Woodbury County

Pfc. Gene Booth


Pfc. Gene Booth Slightly Wounded

Pfc. Gene Booth has been slightly wounded in Belgium, according to word received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. L. R. Booth, 4101 Van Buren street.  He was serving with the armored infantry.

Pvt. Booth, a graduate of Leeds high school, received training at Camp Polk, La., and Camp Cooke, Cal.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, January 18, 1945

Leeds High Graduate Was Wounded but Rejoined Unit

The death of Pfc. Gene Booth, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. L. R. Booth, 4101 Van Buren street, was announced Sunday in a telegram to the parents from the War Department. The brief message stated only that he died in Belgium February 16.

Pfc. Booth was serving with the 11th armored division of Gen. Patton’s Third army, having been overseas since October, 1944. He was injured January 1, and was hospitalized in Belgium until January 19, at which time he rejoined his unit. He was awarded the Purple Heart.

After entering the Army in March, 1943, he received training at the University of Missouri, Camp Polk, La., and Camp Cooke and Ibis in California.

Born June 15, 1924, in Leeds, Pfc. Booth was graduated from Leeds high school, and was employed by Albertson Co. prior to his induction. During the time he attended high school, he was a Journal-Tribune carrier and sports announcer for Leeds high school over station KSCJ.

Surviving besides the parents are a sister, Dorothy, a brother, Ray, both at home, and his grandparents, Mrs. J. W. Bennett, Sioux City, and L. E. Booth, of Cherokee.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, Monday, March 5, 1945 (photo included)