Black Hawk County

Tech 5 Raymond L. Larsen

 
 

 

Larsen, Bovy Are Killed in Action

Word was received here Thursday that two more Waterloo men have been killed in action in Germany, according to telegrams received from the war department by their parents. They are:

Tech. 5th Gr. Raymond L. Larsen, 30, and Pfc. Walter O. Bovy. 19.

[NOTE: Portions of this article regarding Pfc. Walter O. Bovy has been omitted but appears on his individual webpage within this site.]

T-5 Larsen was killed in action Mar. 29, according to word from the war department, received Thursday by his wife, Margaret and daughter, Patty, 5, who reside with Mrs. Larsen’s parent, Mr. and Mrs. E. N. Humiston, 424 Belmont avenue, and his father, Rasmus Larsen, 1108 West Second street.

T-5 Larsen, an infantryman, was a member of the 87th division with Gen. George Patton’s Third army. He had been overseas since October, 1944, on his second tour of duty outside the country since enlisting Sept. 1, 1942. He first trained at Camp Wolters, Tex., and was sent to Greenland where he remained for seven months.

Upon his return to the States, he trained at Camp Jackson, S. C. before again shipping out.

He was born Oct. 17, 1914, at Raymond Center, Wis. The family moved to Clinton, Ia., and came to Waterloo in 1920. He graduated from West high [Page 2] school in 1934 and attended Grinnell college. He was employed at John Deere Tractor Co. prior to entering the army.

Surviving, besides his wife, daughter and father, are his step-mother, three brothers, Robert Larsen of Chicago, Lt. Stanley Larsen, stationed with the navy in the south Pacific, and Junior Clinton Larsen, stationed with the navy in the Philippines; two half-brothers, Richard Larsen, torpedoman fist class, stationed with the navy in the Philippines and Dale Larsen at home; and two half-sisters, Mrs. Nis Peterson and Mrs. George Coughdon, both of Chicago.

Source: Waterloo Daily Courier, Waterloo, Iowa, Thursday, April 12, 1945, Pages 1 & 2

Memorial Rites for
Raymond L. Larsen
Planned for Sunday

Memorial services for Tech. 5th Gr. Raymond L. Larsen will be held at 2:30 p. m. Sunday in Central Christian church with rev. Orville Walker, pastor, officiating.

T-5 Larsen was killed in action Mar. 29 in Germany while serving with Patton’s Third army 346th infantry, 87th division. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Rasmus Larsen, 1008 West Second street, and his wife and daughter, Patty, 5, reside with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. N. Humiston, 424 Belmont avenue.

Source: Waterloo Daily Courier, Waterloo, Iowa, Thursday, April 19, 1945, Page 11

Bodies of 5 Waterloo Men Back in U. S.

The bodies of five fallen Waterloo soldiers, one from Cedar Falls and six from other northeast Iowa towns have been returned to the United States, the war department said Wednesday.

Included in the long list of 7, 572 Americans returned to their home soil for reburial were these five Waterloo men: Pfc. Arvine E. Benedict, 1526 West Fourth street; Pfc. Carl J. Demuth, 820 Wellington street; Tech. 5th Gr. Raymond L. Larsen, 1008 West Second street; Pvt. Clarence R. Leaman, 203 East Thompson avenue; and Pvt. Percy F. Stevens, 101 Front street.

The bodies were returned aboard the United States army transport, Carroll Victory, the war department said.

Armed forces dead originally interred in temporary military cemeteries in France, Belgium and Holland are among those brought back to this country. There were 135 from Iowa.

The army stated that each next of kin was notified in advance of arrival of the vessel, and would be notified again after arrival of the remains at the regional distribution centers of the American graves registration service.

Source: Waterloo Daily Courier, Waterloo, Iowa, Wednesday, November 17, 1948, Page 7

Body of T-5 R. L. Larsen
on Way Here

The body of Tech 5th Gr. Raymond L. Larsen, 30, who was killed in action on Mar. 29, 1945 in Germany, will arrive in Waterloo on Wednesday according to word received here.

Burial services will be conducted Thursday.

Those who attend the funeral service will meet at 2 p. m. Thursday at the Kistner funeral home and will then proceed to the Elmwood cemetery, where full military services will be conducted.

Rev. L. G. Potter, pastor of Central Christian church, will officiate at the services at the cemetery.

Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Margaret Burger, and daughter, Patty, 5, of 927 Reber avenue; and his father, Rasmus Larsen, 1108 West Second street; his step-mother; five brothers, Robert, Chicago; Lt. Stanley with the navy, stationed at Philadelphia; and Junior Clinton, at Des Moines; Richard and Dale, at home; and two sisters, Mrs. Nis Peterson and Mrs. George Ractell, both of Chicago.

He as born Oct. 17, 1914, at Raymond Center, Wis. The family moved to Clinton, Ia., and came to Waterloo in 1920. He was graduated from West high school in 1934, and attended Grinnell college. He was employed at the John Deere Tractor Co. prior to entering the navy.

T-5 Larsen, an infantryman, was a member of the 87th division with Gen. George Patton’s Third army. He had been overseas since October, 1944. He first trained at Camp Wolters, Tex., and was sent to Greenland, where he remained seven months. Upon his return to the United States he trained at Camp Jackson, S. C., before again shipping out.

Source: Waterloo Daily Courier, Waterloo, Iowa, Tuesday, December 28, 1948, Section Two, Page 20