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Lawrence Alton Dyer

Private First Class, 
U.S. Army Air Force

6978615

65th Fighter Squadron
57th Fighter Group

Entered the Service from: New Jersey
Died: April 5, 1944
Buried at:  Plot E O 2083         
Awards: 


PRIVATE FIRST CLASS LAWRENCE ALTON DYER was born May 18, 1919 in Greensboro MD. He spent most of his life in Camden, attending the Sewell School and the Camden County Vocational Training School. He enlisted in the Army on February 16, 1941 and went overseas in June 1942 as a member of the medical detachment of the 65th Fighter Squadron, 57th Fighter Group. This unit had been delivered by ship to Ghana in West Africa to the Middle East to aid The British 8th Army in their fight against Italian and German forces under Field Marshal Erwin Rommel. 

Private Dyer and his unit were first based in what was then Palestine, then in Egypt as combined Anglo-American forces under General Montgomery chased the enemy 1400 miles across the Libyan desert and out of Africa. After reaching Algiers Dyer participated in the  invasion of Sicily and Italy, and his unit was based on the island of Corsica when he met his end.  

Lawrence Alton Dyer was survived by his mother, Mrs. Eva Dyer, of 943 Cedar Street in Camden NJ. He also was survived by a brother James, who is in the Army and was stationed at Newport AR as a baker, and a sister Mrs. Norman Tantum of Hamilton Square NJ. After the war, his body was returned to the United States, and he was buried at Beverly National Cemetery in Beverly NJ on November 24, 1948.


Camden Courier-Post - June 16, 1944


 

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