FATHER DIES IN BATTLE WITH GERMANS
Lawrence Wild, 24, of 2732 Tyler
Avenue, who became the father of twin
girls April 17th, never knew he was blessed with a double
blessed event- he was killed in action five days later on the
blood-soaked soil of Germany.
The telegram on Corporal Wild’s death reached his wife only a few hours after a note and a parcel from him containing a gift for his newborn.
Corporal Wild was with General Simpson’s Ninth Army and was aware he was to become a father again about April 17. He cabled his wife flowers which she received April 18. A month ago she received from him a package containing two pair of red shoes for his two-year-old daughter, Sandra, and two pairs of brown shoes for the expected child.
The parcel yesterday held a flannel jacket for the expected baby, a pocketbook for Sandra and perfume for Mrs. Wild, postcard pictures of Brussels and a note:
“Dear baby- Here is a little something for you and all my love.” It was signed “Daddy,” and had been sent from Holland.
News that he was a father of twins, and a photograph of the twins, Renee May, and Valerie Ann, published in the Courier-Post Newspapers on April 26, were sent that day to Corporal Wild by his wife. The letter, presumably, is still enroute to the battlefront.
Mrs. Wild also a month ago received from her husband a Nazi officer’s sword with a gold ruby-studded figurehead. He wrote her that he would tell her how he “managed to get it” when he would see her again.
Corporal Wild had been overseas since last September. He had been in the Army nearly three years, and was trained at Fort Dix. He married in 1940 before entering the service. He attended Camden High School and was a former employee of the Radio Condenser Company. Mrs. Wild is now living with her parents, Mr. And Mrs. Joseph Sundstrand at 819 North 30th Street.
In addition to his wife and three children, Corporal Wild is survived by his father William, of the Tyler Avenue address, two brothers, William and Richard, who was discharged from the Army a year ago because of a broken foot, and five sisters. They are Myrtle, Mrs. Edna Winkle, Mrs. Mabel DeMarcy, all of Camden, Mrs. Elizabeth Cook, of Delair, and Mrs. Lena Amme, of Merchantville.
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