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Military index

World War II Honor Roll
Clayton co. Iowa

Do you know of a Clayton co. soldier who served in World War II who isn't on this page, have additional info. about any of the soldiers, or a photo to add to this page? Contact the Clayton co. Coordinator.

**The (number) following the soldier's record references some of the sources used to compile this information. See the bottom of the page for citations.**


Ainsworth, Dorothy Ellen

1903-1962. Volga City. Daughter of Dr. Sidney C. & Catherine (Hartman) Ainsworth. U.S. Army Nurse Corps. Enlisted in July 1942. Achieved rank of Lieuteant Colonel. March 1945 was stationed "somewhere in England" with the 163rd General hospital. She is buried in Hillcrest cemetery. Obituary (the photo is from her obit) * Gravestone

Aird, Robert J. 'Bob', Monona. U.S. Army. Obituary & Photo
Albeck, Cyril Eldon, McGregor. U.S. Navy Reserve, WWII. Obituary * Gravestone
Allen, Philip Royal, Volga City (born in Alburnette, Linn co. IA); U.S. Army Medical Corps, entered service May 23, 1942 & dischg'ed November 25, 1944. Served in Medical Dept. Station Hosp., Camp Stoneman, CA; Medical Detachment, Transportation Corps, Camp Anza, CA & Medical Dept., 168th Infantry, Des Moines, IA (source: Application for WWII Service Compensation, State of Iowa; database). He died in 1955 & is buried in St. Joseph's Catholic cemetery, Elkader. Obituary *Gravestone
Amling, John Joseph, Elkport, October 25, 1902 – May 26, 1996; U.S. Army. According to US Military Records: Enlisted in the US Army on September 26, 1942 – there is no ETS date; however, there is a box marked ‘Other’ that is checked with the date February 19, 1943. A brief mention in the Clayton County Register, 3/4/1943, states he "recently was discharged from army duty at McChord Field, Wash., on account of being past the age requirement." ~contributed by his nephew, Charles Marcus O’Brien (US Army Military Veteran - Vietnam). Obituary * Gravestone
Anderson, Myron Bernell

PFC Myron B. Anderson

Gunder, April 26, 1914 - December 16, 1914; Private 1st Class, U.S. Army, Anti-tank Co., 424th Inf., 106th Division. Inducted March 1943; overseas Oct 1944, to European theater in December 1944. Reported MIA at the time of the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium, Dec. 1944, and later declared KIA. His remains were originally buried in the cemetery at Lunebach, Germany and reinterred in Plot Z, Row 7, Grave 151 U.S. Military Cemetery, Neuville-en-Condroz, Belgium. His remains were returned to the U.S. ca1948 at the request of his wife Aldora (Loftsgard) Anderson, and re-interred in Marion Lutheran cemetery, Gunder. ~sources: obit & Postville Herald, 6/30/1948 (included the photo). Obituary * Gravestone

Andregg, Joan Georgiana
Lancaster, Joan Georgiana

Joan G. Andregg Lancaster, U.S. Navy Waves

1921-2003. d/o John Andregg; Guttenberg. Seaman first class; stationed at Norman, OK; Navy hospital Pensacola, FL & other assignments; married Bob Lancaster. From the Guttenberg Press 7/28/1949: "...a member of the U.S. Navy (Waves) Joan G. Andregg, of Guttenberg, has recently arrived at the U.S. Naval Air Station there. Prior to being transferred to the 'Annapolis of the Air,' Miss Andregg was stationed at the Naval Air Technical Trainin Command at Norman, Oklahoma where she was attending Mechanics School. First entered the Waves during the war, received discharge after two years service; returned to the service in June '49 and was sent to school at Norman. She is a graduate of St. Mary's high school, and was employed as a machine operator by the American Pearl Button Co. here prior to entering the service. Buried St. Mary's Catholic (Nieland) cemetery - Gravestone * Obituary (the photo was published with her obituary)

Appleton, Kenneth W., First Lieut. US Army Air Corps. Son of Roy & Blanche (Smith) Appleton. Residence Elk twp. Clayton co. as of Jan 1, 1925 & April 1930. Born May 1, 1923. He died on October 19, 1945 in the crash of a B-24, near Hondo air field in Texas. At the time of the crash he was the co-pilot of the plane, which was on a routine training flight. He is buried in Noble cemetery, Edgewood, Delaware co. Iowa. Wife: Dorothy J. Pilgrim. (2, 5, 6) Gravestone
Baade, Lawrence Herman. US Army, Corporal. Served from June 1943 to December 1945. Obituary. (7)
Bahls, Clarence, Guttenberg. U.S. Army, Pfc.; wounded in action during the 1st invasion of France, awarded a Purple Heart (15)
Bailey, Ner Jason, Sgt. US Army, Co. A, 184th Inf. 7th Division. KIA Okinawa 6/15/1945. Enlisted 7/19/1944, released 6/18/1945. Obituary & photo
Batley, Nathan Cobb, Tec 3, U.S. Army; died 2001 & buried in Ceres cemetery. Gravestone
Beck, Robert, Littleport. US Army WWII. After the war he served in the Army Reserve then re-enlisted in 1952. He was killed while serving in the Korean War. Obituary
Bennett, Robert James, Monona, U.S. Navy, Fireman 3rd Class. From a news release, Sept. 10, 2018: "On Dec. 7, 1941, Bennett was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Bennett.... read the entire news release from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA). His mother, Myrna Margret (Fett) Bennett Hilkin, filed a Beneficiary Application that has the following: Place & DOD - Pearl Harbor, Dec 7, 1941; residence prior to entering service - 1497 Dodge, Dubuque, IA; Place & DOB - Monona, IA 09/11/1923; service/serial #321S298, Seaman 2nd Class; Entered service 12/03/1940; Killed on duty; Father - Jack Bennett, residence Monona, birthplace Montreal, Can. ( Bonus Case Files, WWII).
Bernhard, Clifton, Monona. U.S. Air Force 1940-1954. Served in the European Theater during WWII and also served in the Korean war. Obituary
Bernhard, Parma, Monona. U.S. Marine Corps Reserve; the first Clayton co. woman to enlist in the Marines, she entered officer's training at Smith college at Northampton, Mass. in April 1943; graduated from Monona High School and cornell College; d/o Willis Bernahrd
Bernhardt, Edward W., Monona. U.S. Army. Obituary (7)
Beyer, Adele, Guttenberg. WASPS; d/o Dr. & Mrs. A.E. Beyer (15)
Bollman / Bollmann, Avery, Luana. Sergeant, stationed in England (15)
Bollman / Bollmann, Don, Luana. Corporal, stationed in England (15)
Bollman / Bollmann, Leo, Luana. US Army Air Corps, Tech Sgt.; wounded in action over France, July 8, 1944, while flying as a radioman gunner in a Flying Fortress; he entered civilian pilot training in 1942, then enlisted in the Army Air Corps; was also a glider pilot (15)
Bretschneider, Ralph E., Strawberry Point. S-Sgt.; served with the American Infantry Division in the Southwest Pacific; commended for courage under fire when his patrol, deep in enemy territory, encountered an ambush. Bretschneider & other patrol members rescued 2 seriously wounded men, administered 1st aid, then carried them back to the lines over rought jungle terrain and the constant threat of enemy ambush. Awarded the legion of merit, purple heart, good conduct medal and two bronze stars on his Asiatic Pacific campaign ribbon. (15)
Briar, Doris, Monona; U.S. Marine Corps Women's Reserve; entered the service in June 1944; d/o Mr. and Mrs. C.A. Briar
Broessell, George I., Monona; Sergeant; Army, enlisted April, 1941; wounded in action in North Africa, date unknown, transferred to an American hospital in March 1943; s/o Mrs. Isaac Russell of Monona (15)
Brown, John W., Millville. Obituary
Bugenhagen, Edwin Sr., US Army. Obituary (7)
Burckart, Donald P., McGregor. U.S. Army, PVT; was wounded in France (1944), awarded a Purple Heart (15)
Burr, Verdus H., U.S. Army, Cook, 1942-1945. Buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery
Clefisch, Harvey J., Pfc. US Army, Field Artillery, KIA 12/3/1944, in Germany. Born in 1918, he was the son of Fred & Louisa Clefisch. Residence Jefferson twp. Clayton co. on the 1920 US census. Enlisted March 4, 1942 at Ft. Des Moines, Iowa. Wt. 135#. Ht. 68". Single, no dependants. Service #17043833. Originally buried in the U.S. Military cemetery, Epinal, France, his remains were returned to the U.S. aboard the transport Robert F. Burns in late March 1948. (2, 3, 4, 5, 7) Buried in Ceres cemetery - gravestone photo
Clinton, Gerald M. 'Gary', Marquette; Staff sergeant, U.S. Army; served in Panama; buried Mt. Olivet cemetery
Connelly, Robert, Guttenberg. Boatswain mate 2nd class; took part in the invation of Europe, also saw action in North Africa, Sicily and Italy (15)
Cook, Floyd Raymond - Pvt. U.S. Army, enlisted March 3, 1948; drowned March 5, 1949 while serving with an army boat crew in Korea. Burial in Pleasant Grove cemetery. Gravestone photo Obituary
Cunningham, Darrell J., Monona. Staff-sergeant, member of a bomb squadron stationed in England; in July 1944 was awarded Air Medal for meritorious achievement while on duty; in Sept. 1944 he received 2 oak leaf clusters to his air medal for meritorious achievement during bombing attacks over enemy territory; s/o James Cunningham (15)
Davis, Glee Palmer, Guttenberg. U.S. Navy WAVE, 1942-1945, enlisted after graduating from Janesville, WI High School; served as a radio operator & also as a poster girl encouraging women to enlist in the military; married Robert 'Bob' Kuempel in 1951 in Guttenberg, where they lived the remainder of their lives
Debes, Verne L., Mederville. T-Sgt U.S. Army Air Corps. Gravestone
Degnan, Irwin J., Guttenberg; Lieutenant; awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action on D-Day in the invasion of France; he was among the 1st American troops in Ireland (15)
Dittmer, Robert L., Elkader; Tech. Sgt. U.S. Army, radio technician & gunner, B-17 bomber. Service #37654286. Born in 1923, he enlisted at Camp Dodge, Iowa on January 7, 1943. Single, no dependants, one year college. Wt. 154#, Ht. 70". KIA over Berlin, Germany 10/06/1944. Buried overseas until 1950 when his remains were re-interred in the Davenport, IA cemetery. Obituary & photo. (2, 3, obit)
Doeppke, Otto J., Sgt. US Army Air Force, 723rd Bomber Squadron, 450th Bomber Group, Heavy. Killed in Action, April 5, 1944. Service #37654332. Born May 26, 1923, he was the son of Otto & Pauline Doeppke of Elkader, Boardman twp. Clayton co. Iowa. Husband of Lucille (nee Hanson) Doeppke, Elkader. He enlisted at Camp Dodge, Iowa on January 7, 1943. Wt. 147#, ht. 69". Appears on the war department list of MIA's in the Mediterranean area in May 1944, and is on the casualty list in April 1945. Burial is in Ardennes American Cemetery, Neupre, Belgium; Plot C Row 1 Grave 32. Awarded the Air Medal and Purple Heart. (2, 3, 4, 5, 10)
Doerring, Charles W., Luana; Sergeant, served as an aerial gunner on a bomber in the Italian war theater. He was shot down by the enemy while on a mission, and spent 13 months in a German prisoner of war camp. Obituary * Photo & news articles
Dorweiler, John P., U.S. Navy, Pharmacy Mate-3. Buried Mt. Olivet cemetery
Downey, Donald William

Pfc. Donald Downey

02/20/1924-02/19/1945. Pfc. USMC. Enlisted 03/01/1943. He served with the 28th Marine regiment of the fifth division, and was killed in action on Iwo Jima February 19, 1945. He was born in Elkader Feb. 20, 1924, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harley D. Downey. His body was returned to the US in April 1948 and burial was in St. Joseph's Catholic cemetery, Elkader. (1, 4, 7) Obituary * Gravestone

Drowns, Theodore J., Tech/5 US Army. Killed in Action on Okinawa April 29, 1945. Service #37112746. Born ca1914, he was the son of Herbert & Clara (nee Fox) Drowns of Marquette, Clayton co. Iowa. His body was re-interred in Calvary cemetery, Madison, Wisconsin on May 11, 1949. Madison Catholic War Veterans held rites at the grave. (2, 4, 5, 8)
Durr, Bernetta, Lieutenant, U.S. Army Nurse, McGregor.

Lt. Bernetta Durr

She was with the first hospital unit for Australia before the fall of Bataan and Corregidor. The unit consisted of a large group of volunteer doctors and nurses organized in Cleveland, Ohio, where Bernetta was in hospital work at the time. From February, 1942 to March 1944, the unit was in service in Melbourne, Australia. After the invasion of New Guinea, they were transferred to that island, and Lt. Durr was nursing at a base hospital at Finschafen, New Guinea, until August 1945, when she was sent to the Phillipines. (15) She married Larry McGuire, also from McGregor, in July 1946.

Duster, Leonard F., North Buena Vista; Staff Sergeant. February 1943- Awarded an air medal at ceremonies held at Hickam Field, T.H., recently. He was a member of a bomber crew that raided Jap-held Wake Island, Dec. 24, 1942; July 1943-A second bronze oak leaf cluster to air medal was awarded Staff Sgt. Leonard F. Duster, North Buena Vista, with the U.S. Army Air Forces stationed in Hawaii. (13 & 15) Died 05/05/1991, buried St. Francis of Assisi Catholic cemetery, Dubuque co. IA
Dutton, Ralph A., Strawberry Point; U.S. Navy, Yeoman 2nd Class; served 21 mo. overseas in the Jiji, Hawaiian & Russell islands. (15)
Duwe, Vernon D., Guttenberg/Osterdock; Pfc., U.S. Army; served in the North African campaign, was reported MIA 3/27/1943 in N. Africa; twin b/o Veryl (15)
Duwe, Veryl, Guttenberg; 1st Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Force, pilot on a B-24 Liberator; served in England; awarded the air medal for missions over Germany; twin b/o Vernon (15)
Eilers, Eulogius J. 'Bud'. Buried Mt. Olivet cemetery
Elvers, Dale J., US Army Air Force. Obituary (7)
Embretson, Orvin. Served from 1943 through 1944. (7) Obituary
Emerson, James F., First Lieut. US Army. Killed in Action in a voluntary mission over Bamburg, Germany on Oct 2, 1944. He was born September 14, 1915, the son of Lloyd C. & Mary (nee O'Dea / O'Day) Emmerson, Cass co. Clayton co. James Emerson of Littleport, enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force at Winnepeg, Canada. He was stationed at Brandon, Manitoba, Canada. Enlisted in the US Army Air Force. Service #886039. Served with the 734th Bomber Squadron 453rd Bomber. He was awarded a Purple Heart Medal, Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross & Additional Army Awards. He is buried in the Margraten Cemetery, Margraten, Holland, grave location Plot M Row 8 Grave 5. Memorial services were held at the Catholic Church at Volga City, July 8, 1945. (2, 4, 9, 10)
Esch, Esther Schwietzer. WAVES - appears on a July 1944 list of NE Iowa WAVES published in the Dubuque Telegraph-Herald
Eulberg, Donald L., Garnavillo. U.S. Army, Pfc; newspapers reported in Feb. 1943 that he was MIA in North Africa, then in April 1943 that his parents had been notified that he was an Italian POW; s/o Henry J. Eulberg (15)
Eulberg, John 'Jack' H., Guttenberg. US Navy. Obituary
Eulberg, Richard Henry, Fire controlman 2nd class, USN. Father, Mr. Henry J. Eulberg, Garnavillo. Died December 7, 1941 in the bombing of Pearl Harbor aboard the ship Arizona; awarded a Purple Heart. Service #3212377 (1, 3, 10)
Farrell, Edward, Volga City. U.S. Army, stationed in England (15)
Farrell, John, Volga City. Private, U.S. Army Infantry; KIA 05/24/1944 in Italy. (15) Obituary

Pvt John Farrell
Pvt John Farrell

Farrell, Lucille M., Volga City. WAVES, Seaman First Class, stationed in Washington, D.C. (15)
Felder, Lawrence A., U.S. Navy, Seaman Mate-3. Buried Mt. Olivet cemetery
Felder, Richard C., U.S. Army, Pvt. Buried Mt. Olivet cemetery
Finnegan, Bob, McGregor; Wounded in action early 1944, awarded a Purple Heart (15)
Franck, Donald F., US Army. Served in World War II in Saipan until the Armistice was signed. (7) Obituary
Frick, Al; Lieutenant; B-24 pilot, stationed in Italy; awarded a Silver Star after his plane was "shot full of holes on his 28th mission." On a visit to Rome he had an audience with Pope Pius XII. Son of Al Frick, SR (15)

Lt. Al Frick
Lieut. Al Frick

Frick, Harold; Pfc; U.S. Marine Corps; stationed in the South Pacific. Son of Al Frick, Sr. (15)
Fredricks, Gladys. WAVES - appears on a July 1944 list of NE Iowa WAVES published in the Dubuque Telegraph-Herald
Fry, Robert Vern

Pfc. Robert V. Fry

Private Robert V. Fry

Gravesite of Pfc. Robert V. Fry
North Africa American Cemetery, Carthage, Tunisia

Private Robert V. Fry

Pfc. US Army; 3rd Platoon, C Company, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry, 34th Division. Service #20701911. He was born in Lamont, Iowa, March 14, 1919. He enlisted in the National Guard at Cedar Rapids, Linn co. Iowa on February 10, 1941. Single, no dependants. Wt. 152#, Ht. 69". Killed in Action on March 10, 1943. Buried in North Africa American Cemetery, Carthage, Tunisia. Plot H Row 8 Grave 8. (sources: 2, 4, 10)

Awards Robert Fry was authorized:
Purple Heart Award, Honorable Service Lapel Button, World War II Victory Medal, European-African Middle-Eastern Campaign Medal
~source: NPRC letter dated Feb. 11, 2010 Re: Veteran’s name: Fry, Robert V. SSN/SN: 20701911 Request No. 1-7032108510
~contributed by Terry Sargent, nephew. Terry's contact info. can be found in the surname registry for Fry

Germar, Leota, Volga City. WAAC, d/o Mr. and Mrs. Otto Germar (15)
Geuder, Roland Ernest, Aviation Radioman 1st class, USN, Serial #3209966. Born March 10, 1917. Mother, Mrs. Flonda Geuder, Guttenberg. Killed in Action on June 3, 1942; classified MIA. Awarded Purple Heart. He is listed on the Tablets of the Missing at Honolulu Memorial. (1, 3, 10)
Gilje, Lorimer A., Elkader. Captain. Stationed in Washington, D.C. (15)
Gilje, Louis E., Elkader. U.S. Navy, Commander, medical corps (15)
Glawe, Harvey H., Pfc US Army. Killed in Action 3/27/1944 at Casino, Italy. First interred at Carana, Italy; his body was reinterred in Elkader (?East Side cemetery) in June 1949. (2, 4, 7) Obituary
Goltz, Cecelia Ann, McGregor. WAVES, the first woman from McGregor to be inducted into the WAVES; July 1944, was stationed in Ames; d/o Louis Goltz (15)
Goltz, Doris Ilene, McGregor. WAVES inducted at Dubuque, July 1944; d/o Mrs. Ray Mehaffey and the late William Goltz (15)
Goltz, Louis J., McGregor. Sgt., served with an amphibious command in New Guinea and other locations; s/o Louis Goltz (15)
Grimestad, Elmer, Guttenberg. Sgt., Wounded in action. Purple heart. (15)
Gruber, Wilford R., McGregor. U.S. Coast Guard, fireman first class.

Photo caption: Coast Guardsman Wilford R. Gruber, fireman, first class, of McGregor, Ia., is pictured in the fire room aboard his coast guard combat cutter somewhere in the Atlantic. His ship patrols sea lanes and protects convoys bound for the battle zones. Prior to his enlistment in the coast guard, Gruber was a Mississippi river motorboat operator for the Elk Boat line, McGregor. ~Dubuque Telegraph-Herald, Friday evening edition, Sept. 15, 1944

Gull, Jack, Guttenberg; Seabees, served in Africa. He was a Guttenberg town marshal (15)
Haag, Donald Edwin, Machinist's mate 2nd class, USN. Parents Edwin & Laura (Eibel) Haag, Monona. Died Feb 28, 1942, while serving with the U.S. Navy on the ship USS Jacob Jones. His name is found on the Tablets of the Missing at East Coast Memorial, New York City, USA. Service #3213312. Awarded the Purple Heart. (1, 3, 7, 10) Cenotaph, Monona City cemetery. Obituary
Hakert, George M., Mederville. Corporal, U.S. Army. Gravestone
Hakert, Gregor M., Staff/Sgt. US Army. Gregor Hakert was born December 28, 1914, the son of Charles and Alma Olinger Hakert. He was inducted into the Army Feb. 4, 1941. He served with an armored division in Africa with General Patton's army from December 1942 until the summer of 1943, then transferred to England, serving until June 6, 1944. He was Killed in Action July 29, 1944, at St. Lo, France. His body was returned to the US in January 1949 and re-buried in the Mederville cemetery. (2, 4, 7, 15) Obituary * Gravestone
Hakert, Herman W., Mederville. Tec-5, U.S. Army. Gravestone
Handke, Edward John, Tec-3 U.S. Army. Gravestone
Harrington, Earl E. (Enders), Marquette; U.S. Army, Staff sergeant; served in the European Theater. Photos & military records.
Hebron, Maxine, Strawberry Point; Corporal, WAAC; was stationed in Baltimore, Md in March 1943; d/o C.O. Hebron (15)
Hefel, Joseph C., North Buena Visa; U.S. Army. Gravestone. Obituary
Heins, Henry Willis. (7) US Army. Obituary
Hemphill, Peggy, Guttenberg; WAVE; d/o Clifford (15)
Hendrickson, Roger, McGregor; Storekeeper 1st Class; served in the Pacific theatre (15)
Henthorne, William W., Capt. US Army. Killed in Action June 15, 1944, near Burma. Born in Mason City, he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Henthorne. The family lived in Marquette, where his father worked for the railroad. William was an artist and philatelist. He attended the University of Iowa before entering the service. In 1949, five stained glass windows were installed in the Marquette Methodist church by relatives and friends as a memorial to Capt. Henthorne. (2, 4, 11)
Holden, Melvin B.

Staff Sgt. Melvin B. Holden

Staff/Sgt. US Army. Born Mar. 3, 1922, he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Holden, Elkader. Melvin enlisted in the Army May 28, 1940. At the time of his death, Feb. 9, 1945, he was stationed in an amphibious training center, and was killed in the line of duty. His body was buried in the Oshu Schofield Barracks temporary military cemetery in Hawaii until it was returned home to Elkader and re-buried at East Side cemetery in March 1948. (2, 4, 7) Obituary

Hommel, John M.

Capt. John M. Hommel
Capt. John M. Hommel

Capt. US Army. He was was born in Elkader, Ia., Feb. 27, 1920, the son of Dr. and Mrs. P.R.V. Hommel. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in June, 1943. He was then assigned to overseas duty with the 15th A.A.F. He was one of the pilots making the first shuttle bombing trip to Russia when he was shot down July 18, 1944, while flying on a mission over Memmingen, Germany, after participation in 33 raids. Captain Hommel was awarded the Purple Heart, the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters for his outstanding service. He was commissioned as a captain Aug. 7, 1944. He was married to Edith Jean Feuling, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. J.C. Feuling, of Cresco, and had one son, born a few days after his death. Declared dead after being missing. Committal services were held at Arlington National cemetery in June, 1950. (2, 4, 7; photo is from Dubuque Telegraph-Herald, August 7, 1944) Obituary & news article reporting him as MIA

Hook, Earnest Theodore, Private, 104th Medical Training Battalion. Died 1962, buried Elk Valley cemetery
Houg, Myron Ensell, US Army Air Corps. Served 5 years, being discharged in 1945. Obituary (7)
Hubbard, Martin Carl, Sergeant, US Army. Gravestone
Huckstadt, Laverne E., Elkader; 2nd Lt.; awarded the Air Medal for meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight agains the enemy; based in Italy (15)
Huebsch, Thomas G., Tech/5 US Army. Died of Wounds. (2, 4)
Hulverson, Lorraine Isabelle. WAVES - appears on a July 1944 list of NE Iowa WAVES published in the Dubuque Telegraph-Herald
Hulverson, Theodore G., Cpl. US Army. Died of causes other than battle. (2, 4)
Humphrey, Howard Joseph Cool, Monona

2nd Lt., U.S. Army Air Forces; KIA on an air mission over Germany March 23, 1944, Navigator on a B-17 when he and his crew were shot down; first interred in a temporary cemetery near the place where he met death, presumably at Duesseldorf, Germany & later re-interred Ardennes American cemetery, Neuville-En-Condroz, Belgium (Postville Herald) He has a memorial marker in St. Patrick's cemetery, Monona. Obituary

Hunt, Robert, Guttenberg; Lt. U.S. Navy; served in the Pacific theatre (15)
Ihde, Myron W.F., Monona, Staff sergeant, US Army Air Forces; tail gunner on a Flying Fortress, stationed in England; entered the service in Feb. 1943; s/o Elmer G. Ihde (15)
Irwin, Bruce James, Ensign, US Navy. United States Naval Reserve. Serial #0-320590. Died March 17, 1944. United States Naval Reserve. Missing in Action or Buried at Sea. His name is on the Tablets of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial. Honolulu, Hawaii. The war department casualty list of April 8, 1944 listed him as Bruce J. Irwin of Spencer, Ia. Wife - Mrs. Kathleen Irwin, Elkader. (1, 3, 10)
Jensen, Truman N., Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps. Gravestone
Johnson, Clyde B., Pfc. US Army. He was killed in action March 1, 1945, in Germany. He enlisted in the army July 3, 1942, at Marquette and served in Africa, Sicily, France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. He was wounded July 20, 1944, in France and sent to England for hospitalization. He was awarded the Silver Star, the Purple Heart and a citation for devotion to duty. (2, 4, 7) Obituary
Junk, Frank J., served in both WWI and WWII. Buried Mt. Olivet cemetery
Kann, Delbert D., U.S. Navy, COX. Buried Mt. Olivet cemetery
Kann, Eugene J., U.S. Army, Private First Class. Buried Mt. Olivet cemetery
Kann, Harold, U.S. Navy. Buried Mt. Olivet cemetery
Kellogg, Gordie, U.S. Navy. He was discharged in 1945 after 23 years in the Navy, enlisting in 1922. During WWII he served in both the European and Pacific theaters. (15)
Knapp, Glenn R., Pfc. US Army. Killed in Action. (2, 4)
Knoke, Harold F.

T-Sgt Harold F. Knoke

US Army, 1942-1946. At the time of his discharge, Harold was a Technical Sergeant (TSgt) E-6.  It only took him six months to get that promotion from the previous promotion.  In 1948 that rank name was changed to Sergeant First Class (SFC). The Air Force is the only service branch still using the title TSgt for an E-6.  Harold received the Silver Star for taking out a Japanese pill box with a flame thrower thereby saving the lives of several of his fellow soldiers.  He also was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Good Conduct Medal,  the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with two stars, the World War II Victory Medal and the Philippine Liberation Medal with one star.  He was also a recipient of the Honorable Service Lapel Pin commonly referred to as the Ruptured Duck. Harold died July 12, 2010 and is buried in Mt. Harmony cemetery.
Obituary & another photo
~contributed by Joel R. Bankes, Elkader, Master Sergeant (Ret) US Air Force, Harold's (step) grandson

The war department announced Thursday the Silver Star had been awarded to Pfc. Harold F. Knoke, of Elkader, Ia., for heroism on Bougainville last Jan. 30. The citation said he silenced an enemy emplacement by advancing under intense fire to within five yards of the pillbox, killing two of the enemy with his flame-thrower and driving out two others who were killed by riflemen. ~Dubuque Telegraph-Herald, Thursday evening edition, August 24, 1944

Elkader residents Harold Knoke and Julian Koons were given honorary high school diplomas at a meeting of the Central Community School Board. Both men entered the military during World War II before they graduated from high school. The diplomas were given through the Iowa Dept. of Education. Each man also received a letter that read in part: "Your patriotic response to serve our nation in its darkest hours meant that many of you were unable to complete your high school program. Your generation, however, has more than made up any mandates required for graduation."
~Cedar Rapids Gazette, Oct 26, 2000

Koth, Donald F., Pvt. US Army. Died on January 9, 1944 in a hospital in North Africa of wounds received in front line action while serving with the armored artillery in the Italian invasion on January 5th. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Vern Koth of near Postville. (2, 4, 7) Obituary
Kottke, Lloyd Woodrow. Chief Signalman, USNR. Construction Mechanic, U.S. Navy. Service #3209921. Died February 21, 1945. Wife, Mrs. Thelma Maxine Kottke, Rt. 1, Monona. Son of Mr. and Mrs. William Kottke of Osterdock. As of 1939, when he married Thelma White, he lived in Pasadena, California. His name is on the Bureau of the War Department casualty list April 4, 1945: Navy missing include Chief Signalman Lloyd W. Kottke, husband of Mrs. Thelma Kottke of Monona. Classified Missing in Action or Buried at Sea. His name is on the Tablets of the Missing at Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Hawaii. Awarded a Purple Heart. (1, 4, 10)
Kraus, Marvin A., Pfc. US Army, 313th Infantry. Entered the service 06/18/1942. KIA 07/5/1944. Originally buried in the U.S. Military cemetery, Blosville, France, his remains were returned to the U.S. aboard the transport John L. McClarley, arriving in April 1948. Next of kin August H. Kraus, Guttenberg. (2, 4, 15) Obituary. Buried in Ceres cemetery - gravestone photo
Kriesler, Carl, Guttenberg. Corporal Technician, promoted July 13, 1944; after being cited for outstanding performance under fire in France; acting as a lead scout, he was cut off from his squad, knocked out two enemy machine gunners unassisted and then returned 100 yards back to his squad to lead them to their objective, then again under fire, returned to recover a heavy machine gun (15)
Krueger, Otto A., Sgt. US Army. Died of Wounds. (2, 4)
Kuehl, Orrin F.

Pvt. Orrin F. Kuehl

Pvt. US Army. Serial #37684764. Killed in Action October 6, 1944, somewhere in France. He was born in Elkader, July 1, 1920, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Kuehl. He received his basic training at Fort McClellan, Ala., and was later transferred to Fort Meade, Md., from where he was sent overseas in July. He was stationed in Italy and later served in the 3rd Regiment, 1st Special Service Force in France where he was killed. Burial is in the Rhone American Cemetery, Draguignan, France. Plot b Row 8 Grave 16. He was awarded a Purple Heart. (2, 4, 7, 10) Obituary

Leonard, Alfred R., Sgt. US Army. Stationed in Italy with the 15th Air Force, he was a gunner on a B-24 Liberator. Reported missing in action May 31, 1944 over Romania, 12 days after he had reached Italy. Burial/Memorial: (Body probably never recovered) Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Saint Louis, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA. Section 85, Site 35-39. (2, 4, 7) Obituary
Leonard, Alvin D., Pvt. US Army. Died of causes other than battle. (2, 4)
Liebenstein, John August 'Jack', 2nd Lieutenant, U.S. Army, 329th Infantry. John's family had long roots in Clayton county, although he was reared in Fredericksburg, IA. Entering service 11/22/1942, following officer's training he was sent overseas in Sept. 1943. He was seriously wounded in enemy territory in the Minturo area and was declared missing in action Apr. 11, 1944, and died the following day." Initially buried in Italy, his remains were reinterred in 1949 at Council Hill cemetery. He was the son of Harry J. & Mollie (Borehardt) Liebenstein.

John A. 'Jack' Liebenstein, photo printed with his obituary in the Monona Leader

John Liebenstein's entry and inclusion on the WWII Honor Roll was suggested by Deanna Krambeer after she found his grave in Council Hill cemetery. Deanna wrote per email (6/7/2021): "There was no metal flag holder or flag on his grave for Memorial Day. I got a flag and placed it and I will get the holder to him next week. His story has really spoken to me.... in a fierce battle with German troops, he was severely wounded and ordered his men to leave him behind so they could escape. When they were able to go search for him, he was gone. His remains were finally found and returned in 1949. Perhaps that is why it is so important to me that his remains not be forgotten and 'left behind' again."

Lt. Liebenstein was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in action.

Obituary * Gravestone

Leistikow, Arthur S., Monona; Corporal, US Army, enlisted 1941. Reported MIA in North Africa in March 1943, the report changed to Italian POW in April 1943; s/o Carl Leistikow (15)
Loetz, Theodore J., McGregor; Pvt.; wounded in action in Italy, Dec. 1943; s/o Mrs. Guy Waalk of Monona (15)
Loftsgard, Clemens Bernell, Gunder, Marion twp.; Enlisted U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942; medically dischged after becoming ill while in the aviation cadet corps taking his primary flying course. For the remainder of WWII he worked in defense-related aircraft plants. Obituary. Gravestone

Clemens B. Loftsgard
~photo contributed by Capt. (Ret.) Stanley Loftsgard

Loftsgard, Marion Bernard, Marion twp.; U.S. Army, stationed overseas for three years. Obituary
Loftsgard, Stanley Lyle, born in Grand Meadow twp., 12/26/1920.

Capt. Stanley L. Loftsgard

Captain; enlisted in U.S. Army Air Corps, Dec. 1940; called to duty 4/4/1941 and trained in the Aircraft Mechanic School at Chanute Field II; two years later he attended the U.S. Army Air Corps Pilot school training on Aircraft Bomber Frames, graduating 11/3/1943; assigned to the 486th Bomb Group and 493rd Bomb Group, 8th Air Force in the European theatre of operations; flew 29 combat missions with the 8th A.F. in England, flying B-24 aircraft support missions including strategic targets in France during the invasion of Normandy, near Arnheim in the invasion of Holland & bombing enemy installments in support of ground troops during the Battle of the Bulge; he received 5 air medals. After WWII he married, resigned his commission and eventually reenlisted as a Master Sergeant, earning his way back to Captain. His career included service during the Korean conflict; during the "Cold War" flying support for the U-2 Spy planes and many other missions around the world. He retired in 07/30/1962 and currently lives in Missouri. (information is from an article printed in the Postville Herald, 1/9/2013 and from Capt. Stanley Loftsgard (Ret.); photo is also from Capt. Stanley Loftsgard

Ludovissy, Celestine F., North Buena Vista; U.S. Marine Corps; served in Denmark, Norway & England. (7) Gravestone, Obituary
Madlom, Floyd M., Pvt. 328th Infantry. Died of wounds. Born Nov 28, 1919 and died of wounds January 22, 1945. He is buried Edgewood cemetery, Delaware co. IA. (2, 4, 12) Gravestone
Martin, Carlton Russell, Chief petty officer, U.S. Navy. Stationed Ireland (1943)
Martin, Donald H., U.S. Army
Martin, Elaine Kathryn, Technical Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps. Was the 1st Elkader woman to enlist in the Marines. Served in the Marines Women's Reserve from 7/15/1943 - 8/22/1946. Obituary
(married name Elaine K. Syverson)
Martin, Virgil C., U.S. Army
Martins, Delbert John. US Army, stationed in Japan. Obituary
Matt, James L., Second Lieut. US Army Air Force, 65th Fighter Squadron, 57th Fighter Group. Serial #2059807. Killed in Action, April 17, 1945. He is buried in the Florence American Cemetery, Florence, Italy. Plot A Row 14 Grave 26. Awarded the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster and a Purple Heart. (2, 4, 10)
Matthews, Helen, Strawberry Point. WAVES, inducted July 1944; d/o J.J. Matthews (15)
McCauley, Norbert C., McGregor. US Army Air Force, 8th AAF, Tech-Sgt., Radio operator gunner, B-17 Flying Fortress. Presented the Air Medal for "meritorious achievement while participating in heavy bombing assaults on Nazi targets in Germany and the occupied countries." (15)
McGuire, Larry, McGregor. Bombardier, 19th bomb group, stationed at Clark Field, Manila, the Philippines, when the Japanese invaded in December 1941. With others, he escaped on a ship, but that ship was forced to land, where the soldiers were captured by the Japanese and taken to a prison near Tokyo. He was a POW for 3 years, enduring untold hardships before being liberated (16). He was married to Lt. Bernetta Durr, an Army nurse from McGregor. News article & photo
McMillen, Phoebe Ann, WAVES - appears on a July 1944 list of NE Iowa WAVES published in the Dubuque Telegraph-Herald
Meggers, Ann, McGregor; Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army Medical Corps; served as a dietician; commissioned in June 1944; d/o Dr. E.C. Meggers (15)

2nd Lt. Ann Meggers
2nd Lt. Ann Meggers

Meyer, Virgil, Guttenberg; U.S. Navy, Petty Officer 1st class; served for 6 mo. in the "height of battle" on Guadalcanal where he was awarded the Presidential Citation for combat duty at that place; later stationed in New Zealand; s/o Henry Meyer (15)
Montgomery, Donald Francis, Monona; U.S. Navy, Seaman 2c/May 1944, Seaman 1c/June 1944; Assigned to the S. S.Brazil for service in the South Pacific, On ship that supplied materials in the invasion of Saipan and  Guam, Transferred to S.S. George Plavel and sailed to Attu and Kisska Islands. C555034 Honorable discharge from the U.S.Navy, Receiving
Station, PSNY Bremerton, Washington 3rd day of August 1945, E. Niemnier, Lt Comdr. USNR ~contributed by Jym Montgomery, his son. Obituary; Gravestone (full), Gravestone (close-up)
Montour, Gilbert, St. Olaf. U.S. Army Air Corps, Lieutenant; reported as MIA in North Africa, April 1943
Morris, Thomas R., Strawberry Point; Tech. Sgt., power turret and automatic computing sight specialist, member of a Flying Fortress group which participated in over 260 combat missions in France, North Africa, Italy, Sicily, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Romania and Greece; he was the squadron non-commissioned section head; awarded a Good Conduct ribbon, three Battle Stars for European theater campaigns, and an American campaign ribbon for Pacific Coast patrol (15)
Moyle, Howard James, U.S. Army, Private 1st class. Gravestone
Mueller, Orval M., Served in Italy. Obituary. (7)
Nesteby, Arnold, St. Olaf. Pvt. US Army; served overseas, including Italy, for more than 30 months (15)
Newton, Darwin M., Strawberry Point; U.S. Army, Air Force, bomber pilot; awarded the Air Medal; bombed the Ploesti oil fields 5 times (15)
Neylan, Clarence A., Elkader. Master Sgt., 8th Air Force; awarded a Bronze Star medal for "meritorious achievement as crew maintenance chief of heavy bombardment aircraft in connection with military operations against the enemy in the European theater of operations." (15)
O'Brien, Edwin Francis - Tec. 5, U.S. Army, serving from September 6, 1946 to January 24, 1948. He died February 5, 1993 & is buried St. Joseph's Catholic cemetery, Elkader. Gravestone. Obituary
Oelke, Otto, Monona. Captain, Army Chaplain Corps; enlisted in the Chaplain Corps from Goliad, TX, where he was serving a parish; graduated from Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque, s/o Fred Oelke (15)
Ohmer, Thomas William. Fireman 2nd class, USNR. Service # 6201473. Died October 16, 1943. His name appears on the Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines as missing in action or buried at sea. Awarded the Purple Heart medal. Father, Mr. Frank Ohmer, McGregor. (1, 10)

Frank Ohmer has received word from the Naval Personnel Department, Arlington, Va., that his son, Tom, 19, fireman in the Navy, is missing in action. He graduated from the McGregor High School in May, 1941, and on December 16 following, enlisted in the Navy and was sent to Great Lakes Training School following a course in mechanics at Fort Dearborn, Mich. He received his diploma June 3 at Great Lakes and was sent to San Francisco and has been with the fleet in the Pacific since. Two brothers are in service, Francis is first lieutenant in the Engineering Corps on the Alaskan project and Eugene is in the Army at Fort Warren, Wyo.(15)

Olson, Irvin, Grand Meadow twp.; U.S. Air Corps, Sergeant, Aerial Engineer Gunner, aboard a B-17 bomber. Taken prisoner by the Germans. News article & photo.
Opsand, Ruth Marie. Raised on a farm near Gunder. When the WW II effort began, she joined the US Navy as a Wave and held the title of Pharmacists' Mate from 1944-1946. Ruth was stationed in New York City for boot camp, Bethesda, Maryland for active duty and then San Diego, California for the majority of her service, which was an area she truly enjoyed. Married Edward Edblad in 1955. (7) Ruth's Obituary * Edward's Obituary
Page, Sidney M., Volga City; U.S. Army Air Forces, gunner on a Flying Fortress; Awarded an Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster in the summer of 1944; s/o Mrs. Jessie Page Everitt (15)
Pederson, Wendle Adonis. Apprentice seaman. USNR. Service # 6205685. Died August 23, 1943. His name appears on the Tablets of the Missing at East Coast Memorial New York City, as missing in action or buried at sea. Father, Mr. Alfred Oscar Pederson, RFD 2 Monona. (1, 10)
Peglow, Gilbert F. "Bud". 1918-2009. Lieutenant commander, US Navy. Served 1941-1946 as a torpedo bomber pilot. Earned the Distinguished Flying Cross, with three oak leaf clusters, the Air Medal, with nine oak leaf clusters and the Legion of Merit. (7) Buried Monona City cemetery. Obituary
Peick, Charles, Strawberry Point. U.S. Marine Corps, Corporal; enlisted 6/17/1941, was the 1st Strawberry Pt. man to go overseas; served as a field howitzer gunner with a Marine artillery unit in New Zealand, Hawaii, Guadalcanal, Tarawa and Samoa; awarded the Asiatic-Pacific ribbon w/two stars, the American Defense Ribbon and his unit received the Presidential Unit Citation twice, for the defense & capture of Guadalcanal and for the capture of Tarawa. (15)
Peick, Richard, Strawberry Point. U.S. Navy; served in the Pacific (15)
Penhollow, Eugene, Guttenberg. U.S. Army, projectionist; served in British Guiana (15)
Pfrommer, Herbert, Strawberry Point. Private, reported MIA in the North Africa theatre of war Feb. 17, 1943; s/o John Pfrommer(15)
Phillips, Merlyn B., Volga City.

1st Lt. Merlyn B. Phillips

Entered the service from Kansas. U.A. Army, First Lieutenant, 12th Field Artillery Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division; KIA while serving as an air observer in the Battle of France, on August 10, 1944. Awarded a Silver Star, Purple Heart and the Air Medal; buried in Brittany American cemetery, St. James, France, plot I, row 12, grave 14. Husband of Irene Otterbeck. (10, 15)

Pink, John A., U.S. Army, 1st Sergeant. Buried Mt. Olivet cemetery
Pohl, Glynn, McGregor. Major; stationed with a headquarters divisin at Natchez, Miss. in 1944 (15)
Prouty, James, Marquette. Coxswain; served in the South Pacific & Asiatic areas (15)
Pugh, Jerome, Strawberry Point.

Jerome Pugh

Private, enlisted in Feb. 1940 & spent 31 mo. overseas; was reported MIA in the North Africa theatre of war March 1943, with status changed to POW in an Italian prison, April 1943; he was a POW for 2 mo. before being repatriated in North Africa. s/o Clarence Pugh (15) He died in January 1976, age 60.

Radloff, Carlton Louis, Farmersburg. US Army Air Force; mechanic, airplane inspector. (7, 15) Obituary
Radloff, Glen, Farmersbrg. Pvt. US Army; overseas 2 yrs., 7 mo. of that time as a POW of the Germans after being captured in Italy; in a newspaper interview he described his capture: "Edging forward and trying to keep under cover of Nazi fire at the same time, we suddenly were surrounded by an overwhelming force of Germans. There was nothing else to do but surrender." He and other POW's made their break for freedom when Italy dropped out of the war. They dodged the enemy for 9 mo. before contacting American forces. (15)
Raftis, Daniel James JR, Elkader.

Lt. Daniel J. Raftis

Lieutenant, U.S. Navy Reserve. Served in the Mediterranean area. Killed 06/27/1944. Obituary

Raftis, Irving, Elkader; Seaman 2nd Class, U.S. Navy. Served in the Pacific. Obituary
Ramage, Paul, McGregor. Sergeant; served in North Africa and Italy. (15)
Reinitz, Russell, Guttenberg; Sgt., served in Italy (15)
Reichart, Harley H., Littleport; Army Air Force, promoted to Master Sergeant, March 1943, was stationed at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho; s/o Charles Reichart (15)
Richards, Ellsworth O. Pfc. USMCR. Service # 939349. Entered the service from Pennsylvania. Died March 6, 1945. Buried in Honolulu Memorial cemetery, Honolulu, Hawaii; Plot A Row 0 Grave 825. Awarded a Purple Heart with Gold Star. Wife, Mrs. Ellsworth O. Richards, Elkader. (1, 10)
Rodenburg, Elmer H., Guttenberg. Pfc., served in North Africa, Italy, Sicily & went into Normandy with the 1st roups of fighters on D-day; wounded in action in France on Aug. 12, 1944. Son of John. Wife: Dorothy. (15)
Rogers, Thomas B. "Tom". Elkader. First Lieut. US Army. Served in the China-Burma-India theater of Operations, with Merrills' Marauders. Died August 27, 1945 in Calcutta, India of complications of polio contracted in India. His body was returned to the US in 1948. (2, 4, 7) Obituary

In Memory of Thomas B. Rogers
written by Robert Mark Schelhas

First Lieut. U.S. Army and Graduate of Coe College and member of the TKE (Tau Kappa Epsilon) fraternity. Married to Mary Coyl of Wilmette, Illinois, who was born in Masury, Ohio, to Horace and Agnes (Parry) Coyl. Mary was a 1941 graduate of New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois. Thomas Rogers served in the China-Burma-India theaters in WWII and Thomas died in 1945 in Calcutta, India, due to complications from Polio. Wife, Mary, remarried in 1952 to Dr. Charles H. Schelhas, DDS of Highland Park / Glencoe, Illinois. Mary & Charles' Children: Nancy Ann, Charles Jr., Mary Ann, William Andrew, and Robert Mark. Mary Schelhas died on September 27, 2010 at age 88 with family at her side.

"I am Mary's son, Robert Mark Schelhas. While Thomas ('Tom') was not my father, my mother, Mary, always made Tom's name, and his story part of our family's history. To Thomas B. Rogers, the entire Schelhas family is grateful."

Rowland, Reed L., Pfc. US Army. Service # 37046984. Thirty-first Field Artillery Battalion, 7th Infantry Division. Died of causes other than battle. Died December 3, 1943. His name appears on the Tablets of the Missing at Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Hawaii, as missing in action or buried at sea. (2, 4, 10)
Saeugling, Cletus L., U.S. Army. Buried Mt. Olivet cemetery
Schlake, Ivan H., Farmersburg. U.S. Army engineers. Served in the Aleutian Islands, Alaska territory. Died in Precott, AZ. Obituary
Schott, Edward H., Marquette, s/o Lloyd & Rose Schott. U.S. Navy

Edward Schott was born in 1921 and grew up in Marquette, IA. He lived next door to the school house and church up on the hill in Maquette. He graduated from high school in 1938. He enlisted in the Navy on February 7 1942. He did his training at the Great Lake Naval Training Center. Most of his service aboard the USS Trippe DD403. The ship battled in the Atlantic Ocean, was at the invasion of North Africa, Sicily, and Anzeo Beachhead. Edward was discharged in December of 1945. After the war he married Beulah Dykeman, who grew up in Marquette also. They moved to Cedar Rapids and lived there for the rest of their lives.
~information & photo were contributed by Terri Schott, daughter of Edward.

Obituary & photo

Schott, Elwin, Marquette. Corporal, reported MIA in the North Africa theatre of war Feb. 17, 1943. He was subsequently located in a German prison camp, where he was imprisoned for over two years. The eldest son of Lloyd & Rose Schott, he was born in North McGregor 6/2/1918, and died 10/192015. Buried in the South Florida National Cemetery. ~from Terri Schott, niece of Elwin.

Home After 27 Months in PW Camp - news article


Schweikert, Hubert E., U.S. Navy. Buried Mt. Olivet cemetery
Sharp, Lorna Mae. WAVES - appears on a July 1944 list of NE Iowa WAVES published in the Dubuque Telegraph-Herald
Sheppard, Leigh Edwin, Wagner twp.; U.S. Army, Pvt 1st Class, 361st Infantry. Inducted 5/3/1944, dischg 10/13/1945. Served in Italy & elsewhere. Born Oct 3, 1909 and died on Oct. 24, 1945, from injuries received in a car accident shortly after he was discharged from the service. ~Obituary ~Gravestone
Sheppard, Merle R., Wagner twp.; U.S. Army Pvt 1st Class, 537th Escort Guard, Co. MP. Served overseas & later in U.S. as POW guard. Inducted 10/08/1942, dischg 08/16/1945. Born Nov 13, 1903 and died Nov 2, 1945, from injuries received in a car accident shortly after he was discharged from the service. ~Obituary ~Gravestone
Sloan, Fred R., Marquette. U.S. Army Medical Corps; Lieutenant Colonel, Brooke General Hospital, Ft. Sam Houston, Tex. (15)
Smith, Francis C., Pfc. US Army. Service # 37046386. 36th Armored Infantry Regiment, 3rd Armored Division. He was killed in action, September 19, 1944. Buried in Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery, Henri-Chapelle, Belgium, Plot F Row 7 Grave 41. Awarded a Purple Heart. (2, 4) Obituary
Smith, Russell D., Monona. Tech-4th Grade, 90th Division, commended for outstanding service on D-day, during landing operations in France. The citation reads "when Tec. 4 Smith's unit touched the beach on D-day, it grounded a considerable distance out in the water, and the 1st vehicles attempting to land stalled, blockiing the ramp of the landing craft. Tec 4 Smith waded a shore in very deep water, secured assistance & returned to the craft. There, and while the beach & the craft, were under fire from enemy artillery, he took responsibility and assisted vehicles, equipement & ammunition ashore." Awarded a Bronze Star for his actions. Son of Walter Smith (15)
Smith, Thomas E., Capt. US Army. Died of causes other than battle. (2, 4)
Smock, Burdet W., Garber. Staff/Sgt. U.S. Army.

Service # 37040021. 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division. He was in the first landing in Africa at Casablanca in 1942. As a Corporal he was awarded a Purple Heart for injuries received on the Anzio Beach-head in Italy. Killed in Action on November 10, 1944. Buried at Epinal American Cemetery, Epinal, France; Plot A Row 8 Grave 63. Awarded a Bronze Star and Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster. (2, 4, 10, 15) Obituary (included the above photo)

Spence, Janola. WAVES - appears on a July 1944 list of NE Iowa WAVES published in the Dubuque Telegraph-Herald
Squires, William Max, Arlington, Fayette co. / Volga City.

U.S. Army, Private First Class, 168th Infantry Regiment, 34th Infantry Division; Service #37042106; enlisted 1941, killed while serving in North Africa when a hand grenade accidentally exploded. (15) Buried in the North Africa American Cemetery, Carthage, Tunisia, Plot A, Row 1, Grave 2. (10) Death notices & Obituary

Stoeffler, Donald William, U.S. Navy. Buried Mt. Olivet cemetery
Stoner, Philip, Strawberry Point; reported MIA in the North Africa theatre of war Feb. 17, 1943; s/o Earl Stoner (15)
Stuber, Stanley E., Monona; Lieutenant, Fifteenth Air Force; awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in June 1944.

Stuber, Harold
, Monona; Tech-Sergeant; radar man, participated in the "Coffin Corner" engagement of Liberator bombers against enemy submarines.

Newspaper article & photos of the Stuber brothers.

Tayek, Robert J., Froelich. U.S. Army. Obituary
Thein, August C., Garber. US Army. Bronze Star. Obituary
Thiele, Lawrence C.; Pfc. US Army. Died of causes other than battle. Killed in a railroad accident in Belgium on April 11, 1945. Married to Helen Kinley of Harper's Ferry in August, 1938. He entered the army Sept. 29, 1943 and served in a railroad battalion with Patton's Third army in France and Germany. (2, 4.7) Obituary
Thompson, Anne Irene. WAVES - appears on a July 1944 list of NE Iowa WAVES published in the Dubuque Telegraph-Herald
Thompson, Arnold J.

Jeffrey Gernand at the gravesite of his grandfather Arnold J. Thompson
Normandy American cemetery

Technician Fifth Class US Army, 4th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron. Service # 37196187. Killed in Action at Normandy, June 11, 1944. Buried in the Normandy American Cemetery, Colleville-sur-Mer, France; Plot B Row 16 Grave 10. Awarded a Purple Heart. (2, 4, 10). Photo contributed by Mike Riley.

Thompson, George G., Technician Third Class, U.S. Army. Service # 37435571. Headquarters Detachment, European Theater. Died December 31, 1944. Buried in the Cambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge, England; Plot D Row 6 Grave 101. Died of causes other than battle. Another record gives his rank as Tech/4. (2, 4, 10)
Thorsgaard, Willie H., St. Olaf. US Army 1942-1945. Obituary
Vorwald, Howard Edward, U.S. Army, Tech-sergeant; served in an infantry division in the southwest Pacific. Buried Mt. Olivet cemetery
Wach, Ludwig Joseph. Coxswain, USNR. Service #6203914. His name appears on the Tablets of the Missing at Honolulu Memorial
Honolulu, Hawaii as Missing in Action or Buried at Sea. This record gives death date January 7, 1946. Awarded a Purple Heart. According to his gravestone in the Littleport, Sacred Heart cemetery, he was born June 23, 1908 and died November 1, 1943. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. Anton Wach, lived at Box 136, Littleport. (1, 10, 12) Gravestone
Watt, Frank K., Sgt. US Army. Killed in Action. (2, 4)
Way, Dale H., Pfc. US Army, 169th Infantry Regiment, 43rd Infantry Division. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Way, Strawberry Point. Inducted into the army on November 9, 1942. Killed in Action on January 20, 1945. He is buried at the Fort William McKinley, Manila American cemetery, the Philippines, Plot L Row 8 Grave 111. Awarded Purple Heart. At the time of his death he had 3 brothers serving in the war: Cpl. Don Way in Italy; Staff Sgt. Clair Way and Pvt. Calvin Way, both in England. (2, 4, 7, 10) Obituary
Weller, Everett H., McGregor. Sergeant, was awarded a silver star for gallantry in action against the enemy, and a purple heart for a bullet wound in the neck on June 26, 1944. Citation: "In order to make repairs on communication wires which had been severed by enemy machine gun fire in the streets of Cherbourg, Sgt. Weller voluntarily, and despite warnings from troops in the immediate vicinity of the danger from sniper fire, crawled into a completely exposed position. He effected the necessary repairs, in spite of the fact that he had been wounded, thereby maintaining contact between the battalion observation post and the battalion command post." Son of Amel Weller. (15)
White, Douglas J., Guttenberg; Pvt. US Army. Died of causes other than battle. He was accidentally killed while on guard duty in Africa in February, 1942; s/o Tom White (2, 4, 15) Death notice
White, Kenneth, Guttenberg; Pvt., Fifth U.S. Army; reported MIA in Italy on 05/04/1944; s/o Tom White (15)
Whitlock, Duane Lewis, Strawberry Point; Captain, U.S. Navy; enlisted 06/12/1935.

Capt. Duane L. Whitlock

"Duane Lewis Whitlock was on Corregidor when the war broke out. He did very important work in the Pacific and was credited as identifying Midway as the target of the Japanese Fleet that allowed CINPAC Adm. Nimitz to get the carriers there to win the Battle of Midway. He was also involved in the Battle of Coral Sea and targeting Japanese convoys for US sub a Naval Intercept Operator from the "On The Roof Gang." ~contributed by Paula Whitlock O'Donnell on behalf of her cousin, Duane G. Whitlock, son of Duane L. Whitlock.

Gravestone photo, Strawberry Point cemetery

Wilke, Erwin H., Monona. First Lieut. US Army Air Corps. Pilot. Serial #17033001. Killed in Action July 31, 1943. Buried June 23, 1949 in Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Louisville, Jefferson Co., Kentucky; Plot E 71-72. (2, 4, 14) Obituary
Williams, Veryl, Guttenberg; Pvt. Served in England, s/o Jack Williams (15)
Witt, Elizabeth A., Elkader; WAVE; enlisted August 1944 (15)
Witt, Marjorie C., Elkader; WAVE; enlisted August 1944 (15)
Wulfekuhle, Edwin C., Tech Sgt. US Army. Service #37110772. 337th Bomber Squadron, 96th Bomber Group, Heavy. Enumerated on the 1925 Iowa State census in Concord, Dubuque co., Iowa in the household of his parents Aloysius & Cecilia (nee Vonderhaar) Wulfekuhle. Age 5. He appears on the August 24, 1943 war department list as missing in action in the European theater. Declared dead after being missing. Memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing at Netherlands American Cemetery, Margraten, Netherlands is Staff Sergeant Edwin C. Wulfekuhle; missing in action or buried at sea. Died July 28, 1943. Awarded an Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster and Purple Heart. (2, 4, 5, 10, 13)
Young, John, McGregor; Paratrooper, was wounded in action on D-day (15)
Zearley, Eunice Mae. WAVES - appears on a July 1944 list of NE Iowa WAVES published in the Dubuque Telegraph-Herald

Sources unless otherwise credited:

1) State Summary of War Casualties from World War II for Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Personnel from Iowa, 1946 ~contributed by Constance Diamond
2) Newspaper clipping listing the Army dead from the Clayton co. area; probably from the Clayton County Register, undated, likely the later 1940's. ~contributed by Paul Moritz
3) (pay-for-view website)..... U.S. Rosters of World War II Dead, 1939-1945; Original data: United States Army Quartermaster General’s Office (all services) and/or U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946; Original data: World War II Army Enlistment Records; Records of the National Archives and Records Administration, Record Group 64 ~data extracted by S. Ferrall
4) Oelwein Daily Register, misc. issues from 1939, 1944, 1945, 1946 & 1948 ~info. extracted by S. Ferrall
5) 1920 US census, 1925, Iowa State Census and/or 1930 US census ~data extracted by S. Ferrall
6) San Antonio Light, October 19, 1945 and Mason City Globe-Gazette, October 19, 1945 ~info. extracted by S. Ferrall
7) Clayton co. IAGenWeb Obituary Board or Allamakee co. IAGenWeb Obituary Board
8) Wisconsin State Journal, Madison, WI, May 11, 1949 ~info. extracted by S. Ferrall
9) LaPorte Progress Review, 1/1/1942 and Waterloo Daily Courier, 2/10/1942 ~info. extracted by S. Ferrall
10) American Battle Monuments Commission website
11) Mason City Globe-Gazette, misc issues from 1941 & 1944; and Cedar Rapids Gazettte 1949 ~info. extracted by S. Ferrall
12) Iowa Gravestone Photo Project - IAGenWeb Special Project
13) Waterloo Daily Courier, July 28, 1943 & August 24, 1943 ~info. extracted by S. Ferrall
14) U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs website [gravesite locater database]
15) Dubuque Telegraph-Herald, misc. issues from 1943, 1944 & 1945 ~info. extracted by S. Ferrall
16) La Crosse Tribune, Nov. 5, 1946 ~contributed by S. Ferrall
17) Obituaries & gravestone inscriptions

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