Black Hawk County

Cpl. Marvin Bing


Marvin Bing Officially Dead

Cpl. Marvin Bing, 21, formerly of Waterloo, who as reported missing in action Feb. 4, 1944, has now been officially declared dead according to word received here by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Bing, 107 Mulberry street.

Corporal Bing’s mother, Mrs. Lenora Davis, Long Beach, Cal., received a letter from the war department informing her:

“Marvin was last seen going into a church to rest, after participating in land battles at Cassino [Italy] on Feb. 4, 1944. Shortly after, a heavy artillery shell demolished the church and Marvin was never found.”

He enlisted with the national guards in Waterloo and after a year’s training at Camp Claiborne, La., went overseas in January, 1942, attached to the 133rd infantry regiment of the 34th division. He landed in Ireland and from there went to north Africa, Sicily and Italy. He was cited for “exceptional bravery beyond the call of duty” at Hill 609 in Tunisia.

He attended West high school before entering service.

His father, Willard Bing, formerly of Waterloo, now resides in Detroit, Mich.

Memorial service will be held at 2:30 p. m. Sunday, Mar. 25, at the Church of Brethren, with Rev. Charles DuMond, pastor, in charge. Members of the local American Legion post, Number 138, will present colors and sound taps.

Source: Waterloo Daily Courier, Waterloo, Iowa, Sunday, March 18, 1945, Page 5

Marvin L. Bing, Pvt. U.S. Army was initially listed as MIA at Ardennes American Cemetery, Neupre, Belgium. He was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

His remains were recovered in 1957. Pvt. Bing’s name is permanently engraved on the Walls of the Missing at Sicily-Rome American Cemetery at Nettuno, Italy.

When an individual’s remains have been accounted for by the U.S. Dept of Defense, a rosette is placed next to the name on the Wall/Tablet/Court of the Missing to mark that the person now rests in a known gravesite.