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Petros (Peter) Loizides

Died in the service of our country
Branch of Service: Army
Hometown: 7 West Main St.
Bergenfield
Date of birth: Born in Greece on October 28, 1924
Years served: Entered February 5, 1943
Rank: Sergeant
Date of casualty: January 3, 1945
Place of casualty: Meisenthal, France
Dedication: Petros Loizides Park, Bergenfield
Medals:
U.S. Army, 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division.

He won the Distinguished Servrice Cross, the nation's second highest combat decoration.
By 1944, he had collected a Silver Star, a Bronze star and a Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster.


Other webpages:
Overseas American Cemeteries
National Archive
National Purple Heart Archive
Petros (Peter) Loizides - Find A Grave


About Petros (Peter): Stars and Stripes, the army services newspaper began calling him "Two Gun Pete" because he packed a .45 caliber pistol and a machine gun. But in early 1945, a telegram arrived at his home. His sister Katherine Loizides Limperis age 7 had to read to her mother who could not read English.

It said, "Two Gun Pete" had been killed in Germany on January 3, 1945.
He was 21 years old.

This was the citation award letter which he posthumously receive.

"Peter Loizides, Sergeant, Infantry, Company K, 179th Infantry Regiment, for extraordinary heroism in action on 3 January 1945, near Wingen, France. During a strong enemy attack, one of Sergeant Loizides' machine gunners was wounded and the gun silenced. Sergeant Loizides moved forward to man the gun himself and, though knocked to the ground twice by intense enemy fire and seriously wounded each time, he succeeded in reaching the gun and delivered accurate and continuous fire which held off the attackers and silenced one enemy machine gun. At this point his own weapon jammed. Sergeant Loizides, although suffering from severe wounds, attempted to eliminate the stoppage but was killed while so engaged. His accurate and surprising fire, from a gun thought to be silenced, inflicted heavy casualties on the enemy and materially assisted in the successful defense of his company's sector."

He is buried in the Lorraine American Cemetery in St. Avold, France.
Plot B, Row 26, grave 37
Additional information: ID: 32793347

Buried at: Lorraine American Cemetery
Location: St. Avold (Moselle), France
Plot: B Row: 26 Grave: 37

Find A Grave Memorial# 56657720

Petros Loizidies
Peter C Loizides - Cemetery
Cemetery
Petros Loizidies - National Archives


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