Cerro Gordo County

Pvt. Fay L. Hickling




North Iowa Guards Home for Visits Announced

Lake Charles, La. – Everyone is talking leaves and furloughs. It’s like the end of a school year, all this planning and talking of going home, and even if you aren’t going yourself, the excitement of it is contagious.

Twelve hundred men and officers of the 133rd infantry regiment have either gone on leaves and furloughs are about to. Most of the enlisted men have taken their 15 days. Some have taken 10 with the thought of little sightseeing trips about the south on their return.

Officers take leaves, enlisted men furloughs. For some reason this is important to remember in the army.

. . .  Mason Cityans of Company H who are taking furloughs [include] Fay L. Hickling . . .

Source: The Globe Gazette, Mason City, Iowa, Thursday, October 16, 1941, Page 21

Fay Hickling Memorial Held

Society Only Lives by Giving, Says Pastor

“One of the most evident truths of this hour is that humanity and society can only truly live by those who give themselves,” said the Rev. G. O. Marsh, pastor of the First Christian church, at memorial services for Pfc. Fay L. Hickling, Sunday afternoon. Pvt. Hickling, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Hickling, 1418 Jefferson N. W., was killed in action in Italy on April 16.

“Here was a call for volunteers which gave no man any promise that he would come back. But it ws to be answered by men who care greatly and about ‘man’s inhumanity to man’ and who are glad to give themselves and take the consequences.

“Fay Hickling, a few short years ago, a citizen of our community, a member of our church, a participant of our common life, answered the call of freedom. He also heard the call of One, a Great Leader, to whom he dedicated his life a number of years ago,” said Mr. Marsh.

Patriotic organizations of Mason City attended the memorial service with their colors. Mrs. Roy Servison, presiding at the organ, played “The Shepherd in the Field” and “Be Still My Soul.” L. K. Myser sang “There is No Death” and “The Lord’s Prayer.” A large number of relatives and friends were in attendance.

Source: The Globe Gazette, Mason City, Iowa, Monday, June 19, 1944, Page 11

Anniversary of Christian Church Set

Twelve tables, one for each month of the year, will be a feature of the dinner at the First Christian church Wednesday evening at 6:30 o’clock in observance of the 53d anniversary of the congregation. Each table will have some part in the program.

. . . As part of the anniversary observance, several memorial gifts were presented to the church at the service Sunday. An American flag was given by the relatives of Faye (sic) Hickling, with Ira Leaman making the presentation. . . .

Source: The Globe Gazette, Mason City, Iowa, Tuesday, October 24, 1944 Page 17

NOTE: There is a memorial stone for Pfc. Hickling at Memorial Park Cemetery, Mason City IA.