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Bertine M. Riegel Jr.

Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army

20239523

820th Bomb Squadron
41st Bomb Group, Medium

Entered the Service from: New Jersey
Died: May 16, 1944
Buried at: Arlington National Cemetery
                  Arlington VA
Awards: 


TECHNICAL SERGEANT BERTINE was born in Pennsylvania in 1917 to Bertine M. and Tessie Riegel. He was the third of four children, coming after Ernest and Jane, and before younger sister Peggy. In 1920 the family lived on Hamilton street in Allentown PA, where the elder Riegel worked as a cigar store salesman. By 1930 the family had moved to 289 Lake Street in Haddonfield NJ, and Bertine Riegel Sr. was working as an insurance agent. Bertine Riegel Jr. was a star football player while attending Haddonfield Memorial High School. After his high school days were over he was employed as a sales man for the Campbell Soup Company in Camden NJ. A member of the United States Army reserves, he was called to active duty when the National Guard was mobilized.

After Bertine Riegel had gone on active duty, he qualified for flight duty. He was trained as a radio operator. In November of 1942, it was reported in the Camden Courier-Post that he had been promoted to Corporal, and was serving with the 65th Observation Group somewhere on the Atlantic Coast". He later became a member of a bomber crew. Technical Sergeant Riegel died to causes not related to battle on May 16, 1944. He was brought home to the United States, and buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington VA on May 10, 1948.

Surviving Bertine Riegel were his parents, of 131 Hopkins Avenue in Haddonfield NJ, brother Ernest I. Riegel of Collingswood NJ, and sisters Mrs. Peggy Miller of Audubon NJ and Mrs. Jane Wright of Columbus GA.


Camden
Courier-Post

March 11, 1948

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