Undated photo from the collection of his brother Kenneth Mitchell
On March 30, 1945 Technician 5th Class Harold Arden Mitchell, Company B, 1st Battalion, 137th Infantry Regiment, 35th Infantry Division, was killed in action near Bottrop, Germany north of Essen.
BLACK CIRCLE: Area in which the 137 Infantry Regiment was in combat at the time of Harold Arden Mitchell’s death.
BLACK CROSS: Netherlands American Cemetery Margraten, Netherlands where Harold Arden is buried.
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Original base map in the public domain from the Department of History, U.S. Military Academy, West Point.
Harold Arden was born in 1922. He was married to Virginia and was 22 years old at the time of his death.
Harold Arden Mitchell is my wife Cheryl A. Robinson’s cousin and the nephew her grandfather, Charles Mitchell. Family called him Arden.
He is buried in theMargraten, Netherlands.
Harold Arden Mitchell’s grave in the Netherlands American Cemetery Margraten, Netherlands.
Flowers were placed by Frank Grubbels.
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Photo by Frank Grubbels.
We learned of Arden Mitchell from Clomanza Shook, Cheryl’s step-grandmother. Clomanza was the wife of the late Charles Mitchel, Arden’s uncle and Cheryl’s grandfather.
From the information Clomanza shared we found the listing for Ar\den’s grave on the American Battle Monuments Commission site.
I forwarded the information to Frank Grubbels in Noorbeck, the Netherlands.
Along with taking the photos, Frank placed the flowers on Arden’s grave on behalf of Harold’s family.
Frank and I have worked together to share the story of the 38th Signal Construction Battalion which was stationed in WWII was stationed in Noorbeck, Frank’s hometown.
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Revised: May 17, 2015 with photo of Arden, the name of his wife, and correct date of birth.