Herman J. Doseck was from Allen County, Lima, date of birth Sept. 23, 1922, induction Sept. 30, 1943, at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana. Service number 35-229-159. Next in the US he was shipped to Camp Harrahan, New Orleans, Louisiana, a camp in Mississippi and a camp in Pennsylvania where he was shipped overseas May 21, 1944. Destination England, Rhineland, Central Europe, Foreign Service. One year, eight months, six days. His military specialty was Car Mechanic Railway 048. Battles and campaigns GO33-40WD45. Decorations and Citations were European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with two Bronze Stars, Sharpshooters’s Badge 43, World War II Victory Medal. His honorable discharge was Jan. 7, 1946. His separation was Jan. 30, 1946, at Indiantown Gap Military Reserve, Pennsylvania.
When Herman entered the service, he was the husband of Faye Marriott Doseck, me. Both of us were 21 years of age. Our first son, Jim, was born Dec. 18, 1944, in Lima. He was 13 months when his dad met him.
Herman returned to his former employer, Lima Locomotive Works, and continued working there for 38 ½ total years. We bought a home in Bath Township in 1947 and lived there for 22 years. We had two more children and all three, Jim, Carole and Tom, attended Bath schools and graduated from high school.
Herman was a hard worker. He missed very few days of work and was never without a job! I know he was a good soldier! The service matured him. For a few years, he had nightmares and the kids learned early on never to try to scare him in fun.
In 1969, we moved to another home in West Lima. After Herman retired, we spent our winters in Bradenton, Florida. We had a backyard full of fruit trees that produced the most delicious fruit due to Herman’s daily care from 1980 to 1988. He loved Florida, and so did I.
Herman died Feb. 6, 1988. Our son, Jim, died in June 2014. I’m still living in Lima, now at 94 years of age.