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Marie Ethel Cihler Sharon
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Birth: Apr. 21, 1917
Forsyth
Rosebud County
Montana, USA
Death: Apr. 10, 1944
Tecumseh
Johnson County
Nebraska, USA

WASP WWII
318th Army Air Force Flight Training Detachment
Avenger Field, Sweetwater, Texas
Class W4


Although she was known in her military life as WWII WASP Marie Ethel Sharon, she was known to her family as Ethel Marie Cihler. She was born in Forsyth, Montana, and was the daughter of John P Cihler and Agnes Pearl Douglas. After John P Cihler passed away in 1930, Agnes Pearl married second to George F Euston 10 November 1940 at Yakima County, Washington. George had first married to Sidney W Rhoades 21 April 1904 at Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. Sidney had passed away prior to his second marriage to Agnes Pearl.

One of Marie Ethel's step-siblings was Richard Rhodes Euston, and her brother was Arthur Joseph Cihler, who died as a child in Montana. Marie Ethel's sister was Alice Mae Cihler Janzik. They had moved from Montana to Bend, Oregon.

She was a graduate of Jefferson High School in Portland, Oregon.

She entered Army Air Force flight training 14 February 1943, at Avenger Field, Sweetwater, Texas and graduated 7 August 1943 in Class W4. She was stationed at Long Beach Army Air Base, California.

Along with her instructor pilot, Lt Hinton C Daniel, she was killed in B-25D #41-29841 aircraft on a night flying instrument training mission near Tecumseh, Nebraska.

It was raining at the time of the crash. The plane crashed on the farm of John Murphy, close to his house, and did not catch fire. According to the accident report, the latch on the nose gear door failed, causing the door to come off and hit the propellors on the starboard engine. In conjunction with this, the engine appeared to have failed, thus causing the aircraft to enter into a steep dive.

She was one of thirty-eight WWII WASPs killed while in the service of their country.



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Many thanks to findagrave contributors Carolyn Arnston and dbc for the kind assistance with this memorial and photos.

 
 
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 Parents:
  John P Cihler (1887 - 1930)
  Agnes Pearl Douglas Stokesberry (1896 - 1982)
 
 Siblings:
  Arthur Joseph Cihler (1912 - 1914)*
  Alice Mae Cihler Janzik (1915 - 1993)*
  Marie Ethel Cihler Sharon (1917 - 1944)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Wilhelm's Portland Memorial
Portland
Multnomah County
Oregon, USA
Plot: Wilson East G ,Tier 3, Vault 2
 
Created by: B24CoPilotNiece
Record added: May 31, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 70686069
Marie Ethel <i>Cihler</i> Sharon
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Marie Ethel <i>Cihler</i> Sharon
Added by: Carolyn Arntson
 
Marie Ethel <i>Cihler</i> Sharon
Added by: Carolyn Arntson
 
 
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In Life WE Honor The Flag. In Death It Honors Us. God Bless The 38 WASP That Died In Service During World War Two.
- Chaplain Clemens
 Added: Feb. 23, 2017
Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice.
- Lily Virdell
 Added: Dec. 27, 2016
We must never forget the women who played a major role in WW II. We must remember them with honor and respect.
- Birdgirl
 Added: Dec. 3, 2016
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