Henry J. Hockelberg, Jr. World War II CasualtyPorter County Data on World War II Casualties . . . .

Henry J. Hockelberg, Junior
Corporal, Field Artillery, 2nd Division, US Army
Date of Birth: September 17, 1912
Date of Death: November 7, 1944
Burial: McCool Cemetery, McCool, Porter County, Indiana
Cause of Death: Pulmonary Tuberculosis
Date of Enlistment: June 28, 1941
Hometown: Valparaiso

Newspaper Notices:

List Local Soldier As A War Victim

Another Valparaiso man has paid the supreme sacrifice in World War 2.

Henry J. (Heine) Hockelberg , son of Henry Hockelberg, 206 Brown street, who participated in D-Day invasion in France last June as a member of the Field Artillery, Second Division, U. S. Army, died Tuesday in the Bruns General Hospital, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

A veteran of 3 1/2 years of service in the army, Hockelberg, who was 32 years of age, went overseas in October, 1943, and returned just a year later to the United States.

Death was due to pulmonary tuberculosis with which he was stricken while in France.

The body will be returned to Valparaiso and funeral rites will be arranged upon arrival. An army escort will accompany the body here.

Hockelberg was born in Liberty Township, and attended Liberty township high school.

Surviving besides his father, are a step-mother, two step-brothers, Robert Wayne, Seaman 2nd class, Philadelphia, Pa., and James Wayne, pharmacist's mate, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and two step-sisters, Margaret Manning and Dorothy Sims, of Valparaiso.

Previous to entering the service he was employed at the American Bridge company plant in Gary for five years.
Source: The Vidette-Messenger, Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana; November 8, 1944; Volume 18, Page 1, Column 2

Legion Members Are Bearers At Soldier's Rites

Memorial services for Corporal Henry (Hienie) Hockelberg, of this city, who died in Bruns General hospital at Sante Fe, New Mexico, on November 7, were held on Monday at 1:30 p. m. at the family home, 206 Brown street, and at 2 p. m. at the First Christian church, Rev. Stanley L. Shippey officiating.

Pallbearers, all members of Charles Pratt Post, American Legion, were: Ezra Stoner, Carl Dalke, Henry Sanders, Knute Sundin, Ray Weiler and William Stoddard. Burial was in McCool cemetery at McCool, Ind.

Previous to bringing the body back to Valparaiso a brief funeral service was held on Nov. 9 at the post chapel in Santa Fe. His comrades served as pallbearers. They were Robert L. Couray, Bloomington, Ill.; Robert E. Roller, St. Louis, Mo.; Chester S. Levandowski, Worcester, Mass.; Byron E. Melvin, Fayetteville, N. C., Howard A. Gravvis, Pittsburgh, Pa., and William Sipola, Orr, Minn.

Pvt. Robert P. Jordan, St. Louis, Mo., and Pvt. Fred Flores, San Antonio, Texas, served as guards of honor and a number of friends from his ward were present, including the nurse, nurse's aid and several of the ward boys.

Corp. Hockelberg participated in D-Day invasion of France last June, and returned to this country in October to receive treatment for pulmonary tuberculosis from which ailment he died.
Source: The Vidette-Messenger, Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana; November 15, 1944; Volume 18, Page 3, Column 4

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Information abstracted and transcribed by Steven R. Shook


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