29 December 1998
Bill Parsons 224 Myers Corners Rd Wappinger Falls, NY 12590
Stanley Polny 921 Liberty Street McKees Rock, PA 15136
Mervin H. Sheppard P.O. Box 175 Sutter Creek, CA 95685
Stephen A. Dobrenchuck 935 Las Lomas Ave. Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Dear Bill, Stanley, Mervin and Stephen,
First of all, I am going to open my letter to say "thank you" to Mr. Stanley Polny for his efforts to investigate specific information concerning my uncle Andrew Lincoln, who served with the 309th. I really appreciated the "History of the 309th Infantry Regiment" sent me. I know now, that my uncle was part of a very distinguished , front-line combat infantry unit , was with C-Company, 1st Battalion, of the 309th, as stated in Stanley's letter to me of December 23rd. It is interesting to note that Andrew has a place in history in being among the first units to cross over the Rhine on March 9th on the Ludendorf Bridge at Remagen. At the top of page 28 of the 309th History, describes in general terms the action of the day of his death on March 20th.Thanks also for the referrals to Mervin Sheppard and Stephen Dobrenchuck, who were also with C-Company of the 1st battalion, in hopes they might have some memory of Andrew Lincoln.
I realize much is lacking in our family history of Andrew Lincoln. Almost nothing remains from my grandmother's estate concerning him, except a few photos of him and my mom, and the Chaplain's letter. No personal letters-home even exist. I had no idea even exactly what company he was in until advised by Stanley's letter to me. I am trying to unravel a family mystery and seek your help.
Now that we know Andrew Lincoln was with C-Company, 1st Battalion, I wonder if any former members of C-Company out there, who might have some recollection of him or any knowledge of the circumstances surrounding his death in Stieldorf, which is a small township east of Bonn, on 20 March 1945.
I am enclosing copies of a map showing the exact location of Stieldorf and a copy of Chaplain Ralph L. Cannon's letter to my grandmother, dated 23 April 1945, which references also his service number 39148637, to Mr. Mervin Sheppard and Mr. Stephen Dobrencheck, as this is my first correspondence to them.
I hope covering all four of you fine gentlemen in one single letter is not too confusing. Stanley suggested that Bill Parsons might be able to print a portion of my letter asking any former C-Company 1st Battlalion members with knowledge of Andrew Lincoln, to write me and share their memories, what knowledge they might have of him, and any details around the circumstances of his death at Stieldorf . I believe his rank would have been Private or PFC. I am not sure what his role would have been in C-Company, whether a rifleman or not.
Any help you can give me will be greatly appreciated. If you have email and wish to correspond with me that way, would be fine. My email address is at the top of this letterhead. If there is any reproduction costs, I would be happy to cover any costs incurred.
Very truly yours,