Bruno M Elze
Bruno Max Elze was born on March 11th 1923 to painters August and Louise Elze. He was the middle child of the family’s six children. He was born in Hamburg, Germany but immigrated to New York City via the SS Cleveland when he was 4 years old. He grew up on 1080 Summit Avenue in Teaneck and later lived on 40 W. Englewood Avenue, West Englewood.
Although he was both heritably and naturally German, that did not stop Bruno from serving the country he grew up in against the Fatherland. Even more significant, although men ages 21-45 had to register for the draft, as his father did, Bruno voluntarily registered. By 1940, Bruno had completed his sophomore year of high school.
When Bruno was 20 he entered the Army on February 4th, 1943. He was assigned to the 85th “Custer” Division, which was located at Camp Shelby, Mississippi. On January 2nd 1944, the division sailed onboard the USS Alexander E. Anderson arrived in Casablanca, French Morocco before it would train in neighboring Algeria for the duration of February and March.
Bruno spent the duration of his military action on the mid-western coast of Italy, between Rome and Naples, as part of the Rome-Arno campaign. Pvt. Elze died on the 27th of May, 1944. His remains were interred in the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery in Nettuno, Italy. For his national service and for bravery while engaging with the enemy, Bruno was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart.
- New York, Passenger Lists, 1802-1957
- Georgia, Naturalization Records, 1793-1991
- U.S. Petition for Naturalization
- Certificate of Arrival from the U.S. Departmetn of Justice
- 1930 United States Federal Census
- 1940 United States Federal Census
- World War II Registration Card (August Elze, father)
- World War II and Korean Conflict Veterans Interred Overseas
- U. S. Headstone and Interment Records for U. S. Military Cemeteries on Foreign Soil, 1942-1949 for Bruno M Elze
American Battle Monuments Commission
fold3.com (Historical Military Records)
National World War II Memorial, Wash., D.C. Website
Find A Grave Website