My third cousin William Edward LAFFOON was a S/SGT in Co. K, 335th, was reported MIA in Rochefort, and died in a German POW camp.
[33 44 5871/squad leader/Third Battalion]
For some time I have been on a journey to find out all I can about WooWoo (his nickname). I have copies of letters his widowed mother wrote requesting the return of her beloved and only son and the commitment of the Army to her to find him. He was eventually located in a cemetery in Gerolstein, Germany and five years after learning of his death his remains were brought home to her in Ettrick, Virginia.
I never met William nor his mother but their story filled me with a desire to know more and to pass it down. I have been reading The Men of Co. K, 333rd Inf. by Leinbaugh and Campbell in the hopes that what they experienced would help me understand a little of what William may have experienced. I recently learned of your book and look forward to receiving it for to turn its pages will place me exactly where William was (for he was an original member of Co. K, 335th).
In the beginning pages of The Men of Co. K, 333rd there is a photo of the company and on your website you have a partial photo of Co. K, 335th. Where does one obtain a copy for I am excited to find William standing proudly among his fellow friends and soldiers?
I understand there are regimental logs and that a Mr. Draper wrote extensively on The Railsplitters. Do you recommend these for further reading?
And lastly, would you know of a Granville SUMMIT of Arkansas? He wrote William's mother (8 Jan 1947) and I have tried to search for him on the internet but with no results.
Thank you for all you can share.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE
This board is dedicated to the memory of CAPTAIN LEONARD REED CARPENTER, Company Commander, November 19, 1944 - March 27, 1945.
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