BERGMAN, Johannes 1914-1944
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Date: 11/11/2010 at 18:39:39
Aplington Soldier Killed in France
T. M. Bergman of Buck Grove, south of Aplington, was notified by the war department Monday that his son, Cpl. Johannes J. Bergman, 30, was killed in action in France, Sept. 2.
He was a member of a mechanized cavalry unit and had been in France since several weeks after D-day. He left this country for overseas service early this year.
Corporal Bergman was inducted into the service Mar. 5, 1941. He received his basic training at Camp Bowie, Tex., where he was stationed for a year and eight months before being transferred to Camp Hood, Tex. During his first year of service he was a member of the horse cavalry unit which was later mechanized. He also received training at Camp Livingston, La.
Johannes was born at Buck Grove, Mar. 15, 1914.
Surviving are his father and the following brothers and sisters, Carl, Alfred and Elmer, Aplington; Cpl. Clarence Bergman, also in France; Mrs. Herman Walters, near Buck Grove; Mrs. Homer Dunham, near Shell Rock; Josephine, Johanna, Anette and Augusta, all at home.
His mother died 16 years ago.
--Waterloo Daily Courier (Waterloo, Iowa), 20 September 1944
Johannes Bergman Memorial Rites to be at Parkersburg
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Congregational church in Parkersburg for Cpl. Johannes J. Bergman, son of T. M. Bergman, Buck Grove, who was killed in action Sept. 2 while serving with the First army in France.
He was a member of the 113th mechanical cavalry reconnaissance unit.
Rev. Albert Rice and Rev. John Klosterboer will have charge of the service. The American Legion of Aplington will assist.
--Waterloo Daily Courier (Waterloo, Iowa), 19 October 1944
Cpl. Bergman's Rites Thursday at Parkersburg
The casketed remains of Cpl. Johannes J. Bergman will arrive in Parkersburg early Thursday.
Corporal Bergman, one of the first to be called through selective service from Grundy county, was born Mar. 15, 1914, at Buck Grove, where he grew up and attended school, being employed on his father's farm at the time that he entered service.
He received his training at Camp Bowie, Tex., with a cavalry unit which was later mechanized. After receiving additional training at Camp Hood, Tex. and Camp Livingstone, La., he was sent to England with Troop A, 113th mechanized division in General Hodges First army.
About 10 days after D-day this unit was sent to France, where Corporal Bergman was killed in action at Cantaing Sept. 2, 1944.
For his heroic achievement during a battle on the day that he was killed, Corporal Bergman was awarded the Bronze Star medal posthumously.
He was preceded in death by his mother in 1928 and is survived by his father, T. M. Bergman, Buck Grove; four borthers, Carl, Aplington; Clarence, Alfred, and Elmer, at home; six sisters, Mrs. Herman Walters, Wellsburg, Mrs. Homer Dunham, Clarksville; Annette, Josephine, and Johanna, at home; Mrs. Harvey Kneppe of Parkersburg.
Brief funeral services will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Engelkes funeral home in Parkersburg with burial in Oak Hill cemetery.
Military honors will be accorded by the Aplington American Legion post.
--Waterloo Daily Courier (Waterloo, Iowa), 16 November 1948
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