I'm looking for information on Fay Alderman, who was killed in the battle for Okinawa in 1945, in I Co of the 383rd Infantry Regiment, 96th Infantry Division.
It's kind of a long story on why I ask. My granddad was in the same company on Okinawa. After the war, a book was published about the 96th division which gives an account of thier exploits during Leyte and Okinawa. My grandad died in 1985, when I was only 10, so I never had a chance to talk to him about the war. My grandma has just been moved into a nursing home, and therefore had to give away lots of things because the house had to be sold and there wasn't any room for things at the home. She gave me the book about the division, which I didn't know existed until this summer.
Since my grandad died, I have heard a few stories that he told my grandma, one of which has to do with how he and a friend were in a foxhole, probably 2 feet from each other, and a Japanese sniper up in a tree killed this friend. The company had to send up a smoke screen so my grandad could get away safely.
The book that I was given has the names of all the members of the 96th division who were killed. I can see that my grandad had gone through and made a a pen mark next to Fay W. Alderman. I assume that means that Fay was a friend on his. Whether or not this is the same friend as from the foxhole, I don't know. But as the story goes, this person was pretty young, around 20 years or so, and it would have happened in the first few days of the battle (probably between April 1st 1945 and April 12th 1945), because his last words were something along the lines of "not so soon".
If anyone knows anything about Fay Alderman, (or another place to look for more information) please write me back. Even if he isn't the one from the foxhole, he still must have been a friend of my grandpa's, so I'd like to learn more about him if possible.