Sioux County

Sgt. Gerald Bosch
Born 30 May 1925
Died 25 Dec 1944
 

NEWS OF OUR MEN and WOMEN IN UNIFORM

Sioux Center: Mr. and Mrs. Peter Bosch receive a telegram Thursday from their son, Gerald, telling of his safe arrival, but he did not say where he had been sent. He left from the East Coast.

Source: Sioux County Capital, November 30, 1944


GERALD P. BOSCH REPORTED MISSING AS TRANSPORT IS SUNK
(By Special Correspondent)

Relatives have received word from the War Department stating that it is presumed that Pfc. Gerald Bosch may have lost his life in the sinking of a troop ship in the English channel, en route to France. The last letter received here was written in England, and a few days after, he was reported missing in action.

Source: LeMars Globe-Post, February 8, 1945

SERVICEMEN

Drowned in Channel
Relatives have received word from the War Department stating it is assumed that Pfc. Gerald Bosch may have lost his life in the sinking of a troop ship in the English Channel while enroute to France. The last letter received here was written in England, and a few days after, he was reported missing in action.

Source: The Sioux County Capital, Orange City, Iowa, February 8, 1945

Jake Bosch received a message Wednesday morning from the War Department stating that Sgt. Gerald Bosch, who had been reported missing in action since Dec. 16th was now reported dead. The message was sent to Gerald's parents, Rev. & Mrs. G. Bosch who is spending the winter at Norfolk, Virginia, but expected to return to Maurice in April. Here is a reprint of the telegram:

"Washington, DC 3:21 PM 3-7-45
Gerrit Bosch, Maurice IA.

The secretary of war asks that I assure you of his deep sympathy in the loss of your son, Sgt. Gerald Bosch, who was previously reported missing in action report now received states he was killed in action twenty five December in European area confirming letter follows: J. A. Ulic, The Adjustant General Battle 830 am.

The family received the first notice that he was missing in January. Some time after that a letter came stating that he was aboard a troop transport somewhere in the European theater of operations at the time.

Gerald was eighteen at the time he was drafted having just completed the two year college course at Orange City. He was inducted in June, 1943, and would have celebrated his 20th birthday this coming Memorial Day.

Source: Sioux Center News, March 8, 1945