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World War II 1
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Birth:
03 Jan 1917 1
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Full Name:
William Daniel Richard HEDTKE 1
Birth:
03 Jan 1917 1
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World War II 1

Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
Private 1
Service Start Date:
March 1942 1
Service End Date:
18 Sep 1944 1
Service Number:
36239034 1

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Life Timeline: William Daniel Richard HEDTKE (1917-1944)

 

TIMELINE: William Daniel Richard HEDTKE (1917-1944)

written by cousin Linda Windmoeller, based upon her research

 

  • Born 03 Jan 1917: at home on farm in HarrisonTownship, Waupaca County, Wisconsin, USA, eldest child of parents: Walter Eric HEDTKE &…

TIMELINE: William Daniel Richard HEDTKE (1917-1944)

written by cousin Linda Windmoeller, based upon her research

 

  • Born 03 Jan 1917: at home on farm in HarrisonTownship, Waupaca County, Wisconsin, USA, eldest child of parents: Walter Eric HEDTKE & Amelia nee PAGEL

 

  • About Feb-Mar 1917: baptized at Northland Lutheran Church, Harrison, Waupaca, Wisconsin, USA located in NW¼ SE¼, Sec 31, T25N, R11E; baptismal record missing with church records & safe stolen about winter 2010 (per email from Northland Lutheran Church Secretary, 2 Dec 2011)

 

  • Residence 1920: Harrison, Waupaca, Wisconsin, USA; William HEDTKE, son, age 3 & 0/12, single

 

  • Residence 1930: Harrison, Waupaca, Wisconsin, USA; William KEDKE [HEDKE], son, age 13, single, attended school

 

  • Residence 1940: Harrison, Waupaca, Wisconsin, USA; William HUEDTKE, no relation (living with William Zietlow family), age 23, single, completed grade 7, lived 1935 Waupaca Co.-farm, works 80 hrs/wk 52 wks, Laborer-Lumber, own account, income 1939=$0

 

  • Residence between 1940-1941: Waupaca County, Wisconsin, USA: working & living on farm east of Clintonville, Waupaca County, Wisconsin, per his sister, Elsie

 

  • About Jan 1942: received military draft notice & went to Milwaukee by train for physical (with brother Alfred, who did not pass physical)

 

  • Military Service: About Mar 1942 – 18 Sep 1944

 

  • Mar 1942: Fort Sheridan, Lake, Illinois, USA; boot camp, U.S. Army, at Fort Sheridan prior to end of March 1942, per letter #1 dated 28-Apr-1942 to cousin Angeline Hedtke

 

  • Mar-Sep 1942: CampClaiborne, Rapides Parish, Louisiana, USA; Service Number: 36239034

 

  • 28 Apr 1942: CampClaiborne, Rapides Parish, Louisiana, USA; at Camp Claiborne 1 month now, per letter #1 to cousin Angeline Hedtke

 

  • 10 May 1942: CampClaiborne, Rapides Parish, Louisiana, USA; per letter #2 to cousin Angeline Hedtke

 

  • 30 May 1942: CampClaiborne, Rapides Parish, Louisiana, USA; per letter #3 to cousin Angeline Hedtke

 

  • 04 Jul 1942: CampClaiborne, Rapides Parish, Louisiana, USA; per letter #4 to cousin Angeline Hedtke

 

  • 15 Aug 1942: 82nd Infantry Division took wings as the 82nd Airborne - becoming the U.S. Army's first airborne division

 

  • 23 Aug 1942: CampClaiborne, Rapides Parish, Louisiana, USA; per letter #5 to cousin Angeline Hedtke – now an Airborne Division!

 

  • 19 Nov 1942: Fort Bragg Military Res., Hoke, North Carolina, USA; per letter #6 to cousin Angeline Hedtke

 

  • 30 Nov 1942: Fort Bragg Military Res., Hoke, North Carolina, USA; per letter #7 to cousin Angeline Hedtke

 

  • 10 Jan 1943: CampDavis, HollyRidge, Onslow, North Carolina, USA; per letter #8 to cousin Angeline Hedtke

 

  • Feb 1943: Laurinburg-Maxton Air Base, Scotland, North Carolina, USA; per letter #9 to cousin Angeline Hedtke

 

  • 11 Mar 1943: Fort Bragg Military Res., Hoke, North Carolina, USA; per letter #9 to cousin Angeline Hedtke

 

  • 18 Mar 1943: Laurinburg-Maxton Air Base, Scotland, North Carolina, USA; per letter #9 to cousin Angeline Hedtke

 

  • May 1943: Grand Casablanca, Morocco (via ship from England to Morocco)

 

  • About 15 May 1943: Oujda, Morocco (via train from Casablanca to Oujda)

 

  • After 16 May 1943: Kairouan, Al Qayrawan, Tunisia (via truck from Morocco to Tunisia)

 

  • 20 May 1943: Tunisia (for glider training); in Africa - letter #10 to cousin Angeline Hedtke

 

  • 12 Nov 1943: Maiori, Salerno, Campania, Italy; per letter #11 to cousin Angeline Hedtke

 

  • 09 Dec 1943: Castledawson, Northern Ireland, Ireland (by Toomebridge)

 

  • 20 Dec 1943: Castledawson, Northern Ireland, Ireland; undisclosed location per letter #12 to cousin Angeline Hedtke

 

  • 01 Jan 1944: Castledawson, Northern Ireland, Ireland; in Northern Ireland now, per letter #13 to cousin Angeline Hedtke

 

  • 14 Feb 1944: BraunstonePark, BraunstoneTown, Leicester, Leicestershire, England

 

  • 08 Mar 1944: A.P.O. postmark, NY, USA; per unsigned Easter Card to sister Elsie

 

  • Apr 1944: Leicester, Leicestershire, England; "from Bill" postcard; per #14 to cousin Angeline Hedtke

 

  • 06 Jun 1944: glider elements were at seven airfields in the ALDERMASTON - RAMSBURY - MERRYFIELD area, 319th GFAB had 40 gliders that were part of "Force B"

 

  • 06 Jun 1944: start of D-DAY in Normandie, France

 

  • 07 Jun 1944: glider landings at Ste-Mere-Eglise, Manche, Basse-Normandie, France

 

  • 23 Jun 1944: wounded in France

 

  • 1st Award: awarded 1st Purple Heart 17 Aug 1944 posthumously, in possession of sister Elsie’s family

 

  • 13 Jul 1944: BraunstonePark, BraunstoneTown, Leicester, Leicestershire, England

 

  • Sep 1944: Cottesmore, Rutland, England

 

  • 18 Sep 1944: Cottesmore, Rutland, England - gliders took off towed by C-47s from Cottesmore Airfield for Operation Market Garden: Pvt. William D. Hedtke, Harrison, Waupaca, WI, #36239034, 319th GFAB, Battery B, Serial A-6, glider #340522 Cottesmore Field, LZ “T” arriving 1428

 

  • 18 Sep 1944: Missing-In-Action: Zyfflich, Kleve, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany - glider overshot Landing Zone T at Groesbeek, Holland, and ended up behind enemy line, in glider with Pfc Clifford M. Mills

 

  • 14 Oct 1944: Death Report Filed, Form 52-1, Report of Death: Killed-In-Action, glider flights

 

  • 17 Feb 1945: Letter to parents: son Killed-in-Action, result of internal injuries & lacerations of the head

 

  • Apr 1945: NOTE: body remains of co-glider Clifford Mills identified via dog tag by a Canadian troops Chaplain, but 2 days later lost in flood of Waal River, flowing to North Sea

 

  • 27 Aug 1945: Missing In Action report filed

 

  • 2nd Award: awarded 2nd Purple Heart posthumously, in possession of sister Ardel's family

 

  • 20 Jun 1947: Report filed, OQMG Form 371: "M.I.A. near Nijamen, Holland result of internal injuries and lacerations of the head, incurred in combat glider landing.”

 

  • 05 Apr 1948: Report filed, OQMG Form 1900: Controlled Case, "Do not...release information without concurrence of Identification Branch, Memorial Division"

 

  • 15 Nov 1950: Board of Review: "Remains were reduced to a state or disposed of in a manner as to preclude recoverability or identification."

 

  • Jan 1951: GROP 293.9, reinvestigation case closed: "Although remains could have been recovered, evidence does not exist to contradict a finding of non-recoverability."

 

  • As of 7 July 1960: Honthem, Eijsden-Margraten, Limburg, Netherlands, American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC), commemoration: name engraved on Wall of the Missing - north side: “Here are recorded the names of Americans who give their lives in the service of their country and who sleep in unknown graves." (1,722 names MIA), U.S. Cemetery, Margraten, Netherlands

 

  • After 1972: installation of brass military plaque at parents’ gravesite, Northland Lutheran Church Cemetery, Waupaca County, Wisconsin, USA located east side of state highway 49 in NW¼ SE¼, Sec 31, T25N, R11E

 

  • July 12, 1973:  A disastrous fire occurred at the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St. Louis, Missouri, USA destroying 16-18 million Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF) including files of Army personnel discharged 1 Nov 1912 to 1 Jan 1960.  William Hedtke's entire Official Military Personnel File was among those destroyed. 

 

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