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Leu Selmer H.

Selmer H. Leu
Technician 4th Class
Serial Number:
Battery B, 285th Field Artillery Observation Battalion
Date of Death:
Estabrooks Cemetery, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin

Selmer H. Leu was born on July 13, 1912 in Wisconsin. He was the son of Frank Leu and Mary M. Goldapski Leu. Selmer served in Battery B, 285th Field Artillery Observation Battalion as a Technician 4th Grade during World War II. He died on December 17, 1944 at the age of 32 and is now buried in the Estabrooks Cemetery, Fond du Lac, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin, USA. T/4 Leu was one of the victims of Malmedy massacre when German SS soldiers of the 1st Panzer Division captured over 100 American soldiers at Baugnez Crossroads outside Malmedy, Belgium, on 17 December 1944 during the Battle of the Bulge and, under orders to take no prisoners, placed them in an open field and then machine gunned them. When the machine guns stopped, the SS went through the field where some victims were still alive and systematically finished them off with pistols at short range leaving 84 soldiers dead when they had finished. Fortunately, when the machine guns first started shooting, a number of soldiers ran and some managed to escape and tell the story of how the Germans had treated the others who had not survived.