Eugene Harrell BARWICK

 

BARWICK eugene
NUMBER OF SERVICE14166612 
AGE20 yo
DATE OF BIRTH13 Décembre 1923 à Caire GEORGIA
ETAT Grady County GEORGIA
FAMILYMarried to: Ruth WALKER
Parents: Eugene WATSON & Katherine Florence HARRELL BARWICK
RANKPrivate
FONCTIONBrowing Automatique Rifleman
JOB BEFORE ENLISTEMENT GA
DATE of ENLISTEMENT15 June 1944
COMPANYCompany
BATTALIONBattalion
REGIMENT264th Infantry Regiment
DIVISION66th Infantry Division
DATE OF DEATH24 Décembre 1944BARWICK eugene tombe
STATUSMIA
PLACE OF DEATHAboard in USS Léopoldville, In Manche(Channel), off Cherbourg
CEMETERY

NORMANDY AMERICAN CEMETERY from Colleville

Map Normandy American Cemetery

GRAVE
PlotRowGrave
Wall of Missing
DECORATION

Soldier Medal

Bronze Star

Purple Heart

World War II Victory Medal 

Combat Infantryman Badge

 

soldiers medal

bsm

Photo FDLM

victory medal

combat infantryman badge


  

us army div 66 264ri
STORY

He played football in high school.

Big fan of outdoors, Eugene enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He graduated in the Cairo High School in May 1941. He was top of his class (Class Valedictorian).

Ruth WALKER was his girlfriend and they married in Camp Rucker, Alabama on May 5, 1944.

He enrolled in Mercer University, Macon

Eugene played football for the Mercer Bears.

Eugene had completed the 2/3 of the admission program at the Medical College. He was in his class top ten.

The US Army launched a program called Army Specialized Training Unit, a program which allowed the students to continue their medical or engineering studies but in a military environment.

On June 15, 1943, Eugene joined the army. He enrolled in the university to continue his studies.

eugène est Enlisted Reserve Corp of the Army

Mercer University also started the program. Eugene asked to be transferred in the navy to be able to come back to Mercer University. Before he could be transferred, the army ended this program. All the students like Eugene went to active service.

Eugene was assigned to the 264th Infantry Regiment Company B as a Browing Automatic Rifleman.

Eugene embarked to England in New YORK on November 15, 1944.

Eugene’s parents never had a merry Christmas again after receiving a telegram following Eugene’s death.


BARWICK eugene telegramme


Anecdote: Ruth remarried…20 years later, Ruth died on Christmas eve like Eugene.

 BARWICK eugene steleStéle by Eugène BARWICK

Arrived on November 26th, 1944 in England, the division polishes up its training until December 24th

In the daytime of the departure and the crossing towards France and Normandy.

The division embarks on two ships of which the SS Leopoldville which receives 262th and 264th regiment Infantry and leaves Southampton in training(formation) accompanied with four escort ships.

Arrived unless 5 miles from Cherbourg, a German submarine U-Boat 486 is in ambush and sends a torpedo to the ship.

He is touched on the starboard beam before.

802 soldiers over the 2235 which he(it) transported are killed in this drama.

Leopoldville is marine cemetery today.


memorial plaqueSee History of Leopoldville (Click on the picture)


SOURCE INFORMATION & PHOTOClive TIRLEMONT - Frédéric LAVERNHE - Leopoldville.org
PROGRAMMERGarrett, Clive, Frédéric & Renaud
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