Vernon Rolfe Boyhtari

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  • Name: Vernon Rolfe Boyhtari
  • Location of Birth: Bovey, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: May 23, 1910
  • Date of Death: April 13, 1988
  • Parents: John Boyhtari & Lydia (Hill) Boyhtari
  • High School and Class: 1928 Greenway High School, Coleraine, MN
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  • Branch: Army
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  • Date Sworn In: August 9, 1943
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  • Date of Discharge: November 8, 1945
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  • Units and Locations:
    Start Date End Date Unit(s) and Location(s) Served
    August 1943 Camp Dodge, Iowa
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  • Military Highlights:
    WW II Draft Registration Cards – 10/16/1940 – 03/31/1947
    State: Minnesota
    Name: Vernon Rolfe Boyhtari
    Race: White
    Age: 30
    Birth Date: May 23, 1910
    Birth Place: Bovey, Minnesota, USA
    Residence Place: Bovey, Itasca, Minnesota, USA
    Registration Date: October 16, 1940
    Employer: Balkan Mining Co. (Danube Mine), Bovey, Itasca, MN
    Weight: 144
    Height: 5-9
    Complexion: Light
    Eye Color: Gray
    Hair Color: Blonde
    Next of Kin: Marguerite Boyhtari, wife, Bovey, Minnesota

    Newspaper article: Bovey Press, Bovey, Minnesota - September 10, 1943 - "Camp Dodge, Iowa, August 24, 1943. Bovey Service Men's Club. Dear Friends: May I take this means of thanking you for the swell diary. This is my first day at basic training and each day has been entered. At Camp Dodge we receive 4 weeks basic training and then are shipped for further school in M. P.'s or some other special line. Of course, a man's progress depends on his ability to learn. Here's hoping I make the grade. Sincerely yours, Pvt. Vernon Boyhtari."

    Newspaper article: Bovey Press, Bovey, Minnesota - 1944 – Mrs. John Boyhtari told me today that her son, Pvt. Vern Boyhtari, was leaving to go across. He had a chance for a discharge, but wouldn’t take it, so now he is going to take a boat trip.

    Newspaper article: Bovey Press, Bovey, Minnesota - December 29, 1944 - "Somewhere in S.E. France, November 18, 1944 - Dear Ann: Am a little anxious for news of the home town, so would you tell Mr. Barnes my new address? Thanks a lot. So far things are pretty nice for me. Had a swell trip across. Water was rough as hell the first two days at sea, but didn't mind it at all. Guess I have some of my Granddad's sea legs. Have visited ..(censored..). The ..(censored).. country is very beautiful with the mountains and rivers. Saw the remains of equipment used by 60,000 Germans that the American boys had destroyed. Guns, trucks and tanks were spread for 30 miles. Only about 25,000 Germans were taken as prisoners. Boy! The fellows sure did a swell job in that scrap. Have learned enough French to get along and have a lot of fun making friends. At present have two French couples who are very nice to me. As for the drinks, the wine is O.K., but the beer is rotten. Got to close for now. Give my regards to all my friends. As ever, Vernon Boyhtari."

    Newspaper article: Bovey Press, Bovey, Minnesota - August 2, 1945 – “Wurzburg, Germany – June 19th – Dear Ann: About time I sent a letter towards the old home town. Not that I have been too busy to write, just a wee bit on the lazy side. Been having trouble with my tootsies for the last month and a half. Nothing serious, but enough to keep me from doing any driving. Doing nothing and waiting to go back to work is rather tiresome, but letters and the “Bovey Press” make it bearable. There’s also the hope that our outfit will be headed for the states soon. At least that’s the latest rumor from the seventh seat. Received a letter from Vernon Bentz the other day. He’s in New Guinea and in a rather remote spot. Don’t like the picture he painted. It wasn’t very pleasant. So far haven’t done very much traveling in Germany. Have seen Nurnburg and the famous Nazi stadium. Also visited in Heidleburg, Mannheim, Hall, and Bamberg. As you have probably read by this time, the destruction in these towns was rather complete. Especially in Schankfurt, Wurzburg and Nurnburg. I don’t believe they will ever try to rebuild Wurzburg. There just isn’t anything to rebuild. Well, Ann, my regards to all my friends and thanks to you for your services. Also to the Bovey service men’s Club my heartfelt thanks. My apologies for a short letter. I just haven’t any “Bors” abilities. No kidding, I enjoy his letters you put in the Bovey Press. Sincerely yours, Vernon Boyhtari.”

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

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  • Civilian Life:
    Vernon Boyhtari married Esther Glick in 1947 in Indiana.

    Vernon Boyhtari died in Findlay, Ohio and is buried in St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery, Arlington, Ohio.

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