Woodbury County

Lt. Lyman E. Mertz



Lyman E. Mertz Made Officer in Field Promotion

Lyman E. Mertz has received a battlefield promotion from the rank of technician third grade to second lieutenant, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Mertz, 2800 Chambers street, have been advised.

Lt. Mertz is now serving with the First army in Germany assigned to a medical collective unit, a group which picks up casualties from the battlefronts.  During the Battle of the Belgian Bulge, the entire hospital unit of which he is a member was captured by the Germans, and later rescued by American troops.

Entering service in May, 1942, he went overseas in April, 1944.  Ever since his induction, he has served in the medical corps.

Prior to the war, the lieutenant was employed at Wincharger corporation, where his father and his brother, Donald, are now employed.  Lt. Mertz is a 32d degree Mason.

Source:  The Sioux City Journal, March 20, 1945 (photo included)