|Birth: ||Mar. 10, 1922|
|Death: ||Aug. 5, 1943|
Published in THE HARPER HERALD, HARPER, GILLESPIE COUNTY, TEXAS, internet edition, FRIDAY, AUGUST 20th, 1943, PAGE ONE
STAFF SERGEANT HAROLD E. AHRENS REPORTED MISSING IN ACTION OVER EUROPE
The U.S. War Department on Saturday notified Mrs. Harold E. Ahrens, that her husband, a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Corps, has been reported as missing in action over Europe. Staff Sgt. Ahrens was a gunner and radio operator on a 4-motor heavy bomber, presumably a B-17, Flying Fortress. He was at home the early part of July and left Fredericksburg after spending a six-day furlough here with his wife and parents on July 6th. The message on Saturday stated that he was reported missing as of August 5th, less than a month after he had visited here.
St. Sgt. Ahrens, age 21, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Ahrens of the Cave Creek Community. He was married to Miss Viola Sagebiel, daughter of Mrs. Arthur Sagebiel of the Crabapple community, May 31st, this year near his Army Air Base at Rapid City, S.D.
The young man attended the Rheingold School and up until the time he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Forces in August, 1942, he assisted his father on their farm in the Cave Creek community. He received his training in Panama City, Florida; Chicago, Ill.; Salt Lake City, Utah; Blythe, California; and Grand Island, Nebraska army air bases. The last letter received from him was dated July 30th.
Information from www.wwiimemorial.com/registry:
Harold E. Ahrens
Entered the Service From: Gillespie County, Texas
Rank: Staff Sergeant
Service: U.S. Army Air Forces, Army Air Corps
Died: Thursday, August 05, 1943
Memorialized at: Cambridge American Cemetery Tablets of the Missing
Location: Cambridge, England
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Harold Ahrens is remembered with a memorial stone at Cave Creek Cemetery, Fredericksburg, Gillespie County, Texas.
Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial
South Cambridgeshire District
Plot: Tablets of the Missing
Maintained by: svanwyk
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 06, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56287293