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  1. Jason Green

    We were 1/16th Panzer Kaserne 11M detachment volunteers to 34 Armored Brigade. Deployed to Al Jubayl Dec 1990, then 18th Jan 91′ to Dhahran Port/ Al Dammam, and Feb to Khobar Towers. I was preimeter NCO during dozens of port & allied troop compound scud attacks, incl the one that killed over two dozen reservist brothers and sisters in the one Scud that hit US forces causing battle KIA.
    I went boot Benning 11B, then 11M Bradley Gunner. I wore unit badge, 1st INF left and right shoulders, US & German Army expert marksmanship device (Schutsenzeer?) Green squad leader shoulder tabs, combat theater promoted to E-5 NCO, yet not entitled to CIB.

    Wanted to know why us 11 series compound security NCOIC’s commanding defensive armed Bradley FV during attacks by Iraq’s most feared weapon system are not considered for CIB.

    A decade later, infantry MOS attacked by IED’s or irregular/ civilian enemy/ suicide bombers are eligible for CIB, though Army Regs do not specify allowance for anything other than Direct Enemy Fire.

    I was awkward wearing theater/combat medals and awards, including V device AAM, but being attacked physically by anything other than a bullet is ‘indirect fire?’
    I know grenade/ mortar assaults on ground units were awarded, yet over a dozen one ton missile attacks with direct hit on our positions remained a ‘grey Area’?
    Our detachment NCOIC received bronze star…

    I just have always questioned the awarding criteria for CIB as it applies to post-Vietnam assymetrical warfare realities.

    Any clarity you could provide would be greatly appreciated.
    Because our unit was ‘deactivating’ and there were just two dozen of us who volunteered to deploy, we never seem to have been catalogued as active 1/16th Iron Rangers, because we were security detachment to 3/34 Armored, and not with 1ID assault.
    I always consider our Regiment the best-trained, highest morale unit of brothers in Germany or Saudi Arabia! Was approved for OCS, then riffed 3 mo later after PLDC!
    God bless all who serve(d) in any and all places and times.
    Those 4yrs were best in my life (Don’t Tell wifing unit!)
    Jason Green

    1. Erik Anthes
  2. My mother’s beloved brother Kennedy J. Shields was part of Company C of the 16th Infantry during the assult on Hamich, Germany on November 17, 1944 during WWII. He was reported missing in action on Novmber 18, 1944 and declared dead a year later. I appeciated seeing some of the maps of the area on your website putting some context to places like Schevenhutte, Hamich, and Gressenich listed in his file. Is there a key to the map symbols? Uncle Ken had still been at Ft. Mead in Sept 1944. Is there a way to find out when he joined the company in Europe?

  3. Col. David E. Milotta has just published Spearpoint;Letters of an American War Hero, his WWII letters home to his mother in Pa. ROTC Penn St. class of 1942. married then off to North Africa, Sicily, Normandy. 16th Regiment, First Battalion, A company. platoon leader. BS in Oran(grenade in machine gun nest first day ashore), Silver Star for charge onto Hill 523, POW escape when allies bombed POW ship, DSC in Gella, July 11 (along with 5 others facing down and capture of German Tanks including Mark VI Tiger Tank), K company Omaha Beach ‘Easy Red’ part of the breakout from the beach. No Medal of Honor for First Division?
    Rev. Dr. David S. Milotta

    1. Erik Anthes

      Rev. Milotta, Thank you for reaching out. Is Col. Milotta able to travel? We are having the annual 1st Infantry Division Reunion in Baltimore in August (Link here:

      We would love to have him in attendance, there are still WWII heroes that attend.

  4. My Great Grandmothers cousin was in the 16th and was KIA in March of 1945. I’m looking for any information on him.

    1. Erik Anthes
  5. Hello,

    I recently found out my Great Grandmother’s cousin, Pfc. Andrew Hipsky was KIA in March 1945. I know he was 16th infantry due to a casualty roll call list I found online. Outside of that I have no information on him. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

    1. Erik Anthes

      I looked in our Roll of Honor and it has Pfc. Andrew Hipsky listed as being from Stafford Springs, CT and he is listed as KIA, reported in March 1945. Unfortunately, we do not have a location of where he was killed in the archive.

      I did a search and it appears he had a brother, Sgt. Joseph P. Hipsky also from Stafford Springs that was discharged from the service in January 3-5, 1946 at Fort Devins, Mass.

      I hope this helps.

  6. Philip Reardon

    My name is Philip Reardon Jr. and I am the grandson of 16th INF CPL Donald E. Reardon. I recently received my grandfathers military records from the National Archives in St. Louis along with his military medals. I’ve been going through the records and medals and recently just found pictures of him in WW2 under his bed. Donald had passed away in 2016 and when we were clearing the house out, I came upon these. I am contacting this association today because comparing the medals received to the ribbons on his chest thats he’s wearing in 1946-47 just don’t match up. I was wondering if this is something that the association can help with. I’ve tried to do some research on the medals received but I’m just finding general conclusions, nothing that really stands out. I didn’t know if some of these ribbons can possibly be ribbons from european governments for the actions of the 16th INF during the war?

    1. Erik Anthes

      According to our Regimental Rolls Pfc. Aubrey L. Compton was KIA on October 4, 1918 in Fleville, France. Pfc. Compton is buried in Evergreen Park Cemetery in Roanoke, Virginia.

  7. I’m trying to find more information about Aubrey Leon Compton. He was my Great Great Uncle. We have his letters from the war but nothing about where he was killed or any details. Based on the date I’m assuming it was during the liberation of Fleville, but not 100% sure. Also we were not aware of him being awarded a silver star. Any tips on where to find some more details?


  8. would like info on martin l hanno, d co ,1st bn, 16th , he was killed on november 24, 1967. he was my first cousin and first to be killed from our small town.

    1. Erik Anthes
  9. My son is doing a family history project for his 7th grade Texas History class. After looking into our family history we discovered our Great Uncle, Ben A Kruger (Krueger), was in the 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division. He was killed in action at Meuse-Argonne on October 4, 1918. We found a document with military awards for gallantry in action and especially meritorious services. Trying to find out what each of those mean or documents that could be copied for my sons project. Thank you for your service to our country.

    1. I had a very close friend for over forty years who passed away Sept, 10, 2011. My friend was William Neil Jackson, retired army Lt/Col. In WW11 was a 1st Lt. with Big Red One , 16th Inf. Reg. 3rd Batt.
      Com. I. Among other medals he was awarded the DSC, BS,PH and th Silver Star. I have the citations for the DSC and BS medals but need citations for the Silver Star and Purple Heart medals. Can you help me find these citations. If possible I need the actual description of the events.
      Thank You

      1. Erik Anthes

        Mr. Milligan, This is a common issue for many of our heroes that served in WWII. In many cases these valor medals were presented immediately after action by the commanders with no certificate from the commander or given to wounded while they were in transit to hospitals.

        You may be able to request more records from the National Archive through a FOIA request, or contact your Congressperson’s veterans affairs officer to have them query other resources to see if the documentation exists.

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