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Miscellaneous
Military News & Letters

This page was updated 12/25/2016 - added articles from 1963 & 1967

1905

Gilbert L. Daines, son of Lafe Daines of this place , writes us from Foochow, China, and orders the Mirrior sent to him. The young man is in the U.S. Navy and is getting along nicely. ~ Lansing Mirrior, June 9, 1905 ~contributed by Paul Moritz (deceased)

1911

Waukon Man U.S. Champion
Local marksmen in army circles have been attaining honors for themselves and Waukon in late years by bringing back trophies and medals and championship records from state contests, but the biggest honor of all has been attained by Sergeant Charles M. King of this city, who at Camp Perry, Ohio, last week won the individual rifle championship of the United States. He also won the president's trophy match, another signal honor. His reward will be gold medals and several hundred dollars in prize money. King was in competition with over 100 of the best marksmen in the army and navy. His score was 285 out of a possible 300 points and was made at different distances up to 1,000 yards. His score is the highest ever attained. He is still at Camp Perry with the Iowa team. Sergt. King is but 24 years of age and works at the blacksmith trade when home. He has been one of Co. I's expert riflemen ever since his enlistment several years ago and has sided in winning the numerous regimental and company trophies held by Company I during late years. He also holds the championship of the Iowa National Guard which he won a few weeks ago. -from the Waukon Democrat
~Decorah Journal, September 5, 1911 ~contributed by S. Ferrall

1939

Bob Langheim of the S. S. Penn. at San Pedro, Calif., arrived yesterday on a couple of weeks furlough to visit home folks, the Will Langheim family, and other relatives. He likes the Navy and is still with Ray Sweeney and Jimmy Seeley, the latter coming to Dubuque for a visit with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Mart Seeley. Ray Sweeney did not get home at this time. ~Allamakee Journal, December 6, 1939 ~contributed by Ann Krumme

1951

Waukon – Ten Allamakee county men have received orders to report at Des Moines April 2 for induction.
The men are Paul Ryan, Kenneth Flage, Thomas Mullaney and Norman Seitz, Waukon; Armand Wuenecke, New Albin; Eldon Molitor, Dorchester, Donald Mettille, Dubuque; Milton Gramlich and Wayne Snitker, Lansing, and Charles Ewing, Postville. ~Cedar Rapids Gazette, March 2, 1951 ~contributed by Diana Henry Diedrich

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Waukon – Seven Allamakee county men will report in Des Moines Wednesday for induction. They are; Roger Wiltgen, Waukon; Gene Ewing, Postville; Cletus Welpert and Robert Middendorf, Lansing; Gregory Schulte, Dorchester; Leroy Jones, Harpers Ferry, and Norman Renk, New Albin ~Cedar Rapids Gazette, October 26, 1951 ~contributed by Diana Henry Diedrich

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Waukon – James Lunderman, stationed at Mainz, Germany, has been promoted to sergeant.
Postville – Joe E. Muchow, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Muchow of Castalia, has been promoted to corporal. He is stationed at Tacoma, Wash.
Waukon – John Leschensky is visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Leschensky; while on leave from the navy at San Diego.
Postville – Gene Rims, a navy man stationed at Great Lakes, Ill., visited his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Rima, last week. Donald L. Heckman, so of Mr. and Mrs. Arbie Heckman, has been promoted to private first class. He is stationed at Fort Ord, Calif.
Waukon – Pfc. William Stock is spending a Christmas furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Stock. He will report Lake Charles, La., Dec. 30.
~Cedar Rapids Gazette
, December 9 & 23, 1951 ~contributed by Diana Henry Diedrich

1952

Waukon – Pfc. Kenneth Walsh is spending a furlough with his parents here. He will leave June 9 for Germany. Sgt. Frederick C. Zimmerman, who served in Korea more than a year, is spending 30 days furlough at home. Upon completion of his furlough, he will report to Fort Sheridan, Ill.
Postville – Lt. Allen Olson is spending a leave with his brother, Clifford Olson, and his family.
~Cedar Rapids Gazette, May 18, 1952 ~contributed by Diana Henry Diedrich

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Postville – Sgt. Robert Pearson returned to Washington D. C., last week after spending a furlough here. Edward Waters, Y 3/c, who has been serving aboard a ship in the Pacific, is spending 30 days leave with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ambrose Waters. Leo Schroeder has been promoted to sergeant, according to word received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Schroeder. He is stationed at Victorville, Calif. Cpl. Hall H. Roberts son of Mrs. Florence Roberts has returned to the United States from Germany. He is hospitalized at Valley Forge army hospital, Phoenixville, Pa. Cpl. Willis L. Schulz of Camp McCoy, Wis., is spending a furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Emil Schulz. Airman Floyd W. Schulz, son of Mr. and Mrs. Emil C. Schulz, is completing his indoctrination course at Lackland air force base, Texas. Seaman Donald D. Harris, son of Mr. and Mrs. Obert Harris, is serving aboard the USS Helena, a heavy cruiser which has been shelling Red supply lines, transportation facilities and troop concentrations in Korea. Sgt. Dale Meyer is enroute to the States from his Pacific base and expects to receive his discharge in September according to word received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Meyer. Airman (1/c) Leo R. Schroeder is spending a 30-day furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Schroeder. He is stationed at Victorville, Calif.
~Cedar Rapids Gazette
, August 10 & 17, 1952 ~contributed by Diana Henry Diedrich

1953

Waukon – Two Waukon navy men have won promotions. They are John J. McCormick, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leslie McCormick, promoted to radioman 3/c aboard the USS Andromeda, an attack cargo ship, and Ronald Hastings, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chester E. Hastings, promoted to personnel man 1/c aboard the USS Newman K. Perry, a destroyer. William Baxter son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Baxter, who served in Japan for 17 months, will received his discharge soon. Wayne Kolden has been discharged from the army.
Postville – A 2/c Wayne L. Walter is attending a school at Scott air base, Ill. He recently spent a furlough with his parents, Mr. and Karl Walter. Sgt. Lyle E. Willman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Willman, is now stationed at Edwards air base, Calif. Marine Sgt. Jim Malone is spending 19 days leave here. He is stationed at Camp Pendleton, Calif. A 2/c Floyd W. Schulz is now stationed at Camp Kilmer, N. J. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Emil Schulz. Charles H. Heins, aviation electronic man in the naval air force, has been awarded the Air Medal for meritorious achievement in Korea. He was cited for service from Dec. 14, 1951, to March 5, 1952, while a member of a patrol plane crew. He completed 20 missions over enemy territory.
Waukon – Emmett J. Slattery, son of Mrs. Mary Slattery, is serving as a hospital corpsman (1/c) on an LST operating as a part of the navy amphibious transport division. Kenneth Halverson, son of Mrs. Murtin Halverson, has completed his basic training at the Lackland, Texas, air force base.
Postville – Pvt. Roland E. Meyer has reported to Fort Bliss, Texas, after spending a furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. F. F. Meyer. Sgt. Lillian Erickson has returned to Hamilton air base, Calif., after spending a 30-day furlough with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Erickson. Lt. William R. Palmer has returned to Barlingen air base, Texas, after visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Palmer. Donald E. Bugenhagen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Bugenhagen is attending a school at San Diego. He has been serving aboard a hospital ship. Cpl. Donald W. Martins is now stationed at Red River arsenal, Texarkana, Texas.
~Cedar Rapids Gazette, June 23, 1953 ~contributed by Diana Henry Diedrich

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Waukon – Capt. And Mrs. Frank Tims, with their two sons are visiting here. Mrs. Tims is the sister of Carolyn and Dorothy Helming. Capt. Tims, a Korean veteran who has been stationed at Antwerp, N. Y., will soon be transferred to Germany. His wife and sons will stay at Waukon for a few months. Airman 1/c and Mrs. Dean Bulman recently became parents of a son in England where Bulman is stationed at Cambridge. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Alton Bulman.
~Cedar Rapids Gazette
, August 16, 1953 ~contributed by Diana Henry Diedrich

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Prisoner of War Cpl. John E. Ryan, 24, of New Albin got his wish granted Tuesday night, but it was nearly two years late. Cpl Ryan was one of 133 Americans who walked through Freedom Gate in Panmunjom Tuesday evening. Ryan and two others brought to 40 the number of Iowans freed by the Communists in the current prisoner exchange. Cpl. Ryan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Emmett J. Ryan of New Albin, was a prisoner for 33 months. Nearly two years ago, after he had been a captive for a year, his parents received their first letter from him. In that letter Cpl. Ryan said “I hope they bring this war to a close so we can all go home.” That letter was dated Nov. 22, 1953, and now he is on his way home. The other two Iowans freed Tuesday night were Pfc. Frank Briggs, 21 of Des Moines and Cpl. Louis Stick, Jr., 21, of Davenport. Cpl. Ryan was graduated from St. Patrick’s high school in Waukon. He enlisted in the army in October, 1948, and served 18 months. He was recalled to active duty Sept. 19 1950, and was sent to Japan in October. On Nov. 15 of that year he was sent to Korea where he was captured on Dec. 3. He has three sisters and a brother. Cpl. Ryan’s father said Wednesday that the family plans a big birthday celebration when his son returns home. Cpl Ryan was 24 years old last Thursday.
~Cedar Rapids Gazette, August 26, 1953 ~contributed by Diana Henry Diedrich

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Postville – Edwin A. Winter. Navy BM-3 is expected to be on leave and visit his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Winter in September. The navy man is now in the United States after serving in Japan and Korea. Floyd W. Schulz, airman 2/c, requests that his mail now be addressed to him “c/o P.M. New York.”
Waukon – Cpl. Donald *Nelper son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Nelper, is recovering from an operation performed in Korea.
Monona – Mrs. Allen L. Bacon 20, has been named civilian of the week at New Castle, Del., where she is a clerk and court reporter for headquarters, 4710th defense wing legal office. Her husband, an airman 1/c, is assigned to the base photo lab.
Postville – Milo L. Harnack has been promoted to sergeant first class while serving with the 15th infantry regiment in Korea.
Waukon – Pvt. Bernard J. Dougherty is visiting here before leaving Monday for Camp Kilmer, N. J., and then Europe. He has been stationed at Fort Sill, Okla.
Postville – Cpl. Donald W. Martins, son of Mr. and Mrs. Laska Martins, is at home on a 10-day furlough. He is stationed at Texarkana, Texas. Staff Sgt. Keith Evert, son of Mr. and Mrs. Francis Evert, will leave Monday on a return trip to Germany, where he will be stationed another year.
~Cedar Rapids Gazette
, December 23, 1953 ~contributed by Diana Henry Diedrich

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Names of Korean Prison Deaths Released by U.S.
Washington - The Defense Department Thursday released the first list of names of the 1,022 American servicemen who the Communitsts claim died in Korean prison camps or escaped. The Defense Department emphasized it has no verification of the Communist reports. Next of kin of the soldiers named have been notified. All on Thursday's list are Army personnel.
Cpl. Wayne D. Austin, son of Charles W. Austin, Grinnell.
Cpl. Alfred J. Martin, son of Mrs. Anna Martin, Waterloo.
Pfc. Roy M. Vickery, son of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Vickery, Route 1, Postville.
Pvt. Paul R. Roese, son of Mr. and Mrs. John H. Doese, Pomeroy. [transcription note: the first letter of Paul's surname is clearly an 'R', and the first letter of the parent's surname is clearly a 'D']
Pvt. Arden R. Wailes, son of Mrs. Beryl Wailes, 842 Eighth St., Des Moines.
~Holland Evening Sentinel, Holland, Michigan; Friday, August 14, 1953 ~contributed by S. Ferrall

1954

Waukon – Pvt. Dale E. Williams, a maintenance and repair man, has been assigned to the quartermaster depot in Tokyo. Pvt. Robert Bennett is serving in Korea with the 3rd infantry division. Pvt. Roger A. Lippe is serving with the 3rd armored division at Fort Knox, Ky. Three Waukon solders, Pvt. James R. Byrnes, Pvt. Dale H. Hesse and Pvt. Robert J. Stock, have been assigned to the anti-aircraft artillery replacement training center at Fort Bliss, Texas, for eight weeks’ training. Cpl. Donald Welper, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Welper, has been discharged from the army. Airman 2/c Kleo M. Westerholm is now stationed at Lowry air base, Denver. Pvt. Dan Walsh will report to Columbia, S. C. after spending a furlough at home. He previously was stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas. Pvt. Lester C. Shogren, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Shogren, is now serving in Korea. He is a telephone communications man. Pvt. Charles Kunpf, son of Mrs. Martha Kunpf, is serving with 24th infantry division in Korea. Pvt. Oliver A. Neuhring has been discharged from the army. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Neuhring of Waterville. Willard Roe, who spent a furlough at his home here after completing his basic training at Fort Bliss, Texas, left Friday for Camp Kilmer, N. J. where he will be assigned to Europe.
Monona – Pvt. Arno Schlitter, who suffered fractured legs in an auto accident while at home on furlough, is now a patient at Fritzsimmons army hospital, Denver.
~Cedar Rapids Gazette, January 24, 1954 ~contributed by Diana Henry Diedrich

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Postville – Sgt. John L. Smith left for Tucson last week to spend a few days with his parents before reporting to California for overseas duty. His wife and children remained here with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Al. Winter. Sgt. Leo R. Schroeder, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Schroeder, is enroute to Korea. Pvt. Gerald Hennesath, son of Mr. and Mrs. Will Hennesath, is now stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, N.C.
Waukon – Pvt. Delbert Timmerman is now stationed at Paris, France. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Grover Timmerman.
~Cedar Rapids Gazette, May 16, 1954 ~contributed by Diana Henry Diedrich

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Postville – Lowell Schoeder has been promoted to corporal in Korea. He is the son of Mrs. Lena Schroeder.
Navy Doctor, McGregor – Lt. W.D. Pfeiffer, who was called into the navy a year ago while practicing medicine here, has completed training at the aviation medicine school in Florida and is now on leave. Lt. Pfeiffer and his family will go to Midway where he will be stationed.
Waukon – Cpl. Wilford J. Schulz of Dorchester is stationed in Germany with the 9th infantry division. Richard Boardman and Pat R. Corrigan are taking basic air force training at Fort Bliss, Texas. Pvt. Lyle A. Bechtel is now stationed at Fort Devans, Mass.
Postville – Merle Meyer has been promoted to sergeant in Korea.
Waukon – Duane Cowell, son of Mr. and Mrs. David Cowell is now serving in Greenland. Pvt. Donald Leyse is spending a 15-day furlough from Seattle with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Helmer Leyse. Pvt. James Hager is now stationed at For Devens, Mass. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Hager. Cpl Gustave Herman is at home from Camp Carson, Colo., where he received his discharge. He served 23 months, 17 of them overseas. Pfc. William P. Martin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Martin, recently spent a seven day rest and recuperation leave in Japan. He is stationed in Korea. Pvt. Richard Bieber, son of Peter Bieber, is serving as a repairman in the 964th engineer company in Germany. James Hager, who served two years in Japan and Korea, has returned home with his discharge papers. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Hager. Pvt. Edward Teeling came home from Fort Chaffee, Ark, last week to attend the wedding of his sister, Frances Teeling. Pvt. William Keefe has been discharged from the service. His brother, Pvt. James Keefe, is at home on furlough from Fort Jackson, S. C. He is being transferred to Fort Devens, Mass. They are the sons of Mr. Esther Keefe. Pvt. Emmet Dowdal arrived home Thursday from Fort Eustis, Va., for a brief furlough. He will leave Aug. 6 for overseas service.
~Cedar Rapids Gazette, July 11 & 29, 1954 ~contributed by Diana Henry Diedrich

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Waukon – Sgt. Harry Wheat and family have returned to Lincoln, Neb. After a furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Wheat. After completing photo school at Lockbourne air base, Ohio, A 3/c Lloyd Schulte son of Mr. and Mrs. John Schulte of Dorchester, has been transferred to Ramey air base, Puerto Rico. Cpl. Robert Weber has been awarded the Good Conduct medal for Aug. 6, 1952 to July 25, 1954. He is serving with the 38th anti aircraft artillery battalion at Fort Story, Va.
Postville – Robert Henning has been promoted to corporal with the army at Budingen, Germany. Airman Dale R. Muchow is now stationed at Lackland air base, San Antonio, Texas. Leslie C. Jahnke has been promoted to corporal with the army in the Pacific Pvt. Eugene Dreier is now stationed at Wonja, Korea. Sgt. Lillian Erickson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Erickson, has been discharged from the WAF. Pvt. Lloyd M. Bigler, who has been visiting here, left Friday for Fort Jackson, N. C., for reassignment. Lt. William R. Palmer of Hurlingen air base, Texas, is spending a leave with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Palmer.
~Cedar Rapids Gazette
, August 8, 1954 ~contributed by Diana Henry Diedrich

1955

Postville – Pvts. Thomas Hogan, Ralph Gunderson and Donald Olson returned to Fort Know Ky. After spending Christmas at home. Pvt. Allen Meier returned to Fort Ord. Calif., after a holiday leave with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Cloy Meier. A 3/c Dale Muchow is now stationed at Parks air base, Calif. Pvt. Oran Engelhardt has returned to Fort Bliss, Texas, after spending a furlough at home. Pvt. Robert S. Heckman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arbie Heckman, is stationed at Fort Monmouth, N. J. Donald E. Bugenhagen has been promoted to petty officer second class aboard the USS Consolation in the Pacific. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Bugenhagen. Eugene Severn has returned to Bryan air base, Texas after spending a furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Severn. Pfc. Eugene Dreier is now serving in Korea. Norman A. Schroder of the US Naval Air Center, San Diego, is spending 30 days leave at home with his mother, Mrs. Lena Schroeder.
~Cedar Rapids Gazette, January 9, 1955 ~contributed by Diana Henry Diedrich

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Waukon – A 2/c Richard Flaucher, who has been transferred from West Palm Beach, Fla., to Scott air base, Ill., visited here last weekend. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Flaucher, now live in Anamosa. Mr. and Mrs. James McCormick have two sons in service. Pvt. James McCormick is with the army at Fort Leonard Wood; Mo. Pvt. John McCormick is at Camp Chaffee, Ark. Robert Hansmeier, son of Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Hansmeier, has been appointed assistant clerk of his recruit company at Great Lakes, Ill. Lt. and Mrs. James Malooney, who recently returned from Pusan, Korea, visited his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Maloney. Cpl. And Mrs. James Zeimet have returned to Fort Benning, Ga., after furlough here.
Postville - Pfc. Ralph D. Gunderson, son of Mrs. Alma Gunderson, is stationed in France. Robert D. Fadness has been promoted to engineman third class. Pvt. Milo F. Heins, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roland L. Heins, recently was graduated from the general carpentry course at the specialist school, Ford Leonard Wood, Mo.
Waukon – Pvt. James Knox, who is enroute from Fort Carson, Colo., to Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Md., is visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Francis Knox, for 10 days. SP 3/c Thomas Campbell, who is stationed in Germany, traveled to Fatima, Portugal, on furlough recently. Pvt.. Virgil C. Herman, son of Alice Herman, is stationed at Camp Chaffee, Ark. Pvt. Edward Strabley, who was stationed on Okinawa, has been discharged. George Cowell, who served with the army in Germany, has been discharged.
~Cedar Rapids Gazette, December 4, 1955 ~contributed by Diana Henry Diedrich

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Waukon – Sgt. and Mrs. Harris Evans are holiday guests of their parents, Mrs. Joseph Evans and Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Welper. Sgt. Evans is stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. Also at home for Christmas is James Johnson, son of Mrs. Jean Johnson. He is stationed at Lackland air force base, San Antonio. Sgt. Patrick O’Malley, son of Mrs. Francis Flynn has been discharged after service in Japan. Richard P. Denny, SA, is attending naval radio school at Norfolk, Va. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Denny.
Postville – Lt. Col. and Mrs. Robert C. Bachtell have been visiting in the home of his father, Ralph Bachtell. The Bachtells are enroute from Texas to Columbus, Ohio. Charles L. Schulz who is serving with the navy, is home on leave.
~Cedar Rapids Gazette, December 25, 1955 ~contributed by Diana Henry Diedrich

1956

Postville – Pvt. Jerome Schulz son of Mr. and Mrs. Malin Schulz, has enlisted in the marine reserve. He is now at San Diego. A 3/c Leslie Vickery is now stationed at Sheppard air base, Texas. Pfc. Oran A. Engelhardt of Norfolk, Va., expects to be discharged about Feb. 1. Sgt. Wayne Walter, son of Mr. and Mrs. Karl Walter has returned home from the Far East. He was stationed in Japan.
Waukon – Sp 3/c Victor Evanson of Fort Huchuca, Ariz., is home on 23 days’ furlough. He is the son of Bessie Evanson of Harpers Ferry. Cpt. Robert Van Brockin, who was stationed in Germany, has been discharged from the army. Thomas Campbell, who was stationed in Germany, has been discharged from service. Ronald Engelhardt, son of Mr. and Mrs. Philmen Engelhardt, is taking navy boot training at Great Lakes, Ill. Joseph Hartley, so of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hartley is receiving marine basic training at San Diego. Donald J. Henry is now stationed at Parks air base, Calif. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Henry. Capt. Mary Plein is at home from Korea, where she served 16 months in an army hospital. At the end of her 30 day leave she will report at Fort Riley, Kan. for reassignment. Pvt. Ernest Lundtved recently was graduated from an army radio school in Germany. He is serving in the 6th infantry regiment. Robert Hansmeier is stationed with the Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor. AD 2/c Ralph O’Mear, son of Mrs. Celia O’Meara, has returned to the States from Japan and is awaiting his discharge in California after four years service. Hardan Herman, son of the Roland Hermans, is in training at the Parks, Calf, air force base. He recently enlisted for a four-year term.
~Cedar Rapids Gazette, January 22, 1956 ~contributed by Diana Henry Diedrich

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Postville – Philip M. Hofer, whose wife, Linda, and son live in Postville, has been promoted to specialist third class with the Seventh infantry division in Korea. Frank Roberts, son of Mrs. Florence Roberts, has been discharged from the army. He had been serving with an airborne division at Fort Bragg, N.C.
Waukon – Patrick Byrnes, son of Mr. and Mrs. Garland Byrnes of Dorchester, is stationed at For Lewis, Wash.
~Cedar Rapids Gazette, September 23, 1956 ~contributed by Diana Henry Diedrich

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Postville – Thomas Hogan, who was stationed at Fort Knox, Ky., with the army, has been discharged. He served in the arctic area distributing supplies. Robert A. Doering has been promoted to private first class with the marines at San Diego. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Doering.
Waukon – Pvt. Leslie Straate is spending a furlough from Fort Bliss, Texas, with his mother, Mrs. Addie Straate. Colleen O’Riley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred O’Riley, will report Oct. 24 at Newport, R. I. for service in the Waves
~Cedar Rapids Gazette, October 7, 1956 ~contributed by Diana Henry Diedrich

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Pvt. Kenneth Brainard
Pvt. Kenneth G.R. Brainard

Army Pvt. Kenneth G.R. Brainard, whose wife, Janice, lives on Rout 2, Postville, recently qualified as a paratrooper at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, after completing the 82nd Airborne Division's Jump school. Brainard received his parachutist's wings after completing the five-week course, which included five training jumps. His father Elmer L. Brainard, lives in Castalia.
~Postville Herald, Wednesday, November 7, 1956 ~contributed by Reid R. Johnson
~Notes: Kenneth G.R. Brainard 09/11/1936-10/07/2010, and his wife Janice (VanWey) Brainard, are buried in the Lena Burial Park cemetery, Stephenson co., Illinois.
Gravestone photo. His parents, Elmer & Elsie (Schave) Brainard are buried in the Minert (Post twp.) cemetery, Allamakee co.

1957

Enlistees
Special to The Gazette, DECORAH - Four northeast Iowans have enlisted in the navy, the recruiting station here announced last week. They are:  Howard Sorum, son of Mr. and Mrs. Julius Sorum of Waukon; Martin Holten, son of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Holten of Calmar; Gordon Krambeer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Krambeer of Decorah; Merlin Bakken, son of Mr. and Mrs. henry Bakken of Decorah.  They will train at San Diego.
~newspaper (probably Cedar Rapids Gazette) clipping, hand-dated February 3, 1957, from my mother's scrap book  collection ~contributed by Mary Durr

1958

Postville – Roger D. Lawson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Cloy Lawson, has been promoted from SP3 to SP4. He is stationed at Fort Lewis, Wash.
~Cedar Rapids Gazette, August 31, 1958 ~contributed by Diana Henry Diedrich

1959

SERVICE NEWS - Lansing -- Warren Leyde of Lansing is taking two weeks training with the Naval Reserves aboard the carrier Wasp. He is on leave from his job as engineer at the Interstate Power Company Plant here.
~Dubuque Telegraph-Herald, February 26, 1959 ~contributed by Errin Wilker

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Postville – Robert E. Harrington, air attaché to the American embassy in Japan, has been made a colonel Col. Harrington, a native of Postville, and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Byrus E. Harrington, attended Cornell College from 1935 to 1937 and then attended West Point from which he graduated in 1943. He has served in China and has been air attaché in Tokyo since Jan., 1955. He and his wife have 4 sons.
Waukon – Richard Delaney, son of Alice Delaney, has been promoted to airman second class at Castle air force base, Calif.
~Cedar Rapids Gazette, April 6, 1959 ~contributed by Diana Henry Diedrich

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Postville – A 2/c John V. Heckman returned to Whiteman air force base, Mo., after visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arbie Heckman.
~Cedar Rapids Gazette, August 9, 1959 ~contributed by Diana Henry Diedrich

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Waukon – Airman Leo J. Delaney has returned home after serving overseas.
~Cedar Rapids Gazette, September 13, 1959 ~contributed by Diana Henry Diedrich

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Waukon – A/2/c John Martin has arrived home from England, where he has been stationed with the air force for 3 years. He now goes to Madison, Wis., where he will be discharged. Pvt. Thomas Casey, stationed with the signal corps at Camp Gordon, Ga., is home on a 15-day leave with his parents, the Ed Caseys.
~Cedar Rapids Gazette, December 27, 1959 ~contributed by Diana Henry Diedrich

1960

Waukon – Pvt. Raymond J. Dougherty, son of Mr. and Mrs. Emmett G. Dougherty, is scheduled to complete his army reserve training April 9 at Fort Eustis, Va.
~Cedar Rapids Gazette, February 7, 1960 ~contributed by Diana Henry Diedrich

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Postville – Gary E. Ewing and James Fadness, recently inducted into the navy, are stationed at San Diego. John F. Gericke, son of Mr. and Mrs. Milo Gericke, recently inducted into service, is with Co. 218, Recruit Training Command, U.S. Naval training center, San Diego. Col. and Mrs. Robert E. Harrington and family of Washington, D.C., are visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Cy Harrington.
Waukon – AA Kenneth J. Gruber, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harris Gruber, recently graduated from aviation familiarization school at the Naval Air Technical training center at Memphis, Tenn. Joseph L. Delaney, 22, has completed tractor operation and mechanics course at the army’s European engineerineer and ordinance school in Nurnau, Germany. SN Roger Lippes is spending a 30-day leave at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Emil Lippes. His tour of duty has included Spain, Italy, France and Greece since last October. He will report for naval school at Bainbridge, Md., at the end of his leave.
~Cedar Rapids Gazette, June 19, 1960 ~contributed by Diana Henry Diedrich

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Waukon – John H. Jenkins, son of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert M. Jenkins, has been promoted to private first class in El Paso, Texas, where he is assigned to the William Beaumont general hospital.
Waukon – David M. Colsch, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leroy L. Colsch, has been graduatied from naval recruit training at San Diego.
Dorchester – Ronald S. Beardmore, naval airman apprentice, son of Mr. and Mrs Calvin Beardmore, route 2, has been graduated from the aviation familiarization course at Memphis, Tenn.
Waukon – Louis Glister, son of the Earl Glisters, has enlisted in the navy. He is stationed at San Diego. Robert Grady, son of the Francis Gradys, has re-enlisted in the navy. He has been sent to San Diego. Boyd Jeglum, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Jeglum, has enlisted in the army. He is at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.
~Cedar Rapids Gazette, November 6 & 13, 1960 ~contributed by Diana Henry Diedrich

1961

Postville – Wayne V. Schroeder, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Schroeder, has been promoted from specialist-4 to sergeant. He is stationed in Washington, D.C., with the army.
Waukon – Pvt. Leander O. Bresser, son of the John Bressers, has arrived in Germany. He is assigned to the 84th artillery second missile battalion. Boyd Jeglum, son of the James Jeglums, has completed a metal working course at Fort Dix, N.J. Army Second Lt. Earl F. Gruber, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Gruber, has completed the missile officer orientation course at Fort Bliss, Texas. Bernard Stone, son of Mr. and Mrs. Delbert Stone, has enlisted in the army for 3 years. He has been sent to Fort Riley, Kan.
Postville – Robert Meyer, son of the Robert Meyers, has been promoted to airman second class at Forbes air force base, Kan. Joseph R. Ball, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leo R. Ball, is spending a leave with his parents. He is stationed at San Diego and was recently graduated from 9 weeks of recruit training.
Waukon – Neil White has been discharged from the navy. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest White. He and his family will live in Bayside, Va. Kenneth Gruber, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harris Gruber, has been graduated from the aviation electronics technical school at Memphis, Tenn.
~Cedar Rapids Gazette, March 12, 1961 ~contributed by Diana Henry Diedrich

1963

2 New Albin Youths Enlist in Regular Army
Lynn J. Sires, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond G. Sires, New Albin, enlisted in the Regular Army for three years on January 15, 1963. Lynn graduated from Kee High School at Lansing with the 1962 class, and spent this past summer trapping on the Mississippi River, and helping his father with the bulk oil business in the New Albin area. Lynn enlisted under the U.S. Army's buddy plan with Clyde H. Cremer, 20, so of Mr. and Mrs. Victor W. Cremer, also of New Albin. Clyde graduated from New Albin High School in 1960, and was employed at the DX service station in New Albin at the time of his enlistment. Both Lynn and Clyde enlisted under the Army's "Choice, Not Chance" program for "Armor—Europe", both men being presented with a written guarantee for their assignment to the U.S. Army's elite tank corps, with assignment in Europe. They were sent to Fort Leonard Wood, MO, for their basic training. M/Sgt. Jeffries, U.S. Army counselor for this area, assisted with their enlistment. His office is at Decorah.
~newspaper clipping, dand-dated 1963 ~contributed by Errin Wilker

1967

Pfc. Jerry Plagge Stationed in Cambodia
Jerry Plagge, 18-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Norbert Plagge of New Albin, is now stationed in Cambodia. Jerry enlisted in Nov. of 1966, graduated from Kee High School in May of 1967, and left immediately for Fort Campbell, KY., for basic training. After 12 weeks of advanced schooling at Fort McClellan, AL, he received a 30-day leave, and then reported to Fort Lewis, WA. He arrived in Cambodia on Nov. 14.

Pfc. Jerry Plagge

~newspaper clipping, dand-dated 1967 ~contributed by Errin Wilker

 

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