Floyd William GANN, 19161976 (aged 60 years)

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Name
Floyd William /GANN/
Birth
Education
School or college: Rio Hondo Tx school District
Military
US Army in WWII
Note: Floyd served with the (9th Army, 605th Quartermaster Grave Registration Co from 1944 through 1945 in Europe.
Occupation
Carpenter
Death of a paternal grandmother
Birth of a sister
Birth of a brother
Birth of a brother
Birth of a sister
Death of a paternal grandfather
Death of a sister
Death of a maternal grandfather
Military
First Allied Airborne Army
1944 (aged 27 years)
Note: A letter from Floyd written in 1946 states that he had been a member of First Allied Airborne Army - an amalgamation of US and British airborne and troop units. He also states he had been in Holland during the airborne operations there in 1944 and in the fighting in the cold during December 1944.

A letter from Floyd written in 1946 states that he had been a member of First Allied Airborne Army - an amalgamation of US and British airborne and troop units. He also states he had been in Holland during the airborne operations there in 1944 and in the fighting in the cold during December 1944.

A history of the unit can be found at

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Allied_Airborne_Army

Death of a brother
Death of a maternal grandmother
Death of a father
Death of a mother
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Death
Family with parents
father
mother
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18911973
Birth: June 22, 1891 24 23 Groveton, Trinity Co., TX, USA
Death: August 15, 1973San Benito, Cameron Co., TX, USA
elder brother
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19111965
Birth: January 6, 1911 21 19 Eagle Lake, Colorado Co., TX
Death: December 26, 1965San Benito, Cameron Co., TX, USA
20 months
elder sister
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19121939
Birth: August 26, 1912 23 21
Death: July 23, 1939Harlingen, Cameron Co., TX, USA
22 months
elder sister
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19142009
Birth: June 29, 1914 24 23 Eagle Lake, Colorado Co, Tx
Death: April 6, 2009Brownsville Tx
20 months
himself
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19161976
Birth: February 10, 1916 26 24
Death: April 9, 1976Houston, Harris Co., TX, USA
2 years
younger sister
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19182019
Birth: February 9, 1918 28 26 Muskogee (Porter), Oklahoma
Death: September 6, 2019San Marcos, Hays Co., TX, USA
6 years
younger brother
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19231997
Birth: 1923 33 31 Texas
Death: July 14, 1997Harlingen Tx
3 years
younger brother
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19262009
Birth: January 1, 1926 36 34 San Benito, Cameron Co., TX, USA
Death: October 18, 2009Brownsville, Tx
3 years
younger sister
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19291993
Birth: April 2, 1929 39 37 Rio Hondo, Cameron Co., TX, USA
Death: June 16, 1993San Benito Tx
younger brother
Private
Family with Virginia Francis FABIAN
himself
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19161976
Birth: February 10, 1916 26 24
Death: April 9, 1976Houston, Harris Co., TX, USA
partner
19151990
Birth: July 18, 1915Kansas
Death: May 20, 1990Fort Bend Co, Texas
son
Private
Family with Private
himself
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19161976
Birth: February 10, 1916 26 24
Death: April 9, 1976Houston, Harris Co., TX, USA
wife
Private
Name
Military

A letter from Floyd written in 1946 states that he had been a member of First Allied Airborne Army - an amalgamation of US and British airborne and troop units. He also states he had been in Holland during the airborne operations there in 1944 and in the fighting in the cold during December 1944.

A history of the unit can be found at

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Allied_Airborne_Army

Military

Floyd served with the (9th Army, 605th Quartermaster Grave Registration Co from 1944 through 1945 in Europe.

Note

Floyd served in the Ninth Army in the European Theater of WW2.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Ninth United States Army

Active 1944-1945
Country United States
Branch Regular Army
Type Field Army
Engagements World War II
Notable commanders William Hood Simpson

The Ninth United States Army was one of the main U.S. Army combat commands used during the campaign in northwest Europe in 1944 and 1945. It was commanded from its inception by Lieutenant General William Simpson. It had been designated Eighth Army, but on arrival in the United Kingdom it was renamed to avoid confusion with the famous British formation of the same designation.

Ninth Army was the fourth US Army to come into action in France, after First Army which had taken part in the initial Operation Overlord landings, Third Army which had first been used just after the breakout from Normandy, and Seventh Army which had landed in southern France on 15 August. The first responsibility for Ninth Army, upon its arrival on 5 September was to take part in the final reduction of the German forces holding out in the French port of Brest. After the surrender of the town fifteen days later, Ninth Army was sent east to take its place in the line. It came into the line in between Third Army and First Army.

In November, Ninth Army was shifted to the very left flank of 12th Army Group. It undertook operations to close the front up to the Roer River. December 16 saw the opening of the last great German offensive of the war, the Battle of the Bulge. Ninth Army was isolated from the headquarters of 12th Army Group, and it was thus placed (on December 20[1]) under the command of General Bernard Montgomery's 21st Army Group along with First Army, despite opposition from General Omar Bradley. Simpsonreoriented his command quickly to help in the reduction of the salient that the Germans had created. Many of Ninth Army's units passed to the command of First Army, which was doing the main work of reducing the German salient from the north. In the meantime, the remainder of Ninth Army continued to hold the line along the Roer. When First Army and Third Army had finished reducing the salient, First Army returned to the command of 12th Army Group, but Ninth Army remained under the command of21st Army Group for the remainder of the Rhineland Campaign.

Late February and Ninth Army launched Operation Grenade, which was the southern prong of a pincer attack coordinated with Canadian First Army's Operation Veritable, with the purpose of closing the front up to the Rhine. By 10 March, the Rhine had been reached in all sectors of Ninth Army's front. It was not until after 20 March that Ninth Army units first crossed the Rhine itself. However, after doing so, the Army quickly struck east around the north of the Ruhr. An enormous pocket soon formed containing the German Army Group B under Model. By 4 April, Ninth Army had reached the Weser and was switched back to 12th Army Group.

The end was now clearly in sight, and as part of Ninth Army, along with the newly arrived Fifteenth Army, reduced the enormous Ruhr Pocket, other elements reached the Elbe on 18 April. 2 May saw the whole of Ninth Army's front reached the agreed demarcation point with the Russians, and the advance ceased.

Note

A newspaper article appeared in the Valley Morning Star, Aug 31, 1946. In it Floyd gives some details of his experiences in WW2.