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Remembering PFC FREDERICK HAROLD DAEHNKE

United States Army - 323 ENG LE CO 8 ARMY

Submission 18402 By RICHARD KLEIN



I remember the day that Daehnke was shot. The company commander had me go to his tent and pickup his footlocker and all other personal items. I was supply sgt of the company. It was my job to sort through casualtis gear and send home those personal items that the arm allowed. (which was not much)

Some of his tent mates told me that he was saving money to go on R and R. I looked for the money but could not find any. In his personal effects there were two boxes of envelopes. I had set them on the top of a cabinet.

I was in the tent alone and thinking where could the money be.I had looked through everything. Suddenly I had a flash - the envelopes. I went through the envelopes one at a time. I found ten dollars in one envelope, maybe thirty in another, etc. I went through 200 envelopes and found the money. I don't remember the total amount, but it seems to me that it was around two hundred dollars. I gave the money to the first sgt who sent it home to Fred's wife.

I wrote this in a short memo to keep about 50 years. I am not sure if I still have that memo, but I will never forget. I have always felt that he guided me to the envelopes. I still get teary eyed when I tell this story.

I hope that his family members will get a chance to read this

Submission 18402 - 2008-01-31 18:55:25.0 - By RICHARD KLEIN

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Non-hostile, Died Other Causes - Army - 323 ENG LE CO 8 ARMY

Key Number: 34206
Name:PFC FREDERICK HAROLD DAEHNKE
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Casualty Date:January 21, 1953
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IDNO:US51131684
Grade: E3
  
Birth Year: 1928
Birth Date:July 30, 1928
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Home: PARK RIDGE NJ
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Burial Location: WESTWOOD CEMETERY, WESTWOOD, NJ
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Ethnic On Record: Caucasian
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The 323rd was a reserve unit in the South called to active duty during the Korean War. It was attached to the 36th Eng Combat Group. While I have pictures taken over an eighteen month period I do not remember many names. Maybe after i send this I can do some research. You only show one casualty. There were at least two. The other soldier last name was Moore. He was killed when the 45 pistol that he carrier in a shoulder holster feel to the groun butt first, dischared and killed him. I don't remember when this happened, but it was probably in 1952. Our camp site was named after him. I have a picture somewhere of that sign. (The MASH unit that Daehnke was taken to was less that 10 minutes down the road from us).


 

Editor Comments:Private First Class Daehnke was a member of the 323rd Engineer Light Equipment Company, U.S. Army. He died of other causes on January 21, 1953 at the 9063rd Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH). He was known as "Fred" by his friend Richard Klein.