Adams County

Lt. George "Fred" McElroy

 

News About Adams County
Men and Women in the Service

Lt. Fred McElroy has returned to Barksdale Field, La., after spending a two week’s leave with his wife and daughter, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George McElroy, and other relatives and friends.

Source: Adams County Free Press, Corning, Iowa, Thursday, June 17, 1943, Page 5

News About Adams County
Men and Women in the Service

Mr. and Mrs. George McElroy, Mrs. Fred McElroy and daughter Donna, and Mrs. Gene Cotter drove to Omaha Monday morning to spend a short time with Lt. Fred McElroy, who had a short stop over there. Fred had sent a telegram Sunday which was not delivered until Monday, thus cutting the visit very short. Fred is stationed at El Paso, Texas, and is on a sixty-day detail ferrying planes.

Source: Adams County Free Press, Corning, Iowa, Thursday, December 02, 1943, Page 6

News About Adams County
Men and Women in the Service

Lt. Fred McElroy arrived home Saturday evening from Barksdale Field, La., on a ten-day leave, to visit his wife and daughter and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George McElroy and other relatives and friends.

Source: Adams County Free Press, Corning, Iowa, Thursday, April 06, 1944, Page 4

News About Adams County
Men and Women in the Service

Mrs. Fred McElroy was very happy to receive word from her husband that he would be able to spend the week-end with her in Des Moines over Labor Day. Lt. McElroy flew to Des Moines from Louisiana and Mrs. McElroy spent the time with him there.

Source: Adams County Free Press, Corning, Iowa, Thursday, September 07, 1944, Page 3

COUNTY’S CASULATY LIST GROWS;
Pfc. Bauer, Lt. McElroy Killed

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FLASH!
Shortly before our press hour Wednesday, a telegram from the War Department, to Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Odell of Brooks, announced the death of their son, Cpl. Roy E. Odell, killed in action in Belgium, January 7, 1945.

THE TOLL
With the death of Cpl. Odell, the number of Adams County boys to give their lives in World War II, was raised to 29. In addition to the 29 killed, nine are missing in action and 12 are prisoners of war.
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Met Death In Plane Accident
Body Is Returned Here For Burial

A message from the War Department, received here late Saturday evening by Mrs. Mary Law McElroy, conveyed the tragic news of the death of her husband, Lt. George Fred McElroy, while on a routine flight from Stewart Field, New York. Lt. McElroy, son of Mr. and Mrs. George McElroy, was an employee of the Wilmarth Oil Co. of Corning before enlisting in the Air Corps early in 1942 and was called to duty in June of that year.

His pre-flight courses were taken at Santa Ana, California, his primary at Visalia, California, his basic at Merced and advanced at Stockton, both in California. He had further training at Shreveport, La., and was expecting an overseas assignment immediately, in fact, his APO number was assigned a few weeks ago. Rumors that he had been overseas and returned are without foundation. Lt. McElroy was aged 29 years, 9 months and 5 days.

No Details

No further information or details of Lt. McElroy’s death were available until Wednesday morning, when the body arrived on train No. 6 at 5 a. m., accompanied by Lt. George D. Falconer, of Brainard (sic), Minn., an instructor at West Point Military school. Lt. Falconer informed relatives that air corps authorities do not yet have full information on the accident but an investigation is in progress.

Lt. McElroy, accompanied by another officer, left Stewart Field, Friday, January 19th, on a routine flight in an AT-8 plane. When the plane had not returned by 5 p. m. the field attempted to contact the play by radio, without success. A searching party then went out and the wrecked plane was found about noon Saturday, within six miles [illegible].

Mr. and Mrs. George McElroy were visiting their daughter in San Diego, California, when the message of Fred’s death came. They arrived home Tuesday evening, accompanied by their daughter, Miss Ruth McElroy. Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. Victor A. Bloomquist. Interment will be made in Walnut Grove Cemetery.

Source: Adams County Free Press, Corning, Iowa, Thursday, January 25, 1945, Page 1

News From Quincy

Many from Quincy vicinity have expressed sympathy for the Geo. McElroy family in the recent deaths of the only son, Lt. Fred McElroy in Service, and in the same week Mr. McElroy’s sister, Ella McElroy Weslon of Newton. The McElroy family formerly lived northeast of Quincy and many of our older residents knew Mr. Geo. McElroy and Mrs. Weston and families.

Source: Adams County Free Press, Corning, Iowa, Thursday, February 01, 1945, Page 5