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World War II
Coming just two decades after the last great global conflict, World War II was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945, though related conflicts began earlier. It involved the vast majority of the world's nations—including all of the great powers—eventually forming two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. It was the most widespread war in history, and directly involved more than 100 million people from over 30 countries. In a state of "total war", the major participants threw their entire economic, industrial and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, erasing the distinction between civilian and military resources. Marked by mass deaths of civilians, including the Holocaust (during which approximately 11 million people were killed) and the strategic bombing of industrial and population centres (during which approximately one million people were killed, including the use of two nuclear weapons in combat), it resulted in an estimated 50 million to 85 million fatalities. These made World War II the deadliest conflict in human history. The Empire of Japan aimed to dominate Asia and the Pacific and was already at war with the Republic of China in 1937, but the world war is generally said to have begun on 1 September 1939 with the invasion of Poland by Germany and subsequent declarations of war on Germany by France and the United Kingdom. From late 1939 to early 1941, in a series of campaigns and treaties, Germany conquered or controlled much of continental Europe, and formed the Axis alliance with Italy and Japan. Following the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact, Germany and the Soviet Union partitioned and annexed territories of their European neighbours, including Poland, Finland and the Baltic states. The United Kingdom and the British Commonwealth were the only Allied forces continuing the fight against the Axis, with campaigns in North Africa and the Horn of Africa as well as the long-running Battle of the Atlantic. In June 1941, the European Axis powers launched an invasion of the Soviet Union, opening the largest land theatre of war in history, which trapped the major part of the Axis' military forces into a War of Attrition. In December 1941, Japan attacked the United States and European territories in the Pacific Ocean, and quickly conquered much of the Western Pacific. The Axis advance halted in 1942 when Japan lost the critical Battle of Midway, near Hawaii, and Germany was defeated in North Africa and then, decisively, at Stalingrad in the Soviet Union. In 1943, with a series of German defeats on the Eastern Front, the Allied invasion of Italy which brought about Italian surrender, and Allied victories in the Pacific, the Axis lost the initiative and undertook strategic retreat on all fronts. In 1944, the Western Allies invaded France, while the Soviet Union regained all of its territorial losses and invaded Germany and its allies. During 1944 and 1945 the Japanese suffered major reverses in mainland Asia in South Central China and Burma, while the Allies crippled the Japanese Navy and captured key Western Pacific islands. The war in Europe ended with an invasion of Germany by the Western Allies and the Soviet Union culminating in the capture of Berlin by Soviet and Polish troops and the subsequent German unconditional surrender on 8 May 1945. Following the Potsdam Declaration by the Allies on 26 July 1945, the United States dropped atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on 6 August and 9 August respectively. With an invasion of the Japanese archipelago imminent, the possibility of additional atomic bombings, and the Soviet Union's declaration of war on Japan and invasion of Manchuria, Japan surrendered on 15 August 1945. Thus ended the war in Asia, and the final destruction of the Axis bloc.
Source: Wikipedia.org (accessed 12/20/2014)

Kaylehn Brunner put together a list of men and women from Adams County who are veterans of World War II.
Several photos have been added thanks to family members. Scans from the Berne Service Record Book by American Legion Post No. 468 have also been added to individuals.

A - B   C - F   G - H   I - L   M - O   P - S   T - Z

If you have a photo of one of these veterans in uniform, please contact Margie Pearce so that each member of the "Greatest Generation" can be pictured.
updated 10/27/2016



Many thanks to Shana Neuenschwander, Information Services Administrative Assistant, Heritage Room, Berne Public Library, who located a copy of the Adams County Gold Star Honor Roll for World War II and was kind enough to send a copy.
Click on the Service Branch listing of the individual to read the Gold Star article in the table below.


Thanks also to Bryan Lineberry and his students at Bellmont High School for their research and new wiki site (2015)
"Adams County Individuals Killed During WW II"
The students' source for the deaths is "Indiana Historical Bureau, comp. Gold Star Honor Roll: Adams County. Bloomington: Indiana War History Commission, 1949. Print. Vol. 1 of Indiana in World War II."
Mr. Lineberry's students have updated the research project with 20 more profiles (2016) and will hopefully continue in the fall of next year.
Names that are Capitolized have a profile attached. Click on the First name to read the students research.

It is important not to lose the details of those who gave their lives in service to our country!

Obituary abstracts are available at the Adams Public Library System's News Search

updated 11/1/2016
World War II Deaths from Adams County, IN
Last name First name Birth Death Death place Branch Rank Parents/Spouse Cemetery Obit
ANDRESS Floyd Jerome 5/16/1922 5/22/1944 Italy Army Sargeant William & Minnie Baumgartner Andress MRE obit +
Baker Wilber P 1/28/1924 10/1/1943 Pacific area Army 2nd Lt O K Baker Cemetery of the Pacific, Hawaii obit
BARKLEY Beulah I 7/20/1908 7/27/1944 France Army Nurse Corps 2nd Lt Jacob C & Elva M Barkley Monroeville Mem - Allen County obit
Barnthouse Robert M 6/6/1920 1/21/1945 Belgium Army Corporal Marion & Eurill Smith Barnthouse Elm Grove, Wells Co obit
Bauman John M 1912
BAUMGARTNER Carl David 12/4/1919 8/18/1943 Platt, KS Army Air Corps PFC Joseph & Viola Beitler Baumgartner Pleasant Dale obit +
BAUMGARTNER Dale Erskine 4/5/1922 12/10/1944 Germany Army PFC Joseph & Viola Beitler Baumgartner; Helen P Acker Pleasant Dale obit
BAUMGARTNER James Harold 6/23/1921 7/7/1945 China Army Air Corps 1st Lt Grover C & Rosina Frankhauser Baumgartner; Maxine Moser Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, HI obit +
Baumgartner Paul J 5/2/1922 11/29/1944 Leyte Gulf, Pacific Ocean Naval Reserve Seaman 1st Class Phyllis A Troutman Greenlawn Mem Park - Allen Co obit
Bebout Clyde Clayton 8/6/1918 4/12/1943 North Africa Army Tec 5 John E & Arabelle V Tumbleson Bebout Mount Hope obit +
Beitler Francis Frederick 7/12/1910 5/21/1942 Philippine Islands Army 1st Sergeant Clarence F & Christena Beitler; Margaret Tooms Philippines obit +
Bergman Harold L 8/16/1916 10/11/1944 France Army PFC Henry & Mildred Bergman; Avonelle Beihold Epinal, France obit +
Berning Arthur Louis 4/18/1925 1/27/1945 Luxembourg Army Private Fred C & Marie M Grote Berning St John Lutheran obit
BIERY Thomas Dale 6/17/1918 12/26/1944 Belgium Army Private Peter S & Elizabeth Rawley Biery; Frances Mason - 1/5/1938 MRE obit +
Billman Leroy Hose 3/4/1925 1/20/1945 England Army Tec 5 Flavius E & Gladys M Wooters Billman Lawn Dale, Randolph Co, IN
Billman Merlin Wallace 10/25/1926 5/27/1945 Honolulu Navy Seaman 1st Class Flavius & Gladys M Wooters Billman Honolulu Memorial, HI obit
BRUNNER Albert Joe 7/29/1922 3/31/1945 Philippine Islands Army Tec 5 Herman & Hazel Sapp Brunner MRE obit +
CHRISTEN James Bruce 4/24/1921 7/11/1943 Sicily Army Air Corps 1st Lt Bruce & Alice Jackson Christen; Genevieve Wendell Decatur obit
De Haven Jacob C 9/9/1915 8/16/1944 France S/Sgt Wiiliam S & Maggie L Burton DeHaven Brittany-American Cemetery, St. James, France
DERICKSON Ralph J, Jr 4/5/1925 1/15/1945 Germany Army Private Ralph L & Alpha Brewster Derickson Riverside obit
Dick Merle C 5/5/1921 2/23/1945 Germany Army PFC Carl C & Lucy Akers Dick Fairview, Wells Co obit
Ehlerding Herbert Henry 7/12/1917 5/7/1945 Luzon, Philippines Army PFC Gustave & Amanda Ewell Ehlerding Manila-American Cemetery, Philippines obit
Eicher Howard Ray 8/7/1921 9/22/1943 Waldo, KS Army Air Force S/Sgt Ray & Mabel Swagart Eicher; Mildred Waltz Stahl - Wells County obit
Eicher Solomon Joseph 1/27/1909 4/24/1943 Hot Springs, AR Army Private Chris & Catherine Mosher Eicher Westport, Decatur Co, IN
Eiting Herbert
Eiting Richard Edward 8/23/1920 9/17/1944 France Army Corporal M/M Benjamin; Louise Bir Touls, France then St. Joseph Catholic obit +
Engle George Clay 5/20/1918 2/16/1944 Atlantic Ocean Coast Guard Sgt Maj E Clay & Delota M Beery Engle; Mary L Paul - 5/4/1940 Decatur obit
FENNIG Robert Lee 8/7/1922 7/7/1944 Italy Army PFC Edward & Myrtle Fogle Fennig Rome, Italy; memorial West Lawn obit +
FIELDS Eugene Parks 5/9/1908 11/16/1944 Burma Army Medic Captain Charles E & Gertrude Thorpe Fields; Margaret Parr Riverside obit
Fricke Benjamin C 2/8/1923 3/23/1944 El Paso, TX Army Air Corps Lieutenant M/M E T; Clara MRE obit +
FRIEDT Eugene Leroy 3/2/1919 7/14/1944 North Africa Naval Reserve Ensign Jack & Rosa C Mauller Friedt; Dorothy Arnold North African-American, Tunisia; memorial in Decatur clipping; obit
FUELLING Harold Fred 3/20/1919 5/18/1945 Luzon, Philippines Army S/Sgt Henry W & Louise Kukelhan Fuelling Manila, Philippines; memorial St. Peter's obit
GALLOGLY Dore Merlin 5/25/1923 12/6/1944 Germany Army PFC Lawrence D & Hazel L Smitley Gallogly Decatur obit +
GEIMER Jerome Herman 5/3/1916 11/14/1944 France Army 2nd Lt M/M Fred Geimer; Justine Spangler Lorraine American - France obit
Gerber Herman William 11/25/1923 4/2/1945 over Tokyo, Japan Army Air Corps Sargent Robert & Louise Mathys Gerber Jefferson Barracks, St Louis, MO obit +
Gilbert Gorman Allen 9/9/1924 3/6/1945 Germany Army Private Realie M & Addie B Haggard Gilbert Decatur obit
GLENDENING Hubert Vaughn 10/26/1917 5/31/1942 Philippines Army 1st Lt Milo B & Jessie Stauffer Glendening Manila, Philippines; memorial West Lawn obit +
Hahnert Calvin George 7/22/1921 3/8/1944 Germany Army S/Sgt George A & Eliza M Ray obit +
HARDEN Fred Ross 4/30/1923 6/15/1944 France Army PFC Morris C & Edna T Welty Harden Decatur obit +
HOLLOWAY Robert Leon 10/28/1923 12/6/1944 Philippines Army PFC Murray & Zula Steele Holloway; Mary Louise Decatur obit +
Hudson Dell P 11/13/1915 8/13/1944 France Army Air Corps 1st Lt Brittany, France
Hudson Roy Lee
IVES William Thomas 4/14/1919 9/25/1943 Fredericks, OK Army Air Corps Cadet Joy L & Ruth Scott Ives; Jeannette Kolp - 7/27/1941 Memorial Park Cemetery Clinton, IL obit
JACKSON Carl Francis 6/17/1917 7/27/1944 France Army PFC Harry E & Louisa A Drake Jackson Decatur obit +
JAUREGUI Ralph Faustino 1/15/1920 2/8/1944 Italy Army Private Teofilo & Felicitas Castellanos Jauregui; Mildred Knittle St Joseph Catholic obit +
JOHNSON Everett Robert 6/14/1914 12/4/1942 Medford, OR Army Private Oliver T & Della Everett Johnson Decatur obit +
Kitchen Ernest Laverne 4/6/1924 6/2/1946 Philippines Navy Reserve Aviation Ord 2nd Class George James & Ilo Ethel Platt Kitchen Ft. Wm McKinley, Manila, Philippines; memorial in Decatur
KRICK Herman Willard 8/6/1913 8/31/1941 California Army Private George W & Melinda E Gause Krick Decatur obit +
KRUECKBERG Truman Frederick 10/22/1919 2/15/1945 Manila Army Tec 5 Gustav & Selma Bleeke Krueckeberg Immanuel Lutheran obit +
LANDIS Leonard E 10/11/1923 9/10/1944 France Army PFC Earl & Bertha Fugate Landis Lorraine American - France obit
Mann Forrest Fredrick 8/20/1910 7/18/1945 Italy Army PFC Charles A & Emma Tripler Mann; Virginia Flauding Gravel Hill - Jay Co obit
Matchett Wayne M 11/30/1916 11/2/1944 Germany Army 1st Lt Walter & Mayme Smitley Matchett; Clara Steury Salamonia - Jay Co obit
Mazelin Lester J 12/4/1918 7/15/1944 Italy Army T/Sgt David J & Mary Mazelin Florence American - Italy clipping; obit +
METZGER Edward Joseph "Bud" 7/15/1913 2/21/1945 Germany Army Tech 4 Marie Metzger Anderson Hamm, Luxembourg obit +
MILLER Robert Milo 9/12/1913 3/19/1945 Germany Army Sargent Matthew M & Anna B Hardin Miller; Betty J Blocker - 6/9/1940 Chapelle, Belgium obit
Morrison Henry Fredrick 5/29/1919 4/1/1945 Nansei Shoto Navy Machinist Mate 1c M/M Wiley B Morrison Honolulu Memorial, HI obit
Moser C Warren 7/13/1921 6/5/1945 over Kobe, Japan Army Air Corps Lieutenant A & C Greenwood obit
Moser Robert M 3/24/1918 12/14/1944 Camp Malden, MO Lieutenant Obed & Mary Schwartz Moser; Delores Worden Salem UCC obit +
Musser Fred 6/16/1913 3/8/1945 Luxembourg Army Private Chris & Louise Musser; Olive Teeter Decatur obit +
MYERS Alva Adrian 1/16/1926 3/3/1945 Germany Army PFC Adrian & Bessie V Myers Willshire - Van Wert Co, OH obit +
Oetting Elmer C 11/1/1923 4/2/1945 Corpus Cristi, TX Navy Ensign Henry L & Adelinda Scheuman Oetting St John Lutheran obit +
Poffenberger Joseph Leo "J L" 12/2/1917 3/14/1945 Germany Army PFC Joanne H Smitley Fairview - Wells County obit +
RAILING Alton Sylvester 10/9/1920 11/26/1943 over Germany Army Air Corps S/Sgt Forest G & Mary Garner Railing Belgium
Reber Roy Dale 12/31/1919 6/2/1943 Maxwell Field, AL PFC George N & Hazel K Shady Reber Elm Grove Cemetery, Wells Co, IN abstract
SCHAMERLOH Carl 6/9/1920 9/9/1944 Voray, France Army PFC M/M Edwin Schamerloh; Leona Wefel - 11/23/1941 Immanuel Lutheran obit
Scherry LeRoy E 1920 6/29/1944 Warrant Officer Rev Albert L & Sarah M Salem UCC obit +
Scheumann Fredrick (Frederick W) 1920 6/11/1944 Army Sgt Martin Sicily-Rome American Cemetery, Nettuno, Italy
Schindler Theodore Kenyon "Ted" 1/1/1922 2/28/1945 over Italy Army Air Corps Captain John W & Alieda S Sprunger Schindler Jefferson Barracks, St Louis, MO obit
Schirack Joseph Phillip 10/26/1912 4/3/1945 Germany Army S/Sgt Andrew W & Josephine Eiting Schirack; Virginia Drake St Joseph Catholic obit +
Schlagenhauf John Henry 10/27/1919 7/7/1944 Saipan Army S/Sgt George & Minnie Dunbar Schlagenhauf Old Salem-Wells obit +
Schroeder Walter C 9/18/1915 9/29/1943 New Guinea Army Air Corps T/Sgt St. John Lutheran abstract
Schueler Victor A 1/23/1924 8/13/1945 Italy Army PFC Adolph & Marie Limbach Schueler St. Paul Lutheran obit
Selking Gordon Charles 9/12/1925 9/15/1944 Finland Naval Reserve Seaman 2nd class M/M Louis A Selking East Coast Memorial, New York
Shady Max Eugene 4/25/1925 9/2/1943 South Pacific Navy AOM 2C Hubert C & Gladys Corsan Shady buried at sea; memorial St Luke UCC obit +
SHEETS Raymond Elmer 10/13/1920 10/9/1944 Metz, France Army S/Sgt Noah & Mary Teeple Sheets Decatur obit
Sheets William Eugene 12/27/1925 11/15/1944 France Army Private M/M Don M Sheets Decatur obit
SKILES James Brisbin 4/4/1921 11/1/1944 France Army T/Sgt Ellis & Mabel Beery Skiles; Irma C McBarnes - 12/13/1942 Lorraine American - France abstract
Spade Ralph Jacob 3/29/1906 5/4/1945 Germany Army PFC Frank W & Eva L Tucker Spade; Katherine Decatur obit
SPRUNGER Wayne Andrew 2/26/1925 4/5/1945 Germany Army PFC Andrew & Kate Liechty Sprunger MRE abstract
Stalter Milo Chester 6/23/1925 3/14/1944 Pearl Harbor Naval Reserve Dorus A & Catherine M Roop Stalter Decatur obit
STAUB Fred Leo 5/30/1917 abt 7/16/1944 over Germany Army Air Corps 2nd Lt Sylvester & Rosa St Joseph Catholic obit
STAUFFER Ornell James 1/24/1916 8/20/1944 Fukuoka, Japan Army Air Corps Captain David D & Ida Z Taylor National - Louisville, KY
STOPPENHAGEN Normin Theodore "N T" 6/25/1918 12/10/1944 Belgium Army Tech 4 M/M Herman Zion Lutheran obit
Suman Earl Richard 10/13/1920 10/16/1944 France Army PFC Harry S & Bess Drummond Suman Lorraine American - France obit
Taylor Willis Eberly 1922 1/30/1944 Italy Army Ranger S/Sgt Leroy M & Anna M Blum Taylor; Vivian M Dellinger Nettuno, Italy obit
Teeple Richard Harold 2/2/1924 8/9/1944 France Army S/Sgt Albert C & Leona M Bartling Teeple St. James, France; memorial in Tricker obit
TEEPLE Richard Joel 9/13/1921 5/28/1944 over China Army Air Corps T/Sgt David H & Berneta A Reynolds Teeple St Joseph obit
Thatcher Delbert Renold, Jr 5/16/1923 7/9/1944 Normandy, France Army Private Delbert R & Catherine M Banning Thatcher Willshire - Van Wert Co, OH
TOPE Richard L 7/20/1920 8/12/1944 France Army Private Ernest & Lillian Decatur obit
Tricker Jack L 1921 5/22/1943 Rapid City, SD Army S/Sgt Elmer E & Grace A Decatur abstract
WARTHMAN Loren Alfred 5/13/1916 3/16//1944 Italy Army Private Wilmer R & Anna M Yake Warthman; Crystal V Christener Oakland, Wells Co obit





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