O'Brien County

Pvt. Milford W. Beldt


Washington (AP)--The War Department announced today the names of fourteen Iowans who are held as prisoners of war by Italy. They were:

Pvt. Milford W. Beldt, son of Mrs. Albona Beldt, route 1, Sheldon:

Source: Carroll Times Herald, May 13, 1943


Norbert Rowenhorst, Howard Finch and Milford Beldt met recently in a Nazi prisoner of war camp, according to word just received here, says the Sheldon Mail.

Sgt. Norbert Rowenhorst writes from a German prison camp to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Al Rowenhorst, Sheldon, in which he states that he is well.  The letter, written April 5, was received here this week Monday.  He says, in part:  “By now you know I am a prisoner of war and it is only by the grace of God that I am here.  I can’t complain about the treatment being given me.”

He also said that he was making new acquaintances and for his parents not to worry that everything would be O. K.

Sgt. Rowenhorst is in Stalag Prison Camp 2 B, according to a letter received from Milford Beldt, who has been a prisoner there since February 19 of last year.  In the letter, which was written April 20 to his parents, he stated that Norbert and Finch arrived the week before.  This was the first word the Finch family have had concerning Howard since he was first reported missing in action.

Source:  LeMars Globe-Post, June 12, 1944

Milford William Beldt was born Nov. 20, 1917 to Fred A. and Albena K. Walgenbach Beldt. He died June 4, 2007 and is buried in Mountain View Cemetery, Longmont, CO.

Source: ancestry.com