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Did you know Sam Herr?

By Jim Stephens

February 26, 2014
Buckeye, Arizona

To the Editor:
I am asking for your help in researching the late Sam Herr, a World War II Army medic who grew up southeast of Ainsworth.
Sam Herr served with the 81st Tank Battalion Medical Detachment, 5th Division, 3rd U.S. Army — General Patton’s outfit. Sam was fatally wounded when his jeep, on the way to attempt rescue of a wounded G.I. trapped in a knocked-out tank, hit a German mine. It happened at about dusk on Feb. 26, 1945, in Belgium. Like many others, Sam almost made it through the war.
I am seeking information about Sam’s official military records from The Eisenhower Presidential Library, The National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, The U.S. Army Military History Institute in Carlisle, Pa., and The National Archives in Washington, D.C., among others.
Here’s where you come in: I’d appreciate your letting me know if you have any more personal items relating to Sam. These might include letters, photos and the like, or simply anecdotes about Sam and/or immediate members of the Herr family as they relate to his growing up, his military service, reunion groups who might know of him (he saved many lives), or how he was missed after the war.
Thanks for any help you might offer — especially before April 10.

Jim Stephens