Clarence L. Zerbe (#33368446)

Place of Birth
Date of Birth

Pine Grove, Pennsylvania
January 11, 1922
Technician Fifth Grade (T/5)
324th Field Artillery
83rd Infantry
Good Conduct Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the European African Middle-Eastern Campaign Medal with four Bronze Campaign Stars and the World War II Victory Medal.

Clarence L. Zerbe was born in Pine Grove, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania on January 11, 1922 to the late Lester and Bessie Zerbe. He was the oldest of four childeren, Earl W. (°1926), Claire. E (°1931) and Allen F. (°1939).

He had a grammer school education and his civilian occupation was "Undefined". He lived in Pine Grove, Pennsylvania when he entered the service (#33368446) on September 29, 1942 in Allentown, Pennsylvania. At that time, his marital status was listed as "Married", he married in 1942, just before he entered the service, with Miss Arvilla L. Berger.

Morning Reports from October 4, 1944 listed Pvt. Zerbe, Clarence L. SSN changed to 345. [1] Clarence Zerbe was discharged on November 16, 1945.


Clarence Zerbe is in the second row, the second one from left

Mr. Clarence Zerbe died on December 29, 2001 at the age of 79. At the time of his dead he was survived by his wife of 59 yaers, Arvilla L. (Berger) Zerbe (1925-2009) and his three daughters, Rosemary (Zerbe) Ferster, Anita M. (Zerbe) Fidler and Terry Ann (Zerbe) Richardson.
His wife Arville was born on December 3, 1925. Arvilla worked as a seamstress for the former Fox-Knapp Mfg., and then as a custodian for the Bowling Alley, Pine Grove. She passed away on August 10, 2009 at the age of 83.

Clarance and Arvilla Zerbe were members of the Jacob's Lutheran Curch in Pine Grove and are burried at the Jacobs Cemetery, Pine Grove, Pennsylvania

Gravestone for Clarance and Arvilla Zerbe

Bronze military grave marker for Clarence L. Zerbe

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[1] SSN is Service Specialty Number, this is same as MOS, Military Occupational Specialty, 345 is Truck Driver, Light.

Terry Ann and Buster Richardson, daughter and son in law of Clarence Zerbe.
Anita M. Fidler, daughter of Clarence Zerbe
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