Muscatine County

Stanley E. Gregory



Stanley Gregory Listed As Missing By U.S. Navy

West Liberty—Stanley E. Gregory, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sanford Gregory, is reported missing in action with the U.S. Navy, in a message just received here.

Gregory, who enlisted in the Navy in January, 1941, is the first service man from this vicinity to be reported lost. He was reported aboard a destroyer which was reported sunk in the Pacific ocean.

Mr. Gregory’s wife, the former Eleanor Brennan of this community, is now living at San Diego.

Source: Muscatine Journal and News-Tribune, September 26, 1942

Messages of Death, Word Of Valiant Soldiers, Sailors “Missing In Action” Brought Sadness To Families Here

“The Navy deeply regrets…..”
Messages addressed to a number of Muscatine county parents or next of kin of men in the service of their country, carrying this sad phrase or one similar to it from army or marine corps officials, have brought sorrow to a number of homes in this area in the slightly more than 12 months since Dec. 7, 1941, when the Japanese struck at Pearl Harbor and Manila.

Muscatine county men gave their lives for their country in that intial attack, which plunged the nation into a globe girdling war.

Muscatine county men have figured in most of the history making engagements which have been recorded since that date. Some have escaped unharmed, but in other cases, engagements with the enemy have been followed by official notices of men either killed in action, missing in action, or taken prisoner and gold stars have replaced those of blue on service flags in the community.

Met Death at Outset.
In September, Stanley E. Gregory, of West Liberty, seaman first class, was reported missing in action. He had been serving aboard a destroyer in the Pacific war theater. He was the first reported casualty from the West Liberty community.

Source: Muscatine Journal and News-Tribune, Annual Edition Wednesday, December 30, 1942

Battle Casualties Sadden More Homes

STANLEY EMMETT GREGORY, Ship’s Cook Third Class—The Navy department officially listed Ship’s Cook Stanley Emmett Gregory, of West Liberty, dead after he was reported as missing, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Stanford Gregory, were advised.  He was a member of the crew of the USS Calhoun, when that vessel was sunk as a result of an enemy bombing attack off Tulagi, Solomon islands.

Source: Muscatine Journal and News-Tribune, Year-End Review Edition, Friday, Dec. 29, 1944

140 Have Made Supreme Sacrifice in Muscatine Area In War Against Axis Powers; Many Reported Wounded

The names of those who have made the supreme sacrifice in World War No. 2, compiled from records maintained by The Journal, follow:

Stanley Emmett Gregory, ship’s cook third class, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stanford Gregory of West Liberty, lost in action Aug. 30, 1942, while serving on the USS Calhoun when it was sunk off Tulagi, Solomon Islands.

Source: Muscatine Journal, Victory in Europe Edition, May 7, 1945