Kohl, Henry J., PFC

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Last Rank
Private First Class
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
746-Automatic Rifleman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1944-1946, 746, 41st Infantry Division
Service Years
1943 - 1946

Private First Class

One Service Stripe

Three Overseas Service Bars

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Date of Passing
Dec 09, 2011
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 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord US Army Retired (Pre-2007) Honorably Discharged WW II 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team

 Unofficial Badges 

Army Honorable Discharge (1984-Present)

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Henry J. Kohl, 92, Northumberland

The Daily Item
? NORTHUMBERLAND ? Henry J. Kohl, 92, of Susquehanna Trail, passed away Friday, Dec. 9, 2011, at his home.

Henry was a WWII veteran who served in the Pacific Theater with A Company, 1st Battalion 186th Infantry, 41st Infantry Division. After the surrender of Japan, his battalion was moved from the Philippines to Hiroshima Japan to help with clean-up. They remained there from October
1945 until January 1946, when they returned to the US.

He became a volunteer firefighter in 1936 in Point Township and joined the fire police in 1957. He was honored for his 70 years of service to these departments at a ceremony last year.

Services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Evangelical Hospice, 1 Hospital Drive, Lewisburg, PA 17837, or Grace Lutheran Church, 120 Spruce St., Sunbury, PA 17801 or to Point Township Fire Police Association, in memory of Henry, 106 Neitz Road, Northumberland, PA 17857.

Arrangements are by the Joseph W. Epler Funeral Home, 210 King St., Northumberland.
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January 5, 2011

Supervisors honor volunteer fire police officer

91-year-old honored for 70 years of service

NORTHUMBERLAND ?  Henry Kohl is 91, but he acts like he is 19.

Kohl, who was born in 1919, was honored at the Point Township supervisors? meeting Monday night by the supervisors and other officials, including Police Chief Joshua VanKirk, for his more than 70 years of service to the fire department and fire police. He became a volunteer firefighter in 1936 and joined the fire police in 1957.

Kohl, who is a lieutenant in the township fire police, was shocked when he attended the meeting and saw the many familiar faces in the crowd of about 50.

?I had no idea any of this was going to happen,? Kohl said. ?I am surprised because I don?t think it is anything special.?

Special is exactly what it is, VanKirk said.

?This guy is amazing,? he said. ?I have seen this guy out in freezing cold weather directing traffic and then in 100-degree weather helping us out. He is truly remarkable.?

Kohl was presented with a souvenir calendar featuring the township police department and an inset of Kohl standing next to the fire police vehicle. He also received a certificate of appreciation from the township.

?This is so nice that everyone came out,? Kohl said. ?I don?t know what to say.?

Kohl?s friends knew exactly what to say.

?He has been my friend for over 70 years,? said Paul Kohl, a township resident. ?We never argued on the job. He is the boss, and that?s that.?

Robert Aucker, another resident, agreed. ?I am so happy to come here tonight and see him get an award,? he said. ?He is a great guy.?

Kohl was happy to share the spotlight with two of his children, who were in attendance.

?I am proud of my father, and I wouldn?t say any different anyway because he is in better shape than me, and he would still kick my tail,? said John Kohl, also of Point Township. ?Seriously, my dad is great. He just keeps going and going.?

Debbie Kohl agreed with her brother. ?My dad goes out in all kinds of weather, and every time we think he is going to retire, he just keeps on going back,? she said. ?He is just the best.?

Township Supervisor Montie Peters said he was honored to be part of the celebration.

?It has been my pleasure to serve with Henry in this township,? Peters said. ?The guy is just one of a kind.?

Kohl shook hands with everyone and made one final announcement.

?Whenever the whistle blows, I will suit up,? he said. ?I?m not ever going to retire. I will do this until my toes are up in the air.?




 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1943, Basic Training (Camp Wheeler, GA), C
 Unit Assignments
1st Battalion, 186th Infantry Regiment41st Infantry Division
  1944-1946, 746, 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry Regiment/A Company
  1944-1946, 746, 41st Infantry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)
  1945-1945 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Southern Philippines Campaign (1945)
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