Ben was inducted in the US Army on January 13, 1943. On March 1, 1945, he sailed out of Boston on the USS Wakefield, a Victory Ship, bound for England. Ben became a radio operator and cryptographer, and he saw action immediately with his unit - Corporal Headquarters Company, the 38th Armored Infantry Battalion, 7th Armored division- in the Rhineland during their push into Germany. On March 17, 1945 he was wounded in the shoulder, returned to action and was taken prisoner on 15 April 1945 when his radio command post was overrun by the enemy. Ben was rescued on April 22, 1945, at Essen Menden. On August 2, 1945, Ben sailed out of LaHarve, France, on the Victory Ship Montclair, bound for home.
Ben earned the Bronze Star for Valor, Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, the Army Occupational Medal, the Combat Infantryman Badge, and an Honorable Service Lapel Button.
Ben passed away in Connellsville on May 14, 2012 at the age of 89.
An Only Son of the 381st The Life of Andy Piter, Jr. As a member of the 381st Bomb Group in World War II, Andy served his country proudly. However, 15 days before the war ended in Europe, tragedy struck the 381st as they lost 31 men on the Isle of Man and Andy was one of them. April 23rd, 1945 - a day that will live forever in the hearts of the Men of the 381st.
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Donald J. Madar - an avid family history buff who has pursued genealogy and has visited the five Slovak villages of his roots. Special interest in his great-uncle, Andy Piter, Jr., who was a member of the 381st Bomb Group and who lost his life in a B17G crash on the Isle of Man 15 days before World War II ended in Europe. Donald has researched his uncle for the last 13 years and now brings Andy's story back to life.
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