Albert R. Kohnen

Medical Corpsman on Furlough from Aleutian Islands
Staff Sergeant Albert R. Kohnen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kohnen, 717 Graham Avenue, is spending a 15-day emergency furlough with his parents and wife and baby. The latter reside at 808 Seventh Avenue.

Sergeant Kohnen, who has been in foreign service for 28 months, spent six months in Alaska, followed by 22 months of service in the Aleutians.

An aviation engineer in the Medical Corps, he entered the service on May 21, 1941 and trained at McChord Field, WA.

Discussing the weather in the Aleutians, he said, "It is a barren land, extremely foggy, windy, and wet, where sunshine is unheard of. The temperature remains between 30 and 40 degrees F. On the islands, snow isn't plentiful. Soldiers are healthiest in the Aleutians because the troops are isolated."

Sergeant Kohnen, who flew from his island post to Minneapolis in 36 hours, will report to Seattle on August 21.

He wears two ribbons, the American Defense Ribbon and a ribbon showing he served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations.