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Soldiers who died in World War II
Shelby County Iowa

As Published in the Harlan Tribune and the Harlan News Advertiser, 1940-1946
Contributed by Phyllis Heller
Updated November 2008



NAMEBRANCHAGEDIEDCAUSE OF DEATHWHERECEMETERY OR MONUMENTALFROMPARENTSSPOUSE
AHRENKIEL, Wayne  T/5 Army   15 Feb, 45 KIA   Manila American Cemetery, Manila Philippines   Sam & Jessie AHRENKIEL  
ALLSTOT, Max V. 1st C. SEAMAN Navy   6 Jan, 45 MIA Buried at Sea Luzon Island in the Philippines Tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines, Memorial Stone, Union Twp, Cem. Defiance Defiance Guy & Undine ALLSTOT Ila Mae ALLSTTOT
ANDERSON, Harold M. CPL Army   7 May, 42 MIA Attack on Bataan, Philippines Manila American Cemetery, Manila Philippines Harlan Mr. & Mrs. Martin ANDERSON  
ARKFELD, Francis, Felix  MMM 2C Navy 21 8 Jun, 44 MIA Normandy-Invasion of Omaha Beach Tablets of the missing at Normandy American Cemetery, France Panama John & Mary ARKFELD  
ARMENTROUT, Russell M.  PFC Army   20 Mar, 44 MIA Admiralty Islands Buried by friendly forces-other than his own. Harlan Marion & Nettie ARMENTROUT  
BARGENQUAST, Arnold F.,  MOMMI Navy   3 Oct, 44 Lost in the South Pacific. North of Morotai, between the Philippines and Indonesia. The USS SEAWOLF was sunk in error by the USS ROWELL Memorial stone in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Irwin Irwin Fred & Margaret BARGENQUAST Louise Quarto BARGENQUAST
BLOCK, Ernest, SSGT Army 25 29 Jun, 44 KIA Battle at St. Lo, France Brittany American Cemetery, St. James, France.         Memorial stone in St. Joseph's Cemetery,  Earling Earling Herman & Elizabeth BLOCK  
BRANSITITER, Daniel  ENSIGN Naval Air Corps 22 17 Jul, 44 Collision of two training planes Millerstown, Pennsylvania Shelby Cemetery Shelby Mr. & Mrs. Daniel BRANSITITER  
BROWN, Bernard C.  SGT Army Air Corps 28 24 Sep, 43 Army plane crash Port Angel, Washington Elk Horn Cemetery Kimballton Mr. Mrs. Martin O. BROWN  
BROWNING, William A.  T/SGT Army   5 Apr, 45 KIA Some where in Germany Lorraine American Cemetery, St. Avold, France   Mr. & Mrs. J.C. BROWNING Maxine OLSEN
CAMPBELL, Sheldon  PFC Army   23 Dec, 45 Died in a Hotel Fire Shikakei, Japan Harlan Cemetery Harlan Mr. & Mrs. George CAMPBELL  
CARLEY, Albert B.  T/5 Army   1 Apr, 45 KIA   Netherlands American Cemetery, Margraten, Netherlands      
CARTER, Meredith M.  LT Army   9 Jan, 45 KIA Belgium   Harlan  Ernest & Lola CARTER Marian DAHL
DEA, James David  ENSIGN Navy Air Corps 22 31 May, 44 Naval Patrol Plane crash. Creeds Field, Virginia Catholic Cemetery near Avoca Shelby Mr. & Mrs. William B. DEA  
DELPH, Everett F., PVT Army   1945 KIA Luzon Island in the Philippines Stone in the Shelby Cemetery Shelby Ray & Ethel  DELPH  
DINESEN, Harold N. SGT Army 23 15 Mar, 45 Wounds in Action Hospital in France Military stone in the Harlan Cemetery Harlan Jacob & Pretrina DINESEN  
FRAHM, Leonard C. SGT Army   26 Mar, 45 KIA Some where in Germany. He was serving with Patton's Third Army Luxemburg American Cemetery, Hamm, Luxembourg Shelby John & Dora FRAHM  
GERDTS, Luther C. PVT Army   16 May, 45 KIA Luzon Island in the Philippines Clinton Lawn Cemetery, Clinton, Iowa   Henry & Ida GERDTS  
GETTYS, Joe L.JR   T/SGT Army   9-Dec-44 MIA Italy   Harlan Joe & Clara GETTYS  
GRETT, Gerald L.  SSGT Army Air Corps 24 Aug, 43 MIA               B 17 bomber crash Allied Raid on Ploesti, Rumania oilfields Memphis National Cemetery, Memphis, Tennessee Harlan Calvin GRETT   Mrs. Frank TAYLOR  
HABERBERGER, Leonard   PFC Army   16 Dec, 44 KIA   Lorraine American Cemetery, St. Avold, France Earling George & Barbara HABERBERGER  
HANSEN, Lawrence  CPL Army   10-Jan-45 Wounds in Action Belgium Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery, Henri-Chapelle, Belgium Harlan Mr. & Mrs. George HANSEN  
HOOGENSEN, Earl   SSGT Air Corps 35 16-Jan-44 Airplane crash while ferrying bombers. British Guiana, South America Stone in the Jacksonville Cemetery Harlan Nels H. & Carolina HOOGENSEN  
HULSEBUS, William Lyle 1st C Navy 24 9-Oct-44 Truck Accident Hawaiian Islands Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Hawaii. Memorial Stone, Union Twp Cemetery, Defiance Defiance Rudy & Ella HULSEBUS  
IMRIE, Donn H. PVT Army   30 Nov, 44 KIA   Netherlands American Cemetery, Margraten, Netherlands      
JENSEN, Waldo Chris  T/SGT Air Corps 34 29 Dec, 41   Army bomber plane crash Cajon Pass in California Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery, Leavenworth, Kansas Harlan Chris & Olga JENSEN Loretta DYER
JOHNSON, Arthur Burdick
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Merchant Marines   23-Nov-44 POW   Japanese Prison Camp Manila American Cemetery, Manila Philippines Harlan Brother-Bryon JOHNSON  
JORGENSON, Everett  PFC Army   15 Apr, 45 KIA Luzon Island in the Philippines Stone in the Jacksonville Cemetery Harlan Mr. Mrs. P. H. JORGENSON  
JUHL, William D.        SGT Army 23 11 May, 42 POW Malaria Fever & Starvation Cabanatuan Prison Camp, Philippines Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines Harlan William & Flora JUHL Sr.  
KLOEWER, Eugene J.  PFC Army   15 Sep, 44 KIA Invasion of Southern France Epinal American Cemetery, Epinal France, Memorial Stone, St's Peter & Paul Cemetery, Defiance Defiance Frank & Anna KLOEWER  
KNAPP, Rex         1ST C WATER-TENDER Navy 30 30 Nov, 42 Killed aboard the ship USS Minneapolis in the battle of the Coral Sea. Naval engagement in the Solomon Islands in the Pacific Rex was the first WWII veteran to be returned home for burial. Body was brought back in 1947 and buried in the Union TWP Cemetery, Defiance. Defiance Edward & Julia KNAPP  
KRASCHEL, James N. CPL Army Air Corps 21 24, Sep, 45 P-24 Airplane Crash Okinawa Jima Ryukyu Island Harlan Cemetery Harlan Nelson G. & Agnes KRASCHEL  
KRASCHEL, Richard Experimental test pilot for Bell Aircraft Corp. 24 29 May, 43 P-39 Air cobra Plane Crash Flight over Niagara Falls Harlan Cemetery Harlan Nelson G. & Agnes KRASCHEL  
KROMAN, Albert  LT Army 30 3 Jun, 44 KIA Italy, liberating Rome Sicily- Rome American Cemetery, Italy, Later in the Elk Horn Cemetery Elk Horn Andrew & Christina KROMAN  
LARSON, Paul Lewis   CPHM Navy   25 Oct, 44 USS TANG sunk by circular run of its own torpedo Formosa Strait near Turnabout Island. Memorial stone in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Irwin Irwin Roy & Anna LARSON M. Caryl LARSON
MAYR, Rudy F.     MAJOR Army 32 Mar-46 Car accident St. Petersburg, Florida Harlan Cemetery Formerly of Harlan Mr. & Mrs. Frank MAYR Ruth COLLISON
McCRACKEN, James N.   CPL Marine Corps   25 Feb, 45 KIA Iwo Jima Nishnabotna Cemetery, Manilla   Newton & Milda McCRACKEN  
McCUEN, Walter Ray  MM 2C Navy   16 Oct, 44 KIA Buried at Sea           On a Japanese prison ship that was sunk off the China Coast Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines Formerly of Harlan Mr. & Mrs. W. B. McCuen  
McGEE, Victor     PVT Army 21 10 May, 45 KIA Okinawa, Ryukus Islands, Battle for the Shuri Line Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, CA Formerly Kirkman Mr. & Mrs. W. F. "Frank" McGEE  
McGRAW, Willis   PFC Army 32 30 Apr, 45 KIA On the Island of Cebu in the South Pacific Fort McKinley Cemetery now the site of the American Cemetery and Memorial , Manila Philippines   Mr. & Mrs., Wm. McGRAW Helen ROLD
McLAURIN, William H. Radio Officer Merchant Marines   Jun, 44 Ship was sunk while on convoy duty. North Atlantic Monument Tablet at Gallups Island near Boston, MA Formerly of Harlan Mrs. Elmer D. SUTTON  
MILLER, Max Myles   COXSWAIN Navy   7 Oct, 44 MIA        Buried at Sea Sea battle in the South Pacific Tablets of the Missing at American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines Shelby Helen MILLER  
MILLER, Melvin M.  PVT Army   27 Nov, 44 KIA Germany Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery, Henri-Chapelle, Belgium Irwin Anna MILLER  
NIELSEN, Nils      PFC Army   14 Dec, 44 KIA France Epinal American Cemetery, Epinal France   Parents lived in Denmark  
NOEHREN, Edward  H.  SGT Army 27 26 Sep, 44 Explosion of a "Dud" Bazooka Rocket Camp Carson, Colorado Harlan Cemetery Harlan Helen NOEHREN Mary MOYLAW
OCEAN, Jerry F.  CPL Air Corps 23 16 Oct, 45 Drowning Maraquina River, Philippines Harlan Cemetery Harlan Ellis & Oda OCEAN  
PAULSEN, Vernon N. 2ND LT Army   8 Dec, 44 KIA Strasbourg, France Ardennes American Cemtery, Neupre, Belguim Jacksonville Nels & Dora PAULSEN  
PEDERSEN, Silas C.  2nd LT Army   5 Oct, 44 KIA Italy Epinal American Cemetery, Epinal, France Jackson TWP Meta PEDERSEN  
PETERSON, Jack  S.   2/C Radio Tech Navy 18 6 Apr, 43 Swept Overboard Lost at Sea Atlantic Ocean Tablets of the Missing, East Coast Memorial, New York Harlan Harlan & Ethelyn PETERSON  
RATIGAN, Michael D.   T/5 Army 26 15 Feb, 43 MIA Battle in the area of Sidi Bau Zid, Tunisia. Tablets of the Missing at North Africa American Cemetery, Carthage Tunisia.  Memorial Stone in St Mary's Cemetery, Panama Panama Michael D. & Catherine RATIGAN  
REINIG, Walter H.  SGT Army 26 31 Jan, 44 KIA Italy Sicily- Rome American Cemetery, Nettuno, Italy Portsmouth Matt & Mary REINIG  
RIHNER, John J.    PFC Army   3 Sep, 44 KIA France Military stone in the Shelby Cemetery Shelby John & Anna M. RIHNER  
RINK, Paul L.          LT Army   17 Aug, 44 KIA In a bombing raid over the Ploesti, Rumania Oil Fields. First buried in France. Body was returned in 1951 and buried in the Shelby Cemetery Shelby Ernest & Sadie RINK  
SCHMITZ, William P.  CPL Marine Corps 23 25 Sep, 46 Amputation of leg in U. S. Naval Hospital, Long Beach, CA At his home in Panama, St. Mary's Cemetery, Panama Panama Peter & Catherine SCHMITZ  
SCHOMERS, Jerry J. PVT Army 20 9 Mar, 45 Wounds in Action Luzon Island in the Philippines Manila American Cemetery, Manila Philippines Formerly Panama Mike & Mary SCHOMERS  
SCHRAM, Edward N,  T/SGT Army   12 Jun, 44 KIA Italian Front Tombstone in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Earling Earling Nicholas & Josephine SCHRAM  
SMITH, Norman R.    PFC Army     KIA       Mr. & Mrs Chas SMITH  
SOE, Jens  Folmer, 2ND LT Army 31 22 Aug, 42 He was with the 332 Engineers Regiment England Kimballton Cemetery Kimballton Peder & Etta SOE  
SORENSON , Robert  H.  MM 3C Navy   29 Jan, 45   USS Serpens Torpedoed by the Japs causing the complete loss of the vessel Guadalcanal American Cemetery,  Guadalcanal.  Postwar
After the war, all bodies where exhumed and sent to the United States, and the graveyard abandoned.
Harlan Mr. & Mrs. Harry SORENSON Olga DOHRMAN
STARNER, Russell L.   PVT Army   15, Feb, 45 KIA Germany Military Tombstone in the Shelby Cemetery. Shelby Mr. & Mrs. Bert STARNER  
STINN, Richard T.  PFC Army 27 23 Aug, 23
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Shell explosion while in combat training. Northern Africa area North Africa American Cemetery, Carthage, Tunisia Earling Anthony & Josephine STINN  
Stoelk, Leon H.     PVT Army   22 Jul, 43 KIA Invasion of Sicily Manning Cemetery Botna Albert & Elsie STOELK  
SUMMERS, Vernon  PFC Army 30 4 Jun, 44 KIA Anzio Beach, Italy Sicily-Rome American Cemetery, Nettuno, Italy Harlan Charles & Myrtle SUMMERS  
WEIHS, Alfred Peter  F 1/C Navy 25 7 Apr, 43 KIA In the Pacific Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines Jacksonville Mr. & Mrs. Tony WEIHS  
WIGNESS, Kenneth E.  2ND LT,  Pilot Army Air Corps   Apr, 44 B-24  Liberator Bomber crashed at sea,  near Montauk Point, Long Island East Coast Not any of the names of the eleven men lost on the B-24 have ever been added to the Atlantic World War II dead in Battery Park, in lower Manhattan Harlan Cornelius & Sina WIGNESS Jean Marie PRESTON
WUNDER, Edmund Earl, Boilermaker  1/C Navy   13 Nov, 42 MIA             Lost at Sea USS LAFFEY was attacked by Japanese forces off Savo Island and eventually sunk. Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines, Memorial Stone in the Shelby Cemetery. Harlan Herman & Alvena WUNDER  
ZANGERLE, John M.  SGT Army   15 Feb, 45 MIA               B 17 bomber crash In the Battle of Manila  Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines, Memorial Stone in St. Mary's Cemetery, Portsmouth Portsmouth Frank & Crescentia ZANGERLE Sally ZANGERLE

Transcribed and Contributed by Phyllis A. Heller.

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