Wyomingites

Gave Their All
 
WW II

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LAST UPDATE:

December 1, 2018

In Memory

     The following list was created in the memory of the brave men and women from Platte County, Wyoming that gave their all for their State and Country during World War II.  Soldiers, Sailors and Merchant Marines, are all included on this listing.

     There are personal "online memorials" for each of these honored men and women that were created for them by using the "Find A Grave" website.   You will see a blue " Yes " behind their names and by clicking on the " Yes " you will see their personal memorial that has been created for them.   On "many" of the online memorials you will see a small biography for each soldier which includes: parent's names, where they lived and where and how they actually died.   If you see one without a bio and you have information on them please email me and I'll update their records.


Platte County had a total of:

" 28 "

Soldiers and Sailors who "Gave Their All" during World War II

( I'm 99% sure all from Platte County are included )

Information was used from the following link for the " Army & Air Force " at National Archives for this report:

Click Here for Archive Report:  " Platte County, Wyoming "

"Multiple" links at the National Archives were used for the " Navy & Coast Guard " for this report.


     Also please note:   The records show these men and women as either enlisting, being originally from, or having strong ties to Platte County.   Therefore some of these soldiers may not necessarily be from the particular county noted.

     On some of the records you will note that the "Cemetery/Memorial" column shows "unknown".   If you know where any of these men or women are interred please let me know by sending me an "email - (by clicking here)" and I'll insure that the information is noted for their record.


And Remember This:


Whether a soldier or sailor was "Killed In Action", "Missing In Action", "Died of Wounds", or even died in the "Line Of Duty" ....

Whether a soldier or sailor was awarded medals or not ....

They are all " HEROS " in my book and deserve all the recognition they can get !

No matter how they died or what medals they were awarded ....

" They answered their country's call and should be remembered for what they did for us all " !



Special Thanks To "Volunteer" Find A Grave Members:

" Janice Hollandsworth "  ~  For her great help locating burials and record updates " For Soldiers & Sailors Nationwide ! "
" ShaneO "
  ~  For his great help locating burials, taking photos, and record updates " For Soldiers & Sailors Nationwide ! "
" Eric Ackerman "  ~  For all his great research work " For Soldiers & Sailors Nationwide ! "
" Jeff Hall "
  ~  For his great help locating burials, taking photos, and record updates " For Soldiers & Sailors Nationwide ! "
" John C. Anderson "  ~  " For his valuable help with documenting soldiers in Arlington National Cemetery "
" John Dowdy "
  ~  For his great help with the Army Air Force, locating burials and flight crew reports " For Soldiers & Sailors Nationwide ! "
" Tim Cook "
  ~  For his great help with the Army Air Force, locating burials, taking photos, and flight crew reports " For Soldiers & Sailors Nationwide ! "
" Steve S "  ~  " For his great photos in the Manila American Cemetery, Philippines "


Key to Abbreviations and Notes

AM = Awarded the "Air Medal" ~ ( Meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight and/or single acts of merit or heroism, or for meritorious service. )
AM* = Awarded the "Air Medal" with one Oak Leaf Cluster ~ ( Second occurrance of being awarded the Air Medal )
AM** = Awarded the "Air Medal" with two Oak Leaf Clusters ~ ( Third occurrance of being awarded the Air Medal )
AM*** = Awarded the "Air Medal" with three Oak Leaf Clusters ~ ( Fourth occurrance of being awarded the Air Medal )

BS = Awarded the "Bronze Star" ~ ( 4th highest award for bravery, heroism or meritorious service )

DFC = Awarded the "Distinguished Flying Cross" ~ ( Awarded for heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in an aerial flight )

DSC = Awarded the "Distinguished Service Cross" ~ ( 2nd highest award for extreme gallantry and risk of life in actual combat with an armed enemy force to a member of the U.S. Army & Army Air Force )

DSM = Awarded the "Distinguished Service Medal" ~ ( Awarded for Exceptionally meritorious service to the Government of the United States in a duty of great responsibility to any member of the military )

LOM = Awarded the "Legion Of Merit" ~ ( Awarded for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements to all military branches )

MM = Awarded the "Mariner's Medal" ~ ( Awarded to the Merchant Marines for being wounded or killed in action )

MOH = Awarded the "Medal Of Honor" ~ ( Highest military honor, awarded for personal acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty. )

NC = Awarded the "Navy Cross" ~ ( 2nd highest military decoration for valor that may be awarded to a member of the United States Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, or U.S. Coast Guard )

PH = Awarded the "Purple Heart" ~ ( Awarded for being wounded in action )
PH* = Awarded the "Purple Heart" with one Oak Leaf Cluster  ( Wounded Two Times )
PH** = Awarded the "Purple Heart" with two Oak Leaf Clusters  ( Wounded Three Times )
PH*** = Awarded the "Purple Heart" with three Oak Leaf Clusters  ( Wounded Four Times )

POW = Awarded the "Prisoner Of War Medal"

PUC = Awarded a "Presidential Unit Citation"

SM = Awarded the "Soldier's Medal" ~ ( Awarded for distinguished heroism not involving actual conflict with an enemy )
SS = Awarded the "Silver Star" ~ ( 3rd highest award, awarded for gallantry in action )

Other Medals = Such as Good Conduct Medals, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medals, American Defense Service Medals, etc. " Are Not " included in this listing.

= Picture of person shown on online memorial

= Picture of tombstone shown on online memorial

Cenotaph = A memorial stone only, remains not recovered or possibly interred somewhere unknown.

n/a ~ ( in awards field ) = not applicable

n/a ~ ( in photo field ) = not available

Those Included: = Died during the war - December 7, 1941 through September 2, 1945.  Some others have been included that died close to the war's end during cleanup operations.

            

Quick Link by first letter of Last Name for Platte County

( Those letters "not highlighted" in " blue " currently have no soldiers listed )

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.   ~   Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~ Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
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Memorial
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Last Names starting with

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.   ~   Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~ Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
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Memorial
Click on
"Yes"
 Birleffi,  Arthur L. ~ n/a ~ Utah ~
First
Lieutenant
Air Force
Platte County
Line Of Duty
July 7, 1942
Boot Hill
Hartville, WY
" Yes "
 Bowman,  Joseph Nathan, Jr. ~ PH ~ Philippines ~
Private
Headquarters Squadron
24th Pursuit Group
Air Force
Platte County
Missing In Action
December 8, 1941
Manila
American Cemetery
Philippines
" Yes "
Cenotaph
 Brewer,  Harold D. ~ PH ~ France ~
First
Sergeant
331st Infantry Regiment
83rd Infantry Division
Army
Platte County
Killed In Action
August 11, 1944
Forest Hill Cemetery
Shelbyville, IN
" Yes "


   Last Name, First Name, M.I.   ~   Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~ Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
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Memorial
Click on
"Yes"
 Connolly,  Frank N. ~ PH ~ unknown ~
Staff
Sergeant
445th Bomber Squadron
321st Bomber Group
Air Force
Platte County
Killed In Action
March 13, 1944
Beth El Cemetery
Cheyenne, WY
" Yes "


   Last Name, First Name, M.I.   ~   Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~ Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on
"Yes"
 Davis,  James Bradney ~ PH ~ Pacific ~
Fireman
First Class
U.S.S. Minneapolis
Navy
Platte County
Killed In Action
November 30, 1942
Fort McPherson
National Cemetery
Maxwell, NE
" Yes "
Cenotaph


   Last Name, First Name, M.I.   ~   Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~ Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
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Memorial
Click on
"Yes"
 Eichler,  John ~ BS ~ Philippines ~
Private
148th Infantry Regiment
37th Infantry Division
Army
Platte County
Line Of Duty
June 18, 1945
Manila
American Cemetery
Philippines
" Yes "
Cenotaph


   Last Name, First Name, M.I.   ~   Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~ Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
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Memorial
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"Yes"

Last Names starting with

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.   ~   Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~ Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
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Memorial
Click on
"Yes"
 Gilbert,  John R. ~ PH ~ unknown ~ n/a
Private
First Class
5th Ranger Bn
Army
Platte County
Killed In Action
February 24, 1945
North Africa
American Cemetery
Tunisia
" Yes "
Cenotaph


   Last Name, First Name, M.I.   ~   Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~ Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
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Memorial
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"Yes"
 Habel,  John, Jr. ~ PH ~ France ~
Private
10th Infantry Battalion
4th Armored Division
Army
Platte County
Killed In Action
November 28, 1944
Lorraine
American Cemetery
France
" Yes "
 Hagerman,  Earl C. ~ n/a ~ France ~
Private
358th Infantry Regiment
90th Infantry Division
Army
Platte County
Line Of Duty
July 2, 1944
Wheatland Cemetery
Wheatland, WY
" Yes "
 Hobson,  John Warren ~ PH ~ Philippines ~
Staff
Sergeant
Army
Platte County
Killed In Action
May 20, 1945
Wheatland Cemetery
Wheatland, WY
" Yes "
 Howard,  John Michael ~ PH ~ unknown ~
Captain
414th Night
Fighter Squasdron
Air Force
Platte County
Killed In Action
November 18, 1944
Wheatland Cemetery
Wheatland, WY
" Yes "


   Last Name, First Name, M.I.   ~   Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~ Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
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Memorial
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"Yes"

Last Names starting with

" I "

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Rank
Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
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Memorial
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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.   ~   Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~ Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on
"Yes"
 Kahler,  Earl L. ~ PH ~ New Guinea ~
Corporal
39th Fighter Squadron
Air Force
Platte County
Killed In Action
August 15, 1943
Jefferson Barrack's
National Cemetery
Lemay, MO
" Yes "


   Last Name, First Name, M.I.   ~   Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~ Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on
"Yes"
 Lane,  Leland Leonard ~ n/a ~ unknown ~
Technical
Sergeant
20th Map Squadron
6th Photo Group
Air Force
Platte County
Line Of Duty
January 29, 1945
Prairie Rest Cemetery
Guernsey, WY
" Yes "
 Linton,  George Edward ~ PH ~ Pearl Harbor ~
Fireman
Second Class
U.S.S. Arizona
Navy
Platte County
Missing In Action
December 7, 1941
Honolulu Memorial
Honolulu, HI
" Yes "
Cenotaph
 Lofing,  Raymond Dale ~ n/a ~ Pacific ~
Seaman
Second Class
U.S.S. Alamogordo
Navy
Platte County
Line Of Duty
October 12, 1944
Wheatland Cemetery
Wheatland, WY
" Yes "
 Long,  Johnnie F. ~ PH ~ Italy ~ n/a
Private
351st Infantry Regiment
88th Infantry Division
Army
Platte County
Killed In Action
September 28, 1944
Florence
American Cemetery
Italy
" Yes "


   Last Name, First Name, M.I.   ~   Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~ Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on
"Yes"
 Mathews,  Charles M. ~ n/a ~ unknown ~
Private
First Class
Ordnance Department
Army
Platte County
Line Of Duty
December 22, 1943
Golden Gate
National Cemetery
San Bruno, CA
" Yes "


   Last Name, First Name, M.I.   ~   Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~ Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on
"Yes"

Last Names starting with

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.   ~   Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~ Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on
"Yes"

Last Names starting with

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.   ~   Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~ Photos
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Rank
Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on
"Yes"
 Patterson,  Milton A. ~ AM PH ~ Europe ~
First
Lieutenant
700th Bomber Squadron
445th Bomber Group
Air Force
Platte County
Missing In Action
December 20, 1943
Cambridge
American Cemetery
England
" Yes "
Cenotaph


   Last Name, First Name, M.I.   ~   Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~ Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on
"Yes"

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.   ~   Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~ Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on
"Yes"

Last Names starting with

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Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on
"Yes"
 Seike,  Toll ~ PH ~ France ~
Private
442nd Infantry Regiment
Army
Platte County
Killed In Action
October 29, 1944
Evergreen-Washelli
Memorial Park
Seattle, WA
" Yes "
 Simpson,  Jack M. ~ BS PH ~ France, D-Day ~
Private
501st Parachute Infantry
Army
Platte County
Missing In Action
June 6, 1944
Normandy
American Cemetery
France
" Yes "
Cenotaph


   Last Name, First Name, M.I.   ~   Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~ Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on
"Yes"
 Throckmorton,  Wilson Eugene ~ PH ~ Italy ~
Technician
Fifth Grade
Army
Platte County
Killed In Action
December 23, 1943
Wheatland Cemetery
Wheatland, WY
" Yes "
 Twiford,  Jack S. ~ n/a ~ England ~
Technician
Fifth Grade
412th Bomber Squadron
95th Bomber Group
Army
Platte County
Line Of Duty
May 27, 1943
Jefferson Barrack's
National Cemetery
Lemay, MO
" Yes "


   Last Name, First Name, M.I.   ~   Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~ Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on
"Yes"

Last Names starting with

" U "

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.   ~   Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~ Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on
"Yes"
 Voight,  Carl V. ~ AM*** PH ~ Italy ~
Second
Lieutenant
352nd Bomber Squadron
301st Bomber Group
Air Force
Platte County
Killed In Action
April 30, 1944
Sicily-Rome
American Cemetery
Italy
" Yes "


   Last Name, First Name, M.I.   ~   Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~ Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on
"Yes"
 Webb,  Jim Frederick ~ PH ~ Tinian ~
    Brother of ~ MoMM1c Jack A. Webb
Private
First Class
6th Marine Regiment
2nd Marine Division
Marines
Platte County
Died Of Wounds
August 15, 1944
National
Memorial Cemetery
Honolulu, HI
" Yes "
 Webb,  Jack Alvin ~ PH ~ Guam ~
    Brother of ~ Pfc Jim F. Webb
Motor
Machinist's Mate
First Class
Navy
Platte County
Line Of Duty
August 2, 1945
National
Memorial Cemetery
Honolulu, HI
" Yes "
 Wiggam,  Billy M. ~ PH ~ France ~
Private
102nd Cavalry
Reconnaissance Squadron
Army
Platte County
Killed In Action
June 14, 1944
Normandy
American Cemetery
France
" Yes "
 Wilson,  Francis Eldon ~ AM** PH ~ At Sea ~
First
Lieutenant
381st Bomber Squadron
310th Bomber Group
Air Force
Platte County
Missing In Action
February 8, 1943
North Africa
American Cemetery
Tunisia
" Yes "
Cenotaph
 Witt,  Keith B. ~ PH ~ Pacific ~
Private
124th Cavalry
Army
Platte County
Killed In Action
February 2, 1945
National
Memorial Cemetery
Honolulu, HI
" Yes "


   Last Name, First Name, M.I.   ~   Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~ Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on
"Yes"

Last Names starting with

" X "

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Branch
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Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
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Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
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"Yes"

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Russ Pickett