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Kenneth D. Brallier, 86, of Elma, who drove an ambulance during World War II and was a retired postal clerk, died Sunday (Oct. 21, 2001) in Mercy Hospital after a long illness.

Brallier used to tell about his days in the Army, driving an ambulance through the mountains of Italy. At night, they were required to drive without lights so they wouldn't be noticed by the enemy, and one night he pulled over to sleep and awoke the next morning to find he was three feet from the edge of a cliff, recalled his son, Kenneth W. of Elma. Brallier received the Purple Heart.

A native of Hollsopple, Pa., Brallier worked at the post office in Johnstown, Pa., from 1949 to 1972. He moved to Elma about three years ago from Florida.

He enjoyed fishing and was an expert chess player. He also enjoyed playing poker.

Surviving, in addition to his son, are his wife of 58 years, Geraldine Deffenbaugh Brallier; a sister, Flossie Baca of San Jose, Calif.; a brother, Jack of Johnstown; and a granddaughter.

Private services will be held in Johnstown. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Johnstown.


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