Help With Information On 1SG Paul W Garrison Item Company 3/506th

Help With Information On 1SG Paul W Garrison Item Company 3/506th

Haltstalle
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March 2nd, 2017, 12:51 pm #1

He was with my great uncle in the halt stal when it took a hit and I cannot find a burial for him anywhere...supposedly he was KIA DEC 20th 1944. Thanks
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spook
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March 11th, 2017, 10:22 am #2

Checking several birth/death indexes for WW2, including three directly related to the 101st, I did not find anything for Paul W. Garrison.  When that occurs one usually has to redirect the search presupposing that the individual was NOT a wartime casualty.  It happens.
A Google search for the name yielded the same references you have on your relative.  A further search for Paul Garrison (without initial) but adding "airborne" generated about ten hits, two of which were newspaper articles with photos showing him on war bond tours.
NARA yielded two individuals with initial W.  One enlisted in 1944.  The other in 1940.  His birthdate was 1918, and he had a prewar 7-digit serial number.
One book reference stated that he was "a local from Toccoa".  There is a listing for a Rev. Paul Garrison who was the town Chaplain in Toccoa in 2015.(hmmmmm?) Realistically that would make him 99 years old if the same guy....but maybe a son?
Beyond that there is a reference to a Paul Garrison deceased in Sana Fe, NM in 1997 with a 1918 birth date.
Keep us posted on your results.
Update/Edit: Okay, this must be him....1918 birthdate...and a photo on his gravestone with a parapatch on his service photo.
https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/find ... 851656.jpg
Gotta be him!  "Married Martha Schrunk on October 17, 1942 in Stephens County, Georgia."  Stephens County, GA is Toccoa!!
Last edited by spook on March 11th, 2017, 10:55 am, edited 2 times in total.
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Haltstalle
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March 13th, 2017, 9:11 am #3

Wow spook thanks a bunch...this man was the 1SG of Item company 3/506th and it looks like he did not die on Dec 20th 1944 with my great uncle...good for him he had a long life.
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March 31st, 2017, 6:17 am #4

This trooper was an original member of Item Co. 506th and his face appears in the company photo of I/506th, which was taken atFt Bragg shortly before the regiment went to the P.O.E. to sail to the UK in late August, 1943.  What his eventual fate was in the
ETO seems to be a mystery, but some sources list him as a 1st Sgt
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July 5th, 2017, 2:03 am #5

I do not believe Sgt Garrison was still in Normandy on June 20th.  He broke his ankle on the initial parachute drop.  A good friend of mine from I/506th carried him from the drop zone until a rendezvous with other 101st elements on the morning of the 6th.  I believe he was evacuated out after that.
John Klein
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