Name: Lester A Wertman
First Name(s): Lester A
Last Name: Wertman
Date of birth: 03-20-1921
Place of birth: Pennsylvania, Lehigh Cnty, New Tripoli
Unit: 36th AIR 2ndBn 3rd AD
Reported as: KIA
Date of incident: 25-12-44
Place of incident: Grandmenil (exact spot HERE)
Lester Wertman was KIA during the first attack on Grandmenil.
Robert F KAuffman, 36thAIR veteran stated:
“Lt. Mellitz formed us up and he led off with several men on the left side of the street and a few of us on the right, in the opening stages of this new attack. We hadn’t moved more than a few yards down both sides of the street into the village when there was an explosion of unusual force. It must have been a round of high explosive from a nearby German tank. That shell left Lt. Mellitz dead, as well as a man by the name of Lester Wertman, and a number of our men wounded, so the attack never really got under way.”
You can find the full story @ website The Battle of Grandmenil
Robert Kauffman spoke about Pvt Lester Wertman in 1990 when he visited Grandmenil and attended a mass for the fallen men. You can see the video via this link.