Beryl Richard Newman was born on November 2, 1911 in Baraboo, Wisconsin. Based on his relative age, his rank of First Lieutenant on May 26, 1944, and a lack of a 1938-1946 enlistment record, I am surmising that he was already in the United States Army or the National Guard prior to World War II.
Retired United States Army Colonel Ernest H. Dervishian passed away at age 67 (Born August 10, 1916) thirty years ago today on May 20, 1984. He was laid to rest on May 23, 1984 in his hometown of Richmond, Virginia in the Westhampton Memorial Park.
Forty years to the day before that, Dervishian was a Technical Sergeant with the 133rd Infantry Regiment of the 34th Infantry Division as they began their attack to break out from the Anzio beachhead on May 23, 1944.
Truman O. Olson was born on October 13, 1917 in Christiana, Wisconsin. He was drafted for service in the United States Army for World War II on June 19, 1942 at age 24 and according to his enlistment record, had spent his entire life around Christiana and nearby Cambridge and was working as a farm hand having only completed one year of high school.
After completing his training as an infantryman he was sent to Europe to join the 3rd Infantry Division as a replacement. He was assigned to Company B, 1st Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment. By late January 1944, he had attained the rank of Sergeant and was a machine gunner.