LETTER: Klos’ actions worthy of recognition
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I read with interest your article about a Polish historian and a local historian who wanted to honour a Brandon resident, Cpl. Walter John Klos, for his bravery during the Second World War when Canadian forces landed on the beaches of Normandy, France, to liberate Europe in 1944.
My own father, Murray Stock, landed on this same beach in 1944, but he came back home. Cpl. Walter John Klos did not.
I remember reading an article written by Cal Minaker, who lived on the same street as I in Brandon, which was published in Readers Digest. He also landed on the beaches of Normandy in 1944, I believe.
In his article, Minaker stated that Canadian forces were pinned down by German machine gun fire and were incurring substantial loss of life when Cpl. Walter John Klos got up and rushed the machine gun nest. Despite being shot numerous times by machine gunfire, he was able to take out the machine gun at the cost of his own life, saving the lives of countless Canadians.
I certainly believe his actions deserve recognition and fully support the drive to acknowledge his sacrifice to save fellow Canadians.