Louisa County

Max Gipple




Gipples Learn of Son’s Injuries In Africa War

Columbus Junction—Mr. and Mrs. Frank Gipple received word this week from their son, Max Gipple, who is somewhere in Africa, that he was struck in the shoulder by German shrapnel from a coastal gun while he was working in a salvage dump, sorting equipment.  He was struck in the left shoulder and the bone was broken between the elbow and shoulder.

He had just relieved Carroll Davis, another Louisa county soldier, an hour earlier.  He writes that he is compelled to lie flat on his back but is not too seriously injured and it will not be much longer until the bone will have time to set. His letter was written May 21.

Source: Muscatine Journal and News-Tribune, June 12, 1943


Ribbons, crosses and emblems earned for heroism while serving a nation at war will adorn the uniform of many a warrior from Muscatine and community when he returns from battle in World War No. 2.

For this area’s fighting sons have already earned a distinguished collection of awards. News stories from war centers have told of the acts of these men who have won distinction in battles—on the land, on the sea, and in the air.

From the most remote battle areas and from the most active theaters of war have come news stories of citations bestowed for heroism, for acts “beyond the call of duty,” and other commendable performances of young men who have gone forth from this community.

Many will be wearers of the “Purple Heart,” an award made for injuries suffered while on duty.

For some, the actions which merited official recognition, brought physical injuries—injuries so serious they meant the end of the war insofar as the individual hero was concerned.

Others, who suffered wounds of a lesser degree, recovered sufficiently at hospitals abroad to permit their re-entry into actual combat duty. For sulfa drugs, blood plasma and penicillin have spelled the difference between life and death, between slow and rapid recovery to many who were injured.

Some of the wounded from this area have returned to hospitals in this country to undergo further treatment and the possibility of return to war theaters or final discharge from the service.

The list of those who have suffered injuries or incurred ailments while in training in this country has added to the numbers of Muscatine service men who have already received honorable discharges or are scheduled for release from military service.

A partial list of those who suffered injuries while in active service abroad or while on duty in camps of this country, gathered from information supplied to the Journal are listed here:

Max Gipple, of Grandview, who was wounded in action with the U. S. Army in Africa, had been returned to the United States for treatment at a hospital in Topeka, Kas., Grandview friends were informed early in October.

Source: Muscatine Journal and News-Tribune, Annual Edition, December 30, 1943