In Memoriam
87th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron (Mechanized)
(7th Armored Division)
Deaths
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)


Contents
  • Deaths in Continental Europe
  • Pre-combat Deaths
    Please Help to Tell These Men's Stories and Preserve Their Memory!

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  • information on any of these men's deaths
  • information on what platoon and squad they were in
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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.


    MEN WHO DIED OVERSEAS

    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.

    Abbreviations:
    - 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.


    French Monuments to 87th Recon Men

    87th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron (Mechanized) Overseas Deaths in World War II
    1. Abney, Sgt. James William (37076179) - Troop A
      • Died: August 22, 1944 - probably vicinity just west or northwest of Corbeil, France (probably route: Arapajon--Bretigny-sur-Orge--Bondoufle--somewhere with Corbeil-Essones in view)
      • Last Duty Location: probably vicinity just west or northwest of Corbeil, France (probably route: Arapajon--Bretigny-sur-Orge--Bondoufle--somewhere with Corbeil-Essones in view) on August 22, 1944
      • MOS: unknown
      • Home State: MO
      • Buried at: Lower Indian Creek Cemetery; Courtois, Missouri
    2. Anderson, Pvt. Paul J. (16069738) - Troop E
      • Died: August 18, 1944 - 1/2 mile west of Ablis, France
      • Last Duty Location: 1/2 mile west of Ablis, France on August 18, 1944
      • MOS: 745 (Rifleman)
      • Home State: WI
      • Buried at: Buried in US - WHERE?
    3. Andrako, Pfc. William (32227000) - Company F
    4. Bailey, Tec 5 Wildon R. (35275121) - Troop unknown
      • Died: ?44-Dec or 45-Jan? - Belgium?
      • Last Duty Location: unknown on unknown date
      • MOS: unknown
      • Home State: WV
      • Buried at: Buried in US - WHERE?
    5. Barham, Pfc. John C. (34494226) - Troop D
      • Died: October 28, 1944 - ?vicinity of Neekrant, Netherlands?
      • Last Duty Location: ?vicinity of Neekrant, Netherlands? on October 28, 1944
      • MOS: 776 (Radio Operator, Low Speed)
      • Home State: TN
      • Buried at: Buried in US - WHERE?
    6. Barnhill, 2nd Lt. Burnis D. (O-1 996 612 (formerly 33 148 705)) - Company F
      • Died: December 22, 1944 - Rodt. Belgium
      • Last Duty Location: Rodt. Belgium on December 22, 1944
      • MOS: 1203
      • Home State: KS
      • Buried at: Henri-Chapelle USMC (Henri-Chapelle, Belgium) D-11-14
    7. Bernier, Pvt. George A. (31063886) - Troop B
      • Died: December 22, 1944 - Prumerberg Hillside, east of St. Vith, Belgium
      • Last Duty Location: Vicinity St. Vith, Belgium on December 22, 1944
      • MOS: 745 (Rifleman)
      • Home State: CT
      • Buried at: Henri-Chapelle USMC (Henri-Chapelle, Belgium) F-12-55
    8. Blecher, Tec 4 Solomon H. (32228510) - Troop B
      • Died: April 3, 1945 - vic. Medebach, Germany
      • Last Duty Location: vic. Medebach, Germany on April 3, 1945
      • MOS: 648 (Radio Repairman)
      • Home State: NY
      • Buried at: Buried in US - WHERE?
    9. Bonker, Pvt. Ray (42018593) - Troop C
      • Died: September 13, 1944 - vic. Malmaison, France
      • Last Duty Location: vic. Malmaison, France on September 13, 1944
      • MOS: 345 (Truck Driver, Light)
      • Home State: NJ
      • Buried at: Lorraine USMC (St. Avold, France) C-30-53
    10. Bowen, Sgt. Clarence M. (33169912) - Company F
      • Died: April 14, 1945 - ?vic. Blinthrop?, Germany
      • Last Duty Location: ?vic. Blinthrop?, Germany on unknown date
      • MOS: unknown
      • Home State: PA
      • Buried at: Netherlands USMC (Margraten, Netherlands) B-12-11
    11. Brooks, Tec 5 Hugh T. (11064869) - Troop D
      • Died: January 2, 1945 - Dulag 377 at Nieder Pruem, Germany [Dulag = Durchgangslager = Transit Camp] [one of 6 killed in air raid on POW camp]
      • Last Duty Location: vicinity of crossroad at Baraque de Fraiture, Belgium (577-852) on December 23, 1944
      • MOS: 776 (Radio Operator, Low Speed)
      • Home State: CT
      • Buried at: Ardennes USMC (Neupre-en-Condroz, Belgium) B-41-46
    12. Brownlee, Tec 5 Elmo (34131378) - Troop B
      • Died: October 2, 1944 - 41st Evacuation Hospital (in Netherlands)
      • Last Duty Location: vicinity of 2 Mi. E. St. Antonis, Netherlands on October 1, 1944
      • MOS: 733 (driver)
      • Home State: MS
      • Buried at: Henri-Chapelle USMC (Henri-Chapelle, Belgium) F-10-47
    13. Cathey, Pvt. Sam (34192168) - Troop A
      • Died: October 22, 1944 - 630001 (Maesecyk map 1st edition Sheet 4) just north of Noordervaart north of Hulsen, Netherlands
      • Last Duty Location: 630001 (Maesecyk map 1st edition Sheet 4) just north of Noordervaart north of Hulsen, Netherlands on October 22, 1944
      • MOS: 521 (Basic)
      • Home State: TN
      • Buried at: Netherlands USMC (Margraten, Netherlands) P-3-6
    14. Chiasson, Cpl. Ira N. (34230802) - Troop A
      • Died: December 21, 1944 - 1 mile east of St. Vith, Belgium
      • Last Duty Location: 1 mile east of St. Vith, Belgium on December 21, 1944
      • MOS: 653 (Squad Leader)
      • Home State: unknown
      • Buried at: Buried in US - WHERE?
    15. Clark, Pvt. Christie Q. (39237840) - Troop B
      • Died: October 1, 1944 - vicinity of 2 Mi. E. St. Antonis, Netherlands
      • Last Duty Location: vicinity of 2 Mi. E. St. Antonis, Netherlands on October 1, 1944
      • MOS: 776? 777? - Radio Operator
      • Home State: CA
      • Buried at: Grandview Memorial Park; Glendale, CA
        Click Find A Grave information and photo
    16. Claude, Pfc. Wayne G. (37196079) - Company F
      • Died: August 21, 1944 - Along route Dourdan - Rainville - Marchans, France [actually Dourdan, Roinville, Mauchamps]
      • Last Duty Location: Along route Dourdan - Rainville - Marchans, France [actually Dourdan, Roinville, Mauchamps] on August 21, 1944
      • MOS: 604 (Light Machine Gunner)
      • Home State: IA
      • Buried at: Evergreen Cemetery; Clarion, IA
        Click Find A Grave information and headstone photo
    17. Coleman, Tec 5 Theodore Roosevelt (15089848) - Troop C
      • Died: December 21, 1944 - Hunningen or enroute to or at 3 mi SW St. Vith, Belgium
      • Last Duty Location: Hunningen or enroute to or at 3 mi SW St. Vith, Belgium on December 21, 1944
      • MOS: 734 (half-track driver)
      • Home State: WV
      • Buried at: Mt. Zion Cemetery; Wheeling, West Virginia
        Click here for his photo.
    18. Colvin, Tec 5 Howard Eugene (36024183) - Troop B
      • Died: October 27, 1944 - 41st Evacuation Hospital (probably in Netherlands or Belgium)
      • Last Duty Location: vicinity at or west of Meijel, Netherlands on October 27, 1944
      • MOS: 733 (driver)
      • Home State: IL
      • Buried at: Monmouth Cemetery; Monmouth, IL
    19. Cooke, 1st Lt. Carl Frederick (O-1 012 409) - Troop C
      • Died: October 27, 1944 - Between Asten & Meijel, Netherlands
      • Last Duty Location: vic Meijel, Netherlands on October 27, 1944
      • MOS: 1620
      • Home State: NJ
      • Buried at: Riverview Cemetery; Northumberland, PA
        Click here for his photo.
        Click Find A Grave information and photo
    20. Cooper, Pvt. David Oliver (14040171) - Troop C
      • Died: date unknown - location unknown
      • Last Duty Location: vic. St. Ail - Habonville, France on September 6, 1944
      • MOS: 675 (Messenger)
      • Home State: MS
      • Buried at: Hickory Grove Cemetery; Laurel, MS
        Click here for his headstone on FindAGrave which shows him in Lake Park Cemetery in Laurel.
    21. Copsey, Pvt. Vernon G. (36239762) - Troop B
      • Died: September 13, 1944 - vic. Gravelotte, France
      • Last Duty Location: vic. Gravelotte, France on September 13, 1944
      • MOS: 745 (Rifleman)
      • Home State: unknown
      • Buried at: Buried in US - WHERE?
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    22. Cotton, Pvt. Quinton A. (34441756) - Troop C
      • Died: October 5, 1944 - vic. Overloon, Netherlands
      • Last Duty Location: vic. Overloon, Netherlands on October 5, 1944
      • MOS: 745 (Rifleman)
      • Home State: GA
      • Buried at: Central Baptist Church Cemetery; Douglasville, GA
      "
    23. Cunningham, Pfc. Frank E. (36212798) - Troop A
      • Died: date unknown - ?47th Field Hospital?
      • Last Duty Location: vic. Deurne Canal, east of Asten, Netherlands on October 12, 1944
      • MOS: 607 (Light Mortar Crewman)
      • Home State: WI
      • Buried at: Buried in US - WHERE?
    24. Czerebak, Pfc. Edward (36712466) - Troop D
      • Died: September 26, 1944 - ?Hospital in England?
      • Last Duty Location: Gravelotte, France on September 6, 1944
      • MOS: 607 (Light Mortar Crewman)
      • Home State: IL
      • Buried at: Cambridge, England USMC F-2-123
    25. Daniels, Tec 5 Theodore (32248706) - Troop C
      • Died: September 7, 1944 - ?32nd Evacuation Hospital?, ?France?
      • Last Duty Location: vic. St. Ail - Habonville, France on September 6, 1944
      • MOS: 776 (Radio Operator, Low Speed)
      • Home State: NY
      • Buried at: Mt. Lebanon Cemetery; Flushing (Long Island), NY
    26. Darney, Pvt. Steve (33153563) - Troop E
      • Died: October 27, 1944 - vic. Asten - Meijel, Netherlands
      • Last Duty Location: vic. Meijel, Netherlands on October 27, 1944
      • MOS: 504 (Ammunition Handler)
      • Home State: unknown
      • Buried at: Buried in US - WHERE?
    27. Davis, Tec 5 William L. (11039172) - Troop D
      • Died: August 16, 1944 - location unknown
      • Last Duty Location: Faverolles, France on September 16, 1944
      • MOS: 776 (Radio Operator, Low Speed)
      • Home State: unknown
      • Buried at: Buried in US - WHERE?
    28. De Prosperis, S/Sgt. Frank B. (36036369) - Troop E
      • Died: December 21, 1944 - vic. Rodt, Belgium
      • Last Duty Location: vic. Rodt, Belgium on December 21, 1944
      • MOS: 651 (Platoon Sgt.)
      • Home State: IL?
      • Buried at: Buried in US - WHERE?
    29. Diaces, Pete S. (38184971) - Troop C
      • Died: January 24, 1945 - ?Kloster?, Belgium
      • Last Duty Location: ?Kloster?, Belgium on January 24, 1945
      • MOS: unknown
      • Home State: LA
      • Buried at: Alexandria National Cemetery; Pineville, LA - Section C Site 266A
    30. Dirks, S/Sgt. Henry W. (36024194) - Troop B
      • Died: November 5, 1944 - 48th Field Hospital
      • Last Duty Location: vic. Kreijel-Waatskamp road, near Ospel, Netherlands on November 4, 1944
      • MOS: 651 (Platoon Sgt.)
      • Home State: IL
      • Buried at: Coatsburg Cemetery; Coatsburg, IL
        Click here for his photo.
    31. Dudrey, Tec 5 Stanley J. (32225156) - Company F
      • Died: October 27, 1944 - location unknown
      • Last Duty Location: Meijel, Netherlands on October 27, 1944
      • MOS: 604 (Light Machine Gunner)
      • Home State: NY
      • Buried at: Buried in US - WHERE?
    32. Duval, Tec 5 Conrad J. (31064150) - Troop D
      • Died: October 28, 1944 - ?vicinity of Neekrant, Netherlands?
      • Last Duty Location: ?vicinity of Neekrant, Netherlands? on October 28, 1944
      • MOS: 733 (driver)
      • Home State: CT
      • Buried at: Buried in US - WHERE?
    33. Empey, Tec 5 Glenn E. (32233647) - Troop D
      • Died: September 22, 1944 - location unknown
      • Last Duty Location: ?vic. Sillegny?, France on September 21, 1944
      • MOS: 734 (half-track driver)
      • Home State: NY
      • Buried at: Lorraine USMC (St. Avold, France) C-23-82
    34. Foreman, Pfc. Zack Nathen (34179209) - Troop A
      • Died: on or after 44-Oct-29 - location unknown
      • Last Duty Location: just north of Horik, Netherlands (635-030) on October 29, 1944
      • MOS: 607 (Light Mortar Crewman)
      • Home State: NC
      • Buried at: Ryder Hill Cemetery (also known as Pamlico Beach Community Cemetery); Belhaven, NC
        Click here for his photo.
        Click here to see headstone on FindAGrave. Note that headstone death date is erroneous.
    35. Fowles, Sgt. Roy E. (37010918) - Troop A
      • Died: September 16, 1944 - 1 Mi SE Marieulles, France VU8345
      • Last Duty Location: 1 Mi SE Marieulles, France VU8345 on September 16, 1944
      • MOS: 652 (Section Leader)
      • Home State: KS
      • Buried at: Buried in US - WHERE?
    36. Gengler, Tec 5 Ralph T. (36313649) - Company F
      • Died: April 14, 1945 - ?vic. Blinthrop?, Germany
      • Last Duty Location: ?vic. Blinthrop?, Germany on unknown date
      • MOS: Radio Operator
      • Home State: IL
      • Buried at: Netherlands USMC (Margraten, Netherlands) B-9-28
    37. Greenwell, 1st Lt. Joseph H. (O-1 012 482) - Troop A
      • Died: August 29, 1944 - ???, France
      • Last Duty Location: ???, France on August 29, 1944
      • MOS: 1204 (?Tank officer?)
      • Home State: unknown
      • Buried at: Buried in US - WHERE?
    38. Gruba, Tec 5 Dominick (Dick) Roman (37032673) - Troop D
      • Died: December 23, 1944 - recovered 567-853, just west of crossroad at Baraque de Fraiture, Belgium (577-852)
      • Last Duty Location: recovered 567-853, just west of crossroad at Baraque de Fraiture, Belgium (577-852) on December 23, 1944
      • MOS: 776 (Radio Operator, Low Speed)
      • Home State: SD
      • Buried at: Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery; Grenville, SD
        Click here for his photo.
    39. Gunter, Tec 5 Elbie L., Jr. (38032376) - Company F
      • Died: August 22, 1944 - Enroute from Marchans to 1/2 Mi N.W. Videlles France
      • Last Duty Location: Enroute from Marchans to 1/2 Mi N.W. Videlles France on August 22, 1944
      • MOS: 736 (Tank Driver)
      • Home State: TX
      • Buried at: Buried in US - WHERE?
    40. Guzik, Cpl. Frank J. (32233740) - Troop unknown
      • Died: May 11, 1945 - location unknown
      • Last Duty Location: ?Germany? on unknown date
      • MOS: unknown
      • Home State: NY
      • Buried at: Netherlands USMC (Margraten, Netherlands) L-10-7
    41. Hackett, Capt. Edward John (O-1 692 285) - Troop Squadron Surgeon
      • Died: September 13, 1944 - Aid Station, near Malmaison, France
      • Last Duty Location: NE of Malmaison, France - wounded in woods outside Gravelotte on September 13, 1944
      • MOS: Surgeon
      • Home State: NJ
      • Buried at: Lorraine USMC (St. Avold, France) F-12-37 (Click here to see his Distinguished Service Cross citation at the end of the 7AD history section.)
    42. Hall, Pvt. James K. (11064877) - Troop B
      • Died: January 22, 1945 - Kentucky
      • Last Duty Location: Troop moved from Jonnvilliers, France to 1 1/2 miles W. of Ablis, France on Hwy N-188. on August 18, 1944
      • MOS: 745 (Rifleman)
      • Home State: CT
      • Buried at: Buried in US - WHERE?
    43. Hall, Pvt. Joseph D., Jr. (33806132) - Troop D
      • Died: December 23, 1944 - ?vic. Baraque de Fraiture, Belgium?
      • Last Duty Location: ?vic. Baraque de Fraiture, Belgium? on December 23, 1944
      • MOS: 776 (Radio Operator, Low Speed)
      • Home State: PA
      • Buried at: Whitemarch Memorial Park; Prospectville (Montgomery County), PA
    44. Hansen, Pfc. Raynard A. (32227447) - Troop B
      • Died: September 6, 1944 - Gravelotte, France
      • Last Duty Location: vic. Gravelotte, France on September 6, 1944
      • MOS: 345 (Truck Driver, Light)
      • Home State: NY
      • Buried at: Epinal, France USMC A-15-70
    45. Hart, Pvt. Isah A., Jr. (34138802) - Troop HQ Tr
      • Died: date unknown - location unknown
      • Last Duty Location: Joubieval, Belgium VP6686 on December 21, 1944
      • MOS: unknown
      • Home State: MS
      • Buried at: Buried in US - WHERE?
    46. Hegnes, Pfc. James E. (36741020) - Company F
      • Died: October 27, 1944 - Meijel, Netherlands
      • Last Duty Location: Meijel, Netherlands on October 27, 1944
      • MOS: 776 (Radio Operator, Low Speed)
      • Home State: IL
      • Buried at: Netherlands USMC (Margraten, Netherlands) A-16-24
    47. Holcomb, Tec 5 Calvin L. (34263754) - Troop A?
      • Died: ?45-Mar-12? - ?vic. Bad Godesburg?, Germany
      • Last Duty Location: ?vic. Bad Godesburg?, Germany on ?45-Mar-12?
      • MOS: unknown
      • Home State: AL
      • Buried at: Henri-Chapelle USMC (Henri-Chapelle, Belgium) C-14-60
    48. Jagol, Pfc. Steve Eddy (37094999) - Troop B
      • Died: October 28, 1944 - 53rd Field Hospital (probably in Netherlands)
      • Last Duty Location: vicinity at or west of Meijel, Netherlands on October 27, 1944
      • MOS: 345 (Truck Driver, Light)
      • Home State: MN
      • Buried at: Henri-Chapelle USMC (Henri-Chapelle, Belgium) E-13-22
        Click here for his photo.
    49. Jarratt, Tec 5 James L. (38095124) - Troop B
      • Died: April 2, 1945 - ?Duderstadt?, Germany (as POW)
      • Last Duty Location: Vicinity St. Vith, Belgium on December 22, 1944
      • MOS: 733 (driver)
      • Home State: TX
      • Buried at: Netherlands USMC (Margraten, Netherlands) C-10-21
    50. Johnson, Pvt. John A. (32257086) - Troop D
      • Died: December 23, 1944 - vicinity of crossroad at Baraque de Fraiture, Belgium (577-852)
      • Last Duty Location: vicinity of crossroad at Baraque de Fraiture, Belgium (577-852) on December 23, 1944
      • MOS: 345 (Truck Driver, Light)
      • Home State: NY
      • Buried at: Long Island National Cemetery; Pinelawn Road (Wellwood Avenue); Farmingdale, NY - Section H, Site 10839
    51. Johnson, Pvt. Weldon D. (38106047) - Troop B
      • Died: December 21, 1944 - location unknown
      • Last Duty Location: ?1 mi NE of St. Vith, Belgium? on December 17, 1944
      • MOS: 521 (Basic)
      • Home State: TX
      • Buried at: Henri-Chapelle USMC (Henri-Chapelle, Belgium) H-12-67
    52. Julian, Cpl. Michael (33260472) - Troop D
      • Died: September 8, 1944 - ?Hospital in France?
      • Last Duty Location: Gravelotte, France on September 7, 1944
      • MOS: 653 (Squad Leader)
      • Home State: PA
      • Buried at: Epinal, France USMC A-19-42
    53. Karhula, Tec 5 John G., Jr. (37324281) - Troop D
      • Died: October 28, 1944 - ?vicinity just north of Heitrak, Netherlands VK 6911?
      • Last Duty Location: ?vicinity just north of Heitrak, Netherlands VK 6911? on October 28, 1944
      • MOS: 345 (Truck Driver, Light)
      • Home State: MN
      • Buried at: Netherlands USMC (Margraten, Netherlands) WOM
        Click here for his photo.
    54. Keith, Pvt. Lewis H. (34272902) - Troop A
      • Died: September 16, 1944 - 1 Mi SE Marieulles, France VU8345
      • Last Duty Location: 1 Mi SE Marieulles, France VU8345 on September 16, 1944
      • MOS: 776 (Radio Operator, Low Speed)
      • Home State: MS
      • Buried at: Buried in US - WHERE?
    55. Kimball, S/Sgt. Bruce N. (32227532) - Troop A
      • Died: August 17, 1944 - 2 miles north of Chartres, France
      • Last Duty Location: 2 miles north of Chartres, France on August 17, 1944
      • MOS: 014 (Automotive Mechanic, Second Echelon)
      • Home State: NY
      • Buried at: Brittany USMC (St. James, France) N-3-18
    56. LaChance, Pvt. Ernest H. (32227855) - Troop D
      • Died: August 27, 1944 - La Ferté-Gaucher, France
      • Last Duty Location: La Ferté-Gaucher, France on August 27, 1944
      • MOS: 607 (Light Mortar Crewman)
      • Home State: NY
      • Buried at: Brittany USMC (St. James, France) E-17-8
    57. Ladwig, Pfc. Edward A. (36624570) - Troop C
      • Died: November 6, 1944 - vic. Ospel, Netherlands
      • Last Duty Location: vic. Ospel, Netherlands on November 6, 1944
      • MOS: 607 (Light Mortar Crewman)
      • Home State: IL
      • Buried at: Buried in US - WHERE?
    58. LaShomb, Tec 5 Francis F. (32233878) - Troop D
      • Died: December 21, 1944 - vic. Joubiéval, Belgium
      • Last Duty Location: vic. Joubiéval, Belgium on December 21, 1944
      • MOS: 733 (driver)
      • Home State: NY
      • Buried at: Long Island National Cemetery; Farmingdale, NY J-13571 (comingled remains of Francis La Shomb & Edward Reynolds)
        Click Find A Grave information and photo
    59. Latcovich, Cpl. Stanley (35273831) - Troop C
      • Died: October 27, 1944 - vic Meijel, Netherlands
      • Last Duty Location: vic Meijel, Netherlands on October 27, 1944
      • MOS: 607 (Light Mortar Crewman)
      • Home State: OH
      • Buried at: Netherlands USMC (Margraten, Netherlands) G-7-24
    60. Lehrbass, Sgt. Howard Walter (36118069) - Troop B
      • Died: December 22, 1944 - Vicinity St. Vith, Belgium
      • Last Duty Location: Vicinity St. Vith, Belgium on December 22, 1944
      • MOS: 532
      • Home State: MI
      • Buried at: Riverside Cemetery; Custer (Mason County), Michigan
    61. Leonard, Pvt. Jessie A. (38374270) - Company F
      • Died: November 3, 1944 - ?53rd Field Hospital?
      • Last Duty Location: Meijel, Netherlands on October 27, 1944
      • MOS: 616 (?Tank Gunner?
      • Home State: LA
      • Buried at: Saint Francis de Sales Cemetery #1; Houma, LA
        Find A Grave information & grave photo
    62. Lusardi, Tec 4 Lawrence A. (36234505) - Company F
      • Died: October 27, 1944 - Meijel, Netherlands
      • Last Duty Location: Meijel, Netherlands on October 27, 1944
      • MOS: 736 (Tank Driver)
      • Home State: MI
      • Buried at: Buried in US - WHERE?
    63. Malanowski, Pvt. Leonard K. (33680981) - Company F
      • Died: October 27, 1944 - Meijel, Netherlands
      • Last Duty Location: Meijel, Netherlands on October 27, 1944
      • MOS: 014 (Automotive Mechanic, Second Echelon)
      • Home State: PA
      • Buried at: Netherlands USMC (Margraten, Netherlands) P-9-5
    64. Malken, Pvt. Jerry J. (33785710) - Company F
      • Died: October 27, 1944 - Meijel, Netherlands
      • Last Duty Location: Meijel, Netherlands on October 27, 1944
      • MOS: 014 (Automotive Mechanic, Second Echelon)
      • Home State: PA
      • Buried at: Netherlands USMC (Margraten, Netherlands) A-16-25
    65. Mandau, S/Sgt. Robert A. (32246385) - Company F
      • Died: August 25, 1944 - btw St. Leu and Voisenin, France
      • Last Duty Location: btw St. Leu and Voisenin, France on August 25, 1944
      • MOS: 651 (Platoon Sgt.)
      • Home State: NJ
      • Buried at: Brittany USMC (St. James, France) K-2-22
    66. Marcum, Pvt. George Caney (34191138) - Troop A
      • Died: September 18, 1944 - ?probably 1 Mi SE Marieulles, France or at an aid station not very far away?
      • Last Duty Location: 1 Mi SE Marieulles, France VU8345 on September 18, 1944
      • MOS: 745 (Rifleman)
      • Home State: TN
      • Buried at: Marcum-Kidd Cemetery, Grave Hill, Scott Co, TN
    67. Marek, S/Sgt. Stanley F. (36037439) - Troop D
    68. McMillan, 2nd Lt. William H. (O-1 032 031) - Troop A
      • Died: October 27, 1944 - ?east of Nederweert ?, Netherlands
      • Last Duty Location: ?east of Nederweert ?, Netherlands on October 27, 1944
      • MOS: 1560
      • Home State: MN
      • Buried at: Buried in US - WHERE?
    69. McMurtry, 1st Lt. Kenneth M. (O-1 011 601) - Troop A
      • Died: August 15, 1944 - 2 1/2 Miles N. Leaesville [Levainville?], France
      • Last Duty Location: 2 1/2 Miles N. Leaesville [Levainville?], France on August 15, 1944
      • MOS: 1204 (?Tank officer?)
      • Home State: IN
      • Buried at: Brittany USMC (St. James, France) B-15-4
    70. Morrison, Pfc. George W. (38079775) - Troop B
      • Died: December 11, 1944 - vic. 1/4 mile NW of Waurichen, Germany
      • Last Duty Location: vic. 1/4 mile NW of Waurichen, Germany on December 11, 1944
      • MOS: 345 (Truck Driver, Light)
      • Home State: TX
      • Buried at: Netherlands USMC (Margraten, Netherlands) P-12-11
    71. Morrow, Pfc. Kenneth L. (32227510) - Troop A
      • Died: October 23, 1944 - along Canal du Nord, 2 miles south of Horik, Netherlands
      • Last Duty Location: along Canal du Nord, 2 miles south of Horik, Netherlands on October 23, 1944
      • MOS: 345 (Truck Driver, Light)
      • Home State: NY
      • Buried at: Buried in US - WHERE?
    72. Muller, Sgt. Charles G. (32227286) - Troop B
      • Died: August 14, 1944 - on patrol toward La Loupe, France, from 1 1/2 mi S.W. La Loupe, France on Hwy N-828
      • Last Duty Location: 1 1/2 mi S.W. La Loupe France on Hwy N-828 on August 14, 1944
      • MOS: 652 (Section Leader)
      • Home State: NY
      • Buried at: Brittany USMC (St. James, France) B-15-2
    73. Nagy, Pfc. Joseph (32591859) - Company F
      • Died: October 27, 1944 - Meijel, Netherlands
      • Last Duty Location: Meijel, Netherlands on October 27, 1944
      • MOS: 736 (Tank Driver)
      • Home State: NJ
      • Buried at: Netherlands USMC (Margraten, Netherlands) E-14-10
    74. Nevins, Pfc. Ernest Haworth (37728164) - Troop B
      • Died: May 18, 1945 - Zaventen, Blegium (crash of British plane evacuating ex-POWs from Germany)
      • Last Duty Location: vic. Arry or Vittonville, France on September 18, 1944
      • MOS: 531 (Cannoneer)
      • Home State: KS
      • Buried at: Ft. Leavenworth National Cemetery - Section D, Site 1143-C
    75. Oaksford, 1st Lt. Richard Swinger (O-1 030 602) - Troop C
      • Died: December 21, 1944 - Hunningen or enroute to or at 3 mi SW St. Vith, Belgium
      • Last Duty Location: Hunningen or enroute to or at 3 mi SW St. Vith, Belgium on December 21, 1944
      • MOS: 2620
      • Home State: NY
      • Buried at: Henri-Chapelle USMC (Henri-Chapelle, Belgium) F-16-48
    76. Olsen, Tec 5 Albert (36036555) - Troop C
      • Died: date unknown - location unknown
      • Last Duty Location: ?vic. Lieusaint?, France on August 25, 1944
      • MOS: 767 (Radio Operator)
      • Home State: IL
      • Buried at: Buried in US - WHERE?
    77. Ostdick, 1st Lt. Robert C. (O-1 015 004) - Company F
      • Died: October 27, 1944 - Meijel, Netherlands
      • Last Duty Location: Meijel, Netherlands on October 27, 1944
      • MOS: 1203 (assault gun officer)
      • Home State: IL
      • Buried at: Netherlands USMC (Margraten, Netherlands) G-6-6
        Click here for his photo.
    78. Pait, Pvt. Joseph H. (34176562) - Company F
      • Died: October 23, 1944 - probably at an aid station near Horik, Netherlands
      • Last Duty Location: probably attached to A/87, along Canal du Nord, 2 miles south of Horik, Netherlands on October 23, 1944
      • MOS: 616 (?Tank Gunner?
      • Home State: NC
      • Buried at: Buried in US - WHERE?
    79. Parks, Pvt. Clyde F. (36234564) - Troop A
      • Died: October 29, 1944 - just north of Horik, Netherlands (635-030)
      • Last Duty Location: just north of Horik, Netherlands (635-030) on October 29, 1944
      • MOS: 733 (driver)
      • Home State: WI
      • Buried at: United Presbyterian Cemetery; Portage, WI
    80. Powell, Sgt. William R. (37067254) - Troop D
      • Died: December 21, 1944 - vic. Joubival. Belgium
      • Last Duty Location: vic. Joubival. Belgium on December 21, 1944
      • MOS: 532
      • Home State: AR
      • Buried at: Buried in US - WHERE?
    81. Prato, Pvt. Leo J. (32227304) - Troop unknown
      • Died: date unknown - ???, Germany
      • Last Duty Location: ???, Germany on April 10, 1945
      • MOS: unknown
      • Home State: NY
      • Buried at: Gethsemane Cemetery; Rockland Lake, NY
    82. Predovic, Tec 5 Peter J. (15101326) - Troop B
      • Died: February 9, 1945 - as POW at Stalag II-A in Neu Brandenburg (in Mecklenburg), Germany
      • Last Duty Location: Vicinity St. Vith, Belgium on December 22, 1944
      • MOS: 733 (driver)
      • Home State: OH
      • Buried at: Sunset Memorial Cemetery; North Olmsted, OH
    83. Rafuse, Sgt. Benjamin W. (31064383) - Troop B
      • Died: September 13, 1944 - vic. Gravelotte, France
      • Last Duty Location: vic. Gravelotte, France on September 13, 1944
      • MOS: 652 (Section Leader)
      • Home State: MA
      • Buried at: Long Island National Cemetery; Pinelawn Road (Wellwood Avenue); Farmingdale, NY
    84. Reynolds, Tec 5 Edward P. (32233918) - Troop D
      • Died: December 21, 1944 - vic. Joubiéval, Belgium
      • Last Duty Location: vic. Joubiéval, Belgium on December 21, 1944
      • MOS: 776 (Radio Operator, Low Speed)
      • Home State: NY
      • Buried at: Long Island National Cemetery; Farmingdale, NY J-13571 (comingled remains of Francis La Shomb & Edward Reynolds)
        Click here for his Find A Grave information and photo
    85. Richards, Pfc. Harry Q. (12072095) - Troop B
      • Died: November 4, 1944 - vic. Kreijel-Waatskamp road, near Ospel, Netherlands
      • Last Duty Location: vic. Kreijel-Waatskamp road, near Ospel, Netherlands on November 4, 1944
      • MOS: 345 (Truck Driver, Light)
      • Home State: NY
      • Buried at: St. Agnes Cemetery; Utica, New York
        Click herefor his Find A Grave information and photo of his grave stone.
    86. Rill, Tec 5 Edwin (31064425) - Troop D
      • Died: October 28, 1944 - ?vicinity of Neekrant, Netherlands?
      • Last Duty Location: ?vicinity of Neekrant, Netherlands? on October 28, 1944
      • MOS: 776 (Radio Operator, Low Speed)
      • Home State: MA
      • Buried at: Buried in US - WHERE?
    87. Robblee, Pvt. Philip T., Jr. (39 127 111) - Troop A
      • Died: December 21, 1944 - 1 mile east of St. Vith, Belgium
      • Last Duty Location: 1 mile east of St. Vith, Belgium on December 21, 1944
      • MOS: 607 (Light Mortar Crewman)
      • Home State: unknown
      • Buried at: Buried in US - WHERE?
    88. Robertiello, Pvt. Joseph (32249407) - Troop A
      • Died: October 22, 1944 - 630001 (Maesecyk map 1st edition Sheet 4) just north of Noordervaart north of Hulsen, Netherlands
      • Last Duty Location: 630001 (Maesecyk map 1st edition Sheet 4) just north of Noordervaart north of Hulsen, Netherlands on October 22, 1944
      • MOS: 607 (Light Mortar Crewman)
      • Home State: NJ
      • Buried at: Laviano, Salerno, Italy
    89. Rubinetti, Pvt. Frank H. (32214214) - Troop A
      • Died: November 3, 1944 - ?41st Evac? Hospital (probably in Netherlands or Belgium)
      • Last Duty Location: ?east of Nederweert?, Netherlands on October 29, 1944
      • MOS: 521 (Basic)
      • Home State: NY
      • Buried at: Henri-Chapelle USMC (Henri-Chapelle, Belgium) E-11-24
    90. Sawicki, Pvt. Francis L. (31041037) - Troop B
      • Died: December 22, 1944 - Vicinity St. Vith, Belgium
      • Last Duty Location: Vicinity St. Vith, Belgium on December 22, 1944
      • MOS: 345 (Truck Driver, Light)
      • Home State: MA
      • Buried at: Buried in US - WHERE?
    91. Schoechert, Pfc. Leslie H. (16091798) - Troop A
      • Died: January 16, 1945 - Not-yet-known Hospital at Not-yet-known Location
      • Last Duty Location: St. Vith to Maldange, Belgium on December 22, 1944
      • MOS: 607 (Light Mortar Crewman)
      • Home State: WI
      • Buried at: Epinal, France USMC A-26-29
    92. Schwartz, Tec 5 Bernard A. (39722268) - Troop B
      • Died: December 21, 1944 - 76th General Hospital (????, Belgium)
      • Last Duty Location: ?1 mi NE of St. Vith, Belgium? on December 21, 1944
      • MOS: 345 (Truck Driver, Light)
      • Home State: CA
      • Buried at: Henri-Chapelle USMC (Henri-Chapelle, Belgium) E-14-75
    93. Slocum, Pvt. James E. (12073793) - Troop C
      • Died: November 6, 1944 - vic. Ospel, Netherlands
      • Last Duty Location: vic. Ospel, Netherlands on November 6, 1944
      • MOS: 607 (Light Mortar Crewman)
      • Home State: NJ
      • Buried at: Henri-Chapelle USMC (Henri-Chapelle, Belgium) F-5-63
    94. Smith, Pvt. Travis Lee (38678538) - Troop B
      • Died: April 10, 1945 - ?67th Evacuation Hospital?
      • Last Duty Location: Medebach, Germany on April 3, 1945
      • MOS: 345 (Truck Driver, Light)
      • Home State: TX
      • Buried at: Mt. Olive Cemetery; Big Spring, TX
        Click here for his photo.
    95. Snyder, Cpl. John (42085632) - Troop B
      • Died: October 27, 1944 - vicinity at or west of Meijel, Netherlands
      • Last Duty Location: vicinity at or west of Meijel, Netherlands on October 27, 1944
      • MOS: 653 (Squad Leader)
      • Home State: NY
      • Buried at: Netherlands USMC (Margraten, Netherlands) J-21-1
    96. Sonner, Tec 4 Vincent Charles (12071790) - Troop D
      • Died: December 23, 1944 - vicinity of crossroad at Baraque de Fraiture, Belgium (577-852)
      • Last Duty Location: vicinity of crossroad at Baraque de Fraiture, Belgium (577-852) on December 23, 1944
      • MOS: 776 (Radio Operator, Low Speed)
      • Home State: NY
      • Buried at: Holy Sepulchre Cemetery; Rochester, NY - No. 13, Veterans' Plot, Grave 361
        Click here for his photo.
        Click here for his Find A Grave information and photo
    97. Stahlecker, Tec 5 Arthur J. (37323243) - Troop E
      • Died: date unknown - location unknown
      • Last Duty Location: vic. Asten - Meijel, Netherlands on October 29, 1944
      • MOS: 734 (half-track driver)
      • Home State: unknown
      • Buried at: Buried in US - WHERE?
    98. Stancel, Cpl. Franklin (36813357) - Troop B
      • Died: December 22, 1944 - Prumerberg Hillside, east of St. Vith, Belgium
      • Last Duty Location: Vicinity St. Vith, Belgium on December 22, 1944
      • MOS: 653 (Squad Leader)
      • Home State: unknown
      • Buried at: Buried in US - WHERE?
    99. Stewart, Capt. Robert J. "Jack" (O-1 010 394) - Troop B
      • Died: December 20, 1944 - in ambulance hit by tank fire enroute from St. Vith, Belgium to 107th Evac Hospital
      • Last Duty Location: ?1 mi NE of St. Vith, Belgium? on December 20, 1944
      • MOS: 1620
      • Home State: NJ
      • Buried at: Henri-Chapelle USMC (Henri-Chapelle, Belgium) D-15-26
    100. Thomas, Tec 5 George W. (31064494) - Troop D
      • Died: August 27, 1944 - La Ferté-Gaucher, France
      • Last Duty Location: La Ferté-Gaucher, France on August 27, 1944
      • MOS: 345 (Truck Driver, Light)
      • Home State: MA
      • Buried at: Epninal, France USMC A-29-29
    101. Tillman, Pfc. Ralph (34264114) - Troop A
      • Died: September 16, 1944 - 1 Mi SE Marieulles, France VU8345
      • Last Duty Location: 1 Mi SE Marieulles, France VU8345 on September 16, 1944
      • MOS: 345 (Truck Driver, Light)
      • Home State: AL
      • Buried at: Lorraine USMC (St. Avold, France) C-22-42
    102. Tryonas, Pvt. Frank W. (33 844 173) - Troop A
      • Died: December 23, 1944 - Kapelle, Belgium [about 1/4 mi SW of Hinderhausen]
      • Last Duty Location: Kapelle, Belgium [about 1/4 mi SW of Hinderhausen] on December 23, 1944
      • MOS: 607 (Light Mortar Crewman)
      • Home State: PA
      • Buried at: St. John's Greek Catholic Cemetery; Minionka, PA
    103. Werling, Pfc. Martin Curtis (38373926) - Troop B
      • Died: August 14, 1944 - on patrol toward La Loupe, France, from 1 1/2 mi S.W. La Loupe, France on Hwy N-828
      • Last Duty Location: 1 1/2 mi S.W. La Loupe France on Hwy N-828 on August 14, 1944
      • MOS: 745 (Rifleman)
      • Home State: LA
      • Buried at: Brittany USMC (St. James, France) M-4-16
        Click here for his photo.
    104. Wheeler, Sgt. Cordell (14012187) - Troop B
      • Died: September 12, 1944 - ?vicinity of Gravelotte and Gorze, France?
      • Last Duty Location: ?vicinity of Gravelotte and Gorze, France? on September 12, 1944
      • MOS: 653 -suad leader or asst. squad leader
      • Home State: unknown
      • Buried at: Buried in US - WHERE?
    105. Wheeler, Tec 5 Paul C. (35773599) - Troop B
      • Died: December 22, 1944 - Vicinity St. Vith, Belgium
      • Last Duty Location: Vicinity St. Vith, Belgium on December 22, 1944
      • MOS: 745 (Rifleman)
      • Home State: WV
      • Buried at: Oaklawn Cemetery; Rt. 2; Huntington, WV
    106. Wildman, Pvt. Charles W. (35274263) - Company F
      • Died: 44-Oct-27?? - location unknown
      • Last Duty Location: Meijel, Netherlands on October 27, 1944
      • MOS: 616 (?Tank Gunner?
      • Home State: OH
      • Buried at: Buried in US - WHERE?
    107. Williams, Sgt. James R. (37180144) - Company F
      • Died: October 23, 1944 - probably attached to A/87, along Canal du Nord, 2 miles south of Horik, Netherlands
      • Last Duty Location: probably attached to A/87, along Canal du Nord, 2 miles south of Horik, Netherlands on October 23, 1944
      • MOS: 795
      • Home State: MO
      • Buried at: Middle River Cemetery; Mokane, MO
    108. Williams, Pvt. John Taylor (39709572) - Troop D
      • Died: January 26, 1945 - Stalag XII-A; Limburg, Germany [herzschlag = heart attack]
      • Last Duty Location: vicinity of crossroad at Baraque de Fraiture, Belgium (577-852) on December 23, 1944
      • MOS: 345 (Truck Driver, Light)
      • Home State: CA
      • Buried at: Lorraine USMC (St. Avold, France) E-31-31
    109. Wrana, Tec 5 Louis F. (35273963) - Troop C
      • Died: October 5, 1944 - vic. Overloon, Netherlands
      • Last Duty Location: vic. Overloon, Netherlands on October 5, 1944
      • MOS: 733 (driver)
      • Home State: OH
      • Buried at: Henri-Chapelle USMC (Henri-Chapelle, Belgium) F-10-9
    110. Wrigley, Sgt. Geoffrey S. (32660103) - Troop B
      • Died: April 8, 1945 - On a march between prison camps, at a hospital at Bad Sulza, German (had earlier been at Stalag VIII-A at Görlitz, Germany)
      • Last Duty Location: about 1.5 miles east of St. Vith, Belgium on December 22, 1944
      • MOS: 652 (Section Leader)
      • Home State: NY
      • Buried at: Henri-Chapelle USMC (Henri-Chapelle, Belgium) WOM
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    111. Zimmermann, S/Sgt. Norbert H. (36212561) - Troop C
      • Died: December 20, 1944 - Hunningen, Belgium
      • Last Duty Location: Hunningen, Belgium on December 20, 1944
      • MOS: 651 (Platoon Sgt.)
      • Home State: WI
      • Buried at: St. John-St. James Cemetery; Reedsville, WI
    112. Zuber, Pvt. Stanley (32253277) - Troop D
      • Died: August 27, 1944 - Montry, France
      • Last Duty Location: Montry, France on August 27, 1944
      • MOS: 607 (Light Mortar Crewman)
      • Home State: NY
      • Buried at: Epinal, France USMC B-27-67 (See also the website of the Mairie of Montry, France for photos of the monument and transporting of the remains of Stanley Zuber -- English version)

    MEN WHO DIED DURING TRAINING IN THE UNITED STATES OR ENGLAND

    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 (wwjohnston@aol.com). 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.


    87th Armored Reconnaissance Battalion and
    87th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron (Mechanized)
    Pre-Combat Deaths in World War II

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    1. Boughey, Pfc. Donley G. (36153846) - Regiment/Battalion: 87 - Company/Battery/Troop: B
      • Died: April 21, 1944 - State Hospital; Ft. Thomas, KY
      • General Order #19 dated April 21, 1944 at Fort Benning, GA
      • Home - State: MI - County/City: Traverse City, MI
      • Buried at: private cemetery; Traverse City, MI
    2. Godkin, Tec 5 Don E. (36169561) - 87th Armored Reconnaissance Battalion - Company C
      • Died: June 1, 1943
      • General Order #20 dated June 2, 1943 at APO #257, c/o Postmaster, Los Angeles, CA
      • Home: Benzie County, MI
      • Buried at: Where?
    3. Kuhrt, Pvt. Raymond D. (16049052) - 87th Armored Reconnaissance Battalion - Headquarters Company
      • Died: May 12, 1942
      • Camp Polk, Louisiana
      • Home: Milwaukee County, WI
      • Buried at: Where?
    4. Reid, Pvt. George P. (38129271) - 87th Armored Reconnaissance Battalion - Company C
      • Died: April 12, 1943
      • General Order #9 dated April 13, 1943 at APO #257, c/o Postmaster, Los Angeles, CA
      • Home: Adair County, OK
      • Buried at: Where?
    5. Thompson, Cpl. Claude T. (18102966) - 87th Armored Reconnaissance Battalion - Company D
      • Died: July 1, 1942
      • General Order #30 dated July 2, 1942 at Camp Polk, LA
      • Home: Bexar County, TX
      • Buried at: Where?

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