Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 5, Number 3, September, 1995 Page: 149
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Supreme Sacrifice: Colorado County's World War II Dead
memorial service was held on September 10, at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Weimar.
Kubenka was buried in the 96th Infantry Division Temporary Cemetery No. 2 in the
Ryukyu Islands with full military honors. He was survived by two sisters and a brother:
Mrs. W. F. Hudec, Pauline Kubenka, and Jerry Kubenka.88
PFC John Paul Henry
October 21, 1921 - June 8, 1945
After Leyte and Luzon were secure, MacArthur set out to rid the rest of the
Philippines of the Japanese presence. Conducted between February and May, his
campaign involved thirty-eight rapid, amphibious thrusts on various islands and along
the coasts, conducted by regimental combat teams staged by Admiral Daniel Barbey's
7th Amphibious Force. Fighting was still underway against the Japanese Thirty-Fifth
Army in eastern Mindanao when the war ended on August 15. John Paul Henry was a
member of one of the army regimental assault teams.
He was born October 21, 1921 in El Campo, the son of John Davis "Jake"
and Cutie Ellen Vordick Henry. He lived in Weimar with his parents and attended Weimar
schools until his enlistment on September 27, 1942. He was inducted into the army the
next day. He served in Australia and the Philippines with the 132nd Infantry Division.
He was killed in action on Cebu Island, which had been assaulted on March 26, on June
Henry's remains were returned for reinterment in August 1948. His funeral
was held at Rock Island Methodist Church with interment in the Myrtle Cemetery. Eagle
Lake's Cherry-Perry American Legion Post conducted the military funeral with Harry
Larson serving as chaplain. Henry was survived by three sisters: Willie Mae, Dorothy,
and Doris; and six brothers: Raymond, Wilbur, John Davis, Jr., Gentle Lee, Thomas, and
Billie Earl. The little town of Rock Island had not buried a war casualty since Orville Baker
was laid to rest in January 1942. The world had changed immeasurably in the intervening
Pvt. Kearby Watson
Died October 24, 1944
Kearby Watson, died in a tragic and most unusual manner. He enlisted in the
military and was sent to the Philippines in October 1941. He was there when the
Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, and almost concurrently invaded the Philippines. In the
most celebrated battles of the campaign, the Japanese captured Bataan and Corregidor,
and General Douglas MacArthur, as he departed the island, made his famous promise,
"I shall return." On May 6, 1942, General Jonathan Wainwright surrendered, and
88 Weimar Mercury, May 7, 1945, July 6, 1945, March 4, 1949; Eagle Lake Headlight, April 8,
89 Eagle Lake Headlight, July 6, 1945.
90 Eagle Lake Headlight, August 20, 1948, October 8, 1948. Henry's mother, Cutie Ellen Henry,
who provided additional information, is one of two known surviving parents of a Colorado County man who
was killed in the war. The other is Edward H. Bubolz' mother, Edna Bubolz.
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