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Saga of a salt water wet back

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Saga of a salt water wet back
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Narrative account of the military career and life of August "Gus" Koenig (b. 1915) of Danville, Virginia and Germany. Written by Koenig, the account includes detailed descriptions of his personal and family life both before and after he emigrated to the United States from Germany in 1932. Account principally concerns Koenig's military training at army bases across the United States and in England, and his participation in military campaigns in North Africa and Italy during World War II. Koenig also writes of his terms of military service in Japan and Korea following World War II and during the Korean War. Includes copies of maps, photographs, certificates, and abstracts of printed material
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August "Gus" Koenig was born in 1915 and partly educated in Pirmasens, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany. In 1925 Koenig, his mother and two siblings immigrated to the United States and resided in Washington, D.C. In the 1930's Koenig joined the military, 1st Battalion, 260th C.A., D.C., National Guard. He served at several military bases including camps in Georgia, Maryland, Kansas, Texas, and Kentucky; and Ireland, England, Japan, and Korea. In 1942 Koenig was part of the Allied Campaign in North Africa and in 1943 a member of the armed forces fighting in Italy. During the Anzio Beachhead Campaign in 1944, Koenig was wounded. He returned to the United States and after the end of the war continued his military service. He fought in Korea and earned a promotion to lieutenant colonel and eventually major. Upon returning from the Korean War, Koenig continued his military career but also became active in the community of Danville, Virginia. He was mayor and head of numerous organizations in the city. In 1960 Koenig retired from military service. During his career he earned numerous awards including the Korean Presidential Citation and United Nations Service Medal and eleven campaign stars. He was married to Mary Elizabeth Koenig.
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Saga of a salt water wet back
  • The Library of Virginia
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Johnson, Augustus C.
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v. (156 leaves)

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