551st Parachute Infantry Battalion Lt. Col Wood Joerg's Final Prayer

Lt Col Wood Joerg, USMA 1937
October 3, 1914 - January 7, 1945

This prayer was reported to have been found on Lt. Col. Joerg's body when he died:

Oh God, Commander of all men, We stand before thee asking for thy help in execution of the many tasks which confront us. Give us strength, courage daring, intelligence and devotion to duty, so that we may from day to day perfect ourselves as fighting men-so that some day, in some foreign land - we may by our fighting ability, bring glory to ourselves, our country and thee. And Oh God, if the price we must pay for etenral freedom of man great, give us strength so that we will not hesitate to sacrifice ourselves for a cause so sacred. All of this we ask in thy name.


On February 14, 2009 LTC Joerg's widow passed away. Reprinted below is the obitiuary from Southeast Volusia County The Observer newspaper:

Ethel Bruce Holmgreen Joerg Ethel Bruce Holmgreen Joerg, 91, Tifton, Ga., died Feb. 14, following a sudden illness.
Born on September 11, 1917 in San Antonio, Texas, she was a graduate of Alamo Heights High School and Baylor University.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Herbert Howard Holmgreen, Jr. and her first husband and father of her daughters, Lt. Col. Wood Guice Joerg, to whom she was married from 1939 until his death during WW II in The Battle of the Bulge in January of 1945. Mrs. Joerg married Lt. Col. Joerg&8217;s cousin, John Bratton Joerg in 1947, and they were married for over 50 years until his death in 1999. They had lived in Orlando and New Smyrna Beach, Florida for most of their married life. Mrs. Joerg had resided in Tifton for the past 10 years. She is survived by two daughters and one son-in-law, Charlotte Elizabeth Joerg Sauget of Tifton and Susette Wood Joerg Wilson and Rex Bowman Wilson, Sr. of Chula; her grandchildren, Heidi and Don Ream of Macon and Bo and Natalie Wilson of Atlanta; and two great-grandchildren, Rex Wilson and John Wilson both of Atlanta. Albritton-Beaumont Funeral Directors, Tifton, Ga., was in charge of arrangements.




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