Americal Division Veterans Association

"Under the Southern Cross"

World War II

Americal Locator for World War II. 

This is the beginning list and will cover the period of activation of Task Force 6418 and the Americal Division in 1942 to 1945.  Send your locator request to Gary Noller at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Locator requests do not automatically post.  Updates are made from time to time on an irregular basis.  If you have an immediate need let me know and I will post as soon as possible.

 

Last update on July 25, 2019

 

Looking for: Information on Amos Herman Mitchell, served in New Caledonia in 1942, believed to be in the Americal Division when it was formed. He is now 100 years old. Any information you can provide is appreciated. Contact: Ned Mitchell; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Looking for: Information about my grandfather, John H. Rima. He served in the Americal division during WWII. His records were lost years ago. We are looking to find out as much information about his time in service. If you can help me with anything that would be great. Contact: Matthew A. Rima; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Looking for: Any information on my grandfather, Staff Sergeant Gerald Bloomer. He was with the 182 Infantry and received a Bronze Star. He was MIA for several months but was finally found. His battles include: Guadalcanal, New Caledonia, New Georgia, and Bougainville. Contact: Amy Connor; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Looking for: Information on WWII vet. I live in Bendigo Australia. During WW2, 2 members of task force 6814 were billeted with my grandparents (Dec) at 201 Forest St, Bendigo. My understanding is that one of them was later killed on Gaudalcanal. I am trying to locate relatives a soldier in a photograph that I have so that it might be returned to the family. It may mean a lot to them. I know it's a long shot but his name was 'Dick' or perhaps 'Richard'. My grandparents spoke fondly of him. Lest we forget. Contact: Steven Smith; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Looking for: More information. I recently requested and received my grandfather's separation papers from the Army. He was a WWII veteran and the papers state he was assigned to the 164th. He is deceased now, and never really spoke about his service. I would love to find out some more about his time, such as when he was in the 164th, and what battalion and company. If you could help me so I can share it with my family, especially his wife, I would appreciate it. His name was PFC Edgar E. Dunning II. Contact: 1LT Samuel Dunning; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Looking for: Information on Doeke DeBoer Jr. He enlisted in November 1942 and was designated Task Force 6814 and sent to Melbourne, Australia first then to New Caledonia. He was then assigned to Company K of the 132nd and merged with the 164th. We do not know which Battalion he was part of yet but would love to find out. We believe he was promoted to Sergeant in August 1944 and became a Platoon Leader (also the BAR gunner). He was discharged October 31st 1945.  Contact: Nick Rice;This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Looking for: Information about the death of Sgt. Edmund Jagodzinski for Woodward High School Hall of Fame Veterans project. The project is an attempt to identify and describe the sacrifice of Schools veterans so today's and future students might understand the sacrifice that was made for them. This is the information we have on Sgt. Jagodzinski:Jagodzinski, Edmund – Sgt. US Army KIA Silver Star Feb.20th,1944 Leyte, Birth 4 Feb 1922 Philippines Service Purple Heart Unit 182nd Infantry Regiment, Americal Division Death 20 Feb 1945 (aged 23) Philippines Burial Manila American Cemetery and Memorial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines Plot D Row 9 Grave 137. Son of Andrew & Lorraine "Valeria" Ann Kruczynski Jagodzinski. Brother of Stanley Andrew Jagodzinski & Raymond "Ray" J. Jagodzinski. We would like to find out the manner of his death and the circumstances of him being awarded the Silver Star. Contact: Tom Toth; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Looking for: Information about my father-in-law Charles Floyd Fielder. He fought on Guadalcanal I believe with 164th Infantry. He was a private. Contact: Terry Close; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Looking for: Any info on my father who served in Americal Div. Fiji, Bouganville, Phillipines etc. Drove for General Arnold. Served 1943-1945 changed his name and could be Gene Carol Hacker? Contact: Mark Hacker; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Looking for: Information on a WWII Vet named James J Soucek, I know he was in the 182nd Infantry Regiment. Contact: Seth Cooper; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Looking for: Informaiton on my father, Adolf Haffenreffer, Jr. who served in the 182nd Inf. Regt., Americal, as captain. I have his Bronze Star, Distinguished Service Cross, and Purple Heart. He was at Guadalcanal, Cebu and Bougainville. Contact: Adolf F Haffenreffer III, PO Box 472, Little Compton, RI 02837

Looking for: Information on my dad who was in the 182nd inf. regiment of the Americal Division on Guadalcanal. His name was Sgt. Chester M Seremet and I'm trying to find out which company he was in. Contact: Martin Seremet; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Looking for: Any information of my father, Albert Lorenzo Knapp. He was a member of the Americal Div, during WWII. He was on Guadacanal and Bougainville. He was in Artillery, 5 inch guns. A gun blew up in his face and he spent time on an Island recovering. Contact: J.C. Knapp; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Looking for: Any information on my uncle Sgt. JT Fowler. JT was his actual name, not initials.  He served with the 132d Inf of the Americal Division during WWII. He was killed in action April  3d 1945 in Cebu, Philippines. Anything that you can tell me about his time in the Army such as campaigns or engagements would be appreciated. Contact: Jerry Fowler; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 128 NE 74th St.; Oak Island NC 28465; 910-512-3209

Looking for:  Information on my father James Hartson Cole of the Americal Divison. He was in in pre-Pearl, Pearl Harbor,Wakia Island (3 day battle) , wounded on Guadacanal Jan 18th or 19th 1943. I am trying to confirm he was in 25thinfantry divison. i am trying to reconstruct his service. The records were destroyed in the 1975 fire in Mo.. he passed in 1971.  I have pictures of Henderson field and "Toyko Joe" plane and others that need identifying.  Contact:  Christine D (Cole) Casey;  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Looking for:  Information on the 132nd 2nd battalion pictures names roster from the Guadalcanal.  Trying to put a name on one of the pictures from the grassy knoll.  Contact:  Joseph Goode;       This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Looking for:  Information.  I found out through the Army that my uncle died on September 24, 1944.  One officer and 8 enlisted soldiers were sent to find and search the body of a Japanese soldier killed earlier in the day. The patrol was ambushed and the 8 enlisted men were killed and the officer crawled back to the lines. All of this happened on Bougainville. He was with the 182nd infantry. Two of the 8 bodies were identified but the other 6 weren't because of heavy fighting in the area. I sure hope someone alive still remembers something about my uncle and can tell me about him. I also want to thank the U.S. Army for their super effort in getting a lot of information on my uncle. I would also like to thank the office of Congressman Blake Farenthold for sending my request to the Army who responded quickly.  Contact:  Michael gibson;  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Looking for: Traces of Sgt Theodore Wolf, who served at Guadalcanal. He never spoke of his service and we have no records. We are hopeful your organization might have info or clues as to how to learn about his service. Any help will be appreciated. Contact:  Kenn Cunningham; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Looking for: information about my dad (Stanley J. Lacienski II). He served in the 182nd Infantry of the Americal Division during WWII in the Pacific Theater. I would like to know more about his time there but have come up empty on resources. Would you recommend any?  Contact:  Stanley J. Lacienski III; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Looking for: Information on a WWII era soldier named Virgil J Thorne. He was part of the 132nd Infantry regiment which I believe was part of the Americal division. Contact: John Loertscher; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Looking for:  Information about my grandfather Mack Dewbre.  He was in the Americal Divison and served in the Philippines. We have very little information on what any details were. His full name was Charlie McCrory Dewbre. Contact: Beau Dewbre; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Looking for: Unit information on Roy Arnold Lindberg. He may have served in the Americal on Guadalcanal? He was in the North Dakota National Guard and probably in the 164th Infantry regiment. He was/is an uncle to my neighbor. Contact: Keith Whitman; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Looking for: Any information regarding my father, William Albert Frank Buege. He was a chaplain and a captain in the Americal Division from Guadacanal on through Fiji, Bougainville. I am lookiing for information about his service time. Contact: William Buege; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Looking for: Any veteran who knows my grandfather, John A. Crowhurst. Heis a WWII Americal veteran who served on Bougainville and during the occupation of Japan, will be turning 98 this fall. We are hoping to find out if there are any other survivors from his unit in Northern California - or anywhere. Contact: Jean Rice; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Looking for:  Anyone with information about my uncle, Bruno J. Klemm (Klimkowski).  I believe he served with the Americal Division at Cebu.  Contact:  Mark Klimkowski<This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Looking for:  Information on  Roy Arnold Lindberg.  I am trying to determine if he served with the Americal Division in WWII, Guadalcanal, 164th Inf. Regt., North Dakota National Guard.  Contact:  Keith Whitman <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Looking for: Anyone who knew my grandfather, John A. Crowhurst, a WWII Americal veteran who served on Bougainville and during the occupation of Japan. He will be turning 98 this fall and we are hoping to find out if there are any other survivors from his unit in Northern California - or anywhere. Contact: Jean Rice; <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Looking for: Anyone who may have known my great uncle or would know how to find out information about him. Tommy Garrett never came home. My grandfather told me that Tommy and a group of other soldiers were on an island and went into the jungle for some reason. Apparently, only one of them returned and said something about being attacked. When everyone went into the jungle to find them, there was no trace of them. Here is the info that I know about Tommy Garrett- From Texas; Service Number 38220894; Rank Private First Class; Service U.S. Army; Regiment 182nd Infantry Regiment, Americal Division; Date Death 03-26-1946; Awards Bronze Star, Purple Heart; Burial Missing in Action or Buried at Sea, Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines. Contact: Michael Gibson; <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 361-438-1099.