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  1. I am seeking information on my grandfather’s brother, Francis M. Flynn. I believe he was in C Company, 1st Battalion in WWII. His obituary says he “landed at Omaha Beach and fought in Aachen, The Ardennes, The Battle of the Bulge, the Huertgen Forrest and the Remagen Bridgehead.” It also says he was part of the occupation force at the conclusion of the war. I am very interested in any information about him and C Company, 1st Battalion’s path and experiences across Europe from Omaha Beach to the end of the war.

    Rob Beesley

    1. Bob

      I found this information on Francis M. Flynn – I hope it helps.

      Francis Michael “Frank” Flynn

      Birth: May 11, 1920
      Park Slope
      Kings County (Brooklyn)
      New York, USA
      Death: Jul. 16, 2013
      Spotsylvania County
      Virginia, USA

      Francis Michael Flynn, 93, died at his home in Spotsylvania on Tuesday, July 16, 2013.

      Frank was born in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and last lived on the North Fork of Long Island, N.Y. Frank was taught by the Sisters of St. Joseph and Jesuit Brothers at St. Savior’s Parochial School and the Holy Cross School in Brooklyn and was a proud graduate of his beloved Poly Prep Country Day School in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, where he lettered in lacrosse, football and wrestling. While studying at Rutgers University, where he also played football, he enlisted in the U.S. Army.

      Frank proudly served in the Big Red One during World War II, the Army’s First Infantry Division, Company C, 1st Battalion, 16th Regiment. Frank landed at Omaha Beach on D-Day and continued to fight alongside his Army brothers in Aachen, the Ardennes, the Battle of the Bulge and the Hürtgen Forest, among others. He and his fellow soldiers twice penetrated the Siegfried Line, the second time to occupy the Remagen Bridgehead, and participated in the liberation of POW and concentration camps at Marienburg and Falkenau. At the end of the war in Europe, Frank was stationed as part of the occupation, near Erlangen-Nuremberg.

      Frank’s brave service was recognized with numerous awards and citations, including: a Silver Star for Gallantry in Action in Faymonville, Belgium, in 1945, a Bronze Star with “V” for Heroism in Ground Combat in Bonn, Germany, in 1945, a Bronze Star for Meritorious Service, the Combat Infantry Badge, a Presidential Unit Citation (with four oak leaves), an American Defense Service Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Medal (plus five stars), a World War II Victory Medal, a German Army Occupation Medal, two Croix de Guerre unit awards from France and a Belgian Fourragere unit award.

      When Frank returned to the U.S., he joined the Michael J. Flynn Manufacturing Co., established by his grandfather, as Vice President. He traveled frequently on company business to Europe and Latin America. Among the assignments to have a lasting impact on Frank, however, was the time he lived in Durango, Colo., pursuing the company’s interest in the Rio Grande Southern Railroad. Frank developed a lifelong love of the area and of steam locomotives.

      After retiring from the Michael J. Flynn Manufacturing Co., which was acquired, Frank pursued various business interests and later became a real estate appraiser, practicing in New York. Frank was a sought-after expert witness on both sides of the aisle, testifying for condemning authorities and property owners alike. On the stand, Frank had a reputation for his intelligence and analytic ability. Later in his career, Frank consulted with aviation facilities and public utilities on tax certiorari and condemnation proceedings. Clients continued to seek his expertise long into his retirement.

      Frank loved the outdoors and spent many happy summers as a youngster in Maine and as a young man palling around with the fellows on Tennanah Lake, N.Y. It was there that he met his wife, Inge. Frank loved the water and sailed avidly on the Great South Bay and kayaked in his Klepper. In his later years, Frank frequently summered on the Pemaquid Peninsula in Maine, where he often was seen taking photographs. After moving to Spotsylvania, Frank pursued his interest in Civil War history and volunteered his real estate expertise to assist in battlefield preservation. Frank’s interest was personal, as his grandfather had come to this country from Ireland but served in the Civil War as a drummer boy for Alabama. Frank particularly enjoyed the writings of Union Army Bvt. Maj. Gen., Governor of Maine and President of Bowdoin College, Joshua Chamberlain.

      Frank leaves behind his devoted wife of more than 50 years, Ingeborg Luisa Flynn of Spotsylvania; his loving daughter, Tegan M. Flynn of Washington, D.C.; and his beloved boxer dog. Frank will be missed by many friends, whose devotion and kindness to him in the last several months can never be repaid.

      Frank will be in repose at Covenant Funeral Service, 4801 Jefferson Davis Highway, Route 1, Fredericksburg, where friends are welcome to visit on Sunday, July 21 from 3 to 5 p.m. and on Tuesday, July 23 from 5 to 8 p.m. In addition, friends are invited to a funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 24, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 9149 Ely’s Ford Road, Fredericksburg. Interment will occur later at Arlington National Cemetery.

      In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in honor of Frank, and the men with whom he served, to the First Infantry Division Foundation, Scholarship Fund, Box 607, Ambler, PA 19002.

      Note: Interred September 10, 2013

      Arlington National Cemetery
      Arlington County
      Virginia, USA
      Plot: Section 8, Site 9759

  2. Make that August 7, 1944 for the date of death for my uncle, Sgt. Samuel B. Sellers.

    By the way, he was from the Uniontown, Fayette County, Pennsylvania area. Anyone with info on him and his service time?

  3. I am looking for information on Private Dewey Edward Wright of Ewing, Nebraska. My records indicate that he served with Company K, 16th Infantry, 1st Division. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions near Soissons, France on July 19, 1918. Any information on him would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

    1. Gary

      I found this information – I hope it helps.

      Dewey Edward Wright

      Birth: Dec. 16, 1900
      Holt County
      Nebraska, USA
      Death: Jun. 17, 1948
      Sheridan County
      Wyoming, USA

      PVT 1 CL CO K 16 INF 1 DIV

      Dewey Edward Wright
      Place of Birth: Nebraska, Ewing
      Home of record: Ewing Nebraska

      The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Private Dewey Edward Wright (ASN: 43957), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company K, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, A.E.F., near Soissons, France, 19 July 1918. In the advance Private Wright and two comrades were cut off from the rest of the company by the enemy. He resisted stoutly until he fell with a rifle-shot wound through both legs and was taken prisoner. Two days later, during the advance of our troops, he assisted in the capture of all the enemy in a dugout by calling to the troops and disclosing his position.
      General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 35 (1920)

      Action Date: 19-Jul-18

      Service: Army

      Rank: Private

      Company: Company K

      Regiment: 16th Infantry Regiment


      Research shows Dewey was born in 1898, the eldest son of Omar K. & Mattie Wright. Married to Florence Good (born 15 June 1898 in Wyoming and died 18 June 1964 in Los Angeles Co., CA), about 1920. They had one child, Omar K. Wright who was born in Sundance, WY on 5 Oct 1921 and died on 21 Sept 1946 in Los Angeles Co., CA.

      The Frontier Newspaper – O’Neill, Nebraska – 1921

      Excerpt from the funeral of Leo and Sylvester Sanders

      Sylvester and Leo Sanders with Ira Napier, Dewey Wright, Charlie and Earl Wiseman left Ewing May 2, 1917, to enter the American army. They enlisted at Omaha on May 6th were sworn in at Fort Logan, Colorado. At El Paso, Texas, they joined Co. K of the 16th Infantry. The six entrained from El Paso June 1st for Hoboken, N.J. and embarked from New York June 12th bound for France. They disembarked at St. Nazarie June 26th, members of the first convoy. The second battalion of that regiment paraded Paris July 4, 1917. Four days later they entrained at St. Nazaire and on the fourteenth of July disentranced at Gondrecourt. They received training in the English and French method of warfare in the vicinity of Abainville and Demange and entered the trenches for the first time at Bathemont Nov 11th. remaining there for ten days. After returning they received a month of training in open tactics.

      Custer National Cemetery
      Crow Agency
      Big Horn County
      Montana, USA
      Plot: C 309

  4. I am looking for information regarding 1LT William Hume, b. 20 Jun 1921 – d. 6 Jun 1944, entered active duty 6 Jun 1940. Buried in Arlington in 1948. We are trying to verify his award of the Silver Star. I have two GO numbers from 1944, 101 and 12 that might be applicable to him but need to verify. Can you help?

    BTW, my father Donald Parslow was assigned to the 16th in Germany in 1951.

    Thank you.

    1. Fred Tolson Post

      Mr. Parslow,

      Lt. William Hume was the executive officer for D Company, 26th Infantry. I did look in the index to the general orders for the 1st Infantry Division and can confirm that your general orders information is correct.

      You may be aware that Hume is mentioned in John McManus’ book, The Dead and Those About to Die.

      On behalf of the Soldiers of the 16th Infantry and our Association, please pass on to your father our appreciation for his service with our great regiment.

    2. I know of 1st Lt William Hume he was the battalion commander of a small ROTC military school in Waynesboro, VA. Fishburne Military School is still flourishing. I gave a photo of him trooping the line with General George Marshall. Marshall was a classmate of Morgan Hudgins while at VMI. Let me know if you would like the photo.

    1. Student

      I found this information – I hope it helps.

      PFC Boyd Carl “Carly” Mink

      Birth: Sep. 29, 1946
      Death: Apr. 22, 1968

      Carly was killed in action in Vietnam while serving with the 16th Infantry. Unfortunately, he never got to see his daughter, Carla, who was born after his death. He can be found on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Panel 51E, Line 31.

      Charlotte June Whitaker Bathe (1948 – 2010)*

      Reading Protestant Cemetery
      Hamilton County
      Ohio, USA

  5. I was with HHC, 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry during Desert Shield/Desert Storm. I am looking for a book called “Rangers in Iraq.” Does anyone know of how I can purchase it? Thank you for your time.

  6. Bonjour de Fléville (FRANCE)

    Après 19 années de mairie, je suis depuis 2014 maire honoraire.
    Mais je souhaite vous retrouver dans les années à venir pour commémorer
    le sacrifice des soldats du 16 ième pour libérer notre ville.
    Je pense à PVT Austin J. GATES.

    Bien cordialement,

    Honorary Member Damien GEORGES

    Good Day from Fléville:

    After serving 19 years as the mayor [of Fléville], I have been the honorary mayor-emeritus since 2014. I hope in coming years to link up with you again in order to commemorate the sacrifices of the Soldiers of the 16th Infantry in liberating our city. I think (often) of Private Austin J. Gates.


    Honorary Member of the Regiment Damien GEORGES

  7. Hello,
    My father just passed away in April of this year after battling aggressive cancer for 9 months. I’m writing to you because presently we are trying to collect information to present to the VA to get them to recognize this was service related. Not even just for the money to help his wife and keep her residing in his childhood home, but because his dying wish was to get acknowledgment of this. He was everything to me.
    I’m writing to you because my thought was to try and locate others who may have served with him to see if they are alive today and if they are affected by this type of cancer. I feel it may help our case to know. The problem is I don’t know where to start or how to find them and I’m hoping maybe you can steer me in the right direction.
    The info I have is this: served with III corps outside Saigon with the 2nd BN 16th infantry regiment 1st infantry division from March 68 to March 69. His name was Robert Dowd.
    If there is ANY way you can help me in some way I would be eternally greatful. He wasn’t treated fairly though his diagnosis and care and it still haunts me 3 months later.
    Thank you in advance and God bless you for your service to this country. I have nothing but respect for those like my father who served this country.

    1. Courtney,
      I corresponded with you previously and said I would get back to you from your last note. Unfortunately all of my storage files in Windows Live Mail have disappeared and I am unable to recover them…..even after going to Microsoft and the IT professionals.
      Actually I found the storage files but they are empty. Bottom line is I have absolutely nothing that you sent me, although I do recall you sending a copy of his DD-214 and me advising you to get hold of your dad’s Congressional representative. I also put a note on the Society of the First Infantry Division’s website with no result.
      If I can still help, I’m willing but still doubtful.

  8. I served in A Company 5-16 Infantry under Captain John A. Schatzel. Just saw his picture on this website. Great leader and Company Commander.

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