Not Quite Right
Going through Facebook
the other day and found an interesting post
about the death of Grover Loika.
and small errors on the post. The first
is having Pvt all in uppercase PVT. In WWII
Pvt was written just that way. Not a biggie
but still only the start of the errors.
Next problem his saying HQ Company as
Headquarters is one word so the abbreviation
should be Hq not HQ.
The next issue is using
the word Regiment. If you are part of a
word Regiment is assumed so it should be
Hq Co 3rd Bn 506th
Prcht Inf 101st Abn Div. The
next issue dovetails neatly with this
grammatical error as this post has HQ
Company. It should be written either Hq Co
or Headquarters Company not a combination of
abbreviation and full form in the same
These are not really a
large issue compared to what follows. The
family was given incorrect information
concerning the death of their cousin Private
Grover C. Loika who was killed Normandy June
6, 1944. In the post they were told by the
writer that their cousin was wounded and
taken to the 101st Abn Div Aid
Station at Château de la Colombière where he
died a few hours later.
That was not true as
even in the records the writer posted it was
clear that he was KIA (Killed in Action) on
his Grave Form #1 Burial Report. The writer
stated that the 6 digit Coordinate 388:925
was the Aid Station.
That Coordinate was actually used for
the Temporary Cemetery Hiesville adjacent to
the Aid Station the 101st was
using. The second page of the link
shows another soldier with the same listing
on the SGO except that he died of drowning.
Even though he was at the Aid Station it
only shows that because the Cemetery is
right next door.
Loika’s SGO (Surgeon General’s Report)
is available and it shows that he was listed
as KIA and was shot in the Chest region.
None of that information was given to his
cousin is seems. The writer never mentioned
where Graves Registration Form #1 came
from. He called it “service documents”
which is odd as this came from the IDPF
(Individual Deceased Personnel Files).
SGO shows the type of wound that killed
him in this case he was shot in the chest by
a bullet. Since the Aid Station was next to
the Temporary Cemetery that’s why they are
listed on the SGO. If he had been wounded
before dying it would stated Died of Wounds
instead of Killed in Action.
This will explain what
the documents in relation to Grover Loika
when he joined the 506th Prcht
October 5, 1942 first coming into
Service Company. Next it shows Private
leaving Service Company going into
Hq Co 3rd Bn February 5,
Then you will see the
Weekly Burial Report when he was buried
in Hiesville Temporary Cemetery. There is a
color photo of the Heisville Cemetery during
June 1944. Also included is a picture of
some of the 101st soldiers being
buried at the Hiesville Cemetery. The
person in the picture was the Chaplain
Captain Sampson from the 501st doing the
benediction before burial.
The men were
disinterred the first week of July 1944 and
moved to the
Blosville Temporary Cemetery. Here you
will see the
second Weekly Burial Report along with a
picture of a French/American Service at
Blosville. Next is a photo of a
soldier visiting a friend October 29, 1944.
If you look to the right you will see the
letter J. That is the Plot where Pvt Loika
was buried. He was in the second row but on
the far side if you look at Plot
Last is Pvt Loika
for the CIB (Combat Infantryman
Badge) July 1944.
Brian N. Siddall
August 15, 2023