Newspaper Obits and Tributes

Bosch, Gerald; Sioux_Center_News_Thu__Mar_29__1945_

The families of Leopoldville victims began to receive notifications that their relative was missing or deceased beginning in the middle of January 1945 until as late as April 1945.  Local newspapers often published those missing reports or obituaries and later after the war the return of bodies for burial in local cemeteries. The newspaper accounts on this page have been made possible by the genealogy research of Danna Hoppes whose uncle T/5 Seth Reed was a Leopoldville victim.  The parents, brothers and sisters and fiancée of Sgt. Gerald Bosch published the above “In Appreciation” in the Sioux Center News, Iowa newspaper on March 29, 1945.

Benda, Leonard; St__Louis_Post_Dispatch_Sat__Jan_20__1945_

Pfc. Leonard F. Benda

Pfc. Benda was from St. Louis, Missouri.  His body was never found. The report is from the St. Louis Dispatch January 20, 1945.

 

Brisendine, Bruce F. (IL); The_Pantagraph_Fri__Apr_6__1945_

Pfc.  Bruce F. Brisendine

Pfc. Brisendine was from Pekin, Illinois. His body was never found. The report is from the Pantagraph newspaper April 6, 1945.

Campbell, Tez V. (Idaho); Caribou_County_Sun_Thu__Apr_29__1948_

Pvt. Tez V. Campbell

Pvt. Campbell was from Pocatello, Idaho.  His body was recovered and returned to the United States after the war. The report is from the Caribou County Sun April 29, 1948.

Claybrook, Richard A. ;The_Courier_News_Sat__May_24__1947_

Sgt. Richard A. Claybrook

Sgt. Claybrook was from Plainfield, New Jersey.  His body was never found. Report from The Courier Times May 24, 1947.

Cummins, Jack C., (OH); The_Piqua_Daily_Call_Wed__Jan_31__1945_

Pvt. Jack C. Cummins

Pvt. Cummins was from Piqua, Ohio. His body was never found.  The report is from The Piqua Call January 31, 1945.

Dalton, Delmar (IL); The_Pantagraph_Tue__Jan_16__1945_

Pfc. Delmar L. Dalton

Pfc. Dalton was from Bloomington, Illinois. The report is from the Pantagraph newspaper January 21, 1945.

De Martini, Howard; The_Journal_News_Sat__May_12__1945_

S/Sgt. Howard H. DeMartini

Sgt. DeMartini  was from Northvale, New Jersey. He was a right-handed baseball pitcher who had been signed to the NY Giants minor league teams. His body was never found. The report is from the Journal News May 12, 1945.

Ensign, Armand E. (OH); The_Chronicle_Telegram_Tue__Mar_6__1945_

Pfc. Armand E. Ensign

Pfc. Ensign was from Elyria, Ohio.  His body was recovered and buried in France. The report is from The Chronicle Telegram March 6, 1945.

Fierro, Joseph A., The_Courier_News_Thu__Jan_18__1945_

2/Lt. Joseph R. Fierro

Lt. Fierro was from Manville, New Jersey.  His body was recovered and buried in Normandy American Cemetery, France. The report is from the Courier News January 18, 1945.

Grazier, David O.; Harrisburg_Telegraph_Thu__Feb_1__1945_(PA)

Pfc. David O. Grazier

Pfc. Grazier was from Tyrone, Pennsylvania.  The report is from the Harrisburg Telegraph February 1, 1945. His body was never found.

Makowski, Stanley E.; Wilkes_Barre_Times_Leader__the_Evening_News_Tue__Jan_16__1945_ - Flag Display

Pfc. Stanley E. Markowski

Pfc. Markowski from Larksville, Pennsylvania was born on November 29, 1925. He graduated from Larksville High School. His body was recovered and returned to the United States after the war. The report is from the Wilkes Bare Times Leader The Evening News January 16, 1945.

Makowski, Stanley; Wilkes_Barre_Times_Leader__the_Evening_News_Tue__Apr_27__1948_

Pfc. Stanley E. Markowski

Pfc. Markowski’s body was returned home in 1948 and reported in the Wilkes Bare Times Leader.

Rowland, Elmer D. (IN); The_Indianapolis_Star_Wed__Jan_17__1945_

Pfc. Elmer D. Rowland

Pfc. Rowland was from Indianapolis, Indiana.  The report is from the Indianapolis Star newspaper January 17, 1945. Adding to the tragedy he had a brother who was killed in action in Holland in January 1944.

Bubah.Smith.Obit

Pvt. Bulah Smith

Pvt. Smith was from Meadow Creek, West Virginia.  His body was recovered.

Zeigler, Charles; Mount_Carmel_Item_Wed__Mar_14__1945_

Sgt. Charles E. Zeigler

Sgt. Zeigler was from Herndon, Pennsylvania.  His body was never found. The report is from the Mount Carmel Item March 14, 1945.