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Arthur E Moldenhauer

The Montpelier News Examiner, 11 Jan 1945



Arthur E Moldenhauer Loses Life in Service of Country

Arthur E Moldenhauer, 23, radioman 2/c USNR, reported missing January 7, is no known to have lost his life while in the service of his country his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis G Moldenhauer were informed Wednesday by Vice Admiral Randall Jacobs, chief of Naval personnel.

Petty Officer Moldenhauer was born June 8, 1921 in Glenns Ferry.  He accompanied his parents to their new home in Montpelier in 1932 where he attended grade school and high school, graduating with the class of 1941.  The well known young man worked six years in the local Safeway store and one year for the Union Pacific railroad.  On the day following Pearl Harbor he volunteered for the Navy and was called for training on January 14, 1942, entering combat service in April of that year.

While on leave here in September he wore silver and bronze starts denoting engagements at Guadalcanal, Aleutians, Wake, the Gilberts and New Guinea, and had been in as many more engagements not officially announced at that time.

This is the second casualty to occur among the four Moldenhauer brothers, the first being that of Corporal Lewis M Moldenhauer, C A C, who was taken prisoner by the Japanese at the fall of Corregidor, May 7, 1942.  However, he was carried as missing until February 5, 1943, when his parents were officially informed that he was a prisoner of war.  On December 27, 1944, they were advised he was transferred from the Philippines to a prisoner of war camp at Osaka, Japan.

The other brothers, Pvt Lloyd F Moldenhauer, Infantry, is with the Ninth Army in Germany and Pfc. Robert M Moldenhauer of the Marine Corps is a member of an armed guard on a transport, last reported in the Atlantic area.

In addition to his parents and three brothers, he is survived by two sisters Mrs. Jack Griggs of Pocatello, wife of Corporal Griggs of the Marine Corps, Florence Moldenhauer of Montpelier, and tow other brothers, Howard James and Ernest E Moldenhauer both of Montpelier.


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