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August 22, 1922 - November 26, 2007

85 Years, 3 Months and 4 Days

Arte E. & Shirley E. Krenn
Together then -
Together Again

Arte's wife Shirley Elaine Krenn
Passed away August 4, 2011
Now they're together forever

October 21, 1927 - August 4, 2011
83 Years, 9 Months and 14 Days

This Website is the Memorial to WWII Veteran and War Hero - Staff Sgt Arthur E. Krenn
U.S. Army

Welcome to Arthur E Krenn's Continuing Legacy -

- The Krenn Papers -

Click 'Me' to learn more about the C.C.C.Hello - My name is Jake Jaccard...

It is my sad experience to report that my long-time friend and brother, Arthur E. Krenn died today (November 26, 2007) of Lung Cancer. However, for the past 15 years, I have been working to keep Arte Krenn's record of his life in both the CCC and the U. S. Army during WWII. Now Arte's Story and Testament is Sealed. I would like to continue this Memorial to this "old dogface" and Hero. The phrase, "Dog Face" is his own and used it lovingly. I'd like to continue doing so in the continuation of this Memorial and Monument to the man.

His Eulogy and Memorial can be found here.

Continuing as his publicist, I, Jake Jaccard would like to introduce you to the late Arthur E. Krenn, an Army Veteran and Tanker Captain who fought in WWII with the 1st Armored Division in North Africa and the Battles for Italy. It was a time when uncommon valor was common place! This is his story.

In 1990 I met Mr. Krenn while doing some research into my father's experiences in the CCC - the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression.

My father, Donald L. Jaccard served for six months at Camp Sailor Lake - also known as Camp 651 for a few months before being transferred to Camp Riley Creek, also known as Camp 642, in northern Wisconsin.

It all came about while I ran a Delivery Route several times a week into the North Woods of Wisconsin, being a Route Driver for a St. Paul, Minnesota based Electrical Supply Company, .

I had known that my father had served in Camp Sailor Lake and also Camp Riley Creek but he didn't tell me much more about his experiences as a youth excepting a few things, and it wasn't until after his passing in 1968 and many years thereafter, that I felt a strong need to learn more about his life as a youth in those C.C.C. Camps in the North Woods of Wisconsin.

One day while driving down State Highway 70, out of Fifield, Wisconsin, I came upon a freshly erected sign which the State of Wisconsin had put up to mark the location of the former CCC Camp, Riley Creek #642. When I saw the sign I was taken by a sudden sense of Joy as I had wanted to know where the Camp was located for a long time. So after I saw the sign, I made a point to stop in at the local forestry Service Office in Park Falls, Wisconsin.

There, I discovered that not only had they erected the sign, but they had had a group of the old campers there that day, and even more to my joy was that some of the old buildings were still there, as the State Highway Department used the old buildings to store their tools and other road gear. Such was not the case generally, as most camps, long since, had been dis- mantled.

The person at the Forestry Service Office shown me an article that the local newspaper had printed about the sign dedication. In the Article I noticed that most of the men who attended the dedication were from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, and were members of the local Chapter of the National Association of C.C.C. Alumni.

Taking down the names, I got on the phone and tried to find one or two of the guys via Directory Assistance. The first man I raised was Arthur E. Krenn. From that time forward he and I became very close friends, and he helped me tremendously to find some closure regarding my father and educated me on life in the CCC Camps of the 1930's.

For me, Arte Krenn became a surrogate father, and as we got to know each other better, in time, he opened up to me about his experiences at Camp Riley Creek, and then when he told me he also served in the U.S. Army in WWII, and was with the 1st Armored Division, I became additionally interested to learn of his experiences in War. That led to his mentioning that he had kept a daily Diary of his experiences as a Tank Captain and War Correspondent with Stars and Stripes, a National Military Newspaper.

From that point onward, Arte and I have continued a Friendship that has lasted 15 years now and we both have vowed that it will last forever.

I told him that I'd take his Memoirs and place them on the Internet so his story could finally be told in its entirety, since Stars and Stripes censored his stories and the Army refused to let him write much of what he really wished to tell: things which they did not wish to be made public.

Today, thanks to the Internet and the Freedom of Information Act, we are able to broadcast his story completely uncensored as Arte intended all along. This Website is the result of this joint effort on our parts and the
Krenn Papers are here for you to read and digest.

Often, the History Books are not complete in their reporting of history. Mr. Krenn wished that all of you have access to the Truth as he lived it day by day, year by year.

This Website was commissioned 1 July 1992 and has been re-commissioned several times since then, and this new Commissioning was made this 15th Day of July, 2007, and this Website is a tribute to Arthur E. Krenn and all those men and women who saved our country in WWII. To those who fought valiantly, and to those who gave their all, this Website is dedicated as a lasting Tribute, and may their sacrifices never be in vain.

Jake Jaccard, YN3, USNR-R '61-'67
Winchester, Tennessee, U.S.A.

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