|courtesy of Mona Anderson|
Herbert was drafted in September 1943. After his initial training he was sent to Europe and transferred from the replacement depot to B Company 116th Infantry on 16 Jun 1944. PVT Messerman was killed in action, reportedly by friendly fire on 13 Jul 1944.
PVT Messerman was repatriated and re-interred in Lind Memorial Cemetery in Lewistown, Pennsylvania.
Sister Beatrice's husband, Donald Grumbine, was a pilot with the 599th Bomber Squadron ultimately serving from 1944 to 1952. His wife's brother, Theodore Martin Havice, was killed in Germany in 1945 in service with D Battery 131st AAA Battalion.