Name: Ivan Vernon NietzRank: Private First ClassService Number: 32589975Service: 417th Infantry Regiment,76th Infantry Division, US ArmyAwards:Purple HeartDate of Birth: September 25, 1921Place of Birth: Yarmouth Co., Nova Scotia Date of Enlistment:UnknownPlace of Enlistment:UnknownAddress at Enlistment:New JerseyAge at Enlistment:UnknownHeight:5 feet, 5 inchesComplexion:LightNext of Kin:Mrs. Fred Nietz (mother)Religion:ProtestantDate of Death:March 5, 1945Age:23Cemetery: Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial, Luxembourg Grave: Plot D, Row 4, Grave 25Ivan Vernon Nietz was the son of Frederick William Nietz (1896-1966) and Hilda Vaughn (Sherman) Nietz (1896–1948). His father was born in Yarmouth, Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia. (Records sometimes record the family surname as Neitz).Ivan had many siblings including Frederick ‘Fred’ George Nietz (1918–2004), Hilda Muriel (Nietz) Raupp (1919–2013), Mabel Irene (Nietz) Vandermark (1923–2005), Joyce Laverne (Nietz) Lake (1925–2009), Allen S Nietz (1926–2005), Clyde E Nietz (1927–1984), Ruby (Nietz) Burchell, and Patty (Nietz) Moran. Ivan, his brother Fred, and his sisters Hilda Muriel and Mabel Irene were born in Nova Scotia. His other siblings were born in the United States after the family immigrated there in 1924. The family settled in Dover in Morris County, New Jersey.Ivan’s brothers served in the US Army during the Second World War. Fred served with the 101st Airborne Division in Europe and took part in the D-Day landings and Normandy Campaign. Ivan’s brother Allen served with the 27th Infantry Regiment of 25th Division. Ivan’s brother Clyde served in the US Army from February 4, 1946, until he was discharged August 3, 1947.Ivan was living in Dover, New Jersey, in 1940, on 65 Munson Avenue. He was working for the Acme Metal Products Inc. when he registered for the draft February 15, 1942 in Dover.After enlistment, Ivan served with the 417th Infantry Regiment of the 76th Infantry Division. Private First Class Ivan Vernon Nietz was killed in action March 5, 1945, somewhere between Luxembourg and Germany in the European Theatre.He was interred at the Luxembourg American Cemetery and is also memorialised at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Randolph, Morris Co., New Jersey.