Black Hawk County

Pfc. William J. Halterman

 

 

 

 

FIGHTING MEN WHITESELL
AND MERCER KILLED

One on Iwo; Another on the West Front;
Six Men Are Wounded.

As Waterloo and the rest of the nation mourned its late commander-in-chief, Franklin D. Roosevelt, the impact of war was felt again in a number of homes through casualty reports of loved ones from the battlefronts.

Two were reported dead, one on Iwo Jima and one in Germany, and six wounded, all the later on the German front.

The dead:

Marine Pfc. George B. Mercer, 20, killed in action March 26, on Iwo Jima.

Pvt. Virgil Whitesell, 18, killed in action with the Ninth army in Germany, March 24.

The wounded:

Staff Sgt. Deloy L. Gabbard, on March 28.

Staff Sgt. Clarence W. Dawson, on March 29.

Sgt. Michael Zegarac, in late March.

Pfc. William S. Hayes, on March 31.

Pfc. Edward A. Schultz, on March 27.

Pfc. William J. Halterman, on April 2.

[NOTE: Portions of this article regarding the other soldiers have been omitted but appears on their individual webpages within this site.]

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Left U. S. March 1.

Private Halterman, whose wife and two sons, William Lee, 6, and James, 3, reside at 608 ½ Ash street, entered the army Aug. 24, 1944, and left for Germany Mar. 1, 1945. He trained at Fort Warren, Wyo., at Camp Howze and Maxey, Tex.

The son of Mr. and Mrs. William F. Halterman, 608 Ash street, he worked as a fireman on the Illinois Central railroad before entering service. His wife had learned only yesterday of his arrival in Germany. She received the message that he was wounded from the war department late yesterday.

Private Halterman went overseas with an infantry replacement division of the Third army.

Source: Waterloo Daily Courier, Waterloo, Iowa, Sunday, April 15, 1945, Section Two, Pages 9 & 11 (photo included)