Wednesday, August 3, 2016

PFC Jack J. Kolhagen

PFC Jack J. Kolhagen was born 10 Aug 1925 in Saginaw, Michigan the oldest of three sons born to Jack and Etta (Willette) Kolhagen. His father is a farmer. His mother died in 1933 of pneumococcus meningitis.  His father re-married in 1940 only to divorce 2 years later.  Jack and his younger brother went to live with his maternal grandmother. 

After entering the service, Jack was sent to Europe and on 19 Jun 1944 was transferred from the replacement depot to G Company 116th Infantry. Jack was promoted to PFC on 24 Jul 1944. PFC Kolhagen was killed in action on 3 Aug 1944 near Vire, France.

PFC Kolhagen was repatriated and is now buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Saginaw, Michigan.

Jack's youngest brother, Army SGT Carl Warren Kolhagen, was killed in action in Korea on 20 Sep 1952 while serving in the 2nd Infantry Division. He received a Bronze Star with V device posthumously for the action in which he was killed.

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