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1Lt Conrad Friedrich Gustav Pankow
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Birth: Sep. 26, 1918
Richland County
North Dakota, USA
Death: Jun. 14, 1944
Caen, France


Had Been Reported Missing in Action June 14th

From Adjutant General Ulio Mr. and Mrs. Fred Pankow, of Hankinson, received the sad news that their son, 1st Lt. Conrad F. Pankow, who had previously been reported missing in action was now reported to have lost his life on the 14th of June in the service of his country in France.

Lt. Pankow went across to England early last fall, and was assigned to a heavy weapons company, handling machine guns and 81 mm. mortars.

Memorial services for 1st Lt. Pankow will be held at the Lutheran Church here in Hankinson on a date to be announced later.

Lt. Pankow was born Sept. 26, 1918 in Greendale Township and was baptized Oct. 18th, 1918, by the sainted pastor J. P. Klausler, who also confirmed him on April 9, 1933. He attended the township and grade school and thereupon enrolled in the Hankinson High School, where he was an honor student, showing special aptitude in public speaking. He represented the local school in the statewide oratorical contest, placing a very close second. He was Valedictorian of his class graduating in the year 1937.

Lt. Pankow entered Valpariso University after his graduation and later on was a student at the Univ. of North Dakota in Grand Forks and at the Univ. of Minn, at Minneapolis. From the last named school he entered the United States Army, receiving his basic training at Camp Barkley. From there he was sent to Ft. Benning, GA., where he attended the officers school and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant. He saw service at Camp Roberts, CA., and at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO. At the latter place he was promoted to the rank of 1st Lieutenant.

His untimely death is mourned by the sorrowing parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred J. Pankow, by his sisters, Linda, at present in Corpus Christi, TX., Ruth and Bernice, of this city, by his brothers. Rev. Bernard Pankow, in charge of a seminary for training native workers in Mexico City, Mexico; Fred, studying at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO., to become a Lutheran pastor, and Walter and Herbert of Hankinson.

(Source: Hankinson NEWS, August 10, 1944)



Memorial services for Lt. Conrad Pankow, who lost his life for his country in France, will be held at the Lutheran Church in Hankinson on September 24th, according to the announcement by the pastor. Rev. Gerhard C. Michael.

(Source: Hankinson NEWS, September 7, 1944)



Memorial services will be held for 1st Lt. Conrad F. Pankow on Sunday Sept. 24th, at 2:30 PM in Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Chiirch in Hankinson. The local post of the American Legion will take part in the service with the presentation of the flag and with the sounding of taps.

Lt. Pankow was one who was fully aware of what lay ahead of him, but who was unswerving in his loyalty to his country as is evident from a letter written by him to is folks on March 26th, 1944.

"Soon.... I do not know how soon.... I shall have to demonstrate not only how much or how well I have learned the art of killing, but also how well I have taught that abominable art to others."

"I know what's ahead. It won't be another pleasure trip, but though it may cost me my life, I wouldn't want to miss it".

"Should I be among the many who inevitably must fall, remember that I didn't go forth without realizing the possibility that I might lose my life. Remember, too, that I give
my life willingly, that I do out of love for my country and all its people ... .even the traitors and selfish slackers ."

"If I should die on the battlefield, I beg you to leave my body there ... Some day our government may provide you the opportunity to visit my grave. If so, avail yourself of
that opportunity."

The memorial service will be in charge of the Rev. G. C. Michael, the sermon being based on Isaiah 57, 1-2. Miss Lucille Prochnow will preside at the organ. The Lutheran 'In Memoriam' scroll furnished by our Army-Navy Commission will also be presented. The public is cordially invited to attend.

(Source: Hankinson NEWS, September 21, 1944)
Family links: 
  Friedrich Johann August Pankow (1886 - 1978)
  Anna Johanna Christina Hubrig Pankow (1891 - 1973)
  Bernhard John Pankow (1916 - 2005)*
  Conrad Friedrich Gustav Pankow (1918 - 1944)
  Gertrude W E Pankow (1920 - 1921)*
  Walter Ernst Henry Pankow (1928 - 1999)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Entered the service from North Dakota.
Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial
Departement du Calvados
Basse-Normandie, France
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Thank you Conrad for your service and courage
- kateb
 Added: Apr. 11, 2013
In your honor, dear cousin.
- Terri
 Added: Mar. 29, 2013

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