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SGT Roland A Ehlers

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SGT Roland A Ehlers

Roland and his brother Walter served in the same unit and participated in the fighting in North Africa and Sicily.

On July 14, more than a month after D-Day, Walter Ehlers learned that his brother Roland had died at Omaha Beach when his landing craft was struck by a mortar shell.

Walter D. Ehlers was often asked, "What was it like on D-Day?

Walter and his older brother, Roland, were not new to battle. The farm boys from Kansas fought side by side in North Africa and Sicily. They lived and they'd seen a lot. Still, Walter said he was amazed when they arrived in England to train for the looming invasion. He described rows and rows of tanks, artillery guns, trucks, jeeps, armored personnel carriers and warehouses of supplies lining England's lush fields. Boats packed the harbors so close Walter said "we could have walked their length stepping from craft to craft."

The Ehlers brothers, both non-commissioned officers, were separated, Walter serving in Company L of the 1st Infantry Division's 18th Infantry Regiment and Roland with Company K.

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He had 2 brothers Claus & Walter & 3 sisters; Leona, Gloria & Marjorie M. Ehlers Gustin, born 11/11/1924, who lives in Junction City, KS.


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SGT, 18 INF, 1 INF DIV WORLD WAR II


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  • Created by: ShaneO
  • Added: 28 Jun 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 54232984
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for SGT Roland A Ehlers (28 Nov 1917–6 Jun 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 54232984, citing Sunset Cemetery, Manhattan, Riley County, Kansas, USA ; Maintained by ShaneO (contributor 47009366) .