John Manke is an active former Bay View resident who is involved in numerous neighborhood organizations, including the Bay View Historical Society, the Humboldt Park Fourth of July Association and the Shore Shore Farmers Market. He believes Bay View has a fine tradition in its past that we do not want to lose in the future.
On D-Day, two of my uncles were there. On the first day, Rudy Manke was at Omaha Beach. On the 2nd day, Ralph Manke, an army medic, was there to help clean up all of the bodies on the beach. Near the end of World War II, Rudy was there when they found a Nazi Concentration Camp. He had to help the survivors there. His brother, Fritz Manke, was with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Near the time of the Battle at Remagen Bridge, Fritz went undercover into Germany to find out the location of enemy troops. He spoke fluent German and could easly pass for a German citizen. Al Manke was there as a company clerk under George Patton. He also was in heavy combat. These uncles of mine did an outstanding job of serving their country during World War II. We should be proud of the people who have served both past and present in the Armed Forces of the United States of America. Freedom is not cheap. It comes with blood of our service people.