In Memoriam
40th Tank Battalion
Deaths in Europe
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This page contains the photographs of members of 40th Tank Bn who died overseas in World War II.
For the complete list of all 40th Tank Bn 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 40th Tank Bn 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 40th Tank Bn overseas deaths, click here.

    Cpl. Frank Aldrich (31 447 982) - Company A
    KIA December 22, 1944 at 815-891 [or 815-890], just east of Rodt, Belgium - Age: 26y 10m 19d
    MOS: 616 (Tank Gunner) - Home Town: Westerly, RI - Buried at St. Sebastian's Cemetery; Westerly, RI
    Photo provided by son Frank Aldrich, via Bob Watz

    Pvt. Henry George Lemke (37 324 182) - Headquarters Company, Recon Platoon
    KIA August 28, 1944 at Dormans, France - Age: 22y 4m 20d
    MOS: 761 (Scout) - Home Town: St. Paul, MN - Buried at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery; St. Paul, MN
    Photo provided by Nephew John Lemke

    Pvt. Delbert J. Longworth (37 322 917) - Headquarters Company, Recon Platoon
    KIA August 22, 1944 at Echarcon, France - Age: 25y 2m 20d
    MOS: 761 (Scout) - Home Town: Sleepy Eye, MN - Buried at Catholic Cemetery; Sleepy Eye, MN
    Photo provided by Nephew Charles Longworth
    Click here for web page about memorial plaque at Echarcon.

    Pfc. John Lawrence Mordo (33 179 957) - Headquarters Company, Assault Gun Platoon
    Died August 26, 1944 at 34th Evacuation Hospital at Bouville, France from wounds suffered the same day, probably at Bernay-Vilbert, France> - Age: 24y 5m 16d
    MOS: 531 (Cannoneer) - Home Town: Mayfield, PA - Buried at Brittany US Military Cemetery; St. James, France; Section 8 Row 4 Grave 121
    Photo provided by Nephew Steven Mordo and his sister via Christina Boody (great granddaughter of AG Platoon CO Lt. Franklin Hepworth)
    Click here for web page about memorial plaque at Nesles-la-Gilberde, Lumigny-Nesles-Ormeaux, France.

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