Two Atlanta paratroopers, who met at Fort
McPherson when they entered the Army two years ago and went through training together, have
been reported by the War Department as missing in action in France since D Day, their
wives here have been notified.
Cpl. Robert E. Coffee, son of. Mr. and Mrs. John T. Coffee, of Brookhaven. and his buddy, Pfc. Charlie L. Hall, son of Mr. and Mrs. O. L. Hall, of Newnan, were in the same paratrooper outfit and shipped overseas together in January. Before that, they won their wings at the same ceremony at Fort Benning. Ga., and jumped together in advanced training at Camp McCall. N. C. In May they celebrated their 22d birthdays.
Mrs. Coffee, the former Jeanette Gentle, and Mrs. Hal!, the former
Emily Gilbert, reside st 846 Brookline street. S. W. They became brides in the spring
Coffee, who attended North Fulton High school and Georgia Tech, was formerly employed as assistant manager at an Atlanta drive-in. He has four brothers in the service, Daniel Lee
and Jack T. Coffee, with the Navy in the Pacific; Cpl. Patrick H. Coffee
and Sgt. William J. Coffee, in Italy.
Hall was employed by a textile firm before joining the Army and attended school in Newnan.
[The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, GA, 14 Aug 1944, Mon, Page 3]
Note: While Cpl Coffee was taken prisoner, Pfc Hall and a third 508er,
Pvt Robert Zwyers, remain classified as missing in action to this day.
Both were last seen in the area of the village of
Reigneville-Bocage and extensive search efforts failed in determining
any previously unidentified remains to be theirs.
Pfc Hall's name is inscribed on the Tablets of the Missing, Normandy American Cemetery,
Colleville-sur-Mer, France, while Zwyers is memorialized
on the Tablets of the Missing,
Cambridge American Cemetery,
Cambridge,, United Kingdom
Sacramento Soldier Is
Prisoner Of Germany
The war department announced today Private George Kaihe 20 a paratrooper previously listed as missing in action Is being
held a prisoner of war by the German Government.
Private Kaihe is a son of Mrs. Margaret Williams of 519 P and Q Streets. Before going into the service Kaihe was employed here by the Southern Pacific Railroad.
[The Sacramento Bee, Sacramento, CA, 08 Nov 1944, Wed, Page 3]
OFFICER PRAISES PARATROOPER
Mrs. Margaret Williams of 519 P and Q Streets has received letter from Colonel Roy E Lindquist in which the army infantry officer praises her son Private George Kaihe, 21, now listed as a prisoner of war of Germany as a
:"soldier, a hero who has performed his duty only as a paratrooper can for his
regiment and his country .
"His regiment has been awarded the presidential citation for extraordinary heroism and outstanding performance of duty against the enemy in Normandy June 6th. In every action thereafter the members of this regiment without exception conducted themselves in such a manner that our battle accomplishments will go down in military history as outstanding and extraordinary.
You can well be proud of your son's participation and performance as a
soldier for it was through fighting soldiers such as he that the
breaching and penetration of the defenses of the continent were possible".
Before enlisting in the service In October 1942, Private Kaihe was employed at the Southern Pacific Railroad shops here
[The Sacramento Bee, Sacramento, CA, 06 Dec 1944, Wed, Page 15]