Theodore S. Fleser
Theodore (Ted) Sanford. Fleser
Date and Place of
March 3, 1922 - New York City, New York, USA
When Did You
Join The Service? Where? What Unit or Base?
25 Feb. ’42, Army Building 39 White Hall,
NYC, NY – Assigned to Signal Corp, Left for U.K. Sept. ’42. Then to
North African invasion in Oran, Algeria. Joined WW II Army Rangers May
’43 “D” Company 1st Battalion – Browning Automatic Rifle
(BAR) Gunner. Invaded Sicily at Gela and Italy at Miori. Wounded at
Venafro Italy (mortar bomb fragment to jaw), Artena Italy (concussion –
loss of consciousness for several days) and Menton France (shell
fragment wound to rt. hip pocket area and left eye [eye itself was saved
by the glasses deflecting the fragment])
When Did You Join The
Force (FSSF)? Where?
When the Ranger Cannon Company was absorbed
– Anzio Beach Head.
What Part of the
Ranger Cannon Company became the FSSF Cannon
Rank? Or Weapon?
Track Commander – Diamond
What Did You Do
After The Force Broke Up?
Cannon Company became part of the 474th
Infantry Regiment (Separate) on the Cherbourg Peninsula France to
counter the Germans operating from the Channel Islands. Was severely
burned and sent to Bournemouth England for hospitalization. Was near
Paris, returning to unit on V.E. Day. Returned home after three years
6 Aug ’45, Ft. Dix, New Jersey
Attended RCA Institute – radio Engineer.
Relocated to California 1953. Employed at North American Aviation’s
Aerophysics Field Lab which became Rocketdyne’s Santa Susana Field Lab.
Participated in development of Redstone, Atlas, Delta, Lance and other
Married Miriam on Halloween 1948. We have
three girls, Robin and Holly are nurses, and April teaches Special
Education. They have provided seven grandchildren.
Miriam and I provide child care between
Ranger, Force, and Special Forces Association Activities.
In Menton France, Diamond Track would rapid
fire ten rounds at a pre-selected target then immediately go around a
bend as German incoming shells were on the way. A battery of ninety
millimeter (90 mm) guns would counter fire. Fun and Games.
by daughter Holly Seery