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The Texas 36th Division

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There He Stands: The Story Of Stonewall Jackson

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The Texas 36th Division: A History

The Cost
The Cost
by Bruce L. Brager

Author’s note: I found this to be the most appropriate way to end my book on the 36th Division.[i] I still think so.

Perhaps the best way to give an idea of the human cost the 36th Division paid in World War II (and its other wars) is to reprint some material from the files of the 36th Division Association [ii] (apparently a rough draft of material for an early newsletter).

T-Patch Material


Mrs G. E. Cameron is very anxious to hear from some of the buddies of her husband and to learn some of the details surrounding his death. He was S/Sgt Gerard E. Cameron, 31030719, of B. Co. 141st Infantry. He was first reported missing in action on 9 December 1944 and later reported as having been killed that day. If any of the old members of that company can furnish any information please write to her at Tasker St., Saco, Minn.

Mr Arthur Hilty, Box 642, Gary Indiana, is very anxious to hear from some of the former members of L Co. 143rd Infantry who might have known his son, Sgt Harold Hilty. Harold made the supreme sacrifice for his country at the Rapido River on 1 January 1944. If any of you who knew Sgt Holty would write his father it would be greatly appreciated.

Mrs J. Franchi is seeking any information that anyone may have concerning the death of Sgt David Franchi formerly of L. Co 143rd Infantry. He was killed in the invasion of France in September 1944. Mrs Franchi is his sister and would like very much to hear from some of you who knew David.

John Kotkovetz former T/Sgt of the Anti-Tank Co., 143rd Infantry is improving steadily from wounded received in Action. You former members of this unit will remember that he was wounded 12 March 1945. He is very anxious to hear from some of you former members of his unit. His address is Fitzimmons General Hospital, Denver Colo.

Mrs Sophia Griesmer would like to hear from some of her son's buddies in C Co. 143rd Infantry. Her son was killed on the move from Southern France to Chenimenil on 25 September 1944. Please write to Mrs Griesmer if you know any of the details surrounding the death of her son.

Mr & Mrs Charles McLagan, 413 Houghton St, North Adams, Mass., have written the following plea: "We would like very much if you could give us some information concerning our son who was wounded at Cassin, Italy, 25 Fed 1944 and was confined to the hospital in Italy and near Naples. His last letter to us was on 21 May, and he said he was well and was being moved, possibly home. The War Department said he died from his wounds but his buddies who have returned home and who were with him overseas all have different stories. The last story we heard and the one that sounds most logical was that he died enroute home and was buried at sea. We would like to know if this is true or if he was buried in a grave in Italy. He was Herbert H. McLagan, Hq 3rd Bn., 142nd Infantry. We would like to know if someone who was with him when he died would communicate with his parents."

Wesley M. Garrison, 2355 Vanderbilt Rd., Birmingham, Alabama, has performed a notable deed for the parents of Pvt William E. Boos Jr., who was killed in action at Montelimar, France. Wesley was the only survivor of the fight in which William was killed. He was made two trips to see Bill's parents and they appreciated his visits very much. He was able to give them some account of Bill's death. They have ordered a History to send Wesley to repay in part his thoughtful deeds.

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Copyright © 2013 Bruce L. Brager 

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About the author:
Bruce Brager is a writer specializing in military history, defense and foreign policy. He is the author of ten published books and over fifty published articles.

Published online: 06/15/2013.

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