This page contains the photographs of members of 87th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron who died overseas in World War II.
For the complete list of all 87th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron 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
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Tec 5 Theodore Roosevelt Coleman (15 089 848) - Troop C
Died December 21, 1944 at Hunningen (aka Hunnange) or enroute to or at 3 mi SW of St. Vith, Belgium - Age: 23y 0m 24d
MOS: 734 (Half-track driver) - Home Town: Wheeling, WV - Buried at Mt. Zion Cemetery; Wheeling, WV
Photos thanks to nephew Frank Coleman
1st Lt. Carl Frederick Cooke (O-1 012 409) - Troop C
Died October 27, 1944 at Meijel, Netherlands - Age: 33y 5m 27d
MOS: 1620 (Recon Officer) - Home Town: Roselle Park, NJ - Buried at Riverview Cemetery; Northumberland, PA
Photos thanks to niece Cindy Cooke .
Click to see Find A Grave information and photo
S/Sgt. Henry W. Dirks (36 024 194) - Troop B
Died November 5, 1944 at 48th Field Hospital of wounds suffered November 4, 1944 in vicinity of Kreijel-Waatskamp road, near Ospel, Netherlands - Age: 35y 6m 30d
MOS: 651 (Platoon Sgt.) - Home Town: Coatsburg, IL - Buried at Coatsburg Cemetery; Coatsburg, IL
Photo thanks to niece Joann M. Sewell
Pfc. Zack Nathen Foreman (15 089 848) - Troop C
Died on or after October 29, 1944 of wounds received October 29, 1944 just north of Horik, Netherlands (grid 635-030) - Age: 24y 4m 20d when wounded
MOS: 607 (Light Mortar Crewman) - Home Town: Belhaven or Ransomville, NC - Buried at Ryder Hill Cemetery (also known as Pamlico Beach Community Cemetery); Belhaven, NC
Click here to see headstone on FindAGrave. Note that headstone death date is erroneous.
Photos thanks to great niece Dorothy Clemmons
Tec 5 Dominick (Dick) Roman Gruba (37 032 673) - Troop D
Died December 23, 1944; recovered 567-853, just west of crossroad at Baraque de Fraiture, Belgium (577-852) - Age: 30y 8m 26d
MOS: 776 (Radio Operator, Low Speed) - Home Town: Grenville, SD - Buried at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery; Grenville, SD
Photo thanks to Galand Bohn, husband of niece of Dick Gruba
Pfc. Steve Eddy Jagol (37 094 999) - Troop B
Died October 28, 1944 at 53rd Field Hospital, probably in Netherlands, of wounds suffered October 27, 1944 in vicinity of Meijel, Netherlands - Age: 26y 4m 10d
MOS: 345 (Truck Driver, Light) - Home Town: Wylie, MN - Buried at Henri-Chapelle USMC (Henri-Chapelle, Belgium) E-13-22
Photo thanks to Sister-in-law Inez Jagol
Tec 5 John G. Karhula, Jr. (37 324 281) - Troop D
Killed in Action October 28, 1944 just north of Heitrak, Netherlands - Age: 22y 6m 13d
MOS: 345 (Truck Driver, Light) - Home Town: South St. Paul, MN - Commemorated on the Wall of the Missing at Netherlands USMC (Margaten, Netherlands)
Photo thanks to Nephew Rick Brack
1st Lt. Robert C. Ostdick (O-1 015 004) - Company F
Killed in Action October 27, 1944 at Meijel, Netherlands - Age: 27y 0m 28d
MOS: 1203 (Assault Gun Officer) - Home Town: Glenview, IL (Glenview's VFW post is named for him.) - Buried at Netherlands USMC (Margraten, Netherlands) G-6-6
Photo thanks to Werner van Osch
Pvt. Travis Lee Smith (38 678 539) - Troop B
Wounded April 3, 1945 at "B" Troop Headquarters at Medebach, Germany; Died of wounds April 10, 1945, possibly at 67th Evacuation Hospital - Age: 19y 1m 14d
MOS: 345 (Truck Driver, Light) - Home Town: Big Spring, TX - Buried at Mt. Olive Cemetery; Big Spring, TX
Photo thanks to brother Joe H. Smith
T/4 Vincent Charles Sonner (12 071 790) - Troop D
Killed in Action December 23, 1944 in vicinity of crossroad at Baraque de Fraiture, Belgium (577-852) - Age: 26y 1m 8d
MOS: 776 (Radio Operator, Low Speed) - Home Town: Rochester, NY - Buried at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery; Rochester, NY - No. 13, Veterans' Plot, Grave 361
Photo thanks from Bruce Sonner's FindAGrave web page
Pfc. Martin Curtis Werling (38 373 926) - Troop B
Killed in Action August 14, 1944 on patrol toward La Loupe, France, from 1 1/2 mi S.W. La Loupe, France on Hwy N-828 - Age: 25y 5m 7d
MOS: 745 (Rifleman) - Home Town: New Orleans, LA - Buried at Brittany USMC (St. James, France) M-4-16
Photo thanks to niece Vivian Guarisco