*last update 4/1/2019

Military Involvement

 

Servicemen - K surnames KIA POW Died/nonbattle
Konicek, Donald L. X    

Noble John Klink was born Jan. 7, 1916 to Peter and Emma Dahms Klink. He died Nov. 10, 1944 and is buried in Maple Hill Cemetery, Gladbrook, IA.

Lt. Klink served in World War II with the U.S. Army Air Corps 234th Combat Crew Training and died in the nighttime crash of his B-29 Super-fortress #42-93832 near Clovis Army Airfield, New Mexico.

Source: ancestry.com


Charles Samuel Kucera was born Mar. 3, 1918 to Charles Merch and Anna Marie Kucera. He died Sept. 22, 1944 and is buried in Rock Island National Cemetery, Rock Island, IL.

Pvt. Kucera served in World War II with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and was MIA/KIA in France while assisting another engineer outfit in the construction of a bridge.

Source: ancestry.com


James Benjamin Kvidera was born Oct.. 11, 1921 to James Benjamin and Helen Ann Kunch Kvidera. He died Apr. 25, 1970 and is buried in Saint Pauls Catholic Cemetery, Traer, Iowa.

James served with the U.S. Navy in World War II aboard the USS Colusa (APA-74), which carried fighting men to Guam, Australia, Japan and the Pacific theatre. He was awarded the American and Asiatic-Pacific medals.

Source: ancestry.com


William Lester Kvidera was born July 12, 1919 to James Benjamin and Helen Ann Kunch Kvidera. He died Dec. 7, 1941 and is memorialized at the Courts of the Missing, Court 3, Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Petty Officer Kvidera served in World War II with the U.S. Navy and was aboard the USS Oklahoma ((BB-37) when that battleship was hit by torpedoes and capsized during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. William, who was initially listed as missing, was officially reported as dead by the U.S. Navy Dept. and thus became Tama county’s first heroic victim of World War II. He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Source: ancestry.com



ServiceMen Research done by WWII Researcher, Pat Holt Juon, Mar 2019; updated Apr 2019

 

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