Ayres, Leroy E

Leroy E. Ayers was born on June 26, 1925 to Walter W. and Nora A. Houck Ayers in Honey Brook, Pennsylvania. He was one of eight children.

His family later moved to Downingtown. It is not known if Leroy attended Downingtown high school, but he had a least a grammar school education.

Leroy entered service in the Army on March 23, 1943 at Camp Meade, Maryland. After basic and advanced training he went overseas in March 1944, serving with the 30th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division. The 3rd Infantry Regiment participated in the campaigns of Algeria-French Morocco (Operation Torch), Tunisia, Sicily (Operation Husky), Naples, Rome-Arno, southern France, Rhineland, and Ardennes-Alsace.

Leroy was wounded on June 1, 1944, resulting in hospitalization. He recovered and returned to service on June 26th, his 19th birthday.

Army Sergeant Leroy Leroy E. Ayres was killed in action on October 7, 1944 in France. He was 19 years old.

Leroy was buried at a local cemetery and his remains were returned home after the war for burial in his home country. He is buried at Mt. Zion Cemetery, in North Coventry Township.
Ayres Grave

Credits

Research by Don Wambold, WCMSC