Chaplain Lt. Col. Henry B. Koon, Sr.

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The men of the 99th Infantry Division will forever be indebted to this heroic Soldier without a gun.

Chaplain Koon gave strenght and comfort for the fighting men from the Division during some of the darkest hours of their lives, and for many, in the final hours of their lives.

 TO EVERY MAN UPON THIS EARTH
DEATH COMETH SOON OR LATE.
AND HOW CAN MAN DIE BETTER
THAN FACING FEARFUL ODDS,
FOR THE ASHES OF HIS FATHERS
AND THE TEMPLES OF HIS GODS

***** DEDICATED TO ALL WHO SERVED *****

HenryB_KoonSR(Chaplain Koon, (center background) with some of the officers of the 99th Division.)

fieldservice(Field service in front of one of the Division’s reconnaissance planes.)

fieldservicesII(Field service in the snow, somewhere in Europe 1944/45.)

99ers (Field service in the snow, somewhere in Europe 1944/45.)

services(Service somewhere in war torn Europe. )

Onward L. Gardner

Gardner L. OnwardOnward L. Gardner son of Mr Loyd D. Gardner and Mrs. Emma Gardner was born on the 5th of March 1916 in North Carolina. After the war broke out Onward enlisted the 24th of November of 1942 at Ft Bragg (NC). He was attached to the 324th U.S. Army Medical Corps and trained at Camp van Dorn. Once arrived in Belgium he sadly became a casualty of war during the first days of the Battle of the Bulge.

We have not yet been able to find more detail yet about Onward but the search will continue. The helmet shown below is part of the Paul Reijnders collection and where kindly shared with us.

post-4905-1276282431 A beautiful example of a M1 Helmet with 99th insignia and a 4-panel red cross,  “Paul Reijnders collection”post-4905-1276281975 On the front of the helmet you can clearly see the handpainted insignia of the 99th, “Paul Reijnders collection”

post-4905-1276282295 liner shows the Laundry code G from Gardner and the last 4 digits of Onward’s ASN, “Paul Reijnders collection”

Gardner_L._OnwardA newspaper clip about Onward being killed in action (1945)

post-4905-0-51553800-1406275002The gravemarker from Onward L. Gardner, Rest in peace brave soldier you will never be forgotten

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