Walter E. Boehlke

Private First Class Walter Boehlke has returned to Camp Van Doren, MS. His wife, the former Betty Lou Champion, is remaining here. Private First Class and Mrs. Boehlke have been visiting their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Boehlke, Whipple Street and Mr. and Mrs. Parker Champion of the town of Union.

PFC. WALTER E. BOEHLKE 
Private First Class Walter E. Boehlke arrived in England in August, after spending several months in the Panama Canal Zone, according to word received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Boehlke, 515 West Madison Street, and his wife, formerly Betty Lou Champion. 

He enlisted on August 13, 1940 and was sent to the Canal Zone January 1, 1941. Private First Class Boehlke returned to Eau Claire on furlough in November 1943, when he and Miss Champion were married. 

He received his training at Camp Van Dorn, MS and Fort George Meade, MD, and he serves in an Infantry unit.


Reported Missing in Holland Battle
PFC. WALTER E. BOEHLKE 
Private First Class Walter E. Boehlke, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Boehlke, 515 West Madison Street, has been missing in action in the battle of Holland since October 14, according to a telegram from the War Department received October 28 by his wife, the former Betty Lou Champion.

Private First Class Boehlke served nearly three years in the Coast Artillery in Panama. He returned to the United States in November 1943. After a short furlough, he was sent to Texas and later to Mississippi. 

He went overseas in August, arriving in England. He was with an Armored Infantry Division. His wife and parents received letters from him, written from somewhere in the combat area about October 1.


Is Prisoner In Germany
PFC. WALTER E. BOEHLKE
Private First Class Walter E. Boehlke, who was reported missing in action on October 14, is a prisoner of the German government, according to word received through the International Red Cross on January 3 by his wife, the former Betty Lou Champion. Mrs. Boehlke also received two letters from him on January 3. They were dated October 14 and 28. He wrote that he was uninjured. 

Private First Class Boehlke is the son of Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Boehlke, 515 West Madison Street. He enlisted in the Army in August 1910. Hs served for about three years in the Coast Artillery in the Canal Zone. 

Last August, he was sent to the European Theater of War. He was with an Armored Infantry Unit and was taking part in the battle in Holland when he was taken prisoner. 


Freed from Nazi Prison
PFC. WALTER E. BOEHLKE
Private First Class Walter E. Boehlke has been freed from a Nazi prison camp and will be returned to the United States soon, according to messages received directly from him and also a telegram from the government to his wife, the former Betty Lou Champion, and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Boehlke, 515 West Madison Street. 

Private First Class Boehlke enlisted in the Anti-Aircraft Coast Artillery on August 13, 1940. He arrived in the Panama Canal Zone on January 1, 1941 and spent the next three years there. 

After he returned to the United States in November 1943, he and Miss Champion were married. For the next six months, he was stationed in Texas. He was then transferred to the Infantry and trained at Camp VanDoren, MS and Fort George Meade, MD.  

He left for the European War Theater in August 1944 and was reported missing in action in Holland on October 14. On January 3, 1945, he was reported as a prisoner of war. The last word received from him, prior to the recent messages, was dated January 6. 

Private First Class Boehlke's brother, Staff Sergeant Revelle R. Boehlke, has just returned to Walla Walla, WA, after spending a furlough here, visiting his parents and his wife, the former Joyce Marjorie Rude, and their baby daughter, Janet Lenore.


Written by Harold (Diz) Kronenberg

Walter was very active on the golf scene for many years. His son Kim was one of the top golfers in the area for a number of years and became a golf professional.