1st Lt. Loamie S. Bresler Jr., 0-1321285
First Lieutenant Loamie Sherwood Bresler Jr., O-1321285 (20809737 enlisted service numbered) US Army KIA. He was born in Hill County Texas on April 29, 1921, he was the son of Loamie Sherwood Bressler Sr and Mable Gertrude Denton Bressler, of Gen. Del., Elm Mott, and the husband of Eva Long. He attended Waco High School. He entered the US Army, on November 5, 1940, and served in the Texas National Guard. He trained in Texas, Florida, California, Georgia. After receiving his commission, he served at Camp Van Dorn Mississippi. He entered the 63rd Infantry Division on December 1, 1943. From December 1, 1943 – July 1, 1944 he served in the 63rd Division HQ Company as General Hibbs Aide. From July 1, 1944 – September 25, 1944 he served in Headquarters Company of the, 253rd Infantry regiment. From September 25, 1944 – September 30, 1944 he served in D Company, 253rd Infantry regiment. From September 30, 1944 until his death on April 6, 1945 he served in H Company, 253rd Infantry regiment. He earned the Bronze Star Medal for valor on February 17, 1945; in the vicinity of Bliesgersweiler, Germany. Although subjected to heavy enemy, artillery and mortar fire, Lieutenant. Bresher successfully located zones of fire for the machine gun squads, enabling them to move in to position and fulfill their mission. On April 3, 1945 Capt Roland L. St. Clair, was wounded by a Machine Gun Wound to the Femur at this point Lt. Bresher took command of the company. From April 2 – April 6 the company had 3 officers wounded and Bresher killed there were only 3 officers of the 7 remaining in the company as of April 7, 1945. I do not know how Lieutenant Bresler died but if I had to guess it was probably from Germany Artillery. On the morning of April 6, 1945 H Company was ordered to move out and march up the Jagst River to the town of Herbholtzheim. The lead jeep became pinned down by a sniper and machine gun fire from the woods to the east of Untergresheim. The Company all safely returned to Untergresheim. Later on April 6, H Company was ordered to provided heavy mortar support from Untergresheim for 2nd Battalion in Buchhof. He was Awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, the Bronze Star Medal with V and Oak Leaf cluster, the Purple Heart Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, The American Theater of operations, the European Theater of Operations Medal ETO with 2 battle star, the World War Two Victory Medal. In 1949 his body was returned to Texas and he was interned at Rosemound Cemetery Waco, Texas.
1- 63rd Division Records
2- The Men and Women in World War Two from McLennan County Texas
4- U.S., Headstone Applications for Military Veterans, 1925-1963
5- Texas, Birth Index, 1903-1997
6- John Kinney’s Memoirs H Co 253d Inf Regt