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Capt Orren L Biesterfeld

Capt Orren L Biesterfeld

137th Infantry Regiment - Company I

The following is an excerpt from Capt Biesterfeld's Find-A-Grave memorial page:

Born February 18, 1916 in Palacky, Ellsworth County, Kansas. He was baptized in the Lutheran faith in Wilson, Kansas and confirmed in Zion Lutheran Church, Newton, on April 28, 1929.

He left Newton on January 6, 1941 with Company F, 137th Infantry of the National Guard as a Second Lieutenant. He went to Camp Robinson, Arkansas where he remained until December 1941, While there he was promoted to First Lieutenant. He received additional training at various camps in California and was promoted to Captain. He received three months of advanced training at Ft. Benning, Georgia and was transferred to Camp Rucker Alabama. He went on maneuvers in Lebanon, Tenn. and Camp Butner, North Carolina. On May 11, 1944 he left the States from Kilmer New Jersey.

Captain Orren L Biesterfeld was Killed in Action on July 14, 1944 during the battle for St. Lo, France. He was originally buried at the temporary American Military Cemetery at La Cambe, France. He was repatriated and now rests at Greenwood Cemetery in Newton, Harvey County, Kansas.

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