Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 5, Number 3, September, 1995 Page: 113
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Supreme Sacrifice: Colorado County's World War /I Dead
William Raymond Cook
James M. Davis, Jr.4
Richard Lloyd Eggers
Fred E. Estlinbaum
Jerrald Preston Evoritt
William Newton Foster
William Denzil Grogan
James Boyd Harris, Jr.
Paul Perry Hastedt
John Paul Henry
Ernest August Herndon
Edward Joseph Hodde
George Reinhard Huepers
Marion Dennis Jackson
Early Earnestine Jarmon
Leon Phillip Kallina
Albert R. Klesel
Frank J. Krejci, Jr.
Leroy J. Krenek5
Norman L. Lanier
Clarence J. Miculka
Arthur L. Muehr
Almous C. New
Ervin W. Niemeyer
Laurin P. Otting
Maurice Walter Parker
Frederick Eilert Pawelek
Robert L. Plagens
Harold W. Runk
Israel Ed Selph
James Gerald Shirley
Frank I. Shimek
John Henry Stahl
William Lee Stapleton
Kearby L. Watson
Arthur W. Weiss
John Blasdel Westmoreland
Jesse P. Yanez
These are the World War II casualties with close ties to Colorado County who are not
listed either on the courthouse plaque or its addendum:
Adolph C. Brune
Weldon Davis Cauthan
Ernest Louis Connor
Louis Donald Vaughan
Leroy Joe Pavlik
Peter D. Meyer
William David Austin
C. B. Stockton
Robert W. Brown, Jr.
J. Dick Woolridge
After the fall of France and the Battle of Britain, it seemed only a matter of
time before the United States entered the war against Nazi Germany. Winston Churchill
had called America to its duty to help her English brothers in his famous "We will fight
them on the beaches .. ." speech, made shortly before the fall of France. While the war
in Europe may have been seen by many as a call to duty to aid those of like spirit, the
spectre of Japan in the east was a different matter. The Japanese aggression against
China and Manchuria was in its tenth year, and tensions between the United States and
Japan grew with the passing of each week.
By the spring of 1941, the local newspapers were beginning to fill up with
stories about the war. Over 2000 Colorado County men were already registered for the
draft. When America entered the war, the small towns in Colorado County would
immediately feel the impact.
4 No information connecting 2nd Lt. James M. Davis, Jr., to Colorado County has been discovered.
He was on the original War Department list, and was said thereon to have been killed in action. He has been
omitted from the main body of this article.
5 Leroy J. Krenek is listed on the Colorado County courthouse plaque, but his name appears to have
been added. He has much stronger ties to Fayette County. He is on the War Department list for Fayette County,
and seems to have been from Fayetteville. No mention of Krenek's military career, or of the circumstances
of his death, has been found in any Colorado County newspaper. He too, has been omitted from the main bodyo
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