(Photo courtesy 'Phillip'
Grave marker for Earl D. McConnell in Plot: I,
162 of the Wood National Cemetery, Milwaukee (Milwaukee County),
Pvt Earl D. McConnell was a member of the cadre
team as the 508th formed at Camp Blanding, Florida in October
1942. As such he helped train the first incoming members
of the regiment.
At some point Earl was transferred to the
505th PIR, perhaps serving as a cadre member there as well.
His service career carried him through three
wars, WW-II, Korea and Vietnam. He ultimately retired as a