In Memoriam
38th Armored Infantry Battalion
(7th Armored Division)
Deaths in Europe
Alphabetical List
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Last updated: January 2, 2017 - What's New?

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)


More than 50 years after the war, there was still no complete list of 38 AIB deaths. The only known attempt was a 1947 Adjutant General's list, which left out some, mis-spelled many, and gave no information beyond name and service number. So the list on this web page was begun in 1995. It is a work in progress, laboriously compiled mostly from Morning Reports and files of the Total Army Personnel Command. After intense research, it appears that the total was 245. Nevertheless, there are still many unanswered questions about some of the deaths and where they are buried.

Abbreviations:
- MOS = Military Occupational Specialty
- USMC = United States Military Cemetery
- WOM = Wall of the Missing (called "Tablets of the Missing" at some USMCs)

I have checked all these names against the American Battle Monuments Commission's World War II Honor Roll. If you want to check a name on the Honor Roll, click here.


Special Perspectives:

French Monument to 38th AIB Men
Click here to go to the Monuments section of the 7th Armored Division web page to see the monmument at la Villette (St. Prest), France (just north of Chartres) to C/38 men Gayther Adams, Harry Retort, Andrew Slavik and Edward Swanson who were killed there or died of wounds suffered there in an ambush on August 16, 1944. The monuments are in order by town within country. So scroll down to the monuments in France to find it.

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 38 AIB man who died overseas, 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

    or send e-mail to wwjohnston@aol.com. For ALL other e-mail matters, please click here for information about contacting me.

    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.


    In some cases, the official date of death was wrong. The date of death shown here is the actual date of death, when it is known.
    1. Adams, Pvt. Gayther O. (34254168) - Company C
    2. Amis, Pvt. Mitchell (35074351) - Company C
    3. Anderson, T/Sgt. Leo L. (37010965) - Company A
    4. Arling, Pvt. Howard D. (31448904) - Company B
    5. Armstrong, Pfc. Clifford M. (34788317) - Company C
    6. Ashworth, Pvt. Ralph W. (34997373) - Company B
    7. Bailey, Pfc. George L. (34263587) - Company C
    8. Baker, Pfc. John Fremon (36886851) - Company B
    9. Baker, Pvt. William Judson (39048642) - Company C
    10. Baker, Pvt. Willis L. (33230110) - Company C
    11. Baldwin, Sgt. James D. (33529694) - Company C
    12. Baldwin, S/Sgt. Marvin Albert "Bud" (39462118) - Company A
    13. Barker, Pvt. Bobby J. (39851618) - Company A
    14. Barrieau, Pvt. Arthur W. (31459865) - Company B
    15. Beard, Pfc. Bernell J. (34272774) - Company B
    16. Bennett, Pvt. Oliver Ralph (31265921) - Company A
    17. Bennington, Pvt. Frank (35640295) - Company A
    18. Berliner, Pvt. William C. (35073681) - Company A
    19. Billstein, Pvt. Leon W. (38155246) - Company C
    20. Blair, Pvt. Ernest C. (35073959) - Company A
    21. Blankenship, Pvt. Paul Grey (33652284) - Company B
    22. Blattman, Pfc. Morris (32343470) - Company C
    23. Bolton, Sgt. Samuel Henry "Tack" (carried in Army records as Henry S. Bolton) (38562367) - Company B
    24. Bossler, S/Sgt. Robert M. (36536385) - Company B
    25. Bour, Pfc. Donald B. (36864953) - Company B
    26. Bowers, Pfc. Kenneth D. (36645742) - Company B
    27. Bradley, Pvt. Morris B. (35073701) - Company B
    28. Brennan, S/Sgt. Joseph F. (33153588) - Company A
    29. Brisendine, Pvt. Otis Franklin (35431018) - Company A
    30. Brokaw, 2nd Lt. Richard W. (O-1 321 740) - Company C
    31. Bruesewitz, Sgt. Harold E. (16095193) - Company B
    32. Bryant, Pvt. Joseph Franklin, Jr. (33858770) - Company B
    33. Butler, Cpl. R. J. (34101233) - Company B
    34. Cagle, Pvt. James F. (38685587) - Company B
    35. Cano, Pvt. Miguel (38676959) - Company B
    36. Cappella, Pvt. Michael A. (32727612) - Company C
    37. Carbajal, Pvt. Gilbert R. (34560881) - Company B
    38. Carpenter, 1st Lt. Robert E. (O-1 310 065) - Company C
    39. Carrithers, Pfc. Smith Garrow (35475065) - Company A
    40. Castellano, Pvt. Daniel (33139550) - Company A
    41. Ceglia, S/Sgt. Joseph T. (32307074) - Company B
    42. Chappell, Pvt. Claudius H. (35813903) - Company C
    43. Chiles, Pfc. Frank R. (15338946) - Company A
    44. Chippas, Pvt. Phillip D. (36706455) - Company C
    45. Chism, S/Sgt. John Autrey (34273056) - Company C
    46. Clark, Pfc. Leo C. (37731845) - Company C
    47. Clark, Pfc. Riley Edward (35479489) - Company A
    48. Cochran, Pfc. Johnie (34273415) - Company A
    49. Cole, Pvt. R. D. (34571659) - Company A
    50. Coleman, Tec 5 Luther J. (34254819) - Company A
    51. Costanzo, Pfc. Vincent J. (36706689) - Company C
    52. Cox, Tec 5 Jimmie L. (34254699) - Company Bn HQ
    53. Crans, Pvt. Harry R. (36822525) - Company A
    54. Critser, Pfc. Andrew F. (35111443) - Company B
    55. Croce, Pvt. Angelo (31132551) - Company A
    56. Crosby, Pvt. William H. (12055601) - Company C "
    57. Cross, Pfc. Marshall Roy (38402645) - Company B"
    58. Crow, S/Sgt. William H. Jr. (34205490) - Company A
    59. Dail, Pvt. Roy E. (34854850) - Company B
    60. Davis, Pvt. Fred O. (44015699) - Company B
    61. Davis, Pvt. James I. (32943126) - Company C
    62. Davis, 1st Lt. L. D. (1322835) - Company C
    63. Davis, Pvt. Roy F. (34273576) - Company A
    64. Deevers, Pvt. Donald Q. (38711972) - Company B
    65. Despot, Pfc. Frank L. (36611591) - Company C "
    66. Despot, S/Sgt. Thomas Alfred (35897231) - Company A"
    67. Dietz, S/Sgt. Robert H. (12060443) - Company A
    68. Dildine, Pfc. Ned Nolan (14022286) - Company A
    69. Donovan, Pvt. Timothy Joseph (31421525) - Company A
    70. Dougherty, Pvt. Claude P. Jr. (42121172) - Company A
    71. Duncan, Pvt. Kelsie O. (34500363) - Company C
    72. Durand, Pfc. Viateur C. (31148460) - Company B
    73. Edwards, 2nd Lt. Robert W. (O-516 066) - Company Bn HQ
    74. Enos, Pvt. Vincent Kenneth (31405566) - Company A
    75. Epstein, Pvt. Myer ("Mike") (33749676) - Company A
    76. Eull, 1st Lt. Alban M. (1311135) - Company C
    77. Eva, Pvt. Frank Stanford (36989468) - Company B
    78. Faircloth, Pvt. Stephen Preston (34857662) - Company C
    79. Fisher, Pfc. Alfred E. (31373210) - Company A
    80. Flores, Pfc. Fidel (38156148) - Company A
    81. Force, Pfc. Robert Roy (32882063) - Company A
    82. Fortunis, Tec 5 William L. (32977131) - Company B
    83. Francavillo, Pvt. Alphonse John (42069155) - Company B
    84. Franco, Pvt. Sam A. (37746832) - Company B
    85. Freeman, Cpl. Toulman Y. (34583378) - Company A "
    86. French, S/Sgt. Charles M. (6 938 879) - Company C"
    87. Frey, S/Sgt. George M. (42124582) - Company B
    88. Fulton, 2nd Lt. Leslie O. (1322689) - Company A
    89. Gallo, Pvt. Alfred A. (36706187) - Company C
    90. Garcia, Pvt. Pablo (38562023) - Company B
    91. Geiger, Pvt. Donald J. (36470088) - Company A
    92. George, T/Sgt. John P. (35727812) - Company B
    93. Gess, Sgt. Harold W. (39309550) - Company C
    94. Gilbert, Pvt. Edward T. (36611599) - Company Med
    95. Gire, Pfc. Oscar E. (35292991) - Company A
    96. Godby, Pvt. Perle C. (35073529) - Company C
    97. Gonas, Pvt. John J. (35300421) - Company C
    98. Goodrich, Sgt. William M. (31310492) - Company C
    99. Goss, Pfc. Earle W. (39710898) - Company C
    100. Grasso, Pvt. Carmine V. (32926683) - Company A
    101. Grober, Pvt. Joseph (20262461) - Company C
    102. Gruber, Pvt. John H. (37681138) - Company C
    103. Gutierrez, Pvt. Luis (38583229) - Company C
    104. Handy, Pvt. Minton M. (34254252) - Company C
    105. Haney, T/Sgt. Henry M. (20846940) - Company C
    106. Hanrahan, Pfc. Thomas Anthony, Jr. (33752810) - Company C
    107. Hansen, Pvt. Frederick W. (36883490) - Company B
    108. Harlow, Cpl. Lucian (34279278) - Company A
    109. Hartzell, 2nd Lt. Irwin C. Jr. (1327622) - Company B
    110. Hennessey, Pfc. William F. (32227622) - Company C
    111. Hicks, Pvt. Ralph W. (33154407) - Company B
    112. Hilburn, Pvt. Lee David (38534337) - Company HQ Co
    113. Hodge, Pvt. Charles Whitley Jr. (34896731) - Company B
    114. Hodges, Tec 5 Arlin H. (14098291) - Company B
    115. Hogan, S/Sgt. Daniel Jr. (32249446) - Company B "
    116. Hohmann, Pvt. Kenneth T. (35816439) - Company A"
    117. Holland, Pvt. Edward D. (11068022) - Company C
    118. Howard, Pvt. Warren D. (32042510) - Company C
    119. Irizarry, Pfc. Charles T. (32246101) - Company B
    120. Jacob, S/Sgt. Robert J. (31329105) - Company C
    121. Johnson, Pvt. Dow E. (35620923) - Company C
    122. Johnson, Capt. James H. (O-339 798) - Company Bn HQ
    123. Jones, 2nd Lt. Benjamin Edwin, Jr. (O-537 965) - Company C
    124. Karnes, Sgt. Robert (33172563) - Company HQ Co
    125. Karnofsky, Tec 4 Thomas J. (37271290) - Company A
    126. Kaszubowski, Pfc. Victor J. (36957649) - Company A
    127. Kay, Pfc. Louis E (37099594) - Company C
    128. Kearns, Pvt. Paul Francis (33433275) - Company C
    129. Keller, Pfc. Keith K. (37701757) - Company C
    130. Kenchen, Pvt. Garnie L. (36410107) - Company A
    131. Klassen, Pfc. Francis Anthony (35111727) - Company A
    132. Klosin, Pvt. Harry (12024013) - Company C
    133. Knott, Pfc. Richard Allan (14120856) - Company B
    134. Kohn, Pvt. Fred (32249280) - Company A
    135. La Tour [Bachand], Pvt. Arthur (32227881) - Company A "
    136. Lackey, Sgt. Leo Lawrence (36972450) - Company B"
    137. Lake, Pvt. Robert (33170335) - Company HQ Co
    138. Lamb, Pvt. Clarence D. (33857985) - Company B
    139. Light, Pfc. Milburn R. (34887052) - Company A
    140. Little, Pvt. Glenn E. (35832293) - Company A
    141. Loetz, Pfc. Louis W. (36243496) - Company A
    142. Loomis, Pvt. Gordon D. (31452220) - Company A
    143. Luff, Pfc. Barton E. (35919240) - Company A
    144. Lyman, Sgt. Harlin H. (38076527) - Company B
    145. Makowski, Pvt. Charles E. (42147258) - Company A
    146. Malamud, Pvt. Harvey E. (32993740) - Company Med
    147. Marks, Pvt. Arthur R. (32381172) - Company A
    148. Marsey, Pfc. Lloyd F. (37616610) - Company B
    149. Masterson, Pfc. John E. (33148586) - Company HQ Co
    150. McAlpine, S/Sgt. Charles E. (38043733) - Company B
    151. McClary, Pfc. Floyyd E. (36313461) - Company B
    152. Mcguire, Pfc. Charles T. (33158351) - Company B
    153. McHenry, Pfc. Jack Amando (39840250) - Company HQ Co
    154. McQueen, Pvt. Marvin Ray (38419987) - Company Med
    155. Meirte, Pvt. Paul E. (36964852) - Company C
    156. Meringolo, Pfc. Palmieri D. (32220341) - Company HQ Co
    157. Mesaros, Pfc. John J., Jr. (35013995) - Company A
    158. Meshishnek, Pvt. Lewis Tony (39175406) - Company HQ Co
    159. Miller, Pvt. Andrew (13069517) - Company C
    160. Miller, Pfc. Archer Allen, Jr. (33154664) - Company B
    161. Mitchell, Pvt. Homer Israel (37698625) - Company B
    162. Moise, Capt. Edwin Warren, Jr. (O-304 549) - Company B
    163. Moore, Pvt. George (32249436) - Company B
    164. Morey, Pvt. Max E. (36898481) - Company A
    165. Moscowitz, Sgt. Irving (32195839) - Company A
    166. Mousseau, Pvt. Harold (36988505) - Company B
    167. Nadeau, Pvt. Omer W. (20141536) - Company A
    168. Nails, Pfc. James H. (34782002) - Company A
    169. Nevala, Pvt. Jacob (36965690) - Company C
    170. Nowinski, Pfc. Lucian G. (32209268) - Company B
    171. Noyes, Tec 5 Edwin R. (32214844) - Company Bn HQ
    172. Oalmann, Pvt. Louis Joseph (34230849) - Company HQ Co
    173. Orlando, Pvt. Philip (nmi) (42133517) - Company B
    174. Pape, Pfc. William Henry (32220044) - Company A
    175. Perdue, Pfc. Edward J. (36112094) - Company C
    176. Pizzingrilli, Pvt. Valentino A. (33709191) - Company B
    177. Preder, Pvt. Rolland "Jack" Garret (36845044) - Company B
    178. Priest, Tec 5 Grady Pitts (34192098) - Company Med
    179. Rabinowitz, Pvt. Martin (42070207) - Company C
    180. Rainbow, 2nd Lt. Earl Lee (O-526 962) - Company B
    181. Rajnik (Rainick), Pvt. John (32306872) - Company A
    182. Rankin, Maj. Curtice Hayden (O-292 919) - Company Bn HQ
    183. Rauth, Pvt. Frank Rudolph (36258067) - Company A
    184. Ray, Pvt. Willis (37683446) - Company C
    185. Reever, Pfc. John F. Jr. (33505331) - Company B
    186. Retort, Pvt. Harry H. (13085672) - Company C
    187. Ritchie, Pfc. Edward L. (37510228) - Company A
    188. Rivera, Sgt. Sixto (10402357) - Company B
    189. Robbins, Pvt. William R. (37691965) - Company C
    190. Rogues [Rodrigues], Pfc. Ernest (31117062) - Company C
    191. Rosebro, Lt. Col. William Walter, Jr. (O-337 361) - Company Bn HQ
    192. Ryan, Pfc. Edward P. (16143320) - Company A
    193. Sadler, Pvt. Louis J. (35916424) - Company HQ Co
    194. Safford, Pfc. Wesley L. (12079068) - Company C
    195. Santillanes, Pvt. Elias A. (38 352 208) - Company Med
    196. Scanland, 2nd Lt. Albert (O-526 983) - Company A
    197. Scarberough, Pvt. John Henry (38517925) - Company C
    198. Schaefer, Pvt. Francis J. (31408477) - Company A
    199. Schmitz, Pvt. Phillip P. (36846143) - Company B
    200. Schwartz, Pfc. Willis R. (37196120) - Company A
    201. Seidman, Pvt. Alfred (32557517) - Company Med
    202. Seifried, Pfc. Philip (32100186) - Company B
    203. Sewell, 2nd Lt. Warren B. (O-526 985) - Company B
    204. Shenk, S/Sgt. Charles W. (33154539) - Company HQ Co
    205. Sherman, Pfc. Horace (34254788) - Company B
    206. Sherwood, Pfc. John Joseph (32257054) - Company HQ Co
    207. Shilling, Pvt. Fred Monroe (33764590) - Company B
    208. Shipley, Pfc. Irvin H. (33904077) - Company B
    209. Silcox, 2nd Lt. Herbert J. (O-1 327 672) - Company A
    210. Slavik, Tec 5 Andrew J. (35306808) - Company C
    211. Smalheiser, S/Sgt. Raymond (32227352) - Company A
    212. Smith, Pvt. Alan H. (11108370) - Company B
    213. Smith, Sgt. Arthur P. Jr. (34868306) - Company B
    214. Smith, Pfc. Daniel B. (34192001) - Company HQ Co
    215. Smith, Pvt. Garnet L. (x669323) - Company B
    216. Smith, Pvt. Malcolm Hugee (34836582) - Company B
    217. Snider, S/Sgt. David E. (34191021) - Company A
    218. Snyder, Pfc. Chester D. (34192247) - Company A
    219. Spears, Pvt. Edward H. (38556658) - Company C
    220. Stafford, Pfc. Walter T. (38618259) - Company B
    221. Steele, Pvt. Roy D. (34498837) - Company A
    222. Stephens, Pvt. Lamont O. (33172538) - Company C
    223. Surowiec, Pvt. Joseph A. (32284022) - Company A
    224. Swanson, Pfc. Edward Albert (37196342) - Company C
    225. Tabor, Pvt. Edwin Cubine (33663167) - Company B
    226. Taylor, Pfc. Albert E. (31390216) - Company Med
    227. Thompson, Pfc. Alvin W. (36234872) - Company B
    228. Tingle, Pfc. Willie J. (34263206) - Company B
    229. Tkacz, Pvt. Joseph (36168048) - Company C
    230. Venne, Pvt. Maurice A. (31109266) - Company B
    231. Villanueva, Pfc. Benny (18103039) - Company B
    232. Visas, Pfc. George (32249718) - Company A
    233. Ward, Pvt. Lewis A. (19095954) - Company A
    234. Ward, Tec 5 Vivian L. (38090157) - Company Bn HQ
    235. Wells, Maj. Thomas Henry (O-392480) - Company Bn HQ
    236. West, Pvt. Morley Jones (33148891) - Company A
    237. Westcott, Pvt. Godfrey C. (31337874) - Company B
    238. Wilkerson, Pvt. Bynon (34583191) - Company C
    239. Williams, Pvt. Arlond Rudolph (38633681) - Company B
    240. Williams, Pvt. Donald P. (38731766) - Company B
    241. Wirkkala, Pfc. Lester R. (35283871) - Company B
    242. Wise, Tec 5 Crawford H. (34010315) - Company A
    243. Wyrzykowski, Pfc. Leo J. (33851473) - Company C
    244. Yates, Pvt. James Vaco (34898122) - Company C
    245. Zawacki, Pfc. Bruno W. (36706146) - Company C

    Notes, Statistics and First and Last Deaths

    NOTES: Why are some official dates of death wrong?

    There are several men for whom the official date of death is in error. In most cases, this was due to the fact that they were killed near Sillegny, France in mid-September, but their bodies were not found until October or November, 1944, since the Third Army did not succeed in capturing Metz until November. The 7th Armored Division had moved to Holland, leaving the Metz area on September 25, 1944. Thus the Division was never in France after September 25, until after the war. Whoever was responsible for estimating dates of death for these men failed to recognize that the Division was no longer in the area. Thus the estimator wrongly assumed that these deaths were recent casualties of the battles around Metz and wrongly assigned them dates of death in October 1944.

    There are a few other dates that are clearly errors. For example, German records clearly show that POW Riley E. Clark died April 6, 1945. But someone erroneously put April 7, 1945 on his U. S. Army death report.

    A common reason that some men had incorrect dates of death (though this did not happen with any members of 38 AIB) was that they were not only never recovered but were not even known to be dead. So, after exhauting recovery efforts (which usually ran into the late 1940's or early 1950's), these men were presumed dead. In such cases, the regulations prescribed that their date of death be presumed to be a year and a day after they were last known to be alive. This is why you will see some men with dates of death in 1946, long after the war was over and the Division was inactivated.


    The Adjutant General's Office published a list of all known combat deaths, as of June 30, 1947. The Adjutant General's List omits the following names from the 38th Armored Infantry Battalion, who are included on this web page:

    STATISTICS

    The entire point of this research is to put names on the statistics. However, it is still useful to look at the statistics. The statistics can give a perspective on the horror of war that might otherwise be missed by those of us who have not known it. These men gave their lives in that horror, and it is best that we not forget it, or else it is all too likely to happen again. Please note that these are all based only on the records I have received so far. Though I do have most of the records, I do not yet have all of them, so these ARE going to change as more data comes in.

    The statistics included here are:


    By Company

    The Company's of all 246 men are believed to be correct:


    By Rank

    The ranks of all 246 men are believed to be correct.


    By MOS (military occupational specialty)

    The MOS (also referred to as SSN) is known for only 219 of the 246 men. So these figures will change as more information comes in.


    Home State

    The Home State is known for only 236 of the 246 men. So these figures will change as more information comes in. The known information has men from 40 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

    Even though all of the men had home states, some of them were foreign born, so that their next of kin were in the following countries:

    The states thus far known are:

    States with no known deaths thus far:


    FIRST DEATHS

    • In Battalion: See B/38 for non-battle and C/38 for battle
    • A/38: 8/19/44 Pfc. Ned Nolan Dildine (Oisème, France - just east of Chartres airport)
    • B/38
      • 6/17/44 Pfc. Alvin W. Thompson (Tidworth Barracks, England) - Non-battle
      • 8/23/44 (Melun, France) - Battle
        • Actual first: Alan H. Smith [Youngest death so far known in Battalion]
        • Also on 8/23/44
          • Pfc. Bernell J. Beard
          • Pfc. Floyyd E. McClary
          • Pfc. Horace Sherman
          • Note that B/38 CO Capt. Edwin W. Moise, Jr. died 8/26/44 of wounds suffered 8/23/44. (Pfc. Sherman was Capt. Moise's driver when the jeep was hit.)
    • C/38: 8/16/44 (la Côte de la Villette, near St. Prest, north of Chartres, France)
      • Pvt. Gayther O. Adams
      • Tec 5 Andrew J. Slavik
      • Pfc. Edward A. Swanson
      • Note that Pvt. Harry H. Retort died 8/19/44 of wounds suffered 8/16/44.
    • Battalion Headquarters: 8/24/44 Tec 5 Vivian L. Ward (Bn HQ was at Melun, France. Since he was on special duty to HQ 8th Armored Group at the time, he may have been killed elsewhere.)
    • HQ Company: 9/17/44 (vicinity of Arry and Lorry, France)
      • Pvt. John Joseph Sherwood
      • Note that Pvt. Louis J. Oalmann died 12/11/44 of wounds suffered 9/17/44.
    • Medical Detachment: 8/23/44 Pvt. Edward T. Gilbert (Melun, France)
    • Service Company: Had no deaths

    LAST DEATHS

    • In Battalion: See Med Det for non-battle, A/38 for battle, B/38 for died of wounds after battle
    • A/38: 4/15/45 Pvt. Omer W. Nadeau (Dalhausen, Germany - body never found)
    • B/38: 5/5/45 Pvt. Howard D. Arling died of wounds suffered April 9, 1945 (Holthausen to Fredeburg, Germany)
    • C/38: 4/11/45 (Gelbecke?, Germany) - I do not have the complete late-war and post-war records yet for C/38, but these appear to be the last two deaths.
      • Pfc. Leo C. Wrzykowski
      • Pfc. Leo C. Clark
    • Battalion HQ: 1/23/45 T/5 Jimmie L. Cox (vicinity of St. Vith, Belgium - killed while driving Bn CO Lt. Col. Griffin, who was unharmed)
    • Headquarters Company
      • 5/28/45 Pfc. Jack A. McHenry (Dessau, Germany) - Non-battle: disappeared while on guard duty at bridge across from Russian troops; body found in river several days later
      • 3/26/45 Sgt. Robert Karnes (POW at Duderstadt, Germany)
      • 3/13/45 Pfc. Palmieri D. Meringolo (Mehlem, Germany) - Last combat death of HQ Company
    • Medical Detachment
      • 7/23/45 Pfc. Albert E. Taylor (Leibenstadt, Germany) - Non-battle
      • 9/22/44 (Lorry / Sillegny, France)
        • Pvt. Elias A. Santillanes
        • Pvt. Marvin Ray Mc Queen
      • Note that date of death of T/5 Grady Priest is not yet known.
    • Service Company: No deaths

    AGES AT DEATH

    Of the 231 men whose ages are thus far known, here are the two youngest and the two oldest, along with the average and median ages:

    • Youngest
      • 18 years, 10 months, 4 days - Pvt. Alan H. Smith of Company B (who was also the first B/38 man killed)
      • 18 years, 10 months, 11 days - Pvt. Rolland G. Preder of Company B

    • Oldest
      • 40 years, 4 months, 13 days - Pvt. Lewis Tony Meshishnek of HQ Company
      • 40 years, 3 months, 20 days - Pfc. Jack Amando McHenry of HQ Company

    • Average Age at Death: 26 years 3 months 8 days
    • Median Age at Death: 25 years 6 months 10 days

    TIME IN SERVICE UNTIL DEATH

    Of the 231 men whose ages are thus far known, here are the ones who died soonest after entering service and those who had lasted longest in service before they died, along with the average and median time in service at death.

    • Least Time in Service until Death
      • 0 years, 4 months, 7 days - 2nd Lt. Herbert J. Silcox of Company A (note that this may have been the time since his commission; he may have had prior service)
      • 0 years, 4 months, 17 days - 2nd Lt. Irwin C. Hartzell, Jr. of Company B (note that this may have been the time since his commission; he may have had prior service)
      • 0 years, 6 months, 21 days - Pvt. Frank Stanford Eva of Company B
      • 0 years, 6 months, 22 days - Pvt. Morris B. Bradley of Company B
      • 0 years, 6 months, 23 days - Pvt. William R. Robbins of Company C

    • Longest Time in Service until Death
      • 4 years, 10 months, 7 days - Pvt. Garnet L. Smith of Company B
      • 4 years, 7 months, 8 days - Pvt. Omer W. Nadeau of Company A

    • Average Time in Service until Death: 1 year 10 months 12 days
    • Median Time in Service until Death: 1 years 9 months 30 days

    CAUSES OF DEATH

    Of the 194 men for whom records have thus far been obtained and for whom I have made this calculation, far more men were killed by explosives than by gun shots: 85 (70.8% of known explosive or gunshot victims) vs. 35 (29.2%). Explosives include explosive tank and other mobile cannon shells, mines, artillery, mortars, rockets, etc. The Hollywood image of a man dropping from being hit by a bullet is definitely in the minority: most deaths were much more damaging.

    • 184 Battle Deaths (94.8% of the 194 for whom records obtained thus far):
      • 85 - Explosives (definite or probable) - 46.2% of 184 known battle deaths
      • 49 - Cause unspecified or unknown - 26.6% of 184
      • 35 - Gun Shot Wounds (definite or probable) - 19.0% of 184
      • 15 - Other Battle Deaths - 8.2% of 184
        • Location of wound specified but not type - 12
        • Drowning - 2
        • Bayonet - 1
    • 5 - POW Deaths - 2.6% of all 194 for whom records obtained
    • 5 - Non-Battle Deaths - 2.6% of 194

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