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Peters Gerrit, Jr.

Monuments

Greater Love Plaque

 

Name:
Gerrit, Jr. Peters
Rank:
Technician 5th Grade
Serial Number:
36605660
Unit:
531st Engineer Shore Regiment
Date of Death:
1944-04-28
State:
Illinois
Cemetery:
Cambridge American Cemetery, United Kingdom
Plot:
Tablets of the Missing
Row:
Grave:
Decoration:
Purple Heart
Comments:

Gerrit Peters, Jr. entered the military service in Illinois. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a Technician Fifth Grade in the 531st Engineer Shore Regiment. He was killed during the Exercise Tiger--one of the large-scale rehearsals for the D-Day invasion of Normandy. This took place in April 1944 in Slapton Sands, Devon in the UK. An Allied naval convoy involved in the exercise was attacked by German submarines, and coordination and communication problems resulted in friendly fire deaths. At least 749 American servicemen were killed. Because of the impending invasion of Normandy, the incident was highly classified and the full story did not come out until years later after the war. He was declared "Missing in Action" on April 28, 1944 and is commemorated on Tablets of the Missing, Cambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge, United Kingdom.