Technical Sergeant Gerald J. Devlin

T/Sgt Devlin

World War II

US Army
Company B, 362nd Infantry Regiment, 91st Infantry Division
Service Number: 18000192
Born: November 15, 1921
Inducted: July 30, 1940
Killed in action September 21, 1944 in Italy
Buried: Florence American Cemetery, Florence Italy
Memorial marker in Grandview Cemetery, Range 7, lot 23, Wray

Purple Heart

Son of Bernard and Anna Devlin of Laird.

Florence American Cemetery, Italy
Florence AC, Italy
Photo by ABMC staff.

TSgt Devlin Wray Cemetery

Wray Gazette October 12, 1944

T-Sgt Gerald J. Devlin Killed in Action in Italy Sept. 21

Technical Sgt. Gerald J. Devlin, 23, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Devlin of Laird, was killed in action September 21, in Italy according to a telegram received by Mr. and Mrs. Devlin from the War Department Sunday.

The tragic news added another gold star to the roll of Yuma county boys who have laid their lives down for their county. Relatives and friends mourn the loss of this fine young man and walk with the bereaved parents and brothers and sisters in their great sorrow. The terrible cost of war which demands payment in the lives of fine boys such as Gerald brings a loss to this community which cannot be estimated.

Gerald J. Devlin was born near Laird, Nov. 15, 1921, the eldest son of Bernard and Anna Devlin. He attend the Laird schools and graduated from the Wray high school with the class of 1939. In July of 1940 he enlisted in the U.S. Army and began his training as a member of the 7th Cavalry at Fort Bliss, Tex. After completing two years there he transferred to the Infantry and went to Camp White, Oregon for further training, and while there was advanced to the rank of Staff Sgt. Gerald was then moved to Camp Adair, Oregon where he again received an advance in rank to Technical Sergeant and he spent nearly two years at Camp Adair training men for combat duty. In May of this year T-Sgt Devlin went overseas, landing in North Africa May 10th and entered combat in Italy sometime in June. In his last letter home written Sept. 8th, Gerald stated in a prophetic tone "the going is getting much tougher and the hills we are climbing are getting higher all the time."

He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Devlin, his brother, Ernest who is a member of the combat engineers stationed at Camp Swift, Texas, but who is leaving in the near future for overseas; a brother Donald and two sisters, Dorothy and Bernice of the home, and many other less near relatives and friends.

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