WATSON, Homer L. 1923-1943
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Date: 6/5/2017 at 21:30:17
Pvt. H. L. Watson Killed In Action In Africa
Homer Watson Is The 10th Grundy County Boy To Lose Life In Service In World War II
Pvt. Homer Lewis Watson, age 28, son of Mr. and Mrs. T. A. Watson of Conrad, was reported by the War Department to have been killed in action in North Africa on May 17th.
No further information, other than that Pvt. Watson had lost his life, was included in the telegram from the Secretary of War, but the family was advised that as soon as additional facts were available they would be advised of them.
Pvt. Watson prior to entering service had lived on a farm located in Marshall county. However, as the farm was near Conrad, he registered with the Grundy county selective service board. He entered active service August 21, 1942, and took his basic training at Camp Robinson, Ark. Several months later he was transferred to Camp Butner and from there he was sent to Fort Ord, Calif., where he was attached to a combat division for overseas service.
He was born at Grinnell, Iowa, April 28, 1915, and before entering service he was engaged in farming with his father and older brother on a 240-acre farm near Conrad.
According to an unofficial record of the number of Grundy county boys killed while in service or now listed as missing in action, Homer Watson is the 10th Grundy county boy to lose his life in the service of his country.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 10 June 1943, pg 1
Killed in Africa
The first Gold Star to be placed on the Service Board is to honor Pvt. Homer Watson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Watson, living about six miles southwest of Conrad in Marshall county. Full particulars of the case are not available at this time.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 10 June 1943, pg 3
Military Rites For Conrad Veteran
Military rites were held at Grinnell Wednesday for Homer L. Watson, son of Mr. and Mrs. T. A. Watson from Conrad. Burial was in the Grinnell cemetery.
Homer Watson was killed in action in Africa, May 17, 1943. His family were advised of his death three weeks later. He was Grundy county's 10th World War II casualty. He was born April 28th, 1915, at Grinnell.
Before he went to war Homer Watson assisted in the operation of the 240 acre farm south of Conrad. While the Watson home was in Marshall county, they were close to Grundy county and Homer enlisted from Grundy county for war service.
Homer Watson entered the military service August 14, 1942. His first training was at Camp Robinson, Arkansas. Later he was sent to Camp Butner and to Fort Ord, California. He was attached to the combat division of the 7th Division of World War II.
Surviving are his parents, one sister, Mrs. Bruce Houck, Oakland, California; two brothers, Carl from Conrad and Welland who resides in Falfurrias, Texas.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 7 October 1948, pg 1
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