Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Austin Honors Three Soldiers KIA

Mayor Jimmy Setzer Reading Resolution

Perry J. Hooftallen

Perry J. Hooftallen was born November 29, 1911 to Mabel and Elias Hooftallen.  On September 2, 1939, Perry married Hazel Janette Koch from Buffalo, New York.  He was employed by the Dupont Corporation when he enlisted to serve in World War II.  Private Hooftallen was Killed In Action while fighting in France on October 19, 1944, leaving a widow and  four children, Nancy, Judy, Jim and Paul. Paul was only eleven days old when Perry reported for duty.  Private Hooftallen was awarded the Purple Heart.  He is buried in the Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial, Saint-Avoid, Lorraine, France.  It is hereby Proclaimed that the bridge known as the Garretson Street Bridge will hereafter be named the Private Perry J. Hooftallen Memorial Bridge.

Robert I. Roberts

Robert I. Roberts was a member of the 72nd Medium Tank Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division, which was also known as the Indianhead during the Korean War, when he was Killed In Action on May 28, 1951, two months short of his 20th birthday.  He was survived at the time by his mother, Mrs. Nellie S. Roberts, and his sister, Marjorie Roberts Graham.  PFC Roberts was awarded the Purple Heart, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.  It is hereby Proclaimed that the bridge formerly referred to as the Elliott Street Bridge will hereafter be named the PFC Robert I. Roberts Memorial Bridge.                                          

Fred J. VanWhy was born on October 1, 1923, the son of Fraley and Edith Allison Davenport VanWhy.  He served his country during World War II and was assigned to the 17th Airborne Division, based in Germany.  During his service in World War II he was awarded the Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge with three battle stars and the Invasion Spearhead, Good Conduct Medal, Victory Medal, and the American, European, African and Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with four Bronze Stars.

Upon the conclusion of World War II, he returned to Austin and was employed with the Tri-County Rural Electric Association when he was recalled to active duty to serve in the Korean War.  He was the first Austin Reservist to be recalled.

PFC VanWhy was assigned to serve with the First Platoon, Company A, 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division and shortly before Christmas of 1950, he was shipped across the Pacific to the West Coast of the Korean Peninsula.  He was Killed In Action while participating in Operation Killer on February 8, 1951.  It is hereby Proclaimed that the bridge formerly referred to as the Horn Hollow Bridge be named The PFC Fred J. VanWhy Memorial Bridge.

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