Plymouth County

S/Sgt. P. J. Kempker





NEWS of the BOYS in the SERVICE

Sergeant Gerald T. Kempker, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Kempker of 715 1st Street, SE, LeMars, Iowa, has been awarded the Air Medal and first Oak Leaf Cluster by Brigadier General Truman H. Landon, commanding general of the VII Bomber Command, for his participation in Seventh Air Force aerial strikes against the Japs in the Marshall Islands.  Sergeant Kempker, who attended St. Joseph high school, has two brothers in the service:  First Lt. R. M. Kempker, AAF, and Staff Sergeant P. J. Kempker with the Infantry.  He went overseas May 12, 1943.

Source: LeMars Semi-Weekly Sentinel, May 5, 1944


Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Kempker, residing at 715 First Street SE, are enjoying a visit with their son, Cpl. Jim Kempker, who arrived home on furlough Monday evening from Camp Fannin, Texas. He will return to Texas after a 10-day visit.

On Tuesday, Mr. and Mrs. Kempker received a wire from another son, Pfc. Paul Kempker, who has just returned to the United States from overseas duty in Italy where he has been stationed since last August. He is now at Camp Patrick Henry, Virginia, and expects to arrive home soon. He will be discharged from the service via the point system, having 115 points to his credit. He has been in the service of his country five and one-half years.

Mr. and Mrs. Kempker have had six sons in military service, one of whom was reported killed and another has been reported missing for several months.

Source: LeMars Semi-Weekly Sentinel, June 22, 1945