Sioux County

Air Cadet Earl R. Bergsma




Air Cadet Earl R. Bergsma of the U.S. Navy is completing his flight training at Pensacola, Florida, after experience in many Navy schools and flying fields since he started his aviation training.

His present address is: A-C Earl R. Bergsma, USNR, Class 6-B, 44 P (C), Care of Flight Brigade Bldg. 679, USNATC, Pensacola, Florida.

He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Bergsma of Rock Valley, who have three sons in the Navy; Arthur, Edwin and Earl. Edwin is chief gunner’s mate on the USS Crowley and Arthur, now home on leave after a long shift in the Pacific, was commended at captain’s mast for his splendid work as captain of a gun crew.

Source: Rock Valley Bee, August 4, 1944 (photo included)


Earl Richard Bergsma, son of Mr. William Bergsma of Rock Valley, Iowa, was commissioned an Ensign in the Naval Reserve and designated a Naval Aviator recently at the Naval Air Training Bases, Pensacola, Florida.

Having completed his intermediate training at the “Annapolis of the Air” he will be ordered to duty either at an instructor’s school for further training or an operational base.

Source: Rock Valley Bee, December 29, 1944


Rock Valley:
Ensign Earl Bergsma is spending a 22-day leave from the Naval Air Station at Corpus Christi, Texas.  He volunteered for torpedo duty, and thereby rates this leave. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Will Bergsma.

Source: Sioux County Capital, May 3, 1945