Jessie & Ervin Hart 1942
Jessie and Ervin Hart enlisted in the Army at Eau Claire on Feb. 3, 1942. Unlike most Army posting, the brothers served throughout the war together. Mrs. Clyde Miller then of their home town of Fairchild, Wisconsin, often wrote letters to the boys in service. The Hart boys sent Mrs Miller the photo enclosed.
Jessie and Ervin took their training together and were stationed at McDill Field in Florida before sailing for England on Sept. 5, 1942 with Co. A, 431st. Signal Heavy Construction Battalion, Having many years experience in the family meat market at Fairchild, the brothers were assigned as cooks.
Their unit was awarded the Meritorious Service Unit Plaque for superior performance of a difficult task in the Mediterranean Theatre of Operations. Their company served in the Tunisian, Naples, Foggia, Rome, Arno, North Appenines, Po Valley and Southern France Campaigns. They were awarded the Middle Eastern Theatre Ribbon W/six Battle Stars, six overseas Service Bars, one Service Stripe, World War II Victory Medal and Good Conduct Medal.
Ervin and Jessie served together for three years in the European Theatre before returning home on different ships. They were discharged at Fort Sheridan, Illinois with 109 points to their credit. They returned to Black River Falls, Wisconsin, where they were employed. On February 28, 1981, Ervin was killed crossing the street near AI-Mn Shopping Mart, where he had been employed as a meat cutter for fourteen years. Jessie worked at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, for many years as a warehouse supervisor, retiring in 1980. He never married. He died on March 7, 1989.