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Omaha, Dec. 5 - Four Des Moines boys are among the twenty-six Iowans recommended for commission of lieutenant in the aviation section of the signal corps. William H. Weisbred and Harry F. Willis of Des Moines were recommended as aerial observers, Orville R. Johann as aviator, and Christian H. Graham as balloon pilot. Clarence R. Farmer and Henry A. Von Wedelstaedt of Camp Dodge passed the examinations for the nonflying section. The men from Iowa recommended from the aviation section were: Lester S. Combs of Chariton, Paul E. Driver at Atlantic, Stanley N. Doyle of Manly, Edwin A. Hocum of Gowrie, Verne M. Myers and Fred Sherman of Iowa City and William E. Whitehouse of Ames.

~source: Iowa City Citizen Newspaper, Iowa City, Iowa, December 5,  1917