194th Tank Battalion

Company A

This roster contains the names of the Minnesota members of the 194th Tank Battalion who went to the Philippine Islands in September of 1941.  They make up the men of the 194th Tank Battalion, Company A, which originated as the 34th Divisional Tank Company of the Minnesota National Guard from Brainerd, Minnesota.

It should be noted that since there was no way to confirm which Minnesota members of the 194th Tank Battalion were assigned to HQ Company, and which soldiers were assigned to A Company, we originally listed any soldier from Minnesota in A Company.  We have since corrected the roster since information on members of the battalion became available to us.

+Indicates men who died during World War II

* National Guardsmen


These Members of A Company are Buried at the American Military Cemetery at Manila as Unknowns


Provisional Tank Group

Pvt. Joseph Sanchez

Pvt. William J. Smith*+

Headquarters Company
194th Tank Battalion


Lt. Col. Ernest B. Miller*

Capt. Clinton D. Quinlen*+

2nd Lt. Russell L. Swearingen*


Enlisted Men

Pfc. Roy M. Nordstrom*+

Cpl. Frank E. South*+


Company A

194th Tank Battalion


Capt. Edward L. Burke* Capt. Arthur J. Root*+ 2nd Lt. Carroll M. Guin*+
Capt. John S. Muir* 1st Lt. Harold E. Costigan* 2nd Lt. Weeden A. Petree Jr.*+

1st Lt. Ralph W. Duby

Pvt. Melvin D. Ahlgrim*

T/4 Arthur G. Gattie*+ Cpl. Lee D. MacDonald*

Sgt. Lawrence R. Alberg*

Pvt. Martin Giachino+ Pfc. Roy E. Maghan*+

Cpl. John J. Allen*

Cpl. Claude Gilmer*+

Cpl. William L. Mattson*

Sgt. Milan E. Anderson*+

Pvt. Wallace F. Goodrich*+

Pfc. Dwight E. Maxson Jr.+

Pfc. Gerald J. Bell*+

Pvt. Ernest M. Gorden*+

Sgt. Albert R. Maxwell*

Pvt. August Bender*+

Pfc. Kenneth R. Gorden*

Sgt. James F. McComas*

Pvt. Joseph J. Bernardo+

Pvt. Lyle R. Gravitt*

T/5 Henry P. Noska+

Pvt. James H. Bogart*

Cpl. George W. Grui+

Pvt. Eugene M. O'Connor+

Pfc. Fred J. Bolinger*

Pvt. Kenneth A. Haroldson+

Cpl. Glenn S. Oliver*

Pvt. Rudolph O. Bolstad Pvt. Theodore W. Hendon*+

Sgt. Donald H. Paine*+

Pvt. Willard L. Boushley

Pvt. Claude W. Herron*+

Pfc. Henry G. Peck*

Cpl. Alpheus W. Brown*

T/5 Alvin P. Hjulstad+

Sgt. Kenneth J. Porwoll*

Pfc. Billie E. Brown*+

Sgt. Ralph M. Hollingsworth*

Pvt. Clifford D. Rardin*

T/5 Ernest E. Brusseau*+

Pvt. Carson C. Hopkins

Sgt. Paul A. Saarinen*+

T/4 Vern J. Campbell+

Sgt. Boyce W. Hyatt*

Pvt. Sid H. Saign*

Pfc. Martin H. Carter Jr.*+

Pvt. Robert E. Jesser*+

1st Sgt. Walter H. Samuelson*+

T/4 James R. Clevenger*+ 

S/Sgt. David E. Karlson*+

Pfc. William Schilling*+

S/Sgt. Pearlie L. Clevenger*+

Pvt. Andrew J. Kelly+

Pvt. Harold A. Snell*+

Cpl. William A. Conroy

Pvt. Wesley J. Kerrigan*

T/4 Wince I. Solsbee*+

 Pfc. Adrian J. Coulter

Pfc. William N. Kinler

Sgt. John C. Spornitz*+

Pvt. Arvid L. Danielson

T/5 Julius S. J. Knudsen+

Pvt. Walter B. Straka*

Pfc. Richard E. Davis*+

Pfc. Frederick L. Kolilis*

Sgt. Herbert F. Strobel*+

Pvt. Maxwell S. Dobson*+

Sgt. Carl M. Kramp*

Pfc. Robert E. Swanson*

Pvt. Robert E. Doerck+

Pfc. Warren T. Lackie*

Pvt. Delbert Talbott+

Pfc. John F. Falconer*

Pfc. Joseph P. Lamkin*

Pfc. John B. Tapaszi+

Pfc. Harvey L. Finch*+

Pvt. John C. Lantagne+

Sgt. Arthur B. Thomas*

Pfc. Bernard T. Fitzpatrick

Sgt. Howard J. Larson*+

Cpl. Kenneth G. Thomas+

Pvt. Donald B. Forsythe*

T/4 Wallace C. Lee*+

Pvt. Henry F. Turner*

Sgt. Raymond E. Fox*

Pfc. Fred J. Leininger Jr.

S/Sgt. Byron L. Veillette*+

T/5 Wilmer H. Franck+

T/4 Steve Lemke+

Pfc. Allen W. Wood+

Pvt. Russell S. Garrison+

Pvt. Alfonso Lopez

 Pfc. George Yacob+


The above roster is based on U. S. Army Reports, NARA POW records, and the personal testimonies of the surviving members of Company A.  If a member of Company A, who served in the Philippine Islands,  was inadvertently omitted from this roster, please let us know so that the omission can be corrected.  If you have information on a  member of Company A, a photograph of a member of Company A, or  would like to correct inaccurate information on a member of Company A, please contact us at:  



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