|Birth: ||Sep. 9, 1925|
South Dakota, USA
|Death: ||Sep. 22, 1944, Netherlands|
Jacob T. Herman Jr. was the son of Alice (Janice) and Jake Herman from Pine Ridge, SD. He had five brothers and sisters, Grace (died as a baby), Paul, Faith, Hope, and Rex. He began school in Kyle, transferring to Red Cloud. Lakota Times carried a story about his father Jake Sr. as one of the best rodeo clowns in the west. His father enrolled as a student at the Carlisle Indian School in Pennsylvania after his parents died, worked on local farms, at Ford Motor Co., later returning to Pine Ridge, SD to marry and raise his family. Jacob's father Jake Sr. died in 1969, and his mother Alice died in 1976.
In 1943, the United States was involved in World War II and Pvt. Jacob T. Herman Jr., 18, of Pine Ridge, made his family proud when he became a member of the 82nd, Airborne, 505th Parachute Infantry, Company D.
More than 40 years later, family was shocked when they received a letter from Groesbeck, Holland dated Aug. 12, 1986 in regards to Jacobs death during Operation Market Garden in Holland in September 1944. Jacob was a member of the 82nd Airborne Division under the command of Brig. Gen. James Gavin, who confirmed that Herman was killed and buried, at first in a temporary U.S. cemetery at Molenboek, apporoximately five miles south of Nijmegen. Later, his body was transferred to south Holland for final interment in the Margrate, U.S., Cemetery. Jacob's headstone has a date of death as Sept. 22, 1944, but family wonders if that is correct because on Sept. 19, 1944, the biggest airborned invasion ever attempted now known as Operation Market Garden, began. Although the mission was deemed a failure, the 82nd Airborne was responsible for taking over the bridge at Waal River. Jacob was with Company D, as fierce battles raged on 1,432 U.S. servicemen that were killed in action.
source; his brothers
Note: Entered the service from South Dakota.
Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial
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Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 07, 2010
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