Polk County


Dean Hooker



They Fought in the Bloodiest Battles of World War II

By Nick Lamberto
Many of them came from Iowa communities; some had never traveled beyond the next farm or a neighboring city or town before they joined the Army.

But before the end of World War II, these same men – members of the U.S. Army Rangers – had participated in seven invasions, leaving a trail of bravery and blood from the sands of North Africa and the scraggy cliffs of Normandy to the jungle trails of Luzon in the Phillippines.


Ranger Dean Hooker, of Des Moines, visited the grave of his brother, John, at Venafro, Italy, after John was killed Nov. 11, 1943.

Source: The DesMoines Register, Sunday, July 27, 1975 - page 21 (photo included)