In Memory of
Private First Class
Gerhardt Wilbert Brosz
Tripp, South Dakota
June 9, 1925-March 2, 1945
Killed in Action Near Saarlautern, Germany
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
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.
1 year old home on leave after