Saturday, November 12, 2016

WWII Veteran - Anthony Aloysius Fromknecht

Anthony Aloysius Fromknecht was born January 23, 1915 the son of Joseph J. Fromknecht and Mary Loesch. On October 16, 1940 Anthony completed his WWII Draft Registration Card. The draft card indicates that Anthony was living with his parents at 3215 Old French Road in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania. He was employed at the Pennsylvania Telephone Company. This draft card was handwritten and includes Anthony's signature.
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Anthony Aloysius Fromknecht 
WWII Draft Card - Front
The second page of the draft card includes a physical description of Anthony. He was 5'-8" and 154 pounds with blue eyes, brown hair and a ruddy complexion.
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Anthony Aloysius Fromknecht 
WWII Draft Card - Back
Anthony enlisted in the United States Army on February 21, 1941 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. His civil occupation is recorded as "Semiskilled linemen and servicemen, telegraph, telephone, and power." Anthony's Army service was a combination of domestic and foreign service:
  • Domestic Service - December 7, 1941 through December 16, 1941
  • Foreign Service - December 17, 1941 through November 12, 1942
  • Domestic Service - November 14, 1942 through December 22, 1945 
Anthony served as a 1st Lieutenant and was discharged on December 22, 1945 at Ft. Sill in Oklahoma. 
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Anthony Aloysius Fromknecht 
He passed away May 30, 2002. He is buried at White City Cemetery in Fort Pierce, Florida.

The original copy of the this portrait is in the care of Janet Fromknecht the daughter of Frances W. McDonald and Anthony A. Fromknecht. From the Frances Winifred McDonald Collection. The photograph is shared with permission.  Photographer Unknown. Editing and digital restoration by Michelle M. Murosky.

Anthony Aloysius Fromknecht  is my Great Uncle. He married Frances W. McDonald the sister of Mary Eugenia McDonald my paternal grandmother.

  1. Selective Service Registration Cards, World War II: Multiple Registrations. NARA, Draft Registration Cards for Pennsylvania, 10/16/1940 - 03/31/1947. Pennsylvania. Roll 44033_03_00112
  2. U.S., World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2005. Record from Anthony A. Fromknecht. 
  3. Pennsylvania, Veteran Compensation Application Files, WWII, 1950-1966 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Inc., 2015. Operations,
  4. Find A Grave, Anthony A. Fromknecht, Find A Grave Memorial# 23147923 

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