The Rest of the List
Photo from the American Battle Monuments Commission/Times Observer photos by Josh Cotton Above, in this photo from the ABMC, an American and Belgian flag was placed at each grave at the Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery in Belgium. Warren County native Milton Hooven, killed during the Battle of the Bulge, is buried there. Below, left, a stone to the memory of Mike Sevok at the Saint Michaels Byzantine Catholic Cemetery in Sheffield and, below, right, the resting place of Paul Phillips at Oakland Cemetery.
When I prepared the list of all of the men who were from Warren County that died during World War II, I thought I had a comprehensive list.
The list I had came directly from state records.
But it has since been proven incorrect.
There are several names omitted and I thank readers for sharing the names of those individuals with me.
PFC Milton Kinnear Hooven
Hooven was born on Dec. 4, 1921 and died during the Battle of the Bulge at the age of 24 on Jan. 9, 1945.
According to a history of the 75th Division, Hooven was a member of the 898th Field Artillery Battalion and was killed in action during a counterattack in the area of the Manhay crossroads.
A Warren Times-Mirror article details the circumstances regarding the posthomous award of a Bronze Star to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hoove, 101 College St., Youngsville.
“The medal presented to Mr. and Mrs. Hooven cited Pfc. Milton Hooven ‘for heroic achievement in connection with military operations against the enemy on 9 January, 1945. Pfc. Hooven was a radio operaor with the forward observer party assigned to the 290th Infantry when 88 mm fire came into their position causing many treebursts in the densely wooded area. With unflinching devotion to duty and complete disregard for personal danger he left a place of comparative safety and set up his radio for operation in an attemp to contact his liason officer. As he stuck valiantly to his radio, enemy mortar and 88 mm fire bursting in a tree took his life. This display of devotion to duty beyond the requirements of his assignment reflects great credit upon himself and his organization.”
Hooven rests at the Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery in Belgium.
PFC Paul Phillips
Phillips was killed in action in Guam in 1944 according to records. He is buried in the veterans section at Oakland Cemetery (near the Doughboy statue just off US 6). He was born in 1922 in Forest County and died on July 25, 1944.
He left behind his wife, Wilhelmina, Russell St., Warren, and his children.
PFC Mike Sevok
Sevok was born in 1919 in Pittsfield and died of wounds on March 6, 1945 on Iwo Jima, about two weeks after the famous flag raising.
There is a stone that says “In Memory” at the Saint Michaels Byzantine Catholic Cemetery in Sheffield. Such memorial stones typically indicate that the deceased is not actually buried there but there is no other record of his burial with, for example, the American Battle Monuments Commission that manages our country’s foreign cemeteries.
According to naval-history.net, Sevok was a member of 1st Battalion, 27th Marines, 5th Marine Division and died ofhis wounds on March 4.
CPL George Sevok
Even less is known here. I could find no information beyond a stone next to Mike Sevok’s that indicates he was in the 4th Marine Division and also died at Iwo Jima in September 1945, several months after the war ended.