Searching for 506th Soldiers Killed in Training, Not KIA

Searching for 506th Soldiers Killed in Training, Not KIA

JoeHDVoyager
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11 Jan 2018, 23:46 #1

Attention Currahees!

Chaplain (CPT) Robert Rayburn, 2/506th Inf Bn, 506th Infantry Regiment needs our help.
He has taken on the tough task of trying to identify all 506th guys killed in training, accidents, etc., instead of combat during WWII.  We have input from Petra and Leoni at the Screaming Eagles of WWII Foundation.  Their work is attached. 

The Chaplain’s goal is to create a monument at the Currahee (KIA) Memorial on Fort Campbell honoring all those killed in training.

As far as we know there has never been an attempt to collect this “Killed in Training" information and there is nothing that recognizes their service anywhere.  So, if you can help us out this this noble effort, please review, clarify and add any additional information that you might have. Please email the info to me at joehdvoyager@gmail.com
Thanks - Joe
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Esterhazy Houzard
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14 Jan 2018, 14:42 #2

Hello,

I can already help with this one first trooper:

Pfc Joseph W. Oparowski, ASN 11071563, Hq Company, 506th Prcht Inf (Demolition Platoon)
DNB Camp Mackall, NC on 17 March 1943
Training; Blast injury; Bobby trap explosion
The accident happened at 4:23 pm, and Pfc Oparowski died at 10:05 pm at the Fort Bragg Station Hospital, NC

Hope this helped.

Christophe
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Esterhazy Houzard
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14 Jan 2018, 15:13 #3

Another quick one:

Sgt. Homer C. Sarver, ASN 13022863, G Company, 506th Prcht Inf
DNB England on 13 January 1944
Training jump

Christophe.
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14 Jan 2018, 15:36 #4

Esterhazy Houzard wrote: Another quick one:

Sgt. Homer C. Sarver, ASN 13022863, G Company, 506th Prcht Inf
DNB England on 13 January 1944
Training jump

Christophe.
 
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14 Jan 2018, 15:39 #5

Wow!  Thanks for adding two more soldiers hames.  I will pass this info on to Chaplain Rayburn today.  This will make his day.  Joe
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14 Jan 2018, 16:13 #6

Joe, they both were already on your list, just that Pfc Oparowski was wrongly spelled Oporowski. And Sgt. Sarver was already there too. I just added the correct date and circumstances of their deaths.
Good to hear these informations will make it to the 506th Chaplain. Honoring the DNB is a just cause.
I'll check if I can add/correct more stuff later, ok?
Cheers from France,
Christophe
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14 Jan 2018, 19:10 #7

Christophe - Thanks for the corrections to the list we have started.  I'll pass on this most recent information to Chaplain Rayburn.  Currahee!  Joe
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15 Jan 2018, 14:46 #8

Joe, here's another quick one.

Private First Class Peter R. Kahlke, ASN 32685676, C Company, 506th Prcht Inf
DNB England

He is already on your initial list, I am just adding the Company. No specific circumstances are indicated in the Morning Report, it just says that he was sent to the 130th Station Hospital in Wroughton, Wiltshire on April 7th 1944, and that he died there on the next day.

Cheers from France,
Christophe
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15 Jan 2018, 15:07 #9

Got it, Christophe.  Will forward to the chaplain and Petra at the foundation for her records.  Joe
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29 Jan 2018, 14:53 #10

My grandpa wasn't killed in training but he was injured sufficiently to be discharged from service.  He was in D co, 506th from August '42 until discharged in '43.  They were doing a training jump somewhere and someone came in under him and stole his air and his parachute collapsed.  He burned the rest of the way in and broke his eardrum and had some other injuries.  He was discharged in November.  I don't know where or exactly when it happened and he passed away in '87 so I can't ask him. 
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