I am attempting to prove or disprove a family story that V. V. Laughlin was Audie's commander towards the end of the war. Both were from Texas and served together. V V Laughlin recieved a Comission After the invasion of Africa and before Entry into Sicily. I guess I am looking any documents to support this claim, it would lend credit to other stories. Has anyone seen such a document(s)?
V.V. Laughlin served in the 3rd ID, 15th Regiment but I do not know it what capacity. I know V.V. Laughlin passed away in 1980 at a rather young age (62-63) Too bad, no one in your family got either a written or taped recollection from him prior to his passing, or so it appears.
I do know that when the war ended he was a Major.
It is very possible that Major Laughlin served as Audie's Commander when Audie was assigned as a Liason Officer with the Regimental HQ's.
I am in touch with the old S-1 clerk (personell) who would have been knowledgeable of Major Laughlin. I will run the name by him and see if he remembers him.
In any case, he would not have for example been a Company Commander no a Platoon Leader of Murphy's due to his having been a Major at the end of the war unless he was reecntly promoted from Capatin or they needed a tempory Company Commander with B Company.
At this point, I find it very compelling that he was indeed Audie's Commander or at least served in the same unit at the same time.
Again, will see what I can find out.
Sorry for the delay in responding.