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Military Service Leads

To New Brother-in-Law
The Fighting
Luecke Family
By Monte Miller | Missourian Staff Writer

East of New Haven, near Boeuf operated the filling station and wa-
Creek, stands the crumbling re- tering hole until 1974.
mains of a Texaco station where the Wilbert Luecke served with the
Luecke brothers posed for a photo Army in the Pacific Theater, Jack
while three of them were home on was in Europe and Felix stayed
leave during World War II. stateside and served with the Army The brothers were all home at When Charlie met Jack they
The Luecke family owned and Air Corps in Miami Beach, Fla. the same time visiting their par- became friends and over the
ents and older brother Rudy, who next three years they served in
was already married and had Bronze Star campaigns in central
children when the war broke out. Europe, including Normandy,
Jack and Charlie Northern France, Rhineland and
While serving in the medical Ardennes.
corps and driving ambulances Bronze Service Star campaigns
Jack Luecke met Charlie Grech. do not indicate that a Bronze
Grech, came to the United Star for Valor was earned by the
States in 1926 at the age of 6 soldier.
from the small Mediterranean Instead they mean that the sol-
country of Malta, between Sicily dier was physically present in the
and North Africa. location of combat with his unit
The family settled in Wayne during the Bronze Service Star
County, Mich., and Charlie en- campaign. According to his Army
tered the service just weeks after discharge papers, Charlie “Drove
Pearl Harbor at the age of 21 in ambulance days and nights over
January 1942. all types of terrain in the Unit-

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