Private First Class James Vernon Gross of Lake City was born on October 31, 1918. He was the son of Isaac Thomas and Dora Belle Kinley Gross. He served in the European theater of the war in the 723rd Railway Operating Battalion. He died in Germany on March 31, 1945. He was buried in Beech Grove Cemetery on October 31, 1948.
Private First Class Gross was the brother of Earl Gross, Arnold Gross, Evelyn Gross, Mildred Gross, and Joe M. Gross. His death is listed as died non-battle.
“Prior to his service in the 723rd Railway Operating Battalion, PFC James V. Gross, Ser# 7083530, served in L Company, 119th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division. This is confirmed by two Morning Reports M.R. for that Company
M.R. of 4 Aug 1944, Pvt. Gross was assigned to L Company from the 86th Replacement Bn. MOS 607 light motor crewman. Then on M.R. of 16 Aug 1944, Pvt. James V. Gross, MOS 607, light motor crewman was appointed PFC, MOS not changed.
Presently, I am only researching L Company from the time that they landed on Omaha Beach on 13 Jun to 20 Aug 1944. Therefore, I do no know when he transferred out of the unit. However, it must have be after 20 Aug which is the last date that I have a Morning Report for.”
-Submitted by Michael P. Kramer, son of a member of L Company