|courtesy of Marthann Kohl-Fuhs|
John was drafted in November 1942. At some point he was sent to England and then to the replacement depot from which he was transferred to G Company 116th Infantry on 22 Jul 1944. As with many other soldiers on the battlefields of France he was initially reported as missing in action but his body was recovered and the report corrected to show that he had been killed in action on 3 Sep 1944 as the unit participated in the attack on Brest, France.
PFC Rihner was repatriated in 1948 and re-interred in the Shelby Cemetery in Shelby, Iowa.
Brother Russell Dean Rihner served as a T5 in the U.S. Army 1941-1945.