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Sgt Helen Arlene Johnston

Sgt Helen Arlene Johnston

Birth
Guernsey County, Ohio, USA
Death 25 Mar 1946 (aged 21)
France
Burial Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France
Memorial ID 56373316 · View Source
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Sgt. Helen Johnston was born 12 May 1924 in Guernsey Co., Ohio to Amos Daniel Johnston and Lela Gertrude Church, both born in Ohio. Sgt. Johnston died 25 Mar 1946 in a jeep accident. Miles Constable, husband of Helen's grand niece, stated their family history indicated that "Helen Arlene was a WAC stationed in London during WWII. After the war she was transferred to Paris. Shortly before coming home she had gone to arrange passage for her dog. On the return trip her jeep ran into a stone wall and she was killed."

Helen's Enlistment Record indicates she entered the service 17 May 1944 and that her civilian occupation had been a machinist. She indicated she had 4 years of high school. She joined up in Detroit, Michigan. I've learned from Ilona Klemm that Helen was known as "Helen Amick" at Redford High School, Detroit, MI. Amick was her step-father's surname.

By 1930, her parent's were divorced and she was living in Detroit, Michigan with her step-father, Frank D. Amick and her mother and siblings, Thelma, Amos and Della. Helen was the youngest in the family.

In 1940, Frank Amick was not part of the family and it was just her mother, Lela and her and her sister Thelma listed in the census. They were living at 15065 Stout, Detroit, MI. Helen was in 8th grade in Apr 1940, according to the census.

Helen's mother Lela remarried a Mr. Grace by 1944. Helen's father, Amos D. Johnston died 2 Mar 1946, just 24 days earlier than his daughter, Helen. Helen's brother, Amos Lee Johnston died 27 Nov 1944 in Noble Co., Ohio on a farm of an accidental gun shot wound to the chest. He was only 27. I don't know the story but perhaps he was at the farm, hunting.

Helen was survived by her mother, Lela Grace, and sisters; Della Leone Johnston (Clifford V.) Doupé and her children; Roy, George and David Doupé; and Thelma Beatrice Johnston (PFC Chester A. Johns d. 18 Sep 1945 in Germany) & Emily G. Johns, and Thelma's 2nd husband was Claude E. Coy.

An obituary in USA papers has not been located and the above biography was put together using records and the note about how she died from Miles Constable. If any relative can add to this bio, please contact Scarlett G. [Helen was a 3C1R of Scarlett's husband, W. J. Glover]
If any closer relative wishes to have flowers put at Helen's grave site in France, you can use this URL for information: http://www.abmc.gov/services/index.php

Gravesite Details Entered the Service from Michigan.

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  • Maintained by: Scarlett
  • Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 7 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56373316
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt Helen Arlene Johnston (12 May 1924–25 Mar 1946), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56373316, citing Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial, Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France ; Maintained by Scarlett (contributor 46838574) .