In Memory of
Private First Class
Gerhardt Wilbert Brosz
Tripp, South Dakota
Hutchinson County
June 9, 1925-March 2, 1945
Killed in Action Near Saarlautern, Germany

Gerhardt Wilbert Brosz

Gerhardt Wilbert Brosz was born June 9, 1925, to Arthur and Adina Brosz of Tripp, South Dakota. Gerhardt had two brothers Roland and Melvin, and one sister, Verna. He attended the Tripp School up to the ninth grade. With his interests in auto body repair, he worked with his father in that area. He also taught a Sunday School class at the Emmaus Lutheran Church in Tripp.

Gerhardt’s bother, Roland, recalls, “He was a good brother and was easy to get along with.” He also said, “Gerhardt was very proud to be called to service.”

In 1943, Gerhardt was drafted into the military service and trained at Fort Crook Nebraska for infantry. Here he received his diploma. On August 27, 1944, Gerhardt was shipped overseas to France, Luxemburg, and Germany where he was party of the third Battalion, 101st Infantry and twenty-sixth Infantry Division.

On March 15, 1945, Private First Class Gerhardt Brosz’s mother, Mrs. Adina Brosz, received a letter reporting that her son was “missing in action”. Later, on July 9, 1945, Mrs. Brosz received this message:

Your son, Private First Class Gerhardt W. Brosz, 37488746, was originally reported as missing in action as he had not been evacuated through medical channels, nor was he present of duty with his unit. A complete investigation has been made and it has been determined that he was killed instantly 2 March 1945 when an enemy artillery shell struck the building occupied by his squad near Saarlautern, Germany.

In this letter his General quoted, “ He did his duty splendidly and was loved and admired by all who knew him. We will no forget.”

Private First Class Gerhardt Brosz was originally buried in Saarlautern, Germany, but then they moved him to Plot II, Row 9, Grave, Grave 216, United States Military Cemetery, Neuville-en-Condroz, located nine miles south west Liege, Belgium. Soon after, his family chose to have him moved to the Tripp Cemetery. His memorial service was held at the Emmaus Lutheran Church on September 2, 1945. While in the service, Private First Class Gerhardt Brosz, received the Purple Heart, two Bravery ribbons, and three service pins.

His brothers, Ronald and Melvin Brosz, and his sister Verna Anderson are his only surviving family members.

Gerhardt Wilbert Brosz was a great soldier. He was honored and loved by his family and friends. We will never forget him and all he did for his country.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Sarah Permann, Brittany Friederich, and Jenna Bietz, 8th Grade, Tripp-Delmont School, Tripp, South Dakota, January 9, 2002. Information for this entry was provided by Roland A. Brosz, Mason City, Iowa, brother of Private First Class Gerhardt Brosz.

Gerhardt Wilbert Brosz at 1 year old  Gerhardt Wilbert Brosz, home on leave after Basic Training; never returned

                     1 year old           home on leave after Basic Training;
                                   never returned