Mitchell County

Pfc. Glen S. Coonradt

 

Osage Marine Is
Killed in Palaus

Osage, Iowa β€” Pfc. Glen Coonradt. marine, First division was killed in action in the Palau islands, in September, according to - a telegram received Saturday by his wife, the former Myrtle Markow. and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Coonradt.

Private Coonradt had been in the marines about three, years and overseas a long time.

Surviving also are a brother, Clarence Coonradt, Waterloo, and a sister, Janette Coonradt, marine corps women's reserve, stationed at Camp Le Jeune, N.C.

Source: Waterloo Courier, Sunday, October 15, 1944

PFC Glen Coonradt,
Marine, Loses Life
In South Pacific

News of the death of Pfc. Glen Coonradt, of the 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division, was received here Saturday morning by his wife, Mrs. Myrtle Coonradt, and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Coonradt.

The message stated that he was killed in action in the southwest Pacific; burial was near the place of death and a letter containing further details would follow.

Glen was the younger son of the Coonradts. He was born April 8, 1916, in Osage and spent nearly all of his life here.

He was married to Myrtle Markow-Richsmann, August 17, 1940, and they continued to reside here until he entered the service. Glen was employed at the Rex Refrigerated lockers for three or four years; also worked for the National Egg Dryers, Inc.

He enlisted in the Marines on September 1, 1942, received his training at San Diego, Marine base, where he spent four months, then was sent overseas with a special weapon battalion. About three or four months ago he was assigned to a regimental weapons company. His special training was in the anti-tank gunnery.

He was stationed first in Australia and remained there about four and a half months; then he was at Guadalcanal. He was in the Cape Gouchester, New Britain campaign and had been in a rest camp in the Russell Islands prior to the last invasion in which he took part.

His wife spent the last month he was in San Diego, with him, returning to Osage when he was sent out. Owing to the critical was situation at that time no furloughs longer than 18 hours were granted the Marines, so he had not been home since his enlistment.

Surviving, besides his wife and parents, is a brother, Clarence of Waterloo, and a sister, Janette Coonradt, U. S. Marine Corps, Women's reserve, who is stationed at Camp Le Jeune, North Carolina. Another brother, Laurence died in 1928.

Source: Mitchell County Press, Thursday, October 19, 1944


HOLD MEMORIAL FOR OSAGE GI

Pfc. Glen S. Coonradt Was Killed at Peleliu

Osage, Iowa β€” Memorial services will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Osage Baptist church, for Pfc. Glen S. Coonradt, Marine Corps Reserve, who gave his life on September 20, 1944, in the invasion of Peleliu, Palau Islands.

Glen S. Coonradt, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Coonradt, was born April 8, 1916, at Osage.

Surviving are his wife, his father and mother, one brother, Clarence, Waterloo, and a sister Pfc. Janette Coonradt, of the Women's Marine Corps Reserves, stationed at New River, North Carolina.

Source: Mason City Globe Gazette, Monday, February 24, 1945

Bodies Arrive From Overseas
North Iowans Among
Pacific War Heroes

San Francisco, (U.P.)β€”The bodies of 3,500 war dead from Manila, Saipan and Honolulu are due here Wednesday aboard the U.S. army transport Morris Crain.

They will bring to more than 30,000  returned from the Pacific since the reburial program was started last October.

North Iowans on the ship include the following with the next of kin named for each:
Pvt. Clarence Bily, Oelwein; Frank Bily.
Pfc. Glen S. Coonradt, Osage; Mrs. Glen S. Coonradt.
Pvt. William J. Knowlen, Charles City; Olive L. Bogart.
Capt. Homer L. Lund, Forest City; Nick H. Lund.
Pfc. Donald W. M. Niemoth, Estherville; Mrs. Marie C. Niemoth.
James M. Oldham, navy, Charles City; Francis Oldham.
Pvt. Arlo B. Parker, Mason City; Eleanor Parker.
Pfc. Elmer G. Stricker, Mason City; Gottfrid F. Stricker.
Pfc. Gerald E. Timm, Hawkeye; Ervin H. Timm.

Source: Mason City Globe-Gazette, Thursday, September 23, 1948


Rites at Osage
for World War II Hero

Glen Coonradt Lost
Life Under Jap Fire

OSAGE, IOWA β€” Full military rites were accorded at the Champion funeral home Monday for Pfc. Glen Coonradt, marine, who was instantly killed by Japanese mortar fire September 20, 1944, at Pelileu, Palau Islands. He had been awarded a presidential citation and the purple heart. The Rev. Orville Mellquist officiated, assisted by the Rev. H. F. Risse, of Csage, chaplain of the Iowa department of the American Legion.

Glen was born on a farm near Osage April 8, 1916, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Coonradt. He was married to Myrtle Harkow-Richsmann on August 17, 1940, making their home in Osage.

He enlisted in the Marines on September 1, 1942, received his training at San Diego for four months, then was sent overseas with a special weapon battalion, with training in antitank gunnery.

He was a member of the 5th marines, 1st marine division, stationed at Australia for a short period, then at Guadalcanal.

The young marine had participated in the Cape Gloucester, New Britain campaign and had been in a rest camp on the Russell Islands before the invasion in which he lost his life.

He is survived by his wife and father, both of Osage, a brother, Clarence, of Waterloo, and a sister, Mrs. Arnold Dieterich, St. Ansgar. His mother died in 1946, nearly 2 years after the death of the young marine.

Source: Mason City Globe Gazette, Oct. 12, 1948