Originally created 02/29/04

Col. Albert Ahrenholz (EVANS, Ga.)



EVANS, Ga.- Col. Albert Francis Ahrenholz, 84, of Evans, died Thursday, February 26, 2004. He was born in Middletown, N.Y., February 8, 1920, a son of Augustus M. Ahrenholz and Anna Flannery Ahrenholz. He married Roma Louise Geist of Middletown, N.Y., in 1942. In 1940, he entered active military service with the New York National Guard and served his country in many parts of the world for the next 32 years. He was commissioned from the from the Field Artillery School, Fort Sill, OK, in 1942 and joined the 609th Tank Destroyer Battalion, which fought with the U.S. 10th Armor Division under Gen. Patton's 3rd Army across France and Germany during WW II. He was in Company B of 609th and participated in the 'Battle of the Bulge' (Bastogne), Trier, Crailsheim and the capture of the German rocket facility at Kochel, which later became the basis of future rocket development in the U.S. Following WW II, he served as tank unit commander with the 7th Infantry Korea; advisor to the Japanese defense forces; National Guard advisor in Billings, Montana; commander of the 35th Tank Battalion, 4th Armored Division at Fort Hood, Texas, and in Germany; Division G-3 with the 4th Armored Division; Brigade Commander in the 2nd Infantry Division, Korea; Chief of Staff of the 4th Armored and 1st Armored Divisions, Germany; with the Army and Joint Chief's of Staff at the Pentagon; and as a Deputy Commander of Fort Gordon, Georgia. Col. Ahrenholz's schooling included the U.S. Army Armor School; Command and General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas; Armed Forces Staff College; U.S. Army Signal School; National War College, Class of 1966; Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh and B.A. degree from the University of Maryland. Awards and Decorations include the Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters; the Bronze Star medal; Joint Services Commendation medal, the Purple Heart; and the European Theater of Operations Ribbon with four campaign stars. Following retirement from Fort Gordon in 1974 he and his wife moved to Beaufort, South Carolina, and was a charter member of the Royal Pines Country Club. He was director of the United Way of Beaufort county from 1979 to 1982. As a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church on Lady's Island, he served as the fund raiser for the new church. He was a life member and past president of the Beaufort chapter of the Retired Officer's Association and a Member of Georgia Military Officers Association, Augusta Chapter. He is Survived by his wife, Roma L. Ahrenholz, of Evans, GA: daughter Judith A. Ahrenholz of Arlington, VA, sons Robert J. Ahrenholz and wife Deborah of Englewood, CO, Thomas A. Ahrenholz of St. Petersburg, FL. and John M. Arenholz and wife Karin of Jupiter, FL, and five grandchildren. A memorial service with the recital of the Rosary will be at Platt's Belair Road Chapel at 3 p.m., Sunday, February 29, 2004. Family will receive friends following the Rosary. Service and burial with full military honors will be at the Beaufort National Cemetery, Beaufort, South Carolina, at 3 p.m., Monday, March 1, 2004. The family suggests that any memorials be sent to St. Peters Catholic Church, 70 Lady's Island Dr., Beaufort, SC 29902, or St. Teresa of Avila Church, Martinez, GA 30907 or St. Joseph Hospice, 2260 Wrightsboro Rd. Augusta, GA 30904. Platts Funeral Home, 337 N. Belair Rd. Evans, GA 860-6166 Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

The Augusta Chronicle February 29, 2004