"The next few days, back in the village outside Marche we took stock of our losses. Aside from Kirschstein, Harris, and the medic Lang, eight other enlisted men—Sgt. Herbert Morrison, Pfc. John Hartsell, Pfc. Granville Summit, Pfc. Richard Perlish, S/Sgt. William Laffoon, Pvt. Harvey Waters, Pvt. Robert Shaffer, and Pvt. Roy Gillow—were reported missing at Rochefort. Some were probably among the wounded in the cellar. [NOTE: The morning report for April 12, 1944 changed the status of Pfc. Granville Summit from MIA to transferred to the 5th Evacuation hospital, 31 March 45. Whether he was a liberated POW is not indicated.] Three eventually returned to the company. (Roy Gillow and Robert Shaffer came back on January 2nd. by way of the 38th Replacement Depot where they had wandered after escaping from Rochefort. Harvey Waters turned up at the 45th Armored Regiment's medical battalion from which he was transferred to the 51st. Field Hospital suffering from "exaustion from overexposure, severe.") One officer, 1st. Lt. Bertold G. Stumberg, Jr., the man who came from the anti-tank company with the ill-fated Lt. McGee who had his skull fractured near Prummern, was also MIA."
That is the only information I have with regard to Pfc. Summit. This indicates that he survived the war but I do not know if he still lives.
As to the company photograph, I have photo copies of it in two sections that you can put together. The quality is not great but faces are perhaps clear enough. I have the entire photograph but in response to other requests I have not been able to find a copy place in my vicinity with a machine large enough to reproduce the entire picture. I can mail copies of the two sections to you if you send me you me your postal address vis eMail.
Regrettably, my memory of S/Sgt. Laffooon is hazy. As he was in the 3rd. platoon and I in the 1st. platoon during the time he was with us but I did not know him well. More than 500 men served in the company at one time or another during combat.
Thank you for your interest in "Dear Captain, et al." When you read it I will be glad to try and answer any questions it my raise.
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)