Re: Howto trace a dec veterens path thru Eur
Greetings from Fort Worth, TX, Todd !!!
That would have been the 137th. Infantry Regiment, 35th. Infantry Division, which was composed of National Guard members from Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska , plus replacements along the way I imagine.
It staged at Camp Kilmer, N.J. from 2 May 1944 until it shipped out from NY P/E 12 May 1944; arrived in England 26 May 1944; landed in France 6-Jul 44; crossed into Belgium 26 Dec 44 and into Luxembourg 27 Dec 44;returned to Belgium 8 Jan 45 and to France 19 Jan 45; entered Holland 31 Jan 45 and Germany 4 Feb 45; returned to Holland 3 Mar 45 and re-entered Germany 4 Mar 45; returned to NY P/E 10 Sep 45 and moved to Camp Breckinrdige, KY 13 Sep 45 where it was inactivated 7 Dec 45.
Normandy6 Jun 44 / 24 Jul 44
Northern France 25 Jul 44 / 14 Sep 44
Rhineland15 Sep 44 / 21 Mar 45
Ardennes-Alsace 16 Dec 44 / 25 Jan 45
Central Europe22 Mar / 11 May 45
Mjr.Gen. R.E.TrumanDec 40
MG Wm. H. SimpsonOct 41
MG Maxwell MurrayMay 42
MG Paul W. BaadeJan 43
Killed in Action2,485
Wounded in Action11,526
Dies of Wounds462
PLEASE NOTE: That's a lot of causualties
considering that a division's maximum strength is 10-12,000 men.
The division arrived over Omaha Beach , France 5-8 Jun 44;
the 137th. attacked along the Vire 11 Jul 44, but was halted at St. Gilles, (while the 134th. was otherwise engaged)...
The part that follows pertains to your inquiry directly...
The division was diverted to the Mortain-Avranches corridor while enroute to assembly areas as a result of the German counteroffensive there, and fought in that vicinity until 13 Aug 44 which included the rescue of a trapped battalion of the 30th. Inf. Div..
Next, the division drove east behind the 4th. Armd. Div., seized Orleans 18 Aug 44, took Montargis 23 Aug 44, and forced the Mosselle
River at Crevechamps with the 137th. IR on
11 Sep 44.
The division cleared the Lorey Bridgehead near Nancy 15 Sep 44, and recovered Agincourt in hard fighting 21 Sep 44.
The division cleared the Boid de Faulx and defended Foret de Ghemecey against strong German counterattacks which punctured its lines 30 Sep 44.
There is a mention of the 137th. engaged further in a battle across the Seille River
8 Nov 44, but since I assume that this date is beyond the date we lost Lester, I won'tcomment on that phase.
My reference is available thru Barnes and Nobel I believe:
WORLD WAR II ORDER OF BATTLE,
Shelby L. Stanton, author,
Galahad Books, NYNY, publisher.
I have another excellent reference which enumerates the most important activities on a daily basis for various elements/units.
If you will provide me with Lester's death date, I will try to pin down any specific points which that tome may list. Without charge, of course.
Me ? My war was in Italy. I was scheduled as a repalcement at the Battle of the Bulge, but
a change in weather there as we were enroute resulted in our being re-routed to the Italian campaigns. Lucky !!!
Please feel free to ask, if I may be of further service to you
With best regards,
Louie Franklin Turner