In Memory of
Staff Sergeant
David "Rosie" Rosenkrantz
82nd Airborne Division
504th Parachute Infantry Regiment
3rd Battalion
H Company

Born: Los Angeles, CA, October 31, 1915
MIA: Holland, September 28, 1944
Remains recovered: February 2018

I am just beginning to understand the sacrifice and accomplishments of the US military in WWII. It is truly remarkable. My thanks to you all. This web site is dedicated to the 504 Parachute Infantry Regiment where my uncle, S/Sgt David Rosenkrantz served. The men of the 504 have become known as those "Devils in Baggy Pants". My uncle was one of the troopers at Anzio that earned the regiment that name. -- PRR

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Finally!! The Book is Coming in Late Summer 2020

Uncle Dave photo

The book contains 46 letters Dave wrote home integrated with the his service fighting in Sicly, Italy and the Netherlands and much more. Includes 106 photos, images and maps. Also included are a timeline, index, endnotes, references and appendices.

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Article: What Happened to Uncle Dave?

Now that we have closure on Uncle David's journey from MIA to RIP I was able to write an article summarizing this compelling story. You can access it from this link. What Happened to Uncle Dave?

Thank you to everyone who made this possible! Phil Rosenkrantz 8/23/2018

July 31, 2018 update!!

Finally S/Sgt David Rosenkrantz' remains are returned to his home state and he is buried at Riverside National Cemetery with his four brothers who also served in WWII. His remains arrived at Los Angeles International Airport with an honor guard on July 17, 2018, and his funeral was held July 20, 2018. Here is a 6.5 minute video summary of his return home followed by a link to information about David and his four brothers who are also buried at Riverside.

S/Sgt David Rosenkrantz Funeral

Web Page dedicated to David and his four brothers who served during WWII and in the Occupation Forces

March 15, 2018 update!!


We just found out that after 73 years of being Missing In Action, the Army has identified the remains of my uncle, S/Sgt David "Rosie" Rosenkrantz, 82d Airborne, 504 Parachute Infantry Regiment, H Company. Uncle David was MIA in the Netherlands 28 September 1944 after fighting heroically in WWII starting in Sicily. We won't have any details until the Army Representative flies to California and meets with the family. Judy and I have visited the site of his last battle near Groesbeek in the Netherlands three times. It is great to bring some closure to the family. Many thanks to the Dutch people who have helped on the journey of discovering what happened to Uncle Dave!!

82nd Airborne/Ft. Bragg Article (most complete)

AP News Release

Defense POW-MIA Accounting Agency Article

David Rosenkrantz Tribute

Thank you to Cooper Beverly-Meise and Frank Van Lunteren for this collage!!

March 12, 2012 update!

Amazing! After 68 years we received Dave's dog tags in the mail from the US Army. They were found not long after the war by a farmer and turned in. They got misplaced and were found last year. This January the Army released them to the family and mailed them to us last week.

We can only speculate what happened to separate his body from his dog tags and why they were not found together.

Many thanks to the people who have been helping us try to figure all this out!

S/Sgt David Rosenkrantz dog tags


United State Army
82nd Airborne Division
"All American"
504 PIR
Other 504 Websites

Social Studies/History Resources:

Finally! after 55 years, an account of how and where Dave was killed

"Hymn to the Fallen" by John Williams
Amazing video slide show of all the War Cemeteries. Extremely moving.
6 minutes long. Margraten clip is at 3:00

Letters from Dave with interesting stories or information.
 Photos of Dave and H Company
Waal River Crossing, Nijmegen, Holland, September 20, 1944
 200 Italians Dine
Their 2 Captors
WITH THE AMERICAN TROOPS IN SICILY, July 15 -- (UP) When Sgt. David Rosenkrantz of Los Angeles and Cpl Lee Black of Jackson, Tenn., United States paratroopers, landed outside the town of Scicli they ran smack into 200 Italians...
WWII Airborne
Demonstration Team 
 Dave's World War II Medals

Los Angeles Daily News Article about the four Rosenkrantz brothers, July 16, 1943

L.A. Newspaper article about Dave capturing 200 Italians

Second Article Pg1 Pg2

Transcript of Newspaper Article about Dave and the capture of the Nijmegen Bridge
jpg of article

Photos From Holland
(includes photos of the location Dave was killed)
I would like to thank my cousin, Alan, for providing me with copies of the two photographs above. I would like to thank my cousin Doni for providing me with letters, newspaper articles, medals, and insignia. Also, thanks to Dominic Biello of the 504 Website and the many researchers in Holland who have provided invaluable contacts and details. - Phil Rosenkrantz
If anyone has any additional information about David Rosenkrantz in WW II,
corrections to details in any of the accounts, or comments about this site,
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