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PFC Joseph E. Ulrich


PFC Joseph E. Ulrich, U.S. Army
Purple Heart
with Oak Leaf Cluster
Date of Death: 2 Jun 1944

PFC Joseph Edward Ulrich was born 9 Dec 1918 in Hillegass, Dauphin Cty., Pennsylvania. He was the youngest child of Jerome and Sophie Mary Ulrich. He had a sister, Katherine Ulrich Bitting, and a brother, Richard J.

Joseph was a graduate of Harrisburg Academy where he was a correspondent for the Harrisburg Telegraph and a star on the Tennis Team. He was a member of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Harrisburg. Joseph operated a grocery store with his father on Cumberland Street in Harrisburg, and built and operated the first apartment house in the Estherton area north of the city.

Joseph enlisted in the Army on 11 May 1942. Joseph was assigned to the 141st Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Div. He trained at Camp Blanding, Florida where he received a medal for expert rifle marksmanship. He also trained at Camp Edwards, Massachusetts. As an infantry rifleman, Joseph was sent overseas in April, 1943 where he fought in the Italian Campaign. In December, 1943, Joseph was injured in battle and received a bullet wound to his leg. His parents were notified of his injury, as he recuperated at a base hospital. He later returned to the battlefield but was Killed in Action on 2 Jun 1944 near Velletri, Italy (S.E. of Rome) when the Division captured Velletri and opened the gates of Rome for the 5th Army. He posthumously received a Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster.

PFC Joseph E. Ulrich is buried at the Sicily-Rome American Military Cemetery in Nettuno, Italy, Plot H Row 14 Grave 4.

We are grateful to PFC Joseph E. Ulrich for giving his life in the defense of our nation.