Sergeant Arlin George Wenz

Alvin Wenz
Photo from Bob Naber

World War II

US Army
Company I, 134th Infantry Regiment, 35th Infantry Division
Service Number: 17050909
Born: May 21, 1913, Nebraska
Inducted: April 13, 1942, Fort Snelling, Minnesota
Killed in action July 18, 1944 in France
Buried:Normandy American Cemetery, St. Laurent, France
   Plot H, Row 26, Grave 29

Purple Heart

Son of Lewis Wenz of Otis. Arlin's brother Wilbur Wenz, a Lutheran Lay Minister, was captured by the Japanese on New Guinea and died as a prisoner.

Normandy American Cemetery
Normandy Cemetery
Photo by ABMC staff Normandy AC.

Thursday August 17, 1944 The Otis Independent

The war department informed Louis Wenz of northeast of Otis, Tuesday morning that his son, Arlin Wenz, had been killed in action in France on July 18. This is the second son of Mr. Wenz to become a casualty in this war. A younger son, Wilbur Wenz, who was a lay missionary in New Guinea, before the United States entered the war, was taken prisoner when Madang fell to the Japanese, and it is feared that he was killed, as all efforts to get word of his whereabouts have been unavailing.

Arlin and his brother, Erwin had farmed in the Dakotas for a number of years before his induction into the army. Prior to that time he farmed with his father on the farm northeast of Otis.

Arlin Wenz was born May 21, 1913, being past 31 years of age at the time of his death.

Thursday August 24, 1944 The Otis Independent

A large crowd gathered at the Lutheran Church in Otis Tuesday afternoon to pay their respects to the memory of Sgt. Arlin George Wenz, son of Louis Wenz of northeast of Otis, who was killed in action in France on July 18. Rev. Lillich., pastor of the church, was in charge of the services.

Sgt. Arlin George Wenz, son of Louis Wenz and his wife. Bertha Schlechte, was born on May 21, 1913, at Utica, Nebraska. He was baptized in early infancy in the Lutheran Church at Utica and at the age of 13 was confirmed.

He came to Otis, Colorado with his parents in the year 1918. It was a few years after this that his mother preceded him in death on March 28, 1923. After his graduation from the eighth grade, he spent one year in the Otis High School. He felt the call of the farm and helped on his father's farm for a number of years, and also worked out on a farm in Nebraska and South Dakota.

On April 13, 1942 he was inducted into the United States Army on that date, having left from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, going to the Reception Center at Fort Snelling, Minnesota. His first camp was Camp Roberts, California, where he was assigned to Company I of the 134th Infantry. He also received training at a camp near Los Angeles, California, Camp Hucker, Alabama, Camp Butner, North Carolina, Nashville, Tennessee. From the latter camp he was sent to New York where he embarked for England. Prior to leaving the United States, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant

He was a fine Christian gentleman, devoted to his Lord and Savior and to his parents, brothers and sisters. He leaves to mourn his loss, his father, Louis Wenz, his devoted stepmother, Mrs. Louis Wenz of Otis; three brothers and two sisters, Erwin of Marion. South Dakota, Wilbur, lay missionary to New Guinea, missing since December of 1941, Mrs. Dorothy Tritsch of Bushton, Kansas, Mrs. Ella Warnke of Chicago, Illinois, and Pfc. Elmer Wenz of the United States Army; other relatives and a host of friends.

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