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Admin/Biog History 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.
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Collection Albert George Ahrens
Dates of Accumulation 1917
Abstract Letter from Albert Ahrens, USS Cyclops, to his brother and family in Oshkosh, WI.

August 15, 1917

Dear brother-sisterinlaw-nephews!
A few lines to leave you know I am well and got here OK. I felt a little home sick for the ones I left behind, but I will get over this I suppose, but I am so lonesome for my little wife. I was with her for such a long time, but now I miss her very much, but I hope this war will end soon, so I can come home soon again.
I wasn't sent to the school yet because their are 5000 men waiting for the winter class to open. There is so many in the Navy now. I never saw the like. I am on the U.S.S. Cyclops; over 600 feet long, the biggest target afloat for a submarine. We are going to South America and France, to carry supplies for ships in South America and troops in France.
How is everybody at home? I hope to hear that they are all well. And how are you? I hope the same. Did you see Fred? How is his family?
Say john, on my first opportunity for a furlough I am coming home to get married, so you can figure on a sisterinlaw, because it will be easier for to get out of the service then. So stand by, that is if we don't get torpedoed on our trip across, because it will be an awfully costly amount of cargo. but if we do not see each other again, we will see each other some other place.
Say, if you get a chance to go to Neenah sometime, run down and see the girl's mother and sister and the girl. They will be glad to see you. Take the family along. Their address is:

Miss Rachel Smith
409 West North Water
Neenah, Wis.

It is easy to find when you get off at Neenah ask some one.
Well brother, I haven't any more to write so I will close my letter hoping to hear from you or my goodie little sisterinlaw Sinda. How is she, the little tootsie? I like her so much. How is Johnie and Wallace, the sons?
Kisses, best wishes, and regards to all of you and friends.
From brother-inlaw and Uncle,
Mr Albert G. Ahrens
U.S.S. Cyclops
c/o P. O. New York
Event World War I
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Object ID SC411.10.36.3
Object Name Letter
People Ahrens, Albert George
Subjects World War I
150th Machine Gun Battalion
42nd Division
Trench warfare
Title Letter
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