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

 

Sersha thru Siek


SERSHA, John Paul, Private, 37580467 a) Leonidas (Leoneth), Minnesota. b) January-May(?), 1944, D/56/12. c) 27 September 1944, Kiekberg Forest near Groesbeek, Holland. d) Co. F/325 th Glider Inf. Regt./82nd Airborne Div. e) In Operation Market Garden (17-25 September 1944), the 325 th Glider Infantry Regiment was towed on 23 September to the Netherlands with landing zones n.ear Overasselt. Originally tlie 325tl1 was to be towed on the third day of operation, but due
to the weather, they were delaye-0 until the 23 rd . Ou 27 September, in an attack on Kiekberg Forest, John Sersha became missing in action. His body was never recovered and he was officially declared killed in action on 27 September.

The Market Garden Operation is the .subject of the film A Bridge Too Far. g) Richard A. Lohry, nephew, 9181 Pihlaja Road, Angora, Minnesota 55703-8249 who provided the following additional infonnation on 12 November 2014: ohn became MIA on his first com bat mission in the Market Garden Operation. He was declared KIA in 1945. His remains were not recovered and his name is on the Wall Of Remembrance in the Margraten Military Cemetery in the Netherlands, However, last November, the day after installing a memorial paver in the Virginia, Minnesota War Memorial with John's name, etc., I was contacted by Mr. Danny Keay in Germany. He is semi-retired from the army and is a military archaeologist. In going over X Files and also IDPF files he discovered that John's remains may have been found in 1948. They are now buried in a numbered grave in Neuville, Belgium [Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial). I am currently trying to obtain an exhumation order for DNA analysis.

John's brother Paul and I have submitted DNA samples to the military lab. I have copies of the files and it appears that the forensic evidence, and especially the circumstantial evidence warrants the exhumation order. If in fact a positive ID is made, the remains will be reburied with full military honors at any cemetery in the world. I am hoping that this takes place while his remaining older brother Paul, now 95, is still alive.

SHERMAN, Nathan Gilbert, PFC, 33664113. a) Cross Keys, Virginia. b) Sept.-Dec. 44, C/64/13 and C/58/12. c) 11 Feb. 45, Germany. d) C/318/80. e) Stanton: After massive artillery preparation, the 80th Division attacked across the Our and Sauer on 7 Feb. 45 with the 319th Inf. at Wallendorf and the 318th near Dillingen. The heavy fire from the West Wall positions and swift current combined to prevent any bridging. As the West Wall fortifications and pillboxes were slowly reduced the bridgehead was expanded. f) Luxembourg American Cemetery; reinterred St. Paul’s Cemetery, Grottoes, Virginia. g) Carl A. Settle, 124 Culotta Drive, Hampton, Virginia 23666, who trained in the same company at Fannin, and offers a roster including Nathan Sherman’s name. See page 3, February 2003 issue of Camp Fannin Guidon. h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.

SHEWCRAFT, Herman C., PFC, 35815761. a) Kentucky. b) Sept.-Dec. 44, C/64/13 and C/58/12. c) 29 April 45, Germany. d) 71/44. e) Stanton: "On 25 April 45 … the 71st Inf. Regt. crossed the Iller at Dietenheim and cleared Voehringen. The [44th] Div. then followed the 10th Armd. Div. and cleared Fuessen and Wertach on 28 April 45…and rushed through the Fern Pass and entered the Inn Valley." f) Lorraine American Cemetery, St. Avold, France, Plot E, Row 21, Grave 34. g) Carl A. Settle, 124 Culotta Drive, Hampton, Virginia 23666, who trained in the same company at Fannin, and offers a roster including Herman Shewcraft’s name. See page 3, February 2003 issue of Camp Fannin Guidon.

SHOUSE, James Aubrey, PFC, date of birth May 30, 1925. a) Dublin, Virginia. b) Fall 1943. c) September 12, 1944, France. f) New Dublin Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Dublin, Virginia. 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 killed during the war. h) Entered the Army September 4, 1943, trained at Camp Fannin and Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, Served in Italy and France. Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge

SIEK, Leonard O., PFC, 35845850, DOB 2/6/1919. a) Pemberville, Ohio. b) July-November 1944, B/66/14. c) March 17, 1945, Luzon, near Norton's Knob. d) H/27/25. e) Stanton: The 25th Division redeployed to La Paz and prepared to assault the Caraballo Mountains. The offensive was initiated 21 Feb. 45 as the division drove up Highway 5 toward Balete Pass. On 15 Mar. 45 the division began the battle for Norton's Knob where entrenched Japanese repulsed attacks for the next ten days. f) Re-buried 8/18/1948 in New Albany National Cemetery, Ind., Sect. F, Site 129. g) Paul Rolf, a hometown friend, who was inducted with Leonard, trained with him at Camp Fannin, and fought with him on Luzon. “As I went through his company when my recon troop was relieved,” Paul writes, “I asked about him and was told he was killed in the battle leading to the Congo Fortress.” Additional information from Shane Olson, Halma, Minn., and Patricia M. Hock, Kentucky National Cemetery Complex. h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.