First, I have enjoyed scanning this message board to try and find info on my daddy's WWII service.He, Kenneth S. Vinson, was never able to discuss the war, always saying another time, I can't talk about it now.When he did try to answer my questions on two or three occasions, emotions overcame him, and he was not about to cry, so I know very little.He was only 21 years old at the time.
I have his purple heart, combat infantry badge, dog tags, cap, ammo, locker key, french coins, etc. I, also, have an 8 x 11 poster of a green beetle wearing a helmet with lightning bolts for arrows signed by several GI's.I have only found one name referenced as KIA.
Daddy said he was in the 3rd Army, 29th Infantry and he was wounded by rifle fire to the chest at Omaha Beach, but his dog tags took the force of the bullet, then he was more severely injured near Brest, France by mortar shell and admitted to the 104th General Hospital, Varmouth, England.I can find nothing on this hospital.
I had a small Discharge Card he carried in his wallet and wrote the National Personnel Records in St. Louis, MO and received what info they could reconstruct from records not burned in the fire.
He enlisted at Benton, Scott County, MO and assigned to Jefferson Barracks, MO.Did Basic Training in NC and inducted at Rock Island, IL.
Now, for my questions to you fine people:
What do I make of the different companies, regiments and infantries?
1)His Honorable Discharge states HQ CO 2nd Battalion Glider Infantry.
2)His separation papers states received combat infantry badge GO#18, Hq175Inf.
3)His medical records (few) they were able to reconstruct from records sent to the VA prior to the 1973 fire state Company L, 175th Regiment, 29th infantry 3a)- but - one says Co L 311 Inf Rgt 78 Inf Div.
4)And, he said 3rd army, 29th infantry.
Battles and Campaigns:Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes.
Entitled to the following awards: Bronze star medal; purple heart; good conduct medal; American Campaign medal; European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign medal with four bronze service stars; WWII Victory Medal; Combat Infantry Badge 1st Award; Honorable Service Lapel Button Pin WWII; and Expert Badge and rifle bar.This info received from National Personnel Records.
I want to know what my daddy endured during the War - I know it had to be horrific and I could never imagine the anquish these brave men suffered.I only wish they had honored the WWII Vets before he died in 1996 - maybe by seeing others talk with emotion - he could have also.He always wanted to return to France to enjoy the Seinne River, but for some reason or the other he never did.
Thank you for any guidance or contact people regarding the above.And, to all who serve or have served our country - thank you from the bottom of my heart and God Bless.