John H Berger

BirthSept. 8, 1844
DeathJuly 22, 1934
CemeteryForest Lawn (Omaha)
PostCrook (Omaha)
Unit75th Illinois Infantry, Company A

Private John H Berger

Company A, 75th Illinois Infantry

Veteran Reserve Corps (VRC)

Berger (also spelled Burgher) was born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania on September 8, 1844. He was residing in Palmyra (Lee County), Illinois when he enlisted in the 75th Illinois Infantry on August 11, 1862. He was mustered on September 2, 1862 and served a little over 9 months. Berger was transferred to the Veteran Reserve Corps (VRC) on June 15, 1863. The VRC was established for soldiers that had been wounded, injured, or were suffering from illness. The soldiers were assigned to light duty which freed up able-bodied soldiers for front-line duty. One source indicated that Berger served with the VRC until August of 1865.

Berger died on July 22, 1934 at the age of 89 years. He is buried in the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Omaha (Douglas County), Nebraska. Berger was a member of the Sheridan Post (#262) of the Grand Army of the Repubic in Omaha.

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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.