Pvt. William Howard (1922-1944) Surfus #ThomasElder #SimonColonist

Ted Smith #55

Today, while searching for individuals born about 1923 for which we have no death date, I finally found Howard Surfus, son of Christina Vedit Michaud. It turns out that his full name is William Howard Surfus. He was born 30 Jun 1922 in Van Buren, Grant County, Indiana. He is listed in census record as Howard, but his grave marker says William H Surfus.

It appears that he was wounded in Normand, France, in 1944 and died of his wounds on his 22nd birthday. Initially, he was interred in a temporary cemetery in Carquebut, Departement de la Manche, Basse-Normandie, France. In 1948, he and about 6,000 other soldiers were removed and reinterred.

The Star Press (Muncie, Indiana), 18 Aug 1944, Page 8


Montpelier, Ind., Aug. 17.--Pvt. William Howard Surfus, infantryman, died July 30, the date of his 22nd birthday anniversary, of wounds received in action in France, according to word received from the War Department by the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Surfus, who reside six miles northwest of Montpelier.

Private Surfus attended Chester Center High School, and has been overseas since April, 1943. He participated in three invasions--North Africa, Sicily and France. For some time prior to the invasion of France, he was stationed in England. Entering the military service November 20, 1942, he received his basic training at Camp Wheeler, Ga., and was stationed for a time at Shenango. Pa.

The private's father, a veteran of World War I, fought in France near where the son is believed to have been fatally wounded. Surviving besides the parents are three brothers and one sister, James, of Warren, and Albert, Martin and Marjorie, at home.

More details are available at https://sackett-tree.org/getperson.php?personID=I75315&tree=1

Ted Kempster #786

God rest his heroic soul.