Friday, August 5, 2016

SGT Kenneth Dodge Dirth

SGT Kenneth Dodge Dirth was born 15 Mar 1921 in West Lebanon, New Hampshire to Fred John and Catherine Mary (Dodge) Dirth.  Fred was a brakeman on the railroad.  In 1940, Kenneth was a "new worker".  On 4 Oct 1940, Kenneth married Helen Orice Chagnon. 

When drafted in October 1943, Kenneth was working as a sales clerk.  Sent overseas he was sent from the replacement depot to B Company 116th Infantry on 13 Jun 1944.  Like others he was then transferred on 15 Jun 1944 to A Company 116th Infantry.  He was promoted from PVT to SGT on 25 Jul 1944.  On 5 Aug 1944 he was killed in action. 

SGT Dirth was repatriated and is buried in Mount Hope Cemetery in Loudon, New Hampshire.

Helen remarried and died in 1997.

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