I wanted reach out as he was in the 349th Infantry Regiment of the 88th Infantry Division, in the 1st or 3rd Battalion and as of December 6, 1944 was in the K Co.
I just found a reference to a soldier that had died who I assume was a friend or at the very least a brother in combat. His name was Jones Girard and died on May 14, 1944 near Santa Marie Infante in Italy. I checked the website and could not locate a cemetery near that location that I did locate one other soldier that my father mentioned, Sgt. Gerard Kirchgessner who lies at the Sicily-Rome Cemetery. Can you post this as I would like to reach out to his family and at least offer my condolascences and send them the diary notation. Thanks and please, if there are any diaries from soldiers in this group, I would love to look out. I have been able to use other sources to locate where my Dad was at very specific times from 1944-45.
Hi Jim, I'm here. Sorry for the delay. It's a really busy time.
We emailed on this, didn't we? I started looking for a few ww2 diaries I know I have but I'm already in the middle of sorting through several hard drives of files I've accumulated over the last 15 years and it's taking a lot of time.
This group is only 50 people right now. It was 600 but Yahoo Groups shut down and 50 is all that rejoined here. Most people on the list like to read it but don't post. Likewise, people can't answer if they don't know. Your success in connecting here with the family of a ww2 soldier that was in a division of 15,000+ men some 75 years ago is near zero I would expect.
Best advice is to look for newspaper articles from his home town for family leads and put up your own website and Facebook page and people can find you. Also, there's several ww2 forum website you can post on that you'll probably find are more conversive.
Thanks, Gary. Too bad Yahoo screwed up what was a pretty good organization. If there is anything I can do to help you sort through your files, please don't hesitate to contact me. Interesting, I have connected with a 90-year old cousin, several times removed who lived in Frankfurt and got out of Germany in 1939. She is shart with her memory and stories. This is a time we should all do oral history interviews with elderly family members to capture family stories and legacies that otherwise will not be heard. I did have that opportunity with my Mom and Dad back in 1990 while they were with us. It was during that interview when I asked my Dad about his WW2 experiences and it was in that interview when he revealed he had kept two very small diaries from 1944-45. I am thankful for your organization and other websites that have helped me piece together my Dad's footsteps through the Italian Campaign. Stay safe.