Black Hawk County

Ervin Mays



Wilson Brothers, Ervin Mays Serve in Same Army Unit Overseas.

Three Waterloo men, who were buddies since childhood, grew up together in the same neighborhood and were in the Waterloo national guard, are now believed together in London, according to word received here by relatives, it was learned Saturday.

They are Sgt. Keith Wilson, his brother, Acting Sgt. Ardin Wilson, both of 439 Cherry street, and Ervin Mays, 304 Riehl street.

A cablegram was received Saturday by Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Mayes, parents of Ervin, saying that he was well and that he was in London.


Mrs. Virginia Searcy, 439 Cherry street, sister of the Wilson boys, said that her brothers, who grew up in the same neighborhood with Ervin Mays, are also believed to be in London.

“The last word I had received they were in Ireland,” she said, “but they are in the same company with Ervin and I presume they are all in London together, now.”

Keith and Ardin were members of the national guard here for many years. Their father, the late Arthur Wilson, was a member of the nation guard for 10 years. He served overseas. Both of their parents died within the past four years.

The Wilson boys wrote to their sister that it is green the year around where they were in Ireland, adding that “it ought to be as it rained all but six days” of the time they were there.

Source: Waterloo Daily Courier, March 15, 1942

Ervin Leroy Mays was born May 7, 1922 to Jess E.and Florence J. Dunn Mays. He died Jan. 11, 1993 and is buried in Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, CA.

Pvt. Mays served with the U.S. Army in World War II.