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Dries Jr. , Joseph Otto

Rank and Name, Private First Class Joseph Otto Dries Jr.

Unit/Placed in, 31th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division “Rock of the Marne”.

Operation Dragoon

Was the code name for the landing operation of the Allied invasion of Provence (Southern France) on 15 August 1944.


Joseph is born approx. on 26 Nov. 1923 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Father, Joseph Otto Dries.

Mother, Euginia M. B. (Schowalter).

Sister(s), Mariann B. Frances M. Eugenia E. and Joanne S. Dries.

Brother(s), John J. and Gerald S. Dries.

Spouse, Isabella Biesek.


Joseph enlisted the service in Wisconsin with service number # 36811757.


Joseph was KIA in the Operation Dragoon (Landing South France) near Brignoles, France on 18 Aug. 1944, he is honored with a Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, Army Presidential Unit Citation, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.

Joseph was first buried at Rhone American Cemetery and Memorial in France.

Joseph is reburied/mentioned in 1948 at Holy Cross Cemetery and Mausoleum, Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, USA.


Thanks to, https://www.ww2-pacific.com/soldaat/dries-jr-joseph-otto/

Jean Louis Vijgen, ww2-Pacific.com and

Air Force Info, Rolland Swank.

ABMC Website, https://abmc.gov

Marines Info, https://missingmarines.com/    Geoffrey Roecker

Seabees History Bob Smith  https://seabeehf.org/

Navy Info, http://navylog.navymemorial.org

POW Info, http://www.mansell.com    Dwight Rider and Wes injerd.

Philippine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/ Robert Capistrano

National Historian

Navy Seal Memorial,  http://www.navysealmemorials.com

Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org

Info, https://www.pacificwrecks.com/

Medals Info, https://www.honorstates.org


Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com

Tank Destroyers, http://www.bensavelkoul.nl/

30th Infantry Division
3rd Infantry Regiment
Operation Dragoon 1944
Towards the enemy
Defend posistion
Joseph Otto Dries Jr.
His rank Private First Class