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.

ROLL OF HONOR

 

Gantz thru Haddock

GANTZ, Leroy A., Pvt., 33877458. a) Pennsylvania. c) 18 Feb. 1945, France. d) G/274/70. e) Quoting the Division combat narrative published in Shelby L. Stanton’s World War II Order of Battle: “The 274th and 275th Regiments cleared the heights commanding both Saarbruecken and Stiring Wendel by 24 Feb. 45.” f) Epinal American Cemetery, France, Plot A, Row 22, Grave 22. g) Fannin Vet Carl A. Settle, 124 Culotta Drive, Hampton, Virginia 23666. h) Purple Heart,Combat Infantry Badge.

GARNER, J. T., Jr., PFC, 36759718. a) Rockford, Illinois. b) Aug.-Nov. 1943, D/63/13. c) 30 Dec. 44, Belgium. d) 394/99. e) Stanton: On 16 Dec. 44 the German Ardennes Counteroffensive hit the 99th division which was partially surrounded and suffered heavy losses…From 21 Dec.-29 Jan. the division was rebuilt on the front and maintained defensive positions. f) Rockford, Ill. g) Philip McDonald, 1550 W. Appleby Rd., Palatine, Ill. 60067-4431, in same company with J. T. at Fannin and in same high school class in 1943 at West Rockford High, Rockford, Ill. Philip had a letter from Bernard Pellet, who was in the same company at Fannin and in the 99th with J.T. Also, Phil’s mother sent him a newspaper clipping. h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.

GILL, James E. Pvt., 38633091, DOB I May 1921. a) Limestone County, Texas. c) 18 February 1945. t) Hamilton Beeman Cemetery, Retreat, Texas. g) Carl A. Settle, 124 Culotta Drive, Hampton, Virginia 23666. h) Updated 11 July 201 I thanks to Shane Olson, Hallock, Minnesota.

GINTHNER, Charles V., Pvt., 37798034 a) Hennepin County, Minnesota b) June 1945, C/81. c) June 1945, Camp Fannin. d) C/81. e) Quoting Malcolm E. Myers (see g) below): “I arrived at Camp Fannin on about the second week of June 1945 to begin basic training as an I&R man. On one day early in that week, we were taken out to a drill field just across the street from our C/81 battalion office. We ran several laps around the field and did several exercises before being marched back to our company area where we began a class in rolling our field packs. About 10 minutes into our class, I looked to my left and saw one of the men in the class as he laid back on the ground very obviously in distress, and the non-com conducting the class ran to the office and called for an ambulance which arrived in a very few minutes and the man was taken to the base hospital. Later that day First Sgt. Pratt told us sadly that we had lost a man in our company. He was Pvt. Charles V Ginthner, a former policeman from St. Louis, Mo. He was married and over 30 but I do not remember whether he had children. Sgt. Pratt accompanied Pvt. Ginthner’s body back to St. Louis. He stated that Pvt. Ginthner was a very highly regarded man on the St. Louis police force. He further stated that he saw many of Pvt. Ginthner’s fellow officers shedding tears unashamedly at the funeral.” f) Ft. Snelling, Minn. g) Malcolm E. Myers, 2111 Dennis Drive, Hammond, Louisiana 70401, who was in the same company at Fannin and witnessed the deceased’s death.

GOODSELL, Lorren F., S/Sgt., 36198078 a) Hudson, Michigan. b) D/52/11 platoon sergeant. c) 27 Nov. 44, France. d) 7th Army. g) Howard H. Hoblet, 6628 Tully-Harrison Road, Convoy, Ohio 45832, company clerk D/52/11 both at Camp Robinson, Arkansas and Camp Fannin. Learned of deceased’s death from Letter 4, dated Jan. 1, 1945, sent out to former members of D/52/11 by John B. Culbertson, then stationed in Ft. Meade, Md.

GOULD, William James, Pvt., 19132007, DOB 14 July 1924. a) Los Angeles, California b) January-May 1944, 4th Platoon, A/56/12 c) 8 August 1944 Saint Malo, Brittany, France. d) Medical Detachment, A/330/83. e) Stanton: The 83rd Infantry Division landed across Omaha Beach on 19 June 1944, took over defensive positions, and attacked against strong opposition toward Pericrs 4 July 1944. Sl Eny fell 9 July and the division regrouped along the Ays River 15 July. The division renewed its attack 26 July as part of the Operation Cobra Breakout and in heavy combat crossed the Taute River the next day. Aller consolidation the division followed the 6th Annored Division and reached the fortified city of Saint Malo 4 August. It began the Battle of Saint Malo the same day and forced back German defenders to the strongpoints of The Citadel and Dinard 9 August afler combined assaults. William James Gould's body was one of five Americans found in a burned-out pillbox. f) First buried at temporary American Military Cemetery at St James-A vranches, then reburied at the permanent Brittany American Cemetery nearby, Plot L, Row 11, Grave 15. g) M. Remy Mortelette, 83rd Infantry Division Association, <83rd.thunderboltdivision@gmail.com>. h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.

GRAY, Robert M., PFC, 42001987. a) Nutley, New Jersey. b) 1943. c) 19 April 1945, Stalag 1X-B, Bad Orb, Germany. d) 275/70. e) On 8 January 1945, Robert M. Gray was captured in action near Phillipsbourg, France and sent to the POW camp at Bad Orb. Soon after his capture he was sent out with a labor battalion and was never heard from again. Stanton: The three regiments of the 70th Infantry Division arrived at Marseille, France 10-15 December 1944 in advance of the rest of the division, and were formed into Task Force Herren which assumed defensive positions along the west bank of the Rhine near Bischweiler on 28 December 1944. As the German offensive advanced in the Bitche Salient, Task Force Herren was sent to assist the 45th Infantry Division. The 276th Regiment of the 70th took up switch-positions in the Wingen-Wimmenau-Rosteig area on 3 January 1945, and on 8 January 1945, Task Force Herren was given the task of protecting the east flank of the 45th Infantry Division during the drive against the salient. f) Lorraine American Cemetery at St. Avold, France, Plot K, Row 43, Grave 12. g) See <http://www.anthonysworld.com/w2_gray.html>. h) Following basic at Fannin, Robert M. Gray transferred to the Air Corps, going to Sheppard Field, Texas, and then on to Eastern Oregon College at LeGrande, Oregon. There he became captain of the Cadet Corps. In the Spring of 1944, he was one of a large group of Air Corps men who were transferred to the infantry and was sent to the 70th Infantry Division at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri. Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.

GRAY, William George, Pvt, 39923276. a) Lovelock, Nevada. b) July-August 1944, D/57/12. c) 14 September 1944, Sevenig-Roscbeidt-Hanspelt area, Gennany. d) E/109/28. e) Stanton: The 28th Division paraded through Paris 29 August 1944 on its way to assigned attack positions northeast of the French capital. The division crossed the Oise River at Pont Ste. Maxence in the Chantilly-Compiegne area 31 August 1944. It continued across France and passed through Belgium east of Sedan, and crossed into Gennany from Luxembourg near Binsfield 11 September 1944, capturing the Our River bridge intact The 110th Regiment began hammering the West Wall west ofGrosskampenberg 12 September 1944, and both the 109th and 110th breached it after overcoming heavy opposition two days later. t) Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery, Henri-Chapelle, Belgium, Plot F, Row 16, Grave 18. g) Daughter, Gloria A. Haslam, 605 Tougas Lane, Ronan, Montana 59864. "In loving memory - lest we forget," writes Mrs. Haslam. She also writes that her father arrived in France 27 August 1944, marched in victory parade through Paris, limited advance across Gennan border, KIA just over the Siegfried Line. Had been in Europe two weeks." He left a wife, daughter, and son, all of whom survive as of October 2004. h) Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.

GREENE, Rex E., Jr., PFC, 11096153. a) Connecticut. b) June-Oct. 1943. c) 1 Dec. 44, Germany. d) 335/84. e) Stanton: On 29 Nov 44, the 84th Division began the drive on the Roer River as the 335th Infantry reached Lindern and repulsed counterattacks, and took Beeck the following day. f) Netherlands American Cemetery, Margraten, Netherlands, Plot D, Row 19, Grave 6. g) William McIlvain, 501 Riverdale Ave., Yonkers, N.Y. 10705, who heard of death from deceased’s parents. Also, Fannin Vet Carl A. Settle, 124 Culotta Drive, Hampton, Virginia 23666. h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.

GREISE, Carl A., 35681335. d) 26th Infantry Regiment, !st Infantry Division. g) Terry Hirsch, Indianapolis, Indiana. Posted 3 February 2016. Additional infonnation to come.

GRIZELL, Edward F., PFC, 37747680 a) Macksville, Kansas. b) July-Oct. 1944. c) 29 March 1945, near Dorsten, Germany. d) 75th Inf. Div. e) Killed by artillery fire in the battle of the Ruhr. Stanton: The 290th Infantry Regiment of the 75th Division crossed the Rhine 24 March 1945, followed by the rest of the division on 30 March 1945. Since Dorsten, where Edward F. Grizell was killed is east of the Rhine, and only the 290th had crossed the Rhine on the date of his death, he must have been a member of 290/75. g) E. Olen Mitchell, 2405 Colorado Street, Hutchinson, Kansas 67502, who found Edward F. Grizzell’s name in his hometown roster of WWII KIAs. h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.

HADDOCK, William Arthur, Pvt., 38347899. a) Slayton, Texas. b) Fall 1943-Spring 1944, B/63/13. c) 14 Sept. 1944, Italy. d) 338/85. e) Stanton: The 338th Infantry fought the battle for Mt. Altuzzo 14-17 Sept. 44. f) Florence American Cemetery, Florence, Italy, Plot D, Row 12, Grave 28. g) J. D. Henley, 12321 Swanson, Marana, Arizona 85653. In same company at Fannin, visited deceased’s brother Edwin H. Haddock in Lubbock, Texas in 1992. Additional information provided by Fannin Vet Carl A. Settle, 124 Culotta Drive, Hampton, Virginia 23666. h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.