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John Russell Stufflet


Killed in action, Italy 3/11/1945

Born 2/17/1915

Died 3/11/1945

Burial Date 11/21/1948

John Russell Stufflet

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Compliments of Hope Cemetery, Kutztown, Pa.


Killed In Action March 11, 1945, In Italy

Geiger-Zimmerman Post No. 7013, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Hoch-Balthaser Post No. 480, American Legion, accorded full military rites November 21st to Sergeant John Stufflet who was reburied in Hope cemetery. He died in action March 11, 1945, in Italy.

He was inducted October 15, 1942,trained at Camp Croft, S.C., and was an instructor at Fort Benning, Ga., prior to which he was employed by the Proctor Construction Company of New Jersey. Johnny, as he was known through out the county, caught for the Topton’s entry in the Berks Rec. Baseball League in 1938-1939, and in 1941 took over the management of the Kutztown Club, which he led to the first half title, only to lose to Shillington in the play offs. He followed in the footsteps of his father who piloted Kutztown in 1928, at which time Johnny was the team’s batboy.

The military group was directed by Clarence J. Smith. Pall-bearers were Paul O'Neil, Grover Fink, Warren Hollenbach, Daniel Cronrath, Donald Bucks and Ralph Fink, and honorary pall-bearers included Ellsworth Bieber, Willard Serfass, Paul Zwoyer, F.L. DeMatteo, Cleon Levan, Paul Kercher, Ralph Oswald and George Schadler.

The Color Guard comprised John Bennicoff, Wayne Reidenauer, Robert Miller, Elmer Borell and Harold Knaus, and the Escort, Russell Oswald, R. Burton Bordner, Ivan Fisher and Arthur Moyer.

The Firing Squad, commanded by Austin Strohl, included Edgar Stern, Arlington Stettler, Harlan Wiltrout, Willis Levan, Richard Kurtz, William Sterner, George Hellwig and George Schaeffer.

Taps were sounded by William Kemp and Paul Daniel Wilkinson.

R. Burton Bordner presented the flag to Sergeant Stufflet's mother, Mrs. Charles Stufflet.

Surviving besides his parents are two sisters, Mrs. Adam Fabian and Mrs. Lawrence Youse, of town Services were conducted at Schaeffer Funeral Home by the Rev. D. Horton Nace.
Killed in action, Italy 3/11/1945

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The body of Sergeant John R. Stufflet, 30 will be reburied with military rites, Sunday afternoon in Hope cemetery. Services will be conducted at 2 pm in the Schaeffer Funeral home by Rev. D. Horton Nace. Full military honors will be accorded by members of the Geiger-Zimmerman Post No. 7013, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Hoch-Balthaser Post, No. 4800 American Legion. His body was returned to the United States aboard the Lawrence Victory, army transport. Sergeant Stufflet, who was killed in action March 11, 1945, somewhere between Florence and Cologne, Italy, was inducted October 15, 1942, at New Cumberland. He received training at Camp Croft, South Carolina, and Fort Benning, Georgia. He was attached to Company L, 168th infantry, 34th Division. He was a graduate of KHS, and was well known throughout the county as an outstanding athlete. He caught for Topton’s entry in the Berks Rec. Baseball League in 1938 & 1939 and in 1941 took over the management of the Kutztown Club, which won the first half title. He fallowed in the footsteps of his father, who piloted Kutztown in 1928, at which time “Jonny” was the batboy. Prior to induction, he was employed by the Proctor Construction Company, New Jersey. He was a member of St. John’s Reformed Church, the F.O.E. and the Social Cub. He was the only son of Charles M. and Helen M. (O’Neil) Stufflet, 10 West Main Street, and besides his parents, he is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Adam Fabian and Mrs. Lawrence Youse, both of town. Reburial November 21, 1948 The public is invited to attend the services. The Kutztown Patriot’ November 18, 1948 KILLED IN ACTION, March 11, 1945 Sergeant John Stufflet, 30, only son of Mr. & Mrs. Charles Stufflet, (nee Helen O’Neil), Greenwich St. was killed in action March 11th, somewhere between Florence and Cologne, Italy. ”I was there when it happened. He died carrying out his duties like the man he was,” wrote on of his Infantrymen Buddies, Samuel Ash, to Raymond Williams, Phoenixville, who came in person to see the Stufflet’s. “You can tell them,” the soldier further instructed Mr. Williams, that the whole squad send their sincerest sympathy and regret the loss of a real man, a hero and a friend. Overseas since July, 1944, the Sergeant was hospitalized in Naples for five weeks and also following the accidental explosion of a German Mine used in experimentation. In his last letter written three days before his death, he wrote: “Everything OK and I thank God for the most wonderful father and Mother a boy ever had.” On his last furlough in May, he attended St. John’s Reformed Church, of which he was a member, also renewed acquaintances with fellow members of the Kutztown Volunteer Fire Company, the F.O.E. and the Social Club. His Letters to his pastor, the Rev. E. K. Angstadt, were frequent. Kutztown Patriot; March 29, 1945
Served in the Army
During the World War II

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