Monday, June 23, 2014

Catching up with Lt. Walter James Gregory: June 22, 1944

118 Station Hospital
Naples, Italy
22 June, 1944

First Lt. Walter J. Gregory, Patient
118 Station Hospital
6th Armored Infantry Regiment
First Armored Division
Picture taken on June 10, 1944 in Naples, Italy

Summary for Time Period, June 7 - June 22, 1944


Almost one month has passed since our first lieutenant entered 118 Station Hospital in Naples, Italy. His left shoulder, wounded on 23 May 1944, has healed slowly, leaving stiff muscles. Jim spends most of his time in "physiotherapy" and by visiting other patients, and he takes daily passes to go to the Red Cross Club or the P.B.S. Officer's Club in Naples.


Jim received a new uniform to replace the one that he "left on the battlefield" on June 8, and on June 10, he had a pass to leave the hospital but "didn't do much but sit around the Red Cross Club, where I had a couple cups of coffee, and walked up and down the street trying to learn my way around the place. While going around in circles, window shopping, etc., I ran onto a studio where I got my picture taken, three pictures for $3.50."


First Lt. Walter James Gregory, Patient
118 Station Hospital
Naples, Italy
Photo Taken June 10, 1944

He picks up his pictures on June 13, 1944, and remarks in his letter to Emma, "The pictures aren't bad, Honey, just needed retouching. I sure felt better that day than I looked, especially the eyes."

Mail from Emma comes in slowly, if at all. Over the past month, he received one airmail letter and a V-Mail, written in mid-May. Mostly, Jim displays patience with the mail until June 22 when he receives orders to change his mailing address to 2628 Hospital Section, APO 698, c/o Postmaster, New York, New York. 

Orders to Change Address Dated 22 June 1944




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HEADQUARTERS
118th Station Hospital
APO 387
US Army

SPECIAL ORDERS
NUMBER 147
22 June 1944


1. The following named officers and enlisted men, orgns and classifications indicated, are transferred in gr to the Det of Patients, this hospital, effective this date. Service Records and allied papers will be forwarded without delay. No funds involved. (Auth: Cir #54, Sec I, par 4 e, Hq. NATOUSA, dtd 15 Apr 1944.)


First name on the list:

1st Lt. Walter J. Gregory, 0-414789 (a mistake...his serial number is 0-414798) Class A. Former Organization: 6th Armored Infantry Regiment


Returning to Jim's letter from June 22, 1944

"I'm mad this evening. Plenty. I came back from pass this evening and found an order on my bed directing that I use above address (2628 Hospital Section...). If I could have started using it when I first came here, I could have had answers back direct instead of being around a month with no mail. Furthermore, I probably will have some other or my old address back by the time you get the first answers to this address on the way. Maybe not, Honey, so please fire an answer to this letter using above APO as fast as you can. 

"This afternoon I read the news at the Red Cross Club, bought myself some underwear, had one Tom Collins at the Officers Club, then went back up to the Red Cross for a cup of coffee and headed back to this blinkin' place. Just a restful way of wasting the afternoon. The Tom Collins wasn't even interesting. The stuff it was made of isn't like we used to get in the States...Got any suggestions for makin' life interesting for a guy that's lonesome and has nothing to do?

"I've shopped around the windows, saw lots of things that would make nice souvenirs, ones you'd probably like very much, but the prices are sky high. Maybe I'll decide on something, Honey. I also want to sent my Purple Heart Medal to you soon, if I think of it at the right time.

"Don't worry about the new address, Honey. Regulations state that we get it if we're going to be in a hospital over 30 days. Reckon I got fooled thinking I was going to be fighting again in about ten days. Bein' an old decrepit cuss of a man, my muscles ain't loosening up quite so fast. Felt like I was 20 the day that Jerry stopped me. I can still hug you with both arms right now, so reckon I'll feel as if I'm twenty again when I get to do it. Think so? I know!  

"Darling, please answer this one with a long sweet one. I love you, Emma Darling, more than I can ever show you or tell you.

"Many very sweet kisses and hugs, Your devoted Jimmy."


Letter Postmarked 24 June 1944








Sunday, June 22, 2014

Purple Heart Recipients, First Armored Division: June 20, 1944

Thoughts from Daughter Linda Lou, 22 June 2014

"Absent Without Leave." That's what I've been since 5 June, 2014. No posts. No word. Nothing to explain my absence. Suffice it to say that I could be tried for desertion, no doubt.

When I began this blog, I wondered if I'd make all the way through to the end of the war...that's right, history buffs...to sometime late in 1945/2015 without major lapses in entries. Back in 1942, people entering the service received orders "for the duration" of the war, not knowing how long that term of service would last. 

Jumping ahead to 2014, I am fully aware of how much dedication it took for soldiers in conflict, as well as for their families back home, to continue with their daily lives and then to write almost every day. I've missed posting several letters from Jim and Emma in this interlude; however, I'll catch up by summarizing and posting important bits of "news from 1944" from both of our long-distance writers. This will be done in segments in much the same way as I did when I started the blog over two years ago. 

In today's entry, I hope to honor servicemen from the First Armored Division, US Army, that received the Purple Heart or Oak Clusters primarily between 23 May and 9 June, 1944 for "wounds received in action against the enemy." Over half of these wounded soldiers served in the 6th Armored Infantry Regiment. This post includes ten pages of 130 names listed on General Orders #47, Headquarters, First Armored Division, APO 251, U.S. Army. The date of the orders: 20 June 1944.



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HEADQUARTERS FIRST ARMORED DIVISION
APO 251, U.S. Army


GENERAL ORDERS                                                                                                  20 June 1944


NUMBER 47


1.  AWARD OF PURPLE HEART:  Under the provisions of AR 600-45, as amended, the Purple Heart is awarded to the following named individuals for wounds received in action against the enemy:


VICTOR R. ADLER, 37341504, Private, Military Police Platoon, 1st Armored Division, Italy, 6 June 1944. Entered service from 1520 East 4th Street, Loveland, Colorado.

ISADORE KAPPICO, 17075638, Private, Military Police Platoon, 1st Armored Division, Italy, 24 May 1944. Entered service from 1218 North Euclid, Missouri.

JAMES W. BRADLEY, 15046095, Sergeant, Military Police Platoon, 1st Armored Division, Italy, 23 May 1944. Entered service from 1130 West, Maryland, Indiana.

WOODIE H. MARKS, 34441580, Private, Military Police Platoon, 1st Armored Division, Italy, 29 May 1944. Entered service from Route 1, Empire, Georgia.

JOHN (NMI) RUSNAK, 35150246, Sergeant, Military Police Platoon, 1st Armored Division, Italy, 31 May 1944. Entered Service from 1950 W 13th Ave., Gary, Indiana.

JAMES B. BOWERMASTER, 01541580, Second Lieutenant, Military Police Platoon, 1st Armored Division, Italy, 9 June 1944. Entered Service from 712 1/2 West 4th Street, Huntington, West Virginia.

JOSEPH O. EIKE, 37129680, Private First Class, Military Police Platoon, 1st Armored Division, Italy, 31 May 1944. Entered Service for 3735 Juniata, Saint Louis, Missouri.

WILLIAM A. STREBEL, 36054125, Private First Class, Medical Detachment, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 2 June 1944. Entered Service from Route #3, Jerseyville, Indiana.

FRANK P. CHALAVICH, 35366352, Private, Medical Detachment, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 31 May 1944. Entered Service from 936 Washington Street, Gary, Indiana.

DONALD N. LORENZ, 36411948, Private, 1st Battalion Headquarters, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 24 May 1944. Entered Service from Route #1, Mount Pleasant, Michigan.

ERNEST F. CHAPMAN, 34147756, Private First Class, Headquarters Company 1st Battalion, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 25 May 1944. Entered Service from Route #2, Whitesburg, Tennessee.


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ELMER (NMI) BARRIER, 14020198, Private, Headquarters 1st Battalion 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 25 May 1944. Entered Service from Knoxville, Tennessee.

PAUL S. PINCI, 33243109, Private, Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 25 May 1944. Entered Service from North Maint Street, Marysville, Pennsylvania.

WILLIAM S. WENGLER, 6831173, Staff Sergeant, Headquarters Company, First Battalion, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 24 May 1944. Entered Service from 2667 Nibreaska, Saint Louis, Missouri.

LONDO (NMI) PETRINI, 32059877, Private First Class, Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 23 May 1944. Entered Service from 710 12th Street, Union City, New Jersey.

WILLIAM A. MCDONALD, 33146274, Private, Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 24 May 1944. Entered Service from 1000 East Jefferson Street, Butler, Pennsylvania.

D C (IO) ROBINSON, 19094715, Sergeant, Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 24 May 1944. Entered Service from R F D #1, Box 47, Turner, Oregon.

LEONARD S. NAWODZINSKI, 32475216, Private First Class, Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 24 May 1944. Entered Service from 19 East Courtney Street, Dunkirk, New York.

JOSEPH B. TARENCE, 13116580, Private First Class, "E" Company, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 20 May 1944. Entered Service from 143 Saint Clara, Welkest Bare, Pennsylvania.

WILTON C. SHEFFIELD, 34831068, Private, "E" Company, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 30 May 1944. Entered Service from Route #2, box 141, (Illegible) Georgia.

RAIFORD A. LEE, 34817310, Private, "E" Company, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 30 May 1944. Entered Service from Smantha, Alabama.

ALVIN D. TURNER, 34829822, Private First Class, "F" Company, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 4 June 1944. Entered Service from RFD #1, Brunswick, Georgia.

JOHN O. MCCURLEY, 34893346, Private, "F" Company, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 4 June 1944. Entered Service from RFD #3, Hartwell, Georgia.

FREDERICK H. FINCH, 35294421, Private, "F" Company, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 4 June 1944. Entered Service from Hufford Road, Perrysburg, Ohio.

JEWELL H. TUCKER, 35807969, Private "F" Company, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 2 June 1944. Entered Service from Route #7, Hopkinsville, Kentucky.

EPHRAIM (NMI) WEISS, 32963651, Private, "F" Company, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 4 June 1944. Entered Service from 672 Miller Avenue, Brooklyn, New York.

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THOMAS F. LEE JR, 16170156, Private First Class, Headquarters Third Battalion, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 23 May 1944. Entered Service from 8330 S. Peoria Street, Chicago, Illinois.

WALTER J. KONIECZY, 33029669, Private First Class, "I" Company, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 24 May 1944. Entered Service from 731 Hinkson Street, Chester, Pennsylvania.

PAUL R. SUDDATH, 01300103, Second Lieutenant, "I" Company, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 23 May, 1944. Entered Service form 230 Shittiev Avenue, Whittier, California.

CHARLES E. MARTIN, 01333357, Second Lieutenant, "I" Company, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 23 May 1944. Entered Service from Box 122, RR #6, Terra Haute, Indiana.

JOHN B. HATCH, 38027190, Staff Sergeant, "I" Company, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 24 May, 1944. Entered Service from LaPryor, Texas.

VICTOR E. STONEBRAKER, 33571910, Private First Class, "I" Company, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 24 May 1944. Entered Service from 1007 Cameron Avenue, Tyrone, Pennsylvania.

CARL J. DIENER, 35379347, Staff Sergeant, "I" Company, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy. Entered Service from 1047-24 St. Portsmouth, Ohio.

ROBERT L. WALKER, 34822831, Private, "I" Company, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 24 May 1944. Entered Service from Route #1, Blackshire, Georgia.

KELLY B. WILMOTH, 34776262, Private, "I" Company, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 23 May 1944. Entered Service from Route #2, Dobson, North Carolina.

NOAH (NMI) FRY, 15056840, Private First Class, "I" Company, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 26 May 1944. Entered Service from Bridgeport, Ohio.

OLIVER (NMI) NUISL, 36668269, Private, "I" Company, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 24 May 1944. Entered Service from 2943 N. Kostner, Chicago, Illinois.

HAROLD E. FLITTNER, 35049090, Private, "I" Company, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 23 May 1944. Entered Service from RFD #1, Mogadore, Ohio.

TYREE N. HUFFER, 33537406, Private First Class, "I" Company, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 23 May 1944. Entered Service from RR #2, Stant, Virginia.

ROBERT A. WILLIAMS, 33640188, Private, "I" Company, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 24 May, 1944. Entered Service from Charlotte, Virginia.

JAMES C. WILL, 33693232, Private First Class, "I" Company, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 23 May, 1944. Entered Service from 537 ElCourt, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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CHARLES F. JOHNSON, 34409394, Private First Class, "I" Company, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 23 May 1944. Entered Service from G.D. Plant City, Florida.

FRANCIS E. WATERMAN, 12142686, Private, "I" Company, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 23 May 1944. Entered Service from 187-Broadway, Newburgh, New York.

THOMAS G. HARCAR, 36690635, Private, "I" Company, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 23 May,1944. Entered Service from 508 James Street, Streator, Illinois.

JULIAN S. TIJERINA, 38040721, Private, "I" Company, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 24 May 1944. Entered Service from Box 396, McKinney, Texas.

CHARLIE H. MARS, 34631399, Private, "I" Company, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 30 May 1944. Entered Service from Sucarnoochee, Mississippi.

TONY O. RIOS, 39227366, Private First Class, Headquarters 1st Battalion, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 25 May 1944. Entered Service from 1830 22nd St., Santa Monica, California.

ROY L. OLIVER, 34768288, Private, Headquarters 1st Battalion, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 23 May 1944. Entered Service from 13 F Bowden Apartment's, Macon, Georgia.

MYRON G. MALOTT, 37500096, Private, Headquarters 1st Battalion, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 24 May, 1944. Entered Service from Parkville, Missouri.

LOUIS C. HERRERA, 37337938, Private, Headquarters 1st Battalion, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 24 May 1944. Entered Service from Winterhaven, Texas.

FRANK P. SERAFIN, 31049822, Private First Class, "E" Company, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 30 May 1944. Entered Service from Box 17, College Highway, Weatogue, Connecticut.

TONY (NMI) STOWE, 33528207, Private, "E" Company, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 9 June, 1944. Entered Service from Kihress, Iowa.

ERVY R. FLOWERS, 20810738, Sergeant, "E" Company, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 9 June 1944. Entered Service from 726 East Moore Avenue, Terrell, Texas.

LEO (NMI) NIKSICH, 36621111, Private First Class, "B" Company, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 23 May 1944. Entered Service from 10016 Torrenc Avenue, Chicago, Illinois.

VINCENT A. ROCCO, 37705903, Private, "B" Company, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 23 May 1944. Entered Service from 2700 Wyoming Street, Pueblo, Colorado.

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MILTON A. EDWARDS, 34274654, Private First Class, "B" Company, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 23 May 1944. Entered Service from Route #2, Tripilo, Mississippi.

DONALD W. SEVILLE, 37496068, Private, "B" Company, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 24 May 1944. Entered Service from Box 222, Kansas City, Kansas.

JOSEPH A. ORLANDO, 32919372, Private First Class, "B" Company, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 24 May 1944. Entered Service from 79 Division Street, Elizabeth, New Jersey.

JOSEPH I. LOPEZ, 37604618, Private First Class, "B" Company, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 24 May 1944. Entered Service from 3805 Maint St., St. Louis, Missouri.

PETER G. SARACHO, 39710330, Private, "B" Company, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 31 May 1944. Entered Service from 710 Yale St., Los Angeles, California.

KENNETH A. DUDLEY, 39336759, Private, "B" Company, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 23 May 1944. Entered Service from 1134 Alban St., Bend, Oregon.

HENRY D. GORDON, 36410849, Private, "B" Company, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 24 May 1944. Entered Service from Route #1, Cassopolis, Michigan.

ANDREW (NMI) POULOS, 35510466, Private, "B" Company, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 28 May, 1944. Entered Service from 37 Elm Drive, Akron, Ohio.

DON C. BRUCE, 33445549, Private First Class, "B" Company, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 23 May 1944. Entered Service from Burnleys, Virginia.

JULIAN C. RAMIRAZ, 39408971, Private, "B" Company, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 24 May, 1944. Entered Service from Marysville, California.

HARRY E. FRISBEE, 17143310, Private, "B" Company, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 28 May, 1944. Entered Service from Hancock, Minnesota.

ROBERT T. HILDRETH, 34674461, Private First Class, "B" Company, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 28 May, 1944. Entered Service from Route #1, Lilesville, North Carolina.

ALLYN G. JANNEY, 33638582, Private, "B" Company, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 28 May 1944. Entered Service from 1200 Washington Avenue, Fredricksburg, Virginia.

JOHN (NMI) RIOS, 38101487, Private, "B" Company, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 28 May 1944. Entered Service from General Delivery, Glidden, Texas.

JOHN T. MOZDREN, 36628422, Private First Class, "B" Company, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 28 May 1944. Entered Service from 1625 W. Erie Street, Chicago, Illinois.

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JOHN D. GOLDTHORPE, 36664976, Private, "B" Company, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 28 May 1944. Entered Service from 5456 Harper Avenue, Chicago, Illinois.

JOSEPH T. TRAUM, 35723023, Private First Class, "B" Company, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 23 May 1944. Entered Service from 57 Monterary Street, Terra Haute, Indiana.

ROBERT D. STEVENS, 34019649, Staff Sergeant, "B" Company, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 23 May 1944. Entered Service from Platoon, Alabama.

GEORGE W. CANTERBURY, 37374524, Private First Class, "B" Company, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 23 May, 1944. Entered Service from Cabool, Route #1, Missouri.

FRANCIS J. ADAMS, 32719125, Private, "B" Company, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 24 May 1944. Entered Service from RFD #3, Brewster, New York.

WILLIAM W. BUSKIRK, 35555142, Private First Class, "B" Company, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 25 May 1944. Entered Service from 12223 Paramount Blvd., Hollydale, California.

JOE LEWIS JR, 39415342, Private, "B" Company, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 25 May 1944. Entered Service from 1 East Worth Street, Stockton, California.

RODGER Q. CROUTHERS, 7013036, Private, "B" Company, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 18 May 1944. Entered Service from 213 N. 16th Street, Fort Smith, Arkansas.

OLIVER R. MCPATERS, 35752990, Private First Class, "B" Company, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 27 January 1944. Entered Service from Marlinton, West Virginia.

DAVID F. RUNYAN, 36411662, Private First Class, "G" Company, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 25 May 1944. Entered Service from Route #1, Box #24, Hale, Michigan.

KENNETH E. PRIEST, 35666589, Staff Sergeant, "G" Company, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 23 May 1944. Entered Service from Lessburg, Ohio.

WALTER J. GREGORY, 0414798, First Lieutenant, "G" Company, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 23 May, 1944. Entered Service from RFD #3, Cardington, Ohio.

JOSEPH (NMI) SANDUK, 32879183, Private, "G" Company, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 23 May 1944. Entered Service from Brooklyn, New York.

PAUL I. FIRMENT, 33574907, Private, "G" Company, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 23 May 1944. Entered Service from Hastings, Pennsylvania.

JAMES E. WOOD, 35719190, Private, "G" Company, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 30 May 1944. Entered Service from RR#2, Washington, Indiana.

BIGE (NMI) WOOTEN, 35801286, Private "G" Company, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 30 May 1944. Entered Service from (incomplete number due to hole punch) Elm Street, Cincinatti, Ohio.

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ALVIN I. SANDERS, 39211657, Private, "G" Company, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 24 May 1944. Entered Service from 903 Bellevue Place, Seattle, Washington.

ALTON I. BROWN, 36454985, Private, "G" Company, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 24 May 1944. Entered Service from Munisurg, Michigan.

JOHN L. CLIFTON, 36456985, Private, "G" Company, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 26 May 1944. Entered Service from R#3, Hubbard Springs, Virginia.

RALPH J. ECKERT, 35491964, Private First Class, "G" Company, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 23 May 1944. Entered Service from Sallersburg, Indiana.

JOHN P. HERNON, 11053659, Private, "G" Company, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 25 May 1944. Entered Service from 27 Wentworth Street, Dorchester, Massachusetts.

PETE (NMI) NYMICK, 33259501, Private First Class, "G" Company, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 26 May 1944. Entered Service from RR#1, Homer City, Pennsylvania.

WILLIAM R. HOUCHINS, 37505061, Private, "G" Company, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 27 May 1944. Entered Service from RR#1, Fulton, Missouri.

OLIVER J.BROWN, 32856096, Private First Class, "G" Company. 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 23 May 1944. Entered Service from Fort Edward RFD #2, New York.

LAWRENCE (NMI) FINKE, 37127872, Private, Reconnaissance Company, 1st Armored Regiment, Italy, 6 June 1944. Entered Service from RR #3, Tecumseh, Nebraska.

HENRY H. SIMMONS, 34143253, Private First Class, Headquarters 1st Armored Regiment, Italy, 27 March 1944. Entered Service from R#1, Rockvale, Tennessee.

CHARLES L. WEBER, 01177691, First Lieutenant, "A" Battery, 91st Armored Field Artillery Battalion, Italy, 7 June 1944. Entered Service from Apache, Oklahoma.

FRANK E. SMITH, 12077230, Technician Fifth Grade, "A" Battery, 68th Armored Field Artillery Battalion, Italy, 25 May 1944. Entered Service from RFD #, Delmar, Delaware.

YARBER, CHARLES H., 02055948, Second Lieutenant, "A" Battery, 91st Armored Field Artillery Battalion, Italy, 28 May 1944. Entered Service from Baregrass Avenue, Beuchel, Kentucky.

FELTON E. DAVIS, 34067906, Sergeant, "B" Battery, 91st Armored Field Artillery Battalion, Italy, 28 May 1944. Entered Service from Sylvester, Georgia.

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CHESTER L. BAILEY, 15048077, Corporal, "A" Battery, 91st Armored Field Artillery Battalion, Italy, 25 May, 1944. Entered Service from Upton, Kentucky.

HOWARD S. HETZEL, 36229010, Corporal, "A" Battery, 91st Armored Field Artillery Battalion, Italy, 27 May 1944. Entered Service from 703 North Street, Tomahawk, Wisconsin.

ALTON H. ROBINSON, 14053249, Corporal, "C" Battery, 91st Armored Field Artillery Battalion, Italy, 23 May 1944. Entered Service from 400 South Broad Street, Mooresville, North Carolina.

JOHN J SORGIE, 32096861, Technician Fifth Grade, Headquarters Battery, 91 Armored Field Artillery Battalion, Italy, 1 June 1944. Entered Service from 89-28 220 Street, Queensvillage, Long Island, New York.

STANISLOW (NMI) ADAMCZYK, 32034092, Private First Class, Service Battery, 91st Armored Field Artillery Battalion, Italy, 25 February 1944. Entered Service from 3628 Highland Avenue, Niagra Falls, New York.

ROBERT T. ALLEN, 15042079, Private, "B" Battery, 91st Armored Field Artillery Battalion, Italy, 1 June 1944. Entered Service from Muldraugh, Kentucky.

LOUIS J. BAUGHMAN, 13031101, Private, "C" Battery, 91st Armored Field Artillery Battalion, Italy, 28 May 1944. Entered Service from Box 176, Pennfield, Pennsylvania.

WINFIELD S. HUNT, 6944281, Private, "A" Battery, 91st Armored Field Artillery Battalion, Italy, 26 May 1944. Entered Service from 905 Ryan Street, Baltimore, Maryland.

WYLIE B. MENDEL, 0364962, Captain, "A" Company, 16th Armored Engineer Battalion, Italy, 8 June 1944. Entered Service from 1413 Pleasant Avenue, Wellsburg, West Virginia.

GOERGE M. HIRD, 37119127, Sergeant, "A" Company, 16th Armored Engineer Battalion, Italy, 9 June 1944. Entered Service from 803 West 3rd Street, Grand Island, Nebraska.

CHARLES R. TURPEN, 15045025, Sergeant, "C" Company, 16th Armored Engineer Battalion, Italy, 23 May 1944. Entered Service from 914 West Oregon Street, Evansville, Indiana.

THOMAS W. SKAYHAN, 31071330, Private First Class, "C" Co., 16th Armored Engineer Battalion, Italy, 23 May 1944. Entered Service from 3 Roslin Street, Dorchester, Massachusetts.

SALVATORE L. LOSI, 32379489, Private First Class, "C" Company, 16th Armored Engineer Battalion, Italy, 23 May 1944. Entered Service from 168 Busti Avenue, Buffalo, New York.

MICHAEL R. BRADARIC, 36716700, Private, "C" Company, 16th Armored Engineer Battalion, Italy, 27 May 1944. Entered Service from 3144 South Wells Street, Chicago, Illinois.

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RUSSELL J. SIMMONS, 39037651, Private, "C" Company, 16th Armored Engineer Battalion, Italy, 27 May 1944. Entered Service from 1106 58th Avenue, Oakland, California.

RAYMOND (NMI) FULK JR., 36158868, Private, "A" Company, 16th Armored Engineer Battalion, Italy, 9 June 1944. Entered Service from 419 East Cass Street, Cadillac, Michigan.

JOHN M. WRIGHT, 0449084, Captain, "A" Company, 701st Tank Destroyer Battalion, Italy, 9 June 1944. Entered Service from 528 W. Va. Avenue, Martinsburg, West Virginia.

ROBERT W. SKIBBY, 01170195, First Lieutenant, "C" Company, 701st Tank Destroyer Battalion, Italy, 29 May 1944. Entered Service from 138 3rd Street, Havre, Montana.

THADIUS A. WEAVER, 32026951, Sergeant, "C" Company, 701st Tank Destroyer Battalion, Italy, 31 May 1944. Entered Service from Route #2, Potsdan, New York.

WILLIAM A. BLANKENSHIP, 6985393, Staff Sergeant, "B" Company, 701st Tank Destroyer Battalion, Italy, 2 June 1944. Entered Service from 623 27th Street, Ashland, Kentucky.

JAMES J. CASALLA, 31097650, Private First Class, "B" Company, 701st Tank Destroyer Battalion, Italy, 27 May 1944. Entered Service from 21 Daniels Avenue, Pittsvill, Massachusetts.

LEVESTON (NMI) MOODY, 37088629, Corporal, "B" Company, 701st Tank Destroyer Battalion, Italy, 1 June 1944. Entered Service from Pinedale, Wyoming.

LLOYD (NMI) PARKS, 32953160, Private, "B" Company, 701st Tank Destroyer Battalion, Italy, 27 May 1944. Entered Service from 34 Bank St., Medford, New Jersey.

ALFRED C. DAVIES, 10600342, Private First Class, "B" Company, 701st Tank Destroyer Battalion, Italy, 27 May 1944. Entered Service from 9 New Street, Stanford, Connecticut.

GEORGE H. LAYTHE, 31079676, Technician Fifth Grade, "B" Company, 701st Tank Destroyer Battalion, Italy, 27 May 1944. Entered Service from Whitin Rd., Manchaug, Massachusetts.

RALPH S. ALBERTSON, 37290344, Technician Fifth Grade, "C" Company, 701st Tank Destroyer Battalion, Italy, 31 May 1944. Entered Service from Route #1, Cando, North Dakota.

LEONARD L. JOKERST, 37132039, Technician Fifth Grade, "C" Company, 701st Tank Destroyer Battalion, Italy, 14 December 1944 (This could be a mistake, given that the date of General Order #47 is June 20, 1944.) Entered Service from Star Route #2, St. Genevieve, Missouri.

FRANK W. CADY, 0464631, First Lieutenant, "B" Company, 701st Tank Destroyer Battalion, Italy, 29 May 1944. Entered Service from 333 Barrington St., Rochester, New York.

LEXIE J. PEGRAM, 34171586, Private First Class, Reconnaissance Company, 701st Tank Destroyer Battalion, Italy, 30 May 1944. Entered Service from Route #3, Apex, North Carolina.

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ERNEST D. STALMAKER, 6894860, Private, "A" Company, 701st Tank Destroyer Battalion, Italy, 4 June 1944. Entered Service from 47 Victor Blvd., Alexander Park, Portsmouth, Virginia.

2. AWARD OF OAK LEAF CLUSTER TO PURPLE HEART. (The Oak Cluster Award indicates subsequent awards for a particular military decoration. In this case, a bronze oak leaf indicates a second...or more...wounds.): Under the provisions of AR 600-45, as amended, [an] Oak Leaf Cluster is awarded, in addition to a Purple Heart, for wounds received in action against the enemy to the following named individuals:

JOHN (NMI) SCHOENEWOLF, 32873569, Private, "I" Company, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, Italy, 24 May 1944. Entered Service from 888 Manhatten Ave., Brooklyn, New York.

PETER (NMI) KUZMA, 36307613, Private First Class, "A" Battery, 91st Armored Field Artillery Battalion, Italy, 26 May 1944. Entered Service from 5102 S. California Avenue, Chicago, Illinois.

PASQUALE V. NAPPI, 32170667, Private First Class, Military Police Platoon, 1st Armored Division, Italy, 9 June 1944. Entered Service from 76 Jackson St., Brooklyn, New York.

JAMES (NMI) WILLIAMS, 0184261, Second Lieutenant, "B" Company, 701st Tank Destroyer Battalion, Italy, 31 May 1944. Entered Service from 422 West Cambria St. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

LEONARD L. JOKERST, 37132039, Technician Fifth Grade, "C" Company, 701st Tank Destroyer Battalion, 31 May 1944. Entered Service from Star Route #2, St. Genevieve, Missouri.

JOSEPH M. JOHNSON, 0342994, 1st Lieutenant, Company "I", 13th Armored Regiment, Italy, 1 June 1944. Entered service from 1223 1/2 Knoxville Ave., Peoria, Illinois.

FRANCIS E. RITCHEY, 33247000, Corporal, "C" Company, 701st Tank Destroyer Battalion, Italy, 31 May 1944. Entered Service from 45 West 3rd Ave., Everett, Pennsylvania.

FRED L. TENDICK, 36061925, Technician Fifth Grade, Maintenance Co., 13th Armored Regiment, Tunisia, 23 April, 1943. Entered Service from Murrayville, Ill.

WILLIAM H. BRESDEN, 38027042, Technician Fifth Grade, Reconnaissance Company, 1st Armored Regiment, Italy, 6 June 1944. Entered Service from RR #2, Killeen, Texas.


                By command of Major General HARMON:


LAWRENCE R. DEWEY
Colonel, G. S. C.
Chief of Staff.

OFFICIAL:

W. L. SCHMIDT
Lt. Col., ADG
Adjutant General

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

One Lonely Stitch: June 5, 1944

Naples, Italy
Jim's V-Mail to Emma Dated June 5, 1944





To

Mrs. James Gregory
R.F.D. #3
Cardington, Ohio


From

1st Lt. Walter J. Gregory 0-414798
Co. "G" 6th Arm'd Inf
APO 251 c/o P/m N.Y.N.Y.
5 June 1944


My Darling Emma,


Sweetheart, how's things this evening? May I have a kiss? Please hug me tight too while you're at it. Having a sweet little Mrs. to think and dream about and write to is sure a wonderful pleasure while hanging [around] this place waiting for a sore shoulder to recover and a war to end. Wish it would quick. Think I'll pull an act of some kind and get them to fly me home to see you.

Boy I sure liked today's news, Honey. Didn't you? I wanted to go into Rome before the M.P.s and non-combatants got there. Ha! Reckon there'll be bookoos of 'em there if and when I get there. Hope my platoon gets there for some vino and a nice rest. I'll bet they earned it if anyone did.

My shoulder is improving O.K. I get the lonely last stitch out tomorrow. Reckon in eight or ten days I should be out. Sure hope so, before I get all softened up.

Honey, you'll never know how much I love you and long for your sweet presence. Very sweet kisses, hugs and dreams. God Bless You. G-Night my sweet. Jimmy.














Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Rome Fell: June 4, 1944

First Lt. Walter J Gregory's Souvenir Silk Scarf with Painted Design
"First Armored Division
Roma 1944"


Naples, Italy

Jim's V-Mail to his Aunt and Uncle, Mr. & Mrs. Walter Jay and Hazel Gregory, Dated June 4, 1944:





To

Mr. & Mrs. Walter J. Gregory
R.F.D. #1
Mount Gilead, Ohio


From

1st. Lt. Walter J. Gregory 0-414798
Co. "G" 6th Arm'd Inf
APO 251 c/o Pm N.Y.N.Y.
Sunday 4 June 1944


Dear Uncle and Aunt - "Somewhere in Italy" - Yea! I'm in a blinkin' hospital. If you haven't heard about what put me in the hospital before this letter, don't let it worry you because I'll be out almost by the time you get it. I can't get back to my men and outfit too soon to suit me. I just got a fair crack at the Jerries when I rooted my left shoulder, the top of it, into a nice long armor-piercing Kraut bullet, stopped it cold and collected it for a souvenir. It didn't go deep so it fell out in my underdrawers while I was crawling down behind a hill where he couldn't get me again and to my aid man (medic). I think we knocked one off the gun, started forward and another one crawled up and took over. Nuf of that. I'm sure doin' O.K., running around the hospital looking up and visiting fellows I know, sweatin' out the news, writing letters, reading, eating like a horse, seeing shows once in a while, and missing the gang and the things, shells, etc. that used to make things interesting every day on the Beachhead. Tell Aunt Goldie and Uncle Chester "Hello!" Love and God's Blessings. Please write. Jim.


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Meanwhile back in Cardington, Ohio...Emma still has not received word about Jim's encounter with a "Jerry" bullet. Here's her diary entry for Sunday, June 4, 1944.






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Vincent came after me (Jim's brother who is home on leave). Went to Aunt Hazel's (Jim's aunt whom he has just written the above V-mail) for dinner - later went to the show then home to Gregory's. Rome, Italy fell.


Saturday, May 31, 2014

Pay Day: May 31, 1944

Station Hospital 118
Italy

Jim's V-Mail and His Pay and Allowance Account: May 31, 1944




To

Mrs. James Gregory
R.F.D. #3
Cardington, Ohio


From

1st Lt. Walter J. Gregory 0-414798
Co. "G" 6th Arm'd Inf
A.P.O. 251 c/o Pm N.Y.N.Y.
May 31, 1944


Hi Ya Good Lookin,


How are you to-night, Honey? Wonderful, I hope.

I'm doing plenty O.K. Was just transferred to the Officers ward where I ran into a buddy. We were buddies a year ago and have been again for quite a while over here.

News from my outfit is pretty good, which makes me happy. (Allied Forces are now making a push into Rome, Italy. Click on this link to read a detailed account: Push Into Rome)

The Doc says 9 p.m. time for lights out. Boy, they sure see that a man gets his sleep. So Honey I must say so long and sweet dreams for to-night.

I love you with all my Heart and that love grows with each sweet dream I have.

Sweet kisses & hugs,
G-night,
Jimmy



Jim's Pay and Allowance Account Dated May 31, 1944







Jim received $72.34 in cash. His base pay for one month was $166.67; he received an additional $16.67 for Foreign Service and $43.40 for a subsistence allowance and a rental allowance of $75.00 for a total monetary allowance of $301.74. He had debits of $229.20, which included $200 for Emma's monthly allotment and the payment of his life insurance premium.

Friday, May 30, 2014

The Bullet & the Purple Heart: May 30, 1944

Station Hospital 118
Near Naples, Italy

Jim writes two letters on May 30, 1944 - the first to his sister Ilena and her family and the second letter to Emma.


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30 May 1944
Co. "G" 6th Arm'd Inf
A.P.O. 251 c/o Pm N.Y.N.Y.

Dear Sis, Don & Harry,


Don't have much news except that I'm still kicking and have lots of time on my hands so I could write to lots of people but I don't have my address book along so I gotta write to the ones that are easy to remember. Left my blinkin' address book behind when I went into a battle, now I'm in the blinkin' hospital.

Nothin' serious, just stopped a Jerry bullet with my left shoulder. It didn't hit any skeletal, nervous, vascular or pulmonary tissue. Ha! - Left out cerebral and [gynecological] and a couple others. It just drove a hole (Page Two) in the muscle on top of my shoulder that runs uphill like it was supposed to prop up my neck. Said muscle was so tough that it stopped that armor piercing bullet before it made two holes, then the bullet dropped out where it came, or went, in which [it] saved any cutting and whacking. I sure cussed the Krauts when the Doc put a couple stitches in it. The soreness is about gone now so I'll soon be back with my boys if they don't keep goin' into the Jerries so fast I can't catch up. It must have made (Page Three) my fellows plenty mad when Jerry got me as I got news that they sure waded in afterwards. Of course, there [aren't] any combat soldiers that aren't plenty mad at all Krauts. Next time it will be bookoos (many in French) of dirty Krauts, not me. I only wish I were with my men now for the big show, if they are in it. I keep thinking of them, praying, and diggin' for news.

"Sis, Don & Harry"
I wrote to Mother yesterday, told her I got scratched, also told Emma the other day. I hope they don't worry as there's really no reason. I'll be as good as ever soon. I'm (Page Four) running [around] all over the hospital, visiting other fellows, reading, looking over the landscape, eating all I get plus all I can chissel such as extra coffee, etc.

Yesterday I saw the first show for me since early March. It was, "Hi Good Lookin" - very good. I laughed till I got tears in my eyes. The Red Cross put it on right in the ward so all the fellows could see it, as some of them can't run [around]. 

I hope everyone is fine and healthy and that congratulations are in order by the time you get this (Ilena and her husband, Don Squires, expect their second child.) Love and God's Blessings.

Jim

p.s. please write to above address as I'll soon be with them. 





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Jim's Letter to Emma




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Tues. 30 May 1944
Co "G" 6th Arm'd Inf
A.P.O. 251 c/o Pm N.Y.N.Y.

My Beloved Wife,


Honey, I'm partially listening to Bob Hope and joining in the fun some of the fellows nearby are having with a fellow patient who gets a needle in the arm every three hours. They are wondering and asking him how many days he's supposed to be shot up like a "pin cushion," which is his new nickname. Everybody watches the door for him and warns him, "here comes that tall nurse with the tall needle." He says if it lasts much longer, he'd rather be (Page Two) back at the front. Ha! There's always fun where there's a doughboy.

Another beautiful day is about over, the news is still good - I just heard it - and I'm doin' O.K. I wrote to Ilena today and wanted to write to some others but I don't have my little address book as I didn't want to take it into battle with me. In fact, I don't even have a razor or clothes. The Red Cross gave me a toothbrush and cream, there's a fellow that comes thru and shaves us and Uncle Sam is issuing me some clothes (Page Three) when I get ready to wear them. The clothes I was wearing in battle I either cut off and threw away or turned in when I got to the hospital, mud and all. I sure would liked to have had a picture of them, or rather of myself in them. I still had my "Victory Garden" (grass camouflage), as the boys called it, on my helmet when I got back here. 

I did get here with the helmet, shoes, what I had in my pockets such as billfold, pen, and pencil; the Jerry bullet, which fell out on its own accord, out backwards, and (Page Four) The Purple Heart, which they awarded me by the time I got to our evacuation hospital.

Above is enough or I'll be describing the scrap in detail. Honey, I'm sorry if I scare you. I get to talking to you like we soldiers talk to each other. It's all in the day's work so we discuss every detail.

Darling, excuse the ramble. Other news is short but I should have asked for a kiss and said, "I love you" way before I got on page four. Sweetheart, I love you with all my heart. Hugs and sweet kisses. G'Night. Jimmy

p.s. Enclosed, the first real Italian money I ran into. Hey! They're playing "Begin the Beguine." Let's dance.



From Emma's Scrapbook, the First Italian Money




A Closer Look...








Meanwhile, back in Cardington, Ohio: Emma still knows nothing of Jim's wound. Here's her diary entry for Tuesday, May 30, 1944...Memorial Day.



Text

Una & I did the washing today.

In afternoon we all went to the Services at Mt. Gilead. When we came home, Aunt Dell, Uncle Carl, Aunt Martha & Helen were here - brought Patty over to stay the summer.

In evening we four went after ice cream.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Too Dumb to be Scared: May 28, 1944

Station Hospital 118
APO 387
Somewhere Around Naples, Italy

Jim's Letter Written May 28 and Postmarked May 29, 1944




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Sunday 28 May 1944
Co. "G" 6th Arm'd Inf
A.P.O. 251 c/o P.m. N.Y.N.Y.


My Sweet - 


What you doin' this evening, Honey? Why not drop in and spread a little cheer around the place this evening?

Darling, I'm thinking of you reading the news from over here, rejoicing at our successes then wondering very much about how my boys and [all] are doing. I certainly hope my letter of night before last gets there quick so to stop most of your worry and answer part of the above question. Wherever my men are, they are doing a very good job. I know (Page Two) that as well as I know my own name. I'm sure sweatin' out every detail of news from then and keeping my heart with them in prayer. I did get some news from them and it was good. They sure carried on well after I was hit. Sure wish I were with 'em. Will be soon.

I'm listening to Fred Waring which sure is a treat for an old Beachheader. We couldn't get much but Jerry stations. Reckon Salley outa be scared enough by now to beat a hasty retreat fer Berlin.

Today I ran [around] all over the hospital visiting a few fellows and looking for others I might know (Page Three) and dropped in at the Red Cross Rec. Hut for some envelopes so I could write something besides V-mail. Hope you get it very soon.

Please, write to the same address as often as usual as I'll soon be back to the outfit to get my mail, Honey.

I don't have much more news except the weather is wonderful and everything is so peaceful here. I miss the shells that came over every day, the air raids, ack-ack, and the more pleasant boom of our own guns. Can't say I want to go back just for that though. 2 1/2 months of it didn't bother a single nerve though, Honey, nor did the attack or battle and sights. Don't know why unless it was the training for (Page Four) and my being too dumb to be scared much. Of course I was a little scared before it started but too busy to be after things started poppin.

Enough battle stuff, Honey. They're puttin' us to bed. Rules. Lights out at 9:30.

Very many sweet kisses and hugs, Darling and pleasant dreams. 

I love you, Emma Darling.
Forever your devoted husband,
Jimmy