Frank Moellenberg Serves His New Country

     My stepdad’s uncle Frank Moellenberg served the United States in World War I despite being born in Collu, Germany on August 30, 1891.  Frank Moellenberg enlisted in the United States Army on April 26, 1918.  He served overseas with the Company L 354 Infantry from May 15, 1918 to March 20, 1919, when he was honorably discharged at the rank of Private.  Frank was 27 years old at the time of his service.

     Dad did not know the Moellenbergs that well but he thought they were financially successful.  According to his death certificate, Frank was a jewelry and optical seller.  Frank was married to Johanna but I do not know if they were married before or after his service.  At the time of his military induction in St. Louis, MO, he still lived at his father John Moellenberg’s home in the 7900 block of Pennsylvania.


Frank Moellenberg’s House in 1941 – Courtesy of Google Earth

     Frank and Johanna lived at a house in the 6900 block of Vermont Avenue.  The house built in 1927 is still standing.  It is a block or so from the Carondolet YMCA.  When Frank suffered heart issues and nephritis on March 28, 1941, he checked into the Veteran’s Administration Hospital.    Unfortunately, Frank never came home.  He passed away on April 14, 1941 at the age of 49.  Frank’s father John Moellenberg, Dad’s grandfather, outlived his son by a year.

     Frank Moellenberg was laid to rest at the St. Peter and Paul Cemetery.  The eldest son of John Moellenberg and Adele Barman Moellenberg died at a very early age.  Fortunately, his sister Marie Moellenberg would live into her 80s.  Dad’s mother passed away in 1979.

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