Diemer, Forrest Wayne, S/Sgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Adjutant General Corps
Last Primary MOS
AAF 503-Administrative Noncommissioned Officer
Last MOS Group
Adjutant General (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1942-1945, AAF 503, 154th Observation Squadron
Service Years
1941 - 1945

Staff Sergeant

One Service Stripe

Five Overseas Service Bars

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Home Town
Little Rock
Last Address
Winston-Salem, NC

Date of Passing
Mar 03, 2007
Location of Interment
Salem Cemetery - Winston-Salem, North Carolina
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Honorably Discharged WW II

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Last Known Activity
Forrest W. Diemer, formerly of Buckingham Road and Hanover Arms, Winston-Salem, passed away on Thursday evening, March 2, 2006. Mr. Diemer was born Aug. 22, 1915, in Little Rock, Ark., to Viola Haven and Edward Louis Diemer Sr. After graduation from high school, he was employed by Fones Brothers Wholesale where he became assistant manager of the furniture department. In 1940, he enlisted in the 154th Observation Squadron of the Arkansas National Guard. The Squadron was activated in September of that same year. After two years of training at various Army Air Corps bases within the U.S., Staff Sergeant Diemer was shipped overseas aboard the Queen Mary. On Nov. 8, 1942, the 154th landed at Oran, Algeria, participating in the invasion of North Africa. Later, when Allied Forces invaded Italy, the squadron was moved to Bari, becoming the 154th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron. Mr. Diemer had a distinguished military record serving in 10 separate campaigns. When World War II was over, Mr. Diemer moved to Winston-Salem to marry. He worked for his father-in-law, John Lewis Reich, at Carolina Garage Inc. on Waughtown Street. He began his career selling Mack Trucks and became vice president of the company. He also helped to start a second company, Salem Leasing, and became its president. Mr. Diemer was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church for over 60 years where he was involved in various church activities and served as an usher on Sundays. He belonged to Forsyth Country Club, the Rotary Club, the Lions Club and other community groups. He is survived by his three children; Annette of Charlotte, John and wife, Sandra, of Winston-Salem and Haven of Malabar, Fla.; two grandchildren, Daphne and Valentine, also of Malabar; and a sister, Mary, of Little Rock, Ark. He is also survived by three nieces; Eloise, Sharon and Paula; a nephew, Mark; and their children. He was preceded in death by two brothers; and four sisters. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 6, at Vogler's Main Street Chapel. Burial will follow at Salem Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 to 4 p.m. today, March 5, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice and Palliative CareCenter, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103, or DAV Memorial Program, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301. (Vogler's Main St. Chapel)

Published in Winston-Salem Journal from March 4 to March 5, 2006
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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1941, Basic Training Waived (ARNG Pre WWII), 1
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
USAAF 15th Army Air Force154th Observation Squadron
  1942-1945, AAF 503, USAAF 15th Army Air Force
  1942-1945, AAF 503, 154th Observation Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Algeria-French Morocco Campaign (1942)/Operation Torch
  1942-1943 Tunisia Campaign (1942-43)
  1943-1943 Tunisia Campaign (1942-43)/Operation Flax
  1943-1943 Sicily Campaign (1943)
  1943-1943 Naples-Foggia Campaign (1943-44)
  1944-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
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