In Memory of
Army Private, Co E 4th Infantry
Lawrence Joseph Broz
New Effington, South Dakota
Roberts County
February 15, 1908 – March 15, 1944
Fort Benning, Georgia

Lawrence Joseph Broz

Lawrence Joseph Broz was born February 15, 1908, at home in Roberts County to Mary Broz.  He lived with his mother, grandparents Jacob and Marie Broz and his Uncle Joe.  Lawrence’s mother Mary married John Johnson, and had eight more children, two sons and six daughters.  Lawrence continued living with his grandparents.  He also spent a lot of time with his Aunt Tecla Kutter and her family.  After attending Lien Township District Number 2, Lawrence was employed as a truck driver, and also worked for farmers in the area.  Lawrence enjoyed hunting and trapping, and was remembered for sharing his game with everyone.

Lawrence Joseph Broz was drafted into the Army and started training in Fort Lewis, Washington.  He received additional training at Camp Roberts, California, and a camp in Alaska.  He was stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia, and held the rank of Private in the Army Co E 4th Infantry.  His cousin Earl Bostrom received the last letter written by Lawrence on March 14, 1944, one day before he passed away.  He mentioned there were so many bugs and snakes at Fort Benning and he didn’t like them.

Army Private Lawrence Joseph Broz passed away on March 15, 1944, at Fort Benning, Georgia.  The cause of his death was undetermined.  Joseph Broz, Lawrence’s uncle, was the first to be informed of his death.  Lawrence was laid to rest at the Ferkingstad Cemetery in Hammer, South Dakota.

Lawrence Joseph Broz was survived by his mother, Mary Broz Johnson, two brothers, and six sisters.  Three sisters are still living, Mrs. Irene Buttenhoff, 63075 Yakima Ave., Tacoma, WA  98401; Mrs. Louise Kutter, Hecla, SD  57446; and Mrs. Olive Olson, address unknown.

Lawrence was well liked by everyone.  His cousin Arlys (Toddy) Dahlman, remembers him giving her the nickname Toddy.  Lawrence’s cousin Billy Kutter has a knife with an Ivory handle made out of a file that was given to Lawrence by an old Alaskan trapper when Lawrence was stationed in Alaska.

Lawrence Joseph Broz

This entry was respectfully submitted by Tracy Dalberg and Tracy Foltz, 12th Grade, Rosholt High School, Rosholt, South Dakota, February 7, 2002.  Information for this entry was provided by cousins Earl Bostrom, New Effington, South Dakota; Billy Kutter, New Effington, South Dakota; and Arlys (Toddy) Dahlman, Rosholt, South Dakota.