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Posted by: Steve ( on 11 Aug 2003 at 4:29:14 PM
In-Reply-To: 34th Infantry Division (Palermo , Italy) posted by Andy on 8:26:24 PM 10 Aug 2003

Andy: lots of stuff you can do. Let me know if you need more information but I would start making phone calls because you need to narrow down his unit information. 34th Inf Div is too broad.

Easton, Massachusetts

1. This webpage gives you information on how to conduct the search.

2. Found this listing on the WWII Memorial page
PFC Lawrence A. DeSalvo
ID# 31309798
Branch of Service: U.S. Army
Hometown: Essex County, MA
Status: KIA

3. As a Family member you can send away for an Individual Deceased Personnel File (IDPF)
Takes up to 6 months to get it back but it should have death certificate, unit information, circumstances, final diposition, correspondence with family members.

To get an IDPF send a letter to the following address saying that yoy are requesting your Uncles information under the Freedom of Information Act (Just a formality)

U.S.Total Army Personnel Command
200 Stovall Street
Alexandria, VA 22332-0404
(703) 325-4053.

When requesting the IDPF, be sure to cite the Freedom of Information Act.

Give them in the letter everything you know. As an example
Full Name
SS# or serial #
Unit and branch of military

4. CALL the 34th Infantry Division Alumni Association. (They will probably need more information from you such as which unit your Uncle belonged to or Infantry Regiment(133rd ,135th or 168th), Battalion, company etc..

Mr. Ivan Delp
Phone 504-833-9037
4425 Temple St
Metairie LA 70001-4651

5. 34th Infantry Divisiion website with history etc...

6. Get this book
Hougen, Lt. Col. John H.
1979 reprint edition., new hard bound edition, no jacket as issued, 8 x 11, 196 pages, 279 photos and 33 maps. Activated: 10 February 1941 (National, Guard Division from North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Minnesota). Overseas: May 1942. Campaigns: Tunisia, Naples-Foggia, Rome-Arno, North Apennines, Po River. Days of combat: 500. After continuing its training in Ireland, the 34th Infantry Division saw its first combat in the North African invasion, 8 November 1942, landing at Algiers and seizing the port and outlying airfields. Elements of the Division took part in numerous subsequent engagements in Tunisia during the Allied build-up, notably at Sened Station, Paid Pass, Sbeitla, and Fondouk Gap. In April 1943 the Division assaulted Hill 609, capturing it on 1 May 1943, and then drove through Chouigui Pass to Tebourba and Ferryville. The Division then trained for the Salerno landing. The 151st FA Bn. went in on D-day, 9 September 1943, at Salerno, while the rest of the Division followed on 25 September. Contacting the enemy at the Calore River, 28 September 1943, the 34th drove north to take Benevento, crossed the winding Volturno three times in October and November, assaulted Mount Patano and took one of its four peaks before being relieved, 9 December 1943. In January 1944, the Division drove into the Gustav line, took Mount Trocchio after a bitter fight, pushed across the Rapido, attacked Monastery Hill, and fought its way into Cassino, being relieved 13 February 1944. After rest and rehabilitation, it landed in the Anzio beachhead, 25 March 1944, maintaining defensive positions until the offensive of 23 May, when it broke out of the beachhead, took Cisterna, and raced to Civitavecchia and Rome. After a short rest, the Division drove across the Cecina River to liberate Livorno, 19 July 1944, and continued on to take Mount Belmonte in October. Digging in south of Bologna for the winter, the 34th jumped off, 15 April 1945, and captured Bologna on 21 April. Pursuit of the routed enemy was halted, 2 May, with the German surrender in Italy. Nicknames: Red Bull Division. Slogan: Attack, Attack, Attack! Shoulder patch: A bovine skull, in red, on an olla (Mexican water flask) of black.

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  • Thanks - Andy 11:18:43 AM 17 Aug 2003 (0)

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