Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 5, Number 3, September, 1995 Page: 154
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S/Sgt. Adolph C. Brune
July 14, 1921 - May 14, 1945
Adolph C. Brune was born July 14, 1921, the son of Edward and Emily
Brune. He attended Borden School and was a member of the Lutheran church. Brune was
inducted July 27, 1942. He served with the famous 77th Infantry in the Phillipines and
on Guam, and won a Bronze Star for exemplary conduct against the enemy on Guam.
He participated in the invasion of Okinawa. When the Naha assualt stalled, the 77th
infantry was brought in to strengthen the army's southern line. The 77th and 96th (with
which Bernard Kubenka served) withstood the desperate Japanese counterattack, then
pressed the rain-drenched offensive that broke the back of the Japanese resistence.
Brune was killed on May 14, 1945, the fourth day of the final push. The citation regarding
Brune's death stated that, "finding the platoon leader and assistant killed, he organized
the men and attacked and eliminated enemy positions."'101
The Weimar Mercury called him the "Third Weimar man killed on Okinawa,"
and Brune's remains were returned to Weimar for burial in 1949, however, he is listed
as a Fayette County casualty by the Texas Veterans Commission, and his name is
included on the roll of veterans in the courthouse in La Grange. Rev. Christian Emigholz
officiated at his 1949 funeral, held at the Hubbard Funeral Home. He was buried in the
Weimar Masonic Cemetery. He was survived by his father, Edward Brune; four sisters:
Mrs. Charlie Hatterman, Mrs. Richard Freis, Mrs. Ben Braden, and Mrs. Leona Thomas;
and six brothers: Max, Henry, Alfred, a PFC then in Kentucky, Leroy, a staff sergeant
then in Austria, Eddie, a PFC then overseas, and Edmund.102
Sgt. Glenn E. Eggers
January, 18, 1920 - May 8, 1945
Glenn E. Eggers, the son of William Thomas and Mamie Anderson Waddell
Eggers, was born January 18, 1920. He attended Eagle Lake schools for several years
before his family moved to Houston. He entered the army on August 15, 1940, and went
overseas in July 1944. He was killed in action while serving in China with the Mars Task
Force of 124th Calvary on May 8, 1945. He was buried in Lakeside Cemetery beside his
first cousin, Richard L. Eggers, who also was killed in the war.103
Pvt. Emil Fojtik
January 19, 1921 - February 10, 1945
Emil Fojtik, who was reportedly from New Bielau, served in the infantry. He
is buried in the Masonic Cemetery in Weimar. His name was not included on the
101 Weimar Mercury, June 29, 1945; Eagle Lake Headlight, July 6, 1945; Colorado County Citizen,
July 12, 1945. Kubenka was killed less than two weeks later in the same drive. In only five weeks five Weimar
men and one Eagle Lake man were killed in the Okinawa campaign. Soon, a Hillcrest man, Elo Ahlgrim, would
102 Weimar Mercury, June 22, 1945.
103 Colorado County Birth Records, vol. 4, p. 19; Eagle Lake Headlight, May 18, 1945.
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