Wayne I. Huebsch of Lowell was listed in an April 22, 1943, Lowell Tribune article (page 1, column 3) as having completed a seven day furlough following induction. The article further added: "Wayne Huebsch, serving his second term in the army, was released the first time a week before war was declared on Japan, under the 28-year-old limit then in effect."
This May 6, 1943, Lowell Tribune article was found on page 2, column 1:
Pvt. Wayne Huebsch, son of Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Huebsch, has been transferred from Ft. Benjamin Harrison to Ft. Meade, S.D.
This March 2, 1944, Lowell Tribune article was found on page 2, column 2:
Pvt. Wayne Huebsch, who was home on furlough last week, visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Huebsch, and other relatives, has returened to Camp Mackall, N.C.
This Lowell Tribune article was found in the February 8, 1945, issue (page 4, column 1):
Word received by Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Huebsch informs them that their son, Sgt. Wayne Huebsch, who was wounded last September 15th, while serving in France, is now a patient at Harmon general hospital, Longview, Texas. Wayne said he was getting along O.K. and would soon be out of the body cast he has been in for some time.
The following October 12, 1944, Lowell Tribune article was found on page 1, column 3:
SGT. W. HUEBSCH LATEST CASUALTY
LOWELL NOW HAS 15 WOUNDED, 7 KILLED, AND 6 MISSING IN ACTION
The fifteenth local boy wounded on all war fronts was recorded this week when the Irvin Huebschs, north of Lowell, were notified Saturday that their son, Sgt. Wayne Huebsch, a glider infantryman, was wounded in action on the German front on September 16th.
It is presumed by his parents that he is recovering satisfactorily from his wounds because a letter has been received from him stating that he has been transferred to a hospital in England. Although he didn't say anything regarding the action in which he was wounded, or the extent of his injuries, he did manage to write the letter. He said he was getting the best of care.
Sgt. Huebsch, 31, a graduate of Lowell high school with the class of 1931, starred in both football and wrestling. Following graduation, he was engaged in farm work, and prior to entering service, was employed at the Gary mills.
He entered service when the pre-war compulsory training was started and was released the first of December, 1941, just before Pearl Harbor, and was not recalled until the fall of 1942. After undergoing training with the glider infantry in several camps here, he was shipped overseas several months ago and has since seen action with the glider troops along the German border.
This May 31, 1945, Lowell Tribune article was found on page 6, column 2:
Sgt. Wayne Huebsch, son of Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Huebsch, north of town, who has been in Harmon General hospital, Longview, Texas, since the first of the year, came home May 18 on a 30-day furlough. Wayne, who has spent the past seven months in hospitals in France, England and in Texas, was wounded in the left leg by a bullet which shattered the bone just above the knee, while fighting with U.S. forces near Brest, France. It will still be some time before he will be able to walk without a steel brace on the injured limb.
A September 6, 1945, Lowell Tribune article (page2, column 1) mentions that Wayne Huebsch was home on furlough from Harmon General Hospital, Longview, Tex.
This November 22, 1945, Lowell Tribune article was found on page 2, column 1:
Wayne Huebsch, who has been in a Texas hospital for the past several months receiving treatment for a leg wound inflicted in fighting in Germany, has recovered sufficiently to receive his discharge. He is now at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Huebsch, north of town.
The following January 7, 2003, Lowell Tribune article was found on page 3, column 6:
Wayne I. "Buzz" Huebsch, age 90, of Lowell, went home to be with the
Lord on Tuesday, December 31, 2002. He is survived by : his wife of 50
years, Virginia Huebsch; one daughter, Cheryl Huebsch of Lowell; one
brother, Bernard Huebsch of Lowell; two sisters, Betty Kenny and Ruby
(Bob) Swett, both of Lowell; and many nieces and nephews. He was
preceded in death by: one brother, Archie Huebsch, and one sister,
Madeline Tully. Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. January 4 at
the Lowell Church of Christ in Lowell, with Pastor Chuck Hochmuth
officiating. Burial followed at Sanders Cemetery in Lowell. Visitation
was held from 2-6 p.m. January 3 at Sheets Funeral Home in Lowell.
Wayne Huebsch was a lifelong resident of Lowell. He was a U.S. Army
veteran of World War II, and was shot and wounded while fighting for his
country. He worked as a bulldozer operator for several years, and also
worked in the steel mills, but he mostly was a farmer, which he loved.
He was a member of the Lowell Church of Christ. He liked sports and was
a devoted Chicago Cubs baseball fan. He enjoyed spending time with his
family and friends, and was a happy man who enjoyed life and being a
good neighbor. He was a member of the Lowell Church of Christ.
Last updated on April 27, 2007.
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