I think my maternal Uncle Warren “Dutch” Gresham was on the Leopoldville. His sister, my mother, served as a commissioned officer in the Marine Corps Womens’ Reserve and was stationed at Marine Corps HQ during the war. His brother Wayne Gresham was also in the Army.
My mother told me that he’d been on a troop carrier that had been torpedoed in the North Sea or the English Channel during WW II.
Just tonight I found a letter my grandmother wrote saying that he’d been on a troop carrier that was torpedoed on Christmas Eve of 1944 and when I did some Googling – I found this site.
Does anyone know if there still exist ship manifest for the men on board that night? Does anyone know if any combat ribbons or medals were ever awarded for this incident to any of the survivors?
Thank you for any insight anyone can offer. I may not check back to this forum very often but I can be reached at the e-mail address below.
Your uncle, S/Sgt. Warren A. Gresham, was assigned to Company E, 3rd platoon, 264th regiment, 66th Infantry division. He was one of 41 survivors from his platoon. Only 3 of the 41 survivors from his platoon were hospitalized. He was not hospitalized. No one from 3rd platoon was killed. Stats are from my copy of National archive official army Leopoldville casualty lists prepared on 12/29/1944 & 01/05/1945. Your uncle’s name appears on page 352 of my book, Leopoldville: A Tragedy Too Long Secret, among the names of the 264th regiment Leopoldville survivors.
Leopoldville disaster author/historian