MILTON L. ‘BUD’ GILSOUL

  Milton L. “Bud” Gilsoul, 92, of Green Bay, WI, died Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015. He was born on Nov. 3, 1922 in Green Bay to the late Gustave “Gus” and Mary (Babiash) Gilsoul.
    As a young man, he attended Green Bay East High School, graduating in 1941, and then served in the US Army during WWII in the 29th Infantry Division (“Blue and Grey”), 116th Combat Team, Co. B, 111th Field Artillery Battalion. Bud’s division was part of the second amphibious wave of assaults on Omaha Beach in Normandy, France, in the early morning darkness of Operation Overlord, aka D-Day: June 6, 1944. The boat, navigating in rising tides and under heavy fire, landed far from of its intended target, and though their exact casualties are unknown, Bud was one of the one-third to one-half who made it to shore and spent the rest of the day pinned down by snipers at the water’s edge (“It was a nightmare,” he said). But by day’s end, 155,000 Allied troops had successfully stormed Normandy’s beaches.
    At a tremendous cost.
    According to the National Archives, the 16th Infantry suffered 797 of the 29th Division’s 928 casualties at Omaha Beach, with 341 killed in action, 241 WIA and 26 men MIA ­— on June 6, alone. By comparison, the other two Regiments of the 29th combined suffered 41 dead and 89 wounded over the course of the entire three-day assault. Some 2,500 Americans, and 9,000 Allied soldiers, were killed during the invasion of Omaha Beach, and another 6,700 US men were wounded in the historic turning point of World War II, which brought on the beginning of the end for Hitler and the Nazis.
  Bud received the Arrowhead Medal, as well as five Combat Stars. He was honorably discharged in 1945.
   After the war, he was  employed at Bay West Paper for 29 years. Bud was a member of St. Mary of the Angels Catholic Church and enjoyed visiting with everyone and “seeing the little ones.”
  Bud is survived by a niece and three nephews, including Rick Lemerond, of Falls City, and his children, Alicia (Jason) Schock, of FC, Rachel (Ryan) Baumert, of Lincoln, and Brian (Jessie) Lemerond and Abby (Austin) Merz, all of FC; along with cousins and friends.
    He was preceded in death by sister, Ethel Lemerond; and good friend and neighbor, Laura Pautz.
    A funeral service was held Saturday, Aug. 9, 2015 at St. Mary of the Angels Catholic Church, with full military honors following at the church. Burial in Allouez Catholic Cemetery. Memorials to the MS Foundation for Bud’s great-nephew, Kyle.

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