In Memoriam
489th Armored Field Artillery Battalion
(7th Armored Division)
Deaths in Europe
Alphabetical List
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Spare a minute
to think
of the young who didn't grow up,
and how young they looked when they died,
and how no one will ever remember them looking tired and middle-aged
or even be bored by tiresome recitals of the time of their youth.

- - - - Russell Baker "How to Observe Dec. 7" (NY Times, Dec. 1965)


These names are mostly from the June 30, 1947 list compiled by the Adjutant General. It is not known if other deaths have been identified since then, nor if the names on the Adjutant General's list are spelled correctly (other unit lists have been found to have had omissions and mis-spellings). See the white box just below for how you can let me know about any errors you find.

I have not checked all these names against the American Battle Monuments Commission's World War II Honor Roll. If you want to check a name on the Honor Roll, click here.


Please Help to Tell These Men's Stories and Preserve Their Memory!

PLEASE contact Wesley Johnston at the address below if you have any information on any 489th AFAB man who died overseas, such as:

  • information on any of these men's deaths
  • information on what platoon and squad they were in
  • know of any men who died but are not on the list
  • Wesley Johnston
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    So they will not be “Forgot”
    There is a word
    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 runs the breathless sun,
    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


    A Note for the Children of these Men

    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.




    489th Armored Field Artillery Battalion Overseas Deaths in World War II
    1. Adams, T/4 John W. (39309590) - Battery: HQ Btry
      • Died: March 28, 1945 - vicinity west of Giessen, Germany
      • Last Duty Location: vicinity west of Giessen, Germany on March 28, 1945
      • MOS: unknown
      • Home State: OR
      • Buried at: Nehterlands USMC (Margraten, Holland) O-11-2
    2. Allen, Pvt. Arthur R. (35576862) - Battery: unknown
      • Died: December 5, 1944 - probably observation outpost at Linnich, Germany (remains recovered from Merzenhausen, Germany)
      • Last Duty Location: probably observation outpost at Linnich, Germany (remains recovered from Merzenhausen, Germany) on unknown date
      • MOS: unknown
      • Home State: IN
      • Buried at: Netherlands USMC (Margraten, Holland) L-11-14
    3. Ball, Tec 4 Harold J. (32342921) - Battery: HQ Btry
      • Died: April 12, 1945 - vicinity of Westenfeld, Germany
      • Last Duty Location: vicinity of Westenfeld, Germany on April 12, 1945
      • MOS: Radio Electrician
      • Home State: NY
      • Buried at: Netherlands USMC (Margraten, Holland) A-1-6
    4. Bauer, 2nd Lt. Donald R. (O-1 996 607) - Battery: C
    5. Brulfer, Pvt. Charles A. (32249637) - Battery: unknown
      • Died: March 27, 1945 - location unknown
      • Last Duty Location: unknown on unknown date
      • MOS: unknown
      • Home State: NY
      • Buried at: Long Island Ntaional Cemetery H-11979; Farmingdale, NY
    6. Cahill, Tec 5 Michael Edward (11052069) - Battery: C
      • Died: November 5, 1944 - clearing station or hospital, probably in Netherlands
      • Last Duty Location: mine field in vic. Ospel, Netherlands on November 5, 1944
      • MOS: Radio Operator
      • Home State: MA
      • Buried at: Mount Hope Cemetery; Mattapan, Mass.
    7. Connard, 2nd Lt. Norman L. (O-1 185 398) - Battery: C
      • Died: November 5, 1944 - mine field in vic. Ospel, Netherlands
      • Last Duty Location: mine field in vic. Ospel, Netherlands on November 5, 1944
      • MOS: unknown
      • Home State: NY
      • Buried at: Netherlands USMC (Margraten, Holland) D-14-16
    8. Dolezal, Tec 5 George J. (39676808) - Battery: unknown
      • Died: August 1, 1945 - location unknown
      • Last Duty Location: ?Germany? on unknown date
      • MOS: unknown
      • Home State: UT
      • Buried at: Lorraine USMC (St. Avold, France) E-33-37
    9. Haas, 2nd Lt. Samuel D. (O-551 790) - Battery: unknown
      • Died: March 28, 1945 - 128th Evacuation Hospital (?Ihrlich, Germany?)
      • Last Duty Location: enroute from Reichenborn to Oberbiel, Germany on March 27, 1945
      • MOS: unknown
      • Home State: LA
      • Buried at: Netherlands USMC (Margraten, Holland) A-14-6
    10. Hayes, 2nd Lt. Edward E. (O-1 184 223) - Battery: Bn HQ
      • Died: April 7, 1945 - 51st Field Hospital; Berlenberg, Germany
      • Last Duty Location: in positions of C/440 AFAB, somewhere near Almert, Germany on April 7, 1945
      • MOS: Bn Survey Officer
      • Home State: NY
      • Buried at: Buried in US - WHERE?
    11. Izydorczak, Pfc. Henry (6712094) - Battery: B
      • Died: April 5, 1945 - Niedersfeld, Germany
      • Last Duty Location: Niedersfeld, Germany on April 5, 1945
      • MOS: unknown
      • Home State: NY
      • Buried at: Netherlands USMC (Margraten, Holland) A-14-11
    12. Kocher, T/4 Vernon Anthony (36053917) - Battery: A
      • Died: January 17, 1945 - vicinity of Steinbach, Belgium
      • Last Duty Location: vicinity of Steinbach, Belgium on January 17, 1945
      • MOS: unknown
      • Home State: IL
      • Buried at: Henri-Chapelle, Belgium USMC F-7-3
        Click here for his photo.
    13. Manning, Pvt. Joe L. (34254381) - Battery: B
      • Died: September 8, 1944 - Pierrevilliers, France
      • Last Duty Location: Pierrevilliers, France on September 8, 1944
      • MOS: unknown
      • Home State: NC
      • Buried at: Epinal USMC (Epinal, France) A-23-61
    14. Moran, Tec 4 Paul J. (33137008) - Battery: unknown
      • Died: May 14, 1945 - location unknown
      • Last Duty Location: ?Germany? on unknown date
      • MOS: unknown
      • Home State: PA
      • Buried at: Netherlands USMC (Margraten, Holland) C-3-29
    15. Sarver, Cpl. Richard W. (36376347) - Battery: A?
      • Died: February 12, 1945 - location unknown
      • Last Duty Location: ?vicinity of Steinbach, Belgium? on ?45-Jan-17 (when Kocher was killed)?
      • MOS: unknown
      • Home State: IL
      • Buried at: Henri-Chapelle, Belgium USMC D-16-48
    16. Sigl, S/Sgt. Frank T. (37081604) - Battery: unknown
      • Died: August 1, 1945 - location unknown
      • Last Duty Location: ?Germany? on unknown date
      • MOS: unknown
      • Home State: ND
      • Buried at: Lorraine USMC (St. Avold, France) C-14-34

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