Well you really got something started when you asked me about Dad¡¦s Company in the Army. I¡¦ve been all over the Internet and I was surprised at just how much there was available. Check out the hyperlink to the above site when you get a chance. It¡¦s unbelievable that the information even exists. It¡¦s not exactly the same unit that Dad was in but it¡¦s pretty damn close. From what I¡¦m finding out, it¡¦s near impossible to obtain a ¡§Unit Historians¡¨ records without going directly to the National Archives. It¡¦s supposed to be real hard to find anything even if you do get to the archives. It seems that a lot of this material went home with the individuals that wrote it. Everyone blew out of the Army after the war and didn¡¦t much care about wrapping up any loose ends, such as filing their memoirs of the war with the proper departments. That means that this guys work is a real treasure. Don¡¦t forget to check out the maps that are listed with his monthly accounts of the war. Iprinted most of this web site off for Dad. He¡¦s really into it but bumming big time because he threw out all of his old Army letters. He also wishes that he could remember more names.
Just for a time reference: „h Dad hit the beaches of France on July 24, 1944 „h Was wounded 18 days later on August 11, 1944
The Unit Historian for this web site was in the 28th Infantry Division, 112th Infantry Regiment - Second Battalion. Dad was In the same Regiment but the Third Battalion. According to Dad there were three regiments in each division and three battalions in each regiment. Each regiment had four companies. The Third Battalion consisted of I-K-L&M Companies. Dad was in ¡§I¡¨ Company. The companies were split into four platoons and the platoons were split into three squads. He said that each platoon had 48 men and that each squad had 10-12 men. Dad said that two battalions would go in at a time and the third would be a back up. I think that it was the same for the squads. That means that Dad¡¦s unit was never too far from where this Bud Flynn¡¦s units were at any particular time. If you check out the map you can see exactly where Dad would have been just about every day that he was there. It¡¦s pretty cool!
One more interesting fact from the web page was that the 28th hit the shore six weeks after D-Day. The worst battle was in November when good portions of the 28th were wiped out in the Huertgen Forrest. From what I¡¦ve read, I think that the old man got the million dollar ticket outta there at just the right time.
Anthony Imburgia ¡§Tiny¡¨ from Rochester, NY was one of Dad¡¦s platoon runner (ran orders back and forth from the platoon to Company Head Quarters). He¡¦s the guy that came back from a detaill that Dad had given him. He was running back to the hedgerow and Dad yelled for him to ¡§get the hell down¡¨, when a German Sniper dropped him just a few yards from Dad¡¦s position.
Sgt. Earl Smith was the one that was walking with Dad up a hill and Dad had just asked him ¡§how would you like to be in Whales tonight¡¨ when a sniper got him.
These guys are both listed at the above site. Check it out.