Service Number: 32751123
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…