Henry County

T/5 Sgt. Walter E. Louthan




Mr. and Mrs. Walter Louthan of Hospital avenue, received a telegram Monday from the government stating that their son, T-5 Walter E. Louthan, had been wounded in Germany. The Louthan’s had received a letter from their son previous to that, stating the extent of his injuries.

He is with a bomb disposal squadron, and on June 4, he and a buddy were clearing an area when a grenade exploded in the hand of the buddy. T-5 Louthan was hit by pieces of the grenade, and had pieces of metal in his left thigh and his right hip. At the time the letter was written—two days after the accident—he was in a tent hospital near Nuremburg, awaiting an operation. Monday his parents received another letter stating that he had been operated upon and that he was getting along very nicely.

T-5 Louthan has been overseas for one and a half years, and has recently visited several times with his brother, Sgt. Roy Louthan, who is also in Germany.

Source: Mt. Pleasant News, June 27, 1945

Edw. Louthan Is Killed
Victim of Accident In Germany

A letter from their son, Roy, brought the word today to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Louthan, Hospital avenue, Mount Pleasant, that their other son, Edward, had been killed in Germany.

He was killed at Nuremberg on July 23. His brother, Roy, wrote that he received word that he had been killed, went to Nuremburg the following day and learned that Edward and another soldier were unloading a truck load of black powder when it exploded. Persons in the vicinity had no idea why the explosion occurred.

Burial will be in France, according to Roy’s letter which was written on July 26. He obtained Edward’s personal belongings and will send them back home.

Edward was a Mt. Pleasant high school graduate and played football. Besides the parents and brother, a sister, Mrs. Kenneth Lee of Batavia, survives.

Edward and Roy had been together on two occasion at least, since going overseas. The last time was only a few weeks ago while Edward was hospitalized after receiving injuries from a hand grenade.

Source: Mt. Pleasant News, August 4, 1945


T/5 Walter E. Louthan, Mount Pleasant:

Source: Carroll Times Herald, September 10, 1945

Remains of T/S W. E. Louthan Arrive In U. S.

The remains of T/5 Walter E. Louthan have arrived in the United States from Europe aboard the United States Army transport, Carroll Victory, the Department of the Army announced today.

Louthan, the son of Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Louthan, was killed in the European area July 23, 1945.

Source: Mt. Pleasant News, November 17, 1948

Louthan Rites Here Tuesday

The body of T/5 Walter E. Louthan, killed in Europe July 23, 1945, will arrive in Mt. Pleasant Tuesday, December 28, at 12:14 p.m. His parents are Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Louthan.

Funeral services will be held at the Cookes Funeral Home at two o’clock Tuesday afternoon. Military honors will be given by the VFW. Burial will be at Forest Home Cemetery.

Source: Mt. Pleasant News, December 23, 1948

Funeral Held For T/5 W. E. Louthan

Funeral services for T/5 Walter E. Louthan, killed in Europe on July 23, 1945, were held at the Cookes Funeral Home Tuesday afternoon with Rev. F. D. Potter officiating. Military honors were given by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Pallbearers were also made up of overseas veterans of the VFW. Burial was at Forest Home cemetery.

Walter Edward Louthan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Louthan, was born December 10, 1921, and died in the service of his country at the age of 24.

Source: Mt. Pleasant News, December 29, 1948