Record of burial and grave
marker for Gerald A. Reith in the Veterans Section Row 22, Grave 3 of the
Mount Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights (Allegheny county), Pennsylvania.
Gerald enlisted on 8 September 1942 and was assigned to
Company E, 508th PIR.
Pvt Reith was listed as seriously wounded in Holland
on 22 September 1944 but was able to rejoin the unit on 11 November
in 2001, Ramón Reiders, a local historian, found this dog tag on the
site of a first aid station in Nijmegen. The hole may indicate Gerald
was hit by shrapnel. (image provided by Gerald's stepson, Dick
Gerald was again hospitalized on 25 January 1945 as a "Non
Battle Casualty", which may imply that he suffered frostbite. On
16 April 1945 he was transferred to an the detachment of patients at unknown hospital and did not
return to the regiment.
He was discharged as a Pfc on 26 October 1945 and
On 19 January 1950, Gerald submitted this application for
the Pennsylvania WWII Veterans Bonus.
Based on his grave marker he was
transferred to the 504th PIR after that but the record of burial states
that he was a member of Company C, 66th Armored Infantry Battalion, an
Abilene, TX based unit, despite the fact that he had been discharged at