WORLD WAR II
The National World War II Memorial
was dedicated on Memorial Day 2004
DC. For more information related to this memorial,
dedication and its honorees, go to the www.WWIIMemorial.com
World War II veterans can be
registered by clicking on the WWII Registry.
ALTON WARREN KNAPPENBERGER (1923-2008)
CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT
Alton W. Knappenberger was born 31 December 1923 in
Cooperstown, Lehigh County, PA and died 9 June 2008. He was the son of Frank
Knappenberger (1887-1928) and grandson of Clinton W. Knappenberger
(1857-1920) of Lehigh County, PA. He descends from Johan
Michael Knappenberger (original immigrant) through his son Johan Henrich
(Henry) Knappenberger who fought in the Revolutionary War. Alton was a Private First Class with the
Army, 3rd Infantry Division fighting in Italy on 1 February 1944 when his
acts of bravery lead to receiving the Congressional Medal of
Honor. For more information including full citation,
ALLAN FRANCIS KNAPPENBERGER (1924-1944)
Allan Francis was born 12 September 1924 in Portland,
Oregon and died 5 July 1944 near Periers, Normandy, France. He is the son of
Harvey Lester Knappenberger (1886-1948) and grandson of Alexander
Knappenberger (1846-?) of Lehigh County, PA. He entered the service
from Oregon. Allan served with the 358th Infantry,
90th Division, Company D as a
Private. He was assigned to Company D on 1 July 1944 and died at
Hill 122 near Periers, France, on 5 July 1944. He is buried at the Normandy
American Cemetery in Plot C, Row 14, Grave 7. Allan Francis received
the Purple Heart Medal.
Allan had two older brothers who also served during World
War II: John Doyle known as "Jack" (1913-1971) and Robert Thomas
known as "Bob" (1917-2001).
Norm C. Richards writes, "I remember reading
about Allan on the reports when I first obtained them a couple of years
ago. It made a huge impact on me that a young guy would be assigned
to a unit, not knowing anyone, in combat, far from home and then to be
killed within four days. Terribly sad. God Bless Allan for his
service and sacrifice."
A commentary written by Tom Knappenberger, nephew of
Allan, was written for the Oregonian and printed on Memorial Day,
May 27, 2002. This was written to remind people for whom
Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon was named: the sons and
daughters of Portland who died in World War II. "My Uncle
Allan is among them.... Allan Knappenberger was only 18 when he joined the
Army 59 years ago right after graduating from Columbia Preparatory School
in North Portland. A three-letter star athlete, he was elected both
student body president and class president his senior year, 1943.
Everyone loved Knappy. The pro at Columbia Edgewater said he could
be a golf star. His grades were high. Clearly he could choose
his future. He chose to serve his country... On July 5, 1944, PFC
Allan Knappenberger was helping move a gun through the hedgerows of
Normandy. It had been less than a month since D-Day. A German
mortar shell exploded, killing him instantly. Allan was only 19 -
the uncle I never knew....It is terrible to lose young lives in
war. It is unimaginable to me, as a father, to have all of one's
children in harm's way. And it must be life-scarring to lose a child
to war. Yet many families across Oregon and America shared my
grandparents' pain. It was what had to be done."
ALLEN JOSEPH KNAPPENBERGER (1926- )
Allen Joseph was born 3 February 1926 in Westmoreland
County, PA and was the son of John Jacob Shafter Knappenberger (1898-1950), grandson
of John Hester Knappenberger (1869-1939) and descends
from Conrad Knappenberger of Westmoreland County, PA. He
entered the US Army Air Corps in February 1944 into their Aviation Cadet
Program and was discharged November 1945. He was the youngest of
three brothers who all served in the war; his elder brothers were John
"Jack" Richards Knappenberger and Clifford William Knappenberger.
ARNOLD CLAIR KNAPPENBERGER (1916
Arnold Clair was born 11 June 1916 in Armstrong County, PA
and was the son of Emmitt Josiah "Joe" Knappenberger (1878-1968) and the
grandson of Jacob Knappenberger of Armstrong County, PA (1836-1922).
Arnold served with the Army Medical Corp in the European theatre during
World War II and was near Berlin when the war ended.
BILL J. KNAPPENBERGER
Bill was born "Billie Junior
Knappenberger" on 26 April 1922 in Phoenix, Arizona and died 6 May
1998 in Loma Linda, California. He was the son of William David
Grover Knappenberger (1884-1928) and was part of the Moses Knappenberger
(1826-1898) family of Jeannette, Westmoreland County, PA. Bill served
with the US Navy as a SF 3. He was buried in Riverside National
Cemetery in Riverside County, California. Bill is the younger brother of
Knappenberger [see below].
DEAN KNAPPENBERGER (c1916 - 1992)
Charles Knappenberger [Front Row Far Left]
Chief Petty Officers at commission in New Orleans
Charles Dean Knappenberger was born about 1916 in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania and died 22 August
1992 in Virginia Beach, VA. He was the son of William David Grover Knappenberger
(1884-1928) and was part of the Moses Knappenberger (1826-1898) family of
Jeannette, Westmoreland County, PA. Charles served on the USS
Holt during World War II from 9 June 1944 to 23 October 1945 as Chief
Electricians Mate. He also served during the Korean War and
retired as a Chief Petty Officer from the Navy. Charles is the older brother of Bill J. Knappenberger [see above].
W. KNAPPENBERGER (1925-2010)
Knappenberger served with the U.S. Army and fought in the European Theatre
of Operations. He received a Purple Heart medal. Charles was
born 17 November 1925 in Carbon County, PA and died there 6 April 2010. He was
the son of James Howard Knappenberger (1894-1961) and grandson of William
Abraham Knappenberger (1858).
HAROLD KNAPPENBERGER (1926-2009)
"Harold" Knappenberger, Jr. was born 2 Sept 1926 in Northampton
County, PA and died 9 November 2009 in Lehigh County, PA. He
was a veteran of World War II serving in the Naval Amphibious forces
aboard the LSM as a Gunners Mate. He served in the Atlantic and
Pacific Fleets. The ship's crew received a Navy Commendation and
credit for sinking five Japanese Suicide Boats off the coast of
Okinawa. In addition, Clayton Harold Knappenberger was a Marine
Veteran of the Korean War serving in the Artillery as a Sergeant. He
was a recipient of the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star.
Clayton H. Knappenberger, Jr. was the son of Clayton Harold Knappenberger
(1892-1944) and grandson of Alexander Knappenberger (1846-1928). His
3rd great grandfather, Johann Henry Knappenberger (1744-1818) fought in
the Revolutionary War.
CLIFFORD JAMES KNAPPENBERGER (1925-1993)
Clifford James Knappenberger
Clifford James was born 11 November 1925 in Carbon
County, PA and died 24 March 1993. He was the son of Harry L. Knappenberger
(1902-1931) and grandson of James Henry Knappenberger (1855-1917) of
Carbon County, PA. He entered the service on 4 March 1944 and
served as a Staff Sergeant in the US Army, Company A, 259
Regiment, 65th Infantry Division of Patton's Third Army. He received
the Soldier's Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Combat
Infantryman's Badge, Expert Infantryman's Badge, EAME Campaign Medal,
World War II Victory Medal. He fought in various battles and
campaigns in Central Europe and the Rhineland . After the war ended, he
was transferred to the 9th Infantry Division until separated from the
service on 2 April 1946.
July 31, 1945
Sgt. Clifford J. Knappenberger of Mauch Chunk has been
recommended for the Soldier's Medal for heroic conduct not
involving conflict with the enemy. On the afternoon of June
15, 1945, at Linz, Austria, Sgt. Knappenberger exhibited
exemplary courage and heroism by saving a young girl from
drowning. The girl was swimming in a harbor about 100 yards
from his guard post. He dove into the water fully dressed
with heavy boots to rescue her. On reaching shore, it was
necessary for the soldier to apply artificial respiration
and the girl was successfully revived.
CLIFFORD WILLIAM KNAPPENBERGER (1921- 2006)
Clifford William Knappenberger
Clifford William was born 9 June 1921 in Westmoreland
County, PA and died 5 September 2006 in Canton, GA. He was the son of John Jacob Shafter Knappenberger
(1898-1950) grandson of John Hester Knappenberger (1869-1939) and descends from
Conrad Knappenberger of Westmoreland County, PA. He enlisted
in the Army Air Force in October 1942 and became a flight engineer/gunner
on a B-24 bomber. He first flew 28 missions with the 15th Air
Force/450th bomb group out of north Africa and Manduria, Italy. He
then flew with the
8th Air Force, 446th bomb group out of Norwich, England flying 25 missions
for a total of 53 missions. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross,
the Air Medal with 7 oak leaf clusters, the European, African, Middle East
medal with 5 bronze stars among other honors. Cliff was
discharged in August 1945 as a Tech Sergeant after earning 138 discharge points!
He is buried at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Georgia.
SLOAN KNAPPENBERGER (1907-1998)
was born 30 December 1907 in Armstrong County, PA and died 3 February 1998 in
Washington County, PA. He was the son of Frank Lee Knappenberger
(1875-1946) and grandson of Daniel Knappenberger of Armstrong County, PA. Dean entered the
US Army in 1942 and was sent to the
American Division in the Pacific Theatre in 1943. Dean was awarded
the Bronze Star. He was discharged in 1945.
EARL FRANKLIN KNAPPENBERGER (1923-1996)
Earl Franklin Knappenberger
Earl Franklin was born 15 September 1923 and died 16 December 1996 in
Carbon County, PA. He was the older brother of Clifford James Knappenberger [also a veteran of World War II] and the son of Harry L. Knappenberger
(1902-1931) and grandson of James Henry Knappenberger (1855-1917) of
Carbon County, PA. He served with the 9th Army Air Force, 47th
Station Compliment Squadron in Europe.
MELVIN KNAPPENBERGER (1899-1964)
Earl Melvin was born
18 February 1899 in Coon Rapids, Iowa and died 13 June 1964 and is buried
in Coon Rapids Cemetery. He was the son of Wesley B. Knappenberger
(1872-1951) and grandson of Josiah Knappenberger (1834-1871) of Clarion
County, PA. His grave marker indicates that he was a Corporal
in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.
EARL OLIVER KNAPPENBERGER
Earl Oliver was born 29 March 1919 and died
8 May 1995. He served with the US Army during World
War II as a Private First Class. He was the son of John Murry
Knappenberger (1874-1965) and grandson of Samuel Augustus Knappenberger (1840-1920).
He was one of three brothers who served in WW II (John Addison
Knappenberger and Paul Uncapher Knappenberger).
Edward Rule was
born 14 October 1914 in Netcong, New Jersey. He died 30 August 1987
in Lehighton, Carbon County, PA. He enlisted in the Army on 9 March
1944 and became a First Lieutenant in
the 8th Division with the Army Infantry in Germany during World War II.
Edward received the World War II Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal,
EAME Ribbon with 2 Battle Stars, Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star Medal
and the Purple Heart. He separated from the US Army on 20 February 1946. Edward was the son of
James Edward Knappenberger (1878-1964) of Carbon County, PA and grandson of Penrose
Miller Knappenberger (1847-1917) of Berks County, PA.
T. KNAPPENBERGER (1916-1971)
Elmer was born 14 July
1916 in Lehigh County, PA and died 17 March 1971 in Bucks County,
PA. He enlisted in the US Army on 6 June 1941 and served with the
44th Infantry Division in Europe during World War II. He was the son
of Frank Johnson Knappenberger of Lehigh County, PA (1887-1928) and
grandson of Clinton W. Knappenberger (1867-1920). His brother, Alton
W. Knappenberger, received the CMOH. (see above)
Jay was born 3 July
1927 in Kingman County, Kansas and died 13 March 2011 in St. Louis
Jay served in World War II in the U.S. Navy on the cruiser
U.S. Boston in the occupation of Japan. He was the son of Harry
Cable Knappenberger (1890-1970) and grandson of Francis Jeremiah
Knappenberger (1853-1903). Jay wrote a family history of the
Francis Jeremiah Knappenberger family.
WILLIAM KNAPPENBERGER (1923-2006)
George William was
born 22 June 1923 in Warren, Ohio and died there on 14 January 2006.
He served in the Army Air Corps and received the Purple Heart while in
Tunisia. He was the son of Chester William Knappenberger (1890-1936)
who was a World War I veteran and grandson of George Washington
Knappenberger (1856-1942) of Westmoreland County, PA.
GLENN McMURTRY KNAPPENBERGER (1917-1997)
Glenn McMurtry was born 30 July 1917 in Armstrong County,
PA and died 13 January 1997 in Texas. He was the son of
McMurtry U. Knappenberger (1895-1977), grandson of John Hester
Knappenberger (1869-1939) and descends from Conrad Knappenberger of
Westmoreland County, PA. Glenn was in the US Army Reserves before
the war and then transferred into the Air Corp as a Radio Operator for the
Commander of the Central Training Command.
HAROLD J. KNAPPENBERGER (1927- )
Harold J. was born 12 April 1927 in Mauch
Chunk, Carbon County, PA. He is the son of Nathan Edward
Knappenberger (1880-1944) and grandson of James Henry Knappenberger
(1855-1917). He served with the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific on
HOMER PETER KNAPPENBERGER, SR. (1910-1997)
Homer Peter, Sr. was born 11 May 1910 in Lehigh County, PA
died 7 January 1997 in Bucks County, PA. He was the son of Richard
Walter Knappenberger (1878-1967) and grandson of Thomas Henry
Knappenberger (1833-1909). He served with the Navy during World War
ROSS KNAPPENBERGER/DVM (1916-1973)
Knappenberger was born 8 February 1916 in Penalosa, Kansas and died 4
September 1973 in Lincoln, Nebraska. He was the son of Jacob Ross
Knappenberger (1886-1965) and grandson of Francis J. "Frank" Knappenberger
(1853-1903) and a descendent of Conrad Knappenberger of Westmoreland County,
PA. Jack graduated from Kansas Sate University with a Doctor of Veterinarian
Medicine in 1939. After graduation, Jack entered the United Sates
Army Veterinary Corps in 1940. He served as a pilot in the U.S. Army
Air Corps from 1943 to 1945.
James Harvey Knappenberger, Jr. was born 29 August 1920
in Phoenix, Arizona. At a young age, after his parents died, he was
adopted by his great-aunt and great-uncle and his last name was changed to
Klingensmith. He was the son of James Harvey
Knappenberger (1884-1925) and the grandson of Henry J. Knappenberger
(1861-1918). James Harvey Klingensmith died 9 October 1983 in
Westmoreland County, PA. He served as a Medic in the Army during
World War II and participated in the second wave of the Normandy invasion.
JESSE WAYNE KNAPENBERGER (1908-1991)
Jesse Wayne Knapenberger known as "Wayne" was born 15 January
1908 in Clarion County, PA, the son of Jesse Knapenberger (1852-1927) and
descends from Conrad Knappenberger of Westmoreland County, PA. He
served with the US Army during World War II as a Staff Sergeant.
Limestone Cemetery, Carrollton, Cattaraugus County, New York
PITTS KNAPPENBERGER (1918 - )
was born 11 September 1918 in Evanston, Illinois. She married
T. Gaillard Knappenberger in 1953. In November 1943, Jill
graduated from the American Red Cross School at American University in
Washington DC. She was sent to the European Theatre Operation of World War
II in the largest convoy to leave the United States. There she worked in
England and then landed on Utah Beach on 31 July 1944 and was assigned to
the 8th Corps. They worked through Normandy, Brittany, Brest
Peninsula and then to Bastogne, Belgium where they were cut-off during the
Battle of the Bulge. Eventually they rejoined their group back in
France and moved on with the troops through France and into Germany.
She returned to the United States in 1945 and was discharged from the American
Red Cross. For
a remarkable story about how Jill visited with her twin, Captain John
Joseph Pitts III of the US Army in December 1944 just days before his
death at the Battle of the Bulge, click
JOHN ADDISON KNAPPENBERGER (1903-1979)
Addison was born 12 November 1903 and died 11 January 1979.
He was the son of John Murry Knappenberger (1874-1965) and grandson of Samuel Augustus
of Armstrong County, PA. John served in World War II as a
Private with the US Army. He was one of three brothers who served in
WW II (Earl Oliver and Paul Uncapher).
DARWIN KNAPPENBERGER (1922- )
John Darwin was
born 12 May 1922 and is the brother of Dean Sloan Knappenberger [also a
veteran of World War II]. He was born and raised in Charleroi, PA. John enlisted
in the Pennsylvania National Guard on 3 February 1941 with Company D, 110th
Infantry, 28th Division. Two weeks later, the National Guard
inducted into federal service. On 18 October 1943, the 28th Division arrived in
England and then entered combat in July 1944 in France. The 28th Division
was honored to parade down the Champs D'Elysee in Paris to celebrate the
liberation of the city. Numerous battles followed and during the
Battle of the Bulge, Ardennes, John was captured on 17 December 1944 and
sent to Germany where he worked in a paper factory in Ammendorf, Germany
until his release on 24 April 1945. He was discharged on 3 September
DOYLE KNAPPENBERGER (1913-1971)
John Doyle known as
"Jack" was born 1 October 1913 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
and died 7 May 1971 in Portland, Oregon. He is the son of
Harvey Lester Knappenberger (1886-1948) and grandson of Alexander
Knappenberger (1846-?) of Lehigh County, PA. Jack was a Major in the US
Army and was awarded the Bronze Star. He served in North Africa and
the Pacific Theatre in Army Intelligence and ended the war as a Lt.
Colonel. Jack was one of three
brothers who served in World War II. His brothers were Robert Thomas
and Allan Francis (who died in Normandy).
JOHN E. "JACK" KNUPPENBURG
John E. Knuppenburg known as "Jack" was born 23 February 1914 in
Bellingham, Whatcom County, Washington and died 28 October 1996 in
Honolulu, Hawaii. Jack was the son of J. Lee Knuppenburg (1881-1965)
and grandson of Charles E. Knuppenburg (1852-1918). He served
with the 97th Bombardment Squadron of the U.S. Army Air Force as a
bombardier on a B-17.
JOHN RICHARDS KNAPPENBERGER (1919-1990)
John Richards known as "Jack" was born 23 March 1919 in
Westmoreland County, PA and died on 28 May 1990. He was the son of
John Jacob Shafter Knappenberger (1898-1950) grandson of John Hester Knappenberger
(1869-1939) and descends from Conrad Knappenberger of
Westmoreland County, PA. He was one of three brothers [Clifford,
Jack and Allen] who all served in World War II. Jack joined the US
Army Air Corps in April 1944 and was discharged in October 1945.
M. KNUPPENBURG (1927-2005)
Keith was born 14 May 1927
in Leroy, Michigan and died 20 July 2005 in Clinton Township, Macomb
County, Michigan. His ancestors fought in all the major wars of our
country. He was a son of Merle K. Knuppenburg (1896-1976) who
fought in World War I, grandson of
John Preston Knuppenburg who served in the Civil War and great-great
grandson of Philip "Adam" Knappenberger who fought in the
Revolutionary War. Keith
served in the US Navy during World War II and the Korean War.
LOYER KNAPPENBERGER (1919-1992)
Kenneth Loyer Knappenberger
Kenneth Loyer was born 4 February 1919 in Crawford County, Ohio and died
on 9 September 1992 in Crawford County, Ohio. He was the son of Jesse Joseph Knappenberger
(1881-1953) and the grandson of John George Knappenberger
(1857-1928). Kenneth served with the US Army Airborne
and landed at Normandy during the invasion of Europe by the Allied
LAVERNE JACOB KNAPPENBERGER (1925-2007)
Jacob Knappenberger was born 1925 in Emmaus, Lehigh County, PA and died 19
Jan 2007 in Allentown, Lehigh County, PA. He was the son of Warren
Webster Knappenberger (1898-1966) and grandson of Jacob Knappenberger
(1873). Laverne enlisted on 7 May 1943. He served with the
Army as a staff sergeant in the Italian campaign. He was a charter
and founding member of the V.F.W. of Emmaus, PA.
EDWIN KNAPPENBERGER (1890-?)
Knappenberger was born 17 Feb 1890 in Carbon County, PA and died sometime
after June 1945. At that time he returned on a troop ship
'Monticello" from Europe where he was listed as a Tec 3 in Ordinance
with the U.S. Army. He was the son of William Abraham
Knappenberger (1858) of Carbon County, PA and grandson of Abraham
LLOYD W. KNAPPENBERGER (1900-1987)
W. was born 17 June 1900 in Illinois and died 27 February 1987 in
Dallas City, Hancock County, Illinois. He was the son of
Clarence A. Knappenberger (1867-1940) and grandson of George W.
Knappenberger (1827-1897) of Illinois. He was a veteran of World War
II. As we learn more about his service record, more details
will be added.
Paul Uncapher was born 19 August
1921 in Burrell Township, Armstrong County, PA and died in Armstrong County,
PA on 17 February 1998. He is buried in Spring Church Cemetery in Armstrong
County, PA. Paul served in the Army during World War II. He is
the son of John Murry Knappenberger (1874-1965) and grandson of
Samuel Augustus Knappenberger (1840-1920). He was one of three brothers
who served during WW II (John Addison and Earl Oliver).
RALPH EDWARD KNAPPENBERGER (1920-1983)
Ralph Edward was born 12 Sept 1920 in Sharpsville, Mercer
County, PA and died 14 Feb 1983 in Loma Linda, California. He was
the son of Edward Ellis Knappenberger (1886-1948) and grandson of David
Hill Knappenberger (1862-1915). Ralph enlisted in the U.S. Army on
the 2nd of September 1942 in Pennsylvania.
RALPH JAMES KNAPPENBERGER (1918-2001)
Ralph James was born 7 February 1918 and died 30 January
2001 in Interlachen, Florida. He was the son of George H.
Knappenberger (1893-1977) and grandson of Oliver Llewellyn
Knappenberger (born 1869) of Lehigh
County, PA. He served as a US Marine in the South
Pacific with the 4th Marine Division and fought in the battle of Iwo Jima.
He received a Purple Heart, the Presidential Unit Citation, the
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, and the World War II Campaign Medal.
RALPH WILLIAM KNAPPENBERGER (1920-1984)
Ralph William was born 11 March 1920 in Dekalb County,
Illinois and died 4 October 1984 in Evansville, Wisconsin. He was
the son of Earl B. Knappenberger (1889-1978) and the grandson of Benjamin
Henry Knappenberger (1860-1936). Ralph enlisted in the Coast Guard
in early 1941 and was stationed in the Philippines in
1942 when Corregidor surrendered. Ralph was part of the infamous
Bataan Death March. He was a prisoner of war for 3½ years
first in the Philippines and towards the end of war was moved to Japan as
a prisoner. He received a number of honors plus the Purple
60 Years Ago (1945): Mr. and Mrs. Earl
Knappenberger, this city, received a telegram Wednesday morning from the
Provost Marshal General with the following message: “The following
enemy propaganda broadcast from the Japanese government has been
intercepted. “Dear Folks, just a few lines to let you know I am
well and hope you are the same. I am enjoying good health and my
spirits are fine. My best wishes to all. Am sure hoping to see
you soon. Love, Ralph W. Knappenberger.” Knappenberger
enlisted in the coast guard early in 1941 and was located in Corregidor
when it fell into the hands of the Japanese. He was in a prison camp
in the Philippines until last June when he was moved to Japan.”
ROBERT NATHAN KNAPPENBERGER
Robert Nathan born 23 November 1925 in Mauch
Chunk, Carbon County, PA and died 11 August 2005 in Carbon County, PA. He
was the son of Nathan Edward
Knappenberger (1880-1944) and grandson of James Henry Knappenberger
(1855-1917). He served with the U.S. Army Calvary as a sergeant in the China-Burma-India
Theatre during World War II.
ROBERT THOMAS KNAPPENBERGER
Robert Thomas known as "Bob" was born 8 August 1917 in
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and died 18 April 2001 in Portland,
Oregon. He is the son of Harvey Lester Knappenberger (1886-1948) and
grandson of Alexander Knappenberger (1846) of Lehigh County, PA. Bob
served in the Army in an engineering battalion. He was at Le Shima
just off the coast of Okinawa and later in Korea after the war on police
duty in the occupation forces. Bob
was one of three brothers who served in World War II - John Doyle and Allan
Francis (who died in Normandy).
ROY C. KNAPPENBERGER, MD (1916 -2004 )
Roy C. was born 17 February 1916 in Penalosa, Kansas and
died 29 October 2004 in Colorado. He was the son of Roy C. Knappenberger (1886-1951) and
grandson of Francis "Frank" J. Knappenberger (1853-1903) and descends from
Conrad Knappenberger of Westmoreland County, PA. Roy served in
the US Army Medical Corps, 96th Division, Special Troops Surgeon.
He did his jungle training in Oahu. Later he was reassigned to the
111th Infantry in Peleliu.
RUSSELL L. KNAPPENBERGER (1916-1995)
Russell L. was born 3 November 1916 in Penn Haven
Junction, Carbon County, PA and died 17 April 1995 in Allentown, Lehigh
County, PA. He was the son of Charles Franklin Knappenberger
(1875-1947) and grandson of James Henry Knappenberger (1855 - 1917).
Russell was a Navy Seabee during World War II. He was stationed in
the Solomon Islands and in the Philippines.
VICTOR DAVID KNAPPENBERGER
Victor D. Knappenberger was born 26 June 1926 in
Christmans, PA and died 16 Nov 2007 in Allentown, Lehigh County, PA.
He enlisted 6 December 1944. Victor served with the U.S. Army during
World War II as a sergeant in the 1st Calvary Division in Japan.
Victor was the son of Clinton Ray Knappenberger (1900-1985) and grandson
of James Henry Knappenberger (1855-1917).
WALTER G. KNAPPENBERGER (1916- 2011 )
Walter Gordon Knappenberger was born 8 March 1916 in
Allentown, PA and died in Lehigh County, PA on 27 June 2011. His father was George Henry Knappenberger
(1893-1977) and his grandfather was Oliver Llewellyn Knappenberger
(1869-1947). Walter entered the US Army on 10 January 1945 and
was trained in the US and then shipped to the Asiatic Pacific Theatre
where he took part in the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa as part of the
559th ASG. He received the Meritorious Service Award as well
as the Asian-Pacific Ribbon and the World War II Victory Medal. Later he was moved to the 8th Air Force until his service time ended in
September 1946 with the rank of Sergeant.
WILLARD WILBUR KNAPPENBERGER
Willard known as "Johnny" was born 2 June 1914
in Letart, Mason County, West Virginia and died 1 September 2003 in
Canton, Stark County, Ohio. He was the son of Mathew Mathias
Knappenberger and grandson of Jacob Knappenberger who served in the Civil
War. Johnny served with the US Army as a
special vehicle operator. His obituary stated, "He
was the type of person who was always willing to lend a helping
S. KNAPPENBERGER (1906-1989)
William S. was
born 23 October 1906 in Netcong, New Jersey and died 11 March 1989 in
Wilkes-Barre, PA. He is the older brother of Edward Rule
Knappenberger [also a veteran of World War II]. William was a
Technical Sergeant in the
Army during World War II and served in France and Germany with the 86th
KNAPPENBERGERS WHO ENLISTED
WITH THE US ARMY DURING WORLD WAR II
If you can provide further
information about their service,
please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Albert Arthur Knappenberger born 1922 enlisted on 21
October 1942 in Pennsylvania.
Alton Woodrow Wilson Knappenberger born 1915 on 18
September 1843 in New York..
Alvin J. Knappenberger born 1921 enlisted on 5 January
1943 in Pennsylvania.
Charles William Knappenberger born 1925 enlisted 10
January 1944 in Pennsylvania.
Clair E. Knappenberger born 1927 enlisted 20 Dec 1945.
Clifford Eugene Knappenberger born 1927 enlisted 26 March
1946 in Texas.
Earl B. Knapenberger born 1908 enlisted 3 Oct 1942 in
George T. Knappenberger born 1927 enlisted 9 Nov 1945 in
Harry C. Knappenberger born 1923 enlisted 22 April 1946 in
Henry M. Knappenberger born 1917 enlisted 7 April 1942 in
James E. Knappenburger born 1921 enlisted 17 Sept 1942 in
Marshall Edward Knappenberger born 1923 enlisted 13 Jan
1943 in Pennsylvania.
Marvin D. Knappenberger born 1909 enlisted 1 Feb 1945 in Pennsylvania
Paul Henry Knappenberger born 1918 enlisted 5 Dec 1944 in
T.G. Knappenberger, Jr. born 1911 enlisted 22 April 1942
Vearl Lloyd Knappenberger born 1924 enlisted 20 March 1943