D co, 506th personnel roster 1942-1943

D co, 506th personnel roster 1942-1943

Redleg13a
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Joined: 07 May 2010, 13:17

07 May 2010, 13:17 #1

I am trying to find a personnel roster for D co, 506th from 1942-1943.  My grandpa was in this company but the only thing I can find with his name and assignment to this company is a December 1942 Christmas list.  Does anyone know where I might find anything else with his assignments and training during this time period?  His name is Wallace H. Pense and he was injured in a training jump in 1943 before the division shipped to England.  I don't now anything else other than someone slipped under him and stole his air.  He then burned in and was injured.  He was discharged in November 1943 due to his injuries. 
He died in 1987 so I can't ask him anything about it and I was too young then to know anything other than his division.  If anyone can point me to where I can find additional information about his service, I'd be grateful.  I've already requested records from the archives and they didn't have much.  My dad has a copy of his discharge papers but they don't say much.  I've looked through the photo's on the 506th PIR website and I don't see him on there either.  Anything I can get would be great.
Thanks!
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KlondikeFox
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07 May 2010, 15:19 #2

I have the company photos made of Dog Co. in Jan. 43 and August 43, showing the entire
company standing in rows in each photo.  Although many of the names are identified, many
others are not.  If somebody in your family could recognize his face as he looked in 1943,
it might be productive to have them look at those photos.  He would likely have been in the
January version. The 506th was activated in early summer of 1942 at Camp Tocca, GA, went
to Ft Benning at the end of 1942 to qualify as parachutists, then migrated to Camp Mackall,
NC for advanced training.  In summer 1943, they were sent to Ft Bragg and attached to the
101st Airborne Division, at which time they shipped over to the UK in August, 43.  Before
shipping-out they received additional personnel, who went through TPS at Benning in other
classes and who had not trained at Toccoa in 1942.  Unless you can find orders or letters home
attributed to the 1942 time period, it will be difficult to know if he was at Toccoa or not. If he
was injured in a training jump before August 43, it is probable but not certain that he was at
Toccoa in 42. 
We do not give-out unit rosters here, because sadly, uniform fakers use them to
add laundry numbers to put-togther, counterfeited uniforms, to increase the amount
of money they can sell them for on E Bay and elsewhere.  I would add that rosters
never contain the kind of info you are looking for
, only name, rank, serial number
and if you are lucky, a platoon affiliation.
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Redleg13a
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07 May 2010, 17:32 #3

I've looked at the two company photo's on the 506th page and didn't see him in them but I can't really recognize him from the one or two photo's I've seen of him in 1942 or 1943.  My grandma has alzheimers and can't talk or really recognize anyone except my dad sometimes.  My dad looked and couldn't pick him out either. 
From things dad told me that grandpa told him, he was at Toccoa.  He told dad, when dad was growing up, that he ran up a big mountain all the time (Currahee), did the pig guts problem and made the forced march to Atlanta.  Grandpa told him of camping for the night in either a city park or a college campus, I don't remember now, and killing some squirrels to eat for supper.  So, from these details, I am confident Grandpa was at Toccoa and was in D co, 506th.  I just want to find some kind of roster other than the Christmas dinner list showing this.  He was a T-4 and the company radio operator.  On the Christmas dinner list, he is the only T-4 in D co.
I realize you don't give out the roster, but could someone take a look at one or more and tell me if his name is present?  Where could I get a roster if no one wants to put one on the internet?
I am deployed right now and will have a flag flown in Grandpa's honor on his date of death.  I want to put together some kind of shadow box with the flag and whatever I can find out about his service and give it to my dad.  I come home on leave sometime this summer and would really like to have it by then but am not sure it's going to work out.  Any help with these details would be appreciated.
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Redleg13a
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07 May 2010, 17:39 #4

I just remembered that dad has a copy of a document that shows Grandpa completed jump training on 24 December 1942 (I think that's the date anyway).  He also has a copy of a promotion document with COL Sink's signature stamp.  I don't remember the date on it, however. 
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Redleg13a
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20 Apr 2017, 02:18 #5

Anyone know of any books or other written records of D/506 from Toccoa to the end of the war?
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Tom Kibler
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21 May 2017, 23:53 #6

My neighbor's dad was in D/506th from the beginning to the end, Sgt. Earl W. Blizzard. I have a yard long with him, though I'm sure it's the same one Mark mentioned. I received a lot of help from Mark and from my neighbor's family. Good luckk!
Always on the lookout for WW2 Airborne items: tlckkibler@msn.com
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Redleg13a
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31 May 2017, 22:53 #7

Any chance you could ask if he remembered my grandpa? If so, I'd be grateful.
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101combatvet
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05 Jul 2017, 21:03 #8

I have the Rem Clements photo with the company in the bleachers wearing their M42 Jumpsuits. Not sure what photo number it is. 
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Myrta001
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13 Jul 2017, 11:23 #9

Good luck to you.
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jacahoon
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05 Sep 2017, 20:18 #10

Redleg13a wrote: Anyone know of any books or other written records of D/506 from Toccoa to the end of the war?
Have you ever contacted Kenny Gunther as he does research on the D/ 506th and has a Facebook page dedicated to these men?
 search Facebook for the page "Remembering the Men of Dog Company/506th PIR with Honor, Respect and Gratitude"
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