Interesting data here on the number of non-citizens who served in the US military during WW II

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Re: Interesting data here on the number of non-citizens who served in the US military during WW II

Post by R Leonard » 25 Mar 2024 13:54

Rico Botta, RAdm USN. Born and raised in Melbourne, Australia. Emigrated to the US at 18 years in 1908. Enlisted in the USNRF in in 1917, commissioned Ensign in 1918 and augmented to the USN as a Lieutenant in 1921.
See https://www.epnaao.com/BIOS_files/DECEA ... 20Rico.pdf

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Post by daveshoup2MarDiv » 27 Mar 2024 02:48

R Leonard wrote:
25 Mar 2024 13:54
Rico Botta, RAdm USN. Born and raised in Melbourne, Australia. Emigrated to the US at 18 years in 1908. Enlisted in the USNRF in in 1917, commissioned Ensign in 1918 and augmented to the USN as a Lieutenant in 1921.
See https://www.epnaao.com/BIOS_files/DECEA ... 20Rico.pdf
Thanks - very interesting. That's four, so far ...

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Post by R Leonard » 04 Apr 2024 15:17

Joseph M. Carson, Rear Admiral, USN was born in Enniskillen, Ulster County, Ireland, on June 22, 1901. Graduated USNA and commissioned Ensign on June 4, 1925. Promoted to Rear Admiral in 1953. Retired 1961. Naval Aviator # 3411, April 1928.

Commander Anthony Feher, USN, was born in Budapest, Hungary on October 22, 1882. Enlisted in 1904, promoted to the warrant grade of Boatswain in 1920, commissioned warrant grade Chief Boatswain 1924, and was commissioned a Lieutenant in 1942. Retired 1946. Naval Aviator # 95, July 1918.

Major General Paul J. Fontana, USMC, was born in Lucca, Italy in 1911. Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in 1936. Retired 1973. Naval Aviator # 6305, January 1940.

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Post by LineDoggie » 05 Apr 2024 02:19

R Leonard wrote:
04 Apr 2024 15:17
Joseph M. Carson, Rear Admiral, USN was born in Enniskillen, Ulster County, Ireland, on June 22, 1901. Graduated USNA and commissioned Ensign on June 4, 1925. Promoted to Rear Admiral in 1953. Retired 1961. Naval Aviator # 3411, April 1928.

Commander Anthony Feher, USN, was born in Budapest, Hungary on October 22, 1882. Enlisted in 1904, promoted to the warrant grade of Boatswain in 1920, commissioned warrant grade Chief Boatswain 1924, and was commissioned a Lieutenant in 1942. Retired 1946. Naval Aviator # 95, July 1918.

Major General Paul J. Fontana, USMC, was born in Lucca, Italy in 1911. Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in 1936. Retired 1973. Naval Aviator # 6305, January 1940.
Pretty sure you mean naturalized Citizens
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Post by daveshoup2MarDiv » 05 Apr 2024 04:17

LineDoggie wrote:
05 Apr 2024 02:19
R Leonard wrote:
04 Apr 2024 15:17
Joseph M. Carson, Rear Admiral, USN was born in Enniskillen, Ulster County, Ireland, on June 22, 1901. Graduated USNA and commissioned Ensign on June 4, 1925. Promoted to Rear Admiral in 1953. Retired 1961. Naval Aviator # 3411, April 1928.

Commander Anthony Feher, USN, was born in Budapest, Hungary on October 22, 1882. Enlisted in 1904, promoted to the warrant grade of Boatswain in 1920, commissioned warrant grade Chief Boatswain 1924, and was commissioned a Lieutenant in 1942. Retired 1946. Naval Aviator # 95, July 1918.

Major General Paul J. Fontana, USMC, was born in Lucca, Italy in 1911. Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in 1936. Retired 1973. Naval Aviator # 6305, January 1940.
Pretty sure you mean naturalized Citizens
R Leonard wrote:
04 Apr 2024 15:17
Joseph M. Carson, Rear Admiral, USN was born in Enniskillen, Ulster County, Ireland, on June 22, 1901. Graduated USNA and commissioned Ensign on June 4, 1925. Promoted to Rear Admiral in 1953. Retired 1961. Naval Aviator # 3411, April 1928.

Commander Anthony Feher, USN, was born in Budapest, Hungary on October 22, 1882. Enlisted in 1904, promoted to the warrant grade of Boatswain in 1920, commissioned warrant grade Chief Boatswain 1924, and was commissioned a Lieutenant in 1942. Retired 1946. Naval Aviator # 95, July 1918.

Major General Paul J. Fontana, USMC, was born in Lucca, Italy in 1911. Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in 1936. Retired 1973. Naval Aviator # 6305, January 1940.
1. Thanks re Carson and Fontana, especially.

2. True. made the same point in #13.

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Re: Interesting data here on the number of non-citizens who served in the US military during WW II

Post by LineDoggie » 08 Apr 2024 01:59

jbroshot wrote:
23 Mar 2024 03:32
Not a general but perhaps as famous as some of them. 1Lt Karl Timmermann, whose Company A, 27th Armored Infantry Battalion, 9th Armored Regiment, captured the Remagen Bridge intact. Born in German to an American father and a German mother and brought back to the States as a child. I am guessing that he probably had or could have had dual citizenship.

IIRC Timmermann died of cancer in 1951, After serving in the landings at Inchon in 1950 with 7th INF div.
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Re: Interesting data here on the number of non-citizens who served in the US military during WW II

Post by wwilson » 08 Apr 2024 10:02

Would also note that Timmermann's unit was part of the 9th Armored Division, not the 9th Regiment (which is a cavalry regiment, not armor).

His was a great example of the value of initiative on the battlefield. I was for many years unaware of what LineDoggie mentioned, in that he did not live very long postwar.

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Post by daveshoup2MarDiv » 17 Apr 2024 03:17

wwilson wrote:
08 Apr 2024 10:02
Would also note that Timmermann's unit was part of the 9th Armored Division, not the 9th Regiment (which is a cavalry regiment, not armor).

His was a great example of the value of initiative on the battlefield. I was for many years unaware of what LineDoggie mentioned, in that he did not live very long postwar.

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