In Memory of
Private First Class
Alvin M. Bietz
Kaylor, South Dakota
April 8, 1917-- February 15, 1945
Killed in Action at Luzon, Manila, Philippines Islands
Bietz was born in Kennebec, SD, in the county of Sanborn on April 8, 1917. His
parents were Mr. and Mrs. George Bietz. He attended school at Weisz School
District in Kaylor, SD, where he completed the eighth grade.
Beitz entered the service on March 22, 1941. His rank was P.F.C. (Private First
Class), and he was part of the 160th Infantry Regiment, 40th
Alvin M. Bietz was killed on Feb. 15, 1945, in Manila, Philippines in South
Pacific. He was shot in a foxhole by a Japanese sniper who was in a tree.
Alvin’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Bietz, received word from the department
that Alvin was killed in action on February 15, 1945. He was permanently buried
at Plot L, Row 2, Grave 116, at the Manila American Cemetery in the Philippines.
He was awarded the Purple Heart.
The survivors of Pvt. Alvin Bietz are
Eugene Bietz, Scotland; Olive Voll, Sioux Falls; Leo Bietz; Marysville,
Washington; Luella Dresen, Ollewein, Iowa; and Lorene Dresen, Redding,
Alvin Bietz dedicated his life for
this country, and I will not forget his sacrifice.
was respectfully submitted by Derek Graesser, 7th Grade, Colome
School, Colome, South Dakota, April 1, 2002. Information for this entry was
provided by Mr. Eugene Bietz, Scotland, South Dakota, brother of Alvin M. Bietz