Tuesday, July 19, 2016
PVT Walter Koliga
Walter married Leona Katilus on 13 May 1940. They would have one daughter. Frank died 1 Mar 1942 of an apparent heart attack.
Walter was drafted in April 1943. He was again working in a mill at that time. After his initial training he was sent to England and assigned to B Company 116th Infantry. He trained with that unit for and participated in the amphibious assault that took place on 6 Jun 1944. PVT Koliga fought with that unit through to Saint Lo and was killed in action on 19 Jul 1944.
PVT Koliga is buried in the Normandy American Cemetery. His brother, Michael, served in the U.S. Army (G Company 31st Infantry) from 1932-1934 and died of pulmonary tuberculosis in 1943. His youngest brother, Alexander James Koliga attained the rank of TSGT, serving in the Army from 1940 to 1945. Leona apparently never re-married and died in 1986. Their daughter married and had a child.