Plymouth County

Earl L. Cornish


Former Member of K. Company Succumbs at San Diego

Kingsley, Ia.—Special: Earl L. Cornish, 23, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry B. Cornish of Kingsley, who as a member of Company K. Iowa National Guard, of LeMars, was in service overseas, died Sunday at the Naval hospital at San Diego, Cal., where he had been since February 10 this year.

Born at Kingsley May 31, 1921, he was graduated by Kingsley high school and entered Western Union college at LeMars. With his National Guard company he trained at Camp Claiborne, La., and Camp Dix, N.J. Going overseas, he was stationed in Ireland where he was stricken with myocarditis and after a long period of hospitalization there was given an honorable discharge. Returned to the United States, he was admitted to the San Diego Naval hospital.
Survivors besides his parents are three brothers, a twin Merle, of San Diego, Forrest in the Navy and Lloyd of Kingsley; two sisters, Mrs. Louise McVey of San Diego and Mrs. Esther Hudgel of Anthon; a grandmother, Mrs. George Jackman of San Diego; and a grandfather, Byron H. Cornish of Kingsley.

The body will be sent to Kingsley for burial. Funeral arrangements have not been completed.

Source: LeMars Globe-Post,
July 24, 1944 (photo included)


Forrest Cornish, Soundman 3c, returned to his base at San Diego, after being called here to attend the funeral of his brother, Earl Cornish, which was held at Kingsley last week. Earl died at a Naval hospital in San Diego of heart trouble and was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Cornish of Kingsley. Forrest has been in the Navy since February 27 and has completed his course at the west coast sound school. He is now awaiting assignment to a ship. His wife, who has been with him for the last two months, returned to LeMars to make her home.

Source: LeMars Globe-Post, August 10, 1944