Herbert L. Van Erden, son of Mrs. Gertrude LeBar Button and the late John Van Erden. Born Jan 6, 1922 in Sheridan, NY. He attended Frewsburg High School. Later he worked for the Chautauqua County Highway Department in Falconer before his enlistment. Besides his mother, he left behind two brothers: Kenneth Van Erden,( a Sgt. stationed in England at the time of Herber's death) and Donald also a brother listed as an Arthur Button. Pfc Herbert Van Erden, age 23, was initially reported as MIA and officially listed as KIA on Jan. 13, in The Battle of the Bulge 1945 in France. Herbert had been a member of the 47th Tank Batallion, 14th Armor Div. and had served in the Army 2 years and two months.