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Pvt. Sid Hubert SaignBorn: 16 March 1915 – Popple Grove Township, Mahnomen County, Minnesota Parents: Olly & Viola Saign Siblings: 1 sister, 2 brothers (known) Note: He was a member of the Rem Mille Lac of the Chippewa Tribe Home: 223 North Eighth Street – Brainerd, Minnesota Enlisted: – Minnesota National Guard Inducted: – 10 February […]
Filed as: Provisional Tank Group, 194th – A Co., 194th Tank Battalion
SamuelsonW11
1st Sgt. Walter H. SamuelsonBorn: 24 January 1904 -Brainerd, Minnesota Parents: Bernard A. Samuelson & Anna G. Abbott-Samuelson Siblings: 3 sisters Home: 521 South 9th Street, Brainerd, Minnesota Occupation: Bricklayer Married: Ellen Samuelson – 2 children Inducted:– U. S. Army – 1941 – Fort Snelling, Minnesota Training: – Fort Lewis, Washington Units: – 194th Tank Battalion  – Samuelson was given the opportunity […]
Filed as: Provisional Tank Group, 194th – A Co., 194th Tank Battalion
SanchezJoseph
Pvt. Joseph SanchezBorn: 15 November 1907 – Los Angeles, CaliforniaParents: Gregorio Sanchez & Justa SanchezSiblings: 2 sisters, 5 brothersHome: 1613 East 116th Place – Los Angeles, CaliforniaMarried:Children: four children Inducted: – U.S. Army – 29 March 1941 – Los Angeles, California Training: – Cook Units:– 194th Tank Battalion– received overseas ordersNote: On August 15, 1941, the 194th received orders, from Ft. […]
Filed as: Provisional Tank Group, 194th – A Co., 194th Tank Battalion
SmithWilliam
Pvt. William J. Smith was born in 1916 to Matt & Louise Smith. With his sister, he was raised at 309 Quince Street in Brainerd, Minnesota. He was known as “Bill” to his family and friends. At some point, he joined the Minnesota National Guard in Brainerd and on February 10, 1941, was called to […]
Filed as: Provisional Tank Group, 194th – A Co., 194th Tank Battalion
SnellH11
Pvt. Harold A. Snell Born: 25 February 1916 – Remer, Minnesota Parents: Hiram W. Snell & Maud l. Whitted-Snell – mother would marry Fred Anderson Siblings: 2 half-sisters Hometown: Boy River, Minnesota Enlisted: – Minnesota National Guard – September 1940 Inducted: – U. S. Army – 10 February 1941 – Brained, Minnesota Training: – Fort […]
Filed as: Provisional Tank Group, 194th – A Co., 194th Tank Battalion
SolsbeeW11
T/4 Wince I. SolsbeeBorn: 1917 – McMinn County, TennesseeParents: William I. Solsbee & Polly Ann Wilson-Solsbee– father died in 1934Siblings: 6 sisters, 6 brothersHome: Etowah, Tennessee– resided in Hennepin County, MinnesotaEnlisted: Minnesota National GuardInducted:– U. S. Army– 10 February 1941 – Brainerd, MinnesotaUnit:– A Company, 194th Tank BattalionTraining:– Fort Lewis, Washington– described as constantly raining […]
Filed as: Provisional Tank Group, 194th – A Co., 194th Tank Battalion
SpornitzJ11
Sgt. John C. Spornitz was born in 1916 in North Dakota to Walter & Elizabeth Spornitz. He grew up in Jenkins, Minnesota, and worked as a carpenter in building construction. At some point, he joined the Minnesota National Guard in Brainerd. He was called to federal duty on February 10, 1941. John trained at Fort […]
Filed as: Provisional Tank Group, 194th – A Co., 194th Tank Battalion
Straka W
Pvt. Walter Bernard StrakaBorn: 24 October 1919 – Brainerd, MinnesotaParents: Frank & Mary Straka Siblings: 1 sister, 2 brothers Home: 220 North Eighth Street, Brainerd, Minnesota Nickname: “Jake”Enlisted: Minnesota National Guard– 1936– joined when he was 16 years old– Captain Ernest Miller convinced Walter’s father to let him to stay in– the two men were good friendsInducted:– U.S. […]
Filed as: Provisional Tank Group, 194th – A Co., 194th Tank Battalion
Strobel_H
Sgt. Herbert F. Strobel was born on November 14, 1916, to John F. Strobel & Elizabeth Nelson-Strobel. He was from Mankato Township, Blue Earth County, Minnesota, where he lived on a farm with his three brothers and two sisters. He delivered milk for a living. He joined the Minnesota National Guard in Brainerd, Minnesota, with […]
Filed as: Provisional Tank Group, 194th – A Co., 194th Tank Battalion
SwansonR11
PFC Robert Eugene SwansonBorn: 3 June 1923 – Brainerd, MinnesotaParents: Anton Swanson & Sarah C. Edwards-Swanson Siblings: 1 brother Home: 907 South 6th Street – Brainerd, Minnesota Enlisted: Minnesota National Guard Inducted: – U. S. Army – 10 February 1941 – Brainerd, Minnesota Training: – Fort Lewis, Washington– described as constantly raining during the winter– many men ended up in the camp hospital […]
Filed as: Provisional Tank Group, 194th – A Co., 194th Tank Battalion
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