Vern Eugene Leggott
Company D 1st Battalion 22nd Infantry
4th Infantry Division
Vern E. "Gene" Leggott
was born in Elwood, Gosper County, Nebrsaska
on June 4, 1923. His religion was listed as Protestant.
Private Leggott was killed in
action in France in the area between Gonneville and Montebourg,
during the attack against Cherbourg on June 25, 1944.
The following information is taken from the Find A Grave website:
Bulletin" [Elwood, Gosper Co., NE], Thursday, 3 Aug 1944:
Pvt. Vern G. Leggott Reported
Missing in Action in France
Pvt. Vern G. Leggott, 21, has been reported missing in action on the battlefields of France since June 25,
according to a telegram received last Thursday by his wife from the war department. Pvt. Leggott was
a machine gunner in Company D in the infantry.
Pvt. Leggott reported for military service to Fort Leavenworth October 24, 1943, and was assigned to Camp Blanding,
Florida, for training. He remained there until March 1, when he came to Elwood on a furlough.
He reported for duty to Fort Mead(e), Md., on March 17 and was transferred
to Camp Shanks, N.Y. Pvt. Leggott arrived in England for overseas duty the last of April.
Pvt. Leggott is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Leggott. He attended the local schools and graduated with the senior class in 1941. While Pvt.
Leggott was in training at Camp Blanding, Mrs. Leggott spent several weeks with him and returned to Elwood with him at the time of his
furlough. Since he reported for duty to Fort Mead, Mrs. Leggott has made her home with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Salisbury. The last
letter Mrs. Leggott received from her husband was dated June 18.
"The Elwood Bulletin" [Elwood, Gosper Co., NE], Thursday, 7 Sep 1944:
Pvt. Vern G. Leggott Killed
In Action in France June 25
Pvt. Vern G. Leggott, 21, previously reported missing in action in the Normandy battle sector in France on June 25,
was killed in action, according to a telegram received yesterday by his wife, Beth Salisbury Leggott.
Pvt. Leggott was a machine gunner in Co. D in the infantry.
Pvt. Leggott entered the service at Fort Leavenworth, Kans., Oct. 24, 1943, and arrived in England for overseas duty
last April. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Leggott.
"Sunday Journal and Star" [Lincoln, Lancaster Co., NE], Sunday, 27 Jun 1948, p. 2A:
Bodies of 33 Nebraskans who lost their lives in Europe during World war II are being returned aboard the transport Greenville Victory.
The vessel will dock in New York, with date of arrival to be announced . . . .
They and their next of kind as listed by the army department are: . . . Pvt. Vern E. Leggott, Ed Leggott, Elwood.
Vern Leggott was laid to rest in Elwood Cemetery 14 Jul 1948, more than four years after his death.
Vern E. Leggott was buried in
the temporary U.S. Military Cemetery,
Sainte Mere-Eglise #2 at Carentan, France and some time later
his remains were returned to the United States where he was
reinterred in Nebraska on July 14, 1948.
Grave marker for Vern E. Leggott
Photo by Tracy Lichtenwalter from the Find A Grave website
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