Service Rolls & GAR Monument
"Honor RollErected by the Town of Colebrookin honor ofThose Who Served1914 - World War - 1919"
"Honor RollErected by the Town of Colebrookin honor ofThose Who Served1941 - World War - 1945"
"Honor RollErected by the Town of Colebrookin honor ofThose Who Served1950 - Korean War - 1955"
"Honor RollErected by the Town of Colebrookin honor ofThose Who Served1961 - VietNam War - 1975"
"Carlos Fletcher Post No 57
In memory of the heroes of 61-65
Who fought and died that
our glorious union might live"
"Rest in peace brave heart
your struggles are o'er.
May your deeds of valor forever
inspire love of liberty and country"
"Erected by the efforts of
Carlos Fletcher Relief Corp No 16
and Friends of the Soldiers"
The World War I honor roll lists 117 men in uniform and four of them not returning home. I was unable to find any significant information about any of them. Like so many of those that served a century ago, their stories will remain hidden in treasured letters kept by grandchildren, and in the newspaper archives of the time.
Two hundred fifty-three men are shown as serving in World War II. Five of these men did not return, and one of them, William Grapes, is also listed on the Northumberland honor roll at Groveton.
S2C Harold L Jordan, US Navy, was 35 years old when he drowned at sea, December 18, 1944. He was aboard USS Monaghan (DD-354) when it and two other Navy destroyers were sunk by Typhoon Cobra. Only six men of Monaghan survived, and the total loss from all three vessels was 790 men.
Both Pvt Frank Fisssette, US Army and his younger, Wilfred are on the honor roll. Wilfred made it home, but Frank was killed in action during the D-Day landings at Normandy. He was with the 116th Infantry Regiment of the 29th Infantry Divsion.
Official Army interviews with the survivors of the landing related temendous losses for the 116th. A Company was offshore at 0636 when the ramps of their LCM's were dropped. One of the boats had already been swamped and all men drowned before a rescue vessel could reach them. The remaining boats had let the ramps down in water that was well over the heads of any many in the company. The assault plans quickly dissolved into an every man for himself attempt to simply reach the shore alive. Many drowned. Some, wounded by withering machine gun fun, got to the shore but were drowned by the fast incoming tide. Within ten minutes no officer or non-com of the company was still alive. Any men that got to the cliff to follow the assault plan reached it simply by luck and shear determination.
The men of B Company fared a little better as the second wave of the 116th reached the beach 26 minutes later. Most of the men were distracted from what was happening ahead, as they used their helmets to bail out their LCM's and keep the crafts afloat. One LCM ramp didn't come down at the same time as the rest because one of the men holding the rope, a British coxswain, wouldn't let go. He had simply frozen his grip - it took several men to wrest the hemp from his hands. Boulders on their section of beach offered some protection from German fire, but also hampered the progress of the men as they went toward the cliffs.
Capt Ettore Zappacosta and Lt Tom Dallas made it only 10 years after jumping from the ramp into the water. PFC Robert Sales was directly behind Zappacosta when the ramp went down and he tripped on the way out. He fell headfirst into the water, probably saving his life - every man behind him was killed by a line of machine gun fire raking into the LCM.
Chaplain John H Kelly came ashore at H +50 with C Company. Amid all of the noise and confusion, Kelly managed to make several trips from the beach back to evacuate wounded men and earned the Silver Star for his valor. The six boats of Charlie had hit the beach almost a thousand yards away from their intended placement, but it turned out well for them. A seawall was directly ahead that gave good cover. Company officers later estimated only about six men were lost as they reached the seawall.
The six boats of D Company didn't fare much better than those of Able and Baker. Mortar hits and machine gun fire got their CO before the ramp on his boat went down. A disorganized departure was even more difficult as one of two of the boats began to sink.
The Battaltion XO of the 116th hit the beach "covered in shit," and he wasn't exaggeratinga bit. His boat became jammed in the davits and it was being lowered away. It took 30 minutes to dislodge the blockage and well before that the command officers aboard learned that the overboard discharge of the transport ships head was directly over their landing craft. When later telling the story of D-Day Major Thomas Dalls didn't know whether to laugh or cry. Of the four boats in his wave his was the only one that made it to the beach relatively unscathed. The rest of his unit was being shoved through a meat grinder. By D-Day plus 3 his 1,000 man regiment was down to about 400 able bodied soldiers.
Pvt Garvin Keach was serving with Company E, 318th Infantry, 80th Inf Divsion when he was killed on September 10, 1944. Before the war he had worked in a flower nursery.
I was unable to find any information about Malcolm Harvey.
The only Gold Star listing from the Korean War is that of 1st Lt Richard C Henson, US Army. He was killed in action on November 19, 1950 and his body never recovered, which makes his one of several thousands Americans still missing in action on the Korea peninsula. His widow never remarried and mourned him till her death in 1997.
Over 160 men of Colebrook served during the VietNam war, and it appears that all made it home.