|Pvt. John Hollinger served in the 3rd Armored Division during the Battle of Hurtgen Forest.|
John F. Hollinger never had a chance to reach 100 years old today. Instead, he sacrificed his life for our freedom.
He was born on April 7, 1918 in Nebraska. His parents John and Ethel were also both born in Nebraska. His father worked as a hardware store clerk and later as a garage proprietor. Still later he worked as a salesman. John had one older brother and one younger brother and sister. By 1940 John had completed two years of high school and was working as an attendant while living at home. He married Irma Adams.
He was drafted into the army on February 1, 1944. He became a private in Company F, 2nd Battalion, 36th Armored Infantry Regiment, 3rd Armored Division.
The 3rd Armored Division joined the fighting in Normandy in late June 1944. Pvt. Hollinger joined his unit as a replacement in August. By mid-September the 3rd AD breached the Siegfried Line in what would become known as the Battle of Hurtgen Forest. Pvt. Hollinger was killed near Busbach on September 17,1944 during a heavy German counterattack. His body was never found.
His cenotaph grave is at Mountain View Memorial in Boulder, Colorado. I don't know what happened to his widow.
Last year on this date I profiled Navy blimp pilot Wallace Wydeen. You can read about Wallace here.
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