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For more than 25 years, I carry out research regularly not only on the historical facts related to the units which fought in my native region but especially I try to know the course of the heroes who wrote the history of our free world. And finding a photo, a portrait, a newspaper extract is always a touching and special thing, especially when it comes to a young man who lost his life in the service of our FREEDOM.
So, I think that I can honor for the first time with a picture, the very first GOYA bird who lost his life while serving in the 551st Parachute Infantry Battalion.
Private First Class Sybol Leon FRAZIER was born on October 3, 1918 at Paintsville, Kentucky. He was residing in Scioto County, OH when he enlisted on July 15, 1942 at Fort Thomas, Newport, Kentucky. In the Morning Report of Company A dated September 9, 1943. PFC Sybol L. FRAZIER is mentioned as follow: " Sk in hosp Amador, CZ to deceased UND Aug 28".
His final burial place is at Corozal US Cemetery and Memorial - Panama City, Panamá, Panama - Plot: Site 5287 (Panama Canal Zone) Plot: C Row: 11 Grave: 36
The first time I met COL Dillard it was at the GOYA monument at Arlington National Cemetery (ANC). What else would he be busying himself with but sharing the story of the 551st PIB to a group during Veterans Day remembrances in 2015 at ANC. It was a little more than a year after learning my grandfather started with the 551st PIB, Leslie Meade. I knew it was COL Dillard before I was insight of him, as I had heard him speak in videos shared on the internet. There was no one else I could have been more excited to meet that day. In fact, in that excitement, I jostled around in my camera bag to change lenses for a better picture of him and unknowingly, a piece of my grandfather's parachute dropped out. I had brought it along to let Eddy Lamberty see it, who was there with Carole Orban from Belgium. I didn't notice that the piece of chute had dropped out until we were at the Battle of the Bulge monument, as COL Dillard was setting out some flowers. Thankfully, I was able to go back and find it. Last week was the second time I visited Colonel Dillard at Arlington, as he now rests there as well, along with his remarkable wife. Speaking of Colonel Dillard's wife, Virginia, I felt this post would be appropriate on this day, Memorial Day 2021. Mrs. Dillard was instrumental in creating one of the first and most complete lists of GOYAs that made the ultimate sacrifice on the battlefield, it goes without saying that the wives are GOYAs through and through too. That list is included as Appendix A in The Left Corner Of My Heart. Her list was instrumental in locating members of the 551st PIB interred at Arlington National Cemetery, like Archibald McPheeters. Last week I visited all of the GOYAs buried there...to include, of course, the Colonel and Mrs. Dillard. I also visited two other gentleman that had influence on the story of the 551st, although they didn't directly serve in the 551st...General Zais and LTG Yarborough. In the pics those KIA will be shared first in honor of Memorial Day, followed by the remainder of the GOYA heroes resting there...along with their wives, and finally General Zais and LTG Yarborough. The following text is from Appendix A of The Left Corner Of My Heart:
"The 80 names which follow were taken from the records of the American Battle Monuments Commission, the Pulaski Building, No. 20 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington DC 20314. They were compiled by a task group led by Mrs. Douglas Dillard:
NAME RANK/PERMANENT INTERMENT
Anderson, Donald // Pfc A // Pennsylvania Anderson, Robert E // Sgt A // Henri Chapelle Cemetery (HCC), Eupen, Belgium Baldwin, Donald H. // Cpl Med // Indiana Banks, Ray // Cpl C // Fort Smith National Cemetery, AK Banks, Wilbur M.A. // S/Sgt A // HCC Beauchaine, Arthur E. // Sgt Det // New Hampshire Bejma, Frank J. // Pvt Hq // HCC Billman, Lewis R. // T/5 B // Rhone Cemetery Booth, Donald A. // 1Lt Hq // California Brooks, Jake E. // Pvt C // Jefferson City, MO Brookshire, Andrew H. // Pfc C // North Carolina Callaway, Paul // Sgt A // Marietta, GA Campbell, Buford R. // Cpl Hq // HCC Chappell, John F. // Pfc C // Rhone Cemetery, Cheatham, Robert R. // Cpl B // Ardennes Cemetery, Belgium Cleary, James T. // Pfc Hq // Massachusettes Coley, Theodore R. // Pvt B // Georgia Collins, John I. // Cpl A // Alabama Couch, Kimber // Pvt C // West Somerset, KY Dahl, Charles E. // 1Lt A // North Dakota Davis, Lorenzo J. // Pvt Hq // HCC Deming, James W. // T/5 B // Rhone Cemetery Dennis, William E. // Pvt B // Indiana Edgerly, Joseph A. // Pfc B // Rhone Cemetery Ellis, Perry I. // Sgt Hq // Sicily-Rome Cemetery Farren, Joseph A. // 1Lt Hq // Ardennes Cemetery Fields, Warren B. // Pvt -- // Rhone Cemetery Fletcher, Andrew H. // Pvt C // Grafton, WV Flynn, Leo L. // Pvt A // Rhone Cemetery Frazier, Sybol L. // Pfc A // Panama Canal Zone Friend, Ernest V. // Pvt A // Montana Funk, Jack D. // Pvt B // Copper Hill, VA Gates, William H. // Pvt Hq // Rhone Cemetery Gibson, Ladd M. // Pfc A // Lorraine Cemetery Gould, Frank E. // Pfc B // Netherlands Cemetery Heneghan, Martin A. // Pvt A // Illinois Hill, Robert H. // Cpl A // HCC Hughes, Felix J. // Pvt B // New York Intinarelli, Carlo // Cpl B // Massachusettes Jensen, George // W. Pfc -- // Rhone Cemetery Joerg, Wood G. // LtCol // Eufala, Alabama Kacinski, Stephen // S/Sgt A // New York Kuliffay, Harold R. // Pvt B // Ardennes Cemetery Lawson, William C. // Pfc Hq // Kansas Lucas, Thomas B. // Pvt C // HCC Luening, George H. // 1Lt A // Crow Agency, MT Martin, Harry S. // Sgt C // Fort Myer, VA McAtee, John F. // Cpl A // HCC McPheeters, Archibald // Capt B // Arlington Moore, Rogers W. // Pfc A // HCC Mowery, Robert R. // Pvt A // HCC Murphy, Gerald L. // Pvt C // Cambridge Cemetery Myers, Doris S. // Pfc A // Vicksburg, MS Nottingham, Glen E. // Pvt A // California O’Doherty, Robert B. // Pfc -- // HCC Opitz, John // T/5 Det // Minnesota Parks, Leon W. // Pvt B // Rhone Cemetery Peabody, Rushton D. //1Lt // Rhone Cemetery Piedescalzo, S.J. // Pfc A // Connecticut Ploof, Maurice P. // Pvt Hq // HCC Ponder, John L. // Pvt B // Arkansas Reynolds, William E. // Pvt C // Brittany Cemetery, FR Rolland, Jack F. // T/5 A // HCC Rover, Roy A. // Pvt B // Wisconsin Rowe, Joe G. // Pvt C // Baltimore, MD Ryan, Francis A. // Pfc Med // Massachusettes Ryan, John B. // 2Lt B // Fort Meyer, Virginia Sepulveda, Ramon M. // Pvt B // Rhone Cemetery Sindler, Harold C. // S/Sgt A // HCC Sizemore, Gerna W. // Pvt A // Fort Meyer, VA Smith, David W. // Sgt B // Alabama Spera, Louie N. // Pvt B // California Stankus, Lawrence C. // Sgt A // Sicily-Rome Cemetery Stopa, August // Pfc C // South Minneapolis, MN Tenute, Louis J. // Pvt B // Rhone Cemetery Ward, Trynca // Pfc Bn Hq // Netherlands Cemetery Watson, Robert H. // Pvt C // Elmira, NY Wilson, Cloy L. // Pfc A // Alabama Wright, Thomas W. // Pvt C // Newport News, VA Wright, William J. // Pvt -- // Pennsylvania Yellowrobe, Alvin J. // Pfc A // Montana
The 30 names below are those of our officers and men who were killed in action but whose deaths are not readily found in official records. Where practicable, the source of the information will be given in the right-hand column. These are not all of our combat dead. No roster is available of the replacements who beefed up our Battalion in the Bulge, so only one or two of their names are listed here, although a good number of them were probably killed in that action. To summarize: all of the listings found in this Annex total 111 [they include some of our men who were killed after being transferred to the 82nd Airborne Division]. It is highly likely that our killed-in-action in the Bulge alone should run to at least 160. Thus, some 40-plus of our men who probably died in action will not be identified in our story. For us, they will be the “Unknown Soldiers.”
Black, Sydney R. // Pfc A // KIA Bulge // Lou Water’s ltr Brown, Willie F. // Pvt B // KIA Belgium // Jack Carr ltr Butenhoff, Marvin M. // T/Sgt Det // KIA Belgium // Not confirmed Callahan, Bernard F. // Sgt Hq // KIA Bulge // 3-4 Jan 1945 Carroll, James J. // Pvt A // KIA Buge // Phil Hand ltr. Trsfr to 505th. Froze to death Chalfant, Everett F. // Pvt Det Ser // KIA. Ltr from Frank Kozak. not confirmed Chavez, Juan R. // Pfc A // Missing in action in Bulge; presumed dead Christensen, Harold // Cpl C // KIA Bulge // Dave Munoz ltr Clark, John L. // Pvt A // KIA Bulge // Trsfr to 504th Ellis, Jennings B. // Sgt B // KIA Belgium // Jack Carr ltr Harris, Joseph // Pvt Det // KIA France 1944 // See notation on back of Carr photo of Co. A Hord, Oliver A. // 1Lt C // KIA France 1944 // Jack Carr ltr Hornacky, Nicholas // Pvt Det // KIA South France // Not confirmed Hundley, Kenneth G. // Cpl A // KIA // Transfer to 508th Kurtsinger, unk -- - Replacement. See Dave Munoz trscrpt Kurta, Elmer J. // Pfc A // KIA operating MG // 3 Jan 1945 Kurtz, Lester E. // 2Lt B // KIA at Noirefontaine Looney, Jack // Pvt A // KIA Bulge McBee, William // Pfc A // KIA Dec 44 by MG fire Morrison, Wendell // T/5 Det // KIA on Pathfinder drop // Bill Lumsden ltr O’Dell, John B // Cpl A // KIA Bulge // Lou Waters questnnr Parsons, Cleo // Pfc B // KIA Bulge // Arnel Robinson ltr Patterson, Lester L. // Pvt Det Hq // KIA S France // Not confrmd Pearson, Benjamin C. // Cpl Det // KIA Belgium, 1945 Shoup, John W. // Sgt A // KIA S France // Joe Cicchinelli ltr Simpson, Jack C. // Cpl A // KIA Belgium // Jack Carr ltr Ward, James P. // T/4 Hq // KIA on VE-Day Williams, Wilburn M. // Pvt B // Medic // KIA S France, 1 Oct 1944. Not confirmed"
Locations of GOYAs buried at ANC with Section (S) and Grave # (G):
McPheeters S12 G3132 Martin S12 G997 Ryan S12 G2571-4b Sizemore S12 G1885-4c McCraw S33 G8729 Cicchinelli S54 G5934 Smith S64 G322 Reid S66 G2940-A Durkee S31 G1154 Dillard S331 G1154 Casanova S71 G961 ...GOYA ... See More from 551See Less from 551
On behalf of the 551st Parachute Infantry Association, our Historian Chris Lewis travelled to Eufaula, Alabama to place flowers on the grave of the beloved Commander of the 551st in WWII, LTC Wood Joerg, returning to Fort Benning to visit the grave of COL(R) Richard Hallock, a Platoon Leader in C Co 551st & also placing flowers at the “Furlough” Monument on Sacrifice Field at Fort Benning….
To all the GOYAs of the 551st during WWII, and to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice….rest easy Paratroopers……see you on the DZ….. ... See More from 551See Less from 551
Memorial day is soon approaching, a day sat aside for those that made the ultimate sacrifice on the battlefield. We must never forget their sacrifices and what it was they sacrificed for. Our freedom and our lives are their legacy...we honor them by making the best of it, and holding on to it! GOYA!
On Memorial Day let us remember the millions of reasons to honor the heroic sacrifices of all of our young heroes and the families they left behind in all of our Wars, to include, of course, WWII. Heroes who answered the call and gave all for the lives of so many good people simply holding on to hope, during a time in which it seemed all hope was lost...if not for the few. Below is a list of some of those heroes of WWII from the 551st Parachute Infantry Battalion:
Donald Anderson Robert Anderson Ray Banks Wilbur Banks Arthur Beauchaine Frank Bejma Lewis Billman Donald Booth Jake Brooks Andrew Brookshire Paul Callaway Buford Campbell John Chappell Robert Cheatham James Cleary Theodore Coley John Collins Kimber Couch Charles Dahl James Deming William Dennis Joseph Edgerly Perry Ellis Joseph Farren Warren Fields * Andrew Fletcher Leo Flynn Sybol Frazier Ernest Friend Jack Funk William Gates Ladd Gibson Frank Gould Martin Heneghan Robert Hill Felix Hughes Carlo Intinarelli George Jensen Wood Joerg Stephen Kicinski Harold Kuliffay William Lawson Thomas Lucas George Luening Harry Martin John McAtee Archibald McPheeters Rogers Moore Robert Mowery Gerald Murphy Doris Myers Glen Nottingham Robert O'Doherty John Opitz (504th) Leon Parks Rushton Peabody S.J. Piedescalzo Maurice Ploof John Ponder William Reynolds `Jack Rolland Roy Rover Joe Rowe Francis Ryan John Ryan Ramon Sepulveda Harold Sindler Gerna Sizemore David Smith Louie Spera Lawrence Stankus August Stopa Louis Tenute Trynca Ward Robert Watson Cloy Wilson William Wright Alvin Yellowrobe Sidney Black Willie Brown Marvin Butenhoff Bernard Callahan James Carroll Juan Chavez Harold Christensen John Clark Dale Conley Jennings Ellis Warren Fields Joseph Harris Oliver Hord Nicholas Hornacky Kenneth Hundley UNK Kurtsinger Elmer Kurtz Lester Kurtz Jack Looney William McBee Wendell Morrison John O'Dell Cleo Parsons Lester Patterson Benjamin Pearson John Shoup Jack Simpson Roland Shirey * Mahlon Smith James Ward Wilburn Williams Jacob Brooks
KIA with other units following their time with the 551st:
Donald Baldwin (505) Donald Beazley (506) Harlan Bryan (26th IR/1st ID) Robert Cheatham (504) Lorenzo Davis (504) Ladd Gibson (35th ID/KIA in December) Paul Gordon (96th ID/KIA in November) Frank Gould (504) Stephen Kicinski (505) Harold Kuliffay (505) Archibald McPheeters (505) Theodore Coley (507) David Demetri (506?) Gerald Murphy (194th GIR) John Opitz (504) John Ponder (507) William Reynolds (80th ID) Jack Rolland (508) Francis Ryan (508) Mark Scott (550th GIB) Louie Spera (508) Hugh Van Winkle (508) Trynca Ward (505)
**Feel free to add photo comments of other 551st PIB members KIA and not pictured here. There are several more at Henri-Chapelle not pictured in this post for example. **Much thanks to Eddy Lamberty for the list of GOYAs that lost their lives while serving with follow on units. **Photos at Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery were taken on the day following the 551st PIB's First Remembrance Walk. **Photos at Rhone American Cemetery were taken during the 75th Anniversary of the 551st's jump into Southern France. **Photos at Arlington were taken last week. **Photo of LTC Joerg's grave was taken during the Association's reunion at Fort Benning. The first official reunion/meeting after the Association was stood back up. ... See More from 551See Less from 551