The 362nd Infantry Regiment was one of three regiments of the 91st "Powder River" Infantry Division. This division entered combat after the fall of Rome(4 June, 1944) to relieve some of the units that had been fighting at Anzio and Cassino fronts. The 91st Division pursued the retreating Germans as they fought a delaying action so they could retreat to the Arno River, their next defensive position.
The history of the 91st Division is found in the book "The 91st Infantry Division in WW2" by Major Robert A. Robbins. This history described the 91st Division as the first US unit to reach the Arno River on 18 July 1944. After 7-1/2 days, the 91st Division had suffered 904 casualties: 12 officers, 131 enlisted men Killed and 37 officers and 724 enlisted men wounded or injured.
The 362d Regiment defeated the last German defense at the town of Treggiaia, Italy, on 18 July, which is just south of the Arno River. After this struggle, they advanced to La Rotta the next day(19th) without any resistance.
NOTE: The place of Death listed in the FootNote Fact is stated as "Near Strada". The map places this too far north, almost at the base of the Alps---which would not be reached by the advancing Allies until April 1945--9 months later. Either this is an error OR there is another village named Strada. Many times the old names of the towns are shortened or abbreviated, which causes confusion with Map Quest.
The Appendix in the 9st Division's book includes an Honor Roll of those who died in service to their country. The lists includes their next of kin and their home address. The Honor Roll includes:
Gilbert, William J. , T/3
Mrs. Theresa Gilbert
1489 E. Colorado St., Pasadena, Calif.
T/3 = rank of Tech 3rd Grade