PVT Walter Karl Marks Kaal was born Christmas day 1910 in Indianapolis, Indiana to the Dutch born William Baron and Margaret (Donk) Kaal. His father was a cigar maker and the family moved to Chicago before 1920. In 1940, Walter was working as a paint tester and reported a 1939 income of $1236.
Walter entered Army service on 23 Dec 1943 and after his training was sent to Europe. He was transferred from the replacement depot to A Company 116th Infantry on 17 Jul 1944. Walter was wounded on 30 Jul 1944 and did not return to the unit from the replacement depot until 15 Nov 1944. On 20 Nov 1944 he was again transferred, this time to B Company 116th Infantry. PVT Kaal was killed in action on 29 Nov 1944.
PVT Kaal was repatriated and is buried with family in Mount Hope Cemetery in Chicago, Illinois.