Claude W Payne from Charleston, West Virginia.
S/Sgt. ASN: 95647013
Assigned to Company K, 335th Infantry, April 1, 1944 at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana from Lehigh University, Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP) unit.
June 5, 1944: Appointed Pfc (End of special training for ASTP cadets entering the 84th Division)
July 15, 1944: Returned to company at Camp Claiborne from fifteen day furlough.
October 5, 1944: Appointed Sergeant.
November 25, 1944: Appointed Staff Sergeant
November 29, 1944: Reported Missing in Action (MIA), vicinity Lindern, Germany
Your father was one of nearly seventy men who became prisoners of war during an early morning attack on the town of Lindern, Germany when the company's second platoon and other company elements became lost in the darkness and walked into German Siegfried Line defenses. (The story of the battle of Lindern is told in Chapter Nine, "Dear Captain, et al." http://bookstore.xlibris.com/Products/SKU-0001001003/Dear-Captain-et-al.aspx) At the time he was serving as a squad leader. He was among the first of the ASTP cadets to advance to S/Sgt. after we were assigned to the company when the ASTP was discontinued by the Army in the Spring of 1944.
I have no information about your dad beyond this point. My memoir, which is a day-to-day story of Company K from Camp Claiborne through the war will enable you to trace your father's route until he became a POW and follow the company's detailed combat history after that.
Please express my regards and best wishes to your father. If you have questions, I would be honored to try and answer them here or via eMail as you prefer.
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This board is dedicated to the memory of CAPTAIN LEONARD REED CARPENTER, Company Commander, November 19, 1944 - March 27, 1945.
BOARD HOST: Allan W. Howerton (E-mail: Allanhowerton@aol.com)