Ww2 87th infantry 347th regiment information needed!

I’m researching my grandfather whom I never met. He was part of the 87th division 347th regiment, maybe company I? Does anyone know what battalion that could have been. He stated out as a radio op. Also had a combat infantry badge and sharpshooter badge. Was in Rhineland and battle of the bulge. I have His separation document but it lists who he was attached to when he left the army. Would love to trace his story…might give my pops some closure on abandonment.

  • Hello - I've made some attempts to find out more about the participation of the regiment in the Battle of the Bulge. My father never spoke about the war though I wanted him to. I knew he had been badly wounded by a mortar shell which did expensive damage to his intestines. I mentioned being part of a machine gun team. Before he died in 1986 he finally gave me info on his unit. He was in the 347th regiment, company M and I am not sure the battalion. One day while playing golf with an older man I inquired about his work. He told me but it seemed to be fewer years than I expected. I asked about WW2. He had been there in the Battle of the Bulge. I asked what division and he said the 87th. I asked about his regiment and he said the 347th. I was surprised and asked what company and he was in K company (I can't recall now). I said that was my Dad's regiment but wasn't sure I got the info properly. I thought he was a machine gunner so he asked me what company and I said "M". He said that was a heavy weapons company - mortars and machine guns. 

    I have his purple heart and combat infantry badge. I reached out to the St Louis address for records but as mentioned they were destroyed. I was glad to see there in an archive in College Park, MD. I went to college there and was originally from the area. I will check it out.

    While I wish our fathers were more forthcoming I can see, in a very small way, why they were reticent. I can't imagine the suffering in the forest without proper winter gear and terrible food when they had it. Then, there was al the killing. Friends and comrades died horribly and many enemy soldiers were killed. Then, our Dads had to return to the US and try to make a life. Where to put the memories and experiences? How can one go a completely different direction and have families who might never understand the outgrowth of memories and fear, images which could not be erased. I know some were angry - but again, we did not understand why. 

    I am very grateful for the GI Bill which allowed my father to go to Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. Without it I don't know what he would have done. 

    All the best in seeking more information and I hope you can find details which fill out the picture more of your Dad's sacrificial service to our country and Europe.

  • e was in Company M, he would have been in the 3d Battalion.

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