Erb, Homer A

Homer Anthony Erb was born on September 27, 1930 to Homer and Jennie Erb who lived in Spring City, Pennsylvania. Homer was one of three children.

Homer graduated from Spring City high school in 1951. He excelled in sports, playing basketball and varsity football all four years. He is described as follows in his high school yearbook: 

Friendly, polite, smooth – this left tackle’s ready smile enhances his popularity with that ever present gang a' la male and female.  He lettered only in football; at other competitive sports he is found among the cheering section, giving vent to his energy. Homer is not only a sportsman, for he is an ideal date and a smooth dancer. As to the future Homer is dubious, but we know that his good nature will show him the road to success
After graduation, Homer attended Stevens Industrial Trade school in Lancaster for two years. 

Homer entered the Army on November 18, 1952, and received basic training at Camp Breckenridge, Kentucky and returned home on leave before reporting to Fort Lewis, Washington. He was shipped overseas in May, 1953 and assigned to the 504th Transportation Truck Company in Korea.

Private Homer Anthony Erb Died Non Battle on July 16, 1953. In July, 1953, his truck slid on a mountain road in North Korea and went over a cliff. A military funeral was held on September 26 in Spring City. Interment was at the Zion’s Cemetery with members of the Walter T. Caffrey American Legion Post conducting military rites.

Homer was the son of Hero Homer F. Erb who died in the Battle of the Bulge. 


Research by Don Wambold, WCMSC