WORLD WAR II

The United States entered the war, December 7, 1941. Surrender, marking the end of World War II, came aboard the U.S.S. Missouri in Tokyo Bay, September 2, 1945.

Almy, Bertram S.
Amato, Thomas Albert
Andrews, Jay Spoor
Anger, Earl J.
Arthur, Stanley William, Jr.
Bader, Donald W.
Bailey, David Bevington
Bainer, Joseph E.
Ball, Eugene C.
Bangert, Ralph William
Basar, Leonard J.
Beganyi, John R.
Bennett, John H.
Berry, Charles L.
Birt, Joseph V.
Bittinger, Marlin B.
Black, John E.
Blake, L. Daniels
Bolles, Jay Franklin
Bombay, Albert J.
Borchert, Arthur A.
Borosky, Edward F.
Bowden, Robert Frederick
Boyden, Samuel E.
Boyle, Thomas Arthur
Brenza, George Anthony
Brewer, Willliam H.
Broginni, Lloyd A.
Brown, Daniel Miller
Brunst, John Charles
Buffington, Edward Kenneth
Buschlen, Arthur B.
Bzowey, Alexander
Cahill, Edward Russell, Jr.
Caine, Douglas K., Jr.
Calavan, Harry Monzie
Call, Norman D.
Charleson, Vernon Glenn
Christian, Lewis C.
Clark, Joseph B.
Clark, Max Dale
Cleary, Thomas J.
Coady, Francis X.
Comerford, Edward F.
Conway, Daniel Richard
Cook, William R.
Cooley, John Hall
Cooley, Richard A.
Corlett, Harvey W.
Courtney, John Robert
Davidson, Alexander
Day, Roger Alvin
Dean, Gilbert Patrick
Deeter, William H.
Doty, Charles Edward, Jr.
Dowling, Curt
DuCly, Louis H.
Dunbar, Willis J.
Easter, James Lake
Eldred, James Percy
Entres, Paul J.
Feldmeyer, John C.
Fitzgerald, William M.
Fleming, Harold Allen
Florence, William
Forsythe, Robert H.
Fristik, Henry
Gabor, Edward J.
Gedecke, William C.
Gelnaw, John F., Jr.
Gluntz, Daniel C.
Gombar, John A.
Gordon, Thomas E.
Gray, George McKinley
Greanoff, William Arthur
Green, Alan S.
Grenwis, Frederick A., Jr.
Griffiths, Thomas George
Grill, George W., Jr.
Grobarick, Robert Joseph
Gruss, Robert J.
Gunn, Timothy Alexander
Halbach, James L.
Hansen, George P., Jr.
Hardy, Alfred D.
Harvey, Lyman Kenneth
Hayes, Robert J.
Heasley, James T.
Heiler, Philip
Henderson, Charles W.
Hobson, William Franklin
Holl, Richard L.
Homberg, Arthur
Horvath, John J.
Hoskin, Harry C., Jr.
Hottois, Allan W.
Houchin, Waldo P.
Hoyer, Frank E.
Hudimac, George M.
Hughes, Trevor
Humel, Edward J., Jr.
Hurst, Richard C.
Irish, Keith L.
Isbell, Albert Edward
Jackson, Donald R.
Jenner, Russell H.
Jerome, Frank J., III
Johnson, William Harry
Keats, Glynn
Kelley, Robert P.
Keister, Everett Lee, Jr.
Kellogg, Frank
Kerr, Harold Leroy
Kevern, Edward J.
Kidd, Isaac Campbell
Kilfoyle, Thomas T.,Jr.
Kilgore, Maurice
Kirby, George B.
Klamut, Casmir A.
Klein, George Bernard
Kleinsmith, Adrian R.
Knight, Leonard S.
Koch, John Casper
Kody, Richard C.
Koerner, Robert K.
Kolp, William P.
Kotula, Joseph
Kowalski, Richard
Krauss, Wade H.
Ksanovsky, Steve
Kuhn, Joseph L., Jr.
Kuntz, Donald Carl
Kvak, Emil F.
Lafferty, Earle E.
Lambert, DeVere
Lancaster, Ray
Lask, Clifford A.
Leader, Kent E.
Lehr, Richard R.
Lennon, William  C.
Lesley, Wendell
L'estrange, Roger W.
Loesch, Brown Ralph
Long, Raymond, Jr.
Louzecky, John J.
Lowry, David P.
Ludwig, Vance P.
Lyncha, Steve M.
MacKay, William C.
Madsen, Norman P.
Manwell, Thomas
Marcks, Robert L.
Matsko, Andrew A.
Matter, Joe F.
McCarthy, Daniel E.
McCoy, Paul H.
McDermott, John M.
McGinty, William Donald
McGorray, James W.
McGraw, Thomas M., Jr.
McIntyre, Roemer, Jr.
McNally, John E.
McNash, Capel W.
McNeela, Robert Thomas
Meder, Robert J.
Meeker, Robert F.
Meyers, Paul C.
Michno, Arthur R.
Mihala, Edward
Mikulec, Milan J.
Miller, James A.
Miller, James Dorn
Miller, Richard S.
Mitchell, James H.
Montagu, John V.
Moran, William E., Jr.
Mortenson, Carl Albert
Mularz, Edward J.
Murphy, Daniel J.
Nebel, Donald Edward
Neff, Carl
Nickel, Raymond F.
O'Brien, Charles R., Jr.
Oesterle, Eugene C.
Oldaker, Arch L.
Oliver, Samuel N., Jr.
Oller, George R.
Olsen,
Orchard
Clarence
Fred
S.
S.
Pariseau, Daniel H.
Parker, Neill Fuller
Parmelee, Charles E.
Parnell, John A.
Patomoson, Raymond K.
Patton, RobertA.
Payne, Harold Gilson
Peebles, Arthur F., Jr.
Pfahl, Howard Lauffer
Pfeiffer, Latham Edward
Pennell, David G.
Powell, Glen Eugene
Prok, Joseph
Rados, Steve
Radu, Charles
Randell, Joseph P.
Reed, George Edward
Richter, Ernest J.
Riley, Norbert J.
Riley, Paul F.
Rimar, John
Ross, Charles E., Jr.
Rote, Bernard C.
Rush, James Lee
Ryan, Thomas A., Jr.
Rybka, Theodore
Saltis, James A.
Schad, Robert D., Jr.
Scherer, Paul W.
Schweitzer, Robert Martin
Scullin, Harry S.
Secor, Richard St. Clair
Sedor, George
Seiler, Franklin C.
Semrau, Louis R.
Sheets, Jack B.
Sheridan, George L., Jr.
Shimko, Joseph B.
Shroka, Harold W.
Sicking, Ralph
Simons, Gerald C.
Skeath, Albert
Slavik, Andrew J.
Smith, Kennan H.
Smith, Richard A.
Soltis, Steven W.
Sonenfield, Robert
Sparrow, Arthur H.
Sperk, Peter A.
Spisak, Frank B.
Spissman, Carl T.
Stercula, Walter
Stover, John P.
Student, Emil S.
Student, Frank C.
Studer, John Westlake
Surovy, Joseph Frank
Sutter, John
Sutton, William J., Jr.
Svendsen, James J.
Thomas, Mathew A.
Thomascik, Frank B.
Tidik, John M., Jr.
Uherka, David F.
Uhler, Emil
Ulman, Richard J.
VanNortwick, George T.
Varney, Robert F.
Vukas, Louis P.
Waldron, Arthur S.
Walker, Edwin C., Jr.
Walter, William F.
Wangberg, Ronald
Warner, Charles G.
Weitlauf, Frank L.
Wesp, William Edward
Wessel, Ralph C.
Wetzel, Louis Edward
Whitaker, Richard H.
Wilk, Walter S.
Wilson, Harry A.
Winger, Robert H.
Wright, Mark L.
Yensho, Edward
Young, Richard K.
Zeedik, John

The total number of Americans who lost their lives in World War II was 312,896. Another 672,483 were wounded. 12,780 were declared missing in action. The total number who served in all branches was 13,104,355.
 
 

Almy Bertram S. Army   Pfc. 7-10-1944
1401 Roycroft Avenue Ohio H.S.1925
Pfc. Bertram S. Almy was training at Camp Shelby Mississippi. He was on the way home when the car he was riding in was struck by a train at Washington Court House, Ohio.

 
Amato, Thomas Albert Army   T.Sgt. 11-14-1944
1229 Lakeland Avenue Germany
Thomas Albert Amato was killed in action in Germany on November 14, 1944. His father was Major T. S. Amato who died in World War I.

 
Andrews, Jay Spoor Merchant Marines 2-27-1942
1310 Summit Avenue at sea
Jay Spoor Andrews was lost when his ship the SS R.P. Resor was torpedoed and sunk by the enemy on February 27, 1942. His father was presented with the Mariner's Medal in commemoration of the great service his son had contributed to his country. Jay Andrews was a descendant of Lakewood's early settler, Price French.

 
Anger, Earl J. AAF  Lt. 11-27-1943
1197 Marlowe Avenue North Africa
Lt. Earl J. Anger was reported missing in action in North Africa November 26, 1943. Approximately a year later his death was confirmed.  Lt. Anger served in the Army Air Force as an aviation engineer.

 
Arthur, Stanley William, Jr. Marines  Cpl. 6-18-1945
17836 Clifton Blvd. Okinawa H.S.1939
Cpl. Stanley W. Arthur was killed in action on June 18, 1945, on Okinawa. Just three days later, organized resistance on Okinawa was at an end. Cpl. Arthur was a machine gunner with the famed Marine 1st Division and served with the first group of Marines who landed at Guadalcanal.

 
Bader, Donald W. Army  Pfc. 12-25-1945
1345 Sloane Avenue at sea
Pfc. Donald W. Bader died Christmas Day, 1945, on a troop ship in the English Channel.

 
Bailey, David Bevington Army  Sgt. 3-30-1945
16413 Hilllard Road Germany H.S.1943
Sgt. David Bailey was just 20 years old when he was killed in action in Germany. He was trained in anti-aircraft artillery, judo, mine placement and demolition, swimming, and transportation. He served with the llth Armored Division in General George Patton's Third Army. At the time of Sgt. Bailey's death, the llth Armored (Thunderbolt) Division was aiding in the clearing of the German Saarland. Sgt. Bailey was a descendant of Adam Wagar, one of Lakewood's early settlers.

 
Bainer, Joseph E. Army   1st Lt. 6-30-1944
1287 Ramona Avenue New Guinea H.S.1932
The main phase of the operations on Biak Island was finished, and part of the landing forces were withdrawn. The remaining men undertook the securing of the island. Lt. Joseph E. Bainer served with the 6th Cavalry  Reconnaissance Troops and died June 30, 1944, on New Guinea. He is buried in Arlington Cemetery.

 
Ball, Eugene C. Army  Pvt. 6-22-1944
1309 St. Charles Avenue France
Pvt. Eugene C. Ball entered France on D-Day, June 6, 1944, with 185,000 other troops. He was killed June 22, 1944.

 
Bangert, Ralph William Navy
1310 Jackson Avenue at sea
Ralph Bangert served aboard a PT boat, one of the smallest and most maneuverable fighting ships of the U.S. Navy. He is buried in France.

 
Basar, Leonard J. Army  Pvt. 11-13-1944
2089 Clarence Avenue Italy
Pvt. Leonard J. Basar was killed in action November 13, 1944, in Florence Italy. The Allied drive up the Italian boot proved to be a painfully slow struggle against a determined Germany army. They faced obstacles such as floods, mud, mountains, and the winter cold. There was such heavy fighting in Florence that all the bridges were destroyed in World War II except, the Ponte Vecchio.

 
Beganyi, John R. Army  Pfc. 7-25-1944
1630 Grace Avenue France H.S.1938
Operation Cobra was the U.S. 1st Army's advance from the Normandy area. It started July 25, 1944. It was preceded by a massive artillery and aerial bombardment. General Omar Bradley called it "the most decisive battle of our war in western Europe."  Pfc. John R. Beganyi died in France on the first day of this attack.

 
Bennett, John H. Army   Pfc. 1-1-1945
1282 Summit Avenue Belgium H.S.1938
Pfc. John H. Bennett died in Belgium January 1, 1945. He was with the 9th Division of the 1st Army. He is buried in Lakewood Park Cemetery.

 
Berry, Charles L. Army  Lt. 6-12-1944
18117 Clifton Blvd. France H.S.1931
Lt. Charles Berry was killed in action June 12, 1944, just six days after the D-Day landing.

 
Birt, Joseph V. Marines   Pfc. 3-5-1945
1451 Maile Avenue Iwo Jima
Pfc. Joseph Birt was killed in action on his 20th birthday. He is buried at Calvary Cemetery.

 
Bittinger, Marlin B,. Jr. AAF  2nd Lt. 1-14-1945
2174 Arthur Avenue Morotai Island H.S.1942
Lt. Marlin B. Bittinger was killed on Morotai Island. He was the pilot of a B-24 Liberator bomber in the 13th Army Air Force. He is buried in Sunset Memorial Park.

 
Black, John E Navy   Lt. 12-7-1941
1596 Clarence Avenue Pearl Harbor H.S.1933
Lt. John E. Black was the first man to give his life in World War II from Lakewood, Ohio. He was serving aboard the U.S.S. Utah when it was attacked and sunk by Japanese aircraft at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

 
Blake, L. Daniels Army   Pfc. 12-16-1944
17604 Fries Avenue France H.S.1943
Pfc. L. Daniels Blake was killed in action in France, December 16, 1944. He went overseas with the 87th Infantry Division, and entered France about the 1st of December with General Patton's Third Army.

 
Bolles, Jay Franklin Navy  Air  Radioman 2/c 6-11-1943
2189 Wascana Avenue at sea H. S. 1940
Jay Franklin Bolles served as a Radioman 2nd class on a Navy aircraft plane. His plane did not return from a mission in the South Atlantic and Jay was declared dead, June ll, 1943.

 
Bombay, Albert J. Army   Pvt. 12-12-1944
2105 Elbur Avenue France
Pvt. Albert J. Bombay died of wounds received in France, December 12, 1944. He served in the army at the Battle of the Bulge.

 
Borchert, Arthur A. AAF   Pfc. 10-5-1944
1679 Wyandotte Avenue Reno, Nevada
Pfc. Arthur A. Borchert was killed in a truck accident, October 5, 1944. The accident was near the Reno Army Air base where he was stationed.

 
Borosky, Edward F. AAF    1st Lt. 2-22-1944
1258 Lakeland Avenue Italy H.S.1941
Lt. Edward F. Borosky was awarded the Air Medal for "meritorious achievement" and the Distinguished Flying Cross with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters. He served with the 15th Air Force in Italy, and completed 50 dangerous missions over enemy territory. He was 21 years old when his family was notified that he was missing. He was declared dead February 22, 1944.

 
Bowden, Robert Frederick Army   Pfc. 4-23-1945
2023 Wascana Avenue Mindanao Island H.S.1938
On April 23, 1945, units of the U.S. 24th Division took Kabacan, on Mindanao Island. Pfc. Robert F. Bowden was killed in action on Mindanao Island in the Philippines on that day.

 
Boyden, Samuel E Army  S/Sgt. 11-24-1944
1519 Ridgewood Avenue France
Sgt. Samuel E. Boyden was killed less than a month after his arrival in France. He served with a tank unit.

 
Boyle, Thomas Arthur Cpl 11-24-1944
1380 Clarence Germany
Cpl. Thomas Boyle served with the 24th Constabulary Squadron in Schweinfurt, Germany.  His mother, Violet Boyle was notified of his death.  He is buried in Lakewood Park Cemetary.

 
Brenza, George Anthony Army Pfc. 7-11-1943
2178 Clarence Avenue Sicily H.S.1937
Pfc. George Anthony Brenza was killed in action in Sicily. The Italian island was assaulted July 10, 1943 by over 467,000 Allied troops. Pfc. Brenza died just a day later, July ll, 1943.

 
Brewer, William H. Army   1st Lt. 7-10-1944
14805 Hilliard Avenue France H.S.1935
Lt. William Henry Brewer was killed in France, July 10, 1944. Lt. Brewer wrote home, "The hedgerows in France make our life difficult." The hedgerows were barriers that divided up the fields of Normandy. They were three to four feet thick and three to five feet high and were constructed of trees roots and rocks forming an impenetrable barrier. Hedgerows turned each field into a small fortress and made it significantly more difficult for the Allies to capture the Normandy area. Lt. William Brewer was a member of a heavy weapons unit.

 
Broginni, Lloyd A. Army  Pfc. 12-7-1944
1294 Edward Avenue France H.S.1942
Pfc. Lloyd A. Broginni was a member of a party sent forward to secure a house on the eastern edge of Enchenberg. "Despite intense enemy fire from machine guns and snipers, Pfc. Broginni endangered himself repeatedly in order to fire at the enemy positions. His heroic effort was cut short by a sniper's bullet which killed him instantly." He died Dec. 7, 1944. The Silver Star was awarded to Pfc. Broginni  posthumously.

 
Brown, Daniel Miller AAF   S/Sgt. 12-25-1944
1096 Kenneth Avenue Belgium H.S.1938
Sgt. Daniel M. Brown served as a turret gunner aboard a A-20 Havoc bomber. He proudly wrote home that he had been made gunner's chief of his squadron. Sgt. Brown completed 50 missions. He was killed during the Battle of the Bulge, Christmas day, 1944, while serving with the 9th Air Force which was attached to General Patton's Third Army.

 
Brunst, John Charles Amy  Pfc. 2-4-1945
1229 Andrews Avenue Luzon Wd. H.S.1933
The Americans advanced slowly in all directions round their beachhead on Luzon.  MacArthur asked General Krueger for more speed. The 6th Amy began advancing south, with Clark Airfield as its objective. The effort continued through the whole month of February. Pvt. John Charles Brunst was killed February 4, 1945, while serving with the 6th Army.

 
Buffington, Edward Kenneth Army   Pvt. 6-10-1944
2044 Lakeland Avenue France Wd.H.S.
Normandy is the name of the French coastal area assaulted by the Allies on D-Day, June 6,1944. Pvt. Edward Buffington was with the l0lst Airborne. He died four days after the assault.

 
Buschlen, Arthur B. Army  Sgt. 6-6-1944
1591 Woodward Avenue France
Sgt. Arthur B. Buschlen was killed on June 6, 1944,  (D-Day) while attempting to save the lives of two wounded men when their boat capsized in enemy fire as it neared the Normandy beach. Later, in spite of mortal wounds, he attempted to salvage equipment entangled in barbed wire barriers in the channel. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and the Bronze Star for gallantry posthumously. Sgt. Buschlen was with General Bradley's 1st U.S. Army -- assigned the westerly points of attack at two areas code-named "Utah" and "Omaha."

 
Bzowey, Alexander Army  Pvt. 4-28-1944
12501 Plover Avenue New Guinea Wd.H.S.
Alexander Bzowey died at Hollandia in Netherlands New Guinea, April 28, 1944. He served with the Medical Corps for six months before he was killed.

 
Cahill, Edward Russell, Jr. AAF 2nd Lt. 5-8-1944
1510 Lakeland Avenue Germany H.S. 1936
Lt. Edward R. Cahill was killed over Germany, May 8, 1944. He was the copilot of a B-17 Flying Fortress. He had completed 29 successful missions. On the 30th mission, Lt. Cahill and his crew were accompanying another disabled Fortress when they were hit by enemy flak. Friends said he had bailed out of his plane, but it was later reported that Lt. Cahill was killed. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Presidential Citation and the Purple Heart posthumously.

 
Caine Douglas K., Jr. Navy Seaman 2/c 1-1-1945
11851 Lake Avenue Brecksville, Ohio
Seaman Douglas Caine completed the prescribed course of study at the Naval Training School at the University of Chicago, and was transferred to the Great Lakes Training Station in Illinois. It was at the Great Lakes Training Station that he fell from a signaling bridge. He died of his injuries at the Veterans Hospital in Brecksville, Ohio, where he had been moved to be closer to his family.

 
Calavan, Harry Monzie Army  2nd Lt. 5-8-1943
15528 Madison Avenue North Africa H.S.1937
Lt. Harry M. Calavan entered the army in January, 1942. He was overseas five months and attached to a tank company in North Africa when he died, May 8, 1943.

 
Call, Norman D. Coast Guard Lt.(J.G.) 9-14-1944
1117 Forest Avenue at sea
Lt. Norman D. Call died when the 125-foot Coast Guard cutter "Jackson" attempted to rescue a Liberty ship that had been torpedoed off the North Carolina coast in the middle of a hurricane. It was a grim opportunity to demonstrate the old Coast Guard saying: "You have to go out. You don't have to come back."

 
Charleson, Vernon Glenn Army lst Lt. 4-12-1945
17716 Narragansett Avenue Nuremberg Germany
On April 11, 1945, the U.S. 3rd Army advanced into the Weimar sector, passing the German extermination camp at Buchenwald and Bad Sulza. The Americans advanced rapidly south of Nuremberg. Lt. Vernon Charleson was serving with a reconnaisance unit of the 3rd Army when he was killed in action. He was an intelligence and reconnaisance officer in his regiment.

 
Christian, Lewis C. AAF Lt. 12-29-1944
1071 Cliffdale Avenue England H.S.1942
Lt. Lewis Christian lost his life while serving as a copilot of a B-24 Liberator bomber.

 
Clark, Joseph B. Navy Yeoman 1/c
1482 Winchester Avenue Solomon Islands
Joseph Clark died after a short illness. He contracted psittacosis in the Solomon Islands and never recovered.

 
Clark, Max Dale Army  Lt. 6-7-1944
15103 Lake Avenue France
Lt. Max Clark was a paratrooper and he was killed in action in France on June 7, 1944, just one day after D-Day. He was in the army for three and half years.

 
Cleary, Thomas J. Army lst Lt. 10-18-1945
1640 Elbur Avenue Japan
Lt. Thomas Cleary was seriously wounded March 22, 1945 on Luzon. He died of complications involving amoebic dysentery while aboard an army transport. He had been in the army for three years and had won five Battle Stars. He served in the 32nd Infantry Division and died October 18, 1945.

 
Coady, Francis X. Army Pvt. 10-22-1944
1435 Coutant Avenue Germany Wd. H.S.1935
Pvt. Francis Coady was killed in Germany, October 22, 1944, the date he had previously been reported missing.

 
Comerford, Edward F. Army Pvt. 3-13-1945
1579 Ridgewood Avenue Germany H.S.1944
Pvt. Edward  Comerford (nee Edward Kitstein) was killed in action in Germany, March 13, 1945. Pvt. Comerford is buried in Calvary Cemetery.

 
Conway, Daniel Richard AAF    Lt. 9-19-1941
Narragansett Avenue U.S.A.
Lt. Daniel Conway was a flight instructor and was killed in a training crash.

 
Cook, William R Army T/Sgt. 7-28-1945
1222 Manor Park Avenue Luzon H.S. 1942
Sgt. William Cook was believed to have been killed by Japanese stragglers in the surrounding hills of a camp near Lipa on Luzon. He was attached to the 511th Parachute Infantry Regiment in the llth Airborne Division. He served in New Guinea and was wounded during the battle for Leyte in the Philippines.

 
Cooley, John Hall AAF Pfc. 9-9-1943
1192 St. Charles Avenue Clovis, New Mexico
Pfc. John Cooley lost his life during a routine training flight when the plane he was in lost an engine. He was training to be a flight engineer with the Army Transport Command. He was stationed at Rosecranz Field, Clovis, New Mexico.

 
Cooley, Richard A. AAF 1st Lt. 5-12-1944
1438 Marlowe Avenue Italy H.S. 1936
Richard Cooley was killed in Italy near Albina, Reggio Emilia. His body was never recovered.

 
Corlett, Harvey W. Army Pfc. 3-31-1945
Germany H.S. 1944 1480 Bunts Road
On March 31, 1945, the American 3rd Army was heavily engaged by units of the German 7th Army on the line of the rivers Fulda and Eder. Pfc. Harvey Corlett served with the 3rd Army. He was killed in Germany on March 31, 1945.

 
Courtney, John Robert AAF T/Sgt. 11-21-1944
15900 Clifton Blvd. Germany H.S.1939
Sgt. John Courtney was a radio operator and gunner on a B-17 Flying Fortress. He was listed as missing November 21, 1944 and presumed killed on that date. He was awarded the Air Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster posthumously.

 
Davidson, Alexander Navy Boatswain's Mate 2/c 11-10-1944
18714 Sloane Avenue Pacific
Alexander Davidson was reported missing in the Pacific area. He enlisted in the Navy shortly after Pearl Harbor and served on convoy duty in the South Atlantic.

 
Day, Roger Alvin AAF 1st Lt.
1484 Winton Avenue U.S.A. H.S.1939
Lt. Roger Day was killed in an auto accident after having served in the Air Force for three years as a flight instructor.

 
Dean, Gilbert Patrick Marines Pfc. 6-28-1944
1495 Hopkins Avenue Saipan Island
On June 15, 1944, U.S. Marines invaded Saipan Island. Pfc. Gilbert Dean was with the 2nd Marine Division. He died on June 28, 1944.

 
Deeter, William H. Army     Pfc. 11-2-1944
2024 Morrison Avenue Netherlands H.S.1942
Pvt. William Deeter was killed in the Netherlands, November 2, 1944, after having been overseas less than one month.

 
Doty, Charles Edward, Jr. Army Capt. 2-23-1945
1449 Cohassett Avenue France Wd. H.S.1932
Capt. Charles Doty was an infantry officer and successfully commanded troops in the Kiska landing in the Aleutians. After a stay in the United States, he was reassigned to duty in France. It was there that he was wounded in action and died of those wounds, Feburary 23, 1945.

 
Dowling, Curt Army     Lt. Summer, 1944
1453 Belle Avenue Italy H.S.1931
Lt. Curt Dowling was killed in Italy in 1944.

 
Du Cly, Louis H. Army     Cpl. 4-14-1945
13736 Madison Avenue Germany Wd. H.S.1945
Cpl. Louis Du Cly was killed April 14, 1945, in Germany.

 
Dunbar, Willis J. AAF Cpl.
2221 Northland Avenue New Guinea
Cpl. Willis Dunbar was an aerial engineer on a bomber and had completed more than 26 missions over enemy territory. He was killed in an air crash over New Guinea. He was awarded the Air Medal and a Presidential Citation for his work in Australia, New Guinea, and the East Indies.

 
Easter, James Lake AAF    1st Lt. 3-2-1943
2064 Carabel Avenue Pacific H.S.1937
Lt. James Easter was a pilot and was killed in action when his B-17 Flying Fortress engaged in battle in the southwest Pacific. He had received the Silver Star, Air Medal, and the Purple Heart for his participation in the battle of Midway. Lt. Easter had taken part in more than 100 hours of long-range bombing missions over areas continually patrolled by enemy aircraft. "James' death," his father said "has been a great loss to us, but it is with a spirit of humbleness and subdued elation that we accept these medals on behalf of our son."

 
Eldred, James Percy Navy  Boilermaker 2/c 12-2-1942
15409 Clifton Blvd. Morocco, N.Africa
James Eldred was a Boilermaker 2nd class on the U.S.S. Bliss which was torpedoed and sunk by an enemy submarine. He was participating in amphibious operations in Morocco, North Africa. James was reported missing and after one year declared dead.

 
Entres, Paul J. AAF    2nd Lt. 4-27-1945
2215 Niagara Avenue U.S.A. H.S.1940
Lt. Paul Entres was killed April 27, 1945 in the crash of a C-46 troop carrier plane, which was on a routine flight from the Sedalia, Missouri air base.

 
Feldmeyer, John C. AAF    Capt. 5-23-1943
1480 Belle Avenue North Africa H.S.1938
Capt. John Feldmeyer was a communications officer. He was killed in a plane crash in North Africa, May 23, 1943.

 
Fitzgerald, William M. AAF  2nd Lt. 5-27-1944
1278 Westlake Avenue Europe H.S.1937
Lt. William Fitzgerald was killed while serving as a bombardier on a B-17 Flying Fortress.

 
Fleming, Harold Allen Navy Seaman 2/c 7-29-1944
2042 Lincoln Avenue U.S.A. Wd.H.S.1943
Seaman Harold Fleming died of a sudden respiratory illness of unexplained origin in Norman, Oklahoma.

 
Florence, William Navy Lt. 2-16-1945
17423 Shaw Avenue San Francisco Bay
Lt. William Florence was killed in a crash of a Navy transport. He was on his way home, on an emergency leave, granted when his mother became critically ill. He never knew of his mother's death. Lt. Florence had served three years as a dental officer for a battalion of Seabees stationed in the South Pacific.

 
Forsythe, Robert H. AAF 1st Lt. 12-12-1944
1441 Elbur Avenue Iceland H.S.1937
Lt. Robert Forsythe was a navigator. He was aboard a B-24 in the Air Transport Command and was killed when his plane crashed in Iceland on December 12, 1944.

 
Fristik, Henry Army Pfc. 9-30-1944
1605 Alameda Avenue Netherlands
Pfc. Henry Fristik served with a glider infantry regiment in the 82nd airborne division and was killed Sept. 30, 1944 in the Netherlands. He had written home on Sept. 13, "Keep your chin up."

 
Gabor, Edward J. AAF    Major 5-1-1945
12961 Lake Avenue Italy H.S.1936
Major Edward Gabor had 189 missions in the Mediteranean area to his credit at the time of his death. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Air Medal with 10 Oak leaf Clusters, and the Presidential Citation. In addition, he was awarded the Croix de Guerre with Gold Star. He was cited for his work in developing a new bombing technique for the P-38 Lighting, and for his successful efforts on combat missions. He was killed on a mission over the northern part of Italy on May 1, 1945, while piloting a P-47 Thunderbolt.

 
Gedecke, William C. Capt. AAF 8-23-1944
2124 Wyandotte Avenue Italy H.S. 1929
Capt. William Gedecke was killed in an airplane crash over Naples, Italy, August 23, 1944.

 
Gelnaw, John F., Jr. Navy Air Petty Officer 1/c 1-16-1945
1266 Donald Avenue China
Petty Officer John Gelnew was aboard a Navy torpedo bomber plane that collided with another plane over Hong Kong. They were on a combat mission when he was killed on January 16, 1945. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism as a turret gunner while based aboard the U.S.S. Hancock.

 
Gluntz, Daniel C. AAF 2nd Lt. 2-19-1944
1446 Elbur Avenue Italy H.S.1935
Lt. Daniel Gluntz was killed in a crash of a B-24 Liberator in the Mediterranean. He received his glider-pilot wings and was awarded his commission as bombardier. He was on a ferrying mission from Tunis to Italy when he was first reported missing and later confirmed dead, February 19, 1944. He is buried in Arlington Cemetery.

 
Gombar, John A. Army  Pfc. 2-11-1945
2161 Halstead Avenue France
Pvt. John Gombar was awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge while serving in the 36th Texas Infantry Division in the 5th Army. He served in Africa and Italy before going to France where he was wounded and died.

 
Gordon, Thomas E. Army Pfc. 10-5-1943
1617 Belle Avenue North Africa
Pfc. Thomas Gordon died of injuries received in an automobile accident in North Africa. He is buried in Calvary Cemetery.

 
Gray, George McKinley Navy Air Seaman 1/c 5-?-1944
13838 Clifton Blvd. at sea H.S.1942
Seaman George Gray graduated from radio, radar and gunnery school. He was stationed aboard an aircraft carrier and saw action over Tokyo and Iwo Jima as an aviation radioman. He was killed in action in the Pacific theater and was buried at sea.

 
Greanoff, William Arthur Army Pvt. 7-2-1943
2048 Bunts Road Solomons Islands H.S.1939
One day before his 24th birthday Pvt. William Greanoff was killed in action in the southwest Pacific. He was stationed at Guadalcanal, where he acted as an administrative assistant to several high ranking officers. He made a ring from a piece of plastic obtained from an enemy plane gun turret and sent it to his father. His parents received the ring only one day before they were notified that he had been killed in action. He is buried in the National Cemetery at Munda on New Georgia Island.

 
Green, Alan S. AAF 2nd Lt. 9-16-1944
1302 Bonnieview Avenue England H.S.1941
Lt. Alan Green crashed his P-38 Lightning fighter plane in England, September 16, 1944.

 
Grenwis, Frederick A. Jr. AAF 2nd Lt. 11-13-1943
1401 Roycroft Avenue Europe
Lt. Frederick Grenwis was killed November 13, 1943, while serving as a bombardier on a B-24 Liberator. There were ten men aboard the plane and it collided with another plane. Some of the men on the second plane survived the crash and were taken prisoner. They were on a bombing mission to Bremen, Germany and none of the men in Lt. Grenwis's crew lived. He had served overseas for six months and was awarded the Air Medal.

 
Griffiths, Thomas Marines Pfc. 6-15-1944
2167 Brown Road Saipan Island Wd.H.S.1941
On June 15, an amphibious landing was made on Saipan in the sultry summer of 1944. The long twenty-five day attack against strongly entrenched and fiercely resisting troops on Saipan proved the most bitter battle in the Pacific up to that time. Pfc. Thomas Griffiths was killed on Saipan Island on the first day of the Marine invasion, June 15, 1944.

 
Grill, George W., Jr. Air Marines 1st Lt. 11-1-1943
1505 Belle Avenue S.W. Pacific H.S.1937
Lt. George Grill lost his life in a plane crash in the southwest Pacific. He was a fighter pilot.

 
Grobarick, Robert Joseph Navy A M M 3/c 3-19-45
1607 Bunts Road Pacific Wd. H.S.1942
March 19, 1944 while the U.S.S. Franklin was launching her aircraft, an enemy dive bomber came out of the clouds and scored hits with two five hundred pound amor-piercing bombs. Flames shot through the ship and it was rocked by one explosion after another as fuel and ammunition blew up. There were more than 1000 casualties and Aviation Machinist Mate Robert Grobarick was one of those who lost his life on the U.S.S. Franklin that day.

 
Gruss, Robest J. AAF Cpl. 8-19-1944
2022 Robin Avenue Tonopah, Nevada H.S.1943
Cpl. Robert Gruss died while on a routine flight near Tonopah, Nevada. He had trained to be an aerial gunner on a B-24 Liberator. He is buried in Calvary Cemetery.

 
Gunn, Timothy Alexander AAF 1st Lt. 9-18-1944
1423 Lincoln Avenue Germany H.S.1939
Lt. Timothy Gunn served as a pilot and was based in Italy. He earned the Air Medal for meritorious achievement. He had completed 34 missions as a bomber pilot when he was declared missing in action over Germany, July 18, 1944.

 
Halbach, James L. Army Cpl. 2-9-1945
1375 Westlake Avenue Germany Wd.H.S.1925
Cpl. James Halbach was serving in the armored infantry when he was taken prisoner during the Battle of the Bu1ge. He died less than two months later in a German prison camp.

 
Hansen, George P., Jr. Army lst Lt. 10-14-1944
1470 Elmwood Avenue Eng1and H.S.1932
Lt. George Hansen was killed October 14, 1944 in Bristol, Eng1and. He had served in the infantry in Iceland.

 
Hardy, Alfred D. Army   pvt. 4-?-1948
1381 Clarence Europe
Pvt. Alfred Hardy lost his life in Europe.  He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

 
Harvey, Lyman Kenneth AAF 2nd Lt. 6-16-1941
14504 Clifton Blvd. Wyoming H.S.1936
Lt. Kenneth Harvey was killed in the crash of a B-18 in Wyoming, June 16, 1941.

 
Hayes, Robert J. AAF  S/Sgt. 12-31-1944
2060 Elbur Avenue North Sea H.S.1939
Staff Sgt. Robert Hayes served as a radio gunner aboard a B-l7 Flying Fortress.  He had completed 7 missions when the plane he was in went down in the North Sea,  after completing a raid over Germany. He was awarded the Purple Heart posthumously.

 
Heasley, James T. Navy 1-14-1946
2164 Lakeland at sea
James Heasley lost his life while serving in the Navy.  He died in the area of the Gilbert and Marshall Islands.

 
Heiler, Philip Army Captain 4-30-1945
1540 Chesterland Avenue Germany H.S.1934
Captain Philip Heiler was killed in Germany.

 
Henderson, Charles W. Army T/Sgt. 1942
1226 Manor Park Avenue Bataan
Sgt. Charles Henderson wrote an encouraging letter to his sister, "We have been taking good care of ourselves and will be able to do so until Uncle Sam puts the Japs back where they belong. His family heard from him once more in a letter dated February 15, 1942, from Corregidor. That letter was taken from the Philippines by General Douglas MacArthur when he left, and it was delivered to his parents two months later. On April 9, 1942, 75,000 soldiers surrendered, becoming the largest U. S. military force in history to surrender. The Japanese forced the prisoners to march the sixty-five miles to Camp O'Donnell. Nearly 25,000 prisoners died along the way, with another 22,000 Americans dying in the first two months at that camp. It is now known as the Bataan Death March.  Sgt. Henderson was taken prisoner and died during the battle of Bataan.

 
Hobson, William Franklin Navy Air Ensign 6-19-1943
1517 Mars Avenue Corpus Christi, Texas H.S.1937
June 19, 1943, a plane crashed into the one which Ensign William Hobson was piloting. Ensign Hobson was a Naval flight instructor. The accident happened near Corpus Christi, Texas.

 
Holl, Richard L. Army Pfc. 9-1-1945 ?
1558 Parkwood Avenue France
Pfc. Richard Holl was killed in France.

 
Homberg, Arthur Army Cpl. 8-2-1944
1208 Westlake Avenue England
Cpl. Arthur Homberg was wounded in France and died in an English hospital.

 
Horvath, John J. Army Sgt. 9-12-1944
14500 Bayes Avenue France H.S.1934
Sgt. John Horvath was the commander of a tank crew. He was killed in France while serving with an armored unit.

 
Hoskin, Harry C., Jr. Marines  Capt. 5-28-1948
1263 Warren Road
Captain Harry Hoskin died while in uniform.  He is buried in Sunset Memorial Cemetery.

 
Hottois, Allan W. AAF     2nd Lt. 9-8-1942
1278 Granger Avenue New Mexico H.S.1938
Lt. Allan Hottois died in a plane crash while in training.

 
Houchin, Waldo P. Army Pvt. 12-16-1943
13909 Lake Avenue New Jersey H.S.1940
Along with thousands of other American soldiers, Pvt. Waldo Houchin took his basic training at Fort Dix, New Jersey. It was there that he was killed in an accident.

 
Hoyer, Frank E. Merchant Marines Lt. 3-8-1944
2229 Richland Avenue at sea H.S.1934
Lt. Frank Hoyer was serving as a second mate aboard a Liberty ship. The ship was lost in the Atlantic on March 8, 1944 due to the perils of the sea.

 
Hudimac, George M. Civilian Technician 7-2-1944
1597 Hopkins Avenue Indian Ocean H.S.1937
George M. Hudimac lost his life in the Indian Ocean on July 2, 1944 while serving as a civilian technician for the Bureau of Ships under the auspices of the Navy.

 
Hughes, Trevor AAF    Sgt. 1-8-1944
1282 Clifton Prado California H.S.1942
Sgt. Trevor Hughes was one of ten airmen who lost their lives in a B-24 Liberator bomber making a routine flight on January 8, 1944. The Liberator struck a mountain and burned near the Muroc Army Air Base in California. Sgt. Hughes was trained as an aerial gunner.

 
Humel, Edward J. Jr. Army 1st Lt. 4-1-1945
1431 Waterbury Avenue France H.S.1934
Lt. Edward Humel was a member of the medical corps in the army. He had been in the service just nine months and overseas for four months when he was admitted to a hospital in Paris. He died three days later the victim of poliomyelitis.

 
Hurst, Richard C. Army 2nd Lt. 5-30-1945
2140 Wascana Avenue Okinawa H.S.1939
Lt. Richard Hurst was killed in action on Okinawa. He was serving with the 7th Infantry Division. The Purple Heart was awarded to him posthumously. Less than a month later the battle of Okinawa ended in victory for the Americans. But not before 6,900 men were killed or declared missing and an additional 30,000 were wounded in land operations.

 
Irish, Keith L. 2nd Lt.
17413 Hilliard Avenue France
Lt. Keith Irish lost his life in France.

 
Isbell, Albert Edward Army S/Sgt. 11-30-1944
2113 Bunts Road Germany
Sgt. Albert Isbell wrote home that they were having turkey and dressing for Thanksgiving dinner but that it didn't taste very good when you were eating in the rain. Only a few days later he was fatally wounded in the Battle of the Bulge. He was hit by flak and wounded behind his ear. He lived about 12 hours and received the last rites from a priest. The Battle of the Bulge was the last major German offensive in World War II.

 
Jackson, Donald R. Army Pfc. 5-11-1945
13424 Merl Avenue Mindanao H.S.1943
Pfc. Donald Jackson served overseas with the medical corps and was a veteran of New Guinea and Leyte.  He died of a skull fracture on May 11, 1945, on Mindanao.

 
Jenner, Russell H. AAF 2nd Lt. 10-31-1944
1352 West Clifton Blvd. Belgium H.S.1940
Lt. Russell Jenner was a fighter pilot. He participated in low-level strafing and dive-bombing attacks on military targets ahead of the allied Armies invading France. Lt. Jenner's group netted in seven days of missions over enemy-occupied France: 7 enemy aircraft destroyed, 3 damaged; 3 bridges demolished by bomb hits; 8 locomotives destroyed, 17 damaged; 30 motor vehicles left blazing; 5 marshalling yards bombed, destroying 25 railroad cars and damaging 125. Lt. Jenner was reported missing in action, October 31, 1944, and was declared dead on the same date. He was awarded the Air Medal for meritorious achievement and the Purple Heart.

 
Jerome, Frank J. III Army 1st Lt.
1550 Larchmont Avenue Pacific
Lt. Frank Jerome was killed in the southwest Pacific. He served with the airborne engineers when he was reported missing in action. It was later confirmed that he had died.

 
Johnson, William Harry Navy Seaman 1-3-1942
1415 Riverside Drive Java Sea
The U.S.S. Houston headed for the Java Sea, and endured a terrific bombing attack by Japanese planes during which it was badly damaged. The next two nights the damaged ship attempted to escape through the Soenda Strait. The Houston never reached port. It was later learned that it had been surrounded by Japanese cruisers, and after a terrific night battle it went down. William Johnson was one of the 38 casualties reported by the Navy Department lost at sea on the Houston.

 
Jones, Robert W. Army Pvt. 2-26-1945
1289 Cranford Avenue Corregidor H.S.1943
Pvt. Robert Jones served as a paratrooper and was killed February 26, 1945, on Corregidor. The 127th Engineer Battalion was a part of the llth Airborne Division and Pvt. Jones served with them.

 
Keats, Glynn Army Pvt. 3-19-1944
1367 Andrews Avenue California
Pvt. Glynn Keats was on guard duty on March 19, 1944 at Petaluma, California. It was determined that the stove in the guard tower was unsafe and Pvt. Keats died of carbon monoxide poisoning.

 
Kelley, Robert Patrick S/Sgt. 11-8-1948
1277 Fry Avenue Europe
Sgt. Robert Kelley died in Europe.  He was killed in action.

 
Keister, Everett Lee, Jr. Army Pvt. 6-7-1944
1265 Virginia Avenue France H.S.1943
The French coastal area was assaulted by the allies on D-Day, June 6, 1944. A beachhead was secured on the sandy shores of Normandy. More then six thousand men were casualties on D-Day. Pvt. Everett Keister was among those wounded in that invasion and died the following day.

 
Kellogg, Frank AAF 2nd Lt. 6-11-1943
1420 Lauderdale Avenue Idaho H.S.1938
A routine flight of a B-24 Liberator bomber ended in a crash-landing in Idaho. Lt. Frank Kellogg was the bombardier aboard the hugh plane.

 
Kerr, Harold Leroy Navy Radioman 2/c 9-26-1945
12228 Clifton Blvd. Rhode Island
Harold Kerr died at a naval hospital of injuries he received in an accident at Westerly, Rhode Island. He had served for three years.

 
Kevern, Edward J. Navy Lt. Comm. 9-25-1943
14306 Delaware Avenue Gulf of Salerno
Lt. Commander Edward Kevern assumed command of the "Skill" after its launch. It was one of the most modern craft of its kind. It had a displacement of 840 tons and an over-all length of 221 feet. Commander Kevern had been a naval reserve officer for fourteen years prior to going on active duty. The "Skill" was a minelayer and had a crew of 65 to 70 men. It sank off the coast of Italy as the result of an underwater explosion in the Gulf of Salerno.

 
Kidd, Isaac Campbell Navy Rear Admiral 12-7-1941
11868 Clifton Blvd. Pearl Harbor
U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Isaac Kidd was the first admiral to be killed in action in World War II. As the commander of the battleships at Pearl Harbor he was on the bridge of the U.S.S. Arizona when it was hit and exploded on December 7, 1941. His body still rests with the sunken ship. He was awarded a posthumous Congressional Medal of Honor which states in part, "Rear Admiral Kidd immediately went to the bridge and, as Commander Battleship Division One, courageously discharged his duties as Senior Officer .... until the U.S.S. Arizona, his Flagship, blew up from magazine explosions and a direct bomb on the bridge which resulted in the loss of his life." Although Admiral Kidd left here at an early age, he had fond memories of  Lakewood and thought of it as home.

 
Kilfoyle, Thomas T., Jr. AAF 1st Lt. 1-19-1945
14005 Clifton Blvd. Germany H.S.1940
Lt. Thomas Kilfoyle was a P-47 Thunderbolt fighter pilot. He liked to tell the story of one particular mission. He leaned forward in his seat for better observation. Suddenly, he felt something hot crease his back. When he got back to the base he found that he had been grazed by a bullet. If he had been sitting back in his normal position he would have been shot. Lt. Kilfoyle completed 60 missions as a P-47 fighter pilot before he was killed in action at Kehl, Germany.

 
Kilgore, Maurice Navy Air Lt. (J.G.) 4-13-1943
(formerly Lakewood) Pennsylvania H.S.1933
Lt. Maurice Kilgore died suddenly in an airplane crash in Pennyslvania on April 13, 1943.

 
Kirby, George B. AAF Lt. 11-27-1943
17415 Cannon Avenue Texas H.S.1936
Lt. George Kirby was scheduled to be graduated from the army navigation school at Hondo, Texas and receive his 2nd lieutenant's commission, when a bomber he was aboard crashed. He was a participant in a "shakedown" flight preparatory to graduation. The plane developed engine trouble and nose-dived to earth and exploded. Lt. Kirby received his commission posthumously.

 
Klamut, Casmir A. Army Pfc. 9-?-1943
1649 Cohasset Avenue Belgium Wd.H.S.1938
Pfc. Casmir Klamut participated in African, Sicilian and Italian campaigns as a paratrooper in the 82nd division. During the invasion in North Africa he was reported missing. The wind had blown him away from his objective when he parachuted from the plane, and he ended up with a unit of Canadian troops. He later died as a result of wounds sustained in action in Belgium.

 
Klein, George Bernard Army 2nd Lt. 7-4-1944
15122 Arden Avenue France H.S.1935
On July 2, 1944, the divisions of the American 1st Army were reorganized. The VII Corps, consisted of the 4th,9th and 83rd Divisions. At 5:30 a.m. in a blinding rainstorm the American 1st Army launched the so-called "Battle of the Hedges." Lt. George Klein died in the mud of France the next day July 4, 1944. He was a member of the 83rd Division.

 
Kleinsmith, Adrian R. Army Pfc.
1487 Hopkins Avenue Germany Wd. H.S.1928
Pfc. Adrian Kleinsmith was wounded twice. He was attached to an infantry unit in the 7th Army. The first time he was hit by a tracer bullet and a piece of of it lodged in his eye. Returning to action, he was wounded by shrapnel in his left leg and right arm. He recuperated in a hospital in England and returned to combat only to be killed in Germany.

 
Knight, Leonard S. AAF    S/Sgt. 1945
1472 Lakewood Avenue SW. Pacific
Sgt. Leonard Knight was a radio operator on a B-29 Superfortress. He was listed as missing and later declared dead. He never returned from a mission over Munda, in the central Solomons. It was believed that his plane was lost at sea.

 
Koch, John Casper Army Pvt. 10-12-1944
1224 Edwards Avenue South Pacific H.S.1942
Pvt. John Koch was aboard a ship in the South Pacific when he died of appendicitis.

 
Kody, Richard C. AAF    1st Lt. 5-15-1945
1377 Belle Avenue Italy Wd. H.S.1933
Lt. Richard Kody served in the army for nine years prior to switching to the Army Air Force. He was killed in Italy while piloting a C-47 transport plane. At the time, he was acting as the commanding officer of a mobile flying control unit.

 
Koerner, Robert K. AAF   S/Sgt. 11-2-1944
2182 Glenbury Avenue Germany H.S.1936
Sgt. Robert Koerner had the Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters. He received them for exceptional meritorious achievement while serving as the ball-turret gunner of a B-17 Flying Fortress on a number of sustained bomber combat missions over Germany and other enemy areas. He was a veteran of the 6th Air Force's huge daylight bombing assaults over occupied Europe.

 
Kolp, William P. Marines Pfc. 6-16-1945
1611 Rosewood Avenue Okinawa
On June 15, 1945, the Marines at Kunishi Ridge ware unable to advance and suffered heavy casualties. The 1st Division was short of men and integrated with the 8th Regiment of the 2nd Marine Division. Pfc. William Kolp was nineteen years old when he was killed on  Okinawa, June 18, 1945. At the time he was serving with the 1st Marine Division.

 
Kotula, Joseph Army    Pfc. 8-8-1944
2054 Quail Avenue France
Pfc. Joseph Kotula was killed in action in France while serving in the infantry. He died on August 8, 1944.

 
Kowalski, Richard Army    Pfc. 6-15-1943
(formerly Lakewood) Mississippi H.S.1940
Pfc. Richard Kowalski died of an accidental gunshot wound at Camp Van Dorn, Mississippi on June 16 1943

 
Krauss, Wade H. AAF     2nd Lt.
1201 Ramona Avenue Germany H.S.1936
Lt. Wade Krauss was a member of a B-24 Liberator ten man crew. He was the bombardier and his plane was shot down over Germany.

 
Ksanovsky, Steve Army    Pvt. 9-1-1944
2096 Dowd Avenue Belgium H.S.1940
Pvt. Steve Ksanovsky was killed in action in Belgium, September 1, 1944.

 
Kuhn, Joseph L., Jr. Marine Air Corps.  Lt.
1245 W. Clifton Blvd. Pacific
Lt. Joseph Kuhn lost his life in the Pacific.

 
Kuntz, Donald Carl Army    Pfc. 10-1-1944
1302 Hall Avenue Italy H.S.1943
Pfc. Donald Kuntz was nineteen years old when he was killed in action. He was serving with the 313th Combat Engineers and saw action at Cassino and Rome. He died north of Florence, Italy, on October l, 1944. He was an only child.

 
Kvak, Emil F. Army    Pfc. 2-20-1945
2074 Lark Street Luzon
Pfc. Emil Kvak wrote home, "I've handed many a starving kid my rations." Sadly he was killed on Luzon on February 20, 1945.

 
Lafferty, Earle E. Army    Sgt. 10-11-1944
1305 Jackson Avenue Germany H.S. 1941
Sgt. Earle Lafferty landed in France on D-Day and fought as the commander of his tank throughout the French invasion. He was killed in action on October 11, 1944. He served with the 734th Tank Battalion.

 
Lambert, DeVere AAF Pvt. 4-8-1943
1460 Elmwood U.S.A.
Pvt. Lambert was on a routine flight from Bear Field, Ft. Wayne, Indiana to the air base in Columbus, Ohio.  The bomber crashed at midnight and Pvt. Lambert was one of the casualties.

 
Lancaster, Ray 12-16-1944
1292 Cove Avenue Luxembourg
Very little is known about Ray's service record.  His name, address and death were confirmed by the office of Veteran Affairs in Columbus, Ohio.

 
Lask, Clifford A. AAF     Sgt. 1-?-1945
1572 Hopkins Avenue South China Sea
Sgt. Clifford Lask was on his first mission as an aerial photographer. He was a crew member of a B-24 Liberator which failed to return from a long-range reconnaisance mission over the South China sea. He was serving as a photographer with the 14th Air Force.

 
Leader, Kent E. AAF     1st Lt. 12-11-1942
(formerly Lakewood) Italy H.S.1937
Lt. Kent Leader was the pilot of a bomber when he was killed in a raid over Italy, December 11,1942.

 
Lehr, Richard R. AAF  1st Lt. 10-4-194?
1605 Marlowe Avenue Solomon Islands H.S.1933
Lt. Richard Lehr was a bombardier on a B-24 Liberator when it crashed in the Solomon Islands. Lt. Lehr had been in the battle of Midway and won the Silver Star for gallantry in that action.

 
Lennon, William C. Army    Pfc. 5-24-1946
12933 Clifton Blvd. Pusan, Korea
Pfc. William Lennon loved being in the service. In fact, he served four months before being discharged for being under age. He re-enlisted shortly after his 18th birthday and wrote home how happy he was to be back in the infantry. Pfc. Lennon was on occupation duty in Korea with the 7th Infantry Division when he died of a respiratory disease. (Note: Pfc. William C. Lennon is included in the list of World War II men because he first served during that time.)

 
Lesley, Wendell M. AAF Flight Officer 10-27-1943
1474 Highland Avenue Texas
Wendell Lesley died suddenly at South Camp Hood, Texas

 
L'estrange, Roger W. Navy Air Ensign 8-4-1944
2043 Lakeland Ave. Pacific
Ensign Roger L'estrange was a Hellcat fighter pilot. The Hellcat was the first U.S. aircraft that could out perform the Japanese Zero. It could fly, climb, and dive faster, was more maneuverable, and had better firepower. Ensign L'estrange fought in Guam, Palau Islands, and the Saipan offensives. He wrote home, "I have to get to bed early as I expect a big day tomorrow." He was attached to the aircraft carrier, U.S.S. Franklin and never returned from an attack on a Japanese destroyer.

 
Loesch, Brown Ralph Navy  Lt. 3-6-?
1630 Larchmont Ella Island H.S. 1935
Lt. Loesch was a member of the navy fighting squadron, No. 26, which was the first naval aviation command identified as having fought in both the Pacific and European theaters.  He died on Ella Island in the Carolines.

 
Long, Raymond Jr. Navy Pharmacist's Mate 3/c 2-22-1945
1222 Hathaway Avenue Iwo Jima
Raymond Long wrote home, "...as soon as we take this island you'll be hearing from me. He was killed while serving with the medical corps of the Navy and was attached to the 5th Marine Division fighting on Iwo Jima. He lost his life while trying to save that of another.

 
Louzecky, John J. AAF 2nd Lt. 9-5-1943
2016 Wascana Avenue Creedmoor, Texas  H.S.1935
Lt. John Louzecky was killed when his plane crashed and burned near Creedmoor, Texas. He had received his bombardier wings and was training to be a navigator.

 
Lowry, David P. Army    S/Sgt.
1234 Gladys H.S.1942
Sgt. David Lowry was killed in action while fighting in Europe.

 
Ludwig, Vance P. AAF     1st Lt. 12-?-1943
11801 Lake Ave. Germany H.S.1934
Lt. Vance Ludwig was the pilot of a P-47 Thunderbolt fighter. He received national attention when he shot down 3 German fighters during a raid over Frankfurt, Germany. It was his 48th mission. Lt. Ludwig received the Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters for his action on that day. On the last day of his life, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and the Silver Star for remaining with his plane. He was protecting a heavy bomber formation during a raid over occupied Europe and stayed with them until his ammunition was exhausted. Lt. Ludwig's brilliant action was credited with saving the bomber formation from enemy action. Witnesses saw his plane going into a dive near Solingen in western Germany and he was never seen again.

 
Lyncha, Steve M. Army    Pvt. 1-30-1944
2042 Lark Street Italy
U.S. Army Colonel William O. Darby organized and commanded the rangers in World War II. He established the first American Ranger Battalion in Northern Ireland in the summer of 1942. The Rangers fought in North Africa, Sicily, and Italy. By the summer of 1944 there were only 199 still alive out of the original 1,500 members. Pfc. Steve Lyncha was one of those rangers who died at Anzio, Italy, January 30, 1944. He was awarded the Purple Heart posthumously.

 
MacKay, William C. Maritime Service Ensign 4-30-1944
1571 Victoria Avenue North Atlantic H.S.1935
Ensign William MacKay was awarded the Mariner's Medal as a result of his service. He was serving as the 3rd Assistant Engineer aboard a Liberty ship when they encountered the enemy and the ship was sunk.

 
Madsen Norman P. Navy Ensign 12-6-44
1440 Riverside Drive South Pacific H.S.1940
Ensign Norman Madsen was killed in action in the South Pacific, December 6, 1944.

 
Manwell, Thomas AAF S/Sgt. 2-25-1945
15112 Clifton Blvd. Italy
Sgt. Thomas Manwell received the Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters. He served as an aerial gunner on a B-25 Mitchell bomber and was killed over Italy. He was with the 12th Air Force.

 
Marcks, Robert L. Army Pvt. 8-3-1943
14818 Hilliard Road New Georgia
Pvt. Robert Marcks fought with the 37th Division. He was killed August 3, 1943 on New Georgia Island in the Solomons. Pvt. Marcks' brother-in-law was serving in the same company and saw him fatally wounded.

 
Matsko, Andrew A. Army Pvt. 12-29-1944
2026 Lark Street Belgium
After seeing action in Sicily and Italy Pvt. Andrew Matsko was considered s veteran combat fighter. He was serving in Belgium when he was killed just a few days after Christmas. He never saw his sixteen-month-old daughter Carol Sue.

 
Matter, Joseph F. Army S/Sgt. 12-27-1944
1212 Edwards Avenue France H.S.1942
Sgt. Joseph Matter was with the Armored Infantry in France when he was killed on December 27, 1944. Sgt. Matter was studying to be a minister at Wittenberg College when he joined the army.

 
McCarthy, Daniel E. Navy Seaman 1/c 11-30-1943
1492 Northland Avenue California
Seaman Daniel McCarthy died in a naval hospital on Thanksgiving Day in 1943. He died of an infection he contracted while assigned to a base in California.

 
McCoy, Paul H. Army Pfc. 5-7-1945
14704 Bayes Avenue Okinawa Wd.H.S.1931
Pfc. Paul McCoy participated in the invasions of Guam, Leyte, and Ie Shima. He had been overseas for 20 months. Pfc. McCoy was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge. He died of wounds he received on May 7, 1945.

 
McDermott, John M. Army S/Sgt. 12-25-1944
2025 Wascana Avenue Europe H.S.1942
Sgt. John McDermott was killed in Europe on Christmas day in 1944. He was attached to the 66th Infantry Division.

 
McGinty, William Donald Army Sgt. 4-6-1945
11918 Franklin Blvd. Germany Wd.H.S.1941
Sgt. William McGinty was killed in Germany on April 8, 1945. He was serving with an assault platoon attached to the 11th Armored Division of the 3rd Amy.

 
McGorray, James W. Marines Sgt. 7-30-1944
1574 Coutant Avenue Tinian
Sgt. James McGorray died in the southwest Pacific on Tinian a part of the Marianas.

 
McGraw, Thomas M., Jr. AAF S/Sgt. 2-28-1945
2126 Elbur Avenue Austria H.S.1937
Sgt. Thomas McGraw was a radio gunner on a B-24 Liberator bomber. He failed to return from his 20th mission. Attached to the 15th Air Force, he had been based in Italy and was decorated with the Air Medal with an Oak Leaf Cluster.

 
McIntyre, Roemer, Jr. Army Sgt. 4-14-1945
1516 Lakewood Avenue Germany H.S.1943
Sgt. Roemer McIntyre went overseas as a member of a communications unit attached to the 343rd Infantry. He was overseas less than two months when he wrote home that he was homesick. Sgt. McIntyre was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action in Germany. The citation in part states: "On April 14, 1945, when he was menaced by a sniper firing from a high cliff, Sgt. McIntyre, of his own volition, set out to locate the enemy soldier. As he approached the source of the rifle fire, he was wounded by the determined sniper. Rising to his feet, Sgt. McIntyre although suffering intense pain, doggedly pressed forward. Two more bullets entered his body and he fell mortally wounded. His exhibition of courage, initiative, and resourcefulness are worthy of high praise." He was also awarded the Purple Heart posthumously.

 
NcNally, John E. AAF T/Sgt. 2-21-1944
1222 Hall Avenue Colorado
Sgt. John McNally was killed in a plane crash near the Pueblo Army Air Base in Colorado. His plane crashed into a mountain during a heavy snow storm. Of the fifteen planes flying in formation, his was the only one which crashed.

 
McNash, Capel W. Navy Air Lt. 12-16-1944
1188 Andrews Avenue South Pacific H.S.1932
Lt. Capel McNash was killed in action in the South Pacific. Lt. McNash was an inventor and had 17 patents in his name, including the electrotype - a typewriter which could be used as a teleprinter operating on radio signals. He volunteered for service as an apprentice seaman just after Pearl Harbor and was promoted to Lieutenant a few months before he was killed.

 
McNeela, Robert Thomas Navy Radio/Tec./Petty Officer 7-4-1944
1522 Elbur Avenue Oahu
The Submarine S-28 was reported sunk July 4, 1944 in the South Pacific and all hope for the sixty men was abandoned. Robert McNeela was aboard.

 
Meder, Robert J. AAF 1st Lt. 12-11-1943 [Doolittle Raid]
1622 Elmwood Avenue Tokyo H.S.1935
Lt. Robert Meder was a pilot. He was missing in action after a raid on Tokyo and other Japanese cities April 18, 1942. He was taken prisoner and died of beri-beri and dysentery, December 11, 1943 in a Japanese prison camp. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. The citation read in part, "extraordinary achievement while participating in a highly destructive raid on the Japanese mainland, April 18, 1942. Lt. Meder volunteered for the mission knowing full well that the chances of survival were extremely remote."

 
Meeker, Robert F. AAF Capt. 3-27-1945
1053 Abbieshire Avenue Coral Sea H.S.1939
Capt. Robert Meeker was a pilot of an A-20 Havoc and had participated in 100 hours of operational flight missions over enemy held territory. These operations consisted of bombing missions against enemy airdromes and installations on enemy naval vessels and shipping. His courage and devotion to duty displayed during these flights earned Capt. Meeker an Air Medal for meritorious achievement. He was lost in a typhoon over the Coral Sea while flying as a passenger to the Philippines from Australia on March 27, 1945. He had flown 87 missions in New Guinea and the Philippines and acted as flight leader of an A-20 light bombardment squadron. Capt. Meeker was awarded a number of Oak Leaf Clusters, because of the several rescue missions he flew, over the New Guinea jungles searching for downed fliers.

 
Meyers, Paul C. Navy Petty Officer
2156 Wascana Avenue Coral Sea
Petty Officer Paul Meyers was a gunner. He lost his life in the Coral Sea.

 
Michno, Arthur R. Navy Seaman 7-30-1945
2042 Lark Street Leyte
The U.S.S. Indianapolis was the flagship of the Fifth Fleet and was selected to deliver the atomic bombs to Tinian before they were dropped on Japan. After delivering the bombs, the Indianapolis was torpedoed and sunk on July 30, 1945 by a Japanese submarine. The sinking of the Indianapolis was the greatest sea disaster in U. S. Navy history. It was also the last major ship lost in World War II. Seaman Arthur Michno was aboard.

 
Mihala, Edward Army Pfc. 6-29-1944
2070 Arthur Avenue France
Pfc. Edward Mihala was killed in France while serving in the infantry.

 
Mikulec, Milan J. AAF 2nd Lt. 10-20-1944
1499 Lakewood Avenue South Dakota H.S.1940
Lt. Milan Mikulec was on the last test flight before going overseas when the plane he was aboard crashed. He was training to be a bombardier and was one of three airmen killed, October 20, 1944 near Lemmon, South Dakota.

 
Miller, James A. Army Cpl. 9-17-1943
1551 Larchmont Avenue New Georgia Island
"I just know that Jim did something wonderful -- he was the type that would only die doing something heroic," said Mrs. Kathryn W. Miller, wife of Cpl. James A. Miller in a Cleveland Plain Dealer interview. She was right! Cpl. James Miller was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for heroism. It was awarded for "extraordinary heroism on July 17, 1943, when Cpl. Miller and 12 other men out fought a 150-man Japanese raiding party. Cpl. Miller was stationed as a guard near a supply dump on the beach. He had volunteered for the hazardous duty knowing that it might cost his life. He courageously waited until the enemy was almost upon him before firing a series of bursts at close range. The result was a virtual ambush of the hostile forces. Cpl. Miller lost his life in a bitter hand-to-hand encounter when the Japanese were storming his position.

 
Miller, James Dorn Navy Air Lt. 9-2-1943
2029 Chesterland Avenue Pacific
Lt. James D. Miller was a navy pursuit plane pilot. He was killed in action in the Pacific war theater.

 
Miller, Richard S. Army Pfc. 7-20-1944
2132 Eldred Avenue France
Pfc. Richard Miller served with an armored division and was killed in France July 20, 1944.

 
Mitchell, James H. AAF     2nd Lt. 6-15-1942
1533 Elmwood Avenue California
Lt. James Mitchell crashed his disabled plane at the cost of his own life to save 200 men in a hangar. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross in part for "the courageous self-sacrifice in deliberately crashing to avoid hitting a hangar in which soldiers were working."

 
Montagu, John V. Navy Aviation Ordance 1/c 3-19-1945
1383 Bonnieview Avenue Pacific
John Montagu served aboard the U.S.S. Franklin. On March 19, 1944 while launching her aircraft, an enemy dive bomber came out of the clouds and scored hits with two five hundred pound armor-piercing bombs. John was among those who lost his life in the Pacific on that day. His body was never found.

 
Moran, William E., Jr. Sgt. 4-19-1949
1407 Riverside Drive
Sgt. Moran was killed in action.  He is buried in Calvary Cemetery.  He was nineteen years old.

 
Mortenson, Carl Albert  AAF Lt.
1343 Kenilworth Avenue Marshall Islands  H.S.1938
Lt. Carl Mortenson was a navigator. He was among the officers and men decorated by Major General Willis Hale, Commanding General of the 7th Army Air Force for taking part in aerial attacks on the Gilbert Islands. Lt. Mortenson was awarded the Air Medal, with an Oak Leaf Cluster for his effort. He never returned from a mission over Maloelap Island in the Marshalls.

 
Mularz, Edward J. Army  Sgt.  6-25-1944
3432 W. ll8th Street Burma H.S.1938
Sgt. Edward Mularz served with the engineers. He died of wounds received while fighting on the Burma front. He never saw his son, who was just eleven months old when he died.

 
Murphy, Daniel J. AAF  Lt. 5-24-?
1441 Robinwood Avenue Tokyo H.S.1934
Lt. Daniel Murphy was a flight engineer who taught aeronautics for two years at Kessler Field, Mississippi, before he went overseas. He was based in Guam and lost his life when the B-29 Superfortress crashed over Tokyo. He was awarded the Air Medal with an Oak Leaf Cluster and the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 
Nebel, Donald Edward AAF    Pfc 9-7-1946
1265 French Avenue U.S.A.
Pfc. Donald Nebel was ill for more than fifteen months with Hodgkin's Disease, which proved fatal.

 
Neff, Carl Navy     Seaman 1-19-1943
2012 Wyandotte Avenue Illinois
Seaman Carl Neff died while in training at the Great Lakes Training Station. The funeral service was held at St. Clement Church and he is buried in St. Mary's Cemetery.

 
Nickel, Raymond F. Army 1st Lt. 4-20-1945
14519 Lake Avenue Philippines
Lt. Raymond Nickel fought at New Guinea, Mindoro, Leyte and Corregidor. He served with the llth Airborne Division. Lt. Nickel was killed in action in the Philippines on April 20, 1945. He had served four years at the time of his death.

 
O'Brien, Charles R., Jr. AAF Flight Officer 2-26-1945
2343 Woodward Avenue Belgium
Flight Officer O'Brien was attached to the 8th Air Force and based in England. He was escorting heavy bombers back to Britain after a raid over Berlin. In the vicinity of Hanover, Germany, Flight Officer O'Brien wiggled the wings of his plane, apparently signaling that his radio communication system was not functioning. Another fighter plane was ordered to escort O'Brien's crippled plane. The other pilot was also reported missing. It was believed that their P-51 Mustang fighter planes crashed in Belgium.

 
Oesterle, Eugene C. Army Pfc. 3-27-1945
1579 Northland Avenue Germany H.S.1943
Pfc. Eugene Oesterle was killed in Germany, March 27, 1945. He was an infantryman in the 9th Army.

 
Oldaker, Arch L. Army Capt. 5-8-1942
1261 Cove Avenue Philippines
Capt. Arch Oldaker was a doctor. He volunteered for duty in the Philippines. After the fall of Bataan, he escaped to the hills of Luzon rather than surrender to the Japanese. He died of malaria in the town of Hermosa, Bataan, May 8, 1942, in the home of one of the Filipinos who had befriended a group of American soldiers.  He had gone there to give medical aid to the soldiers.

 
Oliver, Samuel N., Jr. Army Pfc. 7-10-1944
1380 Riverside Drive France
July 10, 1944, the American troops advanced south of La Haye-du-Puits. The 4th, 9th and 83rd continued their offensive from the west. Pfc. Samuel Oliver was killed in that action. He was a scout in Company 5 of the 331st Infantry, 83rd Division and died in Normandy.

 
Oller, George R. Marines Pfc. 7-10-1943
2113 Quail Avenue New Georgia Wd. H.S.1939
Pfc. George R. Oller was nineteen years old when he was killed in action in the southwest Pacific on New Georgia Island. Pfc. Oller had been in the Marines for eighteen months and withdrew from his classes at Lakewood High School to enlist.

 
Olsen, Clarence S. Navy/Seabees  Quartermaster 1-8-1944
1428 Cordova Avenue New Guinea Wd.H.S.1932
The sound of gunfire had scarcely passed when Navy Seabees and Army engineers bent relentlessly to the task or transforming the beachheads into airfields. Quartermaster Clarence S. Olsen enlisted in a naval construction battalion. He died January 8, 1944, while on construction duty with the Seabees.

 
Orchard, Fred S. AAF 1st Lt. 12-25-1944
1500 Marlowe Avenue Austria H.S.1940
Lt. Fred Orchard was a pilot of a B-24 Liberator bomber and assigned to the 15th Air Force, 718th Bomber Squadron. He was flying his eighth mission over Austria when he radioed that his plane was in distress. He was awarded the Air Medal for the successful completion of five missions. Lt. Orchard went overseas before his son was born and never saw him. He had written home, "I hope I will be flying on Christmas day so I won't miss home too much."

 
Pariseau, Daniel H. Marines Pfc. 7-?-1944
1582 Orchard Grove Avenue Saipan Island H.S.1938
Pfc. Daniel Pariseau died of wounds he received in action. He served as a radio operator with the 4th marine Division during the battle of Saipan. The objective was the usual one -- to land upon, seize, occupy and defend Saipan, in order to deny the enemy the use of the Island. From this base future offensives were mounted. The Marines fought long and continuously against strongly entrenched and fiercely resisting troops.

 
Parker, Neill Fuller Army    Pfc. 12-21-1945
2184 Mars Avenue Ohio H.S.1940
Pfc. Neill Parker was wounded twice while serving with the ll2th Combat Engineers. He served in Ireland and England before landing on D-Day in Normandy. He was sent home, but his wounds became more serious and he died of lung disease on December 21, 1945. He received a Presidential Citation.

 
Parmelee, Charles E. AAF    1st Lt. 9-10-1944
2177 Richland Avenue Belgium H.S.1937
Lt. Charles Parmelee was a pilot of a P-47 Thunderbolt fighter plane. He was credited with shooting down at least 5 German planes in aerial combat. He was also credited with the destruction of numerous trains, barges, trucks and other enemy material. Two of his air victories were scored within a matter of minutes when Lt. Parmelee single-handedly attacked a formation of 25 German fighter planes near Paris. He wrote home, "I am now more than half way through with my missions."  Lt. Parmalee died on Sept. 10, 1944, over Belgium. His wife was presented with the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with seven Oak Leaf Clusters. She was also given a solid silver engraved tankard honoring her husband, because he had shot down the 300th plane by his group. Lt. Parmalee is buried in Arlington Cemetery.

 
Parnell, John A. Army Pvt. 12-20-1944
1667 Elmwood Avenue Belgium
At 5:30 a.m. on December 16, 1944, the Germans launched their counter-attack in the Ardennes. It was better known to Americans as the Battle of the Bulge. The 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions were dispatched to the front December 17, 1944, at the very center of the German line of attack. It was the last German major offensive and they had managed to assemble a force of about 250,000 men. Pvt. John Parnell was there and died of wounds he received on December 20, 1944.

 
Patamson, Raymond K. Navy Mo.M.M. 3/c 12-22-1945
2038 Quail Avenue Long Beach, California
Raymond Patamson was aboard a Landing Ship-Medium (LSM) in both the European and Pacific theaters. He was on his way home when he became ill, and as a result died of dysentery in a hospital in California. In another month he would have received his discharge.

 
Patton, Robert A. Coast Guard Coxswain 9-17-1944
2292 McKinley Avenue Atlantic H.S.1938
The Coast Guard cutter "Jackson" commanded by Lt. Norman Call (see above) was lost in a hurricane off the east coast. They had gone out to attempt the rescue of a Liberty ship that had been torpedoed by a submarine. The Coast Guard became a part of the Navy one month before Pearl Harbor, but its larger cutters had already been armed and were assigned the job of protecting our convoys from enemy submarines in the Atlantic. The crew of the "Jackson" was a part of this support team. Survivors of the storm reported that the "Jackson" was caught by a tremendous sea which rolled her over in a complete barrel turn before she sank. Only twenty exhausted men of the forty-one-man crew were rescued. Robert A. Patton was one of those lost at sea.

 
Payne, Harold Gilson Navy     Lt. Summer 1944
(formerly Lakewood) Pacific H.S.1929
Lt. Harold Payne was killed in the Pacific during the summer of 1944.

 
Peebles, Arthur F., Jr. Army 1st Lt. 1-8-1945
12020 Lake Avenue Belgium H.S.1933
Lt. Arthur Peebles served in France with gallantry. He won the Silver Star for leading a charge despite the fact he had been wounded. In leading the charge he was wounded again. He died in Belgium, January 8, 1945, and was buried there. He served in England, North Africa and took part in the invasion of France. He fought with the 67th Armored regiment with the 1st Army under General Hodges in its campaign through France and Belgium.

 
Pennell, David G. Army Pfc. 2-14-1945
1369 Cohassett Place Belgium
Pfc. David Pennell served in a tank unit of the 3rd Army and was killed in Belgium.

 
Pfahl, Howard Lauffer Army Pfc. 12-2-1944
1275 Marlowe Avenue Sarre Union, France
December 2, 1944 General Patton's U.S. 3rd Army completed the capture of its sector west of the Saar. Pfc. Howard Pfahl was killed in action near Sarre Union, France on that date. He was serving with Company A, l0lst Infantry, 26th Division of Patton's 3rd Army. His body was returned to the United States and interred at Lakewood Park Cemetery, April 16, 1949.

 
Pfeiffer, Latham Edward Navy Seaman 1/c 11-9-1942
18098 Clifton Blvd. Atlantic H.S.1941
Seaman Latham E. Pfeiffer was nineteen years old when he died. It was his brother Frank who had the duty of telling his parents of Latham's death. The brothers were shipmates aboard a troop transport. Latham was mortally wounded while participating in the landing of American forces at Mehdia, French Morocco. Seaman Pfeiffer was a crew member of one of the small vessels putting troops ashore. He was found unconscious on the beach with a head wound and died several hours later. His brother, Frank, saw him and reported to his family, "When we were ready to invade, I saw Latham take his post with a landing ship and know he worked 28 hours, making at least a half dozen trips ashore. Each time they hit the beach, he was to man a machine gun. They found him lying near the gun."

 
Powell, Glen Eugene Army Pvt. 9-25-1944
1572 Parkwood Avenue France H.S.1943
Pvt. Glen Powell wrote home to his mother on September 15, 1944, that he probably wouldn't be able to write again for a while. He was killed during infantry fighting in France September 25, 1944. He was her only son.

 
Prok, Joseph Army Pfc. 2-1-1944
1579 Winchester Avenue Luzon
Pfc. Joseph Prok was serving with the 1st Cavalry Division when he was killed in action on Luzon.

 
Rados, Steve Army Pfc. 6-30-1944
2140 Elbur Avenue France
On June 30, 1944, the 3rd Armoured Division was making slow progress in the area south of St Lo. Pfc. Steve Rados was in the infantry, 3rd Armoured Division and was declared missing near St. Clair, France. It was later confirmed that he died on that date.

 
Radu, Charles AAF  S/Sgt. Easter Sunday 1944
17315 Madison Avenue Germany
Sgt. Charles Radu was killed in action over Germany. He was the crew-chief of a B-24 Liberator bomber stationed in England. They were making their first run over Germany when they were hit. It was Sgt. Radu's job as crew-chief to make sure everyone bailed out of the plane. The rest of the crew were captured and survived but Sgt. Radu didn't jump in time. A group of German farmers found his body and buried him reporting it much later to the American authorities. His body was moved to the American soldier's cemetery in Belgium.

 
Randall, Jospeh P. Maritime Service Capt.
1285 Mathews Avenue at sea
Capt. Joseph Randall was serving aboard an Army oil tanker at the time of his death. He had been employed on lake freighters for more than fourteen years and worked at the Edgewater Yacht Club and was well qualified to captain an oil tanker. He lost his life at sea off the coast of Australia.

 
Reed, George Edward Marines Cpl. 6-4-1942
1488 Coutant Avenue Midway Island H.S.1933
Throughout the first half of 1942 our position in the Pacific was extremely precarious. Our small Asiatic Fleet performed miracle after miracle. One of those miracles was the battle at Midway June of 1942. On June 3, a large enemy attack force was sighted several hundred miles southwest of Midway, and with great courage the Navy and Marines prevented the vastly superior Japanese fleets from surging over the whole Pacific. Cpl. George Reed was one of those brave men who participated in this battle and gave his life, June 4, 1942.

 
Richter, Ernest J. Marines Pfc. 3-21-1946
2096 Chesterland Avenue Japan

 
Pfc. Ernest Richter wes overseas for 15 months when he lost his life in a freak accident. An airplane crash landed into the jeep in which he was riding. It was the day before his 21st birthday.

 
Riley, Norbert J. AAF  Pvt. 3-24-1945
10136 Madison Avenue California
Pvt. Norbert Riley died while stationed at Camp Santa Rosa, California. He was in a search party sent to locate a downed plane in the mountains, and they were caught by bad weather.

 
Riley, Paul F. Army     Pvt. 11-19-1944
2125 Elbur Avenue France
Pvt. Paul F. Riley served in the infantry and was killed in France. He was attached to the 3rd Army. General George S. Patton, nicknamed "Blood and Guts," commanded the U.S. 3rd Army in the fighting across Europe.

 
Rimar, John Army     Pvt.
2014 Halstead Avenue France
Pvt. John Rimar died of wounds received during an infantry action in France.

 
Ross, Charles E. AAF  S/Sgt. 12-25-1944
2121 Richland Avenue Pacific
Pvt. Charles Ross was killed in action on Leyte Island on Christmas Day.

 
Rote, Bernard C. AAF  2nd Lt. 8-9-1943
1336 Kenilworth Avenue Washington H.S.1939
Lt. Bernard Rote was on a routine training flight when the accident occured. He was killed with six other fliers when the B-17 Flying Fortress crashed near Patterson Field, Washington. Three other crew members parachuted to safety. He was commissioned a navigator on June 24, 1943.

 
Rush, James Lee Army  Pvt. 11-19-1944
1218 Jackson Avenue France H.S.1944
Pvt. James Rush graduated from Lakewood High School, January, 1944. Ten months later he was killed in action in France. He was in the infantry and died on November 19, 1944.

 
Ryan, Thomas A. Jr. Army    Pvt. 3-24-1945
15417 Lake Avenue Germany
Operation Plunder was an Allied crossing of the Rhine River north of the Ruhr and it began on March 23, 1945. Pvt. Thomas Ryan was killed in action in Germany a day later. He was with the 17th Airborne Division and was killed east of the Rhine River. That Airborne operation was probably the most successful in history.

 
Rybka, Theodore Army     Pvt. 1-3-1943
2042 Lark Street New Guinea
After the family of Pvt. Theodore Rybka received the news that their dear son and brother had died they decided to share their sorrow with Mrs. Franklin Roosevelt. Mrs. Roosevelt responded in a personal note, "I can fully realize what grief must be yours. I can only hope that you may receive comfort in the knowledge that he gave his life for his country." Pvt. Rybka enlisted in the Army in November, 1941 and went overseas without a furlough. His family never saw him again.

 
Saltis, James A. Army     Pfc. 1-4-1945
2202 Lewis Drive Belgium H.S.1944
Pfc. James Saltis was in the infantry. He acted as a runner for his company and had survived action in the Battle of the Bulge. He was wounded January 3, 1945, and died the next day.

 
Schad, Robert D. Jr. Army     Pfc. 3-28-1945
11733 Edgewater Drive Luzon
The retreating Japanese in the Solomons entrenched themselves in Bougainville. On the morning of November 1, 1943 heavy guns of the Navy and hundreds of planes began battering the shoreline. But it was the Marines and Army that trudged through the Jung1e mud, seeking out the fighting Japanese. Pfc. Robert Schad was a veteran of the Bougainville campaign. He was awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge for exemplary conduct in helping to defeat an assault on Hill 129. He served with the 129th Infantry of the 37th Division. Pfc. Schad lost his life in the battle for Luzon.

 
Scherer, Paul W. Army     Pvt. 9-16-1944
17453 Clifton Blvd. France H.S.1940
Pvt. Paul Scherer was a member of an armored infantry outfit. He was killed in France.

 
Schweitzer, Robert Martin AAF 1st Lt. 9-27-1943
2077 Morrison Avenue Germany H.S.1939
Lt. Robert Schweitzer was the pilot of a B-17 Flying Fortress, which was hit in an attack by enemy aircraft while on a raid over northeastern Germany. The War Department had informed Lt. Schweitzer's family that his plane was seen to slip out of formation after being hit and that from 5 to l0 men were seen bailing out near Emden, Germany before the Fortress fell to earth. The family learned later that Lt. Schweitzer lost his life on that day. He was the holder of the Air Medal and had previously written home that he had completed more than half of the required missions for a furlough in the States.

 
Scullin, Harry S. Army   Pvt. 10-9-1944
1442 Elmwood Avenue France Wd.H.S.1935
Pvt. Harry Scullin was killed in action in France on October 9, 1944.

 
Secor, Richard St. Clair AAF Flight Officer 12-8-1944
2117 Olive Avenue California H.S.1942
Flight Officer Richard Secor was on one of his last training flights before being assigned to overseas duty. His P-38 Lightning fighter crashed in the Mojave Desert in California.

 
Sedor, George Army  Pvt. 12-26-1944
15620 Madison Avenue Germany
Pvt. George Sedor was killed on December 26, 1944 while serving with General Patton's 3rd Army.

 
Seiler, Franklin C. Army  Major 3-27-1945
1423 Roycroft Avenue Germany H.S.1933
March 26, 1945, General Patton led the 3rd Army across the Rhine and moved on to Frankfort. A day later, the 3rd Army took Frankfort and began the race across Germany. Major Franklin Seiler was with them until March 27, 1945. He was killed on that day while serving with the 87th Field Artillery Division.

 
Semrau, Louis R. AAF  lst Lt. 6-19-1944
1340 Bonnieview Avenue Florida
Lt. Louis Semrau was training for overseas duty as a pilot when he was killed in the crash of his P-51 Mustang fighter.

 
Sheets, Jack B. Marines Pfc. 7-24-1944
1466 Victoria Avenue Tinian Wd.H.S.1942
On June 15, July 21, and July 23 amphibious landings were effectively made on Saipan, Guam, and Tinian respectively in the sultry summer of 1944. Pfc. Jack Sheets died during the amphibious landing on Tinian, July 24, 1944.

 
Sheridan, George L., Jr. AAF  2nd Lt. 10-28-1945
17447 Northwood Avenue West Va. H.S.1936
Lt. George L. Sheridan, was a 26-year-old Lakewood navigator of a B-29 that was shot down over Tokyo. He was taken prisoner and held until August, 1945, when he returned to America on the Benevolence, a hospital ship. Lt. Sheridan was admitted to Baker General Hospital at Martinsburg, W. Virginia. When he was rescued he was suffering from beri-beri, diphtheria and malnutrition. Lt. Sheridan lost fifty-five pounds and was in a coma for the last few hours of his life. His parents, brother and sisters never saw him again.

 
Shimko, Joseph B. Army Pvt. 7-17-1944
2020 Chesterland Avenue France H.S.1943
Pvt. Joseph Shimko was killed in action in France on July 17, 1944.

 
Shroka, Harold W. AAF  2nd Lt. 12-?-1942
1253 Hathaway Avenue Western Europe
Lt. Harold Shroka learned to fly under the civilian defense training program. Lt. Shroka participated in a raid over Europe that involved over 400 planes. Seventeen of those planes didn't return. Lt. Shroka, a bomber pilot made it back to his base in England from that raid, but he was reported missing in action in a later one. His parents received word that Harold, their only child, was killed in action. He is buried in the Netherlands.

 
Sicking, Ralph AAF  S/Sgt. 8-28-1943
2058 Elmwood Avenue California
Sgt. Ralph Sicking was killed in the crash of a B-17. It was a night training flight.

 
Simons, Gerald C. Army   1st Lt. 8-3-1944
12505 Edgewater Drive Italy
Lt. Gerald Simons was attached to the 1st Ranger Battalion of D Company. It was wiped out with the 3rd and 4th Battalions when the 3rd Infantry Division spearheaded the attack on Cisterna de Litteria at Anzio. January 30, 1944, Lt. Simons was among those men taken prisoner. They were interned in a prison camp near Florence, Italy, only a few days when he escaped. Somehow, he managed to round up about 20 Allied fugitives, a mixture of South Africans, French, English and Americans and had been named captain of the desperate little group. With the help of arms and supplies dropped to them by the British, they blew up troop and supply trains and powerhouses and harassed the Germans. He was recaptured and was seriously wounded when he tried to escape a second time. The German government informed his family through the International Red cross that he died of those wounds August 3, 1944.

 
Skeath, Albert Edward Jr. Army  Pfc. 10-14-1944
1652 St. Charles Avenue Italy H.S.1943
Pvt. Albert Skeath was in the infantry. He was listed as missing on October 14, 1944. It was later confirmed that he had been killed on that date in Italy.

 
Slavik, Andrew J. Army  Cpl. 8-16-1944
2101 Halstead Avenue France
Cpl. Andrew Slavik was in the infantry. He was serving with an armored unit and was killed August 17, 1944 in France.

 
Smith, Kennan H. Navy      Lt. 5-28-1944
1485 Northland Avenue Atlantic H.S.1930
Lt. Kennan Smith served aboard a U.S.S. Landing Ship-Tank (LST). The LST was an ocean going ship. It carried smaller craft topside, plus numerous tanks, vehicles, guns, or cargo within her tunnel-like hold. This ship was the backbone of the invasion fleets. Lt. Smith was an engineering officer and left the states for duty in the Atlantic war zone. He was killed in action on May 28, 1944.

 
Smith, Richard A. Army  2nd Lt. 12-21-1944
17400 Woodford Avenue Belgium H.S.1937
Lt. Richard A. Smith was awarded the purple heart for wounds he received in the Netherlands and was cited by the 82nd Airborne Division for an act of bravery. Lt. Smith was a veteran member of the 504th Airborne Infantry Regiment. He jumped in the invasions of Sicily, Italy and the Netherlands. He received his commission on the battlefield in Italy and saw action in Sicily, Salerno, Casseno, and Anzio. It was in Be1gium that he earned the Silver star for gallantry in action and the Presidential Citation. The citation read in part: "On December 20, 1944, in an attack upon a heavily defended Belgium village ..... his platoon came under murderous cross-fire from enemy machine gun and cannon. He bravely and calmly organized his firing line and led his platoon forward. The platoon knocked out two German machine guns and over-ran the enemy positions. Later, with his platoon down to 11 men, he lead an attack which destroyed two armored vehicles and two machine guns. While urging his men forward through a hail of German fire he was killed." An Oak Leaf Cluster was added to his Purple Heart.

 
Soltis, Steven W. Amy  Pvt. 1-4-1945
2023 Dowd Avenue Utah
Pvt. Steven Soltis was home on leave after an absence of several years. When he was returning to camp, the train he was riding on was wrecked in Utah. Pvt. Soltis died in that accident. He never made it back to his camp in Oregon.

 
Sonenfield, Robert AAF  2nd Lt. 5-16-1941
2141 Arthur Avenue Ohio H.S.1933
Lt. Robert Sonenfield was killed in a plane crash in central Ohio. He was enroute home from Barksdale Field, Louisiana.

 
Sparrow, Arthur H. Navy  Lt.(J.G.) 3-18-1944
1348 W. Clifton Blvd. Pacific H.S.1933
Lt. Arthur Sparrow was a navy pilot. He operated from the aircraft carrier, U.S.S. Lexington. He flew many missions over Tarawa, the Gilberts, Kwajalein and Wake Island. He was awarded the Air Medal for his many missions. He was reported missing in action in the south Pacific, and it was later changed to killed in action.

 
Sperk, Peter A. Army  Sgt. 3-9-1945
1305 Thoreau Avenue Germany
Sgt. Peter Sperk spoke fluent German, and talked 30 German soldiers into surrendering without firing a shot. He was with Company C, 385th Infantry when they launched an attack against a group of pillboxes. Sgt. Sperk took over the job of lead scout and led his platoon towards its objective. After the first pillbox was taken, he questioned the surviving German soldier, and persuaded the 29 others hiding in the woods to surrender. Sgt. Sperk died March 9, 1945, from wounds received near Cologne, Germany.

 
Spisak, Frank B. Army  Pvt. 1-4-1943
2124 Halstead Avenue New Guinea Wd. H.S.1935
Pvt. Frank Spisak was born on Armistice Day of World War I, and stood 6'5 tall. His friends called him "Tiny." January 3, 1943, the American troops succeeded in seizing Buna Mission, and all organized resistance by the Japanese ceased in the afternoon. January 4, 1943, the Japanese returned with reinforcements, and retook the Buna garrison, near Tarakena, New Guinea. Pvt. Spisak gave his life on New Guinea on that date.

 
Spissman, Carl T. Army  Pvt. 3-3-1943
2110 Overbrook Avenue U.S.A.
Pvt. Carl T. Spissman died in the Billings Hospital near Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana. He became ill after suffering a severe ear ailment.

 
Stercula, Walter Navy  Seaman 1/c 12-18-1944
2011 Morrison Avenue Philippine Sea Wd.H.S.1941
Seaman Walter Stercula was lost at sea. The destroyer he was aboard, the U.S.S. Hull, was hit by a typhoon in the Philippine Sea, December 18, 1944.

 
Stover, John P. AAF  2nd Lt. 7-4-1943
1498 Larchmont Avenue Sicily
Lt. John Stover was a pilot of a P-38 Lightning fighter plane. He received the Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters for the completion of 25 successful missions. He was attacked by three German planes, July 4, 1943 and never returned to his base.

 
Student, Emil S. Marines Pvt. 11-?-1942
12406 Madison Avenue Guadalcanal Wd.H.S.1937
Pfc. Emil Student lost his life during the fierce fighting on Guadalcanal. He had received training as a ranger. Pvt. Student wrote home, "I really feel proud of the Marine Corps .... we accomplished our missions with great success."

 
Student, Frank C. Army  S/Sgt. 6-14-1942
12406 Madison Avenue France
Gliders were used throughout World War II by nearly all participants to deliver airborne forces behind enemy lines. By the end of the war the U.S. had more than 13,000 gliders and 10,000 trained glider pilots. Sgt. Frank Student was a glider infantryman. On June 14, 1942, he had been reported seriously wounded, but that was later revised to killed in action.

 
Studer, John Westlake Army S/Sgt. 3-18-1945
1554 St. Charles Avenue Germany H.S.1944
January 27, 1945, Sgt. John W. Studer volunteered to evacuate a fellow member of his Company from a position of extreme danger. He crawled approximately seventy-five yards over ground exposed to intense enemy machine gun, mortar and artillery fire, with no cover or protection to help a fellow soldier. For his achievement, he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal. The Silver Star was awarded to him for gallantry in action March 18, 1945, and read in part: Sgt. Studer returned to the rear areas and brought up a resupply of ammunition under intense enemy fire. He then lead a successful attack until he was mortally wounded.

 
Surovy, Joseph Frank Marines S/Sgt. 5-26-1945
1609 Lakewood Avenue Okinawa Wd. H.S.1920
Sgt. Joseph Surovy was a gunner aboard a carrier-based Avenger. He was killed May 26, 1945.

 
Sutter, John Army    Lt. 8-27-1944
1258 Belle Avenue Louisiana H.S.1930
Lt. John Sutter died of a heart attack in New Orleans, Louisiana.

 
Sutton, William J. Jr. Army Pvt. 12-19-1944 
17449 Woodford Avenue Germany H.S. 1942
Appalling weather virtually grounded Allied planes, and left the weight of the German onslaught to ground troops in the Battle of the Bulge. Pvt. William Sutton was serving with the 303rd Combat Engineers as a demolition expert when he was killed in Hitler's last offensive drive, December 19, 1944.

 
Svendsen, James J. Army  Pvt.
1169 French Avenue Germany
Pvt. James Svendsen was killed while serving as a tank driver.

 
Thomas, Mathew A. Army    S/Sgt.
1318 Beach Avenue
Sgt. Mathew Thomas died of wounds he received while serving with the ll2th Engineers in Germany. He won a Bronze Star and a Presidential Citation.

 
Thomascik, Frank B. Army  Pfc. 11-9-1944
1548 Clarence Avenue France
Pfc. Frank Thomascik died while serving with General George Patton's 3rd Army in France. He was in the corps of engineers and died near the Marne River. He is buried in an American cemetery in France.

 
Tidik, John M., Jr. Army  Pvt. 1-15-1945
2120 Richland Avenue Belgium H.S.1943
Pvt. John Tidik lost his life while serving with an engineer's unit in Belgium.

 
Uherka, David F. Army     Sgt. 1-16-1945
2059 Quail Avenue Belgium Wd. H.S.1928
Sgt. David Uherka played the organ at his father's church the Slavic United Presbyterian at 2051 Quail Avenue. He left the peace of the church to serve in the infantry and was specially trained to be a scout. He was killed January 16, 1945, in Be1gium on the day that the U.S. 1st and 3rd Armies linked in the Ardennes.

 
Uhler, Emil Army     Sgt. 4-21-1945
2034 Magee Avenue Germany
Sgt. Emil Uhler was killed in Germany. He served with the 18th Infantry.

 
Ulman, Richard J. AAF  2nd Lt. 8-9-1944
2083 Chesterland Avenue North Carolina H.S.1940
Lt. Richard Ulman was trained to be a navigator. He lost his life in an accident near Southern Pines, North Carolina, while demonstrating life saving equipment.

 
Van Nortwick, George T. Army T/Sgt. 4-7-1945
17420 Woodford Avenue Germany
Sgt. George Van Nortwick was attached to an armored unit of the 9th Army. A friend was cleaning his gun and accidentally killed Sgt. Van Nortwick.

 
Varney, Robert F. AAF  2nd Lt. 5-28-1944
1590 Lauderdale Avenue China H.S.1939
Lt. Robert Varney was a pilot with General Clare Chenault's famous Flying Tigers in China. The Flying Tigers were an American volunteer group. It was the only mercenary air force in World War II. Lt. Varney was well-trained to fly a B-24 Liberator bomber, and was awarded the Presidential Citation and Air Medal for his efforts. He was killed May 28, 1944.

 
Vukas, Louis P. Coast Guard  Cook 1/c 10-8-1943
1445 Elmwood Avenue Lakewood, Ohio Wd.H.S.1919
Louis Vukas was in the Coast Guard for three years. He came home on leave and died in a traffic accident. The car he was riding in crashed into a utility pole on Clifton Boulevard, near Nicholson Avenue.

 
Waldron, Arthur S. AAF      1st Lt. 2-5-1944
1595 Arthur Avenue England H.S.1933
Lt. Arthur Waldron crashed into a cable holding a barrage balloon in the air over England and emerged without a scratch. Lt. Waldron was attached to a photographic reconnaissance squadron based in England. He made many hazardous missions over enemy territory armed only with cameras. He was awarded the Air Medal and had been recommended for a captaincy. Ironically he lost his life in England on February 5, 1944 when his plane caught fire on an altitude test flight. Lt. Arthur Waldron is buried in the American cemetery in England.

 
Walker, Edwin C. Jr. Army     Pvt. 8-6-1944
1596 Marlowe Avenue France
Pvt. Edwin C. Walker was an infantryman. He entered the service in September, 1943, and was sent abroad in July. His wife, Leveda, received the news of her husband's death on her 31st birthday.

 
Walter, William F. Army     Pfc. 4-12-1945
14217 Bayes Avenue Germany H.S.1943
Pfc. William Walter was killed in Germany. He was serving with the 12th Armored Division.

 
Wangberg, Ronald Army  Pvt. 2-11-1942
15618 Lakewood Hts. Blvd. Bataan
Pfc. Ronald Wangberg died while trying to destroy an enemy machine gun nest. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and the Purple Heart Medal for extraordinary heroism under enemy fire.

 
Warner, Charles G. Army  Capt. 11-19-1944
1091 Erie Cliff Avenue France Wd. H.S.1935
Capt. Charles Warner was killed while leading his men in a battle near Dieuze, France. He served with General George Patton's 3rd Army.

 
Weitlauf, Frank L. Army Pvt. 3-13-?
1475 Winchester Luzon
Pvt. Frank Weitlauf lost his life on Luzon, while fighting with the infantry of the 43rd Division.

 
Wesp, William Edward Coast Guard Seaman 2/c 10-12-1943
1499 Northland Avenue Lakewood, Ohio H.S.1935
William Wesp was in the Coast Guard for 9 months when he came home on leave. He died in a traffic accident on Clifton Boulevard, near Nicholson Avenue. He was with his friend Louis P. Vukas. (See above)

 
Wessel, Ralph C. AAF  S/Sgt. 4-2-1944
1301 Cranford Avenue Austria
Sgt. Ralph Wessel entered service in May, 1942, and trained as a gunner on a Liberator bomber. He went overseas in June, 1943. His first mission was the raid on the Ploesti Oil fields in Romania for which he received the Distinguished Flying Cross. He was based in North Africa, the Middle East, and in England as well as Italy. He received the Air Medal and 5 Oak Leaf Clusters for his service. He was killed April 2, 1944, when his plane was shot down on his 32nd mission.

 
Wetzel, Louis Edward AAF     2nd Lt. 10-8-1943
1300 Idlewood Avenue Germany H.S.1939
Lt. Louis Wetzel was killed in a raid over Bremen, Germany. He was a pilot of a B-17 Flying Fortress. He was awarded the Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters and the Purple Heart posthumously.

 
Whitaker, Richard H. AAF  2nd Lt. 6-30-1944
15111 Clifton Blvd. Hungary Wd.H.S.1939
Lt. Richard Whitaker was based in Italy and attached to the 15th Air Force. He was a bombardier aboard a B-24 Liberator. Witnesses said his plane exploded over Lake Balaton, Hungary. He had completed 17 missions and was awarded the Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters.

 
Wilk, Walter S. Army  Pvt. 7-28-1944
1611 W. ll7th Street France
Pvt. Walter Wilk was attached to the 331st Infantry in the 83rd Division. He was killed in action in France, July 28, 1944.

 
Wilson, Harry A. Army  Cpl. 12-13-1944
2109 Halstead Avenue Germany Wd.H.S.1942
Cpl. Harry A. Wilson served in an armored unit in Germany. He was killed December 13, 1944.

 
Winger, Robert H. Navy Mo.M.1/c 1-24-1944
1573 Wagar Avenue at sea H.S.1935
Robert Winger was remembered at Lakewood High School for his nickname, "Spook," and his action on the football field. He was a star tackle on the school football team from 1932 to 1935. He was a graduate of the Navy Service School at Dearborn, Michigan, where he received high honors. He was on destroyer duty at the time of his death. He was killed in the area of the Mediterranean January 24, 1944.

 
Wright, Mark L. AAF 2nd Lt. 12-26-1944
(formerly Lakewood) East Indies H.S.1940
Lt. Mark Wright was a pilot of a P-51 Mustang fighter. He wrote to his family on December 24, 1944, "I have completed 50 missions against the enemy in the Pacific." He died two days later on a mission over the East Indies.

 
Yensho, Edward AAF Pvt. 9-1-1945?
14120 Lakewood Hts. Blvd. Europe H.S.1943
Pvt. Edward Yensho was attached to the 9th Air Force. He lost his life in the European theater.

 
Young, Richard K. AAF    Capt. 3-19-1946
15846 Madison Ave. Colorado
Capt. Richard Young was among 26 people who lost their lives on a plane that crashed, March 19, 1946.

 
Zeedik, John Navy A.M.M. 1/c 3-19-1944
2210 Lewis Drive Pacific
March 19, 1944, while the U.S.S. Franklin was launching her aircraft an enemy divebomber came out of the clouds and scored hits with two five hundred pound armor-piercing bombs. Flames shot through the ship, and it was rocked by one explosion after another as fuel and ammunition blew up. There were more than 1,000 casualties and Aviation Machinist Mate John Zeedik was one of those who lost his life on the U.S.S. Franklin that day.

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