Sunday, April 23, 2017

WW2 Fallen - Harold Nussman, P-47 Pilot

Lt. Haorld Nussman posses next to a previous P-47 he flew.
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Harold C. Nussman never had a chance to reach 100 years old today. Instead, he sacrificed his life for our freedom.

He was born on April 23, 1917 in North Carolina. His parents were also both born in North Carolina. His father was a brick burner manager and later a carpenter. Harold had an older brother and an older sister, plus a younger brother and a younger sister. By 1940 he had completed high school and was working as a motor vehicle mechanic.

He was still living at home with his parents when he decided to enlist in the Army Air Corps on July 28, 1941 as a private. Over the next few years he advanced in ranks to 1st lieutenant. He was in the 328th Fighter Squadron, 352nd Fighter Group, 8th Air Force and flew P-47 Thunderbolts.

On February 8, 1944 Lt. Nussman was flying his P-47 Blondie  with four other P-47s in escort of a disabled B-17 returning from a mission to Frankfurt when four German FW-190s surprised them from out of the sun. His plane, and three others, were shot down and crashed near ChaCharlesville-Mezieres in France. Lt. Nussman and the other three P-47 pilots were all killed.

His remains were returned to be buried at Salisbury National Cemetery in North Carolina.

Thank you Harold for your sacrifice. Let's Earn It for Harold.


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Saturday, April 22, 2017

WW2 Fallen - Lester Purcell, Americal Division

Troops from 132nd Infantry Regiment on Mt. Austen where Pvt. Purcell was killed attacking Japanese.
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Lester W. Purcell never had a chance to reach 100 years old today. Instead, he sacrificed his life for our freedom.

He was born on April 22, 1917 in Illinois. His parents were also both born in Illinois. His father was a farmer who also worked as a garage mechanic. Lester had an older sister and one younger brother. 

By 1941 Lester had completed one year of high school and was working as a farm hand. Lester enlisted in the army on April 25, 1941.

He was a private in the 132nd Infantry Regiment, Americal Division. This was one of the first army regiments sent overseas. It left New York in January 1942 and arrived in Australia by February. By May it was attached to the Americal Division in New Caledonia which was assigned to augment and then relieve the 1st Marine Division on Guadalcanal.

Pvt. Purcell and the 132nd Infantry Regiment landed on Guadalcanal on December 8, 1942. By the second week on island the 132nd was ordered to drive the Japanese off of Mt. Austen. This hill was high ground that allowed the Japanese to keep an eye on Henderson Field. The Japanese position was their strongest on the island and it took more than a month to clear them off the hill. Pvt. Purcell was killed on December 27, 1942 when the Americans unsuccessfully combined a frontal assault with a flanking maneuver. He was one of 250 troops killed taking Mt. Austen.

His remains were returned to be buried at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

Thank you Lester for your sacrifice. Let's Earn It for Lester.


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Friday, April 21, 2017

WW2 Fallen - Stephen Monson, 8th Air Force

Lt. Monson (third from left) is standing with the officers of his B-17 crew.
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Stephen M. Monson never had a chance to be 100 years old today. Instead, he lost his life in the service of his country during World War 2.

He was born on April 21, 1917 in Utah. His parents were also both born in Utah. His father was an oil company laborer and later a sheep herder. Stephen had three younger brothers. By 1940 Stephen had completed four years of high school and was working as a filing clerk.

Stephen enlisted in the Army Air Corps on January 23, 1942 as an aviation cadet.

He was a second lieutenant in the 323rd Bombardment Squadron, 91st Bombardment Group, 8th Air Force where he had the position of bombardier. 

On September 6, 1943, Lt. Monson's B-17 ditched in the English Channel after running out of gas on the return flight from it's bombing mission. Three crewmen died but Lt. Monson and seven other were rescued to return to duty.

On October 4, 1943 Lt. Monson was not so lucky. He was part of a mission with five planes from his squadron to bomb Frankfurt, Germany. Two planes aborted and two planes returned, but Lt. Monson's plane crash landed in Belgium. The nine other crewmen were captured by the Germans, but Lt. Monson was killed.

His remains were returned to be buried at the American Fork City Cemetery.

Thank you Stephen for your sacrifice. Let's Earn It for Stephen.


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Thursday, April 20, 2017

WW2 Fallen - William Hammack, B-17 Crewman

Sgt. William Hammack was an engineer on B-17s in the 26th Bomb Squadron such as these.
http://www.worldwarphotos.info/gallery/usa/aircrafts-2-3/b-17-flying-fortress/b-17f-of-the-26th-bs-11th-bg-enroute-to-raid-on-buka-airfield/ 

William L. Hammack could have been 100 years old today. 

He was born on April 20, 1917 in Indiana. His parents were also both born in Indiana. His father was a farmer and later a bus driver. William had two younger brothers and two younger sisters.

William became a sergeant in the Army Air Corp. He was part of a B-17 crew in the 26th Bombardment Squadron, 11th Bombardment Group.

On August 4, 1942 Sgt. Hammack was the engineer on a B-17 that took off from Espiritu Santo on a bombing mission against Tulagi in support of the Guadalcanal invasion. Japanese fighters intercepted the B-17s. One damaged Japanese fighter collided with Sgt. Hammack's bomber sending both planes crashing into the sea below. There were no survivors. This was the first US plane lost in the Guadalcanal campaign.

Sgt. Hammack is memorialized at Deer Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, Tell City, Indiana. The year after his death, his father died at age 50.

Thank you William for your sacrifice. Let's Earn It for William.


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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

WW2 Fallen - Carlton Carney, 4th Infantry Division

Lt. Carlton Carney, 4th Infantry Division, landed on Utah Beach on D-Day.
https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=30752069 

Carlton Eugene Carney could have been 100 years old today. 

He was born on April 19, 1917 in North Carolina. His parents were also both born in the Tar Heel State. His father was a railroad conductor. Carlton had two older sisters and three younger sisters. 

By 1940 Carlton had completed four years of high school and was working as a bookkeeping machine operator. He enlisted as a private in the army on September 16, 1940. 

Over the years of the war Pvt. Carney rose to the rank of 2nd lieutenant in Company M, 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division. While in the service he married Doris Smith Carney.

Excluding the paratroopers who jumped in during the early hours of June 6, 1944, the 8th Infantry Regiment troops landing at Utah Beach were the first American infantry to set foot in France on D-Day. During the fighting to clear the Cotentin Peninsula over the next few days and weeks, Lt. Carney was captured by the Germans. The details are unknown, but while a POW, Lt. Carney was killed on June 22, 1944.

His remains were returned to be buried at Wilmington National Cemetery. I don't know what happened to Carlton's widow.

Thank you Carlton for your sacrifice. Let's Earn It for Carlton.


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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

WW2 Fallen - Henry Pollreis

Henry Pollreis prior to enlisting in Coast Artillery.
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Henry G. Pollreis could have been 100 years old today. 

He was born on April 18, 1917 in Colorado. His parents were both born in Austria. His father was a farmer. Henry had two older sisters and one older brother. By 1940 Henry's mother had passed away.

On November 12, 1941, Henry, who was living in Montana, traveled to Fort Lewis, Washington and enlisted in the army. Prior to enlisting he had completed one year of high school and was working as a farm hand. Over the next year he rose to the rank of corporal.

His army internment records identify he served in the 707th Coast Artillery AA Battery. There is little information about this unit. I found one other serviceman from this unit that died during the war. One source place his November 26, 1942 death in New Guinea. Whether his death was related to combat, accident, or illness is unknown.

His remains were returned to be buried at Ft. McPherson National Cemetery in Nebraska.

Thank you Henry for your sacrifice. Let's Earn It for Henry.


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Monday, April 17, 2017

WW2 Fallen - Submariner Fraser Knight, USS Bonefish

Lt. Cdr. Fraser Knight served on the USS Bonefish's final patrol.
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Fraser Sinclair Knight could have been 100 years old today. 

He was born on April 17, 1917 in Florida. I was unable to find any background on his family.

Fraser was assigned to surface vessels of the Navy in 1939 after graduating from the US Naval Academy that same year. In 1941 he transferred to submarine duty where he served until his final patrol on the USS Bonefish as one of it's senior officers with the rank of lieutenant commander.

USS Bonefish
http://www.submarinesailor.com/Boats/SS223Bonefish/Patrol4Crew.htm

The Bonefish began it's final patrol on May 28, 1945. It sunk a Japanese transport and and a freighter in the Sea of Japan. When it did not return, it was classified as lost at sea. After the war, Japanese war records showed that a submarine destroyed by depth charges on June 19 was no doubt the Bonefish. The full crew of 85, including Lt. Cdr. Knight were lost.

Lt. Cdr. Knight's sacrifice is honored at the Honolulu Memorial.

Thank you Fraser for your sacrifice. Let's Earn It for Fraser.

Thanks to Darillyn Lamb Starr for recommending that Thomas be profiled.


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