724 Railway Operating Battalion: Drive by celebrates Souderton resident Mark Limbert's 101st birthday

SOUDERTON — As neighbors and family members came out to join in the celebration, Souderton, Telford and Franconia police vehicles led the way for other vehicles taking part in the June 6 drive-by celebration of Highland Avenue resident Mark Limbert's 101st birthday.

Limbert, a veteran of World War II and the Korean War, volunteered for military duty in April of 1941, eight months before Pearl Harbor. “On April 6th 1943, Mark traveled from Fort Benning Georgia to Washington D.C.

He was commissioned a 1st lieutenant in the morning and married Dorothy in the afternoon, they spent the night together and then went their separate ways. Mark and Dorothy were married for 73 years until her passing in June 2016,” daughter-in-law Nancy Frei wrote in information about Limbert's military service. “Mark then shipped out to England then on to France where he was assigned to the shipping supplies to the front and wounded back.

The 724th drove the first train into Paris after liberation,” she wrote. Limbert was released from military duty on February 1, 1946 and settled into life in Souderton, she wrote. On September 14, 1950, he was called back into service and sent to Korea where he served in the Adjutant General's office, she wrote. “Mark was released from his Army duty at Ft. Indiantown Gap on June 7th 1952,” Frei wrote. “Records indicate he was given $576.70 upon separation.”