SSGT Harold Eugene “Barney” Kuhn

SSGT Harold Eugene “Barney” Kuhn

Death 31 Aug 1943 (aged 22)
Burial Friendship, Allegany County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 41479482 · View Source
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Harold E. Kuhn

FRIENDSHIP - Staff Sgt. Harold E. "Barney" Kuhn, 21, of Factory Street, died in Port Moresby, Papua, New Guinea, on Aug. 31, 1943. His plane crashed into a mountain while on a mission there.
He was born Feb. 4, 1921, in Bradford, Pa., and was the son of Dana and Edna Benjamin Kuhn.
Barney was a graduate of Friendship Central School, Class of 1940.
Surviving are several nieces and nephews, including Ruth (David) Thompson of Bolivar and Mary (Gary) Bastian of Wellsville.
Burial will be in the Mt. Hope Cemetery, Friendship.

©Published in The Olean Times Herald from Sept. 15 to Sept. 18, 2017
The above obit used with permission and contributed by FAG member, Diana St. Clair Huber

Note: Cenotaph for Harold E. Kuhn at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA. Plot: Section 82, site 34.

Staff Sgt. Harold Kuhn, who as a boy lived in Cuba and attended school here, was killed in action August 31 in the Pacific area, a telegram notifying his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dana Kuhn, having been received recently. As the Patriot recorded, he had previously been reported missing.
Harold attended high school in Friendship. He enlisted in the Air Corps in December, 1940, and was sent to New Guinea as an engineer in a Liberator bomber. He had been there about a month when killed. In June he spent six days at home where he saw his brother Walter, now in England, who was then at home on a pass.
Source: The Patriot and Free Press, Cuba, N.Y., 1943


Harold Kuhn was an engineer on a Liberator bomber when his plane struck a cliff in New Guinea and he was killed. The crew were buried on the mountainside where they fell. Harold and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dana Kuhn, formerly lived in Cuba, NY. The parents now live in Friendship, NY.


Sgt. Harold Kuhn Lies Where He Fell
Mr. and Mrs. Dana Kuhn of Friendship, formerly of Cuba, have received a letter from the chaplain of the unit which their son, Staff Sgt. Harold Kuhn, belonged when he was killed in action in the South Seas, August 31. The writer, Maj. Thomas F. Shea, speaks of the soldier as a general favorite, and says he was killed when his plane struck a cliff near the top of a mountain and all on board were killed at once.
The priest describes accompanying the search party for two days and a night on foot. As thick jungles and steep ridges made removal of the bodies impossible, the commander of the plane and crew were buried where they fell. "I have offered Mass for your son and his crew," said Father Shea.

Source: The Patriot and Free Press, Cuba, N.Y., 1943

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