Librarian helps search for soldier’s family
Jennifer Reyna of the Florence County Library’s South Carolina Room helped answer some questions about a World War II medal. A couple of months ago, Jennifer received a call from a lady in Washington, D.C. who found a Purple Heart Medal while sorting through a Good Will donation. The medal belonged to Second Lt. Robert Ogden Sanders Entzminger. The lady who found it searched his name and discovered he was buried in the Florence National Cemetery.
After Jennifer was contacted, she did some research and found Entzminger’s obituary which listed names of surviving family. She also found an announcement which ran in The State newspaper in March of 1945. It reported that Lt. Entzminger, 22, died on March 7, 1945 from wounds received in action in Belgium. He entered service in June 1943 and went overseas in November 1943. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. R.S. Entzminger of Hartsville.
He graduated from Hartsville High School in 1939 and North Georgia Junior College at Dahlongea, Ga. When he entered service, he had completed two years at Clemson. Jennifer tried locating and contacting family members by phone and by letters. but received no response. One of the relatives, a great nephew lived in the Virginia area which might explain how the medal ended up in a Good Will donation in Washington, she said.
The lady who found the medal learned that Clemson University has a fallen alumni program and she decided to send them the medal since no family could be located. Jennifer said she was touched that the medal was found among a lot of castaways and that someone took the time to try to return it.