Charles B. Koeppen, World War II CasualtyPorter County Data on World War II Casualties . . . .

Charles Bernard Koeppen
First Lieutenant, US Marine Corps Reserves
Date of Birth: 1919
Date of Death: February 12, 1945
Cause of Death: Missing in Action
Monument: Tablets of The Missing, Honolulu Hawaii
Awards: Air Medal, Purple Heart
Hometown: Wheeler

Newspaper Notices:

One Missing, Another POW Is War Report

A Porter county soldier was reported missing, the Navy department reported, and another Porter county man, also among the missing for several months, now is listed as a prisoner of war in Germany. Another man, one of four survivors of a plane crash in Cuba, Feb. 12, has been returned to this country for medical care.

The missing man is 1st Lt. Charles B. Koeppen, age 25, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Koeppen, of Wheeler. He is unreported on a B-25 mission in the Marianas, the Navy department reported to his parents. In service since July, 1942, he went overseas three months ago. His younger brother, Kenneth, is an army pilot, stationed at Lowry Field, Denver, Colo. The marine is a graduate of Wheeler high school.

the prisoner is Pvt. Gilbert Clark, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Clark, of Valparaiso RFD 3. His parents today received a card from him stating he is a prisoner of war in Germany. He had been missing in action since Dec. 23 in Belgium.

Word has been received by relatives of 1st Lt. Merle Lee Schlobohm, of Valparaiso RFD 4, from the War department stating he has returned to the United States for medical treatment, following injuries received in a plane crash off Cuba. Lieut. Schlobohm was a navigator on the bomber from Salinas, Kansas, which went down on the west coast of Cuba on Feb. 12, killing six of the crew. He has been in the armed forces since 1941.
Source: The Vidette-Messenger, Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana; February 24, 1945; Volume 18, Page 1, Column 2

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Information abstracted and transcribed by Steven R. Shook


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