Montgomery County

Pvt. Robert D. Bryson



Mr. and Mrs. Jay Bryson of the Grant vicinity received word Saturday evening from the War Department that their son, Pvt. Robert Bryson, was killed in action on Iwo Jima island March 13. Robert entered the service on June 26, 1944.  He was a member of the 1944 graduating class of the Grant high school.  Mr. and Mrs. Bryson have two other sons in the service, Capt. Don Bryson in Italy and T-Sgt. Junior Bryson at Santa Barbara, Calif.

Source: Villisca Review, Montgomery County, Iowa, (no date)

Service Honors Trio War Dead


A joint Memorial Service, honoring the memory of three young men of the Grant community who lost their lives while in the service of their country in World War II, was held Sunday afternoon. The men honored were Lt. Loren F. Taylor, Pvt. Robert D. Bryson and CGM. Bernard Wayne Long. The service was largely attended by relatives and friends of the three men.

The service was in charge of Rev. Griey White and Rev. A. Breeling, assisted by members of the Grant American Legion Post. Each of the ministers gave appropriate remarks stressing the importance of realizing and appreciating the great sacrifices our soldier dead have made, in order that our ideals and liberties may be maintained.

Music for the service was furnished by the Weaver Brothers quartet with Mrs. Alta Schuler as pianist. The Legion ritual, paying tribute to the memory of the dead comrades, was given. The Legion also presented a flag to each of the three mothers of the men being honored. The three families presented a large floor basket of huge, dark red poppies, in memory of all men who gave their lives in World Wars I and II.

Pvt. Robert D. Bryson, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Bryson, was born near Guss, Iowa, October 4, 1925, and was aged 19 years and 6 moths at the time of his death. Shortly after being graduated from the Grant High School with the class of 1944, he enlisted in the Marine Corps. His basic training was done on the west coast. He shipped overseas with Co. One, 26th Regiment of the now famous Marine Corps division. The unit landed on Iwo Jima February 29, 1945, and he was killed in action, March 13, 1945. He is survived by his parents; five sisters and three brothers; and many relatives and friends. One brother served during the war with the U. S. Marine Corps and another brother with the Army Air Force.

[NOTE: Portions of this article regarding Lt. Loren F. Taylor and CGm. Bernard Wayne Long have been omitted but may be found on their individual webpages within this site.]

Source: Adams County Free Press, Corning, Iowa, Thursday, May 30, 1946, Page 6

The body of Pvt. Robert D. Bryson, 19, who died in action in the Pacific sector March 13, 1945, arrived in Villisca Tuesday morning and accompanied by a military escort, was taken to the Sutphen funeral home to await the last rites which will be held this Thursday at 2 p.m. in the Methodist church in Grant. The funeral service will be conducted by the Rev. A. Breeling and burial will be in the Grant cemetery Pvt. Bryson was a son of Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Bryson of the Grant vicinity. Flags were at half mast in the Villisca Business district Tuesday in respect to the memory of the departed soldier.
He was interred at Grant Cemetery, Grant, Montgomery Co., Iowa.

Source: Villisca Review, December 30, 1948