Information about my grandfather

I'm trying to find out more about my grandfathers role in WW2. He passed away 5yrs ago, at the time I felt very uncomfortable asking him info about what he did and what his role was. Now that I'm a History teacher, I'm looking to grasp a little more knowledge.

What I know:

He was a Staff Sargent the 116th AAA Mobile Battery "D"
He was Billeted in Weston-Supermare in England
He took part in "Operation Overlord" at Utah Beach
One of the first to liberate Paris
Took Part in the "Battle of Hurtgen Forest"
Took Part in the "Battle of the Bulge"
Supposedly held the Remagen Bridge

Information I'm Looking for:

Who was he attached to? For example 1st Army..
Any websites that can confirm what battles he participated in?
What was the role of the 116th AAA Mobile Battery "D" in the European Theatre?
Any notable accomplishments of the 116th AAA Mobile Battery "D"?

Your help will be greatly appreciated, and if there are any other links that you can provide, I will be eternally greatful.

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I found a few sources about the 116th AAA, but the first thing I'd do is make sure you have the right information by looking at his military records, they should tell you what units he was assigned to, what dates, and what awards he received. If you don't have his records, the National Personnel Records Center is the Federal repository of millions of military personnel, health, and medical records of discharged and deceased veterans of all services during the 20th century. (Records prior to WWI are in Washington, DC.) Information from the records is made available upon written request to the next of kin to the extent allowed by law. and/or

According to - The 116th served in the European Theatre of Operations, entering combat on June 7, 1944 (D+1) at Utah Beach, Normandy under the command of Col. James Shearouse. Batteries were attached to the 2nd, 5th (D Battery), 30th, and 35th Infantry Divisions for much of the campaigns in Northwest Europe. The 116th's 90-mm guns were also attached to the 654th Tank Destroyer Battalion during early August, deployed in an anti-tank role supporting the 654th in attacks against German armor operating in the vicinity of Vic Conde-Sur-Vire, France. They participated in the Battle of the Bulge and in the defense of the Ludendorff Bridge at Remagen, Germany in March 1945.

According to - They have a copy of the orders assigning the 116th to D-Day.

According to - There is a 116th AAA Gun Bn Association. Contact person is Mr. William F Greischel (NJ) 973-697-7875

From a 2000 copy of the VFW Magazine - Reunion for the 116th AAA Gun Bn, all btrys & HQ: William F. Greischel (973) 697-7875

Article in the from 2005 about the 116th AAA -

According to - the 116th was attached to the 1st Army from 6 JUNE 1944-8 MAY 1945

According to the Army website at - It lists the 116th AAA as one of the Army units that were awarded assault landing credit for the Normandy invasion, 6 and 7 June 1944.

Since you're in NJ, you can visit the Mudd Library, at Princeton, where there is a “The Skysweeper: A History of the 116 A.A.A. Group,” 1942 -1945 written by Robert Chaplin ’16, who served as the first group commander for the 116th Antiaircraft Artillery Group. and

Well that's about all I could turn up, but that should get you started.

Good Luck,

Wow, thank you for the response!

That imformation you've provided helps me out immensely.

I can't say it enough, thank you.

I work at a paper mill that recycles paper and I came across this old photo album that fell out of bale before going into the pulper to be recycled. I could not believe what I found it was war photos of Lt. Col. James D. Shearouse. Would love to return these to you must of been thrown out on accident. We get paper from all over the U.S. Also there is a paper of appreciation from Florida national guard. Pictures of him with General Timberlake.

Hi JoeD

To be fair, it's been a good year and a half since your post about the photo album with pictures of Lt. Col. James D. Shearouse... however I've just visited this site in search of stories, photos, etc. of him and I am his granddaughter.

Did you ever pass on that photo album to any member of my family? Because we would be grateful to have it back.

Please get in touch if not & many thanks for your response

Hello C.S.J.,

My name is John Polt, and my father served with your grandfather in the 116th. He was a sergeant under your grandfather's command, and he always spoke highly of your grandfather. He was proud of the outfit's service record, first among all AAA outfits in the ETO.

I have a photograph of your grandfather standing in front of his staff car that my father took of him. I would be happy to send it to you. You should have this photograph. Please let me know if you want me to send it to you.

Unfortunately my father passed away in 1985, so I cannot give you anymore information about the photograph. I also have a copy of the book that the outfit published which also includes a picture of Ltc Shearouse. Do you have a copy of this book? If not, I can possibly answer some questions that you may have about the 116.

Please get in touch...JDP

Hello JDP

Delighted to hear from you, thank you so much for your message and your kind words. I would of course be grateful to receive the photo you have, would you be able to send it to me here in Switzerland? Our address is as follows:
C. S. Jung
Herrenmattstrasse 8
6330 Cham

As for the book, could you tell me the title? Do not have a copy but could look into requesting a copy somewhere online I suppose.

Many thanks again

Hello C.S.J.,

I was just checking to see if you received the above. I hope it arrived safely. Please let me know. Thanks...JDP

I am new to this site, but I noticed a comment from Ltc Shearouse's grandaughter requesting a photo. of him.

My father served as a sergeant in the 116th. under Ltc Shearouse, and I have a photo. of Ltc Shearouse that my father took. If Ms. Shearouse would like this photo, I would be glad to mail it to her. Please let me know.

Hello C.S.J.,

It was nice to hear from you. I will send the photograph of your grandfather to the address you provided. I also have some more good news.

I found another picture that dad took of your grandfather receiving a medal. I believe it is his Legion of Merit Award. As you probably know, this award is a very high honor. It is one of only two (the Medal of Honor being the other one) decorations that are worn as neck ribbons. Your grandfather also received the Bronze Star Medal and the Croix De Guerre w/palms from the French. I know you must be proud of him.

As far as the book of the 116th AAA Bn. goes, all I see is that it was published in Germany in 1945 by: Franz Jos. Henrich, Druckerei Frankfurt a./M.-Schwanheim. It does not have an ISBN number or title. As you say, perhaps someone has it for sale on the internet. Your grandfather's picture and his commendation to the officers and men is on page nine.

I will send the photographs to you within the next week. Please let me know when you receive them. From one proud offspring of a veteran, who helped to defeat that evil Nazi Hitler, to another, I remain

Yours truly,

Dr. John D. Polt


My dad had served during world war 11 with the 116th anti aircraft division.His name was John Mc Tigue.My mom had given me a book which was lost during a fire almost 25 years ago about the same time my dad had passed away.If i remeber correctly the cover was red and gave an account of all of there time spent in europe.Unfortunately i have been unable to find a copy.Maybe with some additional information i could google and maybe get lucky.To be honest i am not sure if this is the same outfit.I do know that they landed on normandy the second day.

My Dad also became attached to a dog he found in germany which he named fritz.When there outfit moved from town to town the dog we always seem to find him.When the war was over and it was time to come home service men were only allowed to take a certain amount of weight.So my dad left everything behind except the dog.Let me know if this is the book i have been looking for.

Best Regards,

Terry Mc Tigue


I apologize, I have not visited this site for a long time. The book I have does have a red cover. Your father, John P. Mc Tigue, is listed on the roster of Able Company (Battery) as a Pfc.

My father came in with Able Company. They loaded for the landing at H+18. They were the first battery to get the Battalion into action on D+1.

My dad was moved to HQ at some point. They must have known each other. If I can glean some information for you from the book, please let me know.

Happy Thanksgiving! Thanks to our fathers and other brave souls.

Best regards to you, as well,


my father ( now deceased ) was a pfc in this battalion, a crewman on the 90mm. i'm going thru some of his papers and trying to put together the paperwork, the documantaries and all of the stories he told. it's hard to believe all the things he did, saw and the places he went in such a short period of time. d day- on a machine gun on the back of a half track, driving off and having the engine flooded with water and stall in the surf.they had to wait for engineers to wade out with a chain attached to a tractor to pull them in. the fighting in the forest. the freezing cold during the battle of the bulge, he said that they would hug the barrel of the 90 mm to try to stay warm and how the residents of the towns gave them white sheets to use to hide the gun. they did protect bridges and where used as field artillery. they where also at the liberation of a concentration camp ( that memory never left him ). there is so much more to tell, but for me ther is so much to take in and understand. most of men came from delaware, new jersey and new york ( my father from manhatten ). i do have the book someone had mentioned and some papers and photos. my father was very proud of there record of planes they shot down and was very happy to be able to attend the reunion of the 116th aaa. his name is william kastner (willie or "smokey"-he smoked a pipe)

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