Walter C. (Wally) Klingenmeyer

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COLUMN: 10    ROW: 25

  • Corporal
  • Served: August 12, 1943 – November 1945
  • World War II – 26th Chemical Mortar Battalion, in Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland European Theater
  • Second Class Gunner
  • Awarded Bronze Star Medal, Two Purple Heart Medals (Wounded in Normandy)

Deceased October 10, 1992. Interred in Racine, Wisconsin.

Walter (Wally) C. Klingenmeyer, a WW II veteran, was born on February 1, 1921 in Waucedah, Michigan and was was united in marriage to the former Elisabeth (Betty) Linse. Wally and Betty had 2 children, Ralph Klingenmeyer and Karen (Klingenmeyer) Loomis. They were also blessed with 6 Grandchildren and 13 Great Grandchildren.

Walter was inducted into the United States Army on July 22, 1943 and honorably discharged on November 10, 1945. He served in the Chemical Warfare Service with the 86th Chemical Morter Battalion Company “B”. He was sent to England in 1943 and in April 1944 to France. As a Private, he was wounded in action on July 9, 1944 in the battle of Normandy. He was then sent to a hospital in England. Upon his recuperation, he rejoined his unit in France. He received a Purple Heart for wounds received in action against the enemy. On November 2, 1944, Walter volunteered to go into enemy fire to reconnect a line of communication over a distance of 3 miles. Walter was awarded the Bronze Star for his heroic measures.

Walter served his country proudly in the European Theater, Normandy, Northern France, England and Rhineland.