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Mark Walsh Mark Walsh from Santa Rosa, California wrote on Jul 15 2023 at 4:56 am
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.
TERRY J. BRETZ TERRY J. BRETZ from MESA, AZ wrote on May 23 2023 at 5:59 pm
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.?
Admin Reply by: Lisa Sharik
We do not have information on individual soldiers other than some file cards done in1945: The National Archives might have more information
Audrey B Poche Audrey B Poche from Leander, TX 78641 wrote on Jul 18 2022 at 8:10 pm
you site is very easy to use but the green color makes it difficult to read and does not offer enough contrast
ROY S GUERCIO ROY S GUERCIO from Saint Augustine wrote on Jun 23 2022 at 4:18 pm
My Father PFC Ronald Guercio 143rd G Co. Looking how i can get his Citations and any info on his wounds, thanks.
Admin Reply by: Lisa Sharik
Here is the file card we have for him: If you send us an email at [email protected] I will be able to provide you with some other information.
John Ward John Ward from Austin, TX wrote on Jun 2 2022 at 4:38 pm
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!
Admin Reply by: Lisa Sharik
There are large signs for the static displays with pictures and descriptions located centrally among the various displays.
Alison Tartt Alison Tartt from Austin wrote on Mar 25 2022 at 12:00 pm
Please bring back the current temperature on the LED scroll facing MoPac. It's so helpful. Thank you!
Robert Spiers Robert Spiers from Andrews AFB wrote on Mar 7 2022 at 12:45 pm
Happy to see Presidential History on display with your addition of VH-34 Army One! Mr. Bob Spiers, 89 AW Historian Andrews AFB
Michael connelly Michael connelly from Somerset nj wrote on Jan 22 2022 at 1:40 pm
I like to add my dad name was private John f connelly from market street Perth Amboy New Jersey
Admin Reply by: Lisa Sharik
Your father is in the database:
Michael connelly Michael connelly from Somerset nj wrote on Jan 22 2022 at 1:32 pm
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
Admin Reply by: Lisa Sharik
Our file cards are not official military, so at the time the cards were done in the summer of 1945, while the 36th was in occupation duty, your father was thought to have been killed He was taken off Company B book on September 16, 1943. You can find the After Action reports for the 143rd on our website:
David Hulse David Hulse from Canton wrote on Jan 17 2022 at 1:30 am
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.
Rand Paul ( Rand Paul ([email protected]) from Frankfort, Kentucky wrote on Jan 2 2022 at 8:55 pm
I respect the military and our veterans, keep up the great work!
Manuel Gennaro Toerner Manuel Gennaro Toerner from London wrote on Dec 22 2021 at 4:26 am
I had a good friend who worked here. I miss him every day. He died in 2017.
John Pearce John Pearce from Sugar Land, Texas wrote on Dec 21 2021 at 7:59 pm
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 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.
Thomas E Park, Jr Thomas E Park, Jr from Plainsville PA wrote on Nov 23 2021 at 3:15 pm
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....
Admin Reply by: Lisa Sharik
The only soldier with the first name "Laverne" in the Cannon Company, 143rd Infantry Regiment is Laverne Kincannon, who was taken prisoner on September 19, 1943. He did survive the war and died in 2001 : Maybe the soldier was from another unit which was attached to the 36th Infantry Division?
Kelly DeRiggi Kelly DeRiggi from Morris Plains, NJ wrote on Nov 12 2021 at 2:35 am
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!
Admin Reply by: Lisa Sharik
I know we replied to you directly but for others who might be interested, he died in 1999:
Jim Bowman Jim Bowman from Tacoma, WA wrote on Aug 26 2021 at 10:32 pm
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?
John Judah John Judah from Granbury TX wrote on Aug 5 2021 at 10:04 pm
Looking for a Nike Hercules Missile Display
Admin Reply by: Lisa Sharik
We have the missile itself on display outside the museum, but no launcher. There is also a panel with text inside in the Cold War gallery.
Gouraud Henri Gouraud Henri from Granville wrote on Jun 18 2021 at 4:47 pm
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
John H. Paddy John H. Paddy from Albuquerque, NM wrote on May 31 2021 at 5:34 pm
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.
Kerry Fritz Kerry Fritz from Elgin, Texas wrote on May 30 2021 at 11:16 pm
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.