Pfc. Keith Des Ermia fought as a replacement soldier in Gen. George Patton’s 3rd Army in Europe during World War II for only 28 days before he was severely wounded by shrapnel from a German 88 mm flak gun. He spent the next eight months recovering from his war wounds in hospitals in England and the United States.
The 20-year-old rifleman, now an Englewood resident, served in B Company, 302 Infantry Regiment, 94th Division of the 3rd Army.
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