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Obituaries > MOTH, HAROLD E.

Funeral services for Pfc. Harold Moth, 29, of Fyler Road, Kirkville, will be held this afternoon at his late home, Rev. Buchanan officiating. Interment will be made in Fyler Cemetery. Pfc. Moth of the U.S. Marine Corps was killed instantly Tuesday [April 3, 1945] at about 2:25 p.m. when the light truck he was driving was struck by an eastbound train at the Main street crossing in Minoa. He is one of four sons in service and arrived home Easter morning on 30 days’ convalescent leave from the United States Naval hospital at Portsmouth, Va. after serving 29 months in the South Pacific area. He had just left Scheuerman’s Hotel, near the crossing, where he had chatted for 20 minutes with Donald Peters, the proprietor, concerning the whereabouts of several Minoa friends in the service. According to witnesses, the bell at the crossing was sounding and the red signal light was against him when he drove onto the tracks. Nicholas Pallotta, crossing watchman, reported to Coroner Harry L. Gilmore that he shouted a warning as the light truck reached the tracks but Moth apparently did not hear him. Besides his parents, Pfc. Moth is survived by four brothers, Fireman 1/c Glenn Moth, and Fireman 1/c Merle Moth, both serving in the South Pacific; Mach. M. 2/c Paul Moth, who is home on leave from Florida and Reginald Moth, of Kirkville, and five sisters, Mrs. Dora Brownell, Mrs. Grace Daniels, Mrs. Florence Howard, all of Kirkville, and Mrs. Hazel Griesbach and Mrs. Erla Russell, of Syracuse.