Ward’s Chapel Community Mourns Loss of Two Young Men In War

January 25, 1945

The Ward’s Chapel community is mourning the loss in battle of two young men from one family. And on this Sunday afternoon, Jan. 28, at 2 o’clock, it will honor them in a joint memorial service.

On Dec. 13, 1944 Pfc. Julius E. Mielke, 25 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. William J. Mielke, was killed in action in Germany.

Less than a month later, on Jan. 4, 1945, Pfc. Mielke’s brother-in-law, Pvt. Robert E. Knauff, was killed in Belgium. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce W. Knauff, Sr,. he was married to the former Miss Eleanor Mielke and leaves a three months’ old son.

Pfc. Mielke was very active in church work, and in a recent bulletin, under the caption, “Ward’s First Gold Star.” his church, in a finely-worded tribute, said, among other things”
“The church has lost one of its most faithful workers and the community one of its finest young men.”

Arrangements were being made for a memorial service for Pfc. Mielke when word came of the death of Pvt. Knauff. So the service, this Sunday at 2 p. in Ward’s Chapel Methodist Church, will be a joint affair, in tribute to both young men.

The families have requested that no flowers be sent.

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