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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.

Norfolk Va. August 19, 1917

My dear Sisiterinlaw, brother & nephews!

Your most welcome letter reached me in good health and I certainly appreciated it very much.
I hope this letter reaches you in good health and wish to hear of you oftener, thank you.
Well, I say for a fact I certainly do like my ship now. It is certainly a good home. An officer has it a little better than we have it. It's a good home. If you would see me you would say, I got it pretty soft. We sleep in bunks on here, no hammocks; lockers to keep your clothes in. We sleep until 7:15 AM. 7:30 AM we eat breakfast. Plenty to eat. I gained four pounds since I came back. 154 pounds I weigh, when I was discharged I weighed 164. Will try to run over the mark. Worl 3 hours in the morning. Every afternoon off until 8:30 PM; with $45.00 per month. Pretty soft alright.
How is all the neighbors? I hope all well. Give them all my regards and best wishes.
We will sail for South America and France in another week. If I come out alive, I will tell you my experiences we had in South America and France, and if we saw any submarines.
Did John go up and see my little sweetheart? I hope he did. Her sister is in the hospital too for an operation.
Well, how is everything in Oshkosh? Hope OK. Did put that in the paper, that I re-enlisted? If not, I wish you would.
How is the little ones? I haven't heard from Fred yet.
Say, if John goes to church Sunday, ask him to go into the priest's house and ask him for my baptising certificate. I got to have one to prove my citizenship. I will get $5.00 more per month for that.
Answer soon.
Regards to all.
From your brotherinlaw,
Brother & uncle

Mr. Albert G. Ahrens
U.S.S. Cyclops
c/o P.M. New York

I was born March 9, 1894 if the Priest wants to know when I was born.
Regards to Engels Barshes and all acquaintances.
Event World War I
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Object ID SC411.10.36.4
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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