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#1 kwebb0825

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 01:02 AM

I realized recently that I knew next to nothing about what either of my grandfathers did during WWII. Both passed away many years before I came along and my parents have very few details. My grandfather, Clarence Barnes, served in the 99th Infantry Division in the 393 Regiment. He was from Baltimore, and may have been the recipient of the Purple Heart.His veteran's tombstone also mentions "SVC Co.", but I haven't been able to figure out what that means. I sent away for his DD214, but it was damaged in the fire in 1973. If anyone has any information on him or the 393rd or knows how I can find it, it would be greatly appreciated. I have a rough sketch but don't know if what I have found is accurate.

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 01:58 AM

There is so much to say, it's hard to know where to begin. You can start here Lone Sentry: Battle Babies: The Story of the 99th Infantry Division -- WWII G.I. Stories Booklet
You can also read through one of our own threads here http://www.ww2f.com/...y-regiment.html Pay particular attention to page 3. You should used the Advanced Search (upper right) in our forum. We have dealt with both the 393rd Infantry and the 99th Division. I hope this is a start for you.

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 02:34 AM

Thought you might find this interesting:

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I found the photo on this website. The translated version indicated that the truck is from the Service Company of the 393rd Infantry Regiment. Obviously, it doesn't tell you anything about your grandfather, but I thought it would be of interest anyway.

You may want to try contacting the 99th Division Association, which seems to be active. They also have a searchable Checkerboard newsletter archive. There is also a book on the 99th Division in WWII: Once Upon a Time in War.

Freedom is precious and many gave their lives for it. It is the duty of the future generation
to remember that sacrifice, and offer some sacrifice for themselves if Freedom is threatened.

Cecil Earl Workman, WWII Veteran, "L" Co., 129th Inf. Regt., 37th Inf. Div.


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#4 LRusso216

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 02:49 AM

[TABLE]
[TR]
[TH="width: 165"]Field Title[/TH]
[TH]Value[/TH]
[TH]Meaning[/TH]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD="width: 165"] ARMY SERIAL NUMBER[/TD]
[TD] 33202394 [/TD]
[TD] 33202394 [/TD]
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[TR]
[TD="width: 165"] NAME[/TD]
[TD] BARNES#CLARENCE#J####### [/TD]
[TD] BARNES#CLARENCE#J####### [/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD="width: 165"] RESIDENCE: STATE[/TD]
[TD] 31 [/TD]
[TD] MARYLAND [/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD="width: 165"] RESIDENCE: COUNTY[/TD]
[TD] 007 [/TD]
[TD] BALTIMORE CITY [/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD="width: 165"] PLACE OF ENLISTMENT[/TD]
[TD] 3110 [/TD]
[TD] BALTIMORE MARYLAND [/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD="width: 165"] DATE OF ENLISTMENT DAY[/TD]
[TD] 16 [/TD]
[TD] 16 [/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD="width: 165"] DATE OF ENLISTMENT MONTH[/TD]
[TD] 06 [/TD]
[TD] 06 [/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD="width: 165"] DATE OF ENLISTMENT YEAR[/TD]
[TD] 42 [/TD]
[TD] 42 [/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD="width: 165"] GRADE: ALPHA DESIGNATION[/TD]
[TD] PVT# [/TD]
[TD] Private [/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD="width: 165"] GRADE: CODE[/TD]
[TD] 8 [/TD]
[TD] Private [/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD="width: 165"] BRANCH: ALPHA DESIGNATION[/TD]
[TD] BI# [/TD]
[TD] Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA [/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD="width: 165"] BRANCH: CODE[/TD]
[TD] 00 [/TD]
[TD] Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA [/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD="width: 165"] FIELD USE AS DESIRED[/TD]
[TD] # [/TD]
[TD] # [/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD="width: 165"] TERM OF ENLISTMENT[/TD]
[TD] 5 [/TD]
[TD] Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law [/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD="width: 165"] LONGEVITY[/TD]
[TD] ### [/TD]
[TD] ### [/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD="width: 165"] SOURCE OF ARMY PERSONNEL[/TD]
[TD] 0 [/TD]
[TD] Civil Life [/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD="width: 165"] NATIVITY[/TD]
[TD] 31 [/TD]
[TD] MARYLAND [/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD="width: 165"] YEAR OF BIRTH[/TD]
[TD] 14 [/TD]
[TD] 14 [/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD="width: 165"] RACE AND CITIZENSHIP[/TD]
[TD] 1 [/TD]
[TD] White, citizen [/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD="width: 165"] EDUCATION[/TD]
[TD] 0 [/TD]
[TD] Grammar school [/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD="width: 165"] CIVILIAN OCCUPATION[/TD]
[TD] 702 [/TD]
[TD] Semiskilled occupations in manufacture of automobiles, n.e.c. [/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD="width: 165"] MARITAL STATUS[/TD]
[TD] 1 [/TD]
[TD] Single, with dependents [/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD="width: 165"] COMPONENT OF THE ARMY[/TD]
[TD] 7 [/TD]
[TD] Selectees (Enlisted Men) [/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD="width: 165"] CARD NUMBER[/TD]
[TD] # [/TD]
[TD] # [/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD="width: 165"] BOX NUMBER[/TD]
[TD] 0625 [/TD]
[TD] 0625 [/TD]
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[TR]
[TD="width: 165"] FILM REEL NUMBER[/TD]
[TD] 2.289 [/TD]
[TD] 2.289 [/TD]
[/TR]
[/TABLE]

Found this at NARA archives website. Is this your grandfather?

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#5 kwebb0825

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 04:05 AM

Ok, I honestly didn't expect to get any responses at all, let alone so fast. You guys rock! Lou, that's him! I'm definitely going to look into contacting the 99th's association website. TD-Tommy776, I love the photo. Thanks for finding it! This is such a great site! I'll be back for sure.

Thanks again!

#6 TD-Tommy776

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 01:29 AM

Not a problem. Some of us (read "I") have been in the same place you are now, so we know how frustrating it is when you get the nearly inevitable "Fire" letter. It really helps that you know his regiment. Hopefully, someone at the association will be able to confirm his receiving the PH. Please do keep us up to date on your progress.

Freedom is precious and many gave their lives for it. It is the duty of the future generation
to remember that sacrifice, and offer some sacrifice for themselves if Freedom is threatened.

Cecil Earl Workman, WWII Veteran, "L" Co., 129th Inf. Regt., 37th Inf. Div.


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PFC Glenn W. Halvorson

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 07:28 PM

My father's name was Patrick Ringwood.  He was a BAR gunner with H company(?), 2nd Battalion 393rd.  He was an ASTP 'whiz kid' and went to the 99th ID and 393rd when the program was dissolvedin early '44.  He told a few stories about his time in Europe that included his squad getting so lost on a patrol that they wound up capturing a German soldier who was riding a bicycle to get back to his unit from a leave.  Can you say, behind enemy lines?  He was evacuated from Malmedy field hospital a week before the German offensive began.  He had developed trench feet in both feet and was medically discharged August 1, 1945.  Lucky for his three sons, i'd say.  



#8 urqh

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 07:59 PM

Welcome to the forums Swissdog.....And thanks for the story. I'd say the fact you are posting here is good news for all of us. Glad your dad saw it  through. 


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#9 LRusso216

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 08:16 PM

Nice to have you aboard. Why don't you do an introduction in the New Members area? You could also start a new thread in the What Grandpa Did in the War. I think you'll get more reponses there. Good luck.

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