Leon C. Weiser (# 33368569)

Place of Birth
Date of Birth

Bowers, Pennsylvania
April 13, 1922
Technician 3rd Grade (T/3)

HQ and HQ Company
83rd Infantry
Combat Infantryman's Badge, Bronze Star Medal (GO #132), Purple Heart Medal, American Defense Service Medal, American Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal, European African Middle-Eastern Campaign Medal with three Bronze Stars (for Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe campaigns).

Leon C. Weiser was born on April 13, 1922 in Bowers, Berks County, Pennsylvania and raised there as the son of the late George W. Weiser (1895-1923), and Sadie E. (Schearer/Weiser) Wickert (1896-1980).
His father George W. Weiser served in World War One with the AEF in Europe. He died in May 1923 and left a widow with the just one year old Leon en his four years old sister Alma. After the second marriage of his mother, Leon was raised as the stepson of Marcus E. Wickert.

Leon Charles Weiser lived in Kutztown, Pennsylvania when he enlisted the service (#33368569) on October 2, 1942 at Allentown, Pennsylvania. Prior to entering the service, he was employed at the Trexler Lumber Co. planing mill in Allentown. After basic training at Camp Atterbury, Indiana, he went to Camp Breckinridge, Kentucky where he continued his training. In preparation for its overseas deployment, the 83rd Division departed for Camp Shanks in March, 1944, then on the New York port of embarkation in April, leaving for the European Theatre of Operations (ETO). He was a T/3 with the 83rd Infantry Division from April 6, 1944 until November 13, 1945.

Top left: T/4 Weiser in front of his barracks in Camp Atterbury. Top center: Identify card whithout photo issued to T/3 Weiser as soon as he arrived in the European Theater of Operations. Above Left: Pvt. Leon Weiser seen in front of his barracks at Camp Atterbury during the cold winter months of 1942. Above Right: Leon Weiser somewhere in France, August 1944.

After the War he married Hilda E. Schlener (1927-2014) on August 19, 1950. Leon Weiser passed away peacefully in his sleep on July 28, 2015 in the residence of his godson Douglas E. Held, in Kutztown, Pennsylvania  and is buried at the Union Cemetery of Bowers, Berks County, Pennsylvania.


Leon Weiser's Collection by Douglas E. Held