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2nd Lt. Lloyd Herbert "Pete" Hughes, Jr.
(12 Jul 1921 - 1 Aug 1943)


2nd Lt. Ronald Lee Helder
(9 Mar 1917 - 1 Aug 1943)

Crew Member of "Ole Kickapoo" - Co-Pilot

2nd Lt. Ronald L. HelderRonald Lee Helder was born on 9 Mar 1917 in Carson, Grant County, North Dakota to Ann E. Partridge and Floyd Wesley Helder.

United States Federal Census: Year: 1920; Census Place: Settlers, Sioux County, Iowa, USA; Roll: T625_514; Page: 9A; Enumeration District: 172; Image: 1042; 5 Jan 1920;
"Albert N. HELDER; Head; Male; White; 58 (~1862); Married; Illinois; Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania; Farm Laborer; General Farm;
Eva J. Helder; Wife; Female; White; 48 (~1872); Married; Illinois; Germany; Germany;
Floyd W. HELDER; Son; Male; White; 29 (~1891); Married; Iowa; Illinois; Illinois;
Anna E. Helder; Daughter-in-law; Female; White; 26 (~1894); Married; North Dakota; Minnesota; Vermont;
Ester HELDER; Granddaughter; Female; White; 4 2/12 (~1915); Single; North Dakota; Iowa; North Dakota;
Ronald HELDER; Grandson; Male; White; 2 10/12 (~1917); Single; North Dakota; Iowa; North Dakota;
Arthur A HELDER; Son; Male; White; 25 (~1895); Single; Iowa; Illinois; Illinois; Farmer; General Farm;
Ella HELDER; Daughter; Female; White; 26 (~1894); Single; Iowa; Illinois; Illinois; Farmer; General Farm;
Lee HELDER; Son; Male; White; 16 (~1904); Single; Iowa; Illinois; Illinois; Farmer; General Farm;
Ruth HELDER; Daughter; Female; White; 14 (~1906); Single; Iowa; Illinois; Illinois;
Ester HELDER; Daughter; Female; White; 12 (~1908); Single; Iowa; Illinois; Illinois;
Carol HELDER; Daughter; Female; White; 10 (~1910); Single; Iowa; Illinois; Illinois."

United States Federal Census: Year: 1930; Census Place: Montrose, McCook County, South Dakota, USA; Roll: 2226; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 11; Image: 914.0; 22 Apr 1930;
"Ann E. Helder; Head; Female; White; 36 (~1894); Widowed; 20 (~1914); North Dakota; Minnesota; Vermont; Teacher; Public School;
Esther HELDER; Daughter; Female; White; 14 (~1916); Single; North Dakota; Iowa; North Dakota;
Ronald L. HELDER; Son; Male; White; 13 (~1917); Single; North Dakota; Iowa; North Dakota."

Individual Casualty Questionnaire

U.S. Rosters of World War II Dead, 1939-1945; "Name: Ronald L Helder; Gender: Male; Race: White; Religion: No Record; Cemetery Name: Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell, Nebraska; Disposition: Administrative Decision; Service Branch: Army; RANK: Second Lieutenant; Service number: 740807."

Buried in Fort McPherson National Cemetery, with a memorial marker in Richland Cemetery:

Interment Record: Location: Fort McPherson National Cemetery; Name: Ronald. L. Helder; Date of Birth: 9 Mar 1917; Date of Death: 1 Aug 1943; Date of Interment: 23 Aug 1950; Date headstone ordered: 31 Oct 1950.

grave marker
© 2004 by Pat Schenk and used with permission
"Ronald L. Helder; Birth: Mar. 9, 1917; Death: Aug. 1, 1943; Burial: Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell, Lincoln County, Nebraska, USA; Plot: C, 1281; Inscription on grave marker:

MALCOLM CLAY DALTON S SGT
ELWOOD R. EMERSON 2D LT
RONALD L. HELDER 2D LT
RICHARD M. KRUG 2D LT
JOSEPH E. MIX T SGT
AIR CORPS
AUGUST 1 1943
                              1281


© "Oliver1869" @ Find A Grave
Richland Cemetery, Inwood, Lyon County, Iowa, USA: "IN MEMORY OF RONALD L. HELDER; MAR. 3, 1917 - AUG. 1, 1943; 564th BOMBER SQDR. - 389th BOMBER GROUP; LIEUTENANT - 8th 9th ARMY AIR FORCE; LOST IN PLOESTI AIR RAID ROUMANIA." (Source: Find A Grave)

Received the Distinguished Unit Citation, Distinguished Service Cross and the Purple Heart.

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