Grave marker for
Lawrence A. Wrucke, Jr. in the Elmwood Memorial Park, Abilene (Taylor
Lawrence enlisted in the Army at Fort Snelling, MN, in 1942,
just a few days short of his 19th birthday. He volunteered for
parachutist duty and after completing basic training and jump school he
was sent to England where he was assigned to the 11th Replacement Depot
which apparently was located in Bryn-y-Pys, Flintshire.
He was transferred to the 508th PIR, stationed in Nottingham on 10
August 1944 and assigned to Company D.
Lawrence was with the regiment for the jump into Holland on 17
September 1944 and had the misfortune to be captured the same day.
He was ultimately returned to military control from Stalag 2A
Neubrandenburg Mecklenberg 53-13 some time in 1945.
Following his return to the ZI he must have taken the option to
transition into the Army Air Forces, a designation valid only until18
September 1947, the date on which the U.S. Air Force came into being.
The grave marker engraving implies that he did not make that change,