Wyomingites

Gave Their All
 
WW II

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Completed

All weblinks within this document are " BLUE "

INCLUDING:   Ships, Army Divisions, and Marine Divisions !

LAST UPDATE:

December 4, 2019

( Originally created January ~ 2018 )

In Memory

     The following list was created in the memory of the brave men and women from Platte County, Wyoming that gave their all for their State and Country during World War II.  Soldiers, Sailors and Merchant Marines, are all included on this listing.

     There are personal "online memorials" for each of these honored men and women that were created for them by using the "Find A Grave" website.   You will see a blue " Yes " behind their names and by clicking on the " Yes " you will see their personal memorial that has been created for them.   On "many" of the online memorials you will see a small biography for each soldier which includes: parent's names, where they lived and where and how they actually died.   If you see one without a bio and you have information on them please email me and I'll update their records.

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Platte County had a total of:

" 28 "

Soldiers and Sailors who "Gave Their All" during World War II

( I'm 99.9% sure all from Platte County are included )

Information was used from the following link for the " Army & Air Force "
at National Archives for this report:

Click Here for Archive Report:  " Platte County, Wyoming "

"Multiple" links at the National Archives were used
for the " Navy & Coast Guard " for this report.

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     Also please note:   The records show these men and women as either enlisting, being originally from, or having strong ties to Platte County.   Therefore some of these soldiers may not necessarily be from the particular county noted.

     On some of the records you will note that the "Cemetery/Memorial" column shows "unknown".   If you know where any of these men or women are interred please let me know by sending me an " email - (by clicking here) " and I'll insure that the information is noted for their record.

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Whether a soldier or sailor was " Killed In Action ", " Missing In Action ",
" Died of Wounds ", or even died in the " Line Of Duty "   ......   

Whether a soldier or sailor was awarded medals or not   ......   

They are all " HERO'S " in my book and deserve all the recognition they can get !!


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Special Thanks To "Volunteer" Find A Grave Members:

" Eric Ackerman "
         For all his great research work For Soldiers & Sailors Nationwide !
" Janice Hollandsworth "
         For her great help locating burials and record updates For Soldiers & Sailors Nationwide !
" Jeff Hall "
         For his great help locating burials, taking photos, and record updates For Soldiers & Sailors Nationwide !
" John C. Anderson "
         For his valuable help with documenting soldiers & sailors in Arlington National Cemetery !
" John Dowdy "
         For his great help with the Army Air Force, locating burials and flight crew reports For Soldiers & Sailors Nationwide !
" ShaneO "
         For his great help locating burials, taking photos, and record updates For Soldiers & Sailors Nationwide !
" Steve S "
         For his great photos in the Manila American Cemetery, Philippines !
" Tim Cook "
         For his great help with the Army Air Force, locating burials, taking photos, and flight crew reports For Soldiers & Sailors Nationwide !

Key to Abbreviations and Notes:

AM = Awarded the " Air Medal " ~ ( Meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight. )
AM+ = Awarded " Multiple Air Medals " ~ ( Noted as Oak Leaf Clusters attached to " First " Air Medal. )

BS = Awarded the " Bronze Star " ~ ( 4th highest award for bravery, heroism or meritorious service )
BS+ = Awarded multiple " Bronze Stars " ~ ( Noted as Oak Leaf Cluster attached to " First " Bronze Star. )

DFC = Awarded the " Distinguished Flying Cross " ~ ( Awarded for heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in an aerial flight. )

DSC = Awarded the " Distinguished Service Cross " ~ ( 2nd highest award for extreme gallantry and risk of life. )

DSM = Awarded the " Distinguished Service Medal " ~ ( Awarded for Exceptionally meritorious service to the Government of the United States. )

FDC = Awarded the " Croix de Guerre " ~ ( Awarded by France for those soldiers who distinguish themselves by acts of heroism. )

LOM = Awarded the " Legion Of Merit " ~ ( Awarded for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements. )

MM = Awarded the " Mariner's Medal " ~ ( Awarded to the Merchant Marines for being wounded or killed in action )
MM*  =  Awarded the " Mariner's Combat Bar " ~ ( Awarded to Merchant Mariners who have been in combat action )
MM**  =  Awarded the " Mariner's Combat Bar Star " ~ ( Combat Star's awarded to those who are forced to abandon ship when attacked or damaged )
MDS  =  Awarded the " Mariner's Distinguished Service Medal " ~ ( Awarded for " Heroism Beyond the Call of Duty ". )

MOH = Awarded the " Medal Of Honor " ~ ( Highest military honor, awarded for personal acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty. )

NC = Awarded the " Navy Cross " ~ ( 2nd highest military decoration for valor that may be awarded to a member of the Navy, Marines, or Coast Guard. )

PH = Awarded the " Purple Heart " ~ ( Awarded for being wounded in action. )
PH+ = Awarded " Multiple Purple Hearts " ~ ( Noted as Oak Leaf Clusters attached to " First " Purple Heart. )

POW = Awarded the " Prisoner Of War Medal " ~ ( Awarded for serving as a Prisoner of the enemy. )

PUC = Awarded a " Presidential Unit Citation " ~ ( Awarded to a unit for heroism or extraordinary achievement. )

SM = Awarded the " Soldier's Medal " ~ ( Awarded for distinguished heroism not involving actual conflict with an enemy )
SS = Awarded the " Silver Star " ~ ( 3rd highest award, awarded for gallantry in action )

Other Medals
      Such as Good Conduct, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign, American Defense Service Medals, etc. " Are Not " included in this listing.

" Cause Of Death " ~ Color Coding:
      " RED " = Died during Battle.
      " MAROON " = Died of a "non-battle" related incident.

= Photo of person shown on online memorial
= Photo of tombstone or listing shown on online memorial
N/A ~ ( in awards field ) = not applicable
N/A ~ ( in photo field ) = not available

Cenotaph = A memorial stone only, remains not recovered or possibly interred somewhere unknown.

Those Included: = Died during the war - " December 7, 1941 " through " September 2, 1945 ".
            ( Some others have been included that died close to the war's end possibly from wounds or illiness )

            

Quick Link by first letter of Last Name for Platte County

( Those letters highlighted in " Maroon " had no soldiers to list )

A ] - B ] - C ] - D ] - E ] - F ]

G ] - H ] - I ] - J ] - K ] - L ]

M ] - N ] - O ] - P ] - Q ] - R ]

S ] - T ] - U ] - V ] - W ] - X ] - Y ] - Z ]

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Last Names starting with " A " ~ " There Were None ! "

   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
          Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~ Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
For Online
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Birleffi,  Arthur L.
          N/A ~ Utah ~
          " Family Link Included "

First
Lieutenant
Air Force
Platte County
Line Of Duty
July 7, 1942
Boot Hill
Hartville, WY
" Yes "

  Bowman,  Joseph N., Jr.
          PH ~ Philippines ~
          " Family Link Included "

Private
Headquarters Squadron
24th Pursuit Group
Air Force
Platte County
Missing In Action
December 8, 1941
Manila
American Cemetery
Philippines
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Brewer,  Harold D.
          PH ~ France ~
          " Family Link Included "

First
Sergeant
331st Infantry Regiment
83rd Infantry Division
Army
Platte County
Killed In Action
August 11, 1944
Forest Hill
Cemetery
Shelbyville, IN
" Yes "


   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
          Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~ Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
For Online
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Connolly,  Frank N.
          PH ~ unknown ~

Staff
Sergeant
445th Bomber Squadron
321st Bomber Group
Air Force
Platte County
Killed In Action
March 13, 1944
Beth El
Cemetery
Cheyenne, WY
" Yes "


   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
          Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~ Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
For Online
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Davis,  James B.
          PH ~ Pacific ~

Fireman
First Class
U.S.S. Minneapolis
Navy
Platte County
Killed In Action
November 30, 1942
Fort McPherson
National Cemetery
Maxwell, NE
" Yes "
Cenotaph


   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
          Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~ Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
For Online
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Eichler,  John
          BS ~ Philippines ~
          " Family Link Included "

Private
148th Infantry Regiment
37th Infantry Division
Army
Platte County
Line Of Duty
June 18, 1945
Manila
American Cemetery
Philippines
" Yes "
Cenotaph

Last Names starting with " F " ~ " There Were None ! "

   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
          Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~ Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
For Online
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Gilbert,  John R.
          PH ~ unknown ~ N/A

Private
First Class
5th Ranger
Battalion
Army
Platte County
Killed In Action
February 24, 1945
North Africa
American Cemetery
Tunisia
" Yes "
Cenotaph


   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
          Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~ Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
For Online
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Habel,  John, Jr.
          PH ~ France ~
          " Family Link Included "

Private
10th Infantry Battalion
4th Armored Division
Army
Platte County
Killed In Action
November 28, 1944
Lorraine
American Cemetery
France
" Yes "

  Hagerman,  Earl C.
          N/A ~ France ~
          " Family Link Included "

Private
358th Infantry Regiment
90th Infantry Division
Army
Platte County
Line Of Duty
July 2, 1944
Wheatland
Cemetery
Wheatland, WY
" Yes "

  Hobson,  John W.
          PH ~ Philippines ~

Staff
Sergeant
Army
Platte County
Killed In Action
May 20, 1945
Wheatland
Cemetery
Wheatland, WY
" Yes "

  Howard,  John M.
          PH ~ unknown ~

Captain
414th Night
Fighter Squasdron
Air Force
Platte County
Killed In Action
November 18, 1944
Wheatland
Cemetery
Wheatland, WY
" Yes "

Last Names starting with " I " ~ " There Were None ! "

Last Names starting with " J " ~ " There Were None ! "

   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
          Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~ Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
For Online
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Kahler,  Earl L.
          PH ~ New Guinea ~

Corporal
39th Fighter Squadron
Air Force
Platte County
Killed In Action
August 15, 1943
Jefferson Barrack's
National Cemetery
Lemay, MO
" Yes "


   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
          Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~ Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
For Online
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Lane,  Leland L.
          N/A ~ unknown ~

Technical
Sergeant
20th Map Squadron
6th Photo Group
Air Force
Platte County
Line Of Duty
January 29, 1945
Prairie Rest
Cemetery
Guernsey, WY
" Yes "

  Linton,  George E.
          PH ~ Pearl Harbor ~
          " Family Link Included "

Fireman
Second Class
U.S.S. Arizona
Navy
Platte County
Lost At Sea
December 7, 1941
Honolulu
Memorial
Honolulu, HI
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Lofing,  Raymond D.
          N/A ~ Pacific ~
          " Family Link Included "

Seaman
Second Class
U.S.S. Alamogordo
Navy
Platte County
Line Of Duty
October 12, 1944
Wheatland
Cemetery
Wheatland, WY
" Yes "

  Long,  Johnnie F.
          PH ~ Italy ~ N/A

Private
351st Infantry Regiment
88th Infantry Division
Army
Platte County
Killed In Action
September 28, 1944
Florence
American Cemetery
Italy
" Yes "


   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
          Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~ Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
For Online
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Mathews,  Charles M.
          N/A ~ unknown ~
          " Family Link Included "

Private
First Class
Ordnance Department
Army
Platte County
Line Of Duty
December 22, 1943
Golden Gate
National Cemetery
San Bruno, CA
" Yes "

Last Names starting with " N " ~ " There Were None ! "

Last Names starting with " O " ~ " There Were None ! "

   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
          Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~ Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
For Online
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Patterson,  Milton A.
          AM PH ~ Europe ~

First
Lieutenant
700th Bomber Squadron
445th Bomber Group
Air Force
Platte County
Missing In Action
December 20, 1943
Cambridge
American Cemetery
England
" Yes "
Cenotaph

Last Names starting with " Q " ~ " There Were None ! "

Last Names starting with " R " ~ " There Were None ! "

   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
          Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~ Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
For Online
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Seike,  Toll
          PH ~ France ~

Private
442nd ( Nisei )
Infantry Regiment

Army
Platte County
Killed In Action
October 29, 1944
Evergreen-Washelli
Memorial Park
Seattle, WA
" Yes "

  Simpson,  Jack M.
          BS PH ~ France, D-Day ~

Private
501st Parachute Infantry
Army
Platte County
Missing In Action
June 6, 1944
Normandy
American Cemetery
France
" Yes "
Cenotaph


   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
          Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~ Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
For Online
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Throckmorton,  Wilson E.
          PH ~ Italy ~

Technician
Fifth Grade
Army
Platte County
Killed In Action
December 23, 1943
Wheatland
Cemetery
Wheatland, WY
" Yes "

  Twiford,  Jack S.
          N/A ~ England ~

Technician
Fifth Grade
412th Bomber Squadron
95th Bomber Group
Army
Platte County
Line Of Duty
May 27, 1943
Jefferson Barrack's
National Cemetery
Lemay, MO
" Yes "

Last Names starting with " U " ~ " There Were None ! "

   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
          Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~ Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
For Online
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Voight,  Carl V.
          AM+ PH ~ Italy ~

Second
Lieutenant
352nd Bomber Squadron
301st Bomber Group
Air Force
Platte County
Killed In Action
April 30, 1944
Sicily-Rome
American Cemetery
Italy
" Yes "


   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
          Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~ Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
For Online
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Webb,  Jim F.
          PH ~ Tinian ~

    Brother of: Jack ~ below

Private
First Class
6th Marine Regiment
2nd Marine Division
Marines
Platte County
Died Of Wounds
August 15, 1944
National
Memorial Cemetery
Honolulu, HI
" Yes "

  Webb,  Jack A.
          PH ~ Guam ~

    Brother of: Jim ~ above

Motor
Machinist's Mate
First Class
Navy
Platte County
Line Of Duty
August 2, 1945
National
Memorial Cemetery
Honolulu, HI
" Yes "

  Wiggam,  Billy M.
          PH ~ France ~

Private
102nd Cavalry
Recon. Squadron
Army
Platte County
Killed In Action
June 14, 1944
Normandy
American Cemetery
France
" Yes "

  Wilson,  Francis E.
          AM+ PH ~ At Sea ~

First
Lieutenant
381st Bomber Squadron
310th Bomber Group
Air Force
Platte County
Missing In Action
February 8, 1943
North Africa
American Cemetery
Tunisia
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Witt,  Keith B.
          PH ~ Pacific ~

Private
124th Cavalry
Army
Platte County
Killed In Action
February 2, 1945
National
Memorial Cemetery
Honolulu, HI
" Yes "

Last Names starting with " X " ~ " There Were None ! "

Last Names starting with " Y " ~ " There Were None ! "

Last Names starting with " Z " ~ " There Were None ! "

            

Email any questions or comments to:

Russ Pickett

( russpickde@comcast.net )