WORLD WAR I
Albert George Ahrens, United States Navy

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Description Gelatin print of Albert George Ahrens, United States Navy.
Year Range from 1916
Event World War I
Year range to 1918
Notes Outdoor of Albert George Ahrens and friend. Both are wearing white navy jumpers and white caps. Ahrens wears three stripes on his cuff for a Seaman 1st Class. He is standing on board a ship next to a 5" Gun (cannon).
Albert George Ahrens was born in Oshkosh, WI on March 29, 1894, the son of Friederich and Maria (Haimann) Ahrens. He enlisted in the US Navy in 1914 and was assigned to the Battleship USS Arkansas. He saw action with a naval landing party in Vera Cruz, Mexico on April 22, 1914 and was commended for bravery. He became qualified as a Gun Pointer and was transferred to the collier (coaling vessel) USS Cyclops in World War I. While en route from Brazil to the United States, the ship disappeared with her crew of 293, between March 4 and 13, 1918. Ahrens was officially listed as missing on April 14, 1918. He was declared dead on June 14, 1918 after no trace of his ship could be found. It has never been determined what happened to the USS Cyclops or her crew.
Object ID P1937.2.4
Object Name Postcard, Photographic
People Ahrens, Albert George
Print size 3.5" x 5.5"
Subjects Portrait photographs
Male
Sailors
World War I
United States Navy
Cannons
Title Albert George Ahrens, United States Navy
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