Tuesday, January 24, 2017

WW2 Fallen - Hubert Hoenck, 4th Marine Division + Ernest Borgnine

Marines on Saipan where Hubert Hoenck was killed on June 22, 1944

Hubert Gregory Hoenck could have been 100 years old today.

He was born on January 24, 1917 in California. His parents were both Minnesota born. His father worked a packer for a fruit company. Hubert was their sixth child. He had three older sisters, two older brothers, and a younger sister. His father was not living with the family at the time of the 1930 census and he died in 1932. Hubert completed high school and was working as a painter in 1940.

He died on June 22, 1944 during the Battle of Saipan. He was in the Regimental Weapons Company, 25th Marines Regiment, 4th Marines Division. Private Hoenck was one of nearly 3,500 marines killed during the battle.

The location of the 25th Marine Regiment on the day Pvt Hoenck was killed.

His remains were returned to be buried at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

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


Also born on January 24, 1917 was Ernest Borgnine, the Academy Award winning film actor who was also well known for the 1960's TV show McHale's Navy.

Borgnine enlisted in the Navy after high school and served 5 years. He finished his service in mid-1941. The ship he had served on was in the Hawaiian area the day the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, but not in the harbor. Borgnine reenlisted the next year and served another 5 years in the Navy. Because of his past experience he was mainly in training positions and served along the eastern seaboard.

Borgnine lived to be 95. 

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