Harold W. Bulow, 99, of Mount Joy and last known survivor of the Malmedy massacre, died Tuesday May 17, 2022. Born in Millersburg, PA, he was the son of the late Jacob N. and Mary A. (Reisch ) surge. Harold was the husband of the late Vera (Waller) Billow, who died on November 28, 2008. Harold is survived by a son, Gary A. Billow, husband of Cheryl (Cox) Billow of Mount Joy; three grandchildren, Chad Hohenwarter, husband of Nikki of Lancaster, Gwen Wagner, wife of Chris of Mount Joy, and Joel Bulow of Elizabethtown; and great-granddaughter Emily Hohenwarter. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Kathleen Hohenwarter; two brothers, Carl and Levi Bülow; and a sister, Eleanor Bulow.
Harold moved to Mount Joy in 1928 and lived here all his life. He worked in the former crate factory until he was drafted into the US Army in 1943. Harold retired from the former AMP, Inc. in 1985 after 34 years of service. He was a dedicated member and trustee of Trinity EC Church of Mount Joy, lifetime member of VFW Post 5752, Mount Joy, American Legion Post 185, Mount Joy, Fire Department Mount Joy and member of American Legion Post 466, Marietta, as well as a member the veterans of the Ardennes offensive.
During World War II he was drafted into the United States Army in 1943. He trained as a “Flash and Sound” technician at Camp Gruber, Oklahoma and Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and was later attached to Battery B of the 285th Field Artillery Observer Battalion. In August 1944 he shipped overseas and landed at Omaha Beach.
The story of his heroism during the last German offensive in the Battle of the Bulge on December 16, 1944 is legendary. The next day there was 20 centimeters of snow on the ground and the temperature was 20 degrees. Harold was among 120 American soldiers captured by SS Waffen under the command of Colonel Joachim Peiper. Instead of transferring the soldiers to a POW camp, they were lined up and the Waffen SS opened fire; over 80 died, but Harold fell and remained prone. As the German commando shot the survivors, he heard another soldier yell, “Let’s get the hell out of here.” Harold got up and ran to a nearby house. Realizing that this was not a safe haven, he went to the hedgerows and ran from hedgerow to hedgerow under enemy fire until he encountered the US 30th Armored Division arriving in the area. Harold Bülow was the last known survivor of the Malmedy massacre.
A memorial service to honor Harold’s life will be held on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at the Florin Church of the Brethren, 815 Bruce Avenue, Mount Joy, PA 17552. Family and friends will be honored on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Sheetz Funeral Home, Inc., 16 East Main Street, Mount Joy and on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at received by the church. Burial will be on Thursday, May 26, 2022 at 9:30 a.m. at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. To participate in a formal procession honoring Harold’s life and ministry, we meet at the former Mount Joy Pool parking lot, 201 Fairview St., Mount Joy, PA. The procession will leave promptly at 8:00 a.m.
Memorial donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Trinity EC Church, 100 New Haven St., Mount Joy, PA 17552 or Fire Department Mount Joy, 111 New Haven St., Mount Joy, PA 17552. please visit www.sheetzfuneralhome.com