Camp Fannin Roll of Honor

The continued work of Elmer Horne

Fannin Veterans who died in uniform during World War II
All gave some, but some gave all.


Cossolotto thru De Lama

COSSOLOTTO, Nino A., Pvt., 37646212. a) Appanoose County, Iowa. b) Sept-Dec 1944, 58/12. g) Carl A. Settle, 124 Culotta Drive, Hampton, Virginia 23666, a fellow-trainee at Fannin.

COX, James J., Jr., Pvt. a) Ector, Texas b) 1944, A/82, c) 2 May 1944, Camp Fannin. e) One of two 82nd Battalion trainees (the other was Clayton F. Matlock of C/82) crushed by trees blown down by a sudden violent windstorm while the battalion was on bivouac. g) Ruby Neilson, 417 Bond St., Hillsboro, Texas 76645, widow of former CFA president Gordon Neilson. Ruby was a reporter on The Tyler Courier-Times when she and Gordon met, and she found the story about James Cox’s death in the May 2, 1944 edition of The Tyler Courier-Times. See also story in Spring 1997 edition of Camp Fannin Guidon.

CREEGAN, John Thomas, Pvt., 37749079, DOB Jan. 15, 1922. a) Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri. b) September-December 1944, B/62/13. c) 15 March 1945, near Uttweiler, Germany. d) F/7/3. e) Stanton: The 3rd Infantry Division began its attack toward the Maginot Line on 5 December 1944 and cleared Bennwihr 24 December 1944 after which it was relieved by the 28th Infantry Division. The 3rd Division then renewed its offensive against the Colmar Pocket on 26 January 1945 and crossed the Canal de Colmar on 29 January 1945, then took Horbourg, and the 7th Infantry Regiment reached the outskirts of Colmar. A combat narrative of the action by a German unit, the 17.SS-Panzergrenadier-Division “Gotz von Berlichgen” reports it thus: “15 March 1945: Elements of the Division counterattack a battalion of the 7th Infantry Regiment, U. S. 3rd Infantry Division at Uttweiler, supported by 9 assault guns, 7 of which are destroyed by a relief battalion of the 7th Infantry Regiment along with 4 Wirbelwind Flakwagons.” f) American Military Cemetery, St. Avold, France, Plot D, Row 18, Grave 501; Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. g) Fannin Vet Carl A. Settle, 124 Culotta Drive, Hampton, Virginia 23666; Individual Deceased Personnel File, Freedom of Information Office, U.S. Army Human Resources Command. h) John T. Creegan’s company commander, Capt. Earl Swanson (not a Fannin vet), was also killed at Uttweiler on 15 March 1945. Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.

CURRY, LARRY WAYNE, S/Sgt., 38531232, DOB Nov. 11, 1924. a) Gatesville, Texas b) Aug.-Dec. 1943, C/59/12. c) 30 July 1944, Moyen, France. d) L/116/29. e) Stanton: "On D-Day, 6 June 1944, the 116th Infantry Regiment, attached temporarily to the 1st Infantry Division, stormed Omaha Beach, France and suffered heavy losses under adverse surf conditions and concentrated fire from the high bluffs. The 116th relieved the 2nd Ranger Battalion at Pointe du Hoe on 8 June 1944. The division opened the push on St. Lo 16 June 1944 ...On 12 July the 116th was halted on Martinville Ridge after penetrating German lines in front of St. Lo. Parts of the 116th were isolated astride the Bayeaux-St. Lo Road 15-17 July and the division took St. Lo 18 July and were relieved by the 35th Infantry Division. On 29 July the 29th Division attacked east of Percy and captured Vire 7 August." f) Restland Cemetery, Gatesville, Texas. g) Pawnee Curry Brooks, sister, HC 3, Box 17B, Lampasas, Texas 76550-9402. h) WD telegram to wife Mrs. Ruth A. Curry earlier reported S/Sgt. Curry as missing in action. He was a staff sergeant when he was killed, just 8 months after he finished basic as a private at Fannin. He was 19 years old. Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.

DAHLSTEDT, Wayne Wilmer, 1st Lt,, O-1328237 (36476622). a) York, Nebraska b) 1943-44, C/64/13, platoon sergeant. c) 31 March or 1 April 1945, Aschaffenburg, Germany. d) I/157/45. e) As platoon leader, leading combat troops that night. Stanton: The 45th Infantry Division attacked across the Rhine River near Hamm 26 March 1945. With three regiments abreast the division sped to the Main and established a bridgehead at Obernau 28 March. The division fought the Battle for Aschaffenburg 28 March-3 April which fell to the 157th Regiment after house-to-house fighting. f) Stromsburg Cemetery, Stromsburg, Nebraska. g) Waldo A. Dahlstedt, brother, 1527 O’Connell, Arkadelphia, Ark. 71923-5847, also a 1st Lt. and in ETO at same time; brothers visited in France; he learned of brother’s death 4 April 1945 from 45th Division graves registration unit. Information also provided by CFA Member Edgar Henley, now deceased, and R. M. Crandell, both fellow cadre members at Fannin. h) Silver Star(above), Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.

DAVIS, Charles R., PFC. f) American Military Cemetery, Henri-Chapelle Belgium_ g) Terry Hirsch, Indianapolis, Indiana. Posted 3 February 2016. Additional infonnation to come.

DeBARR, French, DOB July 6, 1909. a) Upshur County, West Virginia. b) April 9, 1944 -August 9, 1944, D/65/14. c) Listed as Missing In Action as of November 14, 1944 in Heurtgen Forest. Remains were found near Vossenack, Germany in April 1947, cause of death assumed to be small arms fire or artillery fire. d) B/110/28. e) Stanton: On October 25, 1944, the 28th Infantry Division relieved the 9th Infantry Division and attacked toward Schmidt November 2, 1944 after heavy artillery preparation. The division pushed into the Huertgen Forest and over the next few days heavy fighting caused Vossenack and Schmidt to change hands several times. The division had to pull out the 112th Infantry on November 14 and withdrew the 110th on November 17. f) Remains were returned to the United States in May 1949 and buried at Indian Camp Cemetery, Upshur County, West Virginia. g) Nephew, Michael Phillips, Buckhannon, West Virginia, <>. h) Thirty-five years old at time of death. Left wife Juanita Phillips DeBarr and daughter Sharon. Bronze Star Medal (left), Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.

DEETER, William H., PFC, 15359051. a) Lakewood, Ohio. b) June-November 1943. c) November 2, 1944, near Standdaarbuiten, on the Mark River, The Netherlands. d) 415th Infantry Regiment, 104th Infantry Division. e) Shot by sniper, having been overseas less than a month. Stanton: The 415th Infantzy reached the Mark River 30 October 1944, failed in its first crossing attempt the next day, and then assault,ed across after heavy artillery preparation on 2 November and established a bridgehead in the Standdaarbuiren area. t) Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery, Henri-Chapelle, Belgium, Plot E, Row 9, Grave 47. g) Russell I. Haley, 653 Medford Leas, Medford, New Jersey 08055-2260, Classmate at Lakewood, Ohio High School in 1942, trained together at Camp Fannin in 1943. Camp Fannin Vet Roger Secrest, 4518 Irvin Simmons Drive, Dallas, Texas 75229-4249, also has knowledge of William Deeter's death. h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge. Photo from 1942 Lakewood High School Yearbook.

DEHART, Murray., PFC, 38489796 a) Harris County, Texas b) 1944, B/63/13. c) 16 Dec 1944, Leyte, P.I. g) J. D. Henley, 12321 Swanson, Marana, Arizona 85653, in same company at Fannin; received letters from mother and brother of deceased about his death, visited brother’s home in Abbeville, Louisiana in 1987 and brother gave J.D. a picture of Murray. h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.

DE LAMA, Ricardo (aka Ricardo D. Martin), Pvt, 32996907, birth date September 26, 1913. a) New York, New York. b) Summer-Fall 1943. c) 23 November 1944, near Livergnano, Italy. d) G/2/133/34. e) "November 23, 1944-ThanksgivingDay-was relatively quiet. During daylight hours, the customary artillery duels took place. Late in the afternoon, the early sunset preceded the usual reconnaissance activity, with patrols on both sides probing the enemy lines. At 6:20 p.m., while on the line at the Company G positions, Pvt Ricardo de Lama was hit by small arms fire and died, struck by a bullet out of the dark." - from>. Search "de Lama" in the database. [Do visit this lovely tribute to her father by his only child. Also Google Ricardo de Lama.] f) Military cemetery at Pietramala near the Raticosa Pass, Italy; repatriated and buried at Pinelawn National Cemetery, Farmingdale, New York. g) Gloria de Lama Sciole, daughter, and Corso P. Boccia of Florence, Italy, a historian researching World War II in Italy, who provided the website citation above. h) Born in Cuba, parents emigrated from Spain at rum of the century. h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge. Had been wounded twice before his mortal wound. Updated 11 December 2014.