This is the tombstone of Edgar F. Schumm, located in row 3 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:
PVT. Edgar F. Schumm
Died in battle at Montigny,
Last week I shared my dad, Herbert Miller’s account of his arrival at Liverpool by ship in 1944, just before he sailed across the English Channel to France. Soon after he entered the Battle of the Bulge.
I am fortunate that my dad and his family saved many of the letters that he sent home during his WWII service in Europe. Another item they saved is this 1943 Nürnberg map.
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. Victory over Europe (V-E Day) was 8 May 1945 and Victory over Japan (V-J Day) was 15 August 1945. My dad, Herbert Miller, was a patriotic America and wanted to do his part to assist the war effort, so at age 18 he volunteered for the draft in the spring of 1944, while he was a senior at Willshire High School.
I have finished transcribing and posting my dad’s WWII letters, a task I began a little over a year ago. Although I did not post his letters on every Friday’s blog post, there were at least 30 blog posts of letters. I started transcribing and posting them about a month before Veterans Day 2017 and …
My dad, Herbert Miller, was trained as a replacement troop during the fall of 1944. After he arrived in Europe he was assigned to Company L, 333rd Regiment, 84th Infantry Division. The 84th was known as the Railsplitters. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium and later in parts of Luxembourg, Germany, …