Woodbury County

Lt. William C. Metz




Lieut. William Metz Now Reported to Be in Nazi Prison Camp

Lieut. William C. Metz, 23, reported as missing since March 23, following an engagement over Germany, was reported this morning in a telegram from the adjutant general’s office as a prisoner of war of the German government.

The telegram was received by the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Metz, Jr., 2323 Jackson Street, and said that the information was received through the International Red Cross. The young officer was a navigator in the air force.

He was graduated from Ellington field, Texas, late in 1943. He entered the service in June of 1942, and a letter from him, dated March 22, was received here several weeks ago.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, May 17, 1944


Okoboji residents celebrated an impromptu Old Home Week recently when numerous service men arrived home, some of them from German prisoner of war camps. Others are expected to arrive home soon. Three youths arrived from the west coast on Friday and T-Sgt. Ernest K. Harker arrived that day from two years in a prison camp. On Tuesday S-Sgt. Scott Menefee arrived home after a year’s absence, five months of it in a German prison camp. Jack Gipner’s arrival from England where he was with the air force, is expected daily. First home was Mervin Thompson, who had been a prisoner since the African fighting. Also among the first home was Lt. William Metz, a Sioux City youth, whose parents live near The Inn each season.

Source: The Milford Mail, Milford, Iowa, Thursday, June 28, 1945