Cerro Gordo County

Pvt. Joseph W. Black




Joint Memorial Service Sunday

Joint public memorial service honoring 4 men of the armed forces who recently gave their lives in combat will be held Sunday afternoon at 4 o’clock at Music hall. The Rev. Merle S. Dimath, pastor of the Church of the Nazarene, will give the eulogy. Miss Ellen Smith will be soloist.

Burial flags from the U. S. government will be presented to Mr. and Mrs. George V. Black, foster parents of Pvt. Joseph W. Black, who died in Lorraine, France, last October [7]; to Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Engleman for their son, Emmon, fireman 1/c, killed in the Pacific in April; to Mr. and Mrs. William Kasik for their son, Pfc. Joey Kasik, declared dead after a year’s missing in action in France; and to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph McLaughlin for their son Marvin, seaman 1/c, killed near Okinawa in May.

Gold star citation scrolls from the national department of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars and flowers from the 2 organizations will also be presented to the next of kin. The service will begin with a 5 minute prelude.

Honor guard and firing squad for the service will be furnished by volunteers from Company E of the Iowa state guard under the command of Capt. Leslie Whipple. Buglers of the day are Raymond Holtz, Arthur Erickson, Esther Ruhnke and Dean Schmidt.

All veterans organizations will attend in a body with their colors and are required to be at Music hall at 3:45. After the service at the hall the organizations will go to Central park for the 13th retreat of the season. The Clausen-Worden post of the American Legion will have charge of the retreat.

Source: The Globe-Gazette, Mason City, Iowa, Friday, August 24, 1945, Page 7