Francis E KIBART

 

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NUMBER OF SERVICE31466741
AGE18 yo
DATE OF BIRTH1926
ETATPlymouth county MASSACHUSSETTS
FAMILYSingle
RANKPVT
FONCTIONInfantry
JOB BEFORE ENLISTEMENTSales clerksMA
DATE of ENLISTEMENT8 may 1944 Fort Devons MASSACHUSSETTS
COMPANYCompany H
REGIMENT262th Infantry Regiment
DIVISION

66th Infantry Division 

" Black Panther Division"

DATE OF DEATH24 December 1944kibart francis e tombe
STATUSMIA
PLACE OF DEATHAboard in USS Léopoldville, In Manche(Channel), off Cherbourg
CEMETERYNORMANDY AMERICAN CEMETERY from Colleville Map Normandy American Cemetery
GRAVE
Wall of Missing
DECORATION
Purple HeartPhoto FDLM
Combat Infantryman combat infantryman badge
us army div 66 262ir
STORY

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)


INFORMATION SOURCEClive TIRLEMONT - Aad.archives.gov
PICTURE SOURCEClive TIRLEMONT - Frédéric LAVERNHE - Leopoldville.org
PROGRAMMERFrédéric & Renaud
TRADUCTION