Emil W. Lekatz
Company A 1st Battalion 22nd Infantry
4th Infantry Division
Emil W. Lekatz was born in Crow
Wing County, Minnesota on July 24, 1918.
His religion was listed as Catholic.
He entered the Army on May 12, 1943.
Private Lekatz was killed in
action near Rosport, Luxembourg when his five man patrol was
by approximately 15 German soldiers on January 2, 1945 during the Battle of the Bulge.
Lekatz, 26, was killed in Luxemburg on January 2, 1944. He was a
member of the 22 D Infantry, First Army
and a son of Mr. And Mrs. Louis Lekatz, Bates Township.
Pvt. Lekatz took
part in the Battle of St. Lo and moved from Paris to Belgium. His
unit went into Germany and was
shoved back to Luxemburg in the German push of December 16, 1943.
A graduate of
the Iron River High School Class of 1938, he left Bates to work
in a Chicago defense plant
and was inducted from there in May of 1943. ¹
Emil W. Lekatz was buried in the
temporary U.S. Military Cemetery,
Hamm Cemetery, Hamm, Luxembourg and some time later
his remains were returned to the United States where he was
reinterred in Michigan.
Plot: Block 7 Lot 237
Grave marker for Emil W. Lekatz
Photo by Dale Safford from the Find A Grave website
¹ BATES TOWNSHIP LEGACY 1885-1985 centennial
book Chapter IV War Casualties, taken from
the Find A Grave website created by: Dale Safford
Top photo by Dale Safford from the Find A Grave website
Home | Photos | Battles & History | Current |
Rosters & Reports | Medal of Honor | Killed in Action |
Personnel Locator | Commanders | Station List | Campaigns |
Honors | Insignia & Memorabilia | 4-42 Artillery | Taps |
What's New | Editorial | Links |