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90th Infantry Division

Before D-Day in Normandy, the initials T-O on the 90th Division’s shoulder patch stood for Texas and Oklahoma, home states of most of the outfit’s personnel in World War I. Not long after D-day, to the men who wore them, the initials stood for “Tough ’Ombres.”

The 90th didn’t land without difficulty. One of its troopships was sunk in the English Channel, and a battalion of Infantrymen, with a company of engineers, swam and waded ashore without weapons to enter the fight for the beachhead.

After the landings the Tough ’Ombres, previously untried in battle, fought for 53 straight days. Their first major task was to deepen the wedge driven into France by the aerial assault of the 82nd Airborne Division. The 90th saw heavy fighting at Pont-l’Abbé, Gourbesville, and Portbail. Then, early in July, the Tough ’Ombres went into the misty hell of Forêt de Mont Castre.

For three years the Germans had been using Mont Castre as a maneuver area, and knew the terrain there intimately. Fur-thermore, it was a heavily fortified sector—the strong point in a line of outposts before the defense line running eastward from Coutances. Facing the Tough ’Ombres were picked German paratroopers and SS men. The 90th struck at Mont Castre on July 3, and battled there for eight days. Camouflaged enemy paratroopers took advantage of the low visibility in the area to raise havoc with the Americans, and one unit of the 90th suf-fered so heavily that it was compelled to organize a company "J” from an old lot of cooks, clerks, and mechanics.

But the 90th took Mont Castre, and then set off on a new mission. Crossing the Selume River and seizing St. Hilaire-du- Harcouet, the Division began to close the Falaise pocket, and by August 22 the 90th had trapped 12,000 Germans in that sector. During that month, too, the 90th Division took Chambois.

As summer turned into fall, the Division headed east toward Metz, taking part in the attack on that fortified city. By early 1945, the 90th had driven into the Saar, by March it was racing down the east bank of the Rhine, had stormed the gates of Mainz, and had captured the walled city of Boppard.

The war was nearly over, but the 90th wasn’t through yet. April saw it fighting south of Eisenach and, after having by-passed armored units, in Barchfeld. It helped take Plauen, and cut Germany virtually in half late in the month by slashing through the rail center of Hof. Just before the final bell rang, the Tough ’Ombres crossed the Czechoslovakian border.

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

90th Infantry Division World War II Missing in Action

There are 81 soldiers of the 90th Infantry Division World War II still listed as missing in action.

Technician Fifth Grade Walter A. Andrasik 358th Infantry Regiment 09/17/1945
Private First Class James H. Biggs 357th Infantry Regiment 12/09/1944
Private First Class James F. Black 358th Infantry Regiment 12/06/1944
Sergeant Bernard A. Block 359th Infantry Regiment 06/26/1944
Private First Class Lee O. Brunson 357th Infantry Regiment 12/08/1944
Private William E. Bullard 357th Infantry Regiment 01/14/1946
Private William J. Bundrock 357th Infantry Regiment 10/10/1944
Private Lawrence P. Burkett 357th Infantry Regiment 12/11/1944
Private First Class Archie J. Butler 358th Infantry Regiment 07/23/1944
Private First Class Yaro J. Cerny 357th Infantry Regiment 10/14/1944
Private First Class Roger E. Charpentier 357th Infantry Regiment 12/08/1944
Corporal Thomas R. Cody 315th Engineer Combat Battalion 10/03/1944
Technician Fifth Grade William A. Corey 315th Engineer Combat Battalion 10/03/1944
Private First Class Charles R. De Graw 357th Infantry Regiment 12/07/1944
Private Rodolphe Desrochers 357th Infantry Regiment 12/07/1944
John Eaton 607th Tank Destroyer Battalion 07/03/1944
Private John P. Eaton 607th Tank Destroyer Battalion 07/03/1944
Private First Class Paul E. Fields 357th Infantry Regiment 12/15/1944
Sergeant Willard C. Fisher 359th Infantry Regiment 09/16/1944
First Lieutenant Gilman E. Gambs 358th Infantry Regiment 01/16/1945
Private First Class Candeloro B. Garcia 315th Engineer Combat Battalion 12/10/1944
Private First Class Wilfred E. Garcia 358th Infantry Regiment 12/06/1944
Private Donald R. Girardot 315th Engineer Combat Battalion 12/07/1945
Technician Fifth Grade Dale R. Hartley 315th Engineer Combat Battalion 12/15/1944
Technician Fifth Grade Weldon J. Hickey 357th Infantry Regiment 12/06/1944
Private First Class James T. Hoke 359th Infantry Regiment 06/07/1945
Private David L. Hughes 358th Infantry Regiment 11/23/1944
Staff Sergeant Paul A. Huzarewicz 359th Infantry Regiment 12/11/1944
Private Charles J. Jacobson 358th Infantry Regiment 11/25/1944
Private First Class Ervin N. Johnson 357th Infantry Regiment 11/10/1944
Private First Class Orville E. Johnson 359th Infantry Regiment 06/29/1944
Private First Class Elmer O. Jones 359th Infantry Regiment 12/13/1945
Private Bernard R. Kadlec 357th Infantry Regiment 12/12/1944
Private Eugene P. Kane 358th Infantry Regiment 07/16/1945
Private First Class Thomas F. Keeley 359th Infantry Regiment 11/10/1944
Private First Class John F. Kotroba 358th Infantry Regiment 12/06/1944
Private Michael W. La Pore 359th Infantry Regiment 12/10/1944
Private First Class William L. Langston 359th Infantry Regiment 06/07/1945
Private First Class Kenneth I. Larson 357th Infantry Regiment 06/20/1945
Staff Sergeant Thomas J. Lauridson 315th Engineer Combat Battalion 10/03/1944
Private First Class Frank B. Lawson 357th Infantry Regiment 12/13/1944
Private First Class John A. Lehane 359th Infantry Regiment 07/12/1945
Sergeant Arthur M. Lermusiaux 315th Engineer Combat Battalion 10/03/1944
Private First Class Colon A. Lockerman 358th Infantry Regiment 06/30/1944
Private First Class Albert H. Marks 357th Infantry Regiment 12/07/1944
Private First Class Calvin B. Martin 357th Infantry Regiment 12/10/1944
Private First Class Harold R. McCray 358th Infantry Regiment 12/06/1944
Corporal Thorn O. McGee 344th Field Artillery Battalion 12/16/1944
Private Homer J. Mitchell 359th Infantry Regiment 12/10/1944
Private First Class Kenneth W. Moore 315th Engineer Combat Battalion 10/03/1944
Private First Class Robert C. O'Donnell 359th Infantry Regiment 07/10/1944
Private First Class Frank W. Parkhurst 315th Engineer Combat Battalion 10/03/1944
Private First Class William D. Peele 358th Infantry Regiment 12/06/1944
Private Edward R. Poglitsch 359th Infantry Regiment 11/15/1944
Staff Sergeant Dayton Polvado 359th Infantry Regiment 12/13/1945
Staff Sergeant Francis L. Raub 357th Infantry Regiment 09/15/1944
Staff Sergeant Johnie W. Robbins 357th Infantry Regiment 12/07/1944
Private First Class Refugio R. Rodriguez 357th Infantry Regiment 12/08/1944
Private Domenic T. Rosa 359th Infantry Regiment 09/26/1944
Private Adolf Rosenzweig 359th Infantry Regiment 11/10/1944
Private First Class Raymond C. Sanders 359th Infantry Regiment 06/07/1945
Private First Class Stanley Schachne 357th Infantry Regiment 12/07/1944
Staff Sergeant Harold A. Schafer 357th Infantry Regiment 12/10/1944
Private First Class Charles R. Schmidt 358th Infantry Regiment 09/24/1944
Private First Class Eugene A. Schwarz 357th Infantry Regiment 12/06/1944
Private First Class Roy J. Searle 357th Infantry Regiment 12/09/1944
Sergeant Paul D. Sharpe 358th Infantry Regiment 01/16/1945
Private Leonard F. Sisselman 358th Infantry Regiment 12/06/1944
Private First Class Johnnie E. Smith 358th Infantry Regiment 11/23/1944
Private Alvin M. Stephens 359th Infantry Regiment 01/13/1946
Sergeant Edward A. Swank 357th Infantry Regiment 12/11/1944
Private First Class Edmund C. Szczepaniak 357th Infantry Regiment 02/11/1945
Private John J. Tafoya 358th Infantry Regiment 11/23/1944
Private Charles R. Tew 359th Infantry Regiment 11/12/1944
Private First Class Trumon Tice 357th Infantry Regiment 12/06/1944
Private Anthony Tronotti 359th Infantry Regiment 12/18/1944
Private First Class Manuel M. Vasquez 358th Infantry Regiment 11/25/1944
Staff Sergeant Donald E. Watson 315th Engineer Combat Battalion 10/03/1944
Private Peter M. Waugaman 358th Infantry Regiment 07/23/1944
Captain Paul White 357th Infantry Regiment 08/07/1945
Technician Fifth Grade Sigmund J. Wisniewski 358th Infantry Regiment 01/16/1945

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