Tuesday, April 18, 2017

WW2 Fallen - Henry Pollreis

Henry Pollreis prior to enlisting in Coast Artillery.
Photo shared with ancestry.com

Henry G. Pollreis could have been 100 years old today. 

He was born on April 18, 1917 in Colorado. His parents were both born in Austria. His father was a farmer. Henry had two older sisters and one older brother. By 1940 Henry's mother had passed away.

On November 12, 1941, Henry, who was living in Montana, traveled to Fort Lewis, Washington and enlisted in the army. Prior to enlisting he had completed one year of high school and was working as a farm hand. Over the next year he rose to the rank of corporal.

His army internment records identify he served in the 707th Coast Artillery AA Battery. There is little information about this unit. I found one other serviceman from this unit that died during the war. One source place his November 26, 1942 death in New Guinea. Whether his death was related to combat, accident, or illness is unknown.

His remains were returned to be buried at Ft. McPherson National Cemetery in Nebraska.

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

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