In Memoriam
203rd Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion
Deaths in Europe
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This page contains the photographs of members of 203rd Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion who died overseas in World War II.
For the complete list of all 203rd Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion overseas deaths, click here.

Spare a minute
to think
of the young who didn't grow up,
and how young they looked when they died,
and how no one will ever remember them looking tired and middle-aged
or even be bored by tiresome recitals of the time of their youth.

- - - - Russell Baker "How to Observe Dec. 7" (NY Times, Dec. 1965)

Please Help to Tell These Men's Stories and Preserve Their Memory!

PLEASE contact Wesley Johnston at the address below if you have any information on any 203rd Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion man who died overseas (see the complete list), such as:

  • photos
  • information on any of these men's deaths
  • information on what platoon and squad they were in
  • know of any men who died but are not on the list
  • Wesley Johnston
    1865 Herndon Avenue, Suite K-187
    Clovis, CA 93611-6163

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    So they will not be “Forgot”
    There is a word
    Which bears a sword
    It hurls its barbed syllables,—
    At once is mute again.
    But where it fell
    The saved will tell
    On patriotic day,
    Some epauletted brother
    Gave his breath away.
    Wherever runs the breathless sun,
    Wherever roams the day,
    There is its noiseless onset,
    There is its victory!
    Behold the keenest marksman!
    The most accomplished shot!
    Time’s sublimest target
    Is a soul “forgot”!
    ----- Emily Dickinson

    A Note for the Children of these Men

    The American World War II Orphans Network (AWON) is an organization created by and for those who lost their father in World War II. AWON has an annual conference and a newsletter filled with useful information. Click here to go to the AWON web page and find those who share your experience.

    If you have a better quality photo of any of these men, please contact me.

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    This page contains only those men for whom I have photographs.
    For the complete list of all 203rd Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion overseas deaths, click here.

    Cpl. Charles F. Adams, Jr. (35 747 239) - Battery D
    Died December 23, 1944 at Baraque de Fraiture, Belgium - Age: 25y 5m 18d
    MOS: ??? - Home Town: Fairmont, WV - Buried Woodlawn Cemetery; Fairmont, WV
    Photo provided by D/203 veteran William Peters

    Cpl. Michael L. Manzolillo (32 646 444) - Battery B?
    Killed August 24, 1944 in the vicinity of Melun, France - Age: ??y ??m ??d
    MOS: ??? - Home Town: Brooklyn, NY - Holy Cross Cemetery; Brooklyn, NY
    Photo provided by niece Mildred Matera

    Pfc. Vernon L. Ray (7 010 207) - Battery D
    Killed in Action April 17, 1945 at Sundern, Germany - Age: ??y ??m ??d
    MOS: ??? - Home Town: Galveston, TX - Buried Westlawn Cemetery in Henryetta, OK
    Photo provided by D/203 veteran William Peters
    Bob Beard (D/203 veteran): Vernon Ray was on the side of a truck that was carrying a bunch of German prisoners, just after the collapse of the Ruhr Pocket. A German driving a German truck side-swiped the truck that Ray was on. The German did this on purpose. Ray was knocked off the truck and killed.

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