Albert G. Mitchell, Jr.

119th Cos. F and K

Mr. Mitchell's Obituary

Above photo is Mr. Mitchell in an early ROTC photo about 1940-1.  His son John has requested that anyone
that knew his dad or knew of anyone serving with him, please contact John at:
John Mitchell
P. O. Box 9
Calpine, CA 96124
530-994-3532  cell 530-249-0350
jmitch@psln.com 

 

 

6/16/09
 Warren,
 First of all, let me thank you for providing such a wonderful web site.  It
has been a great resource for our family in ways that you can  not imagine.
I discovered Edward Arn as a contact through your site and arranged a phone
conversation between Ed and my Dad just before Ed Arn passed away.  A great
gift to both of them.
 My Dad passed away 4/24/09 in Prescott AZ.   He lost his 13 year battle with
prostate cancer.  He had been given 3 to 6 months to live back in January.
The fact that his passing was anticipated did not make the process any less
painful.   It is useful to me as part of dealing with his passing to send
you this brief writing along with some pictures that you may (or may not)
find useful for your website.   While I do not expect anyone who served with
Dad to contact me, it would be welcome if they did.
 My Dad was born in Baltimore, Maryland 3/18/1923 in his Grandfatherıs house
on Hamilton Ave. His Dad moved to the Eastern Shore next to the Purdueıs
chicken business.  The Mitchell chickens all died of disease but the
Purdueıs did not.  (NOTE the pict of my Dad on the chicken wire attached 6 ­
edna/agm jr car chicken wire)
 Dad did well in school in Salisbury, MD and was accepted to Johns Hopkins
back in Baltimore. He moved onto the front porch of the same Hamilton Ave.
house that he was born in for his college days. His college attendance was
also made possible with his participation in the Army ROTC at Johns Hopkins.
(7. Hopkins ROTC, 8. Dad rotc portrait)  He started college in 1940 and
graduated in 1943 with the accelerated program for ROTC students due to the
war. 
 I have a panoramic picture of all of his OCS graduating class (not
attached).   He completed gas warfare training when he was immediately
shipped to Europe due to the significant loss of field Ltıs after the D-Day
invasion.   He arrived in England, traveled by train across England and then
landed on the Normandy beaches on his way to a REPO
DEPO as he called it.  He was sent to the front from the REPO/DEPO to join
the 30th Division near Domfort after the Battle of Mortain. We discovered
very recently that he checked into Edward C. Arn (author of ³Arnıs War²)
when he first checked into the 30th Division 119th F Company.  Dad kept his
copy of ³Work Horse of the Western Front ­ The Story of the 30th Infantry
Division by Hewitt² from the 1940ıs and in recent years he marked his route
and events in the Battle Route map contained in the book.
 
His notes include:
 
1)            ³I joined ³F² Co. here July 44²  (note: he left for Europe in
July and actually joined them in August 44),
 
2)            ³Wounded² at Pontoise (note: he was wounded in the lower back
while in a prone position on the ground. He turned his head just before the
shot to yell at soldiers who were deserting so that the 9MM bullet missed
his head and hit his lower back and lodged into his butt.  The abdominal
wound looked serious so he was flown to the 119th American Hospital in
Southern England (Blandford near Pimperne) where the wound did not heal
quickly.
 
3)            ³I joined ³F² Company here Jan ı45²  (note-1: Dad returned in
time for the latter part of the Battle of the Bulge.  He remembered being on
a train traveling to the 30th when the German advance threatened the train.
Everyone on board was told to leave the train to escape on their own.  He
marked Malmedy on the Battle route map where he rejoined the 30th, this time
with ³K² Co.) (note-2: Dad fought from Malmedy through Belgium, Holland then
Germany.  The attached picture (11. Dad men Holland) shows Dad with his men
in front of an apparent statue of Jesus.  Does anyone know where this might
be?)  (note-3: The pictures (9. Jeep Ward, 10. Jeep close) show Dad in a
Jeep with ³Ward² and Stidxxxx somewhere during the battle route)
 
4)            ³I was evacuated here for Hepatitus²  Marked between Dorsten
and Haltern.  Dad remembered being told that he was bright yellow when his
commanding office saw him and ordered him to be evacuated.  Dad remembers
crossing the Rhine in an ³alligator² amphibious vehicle before being
evacuated to France.
 
5)             ³I rejoined K Co here in May² After spending much time in a
French hospital ³resting and eating rich foods² Dad was sent back to K
company in Magdeburg for the end of the war.
 
His battle route notes do not include that he met my mother, an American
nurse at the 119th American Hospital in England when he was wounded near
Paris.  He returned to the same hospital in June ı45 to marry her.  My
mother and her attendants all prepared and wore dresses made of parachutes.
(We still have the wedding dress in the family.)
 
My mother remembered using the first application of penicillin in the 119th
hospital and the miraculous cure it provided.  She also supervised wards of
frost bite casualties from the Battle of the Bulge.   She recalled the line
of beds with affected feet lined up for treatment.
 
The notes do not include reference to Dadıs Purple Heart and Bronze Star
that my brother and I keep as great treasures.
 
Thanks to Trumannıs decision to use the Atom bomb, the 30th division plans
to depart for Japan were changed to return to the US so that Dad could start
his family which has grown to two sons, six grandchildren and five great
grandchildren.
 
 
Both my Mom (1st Lt. Helen Clark (Northrop) Mitchell) and Dad (1st Lt.
Albert Gray Mitchell Jr.) were buried with military honors at the Prescott
VA Cemetery.

30 History Book  -- Cover of the 60 year old copy of the book.  The pages
are brown and beginning to fall apart.  Both the front and back cover pages
are the Battle Maps.

This is a photo of the left part of the map with Dadıs color
highlight of where he joined the 30th and where he was wounded.  The notes
are written in his own hand.

This map shows the location where he was wounded and later
rejoined the 30th with F company at the end of the Battle of the Bulge.

This map shows where he joined F Co. and where he was evacuated
from the front with hepatitis.

This shows where and when he returned after recovering from
illness until the end of the war.

Edna/agm jr car chicken wire ­  A great picture of Dad and his Mom in a
car with chicken wire near Salisbury MD. (Click to enlarge)

Hopkins ROTC ­ This picture shows Dad at the far right.  Note that the
³rifles² were actually made of wood that each cadet had to sand down, paint
and attach sling to for a practice weapon.  Perhaps the war effort had
something to do with this.  Note: I have that wooden rifle today.

 

Jeep ­ ward ­ This is a picture of the album page with the pict on it to
show the notes he wrote about the picture.  Ward is on the left and the man
to right of Dad was the sergeant that Dad said was a great soldier that
lasted throughout the entire European campaign without leaving the front.

Jeep close ­ This is a close up of the same picture from the album page.

Dad men Holland ­ This picture I believe was in Holland with Dad in the
middle kneeling with his company around him.  Does anyone remember anyone in
the picture or the location of the statue?