1st Battalion 22nd Infantry
JOURNAL OF ALEX J. SCARBROUGH
WAR II D DAY
Alex Scarbrough (Company K 22nd Infantry Regiment) and brother
Photo taken in England
Record from Jan. 8, 1938 to Feb. 1, 1946
in Jan. 8, 1938 at Ft. McClellan, Ala.
eight weeks basic training. Was them shipped to O.D. & R.D.,
Brooklyn, N.Y. Spent six weeks there.
Then boarded the U.S.A.T. St. Micheil, for Canal Zone. Arrived in
Canal Zone May 6, 1938.
Was assigned to Co. A. 14th Inf. Did a
two year hitch with Co. A. 14th Inf.
Returned to U.S. in May 1940.
Was discharged May 26. Reenlisted May 29 at Ft. Moultice, SC. Was
given 60 day furlough.
Returned to Ft. McClellan, Ala July 24, 1940 & was assigned
to Co. K. 22nd Inf.
Went to La. for maneuvers in August, 1940. Promoted from Pvt. to
P.F.C. Sept. 1, 1940.
22nd Inf. made part of the 4th
Mtzd. Div. Moved to Ft. Benning, GA, Harmmy Church area Feb. 21,
Promoted to Corporal July 15, 1941. Taken part in La. Manuvers
Aug. 1941. Returned to Ft. Benning 1st
3rd Bn of 22nd
Inf. was formed into 4th A.T. Bn. P.M.D.
Manuvered in N.C. & S.C. in Nov. 1941 as such.
Returned to Benning Co. K. was split up & Co. B. 654 T.D. Bn.
was formed from Co. K.
A cadie remained for Co. K. I remained in Co. K. 22nd
Inf. Moved to Camp Gordon, GA Dec. 26, 1941.
Promoted to Sgt. March 9, 1942. Demoted to Pvt. 1st
Went to N.C. for Manuvers. July made P.F.C. 10th
July. Returned to Camp 27th July.
Promoted to Sgt. Aug. 31.
Moved to Ft. Dix, N.J. April 1943. Range fireing & assault
training, moved to Camp Gordon Johnson, Fla.
Sept. 1943 amphibious training 30 days. 1st
Dec. moved to Ft. Jackson, S.C. Promoted to S/Sgt. Jan 2, 1944.
Received new clothing & equipment. Jan 8, went to Camp
Kilmer, N.J. Left Kilmer Jan. 17th 1944.
Boarded the Cape Town Castle sailed Jan 18, 1944. Arrived
Liverpool, England Jan 29.
Disembarked Jan. 30 went by train to South Brent, Eng. Billkitted
there until 15th May 1944.
Went into Marshalling area at Torquay, Eng. Remained there until
We boarded that ship for D. Day trip across the English Channell.
June 6, 1944.
A day to never be forgotten. We went over the side
into assault barges about 6 a.m.
About 8 a.m. my co. hit Normandy Beach in the 2nd
wave. Nothing much happened.
1st day advanced about 4 miles toward
Cherbaurg, France. Spent 1st night in
2nd morning started off with a bang
& boom of 88s. Started our advance about 10 a.m.
I stepped on shoe mine & my left foot was shattered. I was
removed to the war aid station.
Spent one night June 7. in Evac. Hosp. June 8. was put aboard LST
& returned to England to 315 Sta. Hosp. arrived at 76 Gen.
Hosp. June 10.
G.G. set in & my left leg was amputated June 13, 1944
by Lt. Col. Karbaugh, M.C.
Left 76 G.H. July 26, went to 93rd
G.H. spent 3 days in 93rd.
Was put on VSHS Wisteria July 30, arrived in US Aug. 13,
spent 4 days at Stark Gen. Hosp. Charleston, SC Was sent
to Lawson Gen. Atlanta, GA
where I remained until I was discharged Feb. 1, 1946. Was fitted
with Prosithesis Nov 27, 1945.
Received C.D.D. Feb 1, 1946. Completing my Military career of
eight years & twenty four days.
Held the rank of Staff Sargent when discharged.
My discharged record is recorded at county court house,
Chatom in office of Probate Judge of Washington C., Ala. in
Volume 3 on page 150.
March 24, 1946)
Chatom, Washington Co.,
March 24, 1946
is a separate page in his journal book)
one June 7, night in Evac. Hosp. in France. Left France June 8 on
Arrived in Eng. June 9, was carried by ambulance to 315th
Station Hosp. Spent one night there.
Went by train June 10 to 76th Gen. Hosp.
Leg was amputated June 13, 1944.
76th group left in July. 135 G.H. taken
over. Left 135th July 26. Arrived 93
G.H. same day.
Left 93rd G.H. July 29 by train to Liver
Pool. Embarked on Hosp. Ship Wisteria July 30.
Arrived Stark Gen. Hosp. Charleston Aug. 13, 1944 and left Stark
G.H. by train.
Arived Lawson Gen. Hosp. Atlanta, GA Aug. 18, 0500 a.m.
Discharged from Lawson Gen. Hosp. Atlanta, GA & U.S. Army
Feb. 1, 1946
PFC Sept. 2, 1940
Corporal July 15, 1941
Sgt. March 19, 1942
Sgt. to Pvt. June 1, 1942
PFC July 1942
Sgt. Aug. 30, 1942
Staff Sgt. Jan. 2, 1944
Camps Post & Stations:
McClellan, Anniston, Ala
& R. Depot, Brooklyn, NY
Daws C.Z., Cristobal, C.Z.
Moultice, Charleston, S.C.
McClellan, Anniston, Ala.
Benning, Columbus, GA
Gordon, Augusta, GA
Dix, Trenton, N.J.
Gordon Johnston, Carrabelle, Fla
Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
Kilmer, Jersey City, N.J.
X, South Brent, England
Y.Z., Sorquay, England
& 135 Gen. Hosp., Herford, England
G.H., Malulen, England
Gen. Hosp, Charleston, S.C.
Gen. Hosp., Atlanta, Ga. 8/18/44 to 2/1/46
photos of Alex Scarbrough in Panama, 1938
J. SCARBROUGH TIME LINE
April 25, 1913 Yellow Pine, Washington County, AL
September 17, 1963 Chatom, Wash. Co. AL
Scarbrough enrolled July 13, 1935 at Mobile, Alabama for the
Civilian Conservation Corps.
Discharged March 31, 1936, due to expiration of term of
enrollment, did not desire to re-enroll.
J. Scarbrough, Army Serial #6930304, enlisted January 8, 1938 at
Fort McClellan, Anniston, Alabama, did 8 weeks basic training.
1938 was shipped to O.D. & R.D., Brooklyn, NY, 6 weeks there
1938 Boarded the U.S.A.T. St. Michael for Canal Zone
6, 1938 arrived in Ft. Daws, Cristabal, Canal Zone, assigned to
Co. A, 14th Inf. for 2 years
was qualified in arms: Marksman, Rifle, Sept. 27, 1939.
R.H. Chance, Major, 8th Inf.
Scarbrough in Panama
1940 returned to U.S.
26, 1940 Discharged completing 2 years, 4 months, 19 days of
service Lieut. Col. CAV (DOL) (RS) J.E. Slack, at Fort
29, 1940 Re-enlisted at Ft. Moultrie, Charleston, SC and was
given a 60 day furlough
24, 1940 Returned to Ft. McClellon, Alabama and assigned to Co.
K, 22nd Inf
1940 went to Louisiana for Maneuvers
1, 1940 Promoted from Private to Private First Class
21, 1941 22nd Inf. was made part of 4th
Motorized Division, moved to Ft. Benning, Columbus, GA, the
Harmony Church area
15, 1941 Promoted to Corporal
1941 Took part in Louisiana Maneuvers
1, 1941 Returned to Ft. Benning
1941 3rd Battalion of 22nd Inf. was formed
into 4th A.T. Bn. P.M.D. Maneuvered in North Carolina
and South Carolina;
returned to Ft. Benning, Co. K was split up and Co. B, 654 T.D.
Bn. formed from Co. K;
a Cadie remained for Co. K and he remained in Co. K, 22nd
26, 1941 Moved to Camp Gordon, Augusta, GA
9, 1942 Promoted to Sergeant
1, 1942 Demoted to Private went to North Carolina for
10, 1942 Made Private First Class
27, 1942 Returned to Camp Gordon
31, 1942 Promoted to Sergeant
1943 Moved to Ft. Dix, N.J., Range firing and assault training
1943 Moved to Camp Gordon, Johnston, Florida for amphibious
training for 30 days
1, 1943 Moved to Ft. Jackson, Columbia, SC
2, 1944 Promoted to Staff Sergeant, received new clothing and
8, 1944 Went to Camp Kilmer, Jersey City, NJ
17, 1944 left Camp Kilmer
18, 1944 Boarded the Cape Town Castle, sailed for England
29, 1944 Arrived in Liverpool, England
30, 1944 Disembarked and went by train to Camp X, South Brent,
15, 1944 Went into Marshalling Area at Camp YZ, Torquay, England
4, 1944 Boarded ship for D Day trip across the English Channel
6, 1944 Went over the side of ship into assault barges about 6
a.m.; about 8 a.m. my company hit Normandy Beach in the 2nd
1st day went about 4 miles toward Cherbaugh, France
(nothing much happened), spent night in German Dugout
7, 1944 The 2nd morning started off with a bang and
boom of 88s; started advancing about 10 a.m.;
then I (my dad) stepped on a shoe mine and left foot was
shattered; was removed to the War Aid Station, spent 1 night
8, 1944 Was moved to the Evacuation Hospital and put aboard the
LST and returned to England to the 315 Station Hospital
10, 1944 Arrived at General Hospital, gangrene set in
13, 1944 Leg was amputated by Lt. Col. Karbaugh, M.C.
26, 1944 Left 76th & 135th General
Hospital, Herford, England and went to 93rd General
Hospital, Maluern, England
30, 1944 Put on the VSHS Wisteria
13, 1944 Arrived in U.S. spent 4 days at Stark General in
18, 1944 Sent to Lawson General Hospital, Atlanta, GA and
remained until discharged from hospital
27, 1945 Fitted with prosthesis.
1, 1946 Discharged from Hospital and received C.D.D., completing
Military Career of 8 years, 24 days
held the rank of Staff Sergeant and with Co. K, 22nd
Infantry when discharged.
The above was taken from Daddys Journal written by him
March 24, 1946 after was discharged.
This was taken from Daddys Discharge Papers.
Basic Training, he served as Rifleman with the Infantry for 3
years and then Squad Leader in combat in European Theater.
He carried out orders of Platoon Sergeant and Platoon
Leader in capturing and holding positions against the enemy;
instructed troops in use of weapons, including rifle, mortars,
machine guns and bazooka;
patrolled behind enemy lines for information, using compass and
specialty was Squad Leader 745, Was awarded: Purple Heart
GO #19, Combat Infantry Badge,
European African Middle East Campaign Medal, one Battle Star,
Good Conduct Medal,
American Defense Medal, American Service and WWII Victory Medal.
The above listing of awards is incomplete. See the graphic
November 6, 1948 Georgia Mae (Enlow) Rawlings, a widow with 3
to preach December 26, 1948 by Rev . J.W. Singley, Wagar, AL
was a Lay Preacher before going into the Army.
Journal, notes and photos courtesy of Barbara (Rawlings)
Waddell, stepdaughter of Alex J. Scarbrough
Alex J. Scarbrough died
on September 17, 1963 at the age of 50.
He is buried in Laton
Laton Hill, Washington County, Alabama
Grave marker for Alex J.
Photo by Ashlea Singleton from
the Find A Grave website
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