Harold Elias Ahrens

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Harold Elias Ahrens

  • Birth 10 Mar 1922 Gillespie County, Texas, USA
  • Death 5 Aug 1943 At Sea
  • Burial Fredericksburg, Gillespie County, Texas, USA
  • Memorial ID 56988411

S/Sgt Ahrens's final resting place is at Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial, Cambridgeshire, England.
Harold Ahrens

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While researching WWII casualties on http://news.google.com/newspapers, I came across this article on Harold E. Ahrens. I offer it to you in the hope that you might add it to his Find-A-Grave memorial.

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
ID: 18154689
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

Thank you,

Eric Ackerman
Topeka, Kansas


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  • Created by: Judy Rodgers
  • Added: 12 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56988411
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Harold Elias Ahrens (10 Mar 1922–5 Aug 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56988411, citing Cave Creek Cemetery, Fredericksburg, Gillespie County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Judy Rodgers (contributor 46828494) .