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

Oliver thru Pillars

OLIVER, Allie J. c) 29 Aug. 44, France. d) E/120/30. e) Stanton: The 30th relieved the 1st Inf. Div. near Mortrain 6 Aug. 44. It was subjected to a strong German counterattack which ruptured its lines during the Battle for Avranches. The Division then pushed east behind the 2nd Armd. Div., taking Nonancourt 21 Aug. 44. It crossed into Belgium 2 Sept. 44. g) Vito Ludovico, 900 N. Azalea Drive, Tyler, Texas 75701-5203. Accompanying note says: "Allie was the brother of a dear friend of ours. We were sitting together at a funeral and he was asking about Camp Fannin Association, etc.". h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.

OLSEN, Emil. b) Aug.-Nov. 43, B/63/12. c) 15 May 1945, Germany. d) 14th Armd. Div. e) Emil was a guard for the CG of the 14th. e) Stanton: The 14th Armd crossed the Isar River at Moosberg 30 Apr. 45 and fought into Landshut. Combat Command B reached the Inn River near Aschau and took the bridge there intact on 2 May 45. The division was then used to process prisoners as hostilities were declared ended on 7 May 1945. Emil was accidentally killed on 15 May 45. g). Leo S. Jensen, 195 Horseshoe Circle, Athens, Georgia 30605, in same company at Fannin.

OLSON, Dean H., PFC, 11108056, DOB May 31, 1925. a) West Springfield, Massachusetts. b) Aug.-Nov. 43, D/63/13. c) November 26, 1944, east of Hofen, Germany. d) C/395/99. e) Stanton: The 99th Infantry Division landed at Le Havre, France on 3 November 1944 and assembled at Aubel, Belgium, and entered the line north of the Roer River between Schmidt and Monschau on 9 November 1944. Dean was killed on a night patrol in the icy no-man’s land soon to be in the path of the German Ardennes Offensive. Ray Prill, who was with Dean all the way from Camp Fannin almost to the moment of his death, says Dean came by his position and asked for an extra ammunition belt because he was going on a night patrol. Ray handed it to him and Dean took off. About 15 seconds later there was a loud explosion. Dean had apparently stepped on a land mine and he died almost instantly from a severed jugular and other injuries. f) Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia, Section 12, #2705. g) Elmer T. Horne, Jr., 2213 Mendoza Avenue, Tallahassee, Florida 32304-1339. In same company at Fannin, then together in ASTP at La. St. Univ. From official list of battle deaths, 99th Inf. Div. Much additional information provided in 2009 by Dean’s cousin Nancy Wertz of Plano, Texas, and a friend, Bill McCarron, Commerce, Texas, who are preparing to publish Dean's letters. Nancy found Ray Prill's phone number and Bill called Ray in August 2009 and learned the details of Dean's death. Ray's address: Raymond P. Prill, 766 Grosse Pointe Circle, Vernon Hills, Illinois 60061-3413; 847-566-4129. h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.

OUTHWAITE, Eric R., Pvt. a) Pretty Prairie, Kansas. b) Aug.-Dec. 1944. c) 21 February 1945, Luxembourg. d) 5th Armd. Div. e) A shell exploded close to his position and fragments struck and killed him. g) E. Olen Mitchell, 2405 Colorado Street, Hutchinson, Kansas 67502. h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.

OYABU, Harumatsu. d) L/100/442 Inf. Regt. (Nisei)(Separate). Campaigns: Naples-Foggia, Anzio, Rome-Arno, North Apennines, Rhineland, Po Valley. h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.

PETERSON, James Hans, PFC, 39926104. a) Moreland, Idaho. c) 19 March 1945, Germany. d) 3rd Army. f) Moreland General Cemetery, Moreland, Idaho. g) Son, James Stoddard Peterson, 504 Oak Grove Road, San Marcos, Texas 78666, who writes, “I was a year old when my father died. My mother told me when I was old enough to understand.” h) Telegram from War Department to his wife, Mrs. Nora U. Peterson, reads: “PFC James H. Peterson had returned to duty 11 March 1945 from previously reported wound.” He had sent a poem titled “My Prayer” to his wife just prior to his death which reads in part: “God give me strength and courage, In this hour of need, Show me light that I may find, The road that home will lead.” h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.

PETTY, Jack, PFC, 38687752. a) Gatesville, Texas. b) May - November 1944. c) 15 January 1945, in a German hospital near Frankfort. d) K/315/79. e) from letter to Jack Petty’s wife dated 16 April 1945 from personnel officer of 315th Regiment: “On 11 January 1945, Company K of which PFC Petty was a member, was defending the town of Rittershoffen, France, against fierce enemy attacks. At about 6 a.m., after a devastating artillery barrage, the enemy’s tanks succeeded in enveloping our forward positions and the company was forced to withdraw to the center of town. When a reorganization was effected, it was discovered that PFC Petty was missing, nor could any information be gathered as to his whereabouts.” It developed that he had been captured, and a letter from his widow, dated 4 February 2006, picks it up at that point: “I have some information that his buddy Frank Wood gave me. Frank and Jack were captured, and behind enemy lines, Jack was wounded by friendly fire. Frank carried Jack as they moved from place to place for two days, then the Germans took Jack to a hospital where he died.” f) Initially buried at Rittershoffen, France, then repatriated and buried at Restland Cemetery in Gatesville, Texas. g) Lee R. Williamson, P.O. Box 1017, Gatesville, Texas 76528-6017, (254) 865-2383; Mrs. Oma Lee Petty Coward, 2210 West U.S. Highway 84, Gatesville, Texas 76528-1055, (254) 865-5789. h) Jack Petty had been in the Army only eight months when he was killed. Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.

PHILLIPS, Stanley D., Pvt., 33859561. a) Virginia. b) Sept.-Dec. 1944, A/58/12. c) 17 March 1945. d) B/222/42. e) Stanton: On 14 Feb 1945 the 42nd Inf Div as a whole entered combat, taking up defensive positions near Haguenau in the Hardt Forest. The division attacked through the Hardt Forest and broke through the Seigfried Line 15-21 March 1945. f) Lorraine American Cemetery, St. Avold, France, Plot C, Row 18, Grave 69. g) Carl A. Settle, 124 Culotta Drive, Hampton, Virginia 23666. h) Silver Star Medal, Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge..

PIEGER, Carl. b) July 31-Dec. 6, 1943. c) September 1944, France. d) 35th ID. f) Grandview Cemetery, Johnstown, PA. g) Emory A. Domen, 1990 Minno Drive, Johnstown, PA 15905-1172, who had 17 weeks of basic training at Fannin with deceased. Before the war, Carl Pieger owned and operated a meat market across the street from where Emory Domen lived. h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.

PILLARS, Clifford G. a) Columbia, Missouri. b) A/82. c) 18 October1944, Luxembourg. d) 329/83. g) L. Chancey, lchancey2@juno.com. , a fellow trainee at Fannin. h) Clifford Pillars was a field wireman at the time of his death. h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.BURKLOW, John Ray, Private First Class, 38607507, DOB 8 March 1924. a) Nolan County, Texas. b) A/57. c) 22 September 1944, near Firenzuola, Tuscany, Italy. d) 363rd Infantry Regiment, 9 I st Infantry Division. e) Allied forces had just succeeded in breaching the formidable mountainous Gothic Line, with the 363rd Regiment having driven north through Monticelli in the preceding days. f) Florence American Cemetery and Memorial, Florence, Toscana, Italy, Plot G, Row I, Grave 23. g) Dana Kristin Russell, grandniece, russell.family.tx@gmail.com. h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.