Re: Cpl. Oscar Barton, 395th Infantry Regiment, 99th Infantry Division
Greetings, Mark Black !
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I didn't serve in Europe, therefore could not have known Oscar. However, I have a couple of references which may be of interest to you and to the family.
The 99th Infantry Division had these Overseas Assignments during its operations:
V Corps, 4 Nov 44
2nd Infantry Division, 18 Dec 44
V Corps, 7 Jan 45
VII Corps, 20 Feb 45
III Corps, 9 Mar 45.
(He died in service to III Corps)
So, in your reading/review, concentrate on the operations of III Corps, for he was in its service at the time of his death.
Commanders of 99th ID were:
MG Thompson Lawrance, Nov 42
MG Walter L. Lauer, Jul 43
BG Frederick H. Black, Aug 45.
(He died on General Lauer's watch).
(I list these men, for they may have left written histories, for further reference.)
Another reference provides a daily account of operations.
March 17 1945:
395th IR approaches the River Wied, followed by limited attacks by the division to strengthen its positions;
22 March 1945:
395th IR crosses the Wied;
23 March 1945:
In the US 1st Army sector, the 9th ID and 90 ID widen the bridgehead east of the river Wied, through which units of
V Corps have also passed;
the 395th IR advances past Kurtsheid.
I haven't accessed a good reference map which would provide insight into the relative locations of Ramagen and Kurtsheid.
That is about all I can come up with, and I do hope that it helps.
Louie F. Turner.