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Milam County, Texas: List of Honor --
Individuals Who Have Given Their Lives in the
Defense of Their Country from World War I through Vietnam

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Donald Eugene Wanoreck [1]

Private First Class (PFC), U.S. Marine Corps, Korean War


Service No.: 1163110

Born: 19 Feb 1932 in Milam Co., Texas

Died: 21 Sep 1951 [2]

Age at time of loss: 19 years, 7 months, 2 days

Home of Record: Austin, Travis Co., TX

Race: Caucasian

Marital Status: Single



Religion: Baptist

Entered Service: Jan 1951

Overseas Duty:

Ship/Unit: Co. H, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division


Casualty Type: Hostile, killed-in-action

Cause of Death:

Casualty Location:

Soundex Code: W-562

Census: None available

Parents: Enoch Paul Wanoreck, Jr. , Austin, TX and Annie Yoakum Wanoreck, Houston, TX

Brothers: Charles Wesley Wanoreck, Wilburn Wanoreck

Sisters: None

Paternal Grandparents: Enoch Paul Wanoreck, Sr. and Hermina Stanislaw Wanoreck, Rockdale, Texas [3] [4]

Maternal Grandparents: Foster Sam Yoakum and Annie Marie Roberts Yoakum, Houston, Texas

Wife: None

Children: None

Burial: Bushdale Cemetery, Milam County, Texas [5]

Arrangements: Phillips & Luckey, Rockdale, Texas

Military Escort: Staff Sergeant Karl E. Gore

Milam County War Memorial:

"Donald E. Wanoreck Killed in Korea While Serving with Marines" [6]

News that Donald Eugene Wanoreck, 19, was killed in Korea about Sept. 21 while serving in the Marines.

The young man was born near Rockdale Feb. 19, 1932, and is the son of Enick Paul Wanoreck and Annie Yoakum. His parents moved to Austin when he was a small boy.

He is the grandson of Mrs. Enick P. Wanoreck, Sr. of near Rockdale, and Mrs. F. S. Yoakum of Houston, and the nephew of Sam Yoakum and Willie Wanoreck, both of this city.

"D. E. Wanoreck, Korean Casualty is Buried Here" [7]

The first casualty of the Korean war to be returned to Rockdale for burial is Pfc. Donald Eugene Wanoreck, 19 year old son of Enoch Wanoreck of Austin.

The body arrived here Monday noon, under escort of S/Sgt. Karl E. Gore.

Pfc. Wanoreck enlisted at Houston in January 1951, and the following June 12 he took boat for Korea. He saw service in various locations and on Sept. 21, 1951, while in action he died from a missile wound received in Northwest Korea. He carried a Browning automatic rifle.

Pfc. Wanoreck was born on Feb. 19, 1932 at Rockdale the son of Annie Yoakum and Enoch Wanoreck, Jr. When a boy the family moved to Austin where he grew up.

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon from Phillips & Luckey chapel with the Rev. Louis B. Jones, minister of First Baptist church, officiating. Active pallbearers were from the Marine Corps Reserves of Austin, and others taking part in service were members chosen from the local Veterans of Foreign War organization. Burial was made in the family plot at Bushdale cemetery.

The soldier is survived by his father, Enoch Wanoreck of Austin; mother, Mrs. Annie Y. Wanoreck, of Houston; two brothers, Charles Wesley and Wilburn Wanoreck, of Austin; grand mothers, Mrs. Enoch Wanoreck of Cameron, and Mrs. F. A. Yoakum of Houston; also a large relation of relatives.


[1] No Individual Deceased Personnel 293 File, U.S. Army Total Personnel Command Center, Alexandria, VA

[2] Death Certificate not found, Milam Co., TX

[3] Some Central Texas Obituaries, p. 558.

[4] Holder, p. 39.

[5] Holder, p. 39.

[6] Rockdale Reporter, 18 Oct 1951, p. 5.

[7] Rockdale Reporter, 17 Jan 1952, p. 1 & 4.

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