LaVerne G. Emberts

Second Lieutenant Laverne G. Emberts has been promoted to First Lieutenant. He is a liaison pilot in the Field Artillery stationed at Camp Butner, NC.

Allan G. Gessner, Air Corps, and Laverne G. Emberts, Field Artillery, both of Eau Claire, have been promoted from Second to First Lieutenants, according to announcement by the War Department.

Lieutenant LaVerne G. Emberts, son of John Emberts, 1409 Lyndale Avenue, has arrived in England, according to word received here.

He entered the service on September 9, 1942 and received his basic training at Fort Sill, OK. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Field Artillery upon graduating from Officers Candidate School there.

He then went to school at Pittsburg, KS and received his wings as a Liaison Pilot in Field Artillery. He was stationed at Camp Butner and Fort Bragg, NC. He was promoted to First Lieutenant in November 1943.

Liaison Officer with Artillery Killed in Action
First Lieutenant LaVeme Emberts was killed in action in Germany on January 1, according to a telegram received from the Adjutant General by his sister, Mrs. V. C. Holmes, 1317 Lyndale Avenue. He is the son of John Emberts, who makes his home with Mr. and Mrs. Holmes.

Lieutenant Emberts was pilot of a small plane, as Liaison Officer with the Field Artillery. He was recently awarded the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters. 

Lieutenant Emberts was born in Eau Claire on March 13, 1919. He graduated from Eau Claire High School and was employed at the Farmers Store, before entering service on September 9, 1942.

He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Field Artillery at Fort Sill, OK and served at Camp Butner, NC and Camp Bragg, NC, where he was promoted to First Lieutenant, before going overseas in March1943. 

He served in England, until he entered the battle of Normandy in France, shortly after D-Day, and had been fighting on the continent, until his death in Germany. 

Besides his father and sister, Mrs. Holmes, he is survived by another sister, Mrs. H. H. Schmidt of Eau Claire, and two brothers, Al J. Emberts of Eau Claire and L. H. Emberts of Saginaw, MI. He was engaged to Miss Geraldine Elliott of Eau Claire. 

John Emberts, 1317 Lyndale Avenue, has received the Purple Heart, which was awarded posthumously to his son, First Lieutenant LaVerne G. Emberts, who was killed in Germany on New Year's Day.

Lieutenant Emberts had also received the Air Medal and three Oak Leaf Clusters.

Memorial Service for Lt. L. Emberts Sunday, Feb. 25th
Memorial services will be conducted Sunday afternoon at 4 o'clock in First Lutheran Church for Lieutenant LaVerne Emberts, who was killed in action over Germany last New Year's Day. Patriotic organizations have been invited to attend and participate.

Lieutenant Emberts is the son of John Emberts. His mother died a year ago. He was a lifelong resident of Eau Claire.