Black Hawk County


S/Sgt Marvin Fortune



Mother’s Day Means Sadness for Many a Waterloo Mother

Sorrow for Mrs. Fortune.
Sorrowed beyond words this Mother’s Day is Mrs. I. W. Fortune, 303 Bratnober street, whose son, Pfc. Merrill Lewis Fortune, was reported missing in action in north Africa, Feb. 17, 1943.

She has spent weeks and months praying that the War Department listing of him as “missing in action” may prove untrue, still hopeful, she expressed confidence Saturday that her son may still be alive.

Her other son, Sgt. Marvin Fortune is stationed at Hartford, Conn. He is the father of a new daughter, Sandra Kay, born Wednesday in Detroit, Mich. This word brought the only cheerful ray for Mother’s Day, for her arrival made Mrs. Fortune a grandmother for the first time.

Source: Waterloo Daily Courier, May 9, 1943

Steady Stream of Overseas Packages Is Morale Builder for Waterloo Service Men

Mrs. I. W. Fortune, 1530 Newell street (above), wraps a warm olive drab sweater to place in a 7-pound box which this week she will send her son, Pvt. Merrill L. Fortune, 21, who has been a German prisoner since Feb. 17, 1943, when he was captured in north Africa while serving in the infantry. Other items to go in her box are a suit of underwear, a shirt, four pairs of socks, five candy bars, 10 packages of gum, three packages of saccharine, four boxes of malted milk tablets, a pound of raisins, a comb, three pairs of shoestrings, a dozen razor blades, a styptic pencil, hard candy, soap, shaving soap and powder, a pound of macaroni, a package of cleansing tissue, and one-fourth of a pound each of tea, coffee and sugar. The value of her box will be between $11 and $14.

Source: Waterloo Daily Courier, July 2, 1944 (photo of Mrs. I. W. Fortune)

Merrill L. Fortune, who was held as a prisoner of war in Germany the past two years, has been honorably discharged from service under the Army point system and is now home with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. I. W. Fortune, 1530 Newell street.

Fortune, who served as private with the 34th infantry division, had been overseas since January 1942. A brother, Staff Sgt. Marvin Fortune, is now in Czechoslovakia with an infantry unit of the Third army.

Another brother, Pvt. Eugene Fortune, is stationed at Alamogordo, N.M., with the army air force. Residing with his parents are his wife and daughter and Sergeant Fortune’s wife and daughter.

Source: Waterloo Daily Courier, June 13, 1945

Pfc. Eugene Fortune and Merrill Fortune, son of Mr. and Mrs. I. W. Fortune, 217 Lewis street, were reunited this week in their parents home for their first meeting in four and a half years. Merrill has returned after having received an honorable discharge from the army, and Private Fortune is home on furlough.

Merrill Fortune was in the army for four and a half years, serving overseas for three and a half during which time he was held captive of the Germans for more than two years. He served as a private first class.

Eugene Fortune, now stationed at Lubbock, Tex., has been in the army air corps for four and a half years.

Another brother, Marvin, is living in Detroit, Mich., after having been discharged from service.

Source: Waterloo Daily Courier, November 25, 1945