Army Corporal John G Krebs is being returned home sixty-nine years later.
For Immediate Release Steve Johnson
May 15, 2019 Director, Legislative & Public Affairs
Rolling Thunder®, Inc. Procession followed by Funeral Illinois Chapter Two
Friday May 17, 2019 at 12:30pm 414-236-1618
2102 E. LeFevre Road
Sterling, IL 61081
• Sterling native CPL. John G. Krebs returning to honors befitting the hero
• Laid to rest beside his twin brother both killed in action on July 11, 1950
• Students include Cpl. Krebs in studies and will participate in procession
Sterling, Illinois –
On Friday 17 May 2019 US Army Corporal John G. Krebs, listed as Missing In Action - killed in the Korean War, will return home after sixty nine years CPL Krebs will return to Sterling with a welcome befitting a hero who gave his last full measure of devotion his country. CPL. Krebs will be laid to rest beside his twin brother US Army Private First Class George J. Krebs who he enlisted with and fought beside. Both brothers were killed in a fierce battle with North Korean Forces near Chonui, South Korea July 11, 1950. Services will full military honors begin at 1 pm at Calvary Cemetery 2102 E. LeFevre Road Sterling, IL 61081.
Beginning at 12:30pm with community members lining the street’s showing their respects, CPL. Krebs funeral procession will start from Schilling Funeral home. The hearse will be escorted by a mounted Honor Guard from Rolling Thunder Illinois. The Honor Guard will lead a 20-minute procession, traveling north on 1st Ave to LeFevre Road, then east to the cemetery. Students from Jefferson Elementary and Challand Middle School who have incorporated CPL. Krebs into their studies this week will be outside as the procession passes with POW / MIA Flags in hand provided by Rolling Thunder Illinois according to procession leader Ret. US Army COL. Wayne Kirkpatrick, Rolling Thunder Illinois Chairman.
“Our mission is to keep the public aware of the 83,331 POW / MIA who have yet to return home. It is very rewarding when we can assist families like CPL. Krebs’s bring home their loved ones to a grateful community” said Rolling Thunder Illinois President Richard Lanute. Also assisting is American Legion Post 296 color guard at the cemetery with members supporting from Chadwick, Milledgeville, and Rock Falls legions. A reception will take place after the service at American Legion Post 296, 601 First Avenue Sterling, IL 61081.