In Memory of
Gerhard E. Biberdorf
Henry, South Dakota
August 9, 1915 – June 1, 1944
Killed in Action at Anzio, Italy
Gerhard E. Biberdorf was born on August 9, 1915, at
Fortuna, North Dakota. Gerhard and his family moved to Henry, South Dakota, in
1926 where he attended a local country grade school. During his teen years he
helped with duties on the family farm. Gerhard then worked for other farmers in
the Henry area and on a highway construction crew. After that Gerhard joined the
Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and was stationed in Custer, South Dakota,
working on Black Hills forest projects.
Gerhard moved to California
in 1937. He was drafted into the Army in 1941 prior to the Japanese attack at
Pearl Harbor. T-5 Biberdorf, as a member of the 30th Infantry
Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, participated in the landing at
Morocco, North Africa. He then went across North Africa to Sicily, then took
part in the Italian campaign. Army T-5 Gerhard E. Biberdorf was killed in action
on June 1, 1944, during the Allied attack at Anzio, Italy.
Although initially buried
at Nettuno, Italy, Gerhard was later returned home. He was reburied in 1948 in
the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, South Dakota, one of the first
four WW II casualties interred in the new cemetery.
Gerhard’s brother, Raymond,
wrote that he was always a month behind Gerhard. When Raymond’s Air Force unit
arrived in Italy, Gerhard came to see him. They spent three days together
shortly before Gerhard’s death. Another brother, Carl, also served in WW II and
Korean War as a Navy man stationed on submarines. Gerhard’s brother, Bernard,
served in the Army during the Korean Conflict and his brother, John, served in
the Navy in both WW II and Korea.
This entry was respectfully submitted by Adam
Bierschenk, 8th Grade West, Spearfish Middle School, November 20,
2000. Information for this entry was provided by Gerhard’s brothers, Raymond,
Henry, SD; Bernard, Fishers, IN; and John, Los Altos, CA; and a sister, Gloria
Puls of Alpine, CA.