This page contains the photographs of members of 31st Tank Bn who died overseas in World War II.
For the complete list of all 31st Tank Bn overseas deaths, click here.
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Which bears a sword
It hurls its barbed syllables,—
At once is mute again.
But where it fell
The saved will tell
On patriotic day,
Some epauletted brother
Gave his breath away.
Wherever roams the day,
There is its noiseless onset,
There is its victory!
Behold the keenest marksman!
The most accomplished shot!
Time’s sublimest target
Is a soul “forgot”!
----- Emily Dickinson
The American World War II Orphans Network (AWON) is an organization created by and for those who lost their father in World War II. AWON has an annual conference and a newsletter filled with useful information. Click here to go to the AWON web page and find those who share your experience.
Pfc. John Clifton Adkins, Jr. (35 872 700) - Company A (went by his middle name)
October 28, 1944 1 mile west of Heitrak, Netherlands - Age: 19y 4m 29d
MOS: 531 (Cannoneer) - Home Town: Cincinnati, OH - Buried at Arlington National Cemetery - Section 12 Site 5603
Photo thanks to sister-in-law Joyce Adkins
Pfc. Joseph G. Coleman (38 544 377) - Company C
KIA April 8, 1945 in vicinity of Schmallenberg or Werpe or Fredeburg, Germany - Age: 29y 8m 20d
MOS: 014 (Automotive Mechanic, Second Echelon) - Home Town: Huntsville, TX - Buried at Netherlands USMC (Margraten, Holland) D-18-4
Photo from daughter, thanks to grave caretaker Marco Potten
Tec 4 Joseph J. Durst (36 234 794) - Company C
Seriously Wounded in Action August 17, 1944 at Chartres, France; Died of Wounds August 19, 1944 - Age: 27y 3m 12d
MOS: 736 (Tank Driver) - Home Town: Ithaca Township, Richland County, WI - Buried at Saint Mary's Cemetery; Keyesville, WI
Click here for photo of his grave stone.
Photo thanks to his brother's son Eric Durst
Pfc. John D. Lacney (33 436 089) - Company D
DOW January 22, 1945 suffered January 21, 1945 3 miles southeast of Ligneuville, Belgium - Age: 31y 6m 11d
MOS: 660 (Tank Mechanic, Minor Maintenance) - Home Town: Keating Summit, PA (Port Allegany) - Buried at Fairview Cemetery; Port Allegany, PA
Photo thanks to Joel Frampton Gilfert on his McKean County Gold Stars web site
Click here for his grave photo.
Pfc. John Franklin "Jack" Tucker (38 516 495) - Company C
KIA August 28, 1944 at Epernay, France - Age: 28y 9m 29d
MOS: 736 (Driver) - Home Town: Cossett, AR - Buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery; St. Louis, MO - Section 84, Graves 168-170 (co-mingled burial)
Photo from FindAGrave.