Sons Of Liberty Museum Logo
Menu

32nd Infantry Division

"Look out! Look out! Here comes the Thirty-second . . These are the proud opening words of the “32nd Division March.” Not too many people back home know the song, but the strain is familiar to Australian girls, Papuan natives, kids in the Philippines, and to the thousands of soldiers who have seen action under the banner of the “Red Arrow” Division since it began fighting late in 1942 in the evil-smelling swamps of New Guinea.

The fighting reputation of the 32nd is symbolized by its Red Arrow shoulder insignia. On tactical maps the enemy’s lines are indicated in red, and the 32nd’s patch is a reminder to those who wear it that no enemy has ever stopped the men of the Red Arrow. They have another nickname—“Les TerriblesIt was given them by an admiring French general during the last war, when the 32nd earned four battle streamers and was first to crack the Hindenburg Line.

Originally composed of National Guardsmen from Wisconsin and Michigan, the 32nd sailed for the Pacific on April 22, 1942. Landing at Adelaide, South Australia, it trained there, later moved to a camp just outside of Brisbane, Queensland, and was rushed to New Guinea in the fall when Japanese forces crossed the Owen Stanley Mountains, and threatened the vital .lllied base of Port Moresby. Many of the Red Arrowmen were flown across the Owen Stanleys—the first large-scale airborne movement of combat Infantrymen in American military history —to take up positions alongside the Australians in the jungles surrounding Jap-held Buna. The 2nd Battalion of the 126th Infantry, however, marched across the Owen Stanleys over an uncharted trail. It took a little over forty minutes to fly across the mountains; to march across them took 49 agonizing days.

The units of the Division that fought at Buna suffered more casualties, many of them from jungle diseases, than their original strength. With the fall of Sanananda on January 22, 1943, the campaign was officially ended, and the victorious Division returned to Australia to lick its wounds and reorganize. Nearly a year later, on January 2, 1944, elements of the 32nd Division went back into action at Saidor, New Guinea, and, in April, at Aitape. Until August, there was bitter fighting against the Japanese Eighteenth Army, trying desperately to get past Aitape and attack the Allied base at Hollandia. The Japs never made it, and had 9,300 men killed in the effort.

From Aitape, part of the Division moved on to Morotai, in the Halmahera Islands, in September, and then the whole Division embarked from Hollandia and headed for the Philippines, landing on Leyte on November 14 and almost immediately going into a fierce 26-day battle in precipitous mountains with deep mud underfoot and tangled forests overhead. In those 36 days the 32nd gained just six and a half miles, but in that slow advance it killed 6,700 more Japs.

Withdrawn from battle on January 4, 1945, the 32d Division rested for three weeks and then moved on to Luzon, plunging into the same kind of jungle fighting and pushing deep into the Cagayan Valley on northern Luzon, where the Japs were making their last stand. When the battle for Luzon ended, the 32nd had to its credit more than 600 days of combat—nearly half the total time the country had been at war up to then.

From Fighting Divisions, Kahn & McLemore, Infantry Journal Press, 1945-1946.

32nd Infantry Division World War II Missing in Action

There are 171 soldiers of the 32nd Infantry Division World War II still listed as missing in action.

Private First Class Bert H. Agens 126th Infantry Regiment 12/07/1942
Private Richard J. Albert 126th Infantry Regiment 11/30/1942
Private First Class Marlyn B. Anderson 126th Infantry Regiment 11/28/1942
Technician Fifth Grade John E. Bainbridge 128th Infantry Regiment 12/02/1942
Private William F. Baker 127th Infantry Regiment 07/21/1946
Second Lieutenant Allan F. Baldwin 128th Infantry Regiment 05/11/1945
Private William R. Barber 126th Infantry Regiment 12/16/1942
Private First Class Norman L. Barnett 126th Infantry Regiment 12/01/1944
Corporal Frank V. Benak 128th Infantry Regiment 12/13/1945
Private First Class Harold M. Bingham 128th Infantry Regiment 10/06/1945
Private First Class Earl J. Bittner 127th Infantry Regiment 07/17/1945
Private First Class Jess C. Blackmon 126th Infantry Regiment 04/16/1946
Technician Fifth Grade Glenn A. Blackwell 126th Infantry Regiment 10/30/1945
Private First Class Emil J. Blahovec 126th Infantry Regiment 12/05/1942
Private Arthur Bono 126th Infantry Regiment 12/05/1942
Technician Fifth Grade William J. Bratz 128th Infantry Regiment 06/17/1944
Private Milton L. Brecheen 128th Infantry Regiment 07/11/1944
Private First Class Willard H. Brinks 126th Infantry Regiment 11/22/1942
Private First Class Allie C. Brown 128th Infantry Regiment 06/17/1944
Private Alman D. Brown 126th Infantry Regiment 12/20/1942
Private James H. Brown 128th Infantry Regiment 11/16/1942
Private Roy Brown 126th Infantry Regiment 12/02/1942
Private Wendell W. Brown 126th Infantry Regiment 12/19/1942
Sergeant George Bruursema 126th Infantry Regiment 12/06/1942
Private First Class Jess C. Buckhannon 126th Infantry Regiment 11/27/1944
Corporal James V. Burrows 126th Infantry Regiment 12/02/1942
Staff Sergeant Adrian Bush 126th Infantry Regiment 11/30/1942
Technician Fifth Grade Gerald O. Cable 126th Infantry Regiment 07/22/1942
Private Connie Cagle 126th Infantry Regiment 11/22/1942
Private Marcello Carletti 127th Infantry Regiment 07/28/1944
Private First Class Harold H. Carlson 126th Infantry Regiment 12/01/1942
Private Paul J. Cavanaugh 126th Infantry Regiment 12/05/1942
Technician Fifth Grade Robert S. Clawson 128th Infantry Regiment 07/11/1944
Sergeant William R. Cobb 126th Infantry Regiment 11/26/1942
Private Clarence E. Coffman 126th Infantry Regiment 06/04/1944
Captain James T. Coker 127th Infantry Regiment 05/03/1944
Corporal William T. Connors 127th Infantry Regiment 07/29/1944
Sergeant Lee W. Corman 126th Infantry Regiment 04/24/1945
Technician Fourth Grade Pete M. Counter 126th Infantry Regiment 12/05/1942
Staff Sergeant William D. Currier 127th Infantry Regiment 10/10/1945
Sergeant Sidney De Vries 126th Infantry Regiment 11/23/1942
Private James T. De Witt 126th Infantry Regiment 11/26/1942
Private Maurice A. Dickinson 126th Infantry Regiment 11/30/1942
Private First Class Robert M. Dinsmore 126th Infantry Regiment 02/16/1946
Private Laurel W. Ebert 126th Infantry Regiment 03/19/1946
Private First Class Sam Eisen 127th Infantry Regiment 12/20/1942
Private Noah S. Epperson 127th Infantry Regiment 02/15/1946
Private Hymie Y. Epstein 126th Infantry Regiment 12/01/1942
Private First Class Carlos Failing 126th Infantry Regiment 11/17/1942
Private First Class Hervey E. Faris 128th Infantry Regiment 06/21/1944
Private First Class George Fievez 126th Infantry Regiment 12/02/1942
Private Clifford W. Fisher 128th Infantry Regiment 12/30/1944
Staff Sergeant Steve E. Fuller 126th Infantry Regiment 12/06/1942
Private Lloyd W. Funk 126th Infantry Regiment 12/04/1942
Private First Class James Gagliano 128th Infantry Regiment 01/28/1944
Private First Class Albert O. Gallup 126th Infantry Regiment 06/04/1944
Private Ambrosio Garcia 126th Infantry Regiment 12/16/1942
Private First Class James Gillam 127th Infantry Regiment 06/21/1945
Private First Class Cecil P. Goodman 128th Infantry Regiment 01/17/1946
Private John R. Goodwin 128th Infantry Regiment 11/16/1942
Private Billy N. Grant 128th Infantry Regiment 07/01/1944
Private George Green 128th Infantry Regiment 11/16/1942
Private First Class Gerald M. Grove 126th Infantry Regiment 11/17/1942
Private First Class William H. Guess 126th Infantry Regiment 11/26/1942
Staff Sergeant Chelsea B. Hamilton 126th Infantry Regiment 11/23/1944
Corporal Fred C. Hamilton 126th Infantry Regiment 12/05/1942
Private First Class Vernon M. Hargrove 128th Infantry Regiment 01/28/1944
Private First Class Hilton Harris 128th Infantry Regiment 01/17/1946
Private William R. Headington 128th Infantry Regiment 02/07/1944
Sergeant Paul T. Henckel 126th Infantry Regiment 12/05/1942
Sergeant Roland G. Henning 126th Infantry Regiment 02/27/1946
Private Robert J. Herynk 126th Infantry Regiment 11/26/1942
Private First Class Van W. Hill 128th Infantry Regiment 01/17/1946
Private First Class Merl W. Holm 126th Infantry Regiment 11/26/1942
Private Fred J. Horgan 128th Infantry Regiment 12/18/1942
Private Gerald Hosman 126th Infantry Regiment 12/12/1942
Technician Fourth Grade Howard M. Hurd 128th Infantry Regiment 11/16/1942
Private First Class David Jaeger 128th Infantry Regiment 07/11/1944
Technician Fifth Grade Leo A. Karbowski 128th Infantry Regiment 11/16/1942
Private Earl J. Keating 126th Infantry Regiment 12/05/1942
Private First Class Stanley C. Kennard 127th Infantry Regiment 04/18/1945
Private Walter A. Kerker 128th Infantry Regiment 01/17/1946
Private First Class Alvy Kerman 128th Infantry Regiment 11/16/1942
Sergeant James A. Kilpatrick 126th Infantry Regiment 12/02/1942
Major Earl R. Kindig 121st Field Artillery Battalion 02/08/1945
Private John H. Klopp 126th Infantry Regiment 12/05/1942
Staff Sergeant Matthew T. Kokich 128th Infantry Regiment 03/27/1945
Staff Sergeant Robert M. Konop 128th Infantry Regiment 01/12/1943
Staff Sergeant Joseph J. Kramarz 126th Infantry Regiment 12/06/1942
Private First Class Edward J. Kramer 126th Infantry Regiment 12/27/1942
Private George L. Kwiatkowski 126th Infantry Regiment 02/16/1946
Private Andrew J. Ladner 126th Infantry Regiment 11/30/1942
Sergeant Boyd L. Lincoln 126th Infantry Regiment 11/30/1942
Private Joseph E. Lingenfelser 126th Infantry Regiment 12/02/1942
Private First Class Wilbert G. Linsenbardt 128th Infantry Regiment 12/05/1942
Private Selzo Lozano 128th Infantry Regiment 12/11/1945
Private First Class Chester A. Luther 126th Infantry Regiment 11/23/1945
Private First Class Charles R. Martin 127th Infantry Regiment 03/20/1945
Private Paul L. Martin 128th Infantry Regiment 02/07/1944
Sergeant Robert W. McCarville 128th Infantry Regiment 12/05/1942
Lieutenant Colonel Laurence A. McKenny 107th Quartermaster Battalion 11/16/1942
Private First Class John G. McKenzie 128th Infantry Regiment 03/31/1945
Sergeant Donald S. Mickelson 128th Infantry Regiment 11/30/1942
Private First Class Norman L. Miller 126th Infantry Regiment 11/26/1942
Private First Class Vernon C. Mitchell 129th Field Artillery Battalion 02/08/1946
Private First Class Clayton H. Mongels 126th Infantry Regiment 02/16/1946
Private First Class Mathis Moore 126th Infantry Regiment 12/02/1942
Private Claude F. Neel 128th Infantry Regiment 12/13/1945
Private First Class Charles J. Nehrkorn 128th Infantry Regiment 03/27/1945
Private First Class David V. O'Hanlon 128th Infantry Regiment 07/11/1944
Private First Class Francisco A. Olguin 126th Infantry Regiment 12/02/1942
Private First Class Ernest C. Olk 127th Infantry Regiment 09/30/1944
Staff Sergeant Victor L. Olson 128th Infantry Regiment 01/28/1944
Private First Class Chester D. Omweg 126th Infantry Regiment 11/20/1942
Private Clyde K. Owens 127th Infantry Regiment 04/26/1945
Private Victor Padilla 126th Infantry Regiment 11/26/1942
Private First Class Joe Pasquan 128th Infantry Regiment 07/11/1944
Private First Class Clyde R. Patton 127th Infantry Regiment 03/09/1945
Staff Sergeant Efrain T. Pena 127th Infantry Regiment 12/26/1944
Private First Class Vernon F. Pesheck 127th Infantry Regiment 03/15/1945
Private First Class Frank L. Pfleger 128th Infantry Regiment 11/20/1942
Second Lieutenant Francis J. Piotrowski 121st Field Artillery Battalion 02/08/1945
Sergeant Francis Pitre 126th Infantry Regiment 11/30/1942
Private First Class William B. Poole 126th Infantry Regiment 01/16/1946
Technician Fifth Grade Frederick H. Pranke 128th Infantry Regiment 11/16/1942
Sergeant John C. Putt 126th Infantry Regiment 12/16/1942
Private Carl Reichert 126th Infantry Regiment 12/02/1942
Private Rudolfo D. Rico 126th Infantry Regiment 12/10/1945
Private Blas Rodriguez 127th Infantry Regiment 03/09/1945
Private Manuel B. Romero 126th Infantry Regiment 11/28/1944
Private Calvin E. Ross 127th Infantry Regiment 03/20/1945
Private First Class Elbert H. Ross 126th Infantry Regiment 12/26/1943
Technician Fifth Grade Leonard G. Rupprecht 128th Infantry Regiment 11/16/1942
Private First Class Joseph A. Sarnowski 127th Infantry Regiment 03/15/1945
Private First Class John H. R. Saunders 127th Infantry Regiment 03/17/1945
Private Dallas R. Scarrow 126th Infantry Regiment 11/26/1942
Staff Sergeant Albert C. Self 127th Infantry Regiment 07/23/1944
Corporal George F. Sepsey 126th Infantry Regiment 11/26/1942
Private First Class Enos H. Shade 126th Infantry Regiment 12/02/1942
Second Lieutenant Harold C. Shannon 129th Field Artillery Battalion 04/29/1944
Private First Class Hugh J. Shirlaw 126th Infantry Regiment 02/16/1946
Technician Fifth Grade Ell T. Simantz 126th Infantry Regiment 12/19/1942
Private First Class Omer J. Simmons 126th Infantry Regiment 01/03/1943
Sergeant Henry J. Smith 128th Infantry Regiment 07/11/1944
Corporal Robert Sousley 126th Infantry Regiment 11/30/1942
Private William E. Spiegl 128th Infantry Regiment 02/29/1944
Private First Class John E. Stater 128th Infantry Regiment 11/28/1942
Private George W. Streeck 127th Infantry Regiment 04/26/1945
Private Warner H. Streich 126th Infantry Regiment 12/10/1944
Private Charles F. Stroud 126th Infantry Regiment 11/26/1942
Private First Class Merle S. Supplee 127th Infantry Regiment 07/29/1944
Private First Class Anth0ny D. Sworsky 126th Infantry Regiment 12/05/1942
Corporal Henry M. Tirey 126th Infantry Regiment 12/02/1942
Private Richard L. Topel 126th Infantry Regiment 11/26/1942
Technician Fifth Grade James Torka 126th Infantry Regiment 12/21/1942
Private Melvin E. Trowbridge 126th Infantry Regiment 12/10/1945
Second Lieutenant Donald P. Tuttle 128th Infantry Regiment 07/07/1944
Private First Class Norbert G. Van Domelen 107th Quartermaster Battalion 12/13/1945
Private John H. Van Til 126th Infantry Regiment 11/28/1942
Corporal Robert E. Vorenkamp 126th Infantry Regiment 11/26/1942
Private First Class Howard Walker 126th Infantry Regiment 06/04/1944
Private First Class George Wayman 126th Infantry Regiment 12/02/1942
Private Francis E. Webb 126th Infantry Regiment 12/02/1942
Private First Class Delmar E. Wendt 128th Infantry Regiment 12/10/1942
Private First Class Sidney O. Westrom 126th Infantry Regiment 02/16/1946
Private First Class Lester B. Wheat 126th Infantry Regiment 02/02/1944
Private First Class Vincent J. Wiles 128th Infantry Regiment 12/09/1945
Private First Class James E. Williams 128th Infantry Regiment 11/20/1942
Private First Class William G. Witt 126th Infantry Regiment 12/19/1942
Corporal Bernard P. Woods 128th Infantry Regiment 01/17/1946
Private Alfred A. Zschech 127th Infantry Regiment 01/30/1943

Search US Army Database

|A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M|
|N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z|



Missing In Action
Search Alphabetically
| A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M |
| N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z |





Donations

Do you have items such as papers, photos, uniforms, gear, guns, weapons and other artifacts? Read more and Support Us.

Honor Roll

If you have any data on units and those who served we would be interested in adding it to our digital project-library; please Contact Us

Education

One way we promote public education of military history is through our exhibits. View some pictures of recent Exhibits.



Sons Of Liberty Museum, Boots the Military Soldiers Memorial

Copyright, 2021, Sons Of Liberty Museum, Inc.,
All Rights Reserved


"Saving Military History One Soldier At A Time" (SM).


eNewsletter Signup

We Are On Pinterest