Need info on Nathan J. Schmuckler 334th infantry.
I'm on a quest for any information on a man named Nathan Joseph Schmuckler. He was a Pfc. in the 334th infantry in WWII. I have a German Browning High Power 9mm pistol that I bought at a pawnshop and it came with the capture papers in the name of Pfc. Schmuckler. I do know that he is now deceased as I found some info in the Social Security death index. The capture papers identify him as Pfc. Nathan J. Schmuckler 13143 334 (last numbers hard to read) The papers are dated 11 December 1945 and they are signed by a man named Johnson, Capt. Inf. 334th Inf. The SSN death records say he was born Jul 3 1923 and died Aug 23 1994. He was born in Missouri and died in Panorama City Los Angeles CA. His mothers maiden name is Hellman. One strange thing is that at some point after leaving the military, he changed his surname from Schmuckler to Sands. In doing some research, I found that the 334th was attached to the 84th Infantry division and saw action in Belgium in the Battle of the Bulge as well as Germany in the closing year of the war. I'm thinking he may well have been at The Bulge, as the description of the pistol is "1 Belgium .38 Browning pistol ser.#2054xx. I'm hoping to find out if anyone knows him or if he has any living relatives who can give me some historical info on where he served, any experiences he may have related, and hopefully how he acquired this pistol. Any advice or info on Mr. Schmuckler/Sands would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Mike Olson.