Cass County

Lt. Kenneth Lawton



ATLANTIC—Mr. and Mrs. Joe Lawton of southwest of here have received the purple heart award for their son, Lt. Kenneth Lawton, lost last Jan. 16, 1944 on a bombing raid off northern New Guinea. Lt. Lawton, co-pilot of a Mitchell B-25 bomber, has been missing since his plane dropped its bomb load on a harbor installation and is listed by the War Department as dead.

Source: Council Bluffs Nonpareil, January 5, 1945

NOTE from Iowa Gravestone Photo Project: Mar-1-2015 by Scott Kremer:

Kenneth B. Lawton was killed in New Guinea on January 16th, 1944 while flying as co-pilot of a B-25. His parents erected this gravestone, but his remains were recovered and returned from the Pacific area and buried with his crew mates in a common grave at Ft. McPherson National Cemetery in western Nebraska in about 1947.