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Herman Alton Paul Eltiste

Born - Thursday, May 27,1920

Johnson, Nemaha County, Nebraska

Married - Thursday, July 31, 1941

Johnson, Nemaha County, Nebraska

Veteran World War 2

Staff Sergeant - 37123325

Service - U.S. Army, 124th Infantry Regiment

31st Infantry Division

Killed In Action - Sunday, August 6,1944

 Aramo, New Guinea

Buried - Manila American Cemetery
Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippine Islands

Grave Number - Section-D    Row-15    Space-72


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Staff SGT. Herman Eltiste

Was Killed In Action

Met Death In Battle In South Pacific


Mrs. Mildred Eltiste, wife of Staff Sgt. Herman A. Eltiste, Jr., 24 received a telegram from the United States war department on Monday, stating that they deeply regretted to inform her that her husband had been “killed in action” in Aramo, New Guinea, August 6, 1944. The message was received from the Adjutant General J.A. Ulio. It stated that a letter bearing details would follow.

Sgt. Eltiste was son of Mr. and Mrs. H.A. Eltiste, Sr., of Johnson, and was born May 27, 1920. He attended the rural schools of Nemaha County and then entered the Johnson High School where he graduated with the class of 1937. He later went to Omaha where he took a special course in one of the welding schools of that city and completed this specialized course.

On July 31, 1941 he was united in marriage to Mildred L. Bohlken.  On April 29, 1942 he entered the armed forces as a private. His first station was at Camp Bowie, Texas, where he was placed in a 81mm. mortar squadron. He was later sent to Camp Shelby, Mississippi and then to Camp Pickett, Virginia. He participated in the North Carolina maneuvers on two occasions. He later was chosen as a machine gunner and received extensive training in this branch of the service and then later was given specialized amphibious training at the Chesapeake Bay area.  His aptitude in things of army life was keen and he was rapidly advanced in rank until he attained the staff sergeant’s rank.

Prior to his entrance into the armed forces he farmed in Nemaha County.

On January 16, 1944 he left his station in the Pacific Southwest, where he was engaged in battle with the Japs.

Sgt. Eltiste is survived by his widow, Mildred L. Eltiste, and his small two year old son, Alton Gail, who was born May 29, 1942, and who was given the nickname of “Sarge” by his father.  He is also survived by his parents and two brothers, Sgt. Kiel E. Eltiste of Los Angeles and Kenton Eltiste of Johnson.

The Nemaha County Herald


 August 31, 1944




Memorial to Veterans From Nemaha County

Veterans Who Gave Their Lives in WWII


Erected in Sheridan Cemetery -1947

In Memory of all the Veterans who gave their lives during

World War II, that were from Nemaha County, Nebraska



Wife - Mildred Lois (Bohlken) Eltiste

Born - January 27, 1922

Died - September 19, 1975

Buried - Evergreen Memorial Park

Section-G    Lot-320   Space-4

Omaha,  Douglas County, Nebraska

Father - Henry Carson Bohlken

Mother - Minnie (Malpert) Bohlken


Son - Alton Gail Eltiste

Born - May 29,1942



Veteran World War IIBrother - Kiel Eugene Eltiste

Veteran World War IIBrother - Warren Kenton Eltiste



Father - Conrad  August Herman Eltiste

Mother - Ethyl Harriet (Kiel) Eltiste




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