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PFC Walter S Kienzle
Birth: 1924
University Heights
Bronx County
New York, USA
Death: Jan. 21, 1944
Cassino
Provincia di Frosinone
Lazio, Italy

Walter Kienzle was born in the Bronx in 1924, the second son of Frederick Christian Kienzle and Hazel Dean Whiting-Kienzle.

On February 12, 1943, young Walter enlisted in the military to serve his country during World War II. He received orders to ship out to Italy.

It was in Italy, on the cold and freezing night of January 21, 1944, Private First Class Walter Kienzle Walter lost his life dying for his country. He was part of the 5th Army Texas Division who were also known as the 141st Infantry 36th Division. For his heroism, Walter was awarded the Purple Heart Medal.

Walter was one of the valiant soldiers who fought in The Battle of the Rapido River during the dark nights of January 20 and January 21 in 1944. Due to the heavy military causalities, the soldiers called the battle the "Bloody River".

The well-prepared Germans fought the American soldiers who were exhausted and out of ammunition. Under the weight of German counterattacks, The Battle of the Rapido River was a failure. The battle was a disaster on the scale of Omaha Beach, but without the success.

Walter was predeceased by his loving mother Hazel Dean Whiting-Kienzle who died in 1938.

He was survived by his father Frederick Christian Kienzle and his stepmother Mary Bellingham-Kienzle and his older brother Douglas Kienzle and younger sister Ruth M. Kienzle, as well as many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

At the request of his family, he was buried in Nettuno Permanent Cemetery in Nettuno, Italy Grave #A-5-24.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Frederick Christian Kienzle (1893 - 1955)
  Hazel Dean Whiting Kienzle (1900 - 1938)
 
 Sibling:
  Douglas Frederick Kienzle (1920 - 1989)*
  Walter S Kienzle (1924 - 1944)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Note: Entered the service from New York.
 
Burial:
Sicily-Rome American Cemetery and Memorial
Nettuno
Provincia di Roma
Lazio, Italy
Plot: Grave # A 5 24
 
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Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 07, 2010
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PFC Walter S Kienzle
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PFC Walter S Kienzle
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- Neil B (John 3:16)
 Added: Nov. 9, 2014
Thank you for your service to our country and the ultimate sacrifice you paid so that we may live forever free. I wish I had known you...rest in peace ~ you are never forgotten
- A Cousin Remembers
 Added: Nov. 7, 2014
Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near. Still loved, still missed, and forever dear.
- Gone Too Soon
 Added: Jan. 7, 2014
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