Hamilton County


Ensign Henry "Bud" Hovland





Bud Hovland, who is in Navy V-12 training at Davenport, is spending a few days here at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Hovland.

Source:  Daily Freeman Journal, Wednesday, October 20, 1943

Bud Hovland left Friday evening for Norfolk, Va., for advanced training under the Navy V-12 program, having completed the work at St. Ambrose college, Davenport. He had been visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. Hovland, here the past week.

Source:  Daily Freeman Journal, Saturday, October 30, 1943

Ensign Bud Hovland has arrived here from New York City to spend a short leave with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Hovland.  He recently was graduated and received his commission in the Navy V-12 program. From here he will report to Miami Beach, Fla., for further training.

Source: Daily Freeman Journal, Saturday, April 15, 1944

Ensign Henry (Bud) Hovland is spending a short leave at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Hovland. He has been on duty in the Atlantic area.

Source: Daily Freeman Journal, Friday, November 17, 1944

Col. Beightol Depicted in Scenes of B-29 Base at Saipan.

Lt. Col. Willis Beightol, veteran Webster City army airman, is serving as a staff officer with the B-29 forces based on Saipan and is pictured in recent newsreels taken of Superfort activity in that sector of the Pacific.

Colonel Beightol’s mother, Mrs. Grace Beightol, has received word from Ensign Henry (Bud) Hovland, also of this city, that he had recently seen two of the latest newsreels by Paramount and RKO—Pathe and was very surprised to see the Webster City officer clearly depicted on the screen.

Ensign Hovland, now serving aboard a destroyer-escort, said in his letter that he had gone to see a movie and with it was a newsreel showing a B-29 base on Saipan. The news pictures showed the planes and the pilots preparing for a mission over Tokio. Then the pilots were shown heading for the “briefing” room, where they receive their final instructions.

“The officer giving them the briefing lecture,” Ensign Hovland, “was none other than Willis.  I could hardly believe my eyes when I first saw it.”

Later the Navy officer saw a different newsreel showing the same scenes. Major Robert Mitterling and his parents, Drs. E. S. and Christine O. Mitterling of this city, have also reported seeing the same news pictures while in Des Moines recently.

Colonel Beightol, Webster City’s highest ranking air officer, is a veteran of many aerial campaigns in the Middle East theater and was among the American pilots who made the epic first air assault upon the oil fields of Ploesti, and attack in which he as wounded.

Source: Daily Freeman Journal, January 3, 1945

Ensign Bud Hovland is home from the Navy on leave, and is visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Al Hovland, at the Closz farm, southeast of the city.

Source: Daily Freeman Journal, Thursday, October 25, 1945

Henry Sauer Hovland was born May 1, 1922 to Alvin P. and Genevieve Sauer Hovland. He died Apr. 20, 1972 in Greenwich, CT.

Henry served with the U.S. Navy in World War II aboard the USS Pope (DE-134).

Source: ancestry.com