Plymouth County

Delbert Joustra




Now At Fort Crook For Final Physical Examinations

The July draft contigent left Sunday afternoon by bus for Ft. Crook, Neb., for final physical examinations for the United States armed forces. The group numbered 15 and they will return sometime tonight or tomorrow for three weeks furlough before starting actual training.
The list includes the following:  
Earl B. Haack, Remsen
Delbert J. Joustra, Akron
Elton H. Carey, LeMars   
William E. Fitzpatrick, LeMars     
Earl Helm, Sioux City
Raymond E. Reed, Kingsley
Chas. W. Swift, Akron
George W. Cain, LeMars   
Avery J. Burns, Westfield
David M. Fenske, Akron
Donald W. Schwier, Struble
Eldon H. Simonsen, Merrill
Meinard W. Orban, LeMars   
Norman C. Marienau, Merrill
Paul Hoppe, LeMars   
The following men have been transferred to other boards and will leave for service too:
Alvin L. Workman, Madera, Calif.
Melvin J. McAnninch, Long Beach
Edward J. Wesseling, Pella
Nick J. Schwiesow, Omaha
Robert H. Nason, Stevens, S?

Source: LeMars Globe-Post, July 12, 1943


The editor of the Register-Tribune is in receipt of the following V-mail letter from Delbert Joustra, S 1/c, of the U.S. Navy, serving somewhere in the South Pacific area, which was written the 19th of April:

Dear Ray: I’ve been getting the paper pretty regularly. Sure is nice to read the news back home. As you see by my address, I’ve moved. Can’t say where, but I can tell you where I have been. On the way over, we spent one night in Guadalcanal, and stopped at New Caledonia and Tutuila. Then we were stationed in the Russell Islands for a month. There’s nothing there but cocoanut trees and mud. It was pretty tought until we got things set up. We live in tents and they are a long way from being winter-proof, so we get wet when it rains. I’m working in the galley here, striking for a cook’s rate. I’ll make it in a couple of months. I had a letter from my brother, Clifford, the other day. He’s a Baker 3/c now.

I’m supposed to be over here for 18 months, so it will be some time before I get back to Akron again. Until then, “Hello” to all the folks back there. Yours truly, DELBERT

Source: Akron Register-Tribune, May 25, 1944