Black Hawk County

Pfc. Carl J. Demuth



News of Northeast Iowans
in Service of Their Country

Jesup – Pvt. Carl Demuth has been graduated from the armored school at Fort Knox, Ky., as a tank mechanic and spent a 15-day furlough with his wife and three children. He will report at Ft. George Meade, Md. He has been in the service since March, 1944.

Source: Waterloo Daily Courier, Waterloo, Iowa, Sunday, November 19, 1944, Section Two, Page 22

Pfc. Carl J. Demuth
Missing in Germany

Gilbertville, Ia. – Word was received here by Mrs. Carl Demuth from the war department that her husband, Pfc. Carl J., has been missing in action since April 7, in Germany. Private Demuth has been in front line duty since Feb., 1945, having been a tank driver in the First army belonging to the Third armored division.

He entered the service in March, 1944, and had training at Ft. Knox, Ky., and was assigned for overseas in December, 1944, landing in Belgium.

His wife, Agatha, and three children, Betty 7, Barbara 5, and Charles 9 months, reside in Gilbertville. His mother, Mrs. Anna Demuth, also lives there.

A brother, Sgt. George Demuth, is somewhere in the Philippine islands.

Before entering the service, he was employed at trucking for McCoy truck lines.

Source: Waterloo Daily Courier, Waterloo, Iowa, Thursday, April 26, 1945, Section Two, Page 16 (photo included)

Pfc. Carl Demuth of Gilbertville
Is Killed in Germany

Gilbertville, Ia. – Mrs. Carl J. Demuth received a telegram from the war department Saturday that her husband, Pfc. Carl J. Demuth, was killed in action in Germany, April 17.

A message received last week had reported him as missing in action. He had been in front line duty since February, 1944, having been a tank driver in the First army with the Third armored division.

Private Demuth entered the service in March, 1944, and was graduated from armored school at Ft. Knox, Ky. He went overseas in December.

Surviving are his widow, the former Agatha Holbach, whom he married at Gilbertville in November, 1936; three children, Betty, Barbara and Charels; his mother, Mrs. Anna Demuth, Gilbertville; two sisters, Mrs. Robert Becker and Mrs. Francis Fischel, both of Gilbertville; and a brother, Sgt. George Demuth, in the Philippines.

Rev. Fr. W. J. Cremer, pastor will officiate at memorial requiem high mass at Immaculate Conception Catholic church here at 9 a. m. Mondayl

Private Demuth was employed by the Standard Distributing Co., and the McCoy truck lines at Waterloo before his induction.

Source: Waterloo Daily Courier, Waterloo, Iowa, Saturday, April 28, 1945, Section Two, Page 18

Bodies of 5 Waterloo Men Back in U. S.

The bodies of five fallen Waterloo soldiers, one from Cedar Falls and six from other northeast Iowa towns have been returned to the United States, the war department said Wednesday.

Included in the long list of 7, 572 Americans returned to their home soil for reburial were these five Waterloo men: Pfc. Arvine E. Benedict, 1526 West Fourth street; Pfc. Carl J. Demuth, 820 Wellington street; Tech. 5th Gr. Raymond L. Larsen, 1008 West Second street; Pvt. Clarence R. Leaman, 203 East Thompson avenue; and Pvt. Percy F. Stevens, 101 Front street.

The bodies were returned aboard the United States army transport, Carroll Victory, the war department said.

Armed forces dead originally interred in temporary military cemeteries in France, Belgium and Holland are among those brought back to this country. There were 135 from Iowa.

The army stated that each next of kin was notified in advance of arrival of the vessel, and would be notified again after arrival of the remains at the regional distribution centers of the American graves registration service.

Source: Waterloo Daily Courier, Waterloo, Iowa, Wednesday, November 17, 1948, Page 7

Attention – Knights of Columbus

The Rosary will be said for the soul of

Brother Carl Demuth

Tonight at 8:00
At The Ray Hurley Funeral Home

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Return Body of Pfc. Carl Demuth

The body of Pfc. Carl J. Demuth, 33, who was killed in action April 7, 1945, in Germany, will be returned to Waterloo for services and burial Thursday at 5:10 p. m. It will bet taken to Ray Hurley funeral home.

Private Demuth’s widow and three children, Betty, 10, Barbara, 9, and Charles 4, live at 820 Wellington street.

Military rites will follow requiem high mass at 9:30 a. m. Saturday in the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Gilbertville. Burial will be there also.

Private Demuth was born Jan. 22, 1912, son of Peter and Ann Demuth at Gilbertville, Ia.

He married Agatha Holach at Gilbertville in November, 1936. He was employed by Standard Distributing Co. and McCoy Truck Lines in Waterloo before induction into service Mar. 31, 1944.

He graduated at Ft. Knox, Ky., as a tank mechanic and transferred to Ft. Meade, Md., leaving there for overseas in December, 1944. He was serving as a gunner on a tank with the First Army, Third Armored division, at the time of his death. He was awarded the Purple Heart.

He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and Knights of Columbus, and was affiliated with Immaculate Conception Catholic church at Gilbertville.

Surviving besides his wife and three children are his mother, Gilbertville, a brother, George Demuth, Gilbertville, and two sisters, Mrs. Robert Becker, Jesup, Ia., and Mrs. Francis Fischels, Gilbertville. His father preceded him in death.

The body will remain at Ray Hurley funeral home until the time of service. Knights of Columbus in Waterloo will recite rosary at 8 p. m. Friday.

Source: Waterloo Daily Courier, Waterloo, Iowa, Thursday, December 16, 1948, Pages 2 & 8