Henry H. Bixler was born on December 23, 1923, to Elizabeth Bixler of Philadelphia. He was a former resident of Kimberton and Malvern, Pennsylvania. Before joining the Army, he was employed by the J. Bishop Company of Malvern.
Henry was an infantryman of the 363rd Infantry Regiment, 91st Infantry Division, in the Army. His unit arrived in Italy in the spring of 1944. In letters to his family, he told of being in two of the major battles for the German-held Gothic Line, and the “going was tough.” The last letter that his sister received was dated October 8, 1944, and took more than one month to be delivered. A friend, Winifred Mullen received a letter from Henry dated October 21, 1944. A short time later, the War Department informed his mother that Private Henry H. Bixler died in action on October 26, 1944 in Italy.
Henry was awarded the Purple Heart and was buried in the Florence American Cemetery in Via Cassia, Italy. This cemetery covers seventy acres. There are headstones of the 4,402 American military dead, representing 39% in the US Fifth Army burials originally made between Rome and the Alps. Most died during fighting which occurred after the capture of Rome in June, 1944.