Wednesday, January 1, 2020

B-Co, 417th Regiment Veteran Uniform Grouping Acquired

SGT Donald W. K-R-A-U-T-E-R,born May 17, 1923, in Bucyrus, Ohio, the eldest of four children of Paul and Mabel. Following his 1941 graduation from Bucyrus High School, Donald studied engineering at Case Institute of Technology in Cleveland. His studies were interrupted by the war during which he saw active duty with the Baker Company, 417th Regiment, 76th Division in Europe. On June 29, 1947, he and his wife were married in their hometown of Bucyrus. In 1948 he completed his bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and began his career in Schenectady, with General Electric's Steam Turbine Generator Division. Throughout his 39 years of service with GE, Donald worked in steam design and application engineering, as well as product planning and market research. He retired in 1987 and passed away peacefully at the age of 93 on July 27, 2016,

This uniform grouping was ID'd by just his laundry mark. I was fortunate enough to obtain not only his jacket with original collar brass but also his service trousers. 

Sunday, November 17, 2019

385th Regimental Officer Wounded in Luftwaffe Strafing

1LT Ralph S. S-E-N-D-E-R-S was born in Oregon in 1917 and upon graduating from college, entered the family insurance business. He commissioned as an Infantry Officer in in 1943 and attended the Motor Transportation Officer course immediately after. He stayed at Fort Benning as an instructor in the automotive section of the academic department. He was promoted to 1st Lieutenant in April of 1944 and joined the 385th Regimental Headquarters prior to the unit departing for England in November of 1944. He served honorably in the ETO until April when he was wounded 30 miles west of Leipzig, Germany. The 76th Division was getting ready to fall in behind a tank column to advance and Lt S-E-N-D-E-R-S was sent up ahead to determine when to move. He was sitting on a tank writing a letter to his wife when an American plane appeared. The plane was "chasing" a German fighter when suddenly it made a dive at the tank column and opened fire. The concussion from a 20mm shell threw Lt S-E-N-D-E-R-S from the tank and he crawled 25 yards to a wall where he was picked up by the medics. He was not his by the shell fragments but the concussion injured his eye which required considerable treatment in several hospitals. The American plane that performed the straffing run was shot down shortly after and was manned by a German Luftwaffe pilot.

He lived out his final days in Santa Monica, California and passed away in 2007.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

304th Regiment Communications Sergeant Grouping Obtained

Robert Elwin A-S-H-C-R-A-F-T was born on September 23, 1923 in Clearfield, PA. He graduated from high school in 1941 and attended Penn State University until he enlisted in World War II. After graduating from basic training he was assigned to L-Company, 304th Regiment, in the 76th Division where he was the Company Communications Sergeant. He saw action in all three of the 76th's campaigns witnessed the horrors of war in Belgium, France, Luxembourg and Germany. In 1948 he graduated from Carnegie Institute of Technology and in October he married his wife Barbara and moved to West Hartford. He passed away peacefully on March 17, 2017

This jacket has a beautiful bullion 3rd Army patch and a rarer theater made 76th example. Also attached are the green combat leader stripes, a combat troop's unofficial mark of, “I’m not with the rear echelon”

Sunday, November 18, 2018

385th Regiment PH Recipient Uniform Grouping

PFC Sanford M. F-O-S-T-E-R was born on December 20, 1918 in Maine. He enlisted in the Army on August 3, 1942 and upon completion of basic training he was assigned to F-Co, 2nd Bn, 385th Infantry Regt in the 76th Division at Fort George G. Meade. His military occupation was a messenger. He has the distinction of being one of the first 385th Regt men to be wounded in action having been hit in the initial river crossing from Luxembourg in to Germany on February 9, 1945.
He went on to serve in all three campaigns with the 76th and remained in theater on occupation duty until being shipped home in early 1946. He was ultimately discharged honorably on January 12, 1946.

He lived in Maine his entire life and passed away in 1977.

This grouping came with his laundry marked jacket, tie, pants, and two garrison caps. It is of special importance to me as this was my Grandfather’s BN during the war! Thanks for looking!

Saturday, July 28, 2018

On a Wing and a Prayer: A 901st FA Liaision Pilot Grouping Lands in the 76th Collection

1st Lt Marshall was born in 1914 in Michigan. He quickly answered the call to service by serving in the Illinois National Guard as a Field Artilleryman in the 122nd Field Artillery Battalion. He worked as a salesman in Peoria, Illinois when he met and married his wive in 1938. Following the war years, he once again felt the call to service and enlisted in March of 1943. Quickly rushed to pilot training to be an Artillery Liaison Pilot he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant on March 31, 1944. Qualified to fly in May of 1944, he was shipped to Camp McCoy to join HQ Btry, 901st Field Artillery Bn in the 76th Infantry Division.

He flew many daring missions in his Piper L-4 "Grasshopper" Light Observation Craft over enemy occupied territory and the grouping consists of many maps, translation books, escape and evasion tools, plus so much more.

He was ultimately awarded two Air Medals for his service during the Ardennes, Rhineland, and Central European Campaigns.

He passed away in 1952 and is buried in his hometown National Cemetery in Michigan

This grouping originally came straight from the veteran's daughter and will be a centerpiece in the collection for years to come.