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

Richardson thru Ryan

RICHARDSON, Fred M., Sr., Pvt., 44031646. a) Alabama. c) 15 March 45, Germany. d) 30/3. e) Stanton: The 3rd Div. renewed its offensive against the Colmar [Alsace, France] Pocket on 26 Jan. 45 and crossed the Canal de Colmar on 29 Jan. 45. At the end of the month it took Horbourg and was at the outskirts of Colmar. 30th Inf. entered Germany 13 Mar. 45. f) Lorraine American Cemetery, St. Avold, France, Plot C, Row 23, Grave 73. g) Carl A. Settle, 124 Culotta Drive, Hampton, Virginia 23666. h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.

RIDER, Hollis M., Pvt., 37694938, DOB 2/9/1918. a) Garwin, Iowa. b) April-September 1944, C/83/15. c) 27 November 1944, near Kriegsheim, north of Strasbourg, France. d) K/315/79. e) "Company K was attacking the town of Kriegsheim, France. It was a clear day and his company was bravely advancing towards the enemy. The enemy began firing on them with machine gun and rifle fire. At 2 p.m. he was caught in a burst of machine gun fire." (letter from his daughter). Stanton: The 79th Division took Embermenil 3 October 1944 and battled for the high ground east of the town 15-22 October and was relieved in this area 23 October. It rested at Luneville and returned to the attack 13 November with the 314th and 315th Regiments out of the Montigny area which carried it across the Vezousse with the capture of Fremonville 19 November. It consolidated north of Strasbourg 25 November and began the assault on Haguenau. f) U. S. Military Cemetery, Epinal, France; permanent burial Garwin, Iowa. g) Daughter, Judy Rider Woodbury, 8580 E. Sells Drive, Scottsdale, Arizona 85251, mj2511az@cox.net, 480-945-3180. "If anyone knew my father," she asks, "please contact me." Also, son, Ralph James Rider, Murfreesboro, Tennessee. See also Nick Russ' entry in this Roll of Honor. h) Age at death, 26 years, 10 months. Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.

RISCH, Marvin D., Pvt. a) Elkton, South Dakota. b) 1943. c) 15 March 1945, vicinity Colmar, France. d) 3rd Infantry Division. e) Stanton: The Third Infantry Division began its attack toward the Maginot Line on 5 December 1944 and cleared Bennwihr 24 December 1944, after which it was relieved by the 28th Infantry Division. The division renewed its offensive against the Colmar Pocket on 26 January 1945 and crossed the Canal de Colmar on 29 January 1944, then took Horbourg and was on the outskirts of Colmar. It assaulted the West Wall Line 18 March 1945. f) U. S. Military Cemetery St. Avold, France, Plot A, Row 8, Grave 89; reinterred at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Section C, Block 3, Grave 7951. g) Hannah Drexler, Kariann Lien, and Derek Wooters, 8th Grade, Brandon Valley Middle School, Brandon, South Dakota. For further information, see <http://www.state.sd.us/military/Vet Affairs/sdwwiimemorial/SubPages/profiles/Display.asp?P=1608> . h) Marvin Risch volunteered and was inducted on August 23, 1944, three weeks after news that his older brother Emery had been killed in action with the 15th U. S. Army Air Force in Italy. Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.

RODGERS, Wilson F., PFC, 39209620. a) Washington State. b) July-Oct. 43, B/68/14. c) 16 Nov. 44, Alsace, France. d) K/409/103. e) Killed attacking machine gun position, for which he received the Distinguished Service Cross. e) Stanton: The 103rd Div. arrived at Marseille, France on 20 Oct. 44 and relieved the 3rd Inf. Div. at Chevry 8-9 Nov. 44. It attacked toward St. Die in the Vosges Mountains 16 Nov. 44 and fought through. strong opposition to clear the hill mass below the town. f) American Cemetery, Epinal, France, Plot B, Row 17, Grave 60. g) Harold O. Rorem, 4112 Janet Lane, Brooklyn Center, Minnesota 55429, in the same company and platoon at Fannin, and roommate during ASTP at Texas A&M. "Friends in 103rd told me shortly after his death." h) Distinguished Service Cross (left), Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.

RODMAN, John S., Pvt., 33925294. a) Pennsylvania. b) Sept.-Dec. 44, D/64/13. c) 28 May 45. d) 71/44. f)Lorraine American Cemetery, St. Avold, France. g) Carl A. Settle, 124 Culotta Drive, Hampton, Virginia 23666. h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.

RODRIAN, Roland G., 2nd Lt., O-1052136. b) 1943, Pay and Records Section, BIRTC. d) 76th Inf. Div. g) Percy C. Menning, 57 Fox Point Drive, Appleton, Wisconsin 54911, a staff sergeant in the Pay and Records Section May 43-March 44. Also a Section member, the late Harley Errett, a warrant officer and husband of CFA Corresponding Secretary Viola Errett. h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.

ROSEBERRY, Walter F., PFC, 37721699. a) Sedgwick County, Kansas. b) Sept. 43-Jan. 44, C/67/14. d) 1/6. g) Kenneth L. Rigby, 104 E. 19th St., Hays, Kansas 67601-3218, in the same company at Fannin, from 6th Div. list of casualties. h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.

ROSENBAUM, Chester L., S/Sgt., 37003727. a) Cedar County, Missouri. g) Carl A. Settle, 124 Culotta Drive, Hampton, Virginia 23666.

ROSENQVIST, Mark D., 37568014. a) Nerstrand, Minnesota. b) July-Oct. 43, B/68/14. c) 1944, France. d) Hq. Co., 23rd Tank Bn., 12th Armd. Div., tank driver. f) Nerstrand, Minnesota. g) Harold O. Rorem, 4112 Janet Lane, Brooklyn Center, Minnesota 55429, in the same company and platoon at Fannin, and roommate during ASTP at Texas A&M. Learned of Mark’s death through mutual friends in 12th Armd. "I visited his parents after the war." h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.

ROSS, Fred C. , Jr., PFC, 18214622. a) Ft. Worth, Texas. b) A/66/14, July-Oct. 1943. c) 16 November 1944, near St. Die in Vosges Mountains. d) 409/103. e) Stanton: The 103rd Infantry Division arrived at Marseille, France on 20 October 1944 and relieved the 3rd Infantry Division at Chevry 8-9 November 1944. It attacked toward St. Die in the Vosges Mountains 16 November 1944 and fought through strong opposition to clear the hill mass below the town. f) Epinal American Cemetery, Epinal, France, Plot A, Row 35, Grave 3. g) Charlie E. Seyster, Col., USAF Ret., 205 Shoreline Drive, Malakoff, Texas 75148. Col. Seyster and Fred Ross were in college together at Texas A&M before induction, trained together at Fannin, then were in ASTP together at Texas Tech. When ASTP folded, Fred Ross was shipped to an infantry division at Camp Howze, Texas and Col. Seyster to Engineer OCS at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia. Further information provided by Carl A. Settle, 124 Culotta Drive, Hampton, Virginia 23666. h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.

ROY, John David, Pvt., 35083632, DOB March 20, 1911. a) Chicago, Illinois b) May- September 1944 c) March 16, 1945, Frorath, Germany, east of the Rhine between Bonn and Koblenz d) G/2/393/99 e) Killed by friendly fire, artillery laid down short of enemy target, shrapnel wound in back. Stanton: The 99th crossed the Rhine at Remagen March 10-11 and took over the southern flank of the bridgehead, withstanding counterattacks and expanding it through the Honnigen Wall into Honnigen which fell after heavy combat by March 16. f) Henri-Chapelle American Military Cemetery, Belgium, Plot D, Row 4, Grave 60. g) son, Tom Roy, 541 Evans, Missoula, Montana 59801, <tomandsue@bresnan.net>. h) Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.

RUSS, Nick. b) April-September 1944, C/83/15. c) December 1944. Nick trained with Hollis M. Rider, who was also killed in action, on November 27, 1944. We have no further information on Nick Russ and will greatly appreciate any information you can provide. Hollis M. Rider’s wife Betty prepared a scrapbook for her two children, who were four and almost two at the time of his death, which had a notation under Nick Russ’ picture that he was killed in action December 1944. Hollis M. Rider’s daughter, Judy Rider Woodbury, provided the information on both of the men. Her address is 8580 E. Sells Drive, Scottsdale, Arizona 85251; mj2511az@cox.net ; 480-945-3180. See also Hollis M. Rider’s entry in this Roll of Honor. h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.

RYAN, James Kirby. a) Seattle, Washington. b) Aug.-Nov. 43, B/63/13. c) Fall 1944, ETO. g) Leo S. Jensen, 195 Horseshoe Circle, Athens, Georgia 30605, in same company at Fannin.