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Conflict Period:
World War II 1
Branch:
Army 2
Rank:
Specialist 2
Birth:
22 May 1920 3
Great Falls, MT 1
Death:
Oct 1983 3
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Full Name:
Warren Pierre Gilman 1
Full Name:
Warren Gilman 3
Birth:
22 May 1920 3
Great Falls, MT 1
Male 1
Death:
Oct 1983 3
Residence:
Last Residence: Phoenix, AZ 3
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Birth:
Mother: Florence Luva Woodworth 1
Father: Myron Cleo Gilman 1
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World War II 1

Branch:
Army 2
Rank:
Specialist 2
Service Start Date:
12 Jan 1942 2
Service End Date:
23 Sep 1945 2
Service Number:
37 097 696 2
Campaigns:
Tunisia, Naples-Foggia, Rome Arno, Central Europe 2
Occupational Specialty:
Radar Operator, Rifleman, Machine gunner 2
Unit:
C Battery of the 351st Coastal Artillery Search Light Battalion 2
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Social Security:
Card Issued: Arizona 3
Last Payment: Phoenix, AZ 3
Social Security Number: ***-**-3191 3

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World War II

Warren’s military records were destroyed in the July 1973 National Personal Records Center fire.  Through the services of Golden Arrow Research (http://www.goldenarrowresearch.com/), I have a partial record of his service during World War II. Warren Pierre Gilman joined C Battery of the 351st Coastal Artillery Search Light Battalion on March 28, 1942 as a basic recruit with a ranking of Private. In May 1942, he was promoted to Private First Class. In September 1942 his occupational specialty code was changed to 514 - radio operator. This was followed by promotion to the rank of Tech 5 in January 1943 and Tech 4 in February 1943.  In January 1943, his unit sailed to North Africa on the Anne Arundel. In October 1943, his unit sailed to Italy. From July 1944 until September 22, 1944, he was on temporary duty with the 45th Anti Aircraft Brigade as a radio operator after which he returned to C Battery. The 351st was deactivated on October 28, 1943. There is then a 16 month gap where no auxiliary records could be found to show where he was transferred. In early March 1945 records show his transfer through replacement units and in early April 1945 was attachment to the 155th Anti Aircraft Artillery Battalion (17th Airborne Division) in Hamborn, Germany.  His occupational specialty at this time is listed as 745 (rifleman) and 601 (machine gunner). During this period the 17th Airborne began military government duties. On September 5, 1945 he boarded the USS Wakefield for transport back to the USA. He was sent to the separation center for discharge on September 23, 1945.  

C Battery of the 351st Coastal Artillery Search Light Battalion

This unit was part of the US antiaircraft artillery force. At the beginning of World War II the US antiaircraft artillery force units were mostly three battalion (a gun battalion, an automatic weapons battalion, and a searchlight battalion) regiments and separate battalions. On 30 September 1942, it was proposed that 811 AAA battalions be organized (with a total strength of 619,000 men).  In 1943 the AAA regiments were broken up into separate battalions, with the regimental H&H companies becoming new AAA Group Headquarters.  Many AAA battalions were disbanded to provide replacements in 1944, some were converted to artillery. A total of 258 battalions were inactivated or disbanded between 1 January 1944 and 8 May 1945. Nevertheless, AAA remained a strong component of the army and achieved something of resurgence in late 1944 in Belgium, defending Antwerp from the threat of the V-1 "Buzzbomb." On 31 December 1944, there was still a total of 347 AAA battalions (with 257,000 men) active in the Army.

The unit was also part of Task Force 45 (in operation from 29 Jul 1944 to 28 Jan 1945).  "Task Force 45 was a polyglot task force of American and British antiaircraft gunners acting as infantry, with Italian Partisans, Brazilians and colored American troops fighting by their side. Its artillery were the antiaircraft guns pointing earthward, the guns of tanks and tank destroyers and of captured German weapons. Its engineers were Italian civilians who were not afraid to work within the sounds of guns and who built well. It did much with little." from http://www.milhist.net/mto/taskforce45.html

 

 

Adopted 1920 in Great Falls Montana

Warren was born May 22, 1920 in Great Falls, Cascade County, Montana.  We do not know his name at birth or date of adoption but it was shortly after birth. He was adopted by Myron Cleo Gilman and Florence Luva Woodworth who were married and living in Libby, Lincoln County, Montana at the time.  Y-DNA testing suggests Warren's birth father had a surname of Perkins.  At-DNA testing strongly suggests his birth mother was descended from James Patrick Kelly and Ann Shortell (Shortall).

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