119th Inf. Reg.
KIA near Rimburg
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Injured in Germany
Former Resident of Three Springs Gravely Wounded
SGT. IVAN FERNBERG
Mrs. Etta Fernberg, formerly of Three Springs, received a telegram from the War Department Wednesday evening , November 15, informing her that her son, Sgt. Ivan Fernberg, had been seriously wounded in Germany on November1. On the same day on which Mrs. Fernberg received word that her son was a casualty of war The Daily News published a story to the effect that had recently arrived in Germany, the information for the story having just been received from the family.
Sergeant Fernberg entered the service on October 28, 1942, received his training at Camp Blanding, Fla.; and served in Tennessee and Indiana before going overseas. He left for overseas in February, 1944 and since reaching foreign soil has seen duty in England, France, Belgium, Holland, and Germany. Sergeant Fernberg is attached to the headquarters company of an infantry group.
The telegram assured his mother that she will be informed of conditions as information is received.
Sergeant Fernberg is a graduate of Saltillo High School, with the class of 1940.
As promised you find attached the pictures I got from my mother. As emailed before, they relate to Ivan Fernberg and Arthur Floyd. I have grouped them, and you’ll find also a short description of the pictures. Since some of them relate to their respective family and the correspondence with my mother, I leave it up to you to decide whether these can be of use for further research. Unfortunately my mother never kept the correspondence with either the Fernbergs or the Floyds. Anyhow thanks for all your help in trying to get more information on the two heroes and their family.
Pictures regarding Ivan Fernberg:
Fernberg1.jpg : picture given by Ivan to my mother. Note that his shoulder badge has been made black for intelligence reasons. Picture probably taken at home, maybe town square in Three Springs, PA ?
Fernberg2.jpg: picture of my mother at Ivan’s grave at Henri-Chapel, shortly after the war.
Fernberg3.jpg: picture of Ronald Hamman, 13yrs of age. He is the grandson of Ivan’s mother and probably the son of Arlene Fernberg, Ivan’s sister. The picture dates from October 8 1945.
Fernberg 4.jpg: picture of Lois Poole, Dec. 1945. Maybe she was Ivan’s girlfriend at that time ?
Fernberg5.jpg: picture of Ivan’s brother in law, Ledes (?, difficult to read) Hamman together with Ivan’s sister and his mother, mrs. Etta Fernberg. The picture was taken at their home in Union Town, Ohio. Picture dates from October 8, 1945.
Sgt. Arthur Floyd
119th Inf. Reg.
Pictures regarding Arthur Floyd:
Floyd1.jpg: Mrs. Dixie Evans (who probably raised Arthur and his sister), with a friend form Holland, Mrs. Nellie Vaugham (?) and Billie (?), son of one of Mrs. Floyd’s friends.
Floyd2.jpg : Lois Floyd, Arthur’s sister. Picture was taken just before Christmas 1945.
Floyd3.jpg : Mildred, Arthur’s wife.
Floyd4.jpg : Mrs. Dixie Evans, picture ‘snapped’ as she walked down the street in Cleveland one night while on red Cross Convention, June 10 1947.
Floyd5.jpg : Pictures from the Floyd farm (newly built ?), front and rear shots, 1956.
Floyd6.jpg : Picture of the group of soldiers that supposedly stayed at my grandparents’ house in October 1944. Arthur Floyd is kneeling at the right. In the window are my grandparents and a nephew of them, at the top on the right is my uncle, my mothers’ brother. My mother has taken the picture.
(Note: because of the ‘mix up’ regarding Ivan Fernberg’s moment of death, I wonder whether this outfit of Arthur Floyd stayed at my grandparents somewhere before Ivan’s group did or later. From my mother I understood that several groups of soldiers stayed at her parent’s house during September until October). Since Arthur was staff sergeant, his ‘administrative’ role followed (?) that of Ivan’s reconnaissance/fighting role ?
For your information my mother showed me her poetry album, which she kept as a girl. In it she showed all the autographs and addresses of GI’s who had signed it during those days, some with a more extensive writing. The situation that my mother described was that as the GI’s were slowly advancing down the street with their guns at the present, my mother – quite naïve –was asking for autographs….. can you imagine ? From that I deduct that 2 different units have stayed there.
A last story about the liberation that I always will remember is that my mother was standing behind their house in September when she heard a strange, roaring sound that she had never heard before. The next moment, a Sherman tank broke through their fence (somewhat bocage type with shrubs etc.), and came rolling down the meadow which was behind their house…. I guess that this is a marker in one’s memory that will never disappear.
If ever someone of this division would be interested in video’s I shot from the environment of Rimburg as it is today, I will be more than willing to send these to you. Also if ever one of the American liberators would (again ?) consider to visit that region I would love to assist them either to visit places, get around or stay at locations. I do not know whether given their age this still is to be expected…..My parents at several occasions had American visitors whom we showed around, It is somewhat a pity that this tradition has more or less disappeared.