960th Engineer Aviation Topographic Company

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The 960th Engineer Aviation Topographic Company provided support for the V (Fifth) Bomber Command, which was assigned to the Fifth Air Force during World War II. The company was assigned duty in Australia, New Guinea, the Philippines, and later Japan.

This page is dedicated to my father, Edward McHugh, and all the men in his unit. My goal is to create profiles for each and every one of them, so that they will be remembered and never forgotten. Most of the men have passed away, but some I am not sure about.

This all began when I found a box containing all of my dad's World War 2 "stuff" many years after he died. I found rosters, maps that he had printed, patches, thousands of photos, and all sorts of little odds and ends. Dad saved everything.

He once told me a story of how he and some of the guys killed a wild boar while stationed in the Phillipines. I never really believed him, but sure enough - there was a boar's tusk inside that box! My mom told me later that they got into a lot of trouble for killing that boar.

The 960th Personnel Directory (click to enlarge):



Profiles of men in this unit:

(bold=connected to Global tree)

Eugene Oswald Abbott
August Gustave Allgaier
Louis Carroll Anderson
Phillip J. Badame
Clarence Joseph Bagus
Dwight Elmo Baker
Edwin Abner Barksdale
Pierre William Beckerle
Kenneth George Beckett
Alfred Georg Behrens
Forrest Bell
William Francis Bell
Robert James Blevins
Ray Hollis Boatman
Anthony Joseph Boccio
Paul Edward Bowden Jr.
Justin Louis Breitnauer
Frederick Elwood Brown
Raymond Eugene Burlison
Elwin Max Buzzard
Herbert Leslie Campbell
Sanford Loyd Carpenter
Arthur Joseph Casnellie
Charles Clarence Cheek Jr.
Norman G. Clay
Robert Page Clapper
George H. Clarkson
James William Cochell
Frank R. Cooke Jr.
Edward J. Coons
John W. Courtenay
James L. Cuddeback
Jesse T. Davis
Thomas L. Deegan
George Deneris
Richard John DeSimony
Henry DeVita
Lawrence William Dickelman
Clarence William Dillion
Anthony H. Diorio
Robert James Doucette
Joseph Dusza
Charles William Edwards
Walter Eigendorff Jr.
Clyde Ray Elimon
Cullen Ellet Jr.
Paul Edward Ellet
Lindell Glenn Estes
Gerald M. Fitzgibbon
Guyton Lankford Flanagan
Francis L. Flewelling
Ervin J. Flurer
Charles Gilbert Ford
Harlo A. French
Kenneth J. Friley
Oscar Gamez
Mills E. Gay
Maurice J. Gianni
Coy M Gilbert
James Robert Gray
Howard L. Gruber
William Joseph Guinan
Harold Roger Hancock
Claude Casey Hand
Kenneth Charles Harnish
Delmar L. Hatton
Lawrence L. Haverstock
Charles Brent Haynie
John Ramon Wallington Hernandez
Henry S. Herwerden
James Orval Holland
Grady Preston Holcomb
Abner I. Jacoby
Arthur Thorpe Johnson
Walton Conaway Johnson
Bernard P. Kane
Peter Nicholas Kapellas
Sidney Kasanoff
Lyle A. Kerns
Cecil A. Kersten
Winfred A. Knox
Charles J. Kopecky
Charles J. Kopecky
Paul M. Koska
John Russell Kueck
Pasquale D. Lamontagna
Michael R. Lannefeld
Robert M. Lathrop
Grady Edward Lee
John Andrew Lines
Lester L. Love
Robert A. Love
James Ellis Major
Clifford P. Malchow
Edward R. Martynowski
Edward F. McHugh
Charles J. McMartin
Lawrence Martin Michaelis
Clement Scott Miller
Roman S. Minta
Barney J. Moehling
Thomas W. Monaghan
Richard B. Morrell
Samuel B. Moseman
Arthur Muehling
Charles E. Mundy
Howard L. Munns
J B Murphree
Stephen Nagy
James Alvie Newbery
Victor E. Nichoson
Herbert Oeser
Gustave W. Ostermann
James B. Owen
Joseph V. Pantaleo
Henry J. Pasten
Theodore Hilary Pasturski (aka Patton)
Clyde Alexander Patterson Jr.
Albert J. Pempey
Russell S. Perusse
John W. Pettitt
Edward A. Pietruszewski
Luigi Pompeo
Clarence Ponomar
Winston W. Porter
Wendell R. Potter
George W. Prentice
Ernest H. Raab
Harold L. Rakov
Harry B. Randall Jr.
Charley Albert Reed
Edmond C. Reeves
John D. Roderick
Roy Rogers Jr.
Joe Sanders
Sidney D. Saslow
Richard Lee Schafer
Albert E. Schaffrick
Willard A. Scheiblein
Russell Garrett Seifken
Harold B. Shapiro
Jessie Ray Simms
Elmer Franklin Sink
William M. Smith
Arthur N. Spano
John Hugh Stake
George Edward Starr
Alex J. Stec
William Fred Stegeman
William P. Stone
Joseph F. Stork
Frederick Morris Streitfeld
Lloyd Wallace Stromgren
Edward Strzelecki
Edward A. Szymczak
Owens Vincent Tagtmeier
Wayne Clifford Taylor
Elbert Thompson
T. S. Thompson
John J Trapp
Michael Trawinski
Washington I. Tuttle Jr.
William C. Unkel
Robert C. Vogl
Roy J. Vondriska
Joseph W. Voss
Phillip Hayden Wanzer
Kenneth Homer Watson
Fred E. Wendt
Elmer John Wiegrefe
Evan J. Williams
Henry A. Wilk
Robert A. Wilson
Charles Bedford Wiseman
Harold L. Worthington
Clel L. Yancey

The following men do not have profiles yet. This is because either no death information can be found and/or there is a possibly they may still be living, or their names are too common, making them hard to find. The locations next their names are where they lived at the time of enlistment (not where they were born). I included birth dates/locations when found:

Milton Gottleib (Brooklyn, NY)
John R. W. Hernandez (Huntington, NY)
Robert J. Hopkins (Detroit, MI)
Charles F. Kelly (Dover, DE)
John C. Martin (Montgomery, AL)
William H. Miller (Syracuse, NY; b. 1924)
George A. Patrick (Colorado Springs, CO)
Charles H. Smith (South Hill, VA)
Michael J. Smith (Columbus, OH) [1]
Leo Stein (Bronx, NY)
James W. Walker (Indianapolis, IN)
William C. Walker (State Line, IN)


  1. "United States World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KMJK-3NH : 5 December 2014), Michael J Smith, enlisted 21 May 1942, Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, United States; citing "Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, ca. 1938-1946," database, The National Archives: Access to Archival Databases (AAD) (http://aad.archives.gov : National Archives and Records Administration, 2002); NARA NAID 1263923, National Archives at College Park, Maryland.

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