Adcock, Thomas A., 1st Sgt

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Last Rank
First Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last MOS Group
Field Artillery (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1942-1943, 376th Airborne Field Artillery Battalion
Service Years
1940 - 1943

First Sergeant


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Home State
Arizona
Arizona
Year of Birth
1921
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Phoenix
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Jul 11, 1943
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Misadventure
Location
Italy
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Sicily-Rome, Italy
Wall/Plot Coordinates
B 14 3

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Basic Parachutist (1 Combat Jump)


 
 Unit Assignments
Army Garrison Fort Bliss, TX82nd Airborne Division376th Airborne Field Artillery Battalion
  1940-1940, Army Garrison Fort Bliss, TX
  1942-1943, 82nd Airborne Division/HHC
  1942-1943, 376th Airborne Field Artillery Battalion
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Sicily Campaign (1943)
  1943-1943 Sicily Campaign (1943)/Operation Husky
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Sgt. Thomas A. Adcock served with B Battery, 376th Parachute Field Artillery Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division in WWII, during the Sicily Campaign.  His unit was armed with 75mm pack howitzers.

His unit arrived in Casablanca, French Morocco 10 May 1943 aboard the USS George Washington. From there to move to Oujda, French Morocco. There the battalion, the 504th Regimental Combat Team and the 82nd Airborne Division trained in miserable conditions until before moving to Kairouan, Tunisia on 1–2 July, the jumping off point for the invasion of Sicily, what was known as OPERATION HUSKY.

General Patton "ordered that the 1st and 2d Battalions, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR), the 376th PFAB, and Company C from the 307th Airborne Engineer Battalion be dropped near Gela on the night of 11 July.

Finally, on the night of 11 July, the 376th PFAB along with the 504th PIR and Company C 307th Airborne Engineers were ordered to jump on Farello Airstrip, which was held by the Americans.

However, disaster soon struck, in hwat was to be one of the worst 'fratricide' incidents of the War.

When the transport planes arrived over the beaches in the wake of a German air raid, nervous antiaircraft gunners ashore and afloat opened fire with devastating effect. Allied antiaircraft guns shot down 23 and damaged 37 of the 144 American transport planes. The airborne force suffered approximately 10 percent casualties and was badly disorganized. Later investigation would reveal that not everyone had been informed of the drop despite the Seventh Army's best efforts."

From the battalion, 24 men were killed and 11 were listed as MIA.

It is very likely that Sgt. Adcock was killed during this debacle.


 
   
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Sgt. Adcok left a wife in Phoenix, Maxine, whom he had married 21 March 1943.  She passed away in 1991.
 
   
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