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August H. Baab

Private First Class, U.S. Army


34th Infantry Regiment, 
24th Infantry Division

Entered the Service from: New Jersey
Died: April 3, 1945
Buried at: Plot F Row 15 Grave 83
Manila American Cemetery
Manila, Philippines
Awards: Purple Heart

PRIVATE FIRST CLASS AUGUST H. BAAB was the second son of Ludwig and Augusta Baab. The Baabs had both come to America in 1913 with there first son Ludwig Jr. Ludwig Sr. was a butcher by trade, and had come from Bavaria, Augusta was from Cologne and young Ludwig had been born in Dusseldorf, in 1907. August Baab was born in Pennsylvania in 1919. When the census was taken in at the end of January 1920, the family was living at 1707 North Mascher Street in Philadelphia PA.

By 1930, the family had bought a property on Egg Harbor Avenue in the borough of Lindenwold NJ. Ludwig Jr. had moved out on his own. The family later moved to a home at 58 Walnut Avenue, Lindenwold NJ. August Baab stayed in school through the 8th grade. He later worked as a clerk.

August Baab was inducted into the Army at Fort Dix, New Jersey in February 27, 1942. He was sent to train at Fort Lewis WA. While in training, he appeared in the movie "This Is The Army".  The movie starred, among others, Ronald Reagan, Kate Smith, and a huge number of other Hollywood actors, soldiers, and sailors. In November of 1943 he was stationed at Fort Benning GA and underwent parachute training. The Camden Courier-Post ran a story about Private Baab's service activities on November 9, 1943. As of that writing he had married, and was the father of a four month old son.

He was later attached to the 34th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division. August Baab was killed in action while serving in the Philippine Islands, on April 3, 1945. He was survived by his wife Georgette, his son, and his parents, all of 58 Walnut Avenue, Lindenwold NJ. 




This Is The Army (1943)
Ronald Reagan and Joan Leslie, and a cast of thousands. Irving Berlin's morale-booster tribute to the Armed Forces during WWII, and a memorable entertainment of song and dance. Kate Smith sings her heart out with "God Bless America." Colossal, rousing musical bit of nostalgia. 105 min.
Category: Musicals    Director: Michael Curtiz
Cast: Murray Alper, Herbert Anderson, Warner Anderson, Irving Bacon, Charles Butterworth, Dolores Costello, Richard Crane, Tom D'Andrea, Rosemary DeCamp, Ross Ford, Alan Hale, John James, Frances Langford, Joan Leslie, Joe Louis, Una Merkel, Victor Moore, George Murphy, Ronald Reagan, Stanley Ridges, Kate Smith, Arthur Space, George Tobias, Ernest Truex, Pierre Watkin, Doodles Weaver