Two More Family Members Found

Posted: November 18, 2014 in Men of the 111th Ordnance Company
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A couple of weeks ago, Ed decided to try one last time to find family members of the men. He located what he believed to be about five more sons, daughters, nieces, or nephews and sent out letters. So far, we have heard back from two: a nephew of James Grappo, who was from Ohio and died in 2003; and the daughter of Stanley Carlson: Cathy Jacobson, from Minnesota. After hearing from Ed, Cathy found her father’s photo album and sent us many good photos. As usual, her dad, like all our dads, failed to write names on the backs of most of them, so if you recognize a face, please do let us know (remember you can click on any image to enlarge it).

Stanley Carlson and buddy, Camp Shilo, Canada, February 1943

Stanley Carlson and buddy, Camp Shilo, Canada, February 1943

 

Supply section warehouse and office crew, Camp Shilo, Feb 1943

Supply section warehouse and office crew Camp Shilo Feb 1943

 

 

Stanley Carlson, leaving home in 1943

Stanley Carlson, leaving home in 1943

Carlson joined the unit in November 1942, just in time to enjoy winter in Canada with the unit. Perhaps being from Minnesota, his experience wasn’t the shock it was to all the Texas boys. He served the rest of the war with the 111th’s Supply Section, leaving Germany with the last group in late fall of 1945.

 

The photo below of Stanley greeting his wife upon his return home is a classic!

Carlson and wife, Lolly, reuniting, late 1945

Carlson and wife, Lolly, reuniting, late 1945

 

Unangst on left and Carlson in  Germany Feb 1945

Unangst on left and Carlson in Germany, Feb 1945

Unangst and Carlson on bike built for two Germany probably

Unangst and Carlson on bike built for two, Germany probably

We did immediately recognize one familiar face: Roland Unangst’s!

 

 

We had a nice phone chat with Cathy the other day. She said her dad–again, like most of the others–never talked much about the war. After coming home, he started a printing company that became quite successful, and one of her brothers runs it now. Stanley went to work at his business every day until he died in 2012 at the age of 94.Center man is Stanley Carlson in front of church Stanley Carlon on right Fort Dix possibly Carlson on right perhaps Fort Dix Carlson in center standing others unknown Fort Dix maybe Reichelsheim, Germany train station 1945

 

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Comments
  1. Louise Brooks says:

    My Father really enjoyed the pictures and remembers Stanley Carlson very well with fond memories of what a nice guy he was!

  2. Andrea says:

    That is wonderful, Louise, I will let Cathy know! It will surely make her day.

  3. Theresa Dalton says:

    Andrea; I still find every bit of information both comforting and exciting Thank you for all of your hard work! Theresa Dalton

  4. jraisler@tampabay.rr.com says:

    LOTS OF SONS AND DAUGHTERS,….LOT OF FAMILIAR LOOKING FACES HERE, BUT I CAN’T PUT A TAG ON THEM..THAT ROLAND UNANGST, I JUST CAN’T BRING HIM TO MIND, I WONDER WHY…….MIGHT HAVE SOMETHING TO DO WITH MY AGE, HA, HA,…..WE GOT WINTER NOW, 41 DEGREES THIS AM ,WILL REPEAT TOMORROW, AND THEN BACK TO THE 80ies ……THAT’S MORE LIKE WHAT I LIKE ……THANKS FOR THE PICTURES AGAIN, VERY FAMILIAR LOOKING BUT THE NAMES, JUST DON’T COME UP………..KEEP WARM, KEEP IN TOUCH, FOR NOW JOHN R.

  5. I just found this site tonight. I am one of three grandchildren of Lavergne Stanhaus. I’m so excited to have this history. My grandpa died in 1989, and he never said much about his time in the war. This is the first idea I’ve had about where he went and with whom. I’m so very excited, and I can’t wait to get updates!

    • Andrea says:

      Tess, we are also very glad you found us! Things have been pretty quiet the last year or so, as we got to the point where we seemed to have found everyone we could. We did a final update of our book, Only the Best, then. So I’m sorry there may not be much more for us to learn and talk about on this blog, but on the other hand, we think we have a really full account of the men and where they were and what they did. The best way to learn about them is through the book, which is less than six dollars on Amazon, hope you get it. If we can try to answer any questions for you, just connect us through the blog. Thanks again for getting in touch!
      Andrea and Ed

  6. The book is on the Christmas list for all 3 of us. I’m just really grateful to have found some information about him and his unit! Please leave the blog up! Thank you so much!

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