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1st LT JOSEPH B. TOTH - KIA

Age 31
First Lieutenant – United States Army
November 25, 1913 - November 24, 1944

1st Lt Toth was Killed in Action in France on November 24, 1944. Official notice from the Third Infantry Division Chaplain stated that he was killed instantly on the battlefield when an enemy rifle bullet struck him in the chest. He was leading his platoon in an attack at the time.

The letter states that he was buried in a beautifully located cemetery in France and his Chaplain conducted the services. His body was returned to the USA on April 20, 1948 and taken to Streeper Funeral Home. Services were held at St. Bernard’s Church in Wood River. Burial was at Calvary Cemetery in Edwardsville.

1st Lt Toth was inducted January, 1941 and received his basic training at Fort Ord, California. He was sent to Dutch Harbor, Alaska where he was stationed about a year. He was sent back to the States for officer’s training school at Fort Benning, GA. and graduated August, 1942 as a First Lieutenant.

PARENTS: Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Toth, 111 E. Penning, Wood River
FAMILY: Sisters - T-4 Mary Toth, WAC and Elizabeth Toth
Brother – Stephen Toth

He graduated from St. Bernard’s School and Marquette High School