The Men: A Roster

The following list was compiled in the summer of 1948 for a September reunion of the unit in Dallas, Texas, where the men piggy-backed on to a reunion of the 36th Infantry Division. My father, Bill Johnson, wrote at the bottom of the invitation, “Didn’t make it.” I think I know why: I was only two months old!

In addition, we have added other names of men who also spent time in the unit but who may have left before the war ended in 1945, presumably when the above list was compiled.

The invitation letter that accompanied this list was signed by James T. (Doc) Goode of Dallas; Marion V. (Body) Bodiford of Dallas; B.B. (D.A.) Burnett of Dallas; W.H. (Top Kick) Mayo of Fort Worth, TX; and George T. Vaughn of Farmersville, TX. It began with, “Dear Buddy, Here it is–a chance to have the BIG BLOWOUT AND GET TOGETHER we talked about so long and often in the foxholes of Europe. How would you like to gather with the old gang of the 111th for our first BIG BLOWOUT since we all got home?”

We bet they had a grand time. All but two men survived the war:  Ralph Blubaugh of Berlin, Pennsylvania, and William J. Quinn of New York City, sadly, drowned in a sailboat accident in the Weser River near Brake, Germany, after V-E Day on May 20, 1945.

Note that the date following the name is the death date. An asterisk preceding a name indicates that we have located a family member. Names that are boldfaced indicate that the veteran is alive.

A

Ackert, Percy R., West Park, NY, d. 1999

Adams, Lynn W., Luling, TX, d. 1981

Aldora, Martin M., Dayton, OH, d. 1995

Andrews, J.D., Jr., Merkel, TX, d. 1980

*Andrews, John B., San Antonio, TX, d. 1987

*Apple, Joseph B., San Antonio, TX, d. 1994

Auten, Everett L., Tuscalo, IL, d.2003

B

*Bailey, Alton B., Caledonia, MS, d. 1983

Beckhusen, Fritz F., Eolo, TX, d. 1988

Benham, Keith R., Danville, IL, d. 1979

Berry, Thomas D., Port Arthur, TX d. 1954

*Bleyerveld, Henry W., Grand Rapids, MI, d. 1996

Blubaugh, Ralph S., Berlin, PA, d. 1945

Bodiford, Marion V., Dallas, TX, d. 1977

Boufford, Raymond G., Detroit, MI, d. 1972

Bower, Roy E., Salem, VA, d. 1991

Boyd, Abner D., Jefferson, GA, d. 1999

Bradley, Walter F., Amarillo, TX, d. 2001

*Brannon, Leroy, Lynn, AR, d. 1998

*Brooks, Arthur T., Deal, NJ

Buggert, Raymond W., Grantsburg, WI, d. 1972

Burnett, B.B., Dallas, TX, d. 2003

Burns, Charles, Nahant, MA, d. 2004

C

Cain, John, Buna, TX, d. 1993

Campbell, William A., El Dorado Springs, MO, d. 1979

Carlson, Stanley W., Minneapolis, MN, d. 2012

*Carson, Fallis, San Angelo, TX, d. 2012

Caudle, Vernon L., Brownfield, MO, d. 2002

Cegan, Alex J., Fairfield, CT, d. 2004

*Clauson, Evert W., Chicago, IL, d. 1984

Coakley, Timothy, Dorchester, MA, d. ?

Cobb, Glenn A., Peoria, IL, d. 1985

*Cochran, Perkins P., Senatobia, MS, d. 1983

Cole, Eugene M., La Porte, TX, d. 1995

Colletti, Charles, Newark, NJ, d. 2003

Coppers, Roy J., Denison, TX, d. ?

Corn, Woodrow W., Dallas, TX, d. 2007

*Creswell, Patrick R., San Antonio, TX, d. 1999

*Cross, Raymond J., Bitley, MI

*Crossman, William, San Antonio, TX, d. 1998

D

Dadisman, Andrew J., Muskogee, OK, d. 1984

Davis, Jack L., Overton, TX, d. 1996

Davis, Raymond M., Chester, PA, d. 2001

*De La Garza, “Leo” Elias L., San Antonio, TX, d. 2012

Dickerson, Louis T., Houston, TX., d. 1971

Dickson, Charles R., Newport, RI, d. ?

Dieckhaus, Alfred J., Washington, MO, d. 1998

Dixon, Basil B., Wichita Falls, TX, d. 2008

Dowling, William M., Clinton, OH, d. 1976

Driscoll, Cornelius W., Ocean Beach, CA, d. 1992

Duff, William R., Greenbrier, TN, d. 1984

*Durree, Lawrence H., Streator, IL, d. 1983

E

*Eastwood, Osborne L., Pine Bluff, AR

Early, Robert W., Akron, OH, d. 1985

Ellis, Grover L., Washington, IL, d. 1996

Engel, William E., Ambridge, PA, d. 1997

Errington, Stanley A., Stapleton, NY, d. 2002

*Euler, Charles J., Wathena, KS, d. 1961

F

*Faehling, Leroy L., Big Falls, WI, d. 1996

Fay, John Jr., Rochester, NY, d. 1999

Fedasz, Stephen, Philadelphia, PA, d. 1969

Fields, William R., Niles, OH, 1978

Flesher, Elijah B. Jr., Lewsiville, KY, d. 1979

G

Gardiner, Bobbie L., Ennis, TX, d. 2008

*Gardner, Harrison M., Macomb, IL, d. 1961

Gee, Harold B., Houston, TX, d. 1999

Gehret, Ralph E., Temple FL, d. 1998

Glynn, Paul H., Dayton, OH, d. 1991

*Goerges, Harold A., San Antonio, TX, d. 1999

Goessel, Gilbert O., Milwaukee, WI, d. 1952

Goldschlag, Leo, Nashville, TN, d. 1983

*Gomez, Frank, San Antonio, TX, d. 2008

Goode, James T., Dallas, TX, d. 1962

Goodhart, Raymond H., St Louis, MO, d. 1999

Grady, William, Pittsburgh, PA, d. 1995

Grappo, James, P., Struthers, OH, d. 2003

Graham, Cliffie G., Roscoe, TX, d. 1998

H

Haff, George W., Springfield, MA, d. 1989

Hall, William D., Decatur, GA, d. 1999

Hamburger, Alvin G., Weatherford, OK, d. 1984

Hammer, Robert W., Pittsburgh, PA, d. 1991

Hammond, Leven E., Wilmington DE, d. 1989

*Hancher, Kenneth L., El Campo, TX, d. 1993

Harris, Aron, Washington, DC, d. ?

Hax, Robert A., Dayton, OH, d. 1997

Hendon, Will B., McCaulley, TX, d. 1979

Hetzel, Charles H., Hoboken, NJ, d. 1999?

Hueni, W.W. (Werner), Houston, TX, d. 1960

Hudson, Kenneth C., Blue Jacket, OK

Humbert, Louis J., Newport, KY, d. 2001

Hyde, Hubert C., Cumberland, MD. 2010

Hyder, Oliver B., Covin, AL, d. 1997

J

Jenson, George W., Milwaukee, OR, d. 1998

*Johnson, Edward A., San Antonio, TX, d. 2001

Jones, Roy H., Charleston, WV, d. 2007

Jones, Victor L., Reading, PA, d. 1990

K

Karger, Stanley, Sacramento, CA, d. 1970

*Karl, Eugene A., Milwaukee, WI, d. 1981

Keeler, Barton D., Brownwood, TX, d. 1995

Kelly, Joseph F., Baltimore, MD

Kent, Frederick E., Glen Rock, NJ, d. 1995

Kirby, Albert K., Birmingham, MI, d. 1996

*Kirkmayer, William D. Jr., Port Arthur, TX, d. 2009

Knasel, Loy F., Anna, OH, d. 1990

Koehl, Rubinlee W., La Grange, TX, d. 1979

L

Lawson, Joe, Merkel, TX, d. 2011

Legg, George M., Abilene, TX, d. 1966

*Lewenthal, Eugene L., San Antonio, TX, d. 1976

Lucks, Albert, Baltimore, MD, d. 1988

M

McAtee, Leslie W., St. Louis, MO, d. 2000

McDonald, Joe D., Sulphur Springs, TX, d. 2007

*McGowan, Donald D., Sodus, MI, d. 2010
McMahon, Roger W., Evansville, IN, d. 1972

*Malsbury, Lionel, San Antonio, TX, d. 1989

*Marro, Joseph, Stamford, CT, d. 2004

Martz, William J., Galesburg, IL, d. 2000

*Masiak, Zygmunt, Detroit, MI, d. 2006

Mason, James T., Tupelo, MS, d. 2001

Mathis, Hubert, Leesville, LA, d. 1987

Mauer, Robert C., St. Louis, MO, d. 1974

Mayo, William H., Ft.Worth, TX, d. 1975

Miller, Robert W., Cleveland, OH, d. ?

Milner, Roy L., Elyria, OH, d. 2001

Mros, Stanley C., Gary, IN, d. 1978

Muhle, Sidney A., Stamford, TX, d. 1996

N

*Navarra, Constantion F., New Castle, PA, d. 1990

Nelson, Robert J., Colgate, OK, d. 1978

*Newmeyer, Edward J. Jr., Pittsburgh, PA, d. ?

O

Orr, Albert E., San Diego, CA, d. 2000

Osborn, Patrick J., San Antonio, TX, d. 1970

*Ottea, Matthew J., San Antonio, TX, d. 2006

P

Packebush, Harold W., Sanford, TX, d. 1986

*Patrick, Peter Jr., Binghamton, NY, d. 2002

Pfleiger, Arnold J., Suffolk, NY, d.1995

Pinkston, Robert A., Walnut Ridge, AR, d. 2006

Pistol, Charles, Newark, NJ, d. 1981

Plowman, Charles, Lexington, KY, d. 1994

Polenik, Edward H., Johnstown, PA, d. 1978

Powers, Joe J. Jr., Troy Hills, NJ, d. 1996

Powers, Paul O., Columbus, OH, d. 1986

Q

Quinn, William J., New York, NY, d. 1945

R

*Raisler, John E., Clarendon Hills, IL, d. 2017

Rangel, Daniel A., San Antonio, TX, d. 1973

*Raymer, Robert L., McKeesport, PA, d. 2007

Richardson, Emil E., Warren, IN, d. 1974

*Rickon, Roger R., Chicago, IL, d. 2014

Riley, Harry T., Lewisville, KY, d. 1994

Rogers, William S., Corbin, KY, d. 1976

Rohde, Charles R., Bronx, NY, d. ?

Roush, James St. C., Pampa, TX, d. ?

Roy, Cleveland J., Rockport, TX, d. 1978

Rue, Leroy G., Peterburg, KY, d. 1988

Ryan, Robert W., Kansas City, MO, d. 1984

S

*Saucier, Murvel C., Marksville, LA, d. 1998

Sawyers, Joseph B., Williamsburg, KY, d. 1977

Sawyer, Stasdan A., Hillsboro, TX, d. 1948

Schenkeir, Leo, Denver, CO and Tacoma, WA, d. 2007

*Sedlacek, Joseph W., Glen Carbon, IL, d. 2006

Sherlock, Vernon, Chicago, IL, d. 1965

*Sossi, Frank, Cleveland, OH, d. 2003

Soutier, Louis B., Alma, IL, d. 2003

*Stache, Jerome G., Green Bay, WI, d. 1992

Stadler, William G., Scheviot, OH, 1981

*Stanhaus, Lavergne A. New Baden, IL, d. 1989

Starzinski, Andrew, Mayville, NJ. d. 1968

Stefanek, Joseph P., Cleveland, OH, d. 1997

Strickland, John W., Helena, GA, d. 1995

Strickland, William B., San Antonio, TX, d. 2000

*Stroberg, Severt E., Chicago, IL, d. 1997

T

*Tindall, James E., Waco, TX, d. 2011

*Turner, Marcus Frank, Merriam, KS, d. 2011

Turner, Julius A., McComb, MS, d. 1975

U

*Unangst, Roland C., Hanover, IL, d. 2007

V

Vargo, John, Wilkesbarre, PA, d. 1954

Vaughn, George T., Farmersville, TX, d. ?

Veal, Walker M., Sedgwick, AR, d. 1992

Vezzoli, Dante, Queens, NY, d. 2002

*Vosz, Curtis, Milwaukee, WI, d. 2000

W

Weiderhold, George E., Baltimore, MD, d. 2010

Weikert, Raymond C., Williamsport, PA, d. 2000

Weinal, Albert. L., Coldsprings, KY, d. 1975

Welty, William A.”Gus”, Knippa & Ft. Worth, TX, d. 1992

*Whisenhunt, Charles N., Bonnie, IL, d. 1977

Wetterburg, Floyd M., Minneapolis, MN, d. 1982

*Willman, Russell, J., Toledo, OH, d. 1999

Wilson, James E., Comanche, TX, d. 1990

*Witt, Perry C., San Antonio, TX & Baltimore, MD, d. 2011

Wolfe, Joseph B., Petersburg, KY, d. 1996

Wooten, Billy B., Jennings, OK, d. 1978

Yelverton, Tilmon E., Enterprise, AL, d. 1989

Z

*Ziemba, Edmund, Gary, IN, d. 1984

Zito, Isidore A., Bronx, NY, d. 1989

Advertisements
Comments
  1. John Raisler says:

    I’m John Raisler, a member of the 111th Ordinance Company, if you’d like to chat EMAIL me.

    • Andrea says:

      John, you are the first of the men of the 111th to contact me. This is so exciting. I can’t wait to learn more from you. I just posted a photo of you taken in Maastricht in 1945 at the end of the listing of the names: “The Men of the 111th Ordnance Company.”

    • Linda Unangstcampbell says:

      My father was Roland Unangst and was in the 111th ordinance. Mr. Raisler, did you know him by any chance? He delivered ammunition. If any one knew of him, I would love hearing from them

      Linda (Unangst) Campbell
      Geneseo, Il

  2. Theresa dalton says:

    My dad is listed here
    Charles N. whisenhunt
    I would love to know more

    • Andrea says:

      I am so glad you found this! The blog contains all that I know so far. What can you tell me about your dad?

      • John Raisler says:

        HI, !! I SEE THE QUESTION ASKED, ABOUT CHARLIE WHISENHUNT…….CHARLIE, WAS ONE OF THE 14 MECHANICS , I WORKED WITH, IN THE ARTILLERY SECTION , OF THE 111 ORDNANCE , CO………AFTER THE WAR ENDED WE ALL WENT ON TO HOME. I ENDED UP LIVING IN FLORIDA.ON A TRIP BACK HOME, SEVERAL YEARS LATER WE HAD STOPPED IN MY. VERNON, ILL ON ROUTE 57. I KNEW HE LIVED NOT TO FAR FROM THAT INTERSECTION, CHECK HIS PHONE NUMBER AT OUR MOTEL, AND GAVE HIM A CALL, INDEED HE ANSWERED, AND WAS THERE VISITING A FEW MINUTES LATER… WE HAD A NICE VISIT, HE WAS STILL THE COUNTRY BOY I REMEMBERED FROM THE SERVICE….WHEN WE TRAVELED, I ALWAYS TRIED TO ROUTE US TO THE TOWN OF WHERE OTHER MEMBERS LIVED, DID FIND A FEW, BUT ALL TIME TAKES IT’S TOLL, MOST ALL I FOUND HAVE PASSED AWAY……..YES, I DO REMEMBER CHARLIE,……….JOHN R

      • Andrea says:

        John, thank you so much for this memory of your fellow soldier! It will be a thrill for his daughter to read it.

      • John Raisler says:

        AT MY AGE, MEMORIES, ARE THE GREATEST THINGS IN THE WORLD…….STILL HAVEN’T FOUND THE PICTURES I’D LIKE TO SEND, I WILL BE KEEPING IN TOUCH…….JOHN R

    • Erin Carr says:

      My great grandpa is Charles N. Whisenhunt and I would also like to know more

  3. Larry Faehling says:

    Hi folks. I’m Larry Faehling, older son of LeRoy Faehling. This is a great blog, and I’ll be visiting it often. Thanks to Andrea Sutcliffe for contacting me. The only one of the group that I was able to meet, was Frank Gomez. He lived in San Antonio when I was in basic training in the Air Force. I gave him a call during one of our breaks, and he instructed me to get ahold of him when we had our day of liberty at the end of training. On that day, Frank met me and a basic buddy, took us on a tour of San Antonio, Kelly AFB (where he worked in NDI on B-52s) and then took us to a steak joint and bought us supper. It was great to meet him. And John Raisler, I missed meeting you when you came to our house in Clintonville, WI one time. I think I was involved in track up at my high school. Glad to see you on the blog here. I know that Jack Davis had his Ham License but I never got him on the air. My call is KL7IBV. I have the Epiphone guitar that Jack and my Dad bought in New York before they shipped out. It’s still in great shape, and was the instrument that I learned to play guitar on.

  4. Kaye Ross says:

    My Dad, Osborne L. Eastwood was in the 111th. He is alive and doing pretty well. 93 years old and living in Redfield, Arkansas. We read him the letter you wrote and he was happy to hear it. He thinks he remembers a guy named Pinky. He has quite a few pictures from the war and he is going to see if he can locate them. If so, we can scan them and send them to you. Thanks for contacting him.

  5. Douglas Errington says:

    I am so grateful that Andrea has put this blog together. My father was Stanley Errington and he kept a pretty detailed scrapbook of his wartime memories including pictures which I will share with the group. In reviewing pictures and posts, names that my father mentioned frequently popped up. I know that he spoke quite a bit about Roland Unangst and I assume they were pretty good friends. So wonderful to connect with this blog and to preserve and protect the memories of these heroes.

    • Linda Campbell says:

      Hi Doug,

      I’m the daughter of Roland Unangst and you are right. Our dad’s knew each other well. Dad thought highly of your dad and when talking about his war experiences your dad’s name always came up. In fact my dad, mom, sister and I visited New York approximately 50 years ago and I remember taking the ferry to Staten lsland and visiting your family.

      Wishing you and your family a blessed Merry Christmas.

      Linda

      • Douglas Errington says:

        Linda,
        Thanks so much for your comments. Now that you mention it, I do recall that visit and I know that my Dad felt the same way about your father. From what I read in your father’s memories (which was excellent) my Dad was mentioned a few times. How great to see those comments and reflect on their service and activities. I will be posting my dad’s memories and some pictures as well very soon. So glad Andrea tracked me down.
        Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and happy, healthy New Year!
        Doug

  6. Patricia Saucier-Aubert says:

    I am the daughter of Sgt. Murvel C. Saucier, aka Buddy or Frenchy. My cousin, Walter Saucier, forwarded me the letter from Andrea and I am thrilled to see this blog. Dad had a wonderful album of memories from the five years spent with the 111th. He spoke French & was a great mechanic. Andrea, I found the nicest letter that your Dad wrote to mine, thanking him for his friendship & service. I saw a few names in his pictures of others: Speed Moffett, Alvin Hamburger, Louis Dickerson, ? Farrar, ? Freeze. I know he kept in contact with a few. He has pictures from all five years. He had the bible given to him when he entered the service, his dog tags, a 1917 coin from Newfoundland, a scarf from Shilo, Manitoba and a May 11, 1944 invitation card to an US Ordinance dance for a young lady. After the war Dad moved to Houston, TX, where he met & married my Mom, Vera Faye Walls. He worked for Hughes Tool Company for 43 years starting out as a tool room mechanic and advanced to upper management. They sent him to France, Mexico & China. Mom & Dad bought 48 acres in Grapeland, TX and when he retired, they raised cattle & gardened. As noted, he passed in 1998, my Mom passed in 2009. Dad told me that the comradery of fellow soldiers & the events of WWII deeply influenced his life.

    • jraisler@tampabay.rr.com says:

      NICE TO HEAR FROM SOMEONE CONNECTED IN A WAY TO THE 111 ORD. THANKS…I GOT THE CD., YESTERDAY, I’M SAVING IT FOR THIS AFTERNOON WHEN AND MY SON AND GRANDSON WILL BE HERE……I WROTE CAPT. BROOKS A LETTER, A FEW DAYS AGO, INCLUDED A PICTURE TO SEE IF HE COULD I. D. THE OFFICERS IN THE PIC. AND ALSO A QUESTION ABOUT OUR PERSONAL, LANDING EXPERIENCE, TURNED OUT WE HAD A GREAT CONVERSATION…JUDGING FROM THE SIMILARITY IN OUR LANDINGS I THOUGHT MAYBE WE WERE ON THE SAME LANDING CRAFT……..TURNS OUT NOT TO BE, WE BOTH WERE IN THE FIRST VEHICLES OFF,BUT FROM DIFFERENT CRAFT.

  7. Robert Malsbury says:

    Hi, my name is Robert Malsbury. My father was in the 111th, but I don’t see him on the roster. His name was Capt. Lionel A. Malsbury and he is shown in two of the pictures posted. First, as the pay master seated at a desk with stacks of cash on it. Second, in the group photo, he is listed as the 5th or six on the left.

    Do any of the survivors remember my Dad? He would never speak about the war, so we have no history from him. He passed in 1989, as did our mother Rhea Fern Malsbury(WILSON).

    Sincerely,

    Robert A Malsbury

    • Andrea says:

      Great to hear from you, Robert! Yes, as I will tell you in a private email, Art Brooks absolutely remembers your dad, and fondly–you two will have to talk. In the large group photo taken at Fort Dix in 1943, Capt. Malsbury is one of the officers, the men in the darker jackets in the front row center, standing to (our) left of Lt. Art Brooks, the tallest man.

  8. euler2 says:

    My grandfather is Charles Euler. He died when my father was just 5 years old so I know very little about him. I would love to hear any stories about him.

    • Andrea says:

      Great to hear from you! We will ask John Raisler, one of our survivors, if he recalls your grandfather. They were in different work sections, though, so don’t get your hopes up. It was a big unit.

      • jraisler@tampabay.rr.com says:

        HI, SORRY THE NAME DOES NOT RING A BELL..CHECKED MY ROSTER, HIS NAME IS LISTED THERE, BUT LIKE I SAY NO RECOLLECTION JOHN R

      • jraisler@tampabay.rr.com says:

        FANTASTICK !!!!!, JUST ABOUT THE TIME YOU THINK YOU HAVE HEARD ALL, SOMETHING ELSE SEEMS TO POP UP……YOU TWO DID WELL WITH YOUR FIND, AND THANKS FOR SHARING IT……JOHN R.

      • Andrea says:

        Thanks, John, and everyone who commented. Yes, we hope we keep discovering new things about our 111th men!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s