Black Hawk County

Lt. James C. Jensen Jr.




One Waterloo Man Killed,
Two Missing

One Waterloo man previously reported missing was disclosed as killed in action and two others were added to the already long list of missing as war department messages continued to reach homes here Saturday.

Second Lt. Kenneth J. Herman, 23, previously reported missing over Germany Oct. 22, was disclosed by the International Red Cross as dead.

The missing were:

T-5 Thomas P. Argall, infantryman, since Jan. 7 in France.

Flight Officer Milo N. Jensen, 25, since Jan. 4 while on a mission between British Guiana and Brazil.

Flight Officer Jensen was with a B-24 Liberator bomber, when it was lost over South American, it was learned here Saturday. Notification came in a war department message to his wife, the former June Adams, Missouri Valley, Ia.

He recently completed flight training at Ellington field, Houston, Tex. He was a student at Iowa State Teachers college, Cedar Falls, and had been employed at the John Deere Tractor Co., before he entered service Feb. 1, 1943. His father, James C. Jensen, resides at 518 Washington street. A sister, Mrs. Kenneth Lehr, resides at 820 Glenwood street.

Word was also received here recently from a brother, Second Lt. James C. Jensen, Jr., now a German war prisoner. He said in his last letter that he was attending language school in Germany.

His wife, the former Onalae Bailey, formerly of Cedar Falls and now of Oakland, Cal, recently received a letter from a French girl whose parents, with the help of the French underground, concealed Lieutenant Jensen for two weeks from the Germans after his plane was shot down last September over France.

The French girl said she had waited a year to write, and that now her village had been liberated. She explained that Lieutenant Jensen was to be taken by the underground to a plane that was to take him back to England, and as far as she knew, he had made a safe return. Apparently the attempted escape was foiled by the Germans, as Jensen has been a prisoner since Nov. 7.

Source: Waterloo Daily Courier, Waterloo, Iowa, Sunday, January 28, 1945, Section Two, Pages 13 & 20 (photo included)

NOTE: Flight Officer Milo N. Jensen was declared as dead and is memorialized at the East Coast Memorial, Manhattan, New York. Lt. James C. Jensen Jr. was liberated and returned to the United States.