|Death: ||Sep. 10, 1944|
Departement du Doubs
John served as a Private, 141st Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division, U.S. Army during World War II.
He resided in Baltimore, Maryland prior to the war.
He enlisted in the Army on November 5, 1942 in Baltimore, Maryland. He was noted as being employed in the fabrication of metal products and also as Married.
John was "Killed In Action" during the war and was awarded the Purple Heart.
Service # 33382442
This notice appeared in The Evening Sun, next to a supermarket advertisement, on Aug. 21, 1944:
Private John H. Kreiner Jr. was sent overseas to take part in the battle for Anzio beachhead, and continued to serve with the Fifth Army until he was stricken with malaria fever. In his last letter to his wife, Mrs. Margaret Burke Kreiner of 912 Homestead Street, he wrote that he now is fully recovered and has rejoined his outfit for combat service."
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Just 18 days later, Kreiner advanced with Company E, 141st Infantry Regiment, toward Sauvagney in eastern France, between the city of Dijon and the Swiss border. Kreiner's regiment, part of the 36th Division, had been involved in the invasion of Salerno, Italy, a year earlier. It also had taken part in Operation Anvil, invading southern France in August 1944 and moving north rapidly through lands that had been occupied by German troops for four years.
On Sept. 9, 1944, east of Dijon, on the road to Belfort, Kreiner's company engaged German occupiers around little Sauvagney, a farming village with a population today (and probably then) of fewer than 200.
German soldiers entrenched in woods fired their machine guns across a meadow at the advancing Americans. Those who remember the day tell of screams across the meadow and medics running to assist the wounded with morphine and bandages. When the fighting ended, two privates of Company E were dead, one of them John Kreiner.
Liberated that day by the Americans, the people of Sauvagney staged a formal burial for Kreiner and the other dead soldier, Pfc. Edwin J. Morgan of Huntington, W.Va.
Above info submitted by Dwight "Andy" Anderson:
Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial
Departement des Vosges
Plot: A Row 17 Grave 61
Maintained by: Russ Pickett
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 07, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56373583