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134th Infantry Regiment

"All Hell Can't Stop Us"

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2nd Lt. Walter A. Bomberger

Company I

2nd Lt Walter A Bomberger

Silver Star Medal
Silver Star Medal
Second Lieutenant Walter A. Bomberger, O887634, Infantry, United States Army, for gallantry in action at Lutrebois, Belgium on 2 January 1945.  When his platoon was about to cross open terrain in an attack upon strong enemy positions, it was subjected to intense enemy mortar barrage augmented by small arms fire.  Realizing that the success of the operation lay in pressing the attack, Lieutenant Bomberger shouted words of encouragement to his men, urging them to follow him as he began to cross the open ground under enemy fire.  While directing and leading his men in the final assault upon the objective, Lieutenant Bomberger was killed by enemy fire.  His outstanding leadership, courage and disregard for personal safety bespeak such gallantry in action as to be in accord with military tradition.  Entered service from Nebraska. 
General Orders 18, Headquarters 35th Infantry Division, 16 March 1945

Purple Heart Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster

Wounded in Action - July 17, 1944, December 9, 1944 and December 18, 1944.  Killed in action January 2, 1945
General Orders 58, Headquarters 35th Infantry Division, 26 December 1944

T/Sgt. Walter A. Bomberger landed at Omaha Beach with the 134th Infantry Regiment on July 6, 1944.  At that time he was serving as a Platoon Sergeant, 2nd Platoon, Company I.  He was wounded in action on July 17, 1944 during the battle for St. Lo, France.  After recuperating from his wounds he returned to his unit on November 13, 1944 and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant on November 28, 1944.

In December 1944 he was wounded in action two more times, when on December 9 he suffered shrapnel wounds to his hands and again on December 18 when he suffered a shrapnel wound to his knee.   On both occasions, even though wounded, 2nd Lt. Bomberger remained on duty.

2nd Lt Walter A. Bomberger was killed in action on January 2, 1945.  He was 24 years old.  At the time of his death he was out in front of his platoon leading them across a stretch of open ground toward Lutrebois, Belgium which was being fiercely defended by German forces.  He was posthumously awarded a Silver Star Medal for his actions that day.

Walter A. Bomberger was born August 1, 1920 in Lincoln, Nebraska.  He is buried in Section15, Lot 6417, Grave 2 at Wyuka Cemetery in Lincoln.

Thanks to Kevin Wright for this picture. He is a relative of 2nd Lt. Bomberger.

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