Memorial to Veterans of the 6th Infantry Division In Memoriam, Stories of Service | 20 comments 20 Comments Thomas on May 31, 2013 at 7:03 am Please feel free to post here your memorials to veterans of the 6th Infantry Division who have passed on. Reply Danny Thomas on June 1, 2013 at 12:37 pm Vane Thomas SSGT 20th INF REG Medic originally attached to Company K Arrived New Guinea 6/02/44 departed 12/30/44 Arrived Luzon 1/09/45 Some of his medals include; 2 Purple Hearts, Bronze Arrowhead, Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Philippine Liberation with Bronze Service Star Victory Medal Separation date 12/16/45 09/18/20 Minot, ND – 09/24/07 Minot, ND Reply Ted Colvin on July 5, 2013 at 2:30 pm Dear Brothers, My Father-in-Law 1st/Sgt. Jerry G. Mulvehill of Minneapolis, MN served in 3rd BN,20th Infantry, 6th Infantry Div.. Overseas Dates in Philippines were, Sept 1943 thru August 1945..?? I would like to know if there is anyone that remembers him and would like to share any stories..? Ted Colvin Capt.USMC Retired Reply Lt Harry Zilber on July 25, 2013 at 7:49 pm anybody remember Lt Harry Zilber Reply Jonathan Mangion on July 28, 2013 at 8:15 pm Been awhile as my dad passed in 2012. I have not done much with things…about the 6th.lately. He was 1st. Sgt. John W Mangione Battery B 1st. Field Artillery I found a picture of Jack Miller and my dad with their jeep in Luzon. I am restoring a 1942 GPW to honor them and the 6th Division hope to continue honoring all who served. Thank you all for keeping their memory alive. Jon Mangione Reply Jeff Cilley on October 9, 2013 at 12:51 pm My dad, Gordon D. Cilley, was a member of the Service Battery of the 80th Field Artillery Battalion. He was wounded by an exploding artillery shell on Feb 28, 1945. His left leg was amputated as a result of his injuries. He died young, at age 33, on April 16, 1952. The wonderful information I have obtained from the Sixth Division’s website, and several books, has helped me to know him better, since I was 3 months short of my 4th birthday when he died. May the veterans of the Sixth Division always be remembered and honored. Reply Bobby L. Shew on October 15, 2013 at 12:31 pm Where can I get my DD214, think I may need one soon Reply Kable.Tillman on October 17, 2013 at 8:59 pm By Jacob Stonebraker “aka Kable” My Grandfather John “hickman” Stonebraker aka “Hick” aka “Stoney” served in WWII ,SERVED WITH THE 20TH INFANTRY, 6TH DIVISION. LUZON IN THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS. 2 BRONZE STARS, 2 PURPLE HEARTS, 2 OAK LEAF CLUSTERS, COMBAT INFANTRYMAN BADGE. FIELD COMMISSION. He Peacefully left this earth on June 26, 2008 The greatest memory I have of him was when he told me the story of losing his dog tags after he returned home from the war. Well I had enlisted in the Navy as a Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class (E4) , made it through boot , and as a Christmas present I had a set of new dog-tags made just for him , with his original serial number and everything. I made sure he was at our farm , and put on my Dress Blues , and when I walked into our clubhouse , his eyes lit up like I had never seen before , He said “that’s a fancy getup you got there sailor” , and without hesitation , I raised my left hand with the dog-tags letting them hang from my hand , and made a slow salute to him, with tears in his eyes , He stood up with the help of his cane , and saluted me back. Family or not family if you have some one that is an officer , and you are enlisted you better salute them !! lol , we both cried for awhile , had a few drinks of scotch , and that was the last time i saw my grandfather able to walk on his own , shortly after this very special event , he was put into a rehab facility , for a few months , then transferred to a nursing home where he peacefully passed on 4 hours after arriving. If anyone served with 2nt Lt . John Hickman Stonebraker , and would like to share stories , my email is here on the page. Reply Bobby L. Shew on November 3, 2013 at 4:44 pm The Final Inspection– “A Soldier’s Prayer” – for Bobby L. Shew The soldier stood and faced God Which must always come to pass He hoped his shoes were shining Just as brightly as his brass Step forward now, you soldier, How shall I deal with you? Have you always turned the other cheek? To my Church have you been true? The soldier squared his shoulders and said, “No, Lord, I guess I ain’t Because those of us who carry guns Can’t always be a saint.” I’ve had to work most Sundays And at times my walk was tough, And sometimes I’ve been violent Because the world is awfully rough . But, I never took a penny that wasn’t mine to keep… Though I worked a lot of overtime When the bills got just too steep, And I never passed a cry for help, Though at times I shook with fear, And sometimes, God forgive me, I’ve wept unmanly tears. I know I don’t deserve a place among the people here, They never wanted me around except to calm their fears. If you’ve a place for me here, Lord, It needn’t be so grand, I never expected or had too much, But if you don’t, I’ll understand. There was silence all around the throne Where the saints had often trod as the soldier waited quietly, for the judgment of his God, Step forward now, you soldier, You’ve borne you burdens well Walk peacefully on these streets of gold, You’ve done our time in Hell. —by Sergeant Joshua Helterbran Reply Richard Kleinsmith on November 20, 2013 at 11:59 am My father, Tech5 Robert C. Kleinsmith, passed on 11-7-1993. He was attached to the 6th Inf. Div, 20th Inf. Reg. I was unable to get much information of his time in the Army but did know he was station in New Guinea and Leyte. I would love to hear from anyone who knew him. Reply John Mullins on June 14, 2014 at 5:15 pm My Father, Staff Sgt. Dalton L. Mullins was a forward observer for Battery B, 1st Filed Artillery. He served with the Sixth Infantry Division beginning with the activation of the Division to the end of the war. My Dad was very proud of his service. He was also very proud of his unit and his buddies. He often talked about his buddies but little about the war. I did not realize what he and the men of his outfit went through until I ended up in the army and in Vietnam. The respect I had for my Dad grew tremendously understanding the many beach heads, jungle fighting and the hardened, determined enemy he and his buddies fought. I notice a previous posting by Jon Mangione, speaking of his father, 1st Sgt John Mangione. The name sounds familiar as he must have been my Father’s 1st Sgt. These were great men who fought a brutal war under extreme conditions. These men fought for us and this great country. However, I am glad my father is not here to see what is going on in this country. I will not go on about specifics because this is about them and their heroism. Happy Father’s Day Dad Your son, John E. Mullins Reply Mike Bates on July 16, 2014 at 5:18 am My Grandfather was Mack Russell Jones. He was in the 6th Infantry Division during WW2 and was wounded on New Guinea. (Not sure of the date). He was shot by a sniper through the left shoulder. As a child, I would ask him how the wound happened as the scars were really prevalent. H e would say that “A tiger jumped out of a tree on him, and they scuffled until my Grand dad won.” I joined the Army in 1980 when I became 18, because my Grandpa was my hero. He died in 1997, and if anyone knew anything about him, please send me a message as I would be forever in your debt. Mike Bates Reply Jon Mangion on August 1, 2014 at 4:04 pm Regarding posting by John Mullins can you contact me please 978 994 3072 Jon Mangion Reply Jon Mangion on August 1, 2014 at 4:04 pm Regarding posting by John Mullins can you contact me please 978 994 3072 Jon Mangion Reply Jon Mangion on August 1, 2014 at 4:10 pm Regarding posting by John Mullins can youga contact me please 978 994 3072 Jon Mangion Reply Jon Mangion on August 1, 2014 at 4:13 pm My Dads gun crew Battery B 1st Field Artillery Abbey Wash, Warren Askins, Charles Bungi, Marvin Dweller, Earl Haas, Frank Sciullo, John Mangione, Harold Lyberger, Loren Waters, Earl Questa Jon Reply Dale Ryan on March 18, 2015 at 4:57 pm Pasquale Capozzolo passed on Apr. 13, 2014, he would have celebrated his 100th birthday on Mar. 10, 2015. He served as a PFC in the 6th Infantry with pride. There were so many memories he shared. He served as a messenger more than 50 times… would like to know if anyone remembers serving with him. He also would drive the Liet./Capt. Reply Willis S Cole, Jr. on May 23, 2015 at 11:53 am My father was a motorcycle, military policeman with the 6th Division, during WW1. He was one of the first to enlist and finished up, by being selected to serve occupation duty in Germany. He completed his final transfer when I was nine, but I remember many of the stories he and his friends talked about before then. He was in Cornay, in the Ardennes, the day the war ended and they were marching toward Verdun, to take place in the next planned attack toward Metz, from the Verdun area on 14 November. But, the war ended and obviously, it was good for me later on. He was in the Geradmer Sector of the Vosges Mountains with the Division. One story he told, was about a camera our family owned. The men in the front had captured three Germans and he was assigned to escort them further back. From one of them, he got our souvenir camera, which I still have. We are in the Vosges as I write this and will be visiting his Sector and attending the Memorial Services at the Epinal WWII American Cemetery. I have just found the site and will add more, when I am able. Reply ssigafoos on December 18, 2015 at 6:05 pm My grandfather was PFC Edward Sigafoos, 33101691, 6th Infantry US Army. He was selected for service and ordered to report to Reading Station, Doylestown, Pa. on Oct. 10, 1941. (He received his orders only 18 days prior, on Sept. 22) My grandfather served during military operations against the enemy in the vicinity of Bayanbayanan, Luzon, Philippines. On March 17, 1945 he was serving as cannoneer of an anti-tank gun crew when the company was subjected to a barrage of 150mm mortar and artillery fire from the enemy. There were scores of casualties. After the rifle company received an order to shift to a different position, my grandfather realized that the 37mm and heavy machine guns could not be withdrawn. He moved forward and removed the breech blocks from the anti-tank guns and the bolts from the machine guns, thereby rendering them incapable of use by the enemy. For his actions he was awarded the Bronze Star. In his time in service he also earned the Purple Heart, WWII Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, American Campaign Medal, WWII Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal. I would love to speak to any veterans or relatives of veterans who may have trained or served with my grandfather. Reply Jon Mangione on March 16, 2016 at 1:47 pm Regarding previous posts Battery B 1st Field Artillery 1st Sgt John W Mangione Anyone interest I am always hoping to find someone who knew him….. Please feel free to contact me Thank you, a proud son of a 6th infantry Division Veteran Jon 978 994 3072 Reply Submit a Comment Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. 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