Sioux County

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Plymouth County

Sgt. Willard E. Anstine




January 31, 1944
Editor Sentinel:
Having read your paper for the past three months, I am writing these few lines to let you know how much I enjoy it. I don’t have a subscription in for it, but receive it from my sister, Mrs. Dwight Riter, R.R. No. 5, LeMars. It really peps me up when I call for my mail and see the Sentinel in the box. One article was of very much interest to me last week. The one of the ladies of LeMars started a canteen. If this is one of those projects where women of the community pass out food and hot coffee at the trains, well I can say for myself that it is a wonderful idea. The women of almost every city throughout Ohio have one and they are really appreciated by all service men. I know the people of the community are very busy also but I want to stress also how important mail from home can be to a soldier. That is one of the things that the soldier lives for from day to day and if a week or so goes by and he doesn’t receive any mail from home he begins to wonder if the folks back home haven’t forgotten him. Myself I have just been transferred to this Cadet Training Detachment and already have received mail from home, but I know dozens more who haven’t, it is for them I am writing this. If you have a little extra room in your paper this next week, I would surely appreciate it if you would run an article on this subject. ~A/S Willard E. Anstine, 26th College Training Detachment (Air Crew) Mount Union College, Alliance, Ohio.

Source: LeMars Semi-Weekly Sentinel, Feb. 11, 1944

More Pictures of Plymouth Countyans In Service

[Published photograph only--front page--Willard Anstine wearing flight cap]

Source: LeMars Globe-Post, December 25, 1944


Army Air Field, Casper, Wyo.—Pvt. Willard E. Anstine, husband of Katherine M. Anstine, Maurice, is an aerial gunner on a B-24 heavy bombardment crew now in its final stage of training at the Army air field, Casper, Wyo. Following completion of his training, he and his crew will be sent overseas to a combat area where they will help take up the fight against the enemy.

Source: LeMars Globe-Post, Monday, February 19, 1945

[Front page photograph display of Plymouth County servicemen, which included a photograph of Willard Anstine]

Source: LeMars Globe-Post, April 2, 1945


Cpl. Willard Anstine, who is stationed with the Eighth Air Force in England, has recently been promoted to a sergeant, according to word received by his family this week.

Source: LeMars Semi-Weekly Sentinel, April 10, 1945