Winnebago County

T/Sgt. Milo A. Bolsinger

 

 

BOLSINGER-HOLSTAD
Scarville—Mabel Holstad, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. K. J. Holstad of Lake Mills, and Sergt. Milo Bolsinger, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bolsinger of Forest City, were married at the Synod Lutheran parsonage by the Rev. J. A. Petersen Saturday afternoon. They were attended by Mr. and Mrs. Gunder Felland.

Source: Mason City Globe-Gazette, March 24, 1942

Milo Bolsinger Died in Battle
Local Boy Was Killed in Action June 26 in New Guinea

Technical Sergeant Milo Bolsinger, 30, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bolsinger of Forest City, was killed in action in New Guinea June 26, according to a telegram received by his wife Wednesday noon last week from the war department. The message stated that a letter giving details would follow.

Milo was inducted into the army February 17, 1941, at Camp Dodge and was assigned to the infantry for his basic training at Fort Warren, Wyoming. He was then assigned to a regular army infantry regiment and was stationed at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. He was promoted to the grade of corporal, then sergeant, and later to staff sergeant. He was especially versatile at training men and was retained at Fort Leonard Wood for around a year while engaged in that work. However, he preferred to be and was later transferred with the troops he had trained. He went to Ft. Leonard Wood in May 1941 and in October that year was sent to Little Rock, Arkansas, and then to Louisiana on maneuvers. He returned to Ft. Leonard Wood where he remained until September 6, 1942, when he spent ten weeks on maneuvers near Nashville, Tennessee.

Back at Ft. Leonard Wood, he came home on a 15 day furlough November 12. The last of that month he was sent out on desert maneuvers to the Los Angeles training area. He was stationed at Camp San Luis Obispo, California, and left from San Francisco for overseas duty September 20, 1943. Milo was promoted to technical sergeant last December 24th. He was sent to Pearl Harbor where he remained until January of this year when he was sent into the New Guinea area. A recent letter received from him was dated June 19 and stated that he had been moved and that his supplies and belongings had not yet caught up with him.

The last letter received from him was dated June 24, but gave no further information regarding his new location. Milo was born in Ellington township, and moved to Forest City when two years old. He graduated from the Forest City high school and was employed by Dr. R.E. Hanson before entering the service. He is survived by his wife, the former Mabel Holstad of Lake Mills, and 16 months old son Darwin; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bolsinger of Forest City, and one sister, Mrs. Charles Hanson, of Grafton. Mrs. Milo Bolsinger has made her home in Forest City with Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bolsinger since returning in September 1942 from Fort Leonard Wood where she had spent four months with her husband. Milo was home on his last furlough a year ago before leaving for his overseas service. Wednesday of this week Milo's family received a letter from the war department which gave only the additional information that Milo lost his life in fighting near Naffin, New Guinea.

Source: Forest City newspaper, July 1944 (photo included)

SOLDIER KILLED IN PACIFIC AREA
T. Sgt. Milo Bolsinger Had Wife, Son, Parents


Forest City—T. Sgt. Milo Bolsinger, 30, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bolsinger, was killed in New Guinea June 26, according to a telegram received by his wife Wednesday from the government. No details were given, but the message stated that a letter would follow giving details.

Sgt. Bolsinger was inducted into the Army at Camp Dodge and took his basic training at Fort Warren, Wyo. He was stationed at Fort Leavenworth, Kans., and Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., before being sent on maneuvers in Tennessee and California. He was stationed at Camp San Luis Obispo, Cal., and left for overseas Sept. 20, 1943.

He was sent to Pearl Harbor and was there until January of this year when he was sent into the New Guinea area. His last letter received was dated June 19 and stated that he had been moved and that his supplies and belongings had not caught up with him. He was home a year ago on his last furlough.

Milo Bolsinger was born in Ellington township and lived all his life in Forest City. He was a graduate of the local high school and worked for R. E. Hanson before entering the service. He was married to Mabel Holstad of Lake Mills. His wife has been living with his parents.

Surviving are his wife, a 16 months old son, Darwin, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bolsinger and one sister, Mrs. Charles Hanson of Grafton.

Source: Mason City Globe-Gazette, July 14, 1944 (photo included)

BODIES OF IOWA VETS RETURNED
North Iowans Among Yanks on Transport


Remains of 4,459 Americans who lost their lives during World War II are being returned to San Francisco from Manila aboard the United States Army Transport Lt. George W. G. Boyce, the department of the army announced Monday.

Armed forces dead originally interred in temporary military cemeteries in New Guinea and the Philippine Islands are among those being brought to this country.

A total of 110 remains are being returned upon instructions of next of kin residing in Iowa.

North Iowans in the list include the following:
T/Sgt. Milo A. Bolsinger, Lake Mills.

Source: Mason City Globe-Gazette, June 1, 1948