|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.
Return Body of John C. F. Onken From British Military Cemetery
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