DECKNADEL, Roy V. 1917-1945
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 9/30/2016 at 21:37:28
Grundy Man Missing, Now Declared Dead
Word was received Saturday by Mrs. Roy Decknadel that her husband, Cpl. Decknadel, who had been missing in action since Jan. 8, 1945, had at that time been seriously wounded and taken prisoner by the Germans, and is now officially declared dead.
The letter stated that he was a crew member of a tank which was on a solo mission behind enemy lines near Enchenbern, France, approximately 22 miles southeast of Saarbrucken, Germany.
His tank received a direct hit by bazooka fire and was seen to be hit by small arms fire after he succeeded in getting out of the damaged tank.
One of the crew members, who is now a repatriated prisoner of war, reports that Corporal Decknadel had been seriously wounded and was also taken prisoner.
He further stated that they were separated when he was taken to a German aid station.
Roy Vernon Decknadel was born near Dike, Nov. 1, 1917, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Elso Decknadel.
He entered service Oct. 19, 1942, received his basic training at Camp Hood, Tex., and Camp Pickett, Va., was with Co. A, 753rd tank battalion of the 36th Texas division.
He left for overseas in May 1943, and was stationed in Africa. He took part in the invasion of Sicily and also saw action in Italy.
He was later in the invasion of southern France, where on Jan. 8, 1945, he was reported missing.
He is survived by his bereaved wife, the former June Klosterboer, who lives in Stout, and two brothers, Edward and Marvin Decknadel. Heartfelt sympathy is extended to members of the family.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 17 January 1946, pg 1
Memorial Service Sunday For Roy Decknadel
Memorial services will be held at the Reformed church in Stout Friday evening at 7:30, Feb. 3, for Roy Decknadel.
Decknadel, who had been missing in action since Jan. 8, 1945, having at that time been seriously wounded and taken prisoner by the Germans, is now officially declared dead.
The deceased was born near Dike, Nov. 1, 1917, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Elso Decknadel. Surviving are his widow, the former June Klosterboer, and two brothers, Edward and Marvin.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 31 January 1946, pg 9
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