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  1. Charles Cole. Relative on my mom's side. He was paid $500 to serve in the place of a draftee. Mom, her sister and 4 brothers all served honorably in WWII so I guess the family atoned.
  2. And Kaytlyn Jenner's dad was in the 2nd Ranger Btn on D-Day.
  3. Thanks. Yes I have seen that database. FWIW It's incomplete in a lot of cases, as is Burhan's FSSF roster. I've done extensive research and was fortunate to have the documents he left. I'm a member of the Ranger, FSSF and 474th Facebook pages and have studied his war a bunch. He was the best trained and luckiest Ranger of WWII. His war was hell and he was able to bury a lot of bad memories I believe. Yet he could tell non combat stories of the time. The story he told of the engagement ring he had made in Oslo from gold teeth that some of the guy's had "collected" was........enlightening. I should start a thread somewhere.
  4. He was rifleman in "C" Co of the 1st and a private until he hit the beach at Gela. That earned a Ranger the shoulder patch and a rank of Pfc. Were you able to see the documents that I collected?
  5. Pop John Gorski, is the Ranger sitting with his brother Stan at the 449th AAF in Grottaglie, Italy in March? of '44 on a "vacation" Anzio. That is the million dollar question at this point of my research. He was taken of the line after getting wounded at Chuinzi pass and grabbed up by the Btn Surgeon, Sheldon Sommers to be "his driver" as dad told it. He never spoke of being on the beach but although he told us many stories, non had to do with combat. He followed Sommers into the FSSF and 474th through Norway. My document dump if the link works. https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipMCgXWJhn3XWieHhhf3FIX9W-wWjqtCXL0kWe8RoBZIewbR_L1Z1CSzJGN6A8BD6w?key=ZktKQjJKQWJhZlpOY2VZQl91RlBOb25PQi01TzV3
  6. Like I said, I'm no expert and only really know that anything is possible and nothing is certain about those days. Dad finished the war as a truck driver with a medical detachment in the 474th and got his Ike from a guy he'd served with in the FSSF and was the quartermaster on the liberty ship that brought them home to NYC. Good to be pals with the QM for sure. I hope you can find out more about your Ike.
  7. Interesting Ike. And mysterious. My father was in the 1st Ranger/FSSF/474th. I have a spreadsheet that attempts to list all of the Rangers that were transferred into the FSSF listing which Ranger battalion they came from and which FSSF unit they went into. About 1000 names and none are from the 2nd. Your guy enlisted in Sept. of 44. Maybe your man was a late 2nd Btn replacement and went directly to the 474th? That patch is sewn crudely IMO. The 474th was directed from the top to look sharp when they went to Norway. I'm not a uniform expert. My dad's Ike looks like a tailor did it. And it has another man's name in it but the reason of why makes sense and adds to the story .
  8. I'm a student of 1st Ranger Btn "C" Co. as my father was in it and this is a great trove of documents. Thanks. I thought that it was interesting that the newspaper described his seeing "relatively mild action" at Venefro. It was really though fighting for "C" Co. there when he came in as one of replacements. "The new guys".
  9. Nice work!! I have been trying to correlate the awards on my dad's jacket with what I can document and they come up short. He landed at both Gela and Salerno with the Rangers ahead of the main force and yet there are no arrowheads. There are 6 battles/campaigns listed on his discharge papers and only has 4 stars. Where it might make sense is that in the FSSF he drove an ambulance and light trucks and in 474th he was a light truck driver. Maybe had no dress Ike. No need for wearing medals. The Ike he wore home he got on the ship home from an FSSF/474th member that he had served with for two years had the job of Quarter Master on the liberty ship that brought them home
  10. Burhans FSS roster lists him Robert H McCahon HQ Det. 1 En 3 Regt Clearwater, California
  11. From what I have researched about the men of FSSF, at that point of the war, many were not eager to be sent to an Airborn unit as they had been through a year of hell in the mountains of Italy and had survived only by sheer luck. I read an account of a medic committing suicide just before loading on a truck to join the 474th.
  12. There are mysteries about my father's (John E Gorski, misspelled Gerski in the Darby Ranger book list) jacket that I pictured. He is not listed in Burnham's listing of FSSF members but documented release to the FSSF as a patient from the 52nd Station Hosp on 8/3/45. He was documented as "Wounded in Action, Not Hospitalized" at the Chunzi Pass and pulled into the medical unit by the Ranger surgeon (Sheldon Sommers) who treated him. I have no documentation of him at Anzio. He visited his brother in the AAF in southern Italy around Feb 1944. The Ranger surgeon went into the FSSF and John was with him as an ambulance driver ) through to Nice. Documented qualified for a CMB. Already had a CIB. Then with Sommers in the 474th through Oslo. The name in the jacket is D. H. McCoullough. McCullough was in the FSSF HQ from the beginning. McCullough was in the 474th from Nice through Oslo. McCullough was the Quartermaster on the ship that John came home on. Everyone needed to be in uniform to disembark in NYC and McCullough gave his to John (according to waht John told me. McCullough was going home to Poala, KS where his dad had been the Chief of the fire dept. and also the Chief of Police. John was going home to poor parents that did not speak English and a 900 sq ft home with no indoor plumbing. John went on to become one of the top salesmen for the International Latex Corp. in the brassiere division.
  13. My dad's Ike. I'll put these pictures here for reference. He gave the collar discs away.
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