Sunday, December 31, 2017

WW2 Fallen - Herman "Bing" Bang, 44th Infantry Division

Sgt. Bing Bang served in the 44th Infantry Division until near the end of the war in Europe.
The WW2 Fallen 100 project is ending the year with a Bang!

Herman O. "Bing" Bang never had a chance to reach 100 years old today. Instead, he sacrificed his life for our freedom.

He was born on December 31, 1917 in North Dakota. His mother Maria was also born in North Dakota and his father Olaf was from Norway. His father worked as a farmer. Herman had three older brothers, two older sisters and a younger sister. By 1940 Herman had already joined the army and was stationed in Grand Rapids, North Dakota.

He became a staff sergeant in Company I, 3rd Battalion, 324th Infantry Regiment, 44th Infantry Division. The 44th ID was stateside from February 1942 to August 1944 when it was sent to France. It was assigned to the 7th Army and fought in the Vosges Mountains beginning in October. It cross the Rhine in late March 1945 and captured Mannheim.

On April 9 the assignment for the 324th IR was to continue advancing south of Bad Mergentheim. Company I ran into stiff resistance from SS troops in Adolzhausen. Sgt. Bang was likely wounded at that time and died the next day.

His grave is at Ness Lutheran Church Cemetery in Mekinock, North Dakota.

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

On behalf of the fallen, if you would like to see more people become aware of this project to honor the WW2 fallen, be sure to share with others on Twitter, Facebook, etc. Thanks for your interest!

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