O'Brien County Bell, 28 Mar 1945, p. 1
Pvt. John Ver Hoef Killed In Action
Pvt. John Marion Ver Hoef, U. S. Infantry, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Ver Hoef of near Sanborn, was born March 22, 1926 near Sanborn. He grew to manhood in this vicinity receiving his education in the rural schools and public school.
He was engaged in helping his father on the farm.
He registered in U. S. Forces on his 18th birthday, and went to Des Moines for his physical May 2, 1944 and was inducted into the service at Ft. Snelling August 16, 1944. He received his basic training in the Infantry at Camp Fannin, Texas. He enjoyed a 3-day furlough at his home here, leaving December 31, 1944 for Fort Meade, Md. He was sent across January 8, and arrived in England one week later. Thence to France for 21 days. He was wounded in action in Germany, March 7, and passed away in Luxemburg March 8. His parents received the sad news of his being wounded on March 22, and news of his death on March 23.
He leaves to mourn his early demise, his sorrowing parents and two brothers, Howard and Bertus, at home. He was a member of the First Reformed church at Sanborn.
Memorial Services will be held at the Christian Reformed church in Sanborn Thursday, March 29, at 1:30 p.m. with Rev. J. H. Straka of the First Reformed church will have charge of the service which will be carried out with full military rites.
Transcribed by Alan Nicholson