|Death: ||Aug. 26, 1944, France|
Son of Louis Charles Pakiser and Lila (Hanson) Pakiser. Married Vera Myrtle Cowell June 23, 1928.
Wilbur S. Pakiser
Private, U.S. Army
Service # 37708525
116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division
Entered the Service from: Colorado
Buried at: Plot I Row 3 Grave 11
Brittany American Cemetery
St. James, France
Awards: Purple Heart
Bob (Robert L.) Cowell, who is the younger brother of Wilbur's wife Vera, had gone into the Army in August of 1943. During the WWII era, the draft laws were changed from 35 years of age to 38 years of age and Wilbur was not yet 38, so he was drafted. He had a young son less than five years of age, and a wife at home. At that time, most of the draftees were going into the Infantry to prepare for the Battle of the Bulge. Wilbur was killed in action August of 1944, not even a year after the Christmas Cowell Family Photograph.
Bob Cowell had always felt bad about it, saying it should have been him at 22 years of age instead of Wilbur. Bob had missed going because, unknown to him, a physician had told the Commander to keep him in the Denver Metropolitan area for a season since the doctor had expected complications with his wife's first pregnancy. Bob was assigned in Fort Logan at the reception center. He was an acting corporal for 5 months and could go back and forth at night, giving Wilbur rides. Bob was at the reception center and processed Wilbur through the tests, shots and uniforms when Wilbur was drafted.
The Brittany American Cemetery and Memorial in France covers 28 acres of rolling farm country near the eastern edge of Brittany and contains the remains of 4,410 of our war dead, most of whom lost their lives in the Normandy and Brittany campaigns of 1944. Along the retaining wall of the memorial terrace are inscribed the names of 498 of the missing. Rosettes mark the names of those since recovered and identified.
Louis Charles Pakiser (1890 - 1975)
Lila Edna Hanson Pakiser (1886 - 1985)
Vera Myrtle Cowell Harms (1910 - 1991)*
Wilbur S Pakiser (1908 - 1944)
Dorothy Henrietta Pakiser McNassor (1915 - 2005)*
Louis Charles Pakiser (1919 - 2001)*
Brittany American Cemetery and Memorial
Departement de la Manche
Plot: Plot I Row 3 Grave 11
Maintained by: Jolene Chapman
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 07, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56349649