Black Hawk County

Pfc. William S. Hayes

 

 

 

 

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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In First Army.

Private Hayes, 19, was wounded March 31, while in combat with the infantry of the First army in Germany, according to word received from him by his parents, Mr. and Ms. Stephen Hayes, 822 Home Park boulevard.

Private Hayes is now hospitalized in England and is “getting along fine,” he writes.

By coincident, Private Hayes was graduated in June, 1943, from West high school and enlisted the same day for service. He has been overseas eight months.

A brother, Jack H. Hayes, aviation metalsmith second class, is stationed at Pearl Harbor.

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