Hiram "Hi" Forrest Appelget

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  • Name: Hiram "Hi" Forrest Appelget
  • Location of Birth: Bovey, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: February 24, 1918
  • Date of Death: KIA - March 1, 1943
  • Parents: Thomas Appelget & Helen (Gallup) Appelget
  • High School and Class: 1936 Greenway High School, Coleraine, Minnesota
  • College: Itasca Junior College, Coleraine, Minnesota
    Macalaster College, St. Paul, Minnesota
    Hamlin University, St. Paul, Minnesota
    Chilicothe Business College, Missouri
  • Highest Rank: 1 LT (First Lieutenant)
  • Branch: Army
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  • Date Sworn In: November 8, 1941
  • Place Sworn In: Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
  • Date of Discharge:
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  • Units and Locations:
    Start Date End Date Unit(s) and Location(s) Served
    March 1943 95 BOMB SQ 17 BOMB GP
  • Military Awards:
    Purple Heart
    Air Medal

  • Military Highlights:
    WW II Draft Registration Cards – 10/16/1940 – 03/31/1947
    State: Minnesota
    Name: Hiram Forrest Appelget
    Race: White
    Age: 22
    Birth Date: February 24, 1918
    Birth Place: Bovey, Minnesota, USA
    Residence Place: Calumet, Itasca, Minnesota, USA
    Registration Date: October 16, 1940
    Employer: Chillicothe Busoness College Student
    Weight: 155
    Height: 5-11
    Complexion: Light
    Eye Color: Blue
    Hair Color: Blonde
    Next of Kin: Mrs. T. C. Appelget, mother, Calumet, Itasca, Minnesota, USA

    Hiram Appelget lost his life while piloting a B-26 medium bomber for the U.S. Army Air Corps. He is buried in the North Africa American Cemetery & Memorial located in Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia (Block A, Row 9, Grave 9). He is survived by his parents; a brother, John; and his wife Velma Boxwell Appelget, whom he married in 1942.

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

  • MIA / POW:
    Newspaper article: Itasca Iron News, Coleraine, Minnesota – 25 Mar 1943 – First Lieutenant Hiram “Hi” Appelget of Calumet, a bomber pilot in North Africa, is reported “missing”. Word was received Saturday by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. T. C. Appelget, the news having come first to his wife in a message to her parents’ home in Hoisington, Kans. from the War Department. The message was relayed to her in Kansas City, where she is employed, and was sent by her parents to the Appelgets in Calumet. Nothing further has been learned. The parents heard last from their son about two weeks ago, a letter written by him in North Africa, mentioning that he had been on several raids. Hiram Appelget is a graduate of Itasca Junior College in Coleraine and attended Minnesota State University. He has been in aviation service since early in the war.

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