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Glenn Wenger
Army
Glenn
Wenger
DIVISION: Army,
101st Airborne Div. 501st Parachute Infantry
Jan 18, 1926 - Nov 23, 2004
BIRTHPLACE: Powhattan, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Aug 2, 1944 -
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Jun 24, 1946
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HONORED BY: Wife Jean Wenger, 6 Children, 8 Grandchildren, 10 Great-Grandchildren

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Glenn was proud to serve his country, enlisting right after graduating from high school. He rarely spoke about his service years, many bittersweet memories as Glenn's only elder brother Allan was killed in action in the Philippines just 2 months after Glenn's enlistment. We children only found out about Dad's experience, when he opened up to his first grandson, who had asked for his help with a Social Studies report. Then we learned that he had trained at Camp Robinson in Little Rock, Arkansas, as an infantryman and paratrooper. Later he was shipped out to Reims, France. After a few months in Europe, Glenn was hospitalized in France with yellow jaundice and was separated from his division. Dad commented that this illness probably 'saved his life'. His 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment was the first wave of reinforcements in the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944 and there were heavy casualties. His post-war assignment was in the Army of Occupation in Berlin, Germany. He was a Corporal at his discharge from the Army in June, 1946. He returned home to marry Jean Meyer, his high school sweetheart. They built a wonderful life together successfully running the family farm and raising livestock near Powhattan, Kansas. He was actively involved with the American Legion, his church, his children's school and many other community activities. At every opportunity, he instilled a sense of patriotism, a strong work ethic and Christian morals in his children and grandchildren. He was a fine American and was loved and respected by all who knew him.

Kenneth E. Wenger
Navy
Kenneth
E.
Wenger
DIVISION: Navy
Apr 25, 1927 - Jan 1, 2013
BIRTHPLACE: Powhattan, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: American
SERVED: Apr 7, 1945 -
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HONORED BY: Eisenhower Foundation

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Kenneth was born on the family farm 2 ½ miles south and west of Powhattan, Kansas, April 25, 1927, one of seven children of Henry and Audrey Belle Cashman Wenger. He attended Pleasant Hill Grade School and graduated from Powhattan High School with the class of 1945. Immediately following his graduation, he entered the United States Navy during World War II and became a Shore Patrolman Stateside. He was discharged in 1946.

Harry V. Wenger
Army
Harry
V.
Wenger
DIVISION: Army,
820th MP Co.
Dec 14, 1918 - Nov 18, 2000
BIRTHPLACE: Powhattan, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Jun 23, 1941 -
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Jun 14, 2016
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HONORED BY: Wife Genevieve and Sons Eli and Eric
Ivan H. Wenger
Navy
Ivan
H.
Wenger
DIVISION: Navy
Jan 18, 1918 - Jul 9, 2007
BIRTHPLACE: Powhattan, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: Pacific
SERVED: Sep 22, 1943 -
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Mar 25, 1946
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HONORED BY: Children of Ivan Wenger
Alvin R. Wenger
Navy
Alvin
R.
Wenger
DIVISION: Navy
Apr 5, 1927 -
BIRTHPLACE: Powhattan, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: Pacific
SERVED: Mar 5, 1945 -
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Jul 30, 1946
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HONORED BY: Eisenhower Foundation
Allen E. Wenger
Army
Allen
E.
Wenger
DIVISION: Army,
24th Infantry 19th Reg C Company
Nov 22, 1918 - Oct 26, 1944
BIRTHPLACE: Powhattan, KS
HIGHEST RANK: SSGT
THEATER OF OPERATION: Pacific
SERVED: Feb 7, 1942 -
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HONORED BY: Eisenhower Foundation

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Lost his life on Leyte Island Invasion, near Tacloban, Philippines.

KILLED IN ACTION
Louis H. Wenzel
Army
Louis
H.
Wenzel
DIVISION: Army
Oct 5, 1911 - Dec 20, 1983
BIRTHPLACE: Champaign, IL
THEATER OF OPERATION: China Burma India
SERVED: Jan 1, 1942 -
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Jan 1, 1946
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HONORED BY: Grandson, Robert G. Wenzel

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My grandfather bought a star sapphire in India during World War II, which he gave to me on my 18th birthday. Stationed in India

Charles F. Wernette
Navy
Charles
F.
Wernette
DIVISION: Navy,
U.S.S. Wright
Nov 15, 1921 -
BIRTHPLACE: Clay Center, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: Pacific
SERVED: Dec 12, 1939 -
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Dec 29, 1945
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HONORED BY: Wife, Vera; Children, Mike, Monica, Jon and Jean Wernette

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I enlisted in the US Navy for a six-year hitch. I had two older brothers in the service; John was in the Navy submarine service and Eugene was in the Air Corp. My father was the Commander of the Civil Air Patrol during W.W. II in Clay Center, Kansas, and my mother was also a member of the C.A.P. After my boot camp training at the Great Lakes Training Center, I shipped out on the U.S.S. Antares for Pearl Harbor to catch the ship that I would call home for the next 4 � year, the U.S. S. Wright, a seaplane tender. I was assigned the 2nd division aboard the ship, which was a deck division. My General Quarters station was powder man on the five-inch, 51-foot gun. The main responsibility of our ship was to anchor at one of the islands: Johnson, Wake, Midway, Palmspree and Christmas as well as others. Seaplanes would fly in and anchor by our ship and fly out again in the morning a search planes. After their missions were completed, they would fly back to Pearl Harbor and our ship would follow. Our last trip to Wake Island, we transported several Marines; all were either killed in action or captured and spent the rest of the war as P.O.W.'s in Japan doing forced labor. We left Wake Island November 30, 1941 for our return trip to Pearl Harbor. Arriving in Pearl Harbor on December 6, 1942, we found the submarine nets were already in place at the Harbor entrance, so no ships were allowed to enter or exit. That night, we ended up having to anchor outside the Harbor. The next day, December 7, 1941, the Japanese attacked and since our ship was not in the Harbor area, we were not hit. It was a very sad sight to see the devastation and destruction of the great and beautiful ships being damaged and sunk. It was horrible, what was happening to those men and women and a horrific and sickening feeling that I'll never forget. One of the Marines that we had just taken over to Pearl on our last trip was a boy from my home town. We had several good visits aboard the U.S. S. Wright and in Honolulu before I left the island. He ended up being wounded and captured after a 16-day defense of the island. After the war, this young man came home and ended up marrying one of my sisters (who had lost her first husband, an air force pilot earlier in the war.) Eventually, an order came through that stated anyone with 30 months overseas was due to return to the United States. It actually took me two weeks to get to Marc Island, California, as we had to find our own way back home. After my discharge, I came home to Clay Center, Kansas and married Vera LaRue Gibbs in 1949. We had five children and have been blessed with several grand and great grandchildren.

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Guildhall Address, London, June 12, 1945