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Charles Kurtz - March 09, 2009


Charles O. Kurtz, 88, of Haxtun died Monday, March 9, 2009 in Alamosa.
He was born May 7, 1921 in Eudora, Kan. to Louie and Hilmia (Johnson) Kurtz, one of eight children. He graduated from Greeley County High School and attended Aims College in Greeley. He worked in the oil fields while living in Sidney, Neb.
Charles enlisted in the United State Army Sept. 10, 1942 in Denver. He went to basic training in North Carolina and then graduated from Inline Engine Course at Camp Sutton, N.C. He was a very unique soldier in that he was in both the European and Pacific Theaters during World War II.
While in Europe, he was assigned to the 303rd Ordnance Company and to the 229 2nd Engineer Maintenance Company while in Asia. He said it took seven days aboard the Queen Mary ship from New York to England. When he went to the Pacific Theater, they went nonstop from France to the Philippines.
Tec 5 Kurtz was in the “Battle of the Bulge” where over 75,000 Americans were killed, maimed or captured. He was a very well decorated soldier. He earned the American Service Medal, European African Middle Eastern Service Medal, Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, World War II Victory Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. He was discharged Jan. 12, 1946.
Charles was an accomplished carpenter. He will be greatly missed by his friends.
A graveside service with military honors was held March 13 at Haxtun Cemetery with Pastor Keith Hudiburgh officiating. Baucke Funeral Home of Holyoke directed the service.