||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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||Letter from the Navy Department concerning Albert Ahrens, USS Cyclops, to his brother John Ahrens in Oshkosh, WI.
Bureau of navigation
August 8, 1918
The Chief of Bureau directs me to inform you that the records show that one Albert George Ahrens, Seaman, U.S.N., who re-enlisted in the Navy at Oshkosh, Wisconsin on July 23, 1917, giving as his next of kin, brother, John Ahrens, 627 8th Street, Oshkosh, Wis., was on board the U.S. Collier Cyclops as a member of the crew.
It may be stated for your information, for the purpose of closing the records, the Department has reluctantly decided to officially declare as dead, the officers, crew, and passengers of the Collier Cyclops as of June 14, 1918.
H. L. Spencer,
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||Ahrens, Albert George
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