Private Seymour B Schinasi

Name Seymour B Schinasi
Rank Private
Army Serial # 42176948
State Wisconsin
Date of death 1945-03-02
Plot, Row, Grave C, 15, 31
Cemetery Netherlands American Cemetery, Margraten, Netherlands, Google Maps
Role First Scout
Unit E Company, 331st Infantry Regiment, 83rd Infantry Division
Awards Purple Heart
Remarks Seymour Schinasi was a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin in 1942-1943. He had entered service on July 31, 1944 and trained in the infantry at Camp Robinson and Ft. Meade. His father Abraham Schinasi and his mother Elizabeth Schinasi lived in the Bronx, NYC. Seymour was KIA near Neuss, Germany and presumably near the Erft Canal. The last known photograph of Seymour can be seen in the book "We Saw it Through.". Mr. Mayes Key from E company remembers this from that night:

ERFT CANAL: Key remembered everything well because March 2 was the day before his 19th birthday. It was a night attack and they crossed the canal and started across the field. There was a lot of German fire coming at them from the factory building and a trench before the factory. They got as far as the barbed wire fence before the trench and PFC Schinasi, First Scout, reached the fence first. He called out for a wire cutter. The German fire was too much and the order was given to pull back. Schinasi was hit in the leg and died at the barbed wire fence. Key referred me to a photo in the Thunderbolt book that showed a soldier dead at the wire with the factory in the background. He said that was Schinasi because he remembered how he looked when daylight came and he saw him.

Seymour is buried next to other members of E. Co., 331st who where KIA that day.
Grave Soldier
Seymour B Schinasi (42176948) Seymour B Schinasi (42176948)

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