Adams County

Pvt. Donald E. Nevius


Donald Nevius, Donald Eckels
Reported “Missing In Action”


Relatives Are Notified By War Dept.



The "missing in action” column of the Adams County Honor Roll of Service Men and Woman is increased by two this week, as relatives were notified by the War Department that Donald Nevius of Corning, son of Mrs. Bertha Nevius and Donald Eckles, son of Mr. and Mrs. Warren Eckels of Grant township, were missing in action. The Nevius telegram came Sunday and the Eckels word came Monday.

In Service Short Time

Donald Nevius entered military training at Camp Roberts, California, Oct. 9, 1943 and went overseas April 1st. He wrote his family from England on June 7th, and a week later wrote from France, saying not to expect any letters for a time. On Sunday, July 23rd, his wife received a message from the government stating he was missing in action in France since June 24th.

Ina contacting a number of other wives whose husbands were in the same outfit, without exception, they have all received messages, and some of them received the same as Don’s and a week later were advised of the men being hospitalized.

Source: Adams County Free Press, Corning, Iowa, Thursday, July 27, 1944, Page 1

Don Nevius Reported “Killed In Action”

Mrs. Donald Nevius received at telegram message from the War Department last Friday, giving the sad news that her husband, who had previously been reported missing in action, had been killed in action in France, June 24th. On Sunday, July 23rd, Mrs. Nevius had received a message, telling her that her husband was missing in action since June 24th.

Donald entered military training October 2, 1943, at Camp Roberts, California, and went overseas April 1st, 1944. He visited in Corning before going to the East coast. Mrs. Nevins received a letter from him dated June 1st, saying it might be impossible for him to write for some time and not to expect letters.

A strange postscript to the incident is added by the return of a picture of Don’s mother on Monday, one she had sent some time ago, and on the return package was written “Hospitalized July 26th.” The community is saddened in the loss of one of its fine young men, and sympathy is extended to the relatives.

Source: Adams County Free Press, Corning, Iowa, Thursday, September 14, 1944, Page 1

Three Soldier Dead
Returned For Burial

The bodies of three more of the fifty Adams County young men who lost their lives, many of them on foreign soil in World War II, are soon to be returned home for burial. Sgt. William R. Thompson, Pfc. Donald D. Eckels and Pvt. Donald Nevius. All will be shipped to the Graves Registration and distribution center at Kansas City, later to be shipped to home stations for burial.

Pfc. Donald E. Nevius

The body of Pvt. Donald E. Nevius, killed in France in June, 1944, was scheduled to arrive in New York last Thursday aboard the U. S. Transport Lawrence Victory. His mother is Mrs. Bertha Nevius of Corning. Donald entered service Oct. 9, 1943, and trained at Camp Roberts, Calif., and went overseas April 1, 1944. The body will be shipped to the registration bureau at Kansas City and later returned her for burial.

Source: Adams County Free Press, Corning, Iowa, Thursday, September 02, 1948, Page 5

Local News Shorts

The body of Pvt. Donald Nevius is scheduled to arrive in Corning Friday morning. Funeral services will be held at the Christian church Sunday afternoon at 2:30, with Revs. Bowen and Steinfort in charge. Donald was killed in action in France, in World War II, June 24, 1944

Source: Adams County Free Press, Corning, Iowa, Thursday, September 22, 1948, Page 1

Donald Earl Nevius was born Jan. 13, 1922 to John and Bertha Gillet Nevius. He died June 25, 1944 and is buried in Walnut Grove Cemetery, Corning, IA.