Vladimir L. Dietrich

Vladimir Leonhardy Dietrich was the only son of Russian immigrants Alexander and Anna Dietrich of Bergen St., Brooklyn, NY. He was born on November 6th, 1925 in New York, but grew up on Cherry Lane in Teaneck.

Vladimir was known for his smarts. He was the manager of two sports teams and even a member of the Managers Club in high school. He liked chemistry and debating, and had a soft spot for Sherlock Holmes. He graduated from Teaneck High School in 1942.

Vladimir enlisted into the Army on February 12th, 1944 at Fort Dix, New Jersey. He joined the 2nd Battalion of the 10th Mountain Division, 85th Infantry Regiment of the Army. He started training at Camp Hale in Colorado. On Thursday, January 4th, 1945, his regiment traveled from Virginia to Naples, Italy on the U.S. Naval Transport USS West Point. Vladimir spent his time serving wholly in Italy.

On February 21st, 1945, Vladimir was killed in action. The mission was to attack and seize Mount Belvedere, Italy, but sadly Pvt. Dietrich did not survive. Initially, he was buried on Mount Belvedere. Later, Vladimir was interred in Hackensack Cemetery in July of 1949.

High School Yearbook

  1. 1942 Yearbook, Page 27
  2. 1942 Yearbook, Page 94


  1. War Department Files - PVT Vladimir L. Dietrich


  1. New York, State Census, 1925 (Anna Dietrick, mother)
  2. 1930 United States Federal Census for Vladimir L. Dietrich
  3. U. S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946
  4. U.S., Headstone Applications for Military Veterans, 1925-1963

Find A Grave Website

  1. Vladimir Leonhardt Dietrich


  1. Pages from History of the 85th Mountain Infantry Regiment: 4 January 1945 - 31 May 1945

Other weblinks on 85th Mountain Infantry Regiment

  1. The 85th Mountain Infantry Regimental History: 4 January, 1945 to 31 May, 1945
  2. A Short History of the 85 th Mountain Infantry Regiment