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Walter Thomas Kadi

PVT in 603rd Engineer Camouflage Bn : Co B


Born 1919 in WI, Died 1978


County of residence at enlistment: Milwaukee County, WI
Other residence(s): Milwaukee, WI; Naperville, IL; Houston, TX
United States Army, European Theatre of Operations
Occupation before the war: commercial artists
Notes: PFC in June 1943; T/5; final rank SGT; Co A in photo; Certificate of Merit; CG SP TRS, 12th A Gp, 2 Jun 45. Meritorious Service: Erecting Dummy Equipment, Germany, 18-24 Mar 45
Source: 603rd Camouflage Engineer Roster provided by W. Anderson; Awards and Decorations; Photo of 603rd Company A, 13 May 1945; Company A Roster; Teddy Katz Company A Roster; 603rd roster in Seymour Nussenbaum's scrapbook, June 1943; photo from 1938 high school yearbook

Walter Kadi was born on December 8, 1919 in Milwaukee, WI, an only child. His parents had both been born in Austria/Croatia. His father was working as a laborer in a machine shop when Walter was born; by 1930 he was a machinist and Walter's mother owned a small grocery. In 1938, Walter's father bought a gas station which he operated until his death in 1943.

Walter graduated from Bay View High School in Milwaukee in 1938 where he was a member of both the science and art clubs, and also a member of the stage crew for dramatic productions. In 1940 he was working as a circulation clerk at a newspaper, but by the time he registered for the draft, on July 1, 1941, he was working as a promotional/advertising artist for William R. Pate Co., a small Milwaukee-based oil company founded in 1933.

In April of 1942 he married Dorothy Reiff, and he enlisted on November 10 of that year. His art skills got him assigned to the 603rd Engineer Camouflage Battalion, and he saw service in Europe during the war. He was discharged on October 21, 1945 with the rank of SGT, returned home to Milwaukee, and went back to Pate Oil.

After the war, Walter and Dorothy became the parents of two daughters: Kathryn and Melanie, and Walter worked his way up at Pate Oil. By 1951 he was advertising manager at Pate, and in 1956 he was promoted to advertising and merchandising manager. Pate was acquired by Standard Oil in 1956 and in 1958 Walter was also given the responsibility of advertising manager for Oklahoma Oil in Chicago—another Standard Oil Company.

Eventually the family moved to Naperville, IL, a Chicago suburb. Walter continued to work in advertising for Standard Oil, which eventually became Exxon. In 1968 they moved to Houston, TX with the company.

Two years after their arrival in Houston, Walter's wife died of cancer. Walter remarried in 1974 to another Dorothy—Dorothy Huebotter McMillan. Dorothy also worked at Exxon; her first husband had died in World War II, and she was the mother of William McMillan III.

Walter died of a massive heart attack in Houston on April 20, 1978; he is buried at Earthman Resthaven Cemetery in Houston.


1938 high school yearbook (see below)


1920 census

1930 census

1938 high school yearbook

1940 census

1941 draft card

1942 enlistment record

1943 father's obituary

1955 Milwaukee city directory

1956 article in the Milwaukee Journal (WI) re his promotion

1958 article in the Milwaukee Journal (WI) re his promotion

1958 article in the Chicago Daily News (IL) re his work history

1971 1st wife's death certificate

1974 2nd marriage record

1978 Texas death certificate

1978 VA death record

1978 Find a Grave record

1978 Social Security applications and claims index

1978 newspaper obituary in ancestry family tree

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