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Statistics - 346th Infantry Regiment
 Company G

Compiled by Louis Rublin

Additional Research by:
Bob McMurrough (G-346)
Dick Shue (G-346)
Jim Amor (A-345)
Earle Hart (A-345)
Paul E. Nessman (F&M-347)


 
1. Background

In the Fall of 1985, Bob McMurrough (G-346), who is now deceased, borrowed and copied a few Company G records from Dick Shue (G-346), with the intent of analyzing what had occurred to the men of this company. He also made use of the 346th Regimental book, which listed all those present at the time of deactivation, as well as those prior to deactivation. Unfortunately the study was not completed prior to Bob's passing. This review makes use of those same records and current analysis of the 346th Regimental Book, supplemented with years of research conducted independently by Paul E. Nessman (F&M-347).



2. Records and Research

2.1. Memorandum to 346th Infantry
 
Subject:
Commissions - Awards - MIA & KIA (11 June 1945)
To:
S-1, 346th Infantry

KIA:
50
(1)
MIA:
50
39
 dated 11 Dec 1944
5
 dated 09 Jan 1945 (2)
4
 dated 08 Feb1945
1
 dated 28 Feb 1945
1
 dated 04 Mar 1945
Purple Heart:
40
(3)
Silver Star:
1
(4)
Bronze Star:
1
(5)

 

2.2. Untitled listing of men separated from the company for the period from 11 Dec 1944 through 4 June 1945.

These codes are not officially defined, and were a focus of concern to Bob McMurrough, who attempted to verify his definitions with known reasons. His definitions are used here.

Code Description
Count



SLD Sick in line of duty
127
LWA Light wound in action
128
NBW Non-battle wound
6
SWA Serious wound in action
10
SIA (6) Sick in action, e.g. frostbite, trench foot
2
NBI Non-battle injury
8
LIA Seems similar to SLD
13
NBC Non-battle casualty (accidents or injury not enemy related)
18


2.3. References to Co. G in the 346th Regimental Book
 
  • Total relieved from duty prior to inactivation - 262 enlisted men (includes non-commissioned officers) and 8 officers separated. Of these 262 enlisted men, 35 were noted as killed in action and 3 died of wounds.

  • Present at time regiment was deactivated were 181 enlisted men (includes non-commissioned officers) and 8 officers.

  • Overall totals of unduplicated names of enlisted men and officers
    relieved from duty prior to inactivation, as well as those present at time regiment was deactivated - 459


2.4. Discrepancies and Comparisons

2.4.1. Discrepancy regarding 'Killed in action' and 'Died of wounds'

It should be noted that definitions are unclear as to distinctions between immediate death and later death through wounds or sickness at an aid station or hospital. Paul Nessman, was consulted for this section of the study. Findings are based on Company G records; 346th Regimental book; and Paul Nessman's research at the American Battle Monuments Commission, Arlington VA. (Individual Deceased Personnel Files); the Army Mortuary Service, Alexandria, VA. (microfiche research); and his visits to numerous military cemeteries overseas and in the United States. Earle Hart (A-345) assisted Nessman by providing a list of serial numbers, beyond those found already found, which were required for research at the American Battle Monuments Commission. (7)

Company G records - 50 names listed
Regimental book - 35 names identified as killed in action
Nessman findings - 56 names identified as killed in action

2.4.2. Comparison matching of names from Company G records and Regimental book showed the following:

Four names listed as KIA on Co. G records are not listed at all with Co. G in the Regimental book. (One who L Rublin knew personally, was found listed in the Regimental book correctly as KIA, but with wrong unit - CO. C, which was incorrect). Fourteen other names listed as KIA on Co. G records (and Nessman research) were identified in the Regimental book as relieved from duty prior to inactivation, but they are not marked as KIA.

2.4.3. Comparison matching of names from Company G records and Paul Nessman's research showed the following:

Three names listed as MIA on Co. G records were found KIA by Nessman research. Three names listed as wounded on Co. G records were found KIA by Nessman research, (as well as in the Regimental book).

2.4.4. According to Nessman's research, 21 members of 346 G are buried overseas.

Some information as to the location of individuals buried overseas, Nessman received from Jim Amor (A-345) in 1989. The numbers buried at each location are: Henri-Chappell: 11, Lorraine: 3, Luxembourg: 6, and Netherlands: 1.

2.4.5. Listing of G-346 Men Killed in Action, prepared by Paul Nessman.


Last Name First Name
Rank
Hometown Date Killed Cemetery (8)






Miller Marvin D
pvt
NJ Newark 11 Dec 1944
Perry Leon W
SS
TX Dallas 12 Dec 1944
Krug Frank J
pvt
IL Chicago 13 Dec 1944
Parker Gilbert W
S
IL Chicago 13 Dec 1944
Rampone Frederick J
pvt
CT Newington 13 Dec 1944
Dupre Francis V
pfc
NY Rochester 15 Dec 1944
Griswold Richard S
pvt
CT Stratford 15 Dec 1944 Lorraine
Kelly William A
pvt
NY New York 15 Dec 1944 Lorraine
Lawrence William D
pvt
NY Poughkeepsie 15 Dec 1944
Owens Clyde V
pfc
NC Gastonia 15 Dec 1944 Lorraine
Potter John S
pfc
MO St Joseph 15 Dec 1944
Sala Edward
T5
NY Buffalo 15 Dec 1944
Smith La Mar J
pvt
MN Wells 15 Dec 1944
Whitten Feggen P
S
OK Tecumseh 15 Dec 1944
Kauderer Howard L
pvt
OK Columbus 31 Dec 1944
Leger Lester
pvt
LA St Landry 31 Dec 1944 Luxembourg
Rickfelder Marvin L
pvt
IL Greenville 31 Dec 1944
DeCarlo Armondo
pvt
NY Schenectady 01 Jan 1945 Luxembourg
Gillmore William J
pfc
NY Syracuse 08 Jan 1945
Kekonis Frederick J
pfc
WI Oshkosh 08 Jan 1945
Brown Richard E
S
PA Altoona 09 Jan 1945 Henri-Chapelle
Downs John W
pfc
IL Shelbyvillle 09 Jan 1945 Luxembourg
Herzstein Morris J
pfc
PA Philadelphia 09 Jan 1945
Notaro James
pvt
NY Trenton 09 Jan 1945
O'Mara Thomas A
pvt
MA Boston 09 Jan 1945 Luxembourg
King Robert E
pvt
IA Des Moines 10 Jan 1945 Henri-Chapelle
Wimer Russell P
pvt
PA Slippery Rock 23 Jan 1945 Luxembourg
Diffenderfer Joseph F
pvt
MD Baltimore 01 Feb 1945
Seaman John W
S
UT Cedar Grove 06 Feb 1945
Petros Frederick R
pvt
MA Lowell 08 Feb 1945 Henri-Chapelle
Wesolowski Albert
pfc
NJ Linden 08 Feb 1945
Nitz John H
S
WI Madison 13 Feb 1945
Felice Nicholas C
pfc
IL Chicago 28 Feb 1945
Holland Richard L
pfc
PA Wayne 28 Feb 1945 Henri-Chapelle
Hurley Sam
pvt
VA Kelsa 28 Feb 1945 Henri-Chapelle
Lambert Oliver E
SS
MI Kalamazoo 28 Feb 1945
Lawler Charles W
pvt
IL Chicago 28 Feb 1945 Henri-Chapelle
Lukasiak Victor
T4
PA Titusville 28 Feb 1945
Perales Paulo R
pvt
CA Modera 28 Feb 1945
Reinhart David R
S
MA Harvard 28 Feb 1945 Henri-Chapelle
Roberts Loyd W
pvt
TN Cleveland 28 Feb 1945
Scheib Leonard G
SS
NY Buffalo 28 Feb 1945
Conley Lynn W
pfc
MN Eagle Bend 01 Mar 1945 Henri-Chapelle
Carleton John E
pfc
VT Procktor 04 Mar 1945 Henri-Chapelle
Clark Irvin L
SS
DC Washington 04 Mar 1945
Cremer Charles J
pfc
IL Chicago 04 Mar 1945 Luxembourg
Lister Eugene R
pfc
MO Springfield 04 Mar 1945
McCullough Billy G
pfc
TN Lewisburg 04 Mar 1945
Reseburg Robert
pvt
OR Sandy 04 Mar 1945
Saylor Harry N
pfc
CA Taft 04 Mar 1945 Henri-Chapelle
Schaffer Vernon R
pvt
KS Luray 04 Mar 1945
Garcia Russell J
SS
NY Warwick 07 Mar 1945
Burgess Edward H
TS
WV Spencer 08 Mar 1945 Henri-Chapelle
Wyatt Russell F
pvt
WV Elkins 13 Apr 1945
Masek George A
pvt
CT Bridgeport 18 Apr 1945
Sobaski John R
pvt
IL Chicago 18 Apr 1945 Netherlands

(1) 50 names were listed in the original memo; Paul Nessman's research found a final figure of 56, with 21 of these men buried in cemeteries overseas.

(2) These men became German prisoners until 3/28/45 when they were liberated. See A Toast of Gratitude by Robert Renfrow (G-346).

(3) Those separated for a variety of reasons prior to the date of the memo, and who had not returned, were not included in this figure. Final figures for Purple Heart awards are not available for KIA & WIA.

(4) Those not present are excluded from this figure.

(5) Those not present are excluded from this figure.

(6) Definition made by Louis Rublin.

(7) Serial numbers are no longer required to access burial records.

(8) The American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) maintains a database containing information about the 172,218 WWII soldiers buried at their cemeteries, those Missing in Action and those buried or lost at sea. A search facility is available that allows you to find information on specific individuals, such as serial number, name, rank, date of death, and specific burial location within the cemetery.

 
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