Plymouth County


Pfc. Louis Hartman



Source: Photograph included with the Theodore Hartman Sr. family biography in the 1996 Plymouth County Heritage book, page 112

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“We dug all our guns in and held our territory and were on the front lines for 65 days. Boy, they were long days too, as we were on duty practically 24 hours a day.”

Pfc. Hartman left the beachhead on March 31, when his furlough arrived. He was then sent to Naples and later to Casablanca, Africa. He remained there about 10 days and left for “the good ole United States,” as he termed it.

Pfc. Hartman has been awarded several citations for his part in the war effort.  In Sicily he was awarded the purple heart for wounds received in action. He also wears the European campaign ribbon with four gold stars indicating that he took part in four major war operations—the Moroccan campaign, Tunisia, Sicily and Italy.

He is not the only Hartman boy to wear the uniform of Uncle Sam.  He has three brothers in the service. Pvt. Theodore Hartman, Pvt. LeRoy Hartman and Pfc. Raymond Hartman are now located somewhere in England.

Pfc. Louis Hartman will be in LeMars for 20 days to enjoy a well-earned rest. He will then report to an army camp in North Carolina for re-assignment.

Source: The LeMars Globe-Post, May 18, 1944

News of the Boys in the Service.
Pfc. Louis Hartman, who has been in the active fighting in Africa and Italy the past six months, arrived home last week on furlough and is visiting his mother, Mrs. Mary Hartman, of LeMars.  Pvt. Hartman has three brothers in the service, Pvt. Theodore Hartman, Pvt. Leroy Hartman, and Pvt. Raymond Hartman, all stationed at present in England.

Source: The LeMars Sentinel, Tuesday, May 23, 1944

Pfc. Louis Hartman and Helen Lancaster Exchange Vows

Relatives here received word of the marriage of Helen Lancaster, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Lancaster of Anthon and Pfc. Louis Hartman, son of Mrs. Mary Hartman of LeMars.

The wedding took place in the army chapel  at Butner, N.C. The ceremony was performed on August 8, by the army chaplain.

The groom recently returned to the United States after having been in North Africa and Italy and on the Anzio beachhead for almost two years.

Source: The LeMars Globe-Post, August 24, 1944