Fifth Field

U.S. Army Executions in Europe during World War II, E-H

Last Name

First Name

DOB

Place of Birth

Date of Death

Location of Execution

Executioner

Type Execution

Ervin

Charlie Jr.

Tuesday, February 18, 1919

Lexington, Tennessee

Friday, October 19, 1945

PBS Stockade Number 1, Aversa, Italy

Firing Squad Shot

Farrell

Arthur J.

Tuesday, November 20, 1906

Jersey City, New Jersey

Friday, January 19, 1945

St. Sulpice de, Ille-et-Vilaine, France

John C. Woods Hanged

Gordon

Tom E.

Sunday, March 7, 1915

Greenville, South Carolina

Tuesday, July 10, 1945

Loire Disciplinary Training Center, Le Mans, France

John C. Woods Hanged

Grant

General L.

Wednesday, May 25, 1921

Union Point, Georgia

Tuesday, March 27, 1945

PBS Stockade Number 1, Aversa, Italy

Unknown Hanged

Green

George Jr.

Saturday, May 10, 1924

Steven, Arkansas

Tuesday, May 15, 1945

Loire Disciplinary Training Center, Le Mans, France

John C. Woods Hanged

Guerra

Augustine M.

Sunday, May 4, 1924

Cibolo, Texas

Monday, January 8, 1945

Shepton Mallet Prison, England

Thomas Pierrepoint & Albert Pierrepoint Hanged

Harris

Wiley Jr.

Wednesday, June 12, 1918

Greenville, Georgia

Friday, May 26, 1944

Shepton Mallet Prison, England

Thomas Pierrepoint & Alexander Riley Hanged

Harrison

William Jr.

Thursday, July 27, 1922

Ironton, Ohio

Saturday, April 7, 1945

Shepton Mallet Prison, England

Thomas Pierrepoint & Herbert Morris Hanged
U.S. Army Executions in Europe during World War II, E-H2015-09-08T19:34:40-06:00

U.S. Army Executions in Europe during World War II, C-D

Last Name

First Name

DOB

Place of Birth

Date of Death

Location of Execution

Executioner

Type Execution

Cobb

David

Monday, November 14, 1921

Dothan, Alabama

Friday, March 12, 1943

Shepton Mallet Prison, England

Thomas Pierrepoint & Albert Pierrepoint Hanged

Cooper

John David

Sunday, June 11, 1922

Dover, Georgia

Tuesday, January 9, 1945

Lerouville, Meuse, France

John C. Woods Hanged

Crews

Otis B.

Saturday, March 17, 1917

Carnegie, Georgia

Wednesday, February 21, 1945

PBS Stockade Number 1, Aversa, Italy

Unknown Hanged

Davis

William E.

Monday, March 8, 1915

Richmond, Virginia

Wednesday, December 27, 1944

Guiclan, Finistere, France

John C. Woods Hanged

Davis

Arthur E.

Friday, August 8, 1919

Cleveland, Ohio

Wednesday, November 22, 1944

Montours, Ille-et-Vilaine, France

Unknown Hanged

Davis

Lee A.

Monday, January 8, 1923

Temple, Texas

Tuesday, December 14, 1943

Shepton Mallet Prison, England

Thomas Pierrepoint & Alexander Riley Hanged

Davison

Tommie

Monday, August 10, 1914

West Point, Mississippi

Thursday, March 29, 1945

Prise Guinment, Manche, France

John C. Woods Hanged

Donnelly

Robert L.

Sunday, July 27, 1924

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Wednesday, May 31, 1944

PBS Stockade Number 1, Aversa, Italy

Unknown Hanged

Downes

William C.

Wednesday, January 27, 1915

Copeland, Virginia

Wednesday, February 28, 1945

Etienville, Manche, France

John C. Woods Hanged
U.S. Army Executions in Europe during World War II, C-D2015-09-08T19:42:32-06:00

U.S. Army Executions in Europe during World War II, A-C

Last Name

First Name

DOB

Place of Birth

Date of Death

Location of Execution

Executioner

Type Execution

Agee

Amos

Wednesday, February 16, 1916

Linden, Alabama

Saturday, March 3, 1945

La Saussaye, Commune de Bure, Orne, France

John C. Woods Hanged

Anderson

Roy W.

Saturday, September 22, 1917

Jeffersonville, Indiana

Wednesday, October 25, 1944

Seine Disciplinary Training Center, Paris, France

Mortimer H. Christian/Woods Assistant Hanged

Bailey

Milbert

Sunday, September 6, 1914

Louisiana

Thursday, April 19, 1945

La Pernelle, Hameau Scipion, Normandy, France

John C. Woods Hanged

Baldwin

Walter J.

Sunday, October 8, 1922

Shell Mound, Mississippi

Wednesday, January 17, 1945

Beaufay, Sarthe, France

John C. Woods Hanged

Bennerman

Sydney

Thursday, January 31, 1918

Wilmington, North Carolina

Monday, October 15, 1945

Les Milles, France (Delta DTC)

Firing Squad Shot

Brinson

Eliga

Friday, February 21, 1919

Tallahassee, Florida

Friday, August 11, 1944

Shepton Mallet Prison, England

Thomas Pierrepoint Hanged

Burns

Lee A.

Sunday, November 9, 1913

Homer, Louisiana

Tuesday, March 27, 1945

PBS Stockade Number 1, Aversa, Italy

Unknown Hanged

Clark

Ernest Lee

Tuesday, August 10, 1920

Clifton Forge, Virginia

Monday, January 8, 1945

Shepton Mallet Prison, England

Thomas Pierrepoint & Albert Pierrepoint Hanged

Clay

Matthew Jr.

Monday, July 26, 1920

Avery Island, Louisiana

Monday, June 4, 1945

Fontenay-sur-Mer, Manche, France

John C. Woods Hanged
U.S. Army Executions in Europe during World War II, A-C2015-09-08T19:44:44-06:00

Sergeant Richard A. Mosley

(June 2, 2014) Sergeant and Military Police guard Richard A. Mosley served at the Loire Disciplinary Training Center, during which time he escorted seven condemned men to the gallows.  The son of Irish immigrants, Mosley was born in Pineville, KY on February 22, 1904.  He joined the Navy in World War I, but received a discharge for being underage.  He spent five years at the University of Illinois, studying electrical and mechanical engineering.  He subsequently was the foreman for an automobile service center.  Although he was partially blind in one eye, he entered the Army at Los Angeles on August 1, 1942 and became a powerhouse engineer.  After arriving in Great Britain on June 1, 1943, he was transferred to new duties as a military specialty 635 – disciplinarian.  He stood 6’5″ tall and weighed 203 pounds.  On March 1, 1945, he became a first sergeant in the 1008th Engineer Services Battalion.  Mosley was discharged at Fort MacArthur, CA on August 31, 1945.  He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, the World War II Victory Medal and the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with a Bronze Service Star for Northern France.  Mosley lived in Hanford, CA until his death on January 5, 1953.  He is buried at Grangeville Cemetery in Armona, CA.

However, this is only part of the story.  In May 2014, family members of Sergeant Mosley contacted the author with additional, critical information.  Richard Mosley had died in 1953, but the cause of death was a suicide.  For decades, Mrs. Mosley and her children questioned themselves as to whether they may have contributed to Sergeant Mosley’s decision to end his life.  When you read The Fifth Field, you will see the level of compassion that Sergeant Mosley displayed toward condemned prisoners; a witness to one execution recalled in 2011 how Sergeant Mosley let a man smoke a last cigarette before climbing the stairs of the gallows.

Sergeant Richard A. Mosley did not take his own life over family issues or finances.  In my opinion, Sergeant Mosley was a classic case of Post-Traumatic Stress and he was unable to get the help he needed before it overwhelmed him.

Sergeant Richard A. Mosley2015-09-30T19:59:00-06:00

US Army Executions World War II in Europe and Africa

Master Sergeant John C Woods, US Army Hangman

 

The 96

Last Name

First Name

Date of Death

Location of Execution

Cobb

David

Friday, March 12, 1943

Shepton Mallet Prison, England

Smith

Harold A.

Friday, June 25, 1943

Shepton Mallet Prison, England

Kendrick

James E.

Saturday, July 17, 1943

Oran, Algeria

Pittman

Willie Aron

Monday, August 30, 1943

Termini, Sicily

Stroud

Harvey L.

Monday, August 30, 1943

Termini, Sicily

White

Armstead

Monday, August 30, 1943

Termini, Sicily

White

David

Monday, August 30, 1943

Termini, Sicily

Smith

Charles H.

Monday, September 06, 1943

Oran, Algeria

Davis

Lee A.

Tuesday, December 14, 1943

Shepton Mallet Prison, England

Jones

Edwin P.

Wednesday, January 05, 1944

Oran, Algeria

Waters

John H.

Thursday, February 10, 1944

Shepton Mallet Prison, England

Spears

Charles E.

Wednesday, April 19, 1944

PBS Stockade Number 1, Aversa, Italy

Leatherberry

J.C.

Tuesday, May 16, 1944

Shepton Mallet Prison, England

Harris

Wiley Jr.

Friday, May 26, 1944

Shepton Mallet Prison, England

Miranda

Alex F.

Tuesday, May 30, 1944

Shepton Mallet Prison, England

Donnelly

Robert L.

Wednesday, May 31, 1944

PBS Stockade Number 1, Aversa, Italy

Brinson

Eliga

Friday, August 11, 1944

Shepton Mallet Prison, England

Smith

Willie

Friday, August 11, 1944

Shepton Mallet Prison, England

Whitfield

Clarence

Monday, August 14, 1944

Canisy, France

Watson

Ray

Tuesday, August 29, 1944

PBS Stockade Number 1, Aversa, Italy

Thomas

Madison

Thursday, October 12, 1944

Shepton Mallet Prison, England

Anderson

Roy W.

Wednesday, October 25, 1944

Seine Disciplinary Training Center, Paris, France

Sanders

James B.

Wednesday, October 25, 1944

Seine Disciplinary Training Center, Paris, France

Kluxdal

Paul M.

Tuesday, October 31, 1944

Seine Disciplinary Training Center, Paris, France

Watson

Joseph

Wednesday, November 08, 1944

Seine Disciplinary Training Center, Paris, France

Wimberly

Willie Jr.

Wednesday, November 08, 1944

Seine Disciplinary Training Center, Paris, France

Maxey

Curtis L.

Saturday, November 18, 1944

PBS Stockade Number 1, Aversa, Italy

Pennyfeather

William D.

Saturday, November 18, 1944

Fort Du Roule, Cherbourg, France

Scott

Richard B.

Saturday, November 18, 1944

Fort Du Roule, Cherbourg, France

McGann

Theron W.

Monday, November 20, 1944

St. Lo, Manche, France

Davis

Arthur E.

Wednesday, November 22, 1944

Montours, Ille-et-Vilaine, France

Jordan

Charles H.

Wednesday, November 22, 1944

Montours, Ille-et-Vilaine, France

Hendricks

James E.

Friday, November 24, 1944

Chateau La Vallee, Plumaudan, Cotes-du-Nord, France

Pygate

Benjamin

Tuesday, November 28, 1944

Shepton Mallet Prison, England

Newman

Oscar N.

Wednesday, November 29, 1944

Beaunay, Marne, France

Valentine

Leo Sr.

Wednesday, November 29, 1944

Beaunay, Marne, France

Davis

William E.

Wednesday, December 27, 1944

Guiclan, Finistere, France

Clark

Ernest Lee

Monday, January 08, 1945

Shepton Mallet Prison, England

Guerra

Augustine M.

Monday, January 08, 1945

Shepton Mallet Prison, England

Cooper

John David

Tuesday, January 09, 1945

Lerouville, Meuse, France

Baldwin

Walter J.

Wednesday, January 17, 1945

Beaufay, Sarthe, France

Farrell

Arthur J.

Friday, January 19, 1945

St. Sulpice de, Ille-et-Vilaine, France

Twiggs

James W.

Monday, January 22, 1945

Loire Disciplinary Training Center, Le Mans, France

Holden

Mervin

Tuesday, January 30, 1945

Fort d’Orange, Citadel, Namur, Belgium

Spencer

Elwood J.

Tuesday, January 30, 1945

Fort d’Orange, Citadel, Namur, Belgium

Slovik

Eddie

Wednesday, January 31, 1945

Ste. Marie-Aux-Mines, France

Wilson

J. P.

Friday, February 02, 1945

Lerouville, Meuse, France

Skinner

Robert L.

Saturday, February 10, 1945

Bricquebec, Manche, France

Yancy

Waiters

Saturday, February 10, 1945

Bricquebec, Manche, France

Mack

William

Thursday, February 15, 1945

Plabennec, Finisterre, France

Crews

Otis B.

Wednesday, February 21, 1945

PBS Stockade Number 1, Aversa, Italy

Downes

William C.

Wednesday, February 28, 1945

Etienville, Manche, France

Agee

Amos

Saturday, March 03, 1945

La Saussaye, Commune de Bure, Orne, France

Smith

John C.

Saturday, March 03, 1945

La Saussaye, Commune de Bure, Orne, France

Watson

Frank

Saturday, March 03, 1945

La Saussaye, Commune de Bure, Orne, France

Jones

Cubia

Saturday, March 17, 1945

Shepton Mallet Prison, England

Pearson

Robert L.

Saturday, March 17, 1945

Shepton Mallet Prison, England

Jones

Kinney

Tuesday, March 20, 1945

PBS Stockade Number 1, Aversa, Italy

Mack

John H.

Tuesday, March 20, 1945

PBS Stockade Number 1, Aversa, Italy

Taylor

John W.

Tuesday, March 20, 1945

PBS Stockade Number 1, Aversa, Italy

Burns

Lee A.

Tuesday, March 27, 1945

PBS Stockade Number 1, Aversa, Italy

Grant

General L.

Tuesday, March 27, 1945

PBS Stockade Number 1, Aversa, Italy

Smalls

Abraham

Tuesday, March 27, 1945

PBS Stockade Number 1, Aversa, Italy

Davison

Tommie

Thursday, March 29, 1945

Prise Guinment, Manche, France

Williams

Olin W.

Thursday, March 29, 1945

Le Chene Daniel, Manche, France

Harrison

William Jr.

Saturday, April 07, 1945

Shepton Mallet Prison, England

Hopper

Benjamin F.

Wednesday, April 11, 1945

Loire Disciplinary Training Center, Le Mans, France

Bailey

Milbert

Thursday, April 19, 1945

La Pernelle, Hameau Scipion, Normandy, France

Jones

James L.

Thursday, April 19, 1945

La Pernelle, Hameau Scipion, Normandy, France

Williams

John

Thursday, April 19, 1945

La Pernelle, Hameau Scipion, Normandy, France

McGhee

Shelton Sr.

Friday, May 04, 1945

PBS Stockade Number 1, Aversa, Italy

Smith

George E. Jr.

Tuesday, May 08, 1945

Shepton Mallet Prison, England

Green

George Jr.

Tuesday, May 15, 1945

Loire Disciplinary Training Center, Le Mans, France

Heard

Haze

Monday, May 21, 1945

Mesnil-Clinchamps, Calvados, France

McCarter

William J.

Monday, May 28, 1945

Loire Disciplinary Training Center, Le Mans, France

Norris

Clete O.

Thursday, May 31, 1945

Loire Disciplinary Training Center, Le Mans, France

Rollins

Alvin R.

Thursday, May 31, 1945

Loire Disciplinary Training Center, Le Mans, France

Clay

Matthew Jr.

Monday, June 04, 1945

Fontenay-sur-Mer, Manche, France

Schmiedel

Werner

Monday, June 11, 1945

PBS Stockade Number 1, Aversa, Italy

Martinez

Aniceto

Friday, June 15, 1945

Shepton Mallet Prison, England

Ortiz

Victor

Thursday, June 21, 1945

Loire Disciplinary Training Center, Le Mans, France

Johnson

Willie

Tuesday, June 26, 1945

La Heye Peshnel, France

McMurray

Fred A.

Monday, July 02, 1945

PBS Stockade Number 1, Aversa, Italy

Till

Louis

Monday, July 02, 1945

PBS Stockade Number 1, Aversa, Italy

Jefferies

Charles H.

Thursday, July 05, 1945

PBS Stockade Number 1, Aversa, Italy

Jones

John T.

Thursday, July 05, 1945

PBS Stockade Number 1, Aversa, Italy

Nelson

Henry W.

Thursday, July 05, 1945

PBS Stockade Number 1, Aversa, Italy

Gordon

Tom E.

Tuesday, July 10, 1945

Loire Disciplinary Training Center, Le Mans, France

Wray

Robert

Monday, August 20, 1945

Loire Disciplinary Training Center, Le Mans, France

Philpot

Henry C.

Monday, September 10, 1945

Loire Disciplinary Training Center, Le Mans, France

Robinson

Charles M.

Friday, September 28, 1945

Loire Disciplinary Training Center, Le Mans, France

Mariano

Blake W.

Wednesday, October 10, 1945

Loire Disciplinary Training Center, Le Mans, France

Bennerman

Sydney

Monday, October 15, 1945

Les Milles, France (Delta DTC)

Parker

Woodrow

Monday, October 15, 1945

Les Milles, France (Delta DTC)

Ervin

Charlie Jr.

Friday, October 19, 1945

PBS Stockade Number 1, Aversa, Italy

Spinks

Mansfield

Friday, October 19, 1945

PBS Stockade Number 1, Aversa, Italy

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Grave of Louis Till

Louis Till was hanged at the stockade at Aversa, Italy on Monday, July 2, 1945.  His body was transferred to the American Military Cemetery at Oise-Aisne in 1949, where he was buried in grave # 73 in the fourth row of the plot known as “the fifth field.”  Till had murdered an Italian woman, raped two other Italian women, assaulted an Italian man and assaulted a U. S. Navy sailor to earn the death sentence.  The Army sent his personal effects home to his estranged wife.  Ten years later, Till’s 14-year-old son Emmett wore his father’s ring, bearing the initials “LT” on a visit from to Chicago to Mississippi.  Three men kidnapped Emmett, tortured and killed him.  His body was so disfigured in the incident that it was difficult for authorities to identify him.  Positive identification was finally made, in part, because of the initials on the ring.  The shocking incident of Emmett Till’s death sparked the Civil Rights movement of the late 1950s.

Grave of Louis Till2015-09-08T19:18:16-06:00

The Seine Disciplinary Training Center, Paris, Mortier Caserne, 1945

The Seine Disciplinary Training Center, 1945

Five American soldiers were hanged at this DTC, located in eastern Paris, from October 25, 1944 to November 8, 1944.  Major Mortimer H. Christian presided over all five hangings.  Master Sergeant John C. Woods assisted in at least three.  Willie Wimberly Jr., Joseph Watson, Paul M. Kluxdal, James B. Sanders and Roy W. Anderson were hanged at the center located at the Caserne Mortier.  The site is now part of the French intelligence services and access is not permitted.

The Seine Disciplinary Training Center, Paris, Mortier Caserne, 19452015-09-08T19:19:41-06:00
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