File No.: Case File # 15
Title: Casualties among U.S. Paratroopers during the capture of Eindhoven
Investigation made at: Municipality of Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Period Covered: September 17, 18 & 19, 1944
Date:  June-September 2010
Case Classification: Listing of casualties among US paratroopers
Municipality of Eindhoven, The Netherlands during first days of Operation Market Garden
Case Status: Active Case File

REASON FOR INVESTIGATION:
It has come to our attention that the City of Eindhoven in The Netherlands commemorates the men of the 101st Airborne Division who gave their lives for its freedom. Twenty-two names appear on a commemorative plaque in a modest but elegant park with other monuments in relation to the 101st Airborne Division. It can be found on the corner of John F. Kennedy Laan and Airborne Laan in Eindhoven’s northern suburb of Woensel.


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The plaque was unveiled on the 18th of September 2004 and was an initiative of (then-) councilman Jan van Hout; who has been a source in several of our cases.


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Battle detectives Tom and Antoine can be seen during the ceremony; dressed as American liberators:
 

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A close study of each name on the plaque revealed that eleven of these young Americans were actually killed in Eindhoven on the 18th of September 1944, the day the city was liberated.
The other eleven soldiers either were killed on the previous day, D-Day of operation "Market Garden", or shortly after the city fell into Allied hands. Their deaths were caused by actions to consolidate the city’s defense or they died of wounds sustained during the Nazi-bombing raid on Eindhoven on the 19th.
An even bigger number of paratroopers was wounded during the liberation of Eindhoven; some of them seriously.
These facts inspired the idea of creating an as-accurate-as-possible "List of Casualties among US Paratroops during the capture of Eindhoven, Holland, September 1944".

SYNOPSIS:

The title of this casualty list calls for a definition with clear specifications.
First, it has to be evident that we do not wish to criticize any entry on the list of casualties on the plaque. Our investigation revealed that as far as we can determine, every paratrooper killed in action in Eindhoven on the 18th of September 1944, is mentioned on the plaque. The other men too, died in Eindhoven or the general area around the city. But there were also sky soldiers who paid with blood, pain and even physical and psychological limitations in their post-war lives.
Hence, the Casualty List can be defined as:

"The names of all 22 men on the plaque on Airborne Laan and all other paratroopers of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment who were either Killed In Action (KIA), Wounded In Action (WIA), Seriously Wounded in Action (SWA) or Missing In Action (MIA) when this unit was deployed within the territory of the Municipality of Eindhoven, capturing  this city, establishing a bridgehead around it and defending it from 18 SEP 1944 to 20 SEP 1944"

We have discovered two more troopers who Died Of Wounds (DOW), two Seriously Wounded in Action (SWA), 26 Wounded in Action (WIA), 18 Killed in Action (KIA) and two casualties of an unknown nature.
Fortunately we have not discovered any troopers Missing in Action (MIA).
The list contains already known details, such as name, rank, Army Serial Number (ASN) and unit.
But we have also added details about the individual soldier, such as how he was killed or wounded and a photograph, if available. And we have also listed our sources.

Casualty No. 01
Name:
BOLTE , Rudolf E
Rank:
1st Lieutenant
ASN:
O1308589
Unit:
H/506
Nature of Casualty:
KIA, 18 SEP 1944
Location where sustained: 
Eindhoven
Source:
Listed monument plaque on Airborne Laan, Eindhoven & confirmed in literature, U.S. Army records.
Details / Remarks: 
-
Exhibits:
Photographs of 1st Lieutenant Bolte in Camp Mackall in 1943, grave on American Cemetery, Margraten, The Netherlands

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Casualty No.  02
Name:
DEEM, Charles R Jr
Rank:
Private First Class
ASN:
35867556
Unit:
H/506
Nature of Casualty:
KIA, 18 SEP 1944
Location where sustained:
Eindhoven
Source:
Listed monument plaque on Airborne Laan, Eindhoven & confirmed in literature, U.S. Army records
Details / Remarks:
KIA in Eindhoven on 18 SEP 1944 / Buried in home state of Ohio
Exhibits:
Photograph of grave in Ohio

Casualty No. 03
Name:
DODGE, Martin J
Rank:
Private
ASN:
33007389
Unit:
506th
Nature of Casualty:
DOW, 19 SEP 1944
Location where sustained:
Eindhoven
Source: 
Listed monument plaque on Airborne Laan, Eindhoven & confirmed in literature, U.S. Army records
Details / Remarks:
DOW after Bombing raid on Eindhoven on 19 SEP 1944 (presumed) / Buried in Arlington US Military Cemetery
Exhibits: -
 
Casualty No.  04
Name:
KILEY, John W
Rank:
Captain
ASN:
O1285066
Unit:
HQ3/506
Nature of Casualty:
KIA, 18 SEP 1944
Location where sustained:
Vlokhovense Weg, Eindhoven, see also Case File # 1
Source: 
Listed monument plaque on Airborne Laan, Eindhoven & confirmed in literature, U.S. Army records.
Details / Remarks:
Killed by sniper on Vlokhovense Weg
Exhibits:
Photograph of grave on American Cemetery, Margraten, The Netherlands


Casualty No.  05
Name:
MILLER, John W
Rank:
Private First Class
ASN:
35573616
Unit:
E/506
Nature of Casualty:
KIA, 20 SEP 1944
Location where sustained:
Nuenen
Source: 
Listed monument plaque on Airborne Laan, Eindhoven & confirmed in literature, U.S. Army records.
Details / Remarks:
Killed by explosion of enemy by hand grenade / Buried in home state Indiana / In Pulles Rosters listed as MILLER "James" W.
Exhibits:
-
 
Casualty No.  06
Name: 
MOORE, James H
Rank:
1st Lieutenant
ASN:
O1323232
Unit:
E/506
Nature of Casualty:
KIA, 18 SEP 1944
Location where sustained:
Eindhoven
Source: 
Listed monument plaque on Airborne Laan, Eindhoven & confirmed in literature, U.S. Army records.
Details / Remarks: -
Exhibits:
Photograph of grave on American Cemetery, Margraten, The Netherlands

Casualty No.  07
Name:
RICK, Frank E
Rank:
Staff Sergeant
ASN:
20656208
Unit:
I/506
Nature of Casualty:
DOW, 18 SEP 1944
Location where sustained:
Near Son at 05:30 AM
Source: 
Listed monument plaque on Airborne Laan, Eindhoven & confirmed in literature, U.S. Army records.
Details / Remarks:
Exhibits:
Photograph of grave on Wolfswinkel Cemetery 1940's,
Reburial Service prayer card via Lori Lindner; daughter of Rick's fiancé,

Photo from Milwaukee Journal, 21JAN1949,
Grave at the Holey Cross Cemetery and Mausoleum in Milwaukee, WI.


Casualty No.  08
Name: 
VANKLINKEN, Robert
Rank:
Private
ASN:
39186454
Unit:
E/506
Nature of Casualty:
KIA, 20 SEP 1944
Location where sustained:
Nuenen
Source: 
Listed monument plaque on Airborne Laan, Eindhoven & confirmed in literature, U.S. Army records.
Details / Remarks:
Of Dutch descent, witnessed to have spoken Dutch in Eindhoven 18 SEP 1944, killed by machine gun fire
Exhibits:  
Photograph of Private VANKLINKEN, grave on American Cemetery, Margraten, The Netherlands

Casualty No.  09
Name:
CHEEVER, Robert L
Rank:
Technician Grade 4
ASN:
18121201
Unit:
HQ1/506
Nature of Casualty:
KIA,19 SEP 1944
Location where sustained:
Eindhoven
Source: 
Listed monument plaque on Airborne Laan, Eindhoven & confirmed in literature, U.S. Army records
Details / Remarks:
Killed during bombing raid Eindhoven (presumed), buried in home state Indiana.
Exhibits:
Photograph of Technician Grade 4 CHEEVER


Casualty No.  10
Name:
DELUCA, Victor J
Rank:
Private
ASN:
36177147
Unit:
I/506
Nature of Casualty:
KIA, 18 SEP 1944
Location where sustained:
Eindhoven
Source:
Listed monument plaque on Airborne Laan, Eindhoven & confirmed in literature, U.S. Army records
Details / Remarks: 
Buried in home state Indiana
Exhibits:
Photograph of grave on American Cemetery, Margraten, The Netherlands


Casualty No.  11
Name:
GIBBS, Fred A
Rank:
1st Lieutenant
ASN:
O1305415
Unit:
G/506
Nature of Casualty:
KIA, 18 SEP 1944
Location where sustained:
Eindhoven, Woensel
Source:
Listed monument plaque on Airborne Laan, Eindhoven & confirmed in literature, U.S. Army records
Details / Remarks:  -
Exhibits:
Photograph of grave on American Cemetery, Margraten, The Netherlands


Casualty No.  12
Name:
KROM, Irving F
Rank:
Private First Class
ASN:
32746769
Unit:
H/506
Nature of Casualty:
DOW, 19 SEP 1944
Location where sustained:
Eindhoven
Source:
Listed monument plaque on Airborne Laan, Eindhoven & confirmed in literature, U.S. Army records
Details / Remarks:
Died of wounds sustained during bombing raid on Eindhoven (presumed)
Exhibits:
Photographs of grave in New York & Wolfswinkel Cemetery 1940's

Casualty No.  13
Name:
MILLER, William T
Rank:
Private First Class
ASN:
37607805
Unit: E/506
Nature of Casualty:
KIA, 20 SEP 1944
Location where sustained:
 Nuenen
Source: 
Listed monument plaque on Airborne Laan, Eindhoven & confirmed in literature, U.S. Army records
Details / Remarks: 
Buried in home state Ohio
Exhibits: -
Photograph of Private First Class MILLER


Casualty No.  14
Name:
MYERS, William R
Rank:
Sergeant
ASN:
06964633
Unit:
HQ/506
Nature of Casualty:
DOW, 21 SEP 1944
Location where sustained:
Eindhoven
Source: 
Listed monument plaque on Airborne Laan, Eindhoven & confirmed in literature, U.S. Army records
Details / Remarks:
Died of wounds sustained during bombing raid on Eindhoven (confirmed)
Exhibits:
Photograph of grave on American Cemetery, Margraten, The Netherlands

Casualty No.  15
Name:
STEPHENS, John H Jr
Rank: 
Private First Class
ASN:
34548496
Unit:
H/506
Nature of Casualty:
KIA, 18 SEP 1944
Location where sustained:
Eindhoven
Source:
Listed monument plaque on Airborne Laan, Eindhoven & confirmed in literature, U.S. Army records
Details / Remarks: -
Exhibits:
Photograph of grave on American Cemetery, Margraten, The Netherlands

 

Casualty No.  16
Name:
DAVIDSON, James L
Rank:
Sergeant
ASN:
15116593
Unit:
HQ/506
Nature of Casualty: 
DOW 19 SEP 1944
Location where sustained:
  Eindhoven, Stratumseind
Source: 
Listed monument plaque on Airborne Laan, Eindhoven & confirmed in literature, U.S. Army records
Details / Remarks:
Died of wounds sustained during bombing raid on Eindhoven (confirmed), See Battle Relic # 10, Buried in home state Virginia
Exhibits: 
Photograph of Sergeant DAVIDSON

 

Casualty No.  17
Name:
DESCANT, Marvin J
Rank:
Private First Class
ASN:
38486267
Unit:
I/506
Nature of Casualty:
DOW 19 SEP 1944
Location where sustained:
Eindhoven
Source: 
Listed monument plaque on Airborne Laan, Eindhoven & confirmed in literature, U.S. Army records
Details / Remarks:
Died of wounds sustained during bombing raid on Eindhoven (presumed) Buried in home state Louisiana
Exhibits: -
 
Casualty No.  18
Name:
HANSON, Godfrey J
Rank:
Private First Class
ASN: 19087862
Unit: H/506
Nature of Casualty:
DOW, 18 SEP 1944
Location where sustained: Eindhoven, Woensel
Source: 
Listed monument plaque on Airborne Laan, Eindhoven & confirmed in literature, U.S. Army records
Details / Remarks: 
Shot by sniper, buried in home state California
Exhibits: -
 
Casualty No.  19
Name:
MENZE, Vernon J
Rank:
Private First Class
ASN:
39040879
Unit:
E/506
Nature of Casualty:
KIA, 19 SEP 1944
Location where sustained:
Nuenen
Source: 
Listed monument plaque on Airborne Laan, Eindhoven & confirmed in literature, U.S. Army records
Details / Remarks:
Buried in home state California
Exhibits:
-
 
Casualty No.  20
Name:
MODRACEK, Robert J
Rank:
Private First Class
ASN:
37427281
Unit:
D/506
Nature of Casualty:
DOW, 18 SEP 1944
Location where sustained:
Source:
Listed monument plaque on Airborne Laan, Eindhoven & confirmed in literature, U.S. Army records
Details / Remarks:
own fragmentation grenade detonated Pastorie Straat Eindhoven
Exhibits:
Photograph of Private First Class MODRACEK


Casualty No.  21
Name:
PHILLIPS, Willis
Rank:
Sergeant
ASN:
34513989
Unit:
D/506
Nature of Casualty:
DOW, 17 SEP 1944
Location where sustained: Son
Source: 
Listed monument plaque on Airborne Laan, Eindhoven & confirmed in literature, U.S. Army records
Details / Remarks:
Died from head wound, buried in home state South Carolina
Exhibits:
-

 
Casualty No.  22
Name:
SWANSON, Francis L
Rank:
Private First Class
ASN: 
31328849
Unit:
I/506
Nature of Casualty:
KIA, 18 SEP 1944
Location where sustained:
Eindhoven, Woensel
Source: 
Listed monument plaque on Airborne Laan, Eindhoven & confirmed in literature, U.S. Army records.
Details / Remarks:
Exhibits:
Photograph of grave on American Cemetery, Margraten, The Netherlands



Additional casualties within the ranks of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment in Eindhoven
on 18 SEPT 1944
Our investigation led to the names of the following paratroopers who Died of Wounds and were Killed or Wounded in Action within the municipal limits of Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

Casualty No.  23
Name:
GALBRAIGHT, William P
Rank:
Private
ASN:
19127622
Unit:
HQ3/506
Nature of Casualty:
WIA, 18 SEP 1944
Location where sustained:
Eindhoven Woenselsche Straat; near residence of Pete Klompmaker
Source:
Veteran’s own account and George Koskimaki's “Hell’s Highway”
Details / Remarks: 
Shrapnel in left knee and shouldersee also Case File # 1
Exhibits:
Photograph of Private GALBRAIGHT

Casualty No.  24
Name: 
HOVE, Marion H
Rank:
Technician Grade 5
ASN:
37046559
Unit:
I/506
Nature of Casualty:
WIA,18 SEP 44
Location where sustained:
Eindhoven presumably Woenselse Straat
Source:
George Koskimaki's “Hell’s Highway”
Details / Remarks: 
Bullet in foot
Exhibits:
-
 
Casualty No.  25
Name:
FORNEY, David H
Rank:
2nd Lieutenant
ASN:
O-1030559
Unit:
H/506
Nature of Casualty:
WIA, 18 SEP 1944
Location where sustained:
Bokt; a hamlet North of Eindhoven
Source:
George Koskimaki's “Hell’s Highway”
Details / Remarks:
At Bokt, wounded by shrapnel shortly after start of assault on Eindhoven
Exhibits:
-
 
Casualty No.  26
Name:
BREWER, Robert B
Rank:
1st Lieutenant
ASN:
O-0470464
Unit:
E/506
Nature of Casualty:
SWA,18 SEP 1944
Location where sustained:
Woensel, at present location of Technical University
Source:
George Koskimaki's “Hell’s Highway”
Details / Remarks:
Bullet in throat
Exhibits:
-
 
Casualty No.  27
Name:
MAMPRE, Albert L
Rank:
Staff Sergeant
ASN:
18125048
Unit:
HQ2/506
Nature of Casualty:
WIA,18 SEP 1944
Location where sustained:
Woensel, at present location of Technical University; while treating BREWER
Source:
George Koskimaki's “Hell’s Highway”
Details / Remarks:
Bullet in leg
Exhibits:
-
 
Casualty No.  28
Name:
HOLLAND. Robert J
Rank:
Private
ASN:
33185235
Unit:
E/506
Nature of Casualty:
WIA, 18 SEP 1944
Location where sustained:
Woensel, at present location of Technical University; while treating BREWER
Source: 
George Koskimaki's “Hell’s Highway”
Details / Remarks:
Hit in heel
Exhibits:
-
 
Casualty No.  29
Name:
MARTIN, George
Rank:
Sergeant
ASN:
16100408
Unit:
F/506
Nature of Casualty:
WIA, 18 SEP 1944
Location where sustained:
Frankrijkstraat, while attacking Northern 88
Source:
George Koskimaki, “Hell’s Highway”
Details / Remarks:
Fragment of machinegun bullet in eye, See also Case File #2
Exhibits:
 
Casualty No.  30
Name:
BARRET, Henry N Jr.
Rank:
Sergeant
ASN:
11013047
Unit:
I/506
Nature of Casualty:
WIA, 18 SEP 1944
Location where sustained:
  Eindhoven, unknown location
Source:
The Pulles Rosters
Details / Remarks:
-
Exhibits:
-
 
Casualty No.  31
Name:
BRAHMSTEADT, Warren E
Rank:
Private First Class
ASN:
37126506
Unit:
HQ3/506
Nature of Casualty:
WIA, Date and time unknown
Location where sustained:
Eindhoven, unknown location
Source:
The Pulles Rosters
Details / Remarks:
-
Exhibits:
-
 
Casualty No.  32
Name:
BROWN, Gene L
Rank:
Captain
ASN:
O-0447521
Unit:
HQ/506
Nature of Casualty: WIA, 18 SEP 1944, 0915
Location where sustained:
Eindhoven, unknown location
Source:
The Pulles Rosters / Michel Detrez & Peter Hendrikx, "Orange is the Color of the Day"
Details / Remarks:
CPT BROWN was WIA in the shoulder by a ricochet.
He recovered and joined his unit on 29 OCT 1944.
Exhibits:
Photograph by John Reeder of CPT BROWN with a casualty tag on his uniform waiting in Eindhoven to be evacuated by a horse dawn cart.





Casualty No.  33
Name:
DEMETRI, David A
Rank:
Private
ASN:
35050708
Unit:
I/506
Nature of Casualty:
DOW after Bombing raid on Eindhoven (presumed)
Location where sustained:
Eindhoven
Source:
The Pulles Rosters
Details / Remarks:
-
Exhibits:
-
 
Casualty No.  34
Name:
DICKENSON
Rank:
Private
ASN:
Unknown
Unit:
506
Nature of Casualty:
WIA, 18 SEP 1944
Location where sustained:
Eindhoven, unknown location
Source:
The Pulles Rosters
Details / Remarks:
-
Exhibits:
-
 
Casualty No.  35
Name:
DZIEPAK, Theodore E
Rank:
Technician Grade 5
ASN:
12131975
Unit:
I/506
Nature of Casualty:
WIA, Date and time unknown
Location where sustained:
Eindhoven, unknown location
Source:
The Pulles Rosters
Details / Remarks:
-
Exhibits:
-
 
Casualty No.  36
Name:
EISLER, Clarence T
Rank:
Private First Class
ASN:
16126871
Unit:
A/506
Nature of Casualty: 
WIA, 19 SEP 1944
Location where sustained:
Eindhoven, unknown location
Source:
The Pulles Rosters
Details / Remarks:
-
Exhibits:
-
 
Casualty No.  37
Name:
FENTON, Leonard Q
Rank:
Private
ASN:
15331674
Unit:
B/506
Nature of Casualty:
WIA, 18 SEP 1944
Location where sustained:
Eindhoven, unknown location
Source:
The Pulles Rosters
Details / Remarks:
-
Exhibits:
-
 
Casualty No.  38
Name:
FITZGERALD
Rank:
Private
ASN:
Unknown
Unit:
Unknown
Nature of Casualty:
WIA, 18 SEP 1944
Location where sustained:
Eindhoven, unknown location
Source:
The Pulles Rosters
Details / Remarks:
-
Exhibits:
-
 
Casualty No.  39
Name:
JACKSON, Paul J
Rank:
Private First Class
ASN:
38599152
Unit:
HQ3/506
Nature of Casualty:
WIA, 18 SEP 1944
Location where sustained:
Eindhoven, unknown location
Source:
The Pulles Rosters
Details / Remarks:
On 1 NOV 2012 we found a photo in the archives of the Don F. Pratt Museum in Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
Exhibits:
Photograph showing a wounded soldier on a stretcher in what appears to be a garden. A small pet dog is visible as well as a woman, although partially. The caption in typed print on the back side of the photograph reads: "Paul Jackson 506. Eindhoven Sept. 18 1944 after being wounded."



Casualty No.  40
Name:
KESSLER, Roy M
Rank:
Captain
ASN:
O-0417088
Unit:
HQ/506 Pathfinders
Nature of Casualty:
WIA, Date and time unknown
Location where sustained:
Eindhoven, unknown location
Source:
The Pulles Rosters
Details / Remarks:
-
Exhibits:
-
 
Casualty No.  41
Name:
LIM, Harry H
Rank:
Private First Class
ASN:
39858341
Unit:
A/506
Nature of Casualty:
WIA, 20 SEP 1944
Location where sustained:
Eindhoven, unknown location
Source:
The Pulles Rosters
Details / Remarks:
-
Exhibits:
-
 
Casualty No.  42
Name: 
NAGY, John J
Rank:
Private First Class
ASN:
35019474
Unit:
I/506
Nature of Casualty:
WIA, 18 SEP 1944
Location where sustained:
Eindhoven, unknown location
Source:
The Pulles Rosters
Details / Remarks:
-
Exhibits:
-
 
Casualty No.  43
Name:
PANOVICH, Mickey J
Rank:
1st Lieutenant
ASN:
O-0524432
Unit:
I/506
Nature of Casualty:
WIA, 18 SEP 1944
Location where sustained:
Eindhoven, unknown location
Source:
The Pulles Rosters
Details / Remarks:
-
Exhibits:
-
 
Casualty No.  44
Name: 
STANN, John W
Rank:
Staff Sergeant
ASN:
32181418
Unit:
A/506
Nature of Casualty:
WIA, 19 SEP, 1944
Location where sustained:
Eindhoven, unknown location
Source:
The Pulles Rosters
Details / Remarks:
Hit in arm / shoulder
Exhibits:
-
 
Casualty No.  45
Name:
WALL, Albert J
Rank:
Sergeant
ASN:
12141282
Unit:
I/506
Nature of Casualty:
WIA, Date and time unknown
Location where sustained:
Eindhoven, unknown location
Source:
The Pulles Rosters
Details / Remarks:
-
Exhibits:
-
 
Casualty No.  46 to 48
Name:
3 Unknown troopers of E/506
Rank:
Unknown
ASN:
Unknown
Unit:
E/506
Nature of Casualty:
WIA, 18 SEP 1944
Location where sustained:
Woensel, at present location of Technical University; while trying to reach BREWER
Source: 
George Koskimaki's “Hell’s Highway”
Details / Remarks:
One casualty hit in chest
Exhibits:
-
 
Casualty No.  49
Name:
Unknown trooper
Rank:
Unknown
ASN:
Unknown
Unit:
506
Nature of Casualty:
KIA, 18 SEP 1944
Location where sustained: 
Kleine Berg, shot from roof of De Groof’s bakery shop
Source:
Mr. de Vries; Kleine Berg, Eindhoven, in a July 20th 2010 witness interview
Details / Remarks:
Exhibits:
 
Casualty No. 50
Name:
CUMBER, William B
Rank:
Sergeant
ASN:
14164598
Unit:
H/506
Nature of Casualty:
WIA, 18 SEP 1944
Location where sustained:
Eindhoven, Woensel
Source:
Ken Johnson, veteran of H/506, through Ian Gardner
Details / Remarks:
-
Exhibits:
-
 
Casualty No.  51
Name:
SKULLY, Raymond A
Rank:
Private First Class
ASN:
15320992
Unit:
HQ3/506
Nature of Casualty:
WIA, 18 SEP 1944
Location where sustained:
Eindhoven, Woensel
Source:
Veteran’s own account, through Ian Gardner
Details / Remarks:
-
Exhibits:
-
 

We then expanded our search to troopers who became a casualty when their unit was deployed in Eindhoven and was establishing a bridgehead around this city from 18 SEP 1944 to 20 SEP 1944.
The Pulles Rosters revealed these names:
 
Casualty No.  52
Name:
CRAMER, Harold F
Rank:
2nd Lieutenant
ASN:
O-1299378
Unit:
HQ1/506
Nature of Casualty:
KIA, 20 SEP 1944
Location where sustained: 
Son at Canal
Source:
The Pulles Rosters
Details / Remarks:
-
Exhibits:
-
 
 
Casualty No.  53
Name:
BROWNLEY, Arlo J Jr.
Rank:
Private
ASN:
37725201
Unit: 
506
Nature of Casualty: 
DOW, 20 SEP 1944
Location where sustained:
Unknown location
Source:
The Pulles Rosters
Details / Remarks:
-
Exhibits:
-
 
Casualty No.  54  
Name:
CLIFTON, Mainard D
Rank:
Technician Grade 4
ASN:
19122422
Unit: 
B/506
Nature of Casualty:
KIA, 20 SEP 1944
Location where sustained: 
Unknown location
Source:
The Pulles Rosters
Details / Remarks:
-
Exhibits:
Photograph of grave on American Cemetery, Margraten, The Netherlands


Casualty No.  55 
Name:
DICKEY, Charles Jr.
Rank: 
Private
ASN:
37132287
Unit:
 Service Co./506
Nature of Casualty: 
KIA, 20 SEP 1944
Location where sustained: 
Unknown location
Source:
The Pulles Rosters
Details / Remarks:
-
Exhibits:
-
 
Casualty No.  56  
Name:
RANDLEMAN, Denver
Rank:
Sergeant
ASN:
16085544
Unit:
E/506
Nature of Casualty:
WIA, 19 SEP 1944
Location where sustained:
Nuenen
Source:
The Pulles Rosters
Details / Remarks:
Sergeant Denver "Bull" RANDLEMAN died on 26 JUN 2003
Exhibits:
Photograph of grave in Arkansas

Casualty No.  57  
Name:
RUSSO, Daniel H
Rank:
Private
ASN: 
35922209
Unit:
 B/506
Nature of Casualty:
KIA, 20 SEP 1944
Location where sustained:
Unknown location
Source:
The Pulles Rosters
Details / Remarks:
-
Exhibits:
-
 
Casualty No.  58
Name: SMITH, Albert C
Rank:
Sergeant
ASN:
14124312
Unit: 
C/506
Nature of Casualty:
KIA, 20 SEP 1944
Location where sustained:
Son at canal
Source:
The Pulles Rosters
Details / Remarks:
-
Exhibits:
Photograph of grave on American Cemetery, Margraten, The Netherlands


Casualty No.  59
Name: SMITH, James E
Rank:
Private
ASN:
14102406
Unit: 
Service Co./506
Nature of Casualty: 
Unknown, 20 SEP 1944
Location where sustained: 
Unknown location
Source:
The Pulles Rosters
Details / Remarks:
-
Exhibits:
-
 
Casualty No.  60
Name: STIDMAN, Jack
Rank:
Private
ASN:
33657881
Unit:
B/506
Nature of Casualty:
Unknown, 20 SEP 1944
Location where sustained:
Unknown location
Source:
The Pulles Rosters
Details / Remarks:
-
Exhibits:
-
 
Casualty No.  61   
Name:
TERZIU, Francis X
Rank:
Private First Class
ASN:
13073892
Unit:
HQ/506
Nature of Casualty:
KIA, 20 SEP 1944
Location where sustained:
Unknown location
Source:
The Pulles Rosters
Details / Remarks:
-
Exhibits:
-
 
Casualty No.  62  
Name:
UTILLA, Angelo
Rank:
Private
ASN:
32013033
Unit:
506
Nature of Casualty:
KIA, 20 SEP 1944
Location where sustained:
Unknown location
Source:
The Pulles Rosters
Details / Remarks:
-
Exhibits:
-
 
Casualty No.  63   
Name:
WEST, Henry
Rank:
Private
ASN:
20468613
Unit:
B/506
Nature of Casualty:
KIA, 20 SEP 1944
Location where sustained:
Unknown location
Source:
The Pulles Rosters
Details / Remarks:
-
Exhibits:
-
 
Casualty No.  64  
Name:
WINANDS, Wayne E
Rank:
1st Lieutenant
ASN:
O-1288990
Unit:
HQ1/506
Nature of Casualty:
KIA, 20 SEP 1944
Location where sustained:
Son
Source:
The Pulles Rosters
Details / Remarks:
Cause of death as listed in Pulles Rosters: “Bazooka”
Exhibits:
-
 
Casualty No.  65  
Name: WINCENCIAK, Anthony M. Jr.
Rank:
Private
ASN:
32932573
Unit:
HQ3/506
Nature of Casualty:
KIA, 20 SEP 1944
Location where sustained:
Unknown location
Source:
The Pulles Rosters
Details / Remarks:
Cause of death as listed in Pulles Rosters: “Head wound”
Exhibits:
-
 

Honor Roll of Airborne Friends

Each year, on the Sunday nearest the 18th of September, the Society of Dutch Airborne Friends has a ceremony at the Monument on Airborne Laan in Eindhoven, like the one during which the plaque was dedicated in 2004. A traditional part of the ceremony is the reading out loud of a list of names. Names of paratroopers of the 506th who gave their lives for the liberation of Eindhoven.
Close scrutiny of this Roll of Honor showed that it lists the 22 names on the plaque and seven more troopers.
They are:

2LT DIEL, James L
PFC FRITZ, Ralph H
PVT GONZALES, Eli
PVT MEDINA, Manuel T
PVT WHITAKER, Frederick W
PVT WISNIEWSKI, John C
SSGT LEE, Wilson L

PFC MILLER, James W

SSGT Wilson L. LEE’s name does not appear in the "Pulles Rosters" for the 506th.
With regards to “PFC MILLER, James W” listed in the Honor Roll we discovered an error.
A comparison of the Army Serial Number of PFC James W. MILLER in the Pulles Rosters with the Enlistment Records in the National Archives revealed that it should be “John” W. MILLER; the previously listed Casualty # 5.
The other men all died on the 19th of September 1944. On that day, the 506th was in the Eindhoven area and therefore these men must have met their deaths there.
Casualty No.  66 
Name: DIEL, James L
Rank:
2nd Lieutenant
ASN:
O-887945
Unit:
E/506
Nature of Casualty:
KIA, 19 SEP 1944
Location where sustained:
Son, bridge
Source:
Society of Dutch Airborne Friends Honor Roll, The Pulles Rosters
Details / Remarks:
Was Sergeant (Battlefield Commission); previous: ASN 16100615
Exhibits:
Photograph of grave on American Cemetery, Margraten, The Netherlands

Casualty No.  67
Name:
FRITZ, Ralph H
Rank:
Private First Class
ASN:
39614965
Unit:
D/506
Nature of Casualty:
KIA, 19 SEP 1944
Location where sustained:
Unknown location
Source:
Society of Dutch Airborne Friends Honor Roll, The Pulles Rosters
Details / Remarks:
-
Exhibits:
-
 
Casualty No.  68
Name:
GONZALES, Eli
Rank:
Private 
ASN:
39125569
Unit:
B/506
Nature of Casualty:
KIA, 19 SEP 1944
Location where sustained:
Source:
Society of Dutch Airborne Friends Honor Roll, The Pulles Rosters
Details / Remarks:
-
Exhibits:
-
 
Casualty No.  69
Name:
MEDINA, Manuel T
Rank:
Private 
ASN:
37703912
Unit:
HQ/506
Nature of Casualty:
KIA, 19 SEP 1944
Location where sustained:
Son
Source:
Society of Dutch Airborne Friends Honor Roll, The Pulles Rosters
Details / Remarks:
Cause of death as listed in Pulles Rosters: “DOW hospital in BELGIUM”, MEDINA is presumably a casualty of the Eindhoven 19 SEP 1944 bombing raid
Exhibits:
-
 
Casualty No.  70
Name:
WHITAKER, Frederick W
Rank:
Private 
ASN:
42019958
Unit:
506
Nature of Casualty:
KIA, 19 SEP 1944
Location where sustained:
Unknown location
Source:
Society of Dutch Airborne Friends Honor Roll, The Pulles Rosters
Details / Remarks:
-
Exhibits:
-
 
Casualty No.  71
Name:
WISNIEWSKI, John C
Rank:
Private
ASN:
13071983
Unit:
HQ3/506
Nature of Casualty:
DOW, 19 SEP 1944
Location where sustained:
Son
Source:
Society of Dutch Airborne Friends Honor Roll, The Pulles Rosters
Details / Remarks:
Cause of death as listed in Pulles Rosters: “Wounded in SON, DOW”
Exhibits:
-
 

CONCLUSIONS

The task of drawing up a complete list of all the American casualties, sustained in the liberation of Eindhoven, is a difficult one.
As the president of the Dutch Society of Airborne Friends, Matthew VanLuyt put it during the September 4th, 2010 board meeting:
"Trying to make that complete list can drive you mad!"
We, however, tried and at least came up with the stories of 71 men who came all the way from their homes in the United States of America to liberate a people they had possibly only heard about in history lessons and nevertheless gave their blood or even their lives for this people's freedom.

After listing the men named on the Airborne Monument in Eindhoven and the names of further casualties according to the Pulles Rosters, the seven additional names on the Airborne Friends' Honor Roll were added.
Seventy-one recorded instances were found of soldiers of the 506th Regiment who got wounded or killed during the Regiment's deployment in the Greater Eindhoven area.

The unknown soldier killed in casualty No. 49 and the 3 unknown soldiers wounded in casualties No.'s 46, 47, and 48 are unconfirmed and may result in a double count of confirmed casualties.
Therefore it is safe to say that the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment sustained 67 casualties in capturing and holding the city of Eindhoven.

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