Americal Division Veterans Association

"Under the Southern Cross"

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 30, 2020

Looking for: Information on action involving my father, Thomas A. Savage. He was a 1st Lieutenant when he went to the South Pacific after OCS training. He was a replacement in the Americal Division arriving in the South Pacific sometime between late November 1943 and early January 1944. He was wounded on January 20, 1944. He made it back to the states in April after the amputation of his arm had difficulty healing. I'm trying to learn more about the details on the day he was wounded. I'm specifically trying to determine the company he was in. Based on details in the book "Orchids In The Mud" he was most likely with company B, F, or G but I'm not certain. His Army documentation doesn't state any detail about what part of the Americal Division he was in. I'm hoping you can help. Contact: Dan Savage; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Looking for: Information about Alvin Judice. He was my great grandfather and was in 182nd Inf., Co. C. Contact: Justin Lambert; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Looking for: Information about my father. He was a corporal in Co. D, 132nd Infantry. I wondered where I could find more information regarding his time in the service. Contact: David See; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Looking for: Information on my deceased father, Jose P. Pacheco, who fought at Bougainville, Luzon, Guadalcanal, Leyte Pass, and during the occupation of Japan, etc. He was awarded a Silver Star and Bronze Star and other commendations for his service. He was a first sergeant and Scout. Contact: Mike Pacheco; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Looking for: Information on my Dad, Arnold Lee Fant, WW2 in the Phillipine Islands. He was first assigned to the 615th Engineer Base Equipment Company and arrived on Leyte, PI on 29 March 1945. He was in country for 8 months and 22 days. Contact: Richard Fant; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Looking for: Information of my father, now deceased, Hubert "Jack" John Griffiths. He was, I believe, a mess Sergeant and very proud of his part. I am now 63 and preparing information for our grandson and family. One action that I remember my mom spoke of was when his company went in to take out the Japanese and only three men from the company were left. From New Caledonia they went to Guadalcanal. This was the first of “three times they went over the beach” (Dad’s words). They relieved the 3rd Marine Division on Bougainville. I took this to be the second “wet” beach landing. The final landing was on Leyte/Cebu." I'd like to confirm this and if one of these was where his company was wiped out. Also any awards, campaigns, or qualifications would also be helpful to know. A side note, like many service men during these times, my mom and dad were married on a six day furlough, honeymooned on the train down to California, stepped off the train and didn't see each other for 33 months. Contact: Walt Griffiths; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Looking for: Bronze Star recipient David J. Berkeley, SSG from Mass served in Guadalcanal in WWII. His daughter has asked me to attempt getting information for her. Contact: Bertrand Chouinard, MSG (USA Ret); This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Looking for: Information about my grandfather's Presidential Unit Citation for service in Guadacanal. He never spoke of his service, but I would like to get more information related to his time serving. Contact: Phil Taggart; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Looking for: Information about my grandfather. He was on Cebu island in 1945 and was wounded in April ( I think). I am looking for any information your organization might have. He was in the 132 Americal division B company ( all he could remember). He said only 3 people from his company where not killed or wounded in the battle he was injured in. His Name was Ralph Dean Lee (born 1925) he was a replacement on Leyte prior to going to Cebu. I recorded him in 2005 telling some stories. One of which was his company commander being to his right and getting hit before he himself was injured. He never found out if he was killed or not. Infact he never made contact with anyone after coming home (he passed away some 14 yr ago). Any info nearly related to where he was or what his unit did or what he did. would be awesome. Contact: Nathan Grissom; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Looking for: Information on my grandfather, Charles Alfred DiRienzo who was in Americal Division in World War 2. He was at Guadalcanal and Bougainville and was a medic or worked in medical division. He was friends with a soldier named Al and we have many cartoons that the two drew. He was also a boxer in the army, which I believe was welterweight. Contact: J. L. N. Grant: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Looking for: Anyone who may have known, known someone else who knew, or personally had known about Ralph Holso, G Co., 2/182 Inf. Regt., who was killed during the Battle of Hill 260 on Bougainville on March 11, 1944. He was awarded the bronze star posthumously for his actions during, or around, that time. Any information whatsoever would be greatly appreciated. Contact: Aaron L; email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Looking for: Information regarding when my dad, William A. Gold , 26th signal Corp would have gone to Australia for R & R. One time saw an engagement notice in an Australian paper. Disappeared. Now that my mom has passed away trying to see if I can find any information. Dad loved going to the ADVA reunions and I was lucky enough to accompany him to a couple. Any guidance appreciated. Contact: Carl Gold; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Looking for: Information about my Uncle Kenneth E. Carter who served in the Americal Division during WWII. He was born Jan. 2, 1924 in Mapleton, Maine. Contact: Name: Jim Carter; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Looking for: Information on DiNicola.  I am an Australian living in Bandung, Indonesia. In Australia a friend of mine's wife was a little girl during WW2 and had some American soldiers stay with the family. I have some letters and an envelope showing an address from the soldier. We believe him to be Staff Sergeant V.E. or maybe J.E. Di Nicola, Army number 20610230, Co A, 132nd Infantry APO. 71670 P.M. San Francisco. The letters are signed off by Jim or J.E. Di Nicola? The 132nd Infantry Regiment was part of the Illinois Army National Guard and saw much action in the South West Pacific theatre. For some time now I have been trying to gather information on this soldier without luck. I can find the history of the 132nd Infantry Regiment easy enough but nothing on this specific soldier is difficult.  Contact:  Daryl Mills; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Looking for: Any info about my grandfather who was in the 182nd Infantry Regiment from the start to the finish of the war. His name is Theodore St. Laurent. He was drafted in April of 1941 and fought on Guadalcanal, Bougainville and the Phillipines. He got out as a Tec 4. Contact: David St. Laurent; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Looking for: Information about my grandfather, George Bernard Douglas. My grandfather was in WWIIl. I was told in Americal Division. I was told he was on 115s. I saw his discharge once when I was little boy and he had five 5 bronze stars devices and Purple Heart. I believe back then you got bronze stars for campaigns. Contact: James Douglas; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Looking for: Information on my grandfather “Bill”, William L. Webber. He was on Cebu, Bouganville, and Leyte. He was shot on two separate occasions. He never spoke of his time in the war, my family knows nothing on his service time. Contact: Terry Webber; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Looking for: Information about PFC George A. Preece who was in the Americal Division, 182nd, Company G, and killed in WWII on April 12, 1945 on Cebu. Contact: D. Preece This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Looking for: Information. My father became attached to the Americal Division in early August 1945 as a replacement infantryman. He served on Cebu until his unit was transferred to be a part of the Japanese occupation. He never spoke of any battlefield action, but I have read that the Americal Division continued to oppose the Japanese troops on Cebu until they surrendered their weapons in late August. Dad recalled being at Okinawa as well as Tokyo. I would appreciate any information about the Americal Divisions activities on Cebu after the atomic bomb attacks on Japan of August 6 and 8. I am also curious about the Division's occupation activities. I know that Dad remained in the Tokyo area after the Americal Division returned to the U.S. in the autumn of 1945. He was attached to a salvage operation until he shipped home for discharge in November/December 1946. Contact: George Bowers; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Looking for: WWII Chaplains. My father, the late Lt. Colonel N.R. Zagami (0349502) served with the Americal Division. I wish to find the names of any Catholic chaplains who were embedded with the Division in 1943 and 1944. I have my father’s wartime diary and am preparing a docudrama based on it. Contact: Richard France, D.D., Ph.D.; 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 about my Dad, Joseph Sinacola, TEC 5. He passed away in 1976 in an auto accident. He served in the 3rd Battalion 182nd Infantry in the Northern Solomons and Southern Philippines from 1943 to 1945. My goal is to get in contact of someone that served with my Dad and if possible be a guardian for that individual on the Honor Flight Northeast Indiana. Contact: Dennis Sinacola, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Looking for: Information on my grandfather. I am the grandson of Seargant George E. Donovan from Massachusetts, who was in the Americal Division, field artillery in the Soloman Islands, Guadalcanal. Then went on to fight in Europe. George passed away before I was born, so begins my search to find out about this incredible man. Contact: Paul Smith; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Looking for: Information about Sgt. Charles Harris "Cotton" Vickers, Jr. who was in the Americal Division and killed in WWIi on March 11, 1944 on Bougainville, Solomon Islands. Contact: Phillip Plotz, M.D.; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Looking for: Information on my Dad, Lewis Alvin Grass, who went by Al a that time. Indications are he was in the Army Reserves in Massacusetts and on December 8, 1941 - along with some friends - awaited assignment at the armory in Malden or Melrose, Mass. At some point he appears to have been assigned to a Marine unit needing truck drivers. He was evacuated in late December or early January, 1943. Contact: Stephen Grass; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Looking for: Information about my uncle, PVT Willard J. Coulter, Co B, 2nd Bn, 164th Inf Regiment, Americal Division. He was KIA on 25 Nov 1942 near the Matanikau River, Guadalcanal. I am trying to find any details of when he joined the North Dakota National Guard, his MOS, and anything else that anyone might know. Contact: Brenda Brockett; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Looking for: Information on Sgt. Paul V MacAulay, who was with the Americal Division on Guadalcanal. I am a historian working on a book about the town of Marblehead, Massachusetts in World War II. I have come across a number of newspaper articles about him, but have not been able to obtain his military records. According to local newspaper accounts, Sgt. MacAulay was a "rifle squad leader" and received the purple heart for wounds sustained on Guadalcanal. Contact: Sean M Casey; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Looking for: Places that my father, Havard B. Dowlin, Jr. would have served with the Americal Division. I know he shipped out from Pennsylvania in December 1942 and was part of the Occupation Forces in Japan, stationed a few blocks down from General MacArthur. Contact: Nina Dowlin; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 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.