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News of the Death of Staff Sgt. Harold Kindt

Lebanon Daily News page 1 of: January, 1944.
Volunteered for trip which ended in death!

Staff Sergeant Harold L. Kindt, son of Mr. and Mrs. John E. Kindt of 531 East Weidman street, volunteered to go on a bombing mission over Germany last January 5. The crew of his regular Britain-based plane was given a day of rest. But another B-24 Liberator was short a wireless operator/waist gunner. Sergeant Kindt offered to go along. However, the big B-24 failed to return. At first the local sergeant was reported as missing in action. Yesterday, the young soldier's parents received official notification from the war department that the International Red Cross had been informed by the German government that the lad was dead. According to a check of press releases, the Eighth U. S. Air Force attacked Bordeaux, France and Kiel, Germany on January 5, 1944. Sergeant Kindt was on the Kiel, Germany mission. The news that Kindt volunteered to participate in the raid even though his plane was not scheduled to take part was received by Mr. and Mrs. Kindt from the pilot of his regular aircraft, Lieutenant Bob Ross of Scranton, Pa.
Sergeant Kindt entered the service on Oct. 9, 1942, & took his basic training at Miami Beach, Florida. He later trained at Scott Field, Illinois, and attended gunnery school at Las Vegas, Nevada. Then he was assigned to Boise, Idaho; Sioux City, Iowa and Kearney, Nebraska, before embarking for England.
The young airman attended Lebanon High School and, before enlisting, was an employee of the Glenn L. Martin Aircraft plant in Baltimore, Maryland. He is the twenty-second Lebanon County serviceman killed in action. In addition to his parents, he is survived by a brother, Raymond Kindt, a father of five children, who left for service in the US Navy on Thursday, and a sister, Mrs. Helen Dimmick. Both reside at Jonestown, R. D. # 2.

Lebanon Daily News of: 2 June 1950.

The body of Lebanon Co. hero of World War Two, Staff Sergeant Harold L. Kindt, has arrived in New York and will be brought here hext Wednesday, June 7, according to information received here today. The young man made the supreme sacrifice at Kiel, Germany on January 5, 1944, while serving with the United States Army Air Forces.

Lebanon Daily News of: 7 June 1950.

The body of Staff Sergeant Harold L. Kindt. son of Mr. and Mr John E. Kindt of Sand Hill, was returned to Lebanon today. The local World War 2 hero was killed on January 5,1944 over Germany. He was 20 years old and he had enlisted in the U. S. Army Air Corps on October 30, 1942. He attended Lebanon High School and was later employed at the Glenn Martin Aircraft plant in Baltimore before entering the service.
Besides his parents, he is survived by a brother, Raymond, & a sister, Mrs. Helen Dimmick, both of Green Point. and his grandfather, Samuel J. Kindt of Lebanon.


Lebanon Daily News of: 12 June 1950.

Military honors were accorded to Staff Sergeant Harold Kindt, who was killed over Germany in the late war. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. John E. kindt, of Sand Hill.The Risser Funeral Home, 226 Cumberland St., was in charge. The principle services were held at the Green Point Chapel, in the northern part of Lebanon County. The Rev.J. Donald Backenstose of the Reformed Church, Jonestown, officiated. William O'Donnell was in charge of veterans of Fuhrman Post of the V. F. W.. The firing squad was made up of David Stover, Robert Putt, Edward Blessing, Russell Fritz, Roy Lengle and George Eiceman. Military bearers were J. P. O'Donnell, William Werth, Harry Hummel and Richard Elliott. Richard Brown acted as bugler. Burial took place at the cemetery adjoining the church. Funeral director John B. Risser was in charge of the arrangements.

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