2017 Purple Hearts Reunited Annual Report

Corporal Richard Scott Byars

ations were they were altered for immediate movement as a result of a large enemy breakthrough in their area.

They moved from their position near Verviers and Herve and moved toward Robertville, Belgium with the mission

of defending the southwest of their area of operations. It was during this movement that Frederick’s unit encoun-

Richard was born 20 September 1947 to Earl Walter

tered enemy contact and he was Killed in Action on 19 December 1944. At the time of Master Sergeant Frederick

and Eleanor Francis Byars in Rye, Pueblo County,

G. Boelzle’ death, he was married to his sweetheart Irene, who later died in 1986. She was presented with his

Colorado. He would later enlist into the United States

Heart and a flag that was flown over the Henri-Chapelle American Military Cemetery in Belgium in his honor.

Marine Corps and was trained as a Mortarman

(60mm). Assigned to Weapons Platoon, E Company,

During our visit to the Sun Rise Senior Living Com-

2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine

munity in Westfield, New Jersey, we met several of

Division, he was deployed to Vietnam on 18 June

their residents and learned many were WWII Veter-

1967. During combat operations in South Vietnam,

ans. This included, PFC Vinnie Scalera who served

he was first wounded on 27 November 1967 and then

with the 167th Engineer Combat Battalion during

again on 22 January 1968 near Quang Tri, Vietnam,

the war. Even to this day, he still has the newspaper

which cost him his life. During that operation, CPL

that announced the end of the war. These heroes are

Byars was attempting to knock out a suspected North

passing daily, take time to listen to their stories and

Vietnamese artillery spotter. Unfortunately, the enemy

please thank them before they go.

was able to place a round on his position, killing him

and a GSGT Nathan Weathers. His medal was recently

discovered by Marine Corps Veteran Michael Walston

1LT Samuel Ayer Lutterloh

in an antique shop in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Last May,

during the 35th Anniversary of the Vietnam Wall

1LT Samuel Ayer Lutterloh was larger than life. A graduate of West Point, Sam went on to serve in the Army with

and the 30th Anniversary of Rolling Thunder, our

Company K, 3rd Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division during the Korean War.

Executive Director, Sarah along with the help of Rob Wilkins and the Rolling Thunder, had the honor of reuniting

Decorated for Valor on a number of occasions, Sam answered the ultimate sacrifice on 02 September 1952 near

CPL Richard Scott Byars’s Purple Heart at Panel 35 East, Row 10 of the wall. CPL Byars has no direct family living,

Chorwan, Korea. On Veterans Day, our first female Valor Guard member, Captain Ema Moreau returned his medals

so his medal was donated to the Pueblo County Historical Society and Museum last December.

to his family so that his legacy can be preserved and remembered. We trust that his family will keep close watch

over Sam in the generations to come and that they will share his story of honor and sacrifice.

Master Sergeant Frederick G. Boelzle

Mildred saw her brother’s Purple Heart for the first

time at the age of 95. Her brother Fredrick was born

in 1914 to August and Julia Kaehnle Boelzle in New

Jersey. Frederick would later enlist in the U.S. Army

on 26 September 1939 and was assigned to Service

Company, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Divi-

sion. On 17 December 1944, the 16th Infantry Regi-

ment was carrying out rest and rehabilitation oper-



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