William F Schildhouse - 101st and unknown beyond that

RTWD
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January 10th, 2018, 10:18 pm #1

Guys and Gals, my Dad was with the 101st and he talked about it very little. His service record was destroyed in the 1973 St. Louis Federal Building file and since he passed in 1984, not a lot of information was retained. Attached are a couple of photos from his album.
The one of him standing in front of a tent was back captioned as "Taken while camped at Goldsboro, North Carolina, 1941."
The one with the three of them, Dad is on the right with the fore & aft cap (I am a Navy guy), has no caption and was filed as Alaska but I think this was while in the 101st. Dad served in the Aleutians and Alaska and was supposedly there during the Battle of Midway. Which generates some question about Goldsboro, North Carolina, 1941. He does have a Pacific Theater Service Ribbon and well as European/Africa/Med Theater Service Ribbon.
The photo of three on the street, Dad is in the middle. It is back captioned "Taken on the main street of Charlotte, N.C. Muirs(?), Schildhouse, Nelson." It looks like Dad has jump wings over his left pocket.
We know that he was admitted to an Army Hospital in the Alsace, France area and he has at least one Purple Heart.
Any info would be appreciated.
Of interest, Dad spoke of numerous combat jumps. I took him up as my first passenger shortly after getting my pilot's certificate in high school - 1969. As we approached Chicago Midway to end the flight he got super nervous. 17-year old pilot sly checked EVERYTHING in the basic Piper Cherokee. Nothing was wrong. Dad finally settled back and we landed. On the way home I could not help it and finally asked what I missed as we approached to land. "Nothing. Never landed in an airplane before." We both laughed for about five miles.
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Rex
LCDR, U.S. Navy, retired and tired.
1941-00-03-BillW-Alaska-Army.jpg
1942-00-01-BillW at Jump School-NC.jpg
1941-00-04-BillW at Tent City.jpg
1941-00-03-BillW-Alaska-Army.jpg 1942-00-01-BillW at Jump School-NC.jpg 1941-00-04-BillW at Tent City.jpg
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Esterhazy Houzard
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January 17th, 2018, 12:21 pm #2

Rex,
I'm not an expert in uniforms, but I don't believe any of these three pictures are showing men in WWII paratroopers uniforms.
I actually don't think this is a jump wing on picture #2, and for sure the cap isn't paratroopers related.
If you give me the name of your father's (you can do it in private if you feel safer this way), I can check if I can find him with the 101st Airborne.
Regards from France,
Christophe
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January 17th, 2018, 10:53 pm #3

Esterhazy Houzard wrote:Esterhazy,
Dad's name is in the title - William F Schildhouse. I have his discharge record, damaged in the 1973 St. Louis records fire. Trying to find anything about him. I "walked" him into a 101st Airborne Reunion in the Chicago area in the late 1960s and it seemed like everyone knew him.
There are indications he was admitted to an Army Hospital in Alsace, France at one time.
Thanks,
Rex
Rex,
I'm not an expert in uniforms, but I don't believe any of these three pictures are showing men in WWII paratroopers uniforms.
I actually don't think this is a jump wing on picture #2, and for sure the cap isn't paratroopers related.
If you give me the name of your father's (you can do it in private if you feel safer this way), I can check if I can find him with the 101st Airborne.
Regards from France,
Christophe
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February 4th, 2018, 2:41 pm #4

The middle picture and caption would lead me to believe that they were attending jump school at Ft Bragg, NC.  They were in school and had not graduated yet and the reason two had no wings and boots were not bloused.

Linda Weston
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