Homer J. Pain is Iowa's New Gold
Star, Sept 1918
Word comes today from the father of Homer J. Pain
of Eagle Grove that the former university student died in France of
pneumonia, Sept 26, 1918. The young man began a pre-medic course at the
university in the fall of 1917, but left soon after to join the colors.
He was inducted into the service at Jefferson Barracks, December 13,
1917, and was
sent overseas with the 258th Aero Squadron in the latter part of August
of this year. His death came about a month after his arrival in France.
While at the university the young soldier was very much interested in
the study of military science, and was working to become a cadet
officer under former Capt. Mamma. The death of this brave aviator adds
a new gold star to the university's service flag. Another son of
democracy has cheerfully given his "last full measure
of devotion" to his nation. Iowa will long honor his memory.
~ source: Iowa City Citizen, Friday,
December 13, 1918