Paul M. Hofmann graduated from Sutton High School in the spring of 1942 where he was an impressive student and representative of the school and the community.
Hofmann held three minor offices in the Future Farmers of America of Nebraska before being elected president of the state organization for 1942-1943. He was selected to Boys’ State and was a winner of a prestigious Union Pacific scholarship. He was the state’s representative at the National Youth Foundation Camp at Shelby, Michigan for the F. F. A.
|Paul M. Hofmann - February 3, 1924 - December 15, 1944|
He headed off to the University of Nebraska Agricultural College where he was a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity and was active in campus activities. He signed up for officers’ training with the campus ROTC program but was inducted into the armed forces on March 27, 1943 at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
During Hofmann’s early army training he was selected to attend a cadet program at the University of Indiana and the University of Cincinnati but that program was discontinued. He was soon at Camp Campbell, Kentucky driving tanks.
He was assigned to the Third Army where he was believed to have been with Patton’s tank corps at Bastogone, France. His letters home indicated he had been in Marseilles, Lyon and Dijon France before his tank unit became engaged in action on the western front.
Private First Class Paul Hofmann, son of Mr. and Mrs. Karl F. Hofmann, became the tenth of Sutton’s sons to give his life in World War II when he was killed in action on December 15, 1944 at the age of 20.