Application for Headstone
or Marker for Ross E. Bittinger and resulting grave marker fin the
Cypress Plot within the Oak Lawn Cemetery, Eastpoint (Baltimore City),
Ross enlisted in the Army
at Baltimore, MD on 1 October 1941.
Pvt Bittinger volunteered
for parachutist duty and was assigned to the 509th PIB.
On 28 February 1945 he was
transferred from the 509th to Company A, 508th PIR.
Pvt Ross was wounded in
action on 19 Aug 44 in France. He was awarded the Purple Heart in
the 508th's General Order #10. Similarly he received the Bronze
Service Arrowhead for the Southern France Campaign and Airborne
Operations in General Order #30. Based on the Application for
Headstone or Marker he also was awarded a Bronze Star Medal.