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Max A. Kappenberger

Private, U.S. Army

33806357

104th Infantry Regiment
26th Infantry Division 

Entered the Service from: New Jersey
Died: November 25, 1944 
Buried at: Plot H RES88/87
                  Beverly National Cemetery
                  Beverly NJ
Awards: Purple Heart

PRIVATE MAX A. KAPPENBERGER is memorialized on the Delaware Township War Memorial. Delaware Township changed its name to Cherry Hill in 1961. 

Max Kappenberger was born October 12, 1913 to Adolph and Anna Kappenberger in Zurich, Switzerland. Adolph Kappenberger came to America, settled in Philadelphia PA, and sent for his wife and infant son, who had been living with her father. Max and Anna Kappenberger arrived in Philadelphia aboard the SS Rugia, sailing out of Hamburg, on May 15, 1914, after 31 days at sea.. The Kappenberger family, reunited, lived at 3719 North 5th Street in Philadelphia at the time.

The Kappenbergers remained in Philadelphia through at least April of 1930. Two sons, Adolph Jr. and Ernest, were born to the family When the census was taken in April of 1930, the family owned a home at 3943 Russ Street in Philadelphia. Adolph Sr. was working as a welder at a steel company, while Max Kappenberger had left school to work as a salesman in a produce store. He was still living in Philadelphia in the mid 1930s when he applied and was issued a Social Security card. At some point he married, and with wife Magdelen, moved to 210 State Street, in what is now Cherry Hill NJ. 

Inducted into the United States Army on November 26, 1943 in Philadelphia, he was assigned to the 26th Infantry Division. Private Kappenberger was killed in action on November 25, 1944 in fighting west of the Saar Canal. His body was returned home after the war, and on June 8, 1949 he was buried at Beverly National Cemetery in Beverly NJ. He now rests next to his wife Magdalen, who survived him until 1983. He was also survived by his parents and two younger brothers, Adolph and Ernest.



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