Recorder February 5, 1945
Soldier Overseas Less Than Month Is Reported Killed in Action in Belgium Last Month
Private John P. Dopp, son of Mr. and Mrs. Homer Dopp, 76 ½ East Main Street, was killed in action in Belgium on January19 according to a telegram received this morning by his parents from the War Department.
The telegram from Adjutant General Ulio states:
“The Secretary of War desires me to
express his deep regret that your son,
Private John P. Dopp
was killed in action January 19 in Belgium. Confirming letter follows."
The 19-year-old soldier had been overseas less than one month before he was killed , the last letter from him dated January 12, stating that he had not yet been in action.
He was born in Amsterdam October 20, 1925 and attended St. Mary's Institute. Prior to his entering service February 29. 1944, he was employed by Vollmer Transportation Lines and was well known in this city. He was a member of St Mary's Church.
Arriving at Camp Hood, Texas, Private Dopp was assigned to a tank destroyer unit The unit went overseas during the latter part of November.
Survivors include his parents and the paternal grandmother, Mrs. Emma Dopp, Charleston; a sister Sari Dopp; and seven brothers, PFC Homer Dopp. Jr.. who is with the Signal Corps in Belgium, Robert of Pattersonville, and Edward, Frank, William, Joseph and Leo Dopp, all of this city.
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