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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
Aloys Tebbe
Earl Hoelscher
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.
Lawrence Huser
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.
Francis Gausepohl
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
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 uncle.
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, in Italy. 
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. 
Alphonse Linnemann
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 Sandoval.
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 military service. 
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 brother, Ivan.
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 12, 1942.
Alphonse Wilken
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.
Arthur Herzing
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 into France. 
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 Grace.
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.
Joseph Gonzalez
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, 1944. 
"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 Purple Heart.
Walter Strotheide
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 Wuebbles.
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. Hempen.
Dale Willard
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.
Melvin Cosgrove
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,  Hacker¬≠Gebke Post  976 was organized.
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.
Norbert Horstmann
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 fell. 
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 Salerno invasion. 
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.
Maurice Mueller
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
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.
William Klasing
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 Louis.
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
Clarence Scott
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 Catherine Lappe.
Claude Terry
Claude Terry, son of Mr. and  Mrs. Thomas Terry of Carlyle, became a WW II victim of the Battle of Java February 27, 1942. 
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 sunk. 
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 1940. 
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.
Clarence Gramann
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 Mann
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, of Carlyle.
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 Szuba.
Elmer Alberternst
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 7. 
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 of  Luzon. 
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
Alphonse Linnemann
June 24, 1921 - April 24, 1945
Cpl. Co. F. 381st. Inf.
KIA in Okinawa
Buried in Germantown, IL 62245
Anton Diesen
March 11, 1895 - October 31, 1918
Pvt. Co. D. 147th Inf. 37th Div.
KIA in France
Buried in Germantown, IL 62245
George Winkeler
September 4, 1890 - September 7, 1918
Pvt. Co. B. 47th Inf. 4th Div.
KIA in Argonen Forest, Germany
Buried in Germantown, IL 62245
Lavern Huser
December 4, 1912 - September 19, 1944
Cpl. 35th Regt. 4th Div.
KIA in France
Buried in St. Avold, France
Horebert Horstman
July 25, 1919 - May 31, 1944
Sgt. 180th Inf. 45th Div.
KIA in Africa
Buried in Florence, Italy
Clarence Gramann
April 17, 1922 - January 5, 1944
6th Army Inf.
KIA in Italy
Buried in Marzanello, Nyova, Italy

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