In Memoriam
77th Armored Medical Battalion
(7th Armored Division)
Deaths in Europe
Alphabetical List
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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)

Three of these names (Abrams, Sellers, Taormina) are from the June 30, 1947 list compiled by the Adjutant General, and one has (Bladecki) has since been found. 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. If you know of others who belong on this page, please see the information below for contacting me.

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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.

    77th Armored Medical Battalion Overseas Deaths in World War II
    1. Abrams, Pfc. Malcom (14010438) - Company B
      • Died: March 28, 1945 - vicinity of Selters and Fronshn, Germany
      • Last Duty Location: vicinity of Selters and Fronshn, Germany on March 28, 1945
      • MOS: unknown
      • Home State: LA
      • Buried at: Buried in US - WHERE?
    2. Bladecki, Pfc. Jerome E. (36862291) - Company unknown
      • Died: May 4, 1945 - location unknown
      • Last Duty Location: unknown on unknown date
      • MOS: unknown
      • Home State: MI
      • Buried at: Netherlands USMC (Margraten, Holland) G-15-16
    3. Sellers, Pvt. Oliver G. (33674440) - Company A
      • Died: December 21, 1944 - St. Vith, Belgium
      • Last Duty Location: St. Vith, Belgium on December 21, 1944
      • MOS: unknown
      • Home State: PA
      • Buried at: Henri-Chapelle, Belgium USMC F-12-52
    4. Taormina, Pvt. Antonino (32878364) - Company C
      • Died: September 20, 1944 - near the edge of highway GC-49 from Sillegny to Lorry, France, just west of the main road junction at Sillegny (844440 Metz Sheet 1/50000)
      • Last Duty Location: near the edge of highway GC-49 from Sillegny to Lorry, France, just west of the main road junction at Sillegny (844440 Metz Sheet 1/50000) on September 20, 1944
      • MOS: 657 (Medical Aidman)
      • Home State: NY
      • Buried at: Lorraine USMC (St. Avold, France) A-16-25
    Note that Charley A. Gifford, listed with the 48th Armored Infantry Battalion was an A/77th Med man, serving as a Medical Aidman on patrol. He was killed near Dreux, France in August 1944. Home State: Alabama (Thanks to Ray Duke for this information.) Also T/5 Robert J. O'Mara, who had been a member of B/77, was killed 29 March 1945 as a member of the Medical Detachment of 40th Tank Battalion.

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