O'Brien County Bell, 12 Nov. 1947, p. 6
According to word recieved here by Mr. John Hofmeyer, the body of his son Willis Hofmeyer, who succumbed to wounds received in the Belgian Bulge in 1944, will arrive in Sheldon, Tuesday, Nov. 11. The body was taken directly to the cemetery at Newkirk where interment was made and where full military and religious rites were held in charge of the American Legion. Services were at 2:30 p.m.
Willis Hofmeyer, 20, was wounded Nov. 18 and died on the 21st 1944 in a hospital in Belgium from wounds received in the German campaign. He left for service in the Army March 21, 1944, going first to Camp Dodge in Des Moines, and from there to Camp Roberts, where he received 17 weeks basic training for the infantry. After completing his course he was home on a 14 day delay enroute to Fort Meade, Maryland. From there he was transferred to an embarkation center in New York and was sent overseas.
After several weeks in England in September he was sent to France, from there to Holland and then on to Germany where he sustained his fatal wounds and died exactly 8 months after entering service with five other boys from Sanborn.
Transcribed by Alan Nicholson