World World II Historical Reference Materials

The three .pdf files (downloadable below) contains pages that were compiled as the historical reference material during my research into the combat history of my 2nd cousin, PFC Harold B. McCarn. Harold was killed in action on 16 March 1945 east of the Rhine River after crossing the bridge at Remagen. He is buried at the Henri-Chapelle American Military Cemetery in Belgium. According to his grave marker, Harold was a member of the 60th Armored Infantry Battalion, 9th Armored Division.


There was a fire in the National Personnel Records Center on July 12, 1973 that destroyed some Harold’s WWII military records. I have used the limited records available to me and the military history of the 60th Armored Infantry Battalion, 9th Armored Division during October 1944 to March 1945 to construct Harold’s combat history. I have attached all reference materials that I used to outline Harold’s combat history.


Should you want to do your own research, please be warned that there was also the 60th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division that is frequently referred to as the “60th Infantry” in many World War II accounts. Even though both units (60th Armored Infantry Battalion and the 60th Infantry Regiment) at times fought in the same battles, make sure that any research related to Harold is connected to the 60th Armored Infantry Battalion, 9th Armored Division.


I have spent a substantial amount of my personal time and efforts doing the research for this project. My documentary gives the most accurate historical account possible at the time of its production. In the future additional information may become available that will further refine this account.


Sincerely,
James T. Weatherly
2nd cousin of PFC Harold B. McCarn


PS – The information in the .pdf is extensive. If you want to locate details specific to Harold’s actions use your “FIND” feature and type in “60th Armored Infantry Battalion”. You should find at least 36 specific references using your search for “60th Armored Infantry Battalion”.

Below is the link to download the historical reference materials .pdf file.

 

PFC McCarn Historical Reference Materials
This file is a collection of all reference materials compiled for the research to produce PFC Harold B. McCarn's WWII combat history. Total of 160 pages.
Historical References for PFC Harold McC[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [3.2 MB]
After Action Report - 60th Armored Infantry Battalion
This file is the entire After Action Reports for the 60th Armored Infantry Battalion during WWII. PFC Harold B. McCarn was a member of "A" Company, 60th Armored Infantry Battalion, 9th Armored Divisi
After Action Report 60th Armored Infantr[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [2.0 MB]
PFC Harold B. McCarn's IDPF (Individual Deceased Personnel File)
The IDPF contains 64 pages of US Army records related to Harold's burial at the temporary military cemetery and later reburial at the permanent Henri-Chapelle American Military Cemetery in Belgium.
McCarn Harold B.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [39.4 MB]