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Field Title Value Meaning ARMY SERIAL NUMBER 20711207 20711207 NAME WATNE#MANSEL#L########## WATNE#MANSEL#L########## RESIDENCE: STATE 77 NORTH DAKOTA RESIDENCE: COUNTY 031 FOSTER PLACE OF ENLISTMENT 7715 CARRINGTON NORTH DAKOTA DATE OF ENLISTMENT DAY 10 10 DATE OF ENLISTMENT MONTH 02 02 DATE OF ENLISTMENT YEAR 41 41 GRADE: ALPHA DESIGNATION PVT# Private GRADE: CODE 8 Private BRANCH: ALPHA DESIGNATION INF Infantry BRANCH: CODE 10 Infantry FIELD USE AS DESIRED # # TERM OF ENLISTMENT 1 One year enlistment LONGEVITY ### ### SOURCE OF ARMY PERSONNEL 7 National Guard NATIVITY 77 NORTH DAKOTA YEAR OF BIRTH 15 15 RACE AND CITIZENSHIP 1 White, citizen EDUCATION 4 4 years of high school CIVILIAN OCCUPATION 475 Machinists MARITAL STATUS 6 Single, without dependents COMPONENT OF THE ARMY 4 National Guard (Officers, Warrant Officers, and Enlisted Men) CARD NUMBER # # BOX NUMBER 0357 0357 FILM REEL NUMBER 3.78# 3.78#
This is a narrative from his wounds from the Hospital Admission Cards
Full Name: Watne, Mansel L
Race: White (includes Mexican)
Admission Date: May 1945
Admission Type of Injury: Injury Type: Battle casualty; InjuryType2: All battle casualties, and all battle injuries not intentionally inflicted by self or another person
Military Service Number:20711207
Rank: Enlisted Man (includes Aviation Cadet or Student)
Branch: Infantry, General or Unspecified Length of Service:3-5 yr.
Medical Diagnosis: Diagnosis: Wound(s), penetrating (point of entrance only: includes incised, puncture or stab wound) with no nerve or artery involvement; Location: Scrotum; Location: Thigh; Causative Agent: Hand Grenade, Fragment; Diagnosis: Wound(s), penetrating (point of
Medical Treatment: Penicillin therapy (treatment with penicillin); Debridement (removal of all foreign matter and dead tissue) with drainage
Discharge Type: Duty (includes AWOL)
Discharge Date: Jun 1945
Discharge Place: General Hospital
Notes:NoneConflict Period:World War IIServed for:United States of America
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Thank You Mr. Schneider.
There are a number of medals we found amongst my dad's military stuff. Where would I find out about them?
Again, Thank you for the information you've already provided.
If you could provide the unit it would help to be able to tell what medals or campaign ribbons.
164th infantry Co F
They were a National Guard Unit from Carrington North Dakota
Also you might want to reach out to the University of North Dakota, they have lots of material on the unit please follow the link. https://apps.library.und.edu/archon/index.php?p=collections/findingaid&id=294&q=
The 164th Infantry, a unit of the North Dakota National Guard, was activated into Federal service 10 February 1941 at Williston. Before deployment overseas, the 164th was relieved from assignment to the 34th Infantry Division on 8 December 1941.
Commanded by Colonel Earle Sarles, the 164th transited the South Pacific ferry route in January 1942 to New Caledonia. There they joined the 182nd Infantry Regiment and the 132nd Infantry Regiment, in addition to artillery, engineer and other support units to form a new division on 24 May 1942, designated the Americal Division. The name Americal was derived from a combination of the words America and New Caledonia. The regiment spent nearly five months in combat training. In September, Colonel Sarles, a National Guard officer, was replaced as commander of the regiment by Colonel Bryant E. Moore, a West Point graduate. Moore would subsequently be promoted to command an infantry division in Europe, and the regiment would serve under other commanders, almost all of whom advanced to general's stars.
Arriving at Guadalcanal on 13 October 1942 ahead of its brother regiments as emergency reinforcement for the 1st Marine Division, the Regiment was the first U.S. Army unit to engage in offensive action during World War II in the Battle of Guadalcanal. Between 24 and 27 October, elements of the regiment withstood repeated assaults from Japanese battalions and inflicted some two thousand enemy casualties. The 1st Marine Division commander, Major General Alexander Vandegrift, was so impressed by the soldiers' stand that he issued a unit commendation to the regiment for having demonstrated "an overwhelming superiority over the enemy." In addition, the Marines took the unusual step of awarding Lt. Colonel Robert Hall, commander of the 3rd Battalion, 164th, with the Navy Cross for his role in these battles.
Until the Americal Division commander, Major General Alexander M. Patch, and other units of the division arrived, the 164th fought alongside the Marines in a series of encounters with Japanese units in the Point Cruz area, where they successfully dislodged enemy troops from two hilltop strongpoints. The action earned them the nickname "The 164th Marines." Members of the 164th were also known as "jungle fighters" within the U.S. media because of the terrain on which they fought.
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We suggest that you request a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs and individual medical reports for enlisted men of the U.S. Army who were separated from the service after October 1912 and before 1959 are in the custody of NARA's National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St. Louis. In many cases where personnel records were destroyed in the 1973 fire, proof of service can be provided from other records such as morning reports, payrolls, and military orders, and a certificate of military service will be issued. Please complete a GSA Standard Form 180 and mail it to NARA's National Personnel Records Center, (Military Personnel Records), 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO 63138-1002. Veterans and their next of kin also may use eVetRecs to request records. See eVetRecs Help for instructions. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.
We searched the National Archives Catalog and located a series titled Unit Histories, 1943 - 1967 in the Records of U.S. Army Operational, Tactical, and Support Organizations (World War II and Thereafter) ( Record Group 338) that includes 10 file units of the Americal Division during the 1940s. Since the 164th Infantry Regiment was part of that Division, there may be mention of the 164th in these records. We also located the World War II Operations Reports, 1940-1948 in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1917-1985 (Record Group 407) that includes records of the Americal Division and possibly records of the 164th during WWII. For information about these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We were unable to locate specific records of Company F. Records of lower echelon units sometimes were incorporated into the files of the regiment.
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