63rd Infantry Division
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T/5 Karl M. West, Cannon Company 253d Infantry Regiment.  
Date and place unknown.  T/5 West was killed in action on 26
December 1944 near Oberhofen, France.
T/5 Karl M West, Cannon Company 253d Infantry
Regiment was killed in action on 26 Dec 1944
T/5 Karl M. West, Cannon Company 253d Infantry Regiment wrote one letter home after his arrival in France on 8
December 1944.   He was killed in action on 26 December 1944.  The letter he wrote appears below and was
furnished by one of his grandchildren, LaNae Harding.   LaNae's mother was born on 21 January 1945, just 26 days
after her father's death.  LaNae also furnished the photos above.  
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Front row, left, in uniform, is Private Rosario Palermo, I
Company 254th Infantry Regiment-relaxing at the Valley
Forge, PA Military Hospital while  recovering from
wounds received during the Colmar Pocket battles.  
Others in the photo are not identified.
A number of years ago at a National Reunion of the 63rd Infantry Division Association, Pvt
Rosario Palermo, I Company 254th Infantry Regiment won a door prize carved by Pfc Melvin
Goebel, I Company 254th Infantry Regiment.  The prize was a carving of the 63rd Infantry
Division insignia.   Recently the family of Pvt Palermo elected to donate the plaque to be
displayed in the Greater Rochester Veterans Memorial area at the Greater Rochester/Monroe
County Airport in Rochester, NY.   Rick Meier, Nephew of Pvt Palermo, made the donation and
provided this photo of the military display at the airport.
Pfc Howard J. Loucks, D Company 254th Infantry
Regiment- 1944
22 Oct 13