Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 5, Number 3, September, 1995 Page: 141
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Supreme Sacrifice: Colorado County's World War /I Dead
Flight Officer Jerrald Preston Evoritt
Died March 13, 1945
Jerrald P. Evoritt, known to his friends as Jerry, was the son of C. E. Evoritt.
He graduated from Eagle Lake High School in 1940, and had attended the University of
Texas for two and one-half years when he volunteered for the army on January 31, 1943.
After being trained in the air corps, he was sent to England.70
Evoritt attained the rank of flight officer and served with an advanced tactical
air fighter base in France. He was the pilot of a P-47 Thunderbolt fighter plane in the
"Orange Tail" Squadron, which provided air support to the U. S. Seventh Army as it
moved through France and into Germany. Evoritt's duties were to strafe and bomb ahead
of ground troops. He had flown 70 combat missions, been cited for shooting down three
German Messerschmitt ME-109s, and been awarded the Air Medal with 15 clusters. In
March 1945, this distinguished pilot was reported missing in action over German soil.
Later, it was confirmed that he had been killed at 5:15 p. m. on March 13, 1945 near
his target, Hiebroon in Germany.71
More information was provided by the chaplain who conducted the service
for Evoritt's burial in Germany. He related that Evoritt had been strafing traffic on a main
road in southwest Germany when he was shot down by anti-aircraft fire. German
civilians recovered his body and buried him in a small local cemetery. The remains were
later moved to a regular U. S. military cemetery in Europe. Colonel James Tipton lauded
Evoritt, stating that he had had a remarkable ability to see enemy targets through
camouflage, an ability that led to his nickname, "Radar Eyes." He was survived by a
brother, C. E. Evoritt, Jr., and sister, Marjorie.72
Pvt. Reinhardt H. Breithaupt
May 3, 1913 - March 23, 1945
Reinhardt H. Breithaupt was born May 3, 1913 in Weimar, the son of William
and Frieda Wienken Breithaupt. He grew up in the Wildwood community, north of
Weimar. Breithaupt's very large family included eight sisters, Frieda Mrazek, Meta Koym,
Elenora Taylor, Henrietta Stech, Hilda Brandt, Phala Fuller, Olga Kosler, Viola Breithaupt,
and three brothers William Jr., Emil, and Private Ewald Breithaupt, all of whom survived
him. He entered the army on February 27, 1942, and was sent overseas in December
1943. Assigned to a signal battalion, Breithaupt was reported killed in action in Germany
on March 23, 1945. His father received the report on April 6. At the age of almost thirty-
two, Breithaupt was one of the older casualties from the county. Rev. Christian Emigholz
conducted a memorial service for Breithaupt on April 15, at the Evangelical Lutheran
70 Eagle Lake Headlight, September 15, 1944.
71 Eagle Lake Headlight, April 6, 1945, May 11, 1945.
72 Eagle Lake Headlight, May 18, 1945, May 25, 1945, June 15, 1945. Additional information was
obtained from interviews with Marjorie Evoritt, Jerrald's sister, and Betty Evoritt, the wife of Jerrald's brother,
C. E. Evoritt, Jr.
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