Hamilton County

T/Sgt. Elmer C. Knapp





Pvt. Marvin E. Knapp, son of Mr. and Mrs. George W. Knapp of this city, has been awarded the combat infantryman’s badge on the Fifth Army front in Italy.  A member of the “Red Bull” infantry division, he received the award for exemplary conduct in action against the enemy.  A member of the Iowa National Guard unit from this city, Private Knapp is an assistant gunner on a 60-mm. mortar.  Private Knapp has an 18-month old son, Douglas Eugene, whom he has never seen. A brother, Staff Sgt. Elmer C., is stationed in India.

Source: Webster City Freeman, Thursday, August 17, 1944


T.  Sgt. Elmer Knapp of this city writes from his A.A.F. base in China, that he recently submitted a photograph of his three-year-old niece, Donna Lemon, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Lemon of this city, in a Red Cross contest in that war theater. This youngster’s picture won first prize for being the prettiest among the photos submitted, and Sergeant Knapp sent the prize—a bracelet—home to his niece. The Webster City soldier has been overseas for two years.

Source: Webster City Freeman, March 19, 1945

Elmer Clarence Knapp was born Sept. 8, 1913 to George William and Minnie Gertrude Kelley Knapp. He died May 1, 1987 and is buried in Graceland Cemetery, Webster City, IA.

Pvt. Knapp served with the U.S. Army in World War II (India) and also served as an Airman with the U.S. Air Force in Korea.