George Messner was born on February 3, 1922 to Solomon and Jennie Dinsdale Messner who lived in Morstein, Pennsylvania, outside of West Chester. George was one of three children. George later married Margaret Thompson.
George joined the Pennsylvania National Guard, Company I, 111th Infantry, and “West Chester's Own”. The Company was activated for Active Military Duty in 1940. He trained at various camps in the states; he was stationed at Camp Pendleton, Virginia in October 1943.
George was shipped overseas to the Pacific Theater of operations in December, 1943. He was later sent to the Florida Island in the Solomon Island group (just north of Guadalcanal, and where Hero George Johnson died on August 7, 1942.)
George was wounded on October 17, 1944 in the Central Pacific area. He was hospitalized in Hawaii.
Private First Class George Messner Died Of Wounds on October 23, 1944. He was buried in a local military cemetery. He was returned to his home country in 1949. Funeral services were held on January 8, 1949. Interment was at the St. Pauls Reformed Cemetery in Uwchlan.