Henken, Warren J.

Rank: Corporal

Unit: A Trp, 2d Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, 2d Cavalry Group (Mecz)

Awards: Purple Heart Medal, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, Europe / African / Middle East Campaign Medal with four Bronze Service Stars for the battle participation in the Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland and Ardennes-Alsace Campaigns, World War II Victory Medal

Badges: Expert Badge with Machine Gun, Carbine Sub Machine Gun and Mortar Bars, Marksman Badge with Rifle Bar

Enlisted: 1-Jan-1943

Date of birth: 15-Nov-1922

Hometown: Illinois

Married: Single

Campaign: WWII

Died: 16-Feb-45

Age at death: 22

Cause of death: Missing in action

Location of fatality: Ehnen, Luxembourg

Place of interment: Memory Gardens Cemetery in Arlington Heights, Illinios

Notes: The following is an excerpt from the Chicago Suburban Daily Herald from June 9 and June 16, 1950:

In January, 1943, Warren entered the military service where he received training in the 2nd Cavalry at Ft. Jackson, SC.

In the spring of 1944, Warren was in England with invading forces under General Patton participating in battle and numerous reconnaissance missions.

As a member of Troop A, Reconnaissance, 2nd Cavalry, he was killed in action on the Moselle River at Wincheringen, Germany, 5:30 a.m. on February 16, 1945.

Warren was with 17 others of his troop on a night reconnaissance combat mission crossing the Moselle River from Ehnen, Luxembourg to Wincheringen, Germany. At a point about two and a quarter miles from shore, they were seen and fired upon. In the combat that followed, two of their group were seriously wounded. Warren carried one of the wounded, weighing about 200 pounds, back to the shoreline. Warren was killed attempting the rescue of his fellow soldier.

Warren’s remains were returned to Arlington Heights on June 15, 1950. His funeral was held on June 17, with military honors.

Warren is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Henken, and his siblings, Roy, Allan and Gloria.