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Howard John Boise
Born - October 1920
Wayne County, New York
Veteran - World War 2
Married - March 6, 1943
Bronze Star Soldier
Recalls World War II
Memories : Howard Boise of Marion
Served 13 Months in Europe, Where He
Helped Liberate a Prisoner of War Camp
Marion: In late December 1945, Cpl. Howard J. Boise
would spend his fourth Christmas away from home and family,
as German forces were nearly defeated in the Battle of the Bulge
during World War II.
Boise, of Marion, was one of the members of the 62nd
Infantry Battalion Company C Medical Detachment who were separated from his unit for four days following a sudden attack.
"We were up at the front line," said Boise, now 89 years old.
"Some might say we were AWL (absent without leave), but
we were just plain lost. We retreated into the woods when we
were suddenly attacked and couldn't find our way out at first."
He remembered there were 30 people in the group.
"We administered first aid to the wounded and made them as
comfortable as possible, mostly by giving them plain old asprin
and bandaging." he said.
"I remember mostly that we had to make decisions as to which
needed the most and quickest attention and get them to the
aid station or dispensary."
Boise, a farm boy living on Joy Road, was drafted in
December 1942 and reported to Fort Chaffee, Arkansas,
with the 14th Armored Division.
Three months later, he married his high school sweetheart
On November 14, 1943, his unit was sent to Tennessee for
maneuvers, and after a bout with scarlet fever in July 1944,
he boarded the ship LeJeune in October, bound for
Marseilles, France, and 13 months of duty in Europe.
On New Years Day 1944, his unit was engaged in a fierce
battle at Rittershofen and Hatten, Germany, where
two of his friends were taken prisoner.
After the war, Boise also helped liberate a prisoner-of-war camp
and was promoted to Sergeant.
He was also awarded a Bronze Star.
"The war was winding down in Europe, so we had a chance to
see some of the sites, such as Paris and Nice in France and
Berchtesgaden, which was Hitler's retreat," said Boise.
"Even though some of the cities and towns
had been bombed, I still liked seeing it all."
He returned to the family dairy farm, which he and Ida
eventually bought and where he raised their four sons.
Since their retirement in 1986, they spend time with their five
grandchildren and two great-grandchildren and enjoy traveling.
They recently returned from a 45th national reunion of his
division, Sept. 9-13, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. In 2006, they
also went back to Europe for the 50th Anniversary of the
end of the war and have visited the war monument in
With Veterans Day approaching on November 11, Boise
said he feels Americans must remain mindful of what
veterans did from the beginnings during the Revolutionary War
up through the present. He also feels that many young people
would benefit from military service.
"It would keep them out of trouble and teach them responsibility,"
Boise's son Richard, was killed in service when the boat he
was aboard capsized in Vietnam just two weeks after he
had been deployed.
He said he is skeptical of the war in Iraq.
"I don't know, but I am sure that democracy isn't going to work
there," he said. They don't know what its all about. In Iraq,
they cleaned them (insurgents) out, but they'll be back in there."
More pressure from American Troops may be necessary
in Afghanistan, he added.
"If they are understaffed in Afghanistan, I guess they should
send in more troops," he said. "A lot of them have done two
or three tours, and they're ready to come home."
Newark Courier Gazette
Newark, New York
Article by: Beth Hoad
Wife - Ida (VanKouwenberg) Boise
Born - July 22, 1922
Ida's Father - Abraham Korneluis Van Kouwenberg
Ida's Mother - Anna Johanna (Verplanke) Kouwenberg
Son - Richard Howard Boise
Born - November 26, 1946
Died - November 29, 1969
Son - Kenneth Boise
Son - Stephen Boise
Born - June 26, 1953
Married - October 7, 1978
Wife - Jeanne Hitchcock Heyden Boise
Born - January 9, 1946
To This Union 2 Children Were Born
Daughter - Jessica Lee Boise
Born - January 23, 1981
Son - Nicholas Stephen Boise
Born - December 15, 1983
Son - Larry Boise
Born - January 22, 1960
Married - 1992
Wife - Rachel Boise
To This Union A Son Was Born
Son - Tyler Kenneth Boise
Born - July 18, 1994
Brother - Roger Boise
Wife - Fran Boise
Father - Isaac Boise
Mother - Sadie (Van Hall) Boise
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