Ancestors of Leo Frank Schroeder and Lillie Mae Sulak

Leo Frank Schroeder and Lillie Mae Sulak

Husband Leo Frank Schroeder

            AKA: Leo Francis Schroeder
           Born: 30 May 1918 - Tours, McLennan County, Texas
     Christened: 31 May 1918 - St. Martin's Catholic Church, Tours, McLennan County, Texas
           Died: 11 Sep 1996 - Texarkana, Bowie, Texas, United States
         Buried: 13 Sep 1996 - Holy Cross Cemetery, Texarkana, Bowie, Texas, USA

         Father: Albert Schroeder (1886-1951)
         Mother: Anna Jupe (1889-1933)

       Marriage: 7 Feb 1942 - Camp Bowie Chapel, Brownwood, Texas


1. Baptism: 31 May 1918, St. Martin's Catholic Church, Tours, McLennan County, Texas. Godparents: John and Mary Schroeder

2. Military Service: 25 Nov 1940, Camp Bowie, Brownwood, Brown, Texas, United States. Leo joined the Texas National Guard's 36th Infantry Division and was a member of the West Medical Detachment and Surgical Technician. He participated in training and preparation: Camp Bowie, Texas; Camp Blanding, Florida; Camp Edwards, Massachusetts. He was a member of the 143rd Infantry Regiment.

He was stationed in Camp Edwards Massachuesetts until April 2, 1943 when he was tranported to North Africa for additional training. On September 9, 1943 he participated in the Salerno Invasion of Italy coming ashore on the 6th wave. From there he participated in all the battles of the 143d Infantry and 36th Divisision including San Pietro, Rapido River crossing, Monte Cassino, and Anzio breakout.

He was seriously wounded on June 4, 1944 outside of Rome.

He continued a lengthy recovery until he was discharged with a Certificate of Disability on February 23, 1945 at McClosky Veterans Medical Hospital in Temple, Texas.

Leo rose from the rank of private and achieved the rank of Sergeant Tech 4.

3. Military Award: 1943-1944, Italy. Leo received 3 bronze stars for the Italian Campaigns at Salerno, Naples-Foggia and Rome-Arno. He also received the Combat Infantryman's Badge, the European-African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, American Defense Service Ribbon, 36 Division Blue Star, two overseas service bars.

4. Military Award: Jun 1944, Rome, Italy. Awarded Purple Heart for wounds received in the breakout from Anzio. Right arm was amputated below shoulder and received wounds in left arm and leg. The wounds were the result of friendly fire while Leo was in the process of administering aid to a comrade that was felled by a sniper.

5. Newspaper Story: Headline, Jul 1944, West Newspaper, West, McLennan County, Texas.
Sgt. W. McMorrough
Sgt. Leo F. Schroeder
Wounded in Italy

For the third consecutive week two more West men, members of the Allied Forces in the European theatre of war, have been reported casualties. Thus, in the past three weeks relatives of six local men received notices from the war department.

Three weeks ago Sgt. Johnnie J. Uptmore was reported wounded in action and Staff Sgt. Edwin Koval, a former resident of West, was reported killed in action. Last week Pfc. Edward Klaus and Staff Sgt. Edwin V. Volcik were reported wounded in action. This week relatives of Sgt. Leo Schroeder and Sgt. William H. McMorrough were notified that their sons were slightly wounded in action.

Two days prior to the capture of Rome by the Allies, on June 4, Sgt. Leo F. Schroeder, son of Albert Schroeder of West, Route 2, was slightly wounded in action, a telegram from the war department relates.

In a letter to his wife, the former Miss Lillie Mae Sulak, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sylvester Sulak, Sgt. Schroeder stated that he had been shot in the right arm. He told her not to worry and expressed he would be in the states in a short time.

Like many of the other West men, Sgt. Schroeder entered the 36th Division via the West Medical Detachment. He enlisted in October, 1940, and after training in camps in Texas, Florida, Mass., North Carolina and Louisiana, was transferred to North Carolina for more advanced training and later participated in the fighting in Italy.

One brother-in-law, Bill Popp, is the only other member of the Schroeder family in the service. The others are Mrs. Joe Wolf, Mrs. Henry Heine, Mrs. Albert Heine and Mrs. Bill Popp.

6. Biography: 1996, Tours, McLennan County, Texas. Leo Francis Schroeder was born on May 30, 1918 near the little town of Tours, Texas in McLennan County. He grew up on a farm where cotton was king. He had four sisters: Mary, Louise, Agnes and Albina. He was the only son.

His mother died tragically when he was only 13 years old. She had locked bowels, and in the 1930's, medicine was still fairly primitive, and the skills of the doctors could not save her. Life was not easy after that event. His older sister, Mary Wolf and sons Joe and Floyd, lived with the Schroeders while there father was away. Joe and Floyd like to tell the story when Leo took them down to the stock tank to hunt for ducks. Leo shot a "crain" and they brought it back to fix for dinner. Leo dropped out of school in the 8th grade to work fulltime on the farm.

Besides working in cotton fields, Leo had a job in the sawmill near West. In 1940, he enlisted in the Texas National Guard, 36th Infintry Division, 143rd regiment. About this time he met his future wife, Lillie Mae Sulak on a double blind date with his cousin "Shorty" Uptmor. He was a medic in the West Medical Detachment. In November of 1941 the Guard was federalized in anticipation of the coming war. Leo went to training at Camp Bowie near Brownwood, Texas. Leo and Lillie decided to get married on Feb 7, 1942 at Camp Brownwood. Shortly after that, Leo shipped out to Camp Edwards and Massachuesetts. Lillie joined him there in the winter of 1943 and there they conceived their first child Linda. On April 2, the division shipped out to North Africa from New York. They trained in North Africa before the invasion of Italy. Leo would write letters back home assuring Lillie that he was fine.

Leo was severely wounded outside of Rome on June 4, 1944. It was determined to be friendly fire. Barely surviving his wounds, he lost his right arm. He came back to the States and received treatment at the McCloskey Veterans Hospital in Temple. Although severely handicapped, he was happy to be alive with his wife and daughter. He was in the Army until the surgeries and rehabilitation were complete. They were stationed for a while at Camp Swift in Bastrop County just outside of Austin. His first job was at Camp Mabry in Austin in 1946.

From there he heard about Red River Arsenal in Bowie County in Texarkana, and in 1946 the family moved to Wake Village, Texas and Leo took a job at Red River rebuilding carbuerators. Tragedy struck when Lillie gave premature birth to two twin sons. In 1951, David was born.

Leo loved to fish and went on many of trips to Lake Wright Patman. Leo also became a hunter of sorts running rabbits with Beagles with his best friend, Bill Currie. He was also quite card and domino player. Leo loved his family and church. He did a lot of volunteer work with the Knights of Columbus. He attended business college and got an accounting certificate.

The raveges of war and perhaps some bad genes brought an early onset of heart disease when he was only 54. He suffered several heart attacks over the years and had two heart surgeries. He had one of the first by-pass operations by the renowned surgeon, Dr. Cooley. He retired on disability, but had a full life. He loved to garden, travel, tinker about the house, and kept his workshop and tools in immaculate condition.

It was often said of him: "Leo could do more with one arm, than most people cared to do with two."

Wife Lillie Mae Sulak

            AKA: Ludmilla Amalia
           Born: 27 Aug 1920 - Penelope, Hill County, Texas
     Christened: 19 Sep 1920 - Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Penelope, Hill, Texas
           Died: 7 Nov 1997 - Wake Village, Bowie, Texas, United States
         Buried: 9 Nov 1997 - Holy Cross Cemetery, Texarkana, Bowie, Texas, USA

         Father: Sylvester August Sulak Sr. (1875-1946)
         Mother: Victoria Marie Bednar (1880-1959)


1. Education: Tyson, Hill County, Texas. Oak Valley grade school and Oak Valley high school

2. Baptism: Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Penelope, Hill, Texas. Godparents: Joseph and Marie Bezdek

3. Marriage Shower: Feb 1942, West, McLennan County, Texas. Wedding Shower Gifts for Schroeder - Sulak

Mrs. Joseph Bezdek Sr. Stepins and Hoses
Mrs. Mary Grellhesl Two Cookie Sheets
Mrs. Frank Hutyra Jr. Fruit Bowl
Mrs. John Zatopek Towels
Mrs. Frank Popp Jr. Towels and Wash Rag
Mrs. Lena Bednar Novelty Set
Mrs. Louise Heine 43 Set Dishes
Mrs. Ed Jupe Coffee Pot
Mrs. H.L. Jackson Music
Mrs. Henry H. Popp 2 Cup Towells
Mrs. Theresa Heine Dust Pan, Waste Basket
Mrs. S. A. Sulak Bed Sheets
Mrs. Jim Geritz Pillow Cases
Mrs. John D. Sulak Pillow Cases
Miss Kathryn Lowry Two Ice Box Bowls
Miss Martha L. Kucera Table Cloth
Miss Mary Hornak Salt and Pepper Set
Mrs. Frank Hornak Baking Bowls
Mrs. C.R. King Ice Box Tray
Mrs. Joe Wolf Blanket
Miss Rosie Polasek 6 glasses and Pitcher
Miss Greta Hageman Hankie
Mrs. Joe Urbish Last Supper Picture
Mrs. E.W. Kolar Fruit Bowl
Mrs. Joe Prikryl Fruit Bowl
Mrs. Joe Mashek Pillow Cases
Mrs. Wesley Sulak Dollies
Mrs. Goldberg Pillow Cases
Mrs. Joe W. Filer Towels and Wash Cloths
Mrs. Henry Popp Two Cup Towels
Mrs. John Mashek Flower Vase
Mrs. Jack Lowry Baking Dish
Mrs. Frank Jezek Two Pillow Cases
Mrs. Rudolph Sulak Baking Dish
Mrs. Herman Grimm Towel
Mrs. Ben Schroeder Two Pillow Cases

4. Baptism: 19 Sep 1920, Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Penelope, Hill, Texas. Rev. Charles Dvorak
Godparents: Joseph and Marie Bezdek

1 F Linda Louise Schroeder

           Born: 11 Aug 1943 - Waco, McLennan County, Texas
     Christened: 19 Aug 1943 - Church of the Assumption, West, McLennan County, Texas
           Died: Feb 2001 - Nash, Bowie County, Texas
         Spouse: William Murray Collins
           Marr: 22 Jan 1970 - Sacred Heart Church, Texarkana, Texas

2 M Ronald John Schroeder

           Born: 22 Nov 1947 - Wake Village, Bowie, Texas, United States
     Christened: 22 Nov 1947 - At Home
           Died: 22 Nov 1947 - Texarkana, Bowie, Texas, United States
         Buried:  - Sacred Heart Cemetery, Texarkana, Bowie County, Texas

3 M Donald Joseph Schroeder

           Born: 22 Nov 1947 - Wake Village, Bowie, Texas, United States
     Christened: 22 Nov 1947 - At Home
           Died: 22 Nov 1947 - Texarkana, Bowie, Texas, United States
         Buried:  - Sacred Heart Cemetery, Texarkana, Bowie County, Texas

4 M David William Schroeder (details suppressed for this person)

         Spouse: Nancy Elizabeth Lawler (living)

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