Russell John Aurentz, Jr (1923 - 1945)

Russell John Aurentz
1923 - 1945
updated September 09, 2019
Russell John Aurentz, Jr was born on December 16, 1923 in Lebanon, Pennsylvania. He was born to Violet May Bell and Russell John Aurentz, with sibling Christine. He died on January 20, 1945 at Isle of Vis, Yugoslavia at age 21.
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Russell John Aurentz, Jr
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Male
Gender
Russell
First name
John
Middle name
Aurentz
Last name(s)
Jr
Suffix
Unknown
Nickname(s) or aliases
S. 12th Street, in Lebanon, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania United States
Last known residence
Russell Aurentz was born on in Lebanon, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania United States
Birth
Russell Aurentz died on at Isle of Vis, in Yugoslavia
Death
Russell Aurentz was born on in Lebanon, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania United States
Russell Aurentz died on at Isle of Vis, in Yugoslavia
Birth
Death
Killed in action
Cause of death
at Mount Lebanon Cemetery, in Lebanon, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania United States
Burial / Funeral

Ethnicity & Lineage

Caucasian

Nationality & Locations Lived

United States

Religion

Protestant

Education

Lebanon High School
Lebanon Valley College

Professions

Pre-med student

Personal Life & Organizations

St. Paul Evangelical Church, YMCA, Phalanx Club

Military Service

2nd Lieutenant US Army 15th Air Force
Killed in action

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The remains of Second Lt. Russell J. Aurentz, Jr., 21, late of 429 South 12th Street, who lost his life in the Mediterranean area on January 20, 1945, while serving as a navigator with the U.S. Army Air Force, arrived here at noon today in preparation for reburial. Lt. Aurentz, a graduate of Lebanon High School in 1941, was serving with the 15th U.S. Air Force when death occurred in Italy. He was a student at Lebanon Valley College, and had completed his second year in the premedical course there when he entered the service on July 16, 1943. He embarked for overseas service in October 1944 after a period of training at San Marcos, Texas, following the receipt of his officer's commission at San Antonio. Lt. Aurentz, was a member of the St. Paul Evangelical Church, the Y.M.C.A. and the Phalanx Club of the "Y." He is survived by his parents Mr. and Mrs. Russell J. Aurentz, of 429 South Twelfth Street; a sister Christine, wife of Harold A. Haucke, Cleona, and his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Elizabeth Bell, Lebanon. [Lebanon Daily News, Lebanon County, Pa., Thursday November 18, 1948 – page 47]

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In 1923, in the year that Russell John Aurentz, Jr was born, on November 8th and 9th, Adolf Hitler and his followers (the early Nazi party) staged the "Beer Hall Putsch" in Munich in an attempt to take over Bavaria (a state in Germany). They failed. Hitler was charged with treason and convicted, receiving a sentence of 5 years. He served under 1 year in jail.

In 1930, he was merely 7 years old when on August 6th, N.Y. Supreme Court Judge Joseph Crater went through papers in his office, destroyed some of them, withdrew all his money from the bank - $5,150, sold his stock, met friends at a restaurant for dinner and disappeared after getting into a taxi (or walking down the street - his friends' testimony later changed). His disappearance was reported to the police on September 3rd - almost a month later. His wife didn't know what happened, his fellow Justices had no idea, and his mistresses (he had several) said that they didn't know. While his disappearance was front page news, his fate was never discovered and after 40 years the case was closed, still without knowing if Crater was dead or alive.

In 1935, he was merely 12 years old when on September 8th, Louisiana Senator Huey Long was shot by Dr. Carl Weiss. Weiss was shot and killed immediately by Long's bodyguards - Long died two days later from his injuries. Long had received many death threats previously, as well as threats against his family. He was a powerful and controversial figure in Louisiana politics (and probably gained power through multiple criminal acts). His opponents became frustrated with their attempts to oust him and Dr. Weiss was the son-in-law of one of those opponents. His funeral was attended by 200,000 mourners.

In 1945, in the year of Russell John Aurentz, Jr's passing, on May 8th, World War II in Europe ended when Germany surrendered. Hitler had committed suicide a week before.

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