Muscatine County

David Alonzo Leedy

(Above photo published DesMoines Register, Jan. 2, 1944)



Navy Issues First “Casualty” Lists

The Navy’s first official casualty list, issued on the 5th, contained the names of Arthur Anthony Bersch and David Alonzo Leedy.

This was the first of a series of “official reports” which came to next of kin during the month.

Messages of DEATH, Word of Valiant Soldiers, Sailors “Missing in Action,” Brought Sadness to Families Here

“The Navy deeply regrets……”
Messages addressed to a number of Muscatine county parents or next of kin of men in the service of their country, carrying this sad phrase or one similar to it from army or marine corps officials, have brought sorrow to a number of homes in this area in the slightly more than 12 months since Dec. 7, 1941, when the Japanese struck at Pearl Harbor and Manila.

Muscatine county me gave their lives for their country in that initial attack, which plunged the nation into a globe girdling war.

In Thick of Fight.
Muscatine county men have figured in most of the history making engagements which have been recorded since that date. Some have escaped, unharmed, but in other cases, engagements with the enemy have been followed by official notices of men either killed in action, missing in action, or taken prisoner and gold stars have replaced those of blue on service flags in the community.

The war was less than a month underway when the first notices of casualties were received in this community.

Met Death At Outset.
The same month which saw the attack on Pearl Harbor brought word to the parents of Arthur A. Bersch and David A. Leedy at this city that their sons were missing in action. Both had been in the navy at that port. Bersch was a seaman first class. Leedy was a fire controlman, second class.

Source: Muscatine Journal News-Tribune, Dec. 30, 1942 (photo included)

Here are more Iowans who have been killed in action. The final line beneath each picture gives the geographical location in which the man was killed. Additional Honor Roll pictures will be carried on future Sundays.

Source: The  Des Moines Register, Sunday, January 2, 1944  (photo included)