March 11, 1918 (Niagara Falls, NY) – July 7, 1995 (Wallingford, CT); 77 years old
Married to Harriet Shufelt (1913-1993) on June 8, 1947 in Norwalk, CT
Local address: Richmond Hill Road and 3 Lancaster Drive, Norwalk
Enlisted on October 11, 1940 and entered service on February 10, 1941
Service number 20272342
Unit: 390th Antiaircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons
Born to Paul Steuber (1892-1982) and Alice Margaret Uline (1892-1983). One sister, Susan Ann Margaret Steuber (1922-1958).
Attended Middlebury College for two years prior to the service.
Awarded the Purple Heart Medal on General Order 15, Headquarters 390th Antiaircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion, April 23, 1945. Also received the Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Service Medal, and the European, African, Middle Eastern Theatre Campaign Ribbon with 4 service stars.
Entry in Middlebury College Catalogue. Provided by Middlebury College Special Collections.
Photos of PFC Steuber’s medals. Contributed by Peter A. Deysenroth of Cooperstown, New York.
From The Norwalk Hour July 18, 1945
PFC STEUBER GETS PURPLE HEART
Private First Class John U. Steuber, son of Mrs. Alice Steuber of Richmond Hill Road, has been awarded the Purple Heart Medal according to an official notification. PFC Steuber, 27, serving in the European area, attended Middlebury College and was assistant manager of the J.C. Newberry store before going into the service.
Story contributed by Peter Deysenroth of Cooperstown, New York via e-mail on September 27, 2021.
According to what we know, he was in a tank during WWII when an opposing army (Germans?) seized the tank somehow, opened the hatches and threw in hand grenades. Very few, if any, of the occupants survived, except my great uncle. And it was for this event that he received the Purple Heart.
Buried in Union Cemetery, 91 Ward Street, Norwalk, Connecticut. From Peter Deysenroth, grand nephew: “Hill Family Plot (there really are no section or lot numbers for this cemetery.) If you wish to find it, it is in the center of the cemetery and has a very tall obelisk in the middle of the plot. As far as I know there is no photo of their stone that she and my Aunt Harriet share.” From Charlie Williams, Union Cemetery Sexton, “John Steuber was buried in 1995 in the Ebenezer Hill plot, Avenue G plot #’s G 401-403 a very large plot. It is one of the largest plots and stones in the cemetery.“