Karl Dambeck and Frances Thalhauser immigrated from Germany to the United States prior to World War I, arriving at Ellis Island in New York and with sponsors, moved to Altoona. Karl and Frances met in Altoona and were married at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on May 8, 1913, and were parents of 12 children. Karl worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad, retiring with 40 years of service. This is the only photo of the entire family that exists. Shown are (from left): seated — Frances and Karl Dambeck; standing — Frances Willnecker, Carl Dambeck, Mary Shade, Cather-ine Robison, Theresa Wakefield, Frank Dambeck, Ann Mickel, Robert Dambeck, Louis Dambeck, Martha Otto and William Dambeck.
Helen Dambeck died shortly after birth and is not in the photo. Four of the sons served in the U.S. military, Carl served in the Army in the Philippine Islands, Frank served in the U.S. Marines and was wounded during the battle of the Island of Guam, Robert also served in the U.S. Marines during the Korean War, and as a career Marine, volunteered to serve in the Vietnam conflict. He was killed in action on July 7, 1967. William also served in the U.S. Marines. Surviving are: Catherine, Ann, Martha and William.
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