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Mark Alan Smith, Sr. passed away comfortably and surrounded by family on Sunday February 19th at the age of 91. Mark was born in Cleveland and graduated from University School in 1943. His college years were interrupted by World War II, in which he served in the 100th infantry division. He completed college at Yale after the war, graduating in 1949. Mark trained in law at Cleveland Marshall College of Law of Cleveland State University, specialized in estate and probate law, and practiced until 1993. In his retirement, he volunteered for Meals On Wheels and Cleveland Court Community Service, and remained an avid swimmer. Mark is survived by his sons Arch Smith of Minneapolis, MN, Christopher Sankey of Guilford, CT, and step-son of Chip Bartlett of Cleveland Hts., OH; grandchildren Mac Smith, Molly Hulling, Sam Smith, and Mason Smith. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Court Community Service, 614 West Superior Ave., Suite 900, Cleveland, OH 44113.
Chris Sankey <abcsankey@gmail.com>
Guilford, CT, USA - February, 24 2017


I have, from Rhode Island, a beautiful 24X32 framed T Shirt of your unit. Several "personnel" photos in the frame of "people"...4 'troops' in a photo labeled times square. Several guys on a 'nose' of a bomber. Names on this photo are Itensar, Knight, and Sluposky, and Im not sure about this spelling. I don't know where it came from, was in a pile of stuff I'd stored years ago. Some (this item)had come to me somehow from the W.Warwick area of R.I. I'm sure they were never "my families". Any interest, call me at 386-451-7280. I'd love to find a home for this beautiful T Shirt.... The T says Sons of Bitche, 100, and "pinky' at the bottom.....
Gene F. Briggs <gfbmfb@aol.com>
PORT ORANGE, FL, United States - February, 24 2017


Caldon R. Norman, known as "Pinky," died Jan. 29. He was 91. Cal was an ASTP-er who later served in Company A of the 398th. He was First Platoon's runner. He was wounded Dec. 3 by a concussion grenade in Wingen-sur-Moder and taken prisoner by the Germans. He spent much of his POW days in hospital camps, finally landing at Stalag 4B. He was liberated by the Soviets in late April and then escaped from the Soviets in mid-May, finally in GI hands on May 16. He was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts. Later he edited the Company A newsletter and wrote the book "Whatever Happened to Company A."
Christopher Norman <cnorman99@gmail.com>
Portland, Oregon, United States - February, 14 2017


My name is Michael Blakely and I am trying to find any information on my Grandfather, Glenn Lee Carraco My Mother stated the he served in the 100th during WWII but that is all that she can remember. I am trying to put together a shadow box for him to go with My fathers from the 1st ID and mine from the AF. Any help would be appreciated.
Michael Blakely <wildcatsoccer@msn.com>
Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - February, 14 2017


Our father, Caldon R. Norman (aka "Pinky"), has passed away. He was 91. While living in his native Minneapolis, MN, Dad was drafted in November 1943 and entered ASTP basic training in January 1944. Once the ASTP initiative dissolved, he joined Company A, 398th Infantry, 100th Division. Dad crossed the Atlantic as a PFC in October 1944 on the USS General William H. Gordon, arriving in Marseilles on Oct. 20. In combat, his role was as the First Platoon's runner, taking messages from the lieutenant and platoon sergeant to the company command post or to the squads. Dad carried a "squirt gun," a .45-caliber submachine gun with 10-inch magazines. On Dec. 3, his unit entered Wingen-sur-Moder, Alsace, on a night-time action to clear out enemy soldiers. It was so dark that each man had to hang onto the man ahead of him. Upon the attack, the German soldiers retreated, and Company A and other units occupied a few houses. Dad and others entered a basement in one house to catch a few winks when the Germans suddenly counterattacked. Both Dad and Bill Pebley were wounded by the same concussion grenade tossed through the basement window, and nearly 100 men were subsequently captured. Dad spent the next few months in a variety of POW hospitals, finally ending up in Stalag IVB outside of Muehlberg. He was liberated by the First Ukrainian Front on April 23 and transferred to a camp near Riesa. About three weeks later, he and six others escaped at night through a break in the barbed wire fence, pushing a baby buggy that carried their blanket rolls and sundries and hoping to run into the nearby U.S. 69th Division. In his bible, filled with notes and addresses, he wrote: "May 16. 2 p.m. In GI hands. 6 p.m. First white bread. May 18. First orange." Dad later moved to Portland, OR, where he was both a teacher and elementary school principal for the next 35 years. In retirement, he wrote and edited the Company A, 398th Infantry Newsletter, providing a connection point for many of his fellow combatants. He was a great dad.
Chris Norman <cnorman99@gmail.com>
Portland, OR, United States - February, 14 2017


While going through my grandparents' belongings I found an amazing picture of someone I'm guessing served with my grandfather Frank C. Young. The name on the back of the photo Is Paul Keat Stevenson or Steverson. Would love to find his family to get it to them.
Felicia Fisher <felicia320@yahoo.com>
Oley, Pennsylvania, United States - February, 14 2017


I am the grand son of Gerald Gifford 397th Company G. I have much love and respect for all that served. I am putting together a book. My family saved all of the letters that were written home from my grandpa during the war. I am looking for anyone that may have known or have any accounts of my grandpa. He was very religious and a Mormon. He wrote about being friends with Harold Glasscock. He was originally stationed in Italy and got reassigned to the 100th in France. He fought in Bitche and all the way to Germany. He was wounded in Heilbronn Germany with mortar shell. Once again any help would be truly cherished. Alexjgifford@gmail.com 435-817-7553
Alex Gifford <Alexjgifford@gmail.com>
Hurricane, Utah, United States - December, 28 2016


Served in the 100th during the battle of Heilbraun Germany during WWII , now in 2016 I am 90 years old and still in good health.
Paul Emerick <>
Philadelphia, PA, USA - December, 28 2016


Hello- am the son of Henry P. Lang, 399th Infantry Regiment, battallion ammunition and pioneer platoon (came in with ASTP, received Bronze Star, etc...for capturing platoon of Germans ready to set up ambush on his men while reconning since working also as driver / interpreter for battalion adjutant since he spoke German and was thus asked to check out where / what the enemy was up to (they changed around signs on the cross-roads, set up snipers, hid tanks and platoons with mg /antitank efforts to provide stiff resistence against our efforts to penetrate into their homeland...hmmm well - I was wondering if anyone out their still remembers "Hank" since he appears to have also provided folks with various things from his recon with his buddy "Leach"...Anyway, my Father is still alive and kicken' (by the Grace of the Lord go we!), as well as his wife Theresia - both 93 years old. I have just asked recently the VA to assist the family a bit, since my Father has never reached out since now to anyone since then (having lost his buddy on the last day of that war probably did not help...). For any comm' we would be grateful, and our love and deepest thanks go out to all those having served our great nation and their loved ones! God Bless you all and let's make America great again! Peter (907) 947-4463 I am reaching out to
Peter M. Lang <petermichaellang@gmail.com>
Anchorage, Alaska, USA - November, 30 2016


found a society of the 100th Sons Of Bitche mug and info on when they were made.
Joe Belmonte <gdfella56@aol.com>
Reading, MA, United States - October, 20 2016


My Grandfather served with Company B 398th Infantry regiment from Jan. 1945 to June 1945. I never knew him, so whatever information I have is second hand. According to his records, this is what he served in, but his Obit. Sites service with Gen. Patton, Does anyone know if Company B was with the unit on detached service with the 10th armored Division at Heilbron?
Mark Hinson <mahinson1925@gmail.com>
, PA - October, 05 2016


My dad never told me what he had to do in order to be awarded two Bronze Stars and a Silver Star. He rarely talked about the war. But during one Thanksgiving Dinner, he told us this amusing story. As his company was walking down a dirt road in France one afternoon, they saw an out-of-his-mind with exhaustion unarmed Nazi soldier walking toward them with his eyes on the ground the whole time, concentrating on keeping his feet moving. Then the Nazi sensed that something was wrong and woke up and saw a company of Century Division marksmen confronting him. He could have surrendered, but it is the policy of some people to never surrender. So even though that Nazi was in a state of complete exhaustion, he turned around and headed for the hill that was a quarter of a mile away lickity-split. What is not to respect about someone like that? My father's company were all expert marksmen, so they tickled that Nazi's feet by firing bullets into the ground around his feet without hitting him, and so he made it safely over the hill under intense enemy fire and hopefully back to his family.
Robert Fraser <rfraser@cox.net>
Tempe, AZ, United States - September, 27 2016


My grandfather was PFC Kenneth Rounds. He was with 2nd BN F Co 397th Inf reg. He joined the unit on 14 Nov 44 and fought until he was wounded outside of Heilbronn on 15 April 45. I believe I have traced his company to the Bn reserve In Flein on 14 April 45 but I am not sure where they went after that. The story told to me by my father is that my grandfather was wounded by an 88 shell/Arty the afternoon of the 15th while eating cheese behind a stone wall. It's a shot in the dark but is there anyone that has information in reference to F Co and its movement on the 15th. Additionally is there anyone with info about the company. I have no idea of my grandfathers platoon, squad or fellow grunts. I will be in Heildberg in a month and am going to take a train to Heilbronn to try and retrace his steps in a way. Any info would be appreciated.
Scott Rounds <srounds@yubacity.net>
Wheatland , CA , United States - August, 29 2016


Hallo, i´am living in Germany/ Zweibrücken near by Bitche and the Border to France I give you my film : The last visite 100.infantry division in Bitche I can give you a link in joutube ive you want!
Werner Euskirchen <eusfam.zw@t-online.de>
Zweibrücken, , Germany - August, 10 2016


Am trying to help a fiend track down information on his brother, KIA, 2 Jan 1945. PFC Henry Francis SUCOV, 399th INF, 100th Inf Div. ABMC provides the unit info, but, cannot be confirmed on the 100th Div webpage. Any help appreciated.
COL Larry Saul, USA, Ret. <larry.saul@btinternet.com>
CARLSBAD, CA, USA - July, 21 2016


My gandfather,Harry D Sowder served with Co. e 397th INF,100th ID.I know nothing about his time in WWII. I would appreciate any info.
Edward Cockrell <edcockrell@yahoo.com>
port republic md, - July, 05 2016


My father, Staff Sergeant Albert Kuperstock of Company K, 399th Regiment, died on June 18,2016 at the age of 91. Dad carried the BAR during the war and saw a lot of front line combat. He told us some of the stories regarding the fighting but preferred to just remain silent about what he had experienced. We did go to the WW II memorial in Washington DC when he was 89, and he enjoyed that greatly and thought it fitting and proper. He always considered himself a Son of Bitche.
Jeff Kuperstock <JeffKuperstock@yahoo.com>
Westminster, MD, USA - July, 05 2016


Happy Memorial Day in honor of my father, Charles S Mowbray, 398th Infantry, Company E, weapons platoon, mortar man. The best Dad I could ever wish for and my hero. I had a nice hour long chat with him today.
Bill Mowbray <b.mowbray@comcast.net>
Lancaster, PA, USA - June, 09 2016


I am looking for some information for our Family History on a Pasquale Durrante, an Italian from Southern Italy some where near Sicily, that was a kitchen helper for the American Army in Stuttgart during the years 1945-1946. Not sure of the exact spelling of his name, could be Deronde or Durannte. Age at that time around 24. All I know is he came up with the American forces from Italy during the ending of the war and was at the Army Barracks in Stuttgart assuming that to be Patch Barracks. If anyone has any info on him it would be appreciated. ThankYou very Much. Great Site by the way. Lots of good photos and interesting stories, I enjoyed browsing thru the history of this great group of Soldiers.
Ernest Brenner <ernieghia@juno.com>
Orem, Utah, U.S.A. - June, 09 2016


My Uncle was with K company 398th Infantry regiment of the 100th division. I understand that he was awarded the bronze star for action that he accomplished as a machine gunner in the battle of the bulge by assisting in destroying a german unit of company size. any details or info on his exploits with his buddies.
Chuck Klump <>
, - May, 15 2016