Black Hawk County


Lt. James C. Irwin




Iowa Honor Roll

These Iowans, like those pictured here on previous Sundays, have given their lives for their country. They were fatally wounded in combat or died in prison camps. The fourth line under each name designates the war area in which the man last served.

Source: The Des Moines Register, Sunday, March 5, 1944 (33 photos included)

James Irwin’s Rites Saturday at Cedar Falls

Cedar Falls – Three ministers will officiate and there will also be a military service in charge of the American Legion at final rites Saturday for Lt. James C. Irwin, whose body was returned here from North Africa for reburial. Burial will be in Fairview cemetery.

The ministers at the service at the Dahl funeral home at 2:30 p. m. will include Dr. H. D. Temple, Rev. Victor Clocksin and Rev. R. M. Hubbell, Quincy, Miss. The latter is an uncle of Lieutenant Irwin.

Lieutenant Irwin received his commission as second lieutenant and his silver wings November, 1942. Prior to receiving his commission he married Margaret Hrabak of Iowa City, Aug. 25, 1942.

Following a month’s advanced training with the 332nd fighter squadron, he left for Africa in February, 1943.

He met his death when his plane crashed into a hill during a bad storm over Algiers, Apr. 23, 1943.

His wing commander, during his time as an aerial photography pilot, was Elliott Roosevelt [son of President Franklin D. & Eleanor Roosevelt].

Surviving besides his widow and son, James, of Iowa City, are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Irwin, 315 Clay street, and a sister, Mrs. Robert A. Clay, 1904 Tremont street.

Source: Waterloo Daily Courier, Waterloo, Iowa, Thursday, March 31, 1949, Section Two, Page 28