In Memoriam
434th Armored Field Artillery Battalion
Deaths in Europe
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This page contains the photographs of members of 434th Armored Field Artillery Bn who died overseas in World War II.
For the complete list of all 434th Armored Field Artillery 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 434th Armored Field Artillery 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.

    A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
    This page contains only those men for whom I have photographs.
    For the complete list of all 434th Armored Field Artillery Bn overseas deaths, click here.

    Pvt Donald L. Nazworth (34 576 107) - Battery A
    KIA August 27, 1944 about 1 mile east of Vulaines, France - Age: 30y 0m 7d
    MOS: 645 (Fire Control Instrument Operator, Field Artillery) - Home Town: Whigham, GA - Buried at Spring Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery; Whigham, GA
    Click here for his site at FindAGrave.
    Photo thanks to his grand-daughter Melanie Ezell

    2nd Lt Ray W. Shively (O-1 182 001) - Battery A, Recon Officer
    KIA December 22, 1944 observing "for tank destroyers and dismounted elements then south of the railroad at NEUNDORF", Belgium - Remains recovered from vicinity of Crombach, Belgium 814868 (Charles Brown IDPF PDF p 39) which is just north of the railroad cut due north of Crombach crossroads but also reported (Brown IDPF PDF p 47) as 820871 which is "about .6 miles northwest of Neundorf, Belgium in a wooded area" (See web page on Crombach recoveries.) - Age: 30y 2m 14d
    MOS: Specific MOS Not Yet Known (Reconnaissance Officer) - Home Town: Hollywood, CA - Buried at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery; San Diego, CA; H-440
    Photo thanks to his first cousin Eugene Garske's widow, Doris, via their son Ross (Click on photo to see full image)

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