John W. Kleist, Korean War CasualtyPorter County Data on Korean War Casualties . . . .

John W. Kleist
Private E-2, Light Weapons Infantryman, 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division, US Army
Date of Birth: December 8, 1930
Date of Death: June 21, 1952
Burial: Memorial Park Cemetery (Center Township)
Cause of Death: Killed in Action (North Korea sector)
Date of Enlistment: October 12, 1951
Awards: Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman's Badge, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Korean War Service Medal
Hometown: Morgan Township

Newspaper Notices:

John Kleist Is Killed in Korean War
Morgan Township Youth Died In Action June 21

A Morgan township soldier was added to the casualty list of war dead in the Korean conflict, according to word received today by relatives.

Pvt. John Kleist, 21, was killed in action on June 21, according to a telegram received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John D. Kleist, of RFD 3, Valparaiso.

The tragic news was relayed to the parents by Maj. Gen. William E. Bergin, from Washington, D. C.

The missive states that a confirming letter to the parents will follow.

The youthful soldier was born in Morgan township October 12, 1931. He was registered with the Porter county selective service board and was inducted into the army October 12, 1951. He was a student at the Morgan Township High School.

Surviving besides the parents are five sisters, Mrs. Mary Meece and Mrs. Ruth Park, of Valparaiso; Mrs. Lydia Stanger and Mrs. Leora Green, of Redondo Beach, Calif., and Miss Lura Kleist, at home; three brothers, Luther, Allen and Melvin Kleist, all at home, and his maternal grandfather, Frank Pullins, of Valparaiso.
Source: The Vidette-Messenger, Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana; July 1, 1952; Volume 25, Number 307, Page 1, Column 2

John Kleist Body To Arrive Aug. 26

Mr. and Mrs. John D. Kleist were notified today by telegram that the body of their son, John, who was killed in action in Korea, June 21, will arrive in Valparaiso Aug. 26.

The family was advised by Maj. Frank M. Green, chief of American graves registration in New York that the body would be escorted by SFC Paul J. Keppler, and would arrive by train next Tuesday.

Funeral services are incomplete at this time.
Source: The Vidette-Messenger, Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana; August 22, 1952; Volume 26, Number 42, Page 1, Column 6

John Kleist Services Set

Memorial services for Pvt. John W. Kleist, of the U. S. Army, who lost his life in Korea June 21, of this year, will be held at 2 p. m. Thursday at the LePell Funeral home, 68 Monroe.

The Rev. Percy Thomas, of the First Christian church, will officiate and burial will be in Memorial Park cemetery, Indiana 2, southwest of Valparaiso.

Pvt. Kleist was born in Morgan township, Porter county Dec. 8, 1930, a son of Mr. and Mrs. John D. Kleist.

Surviving besides his parents of RFD 3, Valparaiso, are three brothers, Luther, Allen and Melvin, of Valparaiso; one sister, Lura, at home; four sisters, Mrs. Mary Meece, Mrs. Ruth Park and Mrs. Leore Green, all of Valparaiso, and Mrs. Lydia Stanger, of Redondo Beach, Calif., and his maternal grandparent, Frank Pullins, of Valparaiso.

Friends may call at the funeral home after 7 p. m. Wednesday and until time of the rites Thursday afternoon.
Source: The Vidette-Messenger, Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana; August 25, 1952; Volume 26, Number 44, Page 1, Column 4

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Information abstracted and transcribed by Steven R. Shook