Ervin Keilholz

Missing in Action
PVT. ERVIN KEILHOLZ
Private Ervin Keilholz, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Keilholz, 711 Forest Street, has been reported "missing in action" by the War Department.

Private Keilholz left here on March 9, 1941 and went to Camp Wallace, Texas. He was transferred to Fort Bliss, Texas, where he was stationed for six months, returning home for a furlough last August. In September, he left for the Philippine Islands. He was stationed at Pampanga, near Manila.

Last word received by his parents was a cablegram at Christmas time, saying he "was OK."

Previous to entering the Army, he was employed at the Book Store here.


Ervin Keilholz Jap Prisoner in Philippines
Private First Class Ervin Keilholz is a prisoner of war of the Japanese government in the Philippine Islands, according to word received yesterday by his mother, Mrs. Gladys E. Keilholz, 711 Forest Street.

Private Keilholz was serving in the Coast Artillery on the Philippines at the time of the Japanese declaration of war on the United States.


Sends Card Home from Jap Camp
Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Keilholz, 711 Forest Street, have received a form card from their son, Private First Class Ervin Keilholz, 27, who is a prisoner of the Japanese at a camp in the Philippine Islands. On the card, which bears his signature, he states that he is uninjured and he is well. He sends best regards to family and friends.

Private First Class Keilholz was stationed in the Philippine Islands, when the Japs attacked, and he was taken prisoner after the battle of Bataan.

His parents first received word from the War Department that he was missing in action and, later, that he was a prisoner of the Japanese.

This card was the first direct communication they had from their son.


Ervin Keilholz
Prisoner of Japs Sends Card; Says Health Excellent
Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Bruer, 218 North Ninth Street,  have received a card from their son, Corporal John Bruer, who is a prisoner of war in Japan.

Corporal Bruer was with the American forces in the Philippines at the outbreak of the war and was taken prisoner after the fall of Corregidor. The card from the Philippine Military Prison Camp No. 1 was as follows: 

"Health excellent. Uninjured. See Ervin Keilholz daily. Don't worry. Best regards to everyone." 

Keiholz is another Eau Claire serviceman.

Since receiving the card, Mr. and Mrs. Bruer have received word from the War Department that their son has been moved from the Philippines to Sukuoka Prison Camp on the island of Honshu, Japan.

 


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Prisoners of War   
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Harold (Diz) Kronenberg