Thursday, November 11, 2010

A Veteran's Day Salute


                                            Born 8-29-1920 Died 9-25-1944

This post has been created to honor my maternal uncle who was killed in action over Normandy, France during World War II. 415th Infantry Regiment, 104th Infantry Division

Most of my information is supplied by newspaper clippings that were saved from the DeWitt Observer by my mother, Elva C. Reiman (deceased) who was Lloyd's sister. Some information has been gathered from family members who knew Lloyd.

Louis Lloyd Pool was born August 29, 1920 in De Witt, Clinton County, Iowa to Charles Newton Pool and Bridgett Mary (Lizzie) Elizabeth Feldpausch.

He was always referred to as Lloyd, he never went by his first name of Louis.
Lloyd attended St Joseph's School in De Witt, Clinton county, Iowa.

                                   Here is Lloyd's High School Portrait
After high school, Lloyd worked at Paper Products Factory in DeWitt, IA, and Nichols Wire and Steele Company in Davenport, IA. He was working at Frank and Sons Lumber Company, DeWitt, IA when he was called into armed services on November 19, 1942.

He trained at Camp Adair, OR for a year, spent a month in Arizona on maneuvers, and was then transferred to Camp Carson, CO for five months. He then was tranferred to New York where he was deployed to France.

According to newspaper clippings I have, Lloyd's mother received a telegram from the War Department stating that Lloyd was missing in action in France. She then received a telegram on October 16, 1944 stating he was killed in action in southern France on September 25, 1944. (I have been receiving additional info from kind readers telling me about the unit Lloyd was in and what battle, etc he may have been involved in at the time of his death.).

A memorial service was held for him on Monday, March 26, 1945 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, DeWitt, IA. Rev. John Moriarty conducted the services.
Lloyd is buried in the American Cemetery in Normandy France.

The DeWitt, IA Community Club did it's patriotic thing by giving out certificates to all men and women who served their country during World War II.

Here is a copy of Lloyd's certificate.

Here's a picture of a souvenir from Lloyd's first furlough home.

Looks like one of his buddies printed this on one of those old paper pill cups they had back in the 1940's. (Maybe it's a beer cup, hard to say).

I am proud to display these pictures of Uncle Lloyd's Purple Heart.

NOTES: Lloyd was killed 4 months AFTER the invasion of Normandy.

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