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Name: Eiden, Herman George (1922-1942)

Historical Note:

Herman George Eiden was born in 1922 to father, Peter H. Eiden, and mother Clara Eiden.  Eiden had four brothers, Albert, Peter, Theodore, and William, as well as three sisters, Charlotte, Clara Imelda, and Ruth.  Growing up in Louisville, Kentucky, Eiden graduated from du Pont Manual Training High School.  Shortly after graduation, Eiden joined the United States, Navy.  He completed his Naval training at the Great Lakes Training station in Great Lakes, Illinois.  While in the Navy, Eiden earned the rank of Fireman Second Class on May 14, 1940 while serving on the U.S.S. Lexington.  He later earned the rank of Fireman First Class on January 8, 1941 while assigned to the U.S.S. Houston (CA-30).  Eiden was stationed in the Pacific and recorded his time at sea with photograph albums and film.

On March 1, 1942, after surviving the Battle of the Java Sea, the U.S.S. Houston (CA-30) was attacked by Japanese war ships in the Battle of Sunda Strait and was sunk.  Many perished in the attack, including Eiden, while those that survived were sent to the Japanese POW camps.

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