In Memory of
Private 1st Class
Lynn Bernard Amick
Colome, South Dakota
Tripp County
October 17, 1910 – November 16, 1944
Killed in Battle in Southern France

Lynn Bernard Amick

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 reads: 

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 cared for.

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.

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.   The crosses stand in perfect rows at the U.S. Military Cemetery in Epinal, France

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

Tiffany K. 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.