Cerro Gordo County

Cpl. Keith E. Dye




Cpl. Keith E. Dye
Reported Wounded in Mediterranean

The war department announced Monday that Cpl. Keith E. Dye, 118 13th N. E. was wounded in the Mediterranean area.

Source: The Globe Gazette, Mason City, Iowa, Monday, April 03, 1944, Page 21

K. Dye, Well Known In Irvington, Killed In Action In Italy

Irvington:  Mrs. Alice Duryea recently received the news telling of the death of her grandson, Keith Dye, who was killed in action somewhere in Italy.  Keith was the son of Major and Mrs. Elmer Dye of Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and was 20 years of age. He entered the service in April, 1943, at Camp Dodge, being sent to Camp Blanding, Fla., for his basic training.  He later served at Camp Robinson, Ark., and Fort Meade, Md., before being ordered to Africa in October, 1943. Last December he went to Italy and in February Cpl. Dye was wounded in action on the Anzio beachhead and was awarded the Purple Heart. Besides his parents he is survived by his wife, Virginia Snyder Dye, of Mason City and one daughter, Sharon Lee and his sister, Betty. For many summers Keith visited with his aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Laage, and had numerous friends in this community. He attended grade and high school at Mason City where the family has resided for many years.  At present his father, Major Dye, is commanding officer of the station complement at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

Source: Algona Upper DesMoines, July 11, 1944

To Honor Memory of Cpl. Dye
at Radio Chapel on Sunday

Services at 3 o’clock With Rev. Sentman in Charge;
Killed June 1

Memorial services for Cpl. Keith E. Dye, killed in action in Italy on June 1, will be held at Radio Chapel Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock, with the Rev. Carl J. Sentman in charge. Patriotic organizations are invited to be present with their colors.

Cpl. Dye entered the service in April, 1943, and went overseas the following July. He had served in Africa and Italy. He had been awarded the purple heart for wounds received in action last Feb. 11, and had been returned to active duty.

Besides his wife, Virginia, 102 14th Place N. E., he is survived by a 21 months’ old daughter, Sharon Lee; his parents, Maj. And Mrs. Elmer E. Dye, Fort Leavenworth, Kans.; and a sister, also at Fort Leavenworth, all to be present at the services.

Source: The Globe Gazette, Mason City, Iowa, Thursday, August 24, 1944, Page 6 (photo included)

Cpl. Keith Dye Memorial Held

The Rev. C. Sentman Gives “Abiding Things”

“Rulers will come and go, governments will pass, but he that doth the will of God abideth forever,” stated the Rev. Carl J. Sentman in a message on “Abiding Things” at memorial services in Radio Chapel Sunday afternoon for Cpl. Keith E. Dye, killed in action in Italy on June 1.

The pastor based his message on the 13th verse of 1 Corinthians, chapter 13, which reads: “And now abideth faith, hope, love, these three, but the greatest of these is love.”

“Eternal love is the greatest. Not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be a propitiation for our sins. To rest on the Lord Jesus alone is the guarantee of abiding forever.”

Organ selections played while the people gathered for the services were “Prelude” by Handel; “Consolation” by Mendelssohn; “Prayer” by Guilmant, and “Andante Religioso” by Calver. Mr. and Mrs. Sentman sang “A Memory” by A. H. Ackley. Taps were played on the organ and a march selection followed as the people left the auditorium.

Colors were represented by various patriotic organizations.

Source: The Globe Gazette, Mason City, Iowa, Monday, August 28, 1944, Page 11


Rogness Speaks for Services
Held at Music Hall for 12

The great problem in rehabilitation of men in service will be to find something to do as significant as the services they have given on the battlefield, the Rev. Alvin N. Rogness, pastor of Trinity Lutheran church, said at the monthly memorial service Sunday at Music hall, commemorating those members of the army, navy and marine corps who have given their lives in the service of their country.

“The minds of these boys often reach high points of service that these things for which we fight shall live, even if it costs their life blood to have them live,” said Mr. Rogness.

“We have honor today those whose lives have been cut short by war. It is the price man pays for not having walked the ways of God. God did not make war. He didn’t desire their death. It is not wrong for us to say that God may take the blood shed by these and cleanse the earth of such pillage that has been our lot for several years.”

. . .  The program was sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, with W. V. Clausen, commander of the post, in charge. Mrs. Harold Sayder sang 2 selections, accompanied by Mrs. Morris Laird at the piano.

The offering of symbolic tribute and roll call of departed comrades was given by Comdr. Clausen and this was followed by the presentation of flags and Gold Star citations to the next of kin assisted by H. A. Austin of the American Legion and by Cpl. Beverly Myers and Pvt. Jean Morley, WAC recruiting officers.

Those honored Sunday were:

Robert Harold Anderson
Jerold Richard Bond
Keith Ellsworth Dye
Willard Earl Dunton
Mickel John Garcis
Eugene Hall Kirshbaum
Louis Joseph Pion, Jr.
Ernest Hall Ruhnke
Robert Vance Ulin
Cecil Thomas Waldmoe
Lester Lee Williams
John Raymond Gagnon

The ceremony was concluded by the firing squad under 1st Sgt. Frank Shobin, with Major Jack Cheyne sounding taps. The next ceremony will be held the final Sunday in November.

Source: The Globe Gazette, Mason City, Iowa, Monday, October 30, 1944, Page 11