Plymouth County

Cpl. Peter C. Brouwer





A 15th Air Force Service Command Squadron, Italy—Cpl. Peter C. Brouwer, of 24 Second Ave. SW, LeMars, who is a truck driver with a 15th air force service command air service squadron that received the following commendation from Col. Arthur C. Agan, of Corpus Christi, Texas, commanding officer of the oldest fighter group in the AAF, which the squadron has served since October 13, 1943.

“The excellent maintenance record of the group has been made possible by the exceptionally high standard of work done by its service squadron,” the commendation said. “The vigorous efforts of the service squadron to secure replacement parts necessary to keep aircraft in commission has kept a maximum number of planes in operation.”

The squadron’s engineers have repaired 126 fighter planes and one heavy bomber since it started serving the group, and none of them has been returned to the service squadron for readjustment, Col. Agan pointed out. The sheet metal shop was able to manufacture camera mounts for all planes in the group by operating 24 hours a day.

Among the many items manufactured by the squadron were auxiliary fuel tank guards to protect flaps when the tanks are released, and oil pump adapter permitting change of engines, and an acetylene generator.

Cpl. Peter C. Brouwer is the husband of Jean Brouwer, 24 Second Ave. LeMars. He has been a member of the United States Army since August 18, 1942, and has been overseas since August 21, 1943.

Source: LeMars Globe-Post, Thursday, February 15, 1945


Italy: “It’s all over over here!”

Excitement reached a high pitch when the 94th Air Force Service Command somewhere in Italy received the news that they had been waiting for. Mechanics put aside their tools, clerks stopped their endless checking, supply men turned from their counting and cooks ran out of the mess hall to join the rejoicing. Corporal Peter C. Brouwer, 24 Second Avenue SW, LeMars, Iowa, truck driver, joined the others as the news spread like wild fire. Broad grins were on every face. Celebration was in the air, but all the men realized that this was not the end of the war. After the speeches, party and general festivities, they all buckled down to their next job—that of moving the Air Forces out of Italy and toward Japan.

Corporal Brouwer is the husband of Mrs. Jean Brouwer, 24 Second Avenue SW, LeMars, Iowa, and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Neal Brouwer of Edgerton, Minnesota. He has been overseas since August 21, 1943.

Source: LeMars Semi-Weekly Sentinel, Tuesday, June 5, 1945