Paul Boeding

World War II Death Non-Battle

High School Activities

Draftees Assigned to Squadron Groups

Activity Period Stresses Physical Fitness Program

An assembly was held in the auditorium Friday morning October 16. The purpose of the meeting was to explain the activities taking place this year. This was done by Father Maurus who said that the most important and first activity is conduct and school spirit. Activities consist of drills and various sports.

The high school students are divided into eight squadrons, four for the boys and four for the girls. Each squadron has a director chosen b the home rooms. The directors and squadron titles are: Anna Marie Gudenkauf, Army Nurses; Rosemary Wempe, WAACS; Betty Strathman, WAVES; and Kathleen Fangman, U.S.O. The boys are: Paul Boeding, NAVY, James Huerter, AIR CORPS; Norman Luebbe, MARINES; and Bill Springer, ARMY.

The squadrons consist of students from the senior, junior, sophomore and freshman rooms who were selected by the squadron directors.

The squadrons have drills and various sports according to the seasons. These sports and drills take place during the activity periods which is from 12:35 to 1:05.

Courier Tribune (Seneca, KS) – 29 Oct 1942, page 3

Draft Registration

State Headquarters: Kansas
Full Name: Boeding, Paul Donald
Birth Date: 11 Feb 1925
Birth Place: Seneca, Kansas, Usa
Race: White
Employer: Student
Weight: 190
Height: 6 3
Complexion: Light
Eye Color: Blue
Hair Color: Brown
Contact Person: Boeding, August
Relation to Head: Father
Year: [Blank]
Residence: Seneca, Nemaha, Kansas
Residence Country: USA
Registration Date: 11 Feb 1943

WWII Draft Registration Card for Kansas (1940-1947) – Fold 3

Expects to Enlist

Paul Boeding is the fourth son of Mr. and Mrs. August Boeding who expects to enlist in the navy. He is a senior in Sts. Peter and Paul school and expects to graduate with his class. An older brother, Edgar (Rusty), employed at the Mealy & Berens store, enlisted in the navy not long ago. Sally and Fritz Boeding have been in the military service for a long time.

Courier Tribune (Seneca, Kansas) – 11 Feb 1943 – page 3

Passes Naval Exam

Paul Boeding, son of Mr. and Mrs. August Boeding, senior in Sts. Peter and Paul high school has received word he passed the examination for the Naval College Training program. Paul is the second student to receive word of the results of the examination. Those who took similar tests for the army training program have received no word of the results.

Courier Tribune (Seneca Kansas) – 3 May 1943 – page 3


Full Name Paul D Boeding
Army Serial Number 37736820
Enlistment Place Ft Leavenworth Kansas
Enlistment Date 14 Mar 1944
Army Branch No branch assignment
Service Branch Army
Race or Ethnicity White
Residence Nemaha County, Kansas
Enlistment Term
Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law
Source of Army Personnel Civil Life
Army Component Selectees (Enlisted Men)
Level of Education 4 years of high school
Occupation Hatchery men
Marital Status Single, without dependents
Birth Date 1925
Birth Place Kansas
Source Box Number 1256
Source Film Reel Number 6.22
Conflict Period World War II
Served for United States of America

US WWII Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 – Fold3

Arrives in France

Edgar Boeding Receives Commission and Wings

Edgar Boeding, who arrived Friday night to visit his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Boeding, graduated Wednesday, Sept. 27 as pilot of a Naval Fighteer Plane in Corpus Christi, Texas, received his wings and the commission of ensign. He has been in training 20 months. Edgar has a 21 day leave and will go to Melbourne; Fla., for more advanced training at the termination of his leave. Pvt. Paul Boeding a younger brother, has written his parents of his safe arrival in France, after a month’s silence. There are now three Boeding brothers on the European battle front, Lieut Fredolin Boeding, Sgt. M. E. Boeding and Paul.

Courier Tribune (Seneca, KS) – 2 Oct 1944 – page 2

Hospital Record

Full Name Boeding, Paul D
Admission Date Oct 1944
Admission Type of Injury Injury, non-battle
Military Service Number 37736820
Rank Enlisted Man
Branch Unassigned and Assignments (Not Elsewhere Classified)
Injured in Line of Duty In line of duty
Medical Diagnosis First Location: Unknown, code not applicable; CausativeAgent: None or Unknown Discharge Type
Discharge Date Oct 1944
Conflict Period World War II
Served for United States of America

US WWII Hospital Admission Card Files, 1942-1954 – Fold 3


Full Name Boeding, Paul D
Serial number 37736820
Rank PVT
Type of casualty DNB
Conflict Period World War II

World War II Honor List of Dead and Missing Army and Army Air Forces Personnel from Kansas, 1946 (Fold 3)


Full Name Paul D Boeding
State of Residence Kansas
Death 3-Oct-44
Death Date 3 Oct 1944
Buried Buried at: Plot G Row 7 Grave 5 Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery Henri-Chapelle, Belgium Memorial Location
Plot G Row 7 Grave 5
Memorial Cemetery Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery
Memorial Country Henri-Chapelle, Belgium
Rank Private, U.S. Army
Service Number 37736820
Regiment 3rd Replacement Depot
Conflict Period World War II
Served for United States of America

US American Battle Monuments Commission, 1914-1950 – fold 3

Truck Accident

Mrs. August Boeding, in Sacred Heart Hospital, LaMars, Iowa, had an opportunity to talk with the family of Earl Bourrett, 25, who met his death October 3 in a truck accident at Dinant, Belgium. This date is when Paul Boeding son of Mr. and Mrs. Boeding, was reported to have died in a truck accident in the same Belgium city. The two families feel that their sons were together because after comparing notes, they discovered they had left the states at the same time and had been in England together. They believe their sons died instantly, but have received no further details concerning the accident. Bourrett was from Sioux City, Iowa, was married and had a three year old son.

Courier Tribune (Seneca, Kansas) – 7 Dec 1944 – page 1


Honor Memory of Seneca Soldier

Many Paid Tribute to Paul Boeding Friday

The memory of Pvt. Paul Donald Boeding was honored at Sts. Peter and Paul church at nine thirty Friday morning with a requiem high mass said by Rev. Aloysius Krapp, Atchison, an uncle of the young soldier. This was the fourth memorial service held in the church. Paul died in Belgium, October 3, following a truck accident and no details have been received of his death.

In the sanctuary Friday morning, in addition to Father Krapp were, Rev Matthew Hall, O.S.B., Rev. Father Quinlan and Rev. Father Grosdidier. Paul’s brothers Mark Victor and Robert Boeding were the servers. The flag draped bier rested at the altar railing and in the vestibule of the church was Pvt. Boeding’s picture. Paul’s schoolmates, still in Seneca, attended in a body, as did Knights of Columbus. At the close of the mass, Rev. Father Basil spoke comforting words to the family. A commitment service was held out of doors. Members of the C.H.S. sang, Let There Be Peace. Taps were sounded by Sammy Armstrong and a salute was fired by Legionnaires from Earle W. Taylor Post. Staff Sgt. Louis Schmits and Pvt. James Huerter served as color bearers and Pvt. Charles Mueting as color guard. Edward R. Levick, legionnaire, presented the American flag to the parents. Ivan Becker presented a spiritual bouquet to the family as a token of sympathy from the Catholic High School.

Paul was born in Seneca Feb. 11, 1935 and had lived here all of his life until joining the service of his country in March 1944. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Augusta Boeding and the fourth to enter the service. Members of the family present for the service Friday morning included his brother, Ensign Edgar Boeding, Melbourne, Florida, Miss Mary Helen Boeding Dayton, Ohio, and those at home. Other relatives from this community attended and the church was filled with friends of the family Cyril Boeding, Salina, came for the service.

Courier Tribune (Seneca, KS) – 30 Oct 1944 – page 1