2017 Purple Hearts Reunited Annual Report

Private Earl Broaderick

SGT George Sahlmann

PVT Earl Paskell Broaderick was born 25 November 1914 in South Carolina to Calvin and Ruby W. Broaderick. On

On December 11th, 2017 Purple Hearts Reunited and COL (R) Jack H. Jacobs, U.S. Army, Medal of Honor Recipient,

21 August 1936, he married Loretta Perez and had three children, a daughter Barbara, son Kenneth, and son Ar-

Vietnam presented WWII hero SGT George Sahlmann’s Purple Heart to the Museum of Jewish Heritage with his

thur. Arthur never had an opportunity to meet his father; he was born 7 months after his father’s death.

niece and her family present. The Core Exhibition will serve as a Home of Honor. We had the honor of Inge Katz,

Earl enlisted for service in the U.S. Army on 22 February 1944 in Hillsborough County, Florida and was assigned

a 93-year-old Holocaust Survivor and her Granddaughter, Author Elise Garibaldi present for the ceremony. Elise

to Headquarters Company, 318th Infantry Regiment, 80th Infantry Division. He sacrificed his life on 13 September

wrote Inge’s memoir Roses in a Forbidden Garden.

1944 in France during the Division’s attempt to cross the Moselle River. He is buried in the Martin-Colon Cemetery

in Tampa, Florida. Earl’s son Arthur followed in his father’s footsteps and enlisted in the U.S. Army for service in

Born 28 September 1910 in Neuenwalde, Hanover, Germany to Hinrich and

Vietnam. Assigned as a helicopter crew chief and machine gunner, Arthur was wounded during his service and

Meta Miessner Sahlmann. Not much is known about his early life, but at the age of 27, he was able to escape

like his father, was awarded the Purple Heart.

Nazi control from the Bremerhaven, Germany area on a luxury cruise ship called the SS Columbus in 1937. When

Earl’s medal was rescued by Mrs. Marsha Kanterman-Viele in a thrift store in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. She instantly

the ship docked in the New York harbor on 25 June 1937 to drop off passengers at Pier 86, he was discovered

knew the importance of the medal when she saw it as her father had served in the Navy during WWII in Okina-

and listed as a “Deserting Seaman”. He would later enlist to serve in the U.S. Army on 26 March 1943 and was

wa. Art didn’t have anything to remember his dad by. But now, he finally does. Just two weeks before Christmas,

assigned to the 35th Infantry Division. He applied for U.S. Citizenship through the county clerk of Montgomery,

thanks to the quick turn around of Mrs. Kanterman-Viele, our amazing framers at the Village Frame Shop, Select

Alabama on 22 July 1943 and was witnessed by two of his Army friends, Staff Sergeant Dale Rankin and Staff

Design, and the help of Eagle Scout, Daniel Durgin, we changed that. We were extremely proud of Daniel Durgin

Sergeant Emil Nelson.

who used his Eagle Scout project to raise the money for the ceremony.

He would see action at St. Lo, the Cotentin

Peninsula, and the Mortain-Avranches corridor.

His unit raced across France through Orleans

and Sens, Moselle, captured Nancy, secured

Chambrey, and drove on to the German border,

taking Sarreguemines while crossing the Saar.

After crossing the Blies River, the Division

moved to Metz. His unit also took part in the

fighting to relieve Bastogne. The Division left

England on 05 September 1945 and arrived

in New York City on 10 September. He was

discharged one month later on 11 November.

According to the decorations the organization

rescued, it appears SGT Sahlmann was wounded

on three different occasions. For his actions

and service in WWII, his decorations and awards

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