Otis Luomala was born in the Town of Barnstable, Massachusetts in 1917. He resided in the village of West Barnstable. During his years at Barnstable High School, he was noted for his athletic abilities. Luomala participated in football, basketball, baseball, track, volleyball, and tennis. In 1934, he was chosen by the Cape Cod Times as an “All Cape” athlete in track and basketball. Luomala was also an avid member of the high school’s glee club. He graduated in 1935. In 2011, Luomala was inducted into the Barnstable High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Today, there is an Otis Luomala award given to outstanding athletes. At the age of twenty-seven, Luomala was drafted into the United States Army to serve with the 253rd Infantry Regiment, 63rd Infantry Division. On Wednesday April 4, 1945, Private First Class Otis Luomala was killed in action while fighting in Germany. Posthumously, he was awarded the Purple Heart. Luomala was buried in the Lorraine American Cemetery in Saint Avold, France. Luomala’s memorial stone is located at the intersection of Route 6A (Old King’s Highway) and Route 132 in West Barnstable.
Organization Responsible for Installation:
The Town of Barnstable
Memorial War Era(s):
Route 6A and Route 132 West Barnstable, MA 02668
Published on May 12, 2020