News, October 24, 1945
PFC. PAUL E. HUFFER, JR. is Listed Among Dead
Missing in action since last March 23, Pfc. Huffer, 22 yearold
father of a six month old son he had never seen, was declared dead
Monday in a telegram received by his wife, Mrs. Betty J. Huffer,
of Union, S. C., from the War Department. He was the son of Mr.
and Mrs. Paul E. Huffer, Knoxville.
Shortly after being notified last spring that her husband was
missing in the European Theater of Operations wrote to his
commanding officer, who gave her the only information he had
concerning the infantryman's death. He wrote that Pfc. Huffer was
crossing the Rhine with Patton's Army when his boat was blown up.
The last his commanding officer saw of him he was clinging to a
bit of wreckage.
A member of the Headquarters Company, 34th Infantry, he had served
in England, France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany. He was
inducted into the Army in September, 1941, and received most of
his training at Nashville, Tenn., and Fort Jackson, S. C., before
going overseas October 12, 1944. A graduate of Brunswick High
School in 1941, he was employed as a trackman on the B and O
Railroad for a short time before his induction. He would have been
23 last August 10.
Pfc. Huffer was active in the Knoxville Methodist church and
Sunday school and was also very fond of sports, particularly
baseball and fishing.
Surviving are his parents, his wife and little son, Paul Huffer,