Roll Of Honor of the 533rd EBSR

Added Memorial Day, May 27,2007

As listed in “Surf and Sand” unless otherwise stated.

Andrew Aiello Company B Cairns, Australia

non-combat ( conversation with 533rd Vet September 2002)

Pvt. Rudolph Barutske Hqs Co. Shore Battalion Late December 1943 Milne Bay, New Guinea

“Most tragic of all was the death of Pvt. Rudolph Barutzke, member of “Hqs” company, who broke his neck while diving into one of the mountain streams near camp. He died in the hospital a few days after the accident. Although a new member in the company, he joined us just before leaving Fort Ord, he was well liked and a hard worker. A military funeral was awarded him. Captain L. J. Smith presided over the ceremonial firing squad composed of; Sgt. Charles L. Harbour, Cpl. Darwin D. Differding, Cpl. Walter M. Chodkowski, Cpl. Arthur N. Vezina, T/5 Charles W. Piesuch, Pfc. Charles D. Wingard, Pvt. Warren T. Brown and Pvt. James G. Barlow. Those men honored to be pallbearers were; Cpl. Walter N. Simmers, Pfc. John B. Schneiders, Pvt. John A. Cummings, Pvt. Richard E. Brinkhouse, Pvt. Charles E. Beam and Pvt. Calvin F. Owens. Taps was sounded by Pvt. Reynaldo R. Gonzalez, “Hqs” company Bugler.” (533rd EBSR Shore Battalion records for November 1943 to March 1944)

George W. Berger Company C March 17, 1944 Saidor, New Guinea

Buried at: SECTION 2Y SITE 4632 Long Island National Cemetery, 2040 WELLWOOD AVENUE FARMINGDALE, NY 11735-1211

 

William M. Cronise
Company C March? 1944 Saidor, New Guinea, of Montgomery County, MD. Cronise died of a non-combat related injury or illness. ( Montgomery Co., Md Veteran's affairs)

Charles R. Devers Company F 1944 Borgen Bay, New Britain

Killed by falling tree while in his tent circa March 1944.

Clarence E. Donahue Company A Dagupan, Luzon, Philippines

William E. Edgar Hqs. Co. Boat Battalion November 4, 1945 Kure, Japan

Car accident in Kure, Japan. He was buried first in Japanese Naval Academy Cemetery. Story related (2001) by Robert Forsyth, Hq. Co. Boat Battalion, who was a friend of his during the war. Now buried at: SECTION A SITE 761 National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Hawaii.

Pfc. Harry Frauman Company B May 21, 1945 Talomo, Mindinao, Philippines

Died of gunshot wounds received in action. (ESB Records for June 1945)

T/4 James A Giambrone Company A December 23, 1944 Manus Island, Admiralty Islands

Was fatally injured by a truck when it shifted position in the hold of the ship. Part of the 533rd was in transit to the Philippines at this time. (Conversation with Robert Tighe, Co. A, July 23.2003) “...died of head injuries when crushed by truck in LCM cargo well.” (records from Headquarters Company A for January 22,1945, APO 70, Journal of Activities from 23 November 1944 to 13 January 1945) BURIED AT: SECTION H SITE 9005 Long Island National Cemetery, 2040 WELLWOOD AVENUE FARMINGDALE, NY 11735-1211

 

T/4 Melvin Jants
Company B June 13, 1945 Talomo, Mindinao, Philippines

On June 9, 1945, Melvin Jants detected the presence of gasoline vapor entering the air intakes of the engines of an LCM. Realizing the imminent danger of an explosion and being unable to stop the engines by the deck control, he entered the engine room and attempted to stop the engines by shutting off the air. While workingthere, a flash explosion occurred which burned him severely. He died two days later of the injuries sustained through his efforts to prevent a more serious explosion which might have injured the other four members of the crew and completely destroyed the landing craft. Technician Fourth Grade Jants great bravery and devotion to his comrades reflect the highest degree of credit upon himself and the military service. He received the Soldiers’s Medal for his bravery September 1945. (Record from Sept. 1945 3rd ESB records) “...Talomo, Mindinao, Philippine Islands on 9 June 1945. Technician Fourth Grade Jants, while assisting to fill fuel tanks of an LCMB from 50-gallon drums, detected the presence of gasoline on the deck area above the engine room. The idling engines began running at terrific speed as the gasoline vapor in the air entered into the intakes. Technician Fourth Grade Jants and another crew member on failing to stop the engines by means of the deck controls, immediately descended to the engine room to cut off the the engines’ air supply, fully realizing the danger of their flying to pieces from the excess speed. As they worked to cut off the air intake, a flash explosion occurred which inflicted first, second, and third degree burns on both men. Technician Fourth Grade Jants died two days later of the injuries sustained through his efforts to prevent a more serious explosion, which might have injured the other four members of the crew and completely destroyed the landing craft, reflect the highest degree of credit upon himself and the military service. Next of kin: Mrs. Mary Jants (Mother), Porter, Minnesota. (24th Infantry Division Headquarters, APO 24, 11 September 1945, GO #121, placed in General Orders File of the 533rd EBSR) BURIED AT: SECTION C-24 SITE 13547 Ft. Snelling National Cemetery, 7601 34TH AVENUE, SOUTH MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55450

 

Richard C. Jenkins
Company E 1944 Aitape, New Guinea

Willis E. Krueger Company F circa January 1945 San Fabian, Luzon, Philippines

Non-combat

Edward A. Lachowicz Company C mid-late 1943 Fort Ord, California

Louis A. Martinez Hqs. Co. Boat Battalion March 4, 1944 “...was killed when a falling tree struck him on 4 March 1944 while on a combat mission at Saidor, New Guinea. ( 3rd ESB records for February 29, 1944 to April 2, 1944) Borgen Bay, New Britain

Killed by falling tree. (Conversation in 2001 with Robert Forsyth, 533rd EBSR Hq. Co. Boat Battalion) (“Surf and Sand” says New Britain)

Pfc. Raymond H. May Company F February 1945 San Fabian, Luzon, Philippines

Died of Cerebrial malaria. (533rd EBSR Shore Battalion records for February 1945)

Charles M. Miller Hqs. Co. Boat Battalion circa mid-1945 Bued River, Luzon, Philippines

Andrew Mizisin Company A 1944 Borgen Bay, New Britain

Fell overboard and drowned after two LCMs bumped at night. (Conversation with Robert Tighe, Co A, July 23, 2003)

Frederick A Navarro Company D October 1944 Aitape, New Guinea

“A tragedy struck the Battalion when Pvt. Frederick A. Navarro, Sr. Co. D, drowned after a big wave swept him off a dukw during a high surf condition. He was rescued with a few minutes and medical aid was summoned but all efforts to revive him failed.” (533rd EBSR Shore Bn. records for October 1944)

Sgt. James B. Robb Regimental Hqs. Company January 12, 1945 San Fabian, Luzon, Philippines

Killed in action from shrapnel wound in abdomen. ( 3rd ESB Records for January 1945)

Dave E. Sheldon “Pappy” Company A August 27, 1945 La Paz, Agusan River, Mindinao, Philippines

Killed in ambush when he and others went to pick up Japanese who were going to surrender. ( 3rd ESB Records for August 1945). “On 27 August, T/5 Dave E. Sheldon, 38461363, coxswain of Mike A28, went ashore with an infantry patrol to pick up some Japs, who had offered to surrender. As they left the bank of the river, they were fired on by the Japs and T/5 Sheldon was killed and two infantrymen were wounded.” (533rd Boat Battalion records 2 September 1945 APO 159)

T/4 William A Stephenson Hqs Co. Shore Battalion February 7,1944 Cape Cretin, New Guinea

“But the greatest tragedy occurrred with the death of T/4 William A. Stephenson, “Hqs” company as a result of the same vehicle accident. He was one of the best loved fellows in the company and his popularity was expressed by the great congregation of officers and enlisted men who attended his funeral on Feb. 7, 1944. “Bill” was given a military funeral and buried in the U.S. Army cemetery at Finschafen. Those honored to be his pallbearers were; T/4 Gerald L. Shaw, T/4 Gordon M. Sill, T/5 [Isom} W. Nance, Pfc. Gerald W. McNary, Cpl. Grady E. Welch and Private Wesley T. Phillips. A three volley salute was rendered to “Bill” by the ceremonial firing squad under command of Lt. Edmund F Draminski of “Hqs” company. Those men priveledged to be on the squad were; Sgt. Raymond F. [Pokriopke], T/4 Edward Gillay, T/5 Alvin T. Preston, T/5 Jack [Klevens], Pvt. Robert J. Snodgrass, Pvt. Maurice B. Murphy, Pvt. Jack H. Ray and Emil J. Werhoven. Taps was sounded by Pvt. Reynaldo R. Gonzalez, “Hqs.” company bugler.” ( 533rd EBSR Shore Battalion records for Nov. 1943 - Mar. 1944 )

Howard D. Vance Hqs. Co. Boat Battalion circa January 1945 San Fabian, Luzon, Philippines

Basil J. Wilcox Hqs. Co. Boat Battalion May 8,1945 Cotabato, Mindinao, Philippines

Non-combat wound. (Conversation in 2001 with Robert Forsyth, 533rd EBSR, Hq. Co. Boat Battalion) BURIED AT: SECTION 12 SITE 3854 Arlington National Cemetery, C/O DIRECTOR ARLINGTON, VA 22211

 

Not listed in “Surf and Sand”

Pfc. William Schultz Company E Mid December 1943 Milne Bay, New Guinea

Fell ill shortly after arrival December 10, 1943. Was removed to the hospital and later died. ( 533rd EBSR Shore Battalion records Nov. 1943 - Mar. 1944)

 

 

 

Purple Heart

Pfc. Willie M. Andrews
Company F January 29, 1943 Taylor Beach, Cape Cretin, New Guinea

“... is hereby awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received during the bombing of Taylor Beach, APO 322, at 1545 hours.” Awarded 2 March 1944, GO No. 10 Headquarters 533D Engineer Boat and Shore Regiment APO 565 (General Orders File 533rd EB&SR) (3rd ESB records for February 28, 1944 to April 2, 1944) Hillsboro, North Carolina (Unsure 3rd ESB list of Purple Hearts)

Pfc. Donald R. Benefiel Company F January 29, 1944 Taylor Beach, Cape Cretin, New Guinea

Then Pvt. Co “F” Suffered shrapnel wounds during bombing of Taylor Beach. (ESB Records Feb. 28 - Apr. 2,1944) For wounds received at Cape Cretin, New Guinea on 29 January, 1944 Home address: Mrs. Goldie Benefiel, Mother, RR #3, Peru, Indiana. per GO 31, HQ 533rd EB&SR, APO 705, dated 8 November 1944. (ESB Records for November 1944) (General Orders File 533rd EB&SR) (533rd EBSR Shore Battalion records for November 1944)

Pfc. Earnest H. Character Company F January 29, 1943 Taylor Beach, Cape Cretin, New Guinea

“... is hereby awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received during the bombimg of Taylor Beach, APO 322, at 1545 hours.” Awarded 2 March 1944, GO No. 10 Headquarters 533D Engineer Boat and Shore Regiment APO 565 (General Orders File 533rd EBSR) (3rd ESB records for February 28, 1944 to April 2, 1944) Columbus, Georgia (Unsure 3rd ESB list of Purple Hearts)

Pfc. Jesse Conn Company F January 29, 1943 Taylor Beach, Cape Cretin, New Guinea

“... is hereby awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received during the bombimg of Taylor Beach, APO 322, at 1545 hours.” Awarded 2 March 1944, GO No. 10 Headquarters 533D Engineer Boat and Shore Regiment APO 565 (General Orders File 533rd EBSR) (3rd ESB records for February 28, 1944 to April 2, 1944) Dewdrop, Kentucky (Unsure 3rd ESB list of Purple Hearts)

Pfc. Leland L. Graves Company F January 29, 1943 Taylor Beach, Cape Cretin, New Guinea

“... is hereby awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received during the bombing of Taylor Beach, APO 322, at 1545 hours.” Awarded 2 March 1944, GO No. 10 Headquarters 533D Engineer Boat and Shore Regiment APO 565 (General Orders File 533rd EBSR) (3rd ESB records for February 28, 1944 to April 2, 1944) Fredericksburg, Virginia (Unsure 3rd ESB list of Purple Hearts)

T/5 Roy T. Freeman Company F January 29, 1944 Taylor Beach, Cape Cretin, New Guinea

Co “F” Suffered shrapnel wounds during bombing of Taylor Beach. ( 3rd ESB Records Feb. 28 - Apr. 2,1944) [“Surf and Sand” says Aitape, New Guinea]

Capt. Joseph E. Gannon Hq. Boat Battalion (A Company at the time) March 6, 1945 Volupia Plantation, Willaumez Peninsula,Talasea, New Britain

Wounded in assault landing. (533rd EBSR Boat Battalion Records for March 1944) St. Clair Michigan? (Unsure 3rd ESB list of Purple Hearts) Was in Company A at the time. Wounded by mortar shrapnel. (Conversation with Robert Tighe, Co. A, July 23,2003)

T/4 Hilton C. Leatherman Regimental Hqs. Co. (A Company at the time) March 6, 1945 Volupia Plantation, Willaumez Peninsula,Talasea, New Britain

Wounded in assault landing. (533rd EBSR Boat Battalion Records for March 1944) For wounds received at Volupia Point, New Britain on 6 March 1944. Home address: Mrs. Vallie Leatherman, Mother, RFD No. 2, Hagerstown, Maryland.. Awarded 13 April, 1944, GO No. 15, Headquarters 533D Engineer Boat and Shore Regiment (General Orders File 533rd EBSR) Company A at the time. Wounded by mortar shrapnel. (Conversation with Robert Tighe, Co. A, July 23,2003)

2nd Lt. David X. Oakley Regimental Hqs. Co. ( B Company at the time) March 6, 1945 Volupia Plantation, Willaumez Peninsula,Talasea, New Britain

Wounded in assault landing. (533rd EBSR Boat Battalion Records for March 1944) For wounds received at Volupia Point, New Britain on 6 March 1944. Home address: Mrs. Annie Oakley, mother, 82 Greene Street, Brooklyn, New York. Awarded 13 April, 1944, GO No. 15, Headquarters 533D Engineer Boat and Shore Regiment (General Orders File 533rd EBSR) Hagerstown, Maryland? (Unsure 3rd ESB list of Purple Hearts) Was in Company B at the time. Wounded by mortar shrapnel. (Conversation with Robert Tighe, Co. A, July 23,2003)

Sgt. Nickolas H. Caras Hqs. Co. Shore Battalion May 13, 1944 Aitape, New Guinea

For wound received at Aitape. per GO 1, 161st Station Hospital, APO 322, dated 16 June, 1944. Home address: Wilmington, Delaware.(ESB Records for June 1944) Slightly wounded in action at Aitape, New Guinea May 13, 1944 ( 3rd ESB Records November 1944) Sgt. Nick Caras [sp] of Hq. Co. was at home on a convalescent leave and was able to walk again. ( 533rd EBSR Shore Battalion records for February 1945)

Cpl. John A. Cummings Hq. Co. Shore Battalion July 14, 1944 South of Tadji Plantation on Raihu River, Aitape, New Guinea. “Telephone lines were laid to the various CP’s and each CP was manned by minimum personnal for a period of one week. A First Aid station was set up and plans made for the evacuation of casualties. Fortunately or unfortunately, as the case may have been we were never called upon to actually defend the line. Cpl. Cummings, Cpl. Simmers and Pvt. Flanagan were injured by one of the booby traps of the 875th when returning from a patrol. Two men of the 875th were killed at the same time and two others seriously injured. (533rd Shore Battalion records for July 1944) Seriously wounded in action. ( 3rd ESB Records for July 1944) Received Purple Heart August 23, 1944 Auth: GO 9 HQ364th Station Hospital, APO 322-1 Home address: Marjorie Cummings, Route No. 1, Box No. 374, Clovis, California. ( 3rd ESB Records September 1944)

Pfc. Japhet T. Flanagan Hqs. Co. 2nd [Shore] Battalion July 14, 1944 Aitape, New Guinea

“Telephone lines were laid to the various CP’s and each CP was manned by minimum personnal for a period of one week. A First Aid station was set up and plans made for the evacuation of casualties. Fortunately or unfortunately, as the case may have been we were never called upon to actually defend the line. Cpl. Cummings, Cpl. Simmers and Pvt. Flanagan were injured by one of the booby traps of the 875th when returning from a patrol. Two men of the 875th were killed at the same time and two others seriously injured. (533rd Shore Battalion records for July 1944) For wounds received in action, , Auth. GO 21 HQ. EBSR, August 10, 1944 Home address: Mrs. Mary Flangan, Mother, 112 North Texas Ave., Atlantic City, New Jersey. ( 3rd ESB records August 1944) Slightly wounded in action at Aitape, New Guinea on Ju;y 14, 1944. ( 3rd ESB Records November 1944) (General Orders File 533rd EBSR) (533rd EBSR Shore Battalion for November 1944)

Cpl. Walter N. Simmers Hq. Co. Shore Battalion July 14, 1944 South of Tadji Plantation on Raihu River, Aitape, New Guinea. Seriously wounded in action. ( 3rd ESB Records for July 1944) “Telephone lines were laid to the various CP’s and each CP was manned by minimum personnal for a period of one week. A First Aid station was set up and plans made for the evacuation of casualties. Fortunately or unfortunately, as the case may have been we were never called upon to actually defend the line. Cpl. Cummings, Cpl. Simmers and Pvt. Flanagan were injured by one of the booby traps of the 875th when returning from a patrol. Two men of the 875th were killed at the same time and two others seriously injured. (533rd Shore Battalion records for July 1944) Barea, Kentucky (Unsure 3rd ESB list of Purple Hearts)

Pfc. Jino A. Zambotti Hqs. Co. Shore Battalion May 27, 1944 Aitape, New Guinea

“An additional casualty was listed to the Battalion at APO 705 on 27 May, 1944 when Pfc. Zino [Jino] A. Zambotti, Hq. Co., Shore Bn., 533rd EBSR was shot by an unknown person. He was shot on the wrist and right side, and the bullet lodged in his right kidney. Pfc. Zambotti was on detail at the time and was wounded in the line of duty. The response of the Bn. was very cooperative. The shot was first believed to have been enemy fire, and immediately, the area from which the shot was fired was patrolled very thoroughly by Headquarters Company, Shore Bn., under the orders of 2nd Lt. George B. Lindberg. Companies D and E stood by, armed in readiness for any enemy action. ( 533rd EBSR Shore Battalion records for June 1944) For wounds received in action at Aitape, New Guinea, on 27 May 1944. Home address; Mrs. Anna Zambotti, (Mother), 348 E. Diamond Ave., Hazelton, Pa. (Headquarters General Orders #22, 18 October 1945, APO 317, General Orders File)

T/5 Edmund J. Trainor Hq. Company Boat Battalion July 15, 1944 Muschu Straits, New Guinea

Slightly wounded in action at Moushu Straits. Auth: GO 16 HQ XI Corps APO 471 USASOS dated August 4,1944 Home address: Mrs. Ellen Trainor (Mother), 192, L Street, South Boston, Massachusetts. Issued Medal No. 137409. ( 3rd ESB Records for July 1944)

Pfc. Vivian T. (Ted) Chivers Co B Wewak/Madang, New Guinea and San Fabian, Luzon, Philippines

Recieved two Purple Hearts. The first was from concussion near Wewak or Madang, New Guinea in 1944 and the second (possibly also concussion was January 9,1945 at Lingayen Gulf, San Fabian, Luzon, Philippines at the same time as T?Sgt. John J. Sedore. The Purple Hearts were not presented until the day he was shipping home from Japan. He was about to board the transport when he was called up to the makeshift orderly room for the organization who was then in control and presented with his two Purple Hearts at the same time. (Conversation of July 14, 2003 with Mr. Chivers ) For wounds received in action at San Fabian, Luzon, Philippine Islands, on 11 January 1945. Home address; Mrs. Annie M. Chivers, (Mother), 2146 Monterey Ave., Martinez, Calif. . (Headquarters General Orders #22, 18 October 1945, APO 317, General Orders File)

T/4 John H. Dusek Company A January 20, 1945 San Fabian, Luzon, Philippines

Lightly wounded in action. (ESB Records for March 1945)

1st Lt. William W. Garrison Company C January 9, 1945 Lingayen Gulf, San Fabian, Luzon, Philippines

Wounded in action. Shrapnel wounds received. Awarded GO 1, HQ 533d EB&SR APO 70 26 January, 1945 ( 3rd ESB Records for January 1945) For wounds received in action at San Fabian, Philippine Islands, on 9 January 1945 Home address: J. Ross Garrison (Father) 319 E. High St., Waynesburg, Pa. (533rd EBSR Hqs. General Orders file.)

T/5 Irwin Goldberg San Fabian, Luzon, Philippines

For wounds received at San Fabian, Luzon, Philippines on 13 January 1945. Home address: Ida Goldberg (Mother) 4541 N. Sheridan Rd. Chicago, Illinois. (533rd EBSR Headquarters, APO 317, 29 October 1945, GO #25 General Orders file)

T/4 John R. Hakala Company E January 9, 1945 Lingayen Gulf, San Fabian, Luzon, Philippines

Wounded in action. Awarded GO 1, HQ 533d EB&SR APO 70 26 January, 1945 (ESB Records for January 1945) “... the invasion of Luzon [Beach White 2] came at 0930 9 January 1945. ...Heavy Japanese mortar fire harassed the group from positions on the ridges to the rear of the beach. The fire was accurately placed on the beach and in an area between the dune line and 300 yards into the Lingayen Gulf. ...There were two men slightly wounded in this group from mortar shrapnel; Pfc. John R. Hakala and S/Sgt. John L. Knott of Company E. After their wounds were treated these men returned to duty.” ( 533rd EBSR Shore Battalion records January 1945) For wounds received in action at San Fabian, Philippine Islands, on 9 January 1945 Home address: Mrs. Johnson S. Hakala (Mother) Box 38, High Bridge, Wisconsin. (533rd EBSR Hqs. General Orders file.)

S/Sgt. John L. Knott Company E January 9, 1945 San Fabian, Luzon, Philippines

Shrapnel wounds right deltoid region. Awarded GO 1, HQ 533d EB&SR APO 70 26 January, 1945 ( 3rd ESB Records for January 1945) “... the invasion of Luzon [Beach White 2] came at 0930 9 January 1945. ...Heavy Japanese mortar fire harassed the group from positions on the ridges to the rear of the beach. The fire was accurately placed on the beach and in an area between the dune line and 300 yards into the Lingayen Gulf. ...There were two men slightly wounded in this group from mortar shrapnel; Pfc. John R. Hakala and S/Sgt. John L. Knott of Company E. After their wounds were treated these men returned to duty.” ( 533rd EBSR Shore Battalion records January 1945) For wounds received in action at San Fabian, Philippine Islands, on 9 January 1945 Home address: Mrs. Esther K. Knott (wife) 150 Merchant Ave., Marion, Ohio (533rd EBSR Hqs. General Orders file.)

Pvt. Lawrence W. S. Lord Company D January 11, 1945 San Fabian, Luzon, Philippines

Lacerated right hand caused by shrapnel. Awarded GO 1, HQ 533d EB&SR APO 70 26 January, 1945 (3rd ESB Records for January 1945) “At 2330 enemy fire became heavier work continued under black-out conditions. Casualties for the day were Pvt. Lawrence W. S. Lord (Co. D) and Pfc. James E. Sealock (Hq. Co.); both injured by artillery shrapnel. Pfc. Sealock was injured during the shelling of the beach perimeter. After wounds were treated he returned to duty.” (533rd EBSR Shore Battalion records for January 1945) For wounds received in action at San Fabian, Philippine Islands, on 11 January 1945 Home address: Mrs. lsie Lord (Wife) 2148 Wirt Ave., Springfield, Illinois. (533rd EBSR Hqs. General Orders file.)

Pvt. Richard W. Moore Company B January 9, 1945 San Fabian, Luzon, Philippines

For wounds received in action. Awarded GO 5, HQ 533d EB&SR, APO 70, 25 February 1945 (3rd ESB Records for February 1945) (3rd ESB Records for March 1945) For wounds received in action at San Fabian, Philippine Islands, on 9 January 1945 Home address: Mrs. Ella M. Moore (Mother) PO Box 1093, Houston, Texas. (533rd EBSR Hqs. General Orders file.)

Pfc. Peter J. Przegienda Company D January 12, 1945 San Fabian, Luzon, Philippines

Perforated ear drum caused by concussion of enemy artillery shell. Awarded GO 1, HQ 533d EB&SR APO 70 26 January, 1945 (3rd ESB Records for January 1945) For wounds received in action at San Fabian, Philippine Islands, on 12 January 1945 Home address: Mrs. May Przgienda (Mother) 1056 N. Marshfield Avenue, Chicago, Illinois. (533rd EBSR Hqs. General Orders file.)

S/Sgt. Robert T. Purcell, Jr. Company C January 9, 1945 San Fabian, Luzon, Philippines

Shrapnel wound of right hand. Awarded GO 1, HQ 533d EB&SR APO 70 26 January, 1945 (3rd ESB Records for January 1945) For wounds received in action at San Fabian, Philippine Islands, on 9 January 1945 Home address: Robert T. Purcell (Father) 26 Oregon Avenue, Crafton, Pennsylvania. (533rd EBSR Hqs. General Orders file.)

Cpl. Burton S. Records Company D January 12, 1945 San Fabian, Luzon, Philippines

Shrapnel wounds of left hand. Awarded GO 1, HQ 533d EB&SR APO 70 26 January, 1945 (3rd ESB Records for January 1945) For wounds received in action at San Fabian, Philippine Islands, on 9 January 1945 Home address: Mrs. Lena M. Records (Mother) Route #2, Seneca, Missouri. (533rd EBSR Hqs. General Orders file.)

Pfc. Harlan F. Roberts Company F January 14, 1945 San Fabian, Luzon, Philippines

Slight laceration from enemy shrapnel. Awarded GO 1, HQ 533d EB&SR APO 70 26 January, 1945 (3rd ESB Records for January 1945) The Pioneer Platoon was assigned the task of putting in a Navy pontoon bridge across the slough approximately a mile and a half down the beach. At 0230 hours the Japs sent down a barrage on the beaches, and a shell hit close to the bridge wounding Pfc. Roberts and Pvt. Sims. (533rd EBSR Shore Battalion records of Company F for 1 December 1944 to 31 January 1945.) For wounds received in action at San Fabian, Philippine Islands, on 14 January 1945 Home address: Mrs. Gussie Roberts (Mother) Route #3, Louisa, Lawrence County, Kentucky. (533rd EBSR Hqs. General Orders file.)

Pfc. James E. Sealock Hq. Co. Shore Battalion January 10 [11th?], 1945 San Fabian, Luzon, Philippines

Slightly wounded by shrapnel. Awarded GO 1, HQ 533d EB&SR APO 70 26 January, 1945 (3rd ESB Records for January 1945) “At 2330 enemy fire became heavier work continued under black-out conditions. Casualties for the day were Pvt. Lawrence W. S. Lord (Co. D) and Pfc. James E. Sealock (Hq. Co.); both injured by artillery shrapnel. Pfc. Sealock was injured during the shelling of the beach perimeter. After wounds were treated he returned to duty.(533rd EBSR Shore Battalion records for January 1945) For wounds received in action at San Fabian, Philippine Islands, on 10[?] January 1945 Home address: Mrs. Sarah E. Sealock (Wife) Front Royal, Star Route #3, Virginia. (533rd EBSR Hqs. General Orders file.)

T/Sgt. John J. Sedore Company B January 9, 1945 San Fabian, Luzon, Philippines

Wounded in left leg. (3rd ESB Records for January 1945) Awarded GO 23, HQ Island Command, APO 709, 5 Febraury 1945. (3rd ESB Records for February 1945)

Pfc. Teddy L. Sims [Simms?] Company F January 14, 1945 San Fabian, Luzon, Philippines

Slightly wounded in action. Shrapnel wound left cheek. Awarded GO 1, HQ 533d EB&SR APO 70 26 January, 1945 (3rd ESB Records for January 1945) The Pioneer Platoon was assigned the task of putting in a Navy pontoon bridge across the slough approximately a mile and a half down the beach. At 0230 hours the Japs sent down a barrage on the beaches, and a shell hit close to the bridge wounding Pfc. Roberts and Pvt. Sims. (533rd EBSR Shore Battalion records of Company F for 1 December 1944 to 31 January 1945.) For wounds received in action at San Fabian, Philippine Islands, on 14 January 1945 Home address: Mrs. Ruth A. Sims (Wife) 1405 W. Pine Street, Midland, Michigan.(533rd EBSR Hqs. General Orders file.)

Pfc. George E. Steinbach Company C January 13, 1945 San Fabian, Luzon, Philippines

Slight laceration of face from enemy mortar fire at perimeter defense area. Awarded GO 1, HQ 533d EB&SR APO 70 26 January, 1945 (3rd ESB Records for January 1945) For wounds received in action at San Fabian, Philippine Islands, on 13 January 1945 Home address: Mrs. Catherin L. Steinbach (Wife) 282 Grove St., Brooklyn, New York. (533rd EBSR Hqs. General Orders file.)

Pfc. William F. Straub Hq. Co. Shore Battalion January 9, 1945 San Fabian, Luzon, Philippines

Wounded in action. Lacerated scalp caused by flak during air raid. Awarded GO 1, HQ 533d EB&SR APO 70 26 January, 1945 (3rd ESB Records for January 1945) “At 1830 several Japanese aircraft made their appearance but were driven off by heavy anti-aircraft fire. During this raid Pvt. William F. Straub (Hq) was injured slightly by falling flak. After treatment Pvt. Straub returned to duty. ( 533rd EBSR Boat Battalion records for January 1945) For wounds received in action at San Fabian, Philippine Islands, on 10 January 1945 Home address: Alvina Straub (Mother) 1725 N. Mango Ave., Chicago, Illinois. (533rd EBSR Hqs. General Orders file.)

S/Sgt. Rudolph Syracusa San Fabian, Luzon, Philippines

For wounds received at San Fabian, Luzon, Philippines on 13 January 1945. Home address: Gwen Wagner (friend) 2709 Moss Ave., Los Angeles, California. (533rd EBSR Headquarters, APO 317, 29 October 1945, GO #25 General Orders file)

Cpl. Stanley H. Waclawski Company D January 12, 1945 San Fabian, Luzon, Philippines

Shrapnel wound left lumbar region. Awarded GO 1, HQ 533d EB&SR APO 70 26 January, 1945 (3rd ESB Records for January 1945) “Beach operations continued without interruption until 2315 when enemy artillery fired necessitated closing the beach. Casualties due to enemy action during S-3 [January 12] were Cpl. Stanley A. Waclawski, Co. D, who sustained shrapnel wound and Pvt. Robert E. Jurgens, Co. D, missing in action.” After wounds were treated he returned to duty. (533rd EBSR Shore Battalion records for January 1945) For wounds received in action at San Fabian, Philippine Islands, on 12 January 1945 Home address: Mrs. Helen Waclawski (Mother) 472 Henderson Street, Jersey City, New Jersey. (533rd EBSR Hqs. General Orders file.)

Pfc. Ralph B. Thomas Company E March 10, 1945 Manila, Luzon, Philippines

Lightly wounded in action. Awarded GO 9, HQ 533d EB&SR, APO 70, 14 March 1945 (3rd ESB Records for March 1945) For wounds received in action at Manila, Philippine Islands, on 10 March 1945. Home address: Mrs. Maude Shriver (Mother), Route 2, Pinebank, Pennsylvania. (Headquarters 533rd EBSR General Orders File, APO 70, 14 March 1945 GO #9)

 

Additional names not included in “Surf and Sand”

T/4 Erik Pedersen Company B June 9, 1945 Talomo, Mindinao, Philippines

(Awarded circa August 2002) Erik Pederson, at great risk to his own life endeavored to avert a serious explosion in the engine room of an LCM which would endanger the lives of the crew members. Although realizing his danger he remained at his post until the explosion occurred. Technician Fourth Grade PEDERSON’s efforts to prevent a more serious explosion reflects great credit on himself and the military service. He received the Soldier’s Medal for heroism for his acts September 1945. (3rd ESB records for September 1945) “...Talomo, Mindinao, Philippine Islands on 9 June 1945. Technician Fourth Grade Pederson, while assisting to fill fuel tanks of an LCMB from 50-gallon drums, detected the presence of gasoline on the deck area above the engine room. The idling engines began running at terrific speed as the gasoline vapor in the air entered into the intakes. Technician Fourth Grade Pederson and another crew member on failing to stop the engines by means of the deck controls, immediately descended to the engine room to cut off the the engines’ air supply, fully realizing the danger of their flying to pieces from the excess speed. As they worked to cut off the the air intake, a flash explosion occurred which inflicted first, second, and third degree burns on both men. Technician Fourth Grade Pederson’s efforts to prevent a more serious explosion, which might have injured the other four members of the crew and completely destroyed the landing craft, reflect the highest degree of credit upon himself and the military service. Home address: Mrs. H. Pederson (Mother), 25 Alyitte Avenue, Keyport, New Jersey. (24th Infantry Division Headquarters, APO 24, 11 September 1945, GO #121, placed in General Orders File of the 533rd EBSR)

Pvt. Robert Jurgens Company D January 12, 1945 San Fabian, Luzon, Philippines

Missing in action. Last seen on beach during artillery barrage. (ESB Records for January 1945) “Beach operations continued without interruption until 2315 when enemy artillery fired necessitated closing the beach. Casualties due to enemy action during S-3 [January 12] were Cpl. Stanley A. Waclawski, Co. D, who sustained shrapnel wound and Pvt. Robert E. Jurgens, Co. D, missing in action. Pvt. Jurgens was last seen at 0300 during the artillery barrage.” (533rd EBSR Shore Battalion records for January 1945) Pvt. Jurgens, of Co. D, listed as missing in action in the history for January, was later found in a hospital away from this base. [No record of injuries or of Purple Heart being awarded] ( 533rd EBSR Shore Battalion Records for February 1945)

 

Arnie Irwin (Late December 1943) Milne Bay, New Guinea

circa late December 1943 doing stevedore work. Wounded

in air attack, never received Purple Heart. Doctor at Milne

Bay was connected in some way to the Mayo Clinic. Had piece

of coral removed from back several years ago.)

(Seeking confirmation for eligibility)



He along with other troops were ferried ashore at Milne Bay from the USS West Point. Regimental Headquarters was at Finschhafen to his recollection. He had no recollection of Taylor Beach, Cape Cretin and Melauna Bay. He was at Milne Bay about one or two weeks before the Japanese strafing and bombing incidents took place. He did say some shore companies went to Goodenough Island to build a road, but he was not assigned to the detail. A Colonel Emory [Amory?], Regimental Commander, requested volunteers to go to Milne Bay for two months and he and one other guy from Regimental Headquarters volunteered. First Sergeant Chase of Regimental Headquarters remained with the detail at Milne. The Colonel Emory he spoke of he says could have been Amory. Whichever, this Colonel was the port master at Milne Bay, Arnie found out he was deceased at one of the reunions. The first boat they unloaded at Milne was a small fishing boat. Later three liberty class freighters docked. The three bombings were directed at these ships; the ones the black stevedores refused to continue off loading. Reason he was there is because on the first run a black stevedore was killed by a bomb dropped from the plane and the black stevedores refused to work the 4-12 shift. He was injured on the third bomb attack. He was assisting with the off loading of gasoline barrels at the time he was injured. He remained at Milne Bay for two or three months before being transferred to Finschhafen. After being assigned to Finschhafen he along with other Regimental personnel took part in four subsequent landings in New Guinea and the Philippines. One was the US assault onto Luzon Island. After the atomic bomb attacks upon Japan they were sent to Japan via Hawaii as occupational troops. He returned to the US from Japan for discharge. There is a recorded attack on Goodenough Island Dec. 23,1945 (ESB Records for September 1945, Purple Hearts section)