In Memory of
Private 1st Class
Lynn Bernard Amick
Colome, South Dakota
October 17, 1910 – November 16, 1944
Killed in Battle in Southern France
Lynn Bernard Amick was born to Charles E. and Jennie B.
(Williams) Amick on October 17, 1910, in his parents’ sod house west of
Springview, NE. He had two brothers: Ivan B. Amick, who is now deceased, and
Carroll E. Amick, who currently lives in Rapid City. He also had one sister,
Rita E. (Amick) Stroschine, who lives in Winner, SD. In 1913, Lynn’s family
moved 10 miles south of Colome, SD. Lynn went to Kansas Flats Country School
for grades 1-8. During the drought and dust storms of the early 1930’s, Lynn
decided to truck his horses and wagon to Hartley, Iowa. Here he was employed by
farmers. He later became a mechanic in Ocheyedan, IA. He married Blanche E.
Petersen, on January 24, 1939, in Spencer, Iowa. They had one child together,
Lynne Dee (Amick) Havens, who was 3 years old at the time of her father’s death.
His sister, Rita, remembers Lynn as a kind and loving person who cared very much
for his wife and daughter and all of his family.
On November 11, 1943, Lynn was drafted into the Army,
training at Camp Fannin in Texas. He was part of Company E, 409th
Infantry. He was shipped overseas from New York, October 1, 1944, to somewhere
in France. His last letter was written to his parents on November 15, the day
before he died. He told of dealing with rain and snow, living in tents with
candles for light, sleeping in clothes except boots and leggings, and drying
socks for the next day.
On November 16, 1944, in Southern France, Army Private Lynn
B. Amick was killed in battle. We do not know where Private Amick was originally
buried, but we do know that his body was moved to the U.S. Military Cemetery in
Epinal, France. Current survivors of his family are Lynne Dee Havens, daughter,
Glenwood Springs, CO; Carroll E. Amick, brother; and Rita Stroschine, sister.
Jeanne Pochop and Gaye Hambek, nieces of Private Amick,
traveled to Europe where they spent a month in September of 1995. At the time,
Pvt. Amick’s great niece, Pam (Hambek) Anderson and her family were living in
Germany where her husband was stationed. Private Amick’s family had always
wanted to visit his final resting place. Although his immediate family was not
able to fulfill this dream, 51 years later, his nieces had the opportunity to
travel to his gravesite. They placed a red rose on his cross as requested by
his sister, Rita. Later Hambek wrote a speech about Private Amick and their
trip to Epinal, France, to see his place of burial. An excerpt from her speech
As we parked,
we looked out over the 5255 white marble crosses so exactly spaced on a carpet
of green, that no matter which way you viewed they were standing at attention
in a straight line. The grounds were immaculately groomed and maintained. We
were all in absolute awe, and none of us were able to speak at first as we
were overcome with emotion.
It’s hard to
explain our feelings as we each looked upon this white marble cross bearing
the name of our family’s dear loved one – now so long ago taken from us. I
felt that I could almost see his face -- in a transparent kind of way -- and I
felt that he was at peace in this beautiful setting surrounded by all the
others -- so far away from home also. Our loss was so long ago, but we had
successfully gapped those 50 some odd years, and were now able to return home
having accomplished our number 1 goal. Such wonderful peace and tranquility
reigns here – and we left knowing that our loved ones are exceptionally well
His friends, family, and his country respected Private
Lynn Bernard Amick, and the men in his Company looked up to him. I also respect
Private Lynn B. Amick for fighting for our country and the freedom of others.
LEFT: At the gravesite of Lynn
B. Amick in Epinal, France, are Jeanne (Stroschine) Pochop, Pam (Hambek)
Anderson, Gaye (Stroschine) Hambek, and (in front) Allison Anderson.
RIGHT: The crosses stand in
perfect rows at the U.S. Military Cemetery in Epinal, France
Weidner, 7th Grade, Colome Junior High School, Colome, South Dakota, April 1,
2002, respectfully submitted this entry. Information for this entry was
provided by Rita Stroschine, Winner, SD, sister of Private Lynn B. Amick, and by
Jeanne (Stroschine) Pochop, Colome, SD, niece of Pvt. Amick.