Plymouth County

Cpl. Cletus J. Hansen




LeMars, IA.—Special:  Mr. and Mrs. Emil Hansen of LeMars have four sons in the Army, two of whom are overseas, and a fifth son who received an honorable discharge in July, 1943.

Two of their sons are in the infantry, one serving in France and the other in Italy, while the other two sons are in the air corps.

Cpl. Cletus Hansen, 27, who received an honorable discharge, is the oldest of the five boys, and served in the coast artillery at Staten Island, N. Y.  He entered the Army September 4, 1942, being discharged in July, 1943.

The second son, Pfc. Lawrence P. Hansen, 25, has been in the Army the longest of the five boys.  He was a member of a national guard unit and left February 27, 1941, fro Sheldon, Ia., for Camp Claiborne, La.  He went overseas in February, 1942, and has been serving as a first cook in an infantry division in Italy.  He is expected to arrive home on furlough some time this month.

Pvt. Ambrose J. Hansen, 24, who entered service May 31, 1944, is serving with an infantry division in France.  Stationed at Camp Fannin, Tex., for nearly five months, he returned home for a short furlough before being transferred to Fort Meade, Md.  Shortly after that he left for overseas service.

A member of the medical corps attached to the air corps, Cpl. Alfred N. Hansen, 23, is stationed at Hamilton field, Cal.  He entered service November 9, 1942.

The youngest of the brothers, Cpl. Leonard J. Hansen, 21, enlisted in the Army January 23, 1943, and is serving with a signal corps unit in the air corps.  He is stationed at Camp Pinedale, Fresno, Cal.

Source:  The Sioux City Journal, January 7, 1945


Cletus J. Hansen, who entered the armed services in August, 1942, leaving from Primghar, was in LeMars Wednesday making arrangements to work for Uncle Sam on the farm. He was honorably discharged from the coast artillery at Miller Field, N.Y., and will farm near Granville.

Source: LeMars Globe-Post, July 15, 1943


Mr. and Mrs. Emil Hansen, 434 Fourth Ave. SE, are looking forward for a welcome visit with their son, Pfc. Lawrence Hansen, who has been overseas for almost three years. They have four sons in the armed forces, and Pfc. Lawrence called them Friday morning from somewhere in the states, saying he would arrive home soon. He was on the war front in Italy and has been granted a rotation furlough.

Cpl. Alfred Hansen is home on furlough from Geiger Field, Wash., and has been ordered to report back February 1. He wired for an extension of time in order to visit his brother.

The two other sons are Pvt. Ambrose Hansen, somewhere in France and Cpl. Leonard J. Hansen, somewhere in the Pacific area.

Source: LeMars Globe-Post, January 29, 1945 (photograph included of each of the brothers)


Pfc. Lawrence Hansen, of Mr. and Mrs. Emil Hansen, 434 Fourth avenue SE, has arrived in LeMars on a 30-day furlough after serving 35 months of overseas duty in Ireland, England, Africa and Italy. Pfc. Hansen was a member of Co. I unit of the National Guard and left from Sheldon on February 27, 1941. He went first to Camp Claiborne, La., and left for overseas duty in February 1942.

Mr. and Mrs. Hansen have three other sons in the service, Pvt. Ambrose Hansen, now serving with an infantry division in France; Cpl. Alfred Hansen, stationed at Hamilton Field, California; and Cpl. Leonard Hansen, stationed at Fresno, California. Another son, Cletus Hansen, who was a corporal in the coast artillery at Staten Island, New York, received an honorable discharge from the service in July 1943.

Source: LeMars Sentinel, February 13, 1945