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Harold Arden Mitchell: 70th Anniversary of His WWII Death

May 3, 2015

Harold Arden Mitchell
Harold Arden Mitchell
July 21, 1922 to March 30, 1945

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 servng at the time of Harold Mitchell's death. Black cross: Netherlands American Cemetery Margraten, Netherlands where Harold is buried. Public domain base map  from the Department of History, U.S. Military Academy , West Point.

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.

Click on map for larger image.

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 the Netherlands American CemeteryMargraten, Netherlands.


Harold Mitchell's grave in the Netherlands American Cemetery Margraten, Netherlands. Flowers were placed by Frank Grubbels. Photo by Frank Grubbels.

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.


Links, sources, and more information:

Fields of Honor database entry for Harold A. Mitchell

137th Infantry Regiment Unit History Chapter 6: Central Europe

Report of Action Against the Enemy  137th Infantry Regiment  March 1 to March 31, 1945


Revised: May 17, 2015 with photo of Arden, the name of his wife, and correct date of birth.

Shortlink: http://wp.me/p2ix3W-Ik


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