(courtesy of James Pletsch)
for Francis E. Pletsch in the Beverly Cemetery, Blue Island (Cook
Francis enlisted in the
Army on 2 March 1943 and volunteered for parachutist duty.
Pvt Pletsch was wounded in
action on 29 January 1945 in Belgium.
His military decorations
include the Purple Heart and the Bronze Service Arrowhead for the
Holland campaign and Airborne operations.