PRIVATE WALTER LEHMAN was born in Camden NJ in 1907. The third of 8 children, his father passed away sometime between 1917 and January of 1920, leaving his mother, Lois Lehman, to tend to the family. In 1920 the family was living at 1741 South 7th Street in Camden's 8th Ward. The two oldest children, Frank, 17, and Alice, 16, were already working. By 1930 the family had moved to a nearby house at 643 Central Avenue. Walter Lehman was by this time working as laundry truck driver, other children wore working in Camden's woolen mills and cigar factory. He later went to work for the Eavenson and Levering wool scouring mill at South 4th and Jackson Streets in Camden, not far from his home at 1822 South 7th Street, Camden. The Army states that he had worked as a draftsman.
Walter Lehman was drafted into the United States Army at Fort Dix NJ on June 4, 1942. Assigned to the 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, he served in the same regiment as Audie Murphy. Private Lehman saw a great deal of combat. He was wounded in North Africa and on Sicily, for which he had already received the Purple Heart. He was killed in action at Anzio in Italy on March 4, 1944, during the final German assault on the beachhead.
Walter Lehman was survived by his brother Harry Lehman, of the South 7th Street address, brothers Frank and Raymond Lehman, and four sisters, Mrs. Alice Olick, Mrs. Margaret Carmanna, Mrs. Lois Myers, and Miss Alma Lehman.
Sadly, Walter Lehman's nephew, Walter H. Lehman, committed suicide on October 11, 1949 in Camden.
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