Francis Aloysius Bloom

Military Home Birth, childhood, and adolescence Army basic training Now a paratrooper To Italy Southern France Belgium After death

This web site is dedicated to the memory of Frank Bloom. Frank served in the United States Army during World War II and was killed at age 25 in early 1945 in Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge. Many photographs, his diary, and many of his letters sent home to his parents have been retained by family members; most of this web site consists of these documents. Information is also gratefully taken from The Devil's Bodyguard, a superb book about Frank's friend Duff Mattson, written by Jim Phillips and printed in 1986 by Phillips Publications.

Bold print on these pages indicates that the text is from Frank's diary. Italicized print on these pages indicates that the text is from letter written home by Frank. Standard print (such as this) indicates editorial information or information from other sources.

Frank was my  uncle who died over 12 years before my birth. My father, Charles (Bunk), is Frank's only surviving sibling.

Many thanks to cousin Pam for typing Frank's diary and letters. Her effort has made this web site possible.