Kenneth Paul Caldwell
Company B 1st Battalion 22nd Infantry
4th Infantry Division
Kenneth P. Caldwell was born on
March 3, 1911 in Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois.
His home of residence was listed as Marion County, Illinois and he was married.
His religion was listed as Protestant.
Private Caldwell died of wounds
received in action in Germany on
September 17, 1944.
On 12 Oct 1944, the Kinmundy Express has,
Kenneth Paul CALDWELL, Alma Lad, Dies From Wounds Received in
Action in Germany: A telegram was received
by Mrs. Paul CALDWELL of Alma Friday morning, stating that her husband, Pvt. Kenneth Paul CALDWELL, had been
seriously wounded in action in Germany, on Sept. 17th. On Monday morning she received another telegram stating that her
husband had died of wounds on Sept. 17th. This was a shock to the community of Alma as well as our own community
as he was well known here.
son of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar CALDWELL, was born March 3, 1911, on
Zion Prairie in Foster twp.
On March 31, 1934, he was married to Miss Rada GARRETT, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Selby GARRETT.
After their marriage, they lived a short while in Vandalia where Paul was employed by the Hayes Bros. Hatchery.
Then they moved to Alma where he was employed as a clerk in the Wilson Store and the Rainey Store. In 1941,
he assumed the management of the C.A. Glore Lumber Yard, which position he held when he entered the services
of his country. He was inducted into the army on Dec. 29, 1943, was shipped overseas, landing in England on July 1st.
Here he remained until July 21st when he crossed the channel into France. He was a member of the infantry.
Besides his beloved companion and parents, he leaves 2 brothers, PFC Loren CALDWELL in the Southwest Pacific,
and Marion of Wilmington, Ill. After reaching England, Paul wrote to his wife that he had been converted and was
leading the life of a true Christian. He was a member of Kinmundy Lodge No. 398, A.F. & A.M., and his will be the first
gold star to be put upon the service rolls of the lodge. The whole community extends heart-felt sympathy to the bereaved relatives."
From Stephen Frakes via Ancestry.com
Kenneth P. Caldwell was
originally buried in the temporary U.S. Military Cemetery,
Fosse Cemetery, Namur, Belgium in Block H Row 3 Grave 41 and his remains were later
transferred and buried in Henri-Chapelle, most likely in 1948 when the temporary
cemeteries were shut down.
Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery and Memorial
Plot F Row 16 Grave 27
Grave marker for Kenneth P. Caldwell
Photo by Des Philippet from the Find A Grave website
Top photo from Stephen Frakes via Ancestry.com
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