Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 5, Number 3, September, 1995 Page: 143
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Supreme Sacrifice: Colorado County's World War // Dead
in Germany since April 10, 1945. Later, it was confirmed that he had been killed, and
buried in a military cemetery in Eisenach, Germany.76
On June 17, 1945 a memorial service for Klesel was held at the Trinity
Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Bielau. In addition to his wife, Klesel was survived
by two brothers, Corporal Milton Klesel and Edwin Klesel. In 1949, he was reinterred
at New Bielau. The funeral was conducted by the Hubbard Funeral Home with Rev.
Christian Emigholz officiating."
Cpl. Clarence J. Miculka
June 30, 1916 - April 14, 1945
Clarence J. Miculka, who was born June 30, 1916 on the Ed McKee farm
on the Colorado-Wharton County line, entered the military in the spring of 1942. In 1945,
Miculka found himself serving as a gunner in the 441 Anti-Aircraft Artillery Automatic
Weapons Battalion, a part of General Alexander M. Patch's veteran Seventh Army. While
Patton's Third Army, which was racing through Germany, got most of the headlines,
Patch's Seventh Army was taking cities like Stuttgart and Munich in the southern half
of Germany, and crossing the Danube River. Miculka's anti-aircraft battery had
previously won commendations and the praise of their commander.78
On January 3, 1945, Miculka's mother died. He would join her little more
than three months later. The posthumous citation which accompanied his Distinguished
Service Cross relates how he fought and died:
For distinguished heroism in action April 24, 1945 near Dillingen, Germany.
When his battery was defending the only Allied controlled bridge over the Danube
River, Corporal Miculka braved a strafing attack by two Messerschmitts.
Although he received a fatal wound from the 20mm gun of an attacking plane
which severed his right leg and shattered his arm, he continued to engage the
hostile aircraft with his 37mm cannon. Bleeding to death and with his vehicle
riddled in twelve places by German fire, he fought on to damage and destroy the
enemy. He died a few minutes after accomplishing his courageous, self-assigned
Miculka had spent two and one-half years on foreign duty. The Distinguished Service
Cross was awarded posthumously to Miculka's father, Charles Miculka, in February
1946. He was returned to the United States in 1949, and buried in Forest Park Cemetery
in Houston. The funeral was conducted from the Heights Funeral Home on January 29,
1949. He was survived by his father; four brothers, Charles, Jr., August (who was then
in the Seabees), Henry, and Alphonse; and four sisters, Mary Dittrich, Adrana Meyer,
Ella Wilkins, and Annie Bennett.79
76 Weimar Mercury, May 11, 1945, June 1, 1945, June 22, 1945.
77 Weimar Mercury, June 15, 1945, April 15, 1949, April 22, 1949.
78 Eagle Lake Headlight, October 13, 1944.
79 Eagle Lake Headlight, May 11, 1945, January 18, 1946, February 22, 1946, January 28, 1949.
Additional information was provided by Esther New, Miculka's niece. Ella Wilkins and Annie Bennett, two of
Miculka's sisters, were murdered at Hempstead by Eliseo Moreno on October 12, 1983 in a four-county killing
spree (see Houston Post, October 13, 1983).
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