1LT Eugene L “Gene” Ziesel

1LT Eugene L “Gene” Ziesel

Birth
Death 11 Jan 1943 (aged 23–24)
Burial Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas, USA
Plot SECTION 13, SITE 189
Memorial ID 2898052 · View Source
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1LT, US ARMY AIR FORCES WORLD WAR II
Ziesel, a first lieutenant in the Army Air Forces, was shot down Jan. 11, 1943,
in Italy. Ziesel was the co-pilot on a B-24 bomber piloted by a fellow Omahan,
First Lt. Louis A Prchal, that was attacked by a German fighter plane at high
altitude. The bomber went down in flames, but Sgt. Duffy Madsen, of Rutland,
Iowa, saw from another plane that four crewmen had parachuted out of Ziesel's
bomber. Ziesel's parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Ziesel, had some hope that he
might have survived and been imprisoned. He had previously been a prisoner of
war in Turkey after his plane was grounded there. But this time he did not
survive. Military services were held for Ziesel and Prchal on Jan. 25, 1950 at
Little Rock National Cemetery in Arkansas.

Ziesel starred in football and basketball at Creighton University. When he was
imprisoned in Turkey, The World-Herald wrote, "Lt. Ziesel will be remembered
best by sports fans for his 40-yard dash in the dying minutes of Creighton's
1940 homecoming game with Marquette to score the tying touchdown in that 27-27
football game."
bio from Omaha World Herald

Name: Eugene L Ziesel
Birth Year: 1919
Race: White, Citizen (White)
Nativity State or Country: Nebraska
State of Residence: Nebraska

Enlistment Date: 31 May 1941
Enlistment State: Nebraska
Enlistment City: Fort Crook
Branch: Air Corps
Branch Code: Air Corps
Grade Code: Aviation Cadet
Component: Regular Army (including Officers, Nurses, Warrant Officers, and Enlisted Men)
Source: Civil Life

Education: 4 years of college
Civil Occupation: Actors and actresses
Marital Status: Single, without dependents
Height: 69
Weight: 174


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  • Maintained by: Loren Bender
  • Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Office
  • Added: 3 Mar 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 2898052
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 1LT Eugene L “Gene” Ziesel (1919–11 Jan 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 2898052, citing Little Rock National Cemetery, Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas, USA ; Maintained by Loren Bender (contributor 47060026) .