FAHR, HERSCHEL STEPHEN, Technical Sergeant, # 18167392, USAAF


Herschel S. Fahr was born on 17 June 1917 in Marmaduke, Greene Co., Arkansas, to John Antone Fahr (1896-1968) and Bertha Ann (Noel) Fahr (1899-1997). Siblings were Lena Rose (Fahr) Biens (1919-2012), Luther Harold Fahr (1922-1997), Gerald W. “Freck” Fahr (1924-2010), Eva Louise (Fahr) Stinson (1926-2014).


He registered for the WWII draft, resided along RFD 3, Marmaduke, AR, was a student at the Murray State Teachers College, Murray, Calloway Co., KY, and described himself as 6’3”, 190 lbs, with red hair and brown eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in Little Rock, Arkansas, on 20 October 1942. He was trained to maintain and operate the radio equipment on the Curtiss C-46 Commando.

He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 26 June 1945 a C-46A Commando assigned to 10th Air Force, 1326th AAF Base Unit, Lalmanirhat, India, departed the airfield at Myitkyina, Burma, on a cargo mission to Lalmanirhat airfield. The C-46 crashed and the crew lost. After recovery from the American military airfield cemetery at Barrackpore, India, his remains were buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Hawaii, on 4 February 1949 (Sec. C, Grave 1440).


His brother, Gerald W. Fahr, born 9 December 1924, was a pitcher for the Cleveland Indians and served in the U.S. Army, Staff Sergeant, from 7 September 1944 to 30 July 1946. He died 12 February 2010 and is buried in the Greene County Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Paragould, Greene Co., Arkansas.


His brother, Luther H. Fahr, born 10 June 1922, served in the U.S. Army from 30 December 1942 to 1 December 1945. He died 7 October 1997 and is buried in the Parrans Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery, Bolivar, Hardeman Co., Tennessee.