|Shirk's comrades from 175th Infantry Regiment in St. Lo where Pvt. Shirk was killed.|
Max Shirk could have been 100 years old today.
He was born on January 30, 1917 in Kansas. His parents were both Kansas born. His father Loyd was a farmer who later became a salesman of farm implements. Max had one younger brother. By 1940 he was on his own.
Max enlisted on December 5, 1942. He was a private in 175th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division.
In all likelihood, Pvt. Shirk landed on Omaha Beach shortly after D-Day and fought through the early action to expand the beachhead in Normandy. Pvt. Shirk was fatally injured by shrapnel from a German 88mm shell near St. Lo, France on July 29, 1944 and died the next day.
|Front Line Position on the day Pvt. Shirk died.|
His remains were returned to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
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