Harold Seay

NAME: Harold Seay

ASN:  38013161

PLACE OF BIRTH: Roswell, NM

DATE OF BIRTH: 1918?

DATES OF SERVICE: 25 Sep 1941 -

UNIT ASSIGNED: HHC, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment

                                  HHC, 2nd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infnatry Regiment

CAMPAIGNS: Algeria-French Morocco, Tunisia, Naples-Foggia

AWARDS: Parachutist Badge with three combat jump stars, Combat Infantryman Badge, EAME Campaign Medal with arrowhead and two bronze star devices, World War II Victory Medal

SUMMARY OF SERVICE:  

25 Sep 1941 - Enlisted at Santa Fe, NM - NARA Enlistment Record

ARMY SERIAL NUMBER 38013161 38013161
NAME SEAY#HAROLD############# SEAY#HAROLD#############
RESIDENCE: STATE 83 NEW MEXICO
RESIDENCE: COUNTY 005 CHAVES
PLACE OF ENLISTMENT 8365 SANTA FE NEW MEXICO
DATE OF ENLISTMENT DAY 25 25
DATE OF ENLISTMENT MONTH 09 09
DATE OF ENLISTMENT YEAR 41 41
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 9 Three year enlistment
LONGEVITY ### ###
SOURCE OF ARMY PERSONNEL 0 Civil Life
NATIVITY 85 TEXAS
YEAR OF BIRTH 18 18
RACE AND CITIZENSHIP 1 White, citizen
EDUCATION 5 1 year of college
CIVILIAN OCCUPATION 316 Farm hands, general farms
MARITAL STATUS 6 Single, without dependents
COMPONENT OF THE ARMY 7 Selectees (Enlisted Men)
CARD NUMBER # #
BOX NUMBER 1275 1275
FILM REEL NUMBER 6.41# 6.41#

 

Was at Camp Wolters, TX when he volunteered for the Paratroops

Trained at Fort Benning, GA and then at Fort Bragg, NC

Served as Gunner in Mortar Platoon, HQ 509th PIR

08 Nov 1942 - Pvt. Harold Seay, 38013161, HHC 2nd Bn 509th PIR, Roswell, NM Participated in Operation VILLAN (TORCH) Plane 9 Seat 10 Combat Weight 282 lbs

Jumped at Youks Baines

Jumped at Tebessa

14 Sep 1943 - Jumped at Avellino, Italy and met up with a group about squad size and dig in on hill

15 Sep 1943 - Reported as Captured near Avellino, Italy (probably captured some days later) sent to Stalag 2B Hammerstein (99 work camps in vicinity of Koslin & Stolp) West Prussia 53-17

 

SERIAL NUMBER 38013161 38013161
NAME SEAY HAROLD SEAY HAROLD
GRADE, ALPHA PFC Private First Class
GRADE CODE 7 Second Lieutenant or Nurse or Dietitian or Physical therapy aide or Private First Class or Ensign or Second Class, Seaman
SERVICE CODE 1 ARMY
ARM OR SERVICE INF Infantry
ARM OR SERVICE CODE 10 INF: INFANTRY
DATE REPORT: DAY (DD) 15 15
DATE REPORT: MONTH (MM) 09 09
DATE REPORT: YEAR (Y) 3 1943
RACIAL GROUP CODE 1 WHITE
STATE OF RESIDENCE 83 New Mexico
TYPE OF ORGANIZATION 160 Parachute Infantry
PARENT UNIT NUMBER 0509 0509
PARENT UNIT TYPE 06 Group/Regiment/Commands/System
AREA 98 North African Theatre: Italy
LATEST REPORT DATE: DAY (DD) 04 04
LATEST REPORT DATE: MONTH (MM) 06 06
LATEST REPORT DATE: YEAR (Y) 5 1945
SOURCE OF REPORT 1 Individual has been reported through sources considered official.
STATUS 8 Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated
DETAINING POWER 1 GERMANY
CAMP 003 Stalag 2B Hammerstein (99 work camps in vicinity of Koslin & Stolp) West Prussia 53-17
REP    
POW TRANSPORT SHIPS    


While in POW Camp he worked in wheat fields.  When word that the Russians were coming they were loaded into trains by the Germans and eventually traveled by foot.  At one point they were 15 POWs walking by when Spitfires strafed them.  Finally they came across Americans who took them to LaHarve, France

04 Jun 1945 - Repatriated

05 Feb 2012 - Passed Away

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