|Birth: ||May 5, 1921|
|Death: ||Mar. 23, 1944|
Staff Sergeant Othmar F. Bechle, was born the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Bechle of this city on April 5, 1921. He attended school here.
Before being inducted into the United States Army, Othmar was employed at the Kiel Wooden Ware Company. He answered the call of his country November 7, 1942, and before leaving for overseas June 3, 1943, he was stationed in camps at Fort Sheridan, Illinois, Fort Riley, Kansas, a camp in Virginia and Newport, New Jersey. During his training in the states he was only allowed a four-day furlough at home.
He leaves to mourn his untimely death, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Bechle; two sisters, Kathryn and Rita, and two brothers, Private First-Class, Wilbur Bechle in Italy, and Jerome at home.
Thus far Othmar had received medals for the North African Campaign, and for good conduct.
Ed Bechle, father of the youth who died so valiantly, also served Uncle Sam. He was called to service May 25, 1918, and released July 2, 1919. Mr. Bechle only had two months training in the states at Camp Lee, Virginia, and spent 10 1/2 months in France.
Tri-County Record, Kiel WI, Thurs. June 22, 1944, p. 1, c. 1
Othmar Bechle Sheboygan Press August 5, 1948
Reburial services for S/Sgt Othmar F. Bechle, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Bechle, of 804 St. Paul Street, Kiel who was killed in Italy on May 23, 1944, will be held Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Meiselwitz Funeral home at Kiel and at 10 o'clock at SS Peter and Paul church with the Rev. F. X Kheil officiating. Burial will be made in the church cemetery.
Sheboygan Press August 7, 1948
KielóMilitary rites for Othmar Bechle, World War II hero, were conducted at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic church this morning at 10 o'clock. The body arrived here by rail on Friday evening, and military escorts accompanied the body to the Meiselwitz Funeral home.
Othmar is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Bechle of Kiel, and was inducted into the army in November, 1942. In recognition of his supreme sacrifice, all business establishments in Kiel were closed between the hours of 9:30 and 11 a.m. this morning as a manifestation of respect during the funeral services.
Edward Bechle (1894 - 1976)
Theresa Lax Bechle (1895 - 1986)
Othmar F Bechle (1921 - 1944)
Wilbur E Beckley (1924 - 2003)*
Wisconsin/Staff Sgt 157 Inf Div/World War II
Saints Peter And Paul Catholic Cemetery
Created by: Rose Mohnsam
Record added: Mar 29, 2009
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