Minnesota Discovery Center

Walter "Kite" Edward Mainerich, Sr.

conflict:World War II
serial number:17157481
location:501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division in England, France, Holland, Belgium, Germany, and Austria.
enlistment date:Dec. 10, 1942
place enlisted:Fort Snelling, MN
discharge date:Dec. 11, 1945
place discharged:Camp McCoy, WI
decorations: American Campaign Medal (1941-1946)
Arrowhead Device (U. S. Army)
Bronze Star Medal (1941-)
Combat Infantryman Badge (1941-)
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal (1941-1946)
Good Conduct Medal (U. S. Armed Forces)
Presidential [nee Distinguished] Unit Citation (1941-)
Purple Heart (1932-)
Service Star(s)
history:Participated in the D-Day assault on Normandy at H-minus-six on June 6, 1944, had a combat jump into Holland on September 17, 1944, was in combat at Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge, and was in combat continually from Alsace-Lorraine, France, on January 20, 1945, to southern Germany (Berchesgaden) until the German surrender.
service documents:
references:(1) Hometown Heroes: The St. Louis County World War Two Project (2004?), p. 183; (2) American Legion, Press-Lloyd Post No. 247 (Chisholm, Minn.) Records. Iron Range Research Center, Chisholm, Minnesota.

Personal Information

date of birth:Oct. 15, 2022
birth place:Chisholm, MN
home town:Chisholm, MN
date of death:None
father:Matt Mainerich Sr
mother:Frances Mainerich
siblings:Matt Jr George John William Frank Stanley Mary Zora
school:Chisholm High School

Last update: 1/29/2016