U.S. Army-405th Infantry Regiment, 102d Infantry Division WWII

U.S. Army-405th Infantry Regiment, 102d Infantry Division WWII This page is dedicated to my dad, John Cavner Jr. and the brave men and women that served during WWII.
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These last two posts are photos from the 407th that I recently acquired. I don’t see much 102nd memorabilia, so when I d...
05/29/2021

These last two posts are photos from the 407th that I recently acquired. I don’t see much 102nd memorabilia, so when I do, I try to get it.

On the right is Capt. Arthur R. King, (later, Maj. King), S-3 (Service Company). This appears to be taken at Camp Maxey, near Paris, TX

These last two posts are photos from the 407th that I recently acquired. I don’t see much 102nd memorabilia, so when I do, I try to get it.

On the right is Capt. Arthur R. King, (later, Maj. King), S-3 (Service Company). This appears to be taken at Camp Maxey, near Paris, TX

407th Regiment, 1st Battalion.The three on the right are:Capt. Glen W. Kennedy, Akron, OHLt. Col. Ralph A. Jones Jr., Ja...
05/29/2021

407th Regiment, 1st Battalion.
The three on the right are:
Capt. Glen W. Kennedy, Akron, OH
Lt. Col. Ralph A. Jones Jr., Jamestown, NY
1st Lt. Edwin T. Moffitt, Manchester, NH

Jones would probably be in HQ. Kennedy and Jones could have been assigned to letter companies, or possibly Service Companies. I’ll have to dig into their roles

407th Regiment, 1st Battalion.
The three on the right are:
Capt. Glen W. Kennedy, Akron, OH
Lt. Col. Ralph A. Jones Jr., Jamestown, NY
1st Lt. Edwin T. Moffitt, Manchester, NH

Jones would probably be in HQ. Kennedy and Jones could have been assigned to letter companies, or possibly Service Companies. I’ll have to dig into their roles

Just a kid!!! Wow!Happy Birthday Frank!!!!Thank you for your service!
05/22/2021

Just a kid!!! Wow!
Happy Birthday Frank!!!!
Thank you for your service!

(MAY 20, 2021) HAPPY 96TH BIRTHDAY to Normandy, World War II veteran FRANK DEVITA.

During World War II, Frank Devita was aboard the Samuel Chase, assigned as 20mm anti-aircraft gunner. During both the Normandy and Provence campaigns of the Liberation of France, he crewed a Higgins Landing Craft Vehicle Personnel (LCVP), on repetitive landings, carrying the U.S. Army 1st Infantry Division to Omaha’s Easy-Red beach in June 1944, and then the 3rd Infantry Division to the southernmost shores of the St. Tropez peninsula in August 1944. Please join us in congratulating Frank DeVita a BIG 96th Birthday.

“Every Day is Memorial Day”
The Greatest GENERATIONS Foundation
Web: www.TGGF.org

I’m sure dad would be happy knowing that his division, and fellow soldiers are still being thought of even to this day. ...
04/22/2021

I’m sure dad would be happy knowing that his division, and fellow soldiers are still being thought of even to this day. May they, nor this tragedy ever be forgotten.
#102ndinfantrydivision #Ozarks

04/17/2021

#GegenwartDerErinnerung:
Grußbotschaft von Theodore E. Furry, US-Veteran und früherer militärischer Assistenzkaplan, vermittelt von seinem Sohn Jim Furry, zum 76. Jahrestag des #Isenschnibbe-Massakers von #Gardelegen.
bit.ly/3sqsMLA

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#PresenceOfMemory:
Message of greetings by Theodore E. Furry, U.S. Veteran and former Military Chaplan Assistant, contributed by his son Jim Furry, on the occasion of the 76th anniversary of the Gardelegen #Atrocity.
bit.ly/3sqsMLA

📸 Furry family, private archive

#Gardelegen45 #SachsenAnhaltErinnert #SachsenAnhalt #SaxonyAnhaltRemembers #SaxonyAnhalt #Todesmarsch #DeathMarch #Massaker #Massacre #Erinnern #Remember #GeschichtenDerBefreiung #Endphase1945 #StoriesOfLiberation #FinalStage1945 #Altmark

405th, 2nd Battalion, Company E...April 16, 1945
04/16/2021

405th, 2nd Battalion, Company E...April 16, 1945

04/16/2021

405th, 2nd Battalion, Company H...April 16, 1945

405th, 2nd Battalion, Company G...April 16, 1945
04/16/2021

405th, 2nd Battalion, Company G...April 16, 1945

405th, 2nd Battalion, Company G...April 16, 1945

405th, 2nd Battalion, Company F...April 16, 1945
04/16/2021

405th, 2nd Battalion, Company F...April 16, 1945

405th, 2nd Battalion, Company F...April 16, 1945

405th, 2nd Battalion, Company F...April 15, 1945
04/15/2021

405th, 2nd Battalion, Company F...April 15, 1945

405th, 2nd Battalion, Company F...April 15, 1945

405th, 2nd Battalion, Company E...April 15, 1945
04/15/2021

405th, 2nd Battalion, Company E...April 15, 1945

405th, 2nd Battalion, Company H...April 15, 1945
04/15/2021

405th, 2nd Battalion, Company H...April 15, 1945

405th, 2nd Battalion, Company H...April 15, 1945

405th, 2nd Battalion, Company G...April 15, 1945
04/15/2021

405th, 2nd Battalion, Company G...April 15, 1945

405th, 2nd Battalion, Company G...April 15, 1945

Definitely a time for remembrance!
04/15/2021
Das Massaker von Gardelegen

Definitely a time for remembrance!

Am 13. April 1945 verübten Angehörige der SS, der Wehrmacht, der NSDAP und Einheimische ein Massaker an mehr als tausend KZ-Häftlingen. Die Bilder dieses Verbrechens stehen bis heute exemplarisch für die ausufernde Gewalt der Todesmärsche.

04/15/2021

405th, 2nd Battalion, Company H...April 14, 1945

405th, 2nd Battalion, Company G...April 14, 1945
04/14/2021

405th, 2nd Battalion, Company G...April 14, 1945

405th, 2nd Battalion, Company F...April 14, 1945
04/14/2021

405th, 2nd Battalion, Company F...April 14, 1945

405th, 2nd Battalion, Company E...April 14, 1945
04/14/2021

405th, 2nd Battalion, Company E...April 14, 1945

Our boys of the 102nd Infantry Division, especially the 2nd Battalion, 405th, were some of the first Americans to discov...
04/13/2021

Our boys of the 102nd Infantry Division, especially the 2nd Battalion, 405th, were some of the first Americans to discover this atrocity. The letters that were sent home, the photos with notes on the back, the articles penned by those men were proof enough of the N**i ideology. Up to this point even some of the Allied forces doubted many of the stories and thought that what they were hearing was greatly exaggerated.
I discovered my dad's Gardelegen photos when I was a young boy. I asked him about them and he said it was something very bad. The next time I looked at his photo album they had been removed. It wasn't until my late teens that I remembered about them. He brought them out and I placed them back in the pages. It was then that he first told me about his experiences during the war and the many horrors. This is one that stuck with him.

#otd1945 begann das #Isenschnibbe-Massaker von #Gardelegen an 1.016 KZ-Häftlingen. Den 76. Jahrestag dieses #Todesmarsch-Verbrechens würdigen wir heute auf dem Ehrenfriedhof in der Gedenkstätte Gedenkstätte Feldscheune Isenschnibbe Gardelegen/Isenschnibbe Barn Memorial pandemiebedingt mit einem stillen #Gedenken, das wir danach als Video mit allen weltweit teilen werden.

Außerdem beginnen wir heute mit unserer digitalen Gedenkcollage #GegenwartDerErinnerung. Mehr Beiträge dazu folgen im Laufe des Tages.

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#otd1945 the #Gardelegen #Atrocity was committed in the #Isenschnibbe Barn. At #GardelegenMemorial we commemorate today silently, due to the Pandemic, the 76th anniversary dedicated to the murder of 1.016 concentration camp inmates. We'll post a recorded documentary of our tribute.

Moreover our digital collage #PresenceOfMemory of commemorative messages will begin today. More postes to come during the day. So please stay tuned.

#Gardelegen45 #Endphase1945 #FinalStage1945 #DigitalMemorial #SachsenAnhaltErinnert #SaxonyAnhaltRemembers #GeschichtenDerBefreiung #StoriesOfLiberation #Altmark #SachsenAnhalt #SaxonyAnhalt #Erinnern #Remember #NSgedenken #NSverbrechen

Morning Reports for the units that were in or near Gardelegen on April 13, 1945.405th, 2nd Battalion was closest to Gard...
04/13/2021

Morning Reports for the units that were in or near Gardelegen on April 13, 1945.
405th, 2nd Battalion was closest to Gardelegen by the end of the day.

04/02/2021

Hello All,

Here is an email that I received from Andreas, the Director of the Gardelegen Memorial:

Dear Dave,

I hope you are fine. Within two weeks, my colleagues and I at Isenschnibbe Barn Memorial Gardelegen are going to commemorate the 76th Anniversary of the Isenschnibbe Barn Atrocity in April 2021. Unfortunately, due to the Corona Pandemic, we cannot organize a public commemoration.

Nevertheless we would like to commemorate digitally all the people who were deported and forced on death marches from the concentration camps towards the Altmark region in April 1945. Moreover we would also like to give a commemorative tribute to the U.S. veterans of the 102nd Infantry Division who discovered the atrocity and liberated its survivors. It would be great to give a voice to their names and biographies, to their family members and to their next generations.

On the part of Gardelegen memorial we are preparing a silent commemoration ceremony (which will be recorded and transmitted digitally) and a commemorative internet page containing textual, figurative, audio and video contributions from people from many countries with reference to this anniversary and to its present commemoration. We would be very delighted if you could join our commemorative project by sending us a personal contribution explaining your personal perspective and family relation to Gardelegen.

We are planning to publish this digital commemorative internet page on April 13, 2021. Therefore we would be very thankful to receive your personal contribution until April 9, 2021: either via mail ([email protected]) or via post (Gedenkstätte Gardelegen, An der Gedenkstätte 1, 39638 Gardelegen, Germany).

Of course, I will send you further information about this commemorative project and about your published contributions. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Thank you very much in advance for your help and support to commemorate together. Please stay safe and healthy!

With kindest regards and best wishes from Gardelegen, Germany,
Andreas

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There are several of you that follow this page that have connections with this event. I know it is short notice, but please reach out to either me or Andreas with stories or memories from those soldiers that witnessed this atrocity.

Dave

Morning Report for 405th, Company M,March 22, 1945.
03/28/2021

Morning Report for 405th, Company M,
March 22, 1945.

Morning Report for 405th, Company M,
March 22, 1945.

Morning Report for 405th, Company L,March 22, 1945.
03/28/2021

Morning Report for 405th, Company L,
March 22, 1945.

Morning Report for 405th, Company K,March 22, 1945.
03/28/2021

Morning Report for 405th, Company K,
March 22, 1945.

Morning Report for 405th, Company K,
March 22, 1945.

Morning Report for 405th, Company I,March 22, 1945.
03/28/2021

Morning Report for 405th, Company I,
March 22, 1945.

Morning Report for 405th, 3rd Battalion HQ Company,March 22, 1945.
03/28/2021

Morning Report for 405th, 3rd Battalion HQ Company,
March 22, 1945.

Morning Report for 405th, 3rd Battalion HQ Company,
March 22, 1945.

Morning Report for 405th, 2nd Battalion HQ Company,March 22, 1945.
03/28/2021

Morning Report for 405th, 2nd Battalion HQ Company,
March 22, 1945.

Morning Report for 405th, 2nd Battalion HQ Company,
March 22, 1945.

Morning Report for 405th, 1st Battalion HQ Company,March 22, 1945.
03/28/2021

Morning Report for 405th, 1st Battalion HQ Company,
March 22, 1945.

Morning Report for 405th, 1st Battalion HQ Company,
March 22, 1945.

Morning Report for 405th, 3rd Battalion HQ,March 22, 1945.
03/28/2021

Morning Report for 405th, 3rd Battalion HQ,
March 22, 1945.

Morning Report for 405th, 3rd Battalion HQ,
March 22, 1945.

Morning Report for 405th, 2nd Battalion HQ,March 22, 1945.
03/28/2021

Morning Report for 405th, 2nd Battalion HQ,
March 22, 1945.

Morning Report for 405th, 2nd Battalion HQ,
March 22, 1945.

Morning Report for 405th, 1st Battalion HQ,March 22, 1945.
03/28/2021

Morning Report for 405th, 1st Battalion HQ,
March 22, 1945.

Morning Report for 405th, 1st Battalion HQ,
March 22, 1945.

Morning Report for 405th, HQ Company,March 22, 1945.
03/28/2021

Morning Report for 405th, HQ Company,
March 22, 1945.

Morning Report for 405th, HQ Company,
March 22, 1945.

Morning Report for 405th, Company H,March 22, 1945.
03/28/2021

Morning Report for 405th, Company H,
March 22, 1945.

Morning Report for 405th, Company H,
March 22, 1945.

Morning Report for 405th, Company G,March 22, 1945.
03/28/2021

Morning Report for 405th, Company G,
March 22, 1945.

Morning Report for 405th, Company G,
March 22, 1945.

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A friend of my adopted the the grave of Hollis F. Croslyn, cpl, on the American Cemetery in Margraten. Hollis was KIA on March 2, 1945 in Krefeld, Germany. He's is looking for some information and photo's. Can anyone in this group help.
AND THEY WHO FOR THEIR COUNTRY DIE SHALL FILL AN HONORED GRAVE, FOR GLORY LIGHTS THE SOLDIER’S TOMB, AND BEAUTY WEEPS THE BRAVE. On February 25, 1945, my grandfather, 2nd Lt Thomas J Ernsdorff, was killed in action. He was a member of the 405th Infantry of the U.S. Army. When I reflect on the loss of his life, I think about what it truly meant. It meant my Grandmother had to endure the agony of losing her husband. It meant those two little children, my father and his sister Kaye, had to grow up without a father. It meant holes were left in their hearts and in their home where my Grandfather belonged. And as the time passed, those holes multiplied because his grandchildren never got to be surrounded by his love or sit on his lap and learn the lessons only a Grandpa could teach. I am sure many of you in this group have felt this loss too, and I am really sorry. Though our hearts weep for all that was lost 76 years ago, in our hearts our hero lives. Our land is free because he was so brave. 🇺🇸❤️
My dad, Benny Wiseman, Co. C of the 102nd, was wounded on this date in 1945. This is the General Order awarding him the Purple Heart. He is listed on the second page, sixth from the top. Along with the medal itself (and several others including a bronze star), this is one of my most treasured possessions. Fortunately he recovered fully and received a disability pension for the rest of his life!
I assume you are all aware that the town of Krefeld is have a commemoration event again this year in memory of the Ozarks coming there in 1945? Mar. 2 or 3 I believe? Markus Scholten is involved and he indicates the City Council is writing a news article about it now... I will be getting it from him. Maybe some of you were there for the 75th Anniversary last year??? (My Dad was in 406C and was involved in '45)
Came across a letter from Lt Albert Schwabacher, 405th, to General Anderson’s, CG of the 102nd in March 1943, daughter - my mother. Here’s the envelope and letter
From my Great Uncle Mike Koepf. He was in Easy Company of the 506th. The typed sheet is their log of days in contact. The paragraph about the training concluding at Camp Swift is relevant, as I am the Security Supervisor for Camp Swift.
I wanted to post this on Veterans Day but I was in Facebook jail😇 here’s my puppa, his story and a autograph book with names of all his brothers in arms that helped save his life. I’m not sure if you recognize any family members but if so, your family are hero’s and are the reason I am here today❤️ thank you for their service and sacrifice. All my love, Amanda "In January, 1945, Richard M Cooley of Milford sent a letter to his family describing one of the most unusual incidents ever experienced by a G.I during World War II. By that time, Cooley had risen to the non-commission officer rank of Sargent in Company "B," 405th Infantry Regiment which was fighting in the European segment of the war. Late in 1944, the American Ninth Army and the British second Army had been teamed to attack a German stronghold at Geilenkirchen. It's defenders were the Twelfth Corps of General Gunther Blementritt who had become a seasoned leader of N**i troops while fighting the Russians on the Eastern Front. Major-General Frank Keating, who was Cooley's ultimate commander, knew that he could not count on the British to accomplish as much as the Americans because, by that time in the war, the British were experiencing difficulty with the transport vehicles, and lacked the necessary equipment to build bridges. However, Keating also knew that if their flame-throwing tanks, called Crocodiles were deployed correctly, the British could play an important role against Blementritt's forces. The first day of fighting against the N**is went surprisingly smoothly. But on the second day, the enemy resistance increased dramatically. American intelligence discovered the cause of this new determination by the N**is. The German Army's 15th Panzer Grenadier Division had arrived at Geilenkirchen to help Blementritt. The rain which had begun to fall on the second day, increased in intensity during the third day of fighting. By the fourth day of combat, the rain became a deluge which turned the ground into a quagmire. As a result, the British had more than normal difficulties operating their Crocodiles. Meantime, the 405th Infantry Regiment, which included Cooley, was called up to oppose and defeat the N**i Grenadiers. In preparation for an attack on the Germans, Cooley had ordered his men to find some solid ground so that they could dig foxholes. Practicing what he preached, Cooley built his own and settled into it to wait for for a signal for him and his men to charge against the N**is. As he waited for the imminent confrontation, he heard a whistling sound, then the rush of air indicating that something was passing through the air near him, and finally a deafening explosion. Before Cooley could make any sense of what was happening, he felt himself sinking into the ground. An enemy artillery shell had landed so close to his foxhole that it had caused the entire structure to cave in. The same set of circumstances occurred with amazing regularity during World War I. A significant number of French, British and American men simply disappeared in the ever-present mud during battles, never to be heard from again. When this first began to happen their officers suspected that the men had deserted. But when men with proven records as extraordinary soldiers began to disappear, it became apparent that the land had become like quicksand and it was absorbing these hapless men like a sponge. After World War I, French farmers who had been able to reclaim their land, started furrowing the ground. Soon they began to find the decomposed bodies of the men who had disappeared. This grim set of circumstances prevailed well into the 1930's. But no one fighting in World War II had ever experienced this phenomenon until the day Sgt. Cooley disappeared. Although to Cooley, it probably seemed that an eternity has passed before anyone tried to help him, in fact, his squad members almost immediately ran over to his foxhole and began to dig furiously, using any implement they could find; some resorted to using their hands to rescue Cooley, just as Cooley was slowly being smothered by the dirt which engulfed him, his men uncovered him and lifted him to the ground. At that precise moment, the signal was given to attack. At this point Cooley had no helmet nor a weapon, for both were still resting beneath the ground. He rushed to the head of his squad and led them into battle. After having made a significant advance against the enemy, Cooley organized his men into a defensive position which they maintained throughout the remainder of that day. When he made certain that his men were properly deployed, Cooley began to fully realize that he was weaponless and that his head was unprotected. And he also began to fully comprehend that he was well and able to do his job despite the fact that he had been buried alive." James Buckley - Writer, historian from Milford A special thanks to these men, if they didn't save my Puppa I would not be here today❤️ #WWII #Germany #Veteransday #Americanhero #puppa #bazookacooley #richardcooley #cooley #USA #veteran
I thought I'd alert y'all about a WWII Eisenhauer jacket with a 102d patch that is currently for auction at shopgoodwill.com. https://www.shopgoodwill.com/Item/104204638
With the 102d Infantry Division Through Germany - page 17, Activation. What does the numbers next to T/O mean. I believe T/O means Table of Organizations but I have no idea what the numbers mean. Your help is appreciated.
I found these photos of Ozark men in a Antique store north of Fort Worth yesterday. I think they could be SGT Clair Stitt and Wilfred Krenek in the Jeep. And the remaining photos of T/SGT Wilfred Krenek. Let me know if you think this could be as well. On the back of the one with them in the jeep it said it him and his clerk Jan 19 1945 Beasweiler Germany
This was our Dad's regiment. He was severely injured on November 22, 1944 when I was 9 months old. They were attached to the 84th Infantry Division, which was under command of the British for Operation Clipper.
Has any had contact with, or know how to contact, the family of Lieutenant Colonel Leroy E. Frazier?