Camp Fannin Roll of Honor

The continued work of Elmer Horne

Fannin Veterans who died in uniform during World War II
All gave some, but some gave all.

ROLL OF HONOR

Cabrel thru Cornforth

CABRAL, John, PFC, 39147583, DOB 1916. a) Oxnard, California. b) 1944. c) March 25, 1945, at the Rhine River in the Buderich-Wallach-Rheinberg area. d) Co. A, 1st Bn., 117th Regt., 30th Infantry Division. e) Stanton: The 30th Division assaulted across the Rhine with three regiments abreast March 24, 1945 in the Buderich-Wallach-Rheinberg vicinity after heavy artillery shelling of German positions. It made contact with the British 1st Commando Brigade the next day and pushed through heavily-defended wooded terrain. f) Netherlands American Cemetery, Margraten, Holland. g) Antoine Nouens, <bulge@hotmail.com>, a citizen of Holland, who lives near the cemetery. h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.

CAGNEY, Joseph Philip, PFC. , 36675636, DOB 8/10/24. a) Oak Park, Illinois. b) August- November, 1943, A/63/13. c) 30 Oct 44, Catmon Hill, Leyte, P.I. d) K/381/96. e) Participated in land invasion of Leyte where he was wounded 29 Oct 44 and died of his wounds next day. Awarded Bronze Star for heroic action against enemy. Stanton: The 96th Infantry Division arrived in Hawaii 23-31 July 1944, and trained on Oahu where it prepared for operations on Yap. The division moved to Eniwetok Island 11 September 1944 and was informed its participation in the Yap operations was cancelled 15 September 1944, and it was diverted to Leyte Island, Philippines instead. The division remained afloat at Eniwetok Anchorage until departed 28 September 1944 for Manus Island, where it arrived 3 October and there remained afloat until leaving for Leyte 14 October. The Division landed near Dulag 20 October and took San Jose and advanced inland across swampy terrain against pillboxes, the 381st and 383rd Regiments fighting at Catmon Hill 21-29 October 1944. f) Military cemetery, Leyte, P.I., reinterred Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside, Illinois, Lot 25, Block 1. g) Jim Cagney, brother, 296 Country Club Drive, Prospect Heights, Illinois 60070. h) Bronze Star Medal (left), Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge, and Philippine Unit Citation Badge.

CARMEN, James. a) Mt. Vernon, Indiana. b) Aug-Dec 44. c) 1945, European Theater of Operations. g) Richard Hawkins, P.O. Box 992, Atascadero, California 93423.

CASTRO, Salomon, S/Sgt., 38579911, DOB 10/17/10. a) El Paso, Texas. b) 1944, C/68/12. c) 5 March 1945, Germany. d) 12/4. e) Stanton: “On 28 February 1945 the 4th Division crossed the Pruem River in force. Gondelsheim was taken 4 March 1945 and the division raced out of the Pruem bridgehead behind the 11th Armored Division to the Kyll 6 March 1945.” f) American Cemetery in Belgium, reinterred Ft. Bliss National Cemetery, Texas 29 April 1949. g) Luis Castro, son, 22905 Wren St., Grand Terrace, Calif. 92313-5558. Further correspondence with Sgt. Castro’s great-granddaughter, Kayla Castro, 11407 Turko Avenue, Hesperia, California 92345. h) 33-year-old father of eight when drafted. Killed at age 34. Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.

CHARGO, Sylvan, PFC, 37575756. b) Fall-Winter 43-44, B/55/11. c) 7/15/44, Normandy, France. d) Company M, APO 15186. e) Three men in a machine gun platoon were on patrol at night. Their assignment was to wipe out an enemy machine gun nest. As the three approached the enemy in the dark with hand grenades as their weapons, two machine guns opened fire and Sylvan was the only one directly in their path. One of the other men was wounded, the third one unscratched. f) La Cambe, Normandy. g) Kim Groff, 6414 Shoreline Drive, Little Elm, Texas 75068, <kgroff@sbcglobal,net>, discovered letter while researching in Whiteman home in Tyler. h) Mrs. Whiteman wrote Sylvan a letter on D-Day, June 6, 1944. It was the one returned with the handwritten notation “Deceased 7-15-44. Sylvan had also written Mrs. Whiteman a letter on D-Day, and it is printed along with several others in Mrs. Groff’s book titled The Fitzgerald House (see page 2). h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.

CHARLES, Avery T., Sgt., 35108617 a) Washington County, Indiana b) Fall 1943-Spring 1944, cadre 63/13. c) ETO (Battle of the Bulge). g) J. D. Henley, 12321 Swanson, Marana, Arizona 85653, trainee in deceased’s Fannin outfit. h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.

CLAPP, Kenneth F. , Pvt., 31388725 a) Winchendon, Mass. b) Aug-Dec 1943. c) 18 June 1944, France. g) Leon St. Pierre, 3325 Blain Place, Tyler, Texas 75701; They were high school classmates and took basic at the same time at Fannin though in different outfits; visited several times during basic. h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.

CLOVER, Philip E., Sgt., 38691546 a) Grant County, Oklahoma b) Spring 1944. c) 1/28/45, Luxembourg. d) 10th Regt., 5th Inf. Div. e) The Fifth Division, deeply enmeshed in the Battle of the Bulge, made a surprise crossing of the Sauer River near Diekirch, Luxembourg on January 18, 1945, and by the end of the Battle of the Bulge [January 25] the Division had driven north to the Our River. Sgt. Clover had survived the Bulge, but died within the week as the 5th continued its drive east into Germany. g) Brad Clover, son, 106 Carlisle, Enid, OK 73703. h) Son Brad Clover wrote: “My mother, my brother, and I came to Tyler to be near my dad, and my mother did washing and ironing for some of the men in my dad’s barracks. I would like to hear from anyone who served with my dad at Fannin or in Europe under Patton.” Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.

COLDICOTT, Frederick Bryan, Pvt., 36960241, DOB 10/22/1921. a) Roseville, Michigan. b) March-Aug 44. c) 10/22/44 Wurselen, Germany. d) 120/30. e) Assault on Siegfried Line. f) American Military Cemetery, Margraten, Holland, Grave 22, Plot L, Row 9. g) D-Day In South Limburg – A Diary of Liberation published in Holland in memory of the liberators. h) Pvt. Coldicott died on his 23rd birthday, a day after the capitulation of Aachen. He was born in England and came to America with family at age of 3. Had a private pilot's license. Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.

CORNFORTH, Lorraine H., Pfc., 39933049, DOB January 27, 1925. a) Aberdeen, Idaho. b) Summer-Fall 1944. c) 11 March 1945, Stiring Wendel, France. d) K/274/70. e) Stanton: The 274th and 275th Regiments cleared the heights commanding both Saarbruecken and Stiring Wendel by 24 February 1945. The division attacked beyond the Forbach-Saarbruecken Road on 3 March 1945, supported by the 12th Armored Division. The 274th finally captured Stiring Wendel on 5 March 1945 after heavy combat, and divisional patrols reached the outposts of the West Wall on 6 March 1945. The German forces withdrew 13 March 1945. f) American Military Cemetery at St. Avold, France; re-interred 27 December 1945 at Aberdeen, Idaho Cemetery. g) Kari Teeter Randoll, great niece, 450 E. Birnie Slough Road, Cathlamet, Washington 98612. h) Pfc. Cornforth was home on furlough during the 1944 Christmas holidays and was shipped overseas soon after. He’d been in the combat zone about 30 days at the time of his death. He had written his parents that he had been back from the front after three weeks of tough fighting, and had an opportunity to shave and clean up. Also, he had been able to spend a night with his brother, Pfc. LeRoy Cornforth, with the Signal Corps in France, and the boys had enjoyed the visit. Apparently he returned to action after the night spent with LeRoy and made the supreme sacrifice within 24 hours of that time. Another brother, Pfc. Leonard Cornforth was in training at Camp Fannin at the time of Lorraine’s death. Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.