Chadwick, Vernon, Pvt

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Engineer Corps
Last Primary MOS
082-Stationary Engineer
Last MOS Group
Engineer Corps (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1943-1944, 1st Battalion, 119th Infantry Regiment/A Company
Service Years
1943 - 1944


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Casualty Info
Home Town
Hopkins County
Last Address
Rimburg, Germany, Wurm River Bridge

A Company 147th Engneer Combat Battalion, 119th Infantry Regiment
Constructed Bridges

Casualty Date
Oct 03, 1944
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Gun, Small Arms Fire
WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Henri-Chapelle, Belgium
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot A Row 11 Grave 3

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Engineer Shoulder Cord Gold Star

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World War II Fallen
  1944, World War II Fallen [Verified]

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 Unit Assignments
1st Battalion, 119th Infantry Regiment
  1943-1944, 1st Battalion, 119th Infantry Regiment/A Company
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1944 World War II
  1944-1944 D-Day Beach Landings - Operation Neptune /Omaha Beach Landing
  1944-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Northern France Campaign (1944)
  1944-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
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Last Known Activity
Vernon enlisted on 1 April 1943 at Indianapolis, Indiana and was assigned to the engineers at Fort Lewis in Washington. He was stationed in England several months before going into France in June.

With A Company, 147th Combat Engineer Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment. Pvt Chadwick served in France, Belgium and Holland before going into Germany.  

Attempts to install a Treadway bridge over the Wurm River near the castle during daylight were rendered impossible by enemy artillery.  The bridge was finally installed at night under heavy harassing fire from both artillery and small arms and was ready for traffic by daylight 3 October. The bridge was subsequently knocked out twice and damaged several times, but repairs were made immediately.

Pvt. Vernon Eugene Chadwick was proud of his time served in the United States Army.  Eugene was a good Christian Soldier who kept his faith and strengthened others during WWII.  Eugene never complained, but encouraged others in his company. 

As you read this book by Rodney Simpson, A Soldier's Wish: Letters Sent Home from a WWII Engineer, find yourself imagining every little detail of the war.  Imagine your desk being a green duffel bag on the hard ground, imagine driving huge heavy trucks down to the winding river.  Hear the loud planes roar over your head.  Feel his tired body resting in a foxhole wondering when the next shell is going to hit.  Feel his loneliness of wanting to be home.  Eugene was a soldier who had a wish that the war would soon be over so he could return home to the family farm.

1st Battalion, 147th Engineer Combat Regiment

Activated 29 January 1943 at Camp Swift, Texas as the 1st Battalion, 147th Engineer Combat Regiment. Reorganized and redesignated 1 April 1943 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 147th Engineer Combat Battalion.

Departed the New York Port of Embarkation on 8 January 1944 and landed in England on 17 January 1944.

Committed to combat in the European Theater of Operations and landed in France on 6 June 1944. The unit was at Bettinghausen, Germany at the end of World War II (15 August 1945 locatiion).

Served int he Army of Occupation of Germany from 2 May-5 July 1945.

Returned to the United States via the New York Port of Embarkation on 3 March 1946 and inactivated there on 4 March 1946.

Normandy (with Arrowhead)
Northern France
Central Europe

Distinguished Unit Citation (Army), Streamer embroidered NORMANDY 6 JUNE 1944 (Unit cited per WD GO 4, 1945); Arrowhead: Assault Landing on Normandy Beaches, 6 June 1944 (Unit cited per DA GO 72, 1948). French Croix de Guerre, Streamer embroidered 6 JUNE 1944 (Unit cited per DA GO 43, 1950).

Gules, in saltire a surveying pole and a sword argent, in chief a masoned wall of three tirers of the second.

SYMBOLISM: Red and white are the branch colors of the Engineer Corps. The survey pole represents engineering and the sword its alludes to its combat aspect.\


ID: 35139833 
Entered the Service From: Indiana 


Date of death:

3 October 1944



Place of death:

Rimburg, Germany


Wurm River Bridge


Purple Heart


Plot A, Row 11, Grave 3


American War Cemetery Henri-Chapelle

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