James M. Pile

NAME: James Maynard Pile

ASN: 15335588

PLACE OF BIRTH: Elizabethtown, KY

DATE OF BIRTH: 1922?

DATES OF SERVICE: 13 Nov 1942 -

UNIT ASSIGNED: 509th PIB

CAMPAIGNS: Southern France

AWARDS (WWII): Parachutist Badge with combat jump star , Combat Infantryman Badge, Purple Heart Medal, EAME Campaign Medal with arrowhead device, World War II Victory Medal

SUMMARY OF SERVICE:

13 Nov 1942 - Enlisted at Fort Benjamin, Harrison, IN - NARA Enlistment Record

ARMY SERIAL NUMBER 15335588 15335588
NAME PILE#JAMES#M############ PILE#JAMES#M############
RESIDENCE: STATE 52 KENTUCKY
RESIDENCE: COUNTY 093 HARDIN
PLACE OF ENLISTMENT 5124 FT BENJAMIN HARRISON INDIANA
DATE OF ENLISTMENT DAY 13 13
DATE OF ENLISTMENT MONTH 11 11
DATE OF ENLISTMENT YEAR 42 42
GRADE: ALPHA DESIGNATION PVT# Private
GRADE: CODE 8 Private
BRANCH: ALPHA DESIGNATION BI# Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA
BRANCH: CODE 00 Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA
FIELD USE AS DESIRED # #
TERM OF ENLISTMENT 5 Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law
LONGEVITY ### ###
SOURCE OF ARMY PERSONNEL 0 Civil Life
NATIVITY 52 KENTUCKY
YEAR OF BIRTH 22 22
RACE AND CITIZENSHIP 1 White, citizen
EDUCATION 4 4 years of high school
CIVILIAN OCCUPATION 999 Undefined Code
MARITAL STATUS 6 Single, without dependents
COMPONENT OF THE ARMY 6 Army of the United States - includes the following: Voluntary enlistments effective December 8, 1941 and thereafter; One year enlistments of National Guardsman whose State enlistment expires while in the Federal Service; Officers appointed in the Army of the United States under Army Regulations 605-10
CARD NUMBER # #
BOX NUMBER 0200 0200
FILM REEL NUMBER 2.57# 2.57#

his picture is in Stand in the Door,

15 Aug 1944 - He was a replacement and jumped in the invasion of S. France on the morning of August 15th and was hit within minutes of being on the ground. Was rescued by a buddy and dragged more than a mile to an assembly area and later recovered in a hospital in N. Africa.

Later, he joined his unit and marched up the Maritime Alps. He was unable to keep up with his unit due to the severity of his wound and inadequate recovery time allowed him. He was redeployed as a radio operator for the duration of the war.

About a year ago, interviewed about his experience from the time he volunteered to serve, his training in Oregon, training in Fort Benning, and his actual WWII experience.

CLICK HERE FOR MAYNARD PILE INTERVIEW

15 Aug 2012 - Passed away CLICK HERE

Outside Rome, Italy Co. B 509th PIB

 

Chow - McClough, Antelies, Neal

 

Monte Carlo

 

Battalion Staff

 

Moscatiello

 

Kamorick, Patrick, Moscatiello, Mullens

 

Riding through Nice, France

 

Southern France

 

Lt. Reuter

 

Knapp and French Girl in St. Tropez

 

2nd Squad

 

Hamilton and Knapp digging in

 

Lejkowski, Maxwell, Ofsthen, W. Powell

 

Sgt. Bensley, Lt. Oldham, Lt. Knapp, Lt. Sorrills

 

Ready to leave

 

Veteran Maynard Pile wins the drawing for the wood carved Senior Parachutist Wings at the 509th PIA Reunion dinner in Reno Nevada in 2007

 

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