Sgt. Lester R. King
Enlisted: April 8, 1943 Toledo, OH
Assistant gunner on the #3 Gun, Angel's Chariot. 2de Platoon, A. Company 643rd TD BN.
1945 - 1948 US Navy
Born: 25 November 1924 Place: Ft. Wayne, IN
Died: 30 March 2007 Place: Phoenix, AZ
Wifes: Betty, Patricia and Gloria
Children: Cheri and David
Last known Address: 68th Ave. Phoenix, AZ
Good Conduct Medal - American Defence Service Medal - WWII Victory Medal
European African Middle Eastern Service Medal
3 Battle Stars"Ardennes-Rhineland-Central Europe"
Book written by Lester R. King
Tells the story of the men in a Tank Destroyer Company in Europe during WWII and follows the path of the 643rd TD Battalion .
Book is dedicated to "Andrew Rymer" The last man KIA (A-Company) from the 643rd TD BN.
22 Oktober 2008
I received 2 original manuscripts written by Lester King from Joe Decaro, Joe's father (Sgt. Joseph James Decaro) was also a member of the 643rd TD BN.
(C-Company). he and Lester where best friends, Joseph died in February 2008, and his friend Lester King, died unexpectedly March 2007.
|This script was personally signed by Lester
( To: The Two Joe's Decaro)
|It tells some of the story of the Battle of the Bulge from Lester's point of view. Lester was assigned as a "route marker" for a 643rd TD convoy going into Belgium, but in all the confusion of the German offensive, Lester got stranded and later returned to his unit.|
|Lester was actively involved in raising money to construct a monument at the Arizona State Capital to honor those that fought and died in the Ardennes Campaign.|