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Merl Calvin KINDLE

Male 1920 - 1946  (25 years)


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  • Name Merl Calvin KINDLE 
    Born 12 Dec 1920  Elkhart, Elkhart County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 22 Jan 1946  Borgess Hospital, Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, MI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Mount Ever-Rest Memorial Park, Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, MI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 

    • (1) Fred and Helen (Pfeiffer) DeMien:

      Unknown newspaper, unknown date:

      Corp. Merl C. Kindle, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl R. Kindle, 1207 Lay Boulevard, enlisted in the marines last January (1942) and received his basic training at San Diego, California. He still is stationed there and his address is IQM Detachment, "B" Street, Pier Shed No. 2, West End, San Diego, Corp. Kindle was a member of the football team at Central High School for three years. he was employed at the Fuller Manufacturing Company before entering service. He received his Corporal's stripes last October 15, and previously was private, first class.

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      SOUTH PACIFIC MARINE VETERAN RETURNS TO DUTY;

      Sgt. Merl C. Kindle, "Combat Fatigue" Victim, Ends Leave.

      U. S. Marine Sgt. Merl C. Kindle, 24, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl R. Kindle, 1207 Lay Boulevard, veteran of 14 months service in the South Pacific theatre of war left Kalamazoo Saturday to report back to duty on the West Coast following a 30-day leave spent here. The former Kalamazoo Central High School student and Fuller Manufacturing Company employee sercved as a transportation quartermaster sergeant with the 21st Marine until the invasion of Bougainville where he went ashore with the third Marines, November 1, 1943. fifty-five days on Bougainville left the youth in a state of "Combat fatigue" and he was hospitaliaed for three months on Guadalcanal and new Caledonia before being returned to the states. He was confined to the navy hospital at Oakland California, from March 7, 1944 until June 3.

      "I didn't get hit," explained Sgt. Kindle, "but two months of living in foxholes and going through Jap bombing raids, day after day and night after night, finally got me down, I guess." following treatment at the Oakland Hospital, the youth was transferred to a navy recuperation center at Glenwood Springs, Colorado where he remained until October 18 before being released for limited service.

      A brother, Sgt. Harry E. Kindle, is with a US Army MP battalion, stationed in Paris, France. He has been-overseas about a year. Marine Sgt. Kindle enlisted here January 24, 1942 and left for duty in the South Pacific January 15, 1943. He reports back to duty at the Marine base at Camp Pendleton, California this week.

      Unknown newspaper, unknown date:

      MERL CALVIN KINDLE

      Pacific Vet's Car Skids Into Path of Train.

      Merl C. Kindle, 24, in hospital with critical injuries.

      A discharged Marine Corps Sergeant, veteran of the invasion of Bougainville, was injured critically shortly before 8 this morning (01-22-1946) when a northbound Pennsylvania passenger train struck his car broadside at the East Cork Street crossing.

      He is Merl C. Kindle, 24, of 1207 Lay Boulevard, who has been employed by the Lakeside Refining Company, East Cork Street, as a bookkeeper for the last seven months. Kindle was on his way to work when struck by the train

      Body pinned in wreckage.

      W. E. Deeter, conductor on the train told sheriffs department deputies, that Kindle apparently saw the approaching train as he drove east in Cork Street approaching the tracks. Deeter said he saw the car skid on the slippery road into the path of the oncoming locomotive.

      Kindle's body was pinned under the wreckage of the auto at a point about 35 feet north of the crossing along the tracks. The auto was removed before Kindle could be carried out and rushed to Borgess Hospital in a private ambulance. The train came to a stop a distance of several hundred feet north of the crossing.

      Still unconscious.

      Hospital authorities at 2:30 p.m said the man had suffered severe head injuries and still was in an unconscious condition. At least three other private cars, parked near the track in a lot owned by the Lakeside Refining Company were damaged by Kindle's auto as it was sent spinning along the tracks by the impact of the crash, One car was badly damaged, its left side and fenders crumpled.

      The crossing is unprotected by flasher signals and there have been scores of serious accidents at the same point before. Lakeside Company officials declared. Right side of the Kindle car was bashed in where the locomotive struck it. It is believed that Kindle was thrown out of the auto through the opening made by the crash and pinned under the wreckage.

      The victim is married and spent 55 days on Bougainville before being relieved because of "combat fatigue." He was hospitalized on Guadalcanal and New Caledonia before being returned to the states. He was confined to the navy hospital at Oakland, California from March 7, 1944 to June 3, 1944. He then went to recuperation center at Greenwood Springs, Colorado where he remained until October 18.

      Unknown newspaper, unknown date:

      MERL C. KINDLE'S SERVICES FRIDAY

      Funeral services for merl C. Kindle, 1207 Lay Boulevard, will be conducted at the Jolderman and Klein funeral home at 2:00 Friday afternoon. The Rev. L. S. Scheifele officiating. Burial will take place in Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery.

      Ex-Marine Sergeant Kindle died Tuesday (01-22-1946) afternoon at Borgess Hospital of injuries received when his automobile was struck by a Pennsylvania passenger train at the East Cork Street crossing Monday morning while he was driving to work at the Lakeside Refinery Company. He died without regaining consciousness.

      He was born in Elkhart, Indiana December 12, 1920 and had lived in Kalamazoo the greater part of his life. He was married to Miss Frances Dailey August 16, 1944. The wife, a son, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Kindle, 1207 Lay Boulevard, and two brothers survive.
    Person ID I2233  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 5 Jul 2018 

    Father Earl Roscoe KINDLE, Sr.,   b. 25 Nov 1898, Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jul 1968, Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Barbara Ethel PFEIFFER,   b. 3 Oct 1900, Nappanee, Elkhart County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jul 1974, Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 17 May 1919  Elkhart County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 

    • (1) Ancestry.com, Indiana Marriage Records Index, 1845-1920, Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 2000:

      Elkhart County, Indiana
      Index to Marriage Record
      1850 - 1920 Inclusive
      Volume III
      Letters L - Q Inclusive
      Name: Barbara E. Pfeiffer
      Spouse: Earl Rosk??kindle [sic]
      Marriage Date: 17 May 1919
      Date: 3?? Oct 1900
      Book: 28
      OSPage: 171
      County: Elkhart
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    Family ID F1691  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart