Biographies

This website is established and maintained by children and family members of the Lost Battalion (aka, “Next Generation”). As we age and add more time since the era of these momentous events, we believe it’s critically important to capture as much of the stories of the men of the 131st Field Artillery/2nd Battalion.

If you wish to submit photos, biographical information, or other documents we would be happy to accept your digital (scanned) contributions to augment our efforts to honor all the men of the unit. If you cannot provide digital content, we would be happy to cover the cost of digitizing and shipping of photos/documents and return all content immediately following our digitizing process. For more info or to submit content, please contact us via email at: lostbattalionoftx@gmail.com.

Biographies

Corporal Joseph Roy Brown (aka “Jo Jo”, “Georgia”)

Corporal Joseph Roy Brown (aka “Jo Jo”, “Georgia”) 3rd Army, 8th Corp 36th Division, 61st Brigade 2nd Battalion, 131st Field Artillery, Headquarters Battery Born: 11/27/1913, Newman, Georgia (Coweta County) Died: 11/24/1943, 100 Kilo Camp, Burm (Myanmar) Cause(s) of Death: Dysentery, Tropic Ulcer, Beri-Beri Joseph Roy Brown Jr. was born in Newnan, Georgia on November 27,…
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Private First Class Columbus Marion Collins

Private First Class Columbus Marion Collins 3rd Army, 8th Corp 36th Division, 61st Brigade 2nd Battalion, 131st Field Artillery, F Battery Born: 7/16/1914 in Palmer, Texas (Ellis County) Died: 2/29/1944 at POW hospital camp, Kanchanaburi, Thailand Cause of Death: Dysentery Columbus M. Collins’ brother, Hughey, was attached to the 36th Division, 131st Field Artillery, Headquarters…
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First Sgt. Glenn Weldon Jones

First Sgt. Glenn Weldon Jones 3rd Army, 8th Corp 36th Division, 61st Brigade 2nd Battalion, 131st Field Artillery, F Battery Born: 7/4/1916 in Lubbock, Texas Died: 9/15/2002 at VA Hospital in Temple, Texas Notable Military Activities Attached to the Australian Army unit under Dutch command, served in the defense of Batavia (Jakarta) in the Dutch…
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SSGT. Homero Martinez

SSGT. Homero Martinez Enlistment and Pre-War Service A resident of Laredo, TX, Homero Martinez enlisted on February 1941 at Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio. Initially sent to Ft. Bliss near El Paso, he was reassigned to Camp Bowie (Brownwood, TX) in March 1941 where he was attached to the 36th Infantry Division, 131st Field…
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1st Lt. Hollis G. Allen

1st Lt. Hollis G. Allen 1st Lt. Hollis G. Allen, a resident of Jacksboro, TX was captured with the 2nd Battalion, 131st Field Artillery unit in Java. He was among POWs sent to Japan, Manchuria, and Korea to work on various Japanese wartime projects. At the end of WWII, he was promoted to the rank…
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Sgt. Dan Buzzo

Sgt. Dan Buzzo Sgt. Dan C. Buzzo, was born in Harlingen, TX whose was a Forward Observer with the 131st Field Artillery. Dan was among the POWs shipped to Burma to work on the Thai-Burma “Death Railway”. After the war, “Papa Dan” worked as an oilman, entrepreneur, and operator of an Amazon River tour company.…
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