Thursday, August 20, 2015

First Division --Army WWII

After publishing a photo of a uniform with a Big Red One patch, J Petty sent us some information to help in the research concerning the First Division.  

The Cantigny Field Museum complex, located in Winfield IL and founded by Colonel Robert McCormick of Chicago Tribune fame who was  also a prominent member of the "Big Red 1" is the home of the First Division Museum.  The huge convention center, McCormick Place, is named after Col. McCormick. The Lt. Dan Band, founded by Gary Sinise, plays at least one free concert at Cantigny every year. See www.firstdivisionmuseum.org 

In the archives on the website above, the researchers found at least three references to Lawrence County soldiers. 

James E Kirkwood, 36657328 Private Co F  Wounds received in action in Normandy France June 6, 1944 Residence at enlistment-- Lawrenceville, IL  For meritorious achievement in connection with military operations against the enemy in the European Theater of Operations from July 25, 1944 to Sept 14, 1944. 

Jacob E Kincaid, 36072794 Technician Grade 5, Medical Detachment, 18th INF  for wounds received in action in France Aug 2, 1944;  Bridgeport Il. For meritorious achievement in connection with military operations against the enemy in the North African Theater of Operations from 22 March 1943 to May 17, 1943.

Joseph F. Catt, 6984338 Private Co B 1st Eng Combat Battalion; St Francisville, Ill for heroic achievement in connection with military operations against the enemy in Normandy France Jun 6, 1944.

August Program:   Dennis Stroughmatt, a specialist in North American French Creole and Cajun culture, will be the featured speaker and performer at the meeting of the Lawrence County Historical Society on Monday, August 24, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.