FULL NAME:

Herman S. Geist

ARMY SERIAL NUMBER (ASN):

32999691

  • DATE OF BIRTH: April 5, 1925
  • DATE OF DEATH: Alive
RESIDENCE (DURING WWII)

New York City, New York

DATE / PLACE OF ENLISTMENT
  • DATE OF ENLISTMENT:
    August 17, 1943
  • PLACE OF ENLISTMENT:
    New York City, New York
ORGANIZATION
  • MAIN UNIT:
    38th Infantry Regiment
  • SUBUNIT:
    Company F, 2nd Battalion
RANK / POSITION IN UNIT (LAST KNOWN)
  • RANK:
    First Lieutenant (1st Lt.)
  • POSITION IN UNIT:
    Platoon Leader
BATTLES AND CAMPAIGNS

✭ Ardennes-Alsace Campaign (16 December 1944 – 25 January 1945), ✭ Rhineland Campaign (15 September 1944 – 21 March 1945), ✭ Central Europe Campaign (22 March – 11 May 1945)

SUMMARY OF HIS SERVICE

Mr. Herman Geist was born on April 5, 1925 in New York. He was enlisted as a draftee on August 17, 1943 in New York City. „I was 18 when I came into the Army and I was 21 when I came out. There were 6 of my classmates who were killed during the D-Day. So it was a very sensitive period of growing up,“ said Herman Geist in his interview in 2003.

Herman Geist went through his infantry basic training at Fort Benning, GA and later he was assigned to the 100th Infantry Division. In July, 1944 Herman Geist was sent back to Fort Benning to Officer Candidate School where he graduated in November 1944. One month later, as an young 19-year-old 2nd Lieutenant Herman Geist joined Company F, 38th Infantry Regiment at the end of the Battle of the Bulge.2nd Lt. Herman Geist led his platoon of Company F all the way through Germany and at the beginning of May 1945 they were sent to Czechoslovakia. His Company F was the first U.S. Army unit that entered the city of Domažlice and helped to set it free. Herman Geist was promoted to the rank of 1st Lieutenant at the end of war.

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HONORED BY:

Men of the 2nd Infantry Division

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File Unit: Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, ca. 1938 - 1946 (Enlistment Records)
in the Series: World War II Army Enlistment Records, created 6/1/2002 - 9/30/2002, documenting the period ca. 1938 - 1946. - Record Group 64 (info)

Brief Scope: This series contains records of approximately nine million men and women who enlisted in the United States Army, including the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps.

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