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Hehman, Thomas Louis (P2, C2, L26)

hehman clipping 10 oct 1944 cropped editedThomas Louis Hehman, 27 of Fort Thomas, Campbell County, Kentucky, enlisted as a private in Troop F of the 123rd Cavalry of the Kentucky National Guard in January 1938. He was promoted to Private First Class in February 1939 and promoted to Corporal in November of that same year. His unit transitioned to Battery C of the 103rd Coast Artillery Battalion (AA) in January 1941. He was inducted into federal active duty in February 1941 with his unit.

While on active duty, Hehman was promoted to First Lieutenant. Hehman, 27, was killed in action on 22 September 1944 while serving with the Coast Artillery near Villa il Fango, Italy.  He was believed to have been serving in the 435th Coast Artillery as part of the 5th Army. At the time of his death the 5th Army was part of Operation Olive a major allied offensive against the Gothic Line. This was the last major defensive line in northern Italy and ran from the coast north of Pisa, to the coast, just south of Rimini.

Hehman was born July 8, 1917. He was a graduate of Saint Xavier High School and he attended one year of college at Hiram College in Ohio. He listed his civilian occupation on his military documents as a steelworker and later a salesman before he went on active duty. He was a salesman at Kingham Trailer Sales Company in Cincinnati where his father also worked.

Hehman’s body was returned home for burial from a temporary allied cemetery in Italy to Newport in January 1949. He was laid to rest in the St. Joseph Cemetery on Entright Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio.

 

The Kentucky National Guard Memorial Fund, Inc., is a recognized 501(c)(3). EIN 26-3705273
 

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