Marine Pfc. Edward T. Luedtke, 20-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. William H. Luedtke, of 826 North Mason, was killed in action [July 21, 1944] in the Central Pacific, his parents have been notified by the War Department. The date and place of his death were not reported, but it is presumed he was killed in the conquest of Saipan. He had been overseas since July, 1943, and saw service on Guadalcanal and Tarawa. The last letter received from him was dated July 16.
He was born here Dec. 13, 1923, and was graduated from Arthur Hill Trade School in 1941. He left the employ of Baker Perkins to join the Marine Corps Dec. 14, 1942. He trained at San Diego, Calif., with specialized [Raider] instruction at Camp Pendleton, Calif. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church. Besides his parents, he leaves a sister, Betty, at home. His fiancé was Miss Ruth Schultz of Saginaw.