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Geneva in Kane County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

World War II

(1941-1946 U.S. Involvement)

 
 
World War II Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., April 7, 2016
1. World War II Marker
Inscription.

Major Campaigns and Deaths

Pacific Theater
Leyte/Luzon/Southern Islands,
Philippines (10/44-7/45) 20,569
Philippines (12/41-5/42) 15,386
Okinawa/Ryukyus, Japan (3/45-7/45) 12,183
Iwo Jima, Japan (2/45-3/45) 6,922
New Guinea, Papua, New Guinea (1/43-12/44) 4,684
Guadalcanal, Solomons (8/42-2/43) 4,407
Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (12/7/41) 2,403

European Theater
Rhineland, Germany (9/44-3/45) 50,410
Ardennes-Alsace, Belgium, France,
Luxembourg (12/44-1/45) 19,246
Northern France (7/44-9/44) 17,844
Normandy, France (6/44-7/44) 16,293
Central Europe-Germany, Austria,
Czechoslovakia (3/45-5/45) 15,009
Rome-Arno, Italy (1/44-9/44) 11,393

Military Service Personnel

Participants 16,112,566
In Theater Deaths 291,557
Deaths in Service 113,842
Wounded in Service 671,846
Missing in Action 78,773
Illinois Deaths 22,283
Illinois Missing in Action 1,310
Kane County Deaths 565

Kane County Facts

Seven (7) Pearl Harbor Casualties
One (1) Congressional Medal of Honor
Recipient - Walter E. Truemper
Sixty-nine (69) Missing in Action
Youngest County Casualties - Ages 15 & 17

War

World War II Relief image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., April 7, 2016
2. World War II Relief
Facts

1941 - Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. The United States declared war.
1942 - American B17s staged their first bombing raid on Germany.
1944 - Allied Forces invaded the European continent along the Normandy coast of northern France, a massive campaign known as D-Day.
1945 - Germany surrendered.
1945 - The United States dropped atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Japan surrendered.

Over 105 million men served in uniform in all combatant countries (1939-1946).

Over 15 million died on active service, and civilian deaths are estimated at between 26 and 34 million.

Military conflicts were fought on every continent except Central and South America.

Depicted on Relief

Paratroopers parachuting into Europe.

Soldiers loading a bazooka.

Aircraft carrier with aircraft secured on deck traveling through the ocean.

Sherman tank advancing into combat.
Submarine breaking the ocean's surface

"It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived."
General George S. Patton Jr.
 
Erected 2004 by Kane County Officials and Concerned Citizens and Organizations.
 
Location. 41° 52.774′ N, 88° 18.561′ 

World War II Marker and Relief image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., April 7, 2016
3. World War II Marker and Relief
W. Marker is in Geneva, Illinois, in Kane County. Touch for map. Memorial is on the grounds of the Kane County Government Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 719 South Batavia Avenue, Geneva IL 60134, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Kane County Veterans Memorial (here, next to this marker); Spanish-American/Philippines War (here, next to this marker); World War I (here, next to this marker); Korean War (here, next to this marker); Vietnam (here, next to this marker); Kane County Government Center (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Lincoln Highway (approx. 0.6 miles away); Masonic Building (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Geneva.
 
Also see . . .
1. World War II e-history. (Submitted on May 26, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. World War II Records at NARA. (Submitted on May 26, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. World War II at BBC. (Submitted on May 26, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Pictures of World War II at NARA. (Submitted on May 26, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
5. WWII Teaching Resources at Scholastic. (Submitted on May 26, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
6. The World War II Home Front. (Submitted on May 26, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Kane County Veterans Memorial image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
4. Kane County Veterans Memorial

7. World War II Essays. (Submitted on May 26, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
8. World War II Memorial, Washington DC. (Submitted on May 26, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Patriots & PatriotismWar, World II
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 26, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 149 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 26, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   4. submitted on April 28, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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