On This Day 1-AUG 1944, We Honor a Fallen Hero

Irvin X. Willner was born 11-JUN 1914. He lived at 2019 N. 3rd Street in St. Charles. His father was Harry H. Willner (1889-1990) and his mother was Ida I. Kaplan (1889-1960).  Irvin had two brothers; Emanual and Philip and one sister; Ruth Lena Willner.  Irvin attended St. Charles High School.  Irvin belonged to the SC Club, played football and basketball. 

Willner was a livestock dealer working for his father in St. Charles before before enlisting in the Army on 16-OCT 1940. Willner served in the 22nd Infantry Regiment, 4th Division as a Lieutenant.  The regiment arrived in England on 29-JAN 1944, settled in near Plymouth England, and started preparations and training to assault Utah Beach.  

The 22nd Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, landed on Utah Beach 6-JUN 1944 starting at H Hour plus 75 minutes as part of VII Corps in the D-Day Invasion.  They arrived in the vicinity of Ravenoville, Normandy, by the end of D-Day. The regiment then participated in the Cherbourg Peninsula operation while attached to 2d Armored Division from 19-JUL through 2-AUG 1944.  On the 1-AUG, the Third Battalion, with accompanying armor, seized Tessy-sur-Vire and the high ground beyond.  

It is during this action, Irvin Willner was killed in action on 1-AUG 1944, at the age of 31.

From the Post-Dispatch in St. Louis, Lieutenant Irvin X Willner, 31 years old was killed in action 1-AUG 1944 in France. 

He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star for heroic achievement in France.  For its outstanding performance in this operation the regiment was awarded the Distinguished Unit Citation.

Irvin X. Willner is buried at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in University City, MO.

Irvin X. Willner is honored and remembered at the St. Charles County Veterans Museum.

Please contact the St. Charles County Veterans Museum Oral History project at sccvetsmuseum@gmail.com or call 636-294-2657 for more information and lets’ talk. We want to hear from you because we know…Every Veteran has a story.