Wayne County


S/Sgt. Dallas G. Couchman





WASHINGTON, D. C. (AP)—The War Department Saturday listed 26 Iowa soldiers as missing in action in the European and Mediterranean theaters.  They were:

Algona—Staff Sergeant Robert W. Thompson.
Audubon—Sergt. Donald C. Munksgaard.
Boone—Second Lieutenant Robert W. Ward.
Cedar Rapids—Pvt. (f.c.) Harvey H. Wehde.
Council Bluffs—Corp. Dale E. Gustafson.
Des Moines—Pvt. (f.c.) Lester W. Pfannkuch.
Dubuque—Lieut. Arthur C. Toepel.
Gladbrook—Second Lieutenant Elmer C. Dudolski.
Iowa City—Lieut. Col. Don L. Weiss.
Keystone—Pvt (f.c.) Orlean  E. Koeppen.
Knoxville—Capt. Richard A. Gee.
Marshalltown—Second Lieutenant Marion A. Gard.
Mason City—Capt. William C. Whorley.
Menlo—Pvt. (f.c.) Kenneth L. Powell.
Pella—Pvt. (f.c.) David M. Thomas.
Sewal—Staff Sergeant Dallas G. Couchman.
Shenandoah—Lieut. Ralph E. Deweese.
Sioux Rapids—Flight Officer Joseph Meleky.

Source: The Des Moines Register, August 27, 1944

Dallas G. Couchman was born Dec. 1, 1923 to Clarence L. and Grace Parker Couchman. He died June 22, 1944 and is buried in Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Louisville, KY and has a cenotaph in Shriver Cemetery, Wayne Co., IA.

Pvt. Couchman served in World War II with the U.S. Army Air Corps 851st Bomb Squadron, 490th Bomb Group and was KIA near Paris on a tactical bombing mission to Tourney-in-Brie, France. He was a ball turret gunner aboard B-24J Liberator #44-40464.

Source: ancestry.com