World War II Honor Roll






Gerald Tritapoe

Private, U.S. Army
Company L., 135th Infantry, 34th Division of the Fifth Army

Entered the Service from: Maryland
Died: January 27, 1944   KIA   Cassino, Italy
Burried Rest Haven Cemetery, Hagerstown, MD

He was awarded the Purple Heart
 and three Battle Stars                 

The News, February 23, 1944
PVT. GERALD TRITAPOE, of Weverton, was killed in action in Italy on January 27, his parents were notified Tuesday morning in a telegram from the War Department.
The telegram of notification and condolence to the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Tritapoe, merely informed then that he died in action in Italy.
Pvt. Tritapoe had been in Italy for several months, it was learned. He was inducted into Army service little more than a year ago. He had been employed at the Fairchild plant in Hagerstown prior to induction..
The News, September 23, 1948
The remains of Pvt. Gerald W. Tritapoe, who was killed in action at Cassino on January 27, 1944, arrived in Brunswick on Monday for reinterment at Rohrersville Wednesday afternoon.
A former resident of Washington County, the deceased was the son of Charles P. and Etelka Tritapoe, who now reside at 519 West Potomac street, Brunswick. He was a graduate of Rohrersville High school and was a member of the Church of the Brethren. When inducted, he was employed at the Fairchild plant in Hagerstown.
He took his basic training at Fort Jackson, S. C. and went overseas in October to be assigned to Company L., 135th Infantry, 34th Division of the Fifth Army under General Mark Clark. He fought through the North African campaign before being killed at Cassino. He was interred in a cemetery at Marzanella Nuova, near Cassino. He was awarded the Purple Heart and three Battle Stars.
Besides his parents, he is survived by a brother, Charles, who served in the South Pacific, and four sisters, Mrs. Leona Fox, this city, Lenora, Janet and Shirley, at home.
The body is at the funeral home in Brunswick where friends may call. Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock in Central U. B. church, Rohrersville with Rev. Mr. Barnes and Rev. Mr. Gilbert officiating. Interment will be in Rest Haven cemetery, Hagerstown. C. H. Feete and Bro., funeral directors.