Cpl. Reinhold H. Klemke



(Date Unknown - April 21, 1945)


Johnny & Margaret Thon Files
May, 1945


Cpl. Reinhold Klemke is Killed in Action in Germany April 21st; Left From Niobrara County in March, 1942

Thon book No. 4

Cpl. Reinhold Klemke, serving with the Ninth U.S. Army in Germany, was killed in action, April 21st, according to word received here last Saturday from the youth's parents, Mr. and Mrs. August Klemke, of Snyder, Nebr. They had received the official war department notification two days previously. Details, as usual, were lacking.

Corporal Klemke was attached to Troop C. 360th Cavalry, Mechanized Division of Reconnaissance squad and had been in overseas service since last fall. He embarked from the states in September, and had been in service a little more than three years, being inducted in March 1942. According to local relatives, he had also been serving as an interpreter, and during the last of his service was assisting medical at the front.

Corporal Klemke was a brother to Mrs, P. J. Owens of Lusk; Mrs. Martin Glandt of Manville; and Emil Klemke of the divide community. Other survivors besides his parents are five brothers. T/5 August John Klemke, with the 3rd Armored Division in Germany; Elmer and Paul of Snyder, Nebr.; Elvin of Fremont, Nebr.; and Herman of Dalton, Nebr.; and three sisters, Mrs. Elmer Pasold Snyder, Nebr.; Mrs. Leo Alexander of Houston, Tex.; and Mrs. Alma Brosius of Evin, Tex.

He had lived in Lusk for several years prior to induction and had made his home with Mr. and Mrs. P. J. Owens and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hansen. He had been employed by Oscar Bostrom as a carpenter.



The Lusk Herald
May 10, 1945
Two More Men Are Killed in Germany


The surrender in Germany came too late to save the lives of two more local men fighting in Germany.

Word was received here by relatives on Saturday that Corporal Reinholdt H. Klemke was killed in action in Germany, April 21.

His parents, Mr. and Mrs. August Klemke, reside at Snyder, Neb., and received the customary telegram from the War Department on May 3rd. No other details as to how Cpl. Klemke met his death were given.

He was a former resident of Lusk and well known here, as he worked at the carpenter trade with Oscar Bostrom for about a year and a half.

Surviving him in this immediate vicinity are his brother, Emil Klemke, and two sisters, Mrs. P.J. Owens and Mrs. Martin Glandt, besides many cousins and other ralatives. Besides his parents he has three sisters and five brothers residing elsewhere. One of the brothers is with the Third Army in Europe.

Cpl. Klemke went overseas last September and for a time acted as an interpreter, but it is thought he was serving with the medical corps rescuing wounded men from the battlefield when he was killed.

(This article continues about the other young man killed, Cpl. Alfred L. Schutt.)




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