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Harold Diehl Sr.

   Harold G. "Ike" Diehl Sr., 79, formerly of 504 Pine Grove Road in Hanover, died Wednesday, June 6, 2001, at Shepherds Choice Nursing Home in Gettysburg. He was the husband of Doris A. (Worley) Diehl, who died in 1987.
   Born Jan. 7, 1922, in Gettysburg, he was the son of the late John C. and Ester (Sanders) Diehl Sr.
   He was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ in Hanover, and worked at Distelfink in Gettysburg for 18 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
   Surviving are three daughters, Jane Custer of Abbottstown, Margaret Blair of Taneytown, Md., and Kimberly Winhauer of Hanover; two sons, Harold Diehl Jr., and Scott Diehl, both of Hanover; three brothers, Kenneth Diehl of Hanover, Robert Diehl of Spring Grove, Donald Diehl of Jefferson; and one sister, Doris Gross of York.
   He was preceded in death by a sister, Mildred E. Baker, and a brother, John C. Diehl.
   A memorial service will be held at 9 a.m. Monday at Wetzel Funeral Home, 549 Carlisle St., Hanover, with the Rev. Carroll Luckenbaugh officiating.
   Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity UCC, 116 York St., Hanover, PA 17331.

[The Evening Sun, Hanover, PA, 09 Jun 2001, Sat, Page 4]

[courtesy of "Wimterbirds"]

Grave markers for Harold G. Diehl in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Hanover, York county, Pennsylvania.


Harold registered for the draft in Hanover, Pa on 30 June 19432 and was inducted into the Army on 29 December 1942 in Harrisburg, PA.  He volunteered for parachutist duty and was assigned to HQ 2nd, 508th PIR.

On May 12, 1943, during the Tennessee Maneuvers, Pvt Diehl was injured and transported to the Oliver General Hospital, Augusta, GA. He was unable to return to the company until 17 October which meant he had missed the majority of advanced training.

On 25 November 1943. Pvt Diehl was transferred to 541st Parachute Infantry which been activated on 12 August 1943 at Fort Benning, GA.


On 16 January 1950, Harold submitted this application for the Pennsylvania WWII Veterans Bonus.  He was credited with 38 months of domestic duty and no foreign service.  He was given a $380 bonus.

Harold's burial record (line 4) indicates that he was a Corporal in the 2nd Service Command Training Center, SCU.

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