Sioux County

Pfc. Henry W. Addink, Jr.


Henry Addink leaves for Army
Henry Addink Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Addink Sr. of Sioux Center is leaving today with the group of 25 men scheduled to leave for army duty.  He has been employed in Doc's Cafe in Sioux Center since Doc took over the Mutt and Jeff Cafe.

Source: Sioux Center News April 2, 1942 p 8

Henry Addink Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Addink Sr. of Sioux Center sends his new address in California. Pvt. Henry Addink, 3rd Platoon, Co. A, 80th Inf. Tng. Bn., Camp Roberts, Calif.  Heinie is enjoying the sights in California, the flowers and mountain scenery as this is the first time he has been that far west.  Most of the soldiers from Sioux Center who have been sent to the west coast are struck by the beauty of the country.

Source: Sioux Center News April 23, 1942 p 11

Pvt. Henry Addink in Washington
Word was received here that Pvt. Henry Addink has been transferred from Camp Roberts, Calif. to Tacoma, Washington.  He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Addink Sr. of Sioux Center. His latest address is: Pvt. Henry Addink, 3rd Bn., Co. M, 58th Inf. Reg. Camp Murrey, Tacoma, Wash.

Source: Sioux Center News July 9, 1942 p 2

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Pvt. Henry Addink is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Addink Sr. and is located with the U.S. Army at Camp Murray, Wash.  He is in the infantry and has been in the army about 3 months, having been sent to Camp Roberts, Calif. prior to leaving for Washington.  His address is: Pvt. Henry Addink 37190424, 3rd Bn., Co. 1, 58th Infantry, Fort Lewis, Wash.

Source: Sioux Center News July 23, 1942 p 1

Pvt. Henry Addink writes after 3 weeks
Pvt. Henry Addink, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Addink of Sioux Center, sends a slight change of address.  He was not able to write for three weeks and could not reveal where he was located.  Mail will reach him by using this address: Pvt. Henry Addink 37190424, 3rd Bn. Co I, 58th Inf. APO 939, c.o. Postmaster, Seattle, Washington, U. S. A.

Source: Sioux Center News August 13, 1942 p 6

Pvt. Addink in Alaska
Definite word was received here the past week that Pvt. Henry Addink is located in Alaska with the U. S. Army.  It was believed all along that he was there but this work confirmed the belief.  He stated that he had received the Sioux Center News in Alaska.  He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Addink Sr. of Sioux Center and his address is: Pvt. Henry Addink 37190424, 3rd Bn., Co. I, 58th Inf. Reg. APO 939, c. o. Postmaster, Seattle, Washington.

Source: Sioux Center News Sept. 24, 1942 p 11

Pfc. Henry Addink writes from Alaska in a manner that would delight the strictest censor.

Thursday nite, Aug. 12, Alaska
Dear Ed and Marie:
I thought that it was about time that I drop you a few lines. I should have written before but I just couldn't get to it the way it seems.  I am feeling fine and hope that you folks are well.  The weather here yesterday and today has not been very nice, foggy and rainy part of the time.  I receive the Sioux Center News regular and enjoy it very much.  I read it from cover to cover and don't try to miss anything.  When I was still at home I never took much interest in it but am making up for it now.  I sure do enjoy reading the Sermonette and the soldiers column.  I really don't have very much to write about as news is very scarce around here.  But will let you know where I am and what it is like here.  After leaving where we were we left for here and not knowing we were coming from there to here, we could not tell if we would arrive here or not.  But nevertheless we are here and not there.  The weather here is just as it is at this season.  But of course unlike the weather we had before we came here.  After leaving by what we left by, we had a good trip.  The land and water are just like they would be here and not anything like they would be there.  The people here are just like they look.  But they don't look to be like they are where we came from.  From there to here is just as far as from here to there.  I feel just as I should for this kind of weather here.  So there is nothing to be alarmed about.  The way we came here is just the way everyone comes from there to here.  The whole thing is quite a new experience here because it's not like where we come from or what it's like where we were before we left for here.  In short where I am is where I am.  Well it's about time to go to bed.  So I think I'll close.  Wish you God's choicest blessing.  I will close.  Hienie. 

Source: Sioux Center News August 26, 1943 p 2

Pfc. Henry Addink has moved to another island and has a change of address as follows: Co. A. 205th Inf. Bat. (Sep), APO 939, Seattle, Washington.  He sent some pictures of himself completely garbed for travel in snow, skis and all and the white background of snow makes a perfect camouflage for the white ski suits. This is the first time he has been permitted to send snapshots in his two years absence.

Source: Sioux Center News March 30, 1944 p 2

Pvt. Henry Addink has a slight change of address to Co. C. 205th Inf. Bn (Sep), APO 939, c/o Postmaster, Seattle, Washington.

Source: Sioux Center News May 25, 1944 p 2

Pvt. Henry Addink, who is stationed at Dutch Harbor, Alaska, sent his mother a bouquet of flowers for Mother's Day.  They were late in arriving, but that did not detract from the beauty of the roses, which were of two different kinds, deep red and tea rose shades.

Source: Sioux Center News June 15, 1944 p 2


Pfc. Henry W. Addink, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Addink of Sioux Center, is enroute home after twenty-six months in the Asiatic Pacific area (Dutch Harbor has been his location.) He will report at Camp Swift, Texas, before coming home to Sioux Center. He is expected in Texas about the 29th of September.

Source: The Sioux Center News, Thursday, Sept. 28, 1944 (photo included)

Four servicemen who have returned from overseas will be community guests of honor at the town hall Thursday evening when the public will gather to welcome them home and hear their experiences.  The four now home are William Moerman, army; Bert Bruinsma, army; Henry Addink, army; and Jesse Wells, navy.  William Moerman, Bert Bruinsma and Henry Addink have been stationed in the Aleutians.  Jesse Wells has been in North Africa, South America, Egypt, Trinidad and other foreign parts.  Between the four of them they will have a good deal of information to tell, covering both army and navy activities in this war.  The evening should be one that everyone will come out and enjoy. The business girls will serve lunch in the basement after the program.

Source: Sioux Center News October 19, 1944 p 1

Wm. Moerman, Bert Bruinsma and Henry Addink, who have all spent the past 27 months serving in the Aleutian Islands, arrived home last Wednesday evening to spend 21 day furloughs in their respective homes here.

Source: Sioux County Capital Oct. 26, 1944 p 7

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Addink entertained a large group of relatives and friends at their home on Friday evening in honor of their son Henry who left again for the service on Sunday afternoon, reporting to Camp Swift, Texas following his furlough at home.

Source: Sioux Center News Nov. 9, 1944 p 6

Here is the new address of Pvt. Henry Addink, who is now stationed in Texas. 

Pvt. Henry Addink, Co. A. 159th Inf. Regt., Camp Swift, Texas.

Source: Sioux Center News Nov. 30, 1944 p 2

Pfc. Henry Addink has a new address as follows: 37190424, Co. A. 159th Inf., Camp Callan, Richmond, Calif.  He has been in California since Dec. 15th, but this new address has just reached his parents.  He expects to be stationed at this camp for some time.

Source: Sioux Center News Jan. 11, 1945 p 10

Pfc. Henry W. Addink has again moved back to Co. A. 159th Inf. Regt. at Camp Swift, Texas. He was at Camp Callan, Calif.

Source: Sioux Center News Jan. 25, 1945 p 8

Pfc. Henry W. Addink 37190424 has a change of address: APO 18593, New York City. His complete address is on file at the News Office.

Source: Sioux Center News Mar. 1, 1945 p 2


With the 106th Infantry Division of the 7th Army: 535 members of the 159th Infantry Regiment of Major General Donald A. Stroh's 106th "Lion" Division have won bronze service stars for participation in major campaigns in both the Pacific and European Theaters of War.

Included are three local boys, Pfc. Albertus Bruinsma, Pfc. Henry Addink Jr., and S/Sgt. Wm. Moerman.

After spending 26 months in the Aleutian Islands and taking part in ground combat against the Japs, the 159th Infantry returned to the United States for additional training at Camp Swift, Texas, and Camp Callan, Calif. The unit, originally a California National Guard regiment, was shipped to Europe and attached to the 106th Division early in 1945.

The regiment is now stationed near Karlsruhe, in the American occupied zone of the southern Rhineland.

Source: Sioux Center News Sept. 29, 1945 p 3

Pfc. Henry Addink is back in the states and expected home next week, according to a phone call received by Mrs. Dieters Monday night from her daughter Stevena in Muskegon.  Stevena will come home next week.

Source: Sioux Center News Nov. 8, 1945 p 1


HENRY ADDINK—also was discharged having come back to the states at the same time as county fellows, Bruinsma and Moerman, returned.  He is expected home the latter part of the week.

Source:  Sioux Center News, November 15, 1945

New discharge papers filed at the Recorder's office the past week are those of:
Henry Addink Jr., Pfc., Ireton
Source: Alton Democrat Nov. 22, 1945 p 1