Sioux County

Pvt. Lawrence Bleeker





Pvt. Lawrence Bleeker, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gt. Bleeker of Sioux Center has this new address:
Co. D. 29th Bn. 8th Regt. A.G.F.R.D. No. 1
Ft. George E. Meade, Maryland.

Source: Sioux Center News, August 31, 1944

Pvt.  Lawrence Bleeker Home

A happy family reunion took place Wednesday at the home of Pvt. And Mrs. Lawrence Bleeker, when their husband and father arrived home.  Since he last saw his family in August 1944, Lawrence went overseas, was in action on the front line eight days, was struck by a mortar shell and spent the rest of the time since then in hospitals, ambulances, ships, trains, and busses traveling from hospital to hospital, until he finally reached the States.

Lawrence was wounded on October 18th, 1944, near Aachen, Germany.  A mortar shell struck him, wounding him in sixteen different places, breaking five bones in his right foot.  Within a half hour the Medics had him on a litter, and he said they deserved the highest praise for the courage and skill they displayed in handling the wounded men under fire.  He was operated on at a Field Hospital in Holland, moved to Belgium, then to Paris, then to England, on to Scotland and then home by boat, arriving at New York City December 22nd.  From there he was sent to the Wm. Beaumont hospital at El Paso, Texas, where he has been told he will be laid up for about a year with his foot injury.  He says it is not painful except when they work with it and he will have another operation on it when he returns after his furlough.  He made the trip home by bus, with the aid of crutches.  Lawrence says he still feels strained and nervous from his battle experiences, but feels much improved as compared to his earlier period of convalescence, when he dodged gun fire in his sleep as well as when he was awake.

He wishes to thank the business girls for his Christmas gift and all the people whose contributions made these gifts for the servicemen possible.  He will be here a little over two weeks and will then return to El Paso for further treatment.

Source: Sioux Center News, January 25, 1945