Thomas Minerd - family of Thomas Minerd of Smithfield, PA - 79th Infantry Division of Patch's 7th Army, a unit commended "for making the fastest progress (1800 yards in 72 hours) of any infantry division in warfare," said a newspaper. "Also awarded a citation for their skill near Strasbourg, the unit was the first to cross the Seine River and the Belgium border. First stationed in England, he participated in the D-Day invasion and fought in the battle for Cherbourg. Moving on across France, he fought in several battles under General Patton."
William Byron Minerd - family of Thomas Minerd of Smithfield, PA - was shipped overseas in February 1942 and "spent seven months at secret bases," said a newspaper. "He later spent 19 months in Belgium Congo, Africa, after which he was sent to England until D-Day, when he participated in the invasion."
Lloyd Harvey Mort - family of Levi Rose - as a member of the 1st Infantry Division, saw action in the North Africa, Sicily and Normandy campaigns, and was injured or wounded, receiving a Purple Heart.
Clayton Nagle - family of Margaret (Halfpenny) Nagle of Berwick, PA - was a tank commander and, on D-Day, "drove a tank onto Utah Beach from a landing ship that didn't quite reach the shore," said the Bloomsburg (PA) Press Enterprise. "He kept going, even though the water in his tank rose to his neck before it started going down." Purple Heart recipient.
Donald Leroy Plants - family of Ollie Margaret (Miner) Plants of Ashtabula, OH - was an "amphibious engineer" involved in the landing at Omaha Beach and the Battle of the Bulge, and was captured as a prisoner of war. Guest speaker at our 1998 national family reunion.
Charles E. Shipley - family of Mary Todd (Jennings) Shipley of Ohiopyle, PA - was a member of the 4th Signal Company, 4th Infantry Division and took part in the invasion at Normandy and in liberating Paris, for which he earned a French Jubilee of Liberty Medal.
William P. Straitiff - family of Lucinda Jane "Jennie" (Miner) Turner Stevenson Paolone - paratrooper with the A Company of the 506 PIR, 101st Airborne Division, with a jump into France during the D-Day invasion. The Uniontown (PA) Morning Herald said that he "was the only serviceman from Fairchance during World War II to serve with the paratroopers."
Stroop, Warren Wilkie - family of William McKnight - took part in the Normandy invasion, with his unit moving through France, Belgium and Germany. Was wounded by shrapnel twice in battle in Aachen, Germany.
Wayne M. Sutter - family of Luther Minerd Sr. - with the U.S. Navy, served in World War II in the Normandy Landing and campaigns in Sicily and Italy. In 1946, he was stationed on the U.S.S. Albemarle at Bikini atoll with an atomic bomb patrol.
Minor Fay White - family of Charles Minor White of Wichita, KS - "served as engineer-pilot of the C-47 veteran, 'Nina Mae,' which was the lead plane on a number of important missions for paratroop-drops in the European theater," including at Normandy, France on D-Day in June 1944, said the Wichita Eagle. Took part part in the invasions of Sicily and Italy. Killed in a crash of a C-124 airplane during the Korean War.
Orville O. Willis - family of Charles Addison Dillow of Clinton, IL - joined the U.S. Army and was deployed to England in January 1943. Took part in the 1944 Normandy campaign and was commended by his commanding officer for "his driving in difficult weather and over shell-pocked highways in the blackout," said the Clinton Daily Journal and Public. Then in early 1945, was with a military police guard in Belgium, driving German POWs from the front lines to the stockades.
Lee W. Ziegler - family of Clarence Warren "Bobby" Lytle - took part in the invasion of Normandy and additional maneuvers in northern France and the Rhineland.