Black Hawk County

Lt. Kenneth J. Herman




One Waterloo Man Killed,
Two Missing

One Waterloo man previously reported missing was disclosed as killed in action and two others were added to the already long list of missing as war department messages continued to reach homes here Saturday.

Second Lt. Kenneth J. Herman, 23, previously reported missing over Germany Oct. 22, was disclosed by the International Red Cross as dead.

The missing are:

Flight Officer Milo N. Jensen, 25, since Jan. 4 while on a mission between British Guiana and Brazil.

T-5 Thomas P. Argall, infantryman, since Jan. 7 in France.

Lieutenant Herman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar L. Herman, 1302 Forest avenue, was serving as a Mustang fighter pilot based with the Eighth air force in France. He had been overseas since July, 1944.

Born on a farm near Dunkerton, Ia., son of Oscar and Eva Owen Herman, he moved with his parents to Buckingham in 1935. He graduated from high school at Traer, Ia., and attended Iowa State Teachers college three years before enlisting in the air forces in February, 1943.

He was commissioned at Phoenix, Ariz.

Surviving besides his parents are one brother, Second Lt. Joel G. Herman, a P-38 pilot based in Ephrata, Wash., one sister, Doris, at home, his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Owen, Route 2, Cedar Falls, and paternal grandmother, Mrs. Ella Herman, Dunkerton.

Source: Waterloo Daily Courier, Waterloo, Iowa, Sunday, January 28, 1944, Section 2, Page 13 (photo included)

Kenneth J. Herman was born Nov. 11, 1921 to Oscar Leroy and Eva Mae Owen Herman. He died Oct. 22, 1944 and is buried in Fairview Cemetery, Waterloo, IA.

2nd Lt. Herman served with the U.S. Army Air Corps 353rd Fighter Squadron and was awarded the Air Medal and Purple Heart.