Deceased WWII Veterans
from Fayette County



Above, left to right, are Pfc. Peter D. Meyer and Sgt. Rud. J. Kubena, two Fayetteville young men who have given their lives in World War II. Sgt. Kubena was killed in action in Normandy on July 7, 1944, and Pfc. Meyer lost his life in combat in France, November 14. Inseparable friends, the two were employed by the Thorstenberg-Tamborello gravel concern and entered military service March 17, 1942. They trained together, and landed in England on April 3, 1944. Both went into combat duty in France on D-Day with the 357th infantry of the famed 90th division.

Newspaper article contributed by Curvey and Jean Weber

Pvt. Leroy J. Krenek

28 Aug 1924 - 25 Apr 1945

Company F, 128 Infantry Regiment, 32nd Infantry Division

Fayetteville Catholic Cemetery

PFC Ludwik Kocurek

19 Nov 1925 - 15 Mar 1945

242 Infantry Regiment, 42nd Rainbow Division

Fayetteville Catholic Cemetery

1st Lt. Henry L. Chovanec

8 Jul 1914 - 30 Apr 1943

Son of Peter Chovanec, Route 1, Fayetteville; husband of Betty Posley; graduate of Texas U.

Entered AAC, 1941; trained in TX; served in Bismarck Sea; awarded Purple Heart; killed in action in Beni Beni, New Guinea in 1943

Fayetteville Catholic Cemetery

Pvt. Jerry J. Knippel

27 Feb 1920 - 13 Apr 1943

601 Coast Arty AA

Son of Otto Knippel, Fayetteville; attended Fayetteville High School

Entered Army 1941; trained in CA, TX, & PA; died in Philadelphia Naval Hospital, 1943

Fayetteville Catholic Cemetery

Pfc. Ludwig J. Novosad

21 Nov 1925 - 15 Apr 1945

85 Mt Inf 10 Mt Div

Son of Pete Novosad, Route 2, La Grange; attended Hackebeil School

Entered Army 1944; trained at Camp Robinson, Ark.; served in Italy; awarded Rifle Badge, Combat Inf. Badge, Purple Heart, Bronze Star Medal, EAME Ribbon & 1 Battle Star; killed in action in Italy, 1945

Fayetteville Catholic Cemetery

SSgt. Joe A. Kasmiersky

Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces
423rd Bomber Squadron, 306th Bomber Group, Heavy
Born: 15 Mar 1923
Son of Adolph Kasmiersky, Fayetteville
Graduate of Fayetteville High School
Entered AAC 1942; trained in AZ & TX
Died: October 22, 1944, killed in action in Europe
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at Cambridge American Cemetery
Cambridge, England
Awards: Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, ET Ribbon, 2 Battle Stars & Purple Heart

Memorial at Fayetteville Catholic Cemetery

S/Sgt. Rudolph J. (Rudy) Kubena

Son of R. A. Kubena, Fayetteville; attended Fayetteville High School

Entered Army 1942; trained in TX & CA; served in Europe; awarded GCM, Rifle Medal & Purple Heart; killed in France in 1944

Fayetteville Catholic Cemetery

Veterans' cemetery photos are courtesy of the Fayette Heritage Museum & Archives.
Some information and veterans' photos came from The Men and Women in World War II from Fayette County
compiled under the direction of Judge Ed Janecka and printed by Schulenburg Printing & Office Supplies in 1995.
Joe Kasmiersky data came from the
American Battle Monuments Commission website.

If you would like to contribute a photograph of a veteran from Fayette County
who died while serving our country, please contact
Rox Ann Johnson.


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