Remains of soldier killed in WWI returned

Posted on December 2, 2010


After 92 years in an unmarked grave in France, the remains of Army Pvt. Henry A. Weikel will return to his native Schuylkill County Pennsylvania next week for a religious service and burial.

Weikel was killed in action in World War I on Sept. 16, 1918, at the age of 28 in the Battle of Saint-Mihiel, which is in northeastern France. The battle lasted from Sept. 12 to 19, with the American Expeditionary Force reclaiming the area from German forces.

Weikel’s remains will be returned Monday from Hawaii to the Philadelphia International Airport, where he will receive military honors on the tarmac about noon. His remains will travel to Mahanoy City with a Pennsylvania State Police escort, arriving at the Truskowsky funeral home about 3 p.m.

A public viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and the funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Dec. 9 at the funeral home with the Rev. Dr. John Reid, pastor of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Mahanoy City, officiating. A burial ceremony with full military honors, along with an escort by the Patriot Guard and state police, will be held at 1 p.m. Dec. 9 at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville.

Weikel will posthumously receive the Purple Heart, World War I Victory Medal with France Service Clasp, Mihiel Battle Crest with Bronze Service Star, and the World War I Victory Button in Silver. Coleman will accept the medals and the American flag at the cemetery.

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