1919 Homer Edwin Dutcher

Born: Jan. 10, 1919 in Nineveh Junction (Afton), Chenango County, NY Died: Nov. 3, 1944 in the Hurtgen Forest, Germany He is buried in Ardennes American Cemetery at Neupre (Liege), Belgium. His gravesite is at Plot D, Row 3, Grave 32. Neupre is in the Walloon region, province of Liege, Belgium. There is also a memorial stone for him in the cemetery near the Nineveh Presbyterian Church in Nineveh, NY. His father was 1886 Floyd W. Dutcher. His mother was 1899 Gertrude Roberts. In 1920 he was an infant and living with his parents and grandparents on "East Side River Road" in Afton (or Nineveh?), New York. At that time the household consisted of: 1858 Edwin R. Roberts (Head of Household, age 62) 1861 Mary E. Roberts (Wife, age 59) 1886 Floyd Dutcher (Son-In-Law, age 33) 1899 Gertrude Roberts Dutcher (Daughter, age 21) 1919 Homer Edwin Dutcher (Grandson, infant) 1860 James Arnold Dutcher (Father of Floyd; Homer's Grandfather, age 60) 1904 Viola Dutcher (daughter of James; born 1904 or 1905, age 15). In 1940 he and his brother F. Herbert were living with their uncle William Roberts and aunt Mary (Burnett) Roberts, on Afton-Nineveh Road in Afton, Chenango County, New York. The census record shows that they had lived in the same house since at least 1935, and that Homer had completed four years of high school. At that time he had no cash income or income from other sources. Also living there was his cousin Rose Roberts, later known as Rose Van Valkenburg. Homer was employed at the Bendix Scintilla Plant in Sidney, NY. He enlisted and entered active duty in the U.S. Army on Nov. 23, 1942. He was stationed for training at these army bases in the U.S.: Dec. 1942 Camp Livingston, GA Jan. 1943 Camp Livingston, LA Mar. 1943 Camp Gordon Johnston, FL He was married in 1943 to Margaret Caroline Livingston. They were married only a few months before he shipped out to Europe. Homer was assigned to Company 'D', 109th Infantry Regiment, 28th Division; his company commander was 1Lt. Donald Pyle. His MOS was 521. His service number was 32587947. He received the Purple Heart Award. He was killed in action in the Hurtgen Forest, Germany, at L040355. In the 'Bainbridge News & Republican' newspaper dated Apr. 12, 1945 is a small item under "Local Soldiers Killed in Battle or Imprisoned" which states: "Private First Class Homer Dutcher of Afton, Chenango County, NY was killed in action on Nov. 3, 1944. His wife has just been notified by the War Department." At that time Margaret's mailing address was R.D. #1, Nineveh, NY. In the photo at top right, Homer is about eight years old. In the photo at bottom right, taken early 1943, Homer is in uniform and and home on leave from the army; I think this was his wedding day. Following is a list of relevant viewable documents in PDF format: 1950 War Department Document 1943 Army Disposition Card - Medical Treatment 1946 War Department Memo Routing Slip Information about the discovery of Homer's remains. Map of the area where Homer was KIA 1948 Graves Registration Document 1949 Letter to Margaret Dutcher 1948 Notarized signature - Margaret Dutcher 1948 Letter to Margaret Dutcher 1947 Report of Internment Here is his listing in the "Fields of Honor" database Here is his Listing in American Battle Monuments Commission Here is a Photo of the Ardennes Cemetery Here is a link to its Wikipedia page Thanks to Ryan Blum, in 2017 curator of the Ardennes American Military Cemetery, and to Jennifer Holik, professional researcher, for their work in discovering much information about Homer's military history. Here is a link to the story of a comrade in arms Ken Barrett which I came across - it is an interesting and touching story. The German interpreter who drew the map of the location where Homer was KIA, George Geist, was the same man who worked with the American Graves Registration people in the Ken Barrett case. The woodsman who found Ken's remains was not the same man who found Homer's remains, although the location was very close by and only a month apart in time. Genealogy HOME Search Tool