Sioux County

Pvt. William T. Gerritsen

ROCK VALLEY:

Pfc. William T. Gerritsen has been missing in action since July 7th according to word received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Gerritsen. Billy received his training at Camp Barkeley, Texas, Camp Roberts, Calif., and in New York where he left for overseas in February. Billy had a furlough in January.

Source: Alton Democrat, August 10, 1944

Billy Gerritsen, Missing, Said To Be a Prisoner

Pvt. William T. Gerritsen, who was reported missing in action in Italy some weeks ago, is a prisoner of war of the German government, according to a telegram just received by his mother, Mrs. Jennie Gerritsen. The message follows:

“Report just received through the International Red Cross states that your son, Private William T. Gerritsen, is a prisoner of war of the German government. Letter of information follows from provost marshall general. ~Ulio, the Adjutant General.”

This news is a big relief to Billy’s family and hundreds of friends here.

His brother, Sgt. Albert T. Gerritsen, is still in the hospital from the wounds he sustained in action but is improving rapidly and has been awarded the Purple Heart, which he sent home to his mother.

Source: Rock Valley Bee, August 25, 1944

ROCK VALLEY—
R.V. Boy German Prisoner

Mr. & Mrs. Tom Gerritsen received word Monday that their son Pvt. William T. Gerritsen was a prisoner of war of the German Government. The message was from Adjutant General Ulio and was sent immediately after the report was received through the International Red Cross. According to the telegram a letter of information follows.

Source: Sioux Center News, August 31, 1944