|courtesy of Nancy Ann Mull Buchanan|
Elmer was drafted in June 1942. After initial training he was identified as a candidate for officer training which he attended. 2LT Koontz was sent to Europe and on 24 Oct 1944 was transferred from the replacement depot to G Company 116th Infantry to serve as a platoon leader. 2LT Koontz was killed in action on 25 Nov 1944.
2LT Koontz was repatriated and now rests forever in Wilson Cemetery in Newark, Ohio. He and Fern had no children and she re-married in 1947 to Glenn Edward Werts, a career Navy Warrant Officer. They have passed on and are buried together in Arlington National Cemetery.