Louisa County

Major Lawrence Herrick




Capt. and Mrs. Lawrence Herrick arrived here from Eglen, Florida, and have been enjoying a visit with Mrs. Herrick’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Helmick, Columbus Junction, and with Mr. Herrick’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Herrick, at Letts. Capt. Herrick has completed his training at Eglen Field and is now waiting transfer orders. He will return to Florida this week while Mrs. Herrick will remain here for a longer visit.

Source: Muscatine Journal News-Tribune, June 12, 1943

Maj. L. Herrick, Letts, Fighter Pilot, Killed

Letts -- Major Lawrence Herrick, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Herrick, of Letts, who was reported as missing in action over France on Aug. 5, was killed in action on that date, his wife, the former Jeannette Helmick, now living with her parents in Columbus Junction, has been informed. Major Herrick was a pilot of an army fighter plane and was believed to be killed near Tours, France.

He had been based in England for several months and had previously been stationed in France.

According to last reports from him, he had completes 48 missions and more than 80 sorites.

Major Herrick was born on Jan. 14, 1920 and was married on Jan. 2, 1942, to Jeannette Helmick. He attended Letts high school, Muscatine Junior college and Iowa Wesleyan college where he was a student when he entered the service in December, 1940.

He was commissioned at Craig Field, Ala., on Aug. 15, 1941. His promotion to captain came in September, 1942, and he was advanced to the rank of major in February, 1944, after he had gone overseas. He had been awarded the Air Medal and Five Oak Leaf clusters for exceptionally meritorious achievement while participating in bomber combat missions over Germany and enemy occupied Europe.

He is survived by his wife and parents; two children, Larry Lanning and Richard James, the latter born shortly before Major Herrick was reported missing; two sisters, Mrs. Harriet Lewis, Muscatine, and Miss Miriam Herrick, a student nurse at Marcy Hospital in Davenport.

Source: The Muscatine Journal News-Tribune, Dec. 20, 1944 (photo included)

Army Chaplain Tells of Burial of Maj. Herrick

Columbus Junction -- Mrs. Lawrence H. Herrick, formerly Miss Jeannette Helmick, who was recently notified of the death of her husband, Major Lawrence H. Herrick in France, Aug. 5, 1944, has received a letter from the Army chaplain, commending Major Herrick and expressing his sympathy.

He wrote that Major Herrick was buried by the villagers in the village of Indre Loire, France. His grave he stated, was marked by a black wooden cross and a portion of his plane.

Mrs. Herrick received this week the Purple Heart awarded Major Herrick by the war department.

Source: The Muscatine Journal News-Tribune, January 19, 1945