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Pvt Russell D Stein

Pvt Russell D Stein

134th Infantry Regiment - Company C

Russell Dietrich Stein, son of Charles Adam and Nora Amanda (Dietrich) Stein, was born June 5, 1907 in Greenwich Township, Pennsylvania. He married Helen Margaret Saul and the couple had a daughter, Margaret Ellen. He registered for the draft October 16, 1940 and was inducted into the Army April 4, 1944 at New Cumberland, Pennsylvania. He joined the 134th Infantry Regiment from the 14th Replacement Battalion on December 21, 1944 and served as a Mortar Man in the 4th Platoon of Company C.

In the early morning hours of January 4, 1945, Company C, 134th Infantry Regiment launched an attack from the village of Marvie toward Lutrebois, Belgium. Moving through knee deep snow in the bitter cold they overran their objective and became trapped behind enemy lines. By the next morning, less than 40 of the original 120 men made it back to friendly lines. Pvt Russell D Stein was reported missing January 5, 1945. He was later confirmed killed in action January 14, 1945 while attempting to return to friendly lines. He is buried at Hope Cemetery in Kutztown, Pennsylvania.

The Morning Call, Allentown PA - January 29, 1945

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