Black Hawk County

Pvt. Clarence R. Leaman




LEAMAN: We Wish to Thank the American Legion, relatives, friends and neighbors for their sympathy and kind remembrance shown in the recent announcement of the death of our loved one, Private Clarence R. Leaman, who was killed in action in France, Sept. 19th. Mrs. Viola Leaman, Mr. George Leaman and brothers and sisters.

Source: Waterloo Daily Courier, Waterloo, Iowa, Sunday, November 05, 1944, Section Two, Page 22

Clarence Leaman Memorial Sunday

Memorial services for Pvt. Clarence R. Leaman, who was killed in action Sept. 19, 1944, in France, will be conducted at 3 p. m. Sunday in Walnut Street Baptist church. Rev. R. T. Ketcham, pastor, will officiate, assisted by Rev. Hilmoe Cedarholm.

Colors will be presented by members of the American Legion.

Private Leaman was the son of George Leaman, 251 Argyle street, and Mrs. Viola Leaman, 203 East Thompson avenue. His wife, Helen, resides in San Diego, Cal.

Source: Waterloo Daily Courier, Waterloo, Iowa, Sunday, July 01, 1945, Page 5

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

Pvt. Leaman Services Sunday

Graveside committal services will be at 2:45 p. m. Saturday at Fairview cemetery for Pvt. Clarence R. Leaman, son of Mrs. Viola Leaman, 203 Thompson avenue, who was killed in action Sept. 19, 1944, in France while serving with the medical corps.

Private Leaman’s body arrived in Waterloo Thursday on the Illinois Central railroad. The American Legion had an honor guard at the train.

He was born Aug. 11, 1916, at Plainfield, Ia., the son of George E. and Viola Leaman, moving to Waterloo with his parents in November of 1916. He attended East high school and was an employe (sic) of the Rath Packing Co., until the time he entered the service, Aug. 2. 1943.

He received his training at Camp Hood and Camp Maxey, both in Texas, and went overseas Feb. 26, 1944.

Private Lesman served with the medical corps in the 704th tank destroyer division.

His mother received the Purple Heart and European African, Middle Eastern campaign badge with three bronze stars as posthumous awards to Private Leaman.

On Aug. 3, 1940, he married Helen Padgett at Waverly, Ia., and moved to Waterloo to make his home after his marriage.

Surviving are his wife, now Mrs. Paul Fitzgibbons of Davenport, Ia.; his mother; three brothers, Isaac, at home; Paul, 1610 Forest avenue; and Percy, 1635 Easton avenue; and two sisters, Mrs. J. H. Smith, 59 Sycamore street, and Mrs. Thomas Henry, 907 Broadway.

His father, an infant sister and an infant son preceded him in death.

Conducting the service will be Rev. Raymond Pritz, assistant pastor at Walnut Street Baptist church.

The body is at O’Keefe & Towne funeral home. Friends and relatives will meet at the funeral home before going to the cemetery.

The American Legion will conduct military rites at the graveside.

Source: Waterloo Daily Courier, Waterloo, Iowa, Friday, December 17, 1948, Section Two, Page 30 (photo included)