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John C. F. Onken
September 1, 1912 to June 6, 1944
Sgt. John Onken
Sgt. John C. F. Onken, a nephew of John Heyen of Langworthy and Mrs. J. C. Balster of Scotch Grove, was killed in action in France on D-day, June 6. He was a member of the infantry and had entered the service in January, 1941. He had a furlough last summer and visited with his uncle and aunt before he went to England last winter.
Sgt. Onken wrote regularly to his uncle, and letters were received from him recently. He was unmarried and had returned to the United States from Germany with his brother, Edward, in 1927. Both of the boys had become naturalized and received their citizenship papers. Edward is in the United States army and when last heard from a year ago was serving in England.
Sgt. Onken was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Onken and was born near Chicago Sept. 5, 1912. When he was two years old, the family returned to Germany, where the father was killed in the last week of World War I while serving with the German army. Later, the mother died.
Survivors of Sgt. Onken include his brother in the United States army in England; two sisters, Helen and Evalena in Germany; his uncle John Heyen, and aunt, Mrs. J. C. Balster.
The telegram from the War department announcing the death of Sgt. Onken was received by John Heyen July 4.

Submitted by: Sharon Oltmanns
Source: Monticello Express, July 6, 1944
Note: See also Military Record.

Return Body of John C. F. Onken From British Military Cemetery
Funeral services for Sgt. John C. F. Onken, brother of Edward H. Onken, now of Peotone, Ill., were held Sunday, July 25 (1948), at Peotone.
Sgt. Onken and his brother will be remembered by many of this vicinity, having made their home with their great uncle, John Heyen, in Langworthy for many years. The information was given the Express by Edward, who has been visiting in the Heyen home the past week.
Sgt. Onken was killed in action overseas on June 6, 1944, D-Day. He was buried in France and later removed to the Brookwood Temporary Military Cemetery in the British Isles.
He was born Sept. 1, 1912, in Peotone, the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Onken, Sr. In 1914 he returned with his family to Germany to make their home. His father was killed in action in World War I and is buried in France. In May of 1929, John and Edward returned to this country and made their home in Langworthy.
John entered the army on January 14, 1941, and served with the 4th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron at Fort Meade, S.D. He served overseas for 4 months before he was reported "missing in action" on D-Day.
Surviving in addition to his brother are two sisters living in Germany. His mother died on December 31, 1936 in Germany.

Submitted by: Sharon Oltmanns
Source: Monticello Express, September 2, 1948
Note: See also Military Record.


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