Alvin Jelgerhuis

Recent Address: 415 5th St. S.W., Orange City, IA 51041
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Family Info: Parents: George and Allie; Brother: Elmer (twin)
Hometown: Edgerton, MN
Date Entered Service: September 29, 1942
Service Number: 37263470
Bomb Group: 468th
Squadron: 794th
Location of Unit: Salina, KS 1943
Missions Flown: Many, but do not have records. Records show 169.25 operational hours flown and 224.5 combat hours.
Hump Missions: Many, but do not have records.
Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, Purple Heart, 4 Battle Stars, Distinguished Unit Badge, Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, American Theater Service Medal
Service Schools: Army Training School, Sheppard Field, TX 19 weeks; Pratt & Witney Factory School, Detroit, MI 6 weeks; AAF Training School, Lowery Field, CO 6 weeks
MOS: Airplane Mechanic, Aerial Mechanic Gunner
Rank Upon Discharge: Technical Sergeant
Crew Type: Flight crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name: Last plane flown was not named
Where You a POW?: Yes
POW Location: Tokyo
Where You a Interned?: Yes
Internment Location: Kempe Tei, Tokyo
Date Transferred from the 58th: April 13, 1946
Date Discharged: April 13, 1946
Post WWII Service:
Post WWII Civilian Occupation(s): Mechanic; postal worker
Thoughts About the 58th: War is devastating, but sometimes necessary to save our freedom. I have satisfaction and pride in what we accomplished.
The cost was high. My POW experience taught me the value of our free country. I also experienced the loss of my twin brother in the loss of his plane 5 months previous to my capture.
Mr. Jelgerhuis passed away on December 14, 2007 in Orange City, Iowa.

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