My Veterans Tribute Page
Lest We Forget
This page is dedicated to all those who have served and sacrificed in the name of freedom..... From this day to the ending of the world, but we in it shall be remembered --- We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; For he today that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother.
William Shoemaker Jr. US Navy
Graduated with Company 186 at the Great Lakes RTC in 1990. Was stationed at Pensacola NAS in Florida.
Uncle Richard Shoemaker, USMC Vietnam
William Shoemaker-199th LIB, B4/12 in Vietnam
Dad's tour of duty was in 1968-69. He finished out his time with C Company, 1st Bn., 67th Armor, 2d Armored Division at Fort Hood, Texas.
Uncle Joe O'Toole, US Army, Vietnam
Uncle Joe was with the 576th Ordnance Company, 3rd Bn., 1st logistical Command.This was the first ammunition battalion shipped to Vietnam at the beginning of the war. He finished out his time in General Patton's old division.
Grandpa James O'Toole, US Coast Guard, WWII (Deceased)
Grandpa Richard Shoemaker- E Company, 112th Infantry, 28th Infantry Division in WWII European Theater
Charles DeGlopper (KIA)
Great Uncle Clifford Leverenz, US NAVY WWII
PFC. Cecil L Conners (Deceased)
Rank and organization: Private First Class, Company C, 325th Glider Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division
Place and date: Merderet River at La Fiere, France, 9 June 1944
Entered service at: Grand Island, New York
Birth: Grand Island, New York
General Order Number: 22, 28 February 1946
Citation: He was a member of Company C, 325th Glider Infantry, on 9 June 1944 advancing with the forward platoon to secure a bridgehead across the Merderet River at La Fiere, France. At dawn the platoon had penetrated an outer line of machineguns and riflemen, but in so doing had become cut off from the rest of the company. Vastly superior forces began a decimation of the stricken unit and put in motion a flanking maneuver which would have completely exposed the American platoon in a shallow roadside ditch where it had taken cover. Detecting this danger, Pfc. DeGlopper volunteered to support his comrades by fire from his automatic rifle while they attempted a withdrawal through a break in the hedgerow 40 yards to the rear. Scorning a concentration of enemy automatic weapons and rifle fire, he walked from a ditch onto the road in full view of the Germans, and sprayed the hostile positions with assault fire. He was wounded, but he continued firing. Struck again, he started to fall; and yet his grim determination and valiant fighting spirit could not be broken. Kneeling in the roadway, weakened by his grievous wounds, he leveled his heavy weapon against the enemy and fired burst after burst until killed outright. He was successful in drawing the enemy action away from his fellow soldiers, who continued the fight from a more advantageous position and established the first bridgehead over the Merderet. In the area where he made his intrepid stand his comrades later found the ground strewn with dead Germans and many machineguns and automatic weapons which he had knocked out of action. Pfc. DeGlopper's gallant sacrifice and unflinching heroism while facing insurmountable odds were in great measure responsible for a highly important tactical victory in the Normandy campaign.
SSgt. Larry Michaelis, C Company, 327th GIR, 101st Airborne
Drafted into the army January 1944, At Fort Benjamin, Harrison, Indiana.
After basic training was placed in C Company 327 Glider Infantry Regiment.
Participated in combat in Holland, and was assigned to a glider infantry unit.
Landed by glider in initial assault on Holland. Was armed with a bazooka
rocket launcher. Provided heavy fire against enemy emplacements and
armored vehicles. Also was trained in the handling of all infantry shoulder
arms and in the light and heavy machine guns. Wounded in action
December 24, 1944, in Bastogne Belgium by enemy artillery resulting in the
loss of his right leg.
Honors and recognition:
Received the European theater ribbon
2 bronze campaign stars
Combat infantry badge
Presidential unit citation
Good conduct ribbon
Honorably discharged September 29, 1945
at Percy Jones hospital center Fort Custer, Battle Creek, Michigan. (Information from Chuck Conners)
Robert E. Conners, 11th Combat Engineers, Korea (Deceased)
Pfc. Perry R. Haworth, C Company, 327th Glider Infantry Regiment. Mr. Haworth was a bazooka man and was Larry Michaelis's foxhole buddy through Holland and the Ardennes until Larry was wounded on 13 January 1945. Larry recounts that Haworth took out a Tiger tank with his bazooka that was bearing down on their foxhole, certainly saving their lives. Haworth was awarded the Silver Star. Mr. Haworth survived WWII, but re-enlisted later and was killed in Korea 5 November 1950. Information and photo courtesy of Jon Urness.
Ed Pinnecke, 327th Glider Infantry Regiment
This is a story related to me by Jon Urness about a trip he took to Europe in 2007 and a photo he sent me: It reminded me of my visit in April 2007 to Henri Chapelle American Cemetery on the Dutch/Belgian border last April. As I parked the car and walked toward the cemetery I had a flash-back to when I was with Larry Michaels (C Co 327th GIR) two years earlier. We were visiting the area where Companies A and C made an attack through the Bois Jacques on 13 January, 1945 near Bastogne. It was here that Larry was wounded by a tree-burst from a mortar round. We then visited the site of the original American Cemetery near Recogne. Larry mentioned that he had met a guy on the night of 12 January (the night before the attack) who was from his own home town of Madison, Wisconsin. He was the only guy Larry got to know from Madison throughout the war. The next day, during the attack in the Bois Jacques, the guy was killed and Larry was wounded. So the new friendship lasted less than a day. Larry said the guy was originally buried in the old cemetery near Recogne, but was moved to Henri Chapelle when a permanent cemetery was established there. So here I am, at Henri Chapelle Cemetery two years later and my only recollection was that somebody from Madison, Wisconsin, 327th GIR was killed on 13 January, 1945, and I think he is buried here. Not much to go on but I proceeded to the visitor center and gave those few facts to the director. In a matter of a couple of minutes, the very friendly and helpful Belgian lady gave me the choice of three or four names. One was Ed Pinnecke. That's him I remembered! She then accompanied me and my wife to the grave site and there was Ed's grave. The attendant first did a rubbing of the grave marker for me to take home and then rubbed sand from Omaha Beach into the inscription to make it stand out clearly. She also gave me an American Flag to fly by the marker during our visit. When it was time to leave she insisted I take the rubbing and flag home. I didn't even know Ed Pinnecke and until a few minutes earlier I couldn't even remember his name so I felt kind of foolish taking these momentos with me. However, I resigned myself to take the things home and give them to Larry Michaels, Ed's fellow 327th infantryman, who had befriended Ed the night before he was killed and Larry was wounded.
George Luehring, C Company, 327th GIR
Acting Sgt. for a 60MM Mortar crew in Normandy and Holland. Captured shortly after the Holland campaign started while trying to locate and direct mortar fire on a German Machine gun position in front of 327th lines. Spent time in 3 prisoner camps before returning from Odessa Russia.
SSgt. Otho M. Cartwright, 327th GIR, Bronze Star winner at Battle of the Bulge. (Deceased 1999)
Lt. Rollins Campbell Syfan. 327th Glider Infantry Regiment. Landed by Glider in Holland and fought int he Battle of the Bulge. Lt. Syfan was Killed in Action on December 25, 1944.
Junior Leon Parker served in WWII with the 101st Airborne 327th Glider Infantry, L company. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge and was in Bastogne during the siege and was with the 327th till the end of the war. He was a Silver Star, Purple Heart, and Good Conduct medal recipient. He was a Master Sgt and won his silver star for destroying a bridge behind enemy lines in Gmund, Germany on April, 23 1945. Information and pictures courtesy of his grandson Christopher Courtney
Pvt. Joe Barbuch from Sheboygan, Wisconsin. He served in the 327HQ GIR during WWII as a medic. He was with the 327th from the D-Day invasion and served all the way through the war and came home. This information was sent to me by his grandson SPC Brent R. Barbuch, U.S.Army, Camp Taji, Iraq. Brent his currently serving his second tour of duty with the 4th Infantry Division, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Support Battalion as a Military Police Soldier.
1st Lt. Donald W. Richardson, F Company, 327th Glider Infantry Regiment. He originally started in the 10th Mt Div and trained in Oregon (Mt Hood) and Washington (Mt Rainer) before taking OCS in Georgia and being indoctrinated into the 101st AB. When he returned to America in November of 1945, he was put into the 325th GIR of the 82nd airborne and there he remained until his separation on August 11, 1948. He passed away in April of 2001. Information courtesy of his nephew Mark Sargeant
Eugene Williams was a proud Screaming Eagle. He was from Port Arthur, TX. He married Mary Nevils and had two daughters, Francis and Eugenia Ann. Besides Duane, his other grandchildren are Katy (my sister), and my cousins Kari, Darla, and Dylan. Pa (as we called him) settled down in Kinder, LA. He died in July 1990 at the Veterans hospital in Alexandria, LA. Information courtesy of grandson Duane Clemmons.
Stuart E. Cowan served in WWII from 27 Mar 1942 to 6 Sep 45. He started with the 82nd airborne and was transferred to Co C 327th Glider Infantry with the 101st and served in Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe. He was the staff sergeant and attend the Cooks and Baker school. Information courtesy of daughter Julie McKay.
Pfc. Ray J. DeFee. He was assigned to the 327th (2d Bn., E Company) from the 82nd Airborne prior to D-Day and was with the unit through Bastogne where he got frostbite on his feet and was subsequently discharged.Information provided by his grandson Douglas M. Byrd.
Austin Mullenix, C Company, 327th Glider Infantry Regiment. Austin served with C Company in Normandy, Holland, Ardennes, and Germany. His daughter, June Mullenix Hamilton, writes Dad was from Ottumwa, Iowa. He never talked much about the War unless his old buddies came by, then he re-lived it for days, tossing and turning at night. Dad died in August 1997 in Iowa. Photos are from 1943 in Iowa with Wife Olive and are courtesy of June.
Pvt Edward J. Lyskawa, C Company, 327th Glider Infantry. Mr. Lyskawa passed away on February 21, 2008. Photo courtesy of George Lyskawa.
Pfc. Milton Irwin Erlick, 327th GIR. He was wounded in action (Purple Heart, Silver Star) in February 1945 around Ohlungen, France. He survived the wounding and returned to the states where he married and raised two sons. He died in 1971, I believe due to complications related to his combat wounds.
Pfc. Richard G. Henn, C Company, 1/327 GIR.
Killed in the second wave of Glider landings on 19 September 1944 in Holland.
Allen E. Smithey, C Company, 327th GIR
Mr. Smithey was a father of four (3 boys and 1 girl). He worked at the Aluminum Company of America in Alcoa, Tennessee from the time he arrived home from WWII until a week before his death. He died of an unknown infection on August 13, 1975. This information was graciously submitted by his daughter Rebecca.
Pfc. Bill Mullins, C Company, 327 GIR (left in photo)
He was drafted in, I think, 1942 and , I don't know where he took basic. He went to the 327th and was at Camp Claiborne for training. He was in the 327th during the entire time from training until the end of the war. and was in Company C the entire time.: Normandy until the end. When he was wounded in Holland, he told me he was on patrol and the squad was hiding out in a ware house. They had hung a blanket over the window for safety but there was a green horn along who kept moving the blanket aside to look out and that movement was seen by the Germans who dropped some shells. a piece of a shell hit him in the left leg. He was sent to the hospital and returned to his company just in time to make the movement to Bastogne. He told me the only weapon available at the time was a Colt .45..
He survived Bastogne and the rest of the war without further injury. He was from Richwood, West Virginia. He was a grey haired man. Very friendly and out going. He refused any promotons beyond PFC saying he did not want the responcibility of possiably getting any of his friend killed or wounded. He didn't say much about what all had happened. He did tell me that he was in the glider that had to turn back to England because the pilot of the C-47 got lost in some fog or clouds and that they made the trip the following day. Information and photo courtesy of nephew Russ Burrows.
Sgt. George Mullins, C Company, 327th GIR
George Mullins (L) J. Drisnosk (M) Ralph Avila (R), C Company 327th GIR
Sgt. Jack D. Collins and S/Sgt. Wayne. W. Huse (Right in one photo), C Company, 1/327 GIR. Mr. Collins passed away on October 1, 2006 at his home in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Herschel Comma Parker, C Company, 327 GIR. Herschel was born Sept. 10, 1919 in Davis, OK. He entered the service Nov. 25, 1940 and was a machine gunner through the Holland Campaign, Bastogne and into Germany. He was discharged a master sergeant in July, 1945 at Ft. Sam Houston, TX. Received the Combat Infantry Badge, EAME Campaign Medal with four Bronze Stars and one Bronze Arrowhead, American Defense Service Medal, Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, Distinguished Unit Badge and the Silver Star. After WWII he served on the front lines in Korea. He died in September, 1999 in Texas. Herschel was a member of Company C, 1st Bn., 327th Gilder Division of the 101st Airborne. He is mentioned in the book Hell's Highway by George E. Koskimaki on pages 262, 396-7, 424-5. Information and photos courtesy of Dannie Parker Cannon. The photo on the left is Herschel in 1943, the right is a photo from Korea. Below them is a group shot. Herschel is second from the left kneeling. Standing third from the right is a trooper named Weiss and standing fourth from the right is Pfc. Bill Mullins.
(L) T/5 Gerald Fernholz and (R) SSgt. Emmanuel Brunner who was KIA 20 September 1944.
S/Sgt. Robert "Pat" Olson, C Company, 327th GIR. Photo courtesy of Kurt Barickman.
Cpl. Anibal Delgado, C Company, 327th GIR
Andrew Thieneman, C Company, 327th GIR
Charles D. Yocum C Company, 327th GIR
PFC Woodrow Wilson Byrd, F company, 2nd Battalion of the 327th GIR. Mr. Byrd left us in July 1999. Information and photos courtesy of his grandson Joseph.
Pvt. Ernest B. Brickell, C Company, 327th GIR. Ernest was from Pittsburgh, PA and joined the 101st Ariborne in 1943. He was KIA on June 12, 1944 in Carentan, France at the young age of 19.
Sgt. Thomas Clark, C Company, 327th GIR. Awarded the Purple Heart in Normandy and the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster during the Battle of the Bulge. Tragically he died in a car crash shortly after the war.
Pfc. Joseph Carpenter. C Company, 327 GIR Scout
Earned the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Combat Infantry Badge. Was Killed in Action Christmas Eve 1944 near Senochamps, during the Battle of the Bulge.
Pfc. Earle Francis Pelton, C Company, 327th GIR was inducted into the Military 18 Dec 1942 at the age of 18.
He trained at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana and was occupied as a Paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Division. He was shipped overseas in March 1944 and there he volunteered for the Glider Infantry, going through Normandy, Holland, and Belgium. He was in the Invasion of France June 6, 1944, where he was wounded. He arrived home January 5, 1946 and Married Vicki Koenen on the 16th. He died November 19, 1972 in Danbury, Wisconsin, at the age of 48. (information from www.c327gir.com)
Cosmo A Barbieri, C Company, 327th Glider Infantry Regiment. In the bottom photo Cosmo is the trooper with the top hat on Photos courtesy www.c327gir.com
SSgt. Louis J Kulp, 2d Bn, F Company, 327th Glider Infantry. Mr. Kulp was born on May 22, 1910 and was killed in action in Carentan on June 12, 1944. Information and picture courtesy of Theresa Kulp Cook, who was only 8 years old when her father died.
Thomas L. Anglin, C 327 GIR. He Passed away on 7/18/1966. He is buried in Lexington Kentucky. Photo courtesy of his son-in-law Thomas Doyle.
Llewellyn V. Burrows. 327 Glider Infantry Regiment. Mr. Burrows was a radioman for the 327th and fought in the Ardennes, Rhineland, and Central Europe campaigns. He passed away on December 31, 1999. Mr. Burrows in on the left on the top picture. Pictures courtesy of Leah Burrows.
Sgt. John Holden, B Company, 327th Glider Infantry Regiment
Pvt. Walter George Fredericks, 327th Glider Infantry Regiment, 101st AB. Walter was born in 1922 and served with the 327th. He was captured after a glider insertion, most likely one of the mishaps that took place during Operation Market Garden in Holland. His son, Walter, does not know much about his fathers time during the war. Sadly, Pvt. Fredericks passed away in 1998 with his story untold. If anyone has any information about Pvt. Fredericks please send me an email. The photo below is courtesy of his son Walter and was taken on July 19, 1944.
T/4 Willie H. Webster, 327th Glider Infantry Regiment. Was awarded the Silver Star Medal for his actions on 13 June 1944 near Mont Martin-en-Graignes.
Don Rich, G Company, 327th Glider Infantry Regiment
Pfc. Harry W. Bliss, 327th Glider Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. Pfc. Bliss died of wounds on December 25, 1944 in Marvie. Information and photo courtesy of Edward Olsson
Charles W. Talley, 3rd Platoon, B Company, 1st Bn, 327th Glider Infantry Regiment. Charles fought with the 327th in Normandy and was wounded on January 15, 1945 during the Battle of the Bulge. Information and photos courtesy of his son, Gary.
I came across this photo and it has no details with it. The trooper was in the 327th Glider Infantry Regiment. If anyone recognizes this person please contact me.
Pfc Robert J. Baillargeon, 327th GIR. He received Purple Heart in Holland.
Mr. Baillargeon passed away in 1987. Information provided by Robert's son, David.
David asks if anyone has contact with or is related to the following troopers to please contact him at: email@example.com
Eugene E. Williams
Irving A. Sheehy
Pfc Willis J. Bovenschen (KIA)
Pfc Joseph M. Satalin
Pfc. John Albani
SSgt Wayne W. Huse
Elmer M. Grant
**SSgt Ernest R. Cummings** (Passed away in September 2005)
Arno Whitbread (L) and Martin Chisholm (R), HQ 327th GIR
Pfc. Gail S. Thompson, G Company, 327th GIR
(Man in middle?)
John J. Molfetto, C Company, 327th GIR
Don Frederick, 1st Bn. 327th GIR Medic (L)
Group shot of 1st Bn. Medics before Holland. The arrow points to Robert Flynn. Courtesy of his nephew John Flynn.(R)
Pfc. Harold A. Baker, 3rd Platoon, G Company, 2d Bn. 327th GIR.
The following information was supplied by Rick Mommers, a 19 year old living in The Netherlands. At the American Military Cemetery Henri-Chapelle (Belgium) he has adopted 5 graves of American soldiers. If anyone has any information on Harold Baker, Rick would really like to know more. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rick's Webpage - Heroes Forever
Pfc. Warren H. Garrett, B Company, 1st Bn, 327th Glider Infantry Regiment. Mr. Garrett was killed in action on September 19, 1944. Pictures and information courtesy of Jasper van Haren, who adapoted his grave along with 3 others. Anyone with additional information on Mr. Garrett can contact Jasper at email@example.com
Pfc. Paul M Cody, 327th GIR A-Co, From Oklahoma KIA 44-09-20 in the Netherlands. He is buried at War Cemetery Margraten in the Netherlands. Grave was adopted and photo supplied by Ronald Stassen. Ronald is looking for more information if anyone has any.
Pvt. Joseph F. Kassan from Ohio. He was a member of the 327th Glider Infantry Regiment during WWII. Pvt. Kassan was killed in Action on June 12, 1944. Pictures courtesy of Stephanie Pepin of Avranches in Normandy. She is a member of the association "les fleurs de la mémoire".
les fleurs de la mémoire
1st LT Daniel F. Dorman, 327th Glider Infantry Regiment
Died of wounds on October 7, 1944. Picture of grave marker courtesy of Joost, who adopted this brave soldier's grave. The grave is located in The NETHERLANDS CEMETERY, which is the only American military cemetery in the Netherlands and resides in the village of Margraten, 6 miles east of Maastricht. Anyone with more information can contact Joost at firstname.lastname@example.org
Private first class Joseph G. Kuchunskas was in the 1st Battalion of the 327th Glider Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. He was KIA 09 OCT 1944 near Hien. Mr. Kuchunskas was from the state of Pennsylvania here in the United States. Looking at the 327th GIR history of that time I see that Two men of C Company, 1st Bn 327th died in Hein Ophensden at 1700 hours when two thousand artillery shells landed on their position on October 9th. Photo courtesy of Jeroen Aarsen, whom adopted this grave site.
Steve J. Rusnak, I Company, 327th Infantry Regiment, 82nd Infantry Division, WWI. Photo coutesy of his grand-daughter JoAnn.
Pfc. John Purcell, HQ 327th Glider Infantry Regiment.
Joe E. Szczygielski, 112th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division.
Joe was was captured on Dec. 16, 1944 in Luxembourg and taken to Bad Orb Germany (stalag 1XB).Sadly, Joe passed away in 1986. Information and photo were provided by his grandson Steve.
Lt. Edwin Lavin joined the 112th, Company A in mid-November of ’44. During the movement of the 18th or so, remnants of the 1st Battalion got together and fought back the Germans. Lt. Lavin took a few men to scout out the town ahead that was previously in U.S. hands. Here he was captured. On the 23rd while a POW in Germany near a rail yard at Stalag XII he was killed by a RAF bomb attack. Information courtesy of grandson Terry Lavin.
Pfc. Anthony Joseph Jaeger, 325th GIR, 505th PIR, 82nd Airborne Division.
Anthony was a member of a .50 Caliber machine gun crew. His war experience started near Salerno and he made it through to the end. He landed by glider in Normandy and in Holland. While in Holland Tony volunteered for a glider snatch test earning himself a pass to Paris. Tony was awarded the Purple Heart in Belgium. Sadly, Mr. Jaeger passed away in May of 2007.
Corporal Colonel Colvin, 1st Armored Division HQ
November 8, 1942, Oran, Algeria Africa Torch Landings
•Captured after boat was attacked upon entering Port
•Spent 3 days in Stockade before being liberated by US troops
Nov-Feb 1942-43 Spent 28 days in hospital
February 20, 1943 participated in Kasserine Pass in Tunisia
September 9, 1943 Salerno, Italy Landing
January 1944, Anzio, Italy
Rome to Arno Italy
Back to Anzio to finish duty
Campaign and Service Medals
•Army good conduct medal
•WWII Victory Medal
•European-Africa-MidEastern Campaign Medal
•American Campaign Medal WWII
•Combat Infantry Badge
•Presidential Unit Citation for Oran, Algeria Africa
•Wounded 2 times but never awarded the purple heart
Information from Chris Colvin
Sgt. William T. Reynolds, 40th Division, Korea
Lt. James S. Garver
Entered service in 1943 and served with the 111th AAA before going to Officer Candidate School. He continued service as an officer with the 258th Quarter Masters Railroad Company. He returned home in 1946.
MoMM1 James Bronson, US Navy, LST 325 1943-1945
S/Sgt. Theodore Feldman (Rt side in photos).
C Company, 401/327 GIR. He was awarded 101st Unit Citation, Bronze Star, Purple Heart and many more award medals. Sadly, he passed away in the Veterans Hospital, Wilmington, Elsmere, in November 2000.
(L) Spc. Carl E. Stahl, former member of our 327 GIR Living History unit, has been deployed to Iraq with CO A 1 BN 6 Infantry Regiment, 1st CAV after serving in Baumholder, Germany. He joined the Army on the Delayed Entry Program after his 1997 graduation High School. Having been recognized among the Top 20 percent of soldiers at Fort Benning, Ga., he reenlisted in 2003 and was deployed in March, 2004. Carl returned home from Iraq in May 2007 (R) Carls's nephew Pfc. Nathan Stahl, 20 years old, was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Lewis, Washington. He was killed Sept. 21, 2004 in Iraq when his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device.
JP Reese, a former member of our 327 GIR Living History Unit, is a member of A Company, 2/504 Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division. JP is currently serving in Iraq.
Devin Draeger, 105th Calvary in training at Camp Shelby Mississippi. Devin and his unit will be heading to Iraq in August 2007 for a 10 month deployment.
Clay Harwood, 195th AHC/609th TC, Thunderchicken, gun platoon UH 1-C. Clay was stationed at the Plantation Army Airfield near Long Bihn in Vietnam from October 1967 to February 1969.
Bob joined the 199Th right after AIT (11b10) MOS. He was in A co 4/12 second platoon. Herb Frenzell and Billy Jones were in his platoon. He was there when they died. Bob writes: I want to give thanks to B Compnay on Feb 6Th 1967 when my platoon was ambushed. We lost 6 kia's and 12 badly wounded. Our 1st and 2nd platoons came up behind us and after air strikes called by First Sgt Jim Diamond, he went back into the killing field and brought back dead and wounded. He was awarded the DSC for his actions. Later in the day since we were outnumbered B company came to help us, They had to get by some pretty bad terrain with a lot of water. I know they lost one KIA. Well just wanted to say thanks. Bob Martin A co 4/12 9-66 to 6-67 then HHC from 7-67 to 11-67 after being wounded the
second time. The 199Th was a great outfit
Harvey Oberle, 11th Airborne Division.
Battery B, 472nd Glider Field Artillery Bn.
Pacific Theater of Operations.
You're an 18 or 19 year old kid. You're critically wounded, and dying in the jungle in the Ia Drang Valley, 11-14-1965. LZ X-ray, Vietnam. Your Infantry Unit is outnumbered 8 - 1, and the enemy fire is so intense, from 100 or 200 yards away, that your own Infantry Commander has ordered the MediVac helicopters to stop coming in.
You're lying there, listening to the enemy machine guns, and you know you're not getting out. Your family is 1/2 way around the world, 12,000 miles away, and you'll never see them again. As the world starts to fade in and out, you know this is the day.
Then, over the machine gun noise, you faintly hear that sound of a helicopter, and you look up to see a Huey, but it doesn't seem real, because no Medi-Vac markings are on it.
Ed Freeman is coming for you. He's not Medi-Vac, so it's not his job, but he's flying his Huey down into the machine gun fire, after the Medi-Vacs were ordered not to come.
He's coming anyway.
And he drops it in, and sits there in the machine gun fire, as they load 2 or 3 of you on board.
Then he flies you up and out through the gunfire, to the Doctors and Nurses.
And, he kept coming back...... 13 more times..... and took about 30 of you and your buddies out, who would never have gotten out.
Medal of Honor Recipient Ed Freeman died September 10, 2008 at the age of 80, in Boise, ID......May God rest his soul.....
He was there, for us...AMEN.
WWII Airborne Trooper Pictures by Division and Regiment, Roll of Honor, and Unit History.