Tom enlisted 25-JAN 1944 at Jefferson Barracks in Missouri.   Thomas Buss served in the 381st Regiment, Company M in the 96th Army Division.  The division was ordered into active service on 15-AUG 1942, eight months after the attack on Pearl Harbor brought the United States into World War II. 

Tom’s last action was on Okinawa, the meat grinder.

For more of Tom’s story, click on the pdf below.

The Arisaka rifle relieved from a Japanese soldier in the Philippines.

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