TWO AREA MEN DIE IN ACTION - 1 INJURED FROM WHITESIDE COUNTY
DeKalb Cook Hurt in New Guinea
Two northern Illinois soldiers have been killed in action in the European and Mediterranean theaters of war, and a third has been injured in New Guinea, the war department notified their parents yesterday.
The men who died in battle were Sgt. Steve J. Tepovich, 33, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Tepovich, 1315 Market Street, DeKalb, who fell June 6 in France, and Pfc. Harold Radatz, 26, killed in Italy on June 22.
Mr. and Mrs. William Klemm, Pierce, DeKalb county, were informed that their son, Pvt. George D. Klemm, 26, was injured June 25, in action in New Guinea.
Member of a military police company, Sgt. Tepovich entered service in April 1942, and was sent overseas in November 1943, having been stationed in England prior to the invasion. He formerly was employed by the Illinois Northern Utilities company, DeKalb, and later served as a guard at the company plant in Dixon. Besides his parents, he is survived by a brother, Pvt. Mike Tepovich, New Orleans, LA and three sisters Mrs. Katherine Konte, Mrs. Amelia Wilson and Miss Dorothy Tepovich, all of DeKalb.
Pfc. Radatz, an infantryman, was statioined in Africa from Aug. 6, 1943 until last December, when he was transferred to Italy. He was born April 13, 1918, near Morrison. He had farmed near Lyndon until his iinduction March 1, 1943. Surviving, besides his parents, are a sister Evelyn at home and his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Emil Frerichs of Galt.
Pvt. Klemm, entered service in 1941. He had been stationed in Hawaii as a cook before being transferred to New Guinea last January. He has a brother, Robert, serving with the medical corps in England. [Tuesday, July 18, 1944, Morning Star (Rockford, IL) Page: 2]
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