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

Eckard thru Galley

ECKARD, Franklin G., Sr., Pfc, 34963591. a) Connelly Springs, North Carolina. b) A/84/15, Spring 1944. c) 28 November 1944, Farbersville, France. d) A/317/80. e) Killed by small arms fire as unit was withdrawing from Farbersville. Stanton: “The division attacked across the Seille River 8 November 1944 with three regiments abreast. It advanced despite mud, mines, and highway congestion to seize a bridge at Faulquemont over the Neide Allemande River on 20 November 1944. It took St. Avold 27 November 1944 then fought the battle of Farbersville.” f) Temporary burial in a military cemetery in Europe; remains returned to U. S. in 1947 and buried at Mt. Harmony Methodist Church Cemetery, Icard, North Carolina 28666. g) Franklin Eckard, Jr., son, P.O. Box 657, Hildebran, North Carolina 28637. h) Killed in just his eighth month in the Army; he was 34 years old and left four small children, the eldest 9 years old. His widow was still living at age 93 in 2003. Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.

FAHNESTOCK, Floyd A., Pvt.., 33512488 a) Dauphin County, Pennsylvania c) 5 July 44, Normandy. d) B/115/29. g) George Cason, Jr., 1705 Shelmire Drive, Dallas, Texas 75224-1339; information provided by John Hooper, 8 Fox Hollow Road, Joshua, Texas 76058-4869. h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.

FAHRENKRUG, Frank H., Pvt., 37646240. a) Iowa. c) 16 May 1945, Okinawa. d) K/307/77. e) Stanton: The 306th and 307th Regiments fought the Battle of Chocolate Drop Hill 11-20 May 45. f) Officially listed as missing in action, Frank H. Fahrenkrug’s name is inscribed on Tablets of the Missing at Honolulu Memorial, Hawaii. g) Fannin Vet Carl A. Settle, 124 Culotta Drive, Hampton, Virginia 23666. Additional information provided by son of Frank H. Fahrenkrug. h) Bronze Star Medal (right), Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.

FARRIS, Fred C., Pvt., 37738969. a) Buchanan County, Missouri. b) April 1944. c) 22 October 1944, Germany. d) 120/30. e) Stanton: The 30th Infantry Division attacked across the Wurm River between Aachen and Geilenkirchen 2 October 1944 against strong German opposition, and the following day the 117th Inf. seized Uebach after house-to-house fighting as the 119th finally captured Rimburg Castle. The division was assisted by the 2nd Armored Division as it continued slow progress in the West Wall, but was checked by a German counterattack on 9 October 1944 which isolated the 119th Inf. at North Wuerselen. The encirclement of Aachen was completed regardless on 16 October 1944 when the division made contact with the 1st Infantry Division. f) Netherlands American Cemetery, Margraten, Netherlands, Plot A, Row 5, Grave 9. g) Phillip Farris, son, 7806 N. Stoddard Ave., Kansas City, Missouri 64152-2165; phillipfarris@sbcglobal.net . h) Fred Farris’ wife Mrs. Louise Marie Farris, received a letter, date not known, from Miss Mia Geilen of Schaesberg, Holland, saying, “I adopted your husband’s grave in March 1945. It is a great honor for us that we are able to look after the grave of your dear husband who gave his life to free us…He gave his life for us Holland people who lived under the hated oppressors for years…” Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.

FEIGENBAUM, Irving A., PFC, 42187270. a) Essex County, New Jersey. b) Sept-Dec 1944, 58/12. g) Carl A. Settle, 124 Culotta Drive, Hampton, Virginia 23666, a fellow-trainee at Fannin.

FISHER, Kermit Camden, PFC, 35757903, DOB November 22, 1922. a) Glenville, West Virginia. c) September 17, 1944, northern Italy north of the. Arno River. d) C/338/85. e) During the night of September 16, 1944 in the course of an attack on the German Gothic Line, Kermit was a platoon runner maintaining contact between his platoon's thre.e squads receiving intense enemy fire during an attack on a major objective. After the enemy was forced from their position, Kermit joined in another assault against a double bunker position and using rifle. fire and grenades forc.ed his way to the bunker itself and was killed by machine gun fire. f) Originally buried at Castlefiorentino, Italy, then buried in the Stalnaker Cemetery in Glenville, West Virginia on March 3, 1949. g) Rodney Young, Kermit's nephew. h) Bronze Star (right), Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge. Posted I I November

FLESH, Alfred L., Jr., T5, 35872240 . a) Columbus, Ohio. b) July-Nov 43, B/63/13; c) Leyte, Philippine Islands, 8 Jan 45; d) A/718 Amph Tractor Bn, attached to 77th Inf. Div. e} Made the initial assault landing on Leyte, killed by enemy mortar fire during a follow-up landing; f) Permanent burial at the American Military Cemetery in Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippine Islands, Plot B, Row 7, Grave 14. g) William J. Reilly, 93 Park Ave., Unit 1504, Danbury, Connecticut 06810, friend from Camp Fannin who served in the same outfit overseas. h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.

FOLDEN, Lawrence F., Pvt., 37582120, 12/24/23. a) Holt, Minnesota b) 1943-44. c) September 7, 1944, vicinity Coat-Ly-Ogan, Crozon Peninsula, Brittany, France. d) 28th Regiment/8th Infantry Division. e) Stanton: On 25 August 1944, the 8th Infantry Division initiated the attack on the outer defenses of Brest after a preparatory bombardment, battled up Hill 80, and made an all-out assault on the fortress-city 8 September 1944. f) Folden Mission Cemetery, northwest of Holt, Minnesota. g) Shane Olson, Adjutant, 9th District Sons of American Legion, 216 Railroad Avenue South, Halma, Minnesota 56729-2908, who learned of his death while researching for soldiers from his area killed during the war. Shane Olson also provided information for Robert E. Harms, another Fannin vet from his area of Minnesota, also killed in Brittany in September 1944 while fighting with the 29th Infantry Division. “Lawrence Folden and Robert Harms were in the same vicinity of Coat-Ly-Ogan when they were killed just three days apart,” Shane reports. h) Entered service in December 1943 and arrived in England June 1944. Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.

FOLTZ, Walter L., Pvt., 39709003 a) San Bernardino, California b) 1944. c) 22 June 1944, Cherbourg, France. d) H/2/12/4. e) Stanton: The 4th Infantry Division arrived in England 26 January 1944 and assaulted Normandy, France 6 June 1944. g) Nephew, Lester O. Foltz, Jr., Redmond, Washington. h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.

FORTENBERRY, Kohlin D., S/Sgt. a) Garvey, California. b) D/52/11 (basic trainee). c) Aug 1, 1944, France. g) Howard H. Hoblet, 6628 Tully-Harrison Road, Convoy, Ohio 45832, company clerk D/52/11 both at Camp Robinson, Arkansas and Camp Fannin. Learned of deceased’s death from Letter 4, dated Jan. 1, 1945, sent out to former members of D/52/11 by John B. Culbertson, then stationed in Ft. Meade, Md. h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.

FULLER, D. C., S/Sgt., 38516177. a) Rosston, Arkansas. c) Nov. 24, 1944, Germany. d) A/175/29. e) Stanton: The 29th Infantry Division began the offensive for the Roer 16 November 1944 with the 115th and 175th Inf. leading. Setterich was taken by the 116th after heavy combat 19 Nov. 44, enabling the the 2nd Armored Div. to push through. The 175th Inf. took and lost Bourheim and then recaptured it and held it in the face of strong German counterattacks 23 Nov. 44. f) Mt. Moriah Cemetery, 12 miles south of Prescott, Arkansas on U.S. 371. g) Sister, Mrs. Wanda Fuller Steed, 608 Brookhaven Court, Jacksonville, Arkansas 72076-3703. h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.

GALLEY, Harold B., Pvt., 37738946, DOB March 17, 1912. a) Omaha, Nebraska. b) Spring 1944, B/63/13. c) November 17, 1944, Germany. d) Company C, 16th Inf. Regt., 1st Infantry Division. e) Stanton: The 1st Inf. Div. laid siege to the fortress city of Aachen on Sept. 12, 1944 and the city was finally taken on Oct. 21. The division then opened the First Army's offensive to secure the Roer River Crossings east of Aachen on Nov. 16. This was the beginning of the controversial Huertgen Forest Battle which lasted almost five months and killed or incapacitated 33,000 First Army men. f) Henri Chappelle #1, Belgium, Plot X, Row 1, Grave 20; Columbus Cemetery, Columbus, Nebraska. g) Daughter, Carolyn A. Givan, 6920 Poudre Road #10, Greeley, Colorado 80634, (979) 353-7967, <carolyngivan@comcast.net> . She writes: "My father wrote quite a nice letter to me when I was a little girl that tells in detail how they traveled. He also tells me why he is fighting and for whom. It is a patriotic letter written from one of the cattle cars in which the men were transported. This letter was printed in The Omaha World Herald on Thanksgiving Day, 2008." h) Harold Galley was 32 years old and married with children at the time he was drafted and had been in the Army less than eight months when he was killed. Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.