Plymouth County


Maj. James R. Wernli




Lieut. James Wernli Named Flight Leader

Jefferson Barracks, Missouri—Special:
Lieut. James Wernli, LeMars, Iowa, stationed at the air corps replacement training center here, has been named commanding officer of flight 24, 357th technical school squadron. He will also serve as squadron athletics and recreation officer.

Lieut. Wernli was assigned to the athletic office of Jefferson barracks until last week when he was transferred to his new duties. During the fall, he was head coach of the Blue Raiders, Jefferson barracks football team composed of former college and high school football stars that played a 10-game college schedule.

A graduate of the University of South Dakota, Lieut. Wernli was named on the little all-American football team of 1939 and was backfield coach at the university in 1940.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, January 9, 1942

NEWS of the Boys in the Service.

Major James R. Wernli, son of O. R. Wernli of LeMars, is now in command of the 396th Fighter Squadron somewhere in England. The Major could not tell much about himself, except that he is in good health and plenty busy.

Source: LeMars Semi-Weekly Sentinel, February 4, 1944

NEWS of the Boys in the Service.

O. R. Wernli, of Sioux City, was in LeMars the first of the week visiting friends. He says his son, Major James R. Wernli, is with the invasion forces in France and writes that he is well and busy at his job. Major Wernli’s wife is living in Sioux city. Allen Wernli, who is in the Marines, is somewhere in the southwest Pacific, but his father has not heard from him in several weeks.

Source: LeMars Semi-Weekly Sentinel, July 18, 1944

NEWS of the Boys in the Service.

Among the local men returning from overseas last week was Major James Wernli, who arrived in Boston Saturday.

Source: LeMars Semi-Weekly Sentinel, October 23, 1945