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PFC Emerson A Luther

PFC Emerson A Luther

New York, USA
Death 20 Nov 1944 (aged 29)
Burial Tonawanda, Erie County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 99784650 · View Source
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Emerson served as a Private First Class, Company I, 406th Infantry, 102nd Infantry Division, U.S. Army during World War II.

He resided in Erie County, New York prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on November 9, 1942 in Buffalo, New York. He was noted as being employed as a Decorator and/or window dresser and also as Married.

Emerson was "Killed In Action" during the war and was awarded a Purple Heart.

Service # 32581322


The Evening News of the Tonawandas - March 10, 1949

Among the bodies being returned from Europe to the United States aboard the US Army Transport Barney Kirschbaum, is that of PFC Emerson A. Luther, son of Hannah Luther of 23 Catherine St.

Mrs. Luther received a telegram from the War Department a few days ago, informing her that the soldier was being returned for reburial. The arrival time has not yet been learned.

PFC Luther died in action in Germany Nov 20, 1944. At the time of his death the secretary of war wrote Mrs. Luther as follows:

"The President has requested me to inform you that the Purple Heart has been awarded posthumously to PFC Emerson A. Luther, who sacrificed his life in the defense of his country.

"The medal, which you will receive shortly, is of slight intrinsic value but rich with the tradition for which Americans are so gallantly giving their lives. The father of our contry, whose profile and coat of arms adorn the medal, speaks from it across the centuries to the men who fight today for the proud freedom he founded.

"Nothing the War Department can do or say will in any sense repair the loss of your loved one. He has gone, however, in honor and the goodly company of patriots. Let me, in communicating to you the country's deep sympathy, also express to you its gratitude for his valor and devotion.
"Please believe me."

PFC Luther entered service Nov 16, 1942 and trained at Camp Carson, Colo., Camp Roberts, Calif., Camp Butner, N.C. and Camp Dix, NJ. He went overseas Sept 9, 1944. He was manager of the Luther Flower Shop here when he entered the service.

( Burial & Article found by: Anne Cady )


Gravesite Details Entered the service from New York




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  • Added: 29 Oct 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 99784650
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for PFC Emerson A Luther (14 Nov 1915–20 Nov 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 99784650, citing Elmlawn Cemetery, Tonawanda, Erie County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .