Robert Evan Brown, Jr. was born on September 2, 1907 in Dublin, Georgia. He was known by the nickname “Bobbie”, and that was the name he used when he enlisted in the United States Army in 1922, lying about his age.
The Army was Brown’s home, and he was a senior non-commissioned officer in the
2nd Armored Division in the early days of World War II and the North African Campaign. In 1943, he received a battlefield commission as a Second Lieutenant and transferred to the 1 st Infantry Division.
Continue reading Captain Bobbie E. Brown, USA (October 8, 1944)
Harold G. Kiner was just like thousands of other young American men during World War II: he came from a small town that he had resided since his birth, went to a distant land to fight for his country and freedom, and left his life there. Most of these men’s names we will never know, and in that way, Harold Kiner represents them all.
Continue reading Private Harold G. Kiner, USA (October 2, 1944)
1st Infantry Division patch (Wikimedia Commons)
Joseph Edward Schaefer was born on December 27, 1918 in Queens, New York. He was drafted for World War II service in the United States Army at age 23 on January 28, 1942. Schaefer was assigned to the 1st Infantry Division, also known as the “Fighting First” or simply “The Big Red One” for their division insignia.
I couldn’t determine when he joined the division, but as the 1st
entered combat in North Africa on November 8, 1942, it’s possible he was with them. The 1st Infantry Division also fought on Sicily, and then was relocated to England on November 5, 1943 to prepare for the invasion of Europe.
Continue reading Staff Sergeant Joseph E. Schaefer, USA (September 24, 1944)
Francis J. Clark was born in Whitehall, New York on April 22, 1912. He was drafted for war service in the United States Army on March 13, 1942 and his records indicate that he had completed just two years of high school, was employed as a skilled woodworker, and had once been married. He was assigned to the 109th Infantry Regiment, traditionally a unit of the Pennsylvania National Guard and part of the 28th Infantry Division.
Continue reading Technical Sergeant Francis J. Clark, USA (September 12 & 17, 1944)
The annals of American combat history are filled with stories of men who risked their lives to save those of their comrades. Earlier I posted the first of two
Medal of Honor-worthy “so that others may live” stories from February 20, 1944, that of First Lieutenant William R. Lawley, Jr. Two other airmen belonging to the United States Army Air Forces predecessor of the present day United States Air Force aboard a single Boeing B-17 , serial number 42-21763 and nicknamed Flying Fortress Ten Horsepower, provide us with the second.
Continue reading TFH 2/20 Part 2: The Two Heroes of “Ten Horsepower” – Mathies & Truemper
William Robert Lawley, Jr. was born in Leeds, Alabama on August 23, 1920. He lived there throughout his childhood, graduating from high school in 1938. With the United States’ entry into the Second World War, Lawley didn’t wait for his name to be called in the draft and volunteered for the United States Army Air Corps on April 9, 1942. Lawley also volunteered for pilot training and received his wings along with his officer’s commission about one year after his enlistment in April 1943.
Continue reading TFH 2/20 Part 1: First Lieutenant William R. Lawley, Jr., USAAF