16 February 1926
24 February 1945
A Company, 506th
Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division
Private First Class
Combat Infantryman Badge. Parachute
Wings, Expert Rifle.
Bronze Star, Army Good Conduct
Medal, EAME Campaign Medal, WWII Victory Medal, Army Occupation Medal,
Presidential Unit Citation
23 March 1946
February 1944-June 1944 - Infantry
basic and 105mm infantry howitzer training, Fort McClellan, Alabama.
June 1944-August 1944 - Training at
Parachute School, Fort Benning, Georgia.
August 1944-October 1944 - Advanced
parachute and demolition training, Parachute School, Fort Benning,
October 1944-November 1944-
Shipped overseas via Fort Meade, Maryland, and Camp Shanks, New York.
Sailed 3 Nov. on HMS Queen Mary; arrived Gourock, Scotland, 10 Nov.
Proceeded by rail to join rear echelon of 506th Parachute Infantry
Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, at Denford Park, Hungerford, England.
Flew to Camp Mourmelon, Mourmelon-la-Grand, France, and assigned to
Company A, 506th P.I.R. on 28 Nov.
December 1944-March 1945 - Left with division for Belgium 18
Dec., wounded at Noville, Belgium, two days later, and evacuated form
Bastogne 21 Dec. Passed through 130th Station Hospital, Cinay, Belgium;
62nd General Hospital, Eaubonne, France; 188th General Hospital,
Cirencester, England; 317th Station Hospital, Finstock, England; 10th
Replacement Depot, Lichfield, England; and 11th Replacement Depot,
March 1945-May 1945
- Returned to Co A, 506th P.I.R., at Camp Mourmelon. On 1 April the
division moved to the U.S. 15th Army along west side of Rhine, where
squad lost four men on night raid across the river. Co A occupied first
Nievenheim, then Norf, and then Weckhoven until moving by train late in
the month to Ludwigshafen. After reloading into trucks and DUKWs, the
division moved east in pursuit of the German army. Co. A's battalion
stayed four days in Oberkessach before continuing the chase through Ulm,
Landsberg, Starnberg, and Miesbach. On the evening of 5 May, the 506th
entered Berchtesgaden. The next day it moved to Bad Reichenhall, where
it was on V-E Day.
May 1945-August 1945
- Division joined the Army of Occupation, with Co. A, 506th P.I.R.,
occupying at various times Bad Gastein, Taxenbach, and Bruck, Austria.
August 1945-November 1945 - 101st
left Austria by train on 1 Aug. 506th P.I.R. arrived Joigny, France, for
garrison duty two days later.
1945-January 1946 - Attended surveying course at Warton-American
Technical School, Lytham, England.
January 1946-February 1946 - 294th Military Police Co, Neuilly,
France, guarding the American ambassador during the day and his home at
February 1946-March 1946 -
Shipped home via Camp Pall Mall, Etretat, France, on SS Tusculum
Victory. Discharged at Camp McCoy, Wisconsin, 23 March 1946.
BACK ROW... PFC C.E. BLANKENSHIP, PFC N.F. ALEXANDER, SGT R.R. BRUNI,
S/SGT V.P. PASCIARELLI, PVT R.V. RUNYAN.
KNEELING... PFC D.B. STRAITH, CPL C.H. SHOEMAKER, S/SGT G.G. JANES, PFC
D.L. COFONE, CPL A. CLAEYS.