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Alexander Caleb Murrell

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Birth  11 May 1920  Rochester, Monroe, New York 
Sex  Male 
Died  16 Oct 1980  Ontario,Wayne, New York 
Person ID  I4476  Kristen Louth 
Last Modified  22 Dec 2006 
 
Father  Alexander Hermance Murrell, b. 24 Sep 1884, East Bloomfield, Ontario, N.Y. 
Mother  Louisa May Pierce, b. 19 Mar 1892, Rochester, Monroe, New York 
Group Sheet  F1655  Kristen Louth 
 
Family 1  Betty Jean Meagher 
Children 
 1. Living Murrell
 2. Living Murrell
 3. Living Murrell
 4. Living Murrell
 5. Living Murrell
Group Sheet  F0250  Kristen Louth 
 
Notes 
  • He graduated from Edison Technical and Industrial High School. When he died his ashes were scattered at his home on Albright Road.

    He served in the U.S. Third Army in WWII commanded by General George S. Patton Jr. in the 778th Tank Battalion.
    History of The 778th Tank Battalion
    ORGANIZED................................Camp Barkeley, Texas, Sept. 21 1943.
    TRAINED.....................................Camp Barkeley, Texas; Camp Howze, Texas.
    EMBARKED................................Boston, Mass., Sept 2, 1944.(SS Monticello)
    DOCKED ...................................Cherbourg, France, Sept. 15, 1944.
    EQUIPPED.................................Valognes, France
    TRIED........................................First battle-Metz, France, Nov. 15, 1944
    ATTACHED................................95th, 26TH, 94TH, 26TH Inf, Divs., respectively.
    (THIRD ARMY)
    CITED.......................................95th Inf. Div., XX Corps, Third Army.
    RESTED...................................Never 186 days of continuous combat.
    HALTED...................................V-E Day
    COMMANDED BY....................Lieutenant Colonel Preston R. Bishop
    ITINERARY
    Left Camp Howse................................August 25 , 1944
    Arrived Camp Myles Standish..............August 28, 1944
    Arrived Boston Port..............................Sept 4, 1944
    Arrived Cherbourg, France.................Sept. 15
    Arrived Valognes..................................Sept. 16
    Arrived Bricquebec.............................Sept. 28
    Left for Front.......................................Nov. 6
    Arrived Villedieu.................................Nov. 6
    Arrived L Ferte Mace..........................Nov 7
    Arrived La Ferte Vidame.....................Nov 8
    Senenchee
    Spernot
    Remboullet
    Les Pieux
    Versallies
    Through Paris....................................Nov 9
    Manterre
    St. Dennis
    St. Ornnic
    Arrived Clinchy s. Bois.......................Nov 9
    Arrived La Ferte S S J........................Nov 10
    Arrived Chalons s. Marne...................Nov 11
    Nony
    Meaux
    Champaubert
    Mont Aimes
    Vertue
    Faoniend
    Chappe
    Auve
    Valmy
    Clermont
    Verdun
    Malanoquart
    Etain
    Arrived Briey.....................................Nov 12
    Arrived Cite d'Hagondange..................Nov 14
    Maizieres La Metz
    Arrived Metz.....................................Nov 23
    Arrived Glatigny................................Nov 26
    Arrived Boulay..................................Nov 28
    Plantiers
    Bemilly
    Merten
    Arrived Bertweller,Germany...............Nov 27, 1944
    Arrived Altforweiler............................Dec 5
    Aeuforweiler
    Felzberg
    Saarlauten
    Uberhern
    Dillengne
    St Avould
    Aurk
    Fraulautern
    Saar-Louie-Roden
    Arrived Ober Perl..............................Feb 17
    Arrived Trassem...............................Feb 26
    Arrived Beurig..................................Mar 6
    Arrived Tawern.................................Mar 9
    Arrived Schillingen...........................Mar 16
    Arrived Hermeskeil..........................Mar 17
    Siersk
    Remich
    Saarberg
    Trier
    Kell
    Arrived Birkenfeld............................Mar 18
    Arrived Aussem..............................Mar 19
    Arrived Meiderlinxweiler...................Mar 20
    Milscholder
    Baumholder
    Gau Oderheim
    Arrived Molschbach........................Mar 21
    Arrived Gau Odernheim....................Mar 23
    Crossed RHINE RIVER..................Mar 25
    Mertzig
    Ottweiler
    Freiderichstall
    Homberg
    Kaiserlautern
    Sperre
    Ludwigshafen
    Donnersberg
    Worms
    Pfedderehein
    Alzey
    Cernshein
    Arrived Erfelden.............................Mar 25
    Arrived Darmstadt.........................Mar 26
    Arrived Jugesheim.........................Mar 27
    Arrived Langendiebach..................Mar 30
    Arrived Wittgenborn......................Mar 31
    Arrived Schletzenhausen...............Apr 1
    Aschafenburg
    Babenhaisen
    Offanbach
    Frankfort
    Hanau
    Sclluctern
    Flieden
    Arrived Fulda...............................Apr 3
    Hunfeldwald
    Zella Wehilis
    Mennengen
    Arrived Schleid............................Apr 4
    Arrived Rosa..............................Apr 5
    Arrived Suhl...............................Apr 7
    Arrived Schleusingen.................Apr 10
    Arrived Schalkau........................Apr 12
    Arrived Sonneberg......................Apr 13
    Arrived Helmbrechts...................Apr 15
    Arrived Streitau..........................Apr 19
    Kronach
    Arrived Kemnath........................Apr 20
    Arrived Kaltenbrunn.....................Apr 22
    Arrived Nabburg..........................Apr 23
    Neustadt
    Zrenach
    Schwarzenbachwald
    Nildbrughhausen
    Eisfeld
    Munchberg
    Selb
    Markredwitz
    Brend
    Weidenberg
    Arrived Bruck id Opf....................Apr 24
    Arrived Falkenstein.....................Apr 25
    Arrived Schwarzach....................Apr 26
    Arrived Berg..............................Apr 28
    Arrived Ob-Egung.......................Apr 29
    Arrived Aicha v W.....................Apr 30
    Arrived Buchlberg......................May 1
    Arrived Putzleinsdorf, Austria....May 3
    Kirhenbach
    V-E DAY May 8, 1945
    Arrived Ulrichsberg.................. May 8
    Pressath
    Frenbath
    Meustak
    Weiden
    Vallenstrub
    Wernburg
    Pfreiend
    Schwarzenfeld
    Mabburg
    Schwanorf
    Neunberg
    Burgliegenfield
    Regin
    Falkenstein
    Roding
    Cham
    Asch
    Mettle
    Deggendoff
    Platting
    Schwalenach
    Vilshefan
    Segecheid
    Passau
    Linz
    Reihage
    Aigon, Czechoslovakia
    Arrived Bahnhof Salnau
    Czechoslovakia.......... May 23
    Untermaldau
    Glockelberg
    Oberplan
    Salnau
    Haidl
    Pilsen
    Budweis----------saw the Russian Army
    Prachatiztz
    Josephstahl
    Sonnewald
    Krummel
    trip back from here
    Bunnorf, Germany
    Stockach
    Bamberg
    Nurnberg

    HEADQUARTERS
    THIRD UNITED STATES ARMY
    Office of the Commanding General
    APO 403
    16 April 1945
    SUBJECT : Commendation.

    THRU :Commanding General, Ninth U.S. Army, APO 339, U.S. Army

    TO :Commanding General, 95th Inf. Division, APO, U.S. Army.
    1.The achievement of your division and attached units, consisting of the 607th Tank Destroyer Battalion, 778th Tank Battalion and 547thAAA AW Battalion, in successfully completing the assigned Mission in connection with the reduction and strongly fortified City of Metz by the Third U.S. Army was outstanding, both in the combat skill of the individual units and sound tactical judgment displayed by commanders of all echelons.

    2. The fourteen days of continuos attack against a strong and aggressive enemy, along a 26-mile front, drove irresistibly to the heart of the City of Metz where contact was made with the American forces advancing from the south. In the course of the attack you successful (1) made four assault crossings of the Moselle River at its high flood stage, (2) penetrated the line of defending forts, reducing those necessary to accomplishing the mission, and (3) greatly contributed to the destruction of an entire reinforced German Division. Against those fortifications which had never before in modern times fallen by assault, in terrain favorable to the enemy, and under almost intolerable wether conditions of rain, flood, and bitter cold, your officers and men met a most searching combat test which required not only individual courage, Skill, endurance and determination, but also sound tactical judgment coupled with an insatiable desire to close the enemy.

    3.This achievement has added luster to the glorious history of American arms, for which you and all the officers and enlisted personnel of your division and attached units, are highly commended.
    /s/ George S. Patten, Jr.

    /B/ George S. Patten Jr.,
    Lieutenant General, U.S. Army
    Commanding

    Letter Home May 21, 1945
    Dear Mom And Dad
    How are you and how is everyone else? I am fine and enjoying the best of health and I hope and pray you are all the same.
    Well mom our letters aren't censored any more and we are free to say what we want to once more. So I'll tell you what has happened in the months I have been over here. I left Boston on Labor Day and landed in Cherbourg, France on the 15th of Sept. and we laid around on the Normandy Pen. for two months. Nov. 15th we jumped off and I was right in the middle of it. We never did get a rest and the next 174 days were spent on the front lines. On May 6th we shot down the town of Ober-Moldau Czech. and on the 7th we were pulled off the line and the war was over. Right now I am in Glockelberg, Czech. which is near Ober Plan and Egen( I don't know if you can find either of them on the map) We started out with the 95th Inf. Div. then at Saarlauten we joined the 26th Inf. Div. At the breakthrough, at the Siegfried Line, we went north and joined the 94th Inf. Div. which was up near Tier and spearheaded for the 10th Armored Div.. When everything was going good we were pulled out and sent south to the 26th Inf. Div and we are still with them. Here are some of the large towns we went through and you can get a general idea of just where I've been in Germany, Austria & Czech. As you know we started at Metz, Saarlauten, Tier, Kaiserlautern, Mantz, Darmstadt, Fulda, Suhl, Hof, Cham, Struebing, Passau, and Ober Plan. If you can get a good map of this neck of the woods I imagine you can find just about all of these tows. I know there was a lot of questions you asked before but I couldn't An. them and right now I can't think of any of them. So if there is anything you want to know just let me know and I'll tell you.
    I recd the package you sent dated Mar. 12th . It had the candy in it and also some of the long cigarettes. Thanks for everything and thank Aunt Grace for the cigarettes.
    If I can pick up a mouth organ for Jim McDonald I will and I'll mail it on to you. Enclosed is two money orders. (I finally was able to get them) One for Ruth, a birthday present and to pay for the plant. And you take $10.00 out of the other one for your birthday present. Also you'll find a picture of the town we are now living in. And the house is marked with an X.
    We got ourselves a little German car (it's against the rules to have one) and right now we have got it made. The car won't do over 30 Mi. per hr. but it gets us there and back. I've been fishing twice so far and took a ride down to the next village about 3/4 of a mile away to see a young lady. She is a nice kid from Austria. Her husband was killed by the Nazi party about 3 years ago. I am getting so I can understand this lingo pretty good and even speak a little of it.
    The big question now is what we are going to do now. We will have to sweat out the C.B.I. or else the Army of Occupation. I know we don't stand a chance of getting discharged out of this army.
    Well Mom & Dad I don't know of anything else at present so I'll sign off for now.
    Love & kisses
    Al

 
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