Tuesday, October 18, 2016

PFC John Henry Lauer

PFC John Henry Lauer was born 6 Jan 1917 in Lebanon, Pennsylvania the second of five children of Charles Koerper and Arah C. (Ross) Lauer. His father worked as a carpenter and in a steel factory.

John was drafted in March 1942.  As shown in the photo he at one time held the rank of CPL in another unit but we don't have the details of all his service.  As reflected in the unit morning reports it seems that he was assigned to I Company 116th Infantry in England prior to 6 Jun 1944 and participated in the landing at Omaha beach serving as a rifleman.  PVT Lauer was promoted to PFC on 1 Oct 1944. He was thought to me missing in action and then found to be wounded and evacuated to hospital on 10 Oct 1944.  PFC Lauer died of his wound(s) on 18 Oct 1944.

PFC Lauer was repatriated and re-interred in Mount Lebanon Cemetery in Lebanon, Pennsylvania.

His brothers also served. James Wagner Lauer served in Service Battery 905th Field Artillery Battalion (1942-1945). Charles Edward Lauer served in C Battery 840th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion (1942-1945).

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