Muscatine County

Pvt. Fred E. Hintermeister

 

 

Pvt. Fred Hintermeister, Reported Missing, Is Dead

Pvt. Fred Hintermeister, 23, listed as missing in action in Luxembourg since Dec. 23, 1944, is now reported as having been killed in action on that date, according to a telegram from the War Department received Wednesday afternoon by the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Hintermeister, who reside on highway No. 61, near the municipal airport.

Mr. and Mrs. Hintermeister received their last letter from Pvt. Hintermeister about a week before receiving the telegram saying he was missing in action. This message was received on Jan. 10.

Pvt. Hintermeister entered the service on Feb. 7, 1944, and received his training at Camp McClellan, Ala. It was during August of last year that he was sent overseas and he first landed in England and was later sent to France where he apparently engaged in some heavy fighting.

Pvt. Hintermeister was born near the Lone Tree school on Muscatine Island on March 3, 1921, and had spent all his life in that community. He was graduated from Muscatine high school and before entering the service helped his father on the farm.

Surviving Pvt. Hintermeister are his parents and two brothers, Clifford and Bert, both at home.

Source: Muscatine Journal and News-Tribune, January 25, 1945

Tribute to Memory Of 7 Servicemen Planned

Seven Muscatine county servicemen whose deaths have been reported between Jan. 20 and Feb. 17 will be honored at the February community memorial rites at the high school auditorium at 2:30 o’clock Sunday afternoon, officials in charge have announced.

The program followed for the services will again include the memorial ritual of the American Legion with other patriotic organizations in the county participating. Leonard Plessy will be soloist and Miss Catherine Flannery, organist.
Dr. Henry C. Schneider, Legion post chaplain, will offer the eulogy.

The servicemen to be honored include: Pvt. Fred Hintermeister, killed in action in Luxembourg, Dec. 23, 1944. Lt. Phillip Fagan, killed in action in Belgium, Jan. 14. Tech. Sgt. Karle E. Kolmerer, killed in action over Germany, Sept. 10, 1944. Pvt. Roy E. Bond, killed in action in Belgium, Jan. 3. Staff Sgt. Donald G. Kopf, killed in action over Germany May 27, 1944. Pfc. Wesley Samuel Hagens killed in action in France, Dec. 23, 1944. Pvt. Marvin G. Daufeldt killed in action in France, Jan. 25.

Source: Muscatine Journal and News-Tribune, February 21, 1945

WITH THOSE IN SERVICE
Six Servicemen Who Made Supreme Sacrifice Are Honored At Rites Here

The fourth community memorial rites in honor of Muscatine county soldiers and sailors killed in the service of their country were conducted by patriotic organizations at the high school auditorium Sunday afternoon with Dr. Henry C. Schneider, American Legion post chaplain, offering the eulogy. Six servicemen whose deaths have been reported since the January memorial were honored: Pfc. Fred Hintermeister, Lt. Phillip Fagan, Tech. Sgt. Karle E. Kolmerer, Pvt. Roy E. Bond, Pfc. Wesley Samuel Hagens and Pvt. Marvin G. Daufeldt. [in part the rest of this article reads:] “We eulogize these men,” Dr. Schneider said, “their sacrifices, their bravery, their courage. We call them our heroes—they are. But there is little comfort in eulogizing unless we know that they have not died in vain.” L. C. Flannery, Legion commander, was in charge of the rites, with music provided by Leonard Plessy, soloist, and Catherine Flannery, organist.

Source: Muscatine Journal and News-Tribune, February 26, 1945

Parents Receive Awards Made to Pvt. Hintermeister

Mr. and Mrs. Elmer C. Hintermeister, route 6, have received the purple heart and presidential citation awarded posthumously to their son, Pvt. Fred E. Hintermeister, who was killed in action in Luxembourg on Dec. 23, 1944.

Pvt. Hintermeister entered the Army in February, 1944, going overseas in July. He was serving with the 109th Infantry at the time of his death.

Source: Muscatine Journal and News-Tribune, March 26, 1945

140 Have Made Supreme Sacrifice In Muscatine Area In War Against Axis Powers; Many Reported Wounded

Pvt. Fred Hintermeister, 23, son of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Hintermeister, who reside on highway No. 61 near the municipal airport, killed in action Dec. 23, 1944, in Luxembourg.

Source: Muscatine Journal and News-Tribune, Victory In Europe Edition, May 7, 1945