Nick Napoleon GILLASPIE

 

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NUMBER OF SERVICE20363645
AGE26 yo
DATE OF BIRTH28 march 1918
ETAT Bedford County  VIRGINIA
FAMILYParent: Charles C GILLASPIE & Ella B HOWELL
RANKPFC
FONCTIONInfantry
JOB BEFORE ENLISTEMENTFarmerVA
DATE of ENLISTEMENT3 february 1941 Fort Meade Maryland
 COMPANYCompany A
REGIMENT  116th Infantry Regiment
DIVISION  29th Infantry Division

Surnom "Blue and Gray"
Devise "29th Let's go!"
DATE OF DEATH6 june 1944gillaspie nick tombe
STATUSKIA
PLACE OF DEATHOmaha Beach
CEMETERY TEMPORARY

CEMETERY TEMPORARY of St  Laurent N°3505

st laurent

Story of Temporary Cemetery

CEMETERYNORMANDY AMERICAN CEMETERY of Colleville

Map of Normandy American Cemetery

GRAVE
PlotRowGrave
J134
DECORATION

Purple Heart

Photo FDLM

 

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STORY

Nick was a passionate baseball player

He had 4 brothers and was known for his kindness and good manners.

On the QUEEN MARY boat that took NICK to England, he played the Rook (card game) and played very well at this game.

He regularly wrote to his family but also to his neighbors

Nick is part of the first wave of assault at the West end Task Force O on June 6, 1944 at 6:30 am, he is killed shortly after landing the ACL

Almost all of the men who were first introduced to Nick's ACL died at the same time as him.

That day 19 soldiers of Company A perished.

These 19 soldiers were all from Bedford County.

2 other residents of Bedford County died in the fighting for the liberation of Normandy.

The County of Bedford is the city that proportionally lost its most sons on the day of disembarkation in 15 minutes out of the 178 men of the company A who landed alone 19 escaped unharmed beaches of Normandy.

In the city of Bedford several telegrams arrived the same day. At the end of the week 22 telegrams had arrived there.

It was not a family in mourning but a whole city

Originally the 116th Infantry Regiment is a regiment of the National Guard.

On February 3, 1941 it is activated and incorporated in the 29th Infantry Division.

The men of the National Guard of the 116th Infantry Regiment were summoned to Fort Meade, the fort at that time the new headquarters of the division

To follow their formations the men passed by the Camp AP-HILL VIRGINIA (Frot Bragg CAROLINA OF NORTH)

When the division was operational the 29th had several missions of protection of the territory among others the American ratings.

The 29th Infantry Division departed from New York on October 5, 1942 first from Queen ELISABETH and Queen MARY to Scotland

One day before landing the convoy of the Queen ELISABETH was attacked by a U BOAT

Only one cruiser was a victim of this U BOAT and 332 English sailors perished

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SOURCE INFORMATION & PHOTO--
PROGRAMMERFrédéric & Renaud