William H. Schildroth, Sr.
Colonel, United States Army
Your site is wonderful but it is missing information concerning Colonel William H. Schildroth, Sr. (and his wife). Both are buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
Colonel Schildroth was Regimental Commander of the U.S. Army 133rd Infantry Regiment, 34th Infantry Division, from 8 April 1944 until his death on 17 September 1944.
On 9 September 1944, Colonel Schildroth received the Italian Bronze Medal for Valor for valor in the liberation of Rome.
I cannot find a listing for him as being a Casualty of World War II although the full report of his death is in the web site cited. I found five history reports for the 34th Infantry Division by doing a search on http://www.google.com. His Son (my husband) said he also was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross but have thus far not found listings for these.
Would love to see COLONEL WILLIAM H. SCHILDROTH honored on your very impressive web site.
Colonel William Schildroth lead this regiment until 17 Sept 1944 when he was killed near Mangona. He was awarded the Italian Valor Medal for the liberation of Rome.
Just before dark, Colonel William S. Schildroth,
the Regimental Commander, went forward to confer with the Battalion Commanders
on plans for the coming day. On his return trip, at about 2115 hours,
his peep stalled about four or five hundred yards from the Regimental Forward
Command Post. The Colonel and his radio operator started to walk
the balance of the way to the Command Post, leaving the driver with the
vehicle. In the darkness, they took the wrong fork of the trail, strayed
into a minefield and both the Colonel and the radio operator were killed
as the result of setting off a Schu-mine with a prepared detonation charge
under it. The terrific explosion was heard in the Command Post but
the bodies were not found until daylight due to the difficulty of getting
through the minefield. Mine teams were delayed in arriving at the location
and as a result it was not sure it was the Colonel and his radio operator
until dawn, when the bodies were found. Until then, there had been a faint
possibility that the two had merely become lost in the hill surrounding
the Command Post. Division Headquarters was immediately notified
and the Regimental Executive Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Sarratt T. Hames,
was ordered to take command of the Regiment. This he did, arriving
at the Forward Command Post about midnight.
SCHILDROTH, WILLIAM H
COL AGF UNIT 133RD INF 34TH DIV
DATE OF DEATH: 09/17/1944
BURIED AT: SECTION 8 SITE 4 W H
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
SCHILDROTH, MARY E WIDOW OF WILLIAM H