Leslie A. Holtzapfel

Branch: ARMY
Service Number: 32751123
Rank: Private
Unit: 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional), 2nd Battalion, Company “G”

Leslie A. Holtzapfel was born on January 3, 1923 to parents Albert Jacob Holtzapfel and Ethel May (Brown) Holtzapfel in their home at 3119 East Ironsides Road in the Fairview section of Camden, NJ. Albert was employed as a telegraph operator for the Postal Telegraph Company and Ethel took care of the housekeeping as well as the couple’s children. Leslie had older siblings; Hazel May, born in April 1912, Albert Charles or “Bud,” was born in February 1919, and Edith in September 1920. Two more brothers came along after Leslie. John Armstrong or “Jack” was born in July 1925 and David, born in October 1927, but sadly died from heart disease at only 3 days old.

Tragedy would strike the Holtzapfel Family once again on February 6, 1931. Roland W. Taylor of Camden was driving his vehicle along Kendall Boulevard in Oaklyn while intoxicated with two passengers; Ms. Alice…

James A. Busey

Service Number: 520257
Rank: Fireman 1st Class
Assignment: USS Leopold (DE-319)
James Arthur Busey was born on October 21, 1921 in Seabrook, Maryland to parents Samuel Arthur “Bubba” Busey and Zelah Catherine (Lauer) “Celie” Busey. James had a younger sister, Elizabeth who was born in the fall of 1925. According to a 1925 directory, the Buseys were living at 1144 Fifth Street NE in Washington D.C. and the 1930 Census, shows them living at 513 G. Street Northeast in Washington D.C. James was a parishioner of the Saint Francis Xavier Church and attended Holy Name parochial grade school from September, 1928 to June, 1936. The principal there stated he was an average to poor student.  This assessment could have certainly been a reflection of life at home. It was during this period that James’s parents had separated. Samuel was a machinist by trade and worked at the Washington D.C. Navy Yard. By 1935, Samuel was living at 1930 18th Street Northwest. James attended …