George Beysiegel Stoffregen Jr.
T/3 in 3133rd Signal Service Co
Born 1915 in GA
County of residence at enlistment: Fulton County, GA
Other residence(s): Cornelia, GA
United States Army, European Theatre of Operations
Occupation before the war: radio operators
College education before the war: Georgia Tech 3 years
George Stoffregen was born on April 21, 1915 in Rome, GA. He was the older of two children; his father was a bank cashier. The family moved to Cornelia, GA (a small town about 80 miles northeast of Atlanta) when George was a child.
He graduated from Cornelia High School and went on to study at the Georgia School of Technology (now Georgia Tech). At the time of the 1940 census (April), he was lodging with an Atlanta family and working as a repairman in a radio shop. By the time he registered for the draft, on October 16, 1940, he had gotten a job working for Fulton County. His enlistment record two years later, on September 23, 1942, said he had three years of college and was working as a radio operator for Fulton County.
By the time of his engagement to Ruth Cannon Stinespring, in December 1943, he was studying at Purdue through the Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP). (This was a program designed to meet the wartime demand for junior officers and soldiers with technical skills.) As a radio man, he found his way into the 3133 Signal Service Company, and served in Italy during the latter part of World War II.
In January, 1944 he married Ruth; they would go on to have two daughters: Mary and Sue.
He was discharged from the Army with the rank of Master SGT, and went back to Fulton County as a radio technician/engineer. A 1950 newspaper article shows him with the county's new fire trucks—fire and police radios were part of his portfolio.
George died on September 3, 2005 in Cornelia, and is buried at Yonah Memorial Gardens in Demorest, GA.
1940 draft card
1942 enlistment record
1943 article in the Atlanta Constitution (GA) announcing engagement; details on military and bio
1950 article in the Atlanta Constitution (GA) re his work as county radio technician
2005 US Veterans' Gravesites
2005 US Obituary Collection