PVT Nicholas John Lipke was born 30 Oct 1915 in Detroit, Michigan to Charles Frederick and Margaret Mary (Ludwig) Lipke. His father worked as a quality control inspector of automobile upholstery and worked on the assembly line. In 1940, "Nick" was working as an insulation installer in the building industry. Nick married Victoria Swiatlowski on 14 Sep 1940. Daughter, Beverly Joyce Lipke, was born in 1941.
After entering the Army and completing basic training, Nick was sent to the European theater and on 9 Aug 1944 was transferred from the replacment depot to E Company 116th Infantry. He was transferred again on 13 Aug 1944, this time to G Company 116th Infantry. PVT Lipke served as a rifleman in both units. He died on 1 Sep 1944 from wounds received in combat. According to the morning report, the initial wound(s) were not reported.
PVT Lipke was buried in the Brittany American Cemetery.
Nick's brother Fireman 2nd Class Clarence William Lipke was killed 7 Dec 1941 at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii while serving aboard the USS Arizona. Lipke Park in Detroit is dedicated to the memory of the brothers.