|Birth: ||Oct. 9, 1921|
North Little Rock
|Death: ||Feb. 29, 1944|
Provincia di Roma
Harry Kenneth Oholendt was born in North Little Rock, Arkansas, to Martin Harry Bush Oholendt and Ada Azalie Bradford. He was educated in North Little Rock and graduated from Clendenin High School and the University of Arkansas. He was employed as a trainman by the Missouri-Pacific railroad at the outbreak of World War II.
Harry married Leona Siepiela in Lee, Florida in 1942.
Harry joined the Army Air Corps on 12/16/1941, as an Aviation Cadet. He trained at Kelly Field, Vernon, Ellington, and Midland, Texas, and at Ft. Myer and Avon Park, Florida. He was commissioned a second lieutenant and was qualified as a bombardier-navigator, earning a set of wings. After receiving his wings, Harry was sent to North Africa in April, 1943. Assigned to the 432nd Bomber Squadron, 17th Bomber Group, Medium, a Martin B-26 "Marauder" group, he took part in 40 combat actions in North Africa, Sicily, Sardinia and Anzio, Italy. On his 40th mission, he was killed in action as his plane prepared to make a raid near the Anzio Beachhead.
First Lieutenant Harry Kenneth Oholendt, Sn# O-664805, earned the following badges/decorations for his service in World War II:
- Army Air Corps Bombardier Wings
- Air Medal with seven Oak Leaf Clusters
- Purple Heart Medal (posthumously)
- American Campaign Medal
- European Theater of Operations Campaign Medal with four battle stars
- World War II Victory Medal
- Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon
- French Croix de Guerre with Palm (a unit award, not a personal award)
Harry's younger brother, William George Oholendt, served in the US Navy aboard the USS SAIDOR and survived the war.
Martin Bush Oholendt (1895 - 1970)
Ada A Oholendt (1900 - 1980)
Note: Entered the service from Arkansas.
Sicily-Rome American Cemetery and Memorial
Provincia di Roma
Plot: Plot D Row 13 Grave 33
Maintained by: Rick Lawrence
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 07, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56312867
Thank you for your sacrifice so we could enjoy our freedom...|
Added: May. 25, 2013
In honored remembrance of your valiant service and sacrifice for our great Nation and the Allied cause during World War II. May it not have been in vain.|
Rick Lawrence, MSgt., USMC/USAFR (RET)
Added: Jan. 30, 2013
Added: Dec. 31, 2010