Aloysious "Jack" T. Noud never had a chance to reach 100 years old today. Instead, he sacrificed his life for our freedom.
He was born on August 1, 1917 in Kansas. His mother was also born in Kansas and his father was from Pennsylvania. All four of his grandparents were from Ireland. His heritage does not offer an explanation for his unusual name, which is French in origin. His father worked as a farmer. Jack had two older brothers, one older sister, five younger sisters and one younger brother.
He enlisted in the army on June 16, 1942. He became a private first class in Company B, 1st Battalion, 385th Infantry Regiment, 76th Infantry Division (nicknamed "Liberty Bell Division").
The 76th Infantry Division arrived in England in early December 1944. It was assigned to the front lines in Luxembourg later that month. Over the next three months as it advance into Germany the Liberty Bell Division sustained a relatively light 433 killed in action. Pfc. Noud lost his life near Stromberg, Germany on April 1, 1945. He was on a two man patrol to capture prisoners when they were ambushed. Pfc. Noud engaged the enemy while his comrade went to get help. By the time reinforcements arrived, Pfc. Noud had been killed by the enemy. He was posthumously award the Silver Star.
His grave is at Calvary Cemetery in Frankfort, Kansas.
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