Raymond J. (1926 - 1946)
Surnames: BRUESEWITZ KOPER BEHRENDT BENNETT
----Sources: Marathon County Register (Unity, Clark Co. Wis.) 08/23/1946
Bruesewitz, Raymond J. (1926 - 17 Aug. 1946)
Spencer Youth Dies in Italy
The following telegram was received Monday evening by Mr. and Mrs. Fred H. Bruesewitz:
The Secretary of War has asked me to express his deep regret that Private Raymond J. Bruesewitz died in Italy August 17th as a result of gun shot wounds accidentally incurred.
Confirming letter follows. Signed:
Adj. General Army
This tragic news of the death of Raymond, (Johnny) as he was lovingly called by his family and friends received Monday evening was almost unbelievable.
Less than a month ago ? around July 24th, he left the states.
The Record hopes to print full details next week of the accident and in the meantime the Record and all of Spencer and community are sympathizing with Mr. and Mrs. Fred Bruesewitz, and their children, Wilmer, Betty and Fred Jr., who ? loyally have given two of their sons and brothers to their country, Harold, the oldest son, having died in action in Belgium January 25, 1945.
These two heroic ? are graduates of Spencer High, Harold in 1939 and Johnny in 1941.
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----Sources: Marathon County Register (Unity, Clark Co. Wis.) 11/15/1946
Mr. and Mrs. Fred H. Bruesewitz have received information from a nephew, Pvt. Norman Behrendt, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Behrendt, of Athens, who is stationed in Germany at present, about the fatal shooting of their son, Pvt. Raymond J. Bruesewitz, August 17, 1946.
Pvt. Robert Bennett of the same company, Co. C, 351st Infantry Regiment, received a sentence of three years at hard labor and a dishonorable discharge for the killing, which was judged man-slaughter because of his lack of knowledge of the carbine, with which he was armed when the shooting took place while he was on guard.
Another soldier, Pvt. Barney Koper, also was injured at the same time and now has fully recovered. Mr. and Mrs. Bruesewitz have also received a long letter from Pvt. Koper, who is still in Italy.
Mr. and Mrs. Bruesewitz were in receipt of another letter on Tuesday of this week from Pvt. Koper in which he wrote that Pvt. Bennett had been freed from the sentence imposed upon him and that perhaps the charge of manslaughter in the shooting of Pvt. Bruesewitz would be dropped.
This was good news to Mr. and Mrs. Bruesewitz who bear no grudge whatsoever in the case. Mrs. Bruesewitz stating that it could have very easily been the other way around.
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