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