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Veterans of the 5th Infantry Division

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  1. Michael Gregoric
    August 1, 2015 - 1:53 am

    My dad Steven and his brother Victor, we’re both in the 5th. ID.
    Uncle Vick was in the 5th. Medical Battalion and my dad in the 5th. Quartermaster Co. From Iceland to the very end in Czechoslavakia.
    Although Vic. didn’t talk about it too much, my father did tell us quite a lot.
    I am trying to find out which of the three Regiments they were actually in ?
    I believe they were referred to as “special troops” .
    Dad was trained in Mines /Booby Traps , which was his primary job.
    The 5th didn’t partake in the initial landings,at Normandy, but my father was there defusing mines in the water and pushing sections of pipes under the barbed wire on the beach that were packed with explosives to blast openings in the wire for the troops to get through.

  2. Roger Weinreich
    February 4, 2017 - 5:06 am

    My Dad, Howard Weinreich was in E Company and was wounded at Horseshoe Woods. (He is also in the photo above). I have visited the battlefield and am currently writing a book about the men who fought and died in this battle. Any information that you can share about your relatives is very much appreciated. Thanks!

  3. Andy Glenfield
    March 6, 2017 - 7:09 pm

    Hi,
    I have been researching various Military Units which were in Northern Ireland prior to taking art in the invasion of German Occupied Europe.
    The 5th Infantry Division were based in Northern Ireland and i believe they were mostly in County Down.
    I wonder if your photograph above was taken at Ballykinler Camp.

    Do you have any other information about where in Northern Ireland Samuel August DePetro was based?

  4. Tyrone
    May 15, 2017 - 7:10 am

    Was the 5th even at horseshoe woods? Wiki says no

  5. Glenn Weatherford
    May 16, 2018 - 8:48 pm

    My father Robert E. Weatherford enlisted in the Army in 1940. He was in the Fifth Infantry Division for 5 years. Basic was at Fort Thomas, Kentucky.Then he was sent to Fort Custer for an additional year of training. He was then shipped to Iceland to perform guard duty for a year and a half. After that his unit was shipped to a camp 40 miles south of London , England for 3 months. They were then shipped to Northern Island for extensive training for a year. Approximately 20 days after D-day , his unit was shipped to the coast of FRance to relieve the 1st Infantry Division,the unit was in the vanguard of the invasion. In early JUly the attack of the hedgerows began, he with his unit fought some three days and then pulled out to move in Patton’s Army around St. Lo and finally halted at Metz, Germany because of a lack of supplies. That winter he developed pneumonia and was sent to a hospital in Paris. He was in the hospital during the Battle of the Bulge. He returned to his unit in April and was sent to the industrial cities of Germany,Essen and Dusseldorf region for moping up . From there he went to Czechoslovakia to await the approach of the Russians. Two months later he was shipped home. He was discharged as a Staff/Sergeant with 5 battle ribbons and a Combat Infantry Badge. Five years in 5th Inf. Division , 3/12 of that overseas.

  6. Jeffrey Coots
    June 19, 2018 - 7:34 pm

    My Grandfather PFC Castle Coots was in the 10th infantry regiment “C” Company 3rd Battalion. I have his photo should you choose to add him to the page. Thanks for all your hard work.

  7. Steve Schmidt
    December 18, 2018 - 2:13 pm

    Roger Weinrich, my Grandfather was a medic attached to C Company, 5th medical battalion during the Dornot action. His Bronze Star citation indicates he treated the wounded brought over the Moselle from the Horsehoe Woods. I have done quite a bit of research on it if you want to touch bases.

  8. Roger Weinreich
    July 13, 2019 - 7:23 am

    Hi Steve, That would be great! My father, Howard was possibly treated by your Grandfather. What was his name and do you have any info you could email to me?
    Best regards, Roger

  9. Joe Voet
    July 14, 2019 - 4:06 am

    Roger,

    I would like to correspond with the information that I have and discuss what you have been able to gather regarding E company. My email is rocco1v@aol.com feel free to get ahold of me anytime.

    Joe Voet

  10. Roger Weinreich
    August 11, 2019 - 11:47 pm

    Hi Steve and Joe,
    I can be reached at rogerweinreich@gmail.com if you would like to share information pertaining to the battle of Horseshoe Wood.
    On September 8th, I am planning to attend the ceremony in Corny, France to commemorate the 75th anniversary of this battle. I will also be meeting with Elisabeth from “Thanks GI’s”. This organization in France has been instrumental in gathering first hand data and memories from many of the veterans from this battle. They are extremely supportive and wonderful people!
    Roger

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