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PFC Henry John Deckert
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Birth: Dec. 11, 1917
Forest Park
Cook County
Illinois, USA
Death: Dec. 22, 1941
Central Luzon, Philippines

Pfc. Henry J. Deckert was a member of B Company, 192nd Tank Battlion which was originally an Illinois National Guard Tank Company. On December 22, 1941, while covering the withdraw of Filipino and American forces at Lingayen Gulf in the Philippine Islands, Pfc. Henry Deckert became the first American tank crew member killed in tank to tank action in WWII.
According to the other members of his tank crew, a Japanese shell hit their Stewart tank and exploded. The concussion from the explosion entered the tank through the bow-gun port decapitating Pfc. Henry Deckert. He was buried by his tank crew at a Catholic Cemetery.
After the war, his family requested that his remains be returned to the United States. He is buried next to his parents at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Hillside, Illinois.

For more information, go to:
Proviso East High School Bataan Commemorative Research Project

Family links: 
  Adam Deckert (1894 - 1980)
  Mary Schoenwolf Deckert (1897 - 1991)
Oakridge-Glen Oak Cemetery
Cook County
Illinois, USA
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Record added: Aug 14, 2007
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PFC Henry John Deckert
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PFC Henry John Deckert
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PFC Henry John Deckert
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NARA records list this soldiers Home of Record as Cook County, Illinois...Killed In Action...Your service and sacrifice must never be forgotten.
- Eric Ackerman
 Added: May. 3, 2016

- R I P
 Added: Nov. 10, 2015

- Flo B.
 Added: Apr. 27, 2015
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