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TSGT Guenther Conrad "Conrad" Bitzer
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Birth: Sep. 3, 1925
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
Death: Apr. 13, 1945, Germany

Conrad was born in New York City, but moved to Johnson City, Washington County, Tennessee with his family in November of 1929. He attended school here until he applied to and was accepted by the Tennessee Military Institute (TMI Academy) in Sweetwater, Tennessee. Conrad enlisted at the beginning of his Senior year 13 August 1943 in the United States Army with service number 14200277, but was allowed to complete his studies prior to being called up.

After graduation, Class of 1944, Conrad attended Army Specialized Training Programs at Raleigh, North Carolina and finished up at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. He also received training in England and Scotland. He was assigned to Company A, 346th Infantry Regiment, 87th Infantry Division and arrived in France on 15 October 1944 as a Technical Sergeant. Conrad participated in three unit campaigns; Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace and Central Europe and fell to a German Sniper's bullet on 13 April 1945 in Teichroda, Germany. He was 19 years old. Conrad was awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge on 8 January and after his death the Purple Heart Medal.

Conrad was first interred in the United States Military Cemetery Eisenach, Germany on 15 April 1945 in Plot A, Row 11, Grave 259. On 25 June 1945, he was moved to the United States Military Cemetery Margarten, Holland and placed in Plot QQ, Row 11, Grave 259. Conrad was disinterred again on 3 September 1948 and his journey to his final resting place began. He arrived Kitchener, Ontario, Canada on 14 July 1949 via New York Central Railway Train #99 at 1945 hours and was laid to rest the next day with his family present.

Conrad was the first son of Medon Amandus Bitzer and Helga Margaretha Erica Brackebusch, both of Ontario, Canada. His younger brother Medon Armin Bitzer followed Conrad to the Tennessee Military Institute and was accepted to the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, Class of 1950. Don was a Fighter/Bomber pilot in the United States Air Force and was killed in action during the Korean War. His remains were never recovered and he has a memorial marker right next to Conrad.

Note: Guenther dropped his first name and took his middle as his first when he applied to TMI. All his records from that point on lists him as Conrad G. Bitzer. The only thing that differs from that is his grave marker. Rest In Peace my young Warrior…

Family links: 
  Medon Amandus Bitzer (1891 - 1993)
  Helga Margaretha Erica Brackebusch Bitzer (1894 - 1960)
  Guenther Conrad Bitzer (1925 - 1945)
  Medon Armin Bitzer (1927 - 1952)*
  Medon Armin Bitzer (1927 - 1952)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: See his brother's memorial #41813586 located at the Honolulu Memorial, Hawaii.
Mount Hope Cemetery (Waterloo & Kitchener)
Waterloo Regional Municipality
Ontario, Canada
Plot: Protestant Lot 292, Grave 6
Created by: Allen D. Jackson, USAF (...
Record added: May 19, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 70060031
TSGT Guenther Conrad Conrad Bitzer
Added by: Allen D. Jackson, USAF (Ret)
TSGT Guenther Conrad Conrad Bitzer
Added by: Allen D. Jackson, USAF (Ret)
TSGT Guenther Conrad Conrad Bitzer
Added by: Allen D. Jackson, USAF (Ret)
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