Sersha, John Paul, Pvt

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Last Rank
Private
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
745-Rifleman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1944-1944, 745, 325th Glider Infantry Regiment (GIR)
Service Years
1943 - 1944

Private



One Overseas Service Bar


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Home State
Minnesota
Minnesota
Year of Birth
1923
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
St. Louis County
Last Address
Iron Range

Casualty Date
Sep 27, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Unknown, Not Reported
Location
Netherlands
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Eveleth Cemetery - Eveleth, Minnesota
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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Belgian Fourragere French Fourragere


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 Military Association Memberships
World War II FallenChapter 67
  2004, World War II Fallen [Verified]8
  2004, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Chapter 67 (Fallen Member (Honor Roll)) (Butler, Missouri) - Chap. Page

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Airborne Glider BadgeParachutist (Basic)

 
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
325th Glider Infantry Regiment (GIR)
  1944-1944, 745, 325th Glider Infantry Regiment (GIR)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)/Operation Market Garden
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

On Sept. 27, 1944, Pvt. John P. Sersha was assigned to Company F, 325th Glider Infantry Regiment, as part of Operation Market Garden, and was entrenched on a hill overlooking the German-controlled Kiekberg Woods near Groesbeek, Netherlands. Sersha was one of three "Bazooka Men" who were sent out with a platoon from Company F to assault the German positions. None of the three men returned from the battle and several Company F soldiers stated Sersha had been killed. His remains were identified and accounted for on 13 April 2016.


Source: Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)

Interment location: GPS (Lat/Lon): 47.47866, -92.53448

   
Comments/Citation
PRIVATE. ON NOVEMBER 7, 1943, HE ENTERED THE UNITED STATES ARMY, WITH HIS INDUCTION AT FORT SNELLING, MINNESOTA, RECEIVING HIS BOOT CAMP TRAINING AT CAMP CLAIBORNE, LOUISIANA. LATER COMPLETED PARATROOPER COMBAT INFANTRY TRAINING AT FORT BRAGG, NORTH CAROLINA. DEPLOYED TO GREAT BRITAIN, ARRIVING CAMP SCRAPTOFT NEAR LEICESTER, ENGLAND IN JULY OF 1944. SERVED IN COMPANY-F AS A RIFLEMAN, SECOND BATTALION, 325TH GLIDER INFANTRY REGIMENT, A SUBORDINATE UNIT OF THE 82ND "ALL-AMERICAN" DIVISION. HIS DIVISION PARTICIPATED IN THE INVASION OF THE NETHERLANDS AGAINST THE GERMAN ARMED FORCES CODE NAMED: OPERATION, MARKET GARDEN, THE LIBERATION OF HOLLAND. KILLED IN ACTION WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 1944 IN THE KIEKBERG WOODS AND BURIED IN THE BATTLEFIELD NEAR GROESBEEK, NETHERLANDS. AFTER THE CESSATION OF HOSTILITIES IN EUROPE, THE 407TH QUARTERMASTER GRAVES REGISTRATION COMPANY, QUARTERMASTER CORPS CONDUCTED RECOVERY OPERATIONS IN THE NETHERLANDS, AND HIS REMAINS COULD NOT BE POSITIVELY IDENTIFIED AND WERE INTERRED AS AN UNKNOWN IN THE ARDENNES AMERICAN CEMETERY IN NEUPRE, BELGIUM. ON MAY 31, 2016, HIS REMAINS WAS DISINTERRED AND TRANSFERRED TO THE JOINT PRISONER OF WAR/MISSING IN ACTION ACCOUNTING AGENCY AT OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, NEBRASKA WERE HE WAS IDENTIFIED. THE REMAINS OF THIS SOLDIER WERE INTERRED WITH MILITARY HONORS AT THE EVELETH CEMETERY, MAY 28, 2016 IN EVELETH, MINNESOTA. HE RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING AWARDS POSTHUMOUSLY: BRONZE STAR AND A PURPLE HEART. THE BRONZE STAR AWARDED FOR BRAVERY, ACT OF MERIT AND MERITORIOUS SERVICE IN COMBAT, AND THE PURPLE HEART AS HE SO GALLANTLY GAVE HIS LIFE FOR HIS COUNTRY.

SOURCE: WWII MEMORIAL REGISTRY
   
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