County Gold Star Names Total 35

State Dept. of History and Archives Compiled List

 

Thirty-five of the 1250 men who went to World War II from Dickinson county gave their lives that this nation might continue to be free.  Between the birthdays of two great Americans, it seems fitting to pay tribute at this time.

The total casualty list of Iowa’s known dead as of Feb. 9, 1946, is 7259.  Dickinson county’s list is small in comparison but according to population figures, we more than gave our share.

The list which appears below is a summary of the casualties recorded by the State Dept. of History and Archives.  The accompanying letter explains that the War Department as yet has sent no official list.  There will be additions and corrections because the listing has been made according to the permanent address of the next of kin at the time the man entered the service.

 

Bean, Raymond: Killed in action in Pacific area July 11, 1945.  Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Wm. W. Bean, Arnolds Park, Iowa.

Behrens, Estel  Lt. (formerly Spirit Lake) Killed over China Feb. 2, 1945.  Wife: Mrs. Estel Behrens, Spencer, Iowa.

Bellow, Glenn, Pfc. Died in Jap prison camp June 1943.  Parents: Mr. and Mrs. B.V. Bellows, Rfd. 1, Spirit Lake, Iowa.

Berning, Arthur.  Killed in action in Europe Sept. 25, 1944, France.  Father: J.A. Berning, Milford, Iowa.

Bockwoldt, Edwin J., Pfc. Lake Park.  Killed in action in France Aug. 16, 1944.  Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Hans N. Bockwoldt, Rfd. 3, Lake Park.

Burger, Dennis D., Milford.  Killed in action, Coral Sea.  Missing since May 8, 1942 declared dead May 8, 1943.  Father: Rex Burger, Milford.  Mother: Mrs. Ruby Burger, Milford.

Christensen, Robert K., S/Sgt. Lost life in bomber crash, Utah, Jan. 27, 1944.  Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Christensen, Superior.

Cruse, LeRoy.  S/Sgt., Terril.  Previously reported missing, now declared dead over Germany, May 28, 1944.  Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Mike Cruse, Terril.

Foss, Howard.  Killed in Italy. (We have no further information.) Sister: Miss. Marjorie Foss, Arnolds Park.

Grow, Bernard L., Pfc.  Died in Jap prison camp Dec. 1, 1944.  Parents:  Mr. and Mrs. G. A. Grow, Terril.

Hensley, Gale, Lake Park.  Accidentally shot Oct. 3, 1944 somewhere in South Pacific.  Mother:  Mrs. Lillie Hensley, Lake Park.

Hoffman, Ora W. Pvt., Spirit Lake.  Killed in action in France, Oct. 21, 1944.  Parents: Mr. and Mrs. E. R.  Hoffman, 417 E. 12th, Spirit Lake.

Kehoe, Kenneth C., Pfc. Milford.  Killed in France Nov. 17, 1944. Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Kehoe, Milford.

Kidd, John Wilbur, 1st Lt. Lost life in action off Crete Oct. 29, 1942.  Officially declared dead.  Parents: Mr. and Mrs. V.V. Kidd, Spirit Lake.

Laster, Donald, Killed in action, Leyte, Philippines.  Mother: Mrs. Sophia Laster, Lincoln, Iowa

Luchtel, Gilbert R., Sgt., Killed while fighting Japs on Leyte, Nov. 12, 1944.  Parents: Mr. and Mrs. F.H. Luchtel, Milford.

McCormick, Russell, Pfc. Killed in action on Okinawa May 3, 1945.  Parents: Mr. and Mrs. C.J. McCormick, Spirit Lake.

McKinney, Derald K., Pfc. Killed in action in  SW Pacific area Nov. 12, 1944.  Father: Arthur McKinney, Arnolds Park, Iowa.

Marks, Morris, Lt. Reported missing in action over Germany Feb 21, 1944, declared dead Oct. 5, 1945.  Parents: Mr. and Mrs.Ben Miller, Terril.

Mitchell, William, Killed in action on Okinawa April 28, 1945.  Mother: Mrs. Maude Mitchell, Oakland, Calif. (formerly Spirit Lake) Wife: Mildred S. Mitchell, 1222 10th Ave., Oakland, Calif.

Molly, Maynard Francis, Lt. Missing over Mediterranean March 31, 1943, presumed dead April 1, 1944.  Wife : Mrs. Francis Molly, Arnolds Park.

Morphew, Lambert Linton, Pvt. Killed in action on Luzon March 16, 1945. Mother: Mrs. Alma M. McClure, Lake Park.  Father: Fae Morphew, Nora Springs, Iowa.

Murray, Ralph Clinton, S/Sgt. Missing over Poland April 11, 1944, declared dead.  Wife: Mrs. Emma Murray, Arnolds Park.  Parents: Mr. and Mrs. C.G. Murray, Arnolds Park.

Newman, Duane G., Pvt. Killed in action Jan 23, 1945, Belgium.  Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Ray Newman, Rt. 2, Milford.

Place, Leon A., 2nd Lt., Milford.  Killed in plane crash near Mason City, Iowa August 1, 1943.  Parents: Dr. and Mrs. Floyd Place, Milford.

Prinz, Donald Leroy, Lt. Spirit Lake.  Killed in plane crash in Salton Sea, Calif. Aug. 2, 1944.  Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Otto Prinz, Spirit Lake.

Simpson, Milton D., Pfc., Terril. Killed in action in France, Sept. 15, 1944.  Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Simpson, Terril.

Stammer, Ralph.  Killed in action in Germany, March 24, 1945.  Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Stammer, Spirit Lake.

Stauffer, Edward H., Lt., Milford.  Missing aboard USS Indianapolis sunk July 30, 1945, declared dead. Parents: Chaplain and Mrs. W.A. Stauffer, San Antonio, Tx.

Titterington, Everett Cecil, Milford.  Fireman 1/c.  Killed in action aboard USS Oklahoma Dec. 7, 1941.  Mother: Mrs. Pearl C. Titterington, Milford.

Wade, Ralph Vernon, Capt. Died April 23, 1944, at Schick Gen. Hospital, Clinton.  Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Paul Wade, Bode, Iowa.

Weaver, Sydney, Pvt. Killed in action as of Nov. 8, 1944, previously reported missing.  Wife:  Mrs. Muriel Weaver, Spirit Lake.  Parents: Mr. and Mrs. C.E. Weaver,  Spirit Lake.

Wyland, Jerry Dale, MM 2/c. Terril (Have no circumstances of death or date).)  Mother: Mrs. Ruth Wyland, Terril.