|Private Harry Weber, 3rd Infantry Division.|
Harry Weber never had a chance to reach 100 years old today. Instead, he sacrificed his life for our freedom.
He was born on May 26, 1917 in Montana. His German speaking parents were both born in Russia and came to America in 1913. His father worked as a carpenter in a car shop and later was a farmer. Harry had an older sister, two older brothers, three younger sisters, and two younger brothers. By 1940 Harry had moved off of the family's Montana farm. He wanted more education and his father was only interested in his ability to work the farm.
He enlisted on December 2, 1941 and was no doubt sobered by his decision when five days later the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. He did his training in Washington state and he had his girlfriend Frieda Miller come visit him to get married on the day he shipped out in 1942.
Harry became a private first class in the Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division. His normal role was that of a cook. The 3rd Infantry was one of the first US Army units to see action in the war. It helped free French Morocco in late 1942. Pfc. Weber would also have participated in the invasion of Sicily and Salerno. Things only got tougher when the 3rd Infantry took part in the fighting in Italy.
On October 13, 1943 the 3rd Infantry attacked across the Volturno River. Once on the other side of the river the 15th Infantry Regiment went on to take the high ground. That evening, Pfc. Weber was asked to accompany a night patrol because he could speak German. The goal was to take prisoners and question them for intelligence. During the patrol Pfc. Weber has tragically killed by a direct hit from an incoming round.
His remains were returned to be buried at Laurel Cemetery, Laurel, Montana. His widow remarried and was still alive in 2013.
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