Emil W. Lekatz

Company A 1st Battalion 22nd Infantry

4th Infantry Division

KIA 01/02/1945

 

 

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 ambushed
by approximately 15 German soldiers on January 2, 1945 during the Battle of the Bulge.

 

Pvt. Emil 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.

 

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.

Burial:
Stambaugh Cemetery
Iron River
Iron County
Michigan, USA
Plot: Block 7 Lot 237

 

Grave marker for Emil W. Lekatz

Photo by Dale Safford from the Find A Grave website

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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