Leslie I. Loveland

Leslie I. Loveland

Laura Phillips bij het graf van Leslie I. Loveland op Margraten

 Laura Phillips bij het graf van Leslie I. Loveland op Margraten


Naam: Leslie Irving Loveland
Dienst Nummer:    12132876
Rang: TEC5 - Technician, Fifth Class
Geboren: 1922
In dienst: 12 oktober 1942
Overleden: 20 april 1945
Eenheid: 782nd Ordenance Company
82nd Airborne Division
Begraven: American Cemetery & Memorial Margraten, Nederland
Veld G, Rij 1, Graf 26
 
Leslie Loveland had een twee jaar oudere broer, Freeman Loveland.
Beide behandelde ze Laura Phillips als hun jongere zusje als Laura ging logeren bij tante Laura.
Er waren altijd wel klusjes te doen. Laura Loveland had haar jongens altijd bijgebracht om voor zichzelf te zorgen, dus maakte het niet zoveel uit om de afwas te doen of de vloeren te dweilen.
 
Leslie en Freeman hadden allebei motorfietsen van het merk Indian en waren de waaghalzen van het dorp. Harrisonville was een erg klein dorp met eigenlijk alleen een hoofdstraat met daarin een postkantoor, brandweerkazerne, een winkel en een tankstation. Er was ook een "Grange Hall" waar de dorpsbevolking en de boeren bijeen kwamen om elkaar te ontmoeten en te dineren. Het was een boeren gemeenschap waar je om de hoek direct bij de boerderij verse melk van de koe kon kopen.
 
Leslie ontmoette een heel aardig meisje (Dorothy Hunt) en de verloofde voordat hij het leger in ging. Zijn favoriete liedje was "I'll Be With You In Apple Blossom Time". Hij stuurde al zijn inkomen naar Dot om te sparen zodat ze konden trouwen en een huis konden kopen.
 
Ze gaf hem een zilveren identificatie armband met op de voorkant gegraveerd;
LESLIE LOVELAND
12132876
Op de achterkant stond:
LOVE DOT
 
Leslie I. Loveland raakte zwaargewond toen een Panzerfaust explodeerde bij de ontmanteling op 18 april 1945 in Köln Duitsland. Leslie was zo zwaar gewond dat zijn been moest worden geamputeerd. Hij overleed uiteindelijk aan zijn verwondingen op 20 april 1945. Zijn moeder, Laura Loveland, en zijn broer, Freeman Loveland waren in het ziekenhuis aanwezig toen Leslie stierf aan zijn verwondingen.
 
Hij droeg zijn armband toen hij gewond raakte en naar het ziekenhuis werd gebracht. Later is de armband samen met zijn andere persoonlijke bezittingen naar huis gestuurd.
 

 
Moeder ontmoet zoon in Londen

PFC. Laura Loveland uit Woodstown N.J., groet haar zoon PVT. Leslie Loveland in Londen, waar ze elkaar voor de eerste keer troffen sinds ze Amerika een jaar geleden hadden verlaten. Haar andere zoon, SGT. Freeman Loveland, zit in Noord Ierland, waar zijn moeder hem vandaag zal ontmoeten.
 
Een van de leukste Kerstcadeaus die een soldaat zich hier kan wensen, kwam gisteren aan voor PVT. Leslie Loveland uit Woodstown, N.J.
 
Hij wandelde de American Red Cross Mostyn Club in Londen binnen en zag zijn moeder daar wachtende op hem. Moeder was in uniform en droeg een streep op iedere arm, omdat zij PFC. Laura Loveland van de WACs.
 
Deze ochtend, na gisteren de hele dag door te hebben gebracht met Leslie, vertrok PFC. Loveland per vliegtuig naar Ierland om daar haar andere zoon te ontmoeten, SGT. Freeman Loveland gestationeerd in Belfast. Ze zal de rest van haar zeven dagen durende verlof, inclusief de Kerstvakantie, met Freeman doorbrengen.
 

Ontmoeting in London


 
Gedecoreerd in Frankrijk
 
Hierboven WAC mevr. Laurel Loveland uit Harrisonville (Woodstown), samen met haar twee zonen SGT. Freeman Loveland en PVT. Leslie Loveland. Mevr. Loveland heeft recentelijk de onderscheiding Bronze Star uitgereikt gekregen door Generaal Dwight Eisenhower voor trouwe dienst als klerk bij het hoofdkwartier van het leger in Frankrijk.
De foto is afgelopen jaar genomen toen mevr. Loveland haar zonen ontmoette in de American Red Cross Service Club in Belfast, Ierland. Deze ontmoeting was mogelijk gemaakt door het leger en het Rode Kruis.

Gedecoreerd in Frankrijk


 
Corp. Loveland Killed By Rocket.
 
Wac Mother, Brother At His Side At Death In Cologne.
 
Corporal Leslie Loveland, son of Irving Loveland, Of Harrisonville, and Wac Sergeant Laura Loveland, stationed in Paris, died on April 20 in a hospital at Cologne, Germany, from injuries received on April 18 when a rocket he was decapping exploded.
 
Every effort was made to save his life following the amputation of a leg, physicians using thirty quarts of blood and two tanks of oxygen. His mother and his brother, S/Sgt. Freeman Loveland, also in Germany, were summoned and remained with him until his death. He never regained consciousness.
 
Corporal Loveland entered the service in November, 1942, and went overseas in December of the following year. He had been stationed in England, Belgium, Holland, France and Germany, and had a reunion and Christmas diner with his mother and brother in Ireland in 1943.
Before he entered the service, announcement was made of his engagement to Miss Dorothy Hunt, formerly of Harrisonville and now Bridgeport. Both were graduated from Woodstown High School. He was employed by the DuPont Company prior to entering the Army.
 
Corp. Loveland was buried in Holland, with his mother and brother, chaplain and some of his buddies present at the services.
 

 Leslie I. Loveland Overlijdens Bekendmaking


 
Former Pennsville Youth Meets Death in German Mine Accident
 
Mother, a WAC Sergeant, With Cpl. Leslie Loveland When Death Comes
 
A former Pennsville youth, Cpl. Leslie Loveland, 23, of Harrisonville, died in Germany on April 20, of wounds received in the explosion of a mine from whish he was removing a fuse.
 
His mother, Laura, a sergeant in the WACs, and a brother, Freeman, a Staff Sergeant in a Paratroop group, were with him in a hospital at Cologne, Germany, following the accident.
 
The mother and brother were summoned when physicians saw the extent of the injuries suffered by the soldier, In an effort to save his life, 20 quarts of blood were administered. He remained conscious until his death.
 
Burial was in an American cemetery in Holland.
 
Following his graduation at Woodstown High School, Cpl. Loveland worked at the DuPont Plant, Deepwater.
He joined the Army two years ago and went overseas in December 1943. The two brothers and the mother had Christmas dinner that together that year.
 

Leslie I. Loveland Overlijdens Bekendmaking


 
Wac on ETO Duty Flown To Dying Soldier Son
 
By Dan Regan
Stars and Stripes Staff Writer
 
T-4 Laura V. Loveland, of Harrisonville, N.J., holder of the Bronze Star Medal, is also a Gold Star mother, and one of the few mothers ever to have been present when her son died of battle wounds.
 
T-4 Loveland is chief clerk in the cable section of G-1, SHAEF.
 
She had two sons in service, both members of the 82nd Airborne Div. One was M-Sgt. Freeman Loveland, and the other Cpl. Leslie Loveland.
 
On April 18 Mrs. Loveland, then on duty at Versailles, outside of Paris, received a message from M-Sgt.
Freeman that her youngest son, Leslie, had been mortally wounded near Cologne while decapping a Panzerfaust.
 
An explosion injured his right leg so severely it had to be amputated and inflicted internal injuries. The elder Freeman Notified his mother quickly and Maj. Gen. James Gavin, Commanding General of the 82nd, sent his personal plane to pick up Wac Loveland and rush her to Leslies side. The young corporal died two days later.
 
Though grief-stricken by the sudden death of her son, Mrs. Loveland said that she considered herself fortunate in one respect. “Just to have been with my son through his last hours and the consolation of having known exactly what happened to him gives me courage to carry on.” she said.
 
T-4 Loveland, who is on furlough in Nice, has been in service more that two-and one-half years and been overseas 22 months.
 
She was awarded the Bronze Star by Gen. Eisenhower “for foresight and knowledge of handling cables.” or, as Wac Loveland puts it, “for just keeping on the ball”.
 

 Leslie I. Loveland in Stars and Stripes


 
The United States of America
Honors the memory of
Leslie I. Loveland
 
This certificate is awarded by a grateful nation in recognition of devoted and selfless consecration to the service of our country in the Armed Forces of the United States
 
President of the United States
Signed by George Bush
 

Eerbetoon Leslie I. Loveland


Medals.

 Leslie I. Loveland Victory Medal, Honorable Service Lapel Button and European African Eastern Campain Medal


 
World War II Victory Medal
7 December 1941 - 31 December 1946

The World War II Victory Medal may be awarded to all members of the Armed Forces of the United States, who served on active duty in world War II at any time between 7 December 1945 and 31 December 1946, both dates inclusive.
 

WWII Victory Campain Medal Voorkant  WWII Victory Campain Medal Achterkant


 
European-African-Middle Eastern (EAME) Campaign Medal
 
Awarded to personnel for service within the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater between 7 December 1941 and 8 November 1945 under any of the following conditions:
 
(1) On permanent assignment.
 
(2) In a passenger status or on temporary duty for 30 consecutive days or 60 days not consecutive.
 
(3) In active combat against the enemy and was awarded a combat decoration or furnished a certificate by the commanding general of a corps, higher unit, or independent force that he actually participated in combat.
 
b. The western boundary of EAME Theater is from the North Pole, south along the 75th meridian west longitude to the 77th parallel north latitude, then southeast through Davis Strait to the intersection of the 40th parallel north latitude and the 35th meridian west longitude, then south along the meridian to the 10th parallel north latitude, then southeast to the intersection of the Equator and the 20th meridian west longitude, then along the 20th meridian west longitude to the South Pole. The eastern boundary of the EAME Theater is from the North Pole south along the 60th meridian east longitude to its intersection with the east boundary of Iran, then south along the Iran boundary to the Gulf of Oman and the intersection of the 60th meridian east longitude, then south along the 60th meridian east longitude to the South Pole. The EAME Theater included Europe, European Russia, Greenland, Iceland, Africa, Iran, Iraq, and Turkey.
 

European-African-Middle Eastern (EAME) Campan Medal Voorkant    European-African-Middle Eastern (EAME) Campan Medal Achterkant


 
Honorable Service Lapel Pin
 
The Honorable Service Lapel Pin was to given American military service members who were discharged under honorable conditions during WWII, awarded between September 1939 and December 1946.
 
A gold color metal lapel button 7/16 inch in height and 5/8 inch in width, a dexter eagle with wings displayed perched within a ring which displays thirteen vertical stripes with a chief, the dexter wing of the eagle behind the ring the sinister wing in front of the ring. The Honorable Service Lapel Button has been referred to as the "ruptured duck." The reason for that name and the originator of the phrase are unknown, although many have claimed to originate the phrase.
 

 Honorable Service Lapel Pin


WWII Memorial in Harrisonville, New Jersey, U.S.A.

 Leslie I. Loveland Monument in Harrisonville, New Jersey, U.S.A.


 
**For Laura Phillips**