Monday, February 19, 2018

WW2 Fallen - Combat engineer Robert Kuehn

Pvt. Robert Kuehn was a combat engineer in North Africa in January 1943. 
Robert K Kuehn never had a chance to reach 100 years old today. Instead, he sacrificed his life for our freedom.

He was born on February 19, 1918 in Illinois. His parents August and Lillian were also both born in Illinois. His grandparents were from Germany and Norway. His father worked as an elevator repairman and later as a machinist and still later as a pressman. Robert had two older brothers. By 1940 Robert was still living at home. He had completed four years of high school and worked as an attendant.

He was drafted into the army on February 19, 1941 and became a private in Company A, 19th Engineer Combat Battalion. The 19th was part of America's attack in North Africa in November 1942. He was killed on January 29, 1943 as the Allies were advancing into Tunisia. He may have been killed by a mine since there were thousands of them placed by the Germans and combat engineers cleared mines as one of their duties.

His grave is at Acacia Park Cemetery and Mausoleum in Chicago, Illinois.

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

Last year on this date I profiled Harold Booth, 12th Armored Division. You can read about Harold here.

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