Heroes: the Army
"...Tom was from an ASTP unit at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. PFC Ed Souder was his assistant in the Co. F and was his wire and radio man up until the end of November 1944 when Souder was wounded..."
Glen A. McMillian
- Branch of Service: Army
- Unit: Co. F., 405th Regiment,
102nd Infantry Division
- Dates: 1943-1945
- Location: European Theater
- Rank: Sgt.
- SN: 34479795
- Birth Year: 1925
- Entered Service: Bessemer City, NC
Tom Brown/Glenn A McMillan Letter - dated 8 January 1945:
Story for Sgt. Tom Brown- Co F 405th Reg 102 Div.
Tom Brown became the Sgt. For Co. Hdqrtrs in early May - 1944 and Tom was from an ASTP unit at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. PFC Ed Souder was his assistant in the Co. F and was his wire and radio man up until the end of November 1944 when Souder was wounded. The following material is taken from a set of letters sent by Brown to Souder while Souder was in the hospital in England.
"Friday Jan. 8, 1945 Hows you doing? So youre finally in Merrie old England - seems you always wanted to go there but not in your present condition. Yes I did have a pass back to Paris and while there I met my old Brother and we had a H &emdash; of a time over a bottle of champaign and 30 hours of storys and came back to the unit in a badly bent up condition.
Jack (Hairless) and Golden Boy Evanson say to give you their regards and Jack is going to write today - (He never did).
Everything here is about the same - Weve moved around some and as I write this we are in the town we were in (before the last one you were in)-Remember Thanksgiving??? (here he is refering to Beeck, Germany) and so I must close as darkness is soon here - Be good and know I am thinking of you - Your PAL -" Dugan"
Enclosed is a letter from Glenn McMillan who became the wire radio man after Souder left -
Guess you will be supprised to hear from me - Hope you are making a fast recovery - as for me - Im running wire for Dugan and working the Radio.- and since Tom doesnt have any complaints - I guess Ill stay in that spot now.
We got a new C.O. His name is Evanson - Was a Lt. But now is our Captain. Old Pittman is gone and our top Sgt. Is Matushevski - We call him "Dottie". Want this letter to go with the one from Duggan so will close - write when you can.
Yours truly - Glenn A. McMillan 34479795.
Letter addressed to PFC Ed. Souder 4132 USA Army Hosp. Plant APO 316A US ARMY. Mcmillan died in 1957. In NORTH CAROLINA.
------ Glenn A. McMillan
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Information and photographs were generously provided to World War II Stories -- In Their Own Words by Mr. Edward L. Souder of Minneapolis, Minnesota. The subjects of these essays are all members of Co. F., 405th Regiment.Our sincerest THANKS for allowing us to share their stories!
Original Story submitted on 19 September 2002.
Story added to website on 26 September 2002.
September 5, 2002.
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