A War Fought by Unknown Heroes
Winston Churchill once said of World War Two that it was not a war of princes or chieftains, but of peoples and causes; a war fought by unknown heroes. Here we acknowledge the unknown heroes that Churchill was referring to as well; our fallen heroes as well as those that fought for our freedoms and returned with their memories. We remember and honour in our hearts the Allied heroes, war veterans and all the affected people, who valued freedom in their life above all else.
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Paul K. DeBruhl
Major, 314th Infantry Regiment, 79th Infantry Division
Purple Heart, Silver Star . 26 Aug 1918 - 21 Jan 1994. Major DeBruhl landed in Normandy on 19 June and first saw action at Cherbourg. After Cherbourg, Major DeBruhl moved to St. Lo, where he participated in the breakthrough. The 79th was moving ahead along the Seine near Paris August 10th, and Major DeBruhl, commanding several advance patrols, was ordered to take one of two hills that surrounded the division. After losing the hill, the Germans counter-attacked and forced the Americans back. The Nazis moved so fast they bypassed Maj. DeBruhl and a communications sergeant who had hidden themselves in a ditch. "We had a telephone line back to the divisional commander and I could see the Krauts placing their defenses on the hill. So with the aid of the sergeant, who kept the phone line repaired as shells from both sides ripped it in two, I kept the divisional commander informed of the Germans' every move and when the time was right for us to retake the hill, we knew where to strike and it what order. The Germans had 14 tanks. We brought up 17; then attacked. In the 20-minute battle that followed, we took the hill and lost one man against a count of 34 killed, 66 wounded and 98 captured for the Germans. The tanks got away but we got them the next day. On August 15, he was wounded in the back by shell fragments and on October 23, he was wounded near Luneville a second time, this time seriously, and was flown to a hospital base in Italy."
T/Sgt, Co. K, 314th Infantry Regiment, 79th Infantry Division
Purple Heart . Marvin was from Union Grove, AL and was in Company K, 314th Infantry Regiment, 79th Infantry Division. Marvin was a medic and was killed in action on 23 Jun 1944, south of Cherbourg, France.
Corporal, 26th Field Artillery, 9th Infantry Division
Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster . Wilfred enlisted 17 Feb 1941 at Hartford, Connecticut. He was assigned to the 26th field artillery of the 9th infantry division. The 26th Field Artillery was a 105 mm Howitzer Battalion assigned in support of the 39th Infantry Regiment of the 9th Infantry Division. The 39th IR reached the Rhine River near Remagen on the morning of 7 Mar 1945 and crossed that morning. Cpl Deschaine was killed in action 4 days later on 11 March. It took until March 21st for all of the rest of the elements of the 9th ID to cross the Rhine. Buried: Plot D Row 2 Grave 30, Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery
John S. Dreibelbis
Sgt, 313th Infantry Regiment, 79th Infantry Division
Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Croix de Guerre . Sgt Dreibelbis was part of the liberation of Cherbourg, France. He was wounded when a shell hit the building he was in..
Staff Sgt, 314th Infantry Regiment, Co G, 79th Infantry Division
Purple Heart, Silver Star . No additional information available.
Maurice Frederick Dionne
Private First Class, Platoon 76, 3rd Division, 27th Marines, 5th Marine Division
Purple Heart . Private Dionne entered military service January 19, 1944 immediately after graduation. He died of Wounds March 11, 1945 on Iwo Jima after stepping on a land mine. Remains were returned from the Pacific Theater March 1948 on board the transport ship Walter W. Schwenk. He was interred at Arlington National Cemetery, Washington DC on April 20, 1948. He was nineteen years old at the time of his death.
James B. Earley
Sgt, 409th Infantry Regiment, 103rd Infantry Division
Purple Heart . Sgt James B. Earley died 16 November 1944 during the liberation of Saint-Dié, France.
Walter D. Ehlers
S/Sgt, US Army, 18th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division
Purple Heart, Congressional Medal of Honor . Near Goville, France, 9-10 June 1944 S/Sgt. Ehlers, always acting as the spearhead of the attack, repeatedly led his men against heavily defended enemy strong points exposing himself to deadly hostile fire whenever the situation required heroic and courageous leadership. Without waiting for an order, S/Sgt. Ehlers, far ahead of his men, led his squad against a strongly defended enemy strong point, personally killing four of an enemy patrol who attacked him en route. Then crawling forward under withering machinegun fire, he pounced upon the guncrew and put it out of action. Turning his attention to two mortars protected by the crossfire of two machineguns, S/Sgt. Ehlers led his men through this hail of bullets to kill or put to flight the enemy of the mortar section, killing three men himself. After mopping up the mortar positions, he again advanced on a machinegun, his progress effectively covered by his squad. When he was almost on top of the gun he leaped to his feet and, although greatly outnumbered, he knocked out the position single-handed. The next day, having advanced deep into enemy territory, the platoon of which S/Sgt. Ehlers was a member, finding itself in an untenable position as the enemy brought increased mortar, machinegun, and small arms fire to bear on it, was ordered to withdraw. S/Sgt. Ehlers, after his squad had covered the withdrawal of the remainder of the platoon, stood up and by continuous fire at the semicircle of enemy placements, diverted the bulk of the heavy hostile fire on himself, thus permitting the members of his own squad to withdraw. At this point, though wounded himself, he carried his wounded automatic rifleman to safety and then returned fearlessly over the shell-swept field to retrieve the automatic rifle which he was unable to carry previously. After having his wound treated, he refused to be evacuated, and returned to lead his squad.
Floyd C. Ehrensberger
2nd Lieutenant, 314th Infantry Regiment, 79th Infantry Division
Purple Heart . 2nd Lieutenant Floyd Ehrensberger entered the service on 7 July 1942. He was killed in action on 10 October 1944 at the age of 29. He is buried at Plot B, Row 33, Grave 26 at the Epinal American Cemetery, Epinal, France.
Vrelland "Vree" Embler
Private First Class, US Army, 324th Infantry Regiment, 79th Infantry Division
Purple Heart, Bronze Star (3) . Pfc. Vreeland "Vree" Embler, was called "Pops" because, at 38 years old, he was one of the oldest grunts in the Anti-tank Company of the 324th Infantry Regiment. The 324th was originally assigned to the 44th Infantry Division, but in October, 1944, the 324th was attached to the 79th Infantry Division. That was the same month that Embler was wounded near Luneville, France, receiving a Purple Heart & three Bronze Stars. According to his Honorable Discharge paperwork, he fought on through Central Europe & the Rhineland. When he was finished fighting, he recovered at a castle in Schwetzengen, Germany. There, on May 16 & 17, 1945, he wrote two letters to his wife, Kay, about what he had gone through in the Battle of the Bulge. Submitted by son, Paul Embler View Letters
Homer F. Erb
Private First Class, US Army, 313th Infantry Regiment, 79th Infantry Division
Purple Heart . Homer F. Erb was born in 1913 to Mr. and Mrs. Kate Herb who lived in Spring City, Pennsylvania. Herb was one of four children including a brother, Russell and two sisters (later Mrs. Viola Leroy Umstead, and Mrs., Chas Eckert). Homer was a member of the New Goshenhoppen Church, located at 1070 Church, in East Greenville, north east of Pottstown. (It still exists today as a Church of Christ). Homer was employed at the Diamond Glass Company in Royersford, and an active member of the Spring City Air Observers Legion. When he married Jennie, and lived at 24 Church Street in Spring City. The couple had three children: Homer A., Anthony and Paul. Homer was inducted into the Army, entering service on March 8, 1944. He received basic training at Camp Blanding, Florida. Homer was shipped overseas to the European Theater of Operations in September 1944. He was assigned to serve with the 313th Infantry Regiment, 79th Infantry Division. In mid-December 1944 the Germans launched a massive counter attack, completely surprising US forces, and causing heavy causalities. It was during the Battle of the Bulge, that Homer was killed. Private First Class Homer F. Erb was Killed In Action On December 16, 1944. Homer is buried at the Lorraine American Cemetery in St. Avold (Moselle), France. Plot D Row 34 Grave 38.
T4 Sgt Medic Richard H. Evens
315th Infantry Regiment, Co. H, 79th Infantry Division
Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, Europen Campaign Medal with 4 stars, Presidential Unit Citation . T4 Sgt Medic Richard Evens was wounded in action evacuating a field hospital coming under fire from the Gerans. He was born 19 July 1919 passing away in August 1999. He was the oldest son of Marion and Lucille Evens, born in Muskegon, Michigan.
George Frederick Finter
2nd Lieutenant, US Army, 79th Div. 314th Infantry. Cannon Co.
Bronze Star, Army Good Conduct, Europe/Africa/ME Campaign, WWII Victory, French Croix de Guerre, Combat Infantry Badge (First Award), Marksman Field Artillery, Ruptured Duck . 2nd LT Finter landed at Normandy D-Day +6 fighting mostly in France. He was honorably discharged based on points in late December 1944 so he never made it all the way to Germany with his unit. Submitted by grandson, John Finter
Sergeant, US Army, I Co., 314th Infantry Reg., 79th Div.
Purple Heart . Killed 18 November at Fremonville, France, while assaulting the town. His hometown was Fairhaven, Mass.