Monday, January 16, 2017

WW2 Fallen - Henry Krajna, 4th Armored Division

4th Armored Division half tracks in France, the transportation used by T/5 Krajna's unit

Henry F. Krajna could have been 100 years old today. 

He was born on January 16, 1917 in New York. His mother was also New York born. His father was from Poland. According to census records he had three older sisters, two older brothers, two younger sisters and a  younger brother. His farther worked in the dairy industry, first as a dairyman and later as a milkman.

Henry was a high school graduate, tall for his era at 6' 1". Before joining the army he was a manufacturing foreman. He enlisted in the army on May 11, 1941.

Henry was a TEC5 Corporal at the time of his death, suggesting he had some special training and extended time in service. He was in the Headquarter Company of the 51st Armored Infantry Battalion in the 4th Armored Division which landed in Normandy a month after D-Day. At the time of his death on September 24, 1944, Corporal Krajna's unit had advanced to the Lorraine area and was facing experienced SS Panzergrenadier brigades. September 24 was a Sunday and at 800 hours the HQ company came under heavy artillery fire. Three officers and 13 enlisted men including Corporal Krajna were felled.

Location of 51st Armored Infantry Battalion the day after T/5 Krajna was killed

His remains were returned to be buried at Woodlawn National Cemetery.

Thank you Henry for your sacrifice. Let's Earn It for Henry.

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