Muscatine County

Pvt. Frank Koepping

 

 

Pvt. Frank Koepping Is Listed As Missing   

Pvt. Frank E. Koepping, 27, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Koepping, 1219 Lincoln boulevard, has been missing in action in France since Sept. 21, according to word received by the parents.

Official notification from the War Department came to Pvt. Koepping’s wife, Mrs. Mary Koepping, of Long Beach, Calif.

Pvt. Koepping has been in service since Dec. 18, 1943, and overseas since early in July.

He has been employed at the Oberhaus grocery before going to California in June, 1943. He received his training at Camp Fannin, Tex.

Source: Muscatine Journal and News-Tribune, October 16, 1944 (photo included)

LIST OF MISSING IN ACTION GREW IN 1944
Among those from this area who have been listed as missing in action in official dispatches to next of kin, and upon casualty lists of the armed services, are:

PVT. FRANK KOEPPING
—Mr. and Mrs. Fred Koepping, 1219 Lincoln boulevard, were advised in October, 1944, that their son, Pvt. Frank Koepping was missing in action in France since Sept. 21. His wife, Mrs. Mary Koepping resides at Long Beach, Calif. He has been in service since Dec. 18, 1943, and overseas since early in July, 1944.

Source: Muscatine Journal and News-Tribune, Friday, December 29, 1944

Relatives Learn Data On Soldier Listed Missing  

Pvt. Frank Koepping, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Koepping, 1219 Lincoln boulevard, who has been missing in action since Sept. 21, 1944, was last seen surrounded by the enemy as his platoon was attempting to cross a river in France, according to information just received by the parents.

The information came in a letter from headquarters of Gen. Patch, of the U. S. Seventh army, to whom the parents wrote in search of information about their son.

Pvt. Koepping had been in service since Dec. 18, 1943, and went overseas in July, 1944.

Source: Muscatine Journal and News-Tribune, January 30, 1945

Records Reveal 27 Held Prisoners Now Liberated

Twenty-seven men from Muscatine county and surrounding territory reported as prisoners of war of Germany have been liberated and eleven of this group have already been given furloughs home, according to Journal records.

Since the beginning of the war in Europe a total of 42 men from this area have been held by the Nazis at one time or another.

Word from the remaining 15 prisoners is being awaited by families and relatives here.

According to information received from Mr. and Mrs. Fred C. Koepping, whose son, Pvt. Frank Koepping, was reported a prisoner of Germany, the last information regarding their son came from the War Department in March list Pvt. Koepping a prisoner of war at Stalag 12–A at Limburg, Germany.

Another letter received stated that he was at Stalag 2-B and mail dated in January was received from Pvt. Koepping from the latter camp.

Source: Muscatine Journal and News-Tribune, May 22, 1945