Cerro Gordo County

Cecil Duane Foell




Planned By North Iowa Schools

SWALEDALE -- H. K. Bennett, state regional supervisor of education, gave the commencement address at Swaledale high school auditorium Wednesday evening. The Rev. Mr. Irwin gave the class sermon Sunday. . . . Members of the class are . . . Cecil Foell. . . .

Source: The Globe Gazette, Mason City, Iowa, Thursday, May 21, 1942, Page 15


Swaledale – Apprentice Seaman Cecil Foell of Maryville, Mo., is visiting his mother, Mrs. Foell, and other relatives.

Source: The Globe Gazette, Mason City, Iowa, Tuesday, December 28, 1943, Page 8

Swaledale Navy Man Commissioned Ensign
on Dec. 14, New York

Cecil Duane Foell, son of Mrs. Jennie Foell, Swaledale, was among 1,023 men commissioned as ensigns, U. S. N. R., in ceremonies held on Dec. 14 in the cathedral of St. John in the Divine, New York City, it was announced by the U. S. naval midshipmen’s school there.

Source: The Globe Gazette, Mason City, Iowa, Friday, December 22, 1944, Page 12

Ensign Foell Was Among
Those Lost on Indianapolis

Swaledale Officer Had Served on Ship
Since Last May

Ensign Cecil D. Foell, son of Mrs. Jennie Foell of Swaledale, who was reported missing on the USS Indianapolis sunk last July 30, was among those who lost their lives at that time, it was learned here Wednesday.

Ensign Foell had reported for duty on the Indianapolis last May 2 and on it was sent to the Pacific. The ship, commanded by Capt. Charles MacVay, now being fried for neglect of duty, sank between Guam and Leyte after being hit by a submarine torpedo with about 300 men rescued out of the 11 or 12 hundred men on board.

Foell was born in Sheffield on May 31, 1923. He was graduated from the Swaledale high school and had attended a year at Upper Iowa university, Fayette, when he enlisted in the navy V-12 program on Dec. 8, 1942.

He was appointed ensign on Dec. 13, 1944, and a few days later reported to Hollywood, Fla., for temporary active duty under instruction. He later took further training at Gulfport, Miss.

Ensign Foell was given a posthumous award of the purple heart and held the Asiatic-Pacific area campaign medal.

Source: The Globe Gazette, Mason City, Iowa, Wednesday, January 02, 1946, Page 10 (photo included)

NOTE: Ensign Foell was memorialized at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Philippines and at Memorial Park Cemetery, Mason City, Iowa.