Fenchel, Bruce D. – 4th Armored Division

Born on March 11, 1925 in Strawberry Point, Clayton County, Iowa, USA.

Passed away on October 19, 2008 in Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Iowa, USA.

Army Service Number: 37671324.

Drafted on May 19, 1943. Crewmember of a light tank (Stuart) in 8th Tank Battalion, 4th Armored Division. After the war, Bruce returned to Iowa and completed his undergraduate and dental education at the University of Iowa. He served as a family dentist in Manning, Iowa and in Cedar Rapids. Married twice and had two sons.

During the first battle for Chaumont, December 23, 1944, Bruce was wounded when his tank was hit. Escaping capture, he hid in an attic of a house in Chaumont while German troops celebrated Christmas below him. He rejoined his unit soon after Chaumont was taken by the 4th Armored Division.