Sunday, February 26, 2017

WW2 Fallen - Arthur Isken, 3rd Armored Division, MIA 55 years

Soldier from Pvt. Isken's 36th Armored Infantry Regiment near Stolberg, Germany where Isken died.

Arthur C. Isken could have been 100 years old today. 

He was born on February 26, 1917 in Illinois. His parents were also both born in Illinois. His father was a farmer. Arthur had an older brother. By 1940 Arthur was living with his widowed mother. With an 8th grade level education, we worked as a laborer.

Arthur was a private in the 36th Armored Infantry Regiment, 3rd Armored Division. The 3rd Armored arrived in Normandy two weeks after D-day. It was part of the First Army. By September it was approaching the German border in the vicinity of Aachen.

Pvt Isken was reported killed on September 26, 1944 near Stolberg, but his body was never found. Forty-one years later, construction workers found his dog tags.  Further investigations found human remains nearby and subsequent DNA matching was able to ID it as Pvt. Isken. 

The location of the 3rd Armored Division a couple of weeks before Pvt. Isken died.

His remains were finally returned to be buried at Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery, Bethalto, IL in 1999.

Thank you Arthur for your sacrifice. Let's Earn It for Arthur.

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