Thank you for providing information and context. My father John Joseph Walsh fought in San Pietro, and was wounded by mortar fire on December 15, 1943. General Walker awarded a Silver Star commendation, to Lt. John Walsh, noting that he "staunchly refused medical assistance, and continued to guide his men to safety." I didn't see the commendation paperwork until he passed away at age 55. I was 14, and had five other siblings ages 10 to 18. But, I'd sit up late and talk to dad, and he could sometimes talk about military service. Three key ingredients to honor on the battlefield that he drilled in us kids: 1) Give orders you would carry out yourself; and no others. 2) Leaders don't leave soldiers behind. 3) Don't shoot at people that can't shoot back. This site filled in some details, and helped my remember and understand dad better. He was under the command of a Captain, according to the accounts here, that died the same day dad was wounded; and the Captain was known for those qualities. Dad entered service as a private. God bless you all for taking care of the whole lot of us.
I LOVE YOUR SITE!!! I was in tears when I found my Grandfather's name. My Grandfather was Staff Sergeant Raymond E. Frazier. He was in the 36th Infantry Division - Company C. 143d Infantry and fought at Monte Cassino. Would you have any more info on him (any citations, medals, etc.?
you site is very easy to use but the green color makes it difficult to read and does not offer enough contrast
My Father PFC Ronald Guercio 143rd G Co. Looking how i can get his Citations and any info on his wounds, thanks.
Great museum! Brought my friend who was visiting from out of town and we loved the displays and thorough detailed explanations of each display was clear and very informative. Only complaint is that the static displays of Tanks outside, the descriptions are so faded they are hard to read. Otherwise we loved our experience. Thank you!
Please bring back the current temperature on the LED scroll facing MoPac. It's so helpful. Thank you!
Happy to see Presidential History on display with your addition of VH-34 Army One! Mr. Bob Spiers, 89 AW Historian Andrews AFB
I like to add my dad name was private John f connelly from market street Perth Amboy New Jersey
Trying to research my dads action in Italy according to discharge papers was wounded on sept 18 1943 was a member of the CO B 143 infrantry but was MIA so not sure if being wounded on sept 18 is maybe a estimate notified his mother months later that he was POW Was eventually repatriated in A prisoner exchange
JohnPearce I’m ordering your book tomorrow. My dad Benjamin Hulse was in the 111th Engineers. My granddaughter is studying WWII in school so I brought my dad’s uniform out to show her. She was very excited to learn everything I told her however there are several patches and pins I wasn’t sure about. Hopefully your book can help me identify them. I also have a large panoramic photo of a group of soldiers which he is part of but not sure of the occasion.
I respect the military and our veterans, keep up the great work!
I had a good friend who worked here. I miss him every day. He died in 2017.
My Dad was in the 111th Engineer Combat Battalion during WWII. He left a day by day diary from 1940 thru 1945. I have just completed a book on it titled "A Private in the Texas Army" which has been published by State House Press and available December 29. State House Press is part of the Texas Book Consortium headed by Texas A&M Press. The book contains over 300 maps and pictures plus hundreds of names of Engineers at that time. In 2014 the 36th Division Association granted me permission to use pictures and maps from the 1946 "A Pictorial History of the 36th "Texas" Infantry Division". It is a unique look at the war from the eyes of a private including battles and back behind the lines during rest periods having a little too much fun. The book is now available on State House Press, Texas A&M Press, and Amazon.com. This is not a self-published book. It is under my name John A. Pearce. It also includes the advancement of the infantry, the hard battles fought, and returning home from war in 1945.
My Dad, Thomas Senior was in the 143rd cannon company. He Had a friend killed next to him with the first name of Laverne. I do not know his last name. Laverne's Mom & Dad kept in touch over the yrs until my Dad passed in 1963. Dad named my younger brother's first name Laverne. In the 36th book I only found to Lavern's but both of them survived the war. I checked the roster in the whole book and never found another Laverne. Any other way to find his last name....
After my dad passed away last year, I am finishing his research on his fathers brother Philip DeRiggi. My father never got to know him and was very interested in his time in battle. Recently my Uncle and I found a letter written by Joseph Campolei, who was Great Uncle Philips best friend in war. I am trying to find out if he still alive and would love to get in contact with him and his family to learn more about my Great Uncle. Please know if anyone could help!
This is an FYI for the museum staff. I saw the sign off the USS Sgt. Morris E. Crain sitting on the floor of a hallway at the Foss Waterway Seaport Museum in Tacoma. Not on display, just on the floor. Would make a nice display at the 36th. Note: It’s 15 feet long, 2 inches thick, 18 inches high. Solid mahogany?
Looking for a Nike Hercules Missile Display
I am looking for a contact with an historian of the 36th regarding its participation to WWI under the command of my great uncle général Henri Gouraud of the French IVth army. I am reachable at [email protected] Regards H Gouraud
Hello! My father, John W. Paddy, served in the 142nd Infantry, G Company. He was captured by German forces near Bitche, France. He was born and reared in rural Louisiana. (He grew up speaking French) He befriended a French family who hid him in their home before the German Army found him. Once located, he was in civilian clothes. He told me he buried his uniform in a field behind the residence. He tried to pass himself as a French national, then was interrogated by the SS as being part of the "French Underground". Fearing certain death, he then admitted to being with the 36th Division, 142nd Infantry, G Company. The Germans didn't believe him. Eventually, the interrogation/torture stopped when a German Officer believed my father's story. You see, the German Officer had attended and graduated college from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He gave my father, who was only 19 years old at the time, a cigarette and some water. Eventually, my Dad was liberated from the POW Camp in Mooseberg, Germany. He weighed under 100 pounds. I just wanted to share this on this Memorial Day, in memory of my father who passed away in 2013 at age 88.
Thank you for a wonderful and informative reenactment of the Vietnam era today. I have six children and brought them to help understand the significance of Memorial Day. Each year as scouts we help place flags on veterans graves around Elgin. This is the first time I think some of my younger children understood what war was truly about. Your detailed explanation of armaments and full explanation of the battle managed to engage all of my children from seven to 19. Thank you for this wonderful event.