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ERTLE, JOHN P., CSM, USA, (Retired) - of Knoxville, passed away Wednesday, August 3, 2005 at St. Mary's Hospice.

Born July 25, 1923 in Jersey City, New Jersey, Sergeant Ertle retired from the United States Army and Army Reserve July 25, 1983. After serving thirty-nine years with this Active and Reserve Forces during World War II with the 508th PIR, 82nd Airborne Division and in the Philippine Islands and duty with the 31st Regiment of the 5th Division during the Korean war. He is a survivor of the "Chosin Reservoir" Battle.

The much decorated CSM Ertle was a former member of the 316th Logistical Command, and the 844th Combat Engineer Battalion USAR of Knoxville, TN.

CSM Ertle was preceded in death by: his wife of 53 years, Mrs. Dorothy I. Ertle. Survivors include: his sisters, May E Grigni, her husband Joe and Charlott York of Dayton, Ohio, Catherine Lewanski, her husband Frank of Northport, FL. sisters-in-law, Pat Cross, Virginia and Nort Horwitz of Knoxville, TN. and Marjorie Thompson of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Family and friends will meet at 11:15 a.m. Friday morning at Tennessee Veterans Cemetery on Lyon View Drive for an 11:30 a.m. graveside service with Deacon (Lt. Colonel US Army Retired) Jim Lawson of Sacred Heart Cathedral officiating along with Full Military Honors given by Volunteer State Veterans Honor Guard. The family will receive friends from 7:00 until 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel.

 (The Knoxville News-Sentinel, Knoxville, TN, 4 Aug 2005 - courtesy Tedd Cocker)

(courtesy of Howard A. Sutherland)

Grave marker for John P. Ertle in Section E Row 0 Site 1934 of the East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery
Knoxville (Knox County), Tennessee.

John was a member of HQ 2nd during WW-II and later served also in Korea and Vietnam.

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