91 year old World War II Veteran John Knowles is looking for his old Army buddies and has turned to the internet to aid in his search. On August 11, 2015, John Knowles shared a photo on his facebook page asking the public for help. Knowles is looking for Soldiers he served with when he was PFC Knowles during the war. The Soldiers he is looking for served in the U.S. Army Infantry during World War II in North Africa and Italy in the 34th Infantry Division, 135th Regiment, 3rd Battalion, I-Company. John mentions that the Soldiers are likely from Minnesota and Iowa.
John Knowles can be reached through his facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/john.knowles.9081
About the 34th
The 34th Infantry Division is a a division in the Army National Guard and was the first U.S. division deployed to Europe in World War II. Also known as “Red Bull”, the 34th was made up primarily of Soldiers from Minnesota and Iowa. The division participated in six major Army campaigns in North Africa and Italy and is credited with 517 days of front-line combat. more than any other U.S. division in World War II.
The 34th Division suffered:
- 3,737 killed in action
- 14,165 wounded in action
- 3,460 missing in action
- for a total of 21,362 battle casualties
* Casualties of the division are considered to be the highest of any division in the theater when daily per capita fighting strengths are considered.
The division’s soldiers were awarded:
- 10 Medals of Honor
- 98 Distinguished Service Crosses
- 1 Distinguished Service Medal
- 1,153 Silver Stars
- 116 Legion of Merit medals
- 1 Distinguished Flying Cross
- 2,545 Bronze Star Medals
- 54 Soldier’s Medals
- 34 Air Medals, with duplicate awards of 52 oak leaf clusters
- 15,000 Purple Hearts.