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Pfc  Donald R Zwicke

Pfc Donald R Zwicke

134th Infantry Regiment - Company I

Donald Roger Zwicke, son of Fridolin and Hattie (Gosdeck) Zwicke, was born December 25, 1917 in Wood County, Wisconsin. He registered for the draft October 16, 1940. At that time he lived in Wisconsin Rapids and worked at Daly Lumber and Fuel Company. He was inducted into the Army June 19, 1941 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He married Valerie Theresa Karner in Stevens Point, Wisconsin on November 7, 1941. The couple had one child, a daughter, Dorothy Eleanor Zwicke, born in 1943.

Pfc Donald R Zwicke served as an Automatic Rifleman in the Third Platoon, Company I, 134th Infantry Regiment. He landed on Omaha Beach July 6, 1944. He was seriously wounded by shrapnel on July 17, 1944 in the vicinity of St Lo, France and died of his wounds that same day. He is buried at Normandy American Cemetery, Coleville-sur-Mer, Normandy, France.

The following articles are from the Daily Tribune - Wisconsin Rapids

October 4, 1941


November 21, 1942

April 19, 1943

August 7, 1944


August 8, 1944

Thanks to Pam Thomsen for this picture. She is the granddaughter of Pfc. John Pergolizzi, 60th Combat Engineers Combat Battalion, 35th Infantry Division who was killed in action October 10, 1944.

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