Harrison County

Pvt. Ralph Liljidahl




Sioux Cityans at State Party

Two Sioux City marines, Pfc. Clarence Howard and Pvt. Philip A. Desy, and a Correctionville marine, Cpl. William A. Stelck, were among seven Iowans in the First marine division of the South Pacific, who met at a “state party” given by the Red Cross. Pictured above, the marines exchanged home addresses so that their new friendships may be continued “after Tokyo.” From left to right are:
Pvt. John P. Strehmaier, Keokuk;
Pfc. Alfred D. Clark, Sabula;
Cpl. Stelck;
Pvt. Ralph Liljidahl, Missouri Valley;
Pfc. Howard;
Pvt. Desy,
Pvt. Joseph Morales, Oelwein.

Pfc. Howard is the son of Mrs. Mathilda House, 2215 W. Second street; Pvt. Desy is the son of Albert Desy, 1701 Center street, and Cpl. Stelck is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Stelck, Correctionville.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, April 11, 1945 (photo included)