107th Mechanized Cavalry Trooper of the Month

Edward F. Capodarco

Edward F. Capodarco

My Trooper for the Month of July is my Father – Edward F. Capodarco – 107th Cavalry – Company F
 
Inducted into Service 27 October 1942, entered into active service 10 November 1942 at Fort Sheridan, Illinois. After basic training assigned to the 107th Cavalry, Company F, joining the 107th at Fort Ord, California. In 1943 the 107th was shipped to Russian Gulch, after having been reorganized as the 107th Mechanized Cavalry. The 107th patrolled the California coast from Santa Rosa into Northern California as part of the Western Defense Command. The 107th then was moved to Camp Hood Texas for more training in preparation for deployment to the ETO.
 
They arrived at Camp Shanks, New York in late December 1944 we then boarding the SS Brazil on 1 January 1945. Quartered on what was the promenade deck. The bunks were stacked 4 high about 2 feet between them, tight quarters. They had to eat standing up as there were no chairs. 15 days later they disembarked at night at La Harve, France. The first day in France was a shocker. A contingent from our ship ( U.S.S. Brazil) were killed, some 250 GIs. The train they were on, taking them to a hastily set up Camp Lucky Strike was derailed and hit a stop station. The bodies were all brought to our camp where a hospital group that come over with us was. The bodies were all laid out one after the other in rows. The worst weather was snow and sub freezing temperatures and this was our first day in France.
 
The 107th was being shipped to the Pacific and was on their way when the Japs surrendered. My father was separated from the Army 17 November 1945. My dad was in the Army for 3 years and 8 days and spent 7 months and 19 days in the ETO and participated in three campaigns, Northern France, Rhineland and Central Europe. He was awarded the American Theater Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Service Medal, the EAME theater ribbon, WW II Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal and qualified Expert with a Carbine. Highest rank achieved Sargent and was a M5 Stuart Tank Commander.
 
After the war my father married Dolores Stanke and they raised 5 children. My father work two jobs his whole life and retired from the Civil Service, working as a printer at the Great Lakes Naval Base. My father passed away or as they say in the Cavalry, he passed on the Fiddlers Green on July 3, 1985, he was born July 3, 1921.