Thursday, June 25, 2009
Who were Ben Kaber's parents?
I received an email several weeks ago from a man in The Netherlands who has adopted the grave of Ben Kaber, a young American Army soldier who died in Europe on 22 February 1945 during World War II. Here is Ben's gravesite in Henri-Chappelle American Cemetery in Belgium:
My correspondent asked for help in finding out more about Ben's life and family - especially a picture if there is one available.
I've searched some of the "usual" Internet sites and have found only:
* entries in four Ancestry.com databases, in the WW1, WW2 and Korean War Casualty Listings; U.S. rosters of World War II Dead, 1939-1945; World War II and Korean Conflict Veterans Deceased Overseas; and U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1945.
* Ancestry.com has three newspaper articles in 1944 from Greeley, Colorado that show his enlistment.
* I could not find him in the 1930 US census with a family.
* I could not find him in the Ancestry family trees with a family.
From the military records, we can glean that:
* Ben Kaber was born in 1926 in Colorado, probably in Weld County
* He resided in Mahaska, Iowa before enlistment
* He was white, a US citizen, single without dependents, and a Catholic
* He enlisted at Fort Logan, Colorado on 24 April 1944
Does any reader have any suggestions for further research? I wonder if:
* Are there newspaper archives for Weld County, Colorado in 1945?
* Are there newspaper archives for Mahaska County, Iowa in 1945?
* Are there birth certificates available for Weld County, Colorado? It appears that one must be a relative to request one in Colorado.
Any help will be appreciated by myself and my correspondent.