|George W. Thomas
Bill Thomas was a victim of the cave warfare tactics of the
enemy. The 19 year old Carlyle youth had seen an enemy
soldier run into a cave on Iwo Jima and in his attempt to
rout the enemy from the cave was himself killed. His death
on March 1, 1945, followed by seven days that of James Cook
of Carlyle, also on Iwo. PFC Thomas' remains were returned
here for burial Wednesday, May 5, 1948.
He is the son of Mrs. Gordon Houck of Carlyle and George
Thomas of Centralia, and was born at Salem
|Albert R. Schuchmann
Hit by enemy shrapnel while,, on observation duty in the
front lines, T/Sgt. Albert R. Schuchmann was killed in
Germany on March 2, 1945, two months before the war ended on
the western front and only six weeks before his 21st
birthday. He had enlisted in February, 1943, less than a
year after graduation from Carlyle High School. The remains
were returned to Carlyle for services on November 14, 1948.
Albert is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles
Schuchmann, and a sister, Mrs. Robert Tumage of Carlyle.
|Fred J. Frey
March 30, 1945, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Frey of Beckemeyer
received a message from the War Department telling them
their son, Machinist Mate 3/c Fred James Frey was killed in
action aboard his ship. He enlisted in the Navy April 24,
1941 and has been aboard one nf the large aircraft
carriers. At the time of his death he was 23 years of age.
During his navy career in the South Pacific area he saw
action in the following battles: Marcus, Wake, Marianas,
Volcanos, Bonins, battle of the Philippine Sea, Carolinas,
Morocoi, Okinawa, Iwo Jima, Formosa and the Philippines
Mrs. Earl E. Hoelscher received a telegram from the War
Department stating that her husband, Sgt. Earl E. Hoelscher,
who had previously been reported as missing in action, was
killed in action February 2, 1944 in Italy. He is
survived by his wife, the former Miss Marie A. Brunsmann and
a son, Denver Earl, 11 months old. His parents are Mr. and
Mrs. Henry Hoelscher of Breese. Sgt. Hoelscher had been
cited by his regiment of the 36th "Texas" Infantry Division.
The sad news reached the George Huser home last week that
his son, Cpl. Lawrence T. Huser was killed in action in
France September 19, 1944. He was the third war casualty of
our vicinity. Cpl. Huser was inducted in service March 17,
1942, at Scott Field. He departed for overseas on December
22, 1943. He went abroad and landed in England and later
went to France where he lost his life for his country.
Cpl. Huser was the son of George and the late Margaret
Huser of Germantown.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Gauspohl of New Athens received word from
Washington the week of December 17, 1943, that their son,
Cpl. Francis B. Gauspohl, 20, was killed in an airplane
accident when the plane in which he was riding crashed six
miles north of Council Bluffs, Iowa. Cpl. Gauspohl was one
of sixteen men killed when a bomber on a routine training
flight from its base at Fort Worth, Texas, crashed into
rugged cliffs with no survivors. Cpl. Gauspohl was a radio
operator on a B-24 Liberator Bomber. He was born on May 22,
1923 in New Baden.
Leroy Cavin had been overseas about four months when
reported missing over Belgium December 17, 1944 by the War
Department. Later it was learned he had been taken prisoner
by the Germans and he was freed by American troops along
with Oscar Solis of Carlyle on April 9, 1945. A victim of
malnutrition and worse, Sgt. Cavin died of pneumonia May 1,
1945, before he could be returned to the states.
His, wife, Hester, their two children, Louise and Lorraine
Kay, now live in Peoria. Henry Cavin of this city is an
|Elmer H. Johnson
|Alpheus B. Jones
Alpheus B. Jones, 34, died December 6, 1945, at Pearl
Harbor. Jones, a cook in the
U.S. Navy, enlisted in April of 1944 and served in the
Pacific theatre where he sustained a broken spine. He is
buried in the Halawa Naval Cemetery on the Island of Oahu.
Jones was born January 1, 1911. He, married Ruby E. Jones
April 13, 1942. He is survived by his wife and a stepson,
Robert Lockridge of Carlyle.
|Harold H. Stukenberg
News of the death of Harold Stukenburg came to his parents,
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Stukenburg of Albers in a telegram
from Vice Admiral Randall Jacobs, Chief of Navy
Personnel. No details were given except that "Harold Herman
Stukenburg, Coxswain, U. S. Naval Reserve, was killed in
action in the performance of his dutv." The date was March
17, 1944. Stukenburg, who was 21 years of age, entered
service December 27, 1942.
|Edward F. Baehr
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Baehr of New Baden have received word
from the War Department that their son, Edward F. Baehr Jr.,
was killed in action in North Africa.
The young man had been inducted into the armv in Clinton
County, November 27, 1941. In May, 1942 he was sent to
Iceland from which place he was transferred to North Africa.
|John E. Crewell
PFC John E. Crewell, better known as "Cotton", 25, a former
resident of Carlyle, was killed in action January 31, 1944,
Crewell, an only child, resided in Carlyle with his parents,
Oscar Havlock and Beulah Carinody Crewell, for several
years. He graduated from the Carlyle High School in 1938,
was inducted into the Armed Forces Feb. 19, 1942, and has
been overseas since March, 1943. He was with Pvt. Robert
Davis of Carlyle when the latter was
killed in Italy.
|James C. Cook
Corp. James C. Cook of Carlyle survived 11 months of
southwest Pacific warfare, including the Vella La Vella and
Bougainville campaigns, before losing his life after being
in the initial invasion of Iwo Jima in the Volcano Islands
on February 22, 1945. His remains were returned here for
burial last December.
Survivors include his wife, La Doris V. Quillin Cook, whom
he married less than a year before his death, his mother and
step-father, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Meier, a brother, Carl Cook,
a sister, Mary Meier, and his father, Clifford Cook of
|Paul B. Schomaker
Lt. Paul Schomaker had served nearly four and a half years
in the infantry before losing his life in Germany April 9,
1945, exactly one month before the end of hostilities on the
Western Front. He entered service a year before Pearl
Harbor and as was frequent in the infantry service, he had
won two Purple Hearts before losing his life. The casualty
rate for Infantry lieutenants is higher than in any other
rank of service.
Joe Schomaker of Carlyle is his father and he has a sister,
Dorothy, and a brother, Arthur.
|Earl E. Johnson
Lt. Earl Johnson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Johnson of
Centralia was killed in Europe on October 14, 1944.
Johnson was born April 27, 1919, and graduated from
Centralia High School and the University of Illinois. He
was a teacher at Carlyle grade school before entering
After training at Ft. Benning, GA, Lt. Johnson left for the
European theatre. He was killed during the Battle of the
Bulge and was buried in Belgium
He is survived by his parents, a sister, Ruth Body, and a
|John A. Miener
Charles J. Miener of Trenton received word this week from
the War Department that his son, Pvt. John A. Miener, was
accidentally killed by gun fire in line of duty last Friday
at Foster Field, Texas.
No details were given. He was a member of the Military
Police at the camp. He volunteered for service September
|Robert S. Almassey
|Herman W. Kampwerth
Pvt. Herman W. Kampwerth was Carlyle's second victim of
World War II. His death near Tunisia April 29, 1943, was
more than a year before the invasion of France and preceded
offensives by the United States in the Pacific. He entered
service before Pearl Harbor and was 23 when killed. His
remains were returned to Carlyle for services June 7, 1945,
at St. Mary's.
Gerhard and Josephine Kampwerth, his parents; seven
brothers, Urban, Norbert Joseph, Cornelius, Francis, Roland
and Gerald; and four sisters, Sister M. Leonida, Mrs. Louis
Seiffert, Mrs. Ray Diekemper and Jo Agnes, survive.
Mrs. Anna Herzing received a telegram from the War
Department advising her that her son, T/4 Arthur H. Herzing,
38, reported wounded in action in France on August 7, 1944,
died of his wounds. The deceased parents were the late
John Herzing and Anna Mank Herzing, the father having died.
He was born in New Baden April 16, 1906
|Wesley E. Fertch
Mrs. Mildred Fertch and Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Fertch
received a telegram Monday Sept.4, that their husband and
son, Sgt. Ennis Fertch had been killed in France August 8,
1944. He was in England for a period of time and then moved
He was a member of Co.A, 9th Armored Battalion. He has
been in service since Sept. 23, 1935. Sgt. Fertch was 30
years of age.
|Paul B. Hemann
|Raymond C. Roberts
Mrs. Malinda Roberts of New Baden has been informed of the
loss of her son, Raymond Roberts, on December 13, 1943.
Previously, he had been declared missing when his aircraft
was burning and had crashed. The German Government supplied
the Red Cross with data indicating the aircraft was
destroyed and the body of Roberts was recovered for burial
in Germany. Roberts enlisted in September 1941, and was
ordered overseas in June 1942.
|Cecil W. Sanders
Cecil W. Sanders was an aviation mechanic in the Naval Air
Force when he died in the Naval Hospital at Coral Gables,
Florida, on May 18, 1945. He joined the armed forces in
1942 and had served dime years when an intestinal ailment
caused his death. Funeral services were held at Keyesport.
The 20 year old serviceman is survived by his mother, Mrs.
Sadie E. Sanders of Route 2, Carlyle; three brothers,
Herbert, Theodore and Wayne; and two sisters, Marjorie and
|Hugh M. Beavers
Pvt. Hugh M. Beavers of Carlyle was killed August 7,1944,
near St. Lo, France, where the First Army staged one of its
biggest offensives about August 1. In the break-through that
followed, the First and Third Armies pushed into Germany
without stopping. The Carlyle soldier gave his life in the
offensive less than eight months after being sworn into the
Army. He is buried in the St. James cemetery in France.
Survivors include his wife, Mary I. Beavers, and two
children, Milo and Gay. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. B.
Beavers of Carlyle.
Technical Sgt. Joseph Gonzales, 24, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Jack Gonzales, Sr., of Beckemeyer, has been reported killed
in action by the War Department. The family received this
message which read: "Joe" had been killed in action July 7,
"Joe" as he was known, had been serving with the armored
tank division of the Fifth Army in Italy, at the time of his
death. He was inducted into the army October 31, 1941 and
was stationed at Fort Knox, Ky., until May 1942, before
going overseas. He engaged in the African and Italian
campaigns from the start to the day of his death. During
one of the battles in Italy he was wounded and awarded the
|Harry E. Helm
Funeral rites were held here in March for PFC Harry E. Helm
who was killed in Paganico, Italy, in an action June 20,
1944, in which he was awarded the Silver Star posthumously.
A football, basketball and track star in school days, he was
still in a starring role in the Italian campaign and he was
but 19 years of age.
Mrs. Bessie Helm of this city is his mother and he has two
sisters, Mrs. Charles A. West of Carlyle and Mrs. Melvin
H. Mahlandt of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
|Calvin L. Wuebbles
Pvt. Calvin L. Wuebbles was killed in action in France on
September 25, 1944, only six months after entering service
March 18, the same year. He was sent overseas shortly after
completing his basic training and had been in the European
Theater only two months when he met his death while serving
with the 137th Infantry.
Survivors include his wife, Reba, of near Highland, his
parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Wuebbles of Clinton Street,
Carlyle, and two brothers, John Jr. and Nelson Lee
|Edwin E. Yardley
Pvt. Edwin Earl Yardley of East Fork Township was killed in
action in France on July 16, 1944. He was in the Medical
Corps and won a bronze star as a participant in the battle
of Natousa six months before his death.
Yardley was born in Nashville on May 9, 1925, the son of
Clyde and Ada B. Yardley. When three months old the family
moved to an East Fork farm.
The 19 year old soldier who is interred in Carlyle Cemetery
is survived by his parents, brothers Herbert, Charles, Carl,
Dale and Melvin, and sisters Helen Nolte, Anna Belle Potts
and Ada Mae Klueter.
|Ferd R. Brewer
Information from the War Department that PFC Ferd R. Brewer
was killed in France October 2, 1944, was received here by
his wife, Mrs. Opal Brewer Monday. He was previously
reported missing in action.
PFC Brewer entered the Armed Forces in January, 1943, and
after sixteen months of training was sent overseas. He was
stationed in England and then was sent to France.
The deceased is a son of Mrs. Henry Brewer and the late Mr.
Brewer. He was married to Opal Guthrie of Beckemeyer
November 7, 1942. He is survived by his wife and infant
daughter, his mother, four sisters, Mrs. Lillian Hoffarth,
Mrs. Esther Haumesser, Mrs. Helen Lappe and Mrs.Willa
Schilling, and two brothers, Elmer and William.
|Alphonse H. Eilermann
During the invasion of Europe, in the Normandy section,
Alphonse Eilermann of Albers was killed June 16, 1944.
Eilermann was in the thick of the battle for, as a glider
infantryman, it was his job to meet the enemy ahead of the
regular troops. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. John Eilermann,
who reside just west of Albers. He was born April 6, 1908.
On March 27, 1942, he entered service and went overseas in
September 1943 and on his arrival in England continued in
training for the channel crossing. He was attached to
Company F, 401st Glider's Infantry.
|Oliver A. Hempen
Three weeks after the fall of Paris, PFC Oliver A. Hempen
of Carlyle gave up his life for his country in northern
France on September 15, 1944. Death came to this young
soldier only six weeks after he had reached his 19th
birthday. His remains were moved from a military cemetery
in France to Carlyle for funeral services here on July 26,
1948, at St. Mary's Church.
PFC Hempen was one of four sons of Leo C. Hempen of
Carlyle. other sons are Henry T. Leo F. and Harold H.
Full military funeral services were held for Lt. Dale F.
Willard at Wolfersberger-Meyer Funeral Home in O'Fallon with
internment in College Hill Cemetery.
Lt. Willard was born in O'Fallon on May 13, 1922, the son of
Fred and Elizabeth Willard, nee Jung. He married Iris
Yeager of St. Louis who survives him.
Lt Willard was killed in action in Bari, Italy, on December
4, 1944 while with the 15th Air Force.
The VFW and Fischer-Sollis Post of the American Legion were
in charge of the military services.
|Walter H. Kreke
|Claude R. Bennett
Staff Sgt. Claude R. "Bud" Bennett, 28, U.S. Infantry, died
September 20, 1945, from injuries received in an automobile
accident near Camp Cook, Calif. He was a son of C. T.
Bennett of this city. He lived in Posey and Huey before
coming to Carlyle.
Military rites were held in Carlyle at the Frerker Funeral
Home and interment was in the Opdyke city cemetery.
Ray Melvin Cosgrove, fireman second class, left high school
at East St. Louis and entered the Navy when 17. He was only
19 when lost with the sinking of the heavy cruiser, the
U.S.S. Vincennes, at Guadalcanal on August 10, 1943. The
Vincennes was supporting the Marine landing on the enemy
entrenched island when the big ship was mortally wounded and
went down with a heavy loss of life.
He is the son of Mr. and Melvin G. Cosgrove of this city,
and his brother, Bob, is one of the outstanding athletes
at the Carlyle High School.
|Alphonse J. Kruse
PFC Alphonse A. Kruse, age 24, a son of Ben Kruse of
Bartelso, died Dec. 5, 1945, in a military hospital in
Oakland, California, following an illness beginning more
than a month ago. PFC Kruse , a veteran of nearly three
years in the Pacific area, including New Guinea, Leyte and
the Philippines and having five battle stars was enroute to
the United States for discharge. PFC Kruse was born October
11, 1921 in Bartelso and grew to manhood in that community.
He entered the armed forces on September 25, 1942. Burial
was in St. Cecilia Cemetery in Bartelso.
|Robert G. Hacker
Pvt. Robert G. Hacker of Bartelso was reported as killed
in action on December, 17, 1944 during the Battle of the
Bulge. Robert was serving in the U.S.Army with the 106th
Division. Robert was born November, 10, 1925, the son of
Edward and Ida Hacker, of rural Bartelso. Burial was in
Camp Butler located in Springfield, Illinois. His name is
one for whom, The American Legion, HackerGebke Post 976
|Harry L. Camp
Harry Camp had been in the Army slightly over 11 months when
killed in Northern France on November 12, 1944, one month
before the Battle of the Bulge, but he was awarded A Bronze
Star posthumously for exemplary conduct in ground combat
against the enemy.
The award was sent to his wife, Rosa Camp, who resides here
with their two children, Gerald and Merle May Camp. His
mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Camp, also is a resident of Carlyle.
|Paul E. Reynolds
|Vernon 0. Montgomery
A telegram from the War Department arrived at the home of
Mr. and Mrs. Alex Montgomery, saying that their only son,
Vernon, had been killed in action while serving as a machine
gunner in the U.S. Army in Belgium, on March 2, 1945, at the
age of 19 years, 2 months and 4 days. The deceased was born
December 26, 1926, in Trenton, where he spent his youth and
was educated. On May 12, 1944 he was inducted into the U.S.
Army. Early in December of 1944 he was sent overseas.
Death came to him in a hospital in Begium from wounds
received in that country during a major battle.
|Melvin 0. Charlton
Melvin 0. Charlton, formerly of Patoka and later of
Carlyle, was killed in action Feb. 25, 1945, only a few
weeks before German resistance was brought to an end. He
entered service in May, 1944, and had been in the Army less
than a year, overseas only three months with the infantry of
Patton's Third Army.
Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Charlton
of Carlyle, his widow, now Mrs. Martin Kretzer of near
Odin, and three children, two sons and a daughter.
Sadness again fills our community, that of another war,
casualty, in the death of Corporal Norbert H. Horstmann,
son of Conrad and the late Elizabeth Horstmann. Norbert
who has been in the army for several years, has been serving
overseas about 2 and one-half years in Italy. The War
Department advised that he was killed in action while
serving on the Italian front May 31, 1944. He was born in
Germantown July 25, 1920.
|Adrian B. Hempen
The war on the western front was destined to last only five
more weeks when PFC Adrian Bernard Hempen was killed on
March 31, 1945, at Schloven, Germany. He was among the
American forces rushing pell-mell into Germany meeting
little resistance in some sectors. The Rhine had been
crossed and the Ruhr valley encircled and it already had
given up many of the 360,000 German prisoners when Hempen
He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Herman H. Hempen of Irishtown
Township and has four brothers, Harold M., Robert H., Lloyd
H., and Donald and three sisters, Evelyn E. Marian L. and
Pearl M. Hempen.
|Robert L. Davis
The first Purple Heart awarded to a resident of Carlyle in
World War II was presented to the parents of PFC Robert L.
Davis after his death from wounds received in action on the
Italian front Nov. 25, 1943. The award came to Mr. and Mrs.
Kenneth Davis early the following year. T'he 23 year old
Carlyle soldier was killed near Cassino after surviving the
Besides his parents he has three brothers, William, Jerry
and Ronald and two sisters, Mrs. Nic Hodapp and Mrs. Louis
Hufford of this city.
|Harry A. Rosen
A Memorial Mass was held in the St. Rose Catholic Church for
Sgt. Harry Rosen, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Anton Rosen of St.
Rose, who was recently killed in action in France. The date
of death was November 3, 1944. Burial was in Belgium.
|Fred T. Vahlkamp
The invasion of France had been underway only 13 days when
Fred Vahlkamp of Carlyle was listed as "missing in action."
It was two months later before his death was confirmed in an
official message. Mortar fire by the enemy near Corpville,
France, was blamed.
Vahlkamp was the son of Mrs. Catherine Vahlkamp of
Carlyle. Other survivors include August and John Vahlkamp
of Carlyle and Ben Vahlkamp of Beckemeyer, brothers; Albert
Vahlkamp of Carlyle, a half brother, three sisters, Mary of
St. Louis, Elizabeth Westermann of Cairo and Mrs. Agnes
Granberg of Carlyle.
|Marvin M. Hamilton
S/Sgt Marvin M. Hamilton, son of Mrs. Kate Hamilton of
Beckemeyer, was reported killed in action November 23, 1944,
on Leyte Island in the Philippines. He was 26 years old and
was born in Beckemever on November 9, 1918. He is survived
by his mother, Mrs. Kate Hamilton, two sisters, Mrs. Dick
Hubbard of Beckemeyer and Mrs. Erich Albat of Detroit,
Michigan. His father, John Hamilton, preceded him in death
December 15, 1935.
Marvin entered the service October 16, 1942. He served duty
overseas for twenty two months. During his overseas duties
he served in Australia, New Guinea, Netherlands, East Indies
and the Philippines.
Byrl Schaubert, Major in the Army Air Corps, the 27 year old
son of Mr and Mrs Frank Schaubert of Shattuc, lost his life
when the airplane he was flying, crashed on take off into
Lake Sentani, New Guinea, Nov. 15, 1944. He was buried Nov.
20, 1944 in the U.S.A.F. Cemetery Hollandia No. 1 with
full military honors.
A brief outline of Major Schaubert is: (1) A graduate of
Sandoval High School , 1935; (2) A graduate of the
University of Michigan with a major in Forestry, 1940; (3)
Commissioned as a Fighter Pilot in the Air Corps Advanced
Flying School, Brooks Field near San Antonio, Texas, 1941,
(4) Served in the Canal Zone for 2 years and in Far East
Air Forces in Australia and New Guinea since July, 1944,
during which time he advanced to the rank of Major.
|Orrell G. Reynolds
Pvt. Orrell G. Reynolds, familiarly known to Carlyle friends
as "Pete" was an insurance man here before entering
service. Death came to him in France on August 4, 1944,
just about the time of the St. Lo battle which was the
biggest offensive campaign of the Western Front after the
invasion less than two months earlier. He was 33 years of
age and had been in service only a year when killed.
His wife was notified here in September, 1944, that he had
been seriously wounded and a message announcing his death
followed. His father, Elvin Reynolds, lives in East SL
|Virgil G. Kreke
Pfc. Virgil Kreke, aged 21 years, son of Mr. and Mrs.
William Kreke of Breese, was killed in action in Italy.
Loss of life on Jan. 12, 1944.
Pfc. Kreke was inducted into the service in February 1943
and had been overseas for two months.
|Milford L. Killion
|Joseph F. Lampe
The sad news received here last week stating that Marine
Pfc. Clarence Scott, Jr., age 20 years, a machine gunner,
has been killed in the Pacific area. Pfc. Scott is the son
of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Scott, Sr., of Trenton.
The young man was engaged in several fierce battles with the
Japanese and about a month ago wrote a letter saying he had
escaped unharmed. No more letters followed.; Date of death
would be some time before September 22, 1944.
|Bernard H. Schulte
|Edwin A. Lappe
Pfc. Edwin A. Lappe had more than his share of front line
duty before losing his life in France November 29, 1944. He
had been in service for nearly four years and had gone
through the North African, Sicilian and Italian campaigns.
When killed, Pfc. Lappe was 26 years of age. His remains
were returned for burial at the St. John's cemetery in
Breese on July 2 last year.
He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Lappe of Route 2,
Carlyle and other survivors include two brothers, Walter and
Eugene, and five sisters, Mrs. Lorine Voland, Mrs. Irene
Albat and Mrs. Leona Lallman, all of Beckemeyer, Olivia and
Claude Terry, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Terry of Carlyle,
became a WW II victim of the Battle of Java February 27,
Terry was aboard the Langley, a U.S. warship, which was
torpedoed and sunk by the enemy. He was reported picked up
by the Pecos, a small airship carrier, but it was also
Born at Huey December 19, 1908, Terry moved to Carlyle when
he was quite young and attended Carlyle grade and high
school. He joined the Navy about 15 years ago and was
serving his fourth enlistment.
He was married to Marian Wallace Neal, who survives,
together with three children, Sheffel, Stewart and James.
The family lived in China three years and in the
Philippines, but was forced to return to the states in
Terry served on the Pennsylvania and on the Isabel in
addition to the Langley.
He is also survived by his parents, a brother, George, and a
sister, Mrs. William Means.
|Roman B. Gebke
Pvt. Roman B. Gebke, of Bartelso, was reported as killed in
action on January 22, 1945. He was serving in the U.S. Army
engaged in battle during the Italian Campaign. Roman was
born on November 23, 1920, a son of Mr. and Mrs. John Gebke
of rural Bartelso. Burial was in a National Cemetery
located in Florence, Italy. His name is one for whom, The
American Legion, Hacker-Gebke Post 976 was organized.
|Raymond J. VonBokel
Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Von Bokel of Breese were recently
notified by the War Department that their son, Sgt.
Raymond J. Von Bokel was killed in action in England on
January 6, 1945.
Sgt. Von Bokel was a First Radioman and Gunner on a B-17
Flying Fortress, attached to the Eighth Army Air Force. He
had completed 20 missions over Germany. Memorial services
for Sgt. Von Bokel will be held in Breese at St. Dominic's
Church Saturday Feb. 3, at 9 a.m.
|Elaza L. Sharp
Friday June 23, 1944, Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Sharp of Boulder,
received word from the Secretary of War, that their son,
Pvt. E. L. Sharp, Jr., was killed in action in France June
8, 1944. Private "Bud" Sharp was inducted into the army on
January 4, 1943. He was with the Tank Destroyers until he
was sent from Camp Robinson, Ark., to Ft. Lewis,
Washington, where he volunteered for the Paratroopers. He
was sent to Ft. Benning, GA. for his parachute training.
On January 11, 1944, he was sent overseas landing in Ireland
and then on to England for the invasion.
Burial was in a cemetery located two miles east of St. Mere
Eglise at a town by the name of Blossville. The name of
the American cemetery is Monarch. He is buried in Plot 1,
Row 2, Grave 35.
Milford George Mann, Lt. USNR, of Shattuc, Illinois was
declared lost at sea in Nanpo Shoto area of the South
Pacific in 1945. He was born in Shattuc in 1912, the son of
Mr. & Mrs. George W. Mann of Shattuc. He entered the U.S.
Navy on June 10, 1941.
|James R. Gray
Ensign James R. Gray and 10 other flyers of the U.S. Navy
lost their lives at the same time in a tragedy at
Chincoteague, Va., in May, 1944. , Memorial services were
held for them at their home base and the body was returned
here for burial. The service was held Sunday, June 4,
Ensign Gray is the son of Mrs. G. N. Gray of this city, and
he has a brother, Don, and a sister, Mrs. Eugene Heinzman,
|George A. Szuba
Mrs. Mary Szuba of New Baden received word from the Navy
Department that her son, Sgt. George A. Szuba with the U.
S. Marine Corps died on December 9, 1943. The location was
somewhere in the South Pacific and burial was on December
10, 1943 on one of the islands. Sgt. Szuba was born in New
Baden April 22, 1920, and his father was the late Frank
Sgt. Elmer Alberternst, age 27, oldest son of Mr. & Mrs.
Joseph Alberternst, died March 1, 1945, somewhere in Italy
as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile
accident on Feb. 24, 1945. Sgt. Alberternst was born and
reared in Trenton.
|Joseph C. Jannett
Joe was a tail gunner on a B-24 in Italy and was sent on a
combat mission to knock out the Ploesti oil fields. His
plane was shot down by anti aircraft fire on May 31, 1944,
just 21 days after he left the states. Only four of the 11
aboard were able to bail out and one of them died in the
hospital. The government has no record of his grave.
His survivors include Mr. and Mrs. John U. Jannett, his
parents, three brothers, Vernon of Carlyle, and Howard and
Robert of St. Louis, and two sisters, Margaret Thornton of
Sandoval and Mrs. Clyde Purdue of Flora.
|Melvin E. Schoenefeld
John Schoenefeld of Beckemeyer received a telegram Monday
from the War Department stating that his son, S/Sgt. Melvin
E. Schoenefeld was killed in action in France January 29,
1945. Sgt. Schoenefeld was born south of Beckemever on
Sept. 18, 1918, and grew to manhood near this community. He
was employed in Cleveland, Ohio at the time of his induction
into the Armed Forces in February 1941. He was sent
overseas, landing at Casablanca in North Africa on Nov. 8,
1942. He fought in campaigns in Africa, Sicily, Italy and
France. He was attached to the Third Division of General
Patch's Seventh Army, but relatives have reason to believe
that he was fighting with the First French Army when
killed. Besides his father he is survived by one brother,
Sgt. Raymond Schoenefeld, also serving with the Armed
Forces in France.
|Thomas A. Hummert
Mr. and Mrs. V. J. Hummert of Breese received a message
from the War Department stating that their son, Lt. Thomas
Hummert, was killed in an airplane accident May 5, 1945.
|Clifford R. Busch
Mrs. Mary Ellen Busch, mother of Sgt. Clifford Busch,
A.A.F. radio operator, has received a telegram advising her
that Sgt. Busch was killed in action January 7, 1944. In a
Previous telegram received on January 19, he was reported as
missing in action on January 7, 1944. Sgt. Busch, 24, was a
son of Mrs. Mary Ellen Busch and the late Richard Busch of
Keyesport. With other members of the crew, and their
bomber, "Caught in the Draft", he arrived in England early
in December, 1943, but at the present time it is unknown
they had made over enemy territory. He was also trained as
an aerial gunner.
|Henry C. Schlau
Word has been received by Mrs. Katherine Schlau, a former
resident of Route 4, Centralia who is now making her home In
East St. Louis, that her son, Sgt.. Henry
C. Schlau, 27, was killed In action on Cebu Island on April
Sgt.Schlau was serving with the Infantry. He entered service
on April 17, 1941 and received his training at Camp Craft,
S.C., He was stationed at Camp Forrest, Tenn., before going
overseas in January, 1942. He served In New Caledonia,
Fiji lslands and Bougainville, and took part in the Invasion
Besides his mother, he is survived by a brother, Eugene,
serving with the Marines in the Pacific, a sister, Lillian
with the Army Nurse's Corps in Italy, and two Sisters, Mrs.
William Stantoniello and Mrs. Clyde Osterholtz, both of
East St. Louis
June 24, 1921 - April 24, 1945
Cpl. Co. F. 381st. Inf.
KIA in Okinawa
Buried in Germantown, IL 62245
March 11, 1895 - October 31, 1918
Pvt. Co. D. 147th Inf. 37th Div.
KIA in France
Buried in Germantown, IL 62245
September 4, 1890 - September 7, 1918
Pvt. Co. B. 47th Inf. 4th Div.
KIA in Argonen Forest, Germany
Buried in Germantown, IL 62245
December 4, 1912 - September 19, 1944
Cpl. 35th Regt. 4th Div.
KIA in France
Buried in St. Avold, France
July 25, 1919 - May 31, 1944
Sgt. 180th Inf. 45th Div.
KIA in Africa
Buried in Florence, Italy
April 17, 1922 - January 5, 1944
6th Army Inf.
KIA in Italy
Buried in Marzanello, Nyova, Italy