Plymouth County



Lt. Albert M. Wiltgen






Lieut. Albert Wiltgen, navigator in the ferry command at Memphis, Tenn., arrived home Thursday night for a short furlough in the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. N. W. Wiltgen. Lieut. Wiltgen was a former member of K Company and attended training at Camp Claiborne. When the outfit shipped across, he was chosen for special aviation work and in October will have completed a year as a navigator. He has made several trips across the ocean, doing transport work.

Source: LeMars Globe-Post, July 19, 1943

Our Neighbors in the Service

LeMars, Iowa—Among LeMars service men who are spending furloughs with their relatives and friends here are Sergeant L. Featherston, son of Mr. and Mrs. Greg Featherston, Sergeant Walter Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Smith, Corporal Dick Crayne, Cadet Henry Koch, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Koch, Corporal Albert Olson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ole Olson of Seney, Seaman Dale Rienking, brother of Mr. Arthur Berkenpas, Corporal Bevo Reynolds, son of Mrs. C.A. Reynolds, Lieut. Albert Wiltgen, son of Mr. and Mrs. N.W. Wiltgen and Lieut. Bob Kempker, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.F. Kempker.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, July 22, 1943

SPAR Is Fourth of Iowa Family to Enter Service

When Helen Wiltgen, yeoman in the SPAR recruiting office in San Francisco, raised her right hand and was sworn into the coastguard women’s reserve, she became the fourth member of the N.W. Wiltgen family of LeMars, Iowa to join the armed forces. SPAR Wiltgen, bookkeeper for eight years with the Aalfs Paint & Glass Company of Sioux City, is rightly proud of her brothers, Albert, a lieutenant in the foreign ferry squadron; Edward, electrician mate second class in the navy and Ralph, army air cadet.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, November 17, 1943

NEWS of the BOYS in the SERVICE   

Among a list of promotions issued this week by the War Department, Second Lieutenant Albert M. Wiltgen of LeMars is promoted to the rank of first lieutenant.  Lieut. Wiltgen is a member of the ferry command and was stationed at Memphis, Tenn., the last time his parents, Mr. and Mrs. N. W. Wiltgen, heard from him.

Source: LeMars Semi-Weekly Sentinel, April 14, 1944


Lt. Albert M. Wiltgen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Nick W. Wiltgen, 45 Fifth Ave. NE, recently won his silver wings at Turner field, Albany, Ga., Col. C. U. True, commanding officers has announced.

Turner field, an Army air forces pilot school, (advanced two-engine) is one of a group of air bases, which compose the Army air forces eastern flying training command. It is here that aviation cadets, student officers and aviation students are sent for their final phase of training which culminates in their receiving their much coveted wings, commissions or rank of flight officer in the A.A.F.

Source: LeMars Globe-Post, February 8, 1945