William Eisenman WWII Phillipines Luzon and other
Looking for info on other soldiers associated with or to hear from anyone associated with my grandfather William Eisenman while he was in the army. He is currently living in Utica, Ny. He was born and lived in Hazleton and Black Creek Twp, PA, before enlistment in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Iknow he, his wife and children lived in Philadelphia, PA before he left to go overseas.
He is 90 now and may not be around too much longer. He gave me permission to look for his service record at www.archives.gov, which I did do, but it's pretty vague as to everything I wanted to know--locations/battles he fought in the war. I haven't yet received his army separation papers that I requested, but doubt that will give me much more info than I already have.
He frequently refers to "flying fox" bats on a river in Luzon, that he encountered with some "natives", by which I think he respectfully means Filipino soldiers. He said the bats were so big, one hit him one night and he almost fell out of the boat he was in. Not a "real" boat he said, but a native-type thing they were using at the time.
He was a private when he went in and a seargant when he came out. He went to Japan afterwards for the occupation and is much more clear on that time period than his time in the Phillipines.
He enlisted in 1944, while married with two children. He had been a truck driver prior to his military service, first at a bakery in the Hazleton, PA area, then driving bigger trucks. His wife's name was Edith Brunn and at that time his children were Mary Louise (my mother) and Bill Jr.
Anyone with any info, please reply. I'd be most grateful.