Pfc Wayne H Albert (pictured right) was born May 26th, 1922 in LeMars, Iowa and was killed in action on June 15th, 1944 during the airborne invasion of Normandy.|
Pfc Albert is the son of Charles G Albert [b.1887 in Iowa and died 1928 of pneumonia] a farmer and the son of Gertrude Vandeneer Albert [b.9/13/1888 in Iowa and died March 1974 in Iowa] a country school teacher and dairy worker.
The 1930 US Census for America, Plymouth County, Iowa shows Wayne residing at # 120 Second Ave SW with his widowed mother, Gertrude his sisters Mary Ellen Albert Kehrberg [b.10/21/13 died1/8/82] Charlotte Albert Peterson [b.9/27/19 died 3/26/96] and brothers Carl [b. 5/4/16 died 6/20/71] and Richard [b. 3/26/1923 and in 2006 still residing in Iowa.
Pfc Albert enlisted in the Army on Feb. 10, 1941 at LeMars, Iowa His enlistment records states Pfc Albert had completed high school and was a member of the Iowa National Guard and was single. The record indicates Pfc Albertís height was 5í7 and weighed 125lbs. Pfc Albert completed his basic training in California, his parachute training at Ft Benning, Georgia and was stationed with the 507th PIR at Alliance, Nebraska.
During Operation Neptune [June 5, 1944] Pfc Albert parachuted from his C-47 Troop Transport airplane with Tail#315359, #24 in the Chalk, #8 in line.
Pfc Albert was awarded the Purple Heart Medal and the Croix de Guerre Unit Citation [French], the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with one Bronze Service Star and Arrowhead, World War II Victory Medal, WWII Honorable Service Lapel Button, Parachute Badge, the Combat Infantryman and the Presidential Distinguished Unit Emblem.
Pfc Albert is interred at the LeMars Memorial Cemetery, LeMars, Iowa.