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Lester C. Newton

Private, U.S. Army

20236160

Field Artillery Battalion

Entered the Service from: New Jersey
Died: July 31, 1944
Buried at: Plot G111
                  Beverly National Cemetery
                  Beverly NJ
 
Awards: Purple Heart


PRIVATE LESTER C. NEWTON was born in New Jersey on March 21, 1914. By 1930 his mother Emma had was re-married to William Powell. of 1533 Federal Street, of Camden NJ, and Lester and his older brother Charles lived their as well. His mother worked as a seasoner in a leather factory, and his father worked as a mate on a dredge. By the war years the family had moved to 94 State Street in Camden, near the pier where the dredge operated out of. Lester Newton, after leaving school, found employment at the Campbell Soup factory near his home. In 1934 he joined the new Jersey National Guard.

Lester Newton was called to active duty in September of 1940, and was assigned to a field artillery unit. His unit went over seas in February of 1944. He was killed in action in France on July 31, 1944, at the age of 30, and was survived by his mother. His death was reported in the August 21, 1944 edition of the Camden Courier-Post.

After the war had ended, Lester Newton was brought home to New Jersey. He rests at Beverly National Cemetery in Beverly NJ, where he was buried on June 3, 1949.


Camden
Courier-Post

June 1, 1949

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