Conflict Period:
World War II 1
Infantry 2
Army 1
Sgt. 2
1922 1
California 1
09 Jun 1944 2

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Leo E J Hoffman 1
Level of Education: 4 years of high school 1
Marital Status: Single, without dependents 1
1922 1
California 1
09 Jun 1944 3
Cause: Based upon history of 361st Regiment 3
09 Jun 1944 2
Italy 2
Cause: Died of Wounds 2
Burial Place: St. Francis Cemetery, Watsonville, California 2
Place: SantaCruz County, California 1

World War II 1

Infantry 2
Army 1
Sgt. 2
Enlistment Date:
02 Nov 1942 1
Army Branch:
Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA 1
Army Component:
Selectees (Enlisted Men) 1
Army Serial Number:
39112330 1
Purple Heart 2
Enlistment Place:
San Francisco California 1
Enlistment Term:
Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law 1
Source of Army Personnel:
Civil Life 1
361st Infantry Regiment, 91st Infantry Division 2
Farm hands, general farms 1
Race or Ethnicity:
White 1
Source Information:
Box Number: 1393 1
Film Reel Number: 6.159 1

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Date of Birth could be August 18, 1921.

History of 361st Infantry Regiment - June 1944

The 361st Infantry Regiment was one of the three regiments of the 91st "Powder River" Infantry Division that served in the Italy Campaign.  The entire 91st Division did not arrive at the front lines in Italy until July or August of 1944.  However, the 361st Infantry Regiment did land at Naples on 27 May 1944.  It was sent into combat on 4 June, the day the Allies entered Rome. 

The following quote is from the history book "The 91st Infantry Division in WW2" by Major Robert A. Robbins.  Page 31 describes the events of 9 June 1944, the date of Leo Hoffman's death.  Of course, Sgt Hoffman could have been wounded earlier then when he died or he may have simple died due to an accident and not combat.  The FootNote Facts say he was a member of the 361st Infantry Regiment and this describes their combat for that day.

After the fall of Rome, some of the Allies units stopped to rest.  The 5th Army continued to pursue the Germans as they retreated due North and also along the coastal highway, Hiway #1.  The 361st Regiment was attached to the 34th Infantry Division at this time, until the remained of their division arrived.  (More info on this combat may be found by searching the history of the 34th Division.)

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  "After the fighting in the Alban Hills, the 361st was attached to the 34th Infantry Division and moved rapidly along Hiway No. 1 north of Rome.  During the night of 8-9 June, it relieved the 133d Infantry of the 34th Division and reverted to control of the 36th Division.  The team was ordered to attack and capture TARQUINIA and then continue north along hiway No. 1 toward MONTALTO.  Two companies of the 753d Tank Battalion were attached to the 361st for the mission.
    "The attack jumped off at 0530, 9 June, with the 1st Battalion on the left, along Highway No. 1.  The 2d Battalion, on the right, approached TARQUINIA from the southeast.  the 3d Battalion, in reserve followed 2d Battalion.
    "The attack went smoothly, and, after taking the town and eliminating the sniper fire that still persisted, the regiment pushed on north.  Th eadvance was delayed slightly by a blown-out bridge across the Marta River, but the foot troops soon got across the river, and the vehicles followed when a crossing was found.
    "Continuing rapidly against slight small-arms resistance, the forward elements of the regiment pushed into MONTALTO di CASTRO at 1520.  It was here that Lt-Col. (then Major) Bertram N. Sheff, Regimental S-2, captured an armored scout car single-handed, killing the entire crew.  Lt-Col. Sheff was leading the Intelligence and REconnaissance Platoon.
    "At 0530, 10 June, the 361st, led by the 3d Battalion, moved out along Highway No. 1."

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The Appendix of this book has an Honor Roll of names of those who died and their next of kin and home address.  It does not list the date of death or other details.  This Honor Roll includes:

 Hoffman, Leo E. J., Sgt
Carmela Rooney 
625 Lincoln St., Watsonville, Calif.

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