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Herman Alton Paul Eltiste
Born - Thursday, May 27,1920
Died - Sunday, August 6,1944
Grave Number - Section D Row15 Space72
We who are left behind feel the need to commune and to stay connected
with those who go before us.
The language or country or custom may be different
but we all share the same emotions.
In the acceptance of death, we honor our loved ones and celebrate our life.
Then we wonder how they are and what they're doing
World War 2
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial
Manila American Memorial
The World War II Manila American Cemetery and Memorial is located about
six miles southeast of Manila, Republic of the Philippines within the
limits of Fort Bonifacio, the former U.S. Army Fort William McKinley.
Somewhere in The
Netherlands East Indies
Oct. 4, 1944
Dear Mrs. Eltiste:
I want to express my deeply felt regret and sorrow caused by the recent death of your husband, S/Sgt. Herman A. Eltiste Jr. 37123325. I feel that I have not only lost a very dear friend, but a loyal American soldier who died bravely and honorably for his country.
Sgt. Eltiste and myself have worked and trained together for over a year. We went into combat together, and were together when he was killed so I feel that a bond has grown between us that cannot be separated. Iíve heard him speak of you and your son Alton, so often that I feel I know you both.
Because of Army Regulations I can not give you the full details of his death but I will endeavor to tell you what I can. Our outfit had stopped for the day and was digging in for the night.
We had fought for the ground we were there occupying. The Japs made a counter attack and Sgt. Eltiste, myself, and our men bore the brunt of the attack. Sgt. Eltiste advanced, without orders, to a vantage point and directed the fire of our men and successfully broke up the attack and killed several of the enemy. Sgt. Eltiste was killed in the final phases of the fight. He displayed unusual bravery and coolness while under enemy fire.
It is sometimes hard to understand the works and acts of our Lord. It is hard, I know, to see why He saw fit to take your husband. I can only say that it was Gods will that he go and we must carry on, as Sgt. Eltiste would want us to, so that his son and my son wonít have the same thing to go through that we have.
If I can be of any service to you I will be only to glad. The men in my platoon send their deepest regards and blessings.
James R. Young, 2nd Lt. Inf.
Co. H, 124th Infantry
Wife - Mildred Lois (Bohlken) Eltiste
Born - January 27, 1922
Son - Alton Gail Eltiste
Born - May 29,1942
Brother - Kiel Eugene Eltiste
Brother - Warren Kenton Eltiste
Father - Conrad August Herman Eltiste
Mother - Ethyl Harriet (Kiel) Eltiste
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