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Dec 2012 -- This website was launched with an initial 105 Servicemen Surnames. That number continues to grow daily. Check back often to view and read all the updates to these county pages.


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~Updated 8/17/2017

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The Service Men and Women **pages are updated with additional information often, as more old news items, photos and/or bios and obituaries are found. These history items are essential in completing the stories of these individuals who served during WWII from Iowa.

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This website was launched befittingly on the 71st Anniv. of the United States involvement in WWII, 12/7/2012.

Seventy-one years ago, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, brought the U.S. into World War II. In his address asking Congress for a declaration of war, President Franklin D. Roosevelt called Dec. 7, 1941, a date that "will live in infamy."

 

August 2017

ServiceMEN stories Posted in August
Story County 1
Guthrie 10
Benton 1
Sioux 4
Iowa 1
Chickasaw 2
Mills 2
Pottawattamie 4
Floyd 10
Bremer 5
Fayette 20
Mitchell 2
Howard 2
Cerro Gordo 69
Woodbury 33
Polk 2
Scott 6
Franklin 4
Plymouth 1
Wright 1
Carroll 2
Calhoun 1
Keokuk 1
Clinton 1
Webster 1
Butler 2
Hancock 2
Linn 1
Winneshiek 1
Palo Alto 1
Winnebago 1
Hardin 1
Buchanan 1
Worth 2
Kossuth 1

- During the month of August 2017, the number of additional ServiceWomen pages will be posted here: [21]

- Added during this month [2] additional Red Cross Staff members. [Miss Jerry James*Miss Odette Stoddard*]

- WWII researcher, Terry Hirsch, found a SPAR advertisement from the Mason City Globe-Gazette newsaper dated Oct. 3, 1944. Enjoy this SPAR page ad detail. Many signed up and served with the SPARS. Would you have been one of them given the opportunity to be the right age and qualify during World War II?

- Another topic introduced--Iowa Daily Press War Correspondent, Frank Miles -- Read his news coverage mentioning those serving from IOWA. Thanks to researcher/volunteer, Terry Hirsch, for introducing this War Correspondent news column.....More to come in the days ahead. So much war detail and stories which include Iowa Service Men and Women.

July 2017

ServiceMEN stories Posted in July
  96

- During the month of July 2017, the number of additional ServiceWomen pages will be posted here: [5]

June 2017

ServiceMEN stories Posted in June
  308

* 73rd Anniversary of D-Day --- See the new link posted on the main page of this website. D-Day Prayer - June 6, 1944 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Invasion Prayer for Allied Troops. Thanks to volunteer, Pat Juon, for her transcription from the Daily Freeman Journal, Webster City, IA - June 6, 1944.

- During the month of June 2017, the number of additional ServiceWomen pages will be posted here: [1]

May 2017

ServiceMEN stories Posted in May
  602

- During the month of May 2017, the number of additional ServiceWomen pages will be posted here: [4]

- Iowa’s World War II Honor Roll - *Now posted on the created Tribute Page for each serviceman pictured*

These Iowans, like the ones pictured in this section last Sunday, have given their lives for their country. They came from all sections of the state, from all walks of life, and they rest today in strange and far away but never-to-be forgotten places. The final line beneath each photograph tells the geographical area in which the man was serving. Additional pictures of Iowans who have been killed in combat will be carried on future Sundays.
Source: The Des Moines Register, Sunday, December 12, 1943 (61 Servicemen photos included)
Source: The Des Moines Register, Sunday, Feb. 27, 1944 (27 Servicemen photos, which included the five Sullivan Brothers who died.)

- 1945 Co. F, Iowa State Guard (Newspaper Transcription includes two photos) Thanks to volunteer researcher, Pat Holt Juon, for sharing and submitting her transcription.

- Volunteer, Pat Juon, submitted 1945 newspaper article: Daily Freeman Journal, Webster City, IA - February 27, 1945 [Read all about it using the link in the headline below]

ING Unit Left 4 Years Ago

GUARDS WRITE WAR’S HISTORY WITH EXPLOITS

Webster City Company Has Been Hard Hit by World War II.

April 2017

ServiceMEN stories Posted in Apr
  294

- During the month of April 2017, the number of additional ServiceWomen pages will be posted here: [1]

w/page updates: Plymouth Co. - Herman Stoos; Adams Co. - Francis J. Bridgeman; Pottawattamie Co. - Clarence Storm; Dickinson Co. - Dennis D. Burger; Dickinson Co. - Everett C. Titterington; Ringgold Co. - Richard Ewing Moore. [All are KIA, Iowa's Honor Roll photo collage, posted in the DesMoines Sunday Register, 19 Dec 1943 - there were 28 individual pics published in this edition.]

- Janice Kelly Cox, WWII researcher/family contributor, has shared a photograph-newspaper clipping found in her father's collection. The Sioux City Journal, 1939 - Check out the link showing the news clipping & photograph. So much thanks to Janice for scanning and sharing this wonderful piece of NW Iowa history for this website!

- Nels Quam, Hamilton Co. Red Cross Field Director -- Transcription telling of his Red Cross service, done by Hamilton County WWII Researcher, Pat Holt Juon.

March 2017

ServiceMEN stories Posted in Mar
  295

- During the month of March 2017, the number of additional ServiceWomen pages will be posted here: [7]

Lt. Edna Mae F. Mennenga, Cerro Gordo Co.
Lt. Edna (Koehler) Lauen, Cerro Gordo Co.
Specialist Iva Mae Paul, Wright Co.
Ida Jeanne Dakin, Hamilton Co.
Lt. Col. Kathleen McClure, Hardin Co.
Doris Mamie Hosler, Hamilton Co.
Jean Holtz, Dickinson Co.

w/updates: Hamilton Co's: Robert A. Kahl; Melvin H. Middents; and numerous others.

- Updated/County News Articles Across Iowa: Hamilton County, Daily Freeman Journal, June 27, 1946 -- Thanks to Pat Juon, Researcher, for her transcription! Washington, D. C. — (AP) — The war department......

- Updated/County News Articles Across Iowa: Hamilton County, Daily Freeman Journal, Nov. 13, 1945 (another one from Pat Juon)

- Several historical News stories from 1944 are now posted under the heading: Camp Dodge, Iowa. This includes some very interesting photos.

w/updates: The DesMoines Register published Iowas Honor Roll (which consisted of servicemen photographs from various Iowa counties) depicting those that were killed in action or died as a result of combat or POW status. It has been determined that Iowas Honor Roll (published in Sunday's Register) ran from Dec 1943 into May 1944. At this time the following issues have been transcribed & posted with photographs included on individual Servicemen Tribute pages: Sunday, Jan. 2, 1944 [35 photos]; Sunday, Feb. 13, 1944 [21 photos]; Sunday, April 30, 1944 [15 photos]. ~Thanks to WWII researcher, Terry Hirsch, for spotting this ongoing tribute in the Register.

Muscatine County: Bersch, Arthur A.; Connor, Howard; Gesell, Walter; Kleist, Norman A.; Leedy, David A.
Fayette County: Sanford, Ben B.
Plymouth County: Paulin, Kenneth R.

These listed above are just some of the counties & ServiceMEN names that were updated with the Honor Roll photos. And brand new pages have been created for additional ServiceMEN, as their stories became known.

February 2017

ServiceMEN stories Posted in Feb
  142

w/updates: Palo Alto Co's, Lt. Bruce Johnston

w/updates: Plymouth Co's, S/Sgt. Lawrence Brandenburg

w/updates: O'Brien Co's, Robert Merriam (POW)

w/updates: Hamilton Co's, Wendell W. Woodall

w/updates: Woodbury Co's, Carl D. Paulson

w/updates: Dickinson Co's, Pvt. Sydney E. Weaver

w/updates: Dickinson Co's, Pvt. William Lee Mitchell

- During the month of Feb 2017, the number of -additional ServiceWomen pages will be posted here: [2]

- w/6 Obituary updates Hamilton Co: Hames, Oscar H.; Trampel, Elfred; Philbrook, Arthur Clarence; Pelz, Darwin K.; Snider, Wendell L.; Staples, Russel.

- w/ 16 page updates: Woodbury County ServiceMEN: Maron, Ray R.; McCullough, William; Yaneff, Paul; Friend, Willis F.; Hoeck, Wayne J; Lebeck, Howard; Hollmer, Fred T. jr; Casavant, Donald L; Kirsch, Frank G; Dutton, James N; Connolly, James A; Luther, Kenneth M & Laverne; Metz, Wilbur R.; Bradley, John; McGlauflin, John.

January 2017

ServiceMEN stories Posted in Jan
  56

w/updates: Osceola Co's, Lt. Marvin Duane Schneider

- Researcher, David Parker, has shared wonderful history by scanning the pages of "The Historical Annual, National Guard of the State of Iowa - 1938." This book is a fabulous source of the Iowa National Guard history, with so many pages of facts, photos and description of those involved--A very special book of documentation, leading up the United States involvement in WWII--All the history specific to Iowa. This book is nearing upload completion. The book included 239 pages, with nearly as many photo images to share. The 1938 Index is ready! Again thanks to David Parker who cared enough to take the time to scan and share --- David's father, was Melvin Lee Parker. See his father's detailed page on Johnson County.

w/updates:Woodbury Co's, Pvt. George G. Birmingham

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