Woodbury County

Cpl. Leon R. Dandurand

 

 

 

HOW LE MARS MEN HELPED TO SOFTEN UP GERMAN LINES AT BOLOGNA, ITALY

With the Fifth Army, Italy: S/Sgt. Donald R. Bensley, whose wife lives at Hinton, and Sgt. Bernard A. Dandurand, and Cpl. Leon R. Dandurand of 716 Court St. in Sioux City, and brothers of Emil Dandurand of LeMars, were all members of the 185th Field Artillery battalion that helped soften up the German lines at Bologna. The 185th is a unit of the Red Bull Division, and has served overseas since April, 1942. They fought all through North Africa, including Fandouk ness and Hill 409. Later they fought near Salerno, Italy, before being transferred to France. They have had 500 days of combat duty.

Source: LeMars Globe-Post, April 30, 1945

IN UNIFORM

Ernest D. Dandurand, radarman second class, U.S.N.R., participated in the Iwo Jima and Okinawa battles while serving on Admiral R.K. Turner’s amphibious force flagship, U.S.S. Eldora. He has spent 22 months in the Pacific war theater. Dandurand was employed in the city sales department of Frank Pilley & Sons before entering the navy.
Radarman Dandurand has five brothers in the army, Bernard and Leon, who were in the European war theater and now are discharged on the point system; Ralph and Clarence, both in the Pacific theater, and Orville, stationed at an airfield in the States.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, October 14, 1945