Camp Fannin Roll of Honor
The continued work of Elmer Horne
Fannin Veterans who died in uniform during World War II
All gave some, but some gave all.
ROLL OF HONOR
Kahler thru Larson
KAHLER, Albert A., Pvt., 37708121. a) Park, Kansas. b) Spring 1944. c) 23 December 1944, Luxemburg. d) F/10/5. e. Stanton: On 16 December 1944 the German Ardennes counteroffensive began, and the 5th Infantry Division relieved the 95th Infantry Division at the Saarlautern bridgehead, attacking out of it 18 December 1944. After slow progress, Waldbilling and Haller fell 25 December 1944. f) Luxembourg American Cemetery, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg, Plot G, Row 10, Grave 17. g) Mary L. Koch, <Idaknow@worldnet.att.net> . h) Before entering the service Albert farmed the home place, his father Joe Kahler having died a year to the day before Albert's death. Albert Kahler had returned to the front lines in the middle of November after having been hospitalized in England for wounds received September 18 near Arnaville on the Moselle River. Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.
KENWELL, Philip E., PFC, 34813458. a) Birmingham, Alabama. b) Sept. 43-Feb. 44, A/53/11. c) 24 Sept. 44, Northern Italy. d) E/351/88. e) Stanton: The 88th Division crossed the Arno River 1 Sept. 44 and continued advancing until relieved 6 Sept. 44 for regroupment. The division was committed back to the front 21 Sept. 44 … and battled on Mt. Acuto and repulsed counterattacks 24 Sept. 44. f) Florence American Cemetery, Florence, Italy, Plot E, Row 11, Grave 14. g) Bart J. Engram, P.O. Box 311774, Enterprise, Alabama 36331. Bart writes: "Philip was my bunkmate during training at Camp Fannin. I was notified by his family shortly after his death." This additional information provided in a 10 May 2005 letter and e-mail from Bart J. Engram, Jr.: "This information came from Gerry Battino, who served with Philip in Italy: 'Phil and I were on point when we were fired on by a sniper. He was killed as he tried to locate the sniper's position. It was a bright, sunny afternoon and the hillside where he fell was so green and shaded by a grove of chestnut trees. It was the most beautiful spot I ever saw in Italy. We were close friends. Not a day goes by that I don't think of him.'" h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.
KINGSLEY, Paul E., PFC, DOB September 16, 1925 a) Perth, Kansas. b) Jan.-Aug. 1944. c) 18 Dec. 44, reported missing, at the Siegfried Line east of Climbach. d) 409/103. e) From Wikipedia: The 103rd Division crossed the Zintzel River at Griesbach 10 December. Pushing through Climbach, the 103rd crossed the Lauter River into Germany 15 December and assaulted the outer defenses of the Siegfried Line. f) American Military Cemetery, St. Avoid, France, reinterred after the war at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Sumner County, Kansas, next to his brother Dale who had been killed while in the Army Air Corps. g) Sister, Verna Welsh, 3339 Bellaire Court, Wichita, Kansas; (316) 682-9440; e-mail Welshmailman@aol.com. Mrs. Welsh writes: "I was only 10 years old when Paul was killed. Sometime in 1945 my parents received notice from the government that Paul’s orders were mixed up and he should not have been sent to Germany, since we was not fully recovered from spinal meningitis for which he had been hospitalized at Fannin on 26 May 1944. I hope someone will remember my brother and either write to me or e-mail me." Additional information provided by Shane Olson, Halma, Minnesota, and Michelle Agriesti.and Debbie Volavka. h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.
KINNEAR, David. c) 21 Jan. 45, near Reipertsweiler, France. d) I/157/45. e) Stanton: The 45th Division battled in the Bitchie Pocket and captured Wingen 7 Jan. 45, but was forced out of Althorn by counterattacks 11 Jan. 45, and a battalion of the 157th was decimated northeast of Reipertsweiller 18 Jan. 45. The division was forced back to defensive positions along the Rothbach Rau-Moder River line 20 Jan. 45. g) Leo S. Jensen, 195 Horseshoe Circle, Athens, Georgia 30605. Leo writes: "David Kinnear was a cadreman at Camp Fannin at the time I was there. He was one of my buddies and is pictured in my book Dear Folks. See also item about Leo on p. 8 of the Spring 1996 Camp Fannin Guidon.
KLINE, Albert M., Jr., Pvt., 35828753. a) Cuyahoga County, Ohio. g) Carl A. Settle, 124 Culotta Drive, Hampton, Virginia 23666.
KUEHN, Robert J., 2nd Lt., O-538743. a) Wisconsin. b) B/83/15. c) 17 Dec. 44, France. d) 320/35. e) Stanton: The 35th Division attacked along the Blies 12 Dec. 44 where the 134th Inf. was subjected to fierce German counterattacks at Habkirken…The 137th Inf was driven out of Breiterwald…and on 19 Dec. 44 the division halted its offensive and moved to Metz for rehabilitation. f) Lorraine American Cemetery, St. Avold, France, Plot J, Row 4, Grave 6. g) Leo S. Jensen, 195 Horseshoe Circle, Athens, Georgia 30605. See also item about Leo on p. 8 of the Spring 1996 Camp Fannin Guidon. h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.
KWIECINSKI, Leo E., 33925253. a) Pennsylvania. c) 4 March 1945 d) L/274/70. e) Stanton: The 274th and 275th Regiments cleared the heights commanding both Saarbruecken and Stiring Wendel by 24 February 1945. The division attacked beyond the Forbach-Saarbruecken Road on 3 March 1945, supported by the 12th Armored Division. The 274th finally captured Stiring Wendel on 5 March 1945. f) Epinal American Cemetery, Epinal, France, Plot A, Row 40, Grave 26. g) Carl A. Settle, 124 Culotta Drive, Hampton, Virginia 23666, C/58/13 at Fannin and C/276/70 in ETO. h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.
LARANCE, Willis Allen, Pvt., 38633432. a) Albany, Texas. c) 14 March 45, near Hatzenport, Germany. d) E/359/90. e) Stanton: The 90th Division assaulted across the Moselle River in the Kattenes-Moselkern region 14 Mar. 45. f) National Cemetery, Hamm, Luxembourg. g) Wife, Mrs. Auddrena Larance Smith, P.O. Box 831, Albany, Texas 76430. Mrs. Smith writes: "Willis did not get to complete his basic training at Camp Fannin. He and a number of his comrades were sent as replacements to Europe. I took him to the airport in Big Springs, Texas. He made it through the Battle of the Bulge, but was killed on 14 March 1945. His company suffered massive casualties and I was told the Army took them to Hamm, Luxembourg for burial. We had a young son when Willis was in training at Fannin and our daughter was born after he was killed." h)) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.
LARSON, Stanley E., PFC, 36676476. a) Rochelle, Illinois. b) Aug-Nov 43, D/63/13. c) 16 December 1944, near Hofen, Belgium. d) 394/99. e) Stanton: The 99th Infantry Division landed at Le Havre, France on 3 November 1944 and assembled at Aubel, Belgium, and entered the line north of the Roer River between Schmidt and Monschau on 9 November 1944. After a period of defensive patrolling, the division attacked toward the Roer and Urft Dams on 13 December 1944 against heavy resistance from the West Wall. On 16 December 1944 the German Ardennes Counteroffensive hit the division, which was partially surounded and suffered heavy losses before Elsenborn Ridge. f) MIA, Tablets of the Missing at Ardennes American Cemetery, Neupre, Belgium. g) Leon St. Pierre, 3325 Bain Place, Tyler, Texas 75701-8871. Same company at Fannin, both in 99th overseas. From official list of battle deaths, 99th Inf. Div. h) Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.