In Memoriam
Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, Division Artillery
(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)


The June 30, 1947 list of Division Artillery battle deaths compiled by the Adjutant General includes 1st Lt. Denniston Averill, John Eckert, Capt. Henry G. Ellett, Jr., Eugene Smith. I have subsequently learned that
  • Lt. Averill was actually serving in Division Trains (as Trains HQ Company commander) when he was killed; so his name has been moved from this page to the page that lists Division Trains deaths.
  • Capt. Ellett was actually serving in Combat Command "B" Headquarters (as Assistant S-3 Officer) when he was killed; so his name has been moved from this page to the page that lists CCB deaths.

    See the white box just below for how you can let me know about any errors you find.

    You can also check for individual names at the following government web sites:

  • American Battle Monuments Commission World War II Honor Roll (those buried overseas in ABMC cemeteries)
  • National World War II Memorial Registry (includes ABMC information and more)
  • VA Nationwide Gravesite Locator (those buried in the US in national cemeteries)
  • National Archives WWII Enlistement Database (incomplete database of millions of enlistment records)
    The National Archives site is very difficult to navigate. (1) Choose "World War, 1939-1945" in the subject and click SUBMIT. (2) Then click on "World War II Army Enlistment Records". (3) Then click on SELECT. (4) Then click on the SELECT next to "Enlistment Records". (5) Then scroll down to enter search information, and click on SEARCH. (6) To see the detail on a record found by the search, (6a) click in the box to the left of the line with that search result, to place an X in the box; then (6b) click SHOW SELECTED RECORDS.
  • National Archives WWII Prisoner of War Database (incomplete database of thousands of POW records)
    The National Archives site is very difficult to navigate. (1) Choose "World War, 1939-1945" in the subject and click SUBMIT. (2) Then click on "Records of World War II Prisoners of War". (3) Then click on SELECT. (4) Then scroll down to enter search information, and click on SEARCH. (5) To see the detail on a record found by the search, (5a) click in the box to the left of the line with that search result, to place an X in the box; then (5b) click SHOW SELECTED RECORDS.

    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 Div Arty man who died overseas, such as:

  • 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.




    Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, Division Artillery Overseas Deaths in World War II
    1. Eckert, John K. (Service number unknown) - Company unknown
      • Died: date unknown - location unknown
      • Last Duty Location: unknown on unknown date
      • MOS: unknown
      • Home State: unknown
      • Buried at: Buried in US - WHERE?
    2. Smith, 1st Lt. Eugene Wilson (O-465 115) - Company HQ Btry
      • Died: August 31, 1944 - during aerial flight in battle for Verdun, France near Reims, France
      • Last Duty Location: during aerial flight in battle for Verdun, France near Reims, France on August 31, 1944
      • MOS: unknown
      • Home State: NE
      • Buried at: Epinal USMC (Epinal, France) A-5-46

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