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Cherokee County World War II Casualties
WWII DEATHS FROM CHEROKEE COUNTY

Cherokee County's casualty list from WW II, as recorded in the Ward Records Division of the Iowa State Department of History and Archives at Des Moines, lists forty-eight dead.  Though the list is official for Cherokee County, it may not e complete.  Dr. Estelle Wise, representing the American Legion Auxiliary, sent all casualty items from the local newspaper to the department during the war.  The list was then compiled from these accounts.  This is the official list of Cherokee countians, who gave their lives in the service of their nation during World War II, as published in the Cherokee Daily Times, January 28, 1946.

Click on the last name to see further details surrounding each death.

Last Name First Name Rank &
Date of Death
Family Incident
Barnes Dale E. 1st Lt
1/22/1944
Wife: Mrs. Harriet Barnes, Cherokee, IA Killed in action in the Battle of Cassins (Italy)
Becker Roy Erwin Jr. Ship's Cook 2/c
12/8/1944
Wife: Mrs. Lorraine Lois Becker, Cherokee , IA
Sister: Mrs. Esther June Corderman, Fenton, IA
Reported missing.  Now reported dead
Brown Wesley J. F 2/c
12/7/1941
Mother: Mrs. Tom Leesley, Oto, IA Killed at Pearl Harbor
Corrington Floyd "Bud" Sgt.
6/6/1944
Parents: Mr. & Mrs. L. J. Corrington, Los Angeles, CA
Sister: Mrs. Roy Mummert, Cherokee, IA
Killed in action - D Day
Crane Ernest R. Jr Sgt
3/1/1943
Parents: Mr. & Mrs. Ernest R. Crane, Cherokee, IA Wounded in North Africa 2/1/1943; Died in
March
Crane Harold "Bud" Sgt
11/17/1944
Parents: Mr. & Mrs. L. J. Crane, Aurelia, IA Killed in action in France
Dalton Thomas robert Seaman
8/24/1942
Father: James Dalton, Marcus, IA Killed on aircraft carrier in Pacific
Day Marvin Wesley Cpl
Quimby - formerly
LeMars
5/28/1944
Wife: Mrs. Marian V. Day, Sioux City, IA Killed in action on Anzio beachhead, Italy
Eisenmenger Cletus J. S/Sgt
1/25/1945
Father: Mr. Paul C. Eisenmenger, Cherokee Killed in France
Ford Donald E. S 2/c
3/17/1944
Father: Mr. John Ford, Cherokee Gave his life while seabees off Hollywood Beach, CA
Fuller John Daniel AMM 3/c
6/6/1944
Parents: Mr. & Mrs. John Fuller, Cleghorn, IA Killed in bomber crash at Camp Kearney Air Base Barracks,
San Diego, CA 
Garvin James M. 2nd Lt
11/29/1943
Parents: Mr. & Mrs. M. J. Garvin, Marcus, IA Killed in action in European area 
Gilbert Leslie B. Capt
5/6/1942
Mother: Mrs. Esther S Gilbert, Cherokee, IA
Wife: Mrs. Leslie B. Gilbert, Madison, WI
Captured by Japs on fall of Corregidor 1/24/1942
In ship sunk by sub 5/6/1942 in China Sea 
Glass Robert Milton Lt
9/18/1944
Parents:Mr. & Mrs. R. E. Glass, Omaha, NE
Wife: Mrs. R. M. Glass, Crete, NE
Killed in action in Italy 
Haley Ernest Sgt
Mother: Mrs. Pearl M. Haley, Cherokee, IA Killed in action in France 
HeinenLeoS/Sgt
6/6/1944
Parents: Mr. & Mrs. Bert Heinen, Cherokee, IA
Wife: Mrs. Dorothy L. Heinen, Meriden, IA
Killed in action in France on D-Day
HurtigWerner JPfc.Father: John Hurtig, Cleghorn, IAKilled in action in European area
Johnson Floyd C. Pvt
9/19/1944
Parents: Mr. & Mrs. Axel L. Johnson, Quimby, IA Killed in action in Germany 
Johnson Forest B. Cpl
4/1/1943
Parents: Mr. & Mrs. C. J. Johnson, Cherokee, IA Wonded in N. Africa 3/29/1943. Died on 4/1/1943 
JohnstonDelbert E.T/Cpl
1/3/1944
Sister: Mrs. W. Casey (given as next of kin)
Spencer, IA
Killed in action in Italy
KeeganJohn J.Cpl
3/7/1945
Parents: Mr. & Mrs. S. A. Smorowske, Marcus, IAKilled in action on Iwo Jima
LochnerWilliam CharlesS l/c
1/6/1945
Parents: Mr. & Mrs. Chas. Lochner, Meriden, IAKilled aboard USS California
MahoneyBruceS/Sgt
3/19/1944
Parents: Mr. & Mrs. Earl Mahoney, Redondo Bch, CA
Sister: Mrs. Ben W. Sadler, Sioux City, IA
Killed in action over Italy, after having been reported
as missing
MeyerElmerInfantry
11/17/1944
Parents: Mr. & MRs. Chas. Meyer, Cleghorn, IAKilled in action in France
MonganGlenn RobertPFc
3/2/1944
Father: C. H. Mongan, Aurelia, IAKilled in accident between Camps Polk & Claiborne, LA
MorrowLynn5/30/1944Parents: Mr. & MRs. Frank Morrow, Vancouver, WA
Brother: Meredith Morrow, Cherokee, IA
Killed in action in Italy
MuellerFred1st Sgt
6/6/1944
Wife: Mrs. Joan M. Mueller, Cherokee, IAKilled in action in France
NeglessLaVerne L.Sgt.
5/24/1944
Parents: Mr. & MRs. Frank Negless, Battle Creek, IAKilled in action in Italy
NiemeierArnoldSgt
7/7/1944
Wife: Mrs. Faith McCannon Niemeier, Quimby, IA
Parents: Mr. & Mrs. Arnold Niemeier, Ida Grove, IA
Died in France of wounds received in action
OhlendorfHenry F., JrCpl
12/1942
Father: Henry H. Ohlendorf, Marcus, IAKilled in action in N. Africa
OwensWarren D.Sgt.
6/10/1945
Mother: Mrs. Anna M. Will, Aurelia, IAKilled in action in European area (Belgium)
PetersonGene L.Pvt
2/11/1945
Wife: Mrs. ALice E. Peterson, Aurelia, IAKilled in Pacific area
PhippsDean S.Pfc - USMCR
6/17/1944
Parents: Mr. & Mrs. John Phipps, Cherokee, IAKilled on Saipan
ReinertLeRoy F l/cParents: Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Reinert, Cherokee, IANavy dead
SchmillenFrancis C.Sgt
Mother: Mrs. Alice B. Schmillen, Cherokee, IA
Aunt & Uncle: Mr. & Mrs. N. P. Ellis, Waverly, IA
Killed in Pacific Area
ShoveRobert G.F l/c
10/27/1943
Father: Geo. Shove, Cherokee, IADied in Jap Prison Camp 1, in Philippines of
pulmonary T.B
SrockJohn FrankPfcFather: Albert Srock, Sr. Cherokee, IA
Sister: Mrs. Mary Peterson, Cherokee, IA
Died in post hospital at Ft. Sill, OK
StahlLewis C.S 2/c
8/9/1942
Sister: Miss Hestr Stahl
Father: Albert Stahl, Stahl's Furniture Exchange,
Cherokee, IA
Went down with cruiser Vincennes in S. Pacific
StanfordJames KeithPvt
5/19/1944
Sister: Mrs. Wayne Wilson, Aurelia, IA
Parents: Mr. & Mrs. David L. Stanford, Peterson, IA
Died from wounds received in action in Italy
StevensonBeryl R.Pfc.
2/9/1945
Mother: Mrs. Ruby Stevenson, Cherokee, IAKilled in action in Pacific area (Luzon)
StevensonVernon R.Pvt
5/29/1944
Wife: Mrs. Lamona M. Stevenson, Cherokee, IA
Parents: Mr. & Mrs. Forrest Stevenson, Quimby, IA
Killed in action in Italy.  Reported missing as of 5/29/1944
StewartWayne E.Pfc.
5/5/1943
Parents: Mrs. Eileen Bates & Vernon Stewart, both of Cherokee, IA
Grandfather: Frank Stewart, Clinton, IA
Killed in action N. Africa
StiversJames L.Pvt
8/3/1944
Wife: Mrs. Lucille Stivers, Waterloo, IA
Parents: Mr. & Mrs. Herbert Stivers, Cherokee, IA
Killed in action in France
TotmanJames AllenPfc
11/4/1943
Parents: MR. & Mrs. Geo. Totman, Quimby, IAKilled in Alaska, presumably in air carsh. Telegram
says he died over Ft. RIchardson, Alaska
UngerDaniel RexEM 3/c
1942
Wife: Mrs. Lucille Unger (divorced), Cherokee, IA
Father: Roe Unger, Cherokee, IA
Killed by hit & run driver at Long Beach, NY
WeichtVerylSgt
12/1/1943
Parents: MR. & MRs. Merle Weicht, Marcus, IADied as result of wounds received in action in
Italy
Woodbard Paul E. Pvt Sister: Mrs. Thelma I. Burch, Cherokee, IA Killed in action - European area 
Ziegenbusch John Ivan Aviation Cadet
5/22/1943
Parents: MR. & MRs. Ivan Ziegenbusch, Cherokee, IA Killed in plane crash near Coffeyville, Kansas 
 
 
 
 
Source: Special Issue Cherokee County Historical Society Newsletter, Vol 15, Num 10, October 1980, Section XIV

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