Cerro Gordo County

Guy Wayne Carroll





Mason City’s First, Hancock County First  War Death Reported

North Iowa’s second and third World war II deaths were reported Tuesday. Both men were sailors and lost their lives in the Pearl Harbor naval engagement.

Guy Wayne Carroll, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter G. Carroll of Lehigh addition, Mason City, is Mason City’s first casualty in the war. Carroll, a quartermaster second class, lost his life aboard the ill-fated destroyer U. S. S. Shaw. He has been in the navy six years.

Wilbur Theodore Smith, son of Frank Smith and Mrs. Pearl Smith of Crystal Lake, is Hancock county’s first war casualty. He has been in the navy one year. No report has arrived on his brother, Orlan Floyd Smith, who was on the same ship. Both were seamen second class.

Cerro Gordo county and North Iowa’s first World war II fatality was Melvin Laskowski, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Laskowski of Sheffield.

Source: The Globe Gazette, Mason City, Iowa, Tuesday, December 16, 1941

NOTE: There is a memorial stone for Guy Wayne Carroll at Memorial Park Cemetery, Mason City, Iowa. The son of Walter Guy and Allie Mae (Avenell) Carroll, he was born in 1917. Source: Memorial Park Cemetery transcriptions