Friday, February 13, 1948
February 10th -- 7th Anniversary of LeMars Company K Mobilization
Seven years ago this week 89 men were mustered into federal military service in LeMars with Co. K of the 133rd Infantry, Iowa National Guard.
February 27 they were sent to Camp Claiborne, Louisiana, for training. There they remained until the outbreak of war in December and shortly thereafter were sent to Ireland—with the first troops to Europe.
Through the course of the war, the company saw action in North Africa and was in the long Italian campaign. Twelve of the men were killed in action or died as a result of their service.
Several others have died since their return from Army service.
Those who died in service are:
Joseph Boyle, Robert Burns, John Kempker, Walter Kettler, Jack Rousch, Herman Stoos, Robert Vanderwal, Tony Bamberg, all of LeMars;
Ronald Carey, Sioux City;
Earl Cornish, Kingsley;
Glenn Collins, Marcus;
Bert Kroon, Sioux Center.
The first life in the company to be lost was that of Glenn Collins, who died of pneumonia in Louisiana.
Ronald Carey was the first to die in combat when he was killed by a shell burst in North Africa.
Those who went away with the unit were:
Matthew A. Levins
J. V. Conway
R. S. Gillespie
NOTE: **There are 92 individuals named above, who served from PLYMOUTH Co. ~News article and names transcribed and posted by L. Ziemann