|Birth: ||Aug. 1, 1922|
North Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Jul. 29, 1944, England|
Pvt. Lansing J. Fonda In U.S. Base Hospital
Pvt. Lansing J. Fonda was wounded in action June 9 in France and is now at a base hospital, according to information for the War Department and the hospital chaplain received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Twitt, 110 Allen Street, East Syracuse. Pvt. Fonda enlisted in the Army on Aug. 1, 1940, on his 18th birthday and had received C.M.T.C. training for three years previously. He was a member of the First Division and had taken part in the North African invasion in which his boat was torpedoed at Oran. He participated in three battles in the Tunisian campaign, those of the Kesserine Pass, Maturand and El Quetar. He was also in the Sicilian invasion in which he received a slight wound. (Syracuse Herald-American, Syracuse, NY, Sunday, July 9, 1944, p. 33, Col. 6)
Dead Soldier's Requests To Be Carried Out by Mother
Pfc. Fonda Had Left Funds to Provide Treat for Boys
Memorial services for Pfc. Lansing Fonda, 21, who died July 29 in a British hospital from wounds suffered June 9 in the Normandy invasion, will be conducted according to a plan the young soldier originated before he was sent overseas. Although the boy wrote his mother, Mrs. Frank Twitt, 110 Allen Street, East Syracuse, that "he wouldn't go until his time came." he had told her he "wanted a military funeral in case he rated it" and had built up a special bank account to provide "a treat for the boys" attending his funeral. In accordance with his wishes, members of Arthur Butler Post 359, American Legion; the East Syracuse Red Cross Canteen and soldier from the Army Air Base will attend services at 2 p.m. Sunday in Emmanuel Episcopal Church and will then be guests at a luncheon arranged by his mother and members of the canteen. The Rev. Morton B. Kelsey will officiate at the service. Pfc. Fonda wrote in one of his letters that "there are so many worse places to die than on a battlefield," and to his stepfather: "My Bible is my best companion, prayer my best diversion and faith my best weapon. With these three I have come through many a hard place." Shortly before the invasion Mrs. Twitt wrote her son that she hoped he could come home on a furlough for a short rest. He had been in the Army four years, having enlisted when he was only 18. He answered: "Why mother, what kind of an American are you? Our family has always done its bit in all of our country's wars. I won't come back until I can return with my beloved First Division." Mrs. Twitt served as a yeoman in the Navy in the last war, her husband served with the English Army, and Pfc. Fonda's father, Lansing Fonda, Sr., was overseas 18 months in the last war. Pfc. Fonda made one other request in connection with his funeral. As he wished, all flowers will be sent to the Army Air Base Hospital. (Syracuse Herald-Journal, Syracuse, NY, Saturday, August, 26, 1944, p. 7, Col. 2-3)
Military Rites For PFC Fonda Set Wednesday
The body of PFC Lansing J. Fonda, a GI who "wanted a military funeral in case he rated it" will arrive in Syracuse Monday evening and will be taken to the home, 110 Allen st., East Syracuse, where a private prayer service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday. The funeral will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in Emmanuel Episcopal church, the Rev. Melvin Abson, rector, officiating. Friends may call Tuesday afternoon and evening at the home. Military services will be conducted jointly by Arthur Butler post, American Legion, and James F. Ray post, Veterans of Foreign Wars. Burial will be in Woodlawn cemetery. A member of M Co. 26th infantry, first division, he entered service Aug. 1, 1940, on his 18th birthday, and trained at Sackets Harbor, Camp Blanding, Fla., and Indiantown Gap, Pa. He sailed overseas Aug. 1, 1942, on his 20th birthday. PFC Fonda was wounded June 9, 1944, in the invasion of Normandy and died July 29, 1944, of wounds suffered in action. He was buried in England Aug. 1, 1944, on his 22nd birthday. He participated in the occupation of Oran, Algeria, engagement of Faid Pass, Tunisia, Gefsa, El Guetar, Tunisian campaign; Beja Mateur campaign, the occupation of Sicily and the invasion of France. Medals he received included the bronze star, presidential unit citation, expert infantry combat medal, purple heart, European, North African, Middle-Eastern service ribbon with five battle stars and spearhead. He attended East Syracuse and Minoa schools and Carlisle Military school, Bemberg, N.C. Surviving are his mother, Mrs. Frank Twitt; his stepfather, Frank Twitt, and an aunt, Mrs. Herman Schwermer. Bearers, boyhood friends and veterans, will be Lloyd Amidon, Harry Welch, Robert Peet, Robert DeHaven, Jack Crossman and Harold Towne. (The Post-Standard, Syracuse, NY, Sunday, July 25, 1948, p. 27, Col. 3)
North Carolina Birth Records show that he is the biological son of Lansing E. & Jane (Pardo) Fonda.
Volume: 6, Page: 390.
1940 East Syracuse, Dewitt Twp., Onondaga Co., NY, SD: # 35 ED: # 34-14; Sheet 10-A; Image 19 of 30. April 11, 1940; 110 Allen Street, Household # 193. Frank & Jane Twitt, with son: Lansing Fonda, age 17.
Jane G. Pardo Twitt (1893 - 1949)
M Co. 26 INF 1 DIV
New York, USA
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Record added: Oct 19, 2011
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