Cerro Gordo County

Roy Highsmith Jr.

 

 

 

 

Here in Mason City

Roy J. Highsmith returned Tuesday to continue his training with the navy at the Great Lakes station after spending a nine-day furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Highsmith, 1638 Delaware avenue northeast.

Source: The Globe Gazette, Mason City, Iowa, Wednesday, October 07, 1942, Page 14

Roy Highsmith Killed In Crash

Mason Cityan in Navy Plane Accident

Seattle, (AP) - Thirteenth naval district headquarters announced Wednesday the names of 8 officers and men killed Monday in a navy plane crash in the strait of Juan De Fuco, 30 miles west of Port Angeles, Wash. They include Roy Highsmith, Jr., aviation radioman 3/c, USNR, father Roy Highsmith, 1639 North Delaware avenue, Mason City.

Source: The Globe Gazette, Mason City, Iowa, Wednesday, October 06, 1943, Page 1

Roy Highsmith, Jr., Rites
to Be Held in Mason City

Body of Radioman Recovered
From Navy Plane Crash in West

The body of Roy Highsmith, Jr., 22, aviation radioman 3/c USNR, who was killed in a navy plane crash in the strait of Juan De Fuco, 30 miles west of Port Angeles, Wash., Monday, will be sent to Mason City for services and burial, according to word received Thursday.

Announcement of the crash was made Wednesday by the 13th naval district headquarters.

Highsmith was born at Hanlontown, April 19, 1921. He was graduated from the Fertile high school and also attended school a few years in Mason City. He entered the service on Navy Day, Aug. 22, 1942, and took his boot training at Great Lakes. Entering radio service, he was sent to Tennessee and later to gunnery school, Pensacola, Fla., where he was graduated on May 26, 1943. Since that time he had been stationed at Seattle, Wash., on bomber patrol duty.

Surviving are his parents, Mrs. Clara Highsmith, 1322 Jersey avenue northeast, and Roy Highsmith, 1639 Delaware avenue northeast, and 4 sisters, Janice, Iris, Avis and Shirley, and a brother, Robert, all of Mason City.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete. The Patterson funeral home is in charge.

Source: The Globe Gazette, Mason City, Iowa, Thursday, October 07, 1943, Page 8 (photo included)

Death Notices

HIGHSMITH, Roy, Jr., aviation radioman 3/c, USNR, was killed Monday, Oct. 4 in a navy plane crash west of Port Angeles, Wash. Funeral services will be held at Trinity Lutheran church Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock, with the Rev. Alvin R. Rogness, pastor of the church, conducting the services. Military rites will be held. Burial will be at Elmwood cemetery. The Patterson funeral home in charge.

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Members of the Navy Mothers club who will not be selling tags on the street Saturday will attend the Highsmith funeral at Trinity church in a body, assembling there at 2 o’clock.

Source: The Globe Gazette, Mason City, Iowa, Friday, October 15, 1943, Page 15

Highsmith Given Military Rites

Plane Crash Victim Buried at Elmwood

Funeral services for Roy Highsmith, Jr., aviation radioman 3/c USNR, who was killed in a navy plane crash west of Port Angeles, Wash., while on duty Oct. 4, were held at the Trinity Lutheran church Sunday afternoon. The Rev. Alvin N. Rogness, pastor of the church, conducted the services.

Miss Arline Halverson and Miss Frances Stocker sang “Rock of Ages” and Mrs. Russell Thompson sang “Sometimes We’ll Understand.” Miss Beatrice Lysne accompanied.

Members of the American Legion and the Navy Mothers attended in groups. The American Legion was in charge of the military service at the grave, proving the firing squad and bugler.

United Service Women of America Unit No. 92 served a dinner and was in charge of flowers.

Pallbearers were H. W. Koeeke, Tim Phalen, W. D. Lattimer and George McElroy, all members of the American Legion. Burial was at Elmwood cemetery. The Patterson funeral home was in charge.

Source: The Globe Gazette, Mason City, Iowa, Monday, October 18, 1943, Page 8