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Discussion in 'Military Service Records & Genealogical Research' started by bluehawk005, Jul 30, 2008.

  1. bluehawk005

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    My grandfather served in WWII in the 394th Infantry Company C. I was wondering if anyone could provide information on the infantry and company.
    Also I know that each infantry has there own patch who identify who they are but I can't find any patch for the 394th inf. I asked if he had his still and he said no but I did find picture that showed it how do I go about trying to prove to world that this is the 394th infantry patch. I am currently trying to get the picture back from my aunt and will post it as soon as i get it. The picture is in black & white so can't identify the color. But is a circle patch with a bear face that is a white or very light color and dark background color. The closest thing that comes close to it is the Alaska bear star patch. But without a star on top. Have any questions feel free to contact me.
     
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    Slipdigit Good Ol' Boy Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

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    The 394th was a regiment, and so, he would not have worn a patch specific to the 394th, but would have worn the patch of the higher organization that they were assigned to. The 394th Infantry Regiment was one of three infantry regiments assigned to the 99th Infantry Division and they wore this patch on their left shoulder:
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    The 394th was involved in heavy fighting on the north shoulder of the Bulge early on, in their attempt to hold open the twin villages of Krinkelt and Rocherath, Belgium, so that the bulk of the 2nd Infantry Division could move beyond and establish a new defensive line.
    They also were one of the early divisions to cross the Rhine at Remagen.
     
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    So your saying it would be the "checkerboard" patch that he wore?
     
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    Slipdigit Good Ol' Boy Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

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    Most likely. Research the 99th Infantry Division and you may find out more about the 394th.
     
  6. JohnT

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    My Father was 99th infantry, 394th regiment and I'm also looking for information and buddies.
    Their patch was the checkerboard. Let me know how you make out. They are having the last reunion , this year in KC,MO.
    and have a publication called the checkerboard
     
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    LRusso216 Graybeard Staff Member

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    John, this thread is almost 3 years old. Why don't you create a new thread in either the Genealogy area or the Information Request area? Post up as much as you know, and I'm sure many on the site can help you fill in details.

    good luck.
     
  8. SGT Hodg

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    My Grandfather served in the 394th "C" Company and I'm looking for anything I can find.
     
  9. Ryan Kriesel

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    Sorry to be bringing up an old post that may not get any attention any more, but I'm trying to do some research and find some information about my grandfather's time in the service, as his lifelong home town is holding a celebration this year with the theme of "Hometown Heroes" and the family would like to honor my grandfather in it. I grabbed some of his yearbooks and other misc artifacts when he passed a dozen or so years ago, but numerous moves later I'm finding that I must have misplaced that box, or simply can't remember where I put it. I'm hoping that maybe somebody on here may have a yearbook or something and could grab a photo of my grandfather during his time in the service. His name was Gerald Trescher, from Cashton, WI. To the best of my knowledge, he was in C Co, 1st Batt, 394th.

    EDIT: I believe he was a PFC when he got out, if that helps.

    Thanks!
     
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    Distinguished Unit Insignia
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    Brief unit history:
    During World War II the 394th Infantry Regiment was called into active duty on November 15, 1942 and was reorganized at Camp Van Dorn, MS. During 1943 through 1944 the 394th was training at various camps and maneuvers in the southern part of the US. The 394th arrived at Camp Miles Standish, MA in mid september and within 2 weeks the regiment made its way onto transport ships to England. Between mid-October and early November the 394th was in Dorsetshire, England before arriving on November 6, 1944 in Le Havre, France. The 394th was engaged in a variety of campaigns to include the Battle of the Bulge and the Ardennes Forrest, Remagen Bridge, the Rhineland, and the Ruhr.

    The 394th was inactivated on 29 September 1945 at Camp Patrick Henry, VA. On the 29th of October, 1998 the 394th Infantry Regiment was separated from the 99th Infantry Division. On the 29th of October, 1998 the 394th Infantry Regiment was renamed the 394th Regiment and was to consist of the 1st Battalion, which was an element of the 75th Division, a training support division.
    394th Infantry Regiment

    Campaign credits: Rhineland; Ardennes-Alsace; Central Europe
     

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