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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 Telegram from the US Government concerning Albert Ahrens, USS Cyclops, to his brother John Ahrens in Oshkosh, WI.

Washington DC 106 AM Apr 14 1918

John Ahrens
627 Eighth Street Oshkosh Wis

The Navy Collier Cyclops on which your brother Albert George Ahrens Seaman USN was a member of the crew is overdue at an Atlantic port since March thirteenth She last reported at one of the West Indian Islands march fourth and no information received from her since that date Her disappearance cannot be logically accounted for in any way as no bad weather conditions or activities of enemy raiders have been reported in the vicinity of her route Search for her is being continued by radio and vessels Any definite information received...
Event World War I
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Object ID SC411.10.36.5
Object Name Telegram
People Ahrens, Albert George
Subjects World War I
150th Machine Gun Battalion
42nd Division
Trench warfare
Title Telegram
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