Plymouth County

S/Sgt. Robert T. Kohout





Is Son of Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Kohout of LeMars

Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Kohout were notified Friday afternoon that their son, Staff Sergeant Robert T. Kohout, was missing over Germany, July 7. He was a ball turret-gunner on a bomber.

The last letter they received from him was dated July 1, and he wrote that they had been resting several days but would go out on a mission the following day.

He went to England the first part of April after completing his training. He was inducted Feb. 21, 1943, at Camp Dodge. At that time he was an engineering student at Ames and had completed two years work. He was sent to Jefferson Barracks and then to a small Illinois college, the to Tyndall Field, Florida, where he received his gunner wings. He then went to Kearns, Utah, where he completed his armored training. The crew of his bomber was made up at Salt Lake City. His last furlough was Nov. 1, 1943.

He has two brothers in the service, Cpl. Jack Kohout, in the engineering corps at Camp Campbell in Kentucky, Ensign Bernard Kohout, Miami, Florida, who is a Russian interpreter.

Source: LeMars Sentinel, July 25, 1944

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Kohout still have had no letter from their son, Staff Sgt. Robert Kohout, a German prisoner of war. They have been in communication with members of the families of two plane crews that were shot down over Germany, and as none of them have had any direct word of their sons, all reported prisoners of war, they are not too worried, and are confident that letters will come through the international red tape in due time.

Source: LeMars Globe-Post,
November 2, 1944

S/Sgt. Robert Thomas Kohout of 312 Central Ave. SE, LeMars, who served 14 months in the European theater of operations as an Armourer-Gunner, has arrived at the San Antonio District, AAF Personnel Distribution Command. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Kohout and wears the Air Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster. He was prisoner of war. He will spend approximately two weeks at the redistribution station undergoing records and physical processing in preparation for a discharge or reassignment to duty in this country.

Source: LeMars Sentinel, September 18, 1945