Cerro Gordo County

Pfc. Charles Raymond Seward



Pfc Seward Missing in Action in Germany Since November 8

Entered the Service last February and Overseas Since June

Pfc. Charles R. Seward as been missing in action since Nov. 8, his wife, Mrs. Delores Seward, 1205 Georgia S.E. was informed by a telegram from the war department Saturday.

Pfc. Seward was the 2nd gunner with the 28th division and had served in France and Belgium before going to Germany. He had received a medal for expert in gunnery. He entered the service last February and went overseas in June.

As a civilian Pfc. Seward was employed at the Gibbs-Cook tractor Equipment company here. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jess Backerman, 33 20th S.W.

Source: Mason City Globe-Gazette, November 27, 1944 (photo included)

Messages Tell of Liberation of Pfc. Charles R. Seward

Prisoner of Germans Since Last November to Be Home in July

Three messages have been received within the last few days from Pfc. Charles R. Seward, prisoner of war of the German government since last Nov. 8, stating that he had been liberated and expected home soon.

A letter Friday to his wife, Mrs. Delores E. Seward, 1205 Georgia S.E., stated that he would be home soon. It followed a message from him mailed by the war department and received on Thursday. The message stated that he had arrive in France, was in good health and hoped to come home in July.

Previous to these communications, Mrs. Seward had been notified (Sunday) by the Red Cross of his liberation on May 27.

Pfc. Seward went overseas last July. He was a gunner with the 298th division at the time of his capture. As a civilian he was employed by the Gibbs-Cool Tractor Equipment company in Mason City.

He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Bakman, 33 20th S.E.

Source: The Mason City Globe-Gazette, June 1, 1945 (photo included)

Charles Raymond “Ray" Seward was born Feb. 21, 1920 to Harley Edgar and Isa Sylvia Tucker Seward. He died Mar. 13, 2009 and is buried in Big Lake Cemetery, Big Lake, MN.

Pvt. Seward served with the U.S. Army in World War II.

Sources: ancestry.com