I’ve been researching the 417th Regt & Co L in particular for several years. Contact me if you are interested
My grandfather Lowell E. Bachelder (1921–2013) was a PFC rifleman in Company E of the 304th Infantry Regiment. He was wounded by machine gun fire on April 10, 1945 in Schwerstedt, Sömmerda. The town name is misspelled on his discharge papers, but I was able to figure it out thanks to this excellent website!
Pages 159 and 242 of this site tell how Company E was pinned down by MG and sniper fire. Here is how my Grandpa Bachelder described it to his son Ross (my dad) on the morning of October 4, 2009, and then my dad relayed the conversation to me that evening and I typed it as he spoke:
He was lying flat on his stomach and the Germans were raking the open field he was in with machine guns, so he stayed close to the ground the way the soldiers were trained to do (even turning the toes outward so the heels don't stick up). He got shot [MG bullet in the right buttock]. While he was lying there, knowing he'd been shot, he heard the two men nearest him get shot and heard them saying their prayers as they died.
When he went to the nearest medical help and told them he'd been shot, the doctor didn't believe him at first. The doctor said, "Pull down your pants," so he did, and when they saw the blood running down the side of his leg, they knew it was true. It took 15 x-rays [I've also heard 11] to figure out what path the bullet took—that it went in the back of one leg and out the other side. He spent 6 months [4 months of recuperation, 6 total months overseas] recuperating in three different hospitals in Germany, England and France before he went home on the Queen Elizabeth.
"You should have seen your mother... she was the most beautifulest girl in my entire class." (Grandpa said that to RB twice today.) Another thing he said today: “I’m 88 years old now, and I don’t like being told what to do.”
Lowell said he wanted to write a book about his life, so RB gave him a binder w/ pencil pouch and labeled it "Lowell Bachelder: My Story". The first thing he wrote was "July 6, 1921 (my birthday). And then I went to war."
In a small manila envelope, I still have the lucky four-leaf clover my grandma Anna Lee gave or sent to my grandpa during the war.
—Amy Bachelder Jeynes, 12 June 2020
My first experience with the 76th infantry division was one i'd never forget. Back in
As a 29 year old guy, I have nothing but respect for these brave men. I can’t imagine the hardships they had to endure and how they had to over come those obstacles. But I do know they did it! They were true hero’s of a Generation that honestly can be called “The greatest generation”. My grandfather Emil Frank Bertuglia served in the 301st Engineer Combat Battalion Company “C”. Im really trying to find pictures or any information on him/people who served with him.
I can’t thank these men enough, but I can respect them by never letting their stories die!
USA! USA! USA!
Dec 16, 2019
Looking for any information on my father S Sgt. Harry L Weaver, HQ co. 1st. bn 417th inf. 76 div. He was in charge of a 57mm anti-tank gun crew. Battle of the Bulge
June 20, 2019
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My amazing grandfather served with the 304th, 76th his name is Edward Mizanoski. Listed here
Anyone have more information about him please email me.
June 5, 2019
Hello, I am the only son of PFC Edward J. Jesz, who was assigned to the 385th Infantry Brigade “L” (Love) Company of the 76th infantry Division during WWII.
My dad passed away in 2001 without sharing much of his experiences during the war. I am an avid student of WWII, especially the ETO, and am currently working on my masters degree in military history after serving 32 in Federal law enforcement.
While watching the celebration of the 75th anniversary of D-Day this evening ( June 5, 2019), I read an article of someone who made a documentary of their relatives’ trek through Europe during WWII. This got me thinking.......would there be anyone interested in coordinating a trip to Europe next year to create a lasting documentary of a much overlooked unit which served during WWII and walk in the footsteps of our ancestors from LeHarve, France to Chemnitz?
I think there is a story to tell, as recounted in “We Ripened Fast”, but I think a film that could be more accessible to future generations would be the highest honor we surviving descendants could dedicate to our heroic fathers and grandfathers.
I admit that I have no experience in organizing this sort of endeavor, but I believe that all things great merely start with an idea and the contributors add their ideas and experiences to turn it into a reality.
I may be contacted directly at: Ron.email@example.com or by phone: 469-264-1421, if anyone would be interested in developing this once-in-a lifetime trip to honor and immortalize our ancestors. ONWAY!!
March 31, 2019
Gathering information on the 301st Combat Engineer Battalion, 76th. Looking for relatives of men in the 301st, who served with my Grandfather.
Nov 22, 2018
My grandfather, 98 now, is still alive. We have re-traced his steps according to his battalion book (417th, 1st Battalion) across western Europe from his landing in France to Chemnitz.
It was the best trip of my/our lives. We went to the reunion in MI and in La Crosse.
I'd imagine not many of these heroes are left--but mine is...and I've been to Echternach, Lux where they crossed the Sauer River and earned their stripes.
God Bless those amazing men and souls.
If any of you are still out there honoring these brave men, please let me know.
Sept 20, 2018
I'm looking for information about the 302nd inf, 76th Division during World War One. My Great Uncle and his brother did their training at Fort Devens starting April of 1918, and then shipped off to France in July.
They were eventually re-assigned to the 305th and 307th of the 77th Division at the end of October 1918. Fortunately, there are many good references available on these units, including a regimental history of the 305th of the 77th, my Great Uncle's last assignment.
I'm especially interested to know what the 302nd was doing from July through late October of 1918. It would really help elucidate this portion of my family's history. Any leads would be appreciated.
Yours sincerely, John F Vietas