Sgt. Walter S. Rosenthal     


Mil# 32975555

Enlisted: 28 June 1943, New York City

 Recon/HQ Company 643rd TD BN

C Company 414th IR 104th Infantry Division









Born: 8 December 1924    Place: Göppingen, Germany

Died:  30 December 2001   Place: Rochester, NY

Buriel Place: New Montefiore Cemetery, West Babylon, Suffolk County, NY 


Wife: Gertrude Rosenthal (Rauner)   Married: 1950

Children: Susan and Debbie


Father: Moritz Rosenthal   Mother: Rosa Rosenthal (Wolfenstein)

Siblings: Erich






  American Defence Service Medal - WWII Victory Medal - Good Conduct Medal  




  European African Middle Eastern Service Medal

Battle Stars"Ardennes-Rhineland-Central Europe"







Honorable Discharge Documents



Unknown Woman and Walter


Walter and Army Buddies



Walter and Army Buddie


       Walter's  WW2 Jacket


The crest’s/pins on Jacket/hat are from the 414 Infantry Regiment, 104th Infantry Division. During the last months of the War the 643rd was add to the 83rd Infantry Division. In August 1945 they were added for a short period to the 104th Infantry Division. They were stationed in Camp San Luis Obispo, CA








Email from Susan Sperber (Daughter)


I so appreciate the research that you have done on my father. I always knew that he was in camp at San Luis Obispo. 

It's wonderful to have the explanation of the patches. Can you tell us something about the various pins?

My father's family was lucky to escape Nazi Germany in 1938. I imagine that they went on the Nieuw Amsterdam because they first went to Holland to see his mother's sister who was living there. Somewhere we have a picture of the ship. I believe that he qualified to become an automatic US citizen when he enlisted in the US Army. Thank you for all of the documents. I understand that being a native German language speaker he was very helpful translating for the Americans. He felt very indebted all his life to the United States for allowing his family to immigrate.


Walter's Petition for Naturalization


Walters gravestone on New Montefiore Cemetery, West Babylon, NY