Showing posts from June, 2017

Delbert K. Sandt

Seventy three years ago on this day, Mount Ephraim resident, Corporal Delbert Kirk Sandt perished while serving his country during World War II. He was born on June 2, 1922 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to parents Luther and Agnes Sandt. Delbert's family originally lived in Reading, Pennsylvania.  After their infant son Howard passed away at the age of 5 months in January 1907, Luther and Agnes moved to 2133 N. Dover Street in the Strawberry Mansion section of Philadelphia. In November 1910, Russell Calvin Sandt was born and in December 1915, a daughter, Thelma Elaine was born in Camden, NJ. The family was living at 328 Warren Avenue in Camden.  Tragically, Thelma died at only 2 months of age from pneumonia.  By 1920 the Sandts had moved back to Philadelphia at 2526 N. Bancroft Street in Philadelphia.  Delbert's younger brother, Walter Elmer was born in December 1923.  Some time before 1928, the Sandts had moved to 2502 43rd Street in Pennsauken, NJ.   Luther had suffered for …

D-Day Remembered

To mark the 73rd anniversary of the Invasion of Normandy, I wish to remember 4 servicemen from Mount Ephraim who participated in D-Day.  

Sergeant Joseph Kelly was the radio operator aboard a C-47 aircraft that transported paratroopers into France in the early morning of June 6.  "It was the greatest show on earth and I am certainly glad to say I was on it.  We dropped our troops and supplies right on the bullseye amid all the flak that was being thrown at us."  Kelly, a 1942 Audubon High School alumni, lived at 722 Gaskill Avenue. He enlisted in the Army after graduation and was sent to radio school in Chicago.  Kelly was assigned to a troop carrier unit at Maxton, NC., where he was stationed for several months before heading to England in early 1943. 

Corporal William H. Munro Jr. was a paratrooper who saw 37 days of action in France. He injured his knee upon landing deep into enemy territory on D-Day.  His regiment was scattered and Munro was listed as MIA for 9 days.  Of 1…