Black Hawk County

Pvt. Clifford A. Flanders

 
 

 

C. A. Flanders Killed Nov. 2 in Holland

Pvt. Clifford A. Flanders, 30, was killed in action Nov. 2 in Holland, according to a war department notice receive Thursday by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Flanders, his sister and brother, Lucile and Byron, and an uncle, Albert Flanders, all of 221 Jefferson street.

The war department message was a sharp contrast to Thanksgiving of a year ago when Private Flanders spent a surprise furlough here.

Following his induction Nov. 12, 1942, Private Flanders took basic infantry training at Camp Adair, Ore., and later trained in Arizona and at Camp Carson, Colo. He spent his final furlough here in June, 1944, and went overseas in September, serving first in France and later in Holland.

Clifford Arthur Flanders was born Dec. 25, 1913, in Waterloo, and was graduated from West high school in 1932.

He had been employed by the late Dr. Carl Bickley at Longwood hospital, and was employed at the Sherwood greenhouse at the time of his induction. He had attended First Baptist church here, and his death will provide the first gold star on the church service flag representing more than 100 members in service, according to Rev. Albert L. Drake, pastor.

Source: Waterloo Daily Courier, Waterloo, Iowa, Thursday, November 23, 1944, Page 3 (photo included)

Purple Heart To Seven
Waterloo War Casualties

Three Posthumous Awards Are Among
Those Given to Fighting Men.

The Purple Heart has been awarded to the seven following Waterloo men:

Pfc. Melvin Staley (posthumous award)
Sgt. Bert L. Cook (posthumous award)
Pvt. Clifford A. Flanders (posthumous award)
Staff Sgt. Harold L. Morrison
Pvt. Herbert H. Pelton
Pvt. William J. Kriens
and, Melvin L. Smelser, seaman second class.

Flanders Honored

A posthumous award of the Purple Heart was made to Pvt. Clifford A. Flanders, who was killed in action Nov. 2 in Holland. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Flanders, 221 Jefferson street, have been informed that he was buried in an American cemetery in Belgium with full military honors.

[NOTE: Portions of this article regarding the other Purple Heart recipients have been omitted but may be found on their individual webpages within this site.]

Source: Waterloo Daily Courier, Waterloo, Iowa, Sunday, February 04, 1945, Page 3

Three Bodies of War Dead Due Today

The bodies of three Waterloo boys will be among the 15 northeast Iowa veterans aboard the United States army transport Robert Burns which is scheduled to dock at New York City today, it was learned here yesterday.

[Among] the Waterloo veterans:

Pvt. Clifford A. Flanders, next of kin Eliza A. Flanders of 221 Jefferson street.

The majority of these dead are being returned from Henri Chapelle military cemetery at Eupen, Belgium. Some are from the cemetery at St. Laurent-sur-Mer, 10 miles west of Bayeux, France. Included in the group are many men who fell on the furious D-Day assault on Omaha beach.

The dead will be buried in private or national cemeteries according to the wishes of next-of-kin.

Source: Waterloo Daily Courier, Waterloo, Iowa, Sunday, November 23, 1947, Page 11

Flanders Body Due
to Arrive Jan. 8

The body of Pvt. Clifford A. Flanders, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Flanders, 221 Jefferson street, is due to arrive in Waterloo at 8:30 a. m. Thursday, Jan. 8, on the Illinois Central railroad, according to word received here yesterday.

Private Flanders, who entered service in November, 1942, went overseas in September, 19444, and was killed in action in Holland, Nov. 2, 1944.

The body will be taken to Kistner’s funeral home.

Burial will be in Elmwood cemetery.

Source: Waterloo Daily Courier, Waterloo, Iowa, Sunday, December 21, 1947, Section Two, Page 13

Pvt. Flanders’ Body Arrives

The body of Pvt. Clifford A. Flanders, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Flanders, 221 Jefferson street, arrived in Waterloo for reburial Thursday at 8:30 a. m.

Private Flanders entered the service in November, 1942, went overseas in September, 1944, and was killed in action in Holland, Nov. 2, 1944.

The body was met Thursday morning by an American Legion escort consisting of Ralph Ehrig, Charles Walker, James Bochniarz, Carl Christiansen, E. C. Chamberlain, J. F. Anderson and Verne Davis.

The body will remain at Kistner funeral home until funeral arrangements are completed.

Source: Waterloo Daily Courier, Waterloo, Iowa, Thursday, January 08, 1948, Page 2

War Hero’s Funeral Friday

Funeral services will be Friday at 3:30 p. m. at Kistner funeral home for Pvt. Clifford A. Flanders, whose body arrived here from Belgium, last Thursday. Rev. A. L. Drake, pastor of First Baptist church, will officiate and burial will be in Elmwood cemetery. The American Legion will be in charge of military rites.

The son of Arthur and Eliza Flanders, he was born Dec. 25, 1913, in Waterloo, and was a graduate of West high school in 1932. He was employed at the Sherwood greenhouse before his induction into the army at Camp Dodge, Ia., Nov. 12, 1942.

He was a member of the 104th Timberwolf division of the 415th infantry. He was awarded the Purple Heart posthumously.

Surviving are his mother, Mrs. Eliza A. Flanders, one brother, Byron, and one sister, Lucille, all of 221 Jefferson street.

His father died Nov. 2, 1946.

Source: Waterloo Daily Courier, Waterloo, Iowa, Tuesday, January 13, 1948, Page 2

DEATHS

PVT. CLIFFORD A. FLANDERS

Body bearers for the funeral of Pvt. Clifford A. Flanders, whose body was returned to Waterloo a week ago Thursday, will be the following members of Waterloo Amvets post 19: William Collins, Carl Knapp, Edward Barr, Harold Brooks, Robert Twaites and Harold Speck.

The funeral will be Friday at 3:30 p. m. at Kistner funeral home.

The American Legion firing squad and color guard will consist of Harve Aires, James Rochniarz, Herbert Ernst, Leo Guynn, Paulus Hilmer, Leon Hubbard, Charles Walker, LeRoy Nick, A. J. Hodges, Ervin Hilmer, Donald Anderson, Vern Davis, Sam Guynn and Fred Hart.

Chaplain will be Rudolph S. Block, and buglers will be Clarence Albright and Lee Wymore. Tech. 5th Gr. Arthur H. Zickerman was the military escort who accompanied the body to Waterloo.

In addition to relatives previously listed, an uncle, Albert Flanders, 221 Jefferson street, survives.

Source: Waterloo Daily Courier, Waterloo, Iowa, Thursday, January 15, 1948, Page 2

City in Brief

Roy Templin, Newport, Tenn., returned to his home Wednesday after visiting Mrs. Eliza Flanders and family, 2221 Jefferson street. Templin was a close friend of Pvt. Clifford Flanders, who was killed in action in Holland in 1944. While here, Templin fulfilled a promise made while in the service that he and Clifford would visit each other’s homes if they returned. Templin visited Private Flanders’ grave at Elmwood cemetery.

Source: Waterloo Daily Courier, Waterloo, Iowa, Wednesday, October 13, 1948, Page 2