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Below you will find a list of profiles of servicemembers who lost their lives during the World War II era. Most have a connection to Delaware, but this site will also highlight select stories of servicemembers from other states. So far, 95 articles have been published to this site. Some links forward to copies hosted on the military database Fold3. During the next few months, three articles are scheduled for overhaul and transition to this site. Thank you for helping to keep the memory of these men and women alive by reading these stories. Names below without hyperlinks are for upcoming profiles, for which research is still in progress.


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Private 1st Class Ralph E. Adams, U.S. Army: Antitank Company, 359th Infantry Regiment, 90th Infantry Division (1925–1944)

2nd Lieutenant Robert G. Allen, U.S. Army: Battery “D,” 462nd Parachute Field Artillery Battalion (1923–1945)

2nd Lieutenant James R. Anderson, U.S. Army: Company “F,” 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division (1920–1944)

Technician 4th Grade Harvey L. Baldwin, U.S. Army: Army Specialized Training Program (1917–1943)

Private George G. Barnett, U.S. Army: Company “C,” 609th Tank Destroyer Battalion (1913–1944)

Sergeant Philip A. Beaman, U.S. Army: Headquarters Company, 130th Infantry Regiment, 33rd Infantry Division (1920–1945)

Staff Sergeant Horace C. Brown, U.S. Army: Company “B,” 335th Infantry Regiment, 84th Infantry Division (1924–1945)

Sergeant William H. Dean, Jr., U.S. Army: Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 330th Infantry Regiment, 83rd Infantry Division (1913–1944)

Seaman 1st Class Robert J. Donovan, U.S. Naval Reserve: U.S. Naval Armed Guard (?), S.S. Almirante (1923–1943)

Private 1st Class John Frame, U.S. Army: Company “C,” 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division (c. 1916–1945)

Sergeant Woodrow W. Gravenor, U.S. Army: Company “L,” 137th Infantry Regiment, 35th Infantry Division (1918–1944)

Staff Sergeant Charles W. Greer, Jr., U.S. Army: Company “B,” 130th Infantry Regiment, 33rd Infantry Division (1920–1945)

1st Lieutenant Thomas S. Ingham, Jr., U.S. Army Air Forces: 493rd Bombardment Squadron, 7th Bombardment Group (Heavy) (1920–1943)

Private 1st Class Roland P. Jackson, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve: Company “B,” 24th Marines, 4th Marine Division (1913–1945)

Private William N. Jones, Jr., U.S. Army: Company “E,” 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division (1919–1944)

Private 1st Class Charles W. Keith, Jr., U.S. Army: Company “B,” 20th Armored Infantry Battalion, 10th Armored Division (1925–1945)

Staff Sergeant Harold D. Kirk, U.S. Army: Company “A,” 191st Tank Battalion (1913–1944)

Private John W. O’Daniel, Jr., U.S. Army: Company “A,” 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division (1925–1944)

Signalman 3rd Class Harry W. Pierce, U.S. Naval Reserve: U.S.S. St. Augustine (1919–1944)

Seaman 1st Class Frank Sanborn, U.S. Naval Reserve: (1925–1946)

2nd Lieutenant Harold N. Sheaffer, U.S. Army Air Forces: 527th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 379th Bombardment Group (Heavy) (1920–1944)

Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Ralph R. Skillman, U.S. Navy: U.S.S. Suwannee (c. 1925–1944)

Private George R. Thorn, U.S. Army: Troop “B,” 8th Engineer Combat Squadron, 1st Cavalry Division (1908–1945)

2nd Lieutenant F. Robert Thoroughgood, U.S. Army: (1910–1942)

Flight Officer James Walter, U.S. Army Air Forces: (1915–1945)

Staff Sergeant Clarence E. Weible, U.S. Army: Company “L,” 306th Infantry Regiment, 77th Infantry Division (1919–1945)

1st Lieutenant Ferris L. Wharton, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve: Weapons Company, 21st Marines, 3rd Marine Division (1913–1944)

Private James R. Wilson, U.S. Army: Company “B,” 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division (1913–1944)

Staff Sergeant Homer B. Wooleyhan, U.S. Army: 44th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, 11th Cavalry Group (1918–1945)

Middletown

Private 1st Class George S. Dill, U.S. Army: Company “C,” 146th Engineer Combat Battalion (1923–1944)

Staff Sergeant Winford J. Poore, U.S. Army: Company “B,” 35th Signal Construction Battalion (1921–1944)

Elsmere

Private Robert L. Gamble, U.S. Army: Company “L,” 120th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division (1915–1944)

Wilmington

This list includes both residents of the City of Wilmington as well as the greater Wilmington area, such as Cranston Heights, Marshallton, Minquadale, and Talleyville. As a rule of thumb, if the U.S. Postal Service now calls it Wilmington, the servicemember is listed here. As this list grows, I may have entries for these unincorporated communities, or group them under Greater Wilmington.

Private Adam S. Adamowicz, U.S. Army: Company “B,” 760th Tank Battalion (1921–1944)

Private 1st Class Lawrence J. Anderson, U.S. Army: Company “K,” 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division (1919–1944)

Private 1st Class Walter S. Brinton, U.S. Army: Company “A,” 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division (1917–1944)

Sergeant Morton Carlis, U.S. Army Air Forces: 346th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 99th Bombardment Group (Heavy) (1924–1944)

Seaman 2nd Class Charles L. Caulk, Jr., U.S. Naval Reserve: U.S.S. Juneau (1913–1942)

Sergeant Paul L. Caulk, U.S. Marine Corps: Company “L,” 3rd Marines, 3rd Marine Division (1919–1944)

Sergeant Herman Cohen, U.S. Army: Company “C,” 22nd Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division (1918–1944)

Special feature: Major Paul J. Collins (1923–2021)

Chief Warrant Officer Russell T. Crawford, U.S. Army: 742nd Antiaircraft Artillery Gun Battalion (c. 1904–1945)

Staff Sergeant Clarence O. Deakyne, Jr., U.S. Army: 33rd Chemical Decontamination Company (1917–1944)

Staff Sergeant George H. M. Devine, U.S. Army Air Forces: 859th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 492nd Bombardment Group (Heavy) (1909–1944)

Private Walter J. Dobek, U.S. Army: Company “C,” 146th Engineer Combat Battalion (1922–1944)

Sergeant Charles N. Donoghue, U.S. Army: Company “B,” 745th Tank Battalion (1916–1944)

Sergeant Martin Eisenman, U.S. Army Air Forces: 17th Pursuit Squadron, 24th Pursuit Group (1916–1944)

Sergeant Harry Fineman, U.S. Army: Battery “I,” 59th Coast Artillery Regiment (1916–1942)

2nd Lieutenant William J. Harden, U.S. Army Air Forces: 737th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 454th Bombardment Group (Heavy) (1921–1944)

Private Robert D. Henderson, U.S. Army: Company “K,” 333rd Infantry Regiment, 84th Infantry Division (1923–1944)

Private Howard W. Hill, U.S. Army: Company “K,” 335rd Infantry Regiment, 84th Infantry Division (1923–1944)

Sergeant Harry M. Hinkson, Jr.: U.S. Army Air Forces: 838th Bombardment Squadron, 487th Bombardment Group (Heavy) (1923–1944)

Private Clifford L. Hook, U.S. Army: Company “A,” 610th Tank Destroyer Battalion (1915–1944)

1st Lieutenant Thomas O. Hudson, U.S. Army: Headquarters 315th Field Artillery Battalion, 80th Infantry Division (1918–1944)

Technician 5th Grade Clayton Jones, U.S. Army Air Forces: 1986th Engineer Composite Platoon (1917–1944)

Sergeant Joseph M. Lentini, U.S. Army: Company “D,” 86th Mountain Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division (1914–1945)

Technician 5th Grade Julian A. Long, U.S. Army: Company “C,” 237th Engineer Combat Battalion (1911–1944)

Chief Machinist’s Mate Thomas H. Marvel, U.S. Navy: U.S.S. Houston (1902–1942)

1st Lieutenant John M. Mendinhall, II, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve: Marine Fighting Squadron 441, Marine Aircraft Group 31 (1921–1945)

Captain Stephen McGregor, U.S. Army: 461st Amphibian Truck Company (1908–1944)

1st Lieutenant Seymour Miller, U.S. Army: Company “L,” 330th Infantry Regiment, 83rd Infantry Division (1919–1944)

Private Franklin J. Polster, U.S. Army: Company “F,” 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division (1919–1944)

2nd Lieutenant Rachel H. Sheridan, U.S. Army: 32nd Station Hospital (1918–1943)

Special Feature: The Mystery of Rachel H. Sheridan, the 32nd Station Hospital’s Lost Nurse

Private William Verderamo, U.S. Army: Medical Detachment, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division (1914–1944)

Claymont

Private 1st Class James M. Padley, U.S. Army: Company “A,” 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division (1917–1944)

Kirkwood

Corporal John F. Scisley, U.S. Marine Corps: Company “M,” 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division (1918–1943)

Kent County

Captain Edgar C. Boggs, U.S. Army: Company “B,” 20th Infantry Regiment, 6th Infantry Division (1918–1945)

Able Seaman Robert J. Burger, U.S. Merchant Marine: M.T. Atlantic Sun (1919–1943)

2nd Lieutenant John M. Butler, U.S. Army Air Forces: 434th Troop Carrier Group (1918–1944)

Private 1st Class Walter F. Johnson, U.S. Army: Company “A,” 115th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division (1918–1944)

Private William E. Paskins, Jr., U.S. Army: Company “A,” 366th Infantry Regiment (1916–1945)

Corporal Caleb O. Simpler, U.S. Army: Battery “H,” 61st Coast Artillery Regiment (Antiaircraft) (1917–1942)

Sussex County

Private 1st Class John E. Adams, Jr., U.S. Army Air Forces: Company “A,” 803rd Engineer Battalion (Aviation) (1921–1944)

Private 1st Class George C. Beebe, U.S. Army: Company “E,” 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division (1919–1944)

Auxiliary Alice L. Brittingham, Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps: Company 3, 21st Regiment (1919–1943)

Private Charles M. Brittingham, U.S. Army: Company “F,” 319th Infantry Regiment, 80th Infantry Division (1923–1945)

Staff Sergeant George C. Curdy, U.S. Army: Company “E,” 317th Infantry Regiment, 80th Infantry Division (1920–1945)

Commander Louis A. Drexler, Jr., U.S. Navy: L.S.T. Group 47 (1899–1945)

2nd Lieutenant George M. Johnson, U.S. Army Air Forces: 38th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 30th Bombardment Group (Heavy) (1920–1944)

Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class George A. Penuel, Jr., U.S. Navy: U.S.S. Shaw (1919–1941)

Captain John S. Smith, U.S. Army: 2nd Battalion, 409th Infantry Regiment, 103rd Infantry Division (1909–1944)

Seaman 1st Class James A. Tull, U.S. Naval Reserve: U.S.S. Indianapolis (1910–1945)


Servicemembers from Other States

894th Tank Destroyer Battalion

The 894th Tank Destroyer Battalion was stationed near my grandfather’s hospital unit in Algeria during the summer of 1943. Some were patients at his hospital; others socialized with officers (nurses at least!) from his unit. Some of the men I learned about were killed in action in Tunisia or Italy and I was inspired to tell their stories. Work on many of these articles predates my research into Delaware’s fallen.

Technician 5th Grade Leon Bush, U.S. Army: Company “C,” 894th Tank Destroyer Battalion (1917–1943)

Staff Sergeant Frank Dixon, U.S. Army: Company “C,” 894th Tank Destroyer Battalion (1917–1944)

1st Lieutenant Wallace C. Forbush, Jr., U.S. Army: Company “C,” 894th Tank Destroyer Battalion (1918–1944)

1st Lieutenant John S. Jarvie, U.S. Army: Company “C,” 894th Tank Destroyer Battalion (1914–1944)

Special Feature: 1st Lieutenant John S. Jarvie: Jack in the Alice Griffin Letters

Sergeant Robert D. Lightsey, U.S. Army: Company “C,” 894th Tank Destroyer Battalion (1911–1944)

Corporal Elmer F. Park, U.S. Army: Company “C,” 894th Tank Destroyer Battalion (1919–1944)

Corporal Fred S. Shoe, U.S. Army: Company “A,” 894th Tank Destroyer Battalion (1908–1944)

2nd Lieutenant Leroy C. Six, U.S. Army: Company “B,” 894th Tank Destroyer Battalion (1923–1944)


Other Tributes

I profiled the following men for a variety of reasons. Some had family in Delaware and are honored at Veterans Memorial Park on the basis that their permanent address was in Delaware (even if they never lived there themselves). Some served with local World War II veterans that I interviewed during background research. Others served with my grandfathers. Some were simply inspiring stories that I felt compelled to tell.

2nd Lieutenant Rocco DeFilippis, U.S. Army Air Forces: 359th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) (1919–1944)

Private 1st Class Raymond V. Desorcy, U.S. Army: Medical Detachment, 87th Mountain Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division (1924–1945)

Captain William W. Galt, U.S. Army: Headquarters 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry Regiment, 34th Infantry Division (1919–1944)

Gunner’s Mate 1st Class Paul G. Gosnell, U.S. Navy: U.S.S. Shaw (1911–1941)

Private Harold Kuliffay, U.S. Army: Company “G,” 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division (1922–1945)

Technician 5th Grade Dominick La Monica, U.S. Army: 32nd Station Hospital (1907–1944)

Chief Pharmacist’s Mate Paul L. Larson, U.S. Navy: U.S.S. Tang (1920–1944)

Private Robert P. Mulreaney, Jr., U.S. Army Air Forces: 815th Engineer Aviation Battalion (1916–1944)

Flight Sergeant Eric Ramsay, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve: No. 75 (New Zealand) Squadron (1925–1944)

2nd Lieutenant John A. Randall, U.S. Army: 1st Ordnance Bomb Disposal Squad (Separate) (1906–1943)

Staff Sergeant Robert J. Rollo, U.S. Army Air Forces: 815th Engineer Aviation Battalion (1920–1944)

2nd Lieutenant Lowell F. Simmons, U.S. Army Air Forces: 708th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 447th Bombardment Group (Heavy) (1918–1944)

Technician 5th Grade Robert Stafford, U.S. Army: Company “D,” 390th Engineer General Service Regiment (c. 1908–1944)


Last updated May 23, 2022

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