PFC Howard Donald Keplinger

PFC Howard Donald Keplinger

Maryland, USA
Death 9 Mar 1945 (aged 25)
Ossenberg, Kreis Wesel, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Burial Margraten, Eijsden-Margraten Municipality, Limburg, Netherlands
Plot H Row 6 Grave 27
Memorial ID 56300483 · View Source
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Howard served as a Private First Class, 2nd Battalion, 137th Infantry Regiment, 35th Infantry Division, U.S. Army during World War II.

He resided in Washington County, Maryland prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on March 14, 1944 at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as an inspector and also as Married.

On March 7th, the 35th Division was fighting on the outskirts of Ossenberg while absorbing all types of intense enemy fire. The road from Rheinberg to Ossenberg gave the 137th Infantry Regiment the strongest opposition encountered during this operation and was dubbed "88 Alley".

The enemy was determined to hold Ossenberg in order to keep their positions west of the Rhine River and the Wesel.

On March 9th, the 2nd Battalion was mopping up the remaining enemy resistance in Ossenberg.

Howard was hit by shell fragments during the sharp enemy counterattack on Ossenberg. Although wounded himself, he made his way to a wounded comrade who was hit by enemy fire, 50 yards away. As he carried his comrade to cover, another enemy artillery shell exploted close to him which resulted in the instant dead of PFC Keplinger.

Howard was "Killed In Action" near Ossenberg, Germany during the war.

He was awarded the "Silver Star" and the Purple Heart.

Service # 33845493

He also has a "Cenotaph" in the Rest Haven Cemetery, Hagerstown, Maryland.
"Click Here" for that record.

His brother, Sgt Rudolph L Keplinger, also "Died Of Wounds" during the war and was also awarded the "Silver Star".

Bio by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett

Special Thanks to:
Dwight "Andy" Anderson for the exact description of Howard's death on this day!





  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56300483
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for PFC Howard Donald Keplinger (4 Nov 1919–9 Mar 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56300483, citing Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial, Margraten, Eijsden-Margraten Municipality, Limburg, Netherlands ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .