FELHOELTER, WILLIAM H., Staff Sergeant, # 15319850, USAAF
William H. Felhoelter was born 1922 in Louiville, Jefferson Co., Kentucky, to Henry C. Felhoelter (1888-1963) and Mary E. (Kammerer) Felhoelter (1885-1955) (married 1 May 1909, Louisville, KY). Siblings included Mary Loretta (Felhoelter) Pedigo (1910-1980), Father Herman Felhoelter (1913-1950), Henry George Felhoelter (1916-1990), Sister Mary Clarita (Louise Delores) Felhoelter (1918-2002) (Order of the Sisters of Ursiline - professed 26 August 1937), Theresa Valentine Felhoelter (1919-1978), Anna Mary Felhoelter (1922-2000), Margaret A. Felhoelter (1924-2000), Frances Floribert (Felhoelter) Bolton (1928- ). Living with them in 1930 was Anna M. Kemmerer (1867-1955) (widowed).
After enlisting in the USAAF, he was trained to maintain, repair and operate the radar equipment available for the C-47 Skytrain late in WW II. He earned his crewman wings and was sent to India. On 18 June 1945, a C-47B, “Beth Ann,” # 43-48730, assigned to Air Transport Command, 1st Air Commando Group, 319th Tactical Cargo Squadron, departed the airfield at Warazup, Burma, on a cargo (drums of fuel) air supply mission to Yewe Taung, Burma. Last contact with the C-47B was by radio with Cpl. Joe Collins, 38513054. The search for the C-47B was led by Capt. Alfred Kaufman, 0-412427. Five C-47s and 2 L-5 (Stinsons) of the 319th Troop Carrier Squadron searched the area. Air Jungle Rescue searched the target area with two L-5s. The search operation was hampered by low hanging scud clouds (heavy rain). The pilot of the missing C-47B had informed the Warazup tower he had climbed out of the top of ground fog. At 0548, the C-47B radio operator reported to the squadron their departure and destination as Bhamo, Burma. The air supply mission was to drop fuel drums by parachute to an air warning station. He is remembered on the memorial wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines.
His brother, Chaplain and Father Herman Gilbert Felhoelter, born 17 July 1913, served in the U.S. Army Reserves, a Chaplin, # 0-549715, 19th Infantry Regiment. He was killed in action in the South Korea during the Korean War on 16 July 1950 and is buried in the Saint Michael Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky (Clergy Section). The Battle of Taejon (14–21 July 1950) was an early battle of the Korean War, between American and North Korean forces. Forces of the United States Armyattempted to defend the headquarters of the 24th Infantry Division. The 24th Infantry Division was overwhelmed by numerically superior forces of the Korean People's Army (KPA) at the major city and transportation hub of Taejon. The 24th Infantry Division's regiments were already exhausted from the previous two weeks of delaying actions to stem the advance of the KPA. The entire 24th Division gathered to make a final stand around Taejon, holding a line along the Kum River to the east of the city.