Plymouth County

Pvt. John J. Karmann

Hamilton County

 

 

SOLDIER BELIEVED DEAD SENDS POST CARD FROM PRISON CAMP

A year ago Frank Albright heard that his former hired hand, Pvt. John J. Karmann, had been killed in action against the Japanese. But last week Mr. Albright received a postcard from the Japanese government, thru the neutral Swiss representatives of the International Red Cross, bearing a message from Pvt. Karmann, who said:

“In Philippine Islands, Camp No. 9. Health excellent, uninjured and everything well. Family knows about me and where I am. Please give my regards to Butch.”

Pvt. Karmann didn’t even know that Butch (Oliver Albright) had been in the Army himself, only to be sent home on an honorable medical discharge for a lung ailment contracted in the service.

Source: LeMars Globe-Post, August 16, 1943

NEWS of the MERRILL SERVICE MEN
From Merrill Service Men's News

John Joseph Karmann, who was captured by the Japs early in the war, was last heard from last fall. 

Source: The LeMars Sentinel, Friday, April 14, 1944

NOTES: John Joseph Karmann was born May 14, 1911, to John J. and Emma Wainseatt Karmannn. He died Nov. 28, 1965, and is buried in the Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver, CO.

He was a member of the 60th Coast Artillery Regiment, Harbor Defenses of Manila and Subic Bays and became a POW of the Japanese at Taiwan Camp #1 (Taihoku), Formosa 25-121.

Sources: Daily Freeman Journal, Webster City, IA - Aug. 9, 1943 “Webster City’s Honor Roll” - Page 6; ancestry.com