In Memory of
Private First Class
Alvin M. Bietz
Kaylor, South Dakota
Hutchinson County
April 8, 1917-- February 15, 1945
Killed in Action at Luzon, Manila, Philippines Islands

Alvin M. Bietz

Alvin M. 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.

Alvin 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 Infantry Division.

Pfc. 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, California. 

Alvin Bietz dedicated his life for this country, and I will not forget his sacrifice. 

This entry 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