Re: PFC Byron W.Thompson WW2
Good morning, Susanne Coenen.
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I am always very pleased to note that there are so many
nice people like you who render care and affection for our fallen heroes.
Obviously, Byron Thompson was one of them.
You provide so much interesting history, there isn't a lot to be done to complete the picture.
I thought that a little insight into the military situation , including a possible location of his demise, would be of interest to you.
As you probably know, the 84th Infantry Division was activated 15 Oct 1942, at Camp Howze, Texas, which is less than 60 miles north of my home town, Fort Worth, TX.
Following training, it departed NYPE, 20 Sept 44;
arrived England, 4 Oct 44;
(Please note: the division sailed on three different ships,
the 334th IR aboard U.S.THOMAS ARRY (9-20-44)/Southhampton, 1 Oct 44;)
335th IR aboard HMS STERLING CASTLE (9-20-44/Liverpool,
9 Oct 44).
landed in France-ETO, 1 Nov 44;
it made its second incursion into Germany, 7 Feb 45.
Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe.
In the course of these campaigns the division had the following casualties:
Killed in Action, 1,284;
Died from wounds, 154.
From time to time the division was attached to other senior elements as needed, with the following examples:
Attachments, 84th ID.
4 Apr 45, XIII Corps, Ninth Army, 12th Army Group.
5 Apr 45, """
6 Apr 45, """
Command Post Locations:
4 Apr 45, Appelhulsen, Westphalia, Germany
5 Apr 45, Warendorf, Westphalia, Germany
6 Apr 45, Herford, Westphalia, Germany.
I would have to assume that Byron's death was in the area of Herford, Germany, in the state of Westphalia, for sure.
Another of my references includes the following paragraph:
6 April 45,Western Front:
"In the US Ninth Army sector, the XIII Corps opens the offensive across the Weser. units of the XIX Corps cross
the Weser near Grohnde and then advance on Burgstemmen."
That is about all I can come up with as far as this young man was concerned.
Again, I do appreciate the devotation you extend to him. His family is grateful, I'm sure.
You are one of many I am in contact with who are so generous with their time and energy.
Thank you very much.
Louie F. Turner.