Black Hawk County

Pfc. Howard G. Foster



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The list of Waterloo men missing in action Tuesday totaled 20, over a six-day period as two more infantry men, Pfc. Perry J. Patterson and Pfc. Howard G. Foster were reported missing while Pfc. Curtis Mather, who had been listed as missing, informed relatives he was “well and safe.”

Private Foster, 21, one of five sons of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond K. Foster, 2502 Kenyon avenue, serving overseas with the army, has been missing since Dec. 18 in Luxembourg, a telegram received Tuesday informed his parents.

He entered service three years ago and was trained at Camp Howze, Tex., and received a medical discharge in December, 1943, only to be called back into service three months later. He received further training at Camp Hood, Tex., and went overseas in October, 1944.

His four brothers are Pfc. Vern Francis, in France, and Pfc. Virgil R, Pfc. Frank B., and Sgt. Clayton S., all in the south Pacific.

Source: Waterloo Daily Courier, Waterloo, Iowa, Tuesday, January 16, 1945, Page 1

Body of Pfc. H. G. Foster Due Tuesday

The body of Private First Class Howard G. Foster, 25, son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Foster, 2509 Kenyon Avenue, will arrive at Locke Funeral Home Tuesday about 5:30 p.m. for reburial here.

He was born near Nashua, Iowa, May 19, 1923. He attended school at Nashua, coming to Waterloo at the age of 19 to work in the food plant of Rath Packing Co.

He entered the service in February of 1943, training at Camp Howze, Texas, and received an honorable discharge October 7, 1943.

He was called back to the service March 31, 1944. Private Foster died of wounds received near Luxembourg December 18, 1944.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Surviving are his parents at home; four brothers, Vern, 361 California Street; Virgil, Marion, Iowa; Clayton, Anamosa, Iowa; Frank, 2445 Kenyon Avenue; three sisters, Mrs. Leo Abilbgaard, Omaha, Nebraska; Mrs. Ralph Dillinger, 2200 Hawthorne Avenue, and Mrs. Carl Sommerfelt, 2509 Kenyon Avenue.

Funeral arrangements will be made at Locke Funeral Home.

Source: Waterloo Daily Courier, Waterloo, Iowa, Sunday, April 24, 1949, Section Two, Page 33 (photo included)



Funeral services will be Friday at 2 p. m. at Locke funeral home for Pfc. Howard G. Foster, son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Foster, 2509 Kenyon avenue, who died of wounds received near Luxembourg, Dec. 18, 1944. Maj. Herbert Smith of the Salvation Army will officiate. Burial will be in Fairview cemetery. The body is at Locke funeral home.

Source: Waterloo Daily Courier, Waterloo, Iowa, Wednesday, April 27, 1949, Page 3