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 Earl Edward Oertley

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Earl Edward Oertley

  • Birth 15 Dec 1917 Peoria County, Illinois, USA
  • Death 20 Jul 1944 Caen, Departement du Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France
  • Burial Princeville, Peoria County, Illinois, USA
  • Plot Div E, Row 3, Lot 66
  • Memorial ID 23859219

Son of Wilbert & Rosena (Fritz) Oertley. WWII Solder, 1st Lieutenant, wounded Jul 19, 1944 north of St. Lo, Normandy, France, Silver Star & Purple Heart Recipient,


Lieut. Earl Oertley
Mr. and Mrs. Wilbert Oertley of Princeville have received word from the War department that the casketed remains of their son, First Lieutenant Earl Oertley, fallen hero of the Normandy beachhead campaign, were en route to Princeville for reburial.
Lient. Oertley was killed in action at St. Lo Normandy, France, July 20, 1944. His remains had been buried in St. Mere Eglise cemetery in Normandy, France.
Funeral services will be announced upon arrival of the body in Princeville by the Bouton Memorial home of this city.
Lieunt. Oertley, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Wilbert Oertley, was born December 15, 1917, in Akron township. He attended Princeville grade and high schools. He was an honor student at the Princeville Community high school graduating in 1935. During his high school days, h was very active in vocational agriculture activities and studies. He served as president of the Princeville Chapter, Future Farmers of America. He was also was very active in 4-H club work, competing in livestock classes, and was winner of many beef championships titles.
Following his graduation from Princeville Community high school, he enrolled at the University of Illinois, where he continued his studies in vocational agriculture. In 1937 he was named winner of the Wilson company award, given for the project champion in livestock. For two years he was a member of the University of Illinois livestock judging team, which during that time was adjudged as champion on many occasions.
He was one of the few students of Princeville high school to win the American Farmer degree, the highest degree conferred by the Future Farmers of America. This award is given for outstanding project work. While at the university, he served with the ROTC unit, being a member of the cavalry division.

He was awarded his bachelor of science degree in Agriculture, from the University of Illinois in February q9432 and entered the U. S. Army that same month. In the states he trained in Ind., and Camp Forrest, Tenn. He was sent overseas to the European war theatre, landing in England in April of 1044. He took an active part in the Normandy beachhead invasion of the European continent. He led a group in fighting at St. Lo and other points of the beachhead.
He was awarded a number of citations for his heroic and valorous performance of duty. One of these was posthumous award of the Silver Star for his courage and brave fighting at St. Lo, Normandy, France.
Besides his parents, he is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Dorothy Kocarek and Mrs. Irene Geockel, both of Cicero, and two brothers, Donald and Harold, both of Princeville


Family Members

Gravesite Details Originally buried in St Mere Eglise.

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  • Maintained by: One Foot In The Grave
  • Originally Created by: John Melton
  • Added: 9 Jan 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 23859219
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Earl Edward Oertley (15 Dec 1917–20 Jul 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 23859219, citing Princeville Township Cemetery, Princeville, Peoria County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by One Foot In The Grave (contributor 47388650) .