ABMC Database, 157th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division, ETO
Last weekend, I discovered that the ABMC allowed a search
by unit in its WW II database of American soldiers interred
in ABMC cemeteries overseas.
Consequently, I ran a search for the 157th Infantry Regiment,
which revealed that 615 members of the Regiment are buried in ABMC
cemeteries in North Africa and Europe. I converted that
to an Excel worksheet and then compared those names to
the list of Battle Deaths for the Regiment I found at the
NARA in October.
I have uploaded the Excel worksheet to the Files Section.
Many names are missing from the NARA list, either from error,
omission (non-battle deaths, for instance) or because the NARA list
does not include MIAs for which a Finding of Death was subsequently
Curiously, the NARA list includes 16 names of soldiers who
drowned when the Regiment landed at Sicily on 10 July 1943 but
does not include the names of the soldiers drowned in the
amphibious landing on the NE coast of Sicily on 16 August 1945.
It is also curious that Samuel Eliot Morrison does not refer
to the incident of 16 August in "Sicily-Salerno-Anzio", volume
nine in his series of U.S. Navy Operations in WW II, which is
available from Amazon.
Interestingly, the ABMC database revealed that PFC John W. Wood, who
died in Italy in May 1944, is buried at the cemetery in Normandy.
It is very puzzling that he was interred there and not in Italy.
As time permits, I shall pull the records for the 179th and 180th
Infantry Regiments and convert them to Excel worksheets as well.