Dickinson County

Pfc. Howard E. Foss


News from Arnolds Park

Mrs. Florence Burger of Superior, Wisc. came last week for a week’s visit with friends and relatives and to attend to business matters. Mrs. Burger is the mother of Howard Foss, who was killed in action a few weeks ago and is here in regard to papers of his death and attending to legal affairs. Mrs. Burger was employed at Red’s Place last summer and expects to return to the Park again this summer.

Source: The Milford Mail, Milford, Iowa, Thursday, January 06, 1943, Page 7

Memorial Services Held At Arnolds Park Sunday

Memorial services were held Sunday, March 4, for Francis Maynard Molloy, Howard Foss and Derald Keith McKinney, Arnolds Park service men who have given their lives for their country.

Francis Molloy entered service in October, 1940, as an infantryman. He later transferred to the air corps. He was killed in action in the Mediterranean area in March, 1943. Howard Foss entered service in April, 1941, in the infantry, and was killed in action in Italy in November, 1943. Derald Keith McKinney entered service in March, 1943. He was an infantryman and was killed in action on Leyte Island in the Philippines in November, 1944.

Rites were under the direction of the Okoboji Lakes Post No. 654, with William Christenson acting as sergeant at arms, Paul Mansmith and E. Zurns as color bearers and D. Clark and Glen Kilts as color guards.

“The Star Spangled Banner” was sung by Mrs. Harland, accompanied by Mrs. Plooster, and the high school sextette (sic) offered “The Green Cathedral” and “Prayer Perfect.”

Adjutant A. L. Beverly spoke briefly on the service given by these boys. Rev. l. Sams, pastor of the Friends church, and Rev. C. K. Hudson, pastor of Calvary Methodist church, officiated at the impressive service. Post Commander Forrest Jones, and Mrs. A. C. Switzer, Auxiliary present, presented the flags and plaques to the next of kin.

Mrs. Francis Molloy, widow of the young man killed over the Mediterranean; Miss Marjorie Foss, sister of the youth killed in Italy; and Mrs. Melvin McKinney, mother of the youth killed in the Leyte invasion, received the memorial flags that are given by the government to bereaved families. Mrs. Melvin Molloy, sister-in-law of Francis Molloy, Miss Ruth Molloy, his sister, Mr. McKinney, Mrs. Robert Dean, a sister, and John Burger, grandfather of the Foss youth, were also in attendance at the service.

Source: The Milford Mail, Milford, Iowa, Thursday, March 08, 1945, Page 1

Mrs. William Hansen Jr. received additional information last week concerning the death of her brother, Pfc. Howard E. Foss, who was killed in action in Rocca Pipperozza, Italy, on November 7, 1943. His death was the result of a shell fragment wounds of the leg. Pfc. Foss was participating in the Naples-Foggia Campaign at the time of his death.

Source: The Spirit Lake Beacon, Spirit Lake, Iowa, Thursday, April 22, 1948, Page 9