|MARY HELP OF CHRISTIANS PARISH
MILITARY TRIBUTE PAGE
|This page is dedicated to our military personnel who are currently serving our country,
those who died in the line of duty, and our veterans (living and deceased). Our prayers go
out to those who are in harm's way, for eternal rest for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice
for our freedom, and in thanksgiving to those who served so bravely.
|OUR MILITARY PERSONNEL IN ACTIVE SERVICE
|THOSE WHO DIED IN THE LINE OF DUTY
Corrie Shemonic - Served from 1999-2007
Missouri National Guard - Operation Iraqi Freedom II
E-4, 880 Engineers Team Haul
Corrie is the wife of Ryan Shemonic and resides in Chester, IL.
Ryan and Corrie have a son, Maison and a daughter, Rylee
Cpl. Edward J. Niermann, USMC
Served in Marine Corps from January 2004 - December 2007
Was deployed to one tour of duty in Afghanistan and one tour of duty in Iraq
Currently resides in O'Fallon, IL and is a P.E. teacher at Emge Middle School
in Belleville, IL
S.Sgt. Wilfred L. Niermann - U.S. Army World War II
Served from April 5, 1945 - December 8, 1946
Decorated with Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon, Victory Medal, Army of Occupation
Died: October 8, 2006
FTC E7 Adam L. Hustedde
Son of Dave and Kathy Hustedde
Currently serving in the U.S. Navy
Brett C. Gross, SPC
U.S. Army - Military Police
Served from 2004-2009
Son of Larry and Cheryl Gross
Austin C. Mulholland - U.S. Army
Attended St. Mary's Pre-School
and Kindergarten from 1992-1993
Son of Michael Mulholland who
resides in Chester
Private First Class Gilbert George Prosek - U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve).
Son of the Late George and Theresa (Grott) Prosek. Half brother to Helen
Sutterer, Shirley Drezka and Joyce Faverty.
Killed in the line of duty on January 3, 1944 at Cape Gloucester, New Britian
Island. In the face of intense fire from heavily fortified enemy positions on the
opposite bank of a stream, PFC Prosek made three charges across the stream
against an enemy machine gun position, putting the gun out of action. He then,
from an exposed position, provided covering for fire for the crossing of another
member of his platoon, during which action he lost his life. Was awarded
posthumously with the Navy Cross.
Staff Sergeant George Edward Wittenbrink - Army Air Force 331st
Combat Crew Detachment #22946.
Entered World War II February 2, 1942, and was killed in action
July 5, 1944 on Corsica Island. Born in Chester, IL, he was the
son of Fred Henry and Eva Asbury Wittenbrink.
PFC James Edward Cowell
During the Vietnam Era, he was drafted into the Army and later died in action
in the Que Son Valley, Vietnam. He was his squad's automatic weapons
man. He is buried in St. Mary's Cemetery with a veteran's headstone.
Born January 21, 1949
Died May 31, 1968