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Pfc Lloyd E Zahnter

Pfc Lloyd E Zahnter

137th Infantry Regiment - Company I

Lloyd Eugene Zahnter, son of William Andrew and Anna Laura (Murphy) Zahnter, was born in Kansas July 26, 1922. He was a member of the Kansas National Guard and was inducted into Federal service with the 137th Infantry Regiment on December 23, 1940 at Garden City, Kansas. He served in Company I as a Rifleman, departing Camp Kilmer, New Jersey May 4, 1944 and sailing from New York Harbor for England aboard the S.S. Thomas H Barry May 11, 1944. The 137th Infantry Regiment landed at Avonmouth, England May 24, 1944. Company I was billeted at Bodmin, Cornwall England before departing for Normandy France July 4, 1944. Pfc Lloyd E Zahnter landed on Omaha Beach July 7, 1944. He was killed in action July 14, 1944 in the vicinity of St Lo, France. He was posthumously awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge August 2, 1944. Pfc Lloyd E Zahner is buried at Valley View Cemetery, Garden City, Kansas.

Hutchinson News Herald - February 10, 1948

Garden City, Kansas - All Places of Business in Garden City have been asked to close for 15 minutes Wednesday afternoon when final burial and military rites for Pfc. Lloyd E Zahnter will be held. The Chamber of Commerce and the City Commission adopted the memorial plan to honor memories of war dead from Garden City as bodies of these men are returned from overseas for reburial. One blast will sound on the city fire siren at 1:45 p.m. notifying business houses to start closing. The second blast will occur at 2 p.m. which is the time of service. Stores are to be closed from 2 to 2:15 p.m. Business houses in Pratt have adopted a similar plan to be used whenever rites for a fallen war veteran are to be held in the city.

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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