Walter Albert Knapp 

Died on July 17, 1944

His final rank as a Staff Sergeant 

Following his death, he was awarded the Purple Heart

- Awarded to those killed or wounded in action 

Daughter Mary  Jean Houlahan entered the Marine Corps and has now been a nurse for almost 40 years. 

- One grandson went to West Point and the other is currently a Top Gun Instructor. 

Purple Heart 

Normandy Cemetary, located in Colleville-sur-Mer contains 9,386 soldiers who were killed during WWII. The entire cemetary is half a mile wide, and covers 172.5 acres. 

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