History: War Dead of Greenwood, Wisconsin
Surnames: Wallis, Varney, Cox, Hinker, Vesel, Oswald, Arch, Blecha, Humke, Johnson, Leach, Brown, Wallis, Dill, Williams, Johnson, Lindner, Stowe, Braun, Gasparac, Brux, Boe, Novobielski
----Source: This list is compliments of Kenneth & Glenda Speich. Ken knew most of those who did not return alive, many were close friends. Mr. Speich is a Past Commander of Post 238, organized and served on the Legion Drill Team and been an active member for over 65 years.
THOSE WHO SERVED IN THE UNITED STATES MILITARY AND GAVE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE.
SO THEY WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN, WALLIS - HINKER - BRUX POST 238 AMERICAN LEGON PRESENTS THIS LIST.
WORLD WAR I
HENRY D. WALLIS, 32nd Division, 127th Infantry. Killed in France July 18, 1918. Henry served as a cook and infantryman and fell in the act of setting up his automatic rifle, killed in France July 18,1918 being the first from Greenwood to perish in WWI.
EVERETT VARNEY, 2nd Lt. Co. A. fought with General Black Jack Pershing against Pancho Villa before going to Europe to Europe. Killed in Action October 14, 1918.
AUBREY COX, PVT, 128th Infantry 2nd Marines died of wounds on August 5,1918
WORLD WAR II
RICHARD HINKER Killed in Action on Bataan Peninsula, December 1941.Trying to escape from Bataan, he and many others perished when their escape boat was hit an sunk. Richard was the first serviceman killed in action during WWII from Greenwood.
JOHN VESEL - Captured on Corregidor, survived the Death March was a Prisoner of War (P.O.W.) in Japan where he died, March 31 1943.
WARREN OSWALD, Killed in the Aleutians Island, June 6, 1943, when the Japanese invaded.
STEVE ARCH - 2nd Armored Division. Killed in Action in Europe, Oct. 9,1943. His brother Bill Arch, was a recipient of the Silver Star.
LEE BLECHA, Killed in South Pacific aboard USS Buch, on October 9, 1943.
HERBERT HUMKE, Killed from crash while in flight training in Europe, Sept. 20, 1943.
MATTHEW JOHNSON, Killed in Action October 14,1943 in Air Raid in London England.
JOHN LEACH, Killed in Action in Italy, December 4, 1943.
KERMIT BROWN, Lt. was a Parachute Infantry Officer Killed in Action in South Pacific July 13, 1944. Was a letterman in every sport Greenwood had to offer.
NORMAN "BUD" WALLIS, Nephew of H.D.Wallis, Hauled milk in his own truck for Mech Cheese factory. Killed in Action August 10, 1944.
LEO DILL, Airborne Infantry. "Operation Market Garden" Poorly conceived and executed by British General Montgomery. Killed October 7, 1944. Very good friend
HARVEY WILLIAMS, He and his wife both taught High School. Killed in European Theater of Operations, October 10 1944.
GEORGE JOHNSON, Lived West of Greenwood in an Indian group, he grew up more in Greenwood, and was a great friend to all of us. Killed in Action, March 31, 1945.
EDWARD LINDNER, school mate at St. Mary's in Greenwood. Killed retaking the Philippines , April 11, 1945.
LAWRENCE STOWE, killed in Kamikaze attack off Okinawa on USS Luce, May 4, 1945.
NEAL BRAUN. Four of us, 17 year old seniors, in high school enlisted together in the Navy. Neal went down on the Indianapolis, July 7, 1945, just three weeks before end of the war.
FRANK GASPARAC, died in a motorcycle accident April 17, 1966.
CAPT. GARY BRUX, 1st killed in action from Greenwood in Vietnam War October 6, 1966. Graduated from St. Mary's School, Greenwood High School and St. Norbert's College. Received Bronze Star, served with an Airborne Brigade advisory detachment. Died as a result of wounds "received while in defensive position when hit by fragments from hostile mortar rounds.
CEDRIC BOE perished September 18, 1966 when he fell overboard on the USS Kitty Hawk in hostile waters. His body was never recovered.
DUANE NOVOBIELSKI, died October 4 1967 as a result of a disease received in Vietnam.
WALLIS - HINKER - BRUX
REMEMBERING THOSE WHO DIED IN THE SERVICE OF THE
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
American Legion Memorial at Greenwood Cemetery
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