Linda-- This a very thorough posting and provides a great deal of information from which several answers can be had.
First, as to the date of his death: It is highly likely that this would be 1JAN45 as US forces were not engaged in Belgium until Fall of 1944.1JAN45 would be the mid point of the Battle of the Bulge.
Second, If the wedding photo shows his left shoulder, it is possible to determine from his shoulder patch what Armored Division he was attached to.
Third, the death notice in the paper was likely from a Virginia paper as all the cities mentioned are in Virginia, and the state name is never mentioned, which implies local knowledge by the reader.
Fourth, it says he weas a resident of this area for eight years, and as the mother is in Portsmouth it is likely that he was in that area as it says his twin was also there.
SSDI shows the following:
JAMES ISBELRequest Information Residence:23701Portsmouth, Portsmouth City, VA Born 11 Feb 1909 Died Jul 1981 Issued:VA (Before 1951)
LEROY ISBELRequest Information Residence:23703Portsmouth, Portsmouth City, VA Born 24 Aug 1911 Last Benefit: Died 9 Apr 1991 Issued:VA (Before 1951)
With the age given in the paper as 35 as of JAN45, it is most likely that the James listed here is the twin, so now you have a birthdate.
Considering the name similarity and proximity of birthdate, it is fairly reasonable to infer that Leroy is his brother Roy.
Reference to the War Casualties of Virginia finds Page listed in Norfolk County.Which further verifies the Portsmouth connection.
His Army Serial Number is given as 33133158. (The first numeral 3 implies that he was drafted) His rank is given as Tech 5.Which is a a technical grade of Corporal.It is abbreviated T-5 or T/5.
Finally it shows that he was killed in Action (KIA).
With this service data, you can acquire his IDPF (File 293) which may have additional information as to where and under what circumstances he was killed.It will also list details of his unit.It will also have copies of correspondence between the Army and his next-of-kin.Currently it takes six months for the Army to provide you with this document.
Given the dates of death of his brothers, you can now consult with the local newspapers in Portsmouth and probably obtain the obituaries which will provide additional detail on the family as of those dates.
Leroy's obit is available online from the VIRGINIAN-PILOT Newspaper of Norfolk for a fee.Here is what was printed before the fees kicked in:
Leroy Isbel, 79, of the first block of Vacation Lane, a planner-estimator, died April 9, 1991, in a nursing home.Mr. Isbel, a native of Lynchburg, had retired from the Norfolk Naval Shipyard. He was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church; Owens Lodge 164, A.F. & A.M.; and was a 32nd degree Mason in Portsmouth Scottish Rite Bodies. He was a member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees.Survivors include his wife, Dorothea H. Isbel; three daughters, Diane Keene of
As a researcher I wish you well in following up on this, and I sure wish that other posters had the same amount of information as you did coming in to this search.Of course that can't always be, which is what keeps this line of endeavor interesting.