Plymouth County


Lt. Wade Woodke



Lieut. Wade Woodke, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Woodke of this city, has notified his parents by letter that he has arrived in New Guinea with the American air force. Lieut. Woodke is a bombardier and spent some time in Australia before landing in the islands. His letter passed the censors in regard to giving his location.

Source: LeMars Globe-Post, July 15, 1943 (photo included)

Our Neighbors in the Service

LeMars, Iowa—Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Woodke have received word from their son, Lieut. Wade A. Woodke, telling them that he had arrived in New Guinea. Wade is a bombardier in the army air corps.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, July 22, 1943

Expected In LeMars Soon From New Guinea

Mr. and Mrs. Cloyd Woodke were made happy Saturday by receipt of a telephone call from their son, Lieut. Wade Woodke, who had reached San Francisco that day after an absence of almost a year in the Southwest Pacific.  He advised them that he had to report at Fort Sheridan, Chicago, and then would be given a leave that would permit him to come home on a visit.

Lieut. Woodke has been a bombardier on a Liberator bomber of 90th Bomb Group, Fifth Air Force, known as the Jolly Rogers. He has been on duty in New Guinea and was granted this trip home because he had seen over 300 hours of combat duty in that area, after which the men are supposed to this country, where they are usually assigned to duty as instructors at some flying field.

Wade’s parents had not heard from him for more than a month and were relieved to learn that the absence of letters was due to his being on the way home.  He hopes to be able to spend three or four weeks at home.

Source: LeMars Semi-Weekly Sentinel, March 21, 1944

News Of The Boys In The Service

Lieut. Wade Woodke, who is taking advanced pilot training at Maxwell Field, Alabama, is spending a few days leave at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Cloyde Woodke. Wade saw more than a year’s duty as a bombardier in the southwest Pacific and is now qualifying as a pilot.

Source: LeMars Semi-Weekly Sentinel, July 7, 1944

Lieut. Wade Woodke, who is stationed at an Army Air base in South Carolina, is spending a Christmas leave with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Cloyd Woodke.

Source: LeMars Semi-Weekly Sentinel, Dec. 26, 1944