PVT Frank Joseph Piller
I Company, 3rd Battalion, 363rd Infantry Regiment,
91st Infantry Division
Killed in Action 8 July, 1944
Near Vada, Italy
-- Kathey Ames --
My daddy, was Private Frank Joseph Piller. He was in I Company, 3rd
Battalion, 363rd Infantry Regiment, 91st Infantry Division of the United
States Army. Company Morning Report for 12 July 1944, list him "MIA as
of 9 July 44." Company Morning Report for 3 August, 1944 "Piller,
Frank J. Pvt. Fr. MIA as of 8 July 44 and dropped from Co rolls as of 19
July 44 to KIA as of 8 July 44." He was inducted into the army August
9, 1943 and took basic infantry training at Camp Adair, Oregon, leaving
in March for North Africa and moving into Italy early in July. Among
the very few things I have to remember him, is a letter, dated August
12, 1944 from his buddy, Edward McDonnald, I found it in my mother's
safe deposit box. He is writing to my mother.
"I wish to offer my sincerest sympathy in union with my humble prayer for
your irreplaceable loss. He and I had talked over this problem that in the
event our Maker called either of us, we would try to reconcile those we love.
His thoughts were always with you and the little girl, he spoke with great
pride and love whenever we had discussions about our respective families.
He would often give me an insight to one of his letters, just
something that gave him joy."
"Frank and I were buddies in North Africa, we slept, ate and shared
the hardships of training together. Sometimes it was pretty rough on me
but he would pull me along with words of encouragement, it seemed he
always wanted me in sight. I liked him because he was kind, thoughtful
and considerate, geatest of all a true companion. It is a source of
great comfort in this hateful war, to have someone upon whom you can
depend on in any eventually, he was such a guy."
Frank J. Piller was born in Buffalo, N.Y. July 4, 1916 and came to
Camas, Washington with his mother when four years old. His parents were
first generation Hungarian Emigrents who met on Ellis Island. He
attended Camas school, graduating in 1935 and attended the University of
Washington. On April 14, 1941 he was married to Miss Betty Dickey,
Seattle. They had two children, Helen Kathleen just 16 months old when
he died and John Joseph born four months later.
He was employed in the Crown Zellerback Paper mill for several years
and was working in the engineering department at Kaiser shipyards before
entering the service.
My daddy was a civilian, a husband , a father, an engineer and a peace
maker who hated war. But He went anyway!
I believe that our loss is the very foundation for our nation's freedom,
we now take for granted.