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Son of the 7th (#47067117)
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Bio Photo This page is dedicated to the honorable men of the 7th Armored Division during WWII who sacraficed their lives not only for their country but the entire world, and for those "Who Came Home" and have since passed away. I am honored to maintain this page for these heroes.

Out of the known 1368 deaths of the 7th Armored Division in Europe, we have located approximately 1,151. If you happen to know of any 7th AD not listed, PLEASE contact us. We do not personally ask for transfers, however we are very grateful to all of those who have transferred accounts to us.

From August 1944 until May 1945, the 7th Armored Division was awarded;
Congressional Medal of Honor, 2
Distinguished Service Cross, 9
Silver Star, 351
Bronze Star, 1211
Heroic Service, 888
Meritorious Service, 1047
Purple Hearts - total unknown at this time

You may view Wesley Johnston's website for this is where I find valuable information and the history of the 7th Armored Division.

Part of the 7th AD was formed from the "Alaskan Defence Command", which fought in the Aleutians. You will also find a Virtual Cemetery title "Aleutian Islands" which is comprised of the ADC and the 7th Infantry Division who died in the Aleutians.

Unrelated to my quest of the 7th Armored Division, I have placed other virtual cemeteries. These are for the honorable men of the Choctaw, Comanche, Sioux, Meskwaki and Navajo Nations. Until recent years, they have often been ignored and forgotten. These unsung heroes are simply known as Code Talkers.

Please visit Bob and Nancy Cannon's site to view other military medal recipiants and Shane O. for WWII deaths.

I know there are so many, but so many have been forgotten. Please do not let time forget them.

Thank you sincerely

A Son of the 7th...

"The earth becomes my throne,
I adapt to the unknown,
Under wandering stars I've grown,
By myself but not alone"

"Wherever I May Roam" written by James Hetfield & Lars Ulrich of Metallica

May you Rest In Peace with honor.
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129th Armored Maintenance... (1)
129th, Pre-Combat Deaths (1)
147th Armored Signal Comp... (3)
17th Tank Bn, Co A (14)
17th Tank Bn, Co B (4)
17th Tank Bn, Co C (12)
17th Tank Bn, Co D (1)
17th Tank Bn, Co HQ (11)
17th Tank Bn, Co SV (1)
17th Tank Bn, Co unknown (31)
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Messages left for Son of the 7th (138)[Leave Message]
RE: Col. Chapin
Thank you. I will add that to Uncle Neil's memorial. I really appreciate it.
Added by bur3bet on May 21, 2017 11:02 PM
RE: Cpl. Dana
Got it! Thanks!!
Added by degrer012 on May 20, 2017 6:22 PM
RE: James Carl Dana
I added his rank to his bio. Corporal
Added by degrer012 on May 19, 2017 7:51 PM
My grandfather
Could you please add my grandfather to this virtual cemetery? Thanks!!
Added by degrer012 on May 18, 2017 10:58 AM
PFC Pistella
Please see the tribute I created for PFC Pistella!
Added by usafdo on Nov 14, 2016 10:16 PM
Re Pvt Pistella
I left a message with Rich Vance as there is a way in the article to get in touch with the reporter who wrote it. Maybe Rich or your group could get in touch with the reporter to see about obtaining permission to post the pictures. If it is a relative, especially the one whom they mentioned in the article, who owns the copyright, maybe the reporter will put you or Rich Vance in touch with the relative to be able to get permission to post the pictures. It would be wonderful if that could be given! Good luck.
Added by Alicelth on Nov 13, 2016 12:42 PM
Rich Vance
RE: Pvt. Pistella photos
Unfortunately, the photos are copyrighted, and as such I cannot copy and post them.

Best regards,
Added by Rich Vance on Nov 12, 2016 5:57 PM
PFC John S Pistella #34649797

Did you see the below story about a Dutch family finding a bracelet engraved with PFC John Pistella's name on it? It's a wonderful story with a good picture of him accompanying the article. Also found his parents - mother's name is listed as Elizabeth - and he had brothers who were also WWII vets. But will send that via SAC and regular edits.
Added by Alicelth on Nov 12, 2016 7:40 AM
Julius Carey
Cpl Ray Martin, KIA 73 Years Ago Today!
God bless the soul of my hero, my late Uncle Ray, U.S. Army Infantryman. Corporal Raymond E. Martin, 24, was Killed-In-Action against the Japanese Army 73 years ago today! The sad location was on the Island of Attu in the then U.S. territory of Alaska. Uncle Ray was buried @ Little Falls Cemetery on Attu. After the war he was exhumed and interred in Detroit at Mount Olivet Cemetery. The fighting took place under brutal Arctic conditions with many of the battles fought in hard won hand to hand combat! We Americans lost 549 brave soldiers during the almost three week long battle with 1,148 wounded. The Jap enemy losses were in excess of 2,850 dead with 29 captured. Under any search engine type in the words 'The Battle of Attu' to read more about the subject...
Added by Julius Carey on May 22, 2016 10:06 AM
RE: Hello
Hi Son of the 7th, So sorry that I have not been officially on Find a Grave. I hope that you and yours are well. Take care. Alberta
Added by Whitebabygrandpiano on Apr 19, 2016 12:03 PM
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