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EICHAR DE CURTINS POST 5713 1118 W. LOGAN ST. P.O. BOX 293 CELINA, OHIO 45822-0293 419-586-3140   E-mail vfw@bright.net
EICHAR DE CURTINS POST 5713 1118 W. LOGAN ST. P.O. BOX 293 CELINA, OHIO 45822-0293 419-586-3140   E-mail vfw@bright.net
Eichar DeCurtins Post 5713, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States was formed on February 10, 1946 in Celina, Ohio. The post was named in honor of Harry M. Eichar, a World War I veteran who died in France and Albert E. DeCurtins who died at Bataan during World War II. The 3rd organizational meeting was held on Wednesday evening January 10, 1946 at Edgewater Inn. A sizeable crowd of county veterans including many new members turned out to elect post officers. It was also decided at this meeting that the name of the Celina VFW Post would be named Eichar-DeCurtins in honor of the two Mercer County soldiers who gave their lives in service to our country. The following men were elected to post offices at that meeting: Commander- Frances Carpenter, Celina, Sr. Vice Commander-Wilbur Snyder, Rockford, Jr. Vice Commander- William Rothaar, Celina, Quartermaster-William Brown, Celina, Chaplain-Robert Pierstorff, Celina, Surgeon Dr. John T. Gibbons, Celina, Trustees-William Baggs and Ralph Rathaar, Celina and Ralph Shindeldecker, Rockford. Harry Eichar was born to John A. and Mary E. Jordan Eichar on a farm in Hopewell Township, Mercer County, Ohio. Harry Eichar, who was better known in Celina as “Peck” Eichar, attended school here and had many friends among the young people. He enlisted in the service with Company K, 335th Infantry at St. Marys, Ohio. Harry was killed in the line of duty somewhere in France on October 7, 1918. His parents and one sister Hazel survived him. Harry was a cousin to Eli Eichar who served in the same company with him. Eli Eichar was also killed in France a few days later on October 12, 1918. Eli Eichar is buried in Otterbein (Stringtown) UB in Christ Church Cemetery. Harry’s remains are unknown.
Albert E. DeCurtins was born on August 2, 1917 to Mr. and Mrs. Fred A. DeCurtins. They resided in Celina at 327 East Wayne St. near the intersection of Buckeye St. He attended Celina Immaculate Conception High School and was employed at Merman Brothers tables in Celina before entering the service. He was inducted into the US Army on February 5, 1941 and secured his training at Ft. Knox, KY. On October 12, 1941 he left Celina after a furlough here for the last time and went to the Philippines. Albert was a member of the 192nd Tank Battalion, which, using small tanks that were then obsolete destroyed many Jap tanks in the fighting on the Philippines. On May 19, 1942 he was reported missing in action, but on January 23, 1943 was identified as a prisoner of the Japanese somewhere in the Philippines. He survived the Bataan Death March, but later it was learned that he actually died in an internment camp on September 10, 1942 around 3:00 p.m. A former P.O.W. in the same camp as Albert gave this information to Ralph DeCurtins. He kept records of deaths by burying the information in a bottle. Pfc. Albert DeCurtins was the first member of the ICHS Parish and the sixth Mercer County man to give his life for his country during World War II. The DeCurtins Family had five members in the Armed Forces at the same time during World War II. Arthur R. (twin brother to Albert), Ralph A. (Tony), Fred J. (Fritz), and Carl J. The five remaining DeCurtins Brothers were all members of our post with Robert serving in the Korean War. Albert remains are buried at Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell, Nebraska. All brothers are now deceased with Arthur DeCurtins passing away in California on April 28, 2014 at the age of 96 years.
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