Cerro Gordo County

Sgt. Lester P. Chechock



Sgt. Lester Chehock Had Been Reported Missing in December

Mrs. Gertrude Sponheim Chehock, Plymouth, has received a message from the war department information here of the death of her husband in the service, somewhere in Europe, Sgt. Lester Chehock.

Sgt. Chehock had been reported missing in action last Dec. 21, and the only communication received since then until now was a card from him in February.

Sgt. Chehock went overseas last October. He entered the service in Aug., 1942. While in the states he had been instructing in rifle and machine gun at Camp Blanding, Fla.

Beside his wife he is survived by his father, Paul Chehock of Plymouth and one brother and one sister.

Source: Mason City Globe-Gazette, April 6, 1945 (photo included)

Memorial Service For Lester Chehock

Memorial service for Sgt. Lester P. Chechock will be held Sunday, June 17, at the Methodist Church in Plymouth. He was a graduate from the Plymouth High School in 1938.

Sergeant Chehock was reported missing in action in Germany December 21, 1944, and later reports showed that he died that same day, a prisoner of the Germans.

He was inducted into the United States Army August 21, 1942, and received his initial training at Camp Wolters, Texas. He acted as instructor at Camp Blanding, Florida, Camp McCoy, Wis., and at Camp Atterbury, Ind. He was sent overseas in October, 1944, landed in England and was soon sent to action in France.

Sergeant Chechock was married to Gertrude Sponheim, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Sponheim, April 4, 1943.

He is survived by his wife, his father, a twin sister, Lurintha; a brother, Eldon, and a niece.

Source: Mitchell County Press-News, Osage, Iowa, Thursday, June 14, 1945