3rd Battalion Headquarters Company, in the 506th Parachute Regiment, as his commanding officer Lt. Colonel Robert Wolverton, shown here checking his chute the evening before D-Day.
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Howard D. Littell never had a chance to reach 100 years old today. Instead, he sacrificed his life for our freedom.

He was born on July 24, 1917 in New Jersey. His parents were also both born in New Jersey. His father worked as a coal dealer and died in 1937. Howard had one younger sister. By 1940 Howard had completed four years of high school and was still living with his mother and sister and worked as an accountant.

He enlisted in the army infantry on September 14, 1940. He was drawn to volunteer for the airborne and was recognized to be officer material. He became a first lieutenant in the Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 506th Parachute Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. He was in command of its 81 mm mortar platoon.

Lt. Littell safely made the jump into Normandy in the early hours of D-Day, June 6, 1944. He lost his cricket toy which the men click-clacked to identify each other and he was almost shot by a private in his platoon. His luck did not last the day. He died of wounds after being hit by multiple fragments when a German artillery shell exploded near him.

His grave is at Christ Church Cemetery in South Amboy, New Jersey.

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


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Sunday, July 23, 2017

WW2 Fallen - James Elvington, 4th Marine Division

Pvt. James Elvington, Sr. landed on Iwo Jima with the 2nd Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment marines in this photo.
https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=pv&GRid=108415506&PIpi=108570219
http://fightingfourtharizona.com/images/azsemper/2ndBn-23rd.jpg 

James G. Elvington, Sr. never had a chance to reach 100 years old today. Instead, he sacrificed his life for our freedom.

He was born on July 23, 1917 in South Carolina. His father was also born in South Carolina while his mother was born in North Carolina. His father worked as a farmer and died in 1939. James had six older brothers, an older sister and three younger sisters. By 1940 James was married to his wife Geritlee and they had a one year old son - James Jr. Over the next few years they would add two more boys and a daughter. He worked as a salesman and later worked in a service station.

He enlisted in the US Marines on May 11, 1944. He was assigned as a replacement private to Company E, 2nd Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division.

The 4th Marine Division took part in the battles of Kwajalein, Saipan, and Tinian before its final battle on Iwo Jima. I don't know if Pvt. Elivington was with the 2/23 before Iwo Jima.

The battle began on February 19, 1945. Pvt. Elvington would have landed with the first wave. His regiment's mission was to capture Airfield #1 the Airfield #2. Within two days the 4th Marines had suffered 32% casualties but still managed to be in control of both airfields by February 22. The tenacious defenders continued to inflict horrific casualties day after day (or at night from regular Banzai attacks). By March 3, the 4th Marines were under 50% combat efficiency. On D+15: March 6, the 4th Marines was still on the attack, though on this day the average daily advance was only 200 yards. Pvt. Elvington died on this day.

His grave is at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Columbia South Carolina. His widow never remarried and died in 1981. His four children are quite possibly still living since they would be in their seventies.

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


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Saturday, July 22, 2017

WW2 Fallen - Captain Samuel Ogden, 82nd Airborne Division

Captain Samuel Ogden commanded the 3rd Battalion of the 325th Infantry Regiment during the Battle of the Bulge.
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Samuel Lapsley Ogden never had a chance to reach 100 years old today. Instead, he sacrificed his life for our freedom.

He was born on July 22, 1917 in Tennessee. His father was also born in Tennessee while his mother was born in Alabama. His father worked as a school teacher and later as an agronomist. Samuel had a younger sister and a younger brother. By 1940 Samuel had completed four years of college at the University of Tennessee and was a reserve army officer living in New York.

He accepted a commission in the regular army on March 16, 1940. He was probably an officer in the 401st Glider Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Infantry Division while it was still stateside. At some point he joined the 82nd Airborne Infantry Division. He ended up as a captain in command of the 3rd Battalion in the 325th Glider Infantry Regiment.

Captain Ogden fought in Salerno, Normandy, Operation Market Garden, and the Battle of the Bulge.

The 82nd was rushed to Werbomont, Belgium on December 18, 2017 to halt the German breakthrough during the Battle of the Bulge. It successfully held it's position again repeated attacks from two German divisions. By early January, the 82nd was retaking lost ground. On January 2, 1945 the 325th came under intense artillery fire. Captain Ogden died the next day near Fontainebleu, Belgium.

His grave is at Berry Highland Memorial Cemetery in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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


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Friday, July 21, 2017

WW2 Fallen - Bataan Death March Survivor Paul Basinger

Pvt. Paul Basinger survived the Bataan Death March, but died two months later while a POW.
http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2017/04/bataan_death_march_75_years_ago.html 

Paul Rex Basinger never had a chance to reach 100 years old today. Instead, he sacrificed his life for our freedom.

He was born on July 21, 1917 in Texas. His parents were also both born in Texas. By 1920 his mother was living with her widowed mother and her brother, a cotton farmer. They were back living with his father in 1930. His father worked as a machinist and later a mechanic. Paul had a younger sister. By 1940 Paul had completed four years of high school and worked as a plumber while still living at home with his parents.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on May 31, 1941. He was sent to the Philippines and was a private in the 7th Material Squadron. His job was to provide supplies and maintenance for the B-17s at Clark Field. When the planes were destroyed on the first day of the war, the 200 men in Pvt. Basinger's unit were issued WWI Springfield rifles and sent to help defend Bataan, despite having no infantry training. Bataan surrendered on April 9, 1942. Pvt. Basinger survived the 60 mile Bataan Death March, but he did not survive long as a prisoner of war. He died on June 10, 1942.

His grave is at Grove Hill Memorial Park in Dallas, Texas.

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


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Thursday, July 20, 2017

WW2 Fallen - Charles McCoy, 90th Infantry Division

Pvt. Charles McCoy was one of the 90th Infantry Division troops who cross the swollen Saar River in December 1944.
http://www.everytownusa.com/90th-infantry-division/90th-infantry-division-pic-of-the-week-saar-river-germany/ 
Charles C. McCoy never had a chance to reach 100 years old today. Instead, he sacrificed his life for our freedom.

He was born on July 20, 1917 in Illinois. His parents were also both born in Illinois. His father worked as a farmer. Charles had a younger brother and a younger sister. By 1940 Charles was still living at home, working on the family farm. He had completed eight years of schooling.

He married his wife Virginia Cruise and they had a boy born in 1941, another boy born either as a twin or one or two years later, and a girl born in 1944.

He enlisted in the army on January 5, 1944.  He was assigned to Company F, 2nd Battalion, 359th  Infantry Regiment, 90th Infantry Division where he held the rank of private.

The 359th Infantry Regiment landed on Utah Beach on D-Day. I don't know if Pvt. McCoy was with the unit at that time. Most likely, he joined later as a replacement since he was from Illinois and the unit originated in Texas and Oklahoma.

The division cross the Saar River on December 6, 1944 and establishing a bridgehead north of present-day Saarlouis. The bridgehead was tenuous. The Germans would not allow a bridge over the river so the troops on the east bank had to be supplied by boats during the nights. The Americans had no armor while the Germans did. They were on defense as the Germans unsuccessfully tried to push the Americans back into the river. Pvt. McCoy died in the midst of this battle, on December 10, 1944. Ten days after his death, the 90th pulled back across the Saar so it could counterattack German units that had overrun American positions during the early days of the Battle of the Bulge.

His grave is at the Calvary Cemetery in Brimfield, Illinois. His daughter died in 2010, his oldest son died in 2013, and his widow, who remarried, died in 2014.

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


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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

WW2 Fallen - LeRoy Elliott, 37th Infantry Division

Cpl. LeRoy Elliott with wife and child prior to his deployment to the South Pacific.
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LeRoy L. Elliott never had a chance to reach 100 years old today. Instead, he sacrificed his life for our freedom.

He was born on July 19, 1917 in Ohio. His parents were also both born in Ohio. His father worked as a machine shop machinist and later a lathe operator. LeRoy had three younger brothers and four younger sisters. By 1940 LeRoy had completed four years of high school. He was working as a machinist while still living at home.

He enlisted in the army on October 15, 1940. While in the service he married his wife Eva Marie. They had one child.

He advanced to the rank of corporal in Company I, 3rd Battalion, 148th Infantry Regiment, 37th Infantry Division (nicknamed "Buckeye Division").

The 37th Infantry Division was first assigned to a defensive roll in Fiji in June 1942. Its first offensive assignment was the New Georgia Campaign to capture the Japanese airbase at Munda in July 1943.  Cpl. Elliott was part of a night beach landing on July 5, 1943. He was moving through heavy jungle on the way to attack the airbase when he was wounded on July 7.

On what would have been LeRoy's 26th birthday, his family no doubt celebrated his birthday at home in Sidney, Ohio, hoping it would be his last away from home. They did not know that he had been wounded 12 days earlier and had died two days before on July 17, 1943. It would be two more weeks before they got the telegram with the terrible news.

His grave is at Graceland Cemetery, Sidney, Ohio. I don't know what happened to his wife and child.

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


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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

WW2 Fallen - Lt. Cmdr. Walter Hering, USS Hazelwood

Lt. Cmdr. Walter Hering, shown here as a US Naval Academy cadet
was on the USS Hazelwood when it was hit by a kamikaze, as painted by John Hamilton.
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Walter Andrew Hering never had a chance to reach 100 years old today. Instead, he sacrificed his life for our freedom.

He was born on July 18, 1917 in Arkansas. His father was born in Michigan and his mother was born in Ireland. By 1920 Walter's family was living in the territory of Alaska. His father died when Walter was nine years old. Walter had four older brothers, three older sisters, and one younger sister. His mother stayed in Alaska after her husband died and worked as a switchboard operator. 

Walter graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1938 where he played basketball all four years of his education. He married his wife Julia in 1943 and they made their home in Georgia.

He achieved the rank of a lieutenant commander. From August 1944 to March 1945 he was the commanding officer on the destroyer USS Paterson. In mid-March he transferred to the destroyer USS Hazelwood were he was slated to replace the commanding officer. 

Steaming from Ulithi with a fast carrier force on March 14, the Hazelwood took part in the invasion of Okinawa. After the invasion on April 1, the Hazelwood was on radar picket and escort patrol duty. On April 29, 1945 the Hazelwood was part of a carrier group that was attacked by kamikaze planes diving out of low cloud cover. Throwing up as much fire as possible, the ship was able to avoid two Zeros. It damaged a third Zero that still managed to hit the #2 stack on the port side and smash into the bridge where it exploded. Fuel spilled all over the decks and bulkheads spreading fire. A mast toppled and the forward guns were knocked out. Lt. Cmdr. Hering was one of 113 men killed by the kamikaze attack. The ship survived the attack. 

His cenotaph is at the Honolulu Memorial. His widow remarried after Walter's death and died in 2001.

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

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Monday, July 17, 2017

WW2 Fallen - B-17 Pilot John Reeve

Lt. John Reeve and crew of the B-17 Rovin Ramona, lost on December 20, 1943.
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John Robert Reeve never had a chance to reach 100 years old today. Instead, he sacrificed his life for our freedom.

He was born on July 17, 1917 in Utah. His parents were also both born in Utah. His mother died from the Great Influenza outbreak when John was only one year old. His father remarried and had a daughter with his new wife. His father worked as a plumber. By 1940 John had completed high school. He was living with his parents and worked selling plumbing fixtures.

He enlisted in the army on May 1, 1942. He was married at the time to his wife Ruth. 

He went to flight school where he learned to fly B-17 Flying Fortresses. He became a second lieutenant and pilot in the 568th Bombardment Squad, 390th Bombardment Group, 8th Air Force. The 390th BG arrived in England in August 1943.

Lt. Reeve was piloting the Rovin Ramona on his fourth combat mission on December 20, 1943. On that day 34 planes from the 390th BG were sent to bomb Bremen, Germany. His plane was hit by flak. It never returned to base and likely crashed in the North Sea. All onboard were lost, including Lt. Reeve.

His cenotaph grave is at the Salt Lake City Cemetery. His widow remarried after the war and died in 2010.

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


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Sunday, July 16, 2017

WW2 Fallen - B-26 tail gunner Wetzel Kimball

Sgt. Wetzel Kimball, his crew mates, and the last plane he flew, the Five by Fives.
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https://wiki2.org/en/File:387th_Bombardment_Group_557th_BS_B-26_41-31707_jpg 

Wetzel O. Kimball never had a chance to reach 100 years old today. Instead, he sacrificed his life for our freedom.

He was born on July 16, 1917 in West Virginia. His parents were also both born in West Virginia. His father worked as a teamster and later as a road laborer. Wetzel had three younger brothers and a younger sister. By 1940 Wetzel had completed three years of college, was living at a boarding house and working as an elementary school teacher.

He enlisted in the army on June 9, 1942. At that time two of his younger brothers, Coy and David, were POWs in the Philippines. They would survive the war.

He served in the Army Air Corp as a staff sergeant in the 557th Bombardment Squadron, 387th Bombardment Group, 9th Air Force.  He was trained as a turret gunner. The 387th BG was equipped with Martin B-26 B/C Marauders. It deployed for England in June 1943. It specialized in bombing enemy airfields and V-weapon sites. It flew missions in support of the Normandy invasion in the summer of 1944. By September it had moved its airbase to France.

Sgt. Kimball was returning from his seventieth mission (yes 70!) over France in the tail gunner position when his plane, nicknamed Five by Fives, crashed near La Neuville-Housset.

His grave is at the Hollywood Cemetery in Jackson, Tennessee.

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


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Saturday, July 15, 2017

WW2 Fallen - Donald Laster , 46th Engineers

Cpl. Donald Laster served in the 46th Engineer Construction Battalion in the Philippines.
https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=92321847&ref=acom
http://www.cmpshops.com/sarge.htm

Donald B. Laster never had a chance to reach 100 years old today. Instead, he sacrificed his life for our freedom.

He was born on July 15, 1917 in Kansas. His father was also born in Kansas while his mother was born in Wisconsin. His father worked as a farmer and later as a day laborer. Donald had two older brothers, one older sister, and one younger brother who served in the army in France. 

He enlisted in the army in the spring of 1941. He achieved the rank of TEC 5 in the 46th Engineer Construction Battalion. His unit was in the Philippines supporting McArthur's efforts to retake Leyte in the October 1944.  Cpl. Laster was wounded and died on October 31, 1944.

His grave is at McLouth Cemetery in McLouth, Kansas.

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

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Friday, July 14, 2017

WW2 Fallen - P-51 pilot Lloyd Whitley + West Side Story tie-in

Major Lloyd Whitley flew P-51s for the 531st Fighter Squadron.
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http://www.worldwarphotos.info/gallery/usa/aircrafts-2-3/p-51-mustang/p-51d-mustang-320-44-63915-531st-fs-21st-fg/ 
Lloyd E. Whitley never had a chance to reach 100 years old today. Instead, he sacrificed his life for our freedom.

He was born on July 14, 1917 in North Carolina. His parents were also both born in North Carolina. His father worked as a self employed barber and later as a fingerprint detective. Lloyd had two older brothers and a younger sister. His oldest brother served in the army during the war and came home. He was married to the former Dorothy Main.

He enlisted in the army in February 1941. Early in the war, Lloyd flew missions over New Georgia, Guadalcanal, Bouganville, and Saipan.  He rose to the rank of major in the 531st Fighter Squadron, 21st Fighter Group which flew P-51 Lightnings.

When Iwo Jima Field #2 was sufficiently cleared, it became the airbase for the 21st Fighter Group. On the morning of March 26, 1945 at least 250 Japanese soldiers attacked the airfield in a suicide banzai raid. 14 airmen were killed before Marines eliminated all of the enemy in tent-to-tent fighting. Major Whitley was one of those killed. 

His record shows that during the war he earned the Silver Star and the Bronze Star.

His grave is at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu. It appears that his widow remarried after the war and died in 2011.

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



West Side Story Tie In

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/06/arts/arthur-laurents-playwright-and-director-dies-at-93.html
https://www.loc.gov/exhibits/westsidestory/westsidestory-exhibit.html

Also born on July 14, 1917 was the writer Arthur Laurents, best known for writing the book for the hit Broadway musical West Side Story.  He was in the army during World War 2, but never left the US. He died in 2010 at age 93.

Are there some Broadway calibre plays that were never written because some of Laurent's peers never came home?


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Thursday, July 13, 2017

WW2 Fallen - Francis Westbrooks, 3rd Infantry Division

Pfc. Francis Westbrooks (left) was in the 3rd Infantry Division, as was the soldier on the right.
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https://www.militaryimages.net/media/us-3rd-infantry-division-soldier-ww2.85520/

Francis X. Westbrooks never had a chance to reach 100 years old today. Instead, he sacrificed his life for our freedom.

He was born on July 17, 1917 in North Carolina. His parents were also both born in North Carolina. His father worked as a cutter mill beamer. Francis had two younger brothers (one returned home from the war) and two younger sisters. He completed eight years of school. He married his wife Annie Lou on September 2, 1939. They had a son and a daughter.

He enlisted in the army on December 16, 1943. Prior to that he had been working with a textile job and was separated from his wife. He became a private first class and joined the 
15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division as a replacement, possibly in Italy after the 15th Infantry Regiment needed to replace losses from Anzio.

The 15th Infantry Regiment took part in the invasion of southern France and then fought through the Vosges Mountains and the Colmar Pocket. On March 15 it attacked the Siegfried Line south of Zweibrucken. Pfc. Westbrooks was killed in action two days later on March 17, 1945.

His grave is at Overlook Cemetery, Eden, North Carolina. His widow never remarried and died just four years ago in 2013.

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


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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

WW2 Fallen - DSC hero and C-47 pilot John Corsetti

Lt. John Corsetti flew a C-47 Skytrain like this one from the 306th Troop Carrier Squadron.
http://www.questmasters.us/306th_Troop_Carrier_Squadron.html

John Corsetti never had a chance to reach 100 years old today. Instead, he sacrificed his life for our freedom.

He was born on July 12, 1917 in New York. His parents were both born in Italy. They came to America a few years before John was born. His father worked as a shoe cutter in a shoe factory. Later he owned his own store. John had two younger brothers. By 1940 John had completed four years of high school. He was still living at home and possibly attending college.

He enlisted in the US Army on December 12, 1941. He became a first lieutenant in the 306th Troop Carrier Squadron, 442nd Troop Carrier Group. The 442nd arrived in England in March 1944. On June 6, 1944 the 442nd airdropped the 82nd Airborne Division in the invasion of Normandy.

On September 17, 1944 the 442nd was assigned to airdrop the 101st Airborne in Holland as part of Operation Market Garden. Lt. Corsetti's plane was flying at 2,000 feet on its way to the drop zone near Eindhoven. His plane was hit by flak that disabled his left engine. Lt. Corsetti continued on the mission and successfully dropped all 17 paratroopers. His plane was then hit by more flak which created a fire in his right engine. He ordered his crew of four to bail out. They all survived but Lt. Corsetti died when the plane crashed. Lt. Corsetti was award the Distinguished Service Cross for his selfless and gallant action.

His grave is at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Rochester, New York.

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

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

WW2 Fallen - Roger Scamman, USS Aulick

Yeoman Roger Scamman served on the USS Aulick until it was hit by a Japanese plane.
https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=94015726
Roger W. Scamman never had a chance to reach 100 years old today. Instead, he sacrificed his life for our freedom.

He was born on July 11, 1917 in Maine. His parents were also both born in Maine. His father worked as a street car conductor and later an electric railroad operator. Roger had two younger brothers, one who served in the Navy and survived the war.

Roger enlisted in the Navy on December 16, 1936. He rose to the rank of yeoman first class.

He married his wife Elva on August 25, 1941. They had one child. His five year enlistment was almost up. Perhaps he was planning on leaving the navy and getting a job that would allow him to spend more time with his new wife. The attack on Pearl Harbor changed any such plans and Yeoman Scamman stayed in the navy.

I don't know where Yeoman Scamman served from 1936 to 1944, but he was on the destroyer USS Aulick by the summer of 1944 when it returned to action in the Pacific, after undergoing repairs in San Fransisco.  By October the Aulick was in Leyte Gulf and participated in engaging the Japanese Combined Fleet and helped sink a Japanese destroyer.

The Aulick was on antisubmarine patrol in the early evening of November 29, 1944 when it was attacked by six Japanese planes. One dropped a bomb that was a near miss. Another plane clipped the bridge with a wingtip and exploded near the bow just above the main deck. The explosion resulted in the death of 31 men including Yeoman Scamman.

His grave is at Laurel Hill Cemetery, Saco, Maine. His widow remarried in 1947 and died in 1948. I don't have any information about his child.

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


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