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Spc Gustavo Sierra Email
04/28

Comments:
Hello everyone,
I was with the 920th transportation Co. from 1990 to 1991
Retiring in the end of Aug 2014
Need help, I forgot the name of the Division (combat patch) that we served with during the gulf war? 

Sincerely
MK2 Sierra, Gustavo
USCG Cutter Tahoma
c/o Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Bldg 171
Portsmouth, NH 03804
Gustavo.sierra@uscg.mil


carol o'connor siri Email
03/07

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My uncle, Gerard F. O'Connor served in the 309th. He was killed at Wuppertal on 15 April 1945, the day before the town fell to the 78th Division. He served from 1942 until April 1945. He enlisted in 1942, served in the Pacific and then to OCS. He was commissioned a 2nd LT. He is buried at the American Cemetery near Margretan in the Netherlands.


Lita Bower Email
12/29/13

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My dad, Ted Severson served in the 75th Infantry Div.Lightning 309th in WWII.  He died December 23, 2013. He was originally from Wisconsin. Just wondering if there was anyone out there who knew him.


christine ellen goetz  Email
10/22/13

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I am searching for folks I served with 1990-1991 as part of the deployment to Saudi Arabia 78th Div., 920th Trans. Co.  Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you.


ROXANNE HOWARD-ROBINSON Email
06/16/13

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Hello to all. Smooches to my old unit 920th Transportation Unit located in Jersey City, NJ! I hope to be at the next reunion if that's possible. Please send me an email regarding that info. I would greatly appreciate it.

Best regards,
(x) Specialist Howard


larry glaze Email
05/08/13

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My dad served with HHC, 3rd Bn, 309th in WWII. Just wondering if there might be a roster of some kind so my mom can see who might in the unit. Dad passed in 2010. Any kind of info would be appreciated.


DK Rene Email
04/01/13

Comments:

Greetings,

 

As a follow-up to my post on 03/20/2013, I have posted the pictures of Dad's wide angle photo on the Facebook pages for the 309th Inf Reg, and for the 78 Div.

 

https://www.facebook.com/309thInfantryRegiment

 

https://www.facebook.com/pages/78th-Infantry-Division-World-War-II-Living-History-Association/144881925547068

 

 


DK Rene Email
03/20/13

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My Dad served in Co. A, 1st Bn, 309th Inf, 78 Div, during WWII.

He was injured 1/10/45 in Germany.

Heartbreakingly, he died in 1981 of cancer.

I have my Dad's collection of medals, shell fragment that injured him, objects he collected, and an amazing wide angle picture of his entire Company (prior to deployment to Europe). 

On the picture Dad annotated who had been killed, wounded, transferred, etc.  I don't know the date up to which he annotated the photo. 

If you or someone you know may be in that picture, please let me know and I can check. 

 


Todd Theis Email
03/05/13

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My Great Uncle Arthur John Edwards was in CO A 309TH INFANTRY REGIMENT,78TH Division. Could someone send me a copy or link to the After Action Reports for January 1945. Your help would be appreciated.
God Bless all the men and women who served and put there lives on the line for this country.


Knet Email
02/21/13

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Knet Was here..
Greetings from Argentina.. bye


Knet Email
02/21/13

Comments:
Knet Was here..
Greetings from Argentina.. bye


Kathy DeLong Email
02/07/13

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My Uncle SGT. John Patrick Malloy served in the 309th, 78th, Company B during WWII. He was KIA 3 March 1945. He died in a field hospital in Germany from wounds sustained in combat. He was returned to the States for burial in 1947, he was on the first transport ship of repatriated servicemen in 1947 that came home. Was hoping someone might have information about him while in the hospital, we think he was there for a few days before he died? Also does anyone have any information of the temporary cemeteries in Germany at that time?
Thanks!


Michael 
01/03/13

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Calling all veterans of the 309th Regiment, sons/daughters/grandchildren/friends of veterans. Please join the Facebook page dedicated to the 309th. 

http://www.facebook.com/309thInfantryRegiment


Larry Hall Email
08/28/12

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My uncle's name is Nathaniel Othorse Hall. he was a private in the 78th,  309th inf. regiment Co. L. His DD-214 form says he in Ardennes Rhineland Go 105 WD 45. This is all I have of his service in WWII. His service records were destroyed in a fire. If there is someone who may have more information on his Company or know anything of my uncle's service with Company L please contact me by e-mail http://www.hallfootball20@yahoo.com


Frederick E Seoane Email
07/18/12

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My father Robert JJ Seoane he was in "K" Company 309th Infantry 78
th Lighting Division,he was in the 2nd Ranger BN.He wrote in a memo
that Friday December 13th 1944, was the day we had waited for so long,it was the day we recieved our initiation to the blood and fire,and
horrors of war.Many of us never reached our objective a small town
called Bikerath,and there the blood of the men of Company "K" 309th
Infantry 78th Division flowed deep and plentiful.I have a German
helmat that he brought back with him and on the inside he wrote
Remsheid Germany "Ruhr Pocket" 13th April 1945.My father was a
Fireman Co.13 his boat was Lucky 13,his lucky number was 13 and
he died on December,13th 1995 the same day 51 years before that
he encountered The Blood and Fire,and Horrors of War.
God Bless all of the Vetrans of all Wars.
Frederick E. Seoane

       



Jennifer Stratton Muhlbauer Email
07/04/12

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My uncle Albert Fite Stratton served in the 309th Infantry Regiment, 78th Infantry Division in WWII.  He was killed in battle March 16 , 1945. If anyone has knowledge of him please let me know.


Mark Richardson Email
06/03/12

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My dad Kenneth J. Richardson served with HQ Company, 1st Battalion, 309 Infantry Rgt., 78th Division in Europe.  He was a 1st Lt. and I believe commanded the "A&P" platoon.  If there is anyone left out there with information about my dad, I'd appreciate hearing from him.


Louis Powell, Sr. Email
04/30/12

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     I had an Uncle that served with the 78th in WWII, Louis Grigsby, and I am trying to find any and all information I can regarding his awards, where he served, and so on.  I want to get a flag box set up for his son with these items and information, along with a flag.  Any help and information anyone can give will be greatly appreciated.  thanks.

 

Respectfully,

 

Louis W. Powell, Sr.

SFC/E7

U.S. Army (Retired)


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Kevin Jones Email
12/19/11

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My father,Lawrence Jones served in Company C 309th infantry 78th division and was wounded on March 5,1945. Please email me
at CompairL@aol.com if anybody has any information on him or his Company.Thank



STEVEN WILSON Email
08/14/11

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My name is Steven Wilson, I am searching for Information on a PFC ROBERT L. FRANKLIN WHO SERVED IN MED. DET., 309TH 78TH DIV.IN WW 2.. I HAVE SOMETHING PERSONAL OF HIS RELATED TO THIS INFORMATION I AM SEEKING, A DESCENDANT OR NEXT OF KIN..ANY HELP WOULD BE GREATFUL..I LIVE IN SEYMOUR INDIANA..email me gthang812@gmail.com


william white Email
08/04/11

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thank you guys for the formal intreduction on the  920th trans.but this weekend is going to be histroy the good and best sargeant in the 78 div at the time served, 1st sgt white off the 920th trans.so look for the fanally update,next weeks to come.


Jose Torres 
06/27/11

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 MSG Jose L Torres 
Ret. USAR. 

I served with 920th Trans.Co. 78 Division, USAR out of Caven Point, Jersey City, from 1981 to 2001.  
 The following information is for members of the 920th Trans. Co.
The 920th Trans Co is having it 20th year reunion  August 5 - August 7, 2011 at the Hilton Hotel at Newark International Airport. For those who are interested in attending you could contact Joseph Bodine @ fb.com or 
Gloria Pressley-Graham @ 201-616-8861, They requested that anybody interested in attending have to RSVP by June 5th. I know that I'm a little late with information but it don't hurt to try. Hope to see as many members of the 920th Trans.Co. 


MAJ Doug Edwards, USAR (Ret) 
03/23/11

Comments:
You guys are doing a super job preserving the history of the 78th Infantry Division in WWII.  I served as a 1st Lt. /Platoon Leader with the 78th Division's 920th Transportation Company (Medium Truck Petroleum) from 1988 to 1992 including service overseas during the Persian Gulf War (90-91).  The 920th put forth a full effort in the Gulf War just as their predecessors had done in WWII.  I was very proud to be a part of that unit and to wear the lightning patch.  The unit performed tactical refueling convoy missions in support of the maneuver divisions of the U.S. VIIth Corps and played an important support role in General "Stormin Norman Schwartzkopf's famous "Hail Mary" maneuver through Iraq and into Kuwait.  The units we were supporting were taking the fight to several Republic Guard heavy divisions.  I remember everyone in our unit doing their part, from the drivers to the cooks to the mechanics and clerks. They were a great bunch of soldiers and part of a long tradition of the 78th.   Everyone pitched in, dealt with the hardships of scud attacks, austere desert living conditions and got the job done, just as their 78th predecessors had done in WWII.  Thanks for keeping that 78th tradition alive through your historical re-enactments and living history.  Well done!
Major Doug Edwards, USAR (Ret.)

P.S.  Best regards to Sgt.  Calderon.  I read his posting on your site.  He was a great NCO during the Gulf War!


Alex Mil Email
03/22/11

Comments:
Hello,
We are http://www.Soviet-Power.com
We sell Soviet uniforms, visor hats, gas masks, patches, badges and other military surplus.
Please let me know if it is possible to place our link on your links page or make links exchange?
Thank You in advance,
Best Regards!

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SFC. JUAN A. CALDERIN 
03/17/11

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      HI, THIS IS SFC. JUAN ARIEL CALDERIN, RETIRED AT THE PRESENT. I WAS PART OF THE 78TH DIVISION SINCE 1983 THRU 1996. MEMBER OF THE 920TH TRANSPORTATION CO. OUT JERSEY CITY, N.J.  SERVING AS A CAREER COUNSELOR, OR RETENTION NCO, AND AS A ASSISTANT PLATOON SARGEANT DORING THE GULF WAR, WHEN I WAS ATTACH TO THE 338TH BATALLION.

     I WOULD LIKE TO SEND A SALUTTE TO EVERYONE SPECIAL TO THOSE WHO KNOW ME. SPECIAL SALUTTE TO SARGEANT WELCH, AND SALUTTE TO ALL MEMBERS OF THE 920TH TRANSPORTATION CO.

   SINCERELY YOUR FRIEND ALWAYS

             SFC.JUAN ARIEL CALDERIN
                 P.O.BOX 773213
                 OCALA, FLORIDA 34477-3213

PS:  I WILL LOVE TO RECEIVE MONTHLY A COPY OF THE FLASH


Jane VanderLaan Email
03/13/11

Comments:
My Uncle was 2d. Lt. Jack C. Grant, 133914.
He commanded the 1st. Platoon, Col. G, 309th Infantry and died on March 16, 1945  days after crossing the Remagen Bridge and just before his platoon was to cut the Autobahn.

Would like to hear from anyone who would remember him or has heard stories where he was mentioned. He was from Michigan and only in his early 20's when he died.

Thank-You.


Ralph (AL) A. Olson, Jr. Email
02/20/11

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My father graduated from OCS and became a member of 309th Inf of the 78th Division. He served as a Lt. at Camp Buckner NC where he and my mother were married at the post chapel. He shipped overseas with the division and at some point became the company commander of "L" company I believe? I have many pictures and company rosters, etc.... as well as old newspaper clippings involving actions of the division. I would like to donate these items to an appropriate 78th division historian. Can anybody assist me with this endeavor? I know my father in later years made it a point to attend division reunions but I am not sure if these still occur? Please advise...
Al Olson, wannagoyes@gmail.com (Ralph A. Olson, Jr.) son of Ralph A. Olson, Sr. former Captain 309th Infantry, company "L".


Thom Baxter Email
02/15/11

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I am looking for information of my father's service with the 78th, 311th Regiment. He was a BAR man. From stories he was active near Aachen, and the Remagen Bridge. He also said he was involved with some German prisoner exchanges in Czech. Any information would be appreciated. He was an "Alabama boy".


Denise Otterson Email
12/27/10

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I am the grandaughter of George William Stockman, Jr. (Bill) I first want to say how PROUD I am of ALL the men who have fought for our country and still do, but I am also asking if anyone can help me with info trying to put a timeline together for the men of the 309th, company "G". I would really like to know where my papa was during his time in the war. I have some paper work and his medals, but i would love to be able to know where he was exactly, the names of the men who served with him and under him, and see if there is anyone who can tell me 1st account stories. My papa passed away in 1987 and i was never able to find anything out and there is no family to ask. His children know nothing because he never spoke of the war when he returned home. I am SOOOO PROUD of him and his sacrifice for his country. He went to serve the 309th on Jan.30th 1945-May19,1946 (the end) he was enlisted prior to that date but saw combat on the 30 of Jan. If anyone can help PLEASE contact me...It's SOOOO Important to preserve our national and family history for my children. Thanks, Denise


Roel Timmermans Email
12/26/10

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Hi There,
My name is Roel Timmermans. I am 27 years old and live in Kronenberg in the Netherlands. Ever since I was 12 years old my grandfather took me to see the wite crosses. .. Those white crosses marked the graves of fallen american soldiers who died in the liberation of the Netherlands during world war II.

When I grew older we found out that there was a possibility to adopt a grave. We had to make sure to bring flowers every memorial day and every christmas. My grandfather adopted a cross bearing the name Joseph B Wadman. His cross says he was a:
S SGT 309 inf 78 div being from Maine. This lets me believe he must have been a senior sergeant in the 309 infantry of the 78th division.

I adopted a name on the wall of missing soldiers. That is Joseph J Tomasello T SGT 96 Bomb GP. We went there every year on memorial day and a few days before Christmas to bring them flowers.

This last Christmas has been the first Christmas I had to pay my respects without my grandfather. He died in september this year.

This feeds my wish to know more about te names belonging to our adopted graves. I am hoping that someone reading this post will be able to help me out finding relatives of this Joseph B Wadman. I would feel much better in letting them know that, even years after his passing, Mister Wadman still changed the lives of a younger generation in the Netherlands.

I'm looking forward to find out if someone can offer any help in my search for the relatives of Joseph B Wadman.

Kind Regards
Roel Timmermans


Ted Russell Email
12/07/10

Comments:
My father (Gerald "Brooks" Russell / SSGT)
Served with Co C 310th Inf 78th Div.
Entered 3/16/43, Discharged 11/2/45
Was wounded 2/6/45 & 3/13/45.
His specialty was "Rifle NCO 745".
Was wondering if anyone had known him then.
He passed on 10/4/2000 @ age of 85.


mark mason Email
11/30/10

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I WOULD LIKE TO FIND INFO ON A DORWIN J. HEMPLEMAN TECH 5 SERIAL #35222921 T43 44 RANK TECH 5 LIGHTING DIVISION ALSO HAD A PATCH OF AN AXE SPLITTING A LOG SERVED DURING WW11.HE WAS AWARDED PURPLE HEART AN BRONZE STAR EXPERT COMBAT INFANTRY BADGE. IT WAS MY BEST FRIENDS DAD AND HE IS DYING FROM A LIVER DISEASE AND I PROMISED I WOULD FIND OUT SOMETHING ,I HAVE HIS IKE JACKET AND MEDALS DOG TAGS ITS IN GREAT SHAPE AND HE WANTED SOMEONE TO HAVE IT TO APPRECIATE 


Feff Deets Email
11/26/10

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My fathers name is Edward J Deet Sr.     He served around 1942-43-44 with the 78th and we believe his unit was attached to the 4th Army Corp.,in the Po VAlley,and North Apennies campain.I anyone has any information about our father you can share please email.... jeff202@nycap.rr.com  .....THANK YOU


Billy Guess Email
11/24/10

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For information about anyone you would like to get information on, write to Secretary Keith MyGrants, 5200 l7th Avenue, SW, Naples, FLA 34116.
Give him all the information you have on your party, name, rank, home town, company and regiment. Just everything you have on them. He will review the information and publish it in our quarterly booklet. Most everyone that was in 78th get a copy and they'll will get back to you.
I hope this helps, Best of Luck.


Billy V.Guess Email
11/15/10

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I joined Co. B 3l0th Infantry, 78th Division in March, 1943. Took basic training with a great bunch of young men.  After several months, lst Sgt Augustus Lamborghini came and asked me to go see Cpl. Hensley in Personnel Section. I'm thinking what the hell did I do now. Anyhow Hensley told me he was transferring to Air Force and needed a replacement for himself. I had clerical experience in civilian life as a bookkeeper, etc. Anyhow I took the job and the best thing I could have done in my life. Got several,  promotions, finally to Sergeant Major of Personnel Section in l945, and ran the section.  I went through the war, sadly losing many good friends that I came in Army with, many of them wounded but
too many of them killed. The bravest young men you could have ever known. I still remember them in my prayers. A great Division and am proud to have served with them. Best Regards.


jimmieanna hays 
11/14/10

Comments:
Hello,

My Uncle Bruce R. Rogers, served in the 78th Infantry Division 309 Reg and was KIA on March 4, 1945 near Enzen, Germany. Of course, I never knew him as I was born several years later. But I remember my grandmother letting me look at the Purple Heart (or some kind of service medal?) that she had received, and also the military US honor flag that covered his coffin when he was shipped in that coffin back home in 1947. He had been buried in the Henri-Chapelle cemetery and later moved to his final resting place in Arkansas. I have photos of that grave site, and thankfully that is where I was able to find out his company of service. It was well thought out in that regards. Thank you Grandpa Rogers!

I am in the process of trying to pull together any facts regarding his service, his death, the place that his death happened, anything would be more that I have now. I am trying to preserve his memory and have it for future generations or else his life and memory may be lost, as he never married, never had children. I don't want his memory to be gone forever, you know?

Thanks!

regards and respectfully,

jimmie anna hays



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Tom Walsh 
11/10/10

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My father was Cpl. Wilson Patrick Walsh from Tupper Lake, NY.  He served with the chemical warfare unit attached to the 309th Infantry, 78th Division in France, Belgium, Holland, and Germany.    He rarely spoke of his wartime experiences. He died in May 1981. 
I salute him and all of the men and women who proudly served the United States of America.


Robert Petersen Email
11/09/10

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My Great Uncle, Robert Clinton Hanford, served in WW1 in the 311th Infrantry Regiment, 78th Division.  He was killed in action on October 25, 1918 in the Meuse-Argonne offensive.  He was a Sgt. and was 26 years old when he was mortally wounded.  His Lt., in a letter to his mother (my great-grandmother) said that he served courageously for his country in this battle, among others, and helped, through his ultimate sacrifice, to end the war only 17 days later. 

I wanted to take this time on the eve of Veteren's Day (Armistice Day) to salute my Great Uncle for the service and life he gave to this great country of ours.

Thanks to all of you as well for your service and sacrifice to the United States of America.

May God Bless you all.


Don White Email
11/09/10

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we'd love to have you guys visit us in North Carolina at either of our 2 events we host, off I-95 near Va. line.

http://www.hurtgenwald.webs.com
http://www.rhinelandbattle.webs.com

hope you'll come down sometime soon,
Don 116th panzer


Reah Wallace Email
09/28/10

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Always a great time working with members of this outfit for our Parkesburg VFW events . Hope to see some more of them and guests at our Veterns Ball event on Nov13 2010 .


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Ann Kelowitz Email
09/24/10

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My father was a sargent in WW Ii with the 309th regimen 78th division I am looking for info on Him ans some of His Buddies He died June 4th 1966 had a wife an 3 childred 2 Girls of which I am the eldest and 1 boy who turned two the month our father died.  He has three grandchildre 2 girls and a boy.  Any info that you have who be very appreciated.  thank you Ann Kelowitz akelowit@ptd.net


Carl Sajec Email
07/29/10

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My father Anthony {Tony} Sajec served with the 78th infantry div. during ww2, and i would like to
know what infantry regiment he served with? 309th,
310th, 311 or?? He was wounded, and spent several
weeks in a field hospital in Belgium. He also crossed
the Remagen bridge under fire, and he said he was
so exhausted when he got across that he had to take
out his false teeth to catch his breath.His teeth are still there somewhere because he ran and left them.


patti rose Email
07/14/10

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My father, Walter Ross, served in the battle of the bulge.  78th infantry.  He is living and very active with his wife, Betty.  He is a very proud american and is very interested in visiting or communicating with any veterans that were with him.  Please e-mail me with any information about my Dad and anyone interested in talking with him.
Thanks, Patti


Joel 
06/09/10

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My great uncle Donald Jesse served as a squad leader in the 78th.  While commanding as a squad leader of a machine gun unit in the French village of Simmerath, he was shot in the neck by a sniper in a belltower.  His wound was not fatal and he was hospitalized in the UK then sent back to the mainland. His unit later crossed the Ludendorf Bridge at Remagen then continued it's advance.  He was later shot at by Tiger tanks while holding hilltop positions at the edge of a small town.  Before he passed away he gave me his divisional route map, and release papers, all in geat condition.  I will save them in his memory.


Aimee Fogg Email
06/09/10

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My great-uncle, PFC. Paul M. Lavoie, served with the 309th, Company C and was KIA on Feb 10, 1945 in Schmidt, Germany at the Schwammenauel Dam. I have spent the last 16 months researching his unit and have recently returned from Schmidt and the Memorial Day ceremony at Henri-Chapelle cemetery in Belgium where my uncle is buried. His 3 siblings do not remember him and I hope to find someone who served with him.

Thank you.

Aimee Fogg


Jeff Turkel 
05/22/10

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it is interesting to learn more about the history of the 78th Division. My father, the late SgtMaj clarence Turkel was a proud member of the Division from 1947-1967. The last few years he was the division Sergeant Major serving under 3 Division commanders. He loved the Division and I know it was one of the highpoints of his life to serve.


Stephen R. Dowd Email
05/17/10

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I would like info on my Dads unit and friends. S/SGT Raymond J. Dowd was in Co D, 310th Inf. Reg., 78th Inf. Div. He was wounded on March 4th '45 and was buried Aug. 5th 2009 at Arlington National Cemetery. He never told us much except the snow was deep and cold and that he liked Gen. Patton and wished he would have continued on to Moscow.

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