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Erhardt Boettcher
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Birth: Oct. 25, 1916
Death: Jun. 11, 1944

Following information was found at: NEGenWeb Project
Resource Center On-Line Library. - Private First Class Erhardt Boettcher was born in Kharkov, Russia, on October 25, 1916, and died on June 11, 1944, from wounds received in battle while serving with the United States Army in France. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest L. Boettcher of Newman Grove, Nebraska. He had two brothers and two sisters, Waldemar Boettcher of Newman Grove, Nebraska; Arthur Boettcher of Lindsay, Nebraska; Louise, Mrs. Lyle Stewart, of Lindsay, Nebraska; and Rachel, Mrs. Vernon Pearson, of Genoa, Nebraska. Erhardt attended school in Russia for two years prior to his coming to America. In 1926, when he was ten years of age, he emigrated from Russia to Mexico with his parents. On landing in Mexico, the Boettcher family lived for a time in Vera Cruz, and then moved to Durango, where they spent four years while awaiting their visas to the United States. On August 15, 1930, they came to Nebraska, and settled on a farm near Madison. While living there, Erhardt attended the St. John's Lutheran Parochial School at Green Garden. and in 1933 was confirmed at St. John's Lutheran Church there. The family moved to Platte County, and Erhardt attended school at District 51 in Joliet Township. After finishing school, he assisted his father on the farm until 1941, when he moved to a farm of his own in Walker Township, two and one-half miles southeast of Newman Grove. He enlisted in the United States Army on April 2, 1942, and went to Camp Barkley, Texas, where he was stationed for a year. He then was stationed for short periods of time in Louisiana and California. In March, 1944, Private First Class Erhardt Boettcher embarked from Fort Dix, New Jersey, for overseas. He landed in England where he served until June, 1944, when he went to France to participate in the invasion. He was wounded in action, and died on June 11, 1944. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, and the Purple Heart posthumously. His mother, Mrs. Ernest L. Boettcher, was the recipient of a cablegram sent to her by Erhardt from England on Mother's Day, May 15, 1944, and also of a letter written to her by him on May 14, 1944. Memorial services were held for Private First Class Erhardt Boettcher at the Zion Lutheran Church in Newman Grove, Nebraska, on October 22, 1944, with the pastor, Reverend Clarence Anderson, officiating at the services, and the American Legion conducting the military rite. There were seventy-five members of the American Legion, War Dads, and members of the Armed Forces present at the services. The United States Flag was presented to Mr. and Mrs. Ernest L. Boettcher by Doctor F. L. Frink. 
 
Inscription:
Nebraska
PVT 359 INF 90 Div
World War II
 
Burial:
Hope Cemetery
Newman Grove
Platte County
Nebraska, USA
 
Created by: Shirley (Bruhn) Martys
Record added: Aug 14, 2009
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Erhardt Boettcher
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