In Memory of
U.S. Army Air Forces Staff Sergeant
Elmer J. Boehnke
Henry, South Dakota
Codington County
May 16, 1924-May 26, 1944
Killed in Action in France

Elmer J. Boehnke

Elmer John Boehnke was born on May 16, 1924 at Henry, South Dakota to John Gustav and Ella Augusta Boehnke.  He had one younger brother, Robert, an older brother, Arnold, an older sister, Lucille and a younger sister, Anita.  He was employed with Pacific Aircraft Company in St. Paul, Minnesota from July 16, 1942 to February 16, 1943. 

He joined active military duty on February 16, 1943 at Ft. Snelling, Minnesota and then transferred to the Enlisted Reserve Corps.  He served overseas from April 27, 1944 to May 26, 1944.  He was a member of the 718th Bomber Squadron of the 449th Heavy Bomber Group.

He was killed in action May 26, 1944 in France.  He is buried at the Rhone American Cemetery, Draguignan, France.   He received the Purple Heart.  Living survivors of Mr. Boehnke include his brother, Robert Boehnke, Watertown, and his sisters, Anita Boehnke Abraham, Hazel, South Dakota and Lucille Boehnke Lohmiller, Watertown, Wisconsin.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Bonnie Bjork, Pierre, South Dakota, August 7, 2002.  Information for this entry was obtained from the American Battle Monuments Commission, South Dakota Veterans Bonus records, and Anita Boehnke Abraham, sister of Elmer J. Boehnke.