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PFC Walter S Kienzle

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PFC Walter S Kienzle

  • Birth 1924 University Heights, Bronx County, New York, USA
  • Death 21 Jan 1944 Cassino, Provincia di Frosinone, Lazio, Italy
  • Burial Nettuno, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy
  • Plot Grave # A 5 24
  • Memorial ID 56310837

Walter S. Kienzle, an unmarried office clerk with two years of high school, was a Protestant Native New Yorker, born in 1924 in the Bronx, the second son of Frederick Christian Kienzle and Hazel Dean Whiting-Kienzle.

A resident of the borough of Queens, New York, young Walter, who stood only 5 foot 1 inch and weighed 106 pounds, decided on February 12, 1943 to proudly enlist in the United States Army to serve his country during World War II. He soon received his orders to ship out to Italy.

It was in Italy, on the cold and freezing night of January 21, 1944, Private First Class Walter Kienzle lost his life dying for his country. He was part of the 5th Army Texas Division who were also known as the 141st Infantry 36th Division. For his heroism, Walter was awarded the Purple Heart Medal.

Walter was one of the valiant soldiers who fought in The Battle of the Rapido River during the dark nights of January 20 and January 21 in 1944. Due to the heavy military causalities, the soldiers called the battle the "Bloody River".

The well-prepared Germans fought the American soldiers who were exhausted and out of ammunition. Under the weight of German counterattacks, The Battle of the Rapido River was a failure. The battle was a disaster on the scale of Omaha Beach, but without the success.

Walter was predeceased by his loving mother Hazel Dean Whiting-Kienzle who died in 1938.

He was survived by his father Frederick Christian Kienzle and his stepmother Mary Bellingham-Kienzle and his older brother Douglas Kienzle and younger sister Ruth M. Kienzle, as well as many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

At the request of his family, he was buried in Nettuno Permanent Cemetery in Nettuno, Italy Grave #A-5-24.

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  • Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56310837
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for PFC Walter S Kienzle (1924–21 Jan 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56310837, citing Sicily-Rome American Cemetery and Memorial, Nettuno, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy ; Maintained by gwtwqueenie (contributor 47729012) .