STAFF SERGEANT ERNEST V. HARTLINE was born in 1917 to George N. and Sally Hartline in Indiana. George Hartline was involved in the egg and butter business, and worked as an egg candler. The Hartlines were originally from Pennsylvania. They had moved to Indian in the mid 1910s, only to come back east. By 1920 the family had settled in Camden NJ, and had purchased a home at 132 South 32nd Street. At the time of the April 1930 federal census, the family owned a home at 262 Merion Avenue in Haddonfield NJ. By 1933 they moved back to Camden, and Ernest Hartline graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in East Camden. His family was then living at 347 South 27th Street.
Hartline was drafted in 1941. After
qualifying for flight duty, he completed his pre-flight training at San
Antonio TX in December of 1942, along with another Camden resident, Jacob
Attone. He underwent further training as a
radioman and gunner. Before going overseas, he had married, and with his
wife Ruth had a son, Douglas Hartline, in April of 1944. He served with
Bomber Squadron, 305th Bomber Group, Heavy. He had already been awarded
the Air Medal when he was killed in action on August 8, 1944. 27 at the
time of his death, he is buried at the Cambridge American cemetery,
V. and Ruth Hartline had lived at 611 North 6th Street in
Camden NJ. His death was reported in the August 28th edition
of the Camden Courier-Post. Besides his wife and son, he was survived by
his father and siblings.
Mrs. Ruth Hartline became a charter member of the Camden County Chapter of the Gold Star Wives of World War II in November of 1947.
November 27, 1947
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Ruth Hartline is
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