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