1LT Lowell Raymond Toelle

1LT Lowell Raymond Toelle

Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois, USA
Death 9 Jan 1944 (aged 23)
Burial South Bend, St. Joseph County, Indiana, USA
Memorial ID 135011300 · View Source
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Killed in Action WW2

1st Marine Division

Lowell was born on February 14, 1920 in Freeport, Indiana. His parents Raymond and Helen were born in Illinois and Indiana, respectively. His father worked as an auto factory foreman and later as a laborer. Lowell had one older brother and one younger sister. By 1940 Lowell was attending Butler University where he was the starting left guard on the football team for three years.

He enlisted in the Army Air Forces 10 days after the attack on Pearl Harbor. In October 1942 he volunteered for the US Marines. He became a first lieutenant in Company K, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division. He married Jeanne Steiner in March 1943. In June 1943 he was sent to Australia where he joined as a replacement to take the place of leathernecks lost on Guadalcanal.

The 1st Marine Division landed in New Britain on the day after Christmas 1943. For three weeks the marines battled the Japanese in what came to be known as the Battle of Cape Gloucester. The Americans wanted to capture two airfields. That goal was achieved before the end of December but there was still Japanese resistance as the marines moved south.

Lt. Toelle was killed in action on January 9, 1944 while defending a position on or near Aogiri Ridge. His efforts were recognized by a Bronze Star award.

His Bronze Star citation includes the following:

Lieutenant Toelle showed great courage and leadership in repulsing several fierce counterattacks on a jungle ridge which had been captured from the enemy. His unflinching resolved added greatly to repulsing the attacks. By his utter disregard for his personal safety, he was an inspiration to the men of his command.

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  • Find a Grave Memorial 135011300
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 1LT Lowell Raymond Toelle (14 Feb 1920–9 Jan 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 135011300, citing Highland Cemetery, South Bend, St. Joseph County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Jeff Hall (contributor 47296194) .