I hope anyone who reads this will take a minute and write about what they know of their relatives in 747.
I have a story about one man in 747th who was my uncle. I never met him. His name was Louis Corradeno. One of five children, he manned a tank and died in combat. I don't know what his specific job was nor what battles he fought. I got the impression that his tank might have been alone when it was destroyed. It was destroyed by a gun mounted on a rail car. I often wonder if he was under fire long or if he never knew he was in the crosshairs or whether he suffered or feared for his life.
My grandmother had two other sons in the war and two girls at home. My grandfather ran a store in NY City. And news of my uncle's death spread through the neighborhood by word of mouth in the local stores and the bars and across kitchen tables. I suppose the names of other neighbors were also discussed. My grandmother had a heart condition so this news was kept from her for several weeks because of a miscommunicated instruction from her doctor to my grandfather. The doctor said, "don't tell her" but what he meant was don't tell her until I get there.
So what I know of my uncle is that he died young, was attacked from a distance, has medals hanging on the wall, a small steel covered bible saved him once from a rifle shot and he has a granite marker in Calvary Cemetery in Queens with my grandmother and grandfather. No one is really sure it is him buried there. My aunt tells me she told my grandfather that what mattered, was that whoever was buried there was someone's son and maybe somewhere else another family was burying my uncle in place of their son. I know some more things that constitute part of his life and death. I know he died for me and he didn't even know me because I wasn't even born until 15 years later.
I have some of his letters and maybe one day I'll post them to a website.