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Sgt Harold Eugene West
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Birth: 1918
Death: Jul. 28, 1944, England

Staff Sergeant Harold E. West Dies of Injuries Sustained in Airplane Accident

Staff Sergeant Harold Eugene West, 26, son of Mrs. Minnie West, Hillsboro, is reported to have died on July 28 of injuries suffered in an airplane accident. No other details concerning the Hillsboro man's death were contained in the War Department telegram received by his mother Saturday. A letter of explanation will follow, according to the notification. Sgt. West wrote to his mother for the last time on July 27. He wrote this letter while aboard a troop transport and made no mention of any injuries at that time. Mrs. West received the July 27 letter last week. West recently was promoted to Staff Sergeant and was a flight chief radio operator in charge of five planes. Sgt. West was a veteran of no less than three major allied actions. He was warded the Air Medal, with Oak Leaf Cluster, for his meritorious service while in the Mediterranean Theater, the Air Medal coming after the invasion of Sicily and the Oak Leaf Cluster of work over the Salerno Beachhead. He also participated in the initial landings on Fortress Europe when the invasion was launched June 6. S.-Sgt. West was flying on "The Sun Queen" during the invasion of Normandy peninsula. His ship was one of the first to transport paratroopers to enemy held Europe the night the Allies made their initial landings. The Hillsboro native was assigned to a C-47 transport in the Ninth Air Force, Troop Carrier Command, stationed in England. S.-Sgt. West enlisted in the Air Corps Oct. 7, 1942, and had been overseas more than 16 months. Sgt. West received his training at Bowman Field, Ky., South Plains Army Flying Field, Texas, and Fort Bragg, N.C., before being sent overseas. Sgt. West was well known in Hillsboro, being employed at the Schaefer super market as a meat cutter for some time. In addition to his mother the Hillsboro man is survived by his father, K. E. West, of Dayton, one brother, Pvt. Ernest D. West, now stationed at Camp Lee, Va., and one sister, Mrs. Harold Kibler, of Norwood. S.-Sgt. West was engaged to Miss Adele Young, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Young, of Lebanon. (The Press-Gazette, Hillsboro, OH, Tuesday, August 15, 1944, p. 1, Col. 7-8)


Rites For Staff Sgt. Harold E. West Set

Remains of Staff Sgt. Harold E. West of Hillsboro were to arrive in Greenfield Wednesday evening. Services for the returned soldier will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Evans funeral home here, with burial following in Hillsboro Cemetery. Services will be conducted by Rev. Wayne L. Snider, pastor of the Methodist Church, assisted by Rev. I. P. Lee, city. Survivors include his mother, Mrs. Minnie West, city; his father, K. E. West, of Dayton; one brother, Ernest West, of Dayton; one sister, Mrs. Harold Kibler, of Cincinnati. Staff Sgt. West, who entered service in October, 1942, was killed in England on July 28, 1944, in a collision of two planes in mid-air. He was 26 years of age at the time of his death. He was a Hillsboro native and a graduate of the local high school. Local veteran's posts will provide pall bearers for the services but no military rites will be conducted. (Press-Gazette, Hillsboro, OH, Friday, July 30, 1948, p. 1, Col. 7) 
 
Inscription:
1918 - 1944
IN MEMORY OF
S/SGT. HAROLD E. WEST
KILLED IN ENGLAND WORLD WAR 2
 
Burial:
Hillsboro Cemetery
Hillsboro
Highland County
Ohio, USA
Plot: Section J Grave Site 13
 
Created by: mokennehan
Record added: Mar 17, 2012
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Sgt Harold Eugene West
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Sgt Harold Eugene West
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 Added: Mar. 17, 2012
 
 
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