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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
My Father S/Sgt Michael B Sonn was assigned to Company F 2nd Bn 142 Inf from 1942 until 1945, I enjoy looking thru the museum files and finding so many facts about the 36th Div
RE: Carl A Hildenbrand POW270587 Camp Stalag II B Good Evening, Please contact me. My Grandfather was listed as MIA and i have a list of POWS that are listed as MIA also. I cross referenced the list with my Grandpops Book that he kept while in POW camp, he kept lists of fellow POW American Heroes! He has Poems, drawings, and letters. This info was heavily sought out by other entities, and i was elated to see the 36th infantry division celebrated by your museum. My Grand pop was apart of a 4 star Family and his Eldest brother was KIA. My Grandpops sons followed his service in the military and his son in law was a paratrooper in the 101st! My mother (Carl Hildenbrands daughter) also had a daughter in the Army! We are very proud of our Grandfathers service and surviving the Rapido River Battle. We would love to visit Austin,Tx and share any documents that will benefit your Museum. Please feel free to contact me anytime! My un!cle has taken hundreds of hours to document My Grandfathers time abroad and that accompanied with the letters from my Gramps to my Grandmom showed me the loving side of my Tough War Torn Grandpop! His times are documented online and also lists of his fellow Heroes that were in the POW camp! I cross referenced the list with your 36th Infantry Roster and alot of Guys made it home! God bless your work and the Museum! And God Bless the Fallen of the 36th! If it wasn't for Men as Brave as The 36th we wouldn't have our Freedom! Bill Van Auken.....Billvanauken@gmail.com
Ann Morton Neale, My dad was also in the 36th during the Italian Campaign. I would love to find the big book with all the pictures. I may be willing to take all of your books. email: email@example.com
My dad was in the 36th. He collected just about every book written about the division in WWII. No one in my family wants them. I would love to give them a new home.
What does NMI next to a name on the Roster mean? No Middle Initial
I am writing on behalf of my grandfather who served in the 36th infantry Division 143rd infantry A Company. He has been telling me his stories of WWII since I was a little kid. I have now memorized all of his stories. To all the soldiers who served in the 36th infantry thank you! You truly are the greatest generation. Today, at 95 yrs old my grandfather still wears his 36th infantry pin on his jacket along with his hat. Many great stories and men of the fighting 36th!