Contact son Roy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 571-312-4753. This military page was created by his son Roy Wilson (1947) in honor of his beloved father WWII PFC Roy Charles Wilson 1924-2005. Hopefully his army friends and family descendants can share in the picture memories posted. The whole family and I all miss him dearly. He had a good life and was proud of his army experience and friendships that were always an important part of his life. Also see my Facebook WWII 489th AAA (Antiaircraft Artillery Automatic) Weapons Battalion, Fourth. Send me an email if you wish for me send you an invitation to join the Closed Group page. Any family or friends of the WWII 489th are welcomed to join my Facebook Group.
S/Sgt Clarence C Cooper, Sgt John M Costello,Sgt Floyd C Curtis, Sgt Stephen W Dlubala, Sgt Lawrence E Glogowski, Sgt Paul R Schaeffer, Sgt Harry E Skiles Jr, Sgt William F Taylor, Sgt Joseph C Wasnersky, Sgt Edward A Williams, T/4 Vincent J Balon, T/4 William M Cain, T/4 Frank H Fser, T/4 Elwood H Henninger, T/4 Shell A Hooverberg, T/4 Robert D Perkins, Cpl Ivan W Babb, Cpl Richard G Benker, Cpl John H Cain, Cpl Martin M Coyne, Cpl theodore Ducar, Cpl Carmine D Errico, Cpl William G Frederick, Cpl Gerald O Hayes, Cpl George Karan, Cpl Emerson S Kastner Jr, Cpl Clarence E Kitchen, Cpl James M Kline Jr, Cpl Roy A Mansfield, Cpl Godfrey B Miller, Cpl Ray Suarez Jr, Cpl Norman E Watkins, T/5 Ira B Allbritten, T/5 Noel B Bailey, T/5 Claude T Barry, T/5 George C Bloss, T/5 James V Burkhead, T/5 George A Camo, T/5 philip C Cretty, T/5 John B DiMaggio, T/5 Lester R Dixon, T/5 Richard W Donovan, T/5 Thomas Ferelli, T/5 Kenneth L Freshwater, T/5 Granville C Fulk, T/5 George W Gallegly, T/5 Jack...
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Reprinted from Watertown Daily Times Watertown, New York, 15 Oct, 1944 - FOURTH ARMORED DIVISION SETS PACE IN LIBERATING FRANCE; SPEARHEADING THIRD ARMY ADVANCE, GERMANS CALLED MEMBERS “SUPERMEN”; SMASHED 400 TANKS IN SWIFT STRIDES INTO CONTINENT; DIVISION WAS ACTIVATED AT PINE CAMP IN 1941; LED BY MAJOR GENERAL JOHN S. WOOD. - By George J. Daly.
Northern New York’s pride, the famed Fourth Armored Division, spearheaded the Third Army advance across France, smashing 400 enemy tanks, capturing 15,000 and knocking out 1,500 miscellaneous vehicles at a relatively low cost to itself, the War Department revealed today in lifting the cloak of secrecy that has masked the division’s activities since it left the United States.
In its lightning advance under Major General John S. Wood, who took command of the unit shortly before it left Pine Camp where it was formed and trained for sixteen months, the fighting Fourth destroyed the Nazi 77th, 91...
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Headquarters Fourth Armored Division APO 254, US Army 15 October 1944 Commendation. By Commanding Officer, 489th AAA (AW) Bn (SP), JOHN WOOD Major General, U.S. Army, Commanding
1. I commend the officers and men of the 489th AAA Battalion for their outstanding performance in the Battle of Western Europe. This battalion has been attached to the 4th Armored Division since prior to the landings on the beaches of France. During the swift advance of the division, the 489th AAA Battalion was responsible for protection against enemy air attacks. So effective was their fire that this battalion set the highest record for accuracy in the destruction of enemy aircraft in the entire army. On many occasions this battalion was in the forefront of ground actions against the enemy. During the advance through Avranches, one battery of this battalion while protecting bridges south of the town, engaged a large concentration of the enemy resulting in the destruction of the enemy forces and t...
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Headquarters 489th Antiaircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion, APO 403, U.S. Army 1 December 1944 Dear Friend: Christmas is near and I wish as Chaplain of the Battalion to extend to all of the nearest of kin of the personnel my very best wishes for a grand feast, made bright by the fact that you are assured that your dear one are very well are happy and in high spirits. Amid the muck of battle and in the mud they retain their cheerful and youthful outlook and those ideals which make for strength of character, honesty, courage and ambition. They left home swell fellows and they returning SWELL FELLOWS, if not better fellows, matured by their overseas experiences and with a greater appreciation of those standards which will make them useful citizens once they return to civilian life. Their reverential attitude towards their chaplain and their attendance at Religious Service has been excellent. I am very well pleased with them and am glad to reassure I wish I could drop individual...
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WE WEREN’T TO BLAME, THEY SAID, WHEN SLAVES DIED
THE STARS AND STRIPES
10 April 1945
By JAMES CANON, Staff Correspondent
OHRDRUF, Germany, April 9 (Delayed) – The mayor of Ohrdruf did not come back today to the concentration camp on the hill above the town. He had seen what was behind the vines of barbed wire yesterday. Last night he hanged himself.
But all those who became big and rich under Fascism today stood in the filthy street between the shacks of this community of pain. All those who had found Nazism a profitable faith came in their well-cut suits. At the end of the street lay the 30 bodies of the murdered labor slaves. Behind the barracks stacked in a shed were more lime-devoured corpses. Around the bend of the road was the pyre of railroad ties ...
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Wilson Gets Bronze Star.`With the Fourth Armored Division-Pfc. Roy C. Wilson, 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Wilson Sr., Lloydell, Pa., truck driver with the 489th Antiaircraft Artillery (AW) Battalion (SP), has been cited for meritorious service in combat and awarded the Bronze Star by order of Maj.-Gen Hugh J. Gaffey, commanding the Fourth Armored Division. The citation reads in part: The Bronze Star Medal is awarded to Pfc, Roy C. Wilson, Headquarters, 489th Antiaircraft Artillery (AW) Battalion (SP), U. S. Army, for meritorious service in connection with military operations against the enemy from July 17, 1944, to Feb. 4, 1945, in France and Belgium. Pfc, Wilson has been largely responsible for moving thousands of reinforcements to front-line companies. He has driven through enemy-infested country over roads under artillery, mortar and small arms fire without loss or injury to reinforcement personnel. The courage and devotion to duty displayed by Pfc, Wilson reflect great credi...
PFC Roy Wilson. Picture contributed by Laurie Miller daughter of Francis G Miller
Roy Wilson with wife Frances, son Roy & WWII army buddies. Frances believes the buddies are, Mr. John R McQuillen & Mr A.C. Sander.
WWII record of PFC Roy C Wilson and read by the VA at his gravesite during the burial ceremony, page 1 of 2 ROY C. "SCOTTY" WILSON We are here to honor Roy C. "Scotty" Wilson who joined the U.S. army during World War Two and served his time honorable in the European Theater. Freedom was earned at a high price in World War II. The war was from 1941 until 1946. Total Serviceman 16,112,566. Battle Deaths 291,155. Other Deaths 113,842. Total Deaths 404,997 Date of entry into active service was the 19th of Apr. 1943 in New Cumberland, PA. Military Occupational Special. Truck Driver Light. One of his duties was to drive troops to the front lines of the War. Service outside Continental U.S. and return. Date of departure from the U.S. was the 27th of Feb. 1944 to England. Date of return to the U.S.A. was the 29th of Nov. 1945. Foreign Service 1 Year, 9 Months, 3 Days. Continental Service 10 Months, 14 Days. Battles and Campaigns. Normandy; Northern France; Rhi...
WWII record of PFC Roy C Wilson and read by the VA at his gravesite during the burial ceremony, page 2of 2
489th WWII reunion. Roy Wilson is bending down and wearing the checkered sports jacket. His wife Frances is standing behind Roy next to the picture on the left side of the group.
Can you identify names of attendees?
Can you identify names of attendees?
Front table left to right is 1-?, 2- Lester Wilson, 3-?, 4-?, 5- PFC Roy Wilson. Can you identify names of attendees?
Photograph taken by Hotel Photgrapher to reorder photos. Warren J. Harder, Hotel Photographer, Box 505, Phone 2-2961, Harrisburg, PA. Re-order by # 5812
Obituary- Col Allen Murphy 1898 1984 Col. Allen Murphy a highly-decorated WWII Army Veteran VIRGINIA BEACH, VA - Retired Army Col. Allen M. Murphy Sr., a former Secret Service officer and a highly-decorated veteran of World War II , died Friday in a hospital. He was a native of Princess Anne County and the husband of Marguerite W. Murphy. Col. Murphy, a graduate of Randolph-Macon College and Washington and Lee University, served as chief of the Secret Service in Philadelphia, where he was instrumental in solving many notorious cases, and worked with the group known as the Secret Six, which brought about the downfall of the Capone dynasty in Chicago. As an Army officer , in World War II, he served in Europe with the Fourth Armored Division and at one point his unit was in combat for 295 days, the most days of any unit in Gen. Patton's army. His awards include the Purple Heart, Bronze Star with "V" and Oak Leaf Cluster, Croix de Guerre woth Palm, the French Fourrager, Theater of Oper...
489th WWII reunion. Roy Wilson is in last row about 6th from the right side.
489th WWII reunion. Roy Wilson is sitting down on a chair in the second row, on the left side, behind the first person sitting on the floor. Do you know the names and year all of these reunion pictures were taken? The picture is one of the early reuniions.
489th WWII reunion. Roy Wilson is not in this group picture. Roy's good friend Chester is sitting down on the chair on the right. Jason Frost wrote that his grandfather "Emery Frost is sitting in the third chair from the right, wearing a blue suit and tie. I know he regularly attended the reunions." WWII buddies. RIP, Emery Lorenzo Frost, Birth 4 Jan 1923 in Baltimore MD, Death 14 Feb 1996 in Rosedale MD. Family Tree link for T/4 Emory L Frost, 489th AAA AW BN (SP) - Battery B, Born 4 Jan 1923, Death Date:14 Feb 1996, Branch: ARMY, Enlistment Date:14 Apr 1942, Release Date: 5 Dec 1945. Baltimore, Maryland, 21222 USA. http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/58369498/person/46035942594?ssrc=&ml_rpos=1
489th WWII reunion. Roy Wilson is standing in the second row the second person from the left side.
489th AAA AW BN Service Deaths Killed and buried in European Cemeteries 1- Joseph H. Ward Major, U.S. Army Service # O-023823 489th Anti-Aircraft Arty (Automatic Weapons) Battalion Entered the Service from: Alabama Died: 5-Apr-45 Buried at: Plot H Row 15 Grave 5 Netherlands American Cemetery Margraten, Netherlands Awards: Silver Star, Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart 2. Thomas F Dial, 1Lt, SN 01050633, SC, DOD- 10 Nov 1944, Plot B, Row 22, Grave 55, Cemetery- LO - Lorraine, France, LORRAINE AMERICAN CEMETERY AND MEMORIAL 3. Roy E Gordner, TEC5, SN 33602840, PA, DOD 12 Nov 1944 Plot B, Row 22, Grave 55, Cemetery- LO - Lorraine, France, LORRAINE AMERICAN CEMETERY AND MEMORIAL 4. Joseph D Klonowski, TEC5, SN 33677185, PA, DOD 7 Aug 1944, Plot K, Row 14, Grave 14, Cemetery BR - Brittany, France, BRITTANY AMERICAN CEMETERY AND MEMORIAL 5. Vincent J Molica, PVT, SN 33719747, MO, DOD 3 Aug 1944, Plot D, Row 26, Grave 3, Cemetery NO - Normandy, France, NO...
489th WWII reunion. Roy Wilson is standing in the back about the middle between the two sheds and to the right of the guy sitting on another persons shoulder.
Jason Frost wrote that his grandfather "Emery Frost is on the right. I know he regularly attended the reunions." WWII buddies. RIP, Emery Lorenzo Frost, Birth 4 Jan 1923 in Baltimore MD, Death 14 Feb 1996 in Rosedale MD. Family Tree link for T/4 Emory L Frost, 489th AAA AW BN (SP) - Battery B, Born 4 Jan 1923, Death Date:14 Feb 1996, Branch: ARMY, Enlistment Date:14 Apr 1942, Release Date: 5 Dec 1945. Baltimore, Maryland, 21222 USA. http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/58369498/person/46035942594?ssrc=&ml_rpos=1
WWII buddy. Do you know his name?
Roy Wilson on left with WWII buddy.
WWII buddies. Roy Wilson on driver's side of truck.
WWII buddies. Roy Wilson is standing on the right. Do you know their names?
WWII buddies. PFC Roy Wilson is in the center in the rear back row. Do you know the names of others?
Roy C Wilson in center with friends during WWII. Do you know their names?
WWII buddies. Roy Wilson is on the right.
ROY C WILSON PFC US ARMY WORLD WAR II MAR 25 1924, MAR 4 2005
PFC Roy Wilson is on the right.
PFC Roy Wilson is in the standing in the center of the last row.
PFC Roy Wilson is second from the right.
Camp Van Doren
Roy Wilson is second from the left.
Roy Wilson is second from the left. This may be a CCC camp picture before WWII.
PFC Roy Wilson is on the left.
Roy Wilson is on the right. This may be a CCC camp picture before WWII.
Roy Wilson is on the right. This may be a CCC camp picture before WWII.
S/Sgt Kenneth (NMI) Littlefair, S/Sgt Claude D Nidiffer, S/Sgt Garland L Winkleman, Sgt Roy E Prizzell, Sgt Leonard G Leis, Sgt Daniel (NMI) Markus, Sgt George F Martin, Sgt John (NMI) Morris, T/4 Emory L Frost, t/4 Eugene (NMI) Gambill, T/4 Andrew E Natale, T/4 harlod V Whitton, Cpl Willis (NMI) Fussell Jr, Cpl Jack R Hanes, Cpl Robert J Huston, Cpl John S Kovach, Cpl Edward A McGourty, Cpl John S Osika, Cpl Thomas (NMI) Rusen, Cpl Ronald S Slack, Cpl John (NMI) Sowa, T/5 James H Clark, T/5 Ronald C Crist, T/5 George S Jordan, T/5 Joseph R Leyo, T/5 Thurman Z Pearce, T/5 Steve A Reho. T/5 Fenton C Sweet, T/5 Robert V Wilkerson, T/5 Wilbur D Vivian, T/5 William S Zaelerla, Pfc William A Bateman, Pfc Robert (NMI) Collins, Pfc William J Edwards, Pfc Allen E Folk, Pfc Blaine D Helgert, Pfc Charles W Hester Jr, Pfc William T McCloskey, Pfc Burton B Moore, Pfc Michail J Stenich, Pfc Aalbert JJ Wall, Pfc Cecil P White, Pfc john (NMI) Yanuk, Pvt Robert H Eamello, Pvt Salvatore P Ferraro, Pvt Raymond G Kennedy, Pvt Andre J Remillard, Pvt Louis L Yavorsky, Pfc Charles O Straup, Pfc Charles J Toth
Lt. Col. Allen M Murphy (20 Oct 1898-20 Jul 1984 Virinia Beach, VA) - Commander, Captain William W Wilkens Jr, 2nd Lt Marvin Alphin, Capt David Bloom, 2nd Lt Robert C Card, 2nd Lt Charles R Carruth, 1st Lt Thomas f Dial, 1st Lt Levi Day, 2nd lt Russell W Davidson, 2nd Lt Ernest J Ducharme, 1st Lt ellsworth, 2nd Lt Eric Engman, WOJG Albert E Fisher, 2nd Lt Walter J Feldhaus, 2nd Lt William Ford, 1st Lt Louis J Forks, Captain Herman Gikow, 2nd Lt Roscoe K Gregory, Captain James E Hindaarch, 1st Lt Robert D Hannah, 2nd Lt Chester L Harrison, Captain Marvin N Kauder, 2nd Lt robert E Krenelka, 2nd Lt Melvan H McGee, 1st Lt Claude a Morrison, 2nd Lt Arthur P Muenks, Major Vernon M Narrish, 1st Lt John Piribek, WOJG Albert G Perretz, 2nd Lt Ricco, 1st Lt Norman O Roynsdel, 2nd Lt robert Raica, 1st Lt John J Sibert, 2nd Lt Harry B Sutton, 2nd Lt Samuel E Spitzer, 2nd Lt William H Schoell, Captain Robert E Turkleson, Captain Lyle R Van Doren, 1st Lt Albert L Wall, Major Joseph H Ward, Captain William W Wilkens, Captain Wilbert O Weebling.
WITH THE FOURTH ARMORED DIVISION: It was late in the afternoon at the little valley carved out of the hillside by the swift flowing, narrow Werra River. Combat engineers labored to complete their pontoon bridges at Apichra and Creuzburg that were to allow the tanks and infantry of the Fourth Armored Division to drive deeper into Germany’s vitals.
All was quiet. It seemed rather absurd. This was the deepest penetration onto German soil since Napoleon, and yet it was quiet. Then, with a deafening roar, eight FW 190’s and ME 109’s roared down out of the fleecy white clouds. Gunners of B Battery of the 489th AAA Battalion immediately picked out the diving, banking planes and tracked them with their sights. The sharp staccato of the 50’s and the dull thud of the 37’s shattered the calm. The glowing tracers of the fifties searched the air like a man groping in the dark with a flashlight. The, the 37’s bracketed their targets, the 50’s no lo...
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Roy Wilson is in the center of the guys standing.
Roy Wilson is in the center.
Roy Wilson is on the left.
S/Sgt Floyd E Shuler,Sgt Joseph R Beavers, Sgt Thomas D Brennan, Sgt Julious j Perry, T/4 Norman I Henninger, T/4 Harold C Jenkins, T/4Mortimer J McDonald, T/4 Samuel J Mindel, T/4 Carl A Palmquist, T/4 Russel E Troutman, Cpl Michael r Brinzo, Cpl Marion (NMI) Firlan, Cpl Harold B Infield, Cpl henry j Kustra, Cpl Joseph P Maxwell, Cpl Thomas (NMI) Mesquita, Cpl William E Richards, Cpl Edward (NMI) Rychlik, Cpl Edward R Scott, Cpl Joseph J Sewitsky, Cpl Murray (NMI) Stoller, Cpl Robert E Talhelm, Cp, john (NMI) Usuka, Cpl Patrick j white, T/5 Ralph E Bates, T/5 john C Bennett, T/5 George R Bidzinski, T/5 Leo R Biglin, T/5 Joseph M Cawley, T/5 Walter t Cuilis, T/5 Henry J Edler, T/5 Otto F Einer, T/5 Ernest L Facchine, T/5 Lyle (NMI) Fetterhoff, T/5 thomas G Fleming, T/5 Rowland A Gelnett, T/5 Steve J Ginivsjy, T/5 Charles O Gray Jr, Earnest r Hancock, James W Handel, T/5 James S Hockenberry, T/5 James W Hovda, T/5 john M King, T/5 John A Klein, t/5 joseph H Kleinschmidt, T/5 Daniel J Le...
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T/4 Frank Richards, Cpl Joseph F Reilly, T/5 Glenn jackson, T/5 Harry F McFadden, T/5 Lewis L Smith, T/3 Theodore Sookiasian (10-1-1923 Philadelphia PA, d-8-25-2011 Philadelphia PA), T/5 Edward A Wendt, PFC Michael Bobaly, PFC James F Weyandt (Sidman, PA, 85, 19 Apr 1924- d- 14 Jul 2010), PFC Joseph J Horoako, PVT David Irwin, Pvt Raymound C Phillips
S/Sgt Francis A Yestes, Sgt Jojn E Bieranowski, Sgt Victor J Rome, T/4 William J Eckert, T/4 William J Geroulo, T/4 Benjamin Kravitz, T/4 Carmen J Laurino, T/4 Raymond J Namictka, T/4 Lamar O Polm, Cpl Clyde R Baker, Cpl Russell M Biever, Cpl James E Bacharan, Cpl Francis S Cicholski, Cpl Samuel H Eiskowitz, Cpl Andrew R Hagen, Cpl Joseph F Healey, Cpl Martin W Kenopke, Cpl Robert W Lego, Cpl Andrew W Macey, Cpl Theodore J McKinney, Cpl Edward L Miller, Cpl John Pohodich, Cpl Errnest Potter, Cpl Nicholas Schurko, Cpl Mark Yohalem, T/5 Rouben H Ahonen, T/5 Charles Andrejko, T/5 David J Becker, T/5 Eugene N Blick, T/5 William P Caskey, T/5 Dominic A Consales, T/5 Edward J Cook, T/5 Floyd Davis, T/5 Claudio A DePietro, T/5 Alex D Domanski, T/6 Theodore J Gibasiewicz, T/5 Roy E Gordner, T/5 Ernest J Gorring, T/5 Lawrence E Hamill, T/5 Harold A Illig, T/5 Michael S Jadick, T/5 Mile Kachanuk, T/5 Frances J Kuntz, T/5 Patrick J Link, T/5 James C Mathias, T/5 Carl J Mauss, T/5 Leo B McCabe, T/...
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Pvt Roy C Wilson was assigned to the Headquarters Battery. Other members included T/Sgt Julious F Klemstine, T/Sgt Carroll J Nevner. T/Sgt Harold F Toppel, S/Sgt Joseph F Rosso, Sgt George R Smith, Sgt Albert A Aspite, T/4 Leon R Buffington, T/4 Elmer E.S. Conner, T/4 Gerald A davis, T/4 Thomas R George, T/4 James L Kays, T/4 Stephen (NMI) Kolar, T/4 Carl W Weiser, T/4 Chester D Sebastianalli, T/4 Peter F Stravino, T/4 Lester D Wilson, Cpl John F Ercola, Cpl David N Lake, Cpl Edmound L Sheirburn, T/5 Walter E Burns, T/5 Heber (NMI) Caulson, T/5 John A Green, T/5 Frank L Knott, t/5 Robert H Lasher, T/5 Luther N McCullough, T/5 John R McQuillen, T/5 Francis G Miller, T/5 Homer E Miller, T/5 john J Phillips, T/5 Henry d Phillips, T/5 Joseph (NMI) Ridella, T/5 Melvin L Rohrbach, T/5 Eugene R Wright, T/5 Adolph C Sander, T/5 Jaurdad J Sieger, T/5 Joseph E Svebla, T/5 Elrod C Thompson, T/5 Earl S Truscott, Pfc Joseph T Christopher, Pfc James F Coll, Pfc Richard H Crytzer, Pfc Robert W Emeigh...
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489 AAA AW BN Service Deaths 1. Thomas F Dial, 1Lt, SN 01050633, SC, DOD- 10 Nov 1944, Plot B, Row 22, Grave 55, Cemetery- LO - Lorraine, France, LORRAINE AMERICAN CEMETERY AND MEMORIAL 2. Roy E Gordner, TEC5, SN 33602840, PA, DOD 12 Nov 1944 Plot B, Row 22, Grave 55, Cemetery- LO - Lorraine, France, LORRAINE AMERICAN CEMETERY AND MEMORIAL 3. Joseph D Klonowski, TEC5, SN 33677185, PA, DOD 7 Aug 1944, Plot K, Row 14, Grave 14, Cemetery BR - Brittany, France, BRITTANY AMERICAN CEMETERY AND MEMORIAL 4. Vincent J Molica, PVT, SN 33719747, MO, DOD 3 Aug 1944, Plot D, Row 26, Grave 3, Cemetery NO - Normandy, France, NORMANDY AMERICAN CEMETERY AND MEMORIAL 5. Howard O Shaffer, TEC4, SN 36720790, PA, DOD 22 Jul 1945, Plot A, Row 30, Grave 7, Cemetery LO - Lorraine, France, LORRAINE AMERICAN CEMETERY AND MEMORIAL 6. Michael O Shannnon, CPL, SN 33757814, PA, DOD 16 Jul 1944, Plot E, Row 1, Grave 7, Cemetery NO - Normandy, France, NORMANDY AMERICAN CEMETERY AND MEMORIAL 7. Henry F Steinsiek, P...
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489 Newsletter_Editor_Carl_Meiser_List of Aircraft shot down in WWII in Europe as May 1945 for Top Ten Battalions including the 489th AAA Anti-Aircraft Artillery Association 1. 489th 126 total of 507 engaged; 2. 455th 111 of 464 engaged; 3. 777th 83 of 560 engaged; 4. 452d 77 out of 579 engaged; 5. 390th 48 of 269 engaged; 6. 21th 37 of 272 engaged; 7. 129th 35 of 186 engaged; 8. 633d 33 of 201 engaged; 9. 537th 33 of 252 engaged; 10. 463d 31 of 190 engaged.
Roy Wilson is on left standing head partially in shadow.
489th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Gun Battalion (Mobile)
CAREER 119th AAA Bn 489th AAA Bn 574th AAA Bn A.A. M16 HALFTRACK
WWII PHOTO GALLERY DAD'S MILITARY TIMELINE JOURNEY LETTERS LINKS
The following history of the 489th is courtesy of Bob Burggraaf
Son of Calvin Burggraaf
Grand Rapids, MI
(Reprinted from the Watertown (New York) Daily Times - 15 October 1944
4TH ARMORED DIVISION SET IN PLACE IN LIBERATING FRANCE
Spearheadihg Third Army Advance, Germans Called Members "Supermen"
Smashed 400 Enemy Tanks in Swift Strides Into Continent
Division was Activated at Pine Camp in 1941 - Led by Major General John S Wood,
(By George J. Daly, Wshington Bureau Watertown Daily Times)
WASHINGTON, Oct 14, - Northern New York's pride, the famed Fourth Armored Division, spearheaded the Third Army advance across France, smashig 400 enemy tanks, capturing 15,000 and knocking out 1,500 miscellaneous vehicles at a relatively low cost to itself, the War Department revealed today in l...
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Roy C Wilson, James Weyandt, Joe McGinty, Carl S Sr Amato, Fredrick Anderson, Charles Andrejko, Anthony A Ardire, Helen Arvizu, Merle Avise, Clyde R Baker, Rudy Balko, Frances Bellamy, John C Bennett, Donzell Brown, Grace Buffington, Leon Buffington, Johnny Guy Davidson, Carlson Denton, E C Dixon, Clarence Dyanzio, Sam Eiskowitz, Pleva Fleta, Allen Folk, Rhoda Forks, Corrine Gelnett, E Ghilardi, Michael Goldberg, Joseph Havran, Walter Havran, Beatrice Higgins, William T Hoffmann, R Kain, John Kovach, Robert E Krenelka, Henry Kustra, Robert H Lesher, John J Luptak, Ivan Mcgee, Carl Meiser, Frances Miller, John Morrison, Marsha Murphy, Steven Petro, Andre J Remillard, John Rostock, Rosa Scandaliato, Chester Sebastianelli, Joseph Sewitsky, John Shumek, Josephine Shutts, Shirley Sotak, Esther Stoller, Hanse Tangen, Robert E Turkleson, Joseph Wasnetsky, Clifford Weakley, David T Whitlock, Rita Wieser, June Wiest, W W Wilkins, Garland Winkelman, Polly Wright ...
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489th AAA AW Bn (SP)) - Officers Roster 19451. Lt. Col. Allen M Murphy (20 Oct 1898-20 Jul 1984 Virginia Beach, VA) - 2. Commander, Captain William Wyche "Dub" Wilkens Jr (1917-2008), 3....
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489th AAA AW BN (SP) September 1992 Reunion Virginia Beach, VA Delivered in loving memory of Col. Allen M. Murphy, Battaliion Commander. Born October 29, 1898 -Died July 20, 1984
Kate Dudding: Stories From an Army Reunion
In February 1983, when my father knew he was dying, he asked me,
“Will you go to my Army reunion?”
I was confused. As far as I knew, my father had never gone to any of those reunions. All he had ever told me about the war was, “I was a day behind Patton.” And he wanted me, at age 32 and shy with strangers, to go to his reunion? What did he want me to do? Go up to everyone and say, “I’m Kenny Eike’s daughter.” Then what?
I had all those thoughts, but I just told my father, in a puzzled voice, “No.”
Years later, I became a storyteller. In 2000, I was at the National Storytelling Conference and heard some amazing war stories gathered by storytellers in Idaho. Those stories inspired me to try to find my father’s Army unit, the 489th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion, and to find out just what he had done ‘a day behind Patton.’
After several tries, months apart, I finally found the email address of his Army battalion’s newsletter editor...
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from page 660 of http://www.army.mil/cmh-pg/books/wwii/11-4/chapter21.htm March 1945, as XII Corps and Third Army drove east to the Rhine, enemy air activity increased sharply. The 452d experienced more activity during this period than at any other time since entering combat. It had 133 engagements during the month, claiming 42 enemy aircraft destroyed and 23 probably destroyed. On 17 March, two combat commands of the 4th Armored Division spearheading the advance toward the Nahe River were attacked throughout the day by Luftwaffe FW-190's and ME-109's dive bombing and strafing elements of the two commands in groups of two to five from an altitude of about 1,000 feet. Of a total of 53 planes in the area, the white 489th Antiaircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion, attached to the 4th Armored Division, destroyed 12, and the 452d, supporting corps artillery farther to the rear, engaged the remainder as they strafed artillery positions. The 452d destroyed 4 and probably dest...
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Roy C Wilson 1924 - 2005 Roy was a member of the 489th Anti-Aircraft Battalion, Fourth Armored Division, Third Army. He served in the European Theater, landing on Utah Beach on July 14, 1944, and fighting in five major campaigns, including the Battle of the Bulge. He returned home to the Portage PA area and moving to Warren Ohio in 1959 area and lived a long life, proud of his service to his country. He passed away on March 4, 2005, and is greatly missed.
obit for Roy "Scotty" Wilson
Poem read by the VA at WWII veteran PFC Roy Wilson gravesite during the burial ceremony. Would you be pround of your life? "HOW DO YOU SPEND YOUR DASH" I heard a man who stood to speak, At the funeral of a friend. He referred to the dates on the tombstone, from the beginning to the end. He noted that first came the date of birth, And spoke the following date with tears. But he said what mattered most of all, Was the dash between those years. So think about this long and hard; Are there things you'd like to change? For you never know how much time is left, That can still be rearranged. If we could just slow down enough, To consider what's true and real, And always try to understand, The way other people feel. And be less quick to anger, And show appreciation more, And love the people in our lives, Like we never loved before. If we treat each other with respect, And more often wear a smile, Remembering that this special dash, Might only last a little while. So when your euolgy's being read, With your life's actions to rehash, Would you be proud of the things they say, About how you spent your dash.
Roy C Wilson son of WWII veteran PFC Roy C Wilson
489 Newsletter_Editor_Carl_Meiser_Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law. 489th Anti-Aircraft Artillery (Automatic Weapons) Battalion (WWII) (SP) Mr. Carl Meiser 915 Angelita Drive Prescott, AZ 86303 (602) 445-8674 information from: http://www.normandyallies.org/dbase-artillery.htm A brief history of the 489th courtesy of Carl Meiser ~July 29, 1944 first real engagement was in Avranches, France Aug 11, 1944 South to Nantes which sealed off the Cherbourg peninsula. Sept 11, 1944 East to Nancy, France. Engaged enemy just East of Nancy early Nov 1944 Entered Luxembourg for a rest early Dec 1944 North to Bastogne. Major engagement with the enemy. First time in Belgium March 8, 1945 East to Rhine River and entered Germany in March 8 March Went east to Gotha/Erfurt area April 15, 1945 East was the city of Chemnitz just south of Leipzig May 1, 1945 South to Deggendorf/Regen ~May 6, 1945 Into Czechoslovakia May 27, 1945 Arrived in occupation area at Regensburg Our Battalion then went to Unterhocking just below Munich Most men from our battalion went to the cigarette camps in France August to await transportation to the US
Future tenants next to WWII PFC Roy C Wilson are his wife Frances L Claycomb Wilson, daughter-in-law Hyonchu Maria (Kim) Wilson and husband of the son Roy C Wilson.
Son Roy paying respect to his Dad's WWII grave stone.
The following information is courtesy of Bob Burggraaf, Son of Calvin Burggraaf, Grand Rapids, MI HEADQUARTERS THIRD UNITED STATES ARMY Office of the Commanding General APO 403 ......AGP/jrm 15 October 1944. SUBJECT : Commendation. TO : Commanding Officer, 489th AAA (AW) Bn (SP). 1. I commend the officers and men of the 489th AAA Battalion for their outstanding performance in the Battle of Western Europe. This battalion has been attached to the 4th Armored Division since prior to the landings on the beaches of France. During the swift advance of the division, the 489th AAA Battalion was responsible for protection against enemy air attacks. So effective was their fire that this battalion set the highest record for accuracy in the destruction of enemy aircraft in the entire army. On many occasions this battalion was in the forefront of ground actions against the enemy. During the advance through Avranches, one battery of this battalion while protecting bridges south of the town, engaged ...
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William Wyche "Dub" Wilkins, Mr. William Wyche "Dub" Wilkins, Jr. of 2083 Wilkins Road, Alton died Saturday, February 23, 2008 at the age of 91 at his home, Lynwood, where he was born January 10, 1917. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Mt. Carmel Presbyterian Church, where he will lie-in-state from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Rev. Richard Henderson, Rev. Jeaux Simmons and Rev. Michael Texiera will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at his home following the service. He was a retired mail carrier and worked out of the Alton Post Office for 32 years. Additionally, he was a tobacco and cattle farmer all of his life, and he proved that Turbeville cantaloupes could be successfully grown on the wrong side of 58. He was a charter member of the Halifax Livestock Producers Association, and was recognized for outstanding service from them, as well as from the Halifax Soil and Conservation District. ...
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Trumbull County Veterans' Memorial 2008 Dedication Ceremony on Veteran's Day. Guest speaker was Roger Ailes, Chairman & CEO of Fox News Network, Chairman of Fox Television Stations. Roger is a 1957 graduate of Warren G Harding high School.
Trumbull County Veterans' Memorial 2008 Dedication Ceremony on Veteran's Day. Guest speaker was Roger Ailes, Chairman & CEO of Fox News Network, Chairman of Fox Television Stations. Roger is a 1957 graduate of Warren G Harding High School. Roy after the ceremony found and talked to Roger at famous hot dog shop for a few minutes to talk old of memories of the area.
Joseph P. McGinty. McGINTY – Joseph P., 86, lifelong resident of St. Michael, went home to God March 17, 2010, at Memorial Medical Center. Born Sept. 8, 1923, in St. Michael, son of John and Mary (O’Donnell) McGinty of Donegal, Ireland. Preceded in death by parents; brother, Jack, who went down with the USS Indianapolis during World War II; twin brother, Charles “Gene”; sisters, Maureen O’Donnell and Kathleen “Kitty” Hansel; and brother, Alfred. Survived by wife of 63 years, Alice (Huff) McGinty, whom he married July 18, 1946; son, Joseph E., married to Connie Shockey, Salix; daughter, Bridget C., wife of Rickie Turner, Westmont; grandchildren, Melissa H. (Charles), wife of Michael Grose, Hollsopple; and Shawn P. McGinty, Pittsburgh; great-grandson, Tyler Harnish, Tampa, Fla.; brother, James, San Bernardino, Calif..; and too many special friends to list. Joe worked in the St. Michael coal mines, St. Michael company store, Wilson Candy Co. o...
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Photo contributed by daughter Laurie M. and she wrote on 9/26/2010 to Roy Wilson (1947) as follows. Nice to hear from you. My Dad was Francis G. Miller (b-10 Oct 1924, d-10 Aug 1998, Lilly, PA). He was also a truck driver. Mom (Ruth) is still living and is sure that she recognizes your father's name. I have attached a picture of Dad. If you are able to identify the people in the picture you have I would be interested in seeing a copy. Dad attended several reunions and always enjoyed them. The last one they went to was in Scranton probably 15 years ago (1995). Is Mr. Meiser still living? I have been thinking about trying to contact him. I got curious about a Major Ward. Dad said he was a West Point officer who was killed by a sniper's bullet when they were in Germany. If you have any information about Major Ward I would be interested in that also. Dad thought very highly of him and I wondered if I could find out more about him. I also have a picture of Jack McQu...
Lt. C. J. Canyock, Portage Twp., Is Killed in Flight. Navigator previously Had Been Reported as Missing; Also as Safe. PORTAGE - First Lt. Calving J. Canyock, 23, of Porage Twp., navigator on a Flying Fortress, was killed on May 30 while on a flight over Yugoslavia, according to a telegram received from the War department this morning by his parents, Paul and Mary (Hazlett) Canyock. The news of Lt. Canyock's death was a severe shock to members of his family, as he previously had been reported as missing in action and only recently he had been reported to have escaped from Yugoslavia and had again reached his base in Italy safely. The government communication to his parents on July 11 stated that the Portage Twp. aviator had been forced down with members of his crew while on a bombing mission over Yugoslavia, but that he had made his way through miles of enemy lines and had rejoined his outfit in Italy. This message, however apparently was in error, as the date of his death is the s...
Theodore Sookiasian, was born in Philadelphia and he attended Overbrook High School. He planned on going into the medical field, and when World War II started he was assigned the job of battlefield medic. In 1944 he landed on Normandy in France and went on to Paris, which was recaptured by the Allies. He also was in many other countries in Europe such as Germany and Czechoslovakia. The job of a medic during the war was not pleasant and after that experience he no longer wanted to be a doctor. He had many different jobs throughout the years including working in a pet store belonging to his wife's uncle. This made him want to open his own and so in 1979 he opened Treasure Island Pet Center in Westtown. This was followed later by two other stores in Thorndale and in Pottstown. He continues to keep busy by running them and working at them to this day. They are also the place of employment for three of his children and some grandchildren. They became great-grandparents on September 24, 2003...
The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA, July 15, 2010- James F. Weyandt, Obits, SIDMAN, WEYANDT, James F., 85, Sidman, went to be with the Lord July 14, 2010, at Maple Winds Care Center. Born April 19, 1924, in Seesetown, son of the late Fosten L. and Sylvia (Burtnett) Weyandt. Survived by wife of 62 years, the former June C. Penrod; sons, James E., Sidman; and Jeffrey R., married to the former Susan Moore, Windber; and granddaughters, Stephanie, and fiance, Cory Doyka, Clarksburg, W.Va.; and Jenifer, Windber. Also survived by brothers, John (Delores), North Carolina; and Richard (Beverly), Sidman. Member of Windber Church of the Nazarene and Beaverdale American Legion. He was an Army veteran of World War II (Medic, 489th (AAA)Anti-Aircraft Artillery (Automatic Weapons) Battalion (WWII) (SP) . Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Jean H. Kinley Funeral Home, Beaverdale, where service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, the Rev. Don Eller, officiating. Interment, Dunlo United Methodist Cemetery. Military graveside rites by the members of Beaverdale American Legion.
Obituaries- 489th Deaths, listed in various newspapers including the '489 Newsletter_Editor_Carl_Meiser'_ Veterans gone but not forgotten in chronological order. Do you know of others that have passed away? 1. James 'Jim' Weyandt -Med d- Jul 2010 Sidman PA, 2. Joseph 'Joe' McGinty --C Battery d- Mar 2010 St. Michael PA; 3....
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489 Newsletter_Editor_Carl_Meiser_ Reunion Year Record for 489th AAA Anti-Aircraft Artillery Association. Reunions - How Long Have We Been Meeting Like This? 1. 1948 Harrisburg. PA, Penn Harris Hotel Host-?, A Battery only, about 35 people; 2. 1949 Pittsburg, PA, Pittsburg Hotel, A Batttery only, about 35 people; 3. 1950 Scranton, PA, A Battery; 4. 1951 Altoona, PA, First Battalion Reunion, Host- Tom Trexler; 5. 1952 Harrisburg, PA, Host- Bob Lesher; 6. 1953 Pittsburg, PA; 7. 1954; 8. 1955 Scrranton, PA, Host- Chester Sebastianelli; 9. 1956 Reading, PA, Host- Allen Folk; 10. 1957 ?; 11. 1958 ?; 12. 1959 Greensburg, PA; 13. 1960 Minersville, PA; 14. 1961 Scranton, PA, Host- Chester Sebastianelli; 15. 1962 ?; 16. 1963 Pittsburg, PA; 17. 1964 Reading PA, Host- Allen Folk; 18. 1965 Olyphant PA; 19. 1966 Baltimore MD; 20. 1967 Scranton PA; 21. 1968 Pillow PA, Host- Clinton Snyder; 22. 1969 Uniontown PA; 23. 1970 Ebensburg PA; 24. 1971 Reading PA, Host- Allen Folk; 25. 1972 Scranton PA, H...
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Joseph P McGinty was an Army veteran of World War II, having served three and a half years with the 489th Anti-Aircraft Battalion and was wounded in France on Veterans Day, left lay and was wounded again the same day. He received two Purple Hearts, as well as other medals. Member of St. Michael American Legion Post 551 for 58 years, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Disabled American Veterans and Windber Moose Lodge.
Honorably discharged as a T/3. Also he was awarded the Bronze Star for bravery by providing first aid while under fire. Theodore Sookiasian, SR., 87, of West Chester, on August 25, 2011. Ted was the beloved husband of the late Anne Dulgerian, dear brother of Naz Sookiasian, loving father of Regine Glarner (Dave), Patrice Keshgegian (Albert), Ted, Jr. (Beth) and Gregory (Karen) and loving grandfather of 10 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Relatives and friends are invited to his Funeral Mass, 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, August 31, 2011 at St. Mark’s Armenian Catholic Church, 400 Haverford Road, Wynnewood, PA 19096, where friends may call from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M. in church. Interment SS. Peter and Paul Cem, Springfield, PA. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mark’s Armenian Catholic Church at the above address. Arrs. by THE DONOHUE FUNERAL HOME, WEST CHESTER, PA 19382, 610-4319000.
Sookiasian, was born in Philadelphia and he attended Overbrook High School. He planned on going into the medical field, and when World War II started he was assigned the job of battlefield medic. In 1944 he landed on Normandy in France and went on to Paris, which was recaptured by the Allies. He also was in many other countries in Europe such as Germany and Czechoslovakia. The job of a medic during the war was not pleasant and after that experience he no longer wanted to be a doctor. He had many different jobs throughout the years including working in a pet store belonging to his wife's uncle. This made him want to open his own and so in 1979 he opened Treasure Island Pet Center in Westtown. This was followed later by two other stores in Thorndale and in Pottstown. He continues to keep busy by running them and working at them to this day. They are also the place of employment for three of his children and some grandchildren.