My Last find want more info about Richerd V Amman 501st I-tem comp.

My Last find want more info about Richerd V Amman 501st I-tem comp.

101 medic
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07 May 2012, 14:12 #1

Hello
Just wanted to shere this last find that I did to put in my collection.
I realy would like as much info that I can find from Richard V Amman
I already found a artical from him this is the artical:


Do Your Part School Kit donated by Loretta and Jim
Madden, to the Beulah School in Beulah, Colorado.




Shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor, 18-year-old
Richard V. “Dick” Amman volunteered to join the elite paratroopers school of
the 101st Airborne Division. He became part of the newly formed I (Item)
Company of the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR) in November 1942 at Camp
Toccoa, Georgia. For the next five months, the company underwent vigorous basic
training in preparation for Jump School. Every day the Company ran to the top
of Currahee Mountain, as seen in the TV movie Band of Brothers. Dick survived
this grueling training and moved on to Fort Benning for Jump School.




In January 1944, the entire Division moved to Camp
Miles Standish in Boston, and 11 days later shipped out to Glasgow, Scotland.
From there they were moved to House of Rothschild stables in Lamboume, England,
where they would remain for six months preparing for the invasion of Europe.
The 501st PIR, part of the 101st Airborne, was dropped north and east of
Carentan, behind Utah Beach, with a mission to seize canal locks at La
Barquette and destroy bridges over the Douve River.




The Item Company roster for DDay contains 146 names.
Dick is listed as a T-4, Radioman. A total of 6,928 men of the 101st Division
were dropped from 443 C-47s and engaged in combat for 22 days, at a cost of 868
men killed, 2,303 wounded, and 665 captured or missing; these figures include
213 killed, 490 wounded, and 195 captured or missing from the 501st.




Following another airdrop into Holland, the 501st was
relieved and withdrawn to a rest area in France. In December 1944, the Germans
launched an offensive throughout the Ardennes forest in Belgium, which would
become known as the Battle of the Bulge. The entire 101st Division was rushed
to Bastogne in trucks normally used to haul cattle, and the 501st was the first
unit to arrive. Item Company met the Germans in the small village of Ward and
initially stopped their advance but eventually had to withdraw. Losses were
heavy, with 49 men killed, 12 captured, and the remaining 83 rejoining the main
body in Bastogne. Completely surrounded by a superior German force, they held
their position until the siege was busted by General Patton after eight days.




Surviving two
combat jumps, major battles in France and Holland, the Battle of the Bulge and
reaching the rank of First Sergeant, Dick Amman lost his life in a jeep
accident in France on April 19, 1945. He was the youngest brother of H.A.
“Phonse” Amman and uncle to Larry, Loretta, Lorraine, Leonard (Dick), Linda,
and Laura Amman.


I also have 1 picture from him. I was hoping that I would find more story's and Information about him. Here is a picture from the little group that I now have
in the Silverstar is his name.
hope you can and will help me to get more info.
Thanks Dennis

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07 May 2012, 17:50 #2

Dennis-
From an ijnterview I did over 20 years ago, it seems to me that Amman was the cousin
of another trooper within Item Co 501.  It might have been Dick Ketsdever?   I'd have
to search notebooks from the late 1980s, to find my notes and can't even remember which
I/501st vet mentioned this to me.  Dudley Cone probably has some info about Amman, if
he is willing to share it. I'll check my photos. to see If I have any pics that show him. 
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07 May 2012, 18:00 #3

Thanks Marc
hope you can help me,
Dennis
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08 May 2012, 16:10 #4


Richard Amman was 1st Sgt of Co. I 501 PIR, when this photo was taken in spring, 1945 at Camp
Mourmelon le Petit, France. This had to be very shortly before his death.  This is part of a photo in
the Dudley Cone collection.
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08 May 2012, 18:12 #5

Hello Marc
Thanks a lot I did not have this picutre.
Yes this hase to be just befor the accident

I only have this one, This also hase to be in the spring of 1945 because of all the ribons on the Jacket. You can see that the Jacket in the Picture is the same as thet jacket that I have.

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Do you also have more info about his Silverstar? Is This in combination with the 

French Croix de
Guerre Awarded because you can see on the right bottem of his  ribons there  is this ribon.
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09 Dec 2017, 04:11 #6

Old thread, but Richard Ketsdever was Dick Amman's cousin.  They were close.
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