From a contemporary press report:
Henry W. “Hank” Kiel II, 81, of 1526 Siloam Road, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, died Thursday, March 13, 1997, at Chambersburg Hospital.
Born February 25, 1916, in St. Louis, he was the son of the late Clarence and Corinne Roulston Kiel.
He was a veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Army. He began his military career in 1940 as a lieutenant after attending St. Louis University and Missouri Military Academy. He served in the Aleutian Island campaign, Rhineland, Ardennes and central Europe campaigns. He received a Purple Heart and was a P.O.W. for six months in Germany while serving with the 106th Division during the Battle of the Bulge.
After retiring as a Major from the military, he entered civilian employment at Mt. Rainier Ordinance Depot, Tacoma, Washington, where he was an installation personnel officer. He went to Letterkenny Army Depot in 1964 until retiring with 30 years federal service, which included one year as civilian personnel officer in Saigon, Vietnam from 1969-70.
He was a member of Presbyterian Church of Falling Spring.
He was a member of Full Gospel Business Members Fellowship International; BPOE 600; Charles Nitterhouse Post 1599 VFW; Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge; T.R.O.A.; and AARP.
He was active with scouting, he helped with Cub Scouts and Troop 127. He served as past president and on the board of directors of O.S.I. and was past president of United Housing.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, P. Janet Donely Kiel; two daughters, Jaye Kiel of Fayetteville, Pa., and Jacalyn Ann Bunker of Chambersburg; one son, John H. Kiel of Fayetteville; and three grandchildren.
Services will be Tuesday, March 18, at 11 a.m. at Presbyterian Church of Falling Spring, 221 N. Main St., Chambersburg. The Rev. William H. Harter and the Rev. Linda B. Harter will officiate. Burial will be Thursday, March 20, at 9 a.m. at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.
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