Francis X. Hoelscher
"L", 378th Infantry Regiment
Francis X. (Pete) Hoelscher was drafted into the US
Army in June 1941 from his home town of Dayton Ohio for a
period of one year. At
the outbreak of WWII in Dec 1941 he was extended
indefinitely for the duration of the war. After serving as
an enlisted member for an additional 8 months, he entered
Officer Candidate School (OCS) at Ft Benning GA in
September 1942, graduating in December 1942.
He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant (Reserve),
US Army in December 1942 and shortly thereafter assigned
to the 378th Infantry Regiment, Co L of the
Third Battalion, 95th Infantry Division.
He was the Third Platoon Leader.
He entered the ETO in September 1944 and was
engaged in the Ardennes Alsace Campaign.
During this campaign he received two wounds; the first,
near Metz, was from a piece of grenade shrapnel on or
about 18 Nov 1944 as Platoon Leader of the third Platoon,
Co L, 378th Infantry Regiment, 95th
Infantry Division. He was subsequently reassigned as temporary Platoon Leader
for the Second Platoon when Lieutenant Aigner was wounded
and received his second wound, a stomach bullet wound, on
7 Dec 1944 late in the day in a house in Ensdorf Germany (Ulsaker,
Schlitz, memoirs). He
was evacuated from the German side of the Saar River after
midnight on the 8th and carried on a door by
four German POWs through enemy shell fire across an 800
yard open plain to the river to complete his evacuation to
an aid station.
This second wound was near fatal and ended his operations
in the ETO. After
recuperating for several months in England he was shipped
home and subsequently received his discharge and transfer
to the inactive US Army Reserve in January 1946.
the left : The
95th Division patch,
medals, dogtags and ranks of Francis X. Hoelscher.
I want to
James F. Hoelscher, USAF (RET), son of Francis X.
Hoelscher for the use of his photographs and