A final farewell
STERLING – The military funeral for Korean War Army infantryman Cpl. John G. Krebs, considered missing in action until his remains were identified in December, begins at 1 p.m. Friday at Calvary Cemetery.
He will be buried next to his twin brother George, who died in battle the same day – reportedly after returning to the field to find John.
The 20-minute procession will begin at 12:30 p.m. at Schilling Funeral Home, 702 First Ave., and travel to the cemetery at 2102 E. LeFevre Road.
It will be led by a police car and firetruck escort, followed by an American flag, service flags, POW/MIA flags, Rolling Thunder’s Chapter 2 members then Chapter 4’s members in staggered formation, the hearse, family and guest riders, including members of the Dogs of War Chapter of the Marine Vets motorcycle club.
Along the way, it will pass students from Jefferson Elementary and Challand Middle schools who have incorporated Krebs into their studies and who will be waving POW/MIA flags provided by Rolling Thunder.
The public also is invited to line the route, which will head north on First Avenue and turn onto East LeFevre.
A color guard from Sterling’s American Legion Post 296, with members from Milledgeville, Chadwick and Rock Falls legions, will assist at the burial. Several other veterans groups plan to attend, and area politicians, mayors and other dignitaries have been invited.
The public also is welcome to attend.
A public reception will be held afterward a the post at 610 First Ave. DeVetta Perkins, Krebs’ niece and next-of-kin will be presented with a POW/MIA flag and a chapter coin from the Rolling Thunder.
Krebs, 19, died in battle in Chochiwon, South Korea, nearly 69 years ago, on July 11, 1950. He was listed as missing in action because he could not be accounted for after that battle, and was declared dead in 1953.
He was born Dec. 11, 1930, in Sterling, and was one of six children of Ferdinand and Doralis Krebs. He joined the Army in April 1949.
He was a member of Company L, 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division, Task Force Smith at the time of death, 16 days into the conflict.