Black Hawk County

Pvt. Bessie E. Heer



70 Pct. Of Iowa WACs From Fighting Families

A survey of approximately 70 per cent of the total Iowa WAC enlistment reveals its close integration with the war effort through service of members overseas and in this county, and through other members of their families.


A 100 per cent war service family is that of the Earl Heers, Cedar Falls.  The five members are:  Pvt. Bessie E. Heer, the mother, and Corp. Evelyn V. Heer, the daughter, in the WAC; Pvt. (f.c.) Earl O. Heer, the father, overseas; Pvt. Robert S. Heer, a Japanese prisoner; and James Heer, in the navy.

Source: Des Moines Register, December 5, 1943