Sgt. Vincent J. Reitmeyer - United States Army
Vincent J. Reitmeyer was born on
May 26, 1911, the fifth of ten children of Rose and August Reitmeyer.
He had six brothers, Harry, Frederick, John, Leo, Gilbert and Ralph, and three sisters, Frances, Rita and Jean. The
Reitmeyer family lived at 1829 Woodward Avenue, then moved to 516 Bellaire
Avenue in 1930.
Vince was a graduate of Resurrection
Elementary and left South Hills High School at age sixteen to work as a meat
cutter for a local grocer. After a few years working alongside a professional
butcher, Vince had mastered the trade and had achieved quite a reputation
at carving a side of beef.
At age thirty, on March 13, 1942,
Vince was drafted into the United States Army. The master butcher was,
without much debate, rated as a cook. From the beginning, Vince's prowess
with the clever earned him a reputation as a man skilled in the art of
preparing meat. He achieved the rank of Sergeant before sailing for Italy
on January 12, 1944.
A Tank destroyer crew show their
enthusiasm at the arrival of the rations
truck with their Christmas turkey. 5th Army, Bisomo Area, Italy.
For almost two years stationed here
in the United States, Vince fed the trainees passing through the early
stages of the American War Machine. Then, during his twenty month tour of
duty on the Italian boot, Vince traveled along with his unit, keeping the chow
lines moving and his troops well fed.
Vince Reitmeyer was serving in Northern
Italy when the War in Europe came to an end on May 7, 1945. He was discharged
from the service five months later, on October 24.
After the war, Vince and his
wife Helen purchased a home in Brookline, where they lived with their
son Hugh David. Vince worked as a butcher for several of the local
grocery chains. He passed away on July 7, 1983 and is buried at Saint
John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Cemetery.
NOTE: The Reitmeyer family has quite a
storied legacy of military tradition. It began with John Reitmeyer in 1929 and
has continued through three generations until today. Click here to
read about the amazing service record and sacrifice of this remarkable Brookline
* Written by Clint Burton:
May 26, 2012 - Updated April 14, 2018 *
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