Charles Jacob Girtz

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  • Name: Charles Jacob Girtz
  • Location of Birth: Hillman, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: December 11, 1928
  • Date of Death: October 2, 1971 (42 years old)
  • Parents: Henry Girtz and Anna (Altenhofen) Girtz
  • High School and Class: attended Deer River High School, Deer River, Minnesota
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  • Highest Rank: MSGT (Master Sergeant)
  • Branch: Army
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  • Military Awards:
    Silver Star
    Purple Heart

  • Military Highlights:
    Information from a news article from Deer River News, dated March 1, 1951:

    Local Young Man Wins Recognition in Army
    The following information came to The News from Headquarters X Corps public information office in Korea.
    Sergeant First Class Charles J. Girtz, Deer River, has successfully completed the newly established X Corps Patrol Leaders School in Central Korea. The veteran Seventh Division squad leader was selected to attend the school on the basis of his demonstrated leadership and aggressiveness in combat.
    The special six-day course, conducted under actual field conditions, is designed to increase the effectiveness of X Corps patrol leaders and to provide potential instructors, based on a pooling of experiences gained during actual combat operations by students and instructors alike.
    Sergeant Girtz served with the 11th Airborne Division during World War II. He has served in the Far East since July, 1949. He attended the Deer River High School.

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II
    Korean Conflict

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  • Civilian Life:
    Charles was an employee of Mathew Hall Lumber Company in St. Cloud, Minnesota.

    He married Leona Raymond on November 1, 1952 in Mizpah, Minnesota.

    Charles has lived in the St. Cloud area for five years.

    Charles was a member of the Sauk Rapids American Legion Post 254.

    He is survived by his widow; children, Terry, Michael, and Patrick; his mother, Mrs. Anna Girtz; brother, Roy; sisters, Mrs. George Jansen and Mrs. James Dobes. Two sisters and three brothers preceded him in death.

    Charles is buried in Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Plot L, 0, 2314)

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