Acts of Valor

The Trodlier story was emblematic of so many Jewish families settling in San Antonio. Nathan Trodlier was born in Russa and migrated to the US in 1910; Meeting Minnie Heifetz in New York in 1919, they moved to San Antonio and married here. He then brought his mother, two sisters and a brother to America. “Nathan was the beloved father of three children,” the Books of Reminiscence tell us, “Zona Weiss and husband Henry; Harry Trodlier and wife Dorothy; and Bill Trodlier a Lt. in the United States Army, who gave his life so that we may be free.” Like so many in San Antonio, Bill and his siblings attended Thomas Jefferson High School; Bill was class of 1941 and enrolled in Texas A&M, enlisting in the US Army at the same time. In winter 1945, he was awarded a degree in Mechanical Engineering and received his officers’ commission. Jewish Servicemen were more likely to fight the War in the Pacific; by Spring ’45, Europe’s war was winding down. Dispatched to Luzon, in the Philippines, Bill was described as “An inspiring leader and an outstanding soldier. His tireless devotion to duty and great loyalty to his comrades won him the respect and admiration of all who knew him. “His cool fearlessness and conspicuous gallantry in action against the enemy left no doubt in the minds of his men that he was their leader who could be depended upon implicity, even under the most trying circumstances.