SSgt. Aloysious John “AJ” Lorentz

SSgt. Aloysious John “AJ” Lorentz

Birth
Wadena County, Minnesota, USA
Death 26 Aug 1944 (aged 36)
France
Burial Saint-James, Departement de la Manche, Basse-Normandie, France
Memorial ID 56351349 · View Source
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The Wadena Pioneer Journal, October 5, 1944
Two Wadena Men Killed In Action In Europe - Pfc. Bengtson and Sgt. Lorentz Lose Lives in Combat
News of the death of two Wadena men who lost their lives in combat duty in the European war theatre reached relatives here within the last week.
Following a telegram received on September 11 revealing that Sgt. Aloysious "Louie" Lorentz was missing in action in France, a second telegram from the War Department confirming his death on August 28 was received last Wednesday. Sgt. Lorentz had been in the service since April, 1942, and had served overseas since November, 1943. Upon leaving this country he was sent to Ireland, later going to England, and entered France on D-Day.
Aloysious John Lorentz was born on July 2, 1908, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Lorentz, of Wadena township. He attended St. Ann's school and one year of high school in Wadena. After leaving school he assisted his brother Joseph on his farm and later did other farm work. Fifteen years ago he entered the employ of Lampert Lumber Company as a truck driver and was there until his induction into the Army.
Louie participated in various community activities including membership in the fire department for 12 years, the Catholic Aid Association, and Knights of Columbus.
Surviving are six brothers; John of Oregon City, Ore.; Tony, Joseph, and Theodore of Wadena; William of Staples, and Conrad of Tony, Wis; and two sisters, Mrs. Mike Hopp (Josephine) of Aldrich, and Mrs. Carl Krueger (Frances) of Hastings.
In July Sgt. Lorentz was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received in action. He was noted in his own community for his courage and was well liked by all who knew him.
Monsignor Plachta gave the Requiem High Mass for Sgt, Lorentz Wednesday morning at 9 o'clock.


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  • Maintained by: Jim Childers
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 7 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56351349
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for SSgt. Aloysious John “AJ” Lorentz (2 Jul 1908–26 Aug 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56351349, citing Brittany American Cemetery and Memorial, Saint-James, Departement de la Manche, Basse-Normandie, France ; Maintained by Jim Childers (contributor 47455615) .