Black Hawk County

2nd Lt. William Jorgenson, Jr.

 

 

 

Infantrymen, Combat Pilot
Die in France

Flier William Jorgenson, Harold Farr,
Edward Mulgrew Are Victims.

Three Waterloo men in the armed forces – Second Lt. William Jorgenson, Jr., 21, a fighter pilot; Pfc. Harold Farr, 36, infantryman; and Pvt. Edward M. Mulgrew, 35 of the infantry – were added Saturday to the list of those killed in action on the French and German front.

[NOTE: Portions of this article regarding Pfc. Farr and Pvt. Mulgrew have been omitted but appear on their individual webpages within this site.]

Lieutenant Jorgenson, whose wife Katherine resides at 232 ½ Maple street, was killed Aug. 25 in combat over France, a war department telegram revealed. He had previously been reported missing when shot down while strafing enemy vehicles, the message stated.

In his last letter to his wife, written the day before his death, he stated he had just returned from a week’s leave in Scotland.

Overseas Since April.

He entered service in January, 1943, was commissioned Dec. 5 that year at Napier field, Dothan, Ala., and went overseas in April, 1944, to serve with the Ninth air force.

Born Feb. 12, 1923, son of William and Elsie Jorgenson, at Weister, Ida., he resided there until 1927, when he moved to Waterloo with his parents. He attended local schools and was graduated from West high in 1940.

In February, 1941, he moved to Long Beach, Cal., with his parents, and on Sept. 15, 1942, married Katherine Virginia Karrs, Waterloo, at Las Vegas, Nev. The couple made their home in Long Beach until he entered service.

Surviving besides his wife and his parents, who now reside in Concord, Cal., are four sisters, Mrs. C. E. Nickols, Chico, Cal.; Mrs. Edward Shaulis, Long Beach, Cal.; and Mrs. D. L. Callahan, and Mrs. Gene Massone, both of Concord, Cal.; and two brothers, Charles, with the navy in the south Pacific, and Raymond, Concord, Cal.

Source: Waterloo Daily Courier, Waterloo, Iowa, Sunday, November 05, 1944, Section Two, Page 19 (photo included)