Kossuth County

Ferdinand Koppen

 

 

 

DOZENS HERE IN JAP ATTACK AREA

SIX IN ATTACK AREA.

In the thick of the battle at Pearl Harbor was William Turner, son of Mrs. Jessie Turner. Harold Felter, formerly of Irvington, is in the air corps at a field bombed there. Robert J. Ditsworth is on the Portland, a ship stationed at Pearl Harbor.

Thomas Wagner, St. Joe, has been stationed on the West Virginia battleship reported sunk in the first attack at Pearl Harbor. On the California there is Ferdinand Koppen and Arnold Becker, both of Lakota, and this ship was also recently stationed at Pearl Harbor.

Edward Klein, St. Joe, is reported a member of the crew of the Oklahoma battleship reported set afire by Japanese bombs and possibly lost.

Source: Kossuth County Advance, December 9, 1941

THREE LAKOTA BOYS BELIEVED DEAD, ARE ALIVE
New Year’s Day Telegrams Report Becker, Heetland and Koppen Safe and Alive

The year 1942 had a joyful beginning for a number of Kossuth families when telegrams from the government on New Year’s day brought word that two Lakota boys who had been reported killed in action in the Pearl Harbor attack were alive and safe.  They are:

Arnold Becker, 20, ward of Mr. and Mrs. Nick Koppen, previously reported killed in action at Pearl Harbor.

Merle Heetland, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Heetland, regarding whom there had been conflicting reports, although he had once been reported killed in action.

A third telegram advised Mr. and Mrs. Nick Koppen that their son Ferdinand Koppen, previously unreported, was alive and O.K.

Source: Algona Upper Des Moines, January 6, 1942

TWO PEARL HARBOR SAILORS VISIT LAKOTA PARENTS

Lakota: Nick Koppen and son, Elmer, drove to Williams last week Tuesday to meet the son, Ferdinand, M.M. 1st class, and nephew, Arnold Becker, W.T. 2nd class, who came from California for a 12-day furlough with the home folks. Ferdinand joined the Navy three years ago, in April, and Arnold joined three years ago this month and this is his first furlough. Ferd was home for a furlough two years ago. Both young men were in the Pearl Harbor disaster a year ago and have seen real service. Esther Olson of Williams accompanied the group here Tuesday and Ferd took her home Thursday afternoon, returning here Saturday.   They expect to leave for their ship off the California coast, Dec. 8th.

Source: The Algona Upper-Des Moines, December 8, 1942