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Floyd, Soldeir in WWII

Floyd William GANNAge: 60 years19161976

Name
Floyd William GANN
Birth February 10, 1916 26 24

Educationyes

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.
Death of a paternal grandmotherEliza Jane FRIEND
November 29, 1917 (Age 21 months)
Birth of a sisterEdna GANN
February 9, 1918 (Age 23 months)
Birth of a brotherHoward James “Pete” GANN
1923 (Age 6 years)
Birth of a brotherRobert Wilton GANN
January 1, 1926 (Age 9 years)
Birth of a sisterAlta Ruth GANN
April 2, 1929 (Age 13 years)
Death of a paternal grandfatherWilliam Allen GANN
December 21, 1937 (Age 21 years)
Death of a sisterOpal Mae GANN
July 23, 1939 (Age 23 years)
Death of a maternal grandfatherWilliam Joseph MAGEE
May 14, 1941 (Age 25 years)
Military
First Allied Airborne Army
1944 (Age 27 years)
Note: A letter from Floyd written in 1946 states that he had been a member of First Allied Airborne Army -…

Death of a brotherHerman Taft GANN
December 26, 1965 (Age 49 years)
Death of a maternal grandmotherMary Melisse Caroline BENNETT
May 25, 1967 (Age 51 years)

Death of a fatherThomas Floyd GANN
August 26, 1970 (Age 54 years)
Death of a motherAlta MAGEE
August 15, 1973 (Age 57 years)
Occupation
Carpenter
yes

Death April 9, 1976 (Age 60 years)
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22 months
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6 years
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3 years
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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.

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