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Michael John Kurinskee (Krinke)

Submitted by: Nellie Pearl De Baker {Daughter}

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Michael John Kurinskee (Krinke) born around 1891. Michael Kurinskee (Krinke) served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1918.

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INFORMATION SUBMITTED BY Nellie P. De Baker American Legion Member 103629525, one of 12 children of Michael John Krinke. Krinke is my maiden name.

The original name I gave was Michael John Kurlinski, the name the family surmised was correct all our life. I found on his military papers the correct name is spelled KURINSKEE. This is the name for all his military service records as that was his birth name until he changed it sometime after the military service and prior to marriage 06-12-1930. Reason given to us kids for the change: KRINKE was easier to spell. He never specified what his birth name was. He had a sister whose last name was KURLINSKI and we thought she never married so Kurlinski was thought to be Pa's birth name. It turns out we were incorrect all these years.

THE FOLLOWING IS INFORMATION ON MY FATHER, MICHAEL JOHN KRINKE, BIRTH NAME OF KURINSKEE.

WORLD WAR ONE VETERAN

NAME: KURINSKEE, MICHAEL JOHN Serial #: 283 459

ENLISTED:
DATE: July 15, 1917
PLACE: Ripon, Wisconsin

DOB: September 20, 1881
PLACE OF BIRTH: Berlin, Wisconsin - Fond Du Lac County, Wisconsin

DOD: May 07, 1979 PLACE: Tomah Veterans Administration Hospital, Tomah, Wisconsin
PLACE OF BURIAL: Rock Cemetery, Grand Marsh, Wisconsin - Adams County, Wisconsin

HONORABLE DISCHARGE FROM THE UNITED STATES ARMY

DATE OF DISCHARGE: September 27, 1919
PLACE: CAMP GRANT, ILLINOIS
DISCHARGE RECORDED: 04-03-1940 Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin

ACTIVE SERVICE:
Was a Private.
Sailed overseas/left United States February 18, 1918, Arrived Fort ? March 1, 1918.
Returned home from France: sailed August 28, 1919, arrived United States September 21, 1919

ORGANIZATIONS SERVED: as a Private, Company L, 16th Infantry CO D 2 INF WI NG: CO B 128 INF TO MARCH 23, 1918: CO L 18 INF TO DISCHARGE. Company L, 16th Infantry

SERVED IN THE FOLLOWING FOUR CAMPAIGNS;
GENERAL ORDERS No. 5.: (21 page document) Pa is listed with 16th Infantry Company L
Headquarters 1st Infantry Brigade, American Expeditionary Forces, Selters, Germany, June 1, 1919.
"Upon the recommendation of the Regimental Commander the Brigade Commander cites the following officers and men for gallant and courageous conduct during their service in the following four campaigns:in all of the four Major Operations of this Division: Montdidier-Noyon defenseive, Aisne-Marne offensive, St. Mihiel, offensive, Meuse-Argonne (which is 80 kilometers east of Reims, not far from the Belgian-Luxemburg Border) offensive:" 16th Infantry Headquarters Company. Battle of Argonne Forest/Battle of Chateau Thierry, July 14, 1918 FRANCE Michael is listed with 168th Regiment of 42nd Division ... Rainbow Division

WOUNDED IN ACTION: October 2, 1918

MEDALS: World War One Victory Medal/have to get copies of others.

Pa and three former war colleagues corresponded for years via letters. He was a member of the American Legion. He always had a motorcycle with a sidecar, was a violin player who played every day and whistled everyday. And he liked to walk in the woods. He married and had 12 children and was a farmer.

I have an Army Photograph with the following men on it:

My father - Michael John Kurinskee (Krinke)
Ch. P. Rice, 321 Burw, Worcester, WI,
Barbasal, P.O. Box 877, Milwaukee - they wrote each other for years and years. Don't think they met after the war
Shiring Eanflay

Pa owned a farm in Ripon, near the Arcade School. In 1937 he moved to Grand Marsh. At that time there was some kind of land deal: sequence of purchase with minimal dollars, live there x number of years, you own property.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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