_William WRIGHT _ _William WRIGHT _|_________________ _Roger WRIGHT _| | | _________________ | |_Sarah NOBLE ____|_________________ _Levin WRIGHT ___| | | _________________ | | _________________|_________________ | |_Elizabeth ____| | | _________________ | |_________________|_________________ _James WRIGHT _| | | _________________ | | _________________|_________________ | | _______________| | | | | _________________ | | | |_________________|_________________ | |_Mary ___________| | | _________________ | | _________________|_________________ | |_______________| | | _________________ | |_________________|_________________ | |--James WRIGHT | | _________________ | _________________|_________________ | _______________| | | | _________________ | | |_________________|_________________ | _William HARRIS _| | | | _________________ | | | _________________|_________________ | | |_______________| | | | _________________ | | |_________________|_________________ |_Sarah HARRIS _| | _________________ | _________________|_________________ | _______________| | | | _________________ | | |_________________|_________________ |_Ann ____________| | _________________ | _________________|_________________ |_______________| | _________________ |_________________|_________________
Nov 1784. Since this is less than seven months apart, I have presumed
that the data for James is late by a year.
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__ __|__ _UNKNOWN WALLISCH _| | | __ | |__|__ _John WALLISCH __| | | __ | | __|__ | |___________________| | | __ | |__|__ _John F (Heinie) WALLISCH _| | | __ | | __|__ | | ___________________| | | | | __ | | | |__|__ | |_________________| | | __ | | __|__ | |___________________| | | __ | |__|__ | |--Leo WALLISCH | | __ | __|__ | ___________________| | | | __ | | |__|__ | _UNKNOWN HAFNER _| | | | __ | | | __|__ | | |___________________| | | | __ | | |__|__ |_Martina HAFNER ___________| | __ | __|__ | ___________________| | | | __ | | |__|__ |_________________| | __ | __|__ |___________________| | __ |__|__
. Leo Wallisch was poking his bayonette into a pill box, trying to ferret out any enemy troops, when a "friendly" came up on his flank.
. "I didn't even know he was there," admits Leo, a South Bend lifer except for his time in thhe Army during World War II. "But one of my buddies sais, 'Ernie Pyle was watching to see what you were doing.'"
. Ernie Pyle?
. "I told my buddy that Ernie Pyle was over in Europe covering our guys there, not in the Pacific with us."
. But the famous World War II correspondent had switched theaters so he could give the common soldiers and sailors in the Pacific their due. On that day, both he and Leo were on the small island of Ie Jima just west of Okinowa.
. Leo was a combat engineer with the 77th Division. He ended up serving 55 months in the Army - Half of that with the horrors of war around him. He also saved three comrades when he swam out to them in choppy seas while towing a rope from shore.
. His fellow GIs liked to stay close to Leo because he had good eyes and always kept his senses.
. He would have been a good subject for Pyle.
. But not long after Pyle had peered over Leo's shoulder, the well-known journalist from Indiana was killed by a Japanese machine gunner. Pyle had been in a jeep that had taken fire and he and the other passengers dove into a nearby foxhole. He was shot in the head when he apparently raised up to get a better view.
. That was April 18, 1945.
. "I was probably only about 100 yards from where Ernie Pyle got shot, " says Leo, now 83."The word spread down the line quickly."
. Another bullet from that same Japanese machine gun delivered even more devasting news to Leo. His good friend Laszlo Saho, of Lancaster, Pa., was shot and killed just a few feet from Leo's location.
. "A bullet hole right through the temple," he says.
. "I just saw too many dead bodies, and that one really got to me," Leo adds. "Laszlo used to carry around a picture of his wife and little baby girl. You know it took me 25 years to finally write his widow. She had remarried by then and that little baby girl in the picture was also married."
. After the war, Leo went home and married too.
. As a teenager, he jumped on freight trains and travelled across the country before his mom made him finish high school at South Bend Catholic. Then, after he spent almost five years in the Army, he was ready to settle down.
. "I think my parents thought I was going to be a bachelor all my life," Leo says.
. He hadn't thought much about that while fighting in the Pacific. "I had my share of close calls, I guess you could say," he says. "I was just happy to get home."
. His mother apparently did some advance scouting for him.
. "Leo's mom was my confirmation godmother and talked about her son," Rose Wallisch says. "I still remember when he first walked through the door."
. He is still a handsome sight to her.
. They have been married 56 years now - with three daughters, six grandchildren, and seven great - grandchildren.
. Leo worked as a mail carrier for 32 years and almost never missed his rounds. He was so popular that when he retired, a crowd of 150 people - many of them on his route - came to his party to bid him good-bye and thank him for a job well done.
. Leo figures he walked almost 100,000 miles, mostly with a smile on his face.
. He now stays in shape by going to the YMCA nore days than not - rowing and lifting and riding a stationary bike. He often takes his buddy Gary Whitfield, who is on disability and needs Leo's coaxing.
. "Gary says, 'I'm tired,' and I tell him, 'I'm tired too.' Then he'll say, 'I'm hungry.' And I say, 'I'm hungry too.'"
. When Leo does eat, Rose makes sure it is the right things.
. "I will sometimes come into the kitchen and he will be putting butter on his crackers, and I have to get on him," she says.
. Rose spends hours a day in prayer. "I need to pray," she says. "And Leo needs to go to the Y."
. They have lived on LaPorte Avenue almost since they were married and go to Masses both at Holy Cross and St. Patrick churches.
. "It seems I'm going to church with Rose all the time," he says.
. He doesn't mind. He sometimes sits there and thinks back to his Army days and the many men with whom he served.
. He also thinks back to the day when Ernie Pyle and Laszlo Saho were shot.
. "I don't beleive in war," he says. "No, not at all. I've seen too much dying."
. Since surviving World War II, living life - and living it well - has always been his plan.
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She was taken prisoner by the Welsh, who killed her husband, RICHARD,
in battle in 1136. She was rescued by MILES OF GLOUCESTER (RIN 1005).