Muscatine County

Pvt. Philip C. DeCamp



Pvt. DeCamp Was Killed in Action on Moffin Island

Pvt. Philip C. DeCamp met death in action on Moffin Island, Dutch New Guinea, a letter from the Adjutant General’s office received by his wife, Mrs. Madge DeCamp of Muscatine, who is now residing at 820 14th street, Sacramento, 14, Calif., reveals. An excerpt from the letter reads:

“It is with regret that I am writing to confirm the recent telegram informing you of the death of your husband, Pvt. Philip C. DeCamp, Infantryman, who was killed in action on 7 October 1944, on Moffin Island, Dutch New Guinea.”

Source: Muscatine Journal and News-Tribune, October 31, 1944


Sorrowful news, in the form of messages advising the next of kin of the death of a loved one somewhere in the service of their nation, came to an increasing number of homes in Muscatine and vicinity during 1944 as the country’s military operations against enemies on World war No. 2 proceeded on an accelerated pace. Emphasis upon the tremendous cost of warfare in human lives was called in repeated instances, by official messages, relating that men from this community had made the supreme sacrifice while following the flag with the respective branches of the armed services. News dispatches from the scenes of history –making engagements recorded in the third year of this nation’s participation in war were followed, in the course of a brief lapse of time, and with distressing regularity, by official notification to the effect that someone from this community was included among those who had given their lives.

But brief bits of information were available, in most instances, for the bereaved relatives of servicemen whose deaths were written into the record during this third year of the war. The date, the theater of action, perchance a note to the effect that the serviceman had been buried in an American cemetery abroad- and but little more were ordinarily included. Subsequently, in instances, letter from companions in service, or others in close association, gave additional details. For some, whose death occurred while in service in this country, funeral services were conducted when bodies were returned to the home community for burial. For others, who died on foreign soil, memorial services were conducted at various churches of their affliction.

Community memorial services, honoring those whose lives were given in the service of their country were conducted at the Muscatine high school auditorium Sunday, Nov. 26, with representatives of various pastoral organizations participating establishing a custom of holding on the last Sunday afternoon of each month, similar memorial service for the community’s war heroes.

Brief sketches of those who gave their lives in the service of their country since the outbreak of the war, compiled from causality list and information obtained from relatives follow:

PVT. PHILLIP C. DeCAMP-- A letter from the adjutant general’s office informed Mrs. Madge DeCamp of the death of her husband, Pvt. Phillip C. DeCamp, in action on Moffin Island, Dutch New Guinea, in October, 1944. He had enlisted at Camp Dodge, Des Moines, on Oct. 28, 1943. He arrived in New Guinea in May. He had been employed at the Gobble Grocery co. here.

Source: Muscatine Journal and News-Tribune, December 29, 1944 (photo included)

140 Have Made Supreme Sacrifice in Muscatine Area In War Against Axis Powers; Many Reported Wounded
The names of those who have made the supreme sacrifice in World War No. 2, compiled from records maintained by The Journal, follow:

Pvt. Philip C. DeCamp, husband of Mrs. Madge DeCamp, of Muscatine, killed in action Oct. 7, 1944, on Moffin Island, Dutch New Guinea.

Source: Muscatine Journal, Victory in Europe Edition, May 7, 1945