Woodbury County

T/Sgt. Elmer C. Colt

 
 

 

MEN AND WOMEN IN SERVICE

Robert A. Olsen, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. Olsen, 1520 Dale Street; William E. Bergman, whose wife Nancy lives at 1665 Willis Avenue, and Private Elmer C. Colt, son of Mrs. Lucile Colt, 5307 Military Road, have arrived at Scott Field, Illinois, where they will take a course in radio operation and mechanics to train them for duty as members of bombing crews.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, May 11, 1943

LISTED MISSING.

Mrs. Lucille L. Colt, 5233 Militry road, has had a letter from the War Department confirming the report that her son T. Sgt. Elmer C. Colt, 20, has been “missing in action” since August 25 over Germany.  T. Sgt. Colt, who has been stationed in England since April 1, is a radio gunner on a B-24 bomber.  He entered the service March 2, 1942, following graduation from Central high school.  His last letter home was dated August 22.

Source:  The Sioux City Journal, September 12, 1944

MISSING GUNNER HELD PRISONER
Central Graduate, Sgt. Colt, Heard From in Broadcast

T. Sgt. Elmer C. Colt, 20, reported missing in action over Germany August 25, now is a prisoner of war in Germany, according to a short wave broadcast recorded from Berlin by the government.

The message, which was written by the youth, stated that he was “uninjured” and that they were “treating him well,” and urged his mother, Mrs. Lucille L. Colt, 5233 Military road, “not to worry.”

Mrs. Colt stated that she had received letters from seven different short wave stations throughout the nation which also heard the message of her son’s safety.  The broadcast was received Tuesday.

Sgt. Colt, a graduate of Central high school, was serving as a radio gunner on a B-24 bomber.  He enlisted in the service March 2, 1942.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, September 22, 1944 (photo included)