Alan B. Puffer

Sgt. Alan B. Puffer, 23, a Banger soldier with the Sixth Armored Division of the Third Army, was killed in action Jan. 25 in Luxembourgh, according to a telegram from the War department received Wednesday night by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Earl W. Puffer of Bangor.
Sgt. Puffer was widely know in the twin cities where he was married June 12, 1942, to Edith Baldiccini, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gust Baldaccini of 907 State street, St. Joseph. Active in young social an church circles in this community. Sgt. And Mrs. Puffer had a large circle of friends in the two towns .

In the service three years, Sgt. Puffer was sent overseas in January, 1944. He was a corporal when his division was sent into combat, but he was quickly advanced to the rank of sergeant.
Sgt. Puffer did heroic work during the period from Oct. 1 to Nov. 29, 1944, and was awarded a citation of merit because “he worked willingly and untiringly by aiding recovering and evacuation soldiers killed in action. He conscientiously made indentifications and worked at all hours and travelled long distances over unknown roads”.
Born in Bangor June 20, 1921, Sgt. Puffer grew up there, and was favorite with residents of the town. His father is well known there as sales manager for the Fruit and Produce Packing company of Indianapolis, Ind., and the Puffer family has been promonent in Bangor for many years. When Sgt. Puffer received his overseas assignment, Mrs. Puffer returned to home of het parents, she lives with her baby daughter, Barbara Jean, seven mounths old.
Besides his wife an daughter and parents, Sgt. Puffer is survived by a younger sister, Evelyn and two grandparents, Frank Palmer of Bangor  andd Mrs. Febring of Sears, Mich.

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9 February 1945 • Page 12
 
Alan with his father Earl Puffer
 
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Alan B. Puffer

Sergeant, U.S. Army

Service # 16063501

15th Tank Battalion, 6th Armored Division

Entered the Service from: Michigan

Died: 25-Jan-45

Buried at: Plot G Row 12 Grave 21

Luxembourg American Cemetery

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Awards: Silver Star, Purple Heart