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PFC Alex M. Penkala, Jr

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PFC Alex M. Penkala, Jr

  • Birth 30 Aug 1924 South Bend, St. Joseph County, Indiana, USA
  • Death 10 Jan 1945 Luxembourg, Belgium
  • Burial Hamm, Canton de Luxembourg, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
  • Plot Plot I, Row 9, Grave 5.
  • Memorial ID 55829656

He served in the United States Army during World War II as a Private First Class in Company E ("Easy Company"), 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division.

He and his comrade Warren H. "Skip" Muck were killed by German artillery fire on the outskirts of the Belgian Luxembourg town of Foy. They were taking cover in a foxhole from the artillery when a direct hit landed on them. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart.

He and his comrades had their story told by historian Stephen Ambrose in his 1992 work "Band of Brothers". In the subsequent acclaimed 2001 HBO miniseries of the same name, he was portrayed by actor Tim Matthews.

  • Created by: Russ
  • Added: 3 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 55829656
  • Jamaya Owens
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for PFC Alex M. Penkala, Jr (30 Aug 1924–10 Jan 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 55829656, citing Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial, Hamm, Canton de Luxembourg, Luxembourg, Luxembourg ; Maintained by Russ (contributor 309) .