Sioux County

Sgt. Harry Moerman




Harry Moerman Missing In Action

Mr. and Mrs. Peter Moerman received a telegram from the War Department Sunday afternoon that their son Sgt. Harry was missing in action in an air raid over Germany on August 15.

Harry, who is the youngest of 6 service men in the Moerman family, left for the service in June 1943, and was sent across the later part of June the past summer.  On August 19 he was promoted to the rank of Sgt.  His mother visited him in Camp at Oklahoma just shortly before he left the states.

He was a gunner on the plane and was in the same squadron as Lt. Bernard Vermeer.  The boys met recently in camp and had a nice visit together and Mrs. Moerman has written Lt. Vermeer asking for information concerning the flight.

Mr. and Mrs. Moerman have five other sons in the service, Pvt. Cornie who left the states just a short time ago and is now in England, Pfc. Eddie who is stationed at Camp Kohler, California, Staff Sgt. Wm. who is in the Aleutian Islands, T/5 Peter who is in Persia, and Pfc. Jack Rodibaugh, who is stationed at Camp Houze, Tex.

Harry is one of 41 service men who have left from the First Christian Ref. Church and is the first one to be reported missing from that church.

The community joins the Moerman family and his fiancée, Gertrude Van Engen, of Ireton, in the sincere hope that they may receive favorable news concerning Harry in the near future.  The family is having a new picture made which the News will publish as soon as possible.

Source: Sioux Center News, August 31, 1944 (photo included)

Arie “Harry” Moerman was born Oct. 13, 1923 to Peter and Trintje Schelling Moerman. He died Aug. 15, 1944 and is buried in Luxembourg American Cemetery, Luxembourg.

Sgt. Moerman served in World War II with the U.S. Army Air Corps 358th Bomber Squadron, 303rd Bomber Group, Heavy. He was KIA over Germany and was awarded the Purple Heart and Air Medal.