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PFC Ervin W. Niemeyer
August 25, 1915 - May 22, 1945
Deaths of men in training, which were common in 1943, came almost to a
standstill thereafter. No man from Colorado County was killed in a training exercise in
1944, and only one in 1945. That one was Ervin W. Niemeyer. Niemeyer, who had
previously resided in Weimar and Mentz, and who was a member of St. Roch's Catholic
Church, was a PFC in the Army Air Corps. Serving as a pilot at Foster Field at Victoria,
Texas, on May 22, 1945, he volunteered to fly a plane that towed a target for anti-aircraft
practice. He was killed when his plane caught fire on take-off and crashed. He was sur-
vived by his wife, Marie Henneke Niemeyer, and a brother, Leroy Niemeyer, both of
whom lived in Mentz. He was not only the last Colorado County man to be killed in train-
ing, but he also was the last to be buried in the county before those killed overseas were
disinterred from their graves in foreign lands and returned to their homes. Niemeyer's
remains were brought from Victoria by train, escorted by Sgt. LeRoy Stein. His funeral
was held at St. Roch's with Rev. Edward Geisler of Frelsburg officiating. Six soldiers from
Foster Field carried the casket, a rifle squad fired a salute, and a Foster Field bugler played
"Taps." The inscription on Niemeyer's gravestone at St. Roch's Cemetery bears the
peculiar motto, "For God-For Country-For All." His surname is misspelled on the
PFC Bernard Kubenka
January 25, 1924 - May 26, 1945
Bernard Kubenka, born January 25, 1924, was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Emil
W. Kub.enka. He graduated from school in the Wildwood community in 1939. He enlisted
in the army on August 2, 1944, and soon after, on January 1, 1945, was sent overseas
with the 96th Infantry Division. The 96th had been in the Okinawa campaign for some
time, and took the brunt of the bloody Naha assualt. After twelve days of heavy losses,
they were relieved by marine units. After fighting off a foolhardy Japanese counterat-
tack, on May 1 1, the United States launched a new offensive in a drenching rain. After
the refreshed 96th moved in to relieve the 7th Marine Division, Kubenka was killed. A
on April 7, at the funeral, her husband, Elo's father, Max Ahlgrim was arrested and charged with her killing.
The arresting officers, including a Texas Ranger, accompanied Ahlgrim to his home to change his clothes.
While there, Ahlgrim reportedly confessed and agreed to re-create the crime for the ranger. Ahlgrim, at some
point, ran, and after a chase of something like a mile, was wounded three times, once each in the leg, body,
and finger, by shots fired by the pursuing officers. Three days after the shooting, he was reported to be "resting
well" in the Columbus hospital. The newspaper reported blandly, "Mr. and Mrs. Ahlgrim lived alone near
Hillcrest. A son was killed during the war." He died of his wounds on April 19, maintaining his innocence until
the end. He was buried beside his wife in the Brune Cemetery in Shaw's Bend. Deputy J. C. Hinds, who
reportedly fired the shots which killed Ahlgrim, resigned from the sheriff's department within a month and left
town. For Elo Ahlgrim's two little children, the incident was a bitter sequel to their father's heroic sacrifice.
Their mother remarried and erected a tombstone for Hattie and Max Ahlgrim. It is inscribed, "We will meet
again" (see Colorado County Citizen, April 10, 1947, April 17, 1947, April 24, 1947, May 1, 1947, May 8,
87 Colorado County Citizen, May 24, 1945; Weimar Mercury, May 25, 1945; Eagle Lake Headlight,
June 1, 1945.
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