Saturday Tidbits

Continued from last week

Recently, the Nemaha County Historical Society received a copy of pages 1 and 2 of the November 11, 1946 issue of the Courier Tribune. While this copy of the paper was in poor condition, we were able to piece it back together for display in the Military Museum of Honor.

This issue of the paper was unique in that it identified those from the county who were killed during World War II, provided details about their death and often included a picture.

This week’s post contains those service men and women featured on page 2 of the paper. Unfortunately, the photos in the digital copy of the newspaper are of low quality. Thus, they will not be used in this post.

The Courier-Tribune
November 11, 1946

A Memorial Issue Today
For Armistice

Captain Raymond Rokey
Raymond Rokey, prominent in Sabetha athletics and again at Kansas state college in both athletics and studies, graduated in 1942 with a commission from the reserve officers trainign corps. He was captain of infantry when fatally wounded in France, He was commander of Company I, 112 Regt. 28th Inf. division. His parents are Mr. and MRs. O. S. Rokey

Private John I Dailey
Pvt. John I Dailey used to drive a St. Joseph newspaper distribution route in Nemaha County and was widely acquainted. He was one of the older men in service, born in Washington, May 30, 1905. He served in the 309th Infantry, was killed in action in Germany on December 21, 1944. John’s wife now lives in St. Joseph. His mother lives in Arkansas.

George E. Kohake
Son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Anton Kohake, Kelly-Goff, Geo. E. Kohake chose the navy as his branch of service. He was killed in action in the Pacific. He was a seaman 2/c; died May 4, 1945.

Francis Richard Long
Private Francis Richard Long, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Long of Sabetha, was killed in action of Lubang Island, March 2, 1945. This young man, like a number of the others, gave his all for country before reaching his 21st birthday. He was born December 9, 1924.

Harry Bieri, CFC
The loss of Harry Bieri, son of Mr. and Mrs. Pete Bieri, was he first to strike the Bern and Seneca communities in World War II. He was born June 29, 1913 and had been in the navy 10 years. He was a chief fire controlman, serving on the U. S. Destroyer Hammann, lost in the battle of Midway, one of the great engagements that was a turning point in the Pacific.

Sgt. Carol Eugene Domer
Carol Eugene Domer was born Feb. 28, 1920 southwest of Centralia, the son of MR. and Mrs. Robin R Domer, now deceased. He entered service in October, 1941. He was stationed at Hickman Field, Hawaii for a time, was serving as a bombardier in the Southwest Pacific, and was believed to have been in Australia when reported missing in January of 1943.

Lieut George W. Springer III
Lieut. George W. Springer III is one of Seneca’s honored young men of World War II, a lieutenant of the air corps, son of Mr. and Mrs. George W. Springer, Jr. He served in the 406th F. B. Squadron, 371st Fighter group, met death October 17, 1944 in Germany. He was born Sept. 2, 1923.

S/Sgt. Richard Bindel
Staff Sgt. Richard Bindel, son of MR. and Mrs. A. J. Bindel, Sabetha Fidelity, was aerial engineer and top turret gunner on a B-24 Liberator bomber. His parents were notified that we was missing in April of 1944, on a mission over France. He entered service in 1942.

Sgt. George Moore
George Moore, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Moore, Oneida, was killed November 10, 1944 while serving with the 319th Infantry division of the army taking Delne Ridge in Europe. He entered service in November 1942.

Donald Kenneth Hall
Donald Kenneth Hall enlisted in the navy from Nemaha county in December, 1942. He had made his home for seven years with his aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. John F. Werner, who then lived on Baileyville route, now of Pawnee. The last letter received from him was in Oct. 1943 and on Jan. 18 1944, he was reported missing in action. He was a member of the crew of the submarine U.S.S. Corvina, operating in the Pacific area and presumably sunk by the enemy.

Tech. 5 Ralph W. Allen
Remembered as one of a family of outstanding Corning athletics is Ralph W. Allen, who was Technician 5th, in Co. B of the 34th Tank Battalion of the Fifth Armored Division. His death was December 14, 1944 in Western Germany. Born April 23, 1922, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Alva Allen of Corning.

Lieut. George O. Young
Lieut. George O. Young, Centralia, was the son of George O. and Louise Lohmuller Young, born June 6, 1918. He died at Camp Davis, N.C. on March 3, 1943 from a cerebral hemorrhage, suffered eight days earlier. He was married, left his wife and small son.

Pfc Galen Kellenberger
Private Galen A. Kellenberger private first class, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Kellenberger, Sabetha, was nineteen years of age March 22, 1945, just a moth before he was fatally wounded April 21 1945 in action in Germany. He was a runner and radio man. He was a member of L company; 47th Inf.

Lt. LeRoy Armstrong
LeRoy Armstrong, born March 7, 1918, gave his life for his country while ion a night training flight in the Pacific in August 1943. He served in the naval air corps four years and was overseas about a month when word came he was missing. No trace of his ship was ever found. He was pilot of a torpedo plane. Mr. and Mrs. Sam Armstrong are the parents and Mrs. Gladys Armstrong the wife of late flier. LeRoy had a son, J. D., who was born just a few weeks before he was listed as missing in action. He never say his son.

St. Sgt. Henry J. Hunninghake
Henry J. Hunninghake, son of Mr. and Mrs. August Hunninghake of Baileyville, was born June 16, 1918, entered the army March 29, 1942, and was a member of Headquarters Co., 2nd Batt., of the 357 Infantry. He was one of the young men who was the price of the great Normandy invasion dying from wounds June 10, 1944.

Lieut. Robert Shaw
Lieut. Robert Shaw, son of Mrs. Milton Hawley of Seneca, was 24 years of age, had been in service about two and half years, an army flier. He was missing in action Sept. 18, 1944 on a flight over Germany.