Re: Austin Ray Gregory of Kentucky
Hello again, Nancy S. !!!
And thanks for your prompt response.
Now we are getting someplace., with the identification of Austin's unit, 141st. Infantry Regiment, 36th. Infantry Division.
As you know, I couldn't match his death date 9-9-43 with anything in the African campaigns.
However, given that date, I had previously
identified that the only major conflict on-going at that time was the invasion of Salerno, Italy, on 9-9-43.
Knowing that he was in a fact a part of the 36th. Infantry Division would suggest that he died during the actual invasion of Salerno, Italy by elements of the 36th. Infantry Division, including the 141st. Infantry Regiment.
Let me fill you in a little on the 36th.ID.
It was a Texas National Guard unit, called into Federal service at San Antonio, TX, 25 Nov 40; moved to Camp Bowie, TX, 14 Dec 40; trained at Mansfield, LA, Camp Blanding, FL, Camp Edwards, Mass; departed NY P/E 2 Apr 43; arvd. in North Africa 13 Apr 43; assaulted Salerno, Italy 9 Sep 43; assltd. southern France 15 Aug 44; entered Germany 23 Mar 45; entered Austria 7 May 45 (V-E Day); arvd. Hampton Roads, VA 15 Dec 45; deactivated at Camp Patrick Henry, VA 15 Dec 45.
Naples-Foggia 9 Sep 43 / 21 Jan 44
(There are six other campaigns listed, but all came after 21 Jan 44, and I do not include them.)
The division included three Infantry Regiments (141st,142nd,143rd) , four artillery battalions (131st,132nd, 133rd,155th) and other elements.
His commanding officer would have been Major General Fred L. Walker, Sep 41 to Jul 44.
Killed in Action 3,134
Wounded in Action 13,1912
Died from Wounds 506.
In his WWI Order of Battle, Shelby L. Stanton
includes an excellent Combat Narrative for the division.
"The division landed in North Africa 13 Apr 43 and trained at Arzew and Rabit. The 141st and 142nd IR led the division's invasion of Italy 9 Sep 43 in the Paestum area of the Gulf of Salerno. It repulsed four strong German counter-attacks and advanced slowly against prepared positions, the 142nd. taking Altavilla 11 Sep 43, but was forced out the next day. After the division had secured the Selerno Plain from Agropoli to Altavalla it moved into reserve 20 Sep 44."
I will not complete the narrative since the balance took place after he was killed.
Again, I am pleased that you got back to me with more information, and that I was able to
reconstruct at least a part of this hero's military history.
With my best regards to someone "under 30",
Louie Franklin Turner.