|Sgt Harold Shoe, killed in airplane accident in Hawaii on October 13, 1942.|
Harold Shoe could have been 100 years old today.
He was born on March 31, 1917 in Michigan. It is unclear if his parents divorced when he was young or if his father died, but by 1920 his Canadian born mother had remarried. His stepfather was twenty years older than his mother and worked as a farmer. They raised one girl and three boys who were children of his stepfather. Harold's mother brought Harold and an older brother and sister to the new marriage. They had two more boys and two more girls of their own. By 1940 Harold's stepfather had died and his mother had remarried again. By then Harold had moved out and was a private in the Army stationed in Nebraska.
He was killed in an airplane accident in Hawaii on October 13, 1942, but it is not clear if he was on the ground or in the plane when it happened. Internment records indicate that he was in the 58th Bombardment Squadron, but there is no record of such a unit in the Army Air Corps. If anyone has more information about Sgt. Shoe, let me know and I will provide more details about his service.
His remains are buried at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.
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