Army Badge
  • Name: LeRoy Ernest Lueck
  • Location of Birth: Buhl, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: December 14, 1919
  • Date of Death: October 13, 1999
  • Parents: Ernest Lueck & Alvina "Nellie" (Pearson) Lueck
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  • Highest Rank: S SGT (Staff Sergeant)
  • Branch: Army
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  • Date Sworn In: February 23, 1945
  • Place Sworn In: Fort Snelling, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Date of Discharge: August 1, 1946
  • Place of Discharge:
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  • Military Highlights:
    WW II Draft Registration Cards – 10/16/1940 – 03/31/1947
    State: Minnesota
    Name: LeRoy Ernest Lueck
    Race: White
    Age: 21
    Birth Date: December 14, 1919
    Birth Place: Buhl, Minnesota, USA
    Residence Place: Taconite, Itasca, Minnesota, USA
    Registration Date: July 1, 1941
    Employer: American Bridge Co., Duluth, Minnesota
    Occupation: Apprentice steel worker
    Weight: 145
    Height: 58 [inches]
    Complexion: Light
    Eye Color: Blue
    Hair Color: Black
    Other Characteristic: Scar from appendix operation
    Next of Kin: Ernest Lueck, Taconite, Minnesota

    World War II Army Enlistment Records (1938-1946)
    Name: LeRoy E. Lueck
    Race: White
    Marital Status: Married
    Rank: Private
    Birth year: 1919
    Nativity state or country: Minnesota
    Citizenship: Citizen
    Residence: Itasca, Minnesota
    Education: 3 years of high school
    Civil Occupation: Structural and ornamental-metal workers
    Enlistment date: February 23, 1945
    Enlistment place: Fort Snelling, Minnesota
    Branch: No branch assignment
    Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men)
    Source: Civil Life
    Height: 86
    Weight: 699

    Newspaper article: January 1946 – From S/Sgt. LeRoy Lueck, Korea: “Received the card of the Taconite Pit, and it sure looked good. It was written Nov. 9th and just caught up with me. I didn’t get to see Ed Hanson in P.I. but have seen him once over here. He only lives about two miles from where I do. I am going on pass tomorrow and see him. We are kept pretty busy so don’t get out very often. We pull guard almost every other day, so there isn’t much time to go anywhere. The weather here is sure cold, but we haven’t any snow. It looks like we aren’t going to have any for Christmas either. I got some stamps from the club about a week ago, and they sure come in handy, as we can’t get them here. We also have a hard time getting cigarettes. I think I will just quit smoking. I want to thank the Club for the stamps and pictures; they sure are doing a swell job for the men in service. It sure is going to be nice to get back to the old town. I wouldn’t trade an inch of it for all of Korea. I think I would have sooner stayed on Okinawa than come over here. Well, Thya, I will close now as there isn’t anything to write about.”

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

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  • Civilian Life:
    LeRoy Lueck was a resident of Taconite, Minnesota from 1930 – 1944. He married Frances Montifeltro in Nashwauk. Minnesota in 1941. He was an iron worker for several construction companies. He was a member of Local 563 of Duluth, the Grand Rapids Eagles, and the Nashwauk American Legion.

    LeRoy died in Grand Rapids, Minnesota and is buried in Lakeview Cemetery, Coleraine, Minnesota (Block 29). Leroy is survived by his wife, Frances; sons, LeRoy F. (Mary) Lueck and Fred E. (Sandra) Lueck; five grandchildren; and sisters, Elvera Ross and Marie Castellano. He was preceded in death by his parents; and an infant son, Thomas.

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