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Captain James B. Aageberg was born on September 1, 1918 in Indiana. He was married to Mabel Irene Robbins. He enlisted in the army on November 7, 1942 and was killed in action on January 21, 1945 when his P-47D 44-20424 airplane went down near Burtonville, Belgium.
According to the American Overseas Memorial Day Celebration Belgium, "On 21 January 1945, James led four other P-47’s on attack on some German vehicles near St. Vith. After making several passes over the target, his plane was hit by anti-aircraft fire. Aageberg ejected from the aircraft. However, his parachute did not deploy properly, and he fell to his death at Burtonville, just to the east of Vielsham in Belgium." Aageberg is buried at Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery and Memorial in Belgium.
Captain Aageberg was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.
Captain Aageberg was awarded the Air Medal.
Captain Aageberg was awarded the Purple Heart.