The Men and Women in World War II from Runnels County

 

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Kahlig, William J.

Pfc. William J. Kahlig, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Kahlig, Olfen, attended Olfen School.

Entered Army, 1942, trained at Ft. Sam Houston, Texas and San Angelo, Texas. Awarded GCM. Discharged in 1946.

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Kallina, Susie Faye

1st Lt. Susie Faye Kallina, Ballinger, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. F. M. Hale, Ballinger, graduate of Ballinger High and Mary Hardin Baylor.

Entered Army, 1943, trained at Ft. Des Moines, Iowa. Discharged in 1945.

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Keele, Clarence G.

Cpl. Clarence G. Keele, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Keele, Winters, attended Winters High.

Entered Marines, 1943, trained at San Diego. Served in South Pacific, Peleliu, Okinawa and China. Discharged in 1946.

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Kelly, Bobby

Pvt. Bobby Kelly, son of A. B. Kelly, Winters, attended Winters High.

Entered Merchant Marines, 1944, trained at Sheep's Head, N.Y. Discharged in 1946; re-enlisted in Army, trained at Aberdeen, Md.

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Kemp, Elliott J.

2nd Lt. Elliott J. Kemp, Rt. 2, Ballinger, son of Mr. and Mrs. G. E. Kemp, Ballinger, husband of Mary Jones at Brownwood, graduate of Ballinger High, attended Howard Payne College.

Entered Army, 1944, trained at Randolph Field, Texas. Served in USA. Discharged in 1946.

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Kemp

Elliot Kemp had a brother that apparently served also. His death certificate was signed by a flight surgeon when he was killed at age 23 on 23 June 1943 in an airplane crash 14 miles SW of Brady in McColloch Co.

He was a flying instructor out of Bruce Field in Ballinger according to the information on his death certificate given by his brother, Elliot.

He was married and living in Ballinger. He married Elizabeth Christine Bonser in Brownwood on 9 April 1939. She never re-married and died in Comanche in 2009 and Elliot and Mary Jo Kemp attended her funeral there. There were no children mentioned in her obituary.

Kennedy, John S.

S 1/c John S. Kennedy, son of Mr. and Mrs. D. O. Kennedy, Ballinger, graduate of Ballinger High.

Entered Navy, 1945, trained at San Diego, Calif. Served at Pearl Harbor, Atlantic, Pacific and Italy. Awarded AP, AT, Victory and ET Ribbons.

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Kennedy, Leland B.

Cpl. Leland B. Kennedy, Rt. 2, Ballinger, son of Mr. and Mrs. D. O. Kennedy, Ballinger, graduate of Ballinger High.

Entered Army, 1942, trained at San Angelo, Texas. Awarded AT, Victory Ribbons and GCM. Discharged in 1946.

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Keesee, Bob

Pvt. Bob Keesee, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Keesee, Ballinger, attended Ballinger and Hagan Schools.

Entered Army, 1943, trained at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo. Served in Bouganville. Killed in action in 1944 in Bouganville.

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Keesee, Loyd H.

T/5 Loyd H. Keesee, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Keesee, Ballinger, attended Ballinger School.

Entered Army, 1943, trained at Camp Roberts, Calif. Served in England and France. Awarded EAME, Victory Ribbon and GCM. Discharged in 1946.

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Ketchem, H. W.

1st Lt. H. W. Ketchem, son of Mrs. W. L. Ketchem, Little Rock, Ark., husband of Billie Howell, Ballinger, graduate of Little Rock High.

Entered AAC, 1943, trained at Texas and Colo. Served in Italy and North Africa. Awarded Air Medal with 3 OLC, 5 Stars and EAME Ribbon. Discharged in 1945.

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Kirchle, Mary J.

Sgt. Mary J. Kirchle, 603 4th St., Ballinger, graduate of Ballinger High and Hardin-Simmons U.

Entered WAAC, 1943, trained at Ft. Des Moines, Iowa and Kansas. Awarded WAAC Service Ribbon, GCM, AT and Victory Ribbons. Discharged in 1945.

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Killough, John A.

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Kincaid, Milburn L.

Sgt. Milburn L. Kincaid, Rt. 2, Miles, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl E. Kincaid, Miles, attended Miles High.

Entered Army, 1940, trained at Ft. McIntosh, Texas, Camp Claiborne, La. and Camp Howze, Texas. Served in Europe. Awarded GCM, Am. Def., Victory, ET Ribbons with 2 Battle Stars. Discharged in 1945.

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King, Clyde E.

T/5 Clyde E. King, 205 8th St., Ballinger, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl King, Ballinger, husband of Louise Dalmann, Ballinger, attended Blanton School.

Entered Army, 1944, trained at Ft. Sill, Okla. Served on Luzon. Awarded AP, Victory, AT Ribbons and GCM.

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King, James Monta

MM 3/c James Monta King, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl King, Ballinger, attended Blanton Schools.

Entered Navy, 1942, trained in Ill., N.Y., Texas and R. I. Awarded AP and Victory Ribbons. Discharged in 1946.

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King, Marell Windell

S 2/c Marrell Windell King, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl King, Ballinger, attended Blanton Schools.

Entered Navy, 1944, trained at Great Lakes, Ill. Served on Pearl Harbor. Awarded AP and Victory Ribbons. Discharged in 1946.

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King, Milford R.

Cpl. Milford R. King, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl King, Ballinger, husband of Lucille Simpson, Ballinger, attended Blanton School.

Entered AAC, 1943, trained in Ariz., Fla. and Texas. Awarded AT, Victory Ribbons and GCM. Discharged in 1946.

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King, Thomas

Sgt. Thomas King, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl King, Ballinger, husband of Mildred Elkins, Blanton, graduate of Ballinger High.

Entered Army, 1943, trained in Texas, Wyo., Ill. and Mass. Served in Europe and Luzon. Awarded EAME, AP, Victory Ribbons, GCM and 2 Bronze Stars. Discharged in 1946.

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King, Weldon W.

S/Sgt. Weldon W. King, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. W. King, Winters, husband of Pearl Miller, Medina, attended Crews High.

Entered AAC, 1942, trained at Kelly Field, Texas and Okla. Served in Italy. Awarded GCM, 2 Battle Stars, Army of Occ., Amer., Def. and ET Ribbons. Discharged in 1945.

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Kirby, Marion P.

MM 2/c Marion P. Kirby, Box 412, Winters, son of Mr. and Mrs. F. C. Kirby, Winters, husband of Leola Swann, Bradshaw, attended Winters School.

Entered Navy, 1942, trained at Davisville, R. I. Served in New Hebrides, Guadalcanal, New Caledonia, New Guinea, Admiraltys, Marshalls and Okinawa. Awarded AP Ribbon and GCM. Discharged in 1945.

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Kirby, Roy E.

S/Sgt. Roy E. Kirby, son of Roy Kirby, Winters, attended Winters High.

Entered AAC, 1941, trained at Barksdale Field, La., Ga., N.H. and Del. Served in Italy. Awarded 5 Service Ribbons, AT, ET, Amer. Def., GCM, and Air Medal. Discharged in 1945.

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Klattenhoft, Lee William

Pfc. Lee William Klattenhoft, Box 95, Miles, son of Mrs. Gus Zuihlke, Miles, husband of Mary Childress, Miles, attended Miles High.

Entered Army, 1945, trained at Camp Roberts, Calif. Served in Philippines.

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Knight, Earl J.

Pfc. Earl J. Knight, Winters, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ross R. Knight, Winters, attended Winters High.

Entered Army, 1943, trained at Camp Fannin, Texas. Served in Europe. Awarded Pres. Cit. with 2 Clusters, Com. Badge (Inf.), Purple Heart with 2 Clusters, ET, Occ. of Germany Ribbons, 5 Stars, Bronze Arrowhead and GCM. Wounded in France, 1944. Discharged in 1945.

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Knight, James Edward

Coxs. James Edward Knight, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Knight, , husband of Betty Campbell, Hatchell, attended Ballinger High.

Entered Navy, 1944, trained at San Diego, Calif. Served on USS Drew, Philippines, Okinawa and Ie Shima. Awarded AT, AP, PL and Victory Ribbons with 2 Stars. Discharged in 1946.

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Knowles, Elva Lillian

Cpl. Elva Lillian Knowles, 1300 9th St., Ballinger, daughter of Mrs. M. Knowles, Ballinger, graduate of Sul Ross State Teachers College.

Entered Army, 1944, trained at Ft. Oglethorpe, Ga. Served in USA. Awarded GCM. Discharged in 1945.

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Koenig, Alfred R.

S/Sgt. Alfred R. Koenig, Box 440, Hatchel, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. Koenig, Ballinger, husband of Mae M. Hallmark, Ballinger, attended Ballinger High.

Entered Army, 1942, trained at Camp Howze. Served in Europe. Awarded ET, AT, Amer. Def., Victory Ribbons, 3 Battle Stars. Wounded in Germany, 1945. Discharged in 1946.

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Koenig, Monroe Milton

Pfc. Monroe Milton Koenig, Rt. 1, Ballinger, son of Mr. and Mrs. F. H. Koenig, Ballinger, attended San Gabriel School.

Entered Army, 1942, trained at Camp Callan, CAlif. Served at Hawaii. Awarded GCM and AP Ribbon. Discharged in 1945.

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Kohutek, Al

Pfc. Al Kohutek, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kohutek, Rowena, graduate of St. Josephs School.

Entered Marines, 1945, trianed at Parris Island, S.C. Served on Parris Island. Awarded Sharpshooter, Carbine, BAR and Hand Grenade Medals.

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Kohutek, Johnny R.

Pvt. Johnny R. Kohutek, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Kohutek, Ballinger, graduate of Rowena High.

Entered AAC, 1946, trained at Kelly Field, Texas.

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Kohutek, William E.

S/Sgt. William E. Kohutek, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Kohutek, Ballinger, attended Rowena High.

Entered Army, 1944, trained at Camp Gordon, Ga. Served in Europe. Awarded ET, AT, Victory Ribbons and GCM.

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Koller, Clark

Capt. Clark Koller, 509 10th, Ballinger, son of Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Koller, McNobb, Ill., husband of Lillian Allen, Ballinger, graduate of John Swaney High.

Entered AAC, 1940, trained at Harvard, Neb. as an airplane commander of a B-29. Served in Marianas. Awarded DFC, 1 Cluster, Air Medal, 3 Clusters, AP, 4 Battle Stars, Pres. Citation, 1 Cluster, Am. Def. and AT Ribbons.

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Kopecky, Alfred

Pvt. Alfred Kopecky, Box 394, Rowena, son of Mr. and Mrs. John P. Kopecky, Rowena, attended St. Joesph Grammar.

Entered AAC, 1946, trained at Kelly Field, Texas and Chanute Field, Ill.

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Kopecky, Jack

S 1/c Jack Kopecky, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Kopecky, Rowena, graduate of Ballinger High.

Entered Navy, 1945, trained at San Diego, Calif. Served on LC1 on Long Beach.

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Kopecky, Sam

Aviation Cadet Sam Kopecky, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Kopecky, Rowena, graduate of Ballinger High.

Entered AAC, 1943, trained at Santa Ana, Dos Palos, and Lemoore, Calif. Killed in plane crash, Lemoore AAF, Calif., 1943.

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Kornegay, Harold D.

Pvt. Harold D. Kornegay, Rt. 1, Winters, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Kornegay, Winters, attended Mazeland High.

Entered Army, 1945, trained at Aberdeen, Md. Served in Germany.

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Kraatz, Robert O.

Pfc. Robert O. Kraatz, Box 267, Winters, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fritz Kraatz, Winters, husband of Pauline Holt, attended Winters High.

Entered Army, 1943, trained at Ft. Sill, Okla., Ft. McClellan, Ala. and Ft. Meade, Md. Served in Italy. Awarded ET, 3 Battle Stars, Combat Inf. Badge, GCM and Victory Ribbons. Discharged in 1945.

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Krempin, Clarence L.

T/4 Clarence L. Krempin, Box 123, Winters, son of Mr. and Mrs. F. E. Krempin, Winters, husband of Pauline Fornes, graduate of Winters High.

Entered Army, 1943, trianed at New Orleans, La. and Kelly Field, Texas. Served in China and India. Awarded GCM, AP with 1 Star and Victory Ribbons. Discharged in 1946.

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Krempin, H. Otis

Dr. H. Otis Krempin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Krempin, Rowena, graduate of Ballinger High and John Sealy Medical School, Galveston.

Entered Army, 1943.

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Kurtz, Albert Julius

PTR 3/c Albert Julius Kurtz, son of Mr. and Mrs H. Kurtz, Rt. 2, Winters, attended Eagle Branch School.

Entered Seabees, 1932, trained at San Diego. Served in Aleutians, Hawaii, Marianas and Okinawa. Awarded GCM. Discharged in 1945.

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Kurtz, Leroy

Pfc. Leroy Kurtz, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Kurtz, Rt. 2, Winters, husband of Mrs. Lillie Machann, attended Eagle Branch School.

Entered Army, 1944, trained at Ft. McClellan, Ala. Served in European Theater. Awarded Sharpshooter Medal and ET Ribbon. Killed in action near Rhine River in Neuss, March 1945.

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Kvasnicka, Elmer

S/Sgt. Elmer Kvasnicka, son of Mr. and Mrs. Vac Kvasnicka, Rowena, husband of Elna Bell, attended Rowena High.

Entered Army, 1936, trained in San Antonio, Texas. Served in Philippines. Awarded AP, AT, PL and Victory Ribbons. Discharged in 1945.

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In Memoriam
A B C D E F G H I J K L M
N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Awards and Badges

GCM - Good Conduct Medal
Bronze Arrowhead
ET Ribbon
AT Ribbon
American Defense Ribbon
Victory Ribbon
Combat Inf. Badge
Expert Rifleman Badge
Presidential Unit Citation
Silver Star
Bronze Star
Battle Star
PL Ribbon
Jap. Occupation. Ribbon
German Occupation Ribbon
Army Occupation. Ribbon
Purple Heart
AP - Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal
EAME - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Medal
Letter of Commendation

Medals of the US Army
Service Ribbons of the US Army

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