|Soldiers march on Flag Day at Fort Snelling, 1942|
Harold B. Lebens could have been 100 years old today.
He was born on January 4, 1917 in Minnesota to parents who were also Minnesota born. According to census records he was the oldest child of three. He had a younger brother and sister.
By 1940 he was a high school graduate who found some work as a switchboard operator. He was still living with his parents in Minnesota.
We don't have enlistment records for him, nor was I able to find out what unit he served in. Being from Minnesota, perhaps he got his training at Fort Snelling. At the time of his death he was a staff sergeant. He died on June, 11, 1944 and was originally buried at St Mere Eglise in Normandy. This was the town made famous in the movie The Longest Day where paratrooper John Steele's chute was caught by the church steeple. Perhaps Lebens was in the 82nd Airborne or units from Utah Beach that linked up by June 11.
His remains were returned to be buried at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery.
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