Tama County

Maj. Allen Byrnes



TRAER—Maj. Allen Byrnes, accompanied by his wife and family, who have made their home in Battle Creek, Mich., are spending several days here with the former’s mother, Mrs. Anna Byrnes.  Major Byrnes is a former Traer physician and has served overseas the last two years being assigned to the medical corps of the 83rd infantry where he was a psychiatrist.  Major Byrnes bears out army claims that only a very small percentage of soldiers afflicted with mental disorders as a result of combat service are not completely cured.  As a psychiatrist, most of these cases in his division were in his care.  He expects to be assigned in a veteran’s administration hospital soon.

Source: Waterloo Daily Courier, October 17, 1945


Fort Custer, Michigan

Serial No: 0-318458

Born: March 20, 1910

Parents: R.C. and Anna Byrnes

Entered Army: MaY 14, 1942

Training in US: Fort Custer, Michigan; Camp Breckenridge, KY

Left for Overseas: 1st time, Camp Patrick Henry, August 26, 1943; arrived Oran, Africa, September 10, 1943. 2nd time: Camp Shanks, NY, April 6, 1944; arrived Liverpool, England, April 11, 1944

Overseas Training: Africa and England. Assigned Div. Hqs. 83rd Inf. Div.

Engagements: Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes, Central Europe

Medals-Ribbons: European, African, Middle Eastern, American Service, Victory, German Occupation, Bronze Star.

Returned to US: 1st time: Antwerp, Belgium; arrived Camp Patrick Henry, NY, November 16, 1943; 2nd time: Oran, Africa; arrived Camp Shanks, September 19, 1945.

Discharged: Placed on inactive status, Fort George Meade, June 30, 1946.

Rating: Lt-Col

Months in Service: In US, 29; overseas, 20

Present Occupation: Neuropsychiatrist, Veterans Administration

Source: Veteran data included here was generously provided by the American Legion Kubik-Finch Post #142, Traer, IA - collected by the Legion about 1949.