Heroes: the Army
"...I have his medals and company patch. Purple Heart and Bronze Star medals. I don't know what they are all for..."
Earnest C. "Ernie" Ross
- Branch of Service: Army
- Unit: Co. F., 405th Regiment,
102nd Infantry Division
- Dates: 1942-1945
- Location: European Theater
- Rank: PFC, Purple Heart, Bronze Star
- Birth Year: 1925
- Entered Service: Crooksville, OH
From: Children of Earnie Ross: Letter.
From the children of Earnie Ross.
Ross was the runner, mentioned in Thurman Large's letters.
From Rodney Ross and Mrs. F. Spung, Crooksville, Ohio.
I am writing this letter in response to your letter to my Sister -- and to my Father, Earnie Ross. My Dad and I were real close but because of my age we never really got to talk about the war much. I was 13 when he passed away I still have a picture of him and Mom. Dad is in his Army suit. I have his medals and company patch. Purple Heart and Bronze Star medals. I don't know what they are all for. When he was discharged from the Army, his left arm was bent and locked back 1/4 the way. He never said what happened. He never did much work after that but later he got some increase in pension and some back pension with the help of a veterans group. I am sorry I have no information as to where he was sent after that 88 hit on the road Nov. 28, 1944. If you ever learn more about my Dad, please let me know -- Many thanks.
--------- Rodney Ross.
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United States Army, 102nd Infantry Division
102 Infantry Division
History of the 102nd Infantry Division
Attack on Linnich, Flossdorf, Rurdorf - 29 Nov -- 4 Dec 1944
Gardelegen War Crime
Gardelegen: April 13, 1945:
Massacre at the Isenschnibbe Barn
American Battle Monuments Commission: WWII Honor Roll
National World War II Memorial
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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