In Memory of
U.S. Army Private Mobridge, South Dakota
Walworth County

July 3, 1929 - December 25, 1951
Died Non-Battle in United States

Private Herbert Ahl

Herbert Ahl was born on July 3, 1929 in Bowdle, South Dakota, to Regina and Jacob Ahl. Herbert Ahl had three brothers: Ted, Ernie, and Arthur, and two sisters: Violet and Rose. Herbert was a life-long resident of Mobridge and graduated from Mobridge High School in 1949. After high school, Herbert worked for his brother, Ted, at a service station in Mobridge until his brother sold the company to purchase the Camp Billings Motel in Deadwood. Before entering the service, Herbert worked as a truck driver and salesman for the Mobridge Coca-Cola Bottling Company.

Herbert volunteered for the Army of the United Sates in July of 1950. He was trained and stationed at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri. Pvt. Ahl returned to South Dakota for a two-week furlough in December of 1951, first visiting Mobridge and then going on to Deadwood to visit his brother, Ted.

Pvt. Herbert Ahl and his brother, Ted, were overcome by gas fumes in a cabin at Camp Billings in Deadwood on Christmas Day, December 25, 1951. Because the cabin’s chimney had been boarded by the previous owner, the brothers didn’t’ know that the gas was unable to escape the cabin. Herbert died as a result of the accident. Private Herbert Ahl was buried in his hometown of Mobridge.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Melissa Bendickson 8th grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, May 14, 2004. Pvt. Herbert Ahl’s brother, Arthur, and his sister-in-law, Irene Ahl, provided information for this entry. Profile approved by Arthur Ahl.