Find Comrades

Many families of former 77th soldiers are looking for information and contacts. We will publish their requests and would greatly appreciate if you can directly contact them if you can help them with any news or information.

►  My name is Mel Romero.  My great grandfather, PFC Louie Resendez, fought in WWII with the 306th Infantry Regiment, 77th Infantry Division. Unfortunately, he died when I was young.  I'm wondering if anyone might be able to point me in the direction of pictures, or any other resource where I can chronicle his service.  I know only a very broad outline of his record, including that he fought on Guam, then all the way to occupation duty in Japan after the war. Appearing below are two photos of his from the war, and recent photos of his Japanese flag, dated 08 August 1944, which was signed with autograph signatures of other men in the 306th.  Following those photos is a transcribed list of those men.  Shifty887@gmail.com.     (Click on images to enlarge.)

Romeo1  Romeo2 Romeo4  Romeo_NXIAura 
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Beaulieu, Gerald   T/SGT, Maine    Davis, Joesph T.   SGT, Indiana
Duncan, William (Bill)  1LT, Washington    Fredrickson, Karl  Minnesota 
Gillespie, Knox    Grantham, Cornelius PVT HQ/505, Kentucky 
Gurrero, Joe  California    Hanson, Howard Sr. S/SGT, Pennsylvania 
Hayes, Robert E.   Tennesee    Hazlett, Loren, B.   Kansas 
Horvath, George   Ohio    Lent, Arthur  New York 
Rigsby, Frank L.,  Missouri    Rocha, Louis 
Searl, Clarence  SGT, California    Straw, Lewis G.  Indiana 

► I am an historical archaeologist who is looking into the history of the Desert Training Center that was located in southeastern California and western Arizona during 1942-1944. The 77th Infantry Division spent six months training there in 1943, based at Camp Hyder, Arizona. During some recent archaeological survey in southeastern Riverside County, California, a garrison cap pin was found, associated with the 307th Infantry Regiment which was part of the 77th Division. According to the Division history published in 1947, the 77th Division participated in a major maneuver that was staged out of the town of Palo Verde, California (near the Colorado River). This town is just a couple of miles from where the garrison cap pin was found, indicating that the 307th was part of this training maneuver.
Another item found a mile or two north of where the garrison cap pin showed up was a soldier’s dogtag that appears to date back to WW II. It has the name “H. Harris,” serial number 3431490, and what appears to be his father’s address, “J.B. McCoy Harris, 2302 Poe Street, Greensboro, NC.” In the divisional history, there was a list of names among which were two enlisted men associated with the 307th Regiment named Harris, whose first name began with “H.” (Pfc. Homer Harris, A 307 and S/Sgt Hoyt D. Harris, HQ 1 307). In addition there were four other individuals who were assigned to the 305th and 306th Regiments (Pvt. Harry E. Harris, 305 I; Pfc Henry C. Harris, H, 306, I; Pfc. Henry C. Harris, Jr., E 30; and Pfc. Harry E. Harris, AT 305, I) I am not sure whether the two Harry Harrises are different individuals or the same.
I wonder if anyone would have access to personnel information that would be able to associate the dogtag with any of these individuals? It would be nice to be able to know if this person was assigned to the 77th Division or not.

Glenn Farris, Ph.D., Farris, West & Schulz, Consulting Archaeologists, 508 Second Street, Suite 108, Davis, CA 95616. 530-756-1497. gfarris@omsoft.com

► My Grandfather was Luther F. Holmes S/SGT G Co. 306th Infantry, 77th Division serving 21 months in the Asiatic Pacific Theater. He served in the Army from Nov. 1942 to Dec. 1945. My Grandfather brought back these two photos from WWII and I wanted to share them with your community. He is in the photo showing the Japanese flag and what’s really interesting is he’s holding a Japanese pistol smiling on the front row, second from the right. We still have this Japanese pistol today in perfect firing condition. He only let my cousin and I shoot it one time because the bullet casings had to be gathered up so he could have them reloaded. The ammunition must have been some weird caliper that he couldn’t easily buy from the local gun shop. I also have a Japanese flag he brought back with the names of all the locations they were at including (Guam, Leyte, IE Shima, Kerama Retto, and Okinawa). If anyone recognizes a loved one in these pictures I would love to hear from you. My email address is toolnbama@charter.net. May God bless these heroes, their families, their sacrifice, and our blessed United States of America.     (Click on images below to view it in a larger format)
11-12-11 Japanese Flag   11-12-11 Luther Group   11-13-11 Luther Group

To view historical videos, including originals shot by Army combat photographers go to: http://www.criticalpast.com. The Website contains many clips of the 77th Infantry Division, and may be useful in tracing family members