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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.
These names are mostly from the June 30, 1947 list compiled by the Adjutant General. Since then, I have idenitified Guzak, Jarratt and Morrison as names that belong on this page. It is not known if there were other deaths 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. (Note that the AG List carries Aubrey E. Broomfield and Ray A. Dupler. In fact, Broomfield was with 89th Recon of 9th Armored Division, and Dupler was with 81st Recon of 1st Armored Division.)
Enormous thanks to Beverly Kent, daughter of B/87 veteran Eugene O'Connor: Since 2003, she has been gradually obtaining copies of the 87th's Morning Reports, which have helped to provide a great deal of information for this web page (including identifying several deaths that were not recorded on the 1947 Adjutant General's list but should have been) and the 87 Recon web page.
- MOS = Military Occupational Specialty
- USMC = United States Military Cemetery
- WOM = Wall of the Missing (called "Tablets of the Missing" at some USMCs)
I have 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. You can also check names on the World War II Registry of the National World War II Memorial.
War is hazardous, and training for war is also hazardous. This is a working list, begun originally from the General Orders of the 7th Armored Division. So if you see an error or omission, please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org). I cannot fix the errors unless I know about them; so please let me know.
Prior to September 20, 1943, there was no 87th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron. Instead, the 7th Armored Division had the 87th Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, which would (on September 20, 1943) become the 87th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, with the addition of the Reconnaissance units of 31st and 40th Armored Regiments, which respectively became Troops D and E of the 87th Cavalry Reconniassance Squadron.
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