Pfc. Eldon Siefken 1924-1945
SIEFKEN, ACHENBACH, SCHWARTZ, CLODT
Posted By: Sharon Elijah (email)
Date: 6/10/2021 at 07:46:04
14 June 1945 - The Anamosa Journal
MORLEY - Mr. and Mrs. August Siefken and Mrs. Helen Siefken received word Wednesday that their son and husband, Pfc. Eldon Siefken, 21, died April 28 in a U. S. Army hospital of Guam from wounds received earlier in the fighting on Okinawa.
Eldon, the Siefken's oldest son, was born March 17, 1924, at Wessington Springs, S. D. He graduated from the Anamosa high school in 1941. He attended Lenox college, Hopkington, in 1941 and 1942, and received the medal for general excellence.
In the fall of 1942, Eldon attended Iowa State college at Ames, taking chemical engineering, and quit because of wartime conditions, intending to take up where he left off after the war.
He was married May 8, 1944, while home on a 12-day furlough to Miss Helen Achenbach.
Pfc. Siefken took 17 weeks infantry training at Camp Roberts, Calif., after entering service Dec. 27, 1943. Following his furlough he left for overseas in July, 1944.
He landed first on New Caledonia, then went to the New Hebrides, and on March 17 of this year left for Okinawa where he landed April 14. His last letter was written soon after April 17.
Eldon served in Major Gen. George W. Grivers 27th division of the 10th Army.
Memorial service will be held in his honor at Forest Chapel church in charge of the Anamosa American Legion Sunday, June 17, at 2 p.m.
His body is buried on Guam, and will be returned later.
Surviving are his wife, his parents, one brother, Lloyd, 18; one sister, Shirley Mae, 12; and two grandmothers, Mrs. V. E. Schwartz and Mrs. Louisa Clodt.
Mrs. Clodt, Wessington Springs, S. D., is visiting in the Siefken home.
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