|Sgt. Lester May served with these men in the 36th Engineer Combat Regiment in Italy.|
Lester E. May never had a chance to reach 100 years old today. Instead, he sacrificed his life for our freedom.
He was born on May 25, 1918 in Pennsylvania. His parents William and Bertha were also both born in Pennsylvania. His father worked as a farmer. Lester had one older sister. His mother died in 1928. After completing high school he got a job as a driver.
He was drafted into the army on March 3, 1942. He became a sergeant in Company H, 36th Engineer Combat Regiment. He was part of the 36th ECR from the start. The nine companies in this unit were specially trained in amphibious assault. It participated in the first amphibious landing in North Africa. It next provided engineering support as the Allies advanced through Tunisia. After that it was part of three amphibious landings in Sicily, Naples, and Anzio.
Sgt. May was killed in action on June 30, 1944 during the Rome-Arno campaign.
His grave is at Milligans Cove Christian Church Cemetery in Buffalo Mills, Pennsylvania.
Last year on this date I profiled Craig Spowers, USS Reuben James, who was killed by the Germans before Pearl Harbor. You can read about Craig here.
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