Pottawattamie County

T/Sgt. Lester M. Larsen


Sgt. Larsen, 21, Killed in Africa

Technical Sgt. Lester M. Larsen, 21, died March 16 in the north African area as the result of an airplane accident, according to word received Tuesday by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Larsen, 420 South Seventeenth street. He has been overseas since November.

Young Larsen was under Maj. Gen. Jimmie Doolittle at Pendleton, Ore., but was attending gunnery school in Panama City, Fla., at the time Doolittle’s squadron left to bomb Tokio (sic).

He was graduated from Thomas Jefferson high school in 1940, entered the air corps the following August.

Surviving besides his parents are two brothers, Jack G. of Chicago, and Rudolph of Omaha; a sister, Mrs. Emily Hindelang, Buffalo, N. Y.

Source: The Council Bluffs Nonpareil, Council Bluffs, Sunday, April 15, 1945, Page 3