PRIVATE FIRST CLASS WALTER B. HIRES was the son of Paul and Henrietta Bossert Hires. Born in 1923, he was raised in Haddonfield NJ. In 1930 his father was working as a restaurant manager, he had previously worked as a purchasing agent for a shipyard. The Hires lived at 9 Chestnut Street in Haddonfield, the home of Henrietta's mother, Susan E. Bossert. He was a graduate of Haddonfield High School, and had attended Camden Commercial College. He was active in Boy Scouting, and was the assistant troop leader of Boy Scout Troop 51.
Walter Hires was
inducted into the United States Army. While in the Army, he was assigned
to the Air Corps, and had trained as an aerial photographer, and was
stationed at Lowry Field CO. He was taken ill on April 16, 1944, and
died after a lengthy illness at the Fitzsimmons General Army Hospital in
Denver CO. Walter Hires was 21 years old at the time of his death. His
death was reported in the Camden Courier-Post August 30, 1944 edition.
On September 2, 1944 Walter Hires’ obituary was printed in the Camden- Courier-Post. Memorial services were held that day for him by American Legion Post 38 of Haddonfield NJ at a funeral home at 8 Kings Highway West in Haddonfield, led by the Reverend Doctor Ramon Kistler of Haddonfield Presbyterian Church.
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