Private Orton Thomas Altig

World War II

US Army
325th Glider Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division
Service Number: 37710593
Born: January 14, 1923
Inducted: July 28, 1944 Denver
Killed in Action: April 6, 1945 Germany
Buried: Plot D, Row 14, Grave 25, Netherlands American Cemetery, Margaten, Netherlands

Purple Heart

Son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Altig of Vernon.

Wray Gazette May 3, 1945

Orton Altig Dies in Action in Germany
Vernon Youth Had Been Overseas Since First of Year; No Details Given.

On Friday, April 20, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Altig of Vernon received word from the War Department that their son, Pvt. Orton Altig, had been killed in action on April 6. His last letter to his parents was written on April 5 from somewhere in Germany, in which he stated that he was going on guard duty that night. No other details concerning his death have yet been received.

Orton Thomas Altig was born in Denver on January 14, 1923 and was the youngest son of the Harry Altigs. The family later moved to a farm southwest of Vernon, and Orton spent his school days there, attending the Bunch Grass and Mount Hope schools. He entered the army in August and received his training at Camp Robertson, Arkansas. He left for overseas abut January 1 from Camp George E. Meade, Maryland.

Relatives surviving besides the parents are his sister, Mrs. June Andrews of Yuma; a brother Harry Altig of Mount Morrison; two nieces and a nephew; three uncles - Cpl. Howard Hanna, serving in India, Edward V. Hanna of Great Lake, Illinois, and Howard L. Hanna, serving on the police force at Englewood; two aunts - Mrs. Iva Allen of Portland, Oregon and Miss Ann Hanna of Denver; his grandfather, Edd Hanna of Denver; a cousin somewhere in Germany, besides his aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. O.T. Weaver of Vernon.

Yuma Pioneer May 10, 1945

On April 20th Mr. and Mrs. Harry Altig of near Vernon, received a telegram giving them the sad news that their son, Orton T. Altig, had been killed in action in Germany on April 6, 1945.

He was born in Denver, Colorado on January 14, 1923, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Altig, who later moved to a farm southwest of Vernon where Orton grew to manhood, attending school at the Bunch Grass School and later at Mt. Hope.

He entered the Army August 1, 1944 and was set to Camp Robinson, Arkansas. He left for overseas on January 1st from Camp Meade, Maryland.

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