Lieutenant Colonel Douglas Robert Thomas, USA Retired, passed away peacefully on April 10, 2016 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was born in Atchison, Kansas on October 20, 1913, the last of five children born to the late Thomas Larkin Thomas and Ida Mae Thomas.
Douglas enlisted in the Kansas National Guard in 1932. He graduated from High School in 1933 in Atchison, Kansas. He married Helen Noreen Spann on August 3, 1936.
Douglas was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant, Infantry, July 21, 1940 and was ordered to active duty with the 35th Division on December 23rd, 1940, during the prewar mobilization. He landed on Omaha Beach, Normandy, during the build-up. Douglas served with the 35th Division 137th Infantry in Europe during WW II as a Battalion and Regimental Staff Officer. He was wounded in action during the Battle of St. Lo. His Division was assigned to both the First and Third Armies for the duration of the war in Europe
After WW II he remained in military service and served during the Occupation of Japan. He was assigned to the 45th Division and served as a Battalion and Regimental Staff Officer and Battalion Commander during the Korean conflict and was awarded a Bronze Star for Valor in battle. He retired from the Army on March 1, 1966 after 33 years of active service.
Our prayers are with his family.
Thomas L. HUMBER, FAYETTE AL, former member of the Company E, 137th Infantry Regiment is deceased at the age of 93 years , December 9, 2015.
Born on September 22, 1922, He graduated from Fayette County High School in 1941 and after working in Birmingham and Memphis, he was drafted by the Army in January 1943 to fight in World War II. Thomas L.Humber achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant for his leadership in combat conditions and was awarded, among other military honors, two Purple Hearts and the Combat Infantryman's Badge.
After his honorable discharge in October 1945, Mr. Humber married the love of his life, Arlene Black, on January 26, 1946. Mr. Humber served with the U.S. Postal Service as a letter carrier who walked a city route where he provided outstanding service to the Fayette community for 27 years. He also worked as a farmer for most of his life and was a skilled woodworker who made many pieces of heirloom furniture for his family.
Our prayers are with his family.
A military history enthusiast of the Second World War and in particular the fighting in Europe from June 1944 until the final victory of 8 May 1945, the idea occured to me to create this site dedicated to 35th Infantry Divsion.
Indeed, unlike the divisions having taken part in the landings of 6 June 1944, the 35th Division, like many others, is less well known and seems forgotten when she was not unworthy since his landing in Normandy in July 1944 to the borders of the Elbe in April 1945.
These men have paid a heavy toll to come fight on a land that was not theirs to release us from the tyranny of the Nazi.
Today, over 65 years later, this site commemorates and pays tribute to their memory so that their sacrifice is not in vain.
The main purpose of this site is to preserve the history of the 35th Infantry Division and honor the memory of the soldiers of this unit.
In this end, the website offers extensive information on the organization of the division, its history or the major battles and the opportunity to consult many unpublished documents.
But the purpose of this site can not be achieved without presenting the personal story of men, that's why this site offers all the soldiers of the 35th Infantry Division who fought in World War II personal space where everyone can express themselves freely and share his thoughts on the war, etc...
Not only this website aims to preserve the history of the 35th Division Infantry, but also to honor the memory of the veterans of this unit, that is to say your story and your memory. All the soldiers of the 35th Infantry Division have risked or lost their lives during the Second World War so that we can live in a free world.
It is therefore necessary to share your experiences with future generations so they do not forget why you fought ...
Sir Winston Churchill said, "A nation that forgets its past is doomed to repeat it...».
This website offers you the opportunity to get a personal page where you will might to express yourself freely, to share your thoughts on the war, etc ... (See Part "Veterans"). Simply get in touch with me by sending me a summary of your career with photos or documents, belongings ... (All documents will be returned immediately after use unless otherwise specified).
The family members of a soldier deceased can also benefit from this page to create a space dedicated in memory of their father (or grandfather) deceased. You can contact me using the form available here.