Francis Day Garrity

M, b. September 10, 1915, d. May 8, 1999
Father*Thomas Patrick Garrity b. 1881, d. 1975
Mother*Agnes Day b. March, 1884, d. 1962
Francis Day "Pete" Garrity
     Francis Day Garrity was born on September 10, 1915 in Bayard, Guthrie County, Iowa.1 He was the son of Thomas Patrick Garrity and Agnes Day. Francis Day Garrity married Nora Amelia Miller, daughter of Michael Miller and Nellie Thomas, on June 4, 1947 in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa. Francis Day Garrity died on May 8, 1999 in UW Medical Center, Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin, at age 83.2 He was buried in St. Joseph Cemetery, Jefferson, Greene County, Iowa.2
     He began military service from February 17, 1943 to July 21, 1945 in Jefferson, Greene County, Iowa,
Pete joined the National Guard 1in 1940. Less than three months later, on February 10, 1941, he was inducted into the army. He was shipped out to North Ireland on February 19, 1942. He was captured in North Africa a year later at the Battle of the Kasserine Pass in February of 1943. As a prisoner of war, he was transported through Italy and spent 27 months as a prisoner of war in various stalogs in Germany. Towards the end of the war, the Nazis abandoned the last camp he was in to the invading Russians. Rather than wait to be ransomed by the US givernment after the war, Pete and a number of other prisoners cut through the barbed wire and spent several days looking for the American lines. He was liberated June 11, 1945 and returned home July 25, 1945.3,4,5

Family: Francis Day Garrity and Nora Amelia Miller

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  1. [S251] St. Joseph Catholic Church, Church Records for St. Joseph Catholic Church.
  2. [S214] Find a Grave, online, (accessed 03 February 2021), memorial page for Frances Day “Pete” Garrity (10 Sep 1915–8 May 1999), Find a Grave Memorial no. 116641346, citing Saint Joseph Cemetery, Jefferson, Greene County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Bethalene (contributor 47629116).
  3. [S612] "Iowa World War II Bonus Case Files, 1947-1954."
  4. [S611] "WWII Draft Registration Cards for Iowa, 10/16/1940-03/31/1947", Record Group: Records of the Selective Service System, 147; Box: 165.
  5. [S613] "World War II Prisoners of War, 1941-1946", Records of the Office of the Provost Marshal General, 1920 - 1975; Record Group Number: 389. Pete was in a number of camps throughout the war including Stalag 3B Furstenberg Brandenburg, Prussia. (Also KDOS [USA] #1-5; ARB BTNS 225-255) 52-14).
  6. [S270] February 9, 1920 Census Record, Provo, Utah, Roll: T625_491; Page: 2B; Enumeration District: 57.
  7. [S272] April 10, 1930 Census Record, Provo, Utah, Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 0004; FHL microfilm: 2340391.
  8. [S610] April 9, 1940 Census Record, Provo, Utah, Roll: m-t0627-01162; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 37-6.